Aramis 900 Herbal Eau de Cologne

(1973)
Aramis 900 Herbal Eau de Cologne by Aramis
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Aramis 900 Herbal Eau de Cologne is a popular perfume by Aramis for men and was released in 1973. The scent is spicy-flowery. It is still in production.

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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

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Scent

8.1 (189 Ratings)

Longevity

7.8 (135 Ratings)

Sillage

7.4 (125 Ratings)

Bottle

6.6 (126 Ratings)
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 12.02.2017
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Bottle 8.0/10
Sillage 9.0/10
Longevity 9.0/10
Scent 9.5/10
3 Awards
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!
Sillage 10.0/10
Longevity 10.0/10
Scent 10.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    7 Awards
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
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Scent 8.0/10
3 Awards
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.
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Very helpful Review    6 Awards
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.

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