When I first bought my little bottle of DN at a local discounter the big department store fragrance departments did carry it, but it was only in small boxes stored on back shelves that you practically had to be hunting for. They didn't even have a tester of the stuff. I don't even think my locacl Sephora had a tester out. A few months later (present day), as I browse stores I've noticed the opposite. They've now displayed DN prominantly in big 3.4 oz testers alongside every other designer bottle at both department stores and Sephora. To me this is a sign that it is gaining popularity amongst the masses again or shortly may.
IMO, to be honest, it seems super dated, and yes, old-manish. My gf hated it when I tested and I wasn't impressed either.
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Not even a little bit. It has redeeming qualities, but overall it's extremely dated and no one under 30 wears it. I remember first getting a free half used 50ml bottle from my Dad's Greek friend when I was in junior high, and prefferred Polo Sport, Nautica Competition, Hugo, XS, Platinum Egoiste at that time, and passed it along to another friend.
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Nope, not popular at all with people under 30. It's a great fragrance, but smells dated on younger people, granted you ever get to smell it on a younger person.
A friend of mine who doesn't know any better put on a few sprays before meeting with some girls in their early twenties and they all couldn't get over how he smelled like a creepy old man. It reallly sucked to hear, 'cuz I love me some Drakkar Noir and I'm 25.
It's not somewhat cool, it's VERY cool! I'm 27 (so in the under 30 crowd) and love it. I did some fragrance research and discovered it that way - I was looking for a fragrance very similar to the first one that I ever owned (Yardley's English Blazer, and discovered Drakkar by reading that it was very similar, and it is). I love the drydown, but to be honest I find myself having to ride-out the slightly unpleasant opening. But the drydown's amazing! Seems chicks respond as well to it now as I imagine they did back when you wore it aswell? I'll keep this one in my rotation as long as they keep making it!
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Oh and I definitely don't think it's old man-ish purely because it smells so bloody verile and tough qualities associated with youth, though, as everyone knows, you get loads of cool tough older badasses out there!
I wore this in high school in 1984. I remember getting a compliment on it from a very popular girl, who unfortunately got wrapped up in drugs and has passed away since then. I took it to college with me and a guy who was chatting with me in my dorm room went ga-ga over it and I just gave it to him...I remember him saying "Oh, Man...this stuff is sweet!" He is now a prominent surgeon!
All that said, my faves from the period were Polo, Aramis and Kouros...all hairy-chested beasts!
Still popular here because:
1) it smells good
2) you can pick it up cheap at Walmart, CVS, and the like
Oh no, I don't like very common smells. The sole reason I don't own Paco 1 mill.
Too common = less interesting.
Too bad I never tried Drakkar Noir, it seems that it's one those must try scents even though one might not like it at all.
Fragrance has no age limits - wear what you like.
if $40 for 100ml of DN is not cheap then I'm off to Xerjoff diet. also there are so many DN rip-offs and smellalikes so you could measure popularity using those too.
I'm 28 and am not a fan at all. Really not my thing.
When I tested RD, I was immediately drawn to it and it's currently in my top 5 b/c of it's base. Maybe now I can understand why...
Is DRAKKAR NOIR still popular with the UNDER 30 crowd?
A friend of mine put it on one day before getting in car with a bunch of ladies in their 20s and they were all like "OMG you smell like an old man." A huge exaggeration, but it reveals the truth.
I still think it's an amazing fragrance and a classic though.
It's interesting, I reckon aquatics will be an old mans scent for my generation when we get old (I'm in my 20s). The reason I say this is because older guys generally wear what they wore as young men, which I reckon is pretty cool. How many 70+ year olds wear Old Spice/Brut/Blue Stratos - lots of them - because it's what they grew up on from their teen years (to be honest though, I like those 3 scents too so I'm not poking fun at the taste of older men). By the time I'm about 80 (lets hope I get there), things like Old Spice and Acqua Di Gio and hell, maybe even Only The Brave, will all probably be equally old-manish to the teenagers...
Nope, not really. It's still called the "sexiest date fragrance" from time to time, but I don't see it. I wear it when I just want to spray something, or trigger the ol' "good memory" receptors.
I've been thinking a bit more on the topic, and I've come to a conclusion. Drakkar Noir is a fragrance equivilant of a Corvette Stingray, sure it's old, but it's powerful and timeless. For a young man to wear it it's no different to a young man driving a Stingray - and most people would think that was really cool rather than lame. This is my oppinion. Apparently some women think differently as mentioned above and that's cool too. But, like a classic car (it's a classic fragrance for sure) I don't see it as something that can date too easily. I mean, it could even be mistaken to a non-fragrance-enthusiast as generic deodrant marketed to teenage boys (it does have a similar general smell to those types of deodrants for sure)!