Drakkar Noir is much better IMO.
Neither (dislike them both / or unsure)
Both of them were popular designer power woodsy frags of the 80's.
Which do you prefer?
Drakkar Noir is much better IMO.
Aramis is infinitely better.
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Drakkar gets my vote, though both got me compliements...in high school. To wear today, I'd pick Drakkar. Aramis is so freaking HEAVY on me.
looks like theyre tied so far
Aramis by far.
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I agree with those that significantly prefer Aramis.
Still haven't been able to even tolerate Aramis. Vote goes to Drakkar.
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8 to 8. A dead-even tie (this is something that doesn't happen too often on here).
To me, they are both power woodsy scents, except each of them have a different perspective on it.
Aramis is pure woodsy, whereas Drakkar tries to balance the woodsiness with fruity and floral notes. In the end, people either find Drakkar to be well balanced with the variety of notes, or muddled and dissonant.
Definitely present day Aramis. I dont know if Lauder have toned it down since the 70's, but the current stuff isn't the Power Frag/Sillage Monster/Cologne Guy/Sex Panther I remember it to be. Dad must have gone apeshit on the trigger...
A classy chypre with a very "times gone by" feel (not exactly dated, more antique if you know what I mean), wouldn't suit boys, for the more mature, discerning customer, with a robust but not overbearing Leather drydown.
Drakkar Noir is synthetic lavender muck in comparison.
Drakkar Noir for me!!!
Aramis for one thing it is so much more complex then DN
Aramis is a masterpiece.
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I chose Drakkar, but honestly they both make my nose bleed for forgiveness. Aramis now reminds me of funeral homes and this dude.
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I'd take Aramis, simply because Drakkar Noir was my near-signature evening scent during my teen and early university years, while I'd simply like to become more familiar with Aramis, with wearing it and deconstructing more of its notes.
Now, it's clear that Aramis is in the lead.
Aramis is the superior scent, imo.
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Have to agree on Aramis been the better scent.
I like them both.
I don't currently own a bottle of Drakkar Noir so I haven't smelled it recently, but have I used up several bottles of it in the past as my daily and only fragrance. I always enjoyed it and got lots of compliments.
I've just gotten into Aramis lately (after being a longtime fan of 900, Havana,and Tuscany, and a more recent one of JHL and Devin) and and I'm really enjoying it. However, it is not an 80s fragrance; it came out in 1965.
Both of these strike me as fragrances that people have a lot of associations with that affect their perceptions of the fragrances themselves. Not that this is wrong or unusual, but it seems to be an especially big factor in opinions of these two.
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I don't like either, but I find Drakkar Noir to be more tolerable.
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If I had to choose between the two it would be Drakkar noir. Aramis has great projection and longevity but Aramis has a urine like smell to it that I could not get past.