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Les Parfums Mythiques - Xeryus Givenchy for men

Les Parfums Mythiques - Xeryus Givenchy for men
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Les Parfums Mythiques - Xeryus by Givenchy is a Aromatic Fougere fragrance for men. Les Parfums Mythiques - Xeryus was launched in 2007. Top notes are clary sage and basil; base notes are exotic woods and amber.

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Clary Sage Basil

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Exotic Woods Amber

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Xeryus
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Drakkar Noir
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Les Parfums Mythiques - Xeryus Fragrance Reviews

jtd
jtd

Two fascinating moments in perfumery happened within a few years of each other. They are the “road not taken” moments. When Thierry Mugler’s Angel hit the scene, women’s perfumery was changed irrevocably. Florals, chypres, traditional orientals were instantly ancien régime. It was a classic paradigm shift, an overthrow of the old order. The floral survived by evolving into Fruity Florals, Orientals were diminished and became Gourmands, Chypres, god help us all, became outlaws and now are effectively black market commodities.

The specifics of how the men’s market changed in the 1980s differ in some respects from the changes in the feminine market, but the parallels and simultaneity of the changes make the similarities more important than the differences. Davidoff Cool Water was the masculine counterpart to Angel.

To say the aromatic fougère was supplanted by the aquatic fougère doesn’t sound like much, but the the newer, more tailored aromatic fougères had just started to surpass the dominance of the 70s big boys like Paco Rabanne Pour Homme and Azzaro Pour Homme. It was the greatest height of the fougère since the release of Fougère Royale in 1882. Musky fougères (YSL Kouros, Paco Rabanne Ténéré, Dior Jules) floral fougères (Caron’s Troisième Homme, Xeryus) spiced fougères (YSL Jazz, Jacomo Anthracite, Laroche Drakkar Noir) were taking the genre in exciting new directions. The fougère is structurally tied to both the oriental (tonka, balsam) and the chypre (oakmoss and coumarin tethering more effusive floral and spiced notes). It is an inherently rich genre and many perfumers were using the fougère structure to find new ideas. It’s worth considering that Michael Edward’s, the most authoritative figure in the nomenclature of perfumery, placed the fougère at the center of the wheel he created as a visual analogy for categorizing perfumes. It is the ur-perfume.

There were still a few great aromatic fougères produced, such as Partick by Patrick of Ireland (1999) a fougère in the chypre direction, and YSL Rive Gauche pour Homme (2003), but for the most part, after the advent of of Cool Water (1988) the aquatic fougère ruled with an iron fist. Dyhydromyrcenol made for the creation of fougères that would have the volume of the best fougère from the 1970s, but lacked the complexity and therefore matched the feminine counterparts that were becoming ever louder, ever simpler fruity florals and candied gourmands. Feminism’s effect on perfumery changed or waned, depending on your perspective, and the empowered feminines like Aromtics Elixir, Scherrer de Scherrer, Dior Diorella, YSL Rive Gauche became ‘Old Lady Perfumes’. Hypergender became a stylistic norm, and countless straight couples could be spotted on the town: her, with hair three feet high and rising dosed with Poison or Angel; him with slicked back hair drenched in Cool Water.

I am sad over the loss of the pre-1988 aromatic fougère. It was just about to take off into some great places. Let’s not forget that these perfume were also the basic blue-print for the 1980’s mens’ power frag. Take a fougère, exchange the lavender for some more spicy elements, and freeze-dry the wood. Voila! Krizia Uomo, Chanel Antaeus, Patou pour Homme. Sometimes the player of a group known for largesse is the one to go for. Scherrer de Scherrer, a chypre that could give Aromatics Elixir a black eye is my go to green/leather chypre. Xeryus has some of that well-dressed thug appeal, seeming more like a perfume for Craig’s Bond than Moore’s. Or perhaps Dench’s M.

Xeryus is becoming on you in the way it allows to you swagger a bit. It lends authority. It’s a remarkably detailed perfume that tells you not to sweat the details. It has a vaguely threatening edge at the same time it lets you be a pretty boy. Great combo of attributes. Definitely a perfume to play with.

Jun
18
2014
karlovonamesti
karlovonamesti

No one else smells a similarity to Drakkar Noir? I understand that this reformulation is somewhat different from "vintage" Xeryus, in this case it's rather obvious that they've modified things, with the whole re-release as a "Les Parfums Mythiques" fragrance in a totally different bottle and box. Oddly my box/bottle looks a little different from the one pictured above. It's a greyish-tan color with none of the swirly lines and a white label with silver trim - the bottle is shaped the same with the same kind of clear/frosted glass, but again the label is white with silver trim, and looks a bit smaller than the one above. However, the scent is a pleasantly rich spicy fougeriental, loaded with clean citrus, herbs, and woody notes (grapefruit, basil, clary sage, artemisia, lavender, cedar, sandalwood, rosy guaiac wood, amber, "smokiness" ala Cypriol, and musk). That smoky woods note in the base is likely the culprit when it comes to my Drakkar association, and of course when you layer a handful of herbal green notes on top of that, you wind up with a standard 80s fresh fougere. A bit soapy, nothing earth-shattering or original, but a very pleasant fragrance that plays a familiar tune a little better than its contemporaries. I could only sincerely recommend this fragrance to 80s fougere enthusiasts, because I think the average guy or girl would get just as much for their money from Drakkar Noir.

An additional comment: I notice with the "Les Parfums" Xeryus that up close it smells rather soft and unassuming (soapy, green, clean, etc) but the scent really projects into your personal space, and beyond. It generates a strong green-spicy cloud. This is a strong scent, certainly a notch stronger than current Drakkar Noir, and it's something to apply sparingly. However, I'm not so sure it's a straight-up "cold weather scent." Cold temps would likely flatten the spiciness and dull the effect down into a less interesting clean-green scent. It's certainly fresh enough to work in hotter weather. Moderate to balmy temps bring out the woody oriental aspect more, allowing the scent to move and radiate. Humidity also gives it legs. This is an interesting scent, that's for sure.

Apr
18
2014
Thee Arabian Knight
Thee Arabian Knight

This one is quite pleasant. However, my only issue with it is that it is very soapy, which is something that I hate in a fragrance. To me, it's a bit dated, though not as dated as something along the lines of Polo by Ralph Lauren.

Dec
19
2013
maio2012
maio2012

Unique. Very masculine, intense. It is still wonderfull to sniff even after more than 12 hours. Another great scent from Givenchy.

Oct
03
2013
aqua_de_la_vita
aqua_de_la_vita

UPDATE FROM LAST COMMENTS,

Just the other day I came across the REAL VINTAGE Xeryus when it was first launched sometime mid 80's to very early 90-91 max.
Way back during post secondary, I worked at major retailer and I remember very much the dark bottle. As soon as I seen it in this small fragrance store, I ran home to go on-line to find images on Xeryus and I found another site where Ericirico posted his comments. I do concur with Ericirico the real vintage bottle is the dark 50ml bottle. In a dash I ran out and bought the dark bottle. I have both the 2004 version and now the vintage dark bottle.
I sampled each on my wrists and YES there not the same. There is some similarities however the vintage is much more sophisticated with a rich/powdery sweet complex aroma. I can pick up the various notes; rose, lavender, tonka bean, amber, basil as well either sandalwood and or oakmoss. The 2004 version is also excellent, its more on the herbal/woodsy/spicy and not so powdery/sweet scent. With the exotic woodsy aroma it does have a similar overall scent.

On the vintage..Longevity is excellent well past 10hrs.
Sillage is also excellent..you can smell it more then 3ft away.
Overall opinion, If I hadn't come across the original version I would still be more then happy using the current version.

Now, there's no mistake that the VINTAGE is like finding a treasure trunk...when you open it IT'S FULL AND RICH....100% HANDS DOWN..no mistake about it. If you can find the vintage, I strongly recommend for those who remember this frag and can appreciate and its worth buying it. Its what made Xeryus BIG at the time...

IF GIVENCHY READS THIS....PLEASE BRING BACK THE VINTAGE XERYUS AND KEEP THE FORMULA TRUE AND YOU WILL SEE A LOT OF HAPPY GIVENCHY CLIENTS WHO WILL BE THANKFULL.

Aug
02
2013
Ddhuney
Ddhuney

This is indeed vintage perfumery.

Apr
24
2013
aqua_de_la_vita
aqua_de_la_vita

A real woodsy/spicy scent with only 4 ingredients that were used. When I first sprayed it on my skin, the aroma of exotic woods with clary sage gives it a very deep base which carries throughout the day. It also has a slightly sweet powdery scent which makes it unique. After 8 hours I could still smell it as if I had just sprayed a 1/2 hour ago. This cologne also has a heavy musky/sweet aroma.
Longevity is excellent and Sillage is also very good. A bit heavy for the summer, but a perfect cologne for the fall/winter. Overall 8.5/10

Apr
15
2013
vonMises
vonMises

Really an excellent, elegant fragrance. Complex, but not too busy. Very cool and "wet" smelling, like a damp forest night, and soothing. Perfect for autumn or winter nights.

Sep
30
2012
Bigsly
Bigsly

I have only tried the vintage formulation. I like it, but I don't find that it has any "wow factor." It's natural smelling and has excellent longevity, along with at least good projection/"sillage." It has some interesting "moves" within the first hour or so, but then you get a slightly sweet woody scent. This is where it's "nice" but nothing I would want to spend money on, especially considering the prices vintage ones are selling for now. However, if you are the type of person who sprays it on and wants to smell something interesting for a little while, but then you want the scent to recede and smell "inoffensive" but not common or "synthetic," this might be for you. I could imagine someone who isn't comfortable wearing "loud" fragrances in certain circumstances but still wants something slightly "old school" buying Xeryus. For the aficionado, however, I just don't think there is enough here for it to compete against the "greats." A simplified (and much cheaper) idea that has some "edge" for a longer period of time can be found in 273 Men by Hayman. However, the ingredient quality in vintage Xeryus is clearly better (though 273 isn't what I would call bad).

Aug
12
2011
iluvu7000
iluvu7000

Its a Sheer Disappointment! i was so happy wen i got this but my happiness lasted as long as this perfume is Zinch! It has ok smell, longevity is poor. I apply on body & clothes in which the sillage remains on body for some hours but cloths are begging for more!
pls try before u buy!!!

Mar
20
2011
guest_narigudo
guest_narigudo

é muito gostoso;mesmo no início , quando tem poder para sufocar a todos num elevador . ao longo das horas sua projeção vai diminuindo a um ponto ideal , em que se apresenta , sem incomodar , tornando-se cada vez mais interessante . gostoso e duradouro , sim. mas....moderno , nem pensar . não chega a ser o famoso "perfume de vovô" ,
mas infelizmente tem um quê de desodorante . já senti esse cheiro , claro , com muito menos sofisticação , mas algo bem próximo , em algum ônibus lotado....mais de duas borrifadas é suicídio.

Oct
13
2010
guest_90lover
guest_90lover

achei pesadíssimo. muito forte e duradouro ( até demais). torna-se rapidamente enjoativo . definitivamente , eu o considero um perfume para senhores . o mote da fragrância até que é interessante .se fosse menos intenso , seria uma ótima opção diária.

Sep
26
2010
gypsy parfumista
gypsy parfumista

This reformulation of the classic Xeryus is truly wonderful. Whereas the original was very layered and complex and composed of a melange of several powerful notes Mythical is more along the lines of a classic twelve note fragrance construction ala Paris parfumeries in the mid to late 1800s...

On initial trial I thought green-spicy-woody...but I tried it on paper first, when I finally wore it on my skin it was almost a different scent. The aromatic greens were the first to appear along with a slight citrus and hint of green cypress. This gave way to gentle dry floral aromas of geranium with hints of rose, jasmine and violets(?) with a kiss of cloves. The drydown is stunning with amber's warmth, sandalwood's clean woodiness and just the right amount of musk. I also detect a hint of bay or cypriol.The overall effect is elegant, masculine and warm...

Sillage: quite good
Longevity: great
Overall: 4.5/5

The original was a bit too much for me, but this one is absolutely divine! It is indeed Mythical...a blend of gentle strength and refined construction, perfectly executed: An uncommon scent for an exceptional man...

Aug
17
2010
lfmars98
lfmars98

Good fragrance. It has a fresh herbal green smell. It does get woodsy in the drydown. Smells somewhat similar to Ralph Lauren Polo Modern Reserve. Last 6-8 hours on my skin in very warm humid weather so it will probable hold up better in fall and spring conditions. Moderate sillage. 8.25/10

Jun
17
2010
tommy_girl
tommy_girl

when I think of this perfume I can imagine a knight on a black hourse,brave & fearfulness who can fight for me to the extreme.it's really a mythical perfume.so it's not suitable for any man.the one who wears it must dare it.
it's very sharp & spicy.if you're not strong enough you may find it even annoying.but as the time goes it becomes more woody and attracting.
it's the limited edition of Xeryus which is reedited by some other legendary perfumes of this company..personally I found it more mythical and dangerous.yeah,more than 2 sprays are dangerous!

Jan
21
2009

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