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Etienne Aigner (1975)
by Etienne Aigner


Etienne Aigner information

Year of Launch1975
Average Rating
(based on 28 votes)

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HouseEtienne Aigner
Parent CompanyShaneel Enterprises Ltd > Designer Parfums
Parent Company at launchEtienne Aigner

About Etienne Aigner

Etienne Aigner is a masculine fragrance by Etienne Aigner. The scent was launched in 1975

Etienne Aigner fragrance notes

Reviews of Etienne Aigner

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United States
Etienne Aigner No.1 opens with a nose tingling bergamot and lemon tandem at the fore with warm nutmeg spice support spiked with some of the mossy green oakmoss enhanced leather from the base immediately detectable. As the composition moves to its early heart, the citrus vacates as the oakmoss and relatively smooth leather tandem now dominates, with slightly sweet sandalwood and woody patchouli joining in, and the nutmeg spice also remaining from the open adding oregano-like marjoram to the overall well-blended mix. During the late dry-down remnants of the smooth oakmoss enhanced leather remain, but the sandalwood and woody patchouli now take the fore through the finish, with trace elements of the warm nutmeg spice still detectable. Projection is below average, but longevity is excellent at around 12 hours on skin.

No.1 definitely is a leather of the mid 70s to mid 80s in the way it is so classically structured with liberal use of real oakmoss, real sandalwood and dry woody patchouli. They just don't make them like this anymore, and it is a damn shame. One thing that is a bit different from other leathers of its great age, like the also excellent Arrogance pour Homme, is No. 1 really does not project much. This is not a powerhouse composition, but rather a supple, warm spiced leather one could easily wear to the office even now without the slightest hesitation of offending anyone, while not sacrificing uniqueness, quality ingredients, nor stellar composition blending and structure. Super-hard leather lovers may find the smoothness of this leather presentation a bit safe for their liking, but in the case of this writer it hits a bullseye in being "just right." The bottom line is the sadly long since discontinued and extremely rare Etienne Aigner No.1 is an exceptional classically structured leather of its time, earning an "excellent" 4 stars out of 5 and an easy recommendation to any vintage lover who can get a hold of a bottle, mini or otherwise. They just don't make them like this anymore, regrettably.
29th February, 2020
It is a quality fragrance. In a blind test, no one can guess it is a designer fragrance from 1975. It is similar in style to Crown Perfumery and Caswell Massey fragrances, particularly Caswell Massey Jockey Club. It has a green barbershop smell with Geranium, oakmoss, iris and some white floral notes.
24th January, 2020 (last edited: 08th February, 2020)
Excellent leather fragrance, the patch is reminiscent of Givenchy Gentleman to me (which came out a year before), while the vetiver and gentle vanilla presages Heritage (by decades) it sits in the company of greats
It doesn't wear you. Classy stuff.
Edit: Just magnificent.
04th June, 2018 (last edited: 14th November, 2019)
Knowing Chanel Pour Monsiuer, this fragrance, Etienne Aigner, is what I imagine Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree should smell like. Chanel decided to do something a little different when they finally got around to making Pour Monsieur Concentree in 1989. For people who think it should have smelled more like Pour Monsieur, Etienne Aigner could be the solution. It's an oak moss bomb.

Wearing this some more, it's much more like Polo than I had originally noticed. A more subtle version of a Polo-type fragrance.
14th April, 2017 (last edited: 19th July, 2019)
This is the scent of my Ivory DB9, if I had one.

In fact this is the scent of my Ivory DB9 after years of wearing Vintage Bel Ami within and I am dead and gone.

It is a smoothed out, gentrified 60's Leather, Musky Spicy thing.

It doesn't light up, it glows a warm caramel.


And yes, I'll take that Ivory one over there. The one with the Caramel leather and rubbed Mahogany dash.
27th November, 2015 (last edited: 23rd January, 2017)
Bergamot, Lemon, Nutmeg, Sage, Galbanum, Marjoram

Jasmin, Geranium, Patchouli, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Orris root

Leather, Amber, Tonka bean, Moss and Vanilla

This is a super smooth leather chypre from 1975. The 70's and 80's conjure up images of loud music, big hair and fragrances that matched this mentality of excess . Not so with Aigner #1.

Aigner's first foray opens with an alcoholic blast of spicy citrus that leans green. This is one smooth accord. It's like velvet blanketing the skin and in a minute, the leather is already surging up and into the drivers seat.

The spices are wonderful in this fragrance. It may be the best blending of them that I've encountered in a masculine and NO transition of this fragrance is ever rude or boisterous. The overall blending is a marvel and after all these years, I am still in awe. None of the implemented notes usurps the other, with ( of course ) the exception of leather.

So, is the leather a nice rendition ? No, it's a fabulous leather aroma and to say it's nice doesn't do it justice. It's better than nice and equal to the best leather-dominant niche you'll come across. The magic here is in the pre-set volume of all the active notes hovering just below the supple leather.

The base unfolds very quietly. The galbanum from the top and moss in the base enable the green aura to continue through the life of the scent. They are more dominant than the oriental notes. In summary, Aigner No.1 is a truly underrated leather scent that showcases well executed spices, green notes, earthy tones and of course, the leather. The sillage is acceptable and longevity is about 4 hours on me before evolving into a skin scent.

Both of my thumbs are raised for this forgotten leather masculine from Etienne Aigner.
04th March, 2015

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