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    l've come to the conclusion that I love the powerhouses of the 1980s best of all. I have, at one time or another, owned Equipage, Bel Ami, Havana and Jacomo de Jacomo.

    I currently own and wear Yatagan, Santos, Antaeus, Smalto PH and Halston's 1-12 and Z-14. (It's my second go-round with Santos, one of the very few fragrances I've ever bought a second bottle of.)

    Now I am about to dive into the 1980s deep-end and buy a bottle of Kouros.

    I'd love your advice on other 1980s giants I should be trying. They don't actually have to be from the 1980s, just have that big, brashness that seems to have typified the decade. (For instance, I own Miller-Harris' marvelous Feuilles de Tabac, which is a 1980s scent, even though it was launched in 2000.)

    All suggestions gratefully received!

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    I think M7 would fall in that category.

    Kouros is a very different scent - and requires a little sweatiness or at least layering with a dirty musk on me to smell its best.
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    From several different decades, but all fit the mold:

    Anything by Mazzolari
    Knize Ten
    Mitsouko (I kid you not)
    Tabac Blond
    Parfum d'Habit
    Route du Vetiver
    Real Patchouly
    The Third Man
    Bois du Portugal
    Patou pour Homme (if you can find some)
    Vintage Tabarome
    Cypres-Musc
    Black Aoud
    Zino Davidoff
    Palais Jamais
    Nostalgia
    Santa Maria Novella Patchouli
    Etro Vetiver
    Macassar
    Eau des Iles
    Aoud Cuir d'Arabie
    Blenheim Bouquet
    Miel de Bois
    Lonestar Memories
    Black Tourmaline
    M7

    That ought to keep you busy for a while...
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    Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stereotomy View Post
    Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme.
    Good call! How did I forget it?

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    Hi,

    Great suggestions so far, these threads may be helpful as well:

    Belongs in the 1980s, but conceived another time:
    http://community.basenotes.net/showt...ighlight=1980s

    Why are 1980s scents so great?:
    http://community.basenotes.net/showt...ighlight=1980s

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    Versailles Pour Homme, Dunhill 1934, Balenciaga Pour Homme

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    Try:
    Polo and even better Polo Crest
    Azzaro pour homme
    Hugo Boss number One

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    Quorom, Xeryus, Sung Homme, Drakkar Noir, Grey Flannel, Bowling Green.

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    Good job with the Kouros. It is my second favourite from the 80's (my fave decade as well), only second to Cacharel pour l'Homme. Give this one a try. It is hard to come by, but if you can get your hands on it, do so. Not the most powerful of the 80's scents, but it is very beautiful. If you enjoy Bel Ami, I can see how you might enjoy Cacharel as well.

    Bois du Portugal is also an excellent powerhouse scent. Zino is a dirty, sexy powerhouse.

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    Trussardi Uomo

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    A few I hadn't seen mentioned:

    Bijan Men
    Lagerfeld Classic
    Tuscany
    Oscar De La Renta Pour Lui
    Worth Pour Homme
    Ivoire de Balmain (Marketed to women. Try only if you like dry green florals, otherwise disregard.)

    You did mention Jacomo de Jacomo - my SOTD. LOVE this stuff, especially this time of year with the weather we're having now.

    Also you mentioned Smalto Pour Homme, which I believe may be different from Francesco Smalto Pour Homme. Haven't tried Smalto, but I recently came by Francesco Smalto and it is truly amazing.

    I'm a big fan of this era too since I grew up in the 1980s. Smelling these again makes me smile, but also somewhat sad that so many of today's frags seem so pale by comparison.
    Loves of Late: Agua Lavanda, Eau Sauvage, Gendarme, Guerlain Vetiver, Guerlain EdC Imperiale, Ivoire de Balmain, Kenzo PH, Mitsouko, Royall Lyme, Tabac Original

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    I'm an 80's powerhouse lover myself. Try Duro by Nasomatto. You'll be blown away.

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    I'd add Rochas Lui and R de Capucci.

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    Don't forget Krizia per Uomo
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    Thanks so much for the suggestions so far - some great ones there!

    I forgot to list Vendetta - I think it fits the bill. For that matter, I think Michael by Michael Kors and CgD2 Man also have the requisite hairy chests. And how about Narciso Rodriguez for Him?

    I also agree that M7 should be on the list. I think Fahrenheit ought to be too. I own both, as well as the Bijan for Men. (That'll clear your sinuses!) Ditto Grey Flannel...

    I guess the criteria are that the scents are big, bold, rich and often brash. Perhaps extravagant is the perfect summation?

    Thanks to you lot I'm adding to my wants list and looking forward to testing out some of these. I think I may revisit some of the ones I owned previously too, especially the Jacomo (I haven't smelled it over two decades).

    And thanks for the links to the previous threads too - I missed them first time around

    JA.

    PS Has anyone noticed that the dry down of Antaeus is quite similar to Kouros? Both are creamy sweet, though Antaeus is just a bit darker. Kourous, however, has the greatest longevity I've ever experienced in a scent. I'm still getting it on my hand 29 hours after first applying it - and after countless handwashes and a shower! Now THAT'S an 80s powerhouse!

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    Narciso Rodruguez for Men is a very masculine scent - but it is also unusual - so sample it for sure. I didn't experience a huge amount of sillage, though, so I am not sure if you wanted to include that or not?
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    Guerlain Habit Rouge & Heritage

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudassir View Post
    Guerlain Habit Rouge & Heritage
    These two are great frags. I own and weare them both, but they don't qualify for the powerhouse category.

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    Versce L'Homme

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    Rochas Lui
    Shiseido Basala
    Azzaro Onyx
    Narciso Rodriguez

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    Montana Parfum D'Homme (red box)
    Loewe Para Hombre

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    Giorgio Beverly Hills

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    Bois du Portugal
    Krizia Uomo
    Halston 101 (The best Halston of all.)
    Halston 1--12
    Halston Z-14
    Jules
    Ébène
    Versailles pour Homme
    Jacomo de Jacomo
    One Man Show
    Furyo (close enough)
    Santos
    Francesco Smalto pour Homme
    Antaeus
    Tuscany
    Giorgio for Men
    Bijan
    Versace L'Homme (It speaks for itself.)
    The Third Man
    Givenchy Gentleman (Not technically of the period, but . . .)
    Trussardi Uomo
    Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme
    Witness
    Lagerfeld Classic
    Patou pour Homme
    Azzaro pour Homme
    Montana Parfum d'Homme (A personal favorite -- ALWAYS.)
    JHL
    Léonard pour Homme (The best autumnal fragrance of the Eighties.)
    Yatagan (Not really Eighties, but very Eighties in spirit.)
    Parfum d'Habit
    Boucheron Homme (1991, but close enough in both chronology and spirit.)
    Derby
    Polo
    Cacharel pour Homme
    Canvas (IF you can find it!)
    Oscar De La Renta Pour Lui
    Worth Pour Homme
    Grey Flannel
    Bowling Green
    Gianfranco Ferre for Man
    Fahrenheit
    Barbier des Isles (Maybe not technically Eighties, but . . .)
    Balenciaga pour Homme (Technically Nineties, but only barely so.)
    Xeryus
    Zino Davidoff (Nineties, but barely.)
    Macassar
    Eau des Iles
    Portos (Aramis OR Balenciaga!)
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    Many of these have already been listed:

    Azzaro PH
    Tuscany
    Polo
    Van Cleef and Arpels PH
    Zino Davidoff
    Trumper Curzon
    Guerlain Derby
    Givenchy Gentleman
    YSL Rive Gauche
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    Although I was born in the 90's, I heard that Giorgio for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills was one of the best fragrances of the 80's. However, it is very hard to find these days so you'll have to look on ebay, and it likely won't come cheap either.

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    Jules

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    Opium Ph and Envy. To my nose at least

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    Vermeil for Men by Jean Louis Vermeil

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    Wow ...... It gets harder as the thread gets longer ...
    plenty mentioned but nobody remembers ... WITNESS
    and a mention to the little known and even less respected
    DERRICK BLACK .... .. if King Kong entered the room you would know it ,, same with this gem .

    Also .. ONE MAN SHOW ... thats my trifecta of unmentioned ones !!
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    Boucheron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitrios View Post
    Wow ...... It gets harder as the thread gets longer ...
    plenty mentioned but nobody remembers ... WITNESS
    and a mention to the little known and even less respected
    DERRICK BLACK .... .. if King Kong entered the room you would know it ,, same with this gem .

    Also .. ONE MAN SHOW ... thats my trifecta of unmentioned ones !!
    Witness and One Man Show were covered under the "throw a dart" section of my post.

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, ...... I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

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    I don't think this has been mentioned so far, but it's a good one.

    Gianfranco Ferre for Man from 1986.

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    Thanks so much for all of the suggestions.

    I made a quick trip into town this morning and bought a 100ml bottle of L'Eau de Navagateur by L'Artisan Parfumeur (cost a small fortune, but the directory has this as discontinued, so I bit the bullet and grabbed it). What a masterpiece!

    This extravagance was leavened somewhat by the fact that I bought 100ml bottles of Trussardi Uomo and Van Cleef & Arpels PH for Euro 15 and 30 each (about $20 and $40), and a gift box of Kouros with 50ml bottle of EdT and shower gel for Euro 38 (about $50). I had forgotten how nice the Turssardi is, and had never smelled the VC&A before.

    So I have instantly added to the ranks of my 1980s giants, without too much of an outlay in the old spondoolux department...

    Now, can anyone help me source Jules? None of the relevant SAs here have even heard of it, and I haven't found it on my usual on-line sources. Is it still in production?

    I forgot to list YSL pour Homme Haute Concentration, which I love and which is another 1980s giant for sure...

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    Just checked at imaginationperfumery.com and found they still show Jules. Click on men's J and go to page 4. Also, the Perfumed Court have Jules by decant so you may sample before you buy.

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    Witness and One Man Show were covered under the "throw a dart" section of my post.

    Well ..... Take aim & throw a dart at mine too ..

    I mentioned them because they weren't mentioned !! ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitrios View Post
    Witness and One Man Show were covered under the "throw a dart" section of my post.

    Well ..... Take aim & throw a dart at mine too ..

    I mentioned them because they weren't mentioned !! ..
    Thanks Dimitrios,

    I did take a look at your wardrobe - I had completely forgotten about Kann!

    Used to wear that when I was a kid.

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    Kanons really nice ,, a smoother Bogart PH sort off ,, buts its longevity is weak the polar opposite of Bogart ,, I still use it regularly and also carry its spritzer when I do ,, I recomend it to anyone even as a blind buy !

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