Caesars Manby Caesars World (1987)
68 of 100%, 23 Ratings
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|Released in the year 1987, apparently still in production.|
|Top Notes:||Bergamot, Rosemary, Lemon grass|
|Heart Notes:||Geranium, Lavender, Fir|
|Base Notes:||Amber, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Sandalwood|
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Et tu...?I often read about how much better older formulations of various fragrances were than current incarnations. Caesar's Man is one scent which is said to resemble Drakkar Noir and, indeed they are very similar, with the exception that Drakkar is like pale imitation of the Caesar's. I took up this hobby of fragrance collecting quite late and as such missed out on experiencing many of the 70s and 80s powerhouses before they were reformulated and so, often I am forced to rely on the perception and memories of others.
If this is what Drakkar used to smell like, then the vintage is a much better fragrance than the current version. Caesar's Man has a richness and an arid herbal sweetness that makes it a vastly superior and more robust fragrance that the current version of DN. it has to be one of the best buys out there, as a 4 oz bottle can be bought for under $20 and often for closer to $10.
As for the notes: I get a citrussy opening with an almost honeyed sweetness. A camphorous lavender is underpinned by a coniferous, herbal accord, which makes this a much deeper and more complex fragrance than the Drakkar (current version). I sprayed the back of one hand with Caesar's Man and the other with Drakkar Noir and the former is much stronger as time wears on. It makes Drakkar seem like Lomani pour Homme.
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Vintage Drakkar Noir?...Caesars Man opens with a gentle aromatic lavender and herb-laced citric bergamot with faint traces of slightly soapy oakmoss rising all the way from the base. As it enters the early heart phase the lavender remains along with the now much more prominent slightly soapy oakmoss joining green slightly astringent coniferous accord with a semi-sweet almost candied amber undertone. The fragrance remains linear through the late dry-down as it stays green through the end as the lavender finally fades late. Projection is excellent and longevity is outstanding at 12+ hours on skin.
I could wax-on as to all the characteristics I love and admire about powerhouse extraordinaire Caesars Man like its slightly soapy aromatic herbal green nature, but the truth is the composition really is extremely similar to vintage Drakkar Noir and if you have sniffed that classic you should have a very good idea what Caesars Man smells like. I *will* say that while I don't know how old my recently acquired bottle is, but I am very impressed as to the amount of oakmoss that is readily apparent on first sniff here, only gaining in intensity as time passes. No, this is not a huge oakmoss bomb like vintage Captain Molyneux, but there is plenty of the real stuff in here for sure. The bottom line is Caesars Man does not break any new ground, instead copying one of the all-time greats... extremely well. As 120ml bottles of Caesars Man can be had from discounters for approximately $15, acquiring this "excellent" smelling 4 star out of 5 rated powerhouse is a relatively easy decision for powerhouse fans (assuming you don't already own vintage Drakkar Noir).
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Adventure alternative, still availableSometimes it can happen – you come across a cheap scent that is really fun to wear. Igraine sent me a sample, thank you very much!
This is really a discovery for me. Caesar's Man is fresh and herbal, and it has a certain piquancy. It is somewhat that coniferous forest style, but without being so decisive as Acqua di Selva. You could also describe this fragrance as mossy and a little bit soapy. A hidden sweetness provides some substance to it. Caesar's Man is lavender style, but without lavender being noticeable in it as such.
I do not know if Caesar's Man is really worth a detailled scent pyramid. What I immediately liked about this perfume is a specific “green” note: this note was used here and there in inexpensive male fragrances some 10 or 20 years ago, and those were not the worst perfumes you could get! Cesar's Man reminds me of such exceptional perfumes like the wonderfully green Adventure by Adidas, which has been discontinued long ago. I dare say that to a certain extent there is the same ingredient in Caesar's Man that made Adventure such an attractive perfume.
Another similarity would be Etienne Aigners's 1990's fragrance “Private Number for Men”, which at least in Germany is still sold by a chain store for small money. Caesar's Man is somewhere in between.
With prices starting at about 13 € I make an exception and would advise a blind buy. But please keep in mind that my opinion about Cesar's Man is influenced by some nostalgic thoughts. A match for those who still blame Adidas for discontinuing Adventure.
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