Yatagan (1976)
    by Caron




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    Yatagan is a men's fragrance by Caron. The scent was launched in 1976

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    Way Off Scenter's avatar

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    Genre: Leather (Oriental, according to Edwards)
    Uncompromising. I can think of no better word for Yatagan. It concedes nothing to prettiness. Every element is honed sharp, just like the Turkish blade for which this scent is named.

    The opening is almost pure Artemisia absinthium, commonly called wormwood, and the base of the classic absinthe beverage. Having grown this herb for years, I can assure you that the note is dead accurate!

    At first you might conclude that Yatagan is purely linear, since the artemisia dominates completely for the first couple of hours. But after some time the pine and geranium slowly emerge in a new accord that becomes grounded on a firm leather base. A marvelously integrated touch of castoreum adds animal warmth and vitality to the mix. The whole composition softens slowly through its extended drydown, but never shows even a glimmer of sweetness.

    Yatagan is easy to over-apply, and can be hard to wear. You need to be self assured in the extreme to pull it off. Or do I have it backwards? Perhaps arming yourself with Yatagan channels self-respect and power.

    Yatagan may be far from pretty, but that doesn't mean it isn't beautiful: beautiful in the manner of a desolate landscape under a hot sun, and just as dangerous.

    09 July, 2014

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    Nothing, but nothing smells remotely like this,which is why I love it. Initial thoughts of sweat are swept away by the heady scent of burnt celery which lasts for some time before trailing off to leave the smelll of a dying bonfire. Make no mistake, this is an animalistic scent for men, it won't appeal to the homoegenous 'I want to smell like a grapefruit' brigade, and I don't think you'll get many compliments off the ladies, this is a statement scent, take me as I am or don't, I don't really care. Truly unique.

    19 May, 2014

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    Caron - Yatagan
    Yatagan smells like the most tall and vibrant pine-tree, deep in a Turkish forest, beaten by a hot sun and cold nights, surrounded by fern and green spices, dark musty-moist earth, and 'used' by animals as a mark in their territory.
    Driven by a sweetness that can’t choose whether it belongs to the also present sour- or bitterness - Yatagan radiates a green-spicy, resinous/smoky-woody, and dark, warm-animalic tonality, that is pronounced and slightly dirty-banal. It has a warm and round feel to it with raw edges, that doesn’t make it a 'shy' smell - some people embrace it, some people turn their back on it. It starts with an in-your-face green and sharp spiciness with an anisic touch; fir/thyme/wormwood/cumin/pepper/cardamom and something like fenugreek - that already gets warmed up by the base-notes. Lavender, vetiver and maybe fir-balsam takes it to a very solid and fine-tuned, ‘fresh’ base with oakmoss/frankincense/cederwood/peru-balsam and castoreum - that enlightens Yatagan in a magic glance. It has a very fine balance between oily-resinous and smoky-woody with a animalic-soapy aspect.
    I liked Yatagan very much from a blotter, but on my skin it settles down in restless mood that makes me a bit uncomfortable. But despite that, I can feel that there is a lot magic going on, and it shows an obstinate, self-assured, classic confidence that’s hard to find among modern masculine’s. Bottom-line is, that Yatagan hits as hard as a yatagan- so its no surprise it causes casualty's…


    15 May, 2014

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    Sorry but this is gross. It smells like celery and wet soil. It's probably one of the most vegetal men's fragrances I've ever smelled, aside from Clubman Lilac Vegetal. I have a 5 ml sample of this that I've used about 2 ml of. I'll try to revisit it eventually and see if maybe I can pull the good out of it, but as it stands now, with multiple wearings, I get the same thing.

    There are lots of classic men's fragrances that are safe to blind buy. Azzaro pour Homme, Drakkar Noir, Herrera for Men, many many more. Do not blind buy Yatagan, at all costs, because it would be like blind buying Grey Flannel. Acquire a sample from somebody here and try it out. Or just take my word for it, it straight up stanks!

    22 April, 2014

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    I've heard a lot of good things (also bad things!) about this fragrance for years and I didn't have a chance to test it out and see which one is correct until a few days ago that I got a sample.
    After putting it on my skin and smelling it, the opening made me smile.
    This is just outstanding!
    The opening is perfect combination of lots of nots that mixed and balanced together masterfully.
    At the opening I can smell a bitter herbal and piny scent with lots of woods and some spices.
    There is a warm and sensual amber note here too to balance these bitter herbal and woodsy notes and give them more sensual feeling.
    I loved the opening because this fragrance has lots of layers and all the notes are right at their position which makes it very complex.
    In the dry down I can smell almost the same smell but now some incense from the base kicked in and gave the scent slightly smoky aroma.
    It's warm and semi sweet, but bitter herbal and a little smoky at the same time.
    In the base I can feel more changes.
    The scent settles down a little bit and castoreum joined the party.
    The base is a soft dirty animalic smell with a little bit of sweetness and some woods and a good support of earthy patchouli.
    The scent has a mature and classic vibe indeed and also it has a little barber shop feeling that you can find in many classic fragrances back in 70's and 80's, but for me it's still a modern scent and I don't have any problem wearing it because in my opinion it doesn't smell dated.
    Projection is really good and longevity is around 10-12 hours on my skin.

    05 April, 2014

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    This so reminds me of Lauder's Aramis, but without the sweetness. This is drier, more herbal and a welcome alternate take on that classic.

    Aramis debuted in 1965 and Yatagan in 1976. They share 10 notes: Bergamot and Artemesia in the top notes, Jasmine, Vetiver and Patchouli in the middle; and Leather, Oak Moss, Castoreum, Amber and Musk in the base notes. No surprise that they smell alike.

    I much prefer Yatagan to Aramis, which can be at times too sharp or too sweet. The balance in Yatagan is just right.

    Top notes: Bergamot, Artemesia (wormwood), Lavender, Petitgrain, Galbanun, Origanum
    Middle notes: Jasmine, Vetiver, Patchouli, Carnation, Pine, Geranium
    Base notes: Olibanum, Leather, Labdanum, Oak Moss, Castoreum, Styrax, Amber, Musk

    12 March, 2014

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