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.
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.
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.
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