I just got it for Christmas...SCORE! My dad used to own it and I was fascinated with it as an adolescent boy. Now I'm turning 50 and old enough to wear it. A gentleman's scent, very oldschool barbershop to me. Refined but not fussy, cool and detached. I'm so glad it's part of my wardrobe now.
The Baron by LTL, 1965
This was a major disappointment. I usually gravitate to old school, powdery fragrances, and an American acquaintance said I would not be disappointed with this. With lavender, bergamot, sage, patchouli, sandal, vetiver, moss, jasmine, rose, carnation, orange blossom, I guess I had imagined something reminiscent of Zizanie (which I love) or even Zino (also love). Nope. What I get is something utterly non-descript; I wouldn't say this smells anything like Red Door (hate with a burning passion), and its not headache-inducing like RD is. But it is that same sort of mish-mash and is not at all masculine. It is, in my opinion, the Red Door of the men's fragrance world. It doesn't smell metallic to me, but it does have this metallic room temperature feel to it; it also has a cheap washroom miniature soap feel to it, and also reminds me somewhat of the fragrance some company uses in womens' sanitary liners (can't remember which, but remember the smell--I work at a supermarket to pay for university, and often get let stack the sanitary aisle shelves). Not good, and I was so looking forward to it. With glowing reviews from some people, I went looking for a cheap-ish bottle, found one for about 40 AUD$. Waste of money.
A classic of the old school. Smells like nothing else and I guarantee you will not find another person in any crowd wearing this. Good longevity as well. This is among my most worn scents and I expect to always have a bottle in my wardrobe. Speaking of the bottle, I love the anachronistic element it brings. It wears its old guard pedigree like a badge.
Old school? Because of the floral notes, for sure. The pyramid I found it is not quite precise, the list includes flowers, vetiver, lavender, sandalwood and amber: not very telling, to tell the truth. The opening does tell the wearer there are flowers of a powdery kind. I know iris and amber is responsible for this, so there might be the chance the powdery feeling is achieved through the iris. The rest of the olfactory journey is not marked by the stridency felt upon application for it morphs into a skin scent in which the rest of the components ameliorate the floral notes, but not to such an extent as to ending their presence - something that reminds a comment as to The Baron being the masculine version of White Shoulders. The sandalwood is quite notable in the mid / base notes together with the vetiver. This won't please every one around, for it is definitely a blend apart of the rest. You will of course enjoy it if you like powdery floral scents. Indeed, FBW for fragrance aficionados interested in traditional and classic - styled scents. PS: Together with it, I got Fracas for men. Interesting enough, I imagined Fracas would be like The Baron, a floral scent. No, it is the other way around.
"You won't find another person in any crowd wearing this." You got that right. This is one strange fragrance. I don't think I've ever smelled anything like this. It's a fougere, but it doesn't have that crisp, bracing greenness that most classical fougeres have. Instead, this is extremely powdery and dry, almost like powdered soap. I actually wear this fairly often, but not so much because I love the smell. I wear it because it has such an old-school vibe I like that few other fragrances have. The Baron has a cold, dusty, detached feel to it. This is not a warm, rich fragrance at all. Old-school? You bet. The Baron is from the days when men were real men, back before they started wearing baseball caps and talking on cell phones in restaurants. Wear this sparingly, because it's very strong. It's a scent I like to catch tiny whiffs of during the day without being mowed over by its powderiness. Spray it in small doses, and it exudes a comforting, breezy aura. MY RATING: 8/10
An eccentric, cloying perfumed soap scent that is the very definition of clownish.
Awsome! I remember it from the early 80's collage days, very unique & better than the bland junk that is out today.
An interesting and singular brew, The Baron is a scent that walks by itself. A complex aromatic fougere, I guess, with some floral, synthetic and chypre notes in the mix, but without the warmth you'd expect from a rich fougere, and very elusive and detached at that, as if it wants to keep a distance from us commoners. It reminds me most of all of those coldish, reserved Japanese domestic-market colognes that you can't quite put your finger on. Unfortunately, whatever promise there is in the beginning dries up on the drydown, a muffled semi-sweet moldy-fruit affair with an artificial tang.
A friend of mine bought some of this recently. I sprayed some on, and to me it's -very- different from The Baron I remember. I bought a big bottle in the 70's and then in the 80's. It was manufactured by Evyan at that time. I think it has been reformulated. It's reminiscent of the original, but it's not the same to my nose. The original was much stronger and much soapier smelling.
A blast from the past! Lavender and aromatic, sweet and masculine, elegant yet fun. This one is funky refinement! An upbeat winner.
The Baron by LTL, 1965
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