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Tsar (1989)
by Van Cleef & Arpels


Tsar information

Year of Launch1989
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 374 votes)

People and companies

HouseVan Cleef & Arpels
PerfumerPhilippe Bousseton
Parent CompanyInter Parfums
Parent Company at launchElf Aquitaine > Sanofi Beauté

About Tsar

Tsar is a masculine fragrance by Van Cleef & Arpels. The scent was launched in 1989 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Philippe Bousseton

Tsar fragrance notes

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Reviews of Tsar

Tsar is an honest, good fougere, the likes of which are disappearing one by one these days. There's the traditional bergamot-lavender-oakmoss structure, but Tsar distinguishes itself with an array of fresh, green notes that are slightly grassy-coniferous than herbal. The bright, vivid opening of bergamot and lavender, tinged with neroli, leads to an aromatic phase that persists over a few hours. It is fresh, delightfully reminiscent of soap, yet retains a surprising crisp dryness. The oakmoss is discernible, though somewhat toned down, and together with patchouli and woods comprise an abstract accord that concludes the final transformation, where the fresh green aspects are still retained. It seems to have very little leathery aspect, if any. Tsar has an appreciable duration of about seven hours and a persistent gentlemanly sillage.

Tsar's neighbours could be Jazz (less green, more abstract and complex), Duc de Vervins (less fresh, more leathery) and Esencia (more woody and coniferous). Tsar could be a classic white shirt fragrance, though personally its charms are best experienced at leisure. I tend to think of Tsar as uplifting, uncomplicated, handsome, authentic, wholesome, more traditional than conservative, and a wardrobe staple for the discerning noses.

17th August, 2017
When I was young and naïve I used to like Tsar.One of my uncle's worked in a department store so he would usually gift me a small bottle of the latest scent their store promoted which at the time was Tsar.No idea what the reformulation smells like but the old ribbed bright green glass/copper colored bottle's look fit accurately...this was a bright green scent.

It's masculine but not burly as it has some elegant quality to it.It's soapy with a hint of sweetness to it.Behind that is a big green haze that comes off as pine-like and moss.Nothing wrong with these notes alone but it's perfumed over with a cloudy/synthetic chemical sharpness I guess that's supposed to smell 'fresh'.Aspen has a similar approach on this synthetic level but comes out better crafted in my opinion.

Not much point in praising the original formula of Tsar if it was never good to begin with.

22nd February, 2017
Stardate 20160824:

VCA has been churning out great fragrances since 1976 starting with First by J-C Ellena. I like what they do for many reasons
- Their price point. Great stuff can be had for $30 bucks
- They make good quality stuff. In fact all of their male colognes are top notch - Tsar, PH, MiP
- Their reformulations are pretty good

It is pity they do not get recognized and appreciated by Creed and BN9 loving generation. Well, good for us as we can have their elixirs for cheap.

Tsar is a great masculine fragrance. It is green and a bit spicy - in a Fougere style.
Safe for office and fun to wear. I have both vintage and current formulation and this one is good in both versions (just avoid the clear ribbed bottle vintage version).
One of the few where modern reformulation is almost as good as original.
Get it. For $24/100ml it will be a crime if you don't.

24th August, 2016
A recent blind buy I'm really pleased with. Very good value for money.
It starts with strong oakmoss and a very soapy feel, very clean and fresh, maybe a little harsh, but only in the first seconds. As someone else said it is like smelling a bar of soap close up at first.
Later the soapiness abates a bit and you're left with a crisp, green, fresh and delicate scent. It's actually rather complex and I get lavender and geranium I think too. At any rate I was expecting an old-fashioned masculine barbershop affair (which I love by the way) but actually got that and more. Sillage and longevity moderate for me. Recommended!
May 2016
14th May, 2016
my review is for the vintage one , actually i dont have much to add but i like to say that these frags are no more made the same way , i have an empty bottle that smells nuclear months after the last drop was consumed too pity ifra ruined it all.9/10
07th May, 2016
An harsh, cheap smelling and too synthetic fragrance. Thumbs down.
05th November, 2015

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