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    Default What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    I would pick the 1980s. A few reasons are: During the 80s you still had the widely available and popular low priced colognes that were often good.These are the colognes, mostly non designer that were often advertised in clever and pleasant ways on TV and magazines.By then you also had a good variety of designer and non designer fragrances still in all their former glory. There was less variety but to me that is a good thing.There was still a good selection and it was more quality over quantity.My second choice would be the 1970s. What time period do you consider Fragrances Golden Age?

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    2007 - 2012
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    7. Dior - Homme Sport 2008
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    9. Ermenegildo Zegna - Sicilian Mandarin
    10. Creed - Pure White Cologne

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    2010-2020.

    It's never been easier to buy or discover new fragrances than it is right now.
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    Default Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    I think we are living in it, there has never been so much variety and accessibilty to various types of fragrances than right now and it is only going to get bigger. Getting natural oud used to be a bit of a challenge 20 years ago, now I can have it at my doorstep within 3 days from the Far East.

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    Default Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mayberry2 View Post
    I would pick the 1980s. During the 80s you still had the widely available and popular low priced colognes that were often good.They were often advertised in clever and pleasant ways.You still had a good variety of designer fragrances in all their former glory. There was less variety but to me that is a good thing.There was still a good selection and it was more quality over quantity.
    Agree, especially with the classic masculines and the Guerlain house specifically for their classics all top notch from that era.
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    Guerlain Heritage EDT
    Chanel Egoiste
    Guerlain Habit Rouge EDT
    Chanel Allure Homme
    Guerlain L’Instant De Guerlain Pour Homme EDP
    Christian Dior Dior Homme
    Ralph Lauren Polo
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche EDP
    Guerlain Homme L’Eau Boisee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mayberry2 View Post
    I would pick the 1980s.
    As would I. And, I'd add that the 1980s was an excellent decade in other cultural respects as well...
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    Default Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    For me the 80s.
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    Default Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    Mid 80's - Early 90's
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    Fahrenheit (Vintage Preferred) - Dior
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Krycek View Post
    As would I. And, I'd add that the 1980s was an excellent decade in other cultural respects as well...
    I tend to agree,although personally I lean a little more towards the 1970s.

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    The 80s as well for me. Creed's output during that time BdP, BdG and GIT are still my favorites and that is just one house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Krycek View Post
    As would I. And, I'd add that the 1980s was an excellent decade in other cultural respects as well...
    +1. 1980s for classic designer frags. And for cultural and social aspects
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    Default Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    The 90s for me.
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    Default Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    Late 80s, early 90s.
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    Default Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    I'd say creatively 1960-2005

    Availability-wise? Present day.
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    Default Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    Any time from the 1920s through the 1980s, with a heavy emphasis on the 1930s through 1985.

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    I’d peg it at 1919-1929. The decade saw the birth of fragrance world luminaries incl. Mitsouko, Shalimar, Vol de Nuit, Chanel No.5, Cuir de Russie, Bois des Iles, Knize Ten, Arpege, Tabac Blond, My Sin, Habanita, Emeraude , etc. With noses the likes of Jacques Guerlain, Ernest Beaux, Francois Coty, etc. Yup, THAT was the golden era of perfumery IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    I’d peg it at 1919-1929. The decade saw the birth of fragrance world luminaries incl. Mitsouko, Shalimar, Vol de Nuit, Chanel No.5, Cuir de Russie, Knize Ten, Arpege, Tabac Blond, My Sin, Habanita, Emeraude , etc.
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    Default Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    Like diamond, I'd also say the 1920s.

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    Own 10 from the 70's, 20 from the 80's, 28 from the 90's, 56 from the 2000-2009, 68 from 2010-2019 so obviously the current decade is my Golden Age of Fragrances

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    Anytime before the IFRA regulations kicked in. I view it as there's different Golden Ages for different generations prior to the IFRA.
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    80's for sure. Everything was so unrestricted, rich, high quality, and fashion was at its peak.
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    In terms of "modern perfumery," there was the 20s, as someone else pointed out all the scents released back then, but then there was that incredible late 70s to early 90s period for "masculine" designers (and even some decent "drug store") scents.

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    1980-1994

    ....but the 70's brought us the masterpieces Paco Rabanne and Azzaro pour homme .....
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    Default Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    Current Decade
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    Problem with the current decade is that although the fragrances are great, there’s 2 problems:
    1) niche and prive fragrances are ultra expensive; and
    2) Although overall there are more great fragrances to try, there’s a high proportion of niche and prive trash posing as luxury fragrance in over-the-top packaging.

    I am starting to think the 1973-1990 era was amazing, beginning with Paco Rabanne PH and ending with Chanel Egoist.
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    Default Re: What time period do you consider "The Golden Age" of Fragrances?

    If picking a specific decade, then the 80’s for sure; but more generally, the late 70s through early 90s.
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    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage (Giorgio Beverly Hills) - tie
    2) Giorgio V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills) - tie
    4) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
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    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz)
    6) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    7) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    7) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    7) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    7) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie

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    Late 70's to early 90's..
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    60´s

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickZee View Post
    I am starting to think the 1973-1990 era was amazing, beginning with Paco Rabanne PH and ending with Chanel Egoist.
    The preservation of bottles really improved from the 1970s onward, my observation.
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    Seeing some answers I'd say the 20th and 21st century




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