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Antaeus Chanel for men

Antaeus Chanel for men
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Antaeus is the name of ancient Greek demigod. Strong, like a god, and gentle as a man, Antaeus belongs to those perfumes of expressed individuality and strong character which emphasize masculinity, what was a trend in 1980-ies. Myrtle and sage, lime and thyme have united to give the fragrance a special freshness and masculine character. The fragrance is warming up and becomes intensive at the end due to patchouli, sandal and labdanum in the base. Sharp animalistic nuance is brought in by the notes of castoreum and leather.

The top notes include lemon, lime, coriander, myrtle, clary sage, and bergamot. The heart is composed of thyme, basil, rose and jasmine, while the base of patchouli, castoreum, labdanum, and oak moss. The perfume was created by Jacques Polge in 1981.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Coriander Bergamot Amalfi Lemon Lime Clary Sage Myrhh

Middle Notes
Jasmine Thyme Rose Basil

Base Notes
French labdanum Patchouli Oakmoss Castoreum

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Antaeus Fragrance Reviews

ssg
ssg

Ladykiller, I think that there are probably many of us on here who would say that Antaeus is a true Chanel classic, rather than being 'dated' as such....

Also, I started wearing this when I was 14. I don't think you have to businessman in your 30s or 40s to wear it - surely if you like it at any age, you should wear it? :)

Oct
22
2014
LadyKiller
LadyKiller

Antaeus is my favorite Chanel fragrance ever.
It is incredibly complex rich luxurious and overall an amazing composition.Some say It is kinda dated I have to agree on that.It is dated but only for some specific gentlemen It might not come across dated you have to be 45+ to pull this one off or a 30+ businessman.
Scent : 8.5/10
Projection Longevity Sillage : 9/10
Overall : 8.5/10

Oct
18
2014
donimili
donimili

This is, by far, the best perfume for men. At least, it's my favorite. To me it's soapy, fresh and little bit spicy. First class scent. Smell of well groomed, clean, neat man.
Too bad my darling doesn't like it, but I would loooove to have it.

Oct
15
2014
Vicarious Reality
Vicarious Reality

Dark and sinister
Longevity is more than 12h by far, not so good when the intense woody wafts batters your brainsac
Not sure if i like it, it is scary

... oh damn, i accidentally sprayed a full push on my cheapo plywood table... strange, it seems to smell very different there

Oct
13
2014
pingoon
pingoon

this juice makes me feel good, the leather and the beewax are incredible..all the nonsense about the vintage only is making me sick..I totally adore this scent..I use several flacons every year! 'Nuff said!

Oct
12
2014
jovejove
jovejove

One of the most underrated fragrances out there. When it comes to the rest of the Chanel fragrances, this is probably the only one that I think is worth it when it comes to creativity, masculinity and sophistication. The rest of Chanel men's I consider teenager quality or introductory fragrances for people who like soap. Too many people out there have a stick up their you know what when it comes to Chanel; " I ONLY wear CHANEL...I've been wearing it for YEARS!". Coincidentally, those people are the ones that also need a serious makeover...it's just Chanel...

Don't get me wrong, I respect *5, Coco, Coco Mademoiselle, *19 and the rest of the regular line of women's Chanel fragrances, but come on! It's fragrance. People acting all like they're Karl's BFF and Gabrielle's favourite extended family member. This one is the only one that I can say has the bullocks out of the men's line. Platinum Egoiste comes in second for standing it's ground, but the rest are whatever. For the most part, the only reason Chanel sells is because it's "Chanel". They could put out a fragrance that smells like the worst rated celebrity fragrance out there and it'll still sell like crazy.

This comment doesn't apply to the exclusive line, just the signature fragrances.
End of rant

Oct
07
2014
roman_turism
roman_turism

Great perfume I use it along with Antaeus Emulsion Après Rasage and Antaeus Deo Stick. Highly recommend if you love animalistic fragrances (unlike the stinky YSL Kouros) . One of my favourite along with Chanel Egoiste and Dior Homme. All suitable for cold weather.

Oct
06
2014
trippy
trippy

even the last reformulation is great.... you only need to overapply a bit, great leather and beeswax.. incredibly sexy! Even in hot weather this juice is still magical!

Oct
05
2014
silentman26
silentman26

Sophisticated, sharp and elegant. Raw castoreum, warm but dry and really close to leather. Animalic but friendly. Notes of jasmine, herbs and Myrrh project great. Versatile, classy, masculine. Fun to wear. One of the best. A Timeless classic!

Sep
11
2014
Goallingoa
Goallingoa

The Masterpiece of Antaeus is only the Vintage one. I don't like the current formula. Much different e poor.

Sep
06
2014
Redbeard
Redbeard

Initially a lot like Bel Ami, but the leather here is a bit more rubbery or plasticky, closer to Z-14 (sorry, guys); maybe this is the supposed beeswax. Still, it has a directness that I like, an apparent economy of notes, leaving it less overbearing than it would be if it were more busy. The opening wood notes seem to me to recede into the middle, which unfortunately leaves the mustiness more apparent. Toward the base, though, a woody exotic cinnamon comes to the fore, and I like this component; if you stripped everything else away it would be rather mild, a lot like Bogart Witness. To my disappointment, though, much of the initial pungency remains. Overall, it's a lot smoother and less harsh (but not weaker!) than a lot of other 80s leather frags, so I respect it for being good, by my standards, within its peer group. Still, in the end, Antaeus like so many leather scents is just too heavy and tiring for me. I do appreciate the formality, but if I were attending a state dinner with royalty I'd probably choose something like Richard James or Heritage.

Sep
01
2014
Jason Bogie
Jason Bogie

I could not wear the vintage. And a chap in my office could smelled from 50m away. The new juice is much better, and I think batch 2014 is an I improvement on 13.

Aug
29
2014
Merdogan1
Merdogan1

Hiç genç işi değil ama gayet erkeksi bir kokusu var. Güncel parfümlerde alıştığımız tatlılık hiç yok. Koku olarak çok benzemese de azzaro pour homme tarzı erkeksi bir tarzı var. 30 yaş üzeri klasik giyinen ve serin havalara uygun bir parfüm. Şimdiki genç kızlar için bırakın beğenmeyi, itici bile geliyor ama olgun hanımlar için çok çekici ve beğenilen bir koku olduğunu rahatlıkla söyleyebilirim. İlk sıkıldığında çok yoğun iken hızla o etkisini kaybediyor. Benim tenimde hiç kalıcı olamadı. 2 saat sonra ben bile zor hissettim. Yünlü ve kaşmir kıyafetlerde ise çok daha uzun ömürlü oldu. Yine de beklediğimden daha çabuk etkisini kaybeden ama tarzını sevdiğim bir kokusu var. Gün içinde muhakkak bir kaç kez yenilemek gerekli. Uygun yaş kitlesi olgun görünen erkekler. Aklımda canlanan erkek tipi ise kirli sakal bırakmış, esmer ve klasik giyinen 30-45 yaş arası biraz atletik erkek imajı oldu. Eski bir parfüm olsa da yine de günümüzde uygun bir imajla çok genç yaşlardaki kızlar hariç bayanlar üzerinde tahrik edici bir etkisi olacağını düşünüyorum.

Not : Yorumlarımı ve özel mesajlarıma cevaplarımı sadece Türkçe olarak yapacağım. Böylece yabancı dil konusunda sıkıntı yaşayan arkadaşlara gerçekten denediğim parfümlerdeki kendi görüşlerimi paylaşmayı amaçlıyorum.

Aug
21
2014
miromoro151
miromoro151

People need to stap bashing the Current Antaeus in favor for the Vintage one.

Not everyone was born during, or had the opportunity, to experience the Vintage one. Sure it must have been stronger with heavier doses of the ingredients, but that doesnt mean Chanel would produce "a thin shadow of its former self" version of one of its best sellers, esp. having such a cult following.

I havent smelt the Vintage, but i own the latest version of Antaeus, and it is gorgeous, from top to very bottom. Feels thick and rich, and fills the room and ive gotten plenty of compliments on how good and "beautiful" it smells. It actually turns women on.(True Story)

Stop living in the past everyone, theres beauty in everything, just know how to look for it, and you will find it.

I love my Antaeus, I hope the rest of you enjoy yours too, old or new.

Aug
20
2014
Ricardo the Great
Ricardo the Great

Masterpiece men's fragrance for mature men (age 35+). It's a classic that can't be found in today's modern fragrances. Most definitely not a fragrance for youth (teens/early20s).

Aug
18
2014
KIZILBAY
KIZILBAY

Parfüm ile ilgili görüşlerimi aktarmadan önce açıkça söylemeliyim ki Antaeus en beğendiğim ilk 5 arasında. Bunu söylememin nedeni bu parfümü ciddi şekilde rahatsız edici bulanların olması. Sonuçta bu bir zevk ve algı meselesi olduğu için normal. Antaeus pazarlama, popülerlik gibi meseleler dikkate alınsa muhtemelen üretilmezdi. Zaten az sayıda parfümü olan bir marka için risk olabilirdi. Ancak parmümün arkasında bir dev marka, Chanel var.

Parfüm ilk anından son anına kadar "ben oldukça sert bir erkek parfümüyüm" diye bağırıyor. Bu anlamda mesajı açık.

Kunduz yağı ve meşe yosunu ön planda ve baskın. Kokunun değişik notalar vermek, değişim geçirmek gibi bir derdi yok. Ancak parfüm ile ilgili kesin bir görüş sahibi olabilmeniz için üzerinizde en az 5-6 saat denemeniz lazım. Çünkü sert yapısı özellikle ilk dakikalarda rahatsız edebilir. Kouros kadar sert değil. Laden sevdiğim bir koku ve arka planda da olsa kendisini hissettiriyor.
Kalıcılık ve koku dağılımı çok başarılı. Sıcak ve nem olmadığı sürece ve çok fazla almadıysanız etrafa rahatsızlık vereceğini sanmıyorum. Ancak her ortamda baskın olacaktır.
Gençlere uygun değil. Ancak her gencin 35 sonrasında parfümü olmaya aday. Benim için Antaeus açık bir şekilde temel parfümlerden. Bir ay boyunca farklı parfümler kullandıktan sonra elim Antaeus a gider. Bazı parfümlerle ilgili görüşüm zaman içinde değişiyor. Ancak Antaeus her zaman aynı yerde duruyor. İlk başta da yazdığım gibi benim için en iyi 5 içinde ve muhtemelen hep orada olacak.

Aug
15
2014
Manny44
Manny44

The best blended and just plain best fragrance from the "80"'s Masculine genre. I 'm not sure when or where i would wear this or If I could even pull this off, but come colder weather I think I will give it a try and see what feedback I get. Lol....A beaver being the first note people see on this fragrance is a little frightening but be assured this is more floral and Myrrh than you may expect.10/10.Dry down is brighter and more clean-floral than expected.
P.S. just wanted to take a moment to pay my respects to Jacques Polge and the monster fragrances of the last three decades he has produced ( i.e. Antaeus,The entire Allure line!!!, Egoiste, Platinum Egoiste, Bleu). Each the defining Mens perfume of its time.

Aug
08
2014
ssg
ssg

BLOODY BRILLIANT BEAST! There. Three words that have not been said in any reviews on here so far ;)

I cannot think of anything else to say to describe this phenomenal juice that has not already been said before; incidentally, I'm talking about the 'vintage' EDT here, which is more like an eau de parfum when compared to the EDT modern formulation.

I started what was initially an on-off love affair with Antaeus in 1985, when I was 14 and living in Brussels and a school friend gave me a miniature. I distinctly recall my mum saying that she liked it and it reminded her of aniseed! Hmmm. Wonder which note that would be?

Antaeus and I parted ways several times over the years as I tried different scents, but I would always come back to the Greek demigod. About 3 years ago, when I became more interested in fragrance collection, I discovered the vintage Antaeus, whose heady scent took me straight back to those carefree and happy days in the mid 80's in Brussels.

I was quite shocked at the difference between the vintage and the modern formulation, so I set on a quest to track down and stockpile the rich and regal vintage which I cannot get enough of in the cooler autumn and winter months here in England; all this said, the modern Antaeus could have been so much worse, if you look at what other perfume houses have been up to with some of their shameful reformulations... I wonder what Coco Chanel would think of some of the reformulations of her legendary perfumes? She is probably looking on from the other side right now with cigarette in cigarette holder, one eyebrow slightly raised and a wry smile, knowing that when she was around, the Chanel perfumes were at their best....

Oh, dear Antaeus, thank you for coming back into my life; I promise never to abandon you again! :d

Postscript - there really is no right or wrong age to be wearing this scent. It does not fit any specific age category and is a true classic. If you love it and you're 14, wear it, as I did. If you love it and you're 80, then wear it!

Aug
07
2014
lollero
lollero

I got a sample and fell in love immediately. It was so rich, strong and smoky! I bought a bottle but it smelled like urine. I was so dissapointed that I didn't use it for a long time. Then after a time I decided to test it again and it was almost as the sample but still I smelled the difference. The reformulation lacks the richness of the old smell. I definitely detect beeswax in the drydown and it's delicious and warm. When the wheater gets colder I will be using this a lot more!

Aug
03
2014
petrhsr
petrhsr

During the recent reformulation it was castrated. Still a nice-smelling scent, and offers bang for your bucks, but it's a eunuch compared to the stuff in the 200mL bottle I have from 2008.

Jul
25
2014
Marciu
Marciu

Antaeus is definitely a fragrance that you have to grow up to wear. Well, not you actually, rather your taste.

At the beggining of my "fragrance journey" which actually started about 2,5 years ago, it choke me out. I smelled the strip and said: "WTF?!" and then "No, thank you for that".

I absolutely love and adore warmth and coziness which gives me opening of this fragrance. Very herbal, a bit smoky and warm. This goes into quite sharp spices, mainly sage (probably blended with coriander), mixed with rose and jasmin. Drydown is raw, wild and animalic - castoreum and beeswax (which is not listed in the notes breakdown but I feel it clearly) reign over the other notes.

Longevity is about 10-12 hours, sillage is very good within about 6-7 hours. Don't overspray because you will choke people out!

Like its "brother" Kouros, which is also 33 now, Antaeus fits better to formal suit IMO. Age range - I don't care about it, but I think teens won't "understand" it, so I'd say that if you're 20 and up and you have quite refined taste, go ahead and try it, you might like it.

Personally I grew up to wear it. And I think I'll be buying a big bottle around fall.

Jul
25
2014
Ricardo the Great
Ricardo the Great

Drydown on this fragrance is just terrific. Should be a must have in any straight or gay man's collection.

Jul
21
2014
LanceDior
LanceDior

If kouros is Stanley Kowalski, Antaeus is Vito Corleone. Both are Marlon Brando.

Jul
11
2014
Vegas Pauli
Vegas Pauli

If the color dark green had a smell, it would be this. Tom Ford must of had this in mind when he created Italian Cypress, as they smell so similar.
Musky, green, masculine and woody is how I describe this. A classic.

Jul
10
2014
Citrus2014
Citrus2014

A refined herbal leather, mature, classy - a fragrance with animalistic quality.
Words are insufficient to describe this sensual beast - a masterpiece that comes from the golden age of perfumery.

Scent: 10/10
Longevity: 10/10
Projection 10/10
Repurchase: Yes

Jul
08
2014
udsar
udsar

bu parfümün alt notaları muhteşem. giriş notaları pek iç açıcı değil, orta notaları tatmin edici, ama sadece alt notaları için bile o kadar para verilir.

Jul
04
2014
Colin Maillard
Colin Maillard

A magnificent, raw but refined opening of musky castoreum, warm but dry and really close to leather (like in Knize Ten and other classics), but gently softened by aromatic woods, spices and silky colourful hints of flowers. Animalic but friendly and elegant, it has a typical fougère "gloominess" but it also appears more "young", relaxed and modern than most of other more classic and austere fougères, and also more sophisticated and sharp. The evolution is quite predictable, as it remains a castoreum-leather smoky accord, just drier and lighter as hours pass. Restrained and noble, always without being too shady or heavy, rather keeping it slightly "airy" and more lively thanks to rose, jasmine and fresh tasty herbs like thyme and sage. Versatile, classy, cozy, masculine. Timeless classic!

8,5/10

Jul
04
2014
paulhunter
paulhunter

This juice is freakin me out in a good way :) I think it's interesting because the first adjective that comes to mind for this perfume is obviously "MANLY!!" yet it's undeniably a floral fragrance. The castoreum note definitely gives that masculine connotation over a very elegant floral musk base. I couldn't wear this myself but I will happily sniff away at the paper strip I sprayed with this :)

Jul
01
2014
josesantoscarvalho
josesantoscarvalho

Antaeus was my FIRST EVER serious fragrance, back in the 80's! I was a teenager and I fell head over heels with it! It was the closest think to a light and delicate punch in the nose I ever got!
For many years my signature fragrance, it's true that these days it's much tender than it used to be... no punch, just a slight nudge.
But great and very unique. It's new acquired softness and gentleness makes it closer to some of the Les Exclusifs de Chanel.
A must have for men who like themselves!

Jun
27
2014
yourfriendmarito
yourfriendmarito

I am 44 now. It is the perfect age to use this scent. I have the impression that I was too young to pull this off before. I really love it. It is a masterpiece, I cannot live without it.

Jun
25
2014
Dioguh
Dioguh

This one.. this one is a lord scent.. this is the stuff.. i will buy it after summer =)

Jun
21
2014
Jefdaj
Jefdaj

Welcome to the dark side. Antaeus is the King of the ring and if the force is strong in you, it will suit you well. Nothing for the gmo - unisex population :-)

Jun
19
2014
Ferdinand66
Ferdinand66

I like what one of the reviewers quoted as saying "this stuff is Zues juice" lol...but I think that Hercules' BO would probably smell like this!...the castoreum is quite the ingredient isn't it...wow potent.
But compared to the original vintage bottle this is a tad mild but still no other men's perfume on the market today comes close to the potency of this juice.
The black flacon that carries this juice is pretty much a message to those preferring more the sweet vanilla praline scents to beware and know what you're getting yourself into before diving right in!
But yes!..this is one scent you can't deny and say "it ain't masculine enough"..lol. Classic, sophisticated(the drydown is downright phenomenal) and brutish at the same time.
You and those privileged enough to experience this on you will either love it or hate it...but there's no denying that this is Chanel's Antaeus Pour Homme!
BTW the seasons really don't have any bearings on this baby!.
This is an all-year round scent(IMO)...what a juice!!!
10/10

Jun
18
2014
GoodVibrations
GoodVibrations

Although it is no longer the dark, mossy green sillage beast of infinite depth that it used to be, it works now it its new iteration. This year's batch is better than last year's. The reformulation was previously like a pile of Antaeus' bones that weren't connected as a body. Now it has taken on shape, connection, and smoothness, and it's not quite like anything else. It nears Kouros territory, but it does not have Kouros' chalky wet cement feel. Antaeus reads like a Chanel, albeit one that's far removed from the rest of the line, so there is continuity with the Chanel brand. It is now arguably Chanel's best offering for men. It smells like a man's musk; the globes of manhood.

Jun
17
2014
periquito89
periquito89

Antaeus is a bold scent, consistent and very long lasting. Sillage is great too. There's a very familiar smell that I got from some traditional women perfumes. It´s something surely associated to my past memories which is not meant to be a bad thing, otherwise I wouldn't like Dior Homme. The scent is out of the standards of today's modern scents which can be a good or a bad thing according to one's taste, be aware of that. I didn't knew it on its time to have a feel of how would be wearing it, alongside with Polo Green, Azzaro, Kouros, Jazz, Tsar and other classics. My former secretary simply love it - was her husband's scent.

Jun
13
2014
mamali1976
mamali1976

Fantastic..
امروز خريدمش با اينكه خداى ادكلن بازيم اين يكى رو نداشتم تا حالا ولى انصافأ حرف نداره كلى حال كردم دم خودم گرم كه خريدمش...

Jun
11
2014
Bunino
Bunino

Accidentally ended up with the 1980`s sport edition. Watered down. Unimpressed. I love Antaeus though... but I can see why the sport flanker was discontinued.

Jun
06
2014
Gokhanburak53
Gokhanburak53

Im lucky that i have got the vintage version, i think new and vintage both are great fragrances but vintage smells smoother and more natural

Jun
01
2014
Geordieboy
Geordieboy

Sprayed this on a card a good few years ago and was instantly put off by that really sharp pungent opening, i couldn't stand it!

After spending countless hours trying new scents more seriously over the last couple of years i thought i would give it another try... Glad i did!

Initially i sprayed it on the card again just to remind myself then took the plunge and sprayed some on my wrist, at first i was like 'oh my god what have i done' it was just to harsh, my friend who was with me took a sniff of my wrist and was like 'woah what the hell!'

Fast forward an hour or two and the offensive explosion of the initial spray has gone and i' m left with a fantastic patchouli oaky swirling dream of delight.

My friend and i were talking about what we tried and what we liked today, i said 'did you smell this 1 i tried or not' knowing fine well she wouldn't recognise it from before and her response was 'wow whats that, it smells sooooo good, so classy, so sexy'

I will defiantly be buying a bottle of this magic elixir next time i'm in town shopping. Go on try it, risk that opening because what you will end up with is out of this world!

May
29
2014
benpaul12
benpaul12

I'm young and wear this. I get a tonne of compliments about it - so in my mind if you do it right you don't have to be an older man. This is an incredible fragrance, dress well, be confident and you can do anything!

May
26
2014
Ricardo the Great
Ricardo the Great

Terrific, classic parfum for mature men. Most definitely not a fragrance for the young.

May
26
2014
Monsieur Aramis
Monsieur Aramis

5 from 5 - 100P - cherry leather – One of my very best favorites. A perfect one of the aromatic fragrances from the 80ies, I love its synthesis of cherry, fresh feeling without citrus but dark berries, round structure and smooth rubber-leather base. A top star in nowadays' perfume shop racks. Wear it at sunny summer mornings which are not too warm, and it will splash you with pleasure full day - it lasts pretty long. A marvelous optimum between a new ave of classic virility and 80ies gourmand and oriental direction.

May
16
2014
JohnB2014
JohnB2014

fresh with a strong leather smell.
Very manly, original and of course very masculine.

May
15
2014
riffjim4069
riffjim4069

I recently discovered Antaeus and it's very nice; a true Classic that is bold & beautiful, yet not dated. Sure, I can pick-out a few notes in this juice but, to me, it's one of those fragrances that is so well blended that it projects an attitude. In this case, an attitude of pure masculinity that demands to be noticed.

My only issue with this fragrance is...well, to me, I don't get much of a leather vibe since I like my leather scents rich and full-bodies. It's not an issue since I plan to add Antaeus to my fall-winter lineup and I will continue to use Tuscan Leather and others to satisfy my leather fix.

Apr
23
2014
celestip
celestip

Ho appena acquistato l'ennesima bottiglia di Anteus, e vi comunico che a mio modesto avviso,, Chanel ha ancora riformulato il prodotto, questa volta migliorandolo e portandolo agli antichi splendori.
Vi faccio presente che la mia prima bottiglia di Anteus, è stata acquistata nel lontano 1982, di conseguenza credo di poter esprimere un giudizio sereno.
Brava Chanel avanti così spero che non cambi più.

Apr
22
2014
mamaliinjapan
mamaliinjapan

this is smell so vintage and remind me of some oil pastel , i like it

Apr
08
2014
louisese
louisese

Classy, Historical,
the perfume with many layers

Apr
07
2014
pronose
pronose

a genuine masterpiece and far from those new cheap formula!!!!! just unique by all means!

Mar
30
2014
insectatribe01
insectatribe01

First time i smelled this i really didnt like it at all, just offensive and too complex for me at the time i suppose. After revisiting over a few months sampling it in the shops, somthing just kept drawing me in and eventually bought a 5ml tester and wow, this fragrance really is pure class. A deep and intriguing scent that just goes strait to my head!

Mar
23
2014
Idlehands
Idlehands

chanel really does no wrong. Antaeus is a masterpiece. Classic, manly and seductive. I love love love it. I recommend for ages 30+. sooooo gooood.

Mar
22
2014
El Aurens
El Aurens

In a word. Power.

Smells like 007 in Casino Royale.

Refined and classy. Yet insolent and very bad.

Masterpiece.
10/10

Mar
20
2014
class
class

I didn't like Antaeus. The first opening I detected spice, so I thought I might like it, but then it settled down to an "old man-like" fragrance. This sauce is not for me.

Mar
19
2014
fuggerone
fuggerone

Although the scent has been toned down quite a bit, this is a scent I love in my free time, guess the vintage version was a sonic boom, this last version has to be overapplied for glimpses of the past glory, it would be hard today hang around with a 80's powerhouse full tilt blast!
the beewax and leather notes are incredible! all seasons hit for hard die type males!

Mar
19
2014
olfactoryfan
olfactoryfan

Antaeus is dominant, uplifting and enduring. This is one 80's mega-masculine that has stood the test of time. Testimony to its timelessness is the fact that Antaeus has remained in Chanel's lineup for over 30 years.

Clearly there are legions of adoring fans out there like me. Despite the formulation changes, Antaeus has retained enough of its original DNA and charisma to still smell absolutely fantastic to this day.

At its heart, for me, is a radiant rose note that's carried on a cloud of leathery castoreum, labdanum and oakmoss. Phenomenal!

Nectar of the gods indeed. This stuff is Zeus juice.

Mar
10
2014
shahab.zaidi
shahab.zaidi

I tested antaeus once on a store and got a very dark and mysterious vibe. Lush fragrance reminds me of "Frozen" by Madonna . Smell bit closer to kourous. Was so keen to own but its way too xpensive.

Feb
28
2014
ezequiel91
ezequiel91

I was so lucky. Get a Vintage splash Antaeus. It`s really incredible, and the difference with the new formula is HUGE. MY GOD, maybe the best male scent ever made. My God!!!!!!! The quality is awesome. No .more comments

Feb
24
2014
samsara82
samsara82

Dear Readers,

I think the time has come to write my review of my signature night perfume , like all secret's that eventually rise to the surface and come out into the light ,I cant avoid it any longer..for the story must be told .

This fragrance is a sorcerers perfume !
it's sexy, sophisticated , dark and mysterious, like Julian Sands in the movie Warlock and with a erotic style that came out of Zalman Kings creations.

This perfume reminds me of a man who's enigmatic, provocative and refine, who enjoys engaging with people in earthly pleasures ,debate both casual and forbidden ones ...whatever you want .
Antaeus, in compare to the rest of the Chanel perfume male pantheon , He is the lavish bohemian who is unconventional from all the male Chanel's.
From the patriarch of Pour Monsieur who is the silver haired king of his world and gentlemen to men ,women and elegant father to his successful yuppy/preppy golden son's starting from the twins of Egoist's, Allure and Bleu , Antaeus still carries the Chanel gene of male sophistication and uniqueness ,by which makes Antaeus the bold dark debonair gentleman.

I'am forever changed when this dark beauty came to my life as a teen when it was gifted to me and my body still has a good chemistry marriage with it till this day, and will be my Night perfume that I will always love.

Antaeus doesn't smell common and it isn't for the common man ,therefore, you must have the right chemistry for this picky ,strong, exotic fragrance, but if your "the chosen one" then this becomes a hypnotically sexy weapon made to win , that will get you noticed and leaves a unforgettable impression.

Viva Antaeus and the house of Chanel !

Feb
21
2014
aqua_de_la_vita
aqua_de_la_vita

I already enjoy most of fragrances from the House of Channel. I have CDB, CAPH, CAHE and now Antaeus. When Channel puts out a frag they really understand what a man or woman want in their fragrance. In my opinion Channel is phenomenal at having a real desirable appeal to their fragrance which makes you want to wear it. Yes it does make a huge difference on your body chemistry and how your body oils interact with the fragrance. We are all different and unique in a way that we detect the notes which you either like or dislike.
Now about Antaeus, for me this frag is out of this world...I adore the aroma this amazing frag has. As soon as I spray it on my skin I feel so good. The notes work together in harmony to create a high quality frag and nothing about this juice comes across as being generic.
In the first several hours I'm able to pick up the fresh aromatic blend from bergamot, lime and thyme with floral notes of rose and labdanum. After the fragrance settles it opens with a nice warm/sweet aroma which comes from myrhh and most definitely patchouli. Finally the base notes are an extension of labdanum and patchouli giving it a real powdery/warm vib giving it a sophisticated complex aroma.
Overall thoughts and opinion...
I agree 150% that the vintage is by far the best. The new version is similar to the vintage slightly softer. I was fortunate enough to find vintage and I won't trade it for the current one. The vintage is much bold and out shines the second version. If there's one thing that I will agree with is that the new version falls short of the vintage.
In a word...this fragrance is PHENOMENAL OR CLASSY. Rating is easy 10/10 or ★★★★★.

Jan
24
2014
Marciu
Marciu

I've always thought that there's beeswax in base notes too...

I like Antaeus, but I have hard times wearing it. I mean - it's 33 years on the market, surely've been reformulated and still is a powerhouse!

I love this herbal-smoky opening which lasts 5 hours on my skin and its flowery heart that lasts another 5 hours. What I dislike is this castoreum-wax base which is like a kind of sticky goo on me... I know that Antaeus is famous of it, but that's the only thing that I dislike.

Surely must've suffered through at least one reformulation, but it doesn't smell outdated at all. It's a classic, just like Kouros.

10 out of 10 from me. Bravo Monsieur Polge!

Jan
24
2014
Poboijosh
Poboijosh

Chanel Antaeus... I'm having a hard time reviewing this. It is absolutely one of the most elegant Male perfumes ever produced, but very reserved. In other words, it takes a special occasion to wear this stuff. It's just damn pretty. I've put to rest the mystery of the `original vintage ` (keep in mind that I'm using that term loosely, and I will explain) being a super powerhouse blowing the doors wide open sillage bomb beast. The formula being produced as we speak has more than enough, if not too much sillage and lasts well past the 12 hour mark, and also take into consideration that the `wearer` becomes anosmic fairly quickly to Antaeus for reasons unknown, but NOT to others surrounding you enjoying it. Chanel`s fragrances have couth and class, and I beg to differ and highly doubt that Antaeus was insanely loud and trashy acting in the 80`s, unless outside of Antaeus` control it was being slathered on by the bucket fulls. I have tested the vintage along side the current version and the only difference is slightly more depth in the vintage due to real Oakmoss and Castoreum, but both behave relatively the same in the final drydown. The over-exaggerations of these 2 being night and day is just silly, so save yourself the time and money from trying to hunt down a vintage flacon because frankly, it`s not worth the effort or the coin. Chanel had taste in the 80`s and still does today, and is not known for having ridiculously brash fragrances. I have personally contacted Chanel`s corporate offices to get to the bottom of this masterpiece being reformulated or not, and according to them, no... it has not. There clearly is a reason this is still in production after 32 years and being sold right along side Chanel`s Les Exclusifs line that are going for $50 per ounce. It is still the original formula with the exception of Oakmoss and Castoreum being synthesized now, that's it, and Chanel is in no hurry to reformulate a good thing that keeps the higher ups pockets filled if you know what I mean, but unfortunately laws change so minor tweeks must take place, and regardless, the current version of Antaeus is still 95% of it's former self. Also keep in mind that older flacons of fragrances become more concentrated as time passes due to some of the alcohol evaporating, including top and middle notes that become weak or die, and also if the fragrance has been stored properly. There's entirely way too many variables due to time that can effect the overall quality, and understandably it is quite cool to own a vintage flacon some 30 years old, but 9 times out of 10 at that age, it's gone sour, and is someone really going to ask if you're wearing the vintage or `reformulated ` version? I think not. Ultimately in a perfect world if you were to find a vintage flacon in PERFECT condition, would someone be able to notice the difference on you? Extremely doubtful... sometimes memory tends to exaggerate a little of times passed. Now! Let's discuss Antaeus!!

Marketing is great... the beautiful black flacon is just begging you to throw on that black skinny suit, put in that pocket square and don't forget the little red Carnation for the button hole, and those spit shined shoes you can check your reflection in! I'm going straight to the drydown because that's where this baby shines. Castoreum, Patchouli, Oakmoss and unbelievable amounts of creamy, buttery, French Labdanum, and a lovely Beeswax accord to sweeten things up just enough and quite neatly if you breathe in deep enough you can taste this on the very back of your tongue... soapy, powdery, silky smooth, slick as marble and dark as night. It`s floral, clean, dirty, animalic, subliminally Gourmand. It's simply delicious. One moment your catching wafts of Patchouli, another moment Castoreum and Oakmoss, but mainly French Labdanum and a slight hint of Rose. It`s never all of these notes simultaneously, the blending is superb. Labdanum has been done so well in Antaeus that the aura around you it creates is breathtaking. Very dark, velvety soft on your fingertips, classy, 100% niche, and although this stunning Male perfume is a bonafide Chypré, it NEVER leans into Old Lady territory. Antaeus is a Gentleman that has manners, dresses properly, and asks the questions... enough said.

As a nifty little layering suggestion, which I personally think smells awesome, and if you really love Antaeus you should try it too, is a light spray of Tea Rose from the Perfumer`s Workshop over Antaeus... once these two juices drydown, it's unbelievably classy smelling.

Jan
20
2014
Hoxx
Hoxx

An animalic perfume with a strong stamp of past time. I don't know about the allmighty vintage one, but, to me, this one is still a very representative perfume - and that might be an understatement.

The opening is a phase that lasts shortly and is filled with citruses and aromatics. It feels old-school in a way, but not nearly as much as the later evolution. Heart is about flowers, lots of them, and patchouli, but already with traces of castoreum that will dominate in the base. Aside from a very well done castoreum note, the drydown is about oakmoss - or some kind of substitution for it due to IFRA - and cistus as well. That can show a lot of landmarks of a more traditional perfumery.

This fragrance is quite different from the others in today's designer market, but, after knowing some of the niche, it doesn't feel so pungent and animalic. Sure, castoreum is there and it's prominent, but in a gentle way. A man wearing Antaeus is polite and well-mannered, a gentleman with fine taste. It's not an impression I expected before trying this one, and I like it better because of that, honestly. Still, it can be challenging to wear because of the standards set nowadays.

What I like with this one are its longevity and projection, as both are plus, especially for a designer range(even if Chanel is not your typical designer). I also like its uniqueness, as it can give a man an aura of his own in these woodyambers/calone/fougere times.

The only thing I don't like with this one is it's in the same range with Egoiste, and it's totally overshadowed to me, but I'm pretty much in love with the other Chanel's great so it's not a knock on Antaeus. Still, this is a perfume with a lot of character and quality.

9/10

Jan
14
2014
Daniel.Friedrich42
Daniel.Friedrich42

my first review was hasty so i removed it and this is my more refined take.

Disclaimer:
I haven't owned or tried the vintage, i don't plan on seeking it out(hassle and money) and i still believe the current Antaeus deserves a review on its own.

In short: this is a great fragrance with a lot of character, no matter what the vintage might have been.

The first wiff I get right from the start is clary sage, citruses and coriander. Could be a hint of myrrh there but rather faint.
In the heart i get a great mix of floral and herbal notes(just as the note-breakdown suggest) darkened by the more animalic and dirty base. Prominent rose and thyme.
The base has a dirty, green and leathery feel to it. I Don't get a lot of oakmoss(IFRA regulations obviously) but i definitely get labdanum,castoreum and patchouly in a very nice accord.
Throughout the full lifetime of the fragrance i get beeswax but i don't know what exactly this is coming from.

Lasts about 12 hours for me and projects about 5-6 feet. Still quite lasting and powerful.

Gets quite a lot of compliments from people even though it's so far from what is trendy today. Especially women seem to like it because it's not your typical modern male fragrance.
Bonus points for making it to my fiancees favorite list instantly ;)

Can be worn both with a suit or casual wear depending on occasion. It needs a certain degree of maturity to pull it off. I'd say 25 and up while putting on your fancy clothes not the oldest pair of jeans and sneakers.

Conclusion: If you can get past nostalgia, Antaeus still deserves a try.
It still is something unique and different in the modern market and even though it might not be the same as 30 years ago it's still a great fragrance.

Jan
14
2014
cytherian
cytherian

After strong recommendations to go for the vintage version, I researched what to look for and I managed to score a nearly new bottle in box with local pickup for a reasonable price. I absolutely LOVE IT. One of my top favorites.

So I'm at the Chanel store recently to sample some of the Les Exclusifs and notice they've got Antaeus EdT on the shelf. It's a sprayer now (the splash bottles aren't sold in the USA any longer). Well, I sprayed some on a blotter paper and sniffed it, expecting to be disappointed. And...

I really wasn't, at first. Yes, it's not as strong as the vintage splash, but darned near close enough. From what I found in the latest bottle I tested, Chanel didn't ruin Antaeus but lightened it up a little and it seems not as mossy as the original. So I managed to get a small sample to take with me and did a direct comparison to smell both one right after the other. And I have to confirm that the vintage is a bit stronger and fuller with unmistakable oakmoss. At least that's how it impresses upon my nose. And then... what I realized is that it's really about the longevity. The new one doesn't have the same kind of staying power. So there is some sacrifice in the reformulation. Is Antaeus ruined? Well, it's still a very good fragrance, but yes... if I had my druthers, I'd always choose vintage if possible. But if not, I'd still get the reformulated version.

This is a great fragrance and is worthy of being a staple EdT in every man's collection. 9.6/10 for vintage, 8.9/10 for current.

Jan
06
2014
Refxo
Refxo

My Test:
Chanel Antaeus 1993 VS Chanel Antaeus 2012.

CA 1993 is much more intense, smooth and complex.
is rich in naturals. Oak moss is present and clear. The castoreum is natural and the smell of the leather is made sweeter by cistus, rose and a heart of indolic jasmine, very natural as the absolute is.
Citrus fruits are real and the overall beauty of the perfume is crazy, for the good preservation of the dark bottle it's, if possible, improved.

CA 2012 is a scent much lighter, drier and more simplified.
reminiscent of the original scent, but lacks vitality and is probably irretrievably ruined, because the oak moss is gone, Chanel has taken him away from the ingredients and replaced with evernyl, the leather is synthetic, chemical, respecting the "animal rights". Rose and jasmine are synthetic. Citrus fruits have been replaced because photosensitizers.

To say that the two scents are the same thing, or very similar, you have to be drunk.

CA 1993 10/10
CA 2012 6/10

Jan
06
2014
guest_
guest_

This review is about Antaeus of early 80's vintage.

I was in college when I first smelled it. Back then they used to put scented strips in the cologne ads in magazines until people complained. When I first smelled it in one of those...WOW!!! That was the epitome of masculine scents to me, it's what I wanted to smell like.

I bought alot of the stuff back then. Unfortunately I could never duplicate that smell on me. There always seemed to be an initial sharpness or twang. I ended up putting it away with college stuff for the past 25+ years but came across it recently. I'm glad I did.

It now has even more appeal to my more mature sensibilities. Not the stuff a young guy would wear going from club to club or bar hopping. This is more refined.

Its strong, & not timid. This stuff smells best after I've had it on for a couple hours & has had time to mellow. It can remain noticeable on my clothes for probably a week. I can pick up a shirt a few days later & continue to enjoy the very noticeable scent. I still have a 3.4oz atomizer & 6.8oz bottle of the eau de toilette from my 80's shopping spree. I wish I bought some gold ingots back then too.

Funny thing...I've never actually been sure of the pronunciation of the name "ANTAEUS".

Jan
05
2014
Cuban Smoker
Cuban Smoker

It used to be a real masterpiece. Now it's a shadow of former fragrance. Watered down, no rose, synthetic wax. What I can say? Current formulation is not worth that money. Previous formulation - even not a vintage, but tll 2005 - was a way better. Rest in peace Antaeus...

Jan
05
2014
bazil14
bazil14

smells like the 80s when i smell this i imagine pissed up yuppys with brick mobiles in suits with the sleaves rolled up sniffing magic powder of the toilet seat of a seedy nightclub while madonna and duran duran songs blast out over the clubs sound system ...but on the other hand i love this i took a card home today with this sprayed on and i love it even though its older than me and more suited to a mature gentleman there is somthing about this fragrance that draws you in yes it smells kind of cheap and dirty but then also smells clean and manly at the same time like kouros does so im goin to ad this to my list of future buys because this is a mans fragrance and i know im too young to pull this off but not too young to appreciate it 10/10

Jan
04
2014
gallian
gallian

To say that Antaeus Vintage is like that on the market you have to be very ignorant. Who says this has never known the original stuff and just want to provoke the most learned among us "perfumistas".
The vintage Antaeus is three-dimensional, rich and natural.
The current wording is flat, harsh chemicals and very "little".

They are not even comparable!

Antaeus Vintage ***** 5 stars

Antaeus Current Version ** 2 stars

Jan
02
2014
LSDnSideBurns
LSDnSideBurns

Intense, complex and masculine, Antaeus is a half-giant of Greek mythology. Antaeus carries both immense an strength and a delicate nature, a duality which balances the scent, preventing it from being a true brute-force men's powerhouse scent.

Opening is a very brash, typical 80s scent with lots of dry moss, patchouli, herbs and citrus which jump out at you immediately. In this brief initial phase I was very much reminded of Paco Rabanne (if only for a moment), an intense, green masculine accord typical of this vintage. Don't let it scare you away. Thankfully this phase ends quickly as the scent settles down and transforms, where things start to become very interesting.

A slightly spicy, peppery accord in the mid phase, thyme, basil, and an incense (myrrh?) that seems quite similar to cinnamon. The patchouli and moss are still there, lending a woody, wet quality to the spices and incense. There is so much going on with this fragrance, so much complexity, it could easily be a huge mess and yet it is nothing short of intriguing. There is a beeswax accord here I am certain, that pervades the fragrance throughout its life, but it is not listed in the notes. The masculine accords fade away a bit, giving room to the stunning floral accords in the heart. An intoxicating beauty at this phase, yet it does not detract at all from the masculinity of the scent. There is absolutely no sweetness, just straight up 100% man.

Ah, the final phase. The base. Some reviewers seem to despise the castoreum accord, yet I hardly noticed it. Castoreum isn't so much of a major player in the notes, it's just quietly working in the background, giving a dirty, animalic character to the fragrance which only enhances its masculinity and complex structure. This phase is rich and deep, labdanum lends an amber quality to the base, animalic and seductive, a smooth, even-tempered patchouli and oakmoss in the background, with a hint of woods and spice, balanced by the exquisite florals. When this dries down it has a depth and character that is largely untouched by anything else in my collection. Quality Chanel juice, stunning projection and longevity. Easily a Top 10 fragrance. Antaeus favors the complex man, one who is many things at once, one who is mysterious. Best worn with something dark and a crooked smile.

Dec
26
2013
Oslo-fjord
Oslo-fjord

Antaeus is the ultimate male-perfume, and one of the few 80-ies powerhouse fragrances that has passed the test of time. Antaeus is the opposite of pretty, and miles away from most of the stuff we find on the shelf today. Antaeus is mostly for the crowd that prefer a more challenging fragrance, with style and character. It has a big personality.
I think the sillage talk is a bit overhyped, because I don't get that. At least on my skin. With Antaeus, I get just normal average sillage. Staying power is very good though. Antaeus is a true legend from CHANEL, and a must have in a man's fragrance collection. One of my all time favourits!

Dec
24
2013
MachoMan
MachoMan

ooohh may gods be mearcyful don't discontinue this one please please , this is holy cologne in world of colognes..
Antaeus! long live Antaeus, this is what fragrances are all about, dark black manly, strong, durable, potent, macho...
If you want to smell and feel like man, this is the way to go!
Long live The Great Antaeus!

Dec
21
2013
AndreMoreau
AndreMoreau

I'd like to know on what basis some people affirmed that the original ("vintage") Antaeus remained until 1995.
Did Chanel release a statement or a press release?
Or is it only a guess?

Dec
14
2013
PilPilx
PilPilx

I know why some users say that the current scent is like the vintage one ... Some users believe that the vintage is.... the scent of 2, 5 or 10 years ago.
No, the real Antaeus is the previous 1994-1995. Antaeus current formula is only the faintest shadow of what it was originally! You have to try the original to make a true comparison.

Dec
08
2013
mixcony
mixcony

The vintage formula in my right hand, the current formula in my left hand, i tell you this: the right one is in the right hand, if you try an Antaeus first formula (1981-1994) and then a current Antaeus... YOU CRY (if you have a good nose and a clean soul).
So go for the vintage one...

Dec
07
2013
fayegiblin
fayegiblin

I've bought Antaeus and Egoiste for my son and husband - both have good write ups but I'm not sure which one is most suited to which... Seems Antaeus is better for the young maybe? Looking forward to them getting it and seeing what they/I think of it. Sounds fab, here's hoping they agree.

Dec
06
2013
Critic
Critic

A civilized barbarian. Antaeus is brash, masculine and loud. However, it also screams quality and refinement. This is an 80s powerhouse done right. It's smooth and well constructed.

Make no mistake - this is still animalic with an opening not too dissimilar to urine. The dry down is simply lush. Warm, radiant, spicy with an animalic twist.

It's a classic cool weather old school masculine that doesn't shout 'Grandpa'.

Nov
28
2013
Obanonatto
Obanonatto

Only for the Vintage formula (+/- until the 1995):
I think it's one of the most mysterious Chanel fragrances, rich and impossible to imitate in today's times. I kneel in front of its divine beauty.
10/10

Nov
15
2013
Houdini4
Houdini4

Well it takes a big man to admit he was wrong...and I'm a big man so yeah...I was wrong.
Don't know if my original review has disappeared because it got thumbs downed so hard or I used foul abusive language because I was so appalled by the animistic stink of this fragrance.
Anyway...My mind has changed somewhat having tried this again a couple of times and really gained a new found respect for Chanel fragrances and things which are not necessarily my cup of tea. The complexity from an objective point of view is great and this fragrance really has got depth and I can totally see why people hail it as a classic.
It's raw, masculine and almost pheromone like (It attracts the beaver anyway;)
I can appreciate the top notes now which are fleeting but nice and some of the dank quality of the oakmoss.
Also, Labdanum is another ingredient I have a love/hate relationship with, so all in all this fragrance challenges me, that's before we even get to the castoreum!
I still don't like it underlying but I've managed to take the positives from it...
I don't think I could ever wear it but I will remove it from my hate list as it creates intrigue every time I smell it.

Oct
23
2013
Broseph
Broseph

Good, very good but is expensive. Friend tells me it smells good from beaver balls. I do not believe but he very sure, I find it up here and has beaver! I will go and find beaver then, why do all pay for expensive perfume when beaver balls for free?

Oct
17
2013
Robert G. Rodríguez
Robert G. Rodríguez

Antaeus is just beautiful man fragance, if you allow yourself to try a bite of this amazing ambar,woody tabacco and leather scent combined in the most pure blossom of exquisite fruit blended with rose's flowers and spices such as myrrh,patchouli, castoreum, labdanum, and oak moss. An icon from Chanel´s house.

Oct
06
2013
dromidreza
dromidreza

یه شاهکار از شنل.البته من خیلی با محصولات شنل ارتباط برقرار نمیکنم ولی این رو دوست دارم.سنگین و تلخ با ردپایی از گذشته ها.مناسب 35 به بالا.
نمونه اولیه اون گیر نمیاد ولی من از دوستمون جناب آقای قشقایی که در اهواز هستن و در سایت پرشین تولز فعالیت میکنن خریداری کردم.دستشون درد نکنه

Oct
06
2013
baltinore
baltinore

I have 50ml vintage from 1997 and 100ml from 2010 and honestly i can only detect some difference in the top notes - the vintage is smoother and the newer is harsher, but in the drydown they are identical. regarding sillage and longevity i also can't detect any difference.

Sep
29
2013
lovetribe
lovetribe

amazing sillage and longevity.pure class.

Sep
29
2013
Krupp
Krupp

Antaeus was my first perfume. I got it as a 15-16 year old in the aftershave version. It was in the mid-80s, and it was well-suited to his time with shoulder pads and thick black mascara. I dropped it in the 90s because I thought that the time had past...

A few years ago I bought the EDT edition, and it was like having invested in a time machine! Lovely!

Now I use it most with dark clothing. Black and Antaeus suit each other in a very special way. The perfume is mega-potent, 2 to 3 spritz on the body gives scent to all fellow passengers on the subway! And it stays from early morning to bedtime, both scent and intensity gets better and better during the day.

The perfume is the absolute upper class among fragrances. I do not know yet which surpasses in strength and vitality.

Sep
28
2013
ChelseaJack
ChelseaJack

Well, one of my all time favourites. I have used this since the early 1980's and I still like it a lot. It's haevy masculine scent that lasts quite long. I got married this year and this is the one I chose to wear on my wedding day.

Sep
26
2013
ed
ed

Like it, but I'm not sure it's appropriate for office wear. More a evening out.

Although initially very strong, the fragrance doesn't last as long as I expected.

Sep
22
2013
CesareBorgia
CesareBorgia

I am sure that, based upon what I've read here, that it has been reformulated more than once. I purchased my bottle earlier this year and am unfamiliar with the original. I think the current iteration is great, a very beautiful fragrance that, in my view, is still very masculine. I would add that this perfume disappears to the wearer after a couple of hours, but it's still producing it's magic to others; at least, that has been my experience. I have received positive comments from others 6-8 hours after application. I wouldn't worry about it being reformulated.

Sep
20
2013
MacNerd1965
MacNerd1965

I just ran out of mine and I'm considering buying a new one tomorrow, but has the formula been changed and when?

Sep
20
2013
benpaul12
benpaul12

I had wanted this cologne for a long time, on sampling, I loved how the animalic touch was not too overt that it smelt bordering on pungent (hmm Kouros?). It was quite appropriate that my girlfriend surprised me when my perfume-importing business reached 1000 orders with the half-giant Antaeus.

This is an exquisite cologne, a perfect concoction of classic notes that blend so well to tell the story of its namesake.

The opening is quite feminine, sharp touches of bergamot, citrus and jasmine dominate.

The opening fades quickly to a darker, sweeter and woodier tack. The castoreum, myrrh, bergamot and citrus are beginning to mingle well. This is where Antaeus reminds me of Issey Miyake Intense where similar notes of citrus, benzoin and ambergris blend with the florals.

To me, this creates a strong woody incense type funk that is quite sweet, but at this point, more masculine.

It then slowly starts to mellow, dominating with the herbs, florals and some tangs of castoreum. This is my favourite part, a deep strong heart that is mysterious and full of life.

At times sweet and feminine, but just like Antaeus the need to be grounded provides powerful notes which only belong on the strongest of men.

Sep
18
2013
GoodVibrations
GoodVibrations

Kouros Lite. Still formidable and hypnotic. But O! the loss of the masculine and precious beeswax and the powerful, bombastic, dense, immeasurable green depths through reformulation. I turn my head and bite a knuckle at this. I pouted for several long moments. Like Donovan's tale of a long-lost civilization, we have only the lore of this great giant that once groped the 80s. Hail Antaeus!

Sep
18
2013
Goktug
Goktug

one day I will get it but now for now I'm around 30's :) maybe 10 years later.

Sep
18
2013
benzippo
benzippo

Another sad victim in the name of re-formulation.

Watered down version as usual...shame on you Chanel!!!

Sep
12
2013
DaZeD
DaZeD

Does it smell dated?well... Kinda.
It's from the 80's and you can tell.

The opening is that of a very green cyphre, a bit in the trend of Rive Gauche, and during the dry down most of that will remain.
It has a very musky undertone which i guess is one of the reasons you can tell it's not a modern scent.

When it's fully dried down it get's a little sweeter, just a little, the higher the teprature get's, the more you can detect the rose like sweetness.

Very masculine though, very sophisticated, not as strong as i thought it would be (new bottle) and not as dirty as i'd thought (hoped) either, surely not in the Kouros range.

It's not a "safe scent", you'll need to feel well dressed and confident when you wear it, or you'll probably send the wrong message, but when you do most people won't have any problems with it as far as i know.

Sep
12
2013
Jaccuse
Jaccuse

What more can I say that hasn't been said by others....Its Orgasmic.....Dark, woody heavy masculine utterly disarming.

Sep
06
2013
SDVHC
SDVHC

Really a good perfume! a little masterpiece. Is a perfume at half way between a man fragrance and a woman fragrance.

Very dark and elegant, but not for everyone!

Sep
01
2013
sussex2
sussex2

After spraying I immediately get a blast of coriander and myrhh. There is something animalic but subdued.

Quickly becomes smoky and woody. I can smell the rose. There is a nice balance between the subtle castoreum and floral notes.

Not as powerful as I would have expected.

An hour after applying it has developed nicely, become more aromatic and gained in presence. Very nice.

Someone mentioned it reminds them of Kouros; I agree. It has the same floral-stripped-of-sweetness quality. Antaeus isn't quite as loud as Kouros but has an added dimesion. The smoky wood gives it that extra Chanel something.

Aug
29
2013
markino
markino

Even this classic once loved fragrance has been reformulated badly and cheaply!!!! What for???? Shame on Chanel. Boooooooo

Aug
24
2013
lovetribe
lovetribe

Simply the best.

Aug
19
2013
Geurenland
Geurenland

I forgot how beautiful castoreum fragrances can be. I'm a creazy perfume lover with over 100 perfumes. I own some real castoreum. But the way it is blended here is beautiful and mysterious. I actually don't understand why I always passed by this beauty. It has character. It is masculine and one of the best Chanels. I like it even more than some of the Chanel exclusives. And ladies love it on me. Indeed some are attracted to the gourmands, but there are many ladies who want a man with more character. Nothing wrong with a sweet breafast scent on a night out. But this has a more masculine character and is beautiful. And it also depends on your skin chemistry how it works on you.

Aug
10
2013
lucaschiang8
lucaschiang8

Castoreum....=.=

Aug
04
2013
oikoymenh
oikoymenh

My winter fancy stuff. Strong enough to demolish the buildings and to bend the streets. Attracting rather advanced women, not shallow bunnies really. The bottle design is simple and elegant, the color is black, but translucent by red. Which perfectly determines your wardrobe for wearing this masterpiece. Long live Jaques Polge!

Jul
21
2013
ION
ION

@anguslairdmcangus

I have the old Antaeus in my car. I can confirm that longevity is not brilliant. Sillage is, but only the first 30'-60'.
Among the Chanel masculines for longevity and sillage "Platinum Egoiste" and then "Egoiste" classic are the ones.

Jul
20
2013
grdowntown2020
grdowntown2020

I remember when Chanel Antaeus was released. It was bold and powerful. Even in today's version, it still is. It's really hard to wear in public around anyone who has even the slightest sensitivity to cologne. I gave my new bottle to a friend, who likes scents long and loud. There's one thing for certain: you can't wear it even in the smallest amounts without it permeating a room. And for me, wearing it alone at night would trigger headaches.

Jul
17
2013
anguslairdmcangus
anguslairdmcangus

OVERALL RATING: * * * *

Antaeus opens with a powerful blast of spicy coriander, citrus, and sage straight out of the 1980's. If there is any criticism of Antaeus, it is in these opening moments. For today's muted "EMO" types, this will feel overbearing. They may not give Antaeus a chance to work it's magic, which happens in the heart notes and drydown.

After a few minutes, the coriander and citrus notes recede and are replaced by a glorious rose, jasmine, myrrh, dirty patchouli ensemble. The castoreum shows up too, as just a hint of animalic sensuality. Not overpowerering, just perfect.

In the drydown, the patchouli continues to rise and sweeten and it is joined by my favorite note of all--labdanum. This is not the Amouage labdanum with its occasional hircine bitterness that one can almost taste on the back of one's tongue. No, this is a more Frenchified labdanum, a contemporary delicacy rather than a throwback to the ancient world.

Here is the problem with Antaeus, and it is one that I never expected: longevity. Despite all of the references to the 24 hour staying power of this fragrance, I have found it to be a 4-5 scent at best. After that, it hovers millimeters above my skin. Perhaps the old formulation was different, but if you are expecting Amouage- or Montale-like longevity out of modern Antaeus, you are going to be sorely disappointed.

Such a shame.

Scent: 5/5
Sillage: 3/5
Longevity: 3/5

Jul
16
2013
fan.of.devin
fan.of.devin

The clean, old school barbershop soap of Rive Gauche pour Homme meets the dirty, chauvinistic incense of Kouros. One of my favorites, perfectly masculine, timeless, and versatile.

Jul
14
2013
jude1321
jude1321

The Babe Ruth of male scents if you ask me. This juice lasts all day, and is a very masculine floral that has no equal. I absolutely love this stuff and its scent is so unique. U can literally smell this stuff the next day. legendary stuff that can be bought on Chanel's site for a very good price. Discount Chanels do not exist. U have to try this stuff. A blind buy if you are in to sexy, masculine, yet different colognes that will literally have people asking "what the heck is that guy wearing." Likely my all time favorite and I have had over 200 bottles.

Jul
06
2013
madgefan
madgefan

Sexy, masculine scent. Pungent and bold. Smells like a tamer Kouros.

Jun
20
2013
laantjebanaantje
laantjebanaantje

Antaeus blew me away.
I was looking for a scent for my boyfriend (I'm a woman of 21) and, having read a lot of good reviews here about it I sprayed some on my hand.
Chanels usually...let's just say that Chanels don't seem to work to brilliantly on my skin. The feminine ones, that is (though I'm starting to like N°19 quite a lot). But Antaeus? Antaeus just melted with my skin.
The first few minutes were strange, a bit of a mess. But then everything fell into place. I noticed a salty note, quite animalic, but also a little cold. There's something bitter as well. And together the salty and bitter notes resemble something licorice like. It doesn't smell like licorice, not by far, but the interplay of notes evokes the same feeling in my mouth that the smell of licorice does.
It also reminds me of rocks. There's a coldness. And yet, there are also some very warm spices. I don't see many spices listed here, and my nose is not that of an expert, but I'm just telling what I feel and smell.
There are some flowers to, and the flowers really come forward on my skin. The bitter myrrh and the juicy basil each have a beautiful part to play.
In the dry down the fragrance becomes deeper, darker and sweeter. The labdanum comes forward and brings a deep richness to the blend.

Antaeus is woody, deep, dark and sexy. But so very sofisticated.
Yes, it's a masculine scent. It ooses male confidence.
And I'm totally rocking it.

Jun
19
2013
nero77
nero77

Very Masculine scent...

This is probably the best Chanel masculine, and one of the best masculines ever made. It's warm, woody, deep, rich, dark, smokey, animalic and sensual all at the same time!

Blends really well with the skin to give off an incredible manly, musky, testostorone-filled vibe. I wouldn't call it dirty. It's incredibly well refined and very classy. A dangerous fragrance. This may be the fragrance for the big, strong, man with the muscles... but he's wearing a tux.

Jun
15
2013
Liberty Freak 1776
Liberty Freak 1776

Today I am wearing Antaeus that was given to me in 1987 by a friend from Europe. I always had the mixed emotions about this scent that I still feel today, but I find myself enjoying this completely unique and original cologne for men. Smokey and dry yet maintaining heady high notes that never seem to dissipate in a single day. These high notes yield a classy, ladies-perfume feel that sets this offering apart from the typical. Unique, bold and demanding attention, Antaeus will be noticed!

Update: I sought out a sample of the current offering while at Nordstrom today, and what a surprise! My old bottle smells exactly as I remember it always smelling, however, the new bottle I sprayed was astoundingly different. Less floral in the initial spray and with much more noticeable animalic dirtiness. Definitely more masculine, now. I will spray them side by side tomorrow for a real comparison. Interesting!

Jun
03
2013
Fahl
Fahl

It is a strong male scent. The first 10-20 minutes are very intense, caused by castoreum. In the dry down , very intense dry floral in my skin, the castoreum dissapears in 10-20 minutes.
Some citrus notes appears in the dry down.
There is no sweetness in this fragrance, that's why it is so masculine.
I liked.
It works with very few women, by my research. Normally, older or perfume lovers. Young women tends to prefer sweet scents (That's why 1 million is a top seller). Specially vanilla in men.
I think this a scent only for man with personality, there are low chances that you please someone but yourself using this perfume, specially young women.
So , use it if you like it and be a free man.

Jun
02
2013
grdowntown2020
grdowntown2020

This cologne is intoxicating, bold and manly. Only the confident can and should wear it. Even then less is more. DO NOT OVER APPLY. It's a very strong scent. Treat it with respect or you will only be remembered as the guy who wore a whole bottle of cologne and stunk up the office. Not office friendly, but in the right company is screams SEX!

May
24
2013
kirilchalakov
kirilchalakov

It is still a very classy ,rich, sensual fragrance,though it seems lighter than before.

May
22
2013
vertoxrealms222
vertoxrealms222

Chanel Antaeus. Remarkable,exquisite, intoxicating, sensual.
Its all these things and many more, but the one thing that that makes it 150% more desirable and transfixed is that is pure sui generis.
I could have used unique, or nonpareil, but sui generis really helps with the balance of this perfumes mystery. And I think this doesnt just go for antaeus, but for the whole house of chanel, they are all one of their kind, so refined and solitary. Chanel is a world of its own. Take Egoiste for an example. Classic, made in the 19?? God knows, yet still peerless. Not to mention Chanel No5, I am a young male but I still love Chanel No5 knowing its a female scent and I think only a confident male can pull it off, whether he is 18, or 70

May
15
2013
jtd
jtd

Chanel Antaeus was the first perfume of my own. I don’t remember who gave it to me, but I didn’t choose it myself. Looking back, my touchstones in perfume were Patou Joy, Lanvin Arpege, Dior Eau Sauvage and Paco Rabanne pour Homme. The first two my mother had, and introduced me to classical perfumery. I would sniff them out of the bottle and relish them. I was, maybe, 8 years old. 9? I knew nothing about perfume, but somehow they got me thinking. They got me to see beyond the expected and the routine in the same way that Frank Zappa’s music eventually broadened my teenage sense of what rock could be. The Dior and the Paco Rabanne were ambient scents. Men wore them in the 1960s-1970s of my youth and I remember smelling them. Eau Sauvage seemed like a lemon drop to me. It was tart but brisk like snow water. Paco Rabanne was ubiquitous and the scent of it today still brings back the 70s

I was fortunate to have such a superior group of fragrances to learn from. Pre-internet, pre-blog I had a limited set of guides: desire, inquisitiveness, well-made perfumes. On reflection, these are still my guides.

My start with perfume was solitary and reflective. Perfume taught me to appreciate states of beauty and contemplation. I lacked a vocabulary and a perfume guru, and, even at a young age, I wasn’t very narrative-driven. Perfume has never been about story per se. Perfume was my subject. The rest of my life, education and experience taught me how to know my subject. I didn’t hide my fascination with perfume, but I didn’t share it either. I guess it’s no surprise that I write anonymously. But with Antaeus, I went public.

I loved Antaeus. It was unlike anything I knew. Also, I’d never smelled it on anyone else, so it suited my solo perfume trip. It was visceral, and demanding and each time I put it on, it stopped me in my tracks. I first wore it in snowy weather, and it highlighted the cold woods of New England winter. Arpege and Joy were nothing like Antaeus, but they had prepared me. Unlike smelling Eau Sauvage in passing or lingering over a bottle of Joy, wearing Antaeus was a deliberate and public act. (I wasn’t modest in my dosing.) If the first period of my perfume fascination was reflective, act 2 was expansive.

[Sidebar: I think my questioning of marketing started early as well, with Antaeus as my primer. I already knew the myth of Herakles and Antaeus before Chanel. I thought the notion of associating a perfume with a character who symbolized cheating and the mundane and was odd until I realized that marketing wanted nothing more than a superficial image (hottie in a toga) and a link to the lofty/cultural (pretension). My thoughts on marketing, like marketing itself, may have evolved, but they haven’t really changed.]

The 80s had so much to offer: power fragrances and volume, self-absorption without introspection . I took Antaeus to college where I met and fell for Kouros and Coco. I know, very au courant, very bisexual chic. But thank god I kept my classical roots and embraced old-lady perfumes, in this case, Chanel 5 and Worth Je Reviens.

The end the formative years.

from scenthurdle

May
13
2013
browne54
browne54

THIS IS WHAT IS MISSING IN WHAT IS PASSED OFF TODAY AS MEN'S COLOGNE. I whiffed it today for the first time after reading countless reviews. I loved it sooo much I coughed up $80/100ml bottle right on the spot. Granted I did not have the pleasure to sample the vintage but frankly that is fine. I am 24 years old, and with all the crap/boring/boarder-line feminine junk pushed onto the market today, this is just what the doctor ordered. It is so unmistakably masculine. Its overt masculinity reminds me of Polo, Fahrenheit, and YSL Kouros, so delightful. I am sure the vintage was much better before the regulations on oakmoss and costoreum. This is how a man is suppose to smell and perhaps those who hate it realize it is because they dont have the personality to go with it. I can only hope that these classics remain on the market and my generation awakes from this coma, hang up their bras, pull down their pantyhose, and remember what a man is suppose to smell like. Until then I am happy to demonstrate for you.

May
11
2013
kyb15
kyb15

I get terrible longevity and projection with my 2010 version. I mean TERRIBLE. :(

May
07
2013
EauSensuelle
EauSensuelle

This is quite an unusual fragrance, to be honest. It doesn't surprise me in the least, but I think it has to do with the reformulation of the fragrance.

The top is a creamy narcosis of a belladonna-like flower. It has a smidgen of incense to it along with a nice, velvety sandalwood. Some spices lay around in the dark to give the feeling of rubbing your cheek against the fur of a wolf at midnight.

As the floral notes deepen, the fragrance becomes a more feminine powder; very generic. The spices are just enough to keep my interest because this masculine floral is not entirely original to me.

The base smells like beery rum; full of booze and a slap of caramel. Necrotic tonka mixes with anorexic vanilla to create a modern attempt at Burberry Brit. And it definitely isn't successful. A light mystery of aldehydes again keeps my interest, for which, otherwise, I'd have forgotten about it to which the lasting power contributes one hell lot.

Why do I think Antaeus has potential to do better? You know the saying; when your gut says it, it's right. And my gut does say it, that this is all the fault of the reformulation which is a pretty lame apology, in my opinion, to the act of discontinuing the original, bizarre fragrance.

May
04
2013
degauss
degauss

I was just wandering around my usual perfume store idly when this caught my eye, and I remembered that I have been intending to see what it's like for a while now, so I did. And boy, did I see. For a person who finds the remarkable classics barely tolerable, the popular scents unbearable, and most of everything lacking in character, sophistication and artistry, to find something I adore and more importantly accept so immediately is truly delightful. Will go back to test on skin as soon as possible, but I feel that I can perhaps begin singing praises to the subtlety, the smokiness, the well-blended overall quality in which nothing readily jumps at you nor jars you, right now. Maybe I'm being a bit rash, but, unexpectedly, I bonded with Antaeus right then and there.

I do think I'm actually dedicated this time to get my hands on the original version.

Apr
27
2013
benpaul12
benpaul12

Woahahoa! First smell of this today and it blew me away. Masculine like Kouros without the pornography/chauvinist tang.

Certain parts of it remind me of Issey Miyake Intense, but this is a whole other ball game, far more advanced and for a real man. Perfect for a complete male who has a lovely heart.

I don't think I could pull this off just yet (I am only 23) but I will probably get this for my dad's birthday as he fits the bill perfectly.

Stunningly masculine.

Apr
19
2013
SeverinoDuJour
SeverinoDuJour

Well the ancient Greek Demigod had his balls cut off and thrown away by the house of Chanel. Anyone who used to use the original formulation would understand what I'm saying about the "new" Antaues. The original would knock your socks off, if not knock you down. A beautiful, rich, dark, deep scent, but also cool and sweet. And you HAD to use it sparingly or people would run screaming. I just tried the "new" Antaeus, and had a huge disappointing moment. As others have said, I believe, this is definitely Antaeus "lite." It's pretty now, instead of gorgeous intense, and has a slight resemblance to the original.
Top notes very animalistic but bergamot (and I also got Cinnamin, but that's not listed) saves it from being "road kill." That goes away very fast and the jasmine, rose and herbs come spilling out. However, this version dries down so quickly, it was literally stunning to think that this should now be thought of as Antaeus. Equally stunning to me is how much is being charged for this toilet water. I sprayed it about an hour ago, and it's just clining to my skin now.

Bottom line, this is not the original Antaeus, and anyone who remembers the original will be crestfallen by this poser. Chanel, this is shameful. Mon Dieu!

Apr
19
2013
Marciu
Marciu

@cuncon888 checkcosmetic.net :) Here you are.

Apr
12
2013
cuncon888
cuncon888

I dont know if my Antaeus is fake. I bought it in the only one Chanel Perfume Retail in my city. But when i use it, the smell and longevity is great, but the sillage is so bad, around 3h and then it gets very close to the skin. OMG. Anyone knows how to check the code on Chanel website?

Apr
12
2013
oscar alvarado
oscar alvarado

totalmente encantador pero al principio cargante pero es una obra maestra que lastima que los otros de esa marca para hombre no tienen el mismo felling, es la mejor de todas en hombres,aditiva totalmente, comparable con un perfume de nicho, totalmente.

Apr
10
2013
ezequiel91
ezequiel91

Heavy, heavy, heavy velvet. Tender, but in a huge sense. It's so creamy that you can use it to lubricate anything. Amazing, the only contra is a note very floral to my nostrils. A must, no doubt.

Apr
09
2013
themattsky
themattsky

This is absolutely awful. I cannot understand why people love it! I believe that if this wasn't Chanel but some other brand everyone would hate it

Apr
04
2013
yusuf.bardien
yusuf.bardien

i can honestly say that the recent formulation of Antaeus does not measure up to the vintage. What was once a gem, has now become some powdery concoction that, quite frankly, doesn´t have half the balls as the original formulation.What a dissapointment. Agree with a previous review that mentioned that the Castoreum needs to be turned WAY up to be considered a real powerhouse.what a pity....

Mar
19
2013
RUDOLFO512
RUDOLFO512

I love this classic cologne by Chanel. It reminds me of the summer of 1984 when I stayed in the beach with my Uncle, Aunt and 2 cousins. My oldest cousin had a bottle of Antaeus hich he wore ALL the time. I loved the smell of it and before they went back to NY he bought me a bottle as a gift. I have been using it since then. Everytime I wear it, it reminds me of that beach vacation with my cousin.

Mar
19
2013
quackadoodle
quackadoodle

I tried this on my own skin, and I absolutely loved it. It smells like a man. A very masculine, mature, sexy man. I would definitely wear it myself, but I would rather be in the arms of a man who is wearing this. Fantastic.

Mar
19
2013
pronose
pronose

a true gem! just unique and perfect!

Mar
17
2013
Mighty lion
Mighty lion

Timeless masterpiece by the house of Chanel.. Have been wearing since the early nineties and strictly to formal events with either suit or tux .. Perfect for weddings, or black tie affairs.. Smells like the essence of refined masculine power..

Mar
10
2013
michael.j
michael.j

Antaeus is not subtle. But sometimes that's okay, as in the case of Antaeus. It's a mammoth fragrance. Gargantuan. Powerful. Stately. Regal. Profound. Velvety. Lush. Rich. Exotic. Memorable. Sultry. Smoldering. It's a scent of an undeniable hauteur. Imagine walking out of Le Crillon, tipsy from the slow burn of aged calvados, trying to catch a cab at Place de la Concorde as drizzle and fog fill the night air, and the lights of Paris glitter through haze. The scent wafting up from your neck is the heady, boozy, intoxicating richness of Antaeus. If deep burgundy velvet had an intrinsic odor, it would be this.

Mar
06
2013
londoner20
londoner20

Being a product of the power crazed eighties, I probably would have never tried this if it wasn't for the fact that my father wore this (I'm only 23!). It was one of my favourite scents he owned.

After reading a lot about how young men cannot pull this off and it's only for the mature crowd, I strongly oppose the opinion. I started to wear this two years ago as my tastes developed. It's a rare breed of perfume; masculine, seductive, refined and very classy. Whenever I wear it, I do so with confidence and knowing what effect it has. It makes me feel stronger, sharper and capable of anything.

Regardless of a slight reformulation, it's still great and beats the crowd. Heavy scents are making a comeback, which is great; but if you're around my age please don't buy this. I enjoy being able to pull this off and not smelling like everyone else with One Million :)

Feb
18
2013
Kris96816
Kris96816

I am now 56 and have been wearing it since I was 22. It's a true masculine classic. Every time I wear it, different top notes prevail. Sometimes it's the leather sometimes it's the rose. Yes it has changed but it still is a scent I can count on when I want compliments. At my last job the women I worked with used to tell me "I want to lick that off you." Unfortunately it didn't work that well with the guys, but it did work with the right guy!! I am a lover of the 80's powerhouse scents and Antaeus and Egoist are at the top of my list!!

Feb
10
2013
wesleyhclark
wesleyhclark

My signature scent... the first time I sniffed it I loved that mysterious dark smoky/musky and slightly animalic scent. It makes me think of burnt cork. It suits me very well and I'm comfortable wearing it. When I hug my wife she takes a deep breath and assures me that it smells very good.

I discovered it in 1999. Like Cartier Santos (my other main fragrance), it, too, has been reformulated. I am certain of this. (For one thing, the box no longer lists oakmoss as an ingredient.)

Vintage juice: Powerful, deep, dark, somewhat animalic, smoky and absolutely masculine. Use too much of it you'll be smelled a city block away.

Reformulated juice: Very nearly the same thing but much reduced in strength, according to current trends. Antaeus Lite. This morning I did about six sprays on myself but the scent is confined to close to the skin; I can only smell it when I move my shirt front like a bellows. That much of the old stuff would be discotheque-grade killer.

Why was it reformulated? Did Chanel do it to make Antaeus less of a dated Eighties scent?

I called Chanel Customer Care and they told me that there has been no refomulation of it since it was introduced in 1981. I just don't believe them, and it's apparent from the comments here that others are sure that a reformulation has taken place as well. I asked them about oakmoss restrictions, and the woman on the line had no information about that other than to maintain that it's the same 1981 stuff.

Update: I bought a bottle today. How I missed it!

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I found a bottle of vintage (I'm guessing mid to late 1980's) Antaeus. Anyone who doesn't think this has been drastically refomulated just needs to get a whiff of the old stuff. Like night and day.

Jan
28
2013
pdschrader
pdschrader

Simply beautiful.....

Jan
26
2013
limited Edition
limited Edition

I may be wrong but the "original" formulation used real Castoreum and the current product uses a synthetic version..

Jan
20
2013
Ron22
Ron22

There seems to be a lot of opposing opinions and confusion about the current Antaeus.

I am pretty sure Chanel has given all the reasons for this confusion and even outrage… I think they have released not a new reformulation but a different version of Antaues which can be very well described as Light or Sport since it is missing key middle and base notes and has a top that lasts longer. They still keep and sell the older reformulation which is deeper, solid and darker under the same name. I find this approach to be almost unethical (not the release of the reformulation itself, but selling two clearly different scents under the same name). Chanel had released an Antaues Sport back in the mid ‘80s but was soon discontinued. Antaues DNA makes this scent unfit for any light or sport variations in my opinion. I am sure if they would release an Eau de Parfum version, even deeper and stronger, it would sell great.

Maybe Fragrantica should add a new product under Chanel line because the new one I have is not a reformulation but a true flanker of both the vintage and the reformulated version(s). (Like in the case of DHI and DDHI).

Anyway, not to be unjust to this disguised “flanker”, this lighter version lasts well and gets me compliments even after 7 hours (after 6-8 heavy sprays – you cannot overdose with this one…). It is also very prone to olfactory fatigue which adds to the disappointment. The magic is absent and the disappointment I have with it cannot be compensated by other people compliments.

An advice for other reviewers – be aware that Antaues is sold not only in a reformulated version but in a different version altogether. It’s nothing wrong if you like the lighter one more, but it is a different thing, and quite disappointing for those of us that loved the earlier reformulation.

Jan
18
2013
1welshdevil
1welshdevil

This is absolutely amazing. I have no idea what the pre-formulated version smells like, but if how can it be better then this, pure magic!! I'm generally a lover of Guerlain's fragrance, but Antaeus and P.M are Chanel's best in my opinion ahead of the overrated Bleu and Allure. Guess i'm quite new to fragrance reviews, but I had no idea on Earth what Castoreum is, and after googling it I am stunned at how any reviewer here can review it (COME ON)!!!! My nose definitely gets patchouli and Rose. I find it a totally masculine smell, lasts very well, it's very strong but it doesn't slap you in the face the way that Kouros and the dreaded Opium for men do.
5/5

Dec
23
2012
bp
bp

The dark side of the moon.
Virility effervescent.
Absolute masculinity.
Domineering personality.
As a ride through life.
Wonderful.

Dec
21
2012
Halalay
Halalay

True GARBAGE, compared to the original 1980ties formulation, a shameless ripoff by Chanel. One BIG FAT "F" grade: 1 out of 10 (on a scale where 4 means plain fail, 1 means the nadir: one cannnot fall lower than this).

Dec
17
2012
ckman2011
ckman2011

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Dec
02
2012
roritall
roritall

The perfect scent for men!

Nov
22
2012
limited Edition
limited Edition

As the owner and avid collector of mens fragrances , its in my (humble) opinion that Chanel are the powerhouse of fragrance.

I really enjoy testing longevity by sampling a cologne on my skin before retiring of an evening.Chanel Egoiste platinum and Antaeus have been sure fire winners in the sillage department.They are the fragrances which really "move" and evolve on your skin.all else either smell synthetic or mildly childish.

Nov
22
2012
aucffan1
aucffan1

I just blind bought it..

I just sparyed it.. I am smelling, I am smelling, I am smelling......

I like it..

Nov
07
2012
Oldfuture
Oldfuture

Addictive smell..
You get Longevity..
you get Sillage....what else do you want :)

A true Treasure

Oct
26
2012
limited Edition
limited Edition

Absolute bomb of a fragrance..5/5

Oct
24
2012
lalludo
lalludo

My father's fragrance.
Love.
And tears in my eyes.
PERFETTO.

Oct
16
2012
Zenith
Zenith

Old school masculine powerhouse in the same vein as Kouros, Aramis, Polo etc. in that it is completely 100% masculine. I am most reminded of Kouros because of the animalic notes, but it is so much more wearable than that dusty garbage. Think of those two are your two old uncles, both very similar in style and character, one just shaves himself and showers daily. The opening notes are indeed quite harsh and I was initially put off but ended up as a dark smokey fragrance with a lot of power and longevity.

However, as much as I like this, I would never never buy it. Maybe give it 30 years time

Oct
14
2012
yidansheng
yidansheng

exremely strong, diffusive and consistent, just like any other chanel fragrance. I remember the first time I smelt it, and I was like what the hell is going on!... my impression was only one word, animalic! But now after several months, I can feel more lovely warm balmy and floral notes from it, and also the woody (especially the patchouli) makes me feel so safe. I'd love to let my man try this on. It also resonates with perfumes in its age, classic chypre.

Oct
11
2012
Fimafeng
Fimafeng

What can I say?
It is a dominator but not necessarily a winner. Personally I do like this heavy smell for the right occasion. It is very atmospheric and ambient but at the same time intruding and for some people around it may get annoying. It is not polite or gentle.
If you want to be considered the ruthless male wear this. Some girls like to be had. But on the other hand some don´t.
But do wear it if you feel like the smell does for a dark (k)night.
Jesus christ would never have worn this if I may say so...

Oct
10
2012
LanceDior
LanceDior

Interesting. No doubt a very beautiful and complex fragrance that seduces its wearer with an hypnotic, elegant, animalic masculinity. Yes, this is a fragrance built on fundamental contrasts; animalic yet floral, elegant yet dirty, mature yet a 17 year old like me can wear it and pull just as many compliments as when I wear my signature A*men. This bad boy, however, is the lover I save for disparate occasions; a school formal, a job interview or even I date with intent ;) absolutely remarkable 10/10

Sep
28
2012
chrisaxp
chrisaxp

This is an incredibly complex and ever changing scent. Wearing it for the first time is like the first time with a new lover. There is so much to explore it is overwhelming.

The initial scent comes off musky and spicy. Warning it is very strong and I can see where it could be overpowering. The musky animal scent gets stronger in the dry down and then is a nearly hidden mossy smell. I can also smell the sandalwood.

I think this scent is incredibly masculine in an old school way. I am 44 and I think that I would not have been able to pull this off even 5 years ago.

Sep
18
2012
JohnMc
JohnMc

Powerful, sophisticated masculinity in a bottle.

If one could imagine movie characters such as Rambo and the guy from the Deathwish films wearing fragrances such as say Kouros and Ralph Polo, then Antaeus would be worn by the likes of Bond. Powerful, intelligent, but with the rough edges smoothed off - refinement. A staple in my fragrance canon. Enjoy with fine tailoring, good food and beautiful people (it's spiritual cousin in my humble opinion is Santos de Cartier).

Sep
15
2012
scenturian
scenturian

Counterpart of Coco is Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree.

Sep
14
2012
arzacu
arzacu

Dark and Evil...
great for winter or special time... I love it, good quality, lasts forever ♥

The counterpart of "Coco"...

AMAZING!

Sep
13
2012
rsthlm
rsthlm

Classic and with style.. for the man who knows the right taste. This is a very strong scent... It smells better and better after couple of hours

Sep
10
2012
jude1321
jude1321

Antaeus is a legendary cologne for men. A masculine floral that all perfume lovers must give a shot. Probably my favorite of all time, although I could see why some might not like it. Longevity is insane. No joke: you can still smell this days after wearing it. Absolute beast..longevity and projection. If you consider yourself an expert and love perfumes, you simply have no choice but to have had a bottle of this juice in your lifetime. Antaeus...the legend lives on.

Sep
10
2012
renoir
renoir

Animalistic, intense, top notes are over powering and repulsive to some but when it cools down, very very interesting. Tried it once, don't know if I'll wear it again, usually I prefer musk to castoreum..

Sep
09
2012
Jaakiem
Jaakiem

My first reaction.
"Dirty leather pants. Disgusting."

Second time sampling.
"Leather pants with lot of soap. Intresting."

Didn't buy it then, but couldn't let it go. I had to sample it third time.
"Some honey and tobacco too. Quite nice."

I bought the bottle and gave it first proper wearing. In the end of the day Antaeus surprised me again. It smelled like being in forrest.
"Can this be a chypre?"

In the next morning I wake up to smell of rose and maybe sandalwood. That was what was left of Antaeus. Yet an another surprise.

I wear this week in a row to get to know it better. It's not so scary, macho scent that some say it is. It's quite easy and sophisticated as a matter of fact.

Only problem I have with it is that sometimes it's constraction falls into pieces. Those times it smells like old green fougere. I know that there isn't lavender in notes but that's the overall efect I get.

Antaeus has many faces and it takes some time to get know him. This classic is one of the best scents currently available in mainstream shops.

8,5/10

Sep
07
2012
sniffmaster
sniffmaster

It starts incredibly well full of maturity and masculinity but unfortunately after about an hour it just falls apart and turns feminine.

Aug
18
2012
orestes
orestes

Very potent,it lasts in my body only 2 hours(212 vip it lasts all day long)i prefer egoiste,specially egoiste platinum,it worth all the money it costs

Aug
16
2012
istanblue
istanblue

Nothing compares to Antaeus.Incredible woody chypre fragrance for real men.

Aug
16
2012
blaisepascal87
blaisepascal87

Love at first spray! A very classical fragrance for adult men that, in my opinion, so I can wear it when I'll be over 30!

Jul
25
2012
Cheadle
Cheadle

When you buy a Gem like this, use it only on special occasions because it is highly addictive. Always keep some other fresh stuff (I won't name drop) for casual use. If you use this as an everyday frag then have a spare cos you WILL need it for that meeting, that appointment or whatever occasion you consider special. You will always stand out as a sophisticated gentleman whether they say so or not they WILL JUST KNOW IT!!

Jul
12
2012
garett
garett

It is my 3rd scent ever bought.I am kind of like preserving it also a little.This is a nuclear bomb.It kills all the other scent's smell when you are in some gathering , which means you may or may not feel like a winner.Personally i feel like a winner with this , cold hot rain whatever weather , i dont care.The leathery smell is more than fahrenheit dior could have got ever.F'kin love this good shi..

Jul
03
2012
fahad.al dowailah
fahad.al dowailah

Very 80's (hate that term, but it is) . Not anyone could pull antaeus off, it has its own character (personality), the "Antaeus Man" as i call it.
I love the bees wax in this. Reminds me of Canada for some reason. Canadian woods i guess. Very masculine. Its cozy. Thick and green. Classic fougere. Its very different if you want to stand out in the crowd wear this. Well blended. I really love breathing this. But its just not me. its a masterpiece though. 8/10.

Jun
19
2012
renzo
renzo

the vintage was much better, darker and deeper... The current one should be called Antaeus Light ...

Jun
14
2012
brigittehiroshi
brigittehiroshi

What could I say about Antaeus that has not been said before? I simply love it. When you spray Antaeus on your skin, It becomes part of you, and you become part of Antaeus.

I smell a deep and perfect rose scent that becomes powdery in the drydown. Wearing Antaeus is like wearing the best clothes from the best designer, you can feel the luxury of this fragrance. The projection is the precise and the longevity is incredible.

Not long ago I went to a perfume shop and I bought one bottle, but before I sprayed only once in my wrists. One hour later I went to a different perfume shop and the sales assistant tried to make me try a new perfume. I told her that I like perfumes such as Antaeus but she didn't know exactly what I meant. I just told her to smell my wrists and you could see her face! She immediately acknowledged that It was an incredibly good fragrance. She told me she loved this scent.

I wear Antaeus when I want to feel myself stylish and dressy. It's a perfume for special occasions, or simply for those days you feel you're someone special.

Jun
06
2012
SAungle
SAungle

I bought it in 2007 when I went through a lonely time, remembering that an ex from years before wore Chanel, and I used to pick up his clothes when he was out and inhale that lovely aroma that lingered. Hmm! So I enjoyed wearing the deodorant stick version when by myself in the city. I even wore it absent mindedly with a borrowed ballgown, even after I was told not to use perfume with the ballgown, as it was a family heirloom!

Deep and earthy, more so than anything. A very different experience in itself.

May
16
2012
drmath123
drmath123

very manly scent. Chicks love this one.

May
15
2012
jrichart
jrichart

En una palabra, ''imponente'', esta es la mejor palabra para resumir lo que es Antaeus de Chanel ya que este perfume cuando te lo aplicas es como si llevaras un pilar mental que sostuviera tu actitud y modales, este chipre maderoso eleva las cotas de asertividad y carácter como pocos perfumes he visto en la perfumería masculina, quizas el único que le supere sea Fahrenheit o Yatagan. Antaeus, es el powerhouse típico de los 80, cargado de hierbas aromáticas, maderoso y resinoso. En resumen, una obra maestra inponderable de todos los tiempos. Como curiosidad, Antaeus tiene unos 95 ingredientes en su fórmula original, el único que le supera es Loewe pour homme con unos 200. El único punto en contra que le encuentro a este perfume es que es poco versatil, usarlo para diario sería como desperdiciar un ambientador, Antaeus es un perfume para lucirlo en un acto formal, como pudiera ser una graduación universitaria, una boda, etc.

Apr
08
2012
oxm
oxm

Antaeus is pure legend: his warm notes such as
wind that blows from the desert make it one of the best perfumes for men (really) the opening is extraordinary herbs and citrus, but immediately presents itself before the true face of Antaeus, or fine woods and precious flowers and fleshy and fragrant enough to almost hear the flight of insects, Antaeus is the monolith of 2001: A Space Odyssey, black, shiny and hypnotic by ancestral recall, the bottom is wild and animalistic ... maybe Cartier Santos can hold his confrontation but Antaeus is a real force of nature ...... after removing his nose out of my wrist I can for a few moments to perceive the fragrance, is one of those scents tend to smell to impress (Yatagan, Drakkar and Antaeus in fact) ...

Apr
07
2012
ThatMakesScents
ThatMakesScents

I recently purchased the reformulation of this at Bloomingdales. I so wanted this to be the one for me. Especially since I am at the time in my life where soft fruity citrus scents make my skin crawl. I need a true man's fragrance...enter Antaeus.

When I tried the older version 2 years ago it was too strong for me. Today I feel the opposite. It smells very nice once you put it on your skin but IMO the base notes come on too quickly. I wouldn't have an issue with this if it was a wet sticky drydown but it isn't. It goes from a wet opening to arid/powdery drydown within 30 minutes. Fast forward an hour or so and YES you can still smell the fragrance but it isn't working with your body heat nor is it reeking from your clothing....BUMMER. It isn't wafting off your arm hairs. There is no aura around you that is Antaeus.

What you do get is a gentle aroma of a very fine fragrance. A softened classic. I hesitate to say UNISEX but I wouldn't be wrong to classify it as such.

I love this though. Hopefully the warmer weather will allow me to wear this more. I am hoping it is just my dry skin which is the problem. When warmer weather hits I shpritz like no tomorrow. Let's wait and see.

If you like :

Oscar De La Renta POR LUI QUOROM ETC. and those types of heavy complex scents then you MUST try this one. A true beauty that if potent enough would make anyone who appreciates those types of fragrances very happy.

Apr
02
2012
DC-8
DC-8

Long ago, I had said lots of complains and negative comments about it. I'm honest and man enough to officially beg for pardon and extend my apology and hereby I take back all my former words about Antaeus! (blushed) :-)

However, this sent is one of those old, intense and powerful ones that not everyone would find it attractive. If you're not into in 70s or early 80s styles, forget all about Antaeus, since it would be just a waste of money.

The startup would be boldly sharp and feeling fresh but lovely. Very quickly it vanishes into the heart notes, which are a bit animalic and darker and sort of bitter, but not much bitter. It's warm, leathery and chypre. There's some background sweet note in it that might be a bit undesired, but however, still okay.

Dry down is better. Warm, still feeling traces of chypre and limy. A feeling of the powdery scent is all the time escorting you.

I wouldn't wear it on winter or fall time. For me, it worked best on the spring time. You would feel like a man in his 50s. Such a good voyage...

Longevity is incredible and beyond compare. After about 12+ hours, still people asked me of my frag. It was obviously present after all these hours. After 17+ still it's present as well... Smashing!

The traces of the base notes on your cloth would feel real nice after a while. For several days, it will remain on your shirt and easily sensible.

I run short in words to describe how Antaeus appears, when it comes to the projection and sillage. You always receive comments from people, from distance, even after 12+ hours. Such an enduring masterpiece.

I had given mine to my brother and after a while he returned it to me; I'm so happy now! I love it and I will buy it again, as it's among my signature frags.

Thanks, well done and again begging your pardon for my former comments, Mr. Polge and Chanel! (handshaking) :-)

WARNING!! Never ever go overwearing it or it would cause headache. 5 whiffs would work out pretty great and last for hours and hours. Guaranteed!

"Can't go wrong with Chanel, even if you want to!"

Mar
31
2012
mrcontinental
mrcontinental

I had an eighties flash back this weekend and grabbed this along with Santos by Cartier. I've tried the newer fragrances and have added some to my collection but few can compare to this. I'm a big man and the old school scents from the eighties fit me because they are me since I'm in my late forties.

Masterful and powerful, no nonsense and strictly business. I do not bath in my sauce and know how to apply it properly to acheive the proper affect and not send people gasping for air. Just a few drops to the hot spots and you are done. Overspray this and you can induce seizures. It's hard to believe that Chanel has gone from something as marvelous as this to Bleu as it's flagship scent for men.

Mar
27
2012
dxcess
dxcess

Nr.1 Frgrance

Very Very Lovely
... magnetic

Mar
22
2012
necromancer
necromancer

Whenever I wear Antaeus, I feel empowered, supreme and elegant. The fragrance is masculinity in a bottle, like Zeus himself, truly godly. A masterpiece in all its glory, and still a classic. A must-have in any collection!

Mar
19
2012
spartan
spartan

Beautiful masculine scent, truly A masterpiece. 10/10 If you have grown tired the all the unisex scents on the market as of late, this will put A Huge smile on your face.
My signature scent.

Mar
17
2012
FrHanne
FrHanne

Normally I love Woody chypre's on my husband - unfortunately Antaeus which he really liked wearing..made me extremely nauseous (and headachey like the first reviewet Aiona writes)
So luckily for me, he switched to Helmut Lang's Cuiron (he, strangely found them similar???!!?!) Ever since Cuiron has been discontinued..he hasn't found a signature scent :(

Mar
07
2012
Chanel Man
Chanel Man

Chanel Antaeus is pure masculinity classic Chanel. The lastest version is toned down from the 1980's powerhouse that I grew up with, but it did not hurt the balance or impact in my opinion. I just experience the reformulation as a new version and a different take on the classic benchmark from the 1980's. Beautiful and more wearable for everday is how I would describe the new version.

Mar
04
2012
Dick Turpin Esq
Dick Turpin Esq

Wandering into a high street perfumery kiosk in London, I found myself asking the boy in the cheap fleece jacket behind the counter if I could test Antaeus, first on my hand and then if it suited me, on my perspiring neck in order to gauge the Castoreum content upon the girls in my open plan office. As I somberly applied the schizzle to the back of my hand I reflected how I had wound up in this underwhelming shop as Lionel Richie's Dancing on the Ceiling spat from the tinny sound system.
It had been just 3 days before at the gym's reception, that I had seen this large swarthy muscle bound man with a shaven head and black Corairs beard, delicately apply Anateus to his huge fingers before dabbing the cologne in great drops of pungent dew on his sweating neck following his boxing workout. He was performing his crass ritual in front of a sexy female boxer with whom he appeared to want a round in the ring. Without thinking I blurted out "Do you know what the secret ingredient is in Antaeus? - its the sweat gland from a beavers anus - its said to attract women". His beard broke into a broad smile like a pirate about to rape and pillage and he nodded knowingly - "Yes...its been my only scent for the past 15 years".
I knew then that I must try this for myself, this man was living proof that the Beaver Gland was a fool proof pheromone as he sauntered off with his latest lady sparring partner.
Back in the shop I inhaled and found myself transported nose first deep into to a Beavers lodging, such was the rich glandular anal stupor as I waved my hand back and forth in front of the kid behind the counter. Mmmmmmnnnnngh..
Sadly however I detected traces of my least favourite note, the herbal acridity of coriander seeds that have ruined many a romantic anniversary Laksa dinner at Malaysian and Thai restaurants in my life. Crestfallen, I apologized to the shop assistant and firmly wiped the back of my hand on his cheap pilled fleecy sleeve.

Newsflash: after 4 months of torment, late night phone calls to friends and helplines and attempts to drink away my confusion with Russian standard vodka, I have finally bought this as my evening scent, to replace L'instant by Guerlain - which had begun to make me smell like a Confectioner with its star anise and cocoa. I find Antaeus to be animalistic and raw - yet soft with a gentleman's barbershop powdery quality. It hovers about 4 inches around me , vaporizing the masculinity of lesser men... - and the castoreum puts my potential career or love rivals "on notice". Its the Sean Connery of James Bond 007.

Feb
29
2012
Fmcandy
Fmcandy

Great perfume, I like to spray it on my hair , allways love men scents. I also mix it with very femenine scents like miss dior cherie, I know it ' s strange but it goes great on me.

Feb
25
2012
Arbre Amer
Arbre Amer

Nice tantalizing sillage and excellent longevity. This is simply radiant as it seems to go on with the same tenacity for hours while the notes projected change dramatically. It starts fresh and bitter (if a bit too sharp), goes into a monster jasmine and musty patchouli phase for quite long and then becomes a very intriguing honeyed musk. The jasmine note is very pronounced and richly indolic, something I never expected to smell in masculine frags. Patchouli and musk give it an air of vintage soap which might put off many people but it is ok by me. The drydown reminds me several old style colognes not just masculine ones. If memory serves me, there was one meant for women in the 80's called Tosca that had a similarly animalic musky base.

In all, the perfume is very nicely blended and doesn't smell like it is meant to please the crowds. In that sense I find it quite artisanal and it is one of the few mainstreams to feature such a strong patchouli note (only other one that comes to mind is elixir by clinique). My only objection is the bottle that feels cheap and plastic. It looks as if it contains body lotion or after shave, not perfume.

Feb
03
2012
rt94103
rt94103

I recently pulled out my vintage bottle of Antaeus and discovered it's still half-full. This simple black bottle brings back so many memories just seeing it, but spritzing it on causes a rush of emotions as it's been a friend for so long, and it has been my wingman when the nights were to be noticed.

This is a sexy scent to me, one that will always be with me for occasions when I want to be forward. It can be a bit too forward and shouts a bit when first applied but as the evening wears on the Antaeus turns it on. It's sometimes too much on the neck, often walking through it's mist in the air seems to provide just the right amount of scent. It's masculine and never too floral on me, and draws compliments readily.

Will now use it sparingly, so this one bottle will remain a lifelong friend, a very reassuring idea to me.

Just bought a large 8 oz. vintage bottle of Chanel Pour Monsieur to replace the other favorite scent of mine from my youth. The way I sparingly use scents, this bottle will no doubt outlive me. I feel as if the house of Chanel can answer all my and my wife's needs in the olfactory department. That would be fine for me, but I like to spoil her...

Vintage Antaeus will always be sexy, romantic and magical to me.

Jan
30
2012
meshary007
meshary007

Antaeus .. feel the power

ok if you are not a fan of 80s don't read.

this one is wow ambery strong warm spicy and smoky.

Any fan of Aramis will love Antaeus ,thay just walk in the same street but not the same man ..!

the opening is strong ambery leathery the dry down is spicy and smoky it feels like peppery some how.

scent 9.8/10

Antaeus .. the strong man

Jan
23
2012
silvrsrfr
silvrsrfr

Initial take- top: citrus (lemon-lime, bergamot?), nice, somewhat sharp, but generic perfumey scent
@ 10" I'm picking up some mild floral aldehydes that I can't quite identify (perhaps rose), with some slight spiciness (almost, but not quite, Old Spice-iness)
@ 30" I'm sensing non-descript woody notes, nothing yet animalistic
@ 45" smooth, sweetened patchouli, + what?
@ 60" Oh my goodness- what happened? This is really NICE! But how do I describe it? Beautiful! Believe it or not it makes me think of the nicest aspects of Kouros (I know, I know, some of you probably think there ARE no nice aspects of Kouros, but, there it is). I like it- but, do I like it enough to buy it? Undecided, but considering- will have to test a few more times first…

Jan
08
2012
tmoody352
tmoody352

I began wearing this back in the early to mid 80's. It was discontinued or off the shelves at a later time, late 80's??? When I would shop at a high-end department store I would always go to the men's cologne dept and see it there was any eau de toilette in stock, and if so, I would buy every bottle available.
When I have worn Antaeus I have had people, both women and men, to chase me down to see what scent I was wearing. I could do laundry and the smell would still be on my shirts after a wash and dry! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS STUFF, but so difficult to find!

Jan
01
2011
Oslo-fjord
Oslo-fjord

Antaeus.. In the 80-ies I jused to love it, and now I have start use it again. I wonder if it can be some batch variations with Antaeus, because my new bottle smells much better than the last one. My new bottle smells more like the deo-stick, and it`s more similar to the original formula. Antaeus is probably the best scent of the survivers from the 80-ies. I think it`s not so stong as some claim. It gives a vonderful classy sillage / aura. It`s the best scent from Chanel, along with Egoiste.

Jan
01
2011
Kharnak
Kharnak

o_O it.. what? something's different. A newer decant of this is far different. Sweet, far FAR more Aldehydic rose, herbal.... eventually quiets down with a Leathery note. Soapy Leather. Still has the same Herbal bouquet as the original, with this woody chamomile like twig smell. Bit more perfumy. Still VERY refined and mature, classy, Herbal..... Oiled Leather. Still great.
But it's missing that pungent opening!! The liquid color is different too, the old one was like an oily yellow. Could it really be the Castoreum that made all that difference? I don't have a sample of pure Castoreum to compare. :c i want my classic Antaeus! grrr
They shoulda just called it "Son of Antaeus" who is now only perhaps Quarter demigod.

Dec
29
2011
scenturian
scenturian

I don't understand the word "dated" for perfumes, or "modern".
How a perfume can be dated or modern.
It doesn't matter from which year it is, simply you may like it or not.
That's it.
Thanx.

Dec
28
2011
Heaven Scent 777
Heaven Scent 777

In my experience I have to say that this is far better than a lot of this post modern crap that permeates the market today. 'Old School'! Exactly what does that mean? Well, if it means it smells powerful, sensual, elegant and refined then I'll have old school any time. I wear this at work sometimes and women compliment me all the time. The reason for this is simple in my opinion. The notes are blended well to produce a rich and gorgeous smell that also makes the wearer feel nice. To me a truly excellent fragrance should make the wearer feel enriched and Antaeus does just that. Such is the way this masterpiece is concocted it's as though an alchemist has produced it. A fine aromatic woody and leathery smell with just a hint of the lime/lemon notes. Yet, you can get sense of the other notes too. The castoreum adds an animalic quality and the rose, jasmine and labdanum can be detected too. No one note though dominates in my opinion. A reader of my review might find that it's all positive and very one sided. That has to do with the fact that I love strong and powerful scents such as Fahrenheit, Heritage, Kouros, Opium, Polo, Habit Rouge, Boss number one, Obsession and the like and so a powerhouse scent like Antaeus will be much loved by me. In short, I love fragrances from the 70's, 80's and early 90's. Pure class that screamed "I'm here". In a way I'm glad that the wimps I know at work and elsewhere prefer to wear Burberry or Lacoste, because when I walk past people know I'm around.

I give Antaeus a 10/10 for silage, and longevity. This stuff lasts all day and while it may not be cheap it's value for money in that it stays with you all day and gives you that feel good factor. One of Chanel's finest moments.

Dec
27
2011
isabella.fr.83
isabella.fr.83

I smelled it on a man passing by a few days ago. I( loved it in rthe 80ies and still love it now. When I come accorss sonme one wearing Antaeus, I have to refrain from following the guy all day long! Maybe I should buy it for myself. as any girl been wearing this?

Dec
19
2011
scenturian
scenturian

Is it really reformulated or just a rumor or our sense of smell changes by time? But seems to me weaker than the initial release.
Anyway still love the Chanel Antaeus.

Dec
15
2011
LucianFlorescu
LucianFlorescu

A classic masculin fragrance.I just love his warm , pleasent smell.Appropiate in almost every situation.

Dec
12
2011
Maying Prantis
Maying Prantis

Testosteroney and sexy. Bought it for my partner, can't stop sniffing his neck. This scent is sexual and non-pretentious. Classic.

Dec
08
2011
Bigsly
Bigsly

I had a bottle of the original. The castoreum was too strong for me. Otherwise, it smelled very nice but was a bit boring, rather one-dimensional, the kind of fragrance for those who don't want to think about it after they spray it on. Very rich and natural smelling, though. Sample this one first, and make sure you know which version you are sampling !

Dec
05
2011
MrMookie
MrMookie

From the 80's powerhouse club!
Deep bow for this one, its super-duper masculine, i dont buy it yet because im a young father and i dont see young men wearing this it will be disturbing for the females walking by (or maybe a little bit on your wrist to sniff its deep allure.)
its THE perfect scent for a matured man late 40's and further and I will hopefully get to that age also one day.. and this one will sit on my shelf.
drydown is excellent soapy i like the herbs..its goes on and on and on...

Nov
30
2011
tomerits
tomerits

a classic perfume,one of the best from chanel and one of the best ever made, spray it 3-4 times on your skin and it will stay on u all day.
timeless scent.love it.
my rank 5/5.

Nov
23
2011
jsnat1227
jsnat1227

Regarding Antaeus,

I have read most of your reviews and I completely disagree with the majority. Firstly, Antaeus is not to be worn by women. (Not even by lesbians who are {officially} married and have several Chinese children named Lee and Rose.)Nope! Masculine scent all the way... !

Antaeus is the Bonnie Tyler of music. 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' is an Eightie's song, but is it not an American classic? World-wide classic, in fact. Both arrived on the scene in the early 1980's, yet... both are still around for a reason.

Autumn skin is brilliant when splashed with Mr. Polges' (second {2nd} greatest) creation. Stilton cheese is brilliant when spread on an olive oiled, toasted, butter-smeared baguette (with or without thinly sliced ham). You see? Antaeus is to cologne what Vueve is to Champaigne. Always classy, always classic. When one criticizes Lacoste for having a crocodile, as it seems Eighties (80's) Izod, well, you get the idea.

This is a scent that rivals Guerlain's Derby. Strong as it might be, it is an office-wear, evening-wear, whenever-wear. That old woman who ran Vogue once said, "People don't wear a large enough splash of cologne anymore..." Antaeus is the perfect example of this quandry. A man should wear it and wear it well. Splash it, spray it, wear it. It's not 'dated,' your ideas however,...!


Polge for President! (Kidding, of course)

Jason D. Smith
(Ohio)

Nov
11
2011
Scentrist
Scentrist

I just tried this again for the first time in what must be 20+ years while I was browsing duty-free. The animalic notes just linger throughout as the signature to this scent -- in essence, the combination of that with the coriander, basil and thyme doesn't really blend very well and simply smells unfinished and 'dirty' in an earthy way with not-so-good connotations.

In other words, typical Chanel. Moribund. Lackluster. Unremarkable.

It's one that will generate very strong opinions. I recall occasions when I'd have worn it, but now I can't seem to think of one. It feels dated. This will not be a buy, nor a future sample for me.

Nov
10
2011
jae
jae

Oh my... guys get so thrown off by that castoreum. I can detect it in the beginning, but it doesn't bother me. After 5 minutes, this becomes what a MANLY man should smell like. Smoky, floral and a bit spicy. I get everything my testosterone craves in Antaeus. It took me forever to try this one, but I'm so glad I did.

Oct
28
2011
seand7373
seand7373

This is the best. I haven't found anything better and doubt I will.

Oct
07
2011
Cezanne
Cezanne

This is the most glorious scent in the world and if it would sit right on me I would wear it. As it is I cannot undestand why every man in the world doesnt use it. Its perfect, alluring, assured, masculine, charismatic.... oh my!

Sep
28
2011
cyber861
cyber861

بویه تیزی داره.ولی آدمو میگیره که فقط دوست داری بو بکشی

تلخ -تند-بسیار مردانه و با کلاس

Sep
23
2011
krmarich
krmarich

This was Chanels powerhouse mens production. Launched 10 years afeter Coco's death, it grabbed attention with its deep rich manly appeal. I was only able to sample it(every time I visited the perfume counter) in the 80s, as it was expensive then. I loved it and wanted it.

Status, elegance and sex appeal in a bottle.

Sep
03
2011
chrismriley@hotmail.com
chrismriley@hotmail.com

A strong, tingling, harsh, dramatic odour...

0 - 2 Hours - Projection excellent, is intense and makes you take a step back, this is something special and not the every day. It has moments of tingling spice - like little perfume fizz bombs bubbling away while the base remains the same

2 - 6 Hours - Projection good, Class, matur"ish", sexy, different, spicy, peppery, intriguing, night time, dinner suits

Quality

Aug
29
2011
minimalist
minimalist

When I was in the Army (It was mandatory then in my country) I used to have a bottle of Antaeus in my locker. One day rushing to grab my clean uniform my bottle fell off and shattered leaving the room scented with this wonderful pencil shavings + cognac accord for months. An officer came for inspection and stated: "It smells like women in here", funny that such a masculine smell may be mistaken for a sultry Poison-like aroma!

Aug
21
2011
Luforge
Luforge

This is class on its own..If your confident and have charm, this is for you.The fragrance to begin with hits you with overwhelming mytle and sage,with superb dry-down to a floral woody base..you only need to spray gracefully lightly on yor skin because the longevity last for hours..and i meen hrs! One of chanels best...just love this..!

Aug
21
2011
monamoni1111
monamoni1111

awsome

Aug
15
2011
ION
ION

What I love so much about "Antaeus", is the bottle! The epitome of simplicity! I have a feeling that in Chanel don't feel comfortable with opaque bottles "but no worries, you've done a good job here".
The aroma is nice but not great. On certain people it will be 'something else' but only on certain people.
This is more a try to make art while being commercial, and it shows.
I can think someone buying a bottle for the moments he wants a change but staying true to it, I don't see it.
Also, like many older Chanel perfumes this has been tweaked but not for the better. Today's "Antaeus" has lost its boldness.
Lastly, one has to applaude the disarmingly kitch tv commercial that accompanied it.

A note: consider this the male interpretation of the mythical "Magie Noire".

Aug
10
2011
acronia_1989
acronia_1989

It is wonderful. Warm and gentle
this is my signature fragrance
scent:10/10
sillage:9/10
longevity:9/10

Aug
04
2011
IanB
IanB

Well I tried this in the 80's and had to give up wearing it as it was so powerfull and you just couldn't get rid of the smell! 80's night clubbing!
Have worn Pour Monsieur for 30 plus years and read a review that they'd toned Antaeus down, went with my better half to the shop and sprayed some on me and was very disappointed! So went to have a glass of wine & well wow 30mins later what a change! Back was that lovely familiar and unique smell but softer and more err 'powdery' if that's the right word. Went back and bought it.
A degree of nostalgia for sure but a lot more sophisticated than the 80's version - oh and the girls in the office love it too!!

Aug
04
2011
VanAllan
VanAllan

Tested today for real, meaning two good shots on both of my wrists. The result: I felt myself surrounded by a manly, leathery, dry, bitter-dark vale with a touch of the 80's glory.
All the notes seems, after a while, perfectly blended together, for short time some of them like patchouli, thyme, coriander, or oakmoss rising their head to make noticed their presence in the wonderful whole, masterfully wrapped in a gorgeous french labdanum & rose aura.
I almost was off put by the initial burst, but I was patient and rewarded after: the middle and the base were heavenly for me, ones of the best I experienced in a men's fragrance until now !. In my 'love' and 'wanted' list. My humble rank 9.2/10. ☣☣☣☣☣

Aug
02
2011
Grottola
Grottola

Luca Turin, in The Guide, stated that great accords of perfumery are like holograms, in that the picture stays even though the sound may fade in and out or there may be a few glitches.

Antaeus is an example of that. Chanel has been a decent house when it comes to quality control and reformulations (most of their stuff smells like it always did), and while the fragrances aren't exactly the same as they used to be, Antaeus, Pour Monsieur, and the other classics are still here.

I have both the vintage and current formulations of Antaeus, and can vouch that Antaeus certainly is not as thick, rich, or full as it used to be. The vintage version had a stronger beeswax/castoreum presence and was overall more of an oriental. While that oriental character is still there, Antaeus is a bit slimmer than he used to be. The vetiver and patchouli have been turned up a bit, and the beeswax and castoreum have been turned town. It's almost like half Antaeus, half Kouros Fraicheur (the current formulation of Antaeus could make a *decent* alternative to Kouros Fraicheur, but keep in mind that KF is fresher, soapier, and has a distinctive pineapple/civet accord). Regardless, Antaeus still has that "fuzzy", resinous warmth it always had. I've known Antaeus since I was little (I think my dad wore it), and thus it was probably the first fragrance I smelled with a nice labdanum note. After about an hour or two the labdanum in Antaeus rears its head, and I love it dearly. I really wish more fragrances would utilize labdanum - it's probably the most beautiful note in perfumery and is integral to the chypre structure. That's probably another reason I love Antaeus so much - it's dark and woody, but there's a chypre hidden in there.

Anyway, I find Antaeus to be among the classiest, most accessible powerhouse fragrances. It's not "too old" or "dated" by any means. Antaeus is nowhere near as pissy or overbearing as some of his peers (like Kouros). Just give it a chance, it won't hurt you. Someday, God forbid, Antaeus may be gone, so try it now, because it's one of the best masculines ever.

Good stuff.

Jul
23
2011
asmhfdbds
asmhfdbds


It's dated and dont know when to wear such a smell these days.
But comparing it to it's friend (azzaro pour homme ,paco rabanne,aramis... )it's the best of those IMO.
With that genre i always smell oakmoss in front ,most detectable note.
Can smell citrus in opening ,minutes later patchouli came and it become powdery herbal little sweet.
Quality with very good longevity 12+hours and crazy projection but i see that it's time has gone.

Jun
08
2011
freddiefingers
freddiefingers

Top notes will be off-putting for the impatient.Base notes,gorgeous.every now and then it's good to go back to the 80's and relive the good old days in the chaos of the present.

this fragrance doesnt disappoint and is one of those that dated or not should bring smiles and serenity to those that loved it in the past

May
30
2011
horizon
horizon

very masculine,excellent,classy woody chypre perfume.

May
29
2011
Habanita
Habanita

As a sophisticated men's scent for going out this is very nice. It's the scent my husband wore when I met him :)

May
29
2011
karlovonamesti
karlovonamesti

A very good Chanel with huge potential for disappointing the wrong customer - i.e. anyone who reads about it online before trying. Obviously reformulated down to a tamer shadow of its former self, the current Antaeus is a staid, somewhat animalic '80s masculine chypre, well-laden with honey, castoreum, sandalwood, labdanum, vetiver, and patchouli. It's certainly an assertive scent, although no monster these days, and for my money it's a bit too put together. I figured the onyx bottle contained Chanel's black sheep, Chanel's Kouros, but I was wrong. This is nice and more than a little safe. It feels more like Chanel's other Pour Monsieur. I think there's something to love here, but there could be more. Still, given how it compares to most of Chanel's range, Antaeus is a better bet than some of the Les Exclusifs, with noticeably higher-quality materials than the Allure, Coco, and Chance lines. I'd rather wear Kouros or Balenciaga PH, but if you already have those, Antaeus is a logical addition to your collection. It's good stuff.

May
09
2011
JohnMc
JohnMc

The male fragrance equivalent of a quality paper over a tabloid, a gourmet meal over a junk food tv dinner. The lavender notes are for some considered old and stuffy. I however, love this fragrance for that reason. Lavender amongst its other ingredients have a calming and incense like effect on my skin. This is very much a work fragrance, serious, restrained, but uncommon and refined. I wouldn't wear this on a day off or with a t-shirt, but then I don't wear a suit either on my days off. Not for everyone, but for as a 30 something man, an essential component in my own fragrance canon!

Apr
09
2011
jtappenden
jtappenden

I can still remember this aromatic masterpiece.Such an array of notes,such as bergamot & leather.Develops into slightly spicier notes,but always surprises.Really great.

Apr
03
2011
alfarom
alfarom

A bit dated and not as good as Knize Ten but still miles ahead from the average quality we have in todays mass market perfumery. Oh, If just the latest Chanel's masculine releases smelled like this... On a once in a while rotational roster.

Ladies should try this as well.

Rating: 8.5/10

Mar
28
2011
mediterranean
mediterranean

Very sensual and conservative at the same time.For men with class.

Mar
05
2011
Cylob
Cylob

My all-time favorite isn't as wonderful anymore as it used to be. Not as deep, dark and sweet as the original, which is a shame.
Tested it a few times in the last few months because I couldn't believe it was true.
But now I'm sure: either the formula has been changed (like people suggest) or my nose or skin have changed for the worse.
Bummer: it's like meeting your first love again and you're realizing that person changed into a whole other person you don't like as much anymore...

Still a great fragrance, but I want my Antaeus back!!! :(

I'll just rate the original 80's/90's formula: 10/10

Feb
24
2011
Kharnak
Kharnak

VERY herbaciously woody, with a hint of Chamomile once it dries down. Distinctively male, strong. Complex, as all good Chanels are.

Feb
16
2011
Mushroomfat
Mushroomfat

It was the woody base i first noticed, I love woody notes.
I was just complaining the Chanel Pour Monsoir had a lemon opening, and the sales lady said Antaeus didn't have any lemon. Well she was wrong, but lucky it doesnt stand out in this one.
This gorgeous scent first reminded me of Habit Rouge by Guerlain, only so much more refined and special than the Habit Rouge i use to have ( the rerelease).
Maybe in my mid to late 30's, when If I can afford it, I'll refer back to Myer for Antaeus and use it for my nights out?

Feb
02
2011
Ad nauseam
Ad nauseam

This is some really good stuff!
I remember liking this when I sniffed the card in a magazine advertisement when I was a teenager back in the mid 80's. I never purchased it but the memory stuck with me. I've had many different colognes over the years, but lately have grown tired of the new tastes in men's fragrance. I was looking for something different, excellent, and classic and remembered Antaeus. I hadn't seen it in stores in years so I went to the Chanel website and there it was. Now I see it at Neiman-Marcus. I've had it about a year now. Wow, luxurious like I remembered. This is my first review and I'm not versed in describing scents, but after reading all of the previous comments I can say this.

It starts off very strong and a little over bearing even with just a small spray. Too much going on at first to describe, but wait. After only seconds the citrus notes appear and the scent softens. I don't get floral at all. Not at the beginning, middle or end. After several minutes the citrus notes start to fade allowing the spice notes to take over. However, I would not describe the scent as "spicy". The best way I can describe it is "fresh powdery green". Very lush and luxurious. To me very clean and dry also. Would work day or night in my opinion. The faint leather scent starts to play into the mix with more time. Very masculine.

The scent lasts and lasts. A true classic 80's fragrance. I don't wear it for anyone else. I wear this for me because I like it. No. I love it! It IS an indulgence. A refinement. It makes me happy, and it has a mysterious, dreamy, almost ephemeral quality that sets it apart from everything else for me. I do not wear it everyday but I could. It would NEVER grow old if I did. This one is special. I think I have the reformulated version and I'm glad I never had the original because then I wouldn't love it as much.

It works on me, but I don't think it works on everyone and I understand that. Different people have different tastes and opinions. I get that, but those who know and love this fragrance are in the elite minority. Those who don't get it are, quite simply put, missing out. I realize I'm lucky that Polge's creation suits me so well. "Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death." Antaeus feeds my soul.

Jan
17
2011
Lookin4Happy
Lookin4Happy

Antaeus is the sexiest men's fragrance I have ever had the pleasure of smelling. I first smelled it when I hugged a male coworker many years ago, and had to know what it was. I would make any excuse to hug this man at work just so I could smell him. It was heaven. I had no attraction to him, just to Antaeus.
When I met my now husband, a wonderful, charismatic, handsome, well-dressed man, with impeccable tastes, I bought him a bottle of it for a gift. I look forward to winter when he will wear it, and when he does, all it takes is one whiff, and I wanna slip between the sheets.

Jan
06
2011
ROUSAK
ROUSAK

I love this one, for men over 30.
The only fragrance from Chanel i really love and enjoy wearing. No way this can be unisex......Only a MAN can wear this

Dec
18
2010
Helsinki
Helsinki

Antaeus was... is... meant to be worn by the wealthy, well-behaved, prestigious and experienced man, who knows himself - definitely aged 50+, with a glint in his eye and numerous laughter lines (why not a comb in his pocket, too).

Imagine an alpha male who goes to a boxing match, front row seats, a frack and a white cashmere scarf on his shoulders. That's him.

The beeswax note is very clever. Hands up, who would've associated beeswax with the masculinity Antaeus holds? Imaginative, imaginative... :)

Somebody stated that Antaeus could be worn by self-assured women. I disagree. This scent isn't coupled well by estrogene. It just doesn't work out. It is meant to be paired with testosterone, it craves manhood.

It takes cojones.

Nov
17
2010
guest_
guest_

I took some time reading this reviews and I can't stop laughing. It seems that if anyone wants to know what kind of fragance applys to men or women, homosexuals, metrosexuals or whatever, all he have to do is to ask an american guy. They seem to know all about that.
Also they have a clear mind about how an old lady wardrobe smells like.

It's funny, because this clear views come from people who live in a country with no tradition at all in making fragances, thing that in Europe has some centurys of experience in making and wearing them.

A gay scent from the 80s?!? An old lady wardrobe smell?!?
Probably US have strange old ladies and the gays of the 80s that lived in there were no exception.
The most hilarious thing however is how someone can apply those states to one of the most masculine scents I know, but that is a misterious thing I'm sure any american guy can answer.

I'm a strait guy by the way and I never found an old lady smelling of Antaeus neither a gay smelling other thing than flowers, but I've never been in the US.

Antaeus is a very good masculine scent, with no gay connection nor old ladies at least in Europe.

Nov
03
2010
zecheiroso
zecheiroso

Quality *****
Versatility *
Durability *****
Sillage ****
Top **
Heart ****
Base *****
Final score ****

Power incarnate, or how Don Corleone probably smells like.
Luxurious. Lustful, lascivious, lewd, libidinous.
The name and the mythology around it are fantastic too.

The good
This isn't for the faint of heart. It's assertive like no recent offerings. Noticeable but not screaming or vulgar like the majority of low end scents.
Undoubtly manly and proper, it's like entering a formal event with a beautiful lady in tow: you are the man and everyone gets it.
Awesome touch of majesty on formal settings, I see it fitting business settings too.
The sweet beeswax note in the drydown is specially pleasant, and rare.
Loud but rather limited sillage and great durability. Perfect for its purpose.
Very uncommon scent.

The bad
Poor versatility. What am I supposed to do with a tuxedo most of the time?
Wearing it in summertime should be a felony.

The ugly
For the younger crowd, it's dated. No way around it. Few young girls will find it nice smelling, and most guys will label it grandpa scent (sure, most of them think Acqua di Gio is the way to go when greeting the Queen of England but I digress).
The top notes are loud and borderline unpleasant.
Can only be used with a light hand.


PS: +1 for the guest below, scents need several real wearings to be appreciated.

Oct
29
2010
guest_
guest_

After reading several reviews and some are negative ones, I decided to put here my own but, first things first:

I never, ever say anything about a fragance only by smell it on paper or even by trying it on my skin for a minute or so. My opinion is based exclusively in my experience, wearing it for several days. I don't think to be honest to do otherwise.

This fragance has some sort of an enemy which is hot weather. It doesn't work well with high temperatures at least on my skin. It doesn't project well, it restrains somehow and can be a little bit unpleasant.
However, with temperatures below +-22 Celsius it can excel and it is a remarkable interpretation of leather in a fragance.
It is a mature scent, not for "aqua-citrus-sweet-boys" who don't have time to wait to some luxury refined smell.
In cold weather it lasts and project very well indeed.
In my opinion it is forbeden for spring/summer.
I have it, I wear it and I love it.

Oct
19
2010
RobbieX
RobbieX

A powerful frag - smoky, floral, leathery, dirty and unique. Might get some more if I see it at the right price.

Oct
10
2010
Nimue666
Nimue666

Happened upon this fragrance in a PRIDE institute drug and alcohol rehab. (I am psychiatric RN also recovering also bi). PRIDE is specifically for GLBT recovering community. A gay man left his Anteus behind, so I tried it.
OMG. Fell in love. Deep, woodsy, dark, stays on my skin but not intrusive.
Years later read Lucas Turin's review that Anteaus was iconic gay scent of the 80's...LOL Indeed.

Sep
24
2010
guest_
guest_

My hope is this never ends.
Every year a lot of scents come out, most of them with no purpose at all and no success.
I'm a consumer as I wear a perfume every day but i'm not available to try this one and that one and the other one and the one with that nice bottle and so on.
So, I can use more than one perfume but I won't use dozens. 2 or 3 will do.
Those 2 or 3 must however be something special to me. I don't want to use easy things with no character no strenght, no longevity, no impact, I need special things and easely will live my life straight to them.

That said, I have to say that Antaeus needs time.
My first impression was not good. The opening can be complex like a bomb of nonsense things. Needs time.
And after that time it can need more time because there are things we learn to like, to love and to appreciate.
My first spray gave me mixed impressions - Old, maked me feel old myself, not so sure of the scent.
I gave it time and those impressions faded.
I learned to love this. I feel great wearing it, that old sensation evaporated so fast as it appeared. On the contrary I find Antaeus timeless.

I hope Chanel don't give up from Antaeus because I'm realizing that some good masterpieces of other brands have disapeared from the stores or are disapearing from the stores. I don't know if it is because of regulation or if it is because of comercial success.

Whatever the reason is, is too bad because there are things I will really miss.
I want Antaeus to stay. Powerfull, luxurious, it has class and gives a good sensation.
It is timeless, it is a masterpice.

Sep
23
2010
Dad jax
Dad jax

it is not every body's cup of tea...so donot give shit comments! for this one you need to be special,which most of you haters are not so be gone!

This one is a TRUE CLASSIC !

Sep
19
2010
guest_
guest_

We are in a world where things sometimes go too fast. We do things today and tomorrow they eventually belong to the past and we run into something new.

That doesn't mean that something we are working now is always better then something we did before. Many times it isn't.

I can understand periquito when he states that Antaeus reminds him her grandmother wardrobe.
I can't say the same because I don't have memories of my grandmother as she died when I was 4, but I can understand the idea and I have to admit he is probably right.

I can't say I don't like Antaeus but...
My problem is I'm tired of the scent.
It is not a question of trends or fashion. There are some old scents that I never get tired of.
For me Antaeus is not perfect because it gets me tired of the smell.
It is like a piece of music that after earing it severall times we can't stand it anymore.
Can a Rolls Royce be boring? Yes it can when you want to have some fun and you're catched on luxury and pose that doesn't let you feel free.

Sep
16
2010
missan
missan

I love Antaeus, it is a very complex and to me lovely old cologne. A lot is going on and changing from top to bottom. It could be considered as some sort of a reference for others to compare against. It really is to me one of the biggest must have, even today.
By that I do not mean Antaeus is my favourite, there are others I like better and are easier to wear.

Sep
16
2010
guest_
guest_

Its the Rolls Royce of fragrances becuase, its strong,elegant, masculine, dark, luxurios, virile and very sofisticaded in a old fashioned way, but it smells modern at the same time... its elegance and high class in a dark and luxurios bottle... also becuase its leather notes smells so sofisticaded... for me this is the reference of powerful and luxurious fragrances, its the epytome... you know? are you happy with the explanation king Marti?... let me know... BYE DUDE...

Sep
16
2010
guest_
guest_

This is the RollsRoyce of the perfumery... PERIOD....

Sep
10
2010
guest_MilesG
guest_MilesG

Antaeus is one of my all-time fragrances and a stalwart of my collection. A huge burst of Clary Sage powers out of the top-notes, then the juice fades over several hours through a woody heart and then finishing off with a brooding, unctuous accord of leather and honey. The leather/honey sticks around for many, many, many hours. By that stage it is a skin-scent only, but anyone getting close enough will almost certainly comment on how wonderful you smell.
Antaeus is one of only two of my fragrances that has provoked strangers to ask me what frag I'm wearing (the other being Jaipur Homme EDP). Antaeus should be applied discreetly and worn with confidence. I personally started wearing it when I was 17, and I consider it entirely appropriate for any young man who wants a fragrance on a completely different level to the cookie-cutter scents his friends wear (I'm looking at you, Hugo Boss, and those dreadful, cynical fragrances that you thrust upon an unsuspecting public). Likewise, an older man, successful, in control of his world, will also be able to wear Antaeus effortlessly, and to great effect. Do remember, though, that the 1980's are long-over, and apply with care. Apart from the potential to suffocate if applied to excess, Antaeus is a versatile, unique juice that demands a presence in the collection of any serious fragrance connoisseur.

Sep
03
2010
vadim
vadim

first time when I smelled it I didn't like it. Now I love it. I like especially the rough smell from the top notes and leather. I use it on special occasions and in the evening. This fragrance will remain a great classic and timeless: that's why I like it

Sep
03
2010
Endymion
Endymion

Sorry, but I don't agree with Jolly Roger.
You have to accept that some fragrances are too strong for some people. That's it accept it and don't criticize people for that.
What's more it's not that some fragrances are too strong because they are not modern!
Eau Sauvage is older than Antaeus yet not strong at all. Joop! Homme or Black XS are modern yet as strong as Antaeus.

So don't judge people for saying that a fragrance is too strong for that and think that it's because they think because it's not modern. There are modern strong and classic not strong fragrances.

And I don't think that someone who finds Antaeus too strong has to use "body milk lotion"! Just try not to think in an such extreme way, there are loads of scents between the strongess of Antaeus and the lightness of a body milk...

Note: I really like Antaeus and strong fragrances like Opium and Kouros.

Aug
24
2010
guest_
guest_

Chanel need to come with classic and elegant fragrances like this.. its really a masterpiece.. and black sofistication at its best... one of the best masculines scents out there... sexy to death....

Aug
16
2010
guest_
guest_

for me this is a masculine version of Chanel nro 5... i am really impressed with this... masterpiece.. elegance and sofistication in a bottle..... a Polge winner....

Jul
28
2010
junior halston
junior halston

I some how see comparisons with Coco original to Antaeus. The both share that deep baroque character with rose, spice, patchouli, and of course leather. Yes Coco is more floral but I feel it's base was built upon Antaeus.

To me Antaeus is Chanel's Polge at his best.

Jul
26
2010
missk
missk

It was somewhat strange when I first smelt Antaeus, it was like an almost masculine version of Chanel No.19. There was an undeniable bitter greeness that caught my nose almost immediately which was then followed by a rich, slightly sweet woodsiness with an odd leathery note.

I guess if you're daring enough, Antaeus can be unisex, however I feel a strong sense of masculinity being portrayed here that deters me from trying this on myself.

While I disliked Chanel No.19, Antaeus is pure love for me. Perhaps it's the lavender, the delicious herbaceousness and the earthy, rich patchouli that captures me. Antaeus is for the older, sensible man in my opinion. Men around my own age seem better suited to those lively citrus scents and gutsy sweet colognes. Antaeus is essentially a man who has discovered his clasically charming side.

Antaeus doesn't strike you as sexy fragrance when you first apply, however the more it develops, the more sensual and alluring it becomes. The scent is crisp and spicy with this comforting warmth that is both magnetic and soothing.

The sillage is very 80's, strong and lasting. I do believe that part of this fragrance's success has been its high quality ingredients and its ability to last on the skin the whole day.

Jul
20
2010
andrevarx
andrevarx

A powerful, masculine scent with its powerful showing on my skin 15 hours and 48 hours in my clothing is a Chanel.

This fragrance is having too much precautions for use, it is so powerful qu the overexposure may cause headache, in addition to its use for work space may be too intrusive. It is also restrictive in the age of the wearer but has an age range a bit wider than other types of woody chypre fragrance.

Its opening is almost nonexistent, and only serves to soften the fall of the excellent middle notes and base notes are characterized by the power of his "manly flowers" with a fine smell and touch to snuff mysterious chypre.

It's very manly and powerful, which can be very sensual and romantic exquisite in the field, or totally intrusive and offensive to the couple. Much depends on the taste of women. The age range can be anywhere from 25 years only on occasions at night, and from 30 for formal events during the day. It should be use more in private meetings than parties or public events. By their nature is clearly an essence of cold weather.

A true classic!!!

Jul
05
2010
gypsy parfumista
gypsy parfumista

Antaeus was, in Greek mythology a son of Pontus(personification of the boundless sea) and Gaia (Mother Earth) and as long as any part of him touched his mother he could not be bested! On one of his many labors Herakles (Roman: Hercules) encountered him and was confounded that each time he pinned Antaeus, he sprung refreshed and robust...so after grappling for hours he lifted him off the ground and STRANGLED him! This is a small myth of sceondary importance and I'm always amazed Chanel immortalized poor Antaeus with this fragrance...

It takes a certain kind of man to "carry" Antaeus and like his namesake he is VERY earthy at the base, and his spicy, sweet heart is as robust as when he just jumped up refreshed and filled with strength from his mother, the Earth.

The myrtle, sage and corriander balance the citruses in the opening and give an earthy yet fresh feel to it. Just like the balance in the demigod of earth and sea the sweet refined florals are balanced by the airy thyme and sharp basil. The finish of the earthy patchouli and oakmoss is accented by the labdanum resin and despite the castoreums sweatiness(you'd sweat too, wrestling Herc) reminds us of his divine origins. This one starts strong, balanced throughout and finishes with a massive earthy feel (that may pin some noses). The flacon is dark, sharp and timeless. A fitting consort to Chanel No.5...

Sillage: everywhere
Longevity: next day staying power
Overall: 4.75/5

Don't get me wrong...this is a classic and wonderfully constructed scent yet spicy frags are not really my thing. If you like earthy, spicy scents that cut a wide swath and go on and on this one's for you...and this Chanel is a step above the mass market offerings of today.

Jun
26
2010
andrew85
andrew85

AMAZING, just amazing... incredible, elegant, class in a bottle. this, egoiste and pour monsieur are the best chanels... TRUE CHANELS... OH MY.. so sofisticaded- sexy smell....

Jun
23
2010
guest_
guest_

dear antaeus you are the best fragrance in this world.. thank you for being here, i really love the way you are, the way you smell, i felt handsome when i wear you, the girls love the way i smell, thank you Antaeus, you are the best... i really love you... you are unique, so masculine, virile, strong, sofisticaded and sexy....

May
13
2010
guest_
guest_

one of the most sexy, sophisticaded and elegant perfuem for man ever created... incredible... stunning, for a sophisticaded man, no for sports guys.. please...

Apr
12
2010
guest_
guest_

ohh my god, this really good, one of the best smoky - sensual drydown. unique perfume for nigth out..... sophisticaded, elegance, masterfull.... i really like this masterpiece, this is how luca turin described it as " smoky cigar box"...... it smells like this... this and pour monseiur are one of the best from man Chanels....

Mar
31
2010
missan
missan

I really, really like this classic. It is in many ways similar to old Van Gils, maybe a tiny bit more flowery and smokey.
Both are good.

Mar
16
2010
Indro
Indro

I have to edit my top 10 list & this one will definitely be in that list,a very well designed perfume,multi faceted,truly a great drydown.Sillage and longivity is excellent,lasts 9 hrs on my skin but I can only use this during winter evenings in Mumbai.Overall 9.5/10.
Cheers

Mar
14
2010
JeanMaurice
JeanMaurice

This one is great... After 15 minutes!

Sweet but not too much, masculine, strong with sillage and longevity with a great leathery-powdery-myrtille (bleuet in french) drydown! One of the best night fragrance. But for sure sometimes this is smelling old school. I love it but won't buy it again once the bottle finished.


9/10

Mar
11
2010
behzad1280
behzad1280

I can put it in just three words:
Prestige, Prestige, and then Prestige.

I really really appreciate it.


بسیار خوشبو و کلاسیک در عین حال مدرن و تازه
به معنای واقعی کلمه یک ادکلن با پرستیژ
تحسین بر انگیزه
دوام و پخش بوی بسیار خوب

Feb
03
2010
guest_
guest_

absolutely stunning... incredible leather - honey smell, one of the best Chanel man fragrances out there, the others Chanels for man are simple, boring and a litlle cheap smell, but this is a real Chanel.. this and pour monsieur are really Chanels.... a trlly classic masterpiece...

Jan
25
2010
andrew85
andrew85

This is Chanel nro 5 for man incredible sexy, sensual, elegance in a bottle, perfect for use with a black suit.. so potent, please use this with caution.. very potent, masculine, dark smell... like a leather cigar box...

Jan
08
2010
guest_Stylin
guest_Stylin

So many positive comments I would make are already here...classy, masculine, powerful.

An 80s classic with the legs to stick around. It will set you apart from all the fresh aquatic crowd that's for sure.

Just try it.

Nov
29
2009
mariotgomez
mariotgomez

I have the image of this fragrance as my background on my Iphone. As I check the time or answer a call I see the beautiful image of the man holding the Antaeus bottle with the double C.

It has been a while since I wore this scent (1981 formula)and felt it was time to wear it today.

It is a powerhouse of scent which gives me a boost of confidence. I am glad I have kept this in my collection after all these years.

Sep
04
2009
hoelahoep
hoelahoep

My dear Antaeus,

What would i do without you.......
After 14 hours you're still pounding out a delicious scent. Not overwhelming, but still noticible there....

Aug
24
2009
enigmatict
enigmatict

I believe the drydown is very similar to Rumba by Balenciaga. Love it! And it starts out like Avignon CdG.

Aug
17
2009
hoelahoep
hoelahoep

Ah, Chanels Greek god....sweet memories from the 80's...

As a very young boy I couldn't efford the beautiful Chanel scents. I managed to get some samples, wich i cherished a lot. Powerfull ? yes Mascuine ? yes Sophisticated? yes Seductive ? yes Potent? oh yes indeed and a tiny bit (totally) dominating......

Recently i bought a bottle to remember those bygone days. And the memories came back:
It starts with a strong and very loud opening. The opening ingredients (clary sage and myrtle) are easy to recognize. The middle note is mixing fast on my skin. Fresh flowery and masculine for sure. In the driedown i recognize patchouli, sandalwood and oakmoss.
It has great longevity and an even so great silage. And it's one of the best that Chanels offering. After all those years Anteus is not dated at all.
This one still is a great compliments drawing magnet. And yes: i got also compliments wearing anteus from young girls(i presume they got a little bit tired of all the citrussy and sweet tommy's and Gio's maybe ?)

a little warning sign is in place: do not overspray ! With this one you can clean out a full traincompartiment in seconds by you overspraying anteus.

Anteus, one of my personal top 5. A must have in your collection.If you have the balls to wear it, this is your scent...

Aug
08
2009
Castor
Castor

What are we talking about? Vintage Antaeus or the present-day formulation? Both are different.

Vintage: Sweeter and more complex than the actual formulation, with better sillage and longevity. Take in mind fragrance styles in fashion at the time of its launch were completely different in respect to actual styles - during the 1980's men wanted to be smelt, so strong scents were in fashion.

Present - day: Strong floral and animalic / indolic top notes morphing into mid and base notes quite close to those of the vintage formulation, however with a stronger powdery-like feeling. Longevity and sillage are not as prominent as in the vintage version.

I like the first one better than the actual one. Still, this one is worth trying for it is, in terms of present-day fragrance styles, quite original. The dry-down is still superb, IMHO.

Take in mind the presence of strong floral notes in Antaeus' development, this is a put-off for many.

Edit: leather. Layering it with a good quality soft floral leather can give you a remote idea of how this was like. Add to this many other notes that made of Antaeus a bold blend a la Kouros.

Jul
14
2009
sky76sky
sky76sky

I almost feel like I am basting myself with this herbal blast & I only put on a drop....wowzer!

Lovely & dry, stripping almost, with a peppery spice. The floral lift lightens the sunbleached wood & gently warms.

I love patchouli, leather, sage, thyme, & woody notes, so it is no suprise that it's got my full attention. But the best bit for me is the dryness....it is so, sooo dry. I'm almost imagining crunching those parched leaves in my hand.

I'm so intrigued I'm going to have to try this again tomorrow (& this is one that I really should leave to the boys...no, definitely MEN).

May
12
2009
minimalist
minimalist

...nevertheless I smell cedar cedar and cedar...as when I used my pencil-sharpener at school..love it

Feb
18
2009
vertigo
vertigo

Antaeus was a Libyan giant, a son of Poseidon and Gaia. He was undeafeted when he was touching the Earth - his mother. When Hercules elevated him, Antaeus became weak as an ordinary mortal.
This dualism of a nature of this mythological character inspired the originators of the perfume. They wanted to create a fragrance that would be powerful like an antique god and delicate like a human.

The scent is woody-aromatic-leather ...
For men that keep their feet steady on the ground, but privately conceal uncontrollable fantasy and enormous sensibility. Absolutely unique!

Feb
16
2009
ALEXEIFEDOROV
ALEXEIFEDOROV

I can describe this fragance with just one word: masculine. But i can add a few: classy, mysterious, sharp and dark. I bought it when i was 18 three years ago, and maybe i was too young for this scent, but now... i guess i have the right to use iy

Jan
07
2009
thomkallor
thomkallor

Rich, darkly sweet, sparkling, and very different from the men's fragrances I encountered in the 80's. Masculine to the utmost. Looking back, it was far too mature for me. As others have pointed out, a powerhouse scent, requiring light application. A metal container bought in more recent times did not smell the same, though - has the formulation changed? Was the metal of the container (as opposed to the orginal glass) a factor? Very hard to come by in the States, but I will certainly add this to my wardrobe again in the near future.

Nov
25
2008
Kiwichick_NZ
Kiwichick_NZ

I agree 101% with gerco!!! I love men wearing this... It shows remarkable poise and confidence in a man. Unfortunately men who have become accustomed to lathering themselves with cologne will find Antaeus overwhelming. It's a cologne that doesn't need to be hosed on guys!!! This gorgeous fragance only needs to grace your skin lightly. Out of all the mens colognes out there, this ranks in the top 3. It's a classic and one of the best from Chanel so far.

Sep
29
2008
Aiona
Aiona

The first blast is quite manly. As it dried down, it changed drastically. I swear it smells much like Chanel No. 5. And I do not like Chanel No. 5. I started to get a headache, very similar to the averse reaction I have to Chanel No. 5. Looking above, I see no aldehydes, which are often implicated in headache-inducing fragrances. But surely, there is something that is similar in these two, and Antaeus is just the male-marketed version. So sad, cuz I'd heard so much about this fragrance. However, it is not something I can tolerate.

Jul
08
2008

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