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    Well, I finally worked my way back to what many would consider the king of the old school, Azzaro Pour Homme. This is, as far as I can tell, the latest version with no moss of any kind listed in the ingredients. I picked up a 1.7oz refillable for $15 at TJ's.

    Perhaps all the hype with Luca Turin crowning it the greatest-of-all-time men's fragrance set me up for disappointment, but I get no special magic from this juice. And unlike many other reformulations, I struggle to see oakmoss changing much about its overall character. My nose jumped immediately to Brut for some reason, and I see Azzaro as a slightly upscale, slightly more complex Brut (and I do mean slight). There is an annoying sneezy sharpness to one of the opening accords (perhaps the lavender?) and once that dies down about 2 hours later, I'm left with something that feels neither sufficiently green/bitter nor refreshing (whatever citrus accords are present, they're greatly understated). I get a lot of enjoyment out of other nuclear 80's scents like Giorgio and Bijan and Kouros - I wouldn't use the word "fatiguing" to describe any of them - but Azzaro PH is a fatiguing wear for me. Even current formula Drakkar Noir does the oldschool barbershop thing with far more flair IMO. Just my 2 cents!
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    Owning the current (or at least recent) version of this one, the only personal complaint so far is regarding its longevity. Its notes all seem in the right place and still of great quality, however substantially more longevity could have put- again, just a personal opinion- their complexity, depth and masculinity to far better use.

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    Can't speak to the latest formula and totally respect your personal experience with this scent. Perhaps this one has drastically changed over the years and not for the better. My experience with the original is actually pure delight - an old school powerhouse.
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    I think it's an ok fragrance, but you put it against a modern fougere like MFK's Masculin Pluriel and you realise we have come a heck of a long way in perfumery despite the vocal, vintage-loving naysayers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauer_Haus View Post
    My nose jumped immediately to Brut for some reason, and I see Azzaro as a slightly upscale, slightly more complex Brut (and I do mean slight). There is an annoying sneezy sharpness to one of the opening accords (perhaps the lavender?) and once that dies down about 2 hours later, I'm left with something that feels neither sufficiently green/bitter nor refreshing (whatever citrus accords are present, they're greatly understated). I get a lot of enjoyment out of other nuclear 80's scents like Giorgio and Bijan and Kouros - I wouldn't use the word "fatiguing" to describe any of them - but Azzaro PH is a fatiguing wear for me. Even current formula Drakkar Noir does the oldschool barbershop thing with far more flair IMO. Just my 2 cents!
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    I really like the current formulation. However, I've never smelled the Vintage formulations.

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    Own and enjoy the latest version.
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    I just recently bought (and smelled) it for the very first time. I like it enough for what is and am glad to have it.
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    I haven't worn it in a very long time, and I have the vintage bottle. I'd guess that they may have cut back significantly on the oakmoss and the anise, so if that's the case it could make a big difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Own and enjoy the latest version.
    Likewise.

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    Current Azzaro is tame in comparison to what it was years ago. It is not bad scent, but not good either. I would not spend money on it in 2016...

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    Own & love the current formulation. Lasts 10 hours easily & projection is above average

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    I think current performs better than it did, say 4 years ago. And I find it to be the landmark conservative aromatic fougère. It's a bit like listening Led Zeppelin. Great for sure but one has to be in that certain retro mood. The true exceptional masterpiece of the Azzaros to me is Acteur.
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    Default Re: Azzaro Pour Homme latest formula

    IMO, latest formulation is also good and quite interesting than many others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhiregoudar View Post
    Own & love the current formulation. Lasts 10 hours easily & projection is above average
    Same here.

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    I own a relatively recent release (2013) and, besides a certain lack of strong anise in top & moss-y prolonged drydown that vintage used to have, I think it's a pretty decent formula.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roky View Post
    I find it to be the landmark conservative aromatic fougère. It's a bit like listening Led Zeppelin. Great for sure but one has to be in that certain retro mood.
    well said...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickZee View Post
    I think it's an ok fragrance, but you put it against a modern fougere like MFK's Masculin Pluriel and you realise we have come a heck of a long way in perfumery despite the vocal, vintage-loving naysayers.
    Pluriel is a woody lavender fragrance, but hardly a fougère, though it is certainly inspired by the genre. The Azzaro is much better balanced and has some smoothness to it, whereas the glowing, radiant and synthetic woods and cedar sticks out in Pluriel, making me think that the Azzaro is a better crafted fragrance, even though it uses a more ordinary lavender. Oddly enough, I only find Pluriel rough, when it gets heated up, e.g. by spraying on the chest (my usual place of application), but smelled from the cap, a strip or my wrist, it feels so much smoother.
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    Default Re: Azzaro Pour Homme latest formula

    Personally, I find the current version (the refillable bottle) to be much better than the previous iteration. In fact, I think it's excellent; a rare case where a reformulation is a good thing. Of course, it's not on par with the complexity of the juice from the 80's (although it's pretty close) but it is certainly a step up from the previous reform for sure.

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    I have the newest reformulation. Great scent, but I don't get good longevity out of it. I get roughly 4 hours and it falls off the table. Projects well for an hour or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Magnus View Post
    Current Azzaro is tame in comparison to what it was years ago. It is not bad scent, but not good either. I would not spend money on it in 2016...
    +1
    The original vintage is much better in quality, depth and performance. It is hardly a comparison imo to what is out now and the vintage Azzaro pour homme Intense lasts even 24 hrs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickZee View Post
    I think it's an ok fragrance, but you put it against a modern fougere like MFK's Masculin Pluriel and you realise we have come a heck of a long way in perfumery despite the vocal, vintage-loving naysayers.
    I can't agree with this. I wore Masculine Pluriel yesterday and Azzaro PH today, funnily enough, and while I would probably narrowly choose Pluriel if I had to have only one of them it certainly wouldn't be worth the massive price difference to me.( And I'm a fan of MFK, I just don't think this particular scent is that special precisely because it hasn't added anything really new to the art.)
    I should maybe add that I haven't tried the latest formulation of Azzaro PH.

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    I speak only for the current, but I like it a lot. One of my favorite classics and no problems with performance. Not amazing performance like Kouros, Lapidus or Fahrenheit, but definitely great on me!

    If it's not working for you, take a look for an older formulation or go with something niche instead.

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    I have used Azzaro pour Homme constantly since it's 1978 launch, but have the latest edition now. It does not have the (oakmoss) punch of the original but smells the same and performs almost as well.
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    I have never tried the vintage but the current one i am wearing now is great! and no problems with performance.
    Ignorance is bliss i guess. Just have to let oakmoss go. In 10 years time people will be looking for the current days formulation as more ingredients get banned.
    Such is how it goes.
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    I just feel we should have protection from adulteration of an original work. We wouldn't paint over a Picaso because lead is banned. Poor example, but you get the point. We still sell and consume peanuts though some are allergic. I just thing IFRA should require a warning label about oak moss and leave it to the consumer's decision. Call me crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scentologist View Post
    I just feel we should have protection from adulteration of an original work. We wouldn't paint over a Picaso because lead is banned. Poor example, but you get the point. We still sell and consume peanuts though some are allergic. I just thing IFRA should require a warning label about oak moss and leave it to the consumer's decision. Call me crazy.
    I think everyone here would agree.
    Over regulation just because some bureaucrats were bored that day.
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    (1) The most recent release is much sharper, and as others have noted, lacks depth when compared to older versions.

    (2) The intermediate release/ newer vintage (silver sticker in a bottle very similar to the release presently being marketed) is better, but lacks a bit of depth when compared to the "true vintage." There was a version released after this (3) that lists oakmoss on the ingredients, but the concentration is far less. This version actually smells pretty close to the current release.

    The vintage (4) is awesome. The oakmoss is front-and-center and the anise keeps the fragrance from becoming overly "dark." IMO, the true vintage is worth seeking out because it's not only well done, but very wearable today.

    The Intense is similar, but has more body. It's deeper, but not darker or louder.,, It's even more of an aura scent than the original vintage and makes a statement both in terms of masculinity and refinement. There are two versions of this as well. The vintage comes in a hexagonal box while the more recent release of the Intense comes in a box very similar to the newer boxes with red script.

    All in all, all versions are worth owning. For those interested in the vintage versions of this scent, I can guarantee you'd detect a difference if worn side-by-side with the current.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauer_Haus View Post
    Perhaps all the hype with Luca Turin crowning it the greatest-of-all-time men's fragrance set me up for disappointment
    This is probably the problem - you are judging it to a much higher standard.

    Personally I enjoy the recent Azzaro Pour Homme formulation. My only critical comment is for some reason I find it a bit hit and miss, it might be due to my moods or the way I have applied it. Some times I find it genuinely great, other times just so so. It's the same bottle though!
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    Interesting to hear the positive comments for the latest iteration. I have enough supply of the vintage with the Oak moss packing a punch to last a lifetime or two so I have no desire to buy the latest. But it's nice to know that Aph hasn't gone to pot.
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