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    Default Powerhouse Era Fragrances - What years and what bottles?

    What would be the ideal time frame of the Powerhouse Era fragrances? What fragrances would you consider as a powerhouse scent?

    For me I envision mid 1970s through the early 1990s.

    To name a few, that I've experienced:

    Givenchy Gentlemen (1974)
    Or Masculine (1976)
    Jules (1980)
    Patou Pour Homme (1980)
    Antaeus (1981)
    Kouros (1981)
    Van Cleef Pour Homme (1983)
    Derby (1985)
    Bel Ami (1986)
    Sagmore (1986)
    Versace L'Homme (1986)
    Fahrenheit (1988)
    Gengis Khan (1989)
    Egoiste (1990)
    Heritage (1992)
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    Default Re: Powerhouse Era Fragrances - What years and what bottles?

    Fragrances from 70's - early 90's with tremendous sillage and longevity to which I would personally add the presence of some notes: geranium, lavender and aromatics in their top notes and mainly a combination of oak / tree moss, vetiver, musk, leather, tobaccco, pine and patchouli in their base notes.

    To add 16 more:

    + Paco Rabanne pour homme (first two versions are very strong!)
    + Azzaro pour homme: Original vintage as well as the Intense (1992) are powerhouses for sure!
    + Polo by Ralph Lauren (1978) needs no introduction
    + Davidoff by Davidoff (1984) Powerhouse to the max!
    + Lapidus pour homme (1987) Ditto!
    + Giorgio Beverly Hills for men (1984) Oakmoss version
    + Quorum (1981) Older version
    + Drakkar Noir (1982) only vtg
    + Oscar de la Renta pour lui (1980)
    + Fendi Uomo (1988)
    + Tsar (1989, original vintage was very strong)
    + Bogart One Man Show (1980)
    + Francesco Smalto pour homme (1987)
    + Trussardi Uomo (1983) only vtg
    + Bijan (1987) only vtg
    + Calvin Klein Obsession (1986) only vtg

    Note:
    - Van Cleef & Arpels pour homme is from 1978, not 1983
    - Not meant to be picky but: Givenchy Gentleman 1974 (not Gentlemen) and the Lancome is Sagamore

    Are Egoiste and Heritage real powerhouse scents? Imo they are not, also not in vintage formulations......
    My Top '11':

    - Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - Antaeus (vtg)
    - Azzaro: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - Armani: AdG Profumo
    - Jacques Bogart: Furyo
    - Guerlain: Héritage (vtg)
    - Thierry Mugler: A*men
    - SA: Al Basel
    - D&G: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - YSL: Kouros (vtg)
    - VC&A: Pour Homme

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    Default Re: Powerhouse Era Fragrances - What years and what bottles?

    I was also wondering about Égoïste and Héritage, and Givenchy Gentleman for that matter. I’ll have to think more about what to add.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    I was also wondering about Égoïste and Héritage, and Givenchy Gentleman for that matter. I’ll have to think more about what to add.
    True, Givenchy Gentleman is also no powerhouse, only for 10 mins max after it dries down significantly ( I own the first original version).
    My Top '11':

    - Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - Antaeus (vtg)
    - Azzaro: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - Armani: AdG Profumo
    - Jacques Bogart: Furyo
    - Guerlain: Héritage (vtg)
    - Thierry Mugler: A*men
    - SA: Al Basel
    - D&G: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - YSL: Kouros (vtg)
    - VC&A: Pour Homme

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    Aramis (1965)
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    From this list (personally speaking) without any particular order, at least yet not limited to the following ones:

    Givenchy Gentleman, Antaeus, Kouros, Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme, Derby, Versace l'Homme, Fahrenheit, Egoiste

    while among the ones not mentioned yet neither in the thread starting not mentioned yet (at least so far) subsequent reply posts, mainly but not exclusively again and preferably the vintage versions of:

    YSL pour Homme Haute Concentration, Floris Elite, Furyo, Ungaro II, the initial self titled releases of Gucci and of Davidoff, as well as Nobile by Gucci while also Relax and Zino by the latter Davidoff, Krizia Uomo, Boss No. 1 along with Sport by Boss, Loewe para Hombre but perhaps more so Esencia by Loewe, Marbert Man as well as Marbert Homme, Tuscany and/or Tuscany Uomo Forte, Caractere by Daniel Hecter, Creed BDP, even certain celebrity scents, all released during this age, as paradoxically and unusually as this might sound, from Alain Delon, Pavarotti, Gabriela Sabatini, Priscilla Presley and/or Julio Iglesias, several Estee Lauder from the same time frame, Acteur by Azzaro

    ideally but not necessarily mandatory in the vintage version (s) of each

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    From this list (personally speaking) without any particular order, at least yet not limited to the following ones:

    Givenchy Gentleman, Antaeus, Kouros, Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme, Derby, Versace l'Homme, Fahrenheit, Egoiste

    while among the ones not mentioned yet neither in the thread starting not mentioned yet (at least so far) subsequent reply posts, mainly but not exclusively again and preferably the vintage versions of:

    YSL pour Homme Haute Concentration, Floris Elite, Furyo, Ungaro II, the initial self titled releases of Gucci and of Davidoff, as well as Nobile by Gucci while also Relax and Zino by the latter Davidoff, Krizia Uomo, Boss No. 1 along with Sport by Boss, Loewe para Hombre but perhaps more so Esencia by Loewe, Marbert Man as well as Marbert Homme, Tuscany and/or Tuscany Uomo Forte, Caractere by Daniel Hecter, Creed BDP, even certain celebrity scents, all released during this age, as paradoxically and unusually as this might sound, from Alain Delon, Pavarotti, Gabriela Sabatini, Priscilla Presley and/or Julio Iglesias, several Estee Lauder from the same time frame, Acteur by Azzaro

    ideally but not necessarily mandatory in the vintage version (s) of each
    Original Davidoff I mentioned as well
    To me Relax, the Loewe fragrances, Krizia, Caractere, Acteur, Nobile are no powerhouse fragrances as they do not have the strength (especially projection wise) of the ones mentioned earlier (imo!).
    My Top '11':

    - Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - Antaeus (vtg)
    - Azzaro: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - Armani: AdG Profumo
    - Jacques Bogart: Furyo
    - Guerlain: Héritage (vtg)
    - Thierry Mugler: A*men
    - SA: Al Basel
    - D&G: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - YSL: Kouros (vtg)
    - VC&A: Pour Homme

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slayerized View Post
    Original Davidoff I mentioned as well
    To me Relax, the Loewe fragrances, Krizia, Caractere, Acteur, Nobile are no powerhouse fragrances as they do not have the strength (especially projection wise) of the ones mentioned earlier (imo!).

    No problem, was maybe so far lucky and/or subjective to personally have the sensation if not objectively meet, sample/test and smell older, likely vintage version of each that at least seemed to reach powerhouse (or at least similar, powerhouse-like) levels, heights and amounts of projection and longevity.

    But even without and also even excluding all this (likely and admittedly personally, subjectively experienced) performance, would still rate each as near-powerhouse, at least in spirit, mainly due to both quality and complexity, but also the boldness to assert a certain statement making quality of their notes.

    Otherwise, the few or many ones along the lines of original Davidoff can still excel as benchmark example (s) of how male powerhouse was and stood out as in its vintage released.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    No problem, was maybe so far lucky and/or subjective to personally have the sensation if not objectively meet, sample/test and smell older, likely vintage version of each that at least seemed to reach powerhouse (or at least similar, powerhouse-like) levels, heights and amounts of projection and longevity.

    But even without and also even excluding all this (likely and admittedly personally, subjectively experienced) performance, would still rate each as near-powerhouse, at least in spirit, mainly due to both quality and complexity, but also the boldness to assert a certain statement making quality of their notes.

    Otherwise, the few or many ones along the lines of original Davidoff can still excel as benchmark example (s) of how male powerhouse was and stood out as in its vintage released.
    Agreed
    My Top '11':

    - Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - Antaeus (vtg)
    - Azzaro: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - Armani: AdG Profumo
    - Jacques Bogart: Furyo
    - Guerlain: Héritage (vtg)
    - Thierry Mugler: A*men
    - SA: Al Basel
    - D&G: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - YSL: Kouros (vtg)
    - VC&A: Pour Homme

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    "Powerhouse" to me suggests a sort of brazenness that excludes some of the more elegant, refined options mentioned here (so I don't consider the likes of Héritage a powerhouse in any formulation or concentration).

    Polo is the sine qua non of the category. Stuff like Antaeus and Jacomo de Jacomo and Montana also qualify.

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    Furyo, as suggested by Ken_Russell, from 1988.

    And I agree on Nobile not being a powerhouse I would say even Bel Ami is not a powerhouse).

    Few others I use that I consider as a powerhouse:
    Balenciaga Pour Homme and Ho Hang Club
    Lord by Farina Dom
    Wall Street
    Eau des Iles till it calms down after say about 30 mins
    Amouage Gold man
    Macassar
    Calvin by Calvin Klein 1981
    Corday Ruse - heavy silage, a good floral leather
    VIP special reserve
    Drakkar Noir
    J Casanova Pour Homme (don't know the year)
    Les Copains l'Homme
    Molinard Habanita - I love the fact that this was a women's release...
    Molyneux Captain
    Salvador Dali Pour Homme
    Ted Lapidus pour Homme 1978
    Weil Kipling
    Worth Pour Homme Haute Concentrate (Paisley box)
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    I’ll second these:

    Lapidus Pour Homme is quite the powerhouse.

    VIP Special Reserve and also Red by Giorgio Beverly Hills

    Furyo by Bogart
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    Default Re: Powerhouse Era Fragrances - What years and what bottles?

    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    What would be the ideal time frame of the Powerhouse Era fragrances? What fragrances would you consider as a powerhouse scent?

    For me I envision mid 1970s through the early 1990s.

    To name a few, that I've experienced:

    Givenchy Gentlemen (1974)
    Or Masculine (1976)
    Jules (1980)
    Patou Pour Homme (1980)
    Antaeus (1981)
    Kouros (1981)
    Van Cleef Pour Homme (1983)
    Derby (1985)
    Bel Ami (1986)
    Sagmore (1986)
    Versace L'Homme (1986)
    Fahrenheit (1988)
    Gengis Khan (1989)
    Egoiste (1990)
    Heritage (1992)
    Agree with all of these.
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    Default Re: Powerhouse Era Fragrances - What years and what bottles?

    Signor Vivara by Emilio Pucci is another...
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    How could I forget Furyo (and Balenciaga)....
    My Top '11':

    - Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - Antaeus (vtg)
    - Azzaro: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - Armani: AdG Profumo
    - Jacques Bogart: Furyo
    - Guerlain: Héritage (vtg)
    - Thierry Mugler: A*men
    - SA: Al Basel
    - D&G: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - YSL: Kouros (vtg)
    - VC&A: Pour Homme

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    Default Re: Powerhouse Era Fragrances - What years and what bottles?

    Quote Originally Posted by thrilledchilled View Post
    I’ll second these:

    Lapidus Pour Homme is quite the powerhouse.
    I forgot about that one, unfortunately this one rubbed me the wrong way.
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    Default Re: Powerhouse Era Fragrances - What years and what bottles?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    From this list (personally speaking) without any particular order, at least yet not limited to the following ones:

    Givenchy Gentleman, Antaeus, Kouros, Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme, Derby, Versace l'Homme, Fahrenheit, Egoiste

    while among the ones not mentioned yet neither in the thread starting not mentioned yet (at least so far) subsequent reply posts, mainly but not exclusively again and preferably the vintage versions of:

    YSL pour Homme Haute Concentration, Floris Elite, Furyo, Ungaro II, the initial self titled releases of Gucci and of Davidoff, as well as Nobile by Gucci while also Relax and Zino by the latter Davidoff, Krizia Uomo, Boss No. 1 along with Sport by Boss, Loewe para Hombre but perhaps more so Esencia by Loewe, Marbert Man as well as Marbert Homme, Tuscany and/or Tuscany Uomo Forte, Caractere by Daniel Hecter, Creed BDP, even certain celebrity scents, all released during this age, as paradoxically and unusually as this might sound, from Alain Delon, Pavarotti, Gabriela Sabatini, Priscilla Presley and/or Julio Iglesias, several Estee Lauder from the same time frame, Acteur by Azzaro

    ideally but not necessarily mandatory in the vintage version (s) of each
    You mentioned Creed Bois Du Portugal which probably was a very potent scent at the time of its original release.

    I would then add Creed Baie de Genievre. This one is a bit underrated compared to many of the others that have been mentioned already but I could see this one fitting into the category. It has gained quite a cult in the years after it's discontinuation.
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    Default Re: Powerhouse Era Fragrances - What years and what bottles?

    Opium, Cinnabar, Giorgio, Bijan, Poison, Obsession - classics of the 70s and 80s.

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    Default Re: Powerhouse Era Fragrances - What years and what bottles?

    Paco Rabanne La Nuit (EdT or EdP), both are humungous.

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    I think these are also fit in this category.
    ALAIN DELON Classic, AD Plus and Iquitos
    FRED HAYMANN 273 Rodeo Drive




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