L'Anarchiste (2000) Eau de Toilette

L'Anarchiste (Eau de Toilette) by Caron
Bottle Design: Serge Mansau
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L'Anarchiste (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Caron for men and was released in 2000. The scent is spicy-woody. It is being marketed by Cattleya Finance.

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Perfumer

Richard Fraysse

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesOrange blossom, Mint
Heart Notes Heart NotesIndian sandalwood, Bourbon vetiver
Base Notes Base NotesMusk, Gaiac wood

Ratings

Scent

7.4 (152 Ratings)

Longevity

7.2 (119 Ratings)

Sillage

6.5 (109 Ratings)

Bottle

7.0 (124 Ratings)
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Minigolf

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Minigolf
Minigolf
Helpful Review    9
No big loud mouth...
...but "L'Anarchiste" by Caron still has something to say. And what it is ready to talk about has "hand and foot", a portion of wisdom and loving "craziness". And what is confidential is not trounced out into the world but kept wisely to itself.
The composition begins with fresh mint, which has no chewing gum airs. Simply natural and cooling.
This mint can also be perceived through the entire course of the scent, although sandalwood and vetyver then become characteristic of the scent. But the delicate freshness remains. Fine, light, cheerful and yet intense is this "anarchist". His "task" is to make the world a little brighter and to create a peaceful mood.
With a hint of different musk notes in the "last third" of the fragrance he succeeds excellently.
And another wood note, which is added, "grounds" the wearer. According to the motto: "The head in the sky, both legs on the ground.
Because even "off the air" "L'Anarchiste" does not come across at all. "This fragrance conveys "energy without agitation" and no unattainable workload.
That's why I'm getting involved with this gentle anarchist now and then. No skyrocketing liasion but steadfastness in the here and now. Lightness included.
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MasterLi

367 Reviews
MasterLi
MasterLi
3
Mint, Apple & Cinnamon...
Based on the reviews here (which, like many I read before sampling a fragrance) you would have thought "blood! vampire/goth scent!". There is nothing of the kind here! The mint in the opening does give it a metallic tinge when combined perhaps with the earthy vetiver notes. But what I do get is the "apple + cinnamon" vibe, which is in fact more of a spicy type of orange scent, and this predominates.

I especially like the dry down, as musk comes from the base and settles on the skin, still a little fresh and spicy though. In a word, definitely unique. Am not sure how much of a crowd pleaser this might be as people won't be smelling anything similar like it. But, it is fresh and original... so well done to Caron for showing that not all 21st century fragrances have to conform to bland and banal so-called "trends" in the market. Try it for something different.
7.5 5.0/10
Silverfire

126 Reviews
Silverfire
Silverfire
4
A Little Too Safe
I've never had a fragrance from Caron before, so I'm completely unfamiliar with how they do things. When you unwrap this fragrance, it's in a slipcover, like a book. You slide off the slipcover and it's a book cut down the center, jagged. The book pages are with words all in French that I can't read; once you flip back the cardboard pages, you see that the book has been hollowed out and inside is a gas can. Awesome.

The gas can is made out of copper -- it's an old-school gas can with a screw-off lid, but it looks there's a vertical band of what looks like zinc down the side. A leaflet inside tells you that it's copper and copper will discolor as it ages, to create a unique impression. The overall effect is that it was a good idea, but it fell prey to chintzy manufacturing.

Anyways, around the back is a vertical slit that's cut into the bottle so you can tell how much juice is left in the can. Again, awesome. I think you should do that on everything -- milk bottles, orange juice bottles, Naked juice bottles, so you can tell what's in there. Right now, you have to shake stuff to get an idea because the containers are opaque! That grrs me up!

When it goes on, there's woods, licorice (when you unscrew the cap, you smell that definitely), pepper, and when the pepper and the licorice comes together, it produces this sensation of action; a little bit of moodiness and the sensation of action, and maybe some oud or guiac wood.

Everything comes together well; it's blended well. The notes aren't fighting each other, but it seems like it's just not enough there, like it's not moody enough, like it's not dangerous enough.

By four hours, it is down to 6 inches projection. Before that, it has the feel of sickly-sweet burning woods. It's almost there, but not quite. For some people, this might be shocking, but I think most will find that it falls a little short.

In the middle of the day, there's a very faint acrid note, discernible. Now it has dried down; now it smells like a fire that's burning a sweetly-scented wood. It's a nice skin scent kind of feel. It's not completely dead, but it's down to the embers.

By the end of the day, nine hours in, it's dwindled down to a nice-smelling skin scent. Smells rich, woody, the right mix of woodiness and licorice-based sweetness, maybe a little bit of soapiness. Nice, intimate, not really firery.

L'Anarchiste falls short of its intense packaging and amazing bottle; it's a little too safe, and close feels like the distance between here and the moon.
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Rmf1112

14 Reviews
Rmf1112
Rmf1112
Helpful Review    7
Beauty and the Beast
It seems to be a majority opinion that love it or hate it, its a unique fragrance- so I have to try this! I found a great price online, and it arrived today, much to my delight.

On initial inspection, the package is very subtle, a matte black box with just the copper colored bottle shape and L'Anarchist in gloss black-
very sleek. The packaging inside is quite nice, with all black inside embellished with gloss black words (dictionary definitions of 'anarchist' in French), but still classy and not overdone. Venture further inside, and you are greeted with a note declaring how the bottle itself will develop a pitina in the copper (as others have mentioned), making each a unique work of art. The bottle itself I feel is perfect for everything this fragrance aims
to be- charming, very unique and a bit rough around
the edges. Everything about the packaging is very asethically pleasing, especially for my tastes and style. (Let it also be known that I'm a sucker for nice/interesting packaging). If I were to stop here, I would already consider this a worthy purchase.
However, this review is for the scent itself, not just the packaging. Ahh the scent, how very sharp and assertive it is while also warming and a bit smooth. I've been looking for a unique fragrance to be my signature scent, as I find most offerings too sweet, powdery, fruity or worst of all- forgettable. I have to admit, I'm not sure if this qualifies- although I had high hopes.

Let's start from the top- An inital smell from the bottle seemed very complex, many notes vying for your attention, yet none seem to speak out much except some mintish-musk. I feel the opinions of smelling 'blood', 'metal' etc, are from smelling from the bottle, as it can be difficult not to notice the prominent copper scent from the bottle itself. Even this first smell, not yet joined forces with heat or my body chemistry, was very heady while still being a bit dark, dirty perhaps. I try one spray on my chest, and throw a shirt on so
I can see how it translates into real wear. The first notes are definitely a minty-ness with dry orange, a bit toothpastey to reference some others- but its not off putting to me. Here is one of the interesting things to me- if i smell the skin (in my shirt)in this inital phase its very assertive in its toothpastey-ness, but to smell outside the shirt is where it really shines. It has a different feel to it through clothes, a definite smoothness with the
vetiver-sandlewood worked in. Its almost difficult to do at this point, but it smells better and more developed from a distance than up close. Very nice.

On to the middle notes, after maybe 40 min or so, the mintyness settles down slightly to reveal the other aspects of this scent- the sultry vetiver and sandlewood, tempered by the cedar and the almost floral notes of guaiac wood. I feel this is fairly well rounded, though the mint can still be a bit too persistent at times.

At the final phase, L'Anarchiste sheds its minty front, leaving dry orange (peel perhaps) with the vetyver and musk. These combine nicely and have an almost mulled orange smell (fall spices and such).

This phase is the best part for me. Its masculine, woodsy and a bit sharp- not for the timid, that's for sure. Imagine a man who is strong, confident and charming, but is a bit grizzly and can be scathing at times. This is that man.
So, this IS quite a unique scent, definitely not for everyone. I do wish it was a bit less minty and more musky/animalistic, then it would be perfect for me.

Sillage- 3/5 Seems to stay fairly close

Longevity- 4/5 has decent staying power, like it or not

Scent- 4.25/5 Feels fairly well constructed, but it can be a bit sharp. However it's probably smoother from a distance

Bottle- 4.5/5 I feel this bottle is everything the scent wants to be, but pulls it off a little better

Overall- 4/5 It's nice, but I was expecting a more bohemian type of fragrance, more patchouli or incense for example.

(Note, I almost submitted this before the final phase and would have been rather dissapointed. However, with a bit of patience, it develops magically into a very warming scent that I love more each time I smell it)

Statements

Carlitos01 13 months ago
I love this minty apfelstrudel scent. It's not an anarchist at all as its notes are very well blended. It probably inspired Creed Viking.+4
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DorothyGrace 20 months ago
On me the mint just never quits. 5 hours and a dirty stale well sucked mint keeps wafting to my nose. Maybe wintergreen as well.+1
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Elysium 2 years ago
It's a very interesting scent and I've not smelled anything else like it. If copper had a smell it would be surely like this, cool & bloody!+3
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