Recently owned a bottle and noticed that it is NOT the wonderfully sweet recipe of the 80s. This is still good, but the emphasis now is on the powder and tobacco whereas the 80s version placed the emphasis on the rose, orange, and bergamot. Now it just makes me smell like I wet myself while wearing lederhosen.
Lagerfeld Classic by Lagerfeld, 1978
Rated #359 in Fragrances
I dig this one. For those that hate powdery fragrances, this is a must-miss. It's sweet and powdery, no doubt about it. Comparisons to Guerlain's "Habit Rouge" aren't too, too far from the mark, though Guerlain's offering is much more complex. This one has a sweetly floral opening that could be construed as feminine, but the uniqueness and boldness of this intro is part of its appeal for me. Dries down to a powdery sweetness along the lines of Avon's "Black Suede" rather than the drier baby powder of, say, Canoe and Brut, placing it closer to the oriental than the fougere category. Pretty good longevity, too. Available these days for a pittance, it's well worth a try. The vintage formulation is a tad less powdery and plays up the oriental aspects, but in my opinion the supposed differences between the current and original formulas are overstated.
As a friend says: "Powder to the People" or, if you prefer, "Powder where you Need it". A no-nonsense, classic, powerful and extremely full-bodied woody oriental with boozy-powdery-ambery facets. Lagerfeld classic unleashes a thick, balmy smother that will appeal to almost every perfumisto looking for an old-school masculine and who isn't afraid of being noticed. It has the typical retrò musky-costus-mossy vibe also found in fragrances such as Kouros. Don't get me wrong, Lagerfeld Classic is NOT similar to the YSL but they definitely share the same muskiness. A certain "wet-hair" vibe which is typical of many masculine fragrances of the past. The right amount of sweetness provides a perfect balance to an otherwise challenging composition. If you like clean and subtle modern scents, stay well away from this one but if you're up for an extra kick and you're fine with butch, old-fashioned beauties, you defnitely have to check this out. Be careful with dosage, this stuff is insanely powerful. *this review is for the vintage formulation*
Very old school powdery frag that I had when I was a young guy. Someone gave this to me at my job as a christmas gift years ago. Wasn't a bad frag then. But now it is now....lol I gave it a neutral due to respect of being a pioneer in my world of fragrances.
Powdery. Sweet powdery. Barely scores a neutral IMHO but only because it's presence is vague its notes hard to to determine and that slight ashtray (get it on your clothes it smells like a wet cigarette butt) like scent at the get go. If you don't mind powder its fine though sweet at times. If you want dryer powder you go for something like Royal Copenhagen. I bought some and don't mind it at the least I wear it to work every so often no one has ever spoken a word about it and it doesn't seem to project too awfully much. Not sure what the notes are in this but on the drydown you've got a sharp greenish scent mixed with something sweeter like an amber. It is fairly blended so the end result smells like powder. Update, I was for whatever reason compelled to wear this on a 90+ degree humid day. The heat makes it go more fruity and less powdery. This makes it smell like a weird fresh fruity scent gone wrong. Some might like it, I think it came off as too sweet. Still will turn to that wet ashtray smell if it gets your clothes before your skin. I prefer how it played in the winter. Update... Found a vintage sample circa mid 1980s. More fruity than the modern version and actually sweeter. My inclination is it is just a stronger version of the existing stuff, which has probably been watered down. Otherwise smells virtually identical, if there was any reformulation it was before this point. Otherwise they've just watered it down.
A non-scent for me. I doused myself with it and cannot detect a single note. It's like splashing on amber water. Perhaps my mini-bottle is a rip off. I love the bottle design and I love the color. There just isn't anything there for my nose or skin.
A gorgeous, powerful scent. Old school but very special. Vanilal, orange and aldehydes, it lasts for ages.
Lagerfeld has this vibe that Azzaro PH, Paco Rabanne PH and YSL Kouros have, but unlike the three mentiond, it is sweet! You can pull this one off only during cold days and evening in particular. Classic indeed, and with a style! Thumb up. Update: this one is in my book one of those "I don't need this one", but each time I spray it on, I change my mind and decide to keep it. It makes wonders in winter, powerhouse frag, as powerfull as Joop! Homme.
This can be had for next to nothing online or at discount perfume stores. I bought it blind based on the positive reviews on Basenotes, and also because i tend to enjoy "old man" scents. The reviews don't lie. At first it was horrendously nauseating. It smelled like a cheap floral perfume, imagine CK Euphoria mixed with Kenzo Flower and then distilled a hundred times until it becomes overpowering...it really takes some getting used to but once the immediate urge to wash it off wears off, its really not bad and dries down to a very warm comforting powdery base that lasts all day and projects well. In fact, it projects too well. Given that I just described it as "horrendously nauseating" and characterized it as overpowering, I am very careful how I wear this stuff: one spray on the chest, no more no less, and never on exposed skin such as the neck or the wrists, it really will disturb a lot of people if its not muted by a shirt or a sweater-hint hint, this is strictly a winter affair. I wear it simply because I enjoy the scent-the warmth that rises to meet the nose is magic, when I'm sat with a book i often lift my collar away from my chest and up to my nose to get a good deep breath of the stuff. Do i get compliments on it? No Did it repel people before i learned to wear it discretely? Yes Does it occasionally smell like hard candy found at the bottom of an old lady's purse? Yes and No, its not something that would have come to me so obviously had I not read it here, I think more than anything the mid-notes remind me of incense which carries through to the base...but yeah...old lady's bag I guess
My biggest dissapointment so far. After reading raving reviews of this perfume I went ahead and bought an 8 oz . of this concoction and I was avid to try it, as soon as the mailman dropped it in my mailbox I unwrapped and apply on my neck and wrist and I almost gagged with this disgusting juice. To me it is Pierre Cardin pour Monsieur on performance enhancing pills. Horrible, loud, smells worse than the cheapest drugstore cologne. Big thumbs down. Anybody interested in a slightly used 8 oz (huge) bottle?
Lagerfeld Classic by Lagerfeld, 1978
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