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    Default Need help identifying a fragrance (1980s)

    Hi - OK, this has been bothering me for a while. I'm looking to identify a men's fragrance that I think enjoyed some popularity in the early to mid-1980s. It will have been 1985-1986, when I was about 13.
    I particularly remember smelling it on a (then much-hated, bullyish) boy I went to school with. He was the preppy type, had the clothes and hairstyle to match, and therefore in my mind I also connected the way he smelled with that fashion / lifestyle. Thing is, I secretly really really loved the smell, and it was the one thing I wanted to copy from him (OK, and perhaps his popularity with the girls).

    Anyway, 20 years on, and I'd really really love to smell that stuff again (and possibly start spraying it on myself). So what did it smell like?
    Well, that's the hard part. Back then I had even less of a sense of smell (I'm still v much a newbie now), let alone the vocabulary. From my fragmented memory:

    * Wintery-warm, no citrus-freshness
    * I'd say it was either a 'dry' oriental or a sweetish woody fragrance.
    * But when I say 'sweet' I mean nothing like Joop! or A*Men. In fact, I don't think it was edible-sweet at all, apart from maybe a slight spicy gingerbread-quality.
    * It had a certain old-fash 'well-groomed barbershop'-quality.
    * But despite the above wasn't Old Spice. For sure.
    * Pre-1985 (as is obvious from the above)
    * May have been a young man's thing then, but the lad may also have swiped it from his dad's dresser of course.

    Any (any!) ideas much appreciated.

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    1980's... Hmm..

    the ones that immediately come to mind are.. Polo Green, Drakkar Noir or something by CK..maybe Obsession, Eternity?

    Since he was a school boy, I'm not sure he would have been delving into frags like Tsar.

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    maybe the pierre cardin in the michael-graves-does-phallic bottle?
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    I'll add RL's Safari to the mix. I had that one when I was around that age and it strikes me as maybe having a similar vibe to what you mentioned (warm, dry, sweet but not too sweet, kinda woody).

    But, I've not smelled that fragrance in probably 15 years (I found Chanel PM at about age 13 and for the next five years it pretty much dominated), so I could be off.

    But, other than the aforementioned Polo, Drakar Noir, I'd say Safari might be a decent guess.
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    Canoe? or Pinaud Clubman?
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    The description does sound like Obsession but since everyone was wearing it then, I think you would have smelled it on more guys than just that one bully. I would agree that RL's Safari is a possibility.

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    It's got to be Kouros. No doubt about it. I knew that kid too.
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    Pre-1985 and available in the Netherlands - could have been Paco Rabanne pour Homme... Polo Green would be my second guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustB
    It's got to be Kouros. No doubt about it. I knew that kid too.
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    That kid was me, Chris. How could I forget Kouros?

    Obsession and Safari came about much later.

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    Safari's such a great suggestion — until you realise it was not launched until 1992!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eluard
    Safari's such a great suggestion — until you realise it was not launched until 1992!!
    Wow! I guess I'm younger than I thought; I could have sworn it was older than that. Anyway, strange how being completely incorrect about something can suddenly make your day (haha).

    Well, then I'm out of ideas...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pieter
    Pre-1985 and available in the Netherlands - could have been Paco Rabanne pour Homme...
    This is a very good suggestion - especially if you can recall any soapiness...
    Edit: ... then again, perhaps the "barbershop" quality covers soapiness...?
    Last edited by musky_monkey; 15th December 2006 at 12:39 AM.

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    The only other thing I remember wearing that long ago was Lagerfeld Classic.

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    This is also that one that came to my mind based on the description.

    Quote Originally Posted by baald
    maybe the pierre cardin in the michael-graves-does-phallic bottle?

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    Try Azzaro PH! One of my all time faves. It was a monster frag back in the mid 80's and still today. Best seller in Europe. Sweet, woody and barbershop screams Azzaro to me. Classic frag, awesome longevity, and women adore it.

    The other super popular frags back in 1985 were Lagerfeld and Drakkar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nearfantastica
    1980's... Hmm..

    the ones that immediately come to mind are.. Polo Green, Drakkar Noir or something by CK..maybe Obsession, Eternity?

    You took the words right out of my mouth!!! These are exactly the ones that came to mind for me too.
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    Default Re: Need help identifying a fragrance (1980s)

    I'm thinking about Aramis and most of all Azzaro pour Homme.

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    Thanks everyone for your suggestions! (Keep them coming)

    Elimination round:
    -definitely not Kouros. I know Kouros
    -Safari and CK Eternity are from too recent.
    -CK Obsession is borderline, since it says 1986 in the directory. I'm also worried this may be too 'lush, seductive' and too little 'distinguished gentleman'. But I'll go smelling, just in case.
    -Polo Green: the descriptions all talk about a clear pine/fir note, that I don't remember from the fragrance.
    -Drakkar Noir: descriptions in the directory lead me to believe this may be too 'fresh' for what I was trying to describe. Same goes for Paco Rabanne PH, which I think I remember - soapy indeed, which isn't what I meant by the barbershop association.

    Most promising:
    -Pierre Cardin
    -Lagerfeld Classic
    -Azarro PH (though the descriptions there vary from 'refined old English gent' to 'only if you have loads of chest hair')

    I will smell around. Thanks again.
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    Naranjito, I have nothing else to add to the above, but my curiosity is piqued! You must come back and tell us if you track this one down.
    Last edited by Dante; 15th December 2006 at 12:08 PM.

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    Some suggestions that come to my mind:
    Santos
    Antaeus
    Sagamore
    Versace L'Homme

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    Aramis had two other products on the market at that time:

    Aramis 900 (not available anymore, to get an idea how it smelled, you can try aromatics Elexir by clarins (also E. Lauder) It was the male version.
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    Aramis Devin

    happy searching

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    Be sure to let us know what it was when you find it

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    My gut says the lad stole Aramis from his father. Be sure to check it out!

    What about some betting... anybody?

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    Quote Originally Posted by naranjito
    Thanks everyone for your suggestions! (Keep them coming)

    Elimination round:
    -definitely not Kouros. I know Kouros
    -Safari and CK Eternity are from too recent.
    -CK Obsession is borderline, since it says 1986 in the directory. I'm also worried this may be too 'lush, seductive' and too little 'distinguished gentleman'. But I'll go smelling, just in case.
    -Polo Green: the descriptions all talk about a clear pine/fir note, that I don't remember from the fragrance.
    -Drakkar Noir: descriptions in the directory lead me to believe this may be too 'fresh' for what I was trying to describe. Same goes for Paco Rabanne PH, which I think I remember - soapy indeed, which isn't what I meant by the barbershop association.

    Most promising:
    -Pierre Cardin
    -Lagerfeld Classic
    -Azarro PH (though the descriptions there vary from 'refined old English gent' to 'only if you have loads of chest hair')

    I will smell around. Thanks again.

    I think there's a pretty good chance it is Drakkar, especially since according to your comments you don't remember trying it? You can't go by other people's descriptions of a scent. Go to the mall and sample it. It's still carried by a lot of stores.

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    Got to be Antaeus. That was my "go to" bullying scent in 1985.

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    Burberry's Original, with Devin coming in a close second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerd
    Got to be Antaeus. That was my "go to" bullying scent in 1985.
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    Was it gag-inducing? If so, it's probably Bogart's One-Man Show.

    I didn't mean that, really. It's actually a pretty nice scent, unless you smell it on every other guy. After a while it gets kinda annoying. I found that it played very little with body chemistry - it smelled absolutely the same on every single man who wore it. That's probably why after a while I found it to be so annoying.

    Come to think of it, I haven't smelled it recently. I should give it a whirl.

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    My first two thoughts were Lagerfeld or Escada Homme, but further investigation shows the Escada didn't come out until 1993.

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