Free Life 1987Eau de Toilette

Free Life (Eau de Toilette) by Aigner
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Free Life (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Aigner for men and was released in 1987. The scent is spicy-woody. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Lavender, Muscat grape, Rosewood
Heart Notes Heart NotesGeranium, Lily-of-the-valley, Rose, Cedar
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla

Ratings

Scent

7.7 (29 Ratings)

Longevity

7.5 (21 Ratings)

Sillage

7.1 (21 Ratings)

Bottle

4.7 (29 Ratings)
Submitted by DuftJunkie, last update on 22.11.2020.
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Unterlaender
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Free Life -- last positive rebellion in the house of Aigner
Guys, if it still existed, "Free Life" would be my signature fragrance even before the ingenious No 2! Two things right up front -- yes, similarities with Davidoff's Zino are obvious, although this one, released a year before Free Life, is a bit more earthy, herbaceous. And secondly -- I found the bottle, especially the one from the first series with the purple satin glass, the light-grey cap and the poison-green lettering so eighties, that I still like it today.

Like I said, I knew him before Zino, and I still love him today. This has a lot to do with sentimentality, because in the past 20 years or so he has become increasingly rare and, like so many old-school fragrances, is now being balanced out with gold. Once again quickly to the subject sentimentality -- I had it on me, when I had to say goodbye to my schoolmates* at the Abi-Ball in April 1989, had it on me, when my sister and years later my best friend married and wore it, meanwhile already ennobled to rarity, on the day of the birth of my little daughter and a few months later at her christening
What do I still like so much after 33 years of this olfactory steam pile driver from Aigner? It's this uncomplicated "I am Free Life, your buddy. I'm a real light-footed brother, always ready for a joke and offering you the daily amount of good humour included". Yep. We can leave it at that.

"FL" is a well-balanced mixture of bergamot, lavender and citrus notes, to which vanilla and tonka bean are added in the heart note, and patchouli raises its voice, even if only a little shyly. Towards the end it becomes powdery, sweetish, but not too sweet. One last time because with "FL" -- from a purely subjective point of view -- the great era of Aigner fragrances ended. Soon, a few years later, "FL" and its powerhouse giants such as Sport Fragrance, Silver, Super Fragrance and Urahn No 1 were buried. What then -- with the exception of my, see above, all-time-favorite NO 2, sailed under the flag of Aigner was, to be honest, a pity about the alcohol used for it and damage to the reputation of a still large brand.

I consider myself lucky to own a 30ml bottle of the first series in addition to two full minis, and yet I will only apply this broadband seducer again on an occasion worthy of it (wedding, baptism, world peace, my 100th birthday in 48 years etc pp). Peace!
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Taurus1967

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Taurus1967
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Feel free ... to copy!
What do you think of a perfume that is so obviously cribbed, like Free Life? The role model here was clearly Zino from Davidoff. This one came out only one year before and has a similar violet tint from the bottle glass. Also the ingredients are almost identical, except for the small difference that cedar is already in the heart note of Free Life (official) and tonka bean is missing here completely. It couldn't be more obvious.

So let's go into more detail. To make a proper comparison, I dripped a drop of Free Life and a drop of Zino (both from a well preserved miniature in the original version) onto paper and skin and noticed that both march in exactly the same direction as the Spicy Woody.

Zino has more radiance and appears darker, rounder and just at the beginning a touch more citric, while Free Life appears a bit brighter and somewhat flatter. To the back both scents are already very identical.

Even I was faced with the choice of one of the two, but Zino was already in my collection and seemed more stylish and more valuable than Free Life when it came to bottle and packaging design. Green writing on violet is already very special.

Sure - if there was no Zino, Free Life would be "the one and lonely", but for me it's a really well made copy of another big brand - but just a copy!
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ColinM

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ColinM
ColinM
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Underrated smoky gem
Free Life is an underrated and – it seems – well unknown fragrance suffering from a coincidence of bad luck and bad choices – a hideous 1980s’ racing-inspired packaging, an achingly dull name, and the fact it’s from Aigner, which has always been both fairly underrated and maybe badly distributed. But the fragrance, well... that’s good. In my opinion it smells basically like a darker, smokier and “boozier” version of Zino Davidoff: I get many similarities between the two scents, that same kind of aromatic herbal-powdery-tobacco camphorous dustiness stuffed with (quite heavy) floral notes, aromatic herbs, and musky dry woods. An aromatic Oriental fougère with a twist, which is here represented by a more prominent presence of woods, amber and resins, and possibly something like rosewood too. So overall a drier, smokier take on Zino. That ambery-wood accord smells to me so dark and intense it recalls a boozy note of whiskey, which however vanishes soon. The drydown is an elegant, cozy and discreet musky-woody-smoky smell with a classy floral nuance. Overall something miles away from what you may imagine by looking at the name and the packaging – this is a really sophisticated dark scent, perhaps just a tiny tad tacky but surely closer to a virile yet mannered “Aigner pour Monsieur” than to the “BroDouche Sport Powerhouse” one may imagine by looking at the box. Nothing really new, but total quality to any extent.

7,5/10

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