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    Default Still love Antidote after all these years

    Wore this again after who knows how long and damn, do I ever love it. Antidote by V&R is a great fragrance. I perceive it differently than I did years ago before I was had experience with natural oils/absolutes and the like. What once was a slightly plasticky feel is now perceived as the resinous quality of raw frankincense tears (try tasting some pure frankincense - it's entirely edible and has a unique taste, and by doing so you'll really get the resinous aspect I'm talking about). This element reaches way up into the top and augments the grapefruit and bergamot there. Excellent perfumery, there, especially as the effect fades in the heart to make room for the florals, but never disappears entirely as the incense facet is the spine of the fragrance.

    The heart is a many splendored thing, there. First there is the lavender which is present right from the start. Then the wonderfully rendered orange blossom, and finally one of the best jasmine notes I've smelled in a men's scent. Some have commented on my love of both Reflection Man and Antidote (and Antidote was my first true love - the first scent that really bowled me over and got me to shell out a whopping - at the time at least lol, it was my first 'big' scent purchase - $80 for a big bottle). The common link between the two is the jasmine note (and to a lesser extent, the orange blossom). But, I honestly think the jasmine in Antidote is better than Reflection. It's absolutely fantastic and I do not doubt that there is some real jasmine sambac absolute in the scent. Interestingly, in the long notes list of Antidote the only note that is listed as an absolute (and the only note with any specific qualifier at all) is the jasmine, which reads "Jasmine sambac absolute."

    Anyhow, the jasmine and incense over a light leather and woody vanillic base is absolutely superb. A lot more could be said about the base, actually - I think it's expertly crafted - but I'll cut the post short because otherwise I'll end up writing a small book. I don't find the scent very synthetic at all - some of the slightly scratchy notes in the base are prevalent in the listed notes such as guiacwood, white cedar, etc. And while it's not an avant-garde composition it truly is masterful at what it does and I think qualifies as a modern masterpiece, not only for its extreme versatility, but also for the countless ingenious technical touches that are present in the composition. Thankfully, none of those touches are ever ostentatious or showy. In fact, they may be too well integrated as so many people find this to be a relatively "common" scent, of which it is anything but!
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    I'll go smell it now. There's a Sephora next door.
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    They've got Antidote at Sephora there? Wow, your Sephoras are better than mine!

    Note - this one needs skin. On paper the citrus and floral elements dominate and it feels thin, while skin adds the necessary warmth and rounding effect.
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    Default Re: Still love Antidote after all these years

    I bought the 125ml bottle can't wait!!!

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    Default Re: Still love Antidote after all these years

    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    ... while it's not an avant-garde composition it truly is masterful at what it does ... so many people find this to be a relatively "common" scent, of which it is anything but!
    +1 ...

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    Default Re: Still love Antidote after all these years

    I personally think it's a truly wonderful scent and glad I have it.

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    Sampled this one a few weeks ago and its on my "to buy" list for sure. What a lovely and complex fragrance.

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    This was my Christmas Sotd.....A Fantastic masterpiece that lasted all day long.....A wonderful fragrance for sure!!!
    Gary

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    Default Re: Still love Antidote after all these years

    I need to revisit this. I only sniffed it near the beginning of my serious fragrance study, and waffled. I did think it was highly original. Thanks for this thread!
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    Antidote has so much depth and it's like a journey wearing it each time. I swear I pick up different things in it each wear. To me, this comes off as a very sensual and sexy "bedroom" scent; a "pull me in closer for a better whiff" scent. Another one of those frags I don't hear much about but I feel like is worth it for everyone to check out a sample for a couple days use; and definitely on skin as mentioned. Another great thread and read, SoS!

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    Dam, i want to try this stuff, been hearing about it for too long. Wish it was accessbile to test at local store!

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    If I remember correctly, this was released about the same time as Terre d'Hermes as I picked them up at the same time.
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    Default Re: Still love Antidote after all these years

    Some say it is a tumultuous melange of too many notes piled haphazardly, one upon another.

    Minty Citrus, Lavender, smokey musk and a whole lot more. I find it to be compelling from start to finish, which in my case takes about 10 hours!
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    Default Re: Still love Antidote after all these years

    My ex boyfriend bought this for his previous boyfriend. I get so jealous when thinking about this fragrance. I don't like this fragrance only because of this history. I haven't really tried to revisit it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G.303 View Post
    This was my Christmas Sotd.....A Fantastic masterpiece that lasted all day long.....A wonderful fragrance for sure!!!
    Gary
    I wore it on Christmas too, and have worn it nonstop since!
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    Does anyone know if this is discontinued? It seems to be out of stock at a lot of the bigger online retailers.
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    I snagged an amazing deal on eBay when I picked it up. Haven't needed to restock yet but I haven't heard about it being discontinued. V&R are releasing Spicebomb (I think that's what the name is) soon. Really looking forward to sampling that as I was addicted to Flowerbomb on my ex and hoping this is another one I'll fall for but for me

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    The 4.2 oz bottle is almost impossible to come by now, and many places are out of the 2.5oz bottle, too. The thought of this being discontinued scares me. I always heard good things about it and imagined it was selling well. Hope it's just a distribution problem.
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    Oh wow.. Just looked on eBay and there are not as many as when I purchased mine.. Going to try to find a large bottle soon so I'm not left hanging for this one in the future

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    This is one of not many fragrance that I actually think stinks.
    Had it,
    Sprayed it
    Sold it.

    Cmax...

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    Ah I wish I could find the love. My 125ml bottle just sits there unloved. Somehow I just never find myself wanting to wear it. I just come back to it from time to time to see if I finally "get it". Maybe I never will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Does anyone know if this is discontinued? It seems to be out of stock at a lot of the bigger online retailers.
    I was at a Dillards in a town not too far from here about a week before Christmas and they had their shelves stocked full of Antidote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Does anyone know if this is discontinued? It seems to be out of stock at a lot of the bigger online retailers.
    Here it is at least:
    http://www.fragrancex.com/products/_..._products.html

    That's where i bought mine. It's a great scent, agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colognejunkie2000 View Post
    I was at a Dillards in a town not too far from here about a week before Christmas and they had their shelves stocked full of Antidote.
    Thanks, that is reassuring. Do you happen to know if they had the large 4.2 ounce (125ml) bottle? I'm just curious if that is being phased out or not as it seems most online discounters don't have it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Thanks, that is reassuring. Do you happen to know if they had the large 4.2 ounce (125ml) bottle? I'm just curious if that is being phased out or not as it seems most online discounters don't have it.
    Now that you mention it, I don't believe they had 4.2oz bottles. I also noticed that fragrancex used to have their 2.5 bottles going for $56 and now they are $75. Quite the price hike!

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    Surely there's better out there for $75?

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    Sculpture, this is a great thread. I confess to owning a bottle of Antidote and never really warming up to it- however, your nose is one that I respect the most and after reading this thread, I think I need to get out the Antidote and spend some time with it.

    The thing that put me off it was when I bought my bottle (got a good deal on it) and wore it to work, i thought it smelled like burned plastic. And eerily, a coworker asked me if I smelled something burning... That galvanized my opinion.

    There are a LOT of notes in this one. The overall effect for me ends up being like one of those little candy necklaces that are made from candy that taste a little bit like Smarties.

    I'm testing it again now-- along with your description of the notes and I am getting the nice jasmine notes that you mention. I may have to take a few days and wear it straight to see if it "grabs" me. I always thought it was an interesting release with its marketing campaign and awesome bottle. I'll have to reevaluate this.

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    I loved it at first, but I'm not interested in it anymore, it's in my trade/sell pile. The bottle design for this one is great though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indie_Guy View Post
    Sculpture, this is a great thread. I confess to owning a bottle of Antidote and never really warming up to it- however, your nose is one that I respect the most and after reading this thread, I think I need to get out the Antidote and spend some time with it.

    The thing that put me off it was when I bought my bottle (got a good deal on it) and wore it to work, i thought it smelled like burned plastic. And eerily, a coworker asked me if I smelled something burning... That galvanized my opinion.

    There are a LOT of notes in this one. The overall effect for me ends up being like one of those little candy necklaces that are made from candy that taste a little bit like Smarties.

    I'm testing it again now-- along with your description of the notes and I am getting the nice jasmine notes that you mention. I may have to take a few days and wear it straight to see if it "grabs" me. I always thought it was an interesting release with its marketing campaign and awesome bottle. I'll have to reevaluate this.
    Thanks Indie Guy. I always respect your opinion on scents too, and would love to hear your full evaluation of this scent after trying it some more. I've been wearing it basically non-stop for the last 5 or 6 days and I think that this scent - my first true fragrance love - may end up becoming my signature.

    My description above left out key elements like the working of the spices in the heart (there's a pretty big nutmeg note in there), the textural changes throughout (I do get the plasticky vibe but to me its more incense resin and candle wax, not that dissimilar to the texture present in CDG's 2 Man, minus the vetiver), and so many other components. I swear I get a bit of black currant along with the jasmine. I remember years ago when I first sampled it I thought I detected a hint of "cat pee" in the scent. It wouldn't be until much later that I familiarized myself with black currant absolute and found that same 'cat pee' note within. It's odd because I hate the ammonia-heavy smell of real cat pee but absolutely love black currant absolute - and the similar note I find within Antidote - despite their hints of similarity.

    I'm curious if you detect any black currant in this scent. Sometimes I seem to get it rather strongly, other times not much at all, but I swear there is some in here (which would be funny as it would actually be an unlisted note in a scent with one of the largest pyramids of all ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    I wore it on Christmas too, and have worn it nonstop since!
    This is the perfect Christmas Scent.....I enjoyed this the whole day.....Simply a fantastic fragrance!!!
    Gary

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