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    Exclamation I made a startling discovery about Antaeus

    The current formulation of Antaeus, not the vintage version, smells a lot like Kouros Fraîcheur.

    Now, Kouros Fraîcheur has a bit more freshness, with distinctive pineapple and civet notes, but the current formulation of Antaeus and Kouros Fraîcheur are remarkably alike once they start drying down.

    It may sound like a crazy comparison, but try them side-to-side if you can. The current Antaeus could even be a substitute for Kouros Fraîcheur, if you can't find it!
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    Default Re: I made a startling discovery about Antaeus

    I've never smelt Kouros Fraicheur but I may hae to investigate this. Antaeus, even in its current formulation (haven't tried the older formulation ) is a heavyweight that still commands respect!
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    Default Re: I made a startling discovery about Antaeus

    I don't smell it at all. Antaeus is full of lavender while Kouros Fraicheur maintains a strong anise character...

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    Default Re: I made a startling discovery about Antaeus

    I recently smelled Antaeus on a Duty Free and couldn`t get any similarties with the Kouros Fraicheur that i have.
    The current Antaeus has a kind of vintage soapy aroma that i dislike and that i don`t find in kouros fraicheur.
    I wouldn`t recommend one as a substitute of the other.
    Kouros Fraicheur is more closer, in my opinion, to Paco Rabanne Tenere, but they are still sufficient different to consider one as a replacement of the other...

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    Default Re: I made a startling discovery about Antaeus

    I don't see the similarity either.

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    Default Re: I made a startling discovery about Antaeus

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I don't see the similarity either.
    I agree with mon ami.

    I've tested both several times and see no similarity.
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    Default Re: I made a startling discovery about Antaeus

    A couple years ago, I scored a deal on a tester of Antaeus, understanding that it would most likely be the current formulation. I recalled smelling it through the 80's and 90's, but once I got this latest one, it was decidedly different. I got similarities to Puig's Quorum and (citing rickbr's mention) Paco Rabanne's Tenere, but Tenere was still heavy on the honey note, whereas the beeswax-driven honey inclination of the Antaeus of yore was quelled considerably in the most current iteration. And the Quorum connection may have come from a possible amping-up of a leather-like accord in there.....maybe?

    Oh well, just my $0.02.

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    Default Re: I made a startling discovery about Antaeus

    Here's another revelation: Rochas Globe's drydown smells identical to vintage Antaeus.
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    Default Re: I made a startling discovery about Antaeus

    Damn, I still need to try Antaeus one of these days. If it really resembles Kouros Fraicheur then it is a formidable beast, indeed.

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    Default Re: I made a startling discovery about Antaeus

    Quote Originally Posted by manicboy View Post
    Here's another revelation: Rochas Globe's drydown smells identical to vintage Antaeus.
    Oooooooh. No wonder Aromi swears by this Globe stuff. Man, I passed up several chances to buy it recently. Not gonna let it slide any more.
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    Default Re: I made a startling discovery about Antaeus

    I used to wear Kouros Fraicheur all the time, and I own the current Antaeus. I actually think Grottola has a point. I do smell some similarities in that both frags are woody and have an animalic dirty undertone to them. The differences are that KF is brighter with more citrus, but I can smell the similarities.
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    Default Re: I made a startling discovery about Antaeus

    Quote Originally Posted by shamu1 View Post
    I used to wear Kouros Fraicheur all the time, and I own the current Antaeus. I actually think Grottola has a point. I do smell some similarities in that both frags are woody and have an animalic dirty undertone to them. The differences are that KF is brighter with more citrus, but I can smell the similarities.
    Exactly. I understand that everyone's nose is different, but the prominent vetiver/patchouli/castoreum combo in Antaeus reminds me a lot of Kouros Fraîcheur.

    Quote Originally Posted by rickbr View Post
    I recently smelled Antaeus on a Duty Free and couldn`t get any similarties with the Kouros Fraicheur that i have.
    The current Antaeus has a kind of vintage soapy aroma that i dislike and that i don`t find in kouros fraicheur.
    I wouldn`t recommend one as a substitute of the other.
    Kouros Fraicheur is more closer, in my opinion, to Paco Rabanne Tenere, but they are still sufficient different to consider one as a replacement of the other...
    On the other hand, I don't smell any similarities in Tenere.... hmm.
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