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Caractère (1989)
by Daniel Hechter


Caractère information

Year of Launch1989
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 48 votes)

People and companies

HouseDaniel Hechter
PerfumerAlain Verjus
SupplierPFW Paris
PackagingPierre Dinand
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group > Parfumeurs Createurs
Parent Company at launchL'Oréal Group > Selective Beaute International

About Caractère

Caractère is a masculine fragrance by Daniel Hechter. The scent was launched in 1989 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Alain Verjus. The bottle was designed by Pierre Dinand

Caractère fragrance notes

Reviews of Caractère

Crass fougère with brittle citrus and strident herbs. To paraphrase Coco Chanel, its got a lot of character and all of it bad.

28th March, 2019
This (the aftershave version) is reminiscent of Paco rabanne, Kouros and Givenchy Gentleman, and for me closest to Gentleman. A litle sweeter than the other powerhouses and maybe a little more linear this appears to be available remarkably cheaply at the moment (though the bottle looks slightly different). A thumbs up.
17th December, 2011
Respectful floral powerhouse (in the same league as Capucci, Borsalino or Atkinsons Rockford) leathery and virile in its final development. The first blast is moderately green, citrusy, tart and floral (artemisia, bergamot, jasmine and carnation by soon mastering). I agree about that, since its opening and furthermore going ahead, Caractere smells less raucous, spicy and angular than the majority of its homologous from the same age and in light of this this juice is a less bold and brash kind of powerhouse fragrance. Carnation and jasmine start waving around since the beginning while a link of leather, animalic notes, moss and jasmine endly projects a sort of vervety brown kind of aroma less citrusy, spicy and green than usual for the powerhouse fragrances of the era (on the contrary more "brown", warm, leathery and woody than the average). I love the final link of oily patchouli, dusty amber and soothing coconut which enhances the velvet of the leather, the viscosity, the warm animalism and the nutty woodiness. Caractere, its warm, slightly resinous and woody final link of incensey-resinous patchouli, ambergris, moss and woods, conjures me more than vaguely melancholic scents a la Henry Cottons or Enrico Coveri Pour Homme. The projection is very close to the skin.
14th September, 2011 (last edited: 23rd November, 2016)
There is something very substantial beneath the surface of Caractere that is never brought into the open. Perhaps Hechter decided that at the end of a decade of excess, enough was enough. It’s a real shame as it is only a few clicks away from being something quite excellent. Instead, I find when I am wearing it that I am reminded of something else, and inevitably something better.

Initially a flat citrus sheen is draped across a slightly dirty opening, but it’s quickly clear that it is obscuring a deep sonorous presence. The elongated cedarwood note that traverses the middle to late phases is likely to polarise opinion. Personally, I find it lends the fragrance a rather bland dry air for too long, and it is only when it recedes in the drydown that matters settle into a comforting leather and moss base.

Hechter's Caractere mines the same fragrant seam as Antaeus, but without really producing the quality and output of Chanel.
08th September, 2011
This is my prefer parfume, it's a synthony perfect with my style!
19th January, 2011
Well, this one has eluded me for many years......until today!

The phrase that springs to mind with this is "well groomed". It has a clean, mildly soapy but heavy smell to it. To me, it smells "expensive".

Now, God help me for saying this but it reminds me of Black Suede by Avon (and I hate Black Suede by Avon) yet I really like this. I can pick out the lemon in this and it's of a Givenchy Monsieur style. It's a bit old school. A slight hint of YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme as well but nowhere near as raucous.

This kind of demands a nice Suit or a Tux as it is formal but in a warm, friendly, inviting sort of way.

Let me sum it up by saying "I love it!". I'm so glad it's available in the U.K. This one will stay with me for as long as it's available.
30th June, 2010

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