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Number 3 / Le 3ème Homme / The Third Man (1985)
by Caron


Number 3 / Le 3ème Homme / The Third Man information

Year of Launch1985
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 648 votes)

People and companies

PackagingPierre Dinand
Parent CompanyAles Group
Parent Company at launchA.H. Robins

About Number 3 / Le 3ème Homme / The Third Man

Created in 1985 and inspired by the title of the film directed by Carol Reed, Le 3ème Homme by Caron is a tribute to the elegant man played by Orson Welles.

Number 3 / Le 3ème Homme / The Third Man fragrance notes

Reviews of Number 3 / Le 3ème Homme / The Third Man

All I can say about this is that I purchased it, tried it twice and then sold it. It did nothing at all for me except made me regret purchasing it because I had read on here that it is similar to the long discontinued(shame) Ghost Man. Nothing like it at all.......
25th November, 2020
If you want your perfume to make a big splash, launch it on a small pond. And there aren't many smaller ponds than the masculine floral.
Third Man is a white floral fougère,* with a gritty overtone and powdery amber rising from the base. There's not much to it really, making it suitably simple - but still 'daringly' floral for a masculine.
It's nicely done but it gets a bit sweet by the end.


Part FB, bought second hand

* Fougère : Michael Edwards - Fragrances of the World
29th September, 2020
The evocative name Caron chose for this scent may be my favorite name for any masculine-branded fragrance ever. I'm not sure how much the scent ultimately suits the film of the same name (there's no undercurrent of mystery or danger here), but it does suggests a kind of old-fashioned European elegance.

That said, as pleasant as it is, I don't find it a particularly interesting entrant in the dandyish spiced floral subgenre, and, as far as I can tell, its primary claim to fame is that it has survived changing cultural tides and IFRA longer than many others in this vein.
30th May, 2020
Ultra classic barbershop powdery fougere beautifully done which in and of itself is a winner in my book, with a carnation/clove spicy accent. You must be good with that as it takes and retains center stage. The magic touch is the jasmine that gives the composition a "romantic," distinguished, classy touch. A tad too sweet on the vanilla in the drydown for my taste but I'm nitpicking.
A winner
A man sporting this together with his Lady in Bellodgia would make quite the intriguing scented pair (for the carnation lovers)

Edt splash pre barcode
28th May, 2020
If Eau Sauvage had adopted Caron's Third Man as a boy, he would be very proud to see how he'd turned out as a man.

The dry down is perfection.
27th November, 2019
One not to be ignored by fans of woody scents, Third Man really shines in many ways. Way ahead of its time (it was released in 1985), it is bright and bold, warm and comforting, reminiscent of cloves and carnation flowers and very long-lasting.

Whilst most scents these days contain enough sweetness to make the wearer wonder wether they need a health check, Third Man remains dry as a bone throughout the day and yet remains restrained and does not overpower.

The opening lemon notes can feel rather strange at first but once the opening calms down, the pleasant aroma of cloves and spicy carnation flower accord sinks through, the opening is a distant memory.

The scent may dry down further, however I find the clove accord stays right to the end. Patchouli may enter in the mix as well somewhere but it is hard to notice behind the other notes.

All in all, a wonderful masculine that is clearly a classic. Perhaps one of the best scents to wear to an interview or an office setting.
21st October, 2019

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