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    Default Enter the Nutmeg: "Cacharel pour Homme", 1981





    Probably, the best nutmeg-based scent ever created.

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    Default Re: Enter the Nutmeg: "Cacharel pour Homme", 1981

    The original Cacharel Pour Homme is the best in the line IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    The original Cacharel Pour Homme is the best in the line IMO.
    Yeah, I agree but I've had dozens of bottles of this ever since it came out...and curiously, I'm happy to report the last bottle I bought (2014) is much stronger than previous ones and seems a bit of an improvement.

    It's great...although I've never really smelled much nutmeg in it, to be honest - just a load of tasty, floral citrus.

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    I wish I knew where to get the vintage stuff....

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    I've managed to fall upon a bottle of the vintage stuff as of late, it's silver flask worn with age, and wouldn't go back. A classic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arij View Post
    I've managed to fall upon a bottle of the vintage stuff as of late, it's silver flask worn with age, and wouldn't go back. A classic!

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    There was a short phase during the very early 1980's where nutmeg was a prominent note in several popular fragrances. I wore these two:

    Cabriole by Elizabeth Arden
    Sharp green and floral notes with nutmeg

    Gauloise by Molyneux
    Tobacco leaf, rose and nutmeg

    Gauloise in particular is a kissing cousin to the original Cacharel pH. If it were a niche scent today, it would sell like hotcakes and be marketed to all genders. I suspect that Gauloise had a whiffet of oud in it, although in that time no one obsessed about it like today. Cabriole was very invigorating - imagine Vent Vert with a sharp, non-sweet spice note to it.

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    I just happen to be wearing this today (also an older bottle). It truly is one of the greats. Best between Halloween and Christmas

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    I love this scent also, in fact I finished my decant of it last week.

    However, I was always under the impression this scent had a mace note - not a nutmeg one. I learned this from BN member scentemental. See post #22 in this thread here: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/223...-feast-or-not?

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    What one can smell in Cacharel Pour L'Homme is mace rather than nutmeg. Mace is the membrane-like husk that covers the nutmeg seed and is more delicately aromatic than the nutmeg seed itself. Nutmeg oil smells similar to mace oil but it has a terpeney top note that is jarring. This is why in high-end perfumery, mace oil--actually the mace oleoresin, rather than the oil, which is yet even more refined--is preferred to nutmeg oil. It's a small distinction but one that needs to be made.

    As others have correctly noted, the vintage version had a much more salient mace component. It's a bold and unapologetically aromatic fragrance with a solid spice heart note accord made up of mace and clove. It seems light years away from much of today's unadventuresome pap. In the vintage version, true sandalwood binds, softens, and balances elegantly and with great finesse the initially harsh spice notes over time, so that you get one of those impossibly refined drydowns where everything blends and evolves dynamically and distinctively yet seemingly seamlessly over the long period of the drydown. It's this temporal dimension and the unapologetic use of highly aromatic spices,
    that makes vintage Cacharel Pour L'Homme a classic fragrance in its construction, and in terms of the final aesthetic valuation of it as a fragrance in relation to more contemporary fragrances. It's definitely one of those, "they don't make them like they used to" fragrances, a testimony to a lost art and a bygone era. It's heartening to see so many people who appreciate this wonderful fragrance.

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    I tried it last year and I wasn't realy impressed, something in the opening notes didn't appeal to me.It probably has been a reformulated version and is different from the original. I hope I'll try it again when I have the chance.

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    Slightly off-topic: another fragrance from the same age with a nutmeg note, albeit a very marginal one, is Armani Eau Pour Homme.

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    Thank you Andre, I really enjoy your Raiders of the Lost Scent.

    It seems like I reach for this bottle more than any other in my collection.

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    Cacharel pour Homme is more of nutmeg and clove bomb and its wonderful. They don't list it in the notes but I can smell clove as I use them a lot in cooking.
    The best use of pure nutmeg would be Jungle Homme by Kenzo. The topnotes literally smell like Kabsa or Biriyani, rice dishes which have a good amount of nutmeg.

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    Always liked this scent. Bonus points for cool packaging.

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    Default Re: Enter the Nutmeg: "Cacharel pour Homme", 1981

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrè Moreau View Post




    Probably, the best nutmeg-based scent ever created.

    http://raidersofthelostscent.blogspo...omme-1981.html
    Well done Andre , on your short comment & website , I agree with you .

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    The original Cacharel Pour Homme is the best in the line IMO.
    Yes to that too ......

    Quote Originally Posted by Spoombung View Post
    I wish I knew where to get the vintage stuff....
    Me too ! if you find some PM me !

    It will be my scent of the day tommorow

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    This one was love at first sniff... Happy to see it getting some much needed and well-deserved love...
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    Beautifully constructed, but too spicy for me.

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