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    Default Help me to identify this fragrance please!

    Here's the riddle

    -it's a classic male scent, been around at least from 80s, maybe even 70's or earlier
    -it has exceptionally strong sillage, it really leaves behind floating in a room when the person has left the room
    -it's definately woody, dry and woody are maybe the best adjectives describing it, also spicy, unfortunately can't name the spicies
    -formal and strong
    -its NOT Drakkar Noir (which is the nearest scent i've found being somewhat similar to it), it's NOT Tsar, not Antaeus (which also has something similar),
    NOT Gucci PH
    -when i was young in the 80's i remember my first boss used this scent while i was sitting in his office at the employ interview
    -it must be quite rare nowadays

    I really would like to identify which fragrance this is. If it's still in production / available. As i said before, Drakkar Noir is the closest to it i have found - but that's not the one.
    Currently wearing: Macassar by Rochas

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    Aramis?
    I'm a colognosaurus. Rawr!

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    Polo?

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    When was Your first boss wearing that fabulous fragrance? That will help me eliminate those mada after as so many great scents were made in the 80s. Dry, woody, spicy and not DN?????? Similar to DN, made much earlier were Pino Silvestre, Silvestre by Victor, all the Puigs - Quorum, Aqua lavanda, Aqua Brava. Azarro PH, Dunhill, Paco Rabanne PH, Jazz YSL came in 88 and is a tad sweeter than what You describe. Jules by Dior. Do You know how Brut original smells? Could be that one too. Van Cleef & Arpels is guite similar to Antaeus. Aramis and Polo were big then. If it was in Eurrope, chances are slim it would be Halston or Gray flannel, but one never knows. Jacomo? - many mmen wore it then.

    Go to a shop and speak to some SA that new the market then! In every country, different frags were common or unheard of. Good luck!

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    Santos?

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    Gucci Nobile.
    It's Discontinued, And nearest scent to Drakkar Noir.
    Last edited by DeepSilence; 4th October 2010 at 07:37 AM.

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    Kouros?

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    I believe Aramis and Polo were big in Finland those days. If I had to stick with just one guess, I'd say it's Aramis. It certainly is dry, more so than most of the other realistic suggestions.

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    Aramis or Quorum?

    Or Chaps by Ralph Lauren?

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    i'd opt for kouros or polo.

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    Coveri pour Homme, F. Smalto, Basile Uomo - Ive found those two quite similar to Drakkar

    Bowling Green is also said to be close to Drakkar in a way...but I havent tried it so far

    anyway this question may be out of date as the scent could have been reformulated since the time and nowadays it is different (remember Oscar de la Renta/1981)...
    Last edited by Morning Star; 4th October 2010 at 10:43 PM.

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    My immediate thought was on par with Volley's response: Kouros.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post

    Or Chaps by Ralph Lauren?
    I will second this guess.

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    I'll go with Polo

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    My initial guess was Polo....

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    Hi and many thanks for your input!
    You guys mention many brands that are unknown to me, so it's easier for me to exclude some that's i'm sure it's NOT at least:
    (i hate to put down some good suggestions of you!) It's not Polo, Kouros, any of Aramis product line, Santos, Azzaro PH., Paco Rabanne, Grey Flannel, Quorum.

    I will start searching based on your suggestions, other than i listed above. My own strongest guess says it could well be Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme. I already ordered a bottle as a blind buy (in my country they don't sell it, nor many others mentioned.). It was/is a truly amazing fragrance, and i have decided to find it (if it's still available). Will report here if i will
    Currently wearing: Macassar by Rochas

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    @ Nevena : It must have been around 1982, 1983.
    Currently wearing: Macassar by Rochas

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    I have exactly the same identify problem. EXACTLY THE SAME! When I find this thread, my heart almost jumped out. :-) And there is not any valid result. All these tips are not valid. Is there anybody out there, who can help me??? This mystery fragrance has Drakkar Noir soul with something like smooth and addictive tobacco note, whitch I found in Dolce & Gabbana pour homme (realesed in 1993). My last experince is, that this mystery note is resembled in Thierry Mugler ALIEN EDP !!! My investigation takes me many years and I have no valid result. Please help me (us). It was propably discontinued in early 90th, becauce since then I cant smell it nowhere. (sorry for my imperfect english).

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    ...Fragrantica calls Lomani pour Homme as most resembling to Drakkar noir, but that one is from 1987
    Currently wearing: Knize Ten by Knize

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    Thanks for your response. Lomani is close to DN, but it is not what I seeking for.

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    Conspicuously absent from your portfolio is Halston Z-14. That's the only one I can come up with that you don't already own. Well, actually, VCAPH, despite the heavy, soapy rose note, may be what you're after because it is indeed on the dry side. Based on your location, Van Cleef would be more likely than Z-14?

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    This kind of threads always looks to me like looking for a needle in the ocean. There was dozens, if not hundreds of scents back then, at various degrees of quality and availability, which were all much similar one to another. Plus there was worldwide designer scents, but also tons of "local" cheaper scents which probably other countries never heard of... and so on. Some visual reference for the bottle may help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Maillard View Post
    This kind of threads always looks to me like looking for a needle in the ocean.
    ...this thread is from 3rd October 2010: obviously the starter never found the needle...!
    Currently wearing: Knize Ten by Knize

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trauerkraut View Post
    ...this thread is from 3rd October 2010: obviously the starter never found the needle...!
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    Mean spirited, nasty, snide, sarcastic, hateful, and rude individuals on Basenotes don't warrant or deserve other individuals' acknowledgement or respect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wheatstraw2 View Post
    Conspicuously absent from your portfolio is Halston Z-14. That's the only one I can come up with that you don't already own. Well, actually, VCAPH, despite the heavy, soapy rose note, may be what you're after because it is indeed on the dry side. Based on your location, Van Cleef would be more likely than Z-14?
    Thanks for response. VCA is potent stuff and I hate this. Z14 is fine, but is not the one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Maillard View Post
    This kind of threads always looks to me like looking for a needle in the ocean. There was dozens, if not hundreds of scents back then, at various degrees of quality and availability, which were all much similar one to another. Plus there was worldwide designer scents, but also tons of "local" cheaper scents which probably other countries never heard of... and so on. Some visual reference for the bottle may help!
    Yes. It is almost impossible find this lost gem. BUT I have fresh experience with Thierry Mugler Alien. It was the similar case. Once upon time I smelled magical "deep purple" trail behind the stranger woman and I was not quick enough and I didnt ask her what she was wearing. I just "smelled" this magical deep purple color aura. And then I accidently saw this Alien deep purple colour bottle and finally I found this magical fragrance. Yes it is too hard, but not impossible. I have not any info about bottle. I have just almost 30 year old very sharp and unforgettable and indescribable remembrance.

    This story is from East Europe. In this time (80ties) there were not any local fragrance producers. There were only special shops for "western goods" (Chanel, Dior and other famous producers).
    Last edited by noodles; 23rd October 2014 at 03:02 PM.

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    ...what about Tuscany Per Uomo (1984)...??
    Currently wearing: Knize Ten by Knize

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    Quote Originally Posted by noodles View Post
    I have exactly the same identify problem. EXACTLY THE SAME! When I find this thread, my heart almost jumped out. :-) And there is not any valid result. All these tips are not valid. Is there anybody out there, who can help me??? This mystery fragrance has Drakkar Noir soul with something like smooth and addictive tobacco note, whitch I found in Dolce & Gabbana pour homme (realesed in 1993). My last experince is, that this mystery note is resembled in Thierry Mugler ALIEN EDP !!! My investigation takes me many years and I have no valid result. Please help me (us). It was propably discontinued in early 90th, becauce since then I cant smell it nowhere. (sorry for my imperfect english).
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    Quote Originally Posted by noodles View Post
    This story is from East Europe. In this time (80ties) there were not any local fragrance producers. There were only special shops for "western goods" (Chanel, Dior and other famous producers).
    Not correct. In Ukraine alone there were about five first-class perfumeries. In Russian Federation - about ten. Florena (DDR), Pollena (Poland), Alen Mak (Bulgaria), Dzintars in Latvia, there were many local producers with lots of brilliant creations - but almost all of them gone by now. The fact that all those brands were hidden behind the Iron Curtain and weren't present on the pages of Vogue in the 70s does not diminish their objective legacy.
    Last edited by Russlan; 24th October 2014 at 01:25 AM.
    Currently wearing: Ho Hang by Balenciaga

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