Aramis 900 (1973) Herbal Eau de Cologne

Aramis 900 (Herbal Eau de Cologne) by Aramis
Where to buy
Where to buy

Search on

More
8.1 / 10     256 RatingsRatingsRatings
Aramis 900 (Herbal Eau de Cologne) is a popular perfume by Aramis for men and was released in 1973. The scent is spicy-floral. It is being marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies.

Search on

More

Perfumer

Bernard Chant

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Green notes, Coriander, Rosewood, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesCarnation, Geranium, Orris root, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-valley, Rose
Base Notes Base NotesOakmoss, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Civet

Ratings

Scent

8.1 (256 Ratings)

Longevity

7.7 (198 Ratings)

Sillage

7.3 (186 Ratings)

Bottle

6.7 (184 Ratings)
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 12.11.2019
  • RateRate
  • CollectionCollection
  • SoukSouk
  • ClassifyClassify
  • NotesNotes

Reviews

CuirCuir

11 Reviews
CuirCuir
CuirCuir
Rose for men
Aramis 900 is probably the most masculine rose fragrance on the market. Formulation of this perfume is from the 70s, so it's a classy gentleman's scent. Rose is done in a way that it's bold but not at all feminine. No one will suspect you of wearing a women's perfume:)

The biggest surprise comes in the end during the dry-down: one of the most beautiful oakmoss scent there is - it's like IFRA rules for oakmoss restrictions didn't apply here.

One downside is that it doesn't last long. If you apply in the morning, by noon it' gone. However, it is so cheap that it won't hurt anybody financially to apply generously several times a day.
8.0 8.0 8.0 8.5/10
Liebesengel

0 Reviews
Translated automatically Show originalShow translation
Liebesengel
Liebesengel
My daddy cool
It was actually a normal garden party on Sunday, with neighbours around the corner. Only at first I didn't even know it would have any such consequences. The motto was "rose garden". I saw a Porsche standing in front of her house and got déjà-vu directly. Yes-ne, Porsche... is clear, but this model 928 in silver?! "Wow, like my daddy!" I thought. I had to stop and take a good look at this gem. Hm, French license plate, with us on the street?

Garden party was already going on, I wore my new "Acqua di Parisis Essenza Intensa - Black Oud" true to the motto with the scent of the rose. It was, as always, nice, familiar faces, funny, relaxed. Until a nice guest passed me, whom I did not know yet, the young nephew of the hostess from France. "Aha, the "Frenchman" with the Porsche" I thought. Smart, take it easy. His perfume awakened something beautiful in me, but I couldn't say exactly what... We quickly got into conversation and could "smell good" ;-) He told us the last time he was here, in May in Cologne at Rod Stewart's concert. I'm afraid I missed the appointment. When it comes to Rod, I always have to think about my daddy. "In a broken Dream" that was my daddy cool!!!! He had his own band and played electric guitar. How often did he practice his songs with me, that was always totally beautiful!

The smell of the "Frenchman" gave me no peace and I asked him what it was. "Aramis 900," he said. "No! He doesn't smell like that!" I knew this smell way too well - it was my daddy!!! This perfume would have recognized my nose of 1000 others immediately. "Yes, this is Aramis 900, but not the old one... I always stole the old one from my father" he laughed. "And now I have my own, the "new" one."

We had a good time, there were many topics that addressed both of us. Finally, he walked me home. We walked past his Porsche and he suddenly said "I still have half a bottle of Aramis in the car. If you want it, I'll give it to you." I just thought, "No, thanks! That's not my daddy..."

And at home I spent a wonderful night... no, not with the smart "Frenchman" ;-) but in memories of my daddy cool!

I didn't even know that this incredible perfume I loved so much had been reissued, my daddy's been dead a long time. Sometimes I wonder why you have to change well-established things. Especially with perfumes I don't understand that, because you associate something special with each fragrance. My daddy was the Aramis 900 for me - with Porsche 928, his own music band and electric guitar.

But OK. The "new" one, which already exists for a long time, makes good competition to the old one! He's fresher, more alive, more modern. He has more flair and makes an exciting independent statement. It also fits perfectly in summer, even now when it gets cooler in the evening. Of course I couldn't follow the whole course of the fragrance, but the heart note I smelled when I arrived inspired me. There is still much of the old Aramis 900 to be felt. The wonderful floral notes, more complex in composition, yet classic. The end, which came in the evening, was not so exciting anymore, but very elegant, charming and pleasantly warm.

A wonderful scent companion also for garden parties! A successful version of the old classic ;-)
3 Replies
6.0 8.0 9.0 7.5/10
Farneon

0 Reviews
Translated automatically Show originalShow translation
Farneon
Farneon
Very helpful Review    10
Because at least ONE classic must be there!
You could call it a Spleen, but I wanted to know some old classic in my collection. According to the motto: There must be a fragrance from the 60s or 70s that doesn't remind me directly of my father's aftershave or grandfather's soap, which doesn't make me think of porn bars and breast hair. Also the much quoted toilet block and household cleaner association simply didn't get rid of me with some test candidates.

I just find the performance totally exciting, how Sean Connery, Mick Jagger, Jean-Paul Belmondo or Jack Kerouac might have smelled at their best times! There weren't as many fragrances as today in the men's fragrance area back then, so tonka bean, oud, coffee or cinnamon were definitely not on the agenda! ;-)

So far, Fabergé Brut had been the closest to making it into my collection, but something in the heart note took too much getting used to. Now it is (finally) Aramis 900! :-) Because here finally NO olfactory "Oedipus-complex" is coming up! :-)

Of course, Aramis 900 is not a fragrance that I want to score with the female sex or shine with at a party. But who knows: Maybe I attract someone's attention, because it's really "totally blatant" to put something like that on in the meantime! ;-) Now I know at least how to classify chypre scents. The "Cologne", which nevertheless has a long shelf life and a good sillage, has a rather linear citric-floral-green fragrance, which is of course reminiscent of noble soap or a visit to the barber (not to say "barbershop").

The fragrance is 100% sparkling, refreshing and clean, yet much more complex than modern aquatics. Is it the rose that still stands out after 2-3 hours? I can't say for sure. It's the floral note I really like, even if I'm too critical of flowery scents. It remains a classic, but timeless men's fragrance that almost approaches the 50 (like me, by the way) and therefore finds a place on my shelf!
1 Replies
10.0 10.0 10.0 10.0/10
Sheelchen57

0 Reviews
Translated automatically Show originalShow translation
Sheelchen57
Sheelchen57
Helpful Review    10
Hammer!
After reading many comments describing the similarity with Aromatics Elixir, I ordered it. The resemblance to AE is downright eerie! Also the durability and the silage are incredible. For me, Aramis 900 really is an absolute twin. And since the AE has obviously been reformulated, I am doubly pleased about that. And thanks again for fixing it. :-))
11 Replies
8.0 9.0 9.0 9.5/10
Tommyj1976

2 Reviews
Tommyj1976
Tommyj1976
6
Masculin love!
This is a fragrance for the masculine man. I really like Aramis perfume collection. Yes they are powerhouse, but I feel very fresh when I use Aramis.
The same goes for Aramis 900. If you do not like vintage fragrances, maybe this is not for you. I recommend this for your collection!
10.0 10.0 10.0/10
MemoryOScent

37 Reviews
MemoryOScent
MemoryOScent
Greatly helpful Review    9
The gender of the rose
There is a fashionable talk about cross-dressing when it comes to perfume and by some it is considered the highlight of olfactive sophistication. The truth is there is nothing sophisticated about wearing fragrances marketed for the opposite sex simply because the barrier between masculine and feminine scents is nothing but a thin line drawn by advertisers to attract the originally less interested masculine audience. No other fragrance can ridicule more the idea of perfume genders than Aramis 900 Herbal Cologne. The ultra masculine label has chosen a number and a rustic adjective to market a formula based on one of the ultimate feminine fragrances of the 70's, Aromatics Elixir.

Aramis 900 opens with a green, bitter, metallic muted accord. There are no topnotes in the classical sense. There are no notes that scintillate and sparkle as in most fragrances. With the first whiff you go straight to the heart of the composition. An almost aggressive floral accord is the first impression. Jasmine, rose and hints of spicy carnation. Although galbanum is not listed officially in the notes it is very prominent to my nose with its detached, metallic coolness.Geranium also contributes to the metallic shine. It gives an almost gothic presence to Aramis 900. The perfect accomplice to play along these lines is rose and although the other florals steadily disperse, rose gets a firm grip on the composition. This is a rose seen through a metal screen. It is slightly dusty but its main characteristic is that it remains caged in the stern, dark green, armor. The dusty melancholy of this rose is supported by a wonderfully earthy patchouli and vetiver combination. I cannot pick the civet but I can certainly feel the bold twist this rose takes. Although Aramis 900 has a muted, subsonic quality, it is a very strong fragrance. Both volume and body come straight from the 70's. By today's woody fresh standards it can even be offensive. It is imperative that one simply caresses the nozzle of the sprayer to be able to wear this comfortably, especially in warm weather.

Throughout the development a leathery undercurrent lurks in the composition. It is the magnificent green leathery accord that Bernard Chant has infused in many of his creations. Like Aromatics Elixir, Aramis 900 is a chameleon scent. Depending on who smells it, it can be a bold floral, a green leather, a woody chypre, a herbal-spicy scent. It certainly is a larger-than-life fragrance. The kaleidoscopic explosion of densely knitted notes is nothing else but the more demure sibling of the magnificent Aromatics Elixir. Like all Bernard Chant creations it has a thick honey like texture. It does not envelop the wearer, it rather swallows him. It takes no prisoners. Wearing Aramis 900 and Aromatics Elixir side by side can be a wonderful experiment and dissection of how the definition of gender in fragrances has shifted. Back in the 70's perfume was bold. It only made sense to lighten up the feminine composition to create a perfume that could be marketed to men. By doing so the rose pops up in the composition giving to the masculine Aramis a decidedly more floral aspect. Nowadays if the two scents were subject to a marketing blind sniffing panel, I doubt that the initial gender assignment would be maintained. Aramis 900 is easier to be worn by younger women while Aromatics Elixir is so familiar to those who wear the classic Aramis. So next time you stumble upon a discussion about what degree of sophistication and dare it takes for a man to pull off a feminine scent, please go to the counter and smell those two together. Men have been gender bending since the 70's without even knowing it.

Notes from my nose: galbanum, jasmine, carnation, rose, powder, patchouli, earth
2 Replies
8.0/10
Drseid

671 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
4
When JHL Meets Devin Great Things Happen...
*This is a review of vintage Aramis 900.

Aramis 900 (vintage) opens with an absolutely gorgeous rose note laced with a dash of relatively subdued bergamot which still remains in the background into the heart as the scent transitions to its spiced woody floral middle consisting primarily of very fine carnation and lily-of-the-valley florals melding with coriander and rosewood support joining the now subdued rose. Strong oakmoss from the base makes its presence known early in the scent's development, growing stronger as the scent reaches the dry-down, forming a classic chypre structure. Dirtying up the latter stage further are base notes of well-controlled civet and earthy patchouli, joining the now starring oakmoss rounding out the key final players. Projection and longevity are both excellent.

When I first applied Aramis 900 (vintage) and smelled the rose and carnation tandem I immediately thought... Hey, this smells just like vintage JHL. Those who know my tastes well know that vintage JHL is definitely a top 20 scent for me and I hold it in the highest regard... Aramis 900 (vintage) changed course a bit though in the middle of the development phase, as the coriander added an almost herbal dimension to the scent, and then the oakmoss came on strong (definitely get the vintage formula, as they won’t put this amount of oakmoss in a scent anymore), mixed with the patchouli and very mild civet... Then I thought, this smells quite similar to vintage Devin (a scent I liked but didn't really love)... I guess the comparisons to JHL and Devin should not surprise anyone, as the same nose made all three of these scents... Bernard Chant, of course. The aspects of the composition that I did not care as much for in Devin actually work well here when mixed with the stronger carnation and rose implementation from JHL, now forming a much more complete overall composition and structure. Now *this* is the kind of woody/herbal floral chypre one can really latch-on to, and it is so ridiculously inexpensive even in its superior vintage form. I still prefer vintage JHL that keeps the earlier part of Aramis 900's notes for most of the duration, but make no mistake; I love Aramis 900 (vintage) too, earning a strong 4 to 4.5 stars out of 5 and a very strong buy recommendation.
2 Replies
jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
Very helpful Review    8
Sugar and Spice for Boys
Aramis 900 and Clinique’s Aromatics Elixir are very similar. In classic Estée Lauder fashion, there are effectively masculine and feminine versions of one fragrance, as is also the case with JHL/Cinnabar, Devin/Alliage, Aramis/Azuree. The funny thing is, by conventional perfume standards they’re mixed up with A900 and Aromatics Elixir. While both are floral/herbal chypres, AE is much stronger and potentially off-putting, yet is the version sold to women. A900, the one for the boys, is sweeter, more floral and less stark. Overall, A900 is lighter on patchouli, and has more rose than AE. It has a generally softer tone.

In Aramis 900, up top the bergomot is restrained in its bitterness by a soft lemon. Rosewood makes the rose seem sweet and liqueuer-like. The strong chamomile note, that reads as strictly bitter in AE’s opening notes, is replaced by an herbal quality in A900 that gives a bit of soapiness not found in AE. A900’s basenotes, which definitely include a healthy dose of patchouli (as in AE) are modulated by vetiver. Both scents end on a rose/patchouli accord, but the rose dominates in A900.

I used to think, why wear, A900? Cut to the chase and wear AE. And while I do wear AE more often, I’ve grown very fond of A900. It’s very pretty and has a bit more smile to it than AE.

I don’t usually think of EL as the company to turn gender norms upside-down, but in designating AE as the huge, take-it-or-leave-it bruiser, and A900 as the paler and quieter of the pair, Bernard Chant is giving us a functional instruction on gender in the Gemaine Cellier tradition: knock it out for the women and dilute it for the men. There’s a lesson here for us, boys.

Statements

Verbena 93 days ago
Your embrace. So powerful and inviting. Savage... just a bit. Your warmth. Your comfort. Your shelter. Deeply-rooted. Homeward bound.+1
8.0
7.0
8.0
10.0
Carlitos01 19 months ago
I forgot this fragrance on my closet for six months.
Shame on me. It's gorgeous, manly, herbal, flowerly and it really smells good!.+5
7.0
8.0
8.0
8.0

Perfume Classification by the Community


Photos by the Community

by Hexana
by Hexana
by Hexana
by Hexana
Saturday Night Fever
by Rivegauche
by Rivegauche
by Rivegauche
by Rivegauche
by Rivegauche
by Rivegauche
by Rivegauche
by Rivegauche
by Rivegauche
by Taurus1967
by Taurus1967
by Couchlock
by Couchlock
by Couchlock
by Couchlock
by Amirrezaaj
by Amirrezaaj
by sebjar
by sebjar
by Mustafa
by Mustafa
by Mustafa
by Mustafa
by Hordak
by Hordak
by Hordak
by Hordak
by Couchlock
by Couchlock
by Frama
by Frama
by Leimbacher
by Leimbacher
by Aramv
by Aramv
by MonsieurMont
by MonsieurMont
by Vawallpa
by Vawallpa
by Guapo
by Guapo

Popular Aramis

Aramis (Eau de Toilette) by Aramis Perfume Calligraphy Rose by Aramis Aramis 900 (Herbal Eau de Cologne) by Aramis Tuscany per Uomo / Etruscan (Eau de Toilette) by Aramis Havana (Eau de Toilette) by Aramis Devin (Country Eau de Cologne) by Aramis J•H•L (Custom Blended Cologne) by Aramis Perfume Calligraphy by Aramis New West for Him (Skinscent) by Aramis Perfume Calligraphy Saffron by Aramis Tuscany per Donna (Eau de Parfum) by Aramis Aramis Gentleman by Aramis New West for Her (Skinscent) by Aramis Aramis Black by Aramis Adventurer by Aramis Havana Reserva by Aramis Aramis Tobacco Reserve by Aramis Aramis Life (Eau de Toilette) by Aramis Havana pour Elle (Eau de Parfum) by Aramis Impeccable by Aramis