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    Default Best of the best of the 80's

    What's your favourite fragrance of the 80's? Also I'm wondering if there were any niche fragrance companies out there during this era. I seem to prefer these to the modern aquatics of nowadays, which nauseates me to a certain extent.
    I say let's get back to the old times, when mainstream fragrances, smelled like fragrances and not like some chemical ozone watery stuff..

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    Giorgio for Men (original formula) is my favorite fragrance from my favorite fragrance decade.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6)
    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    Vintage Bel Ami
    Vintage Versace L' Homme
    Vintage Armani Eau Pour Homme
    Fahrenheit

    These are my favorites from that era though be very careful when buying fragrances from this era as a lot of them have been reformulated and are a shadow of what they were. Though Fahrenheit has survived and imo still really good and worth the buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    Giorgio for Men (original formula) is my favorite fragrance from my favorite fragrance decade.
    The new version seems very chemical smelling, and overapplying is easily done. Costs only about 15-20 euros over here though. Do you have the vintage?
    Last edited by Vetiver_Ind; 20th January 2014 at 12:06 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    Vintage Bel Ami
    Vintage Versace L' Homme
    Vintage Armani Eau Pour Homme
    Fahrenheit

    These are my favorites from that era though be very careful when buying fragrances from this era as a lot of them have been reformulated and are a shadow of what they were. Though Fahrenheit has survived and imo still really good and worth the buy.
    Do you agree the vintages have a more boozy feel to them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vetiver_Ind View Post
    Do you agree the vintages have a more boozy feel to them?
    It depends what ingredients are in the fragrance. But in my experience they are richer and more long lasting with greater projection when compared to a lot of modern offerings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vetiver_Ind View Post
    The new version seems very chemical smelling, and overapplying is easily done. Costs only about 15-20 euros over here though. Do you have the vintage?
    Of course... I have been wearing it nearly since it first was released.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6)
    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    Of course... I have been wearing it nearly since it first was released.
    I like Giorgio Red aswell, In fact, I prefer this one for its spiciness. Seems very complex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vetiver_Ind View Post
    I like Giorgio Red aswell, In fact, I prefer this one for its spiciness. Seems very complex.
    Another great one (though I believe it is from the early nineties). The vintage is considerably better smelling than the current stuff on the market, IMO. Oh, and yes, it is a *very* complex composition with an astounding quantity of ingredients used.
    Last edited by drseid; 20th January 2014 at 12:28 PM.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6)
    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    So many good ones to choose from, but if I had to pick one, then it might be the original Davidoff from 1984.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    Another great one (though I believe it is from the early nineties). The vintage is considerably better smelling than the current stuff on the market, IMO. Oh, and yes, it is a *very* complex composition with an astounding quantity of ingredients used.
    Too bad the newer formulations seem to have a somewhat 'sour' ending.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StewartGallacher View Post
    So many good ones to choose from, but if I had to pick one, then it might be the original Davidoff from 1984.
    I miss it so bad!

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    To me (vintage) Kouros
    An absolute masterpiece imo (if applied correctly).
    My Top '10' : (In no particular order)

    - Dolce & Gabbana: Pour Homme (vintage)
    - Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vintage)
    - Loewe: Esencia/Pour Homme/Solo/7
    - Davidoff: Leather Blend Edp
    - Dior: Eau Sauvage Parfum
    - MPG: Santal Noble
    - Guerlain: Vetiver
    - Van Cleef & Arpels: Pour Homme
    - Hermes: Terre d'Hermes
    - YSL: Kouros (Fraicheur)

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    In the 80s, one fragrance rose above them all.


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    Kouros
    Fahrenheit
    Antaeus
    Or Black
    Derby
    New York


    All in vintage formulation.

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    Patou pour Homme should be on the list

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    Vintage L'Homme by Versace was amazing

    I'm takin a punt (so lazy) on Azzaro being an eighties fragrance

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    No competition.. Chanel Antaeus.

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    It would have to be Bel Ami for me. I have a vintage splash and the same in a spray bottle and both are absolutely magnificent.
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    Jazz and Fahrenheit among others.
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Quorum. Polo.

    And Tsar. I'm wearing it now.

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    How different is vintage Kouros compared to the current version?

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    My favorites were Cartier Santos, Giorgio VIP Special Reserve, Hermes Eau de Cologne, Polo, and an occasional shot of Worth Pour Homme. Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme was, is, another good one, but it was really too much for a skinny 17 year old when I first got it. It took me many years to grow into it. Quorum was another go-to, but in my opinion the current version really disfigures the original beyond recognition.

    There was another one that I have to mention because, after moving into my first real apartment I ran out of space and threw it out. It was on the synthetic side but I liked wearing it every now and then. It was called "Pure Strength" and I've never seen a trace of evidence on the internet that it ever even existed. Vanished without a trace, in my experience. No idea who made it.

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    MpG Santal Noble for sandalwood fans.

    Also Green Irish Tweed was introduced in the '80s, this may be the winner due to its popularity.
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    I'd suggest you look for the many threads about this subject instead of launching it in this thread again.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vetiver_Ind View Post
    How different is vintage Kouros compared to the current version?
    My Top '10' : (In no particular order)

    - Dolce & Gabbana: Pour Homme (vintage)
    - Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vintage)
    - Loewe: Esencia/Pour Homme/Solo/7
    - Davidoff: Leather Blend Edp
    - Dior: Eau Sauvage Parfum
    - MPG: Santal Noble
    - Guerlain: Vetiver
    - Van Cleef & Arpels: Pour Homme
    - Hermes: Terre d'Hermes
    - YSL: Kouros (Fraicheur)

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    Fahrenheit
    My Current Top 10:

    Rive Gauche Light (2004)
    Fahrenheit (1988)
    Paul Smith Man (2009)
    Burberry London (2006)
    Prada Amber pour Homme (2006)
    Live Jazz (1998)
    Eau des Baux (2006)
    Midnight in Paris EDP (2010)
    Arpege pour Homme (2005)
    Eau Duelle (2010)

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    Cool Water deserves a mention. It's managed to survive 25 years without smelling 'dated'.

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    I'll add my favorites : Iquitos by Alain Delon , Pour Monsieur Concentree by Chanel and Pour Lui by Oscar De La Renta

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    For me - Sagamore by Lancome
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    Vintage Bel Ami
    Vintage Versace L' Homme
    Vintage Armani Eau Pour Homme
    Fahrenheit

    These are my favorites from that era though be very careful when buying fragrances from this era as a lot of them have been reformulated and are a shadow of what they were. Though Fahrenheit has survived and imo still really good and worth the buy.
    Have you sampled the Armani Eau Pour Homme that was re-released in 2013?

    Supposedly, it is VERY similar to the original, and that's why I bought a bottle. It had been a while since I have smelled the vintage Eau Pour Homme, so I really can't tell for sure. If you've smelled the new release, though, and can comment as to the similarity, I would definitely be interested to hear what you have to say regarding that.

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    I have not as yet tested the new release but will look forward to trying it out.

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    Default Re: Best of the best of the 80's

    Cool water

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    Default Re: Best of the best of the 80's

    My two favorites from the 80s (and that I still wear today):

    Fahrenheit
    Green Irish Tweed

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    Fahrenheit
    Green Irish Tweed
    Kouros
    Cool Water

    These all seemed to have survived the test of time, although there are many others worthy of mention from this era.

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    My personal favorite from the 80s is none other than GIT.


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    Default Re: Best of the best of the 80's

    A few of them. Usually better in vintage formulations:

    Patou pour Homme
    New York
    Bel Ami
    Derby
    Or Black
    Third Man
    Jules
    Zino Davidoff
    Sagamore
    Kouros
    No. 88
    Leonard pour Homme
    Tiffany for Men
    Fahrenheit
    Versace l’Homme
    Lauder for Men
    JHL
    Nobile
    Antaeus
    Versailles pour Homme
    Annick Goutal Vetiver
    Macassar
    Giorgio for Men
    Maxims Pour Homme
    Dunhill Edition
    Jazz
    Eau d'Hadrien
    Eau Lente
    Esencia Loewe
    Ho Hang Club
    Montana Parfum d’Homme
    Worth pour Homme
    Tuscany per Uomo
    Green Irish Tweed
    Santos Concentree
    Parfum d’Habit
    Palais Jamais
    Krizia Uomo
    KL Homme
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    Tiffany for Men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slayerized View Post
    I'd suggest you look for the many threads about this subject instead of launching it in this thread again.
    OK, even though I don't see why this can't be shortly explained, just the basic difference. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vetiver_Ind View Post
    OK, even though I don't see why this can't be shortly explained, just the basic difference. Thanks again.
    In very short: Kouros:

    - Original vintage: Fresh, mixed with dirty real civet and tons of other notes. Lasts all day and is here a love-hate fragrance

    - Later vintage: Fresh with synthetic civet (civetone) : more wearable (imo) and also lasting all day

    - Pre current stuff: Still good but more synthetic and with less civetone and more musk (perfectly wearable)

    - Current L'Oreal white shouldered bottle: Hardly any civetone and more a mix of musk and cloves with just a hint of older Kouros and lasting half as long as the older stuff. Smells clean and sharp and should actually not be called Kouros anymore as it's too different. Not a bad frag per se but not like Kouros once was................


    So the old was a perfect mix of dirty and fresh notes and the current stuff is more synthetic, clean, sharp and spicy without any of the old mix of fresh- and dirtyness (sweaty notes some call them) Kouros is/was famous for.
    Last edited by Slayerized; 20th January 2014 at 11:40 PM.
    My Top '10' : (In no particular order)

    - Dolce & Gabbana: Pour Homme (vintage)
    - Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vintage)
    - Loewe: Esencia/Pour Homme/Solo/7
    - Davidoff: Leather Blend Edp
    - Dior: Eau Sauvage Parfum
    - MPG: Santal Noble
    - Guerlain: Vetiver
    - Van Cleef & Arpels: Pour Homme
    - Hermes: Terre d'Hermes
    - YSL: Kouros (Fraicheur)

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    Thank you very much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SportsFan View Post
    Have you sampled the Armani Eau Pour Homme that was re-released in 2013?

    Supposedly, it is VERY similar to the original, and that's why I bought a bottle. It had been a while since I have smelled the vintage Eau Pour Homme, so I really can't tell for sure. If you've smelled the new release, though, and can comment as to the similarity, I would definitely be interested to hear what you have to say regarding that.
    The original has an obvious and great carnation note that is now totally missing from the 2013 juice. The original would get my vote as Best of the Best of the 80's
    Last edited by andym72; 20th January 2014 at 11:52 PM.

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    I totally forgot the 80s alpha fragrance. Z-14.

    And you can still buy it today, for almost nothing, in a form that's virtually entirely free from the molestation of reformulation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinkpot View Post
    Quorum. Polo.

    And Tsar. I'm wearing it now.
    +1 Quorum and GIT. Also can't forget Giorgio BH. Really, so many good ones..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slayerized View Post
    In very short: Kouros:

    - Original vintage: Fresh, mixed with dirty real civet and tons of other notes. Lasts all day and is here a love-hate fragrance

    - Later vintage: Fresh with synthetic civet (civetone) : more wearable (imo) and also lasting all day

    - Pre current stuff: Still good but more synthetic and with less civetone and more musk (perfectly wearable)

    - Current L'Oreal white shouldered bottle: Hardly any civetone and more a mix of musk and cloves with just a hint of older Kouros and lasting half as long as the older stuff. Smells clean and sharp and should actually not be called Kouros anymore as it's too different. Not a bad frag per se but not like Kouros once was................


    So the old was a perfect mix of dirty and fresh notes and the current stuff is more synthetic, clean, sharp and spicy without any of the old mix of fresh- and dirtyness (sweaty notes some call them) Kouros is/was famous for.
    Wow, actually very nicely summarized!

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    Default Re: Best of the best of the 80's

    Calvin Klein's Obsession, 1985, defines the decade for me.

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    my childhood memories were eternity and polo green, drakkar noir. old spice aftershave/deodorant that they sell in a kit during Christmas to smelly kids going through puberty
    14 sprays of DRAKKAR NOIR should do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by andym72 View Post
    The original has an obvious and great carnation note that is now totally missing from the 2013 juice. The original would get my vote as Best of the Best of the 80's
    Thanks for that bit of info, it's very much appreciated. I'm not sure that I'm the biggest fan of carnation, so it isn't that much of a loss to me...but for those that love carnation, I could see where that might be a bit of a disappointment.

    A quick look at the notes seems to indicate that the newer release has fewer notes. I'm not sure if that's good or bad...perhaps just different (???)

    Anyway, the new release looks to be less floral and minus any musk, while the new release may be a bit more "earthy". I like the new release, so even if it isn't an exact replica of the original, I still find it to be FB and collection worthy.

    (One constant that I've read regarding the new release is that it's much better than the last reformulation of the original, for whatever that's worth....)
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    Fahrenheit thee best!
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    Hmm..In the 80´s we had power scents.

    Does VC&A pour Homme also count?

    It was made in 1978, but is has the similar character.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Temptation View Post
    Hmm..In the 80´s we had power scents.
    I wish they'd make a mainstream comeback.

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    Best 80s fragrances for me are Jean Laporte's initial line-up for Maître Parfumeur et Gantier, especially Route du Vétiver and Ambre Précieux.

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    Tsar

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    Maybe not the absolute best, but my clear favorites from this decade include (without being limited to): Armani Eau pour Homme, Versace l'Homme, Van Cleef&Arpels PH, Chanel Antaeus and PM Concentree, YSL PH Haute Concentration, Zino Davidoff, Aramis Tuscany, Creed BDP, Esencia Loewe, Jaguar for Men (green bottle) and a few more along this lines.

    Basically, what I love most about this decade is the abundance and the quite resourceful, creative diversity of not only powerhouse, but also chypre, fougere, leathery etc. male fragrances, all of them with very non-generic, opulent and almost Old-School elegant (although some scents were way ahead of their time) balance of citrus, spice, herbs with just the right longevity, sillage and projection.

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    Antaeus [the original formula]
    followed by Fahrenheit

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    Ah, the glorious 80's... We took the exceptional craftsmanship that engulfed the fragrance world for granted... Looking back, we were so blessed by the number of wonderful scents that were born and thrived in this era!

    My top 5 (in no particular order and this list can change at any moment )
    1. Calvin by Calvin Klein
    2. VSOP by Paul Sebastian
    3. Versace L'Homme
    4. Polo by Ralph Lauren
    5. Azzaro Pour Homme

    PS-Armani Pour Homme is in this mix. For the record, the newest release of Armani PH smells hollow and synthetic compared to the vintage... There's no oakmoss or tree moss in the newest formulation and the lemon accord smells like urine after about 30 min. I'd say buy the vintage or an intermediate release that has oakmoss in the ingredients that serves as a fixative and also breaths more depth into the fragrance.
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    Kouros
    Antaeus

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    I can´t belive, that only one mentioned Drakkar Noir.

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    day- Polo
    night- Obsession

    That is all you ever needed....

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    Long live the 80s , shame there´s no time machine to go back to those wonderful years.
    The Dreamer from Versace: what does this scent have that is so alluring and enticing towards the opposite sex ?

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