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    Default The 80's: Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro

    These perfumes represent the 80's for me. Everybody wore Polo green, Drakkar noir or Azzaro at that time. I was wearing azzaro when I gave my first kiss. One of my girlfriends demanded that I use Polo, and I gave her a perfumed teddy bear with this fragrance. Many of my friends wore Drakkar Noir.

    These perfumes are rarely mentioned here at Basenotes. What do you think of them, and do you still wear them?

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    Default Re: The 80's: Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro

    Polo Green is a staple in my fragrance collection. To me this is the Chanel No5 of men's fragrances.

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    The only one of these I've smelled (that I'm aware of) is Drakkar Noir. My friend wore it in college (a few years ago). I found it to be quite horrendous, and that was when he wasn't bathing in it, as he did once. Truly a horrible car ride, that was!
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    Default Re: The 80's: Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro

    During the 80s, Polo was my everyday work scent and Drakkar was my going out at night scent. I haven't worn either in many years though.

    For some reason, I never owned Azzaro. However, I keep seeing it at Marshalls/TJ Maxx and have been tempted on a few occasions to pick it up. I'm sure I will someday soon.....
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    Default Re: The 80's: Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro

    I have Polo and Drakkar in my medicine cabinet. Will never wear them again but I take a whiff every now and then just to evoke some wonderful memories.

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    To me, the archetypal 80's scent is Halston Z-14, which, frankly, I still find to be devastatingly sexy. I read somewhere that Cartier Santos is like a luxe Z-14, so I ordered a mini of it that should get here tomorrow.

    Then there's Xeryus, which is perennially delicious. I was wearing it every day for a while just last year, although I do think it has been reformulated. The terragon note is much stronger now.

    Gucci Nobile is one of my staples and it's very 80's. The pepper notes are what keep me coming back. One friend of mine finds Nobile to be irresistible and whenever I wear it she wants to bury her nose in my shirt.

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    I was happily lost in the world of Giorgio for Men from the mid 80s until a few years ago.

    I have a bottle of Drakkar Noir from the 80s but don't remember buying it. It is only recently that I discovered Polo (green), Azzaro pour Homme and a host of other 80s fragrances.

    I keep Drakkar Noir around and try it every once in awhile - hoping that someday it will click with me.

    Polo (green) and Azzaro pH are timeless fragances that I don't wear nearly often enough.
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    Polo is nice enough, just not what I seek. It had it's time & place but, for me, it's now a coniferous overkill.

    Drakkar is vile. Makes me nauseous just to smell it. Something in it does not agree with me.

    Azzaro is beautiful. I still use it. To me, it's timeless. This one conjures up visions of Mediterranean beaches, warm winds rustling a white cotton shirt...

    Isn't Azzaro the fragrance that had magazine print ads which originally read, "Picture yourself in a Portuguese rainforest"?

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    My regulars during the 80s were Halston Z-14, Van Cleef and Arpels Tsar, Chanel Antaeus, Caswell-Massey Vetiver, and Knize Two. Knize Two was the closest thing I've had to a signature scent, and I wore it regularly well into the 90s.

    I never used Polo or Azzaro back then. But now I love Azzaro and also have a bottle of Drakkar Noir. I'm still looking for an older bottle of Tsar, made before the reformulation.

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    Default Re: The 80's: Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro

    Drakkar Noir is the first "high end" fragrance I ever bought. I loved that stuff and wore it all the time along with Cool Water. Prior to that I wore stuff like Aspen, Old Spice, etc.
    Interestingly a few days ago I finally tried Polo on my skin while at Macys. I've tested it hundreds of times on a card but this time I tried it on and I really liked it. A powerful tobacco note for sure. I'm surprised this one was so popular. It doesn't go along with the current trend of aquas everyone wears now. Sadly I mostly see men 40+ buying this. I wish more people my age would appreciate the classics.
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    Default Re: The 80's: Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro

    No, why live in the past?

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    Default Re: The 80's: Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro

    I never cared for Polo or Drakkar Noir. I wore Romeo Gigli, Eau Savage, and Colors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggles View Post
    No, why live in the past?
    I appreciate Renoir and Van Gogh, is it somehow different to appreciate masters in other genres?
    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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    Default Re: The 80's: Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro

    There's also more diversity in the perfumes of the past than in those of the present, because the number of perfumes that "accumulated" over the decades is huge.

    If you refuse to wear older perfumes, you are denying yourself important olfactory experiences.
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    Default Re: The 80's: Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro

    I'd be happy to wear any of these three classics.

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    I have no experience with any of the Polos' or Drakkar... but I own and love Azzaro PH. It's become an important member of my wardrobe and I absolutely can not run out of a bottle.


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    Default Re: The 80's: Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro

    I've never liked Polo, Azzaro I liked but it didn't last on me, and Drakkar Noir I still find to be an absolutely fabulous scent.

    Beats me why it gets rubbished so much around here.

    It's fresh fougere/aromatic fougere style is still in fashion among numerous other scents, and it's hardly a powerhouse scent like those perceived as dated from the 80s.

    I cannot fathom why a scent can be judged as being poor or bad merely because some individuals chose to overdose themselves with it at the time, in order that it compete with the contemporary powerhouses then in style. Seems like an extremely subjective judgement to me.
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    All brilliant scents which smell as good today as they did then.
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    Default Re: The 80's: Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro

    Quote Originally Posted by LuciusVorenus View Post
    If you refuse to wear older perfumes, you are denying yourself important olfactory experiences.
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    Yep, I agree. Polo and Drakkar Noir will always have a place in my wardrobe as they are quality fragrances no matter when they were made. Unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to try Azzaro yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuciusVorenus View Post
    These perfumes represent the 80's for me. Everybody wore Polo green, Drakkar noir or Azzaro at that time. I was wearing azzaro when I gave my first kiss. One of my girlfriends demanded that I use Polo, and I gave her a perfumed teddy bear with this fragrance. Many of my friends wore Drakkar Noir.

    These perfumes are rarely mentioned here at Basenotes. What do you think of them, and do you still wear them?

    Lucius
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    I got burned out on Polo a long time ago. Never liked Drakkar Noir, but I did use Kriza Per Uomo back then, and still use it today. I wore Krizia to my first professional job interview and got the job (which sadly turned out to be one of the greater mistakes of my life).
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    Default Re: The 80's: Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro

    I was an undergraduate during the first half of the 80s, and it seemed that everybody in and around San Diego was wearing Drakkar Noir at this time, except me, that is. My then-signature scent was Jacomo de Jacomo, and I also wore plenty of Z-14 and I-12. I've been jonesing to get back to Jacomo de Jacomo lately!

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    Default Re: The 80's: Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Guyer View Post
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    Because the past is cool.
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    Default Re: The 80's: Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro

    Quote Originally Posted by Omega1185 View Post
    Because the past is cool.
    You're cool, too. You get it.

    I do want to throw Calvin (blue bottle) into the mix here. Halston Z-14, Polo green, Calvin....all staples of mine.

    I did like Drakkar on occasion, but the new stuff is like stagnant tea and BO.

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    Oh the memories.....
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    Default Re: The 80's: Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro

    Quote Originally Posted by Omega1185 View Post
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    I had Azzaro and Drakkar back then, but Polo wasn't particular popular here. I discovered Polo just a couple of years ago, and it's a grat scent with lots of character.

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    Still good in my opinion, still enjoyable to be worn. Worthy examples about how powerhouse classics should be.
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    nice thread revived, nice to find some great topic from the past..

    Azzaro had a full bottle, a spotty kid on powerhouse I was
    my fondest memories are linked to Jules( great scent, great bottlle, great marketing campaign) and to Davidoff by Davidoff
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    Default Re: The 80's: Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro

    Original Polo and Giorgio for Men were my staples during my favorite decade of fragrance (and both still get plenty of play today, the Giorgio in particular). I really miss such a great period where just about every new release was good or great... Nowadays, you have ten to twenty times the number of new releases yearly and only a handful or two of the 2000 each year memorable... Sigh.
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    Default Re: The 80's: Polo, Drakkar Noir, Azzaro

    I remember getting a mini of Drakkar Noir in around 88-89 in a downtown Pittsburgh department store when I was 18. That was my first frag. I think I got it because I liked the bottle. I remember wondering "what's an Eau de Toilette" even though it was out with other colognes. I thought it might have to do with putting some on when you went to the toilet.
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