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    Default Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    I think Hermes Bel Ami is a lighter version of CHANEL Antaeus.. Agreed??

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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    Not in my experience.
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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    I don't get much resemblance. The vintage of both are more leather-heavy (and vintage Antaeus is less powdery). So you can get some similarities in them.
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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    WHICH Bel Ami are you referring to? the reformulated Bel Ami is a totally different scent than the original.

    either way....i don't think either are similar to Antaeus.....very different scents IMO.

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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    Both are very masculine, but Antaeus is of the 'aromatic' variety (herbs, lavender), and Bel Ami is more of the 'leather chypre' variety. Both great, but not alike.

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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    Not at all: spicy top notes proper of Bel Ami are absent in Antaeus, whose top notes are clearly floral. They share common base notes in terms of the leather notes present, but do take in mind there are still differences between these ones too.

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    Hello all!

    I'm not active on the boards but boy do I lurk!

    Rather than create a whole new thread I'd rather revive this one to get your current opinions on these two fragrances.
    I have tried both Antaeus (decant) and Bel Ami (small sample) and I like them both, but can't decide which to get a full bottle (current formulation).
    Here's the caveat: Antaeus floral opening is somewhat challenging to my nose and Bel Ami's cumin note is tough to digest at first yet their drydown is to my liking.

    So, which do you prefer and why? Please kindly expound.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    Quote Originally Posted by fragsrock View Post

    So, which do you prefer and why? Please kindly expound.

    Thanks!
    Own and like both, but prefer the Hermes as it smells better to me, throughout.
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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    Quote Originally Posted by fragsrock View Post
    Rather than create a whole new thread I'd rather revive this one to get your current opinions on these two fragrances.
    I have tried both Antaeus (decant) and Bel Ami (small sample) and I like them both, but can't decide which to get a full bottle (current formulation).
    Here's the caveat: Antaeus floral opening is somewhat challenging to my nose and Bel Ami's cumin note is tough to digest at first yet their drydown is to my liking.

    So, which do you prefer and why? Please kindly expound.
    This is a tough choice. I tend to prefer Antaeus, but I've been wearing Bel Ami today and loving it. The openings of both are fantastic to my nose.
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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    I'd probably go with Antaeus, but I haven't smelled the current version.

    As mentioned, both are excellent and it's hard to go wrong.
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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    Both are excellent in their vintage formulations. Antaeus has a stronger personality. It reminds me of older gentlemen I sometimes see at airports that wear Tweed sportscoats and are properly dressed like they are still in the 1970's.

    Bel Ami is more understated, it is quietly charming.

    I slightly prefer Antaeus.

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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    Bel Ami is my first love, current formulation has yet to be sniffed. Antaeus, current is very good scent, Vintage is a superb.
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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    Both are good fragrances in current formulation. And masterpiece in their vintage form.
    If I were to pick one, it would be Antaeus if you go Vintage or Bel Ami if you want to stick to current Formulation

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    Quote Originally Posted by purecaramel View Post
    Bel Ami is my first love, current formulation has yet to be sniffed. Antaeus, current is very good scent, Vintage is a superb.
    Same here...Bel Ami stands higher on my vintage lists & I mean the top 5; Antaeus will be somewhere in the 6-10...
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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    Thank you all for your responses! It is indeed a tough choice. I failed to mention that I own Bel Ami Vetiver - I like that sort of brown/green smell in the first stages and then that vetiver pops in the drydown.

    Would it be redundant to own the current Bel Ami?

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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    Prefer Bel Ami, and, worth having it even with BAV IMO

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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    Personally much prefer Antaeus, though also like Bel Ami a lot.


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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    ...it's more the other way around: Antaeus is the frisky young colt and Bel Ami the dark old grumbler...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fragsrock View Post
    Hello all!

    I'm not active on the boards but boy do I lurk!

    Rather than create a whole new thread I'd rather revive this one to get your current opinions on these two fragrances.
    I have tried both Antaeus (decant) and Bel Ami (small sample) and I like them both, but can't decide which to get a full bottle (current formulation).
    Here's the caveat: Antaeus floral opening is somewhat challenging to my nose and Bel Ami's cumin note is tough to digest at first yet their drydown is to my liking.

    So, which do you prefer and why? Please kindly expound.

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    The bee's wax accord sets Antaeus apart from Bel Ami or indeed any other frag i know.

    Both are very good though. If forced, i would choose Antaeus.
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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    Quote Originally Posted by fragsrock View Post
    Hello all!

    I'm not active on the boards but boy do I lurk!

    Rather than create a whole new thread I'd rather revive this one to get your current opinions on these two fragrances.
    I have tried both Antaeus (decant) and Bel Ami (small sample) and I like them both, but can't decide which to get a full bottle (current formulation).
    Here's the caveat: Antaeus floral opening is somewhat challenging to my nose and Bel Ami's cumin note is tough to digest at first yet their drydown is to my liking.

    So, which do you prefer and why? Please kindly expound.

    Thanks!
    In their vintage formulations, I like them both and find them very diffferent, so it would be hard for me to pick one. Maybe I'd say Antaeus, just because I think it performs better in terms of longevity - I've always found Bel Ami as much superb as a bit too light.

    In their current formulations I'd surely pick Bel Ami instead, which has surely been watered down and made a bit more flat, but just that, it's still nice and still has Bel Ami footprint. Nothing closer to the disgusting mess they did with Antaeus (I know many still appreciate the current version; I find it screechy and horrid).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Maillard View Post
    Nothing closer to the disgusting mess they did with Antaeus (I know many still appreciate the current version; I find it screechy and horrid).
    ...your review which does not say anything about vintage or current versions...maybe you can update your view on it...?

    A magnificent, raw but refined opening of musky castoreum, warm but dry and really close to leather (like in Knize Ten and other classics), but gently softened by aromatic woods, spices and silky colourful hints of flowers. Animalic but friendly and elegant, it has a typical fougère "gloominess" but it also appears more "young", relaxed and modern than most of other more classic and austere fougères, and also more sophisticated and sharp. The evolution is quite predictable, as it remains a castoreum-leather smoky accord, just drier and lighter as hours pass. Restrained and noble, always without being too shady or heavy, rather keeping it slightly "airy" and more lively thanks to rose, jasmine and fresh tasty herbs like thyme and sage. Versatile, classy, cozy, masculine. Timeless classic!

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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trauerkraut View Post
    ...it's more the other way around: Antaeus is the frisky young colt and Bel Ami the dark old grumbler...
    Antaeus a frisky young colt ? Are you trying to be a comedian ? One of the more odd things I have read here recently.

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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    Wearing BAV today and think I'm leaning towards Bel Ami. Tried Antaeus last night and feel it loses direction/balance in the drydown - the heart is pleasing though.
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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    Vintage vs vintage, Bel Ami by a small margin
    Current vs current, Bel Ami by a much wider margin

    I really like vintage Anateus, I love vintage Bel Ami.
    Vintage Bel Ami is a top 5 fragrance for me while vintage Anateus is a top 15. It really comes down to uniqueness... There's nothing like vintage Bel Ami, and if there is, I'd love to find it

    Wit that said, both are great fragrances in their own right but very different.
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    Default Re: Bel Ami and Antaeus. Brothers?

    Smelled the latest iteration of Antaeus again today at Saks. This smells like a fragrance that was a Oh Heck No in 1960, that they pulled out to show me today....

    Bel Ami can come across dated as well, but at least you get the sense it's well done... no matter when it came out. Not the case with Antaeus. Bel Ami still wins this one still IMO.

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