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R de Capucci (1986)
by Roberto Capucci


R de Capucci information

Year of Launch1986
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 60 votes)

People and companies

HouseRoberto Capucci
Parent CompanyWeruska & Joel

About R de Capucci

R de Capucci is a masculine fragrance by Roberto Capucci. The scent was launched in 1986

R de Capucci fragrance notes

Reviews of R de Capucci

Genre: Chypre

R. de Capucci has a classical opening of citrus and aromatics with plenty of dry, powdery lavender. Next up is a very rounded sandalwood supported by toasty spices, including a distinct touch of nutmeg. There is a dry, edgy rose in the heart as well, its character sharpened by an angular bitter note that seems to emanate from the woods. Since there's quite a bit of powder in its composition, R. de Capucci might come off as stuffy and "perfumey" without this bitter edge. Instead, the scent registers as tough and uncompromising. It's no Yatagan, but it's certainly not trying to smell "pretty," either.

R. de Capucci's bitter note eventually reveals itself as a very sharp vetiver, which takes over for the rose as the woody accord's principal accent. The drydown arrives quickly, but it is extended and attractive. All traces of the floral and aromatic notes dissipate to leave the vetiver resting on a very mossy leather base. There is nothing remotely sweet in R. de Capucci, and the impression that it leaves is that of a particularly austere chypre.

If you like Yatagan but find it too confrontational for daily wear, it's worth seeking out R. de Capucci. It's just as dry and austere as the Caron, but less harsh and animalic. In fact, it's civilized enough to make a sophisticated office scent.
24th June, 2014
The mood board:
Humphrey Bogart. Espresso under a parasol in St Mark's Square. Old money. Padlocks on the bridge in Verona. Powder blue blazer, matching custard yellow shirt and handkerchief. Swirling cognac. Place de la Concorde. Ski-to-the door chalet. Yew topiary.

Distant cousin of Tabarome.

I get a fleeting soupcon of tagetes/marigold in the leather.


27th December, 2013
Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
This dry, green leather chypre is beautifully made; a wonderfully balanced scent that showcases the oakmoss and leather in a wonderful way. That said, I don't really much like this scent although I am wearing it now as I write this review. It strikes me somehow as beautiful woman without sex appeal. It is perfect, it doesn't fall short and adding anything would put this out of balance. So why does this leave me cold, when other similar scents like Antaeus I love? What I do love is the fact that this is dry as a bone, crisp and green and very wearable.... it just leaves me cold--there is an austerity and frigidity to it that puts me off. I give it a thumbs up, though for being so beautifully made.
06th April, 2013
A gigantic old-school leathery-chypre with a glorious past and an excellent quality. Exoticism, nostalgia and tradition in a bottle. This wonderful oakmoss-leather-patchouli classic scent had for sure elements in common with other glorious fragrances as Antaeus and Aramis and i agree who with writes this is a more fluidy and wearable sort of Antaeus. Both are great and similar in the turned out idea of cool masculinity but R Capucci is less aggressive, cutting and herbal in my opinion, it's as mossy-leathery and darkly cool as Antaeus but in a less barber-shop kind of dimension. I smell some olfactory resemblances with the great and unfortunately discontinued Ho Hang Club cause both are uncompromisingly masculine, shadowy and classic but in a finally smooth, softly mild and mossy-leathery way. I'm amazed by this kind of fragrances that are virile, classic, cool and darkly boise'-suede. I love the vintage link of bergamot-aldehydes-rose-jasmine-leathery oakmoss but an important role is in here played by patchouli and ambergris, the first one imprinting obscure boldness while the second  (on the side of vetiver) the dusty-earthy, mysterious and pungent virility. The combination of musk and moss, on the side of bergamot, lemon, herbs and aldehydes imparts a sort of classic and angular  barber-shop exotic vibe while the spices and the neutral floral notes (rose in primis) infuse the typical barely mild kind of opacity. An hint of tonka in the base exudes just a touch of soft powder due to turn the smell out endly more smooth and comforting. A great, great classic.
10th May, 2012 (last edited: 22nd December, 2013)
Not going to give a "wordy" review due to some very accurate reviews here already. Suffice to say, I love this scent on my husband! It brings out my more amorous side...and it lasts for hours! (The scent, that is.) ;) I'll even wear it on occasion.
06th June, 2011
It is difficult to find any real beauty within R de Capucci, but I do admire its deft use of ingredients. Despite the presence of lemon and bergamot in the opening, it is not a refreshing phase, more a dense accord incorporating the greener elements. It is a very assured and confident beginning, rich, deep and creating something spare and efficient. As it develops, it feels as if the notes are closely calibrated, ensuring everything remains tight and contained. There are no big shifts leading into the heart notes, just subtle changes of emphasis. It retains its dark green presence, and it almost acquires a liquorice quality during this middle phase. Where RdC really begins to get my attention is in the drydown, as it is here that the fragrance become more expansive and receptive to other influences. Much less tight than before, there is just sufficient softness from the amber and tonka to render the leather free from any harshness. The moss and leather blend has been very competently done, and the resulting balance and harmony is impressive.

The sillage and longevity are more than acceptable, and it never really ceases to exude a sense of austerity and efficiency. It is not decorative or expressive, more a temperate dark green presence that ensures that the wearer exudes a sense that they are not trying too hard. I like that once in a while
22nd March, 2011

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