Aramis (1964) Eau de Toilette

Aramis (Eau de Toilette) by Aramis
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Aramis (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Aramis for men and was released in 1964. The scent is spicy-leathery. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies.

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Bernard Chant

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAldehydes, Artemisia, Bergamot, Gardenia, Clover, Thyme
Heart Notes Heart NotesClove, Orris root, Jasmine, Cardamom, Clary sage, Myrtle
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Tree moss, Coconut, Leather, Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver



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Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 25.11.2018
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Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
Aramis - Oh Aramis...

I sought this to experience a new male fragrance to enjoy, a leathery one after I had Versace l'homme. Both have a very prominent leathery note. Aramis is a very palpable leather scent with herbal freshness and it is the aldehydes that do this. But now, I have considered this to be a leather, floral scent too.

When I smell Aramis the first thing that comes to mind is the scent of a nude man, a modest man, he is European, he is English, French, Hungarian, Romanian, or Italian, he is nude and carefree, he is a lover and a confident gentleman.

When I smell it, I think of a man's den, it is dark, he has black walls painted, he has leather furniture, a leather chair, a bouquet of flowers adorn it, flowers that would be acceptable in a man's room, gardenias, thyme, sage and clover, they add sweetness to the scent, he has french doors opening to his back garden, you can smell the fresh air, many herbs, and woods, the fresh green outdoors. He keeps his house clean, but not too much, many things still have his personal scent, his sweat lingers in pillow shams and couch, he has myrrh incense he uses occasionally which lingers days after. He has a cat who loves to climb everywhere... his scent also lingers.
It is definitely masculine, clean but not overly clean, flowery, sweet, there is a chocolate like a scent when the leather mixes with the vetiver which can be chocolatey too, the flowers are there, there fresh air and the musk, yes the musk and castor, and also cumin apparently. I can definitely attest to quality and grandeur about Aramis, it is a dignified man's scent, it glorifies him, just as he is, and adorns him. I love the leather note, the resin, the musk, the is gentle enough for a woman to enjoy for herself asa personal pleasure.

Bottle 7.0/10 Sillage 7.0/10 Longevity 7.0/10 Scent 9.0/10
The third musketeer's scent
Classic, aromatic,rich, classy, timeless: this is Aramis, the historical scent which has the name of the third musketeer of the famous Dumas' novel . A milestone .
The aromatic opening is dominated by an unusual and almost "ladylike" aldehidic note, giving something "vintage" to this perfume.
Then, the flowery-spicy heart accord develops its character with avery classy result . Finally, at the base, a tripudium of warm notes of moss, amber, musk, patchouli and a vibrant and green touch of vetyver.
A perfectly balanced symphony for the gentleman of all times. The longevity and the sillage are good and the simple and almost "old style " bottle always keeps its charm. A great evergreen scent to own and to give .
Bottle 8.0/10 Sillage 8.0/10 Longevity 8.0/10 Scent 8.0/10
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i like him, but don't like to wear him,
everybody knows that. The exotic coconut note, especially in summer evenings, is extra class.
If there wasn't something every time that almost corrodes my lungs (proper nutmeg + aldehyde ?) and is very exhausting in the long run. Definitely a matter of taste - but still a really good fragrance
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Bottle 6.0/10 Sillage 9.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 8.5/10
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Helpful Review    5
He used to be all over his nose
When this fragrance came onto the market, there was still no trace of me - far and wide. Correctly consciously I took this fragrance in the eighties was very common. He must have been one of the best-selling EdT back then, at least that's my impression.

Its prelude is green, bitter, citric and spicy. Thyme plays a big role in the whole and does not get lost down to the base. That was man - at that time: well-groomed and always present; a self-runner par excellence. The spicy notes remain in the further course or supplemented by cardamom, very present also the sage. A little floral resonates through the jasmine. Okay, a little understatement - well balanced. The bitter spice also remains below, now supplemented by amber, tree moss, musk, patchouli, sandalwood and vetiver, which beautifully underline the whole. I don't really notice the coconut. Also the leather goes down, if not immediately, but it is like a scaffold without being a scaffold; well dosed installed so to speak.

It is not so difficult to describe this fragrance in its ingredients. Bergamot, thyme, sage and jasmine dominate. Everything else grinds one facet after the other.

Aramis is a fragrance that, probably because of its age, evokes associations. When I smell Aramis, I see the well-groomed gentleman in the suit, who is in a responsible professional position. I don't see a boss, I see an executive, a banker. In any case, a man who is in personal contact with his customers; the most appropriate would probably be the insurance agent. By that I don't mean the commission-horny guys who appear frequently today, with 21 and a milk face in their sniffy suit, who look a bit unbelievable, if not even ridiculous. By this I mean the type of insurance businessman as he was more frequently encountered in the eighties than today: middle-aged, often still a representative of the experience generation of the Second World War. So someone who has experienced the lack himself and who has developed a feeling for what people really need and what they benefit from in the long run and not what is easiest to talk people into. One whom one opened the door gladly and with firm handshake into the good parlour asked and nobody, whom one with a "I am just deceased, have straight no time sign" at the front door from the body to hold wanted. One who sat on the couch with a thick bundle of papers in his suitcase, but could explain AGB´s and the special features of its products in three sentences. One who used a pen on paper to calculate everything exactly for his customers, where today the laptop is only opened without loving care. One who did not put his customers under pressure because he could be sure that the signature on the contract was a mere formality at the latest after "sleeping over it once". One the customers thought Mr. XY always smells so good. It's only logical that Mr. XY was self-employed, had his own small office in his own house on the outskirts of the city and drove upper middle class from Sindelfingen, Munich or sometimes from Rüsselsheim - of course with upscale comfortable equipment and six-cylinder engines. Also logical that the children of his customers a few years later also became his satisfied customers.

Aramis is the golden mean of its category. He is balanced, not too much exaggerated in detail as for example younger representatives a la Azzaro pour homme or Quorum. Also a little animalistic, without becoming too intrusive, but not as wishy-washy as Cardins Pour Monsieur. He's making a clear statement. It's oldschool without being old school, it's shaving cream without being shaving cream. He is always present without becoming loud and despite his presence he radiates a certain calmness. This must first be imitated by someone - even in the version available today and as certain as the Amen in the Church reformulated.
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Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
THE best men's fragrance ever designed. Period.
The trick to wearing Aramis is to not overspray. Three sprays maximum, in different spots. And never spray the same spot twice. One spray on your shirt. Do not put your nose to skin until after it has dried down. This is simply the most awesome scent for men ever created, if you know how to wear it. Aramis is so awesome and powerful, it commands the respect of everyone around you. Wear it proudly and without fear. This glorious scent gives you the advantage in any situation that may arise in life. Aramis is POWER and GLORY.
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Very helpful Review    5
Mandatory Classic
Probably one of my all time personal favorites. I always fall for classic, old-school scents but I had no memory of this perfume, before I got myself a bottle. As soon as I sprayed it on, I was reminded of many different 'moments' from my childhood where I distinctly could place this smell. Some old uncle, my dad's friend..someone or the other has worn this in the past and, most probably, still does. It's 'the' classic scent.

I really can't add much to the previous reviews. It's been around since 1964! A mind-boggling concoction of a bright floral accord with aldehydes, dark and rich leather and a generous dose of moss. With one of the most beautiful sandalwood-patchouli-amber drydowns, ever! Lasts more than a day and projects like a monster. I use the Concentree version and it lasts for 2 days on my clothes.

I usually don't believe that perfumes have a gender, but some do tilt one way or another strongly. This is definitely and brashly masculine. And at the price it sells for, it's a steal! If this was released today by one of the 'niche' houses, it would cost a fortune.

Absolutely must try classic.

Helpful Review    7
Bel Ami on steroids
Aramis Classic is a fantastic, solid, powerful and – as the name goes – more than classic leather chypre, so austere and straightforward it smells almost like a canon of prototypical masculinity in perfumery. Dark and bold, warm and with just a thin feel of “macho”, basically centered around leather, herbs, aldehydes, classic “manly” flowers (jasmine, lavender) and a base accord of oak moss and woods – all of this at least in the vintage EDC version I own, which is the only version I’ve worn so far of this fragrance. I got it for $12 and it has a fantastic depth rich in “aged” density (and a nuclear sillage). Great flowers, great leather, impressive oak moss. Everlasting drydown. A timeless, no-frills, dark masculine manifesto. The cheesy American cousin of Hermès Bel Ami. Conventional, but not outdated and not boring at all – simply a bold, comforting classic. As I said I do not know the actual version, I’m sure it’s great too, but personally, generally if a vintage version of a scent exists, then I’d go for that “a priori”. Anyway, beautiful!

Bottle 5.0/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 5.0/10
Helpful Review    3
Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde...
Aramis opens on skin with a very nicely done grassy green artemisia mixing with subtle aldehydic touches and aromatic bergamot before transitioning after a couple minutes to the key heart notes of sandalwood, musky patchouli and vetiver which darken the mood considerably. Strong base notes of leather and oakmoss meld early-on with the musky patchouli to form an extremely potent mossy/musky/leathery accord that is rather cloying. Projection and longevity are both excellent.

Aramis is an interesting powerhouse scent. The grassy-green artemisia couples with the bergamot and skillfully subdued aldehydes quite well, creating a very fine open that is easily top-notch... Then the heart and base notes somewhat spoil the party as the aromatic leathery/mossy/musky combination is so strong and cloying that it is very hard to wear. I really want to give Aramis a positive rating for its early appeal, but in the end I find myself really disliking it due to its cloying nature later-on and as such it nets a neutral rating and a very average 2.5 stars out of 5 rating. This one wrote the book on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde! What a real shame as it shows such promise early-on.
Very helpful Review    9
Imagine This as a New Release Today!
Aramis by Aramis is one reason among many that I love Estée Lauder. This is the only men’s non-niche stark leather chypre perfume available. It’s been in production since the 1960s, so it must have some degree of a following. Why are there no imitators trying to cash in? Along with its twin, EL’s Azurée, it is the heir to the Cabochard fortune. Of course the estate is still in probate, as nobody can determine if Cabochard is alive or dead.

I’ve seen a number of lists of notes, but to my nose it’s a bergamot-heavy, herbal, patchouli and moss blast. I’ve seen it described as floral, and if it is, it’s of the searing dry variety. I go back and forth between this and Azurée. They are notably similar side by side, and the one could easily be taken for the other in isolation. Aramis is a bit sharper, has a cooler herbal tone (clove, bay, pepper) and more patchouli. The similarities, though, outweigh the differences.

The majority of the good leather chypres come from the niche world (Rien, Cuir Mauresque) or from smaller-release houses (Bandit, Knize Ten.) This EL cheapie, though, compares favorably with the best of them. Interesting to note, it’s also outlived (or resisted lethal reformulation) Madame Jolie, Cabochard and Tabac Blond. A survivor.
Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 7.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    8
Leather for a manly-man
I've had many men approach me in the past asking for me to suggest a fragrance that is masculine and bold. Quite often I'd point them in the direction of niche lines, however now that I've found Aramis, I have no qualms directing them towards this classic gem.

Aramis has quite a punch to it. There's a fierceness to this composition that is quite attractive to a female nose. I get a lot of leather in Aramis, along with myrrh, patchouli, sage and cardamom. Although bold and a little dirty, this blend is juxtaposed with a clean soapiness, possibly brought about by the floral accords and sparkling aldehydes.

Aramis is a powerhouse fragrance, there really is no other way to describe it. It reminds me of those other classic leather scents like Robert Piguet's Bandit and Gres Cabochard, however this masculine offering is far more biting and rich.

When I smell Aramis, I picture my Grandfather in the 1940's, with his hair slicked back, wearing an expensive and fashionable leather jacket while he leans against his prized motorcycle. Had he been alive today I would have asked him if he ever wore or smelt this particular fragrance.

Aramis is a scent for strong, aggressive and masculine men. When women smell this they know they're looking at a man that knows his place, and values his masculinity and strength. I wouldn't dare try to wear this myself.
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Bottle 5.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 5.0/10
The OLD Smell for Oldies
Strong. Projection : one hour to 2 hour. Only for Old men. Good. Not for teens or men under 40"s.


Verbena 149 days ago
Bitter wind and leather rags. Silver spurs, untamed and bold. Man's primal scream. Scent legend carved in mossy stone.+4
Bottle 8.0
Sillage 8.0
Longevity 8.0
Scent 10.0
AmberScent 58 days ago
A truly unique scent. Great perfumes and politicians have a lot of admirers and just a few detractors. I vote on Aramis for president!+1
Bottle 7.0
Sillage 8.0
Longevity 8.0
Scent 8.5
Seikosekara 51 days ago
Aramis by Aramis is the last man standing...
Bottle 9.0
Sillage 7.0
Longevity 8.0
Scent 9.0
Jazzy76 109 days ago
A real gentleman might wear this scent: timeless, spicy, very well balanced and with a good sillage. A great classic good on my skin too!
Bottle 7.0
Sillage 7.0
Longevity 7.0
Scent 9.0

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