A Competent Dark Rose Composition That Just Comes Up Short...
*This is a review of the vintage Acteur
Acteur (vintage) opens with a relatively dark rose, carnation and non-smoky vetiver trio, the rose by far the strongest of the three. The rose used is slightly spiced by cardamom, giving it a dirty vibe early-on. As the scent enters its heart phase, the rose led trio remains, now joined by a musk and oakmoss tandem rising from the base that acts as further musky dark support to the starring rose. As the scent enters its final phase during the late dry-down, the floral accord now fades considerably, as a very aggressive relatively dry amber base note takes over the dominant role through the end of the scent's life. Projection is average and so is longevity.
Acteur (vintage) has a lot of fans on the web and with the notes involved I expected to be one of them. Certainly there is much to love here for folks seeking a more "masculine" rose scent, as the rose when mixed with the relatively subdued vetiver definitely darkens its floral nature making it most likely an easier scent to wear from a male perspective. That said, the floral accord somehow just feels a bit off to me as it comes off as just *too* dark once it adds in the dirty cardamom spice along with the musky oakmoss. Adding to this is the amber that dominates the dry-down is a bit too strong and also comes off as overly simplistic. In short, Acteur (vintage) is competent enough fragrance that should satisfy many and is certainly worthy of trial, but it comes up a bit short earning a weak "good" 3 star out of 5 rating. When masterpiece quality rose and carnation scents like vintage JHL by Aramis can still be readily acquired for similar sums on the market it is very hard to recommend Acteur (vintage). This one was a blind buy that I can't say I regret, but would not have made knowing what I do now.