Absolutely. Caron's "masculines" are top notch.
Been a while since I wore L'Anarchiste, and gave it a full wearing today. I felt so good the whole day, There's a bit of unsettling of notes in its initial phase but it soon settles in to an incredible metallic melange of flowers, mints herbs... Yet, I still can't put it on the same par as its glorious siblings from the house of Caron. What do you think, fans of the house?
Absolutely. Caron's "masculines" are top notch.
I think all 4 Caron men's fragrances are equally fantastic (L'Anarchiste, 3rd Man, Yatagan and Pour un Homme) - and some of the best values on the market.
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As I've said on many Caron threads, My rankings for the male frags from this house are:
1. Yatagan (always great)
2. L'Anarchiste (unique and great when I'm in the mood for it)
Then there's a drop...
3. 3rd Man (a little too dainty for my taste, but I do like it)
Then there's a bigger drop...
4. Pour un Homme (active dislike)
Well anything is better than Yatagan and Pour un Homme disappoints as well. 3rd Man is okay, but I don't think it's as good as some make it out to be. I'm actually thinking about swapping it. L'Anarchiste, though I wasn't impressed with it, is probably the most fragrant and modern of the bunch.
I think L'anarchiste is the most wearable of the group followed by PuH, Yatagan, 3rd Man. I think they are all OK, but I can see why they are not universally appreciated.
Yes, KV, I think it's easily on par with Yatagan and 3rd Man. All three super-greats.
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To be honest, I was rather disappointed by the Caron offerings I have checked out (PH and L'Anarchiste) PH I generally didn't like and L'Anarchiste I really wanted to love and kinda only "liked a little". It's defintely unique, but it didn't move me enough to make a recent relatively inexpensive purchase of it (with my new stricter budget in place).
I still plan to check out Yatagan and 3rd Man, but my general disappointment in the other two doesn't have me in any rush to do so.
It's an excellent composition, but Third Man isn't on par with Yatagan, nor is Anarchiste on par with Yatagan, Third Man or Pour un Homme.
My girlfriend loves Anarchiste, though, but not nearly as much as Yatagan.
I find it superior in wearability ( I really can't wear Yatagan - far too skanky ), but slightly less complex and a little "brash" overall. Head and shoulders above most of the masculines I've smelled this past decade.
I've yet to try Third Man.
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Yatagan is my favorite Caron.
L'Anarchiste and then Pour un Homme follow closely behind.
Albeit a very good fragrance, 3rd Man takes last place in my collection of Carons.
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I don't think so.
Wow. I'm actually surprised I have the dissenting opinion here. I find L'Anarchiste in a completely different league from Yatagan, 3rd Man and PuH: the minor leagues.
Doesn't stop me from owning and enjoying it, though. It lacks the refinement and luxury of it's brothers, imho.
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My favorites of the bunch are Pour un Homme and Yatagan. I place L'Anarchiste and 3rd Man a notch below. But this is only my personal preference, which isn't exactly related to their quality as fragrances.
In a more objective sense I have a hard time deciding if L'Anarchiste belongs at the very top. It is very good and I do like it a lot. I just can't decide if that strange opening and distinctive metallic quality should help to place in the top rank or are enough to keep it out of that position. My first reaction is to say no, that those elements, while unique to the fragrance and help to distinguish it from many others, are just a bit too odd and disconcerting to place L'Anarchiste in the elite category.
I do like and wear 3rd Man and Yatagan, - and seldomly reach for L`Anarchiste and L`Homme.
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For me 3rd man is one of my favourites, followed quite closely by Yatagan. L'Anarchiste is not in the same league.
Caron's masculines can be considered to be a strange bunch. I can definitely see a connection between PUH and Third Man but then out of left-field come L'Anarchiste and Yatagan. To me, Yatagan is my favourite fragrance of the four and still has the capacity to surprise me when I first spray it. After the initial "What?" comes the most beautiful drydown. L'Anarchiste is intriguing at first and has a similar "What?" vibe but I began to find it a bit one-dimensional without the anticipatory excitement of Yatagan. It comes in a stunning box though!
Why do you ask? I don't as I found L'Aarchiste to be sour apples surrounded by fall spices. Of late, I have a big aversion to apple accords.
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L'Anarchiste is very bitter upon application, but it does get warm and musky as it dries. And dry it is. It's one of the "driest" scents I've come across.