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    Default Experiment: Chanel Antaeus and the subway.

    Hello,
    Today I applied 9 sprays of Antaeus in my neck (3 on front and 3 on each side) and 2 on my wrist. 11 total. The parfum is perfect and very powerful.
    I had to take the subway.
    It´s winter here so no drama.
    But in the subway the weather is something else.
    The subway was crowded.
    To my surprise nothing revolting happened. People stayed calm and close! (as a matter of fact, the people that stayed closer were women ).
    Im amazed.
    I´ll try it in summer with Kouros and let you know.
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    Default Re: Experiment: Chanel Antaeus and the subway.

    Beautiful fragrance a work of art.

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    Default Re: Experiment: Chanel Antaeus and the subway.

    Glad you had a positive experience wearing in the subway!
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    A classic from Chanel, one of my work horses for many scenarios.
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    Default Re: Experiment: Chanel Antaeus and the subway.

    I have never smelled Antaeus.

    Is there a reason this would be risky on the subway? I assumed anything from Chanel would probably be a safe bet.

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    Default Re: Experiment: Chanel Antaeus and the subway.

    Quote Originally Posted by painted_klown View Post
    I have never smelled Antaeus.

    Is there a reason this would be risky on the subway? I assumed anything from Chanel would probably be a safe bet.
    Vintage could be risky, I’ve never smelled vintage but read many times that it is a beast and very animalic. I have smelled and wore modern many times and see it as a 10/10 in all occasions and definitely worth a sample and sniff. I plan to get a bottle soon of modern it’s very nice stuff and stands out in today’s freshies. I wore it literally the most in my wardrobe when I had it, I don’t think even vintage would really be out of place it’s just too nice of a fragrance to really offend others. Modern is just toned down a bit according to others with a modern approach for today’s standards in fragrance.

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    Default Re: Experiment: Chanel Antaeus and the subway.

    Quote Originally Posted by speckmann0706 View Post
    Vintage could be risky, I’ve never smelled vintage but read many times that it is a beast and very animalic. I have smelled and wore modern many times and see it as a 10/10 in all occasions and definitely worth a sample and sniff. I plan to get a bottle soon of modern it’s very nice stuff and stands out in today’s freshies. I wore it literally the most in my wardrobe when I had it, I don’t think even vintage would really be out of place it’s just too nice of a fragrance to really offend others. Modern is just toned down a bit according to others with a modern approach for today’s standards in fragrance.
    Thanks for the info.

    An animalic fragrance from Chanel definitely sounds intriguing. I have been thinking it was a fougere type of scent. I may be in the minority here, but I consider Chanel, Dior, Mugler, and Tom Ford as top tier brands when it comes to designers. Meaning, I hold them in the same esteem as I do niche fragrances.

    IMO these four brands seem to stick out as being a notch better across the board when it comes to the quality and blending of their juice. I would add Viktor & Rolf into this category as well, but they seemingly only have a handful of fragrances.

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    Default Re: Experiment: Chanel Antaeus and the subway.

    Quote Originally Posted by speckmann0706 View Post
    Vintage could be risky, I’ve never smelled vintage but read many times that it is a beast and very animalic. I have smelled and wore modern many times and see it as a 10/10 in all occasions and definitely worth a sample and sniff. I plan to get a bottle soon of modern it’s very nice stuff and stands out in today’s freshies. I wore it literally the most in my wardrobe when I had it, I don’t think even vintage would really be out of place it’s just too nice of a fragrance to really offend others. Modern is just toned down a bit according to others with a modern approach for today’s standards in fragrance.
    Vintage is actually not an entirely different fragrance compared to modern, and the increased castoreum really just makes it muskier, hiding much of the complexity from the other ingredients. I think middle vintage is the best balance of the muskiness from castoreum and the leather/herbs/woods of modern. Regardless of what version you use, Antaeus is far from a clean scent anyway, and definitely more along the lines of macho.
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    Default Re: Experiment: Chanel Antaeus and the subway.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    Vintage is actually not an entirely different fragrance compared to modern, and the increased castoreum really just makes it muskier, hiding much of the complexity from the other ingredients. I think middle vintage is the best balance of the muskiness from castoreum and the leather/herbs/woods of modern. Regardless of what version you use, Antaeus is far from a clean scent anyway, and definitely more along the lines of macho.
    How does one define the vintage "breaks" for Antaeus? What are the years and/or design changes heralding the (real or imagined) reformulations?
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    Default Re: Experiment: Chanel Antaeus and the subway.

    Quote Originally Posted by speckmann0706 View Post
    Vintage could be risky, I’ve never smelled vintage but read many times that it is a beast and very animalic. I have smelled and wore modern many times and see it as a 10/10 in all occasions and definitely worth a sample and sniff. I plan to get a bottle soon of modern it’s very nice stuff and stands out in today’s freshies. I wore it literally the most in my wardrobe when I had it, I don’t think even vintage would really be out of place it’s just too nice of a fragrance to really offend others. Modern is just toned down a bit according to others with a modern approach for today’s standards in fragrance.
    I will say the current formulation is a tad bit easier to wear compared to formulations from the 1980s. I found the vintage juice not difficult to wear at all and I'm sensitive to animalic fragrances. I think Antaeus was one of the rare exceptions that the animalic notes were blended in really well in the fragrance.
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    Default Re: Experiment: Chanel Antaeus and the subway.

    Hello and thanks for the answers.
    The intent of this thread was to explain that I applied 11 sprays thinking that this amount would be offensive: not at all.
    I learned something new about a parfum I thought I already knew.
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    Default Re: Experiment: Chanel Antaeus and the subway.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    Vintage is actually not an entirely different fragrance compared to modern, and the increased castoreum really just makes it muskier, hiding much of the complexity from the other ingredients. I think middle vintage is the best balance of the muskiness from castoreum and the leather/herbs/woods of modern. Regardless of what version you use, Antaeus is far from a clean scent anyway, and definitely more along the lines of macho.
    I have never smelled the vintage. If I have the chance I´ll do it.
    Im glad what you are saying about not so different.
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    PS: Im a big fan of your reviews and your way to approach the parfums´world.

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    Thank you for sharing this experience with us and yes, in necessary and/or simply curious, would actually consider applying and using Antaeus even with a similar or identical number of sprays and even in the subway (especially the less powerhouse, more moderate and toned down current version of this Chanel classic)

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    Nice. I'm sure you didn't offend anyone.
    Regarding the reaction of people, many people at my workplace don't even notice I'm wearing perfume daily and I do ~5 sprays. I once went with 5-7 sprays of DHI and after about 2 hours I was talking with a colleague about perfume and I asked him if he likes what I smell like, he was...I don't smell anything and he got really close to catch a whiff. I honestly was thinking I was projecting 2-3 meters around me. So from MY experience, I think I could go 5-10 sprays with almost anything without offending 99% of people around me.

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    I only tested this once, but I think it's pretty safe, about the same as terre d'hermes. Kouros is also nice after about 30-60 min.

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    Default Re: Experiment: Chanel Antaeus and the subway.

    Thanks for sharing your experience.
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    Default Re: Experiment: Chanel Antaeus and the subway.

    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    How does one define the vintage "breaks" for Antaeus? What are the years and/or design changes heralding the (real or imagined) reformulations?
    It's all minor packaging changes, and you can find online blog posts about each iteration. I actually can't remember off the top of my head because there's been so many.

    Quote Originally Posted by BruceB View Post
    I have never smelled the vintage. If I have the chance I´ll do it.
    Im glad what you are saying about not so different.
    Best,
    BruceB
    PS: Im a big fan of your reviews and your way to approach the parfums´world.
    I appreciate that. I've worn old, mid, and newest side by side. It literally plays out like successive dialing back of the animalic. Granted, the newest version feels a bit flatter because there's also other cost-cutting too, but no version of Antaeus is trash. The usual elitism 'round these parts will try to convince you that you need to spend $300 on deep vintage to have the "real" Antaeus, but it's not true. They all smell beautiful, but strictly in my opinion, the late 90's/early 2000's stuff wears best. My recent purchase was accidental NOS (bought retail from Neiman Marcus), and that's how I discovered the latter.
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