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    Default 80's "Powerhouses"?

    From my understanding these are just fragrances from the 80s that had big projection? Am i wrong? Someone please explain haha.

    But i have a further question...

    So recently I got a sample of Givenchy Gentleman. I noticed it was released in '74? Does that make this qualify? And surely fragrances that were released that long ago have changed over time? Would that mean there are none of the original 80s 'powerhouse' fragrances are still around as they used to be?

    I'm actually quite interested in trying some older, darker, stronger fragrances. Is there a possibility to this without paying obscene amounts for vintage bottles?

    I realise that's a lot of questions haha. Feel free to answer one or all. I'm very interested.
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    Apropos, was released in 1999.....

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    Guy Laroche's DRAKKAR (vintage)
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    Quote Originally Posted by easyfish View Post
    Apropos, was released in 1999.....
    Ah! Sorry! I meant Gentleman and '74 apparently LOL

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    Vintage GG can still be found for a decent price, check ebay or the basenoter xmen's sale thread.

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    I think Pi was released in 1998-99. It is not subtle, but is not a powerhouse in the 80s-frag sense of the word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnus611 View Post
    Guy Laroche's DRAKKAR (vintage)
    -paco Rabanne pour homme
    -Giorgio for men
    -Polo Green
    -Antaeus
    -Davidoff Zino
    -Aramis by Aramis
    -Kouhros

    late 80's
    -eternity
    -obsession
    -Fahrenheit
    -GIT(exclusive)
    -cool water (main stream)
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    Eternity one of the greatest ever

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    Most if not all bogart releases of the 80's were powerhouse cologne's. Don't buy current version though.

    Other good brand IMHO was Balenciaga & Dali.

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    +1 for the great Fahrenheit.

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    Versace l'Homme, especially in its vintage formulation, is another good example.

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    80s Powerhouses I own include,
    Trussardi Uomo,
    Gianfranco Ferre for Men,
    Giorgio for men,
    Givenchy Xeryus,
    Salvador Dali Pour Homme,
    Kouros,
    Quorum,
    Sung Homme,
    Oscar Pour Lui,
    Joop Ph,
    Bogart's One Man Show,
    Lapidus PH.

    All had outstanding strength, loudness/projection and longevity. With the exception of Joop Homme, all also unambiguously made the statement "A Man is Present" with their strong and/or rugged woods and leathers. Joop Homme confused matters a bit, but as it outlasted and outprojected all the others, it was plainly a powerhouse too.

    Also, Lagerfeld Photo from 1990 is unambiguously of the 80s powerhouse style.

    Others from that period like Obsession for Men, Versace L'Homme, Fahrenheit, Drakkar Noir and Armani PH many refer to as powerhouses, but I don't think them so.
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    Default Re: 80's "Powerhouses"?

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyGee View Post
    I'm actually quite interested in trying some older, darker, stronger fragrances. Is there a possibility to this without paying obscene amounts for vintage bottles?
    AndyGee, I'm not sure. I CAN say that the reformulated Obsession you can find cheaply these days, is nothing like the original...

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    Bijan Men. An acquaintance I know would wear this and it projected like a beast and smelled absolutely amazing on him. I bought a bottle and choked myself out ,after a few wearings I swapped it. But I consider it one of the great powerhouse fragrances for sure.

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    One Man Show is my current favorite from the powerhouse genre. Well-priced, lots of bang for the buck. A good investment.

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    An 80' Powerhouse thread not mentioning Boss Number One is not an 80' Powerhouse Thread at all.

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    Cartier Santos

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    Instead of rewriting the Bible, why don't you fellas mosey on over to the Powerhouse Forum where there is a wealth of info in the archives.


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    I wrote up a post on my blog that explained many of these scents a while back. I called them "Baroque Fougeres," even though they weren't all fougeres. In fact, one could argue that a basic quality of the fougere scent is its simplicity. More recently I wrote up a post about the "Castoreum Monsters," which seem to have been most popular in the late 70s to early 80s. So, there are certainly major differences among some of them, but overall there is often much more complexity than what came before (and what came afterwards, once perfumers began realizing they could use a lot more synthetics, which are often a lot cheaper).

    Now as to projection, I'd say that they tended to be more aromatic, and in some cases even astringent (probably mostly due to heavy use of geranium and/or castoreum), especially in the top notes, compared to designer scents released after that late 70s to early 90s period. GG is certainly powerful but I associate the powerhouse term with more complex scents, though it certainly can be viewed as a precursor,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boge View Post
    Instead of rewriting the Bible, why don't you fellas mosey on over to the Powerhouse Forum where there is a wealth of info in the archives.


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    Quorum Antonio Puig for men

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    not from the Golden Era.. bu the Aternoon of a Faun by Eldo is a time capsule to the 80's..full wearing today and it is just amazing!

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    Another good one is Davidoff EDT:
    Last edited by bourbon108; 7th March 2014 at 01:03 PM.

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    If Acqua di Gio was made back in the 80's it would have likely projected more too. The problem is that they have regulations on notes and chemicals, a lot of which are not allowed to be used in perfumery today. It just so happens though that the "smell" of the 80's happened to be fougere's, and chypre's, not aquatics.

    To answer your other question.. yes these older fragrances that are still around today are most likely not their original formulation, they've been reformulated several times to meet IFRA standards.

    I guess I am the only one who actually read the post, not just the topic
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    Quote Originally Posted by atrac View Post
    An 80' Powerhouse thread not mentioning Boss Number One is not an 80' Powerhouse Thread at all.
    On me, Boss No1 gets pretty weak after 3 or 4 hours. Thus, I've never thought it a powerhouse. How does it last on you?
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    My SOTD - Dunhill Edition (vintage). Tremendous fragrance!

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    Cartier Santos. Or, Van Cleef PH if you want to scare strangers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    ...I guess I am the only one who actually read the post, not just the topic

    No, which is why I steered him to the PH Forum where this is ALL discussed.

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