This is almost a 3 star "neutral" for me. BORSALINO tends to be synthetic and chemical-smelling at intervals with crisp, reedy waters and spices. Not discernibly bergamot or as warm as "leather and woods" fragrances might be despite it's pyramid of notes. Still, BORSALINO draws you in and provokes an affection for itself. Opens with green grasses and a vaguely minty accord that dries down to pronounced florals and musk. That's where BORSALINO lives for its' 5+ hour longevity. There is an occasional fleeting note of nutmeg, cedar, and black tea. These are very incidental notes though. I like this just well enough to warrant the Thumbs Up...I imagine most others would too. I'd also imagine this being appealing to both men and women.
Borsalino by Borsalino, 1984
Rated #1657 in Fragrances
Serious, gentleman's kind and conservative with its very herbal and woodsy soul made of fern, clary sage, basil, labdanum, moss, vetiver end others. An herbal-mossy-leathery chypre in the same vein of V&A Pour Homme, Basile Uomo and many others from 80's. In italy is relatively easy to find as well as Borsalino Panama that is a more modern and smoother concoction. The initial combination of herbs, lavender and citrus is classic in execution, bracing, tart and stiff. The floral heart is made of deep, melancholy and astringent flowers. The florals are the source of a severe and solitary mildness, romantic and distressed. The combination of cedarwood, amber and vetiver turns it serious and very masculine in its base that is finally uncompromissingly leathery , smoky and mossy-ambery. A classic.
Reminds me a lot of Givenchy's Xeryus, but with a hint of smokiness in the woody base notes. Similar fresh, green, spicy and coniferous opening and middle. Borsalino is a bit more understated, but clearly of the same lineage. I like it!
Sharp, biting citrus and herbs. Lots of herbs. So much in fact that I get a little sneezy from it. At its heart it is a leather and oakmoss scent. An ok scent to me since its definitely not my style.
I wore back in the 80s and loved it but I find it very hard to find and it's very expensive. I would certainly wear it again. While I agree that it's not the most unique fragrance, it reminded me somewhat of Sergio Soldano Black which I found harder to find so I wore this at the time. Would definitely wear again but when I look online now it's like 100.00 (USD) a bottle and I'm not really trying to go there. Nice fragrance though.
I agree with Naed, this is a very nice scent but not terribly unique. It is great for a man to wear to the office. I think a very substantial & distinguished man would wear this.
A pleasant enough fellow who seems paradigmatic of a number of other smooth and silver Italian gentlemen - Francesco Smalto, Basile Uomo, for example. All quality scents, all very acceptable, all perhaps lacking that extra something which would make them really unforgettable classics.
Borsalino by Borsalino, 1984
|Top Notes||Bergamot, Lavender, Clary Sage|
|Middle Notes||Carnation, Cyclamen, Jasmin, Fern|
|Base Notes||Moss, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Leather, Labdanum, Amber, Musk|
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