Alain Delon Classic (1980) Eau de Toilette

Alain Delon Classic (Eau de Toilette) by Alain Delon
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Alain Delon Classic (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Alain Delon for men and was released in 1980. The scent is spicy-resinous. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBasil, Mugwort, Bergamot, Lavender, Juniper
Heart Notes Heart NotesAldehydes, Geranium, Pine, Carnation, Cinnamon
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Benzoin, Oakmoss, Honey, Tonka bean, Cedarwood

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Scent

7.1 (17 Ratings)

Longevity

7.1 (14 Ratings)

Sillage

6.3 (17 Ratings)

Bottle

5.9 (22 Ratings)
Submitted by Dala, last update on 13.09.2019
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Taurus1967

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Taurus1967
Taurus1967
Greatly helpful Review    10
Anything but an ice-cold angel
For the younger perfumers among us, Alain Delon may not say so much. At least in the 60's and 70's he was one of the most popular European actors and as such he was more or less active until a few years ago. I think he is still considered an absolute top star in France and only in May of this year he was awarded the Cannes International Film Festival Prize of Honour, even though this award was relatively controversial due to earlier statements and his personal political attitude.

One of his most famous movies and breakthrough for darker roles was "Der eiskalte Engel" from 1967. Besides his career as an actor he successfully marketed champagne, cognac and perfume - typical French products.

Alain Delon Classic, launched in 1980, was the brand's first fragrance to combine almost all the characteristics of men's fragrances from that decade. Halt sweety-spicy with a good balance of oriental and fougèr-like.
At the beginning Monsieur Delon greets us with a small bouquet of lavender, rose geranium and some carnation as well as a little bergamot, basil and juniper.

Then it becomes difficult to assign the individual roles of the ingredients in the script. Interesting is a fruity nuance between the whole warm spice, which drifts quite easily into the banana. It may be due to the combination of honey and cinnamon, on the other hand the aldehydes may also have their part in it.

Before the last flap falls, the good old oak moss appears again in the credits, probably genuine and authentic, as one appreciates it, clasped by some amber and discreet tonka bean.

What surprises me, however, is the manageable durability and projection for that fragrance epoch. I would have expected / feared / longed for more fuss ... depending on how you look at it.

This eau de toilette with its warm nature is certainly not an ice-cold angel. And that Alain Delon Classic did not become a classic is unfortunate, but nowadays one would reformulate something like that beyond recognition. Then it is better to keep it as it is, even if it is now regarded as a rarity that is highly traded.
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Apicius
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Really a classic?
Where is the frankincense? This thought occurred to me at my first glance at the fragrance notes. It's not listed – nowhere on the net - yet I smell it. Or let's say that at least Alain Delon Classic has a somewhat frankincense style!

Being released in 1980, Alain Delon Classic is a true men's fragrance of the past. Like many of its contemporaries, this classic fragrance incorporates aldehydes which gives it a somewhat blurring and iridescent character. Nobody does that today. And the rest – also very typically for that time – is complex enough so you cannot easily name two or three well known notes. Besides that frankincense appeal and the aldehydes, I get something slightly sweetish and fruity-flowery as a kind of side note in the head and middle notes, and I wouldn't deny that some herbal notes justify its classification as a fougère scent.

The base notes reminds me vaguely of a chypre accord, but it is all background and does not stand out with anything unique. I like it – true oakmoss never fails - but it does not top any of the well known male chypres. There is a slight candy-like sweetness in the base note, and it even has some sillage. The development from top to base note is rather quick within an hour.

Despite its name Alain Delon Classic has not made it to a classic fragrance – it is discontinued. It is nice but it is in no way outstanding. It is very much the typical dark, masculine male fragrance of that time. Not overwhelmingly macho, just a little bit, so it fits to the actor Alain Delon. The only aspect that stands for some uniqueness is that kind of frankincense impression I get – put this is pretty much limited to the head note.

Alain Delon Classic was an acceptable, inoffensive but not very unique male fragrance. Being discontinued, in this case, is not a terrible loss. I enjoyed testing it, but I will definitely not search ebay for some leftovers of it. Thanks to Aromi for the sample!

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