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Vintage John Varvatos for men

Vintage John Varvatos for men
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Vintage by John Varvatos is a Woody Chypre fragrance for men. Vintage was launched in 2006. The nose behind this fragrance is Rodrigo Flores-Roux. Top notes are wormwood, basil, rhubarb, quince, fennel and pepper; middle notes are juniper berries, lavender, cinnamon, jasmine, orris root and green leaves; base notes are tonka bean, tobacco, suede, patchouli, oakmoss, balsam fir and woody notes.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Wormwood Basil Rhubarb Quince Fennel Pepper

Middle Notes
Juniper Berries Lavender Cinnamon Jasmine Orris Root Green Leaves

Base Notes
Tonka Bean Tobacco Suede Patchouli Oakmoss Balsam Fir Woody Notes

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CK One Shock For Him
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Vintage Fragrance Reviews

Cassiano
Cassiano

Two years after the success of the classic version, which was the first creation of the House (in 2004), Varvatos Vintage was released, as a cologne made to please fans of the classics without losing, however, modernity.

The bottle keeps the same pattern of its predecessor, but in tones that I'll call of sepia, something between the Brown and the gold.

It is an aromatic-chypre, with output notes of silver absinth, lavender, santolina (also known as lavender cotton, or limonete), cinnamon leaves, pepper and Juniper. The heart of the fragrance has notes of patchouli, Jasmine from Egypt and balsam fir, while the base brings notes of oak Moss, suede, tobacco from Turkey, tonka bean and Woods. Some say it has quince notes in the composition also, but it's nothing official.

When touching on the skin, the fragrance is fruity and citrusy, slightly sweet and with spicy nuances. But that runs out faster when the body of the fragrance is present (and is the most enduring part of the evolution), resulting in a more herbal aroma, remembering roots and green plants, with the Absinthe more present and a lot of FIR content. During this evolutionary part, it is easier to understand the dated aspect and why the name’s choice. Then, after 1 hour, approximately, the base begins to give the air of its grace and a creamy Suede, combined with wood and macerated tobacco arises, finalizing the work.
As in Varvatos Classic, the projection is not the highlight, but the lasting is excellent!

In my opinion, Vintage was made for who is not stuck on the age, but to the pattern of elegance of the older fragrances.

Apr
04
2014
mista majestic
mista majestic

On the initial spray, to me, it's very much like a less confused version of Hugo, Hugo Boss. Fresh, spicey and punchy. It dries down to a great strong barber shop scent with well balanced notes of wood, juniper and others from its massive composition list.

It's the longevity that surprised me with this one. I give a good few sprays on my neck and arms before going to work at 8:30. I'm out all day and in all conditions and it just powers on through getting lots of compliments throughout. I'll smell it on my skin at 10pm as well as if it were put on a couple of hours earlier.

Great scent. Good value.

I have CK Shock and this is nothing like it!...

Mar
21
2014
majecatracho
majecatracho

Love the scent but it doesnt last for more than half an hour on my skin, if it lasted at least four hours this would be my signature scent.

Mar
16
2014
Ranger0987
Ranger0987

Wife or girlfriend not in the mood? Put this on to change her mind.

Mar
15
2014
Jedimonk
Jedimonk

I've been seeing that folks say that this is weak .
But it last all day on me and not just as a skin scent ether
This is some bomb ass shit . It has a mature vibe in a good way
And to me it reminds me of tobacco vanille just not as strong and without all the spice
That tv has .

Mar
15
2014
jyan727
jyan727

Vintage has become one of my all time favorite fragrances. Why, you ask? Because when I smell this I automatically think of a mans man! This fragrance exudes manliness to such an extent that it becomes off putting to some. And I love this.

I'm a big sucker for tobacco fragrances and this one doesn't let down. But instead of being a sweet tobacco like a few others I have smelled and are in my wardrobe tend to be, this is simply warm and strong.

Sadly, I do not mean strong in projection and longevity. Instead it is just a figurative strong, a strength from the impression Vintage gives. The longevity on my skin is 4-5 hours with a moderate projection of arms length for 1-2 hours, after which it becomes a humble skin sent.

I'd be careful of blind buying this fragrance as I did. For some it can simply be to much "man". You can't simply wear Vintage all willy nilly. You have to exude stature and strength as this fragrance does. If you walk and talk with confidence and power then this fragrance will be a good pairing for you, but if you decide to lack a back bone for the day then Vintage will run you over. I recommend this for men 30 and over, though it would be perfectly fine for those that are 25, you simply have to wear it properly. I am personally 19 at 5'6" with a small athletic frame, but I walk(and act) with confidence and dignity so I feel at home with this fragrance. Confidence and strength are key.

Considering the short comings of this fragrance but also its presence, I give Vintage a humble 8.5/10.

Try before you buy

Feb
09
2014
kamooo
kamooo

Not bad but nothing more.

Feb
03
2014
kaysee
kaysee

It's nice. If you've got a flat personality and if you like boring aftershaves, then that's your fragrance!

Jan
14
2014
JohnMc
JohnMc

Tried it today at Debenhams store in the UK.

This is quite a powerful, uncompromising scent. Heavy accents on the woods and tobacco is what my nose picked up the most.

Is it multi-dimensional? No. This isn't a nightclubbing scent and isn't suitable for warm climes and hot seasons, however, it is fantastic for cold climes and winter. It has a bold quality which screams manliness akin to say CK Obsession for Men. Thus, it has an almost old-school quality about it without being too 'stuffy' for today's male. Agree with other reviewers here - team with anything which clothing-wise signals 'power' for you. Good projection without a doubt, but average longevity (3-5 hours max with 3 sprays). Definitely one for my 'want' section of my humble collection. Classic flacon design also.

Jan
11
2014
bwcw81
bwcw81

spicy and strong woody scent ends with tobacco scent. Longevity is average, projection is okay. The tobacco scent is really strong and makes you smell like a real smoker, I am not sure if most people would like this idea.

Dec
30
2014
lovetribe
lovetribe

absinthe,basil,cinnamon,fennel and much fir!!!!!!start very green,as to be in a wood.after oakmoss,pathouly and suede!!!!!sweet.
good and strange ingredient make a edt for the mountain!!!many balsamic scent.i don't like this but understand the big quality of the ingredient and the perfume.
good sillage and longevity.
vote 5.
disgusting me.

Dec
17
2013
SDavis93
SDavis93

This is a very very nice fragrance. yes there are problems with longevity and projection. but the smell makes up for it.

It starts sweet and spicy its very warm and inviting, reminds me off spiced apple, you get this for about 2-3 hours at which point it starts to dry down. the sweetness fades making it more masculine, the wood and tobacco notes comes up and mixes with the spice, giving it a very warm and comforting masculine scent. this lasts for another 1-2 hours. then it fades becoming a dark, musky skin scent, it sits on the skin like this for some time.Projection is good but longevity lasts 5-6 hours max, but does stay on the skin for some time after so over all 8.5/10.

Great for winter and cold weather, wouldn't wear this in the summer its to 'wintery' and may get cloying. very nice though

Dec
14
2013
MyFairLady
MyFairLady

This smells like a man you want a hug from. Very masculine (spicy, woody) and sexy, yet warm (cinnamon, with a little sugar?). You just dive in its (his) arms. Love it!

Nov
28
2013
Thee Arabian Knight
Thee Arabian Knight

Upon first spray I could not smell anything but an oily smell; yuck. Unfortunately, I could not pick up any of the spice, sweetness, and wood from this which is a shame. I'm going to have to stay clear of this one for a long time.

Nov
16
2013
Fragrantguy
Fragrantguy

While sniffing some fragrances at Sephora, a young lady introduced me to this fragrance. I was afraid to try it, thinking it would be a strong, over masculine scent. After sampling it, I fell in love! Yes, it is strong and masculine, but not over the top masculine. This is a very tobacco woody fragrance that dries down to an aromatic tobacco. It's not as sweet as Calvin Klein's One Shock, but the tobacco is reminiscent to it. This is what I would wear if I was feeling "manly" for the day or wearing some black clothing (sophisticated fashion of course) It is god for fall and possibly winter, because it is a warm fragrance until the aromatic comes in. Then it's the tobacco that keeps it alive. But still, this is my go-to leather jacket wearing renegade scent.

Nov
13
2013
Nick M
Nick M

You can see this one has quite a few notes, but after letting it settle for a few seconds I came away with a sweet Christmas tree vibe. It's an excellent wildcard to be used on certain occasions.

Nov
03
2013
Layzie
Layzie

Cinnamon, wood, and pepper are the most prominent notes detected by my nose. Tobacco and suede arrive upon dry-down. Vintage is a masculine and spicy perfume. It's a bit too much for me, but all the sales clerks at Macy's seemed to really like this one.

Oct
09
2013
GUTB
GUTB

One of my first forays into the world of fragrances. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this fragrance -- I found that it's sweet note mixed well with my natural body scent.

But that was then, and this is now.

Now...I honestly hate the harsh medicinal/chemical accents that explode at the top, and even as it fades during drydown. Perhaps my nose is just becoming more refined; perhaps I am just spoiled after having sampled so many expensive niche parfums that starkly expose the difference between true quality and mass-produced designer fragrances. Even compared to premium mass-produced fragrances there is hardly any comparison. I am forced to admit that one of my old favorites is actually just another cheap, chemical-smelling foul mass-produced juice that belongs in the drugstore.

I write this review as I am currently wearing Varvatos Vintage, and I just can't get over the chemical smell which almost burns my nose. Besides the chemical edge, the composition is simply...boring. Hardly complex, in spite of the number of notes in the pyramid. I can't help but think: I could be smelling Bond No. 9, Creed, Guerlain, Penhaligons, Amouage, etc.

Longevity and projection are problems but I won't knock it that much as most of my sample collection have longevity problems. It lasts about twice as long as my Creed fragrances, for example -- 3-4 hours.

Oct
06
2013
crypticat
crypticat

Not unpleasant, but the tobacco, 'gentleman' odor seems dated by quite a few decades. For what it is, though, it seems well done.

Oct
03
2013
dbrii24
dbrii24

Sexy, Refined, Masculine and Distinguished. My dream man wears this.... enough said. A++++!

Sep
26
2013
lgbailey86
lgbailey86

The clear jewel of the Varvatos line. Moderate to poor longevity but the scent is warm, cinnamon, tobacco, vanilla, leather... Christmas, Thanksgiving and cold weather dates. Mature and masculine.
Would happily pay double for an edp of this.... the smell is perfect...

Sep
24
2013
stayclose
stayclose

Is this what it would smell like if I had JV and liked and went ahead to to look for a vintage version and bought it and sprayed on myself? Wow very clever. To me this could also have called JV Extreme since from what I can smell the fruit, spices, and leather have been turned up X10.

Sep
21
2013
dq_firefly
dq_firefly

Its smell is too dry, like a burning cigarette. Not my cup of tea. I would choose Aramis Havana if I want a tobacco scent.

Edited: I gave it another try, and realised that it would definitely be better when used in cooler weather. Not bad!!

Sep
05
2013
kahoonabear
kahoonabear

This is a handsome, complex, rich, and overall outstanding woodsy/earthy/spicy fragrance! Very very impressed, easily makes my top 3. Wow!! Just gorgeous!! So glad to have added this to my collection. Perfect. Could easily be a signature scent. 10/10

Aug
23
2013
happygeisha
happygeisha

i bought this for myself... er uhm, i mean my dude. usually he's rather insufferable to cohabitate with but once he sprays this blessed scent on, i don't even care anymore about what a douche he can be. it is HANDS DOWN the sexiest, most masculine scent for men out there. period. end of discussion. act like ya heard and go treat yo'self!

Aug
21
2013
Idlehands
Idlehands

I just started wearing this again after not really touching it most of the year. Man this stuff is good! Its probably the most "manly" scents I own. I get sweet tobacco and some Oakmoss out of it. Lasts all day on me. Received a compliment the first day I wore it again. Its different than most of the designer bottles on the shelves right now and imo the best of the Varvatos scents. Dare to be different and get a bottle of this while you still can. Its great and alluring. Perfect for fall/winter.

Aug
21
2013
fuggerone
fuggerone

great tobacco scent, nice also in hot weather but you have to happytrigger it since like all Varvatos lacks longevity and has modest sillage, you have to over apply it! could have been a great masterpiece!

Jun
26
2013
larrybuf
larrybuf

Nice opening but fizzles quickly on my skin. Real silage and longevity problems.I wouldn't buy this for my collection.

May
29
2013
kazewayz
kazewayz

It smells delicious. Very well blended perfume. This has citrus, woods, spices, sweets. I really like this one. Great for a summer night or fall time. Elegant, classy, sexy, sophisticated. My favorite from Varvatos. Try it.

May
29
2013
RUDOLFO512
RUDOLFO512

I absolutely love this fragrance. It smells of tobbacco and is very masculine and sexy. A compliment getter every time I wear it. It lasts a very long time on me.

May
14
2013
Caist
Caist

The expression of Autumn, with the tingle that clove has, and very defined spice notes that dry-down in formation. Tobacco is definitely the meastro in this classic. I wish it lasted a bit longer on me though, a good one to top off your layering with a spray in the collar of a jacket or a scarf on a cooler/colder day. Too typical to wear in the evening, don't be a bore!

May
12
2013
missk
missk

I think I like Vintage just that little bit more than John Varvatos for Men. Tobacco and lavender, when blended harmoniously with one another, can potentially make me swoon. I love the sexy and spicy feel of Vintage.

It's quite a daring and complex blend. Sometimes it smells spicy, other times it smells earthy, and then there are moments when it strikes me as being quite sweet.

It opens with a rich, heady blend of pepper, lavender, cinnamon, basil and rhubarb. Vintage has some crazy-cool top notes, preparing us for what will eventually follow. Throughout the scent development, Vintage deepens into an earthy and woodsy blend of suede, raw tobacco, balsam fir and patchouli.

Vintage is a super masculine fragrance. I might be wrong, but I feel as if this scent is intentionally geared towards mature men. I don't mean grandfathers, I mean the modern day, sophisticated man, with a good job and a level head. The entire masculine range from John Varvatos smells really classy to my nose.

The only thing I didn't like about Vintage, was the drydown's tendency to become a little stale and musty. It's only at the end of the day that it begins to smell like this, so I suppose all it calls for is a shower and a re-application to enjoy the top and heart notes all over again.

Apr
23
2013
Smyle12
Smyle12

Not bad at all if you like tobacco as the prominent note in your fragrances. Longevity and projection are average on this scent. Vintage has a very distinguished, extremly formal, classy feel, and is definitely something I'd HIGHLY recommend for those over 50 or 60 years of age, who are headed for a formal night out, or spending a romantic date with a lover. I'm not a big fan of tobacco-based fragrances. I do own one, however, and that is Michael Kors For Men, which in my personal opinion smells very much like this, only better due to the plum and dried fruit in that fragrance, which really rachet up its dark and mysterious masculinity. John Varatos Vintage, however, holds the slight edge in "classiness", and in overall quality however. If tobacco fragrances are your modus operandi, than either one of the aforementioned two will more than satisfy your cravings. Personally, I feel this one is a little too serious and much too distinguished for my young and generally happy heart.

I'm going to give this one an (8/10) for both its quality and its very age specific feel. Perhaps I'll revisit it again in another 20 years or so. :)

Apr
21
2013
amir68
amir68

Now I`ve tested this amazing frag and gotta write some words about it. This frag is so masculine, attractive, mature and very High Quality scent. Personally I believe It`s hard to match with any other frags out there! Longevity 8 hours on my skin. I guess the longevity its individual!! I love this scent and definitely vill be one of my favorite fall/winter frags.

Apr
19
2013
kleblanc863
kleblanc863

This is some sexy stuff right here!!

Spray a few on the chest on skin, get dressed, apply a few more wherever you want. By the time the night is over and you get home for some (explicit content) with your partner, she/he/it/they will be driven crazy by this stuff.

Apr
18
2013
amir68
amir68

I`ve got Varvatos Artisan. I like the scent and it was worth every swedish krons I put on it. I`ve heard lots of positiv reviews on Vintage and I`m gonna buy it this week.

Apr
16
2013
2746cstreet
2746cstreet

There is no nicotine, no bitterness in this tobacco. Like Spicebomb it reminds me of a White Owl Cigarillo.
Other than that I smell sweet, resinous pine sap and fennel.

Mar
27
2013
Steven409
Steven409

I love this scent...even more so than the original. Despite what the stats show above, I think of this as a summer / hot and humid weather fragrance (and I live in Texas). In my opinion, it is WAY too sweet for cold weather. Perhaps it's just the way it reacts to my natural chemistry, but being that I work primarily outdoors even during the summer, this fragrance becomes even more brilliant the hotter it is. I've tried wearing it in the winter and it just doesn't have the same effect...the longevity isn't near as long as it is while wearing it on a hot/humid day.

Mar
18
2013
jamdavmiller
jamdavmiller

This is a wonderful smelling fragrance, but the longevity is poor. If you like this, as I do, you might compare it with Ralph Lauren's Romance Silver, which actually smells a bit better and has much better longevity.

Mar
17
2013
Cmf
Cmf

Smell 8/10 Longevity 5/10 Sillage 6/10

This is a great scent for a date. It certainly fits the casual suit wearer. It is definitely unique and fits a cool fall evening, however it may not last you until the night. Nonetheless, this scent demands a try. A classic and modern masculine cologne.

Feb
11
2013
dollastx
dollastx

Just blind bought this, and it smells great. I don't know why people keep talking about the poor longevity. On my skin it lasts at least 6-10 hrs. Very masculine smell. I don't think this will be good for a teenager. I give it a 9/10...

Feb
10
2013
presbo
presbo

Opening: everything masculine and wonderful. a little sweet (kind of like medjool dates), a lot of tobacco, plus some herb and spice. this is possibly my favorite array of top notes

drydown: Still very heavy on the tobacco, some leather shows up as well.Unfortunately, after the first hour or so, it starts to get a little weird. It almost smells medicinal, synthetic, or maybe even like shoe polish. I can't really describe it accurately.

I really want to love it. The opening is so incredibly wonderful, but the lack of longevity and the poor transition after the drydown make me want to skip using it for any endeavor that might last me more than 2 hours.

This definitely favors evening wear in the fall or winter.

6/10

Feb
09
2013
montox
montox

Great scent but only lasts 1 hour! It's a pity!

Feb
09
2013
classicburns
classicburns

To my untrained, amateur nose this smells mainly of sweet tobacco. It makes for a very unique, sexy, and rugged scent. It would be absolutely perfect if only it lasted longer. I could definitely see Indiana Jones wearing this.

Jan
10
2013
Bottlehands
Bottlehands

Tried Vintage on today and when looking at John Varvatos Artisian and after five hours it is still projecting. It's humid and hot in Sydney at the moment and I think that this scent really adapts well to to the humidity - it's sweet with a wonderful leather undertone. It will be interesting to see how this will go in the cold winter months - to me I can see this as a more of a evening/winter sent but its mysterious fruity spiciness has an Occidental character to it that wont offend in (and complements) the tropics.

Very masculine, very interesting and projects a scent of class, authority and sophistication.

Dec
15
2012
ColubineCola
ColubineCola

Softly sweet and smooth. Juniper berries come out very nicely and prickle. Then, there is suede. I suppose that you could say that there is a tobacco note, but if there is, it is like the packaged, moist (without the moisture and not strong) and dark kind with aromatic sweetness. Quite lovely, in fact.

Dec
13
2012
FragrantAl87
FragrantAl87

A promising creation, with a few shortfalls

Opening: The sweetness of cinammon is immediately followed by the spiciness of the pepper, they intermingle very pleasantly. After drying a couple minutes the tobacco and deeper smells transition from sweet to spicy. Not a linear smell, I like that.

Sillage: I found it to be pretty good, 1-2 feet for a couple hours.

Longevity: After a couple of hours it becomes mostly imperceptible. Except for what Im about to say.

Gripes: It smells almost too medicinal on drydown. Hard to put my finger on it, but its like a sort of herbal scent you might find in a pain relief cream or something. Just not pleasant at all. I wanted to wash it off.

Overall: Like it for the first 30 minutes to an hour, and for its beautiful sweetly-dark opening. Hate its medicinal drydown, short lifespan and uninspiring sillage.

5/10

Nov
28
2012
twlahue
twlahue

Smells awesome on paper, bad on skin

Oct
03
2012
dromidreza
dromidreza

بوی خوبی داره ولی بنظرم شبیه مربای آلبالو نیست.

Sep
29
2012
banks1124
banks1124

I've tested this twice and love it. I get leather for sure and the other notes are blended in a way that makes them all pretty mysterious but very well done to me. I'm thinking about buying a bottle but have some for swap if anyone's looking for something new--check out my perfume list.

Sep
20
2012
bonarelli
bonarelli

i love this stuff! it would be my favorite if the scent lasted for more then a hour.

Sep
19
2012
Bigsly
Bigsly

When you take the cap off and smell it, it seems really sweet. When you spray it on it smells fairly sweet. Over time, I either get used to it or that element dissipates quite a bit, and it's not an issue for me. Otherwise, it smells natural and is highly blended, though I think I'm detecting a synthetic musk some might not like (it's more subtle here than in a fragrance like Michael for Men by Kors). You can look at the note pyramid and think, yes that's probably in here, but good luck detecting it clearly. I get no tobacco and I like tobacco fragrances, so don't expect anything really obvious. I think of it as a kind of olfactory stew. To me, this is an "abstract" fragrance, though it does have an underlying leathery quality. Somewhat sweet, leathery stew? Yes, that might be it !

UPDATE: Several hours later and it's like a subtler and much smoother Michael for Men by Kors, with a hint of tobacco blended in. I guess this is meant for "mature" men; don't expect huge projection ("sillage").

Sep
10
2012
hani.arfat
hani.arfat

This perfume reminds me of my grandfather

Sep
10
2012
steve.brule
steve.brule

And this is what your boss wears. Walks in a room and you know he is in charge just by the way he smells.

John Varvatos Original (70%) + Polo Green (30%) = John Varvatos Vintage

Recommended for guys over 45 or so. Has that slight mature note that fits a certain age. It is MARVELOUS in its dry down. If you want to make people feel like you are an important person, this one is a must! The Most Interesting Man in the World HAS to wear this cologne. There is no way he wouldn’t!

Aug
20
2012
renehoney
renehoney

This scent reminds me of just a very private and sensual Christmas... leather bound books, tobacco, cinnamon, mohagany tables...fir trees..

And for the first time in my experience with a fragrance, i can actualy imagine the kind of man that would attract me and cause me to fall helplessly in love if he wore this! hahaha! silly i know, but i have never been so enamoured by such a masculine scent before to the point of conjuring up the perfect man to suit it!!

Vintage is truly a woman magnet's secret weapon...

Aug
09
2012
williamvargas
williamvargas

i have not worn this in a while, put some on today,lots of compliments from the guys and well as the ladies, i forget how nice this fragrance is , i really like the original john varvatos as well , but it seems as though this one is even better liked from the other noses in the room. i get to where i cannot smell it after a couple of hours or so , but it seems as though others can, masculine is the term that is most used..longevity could be better , one of those a little atomizer just for a refresher spritz to the neck after about 4 hours. but even so a wonderful man scent. good stuff, glad i have this one.my collection is growing and this one got left behind a little as you discover and try new ones, but this is one nice scent. if you have not sniffed this one out ,you should.
really is a nice fragrance .

Jul
13
2012
salt88
salt88

THIS! This is how men should smell like!! My gosh, this is so masculine. Definitely a turn-on and so sexy. I could fantasize having s-x the whole day with a guy wearing this fragrance. Yeah!

Jun
12
2012
Bobster
Bobster

Yes as everyone has noted the scent life on this is between the 3-6 hour mark but my gosh in those hours this is AMAZING!!!!!Masculine all the way and I love it. I wore this two days in a row and in those two days I received two compliments from two different people.The scent alone makes up for its poor longevity. Try it out and if you come in contact with someone between the life of the scent I bet you will get a compliment. I know I did.

Jun
09
2012
chicosuave
chicosuave

This is an incredibly masculine sexy scent. I absolutely love it! The only problem seems to be that it only lasts a few hours. well on me at least.
I'd like to make it my signature scent. May be too much for the summer time??

Apr
30
2012
foxmulder_FBI
foxmulder_FBI

Let me start by saying that this is one of my favorites, despite the accepted lack of longevity. I get decent enough projection, but like many others noted, the longevity of this one is not very good. However this doesn't stop me from loving the cologne.

For me, the top notes are a very sweet rhubarb, berry, and tonka mix. It is not sickly sweet, but still very sweet and warm. It almost reminds me of Thanksgiving desert, creamy fruit pies. If you are not a fan of sweet fragrances this might be a little off putting, but the rest of the fragrance is much less sweet.

The middle notes, on me, are defined by the Balsam fir. When the balsam fir begins to kick in with the remnants of the fruit notes, this fragrance reminds me of Christmas. Along the lines of Burberry London, Vintage is a perfect winter holiday scent between the sweetness and the balsam.

The base is where the 'vintage' really kicks in, mainly the tobacco note. The sweetness has mostly dissipated at this point, and Vintage turns into a mix of balsam fir and strong tobacco. Just a perfect dry down for the name of the cologne and what it tries to do.

Finally, one of my favorite parts about this cologne is the presentation. The bottle is well made, creative, and truly has a vintage feel with the leather band. Proud to have this one in my collection, displayed right in front.

All in all, one of my favorites.

Feb
09
2012
karen.clay
karen.clay

I bought this for my husband and love it so much, I wear it all the time!

Jan
23
2012
daveysis
daveysis

Just bought this fragrance and ive got to say....love it,great smell and packaging.Not the longest lasting scent but worth it.

Jan
19
2012
twlahue
twlahue

My wife said it smelled like a teenager, not a man...whatever.
My daughter said a funeral home...
I like it though

Jan
13
2012
LSDnSideBurns
LSDnSideBurns

Didn't like this one at first. Bought with a gift certificate, the store only really had popular fragrances, nothing really interesting there. This was the most unique one that I could pick out of the lot, so I bought it.

A warm and sweet opening, I get berries and a sort of sticky sweetness from the tonka. I feel it is on the verge of being a little too sweet. Nice and warm, good for this type of cold weather.

The dry-down is pleasant. Inviting and rich, yet very subtle. A bit of woods and tobacco. It took me a while to figure this one out, though I suppose it's because I really haven't sampled much like this. Kudos to John Varvatos for breaking the mould of modern men's fragrance. This ain't no Acqua di Gio.

Didn't know if I should wear this to work, it's a bit on the sensual side. Honestly I feel like a bit of a tart wearing this. While this is different from the norm, it is subtle and innoffensive enough that most people won't mind it. Projection is okay, after a few hours stays pretty close to my skin. I find I have to press my nose right to my skin to smell anything. Longevity isn't great.

For the price at retail (YMMV), I figured I would have gotten a bit of longevity out of this, unfortunately it's a bit disappointing. Though, I suppose this isn't really an "all day" scent. This would be good for a proper date, though she may only be able to smell it if she gets really close.

Jan
02
2012
cjgoehner
cjgoehner

I could tell you how great this fragrance is with 200 adjectives but I can sum it up in four words...Nectar of the Gods
10/10

Dec
30
2011
chibon
chibon

Sensual, intoxicating, masculine and intriguing...awesome fragrance. The bottle is definitely masculine and love the leather band around it as it gives hints of leathery notes in the frag. Varvatos Vintage is such a wonderful compliment to any fall or winter evening as the lavender, leather and suede notes untwine seamlessly and demand your attention. The musky tones are sweet and bald, though longevity isn't admirable. Nice, smooth, memorable sillage though. This one is a staple scent in my collection.

Longevity 7/10
Sillage 7/10
Scent 9/10

Dec
29
2011
karlovonamesti
karlovonamesti

Vintage is surprisingly sweet, given its note pyramid, with the moist grapefruit and berry notes taking center stage in both the opening and the heart. Tobacco adds a temperate masculinity, and an hour after application a nice fir note accompanies the fruit and woods. All in all a nice fragrance, albeit a little too sweet for me.

Nov
27
2011
D A V A R I
D A V A R I

دقیقا بوی مربای البالوی گرم را میدهد
ماندگاری موتوسط
مناسب فصل سرد

Just the smell of warm cherry jam
Stay Mvtvst
For the cold season

Nov
07
2011
twlahue
twlahue

Awesome stuff...
John Varvatos used to be found online for $30 a bottle 4.2 oz. Now it is hard to find for that price. If you want to try a cheaper option, go for C.O. Bigelow (at Bath and Body Works) Elixir Black. It smells very similar to both John Varvatos and Vintage. It is only $20 or less.

Nov
04
2011
cdaleb73110
cdaleb73110

Superb masculine scent. Love when I wear it and get random people coming up to me asking what it is. Seems to seduce people..ha ha. Lasts a long time on me and seems to somewhat be ever changing throughout the hours. Great for a night out on the town. Unique in it's own right...A must have.

Note: The warmth of the summer esp in the light breezy eve really brings this scents notes out like mad. (Not just for cold weather)....Does project rather well.

I do find the suede, tobacco and jasmine with a slight sweetness really pop when the weather is warm or your heated up. On just a regular cool eve the absinth, lavender, cinammon, fir and tobacco are more prominate.
On here it only lists part of the notes....

Complete list....

Top notes of rhubarb, quince, absinthe and spicy notes; a heart of lavender, cinnamon leave, jasmine, orris and fir balsam and a dry down of patchouli, oak moss, tonka bean, tobacco and suede accents.

Oct
01
2011
lila_says
lila_says

I haven't smelled this but am curious, could a woman wear it or is it TOO masculine?

Sep
28
2011
Luforge
Luforge

Sweet leathery scent with a touch of class! This fragrance is ideal for cool romantic evenings. longevity is good if you have tan/olive skin about 5hrs tops.

Sep
24
2011
m-hani
m-hani

با سلام
این رایحه از ژان وارواتوس کمی سنگین و مردانه تر است
کمی شیرین
اگر بخواهم واضح عرض کنم باید بگویم که در اصل بوی البالو می دهد
مناسب افراد بالای 30 سال
دوام و پخش مناسبی در حد قیمت خود دارد
ولی دوام آن بیشتر از پخش ان می باشد
با احترام

Sep
09
2011
Dr. Smellgood
Dr. Smellgood

I have a nickname for this cologne - Liquid Christmas. It is an amazing scent that shares many accords with my favorite frag of all time, BUT...it smells so much of the holidays that you can really only get away with it from Oct thru January.

Jun
28
2011
masboi
masboi

my fave. from varvatos line, very underrated.

the opening kinda boozy with dried berries vibe. very alluring.

heavy tobacco note in mid and base note. but the berries feel still lingering.

silage is good for 2 hours, 3 hours max, then it dries down really close to the skin.

longevity kinda spotty on me, sometimes, 6 hours or less, sometimes more than 8 hours. depends on the humidity i guess.

very recommended for dating. or casual night out.

longevity : 7/10
projection : 7/10
overall smell : 9/10
recommended age : 24 and up

Jun
16
2011
andy
andy

I just smelled it today, sprayed it on my arm and after a few hours i have the following conclusion: nice smell but not much different than the classic varvatos

May
30
2011
Tigerlillian
Tigerlillian

An embossed leather band with gold stamped lettering stitched around an antiqued looking bottle? How could I not test this rugged looking beauty while on the hunt for a new fragrance for my hubby just this last Valentine's Day? Actually, I had in mind other options, but unfortunately where I live there is only one department store worthy of quality fragrances and my first choice wasn't there for me to sample, and I wasn't about to blind buy on a gift for my man.

Thanks to a fellow Fragrantican (I owe you MegaMrExclusive!), this suggestion was noted in my head, so when I saw this on the counter I had to try it. A spritz on a paper strip: fir, rugged, classy, outdoorsy, smokingly sexy. I definitely had my heart set on him liking this on himself (he claims he doesn't care what he smells like as long as I like it, but I can't enjoy it if I know that he doesn't).

Valentine's Day and I could tell he loved the bottle right on opening. He tries it on his skin... oh yes!

A delicious blend of sweet evergreen and spices and just enough earthiness to be taken seriously without being cynical or sombre. It seems like such a commonsense compostion for the rugged, intelligent, outdoor type that I'm surprised that this hasn't been done before--but it does smell refreshingly different with a slightly modern, yet classically natural vibration.

My husband is also one of the fortunate few who doesn't sweat much and doesn't stink even after a hard day's work, and fragrances seem to last on him forever. Needless to say, Vintage, despite reported lack of lasting power, has great longevity on him. And the dry down, although it stayed close to him, had me cosying up to him all day just to smell that spiked, smoky tobacco and leather in harmony with honeyed hay-like tonka. A scent with intimate proximity to share with someone special.

Anyway, my mountain trekking husband loves this, especially with it being reminscent of our Oregonian environment--sweet sun-toasted fir needles crunching underfoot. Perfect, like it was made just for him.

Mar
08
2011
K1
K1

A trip to a lost garden located in edge of heaven!
Vintage is an elegant fragrance on tobacco and soft sweet suede odor layer on colorful soft wild notes layer.
This masterpiece offers a lonely walk in an chilly summer walk rejecting all noises although it's prettily casual and urban!
If you're between 25~30 and still feel elegance and delicacy in yourself, try this one on your autumnal dress. Neglect all people and they sniffff after you!

longevity 5/10
sillage 7/10
scent 7/10

Mar
04
2011
twlahue
twlahue

i want to like this so bad. i love the scent, but it just wont last...
a real shame

Feb
21
2011
safetyjon
safetyjon

I find Vintage to be an interesting gourmand. When I first tried it, it made me think of gin. This makes sense, since the juniper berry is one of the primary ingredients in the production of gin. It is sweet, but not excessive or cloying. I can't wear most sweet fragrances, but I do enjoy JV Vintage. The sillage is not excessive. Nice manly dry-down with patchouli, leather and a very prominent tobacco. Longevity on me is 8-10 hours.

Having said this, I don't like JV Vintage nearly as much as its brother, the original John Varvatos, which is my favorite gourmand and one of my top five fragrances. Vintage is in my rotation and wear it when I am in the mood, probably every couple of weeks. Overall, I give it a thumbs-up.

Feb
15
2011
lfmars98
lfmars98

Very nice, sweet opening. A butch version of Calvin Klein Euphoria for women. I did two sprays on my wrist at 5pm. It's 8:30pm now and the scent is about gone. Horrible longevity for a fragrance. Will not be buying this.

Nov
06
2010
omerpervaiz
omerpervaiz

It is a disappointing fragrance for me. i didn't like it at all, a kind of sweet and a bit smoky musk fragrance. got a poor silage and longevity. the only thing i liked about it is its initial notes other than that below average fragrance.
I give it 4 out of 10.

Nov
06
2010
gypsy parfumista
gypsy parfumista

According to the PR from the company distibuting this fragrance the notes are: rhubarb, santolina, quince paste, silver absinthe, marine fennel, cubeb peppers, juniper berries, white lavender, cinnamon tree leaves, jasmine, orris root, patchouli, oak moss, fir balsam, ash wood, tonka beans, tobacco leaf, madras wood and suede accents.

It is described as classic, distinctive and smooth...

Jun
27
2010
lovescully
lovescully

To my nose this goes on very very sweet & even in the drydown stays fairly sweet. That's not a bad thing, just an observation.

It's very warm, pleasant & a bit smokey too. Probably best kept for intimate occasions as it stayed pretty close to my skin. Longevity is not too bad though; about 5 hours on me.

May
07
2010
guest_Tantyfanty
guest_Tantyfanty

what a class !!!!
Smell is elegant.
Doesnt last much long. In winter, it lasts a bit longer. Its good for evening wear.

Mar
16
2010
CourtrightHer
CourtrightHer

A Winter treasure indeed. Warm but not obvious. Classic without being stiff. Longevity was missing for me but still a special scent for a night out with your lady.

Jan
04
2010
nikornplay
nikornplay

clear clean cool.

polite in the way of current time.

Dec
15
2009
BIG
BIG

to me it's a smoky-woody-prunes scent!!! so sexy and mesmerizing!!!

Dec
15
2009
guest_Bear
guest_Bear

vintage have that mature smell that's sweet, cinnamonly, woodsy that carries a slight leather note with warm tobacco scent like a smokeless smoker. if you're bald and clean this scent doesn't match you. on the other side if you have a quite matured edgy face with long hair and messy outlook, this would well suit you almost any season, even summer. however vintage is not for a 18 yrs old punk whose attitude is too stupid to suit this precious bottle.

Nov
14
2009
czardog
czardog

LOVE THIS! Extremely manly, without a musky accord. Very sexy

Sep
15
2009
minister smellgood
minister smellgood

almost too grown man for me. it smells like one of the creeds, but i cant remember which one

Jul
23
2009
promoscanner
promoscanner

Warm, leathery scent, with a touch of sweetness that is perfect for a warm fall evening.

Not long-wearing, but a pleasant, unique scent.

Jan
17
2009
ZeeK
ZeeK

Very fine designer perfume! Composition / notes are quite distinctive and not easy to match with any other blend, few ingredients are used in perfumery for the first time by Varvatos. ""Vintage"" as name suggests that is of High Quality, Classic and Modern.

Top notes are decorated with Tamarind, Herbs and Date Fruit; Heart contains Coriander, Clary Sage Flowers (to give a pleasant tobacco affect) and Indian Ajwain; Base is composed of Auramber (rich wooden ambery material), Sandalwood, Balsams, Leather and Vanilla.

Most suitable for evening wear in cooler days and has elegance to match any special occasion with nice silage and longevity.

Jan
14
2009

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