Le 3ᵉ Homme (1985) Eau de Toilette

Le 3ᵉ Homme (Eau de Toilette) by Caron
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Le 3ᵉ Homme (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Caron for men and was released in 1985. The scent is spicy-floral. It is being marketed by Alès Groupe.

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Perfumer

Richard Fraysse

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Mandarin, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesClove, Coriander, Lavender
Base Notes Base NotesOakmoss, Vetiver

Ratings

Scent

7.9 (225 Ratings)

Longevity

7.8 (157 Ratings)

Sillage

6.7 (152 Ratings)

Bottle

7.1 (146 Ratings)
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Hajuvana

13 Reviews
Hajuvana
Hajuvana
2
Not what I expected
The pyramid looks all wrong to me. From a 2015 bottle, what I get is a borderline case between an aromatic fougère and a leathery chypre. As I happen to love that specific mix, here are some observations.

Opening: Not much citrus nor lavender. To be completely honest, all I get is jasmin, Juicy Fruit and juniper.

As the heart uncovers, the strange synthetic fruit note fades (thank goodness) and we're in the same ball park as, say Paco Rabanne pour Homme or, even more so, Worth Pour Homme. The kinship with the latter is especially in the interplay between a fougère accord and smoky leather notes. Now that I think about it, not even Kouros is that far away. If you took Kouros and removed everything interesting (the artemisia from the start and the urinous, animalic civet & honey effect from the other end), you'd be left with Le 3me Homme, basically.

A floral masculine? Just about as floral as my ass. Not bad, but disappointing considering its reputation. There are several similar eighties' pieces I'll be choosing over this.
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MasterLi

367 Reviews
MasterLi
MasterLi
3
Wonderfully striking, balanced and unique!
What a gem! The House of Caron does it again... Always unique, and quite unlike anything else out there on the market. The Third Man is a perfectly balanced masculine floral. Yes, a (masculine) floral... (Dior Homme take note!).

This is how it's meant to be done! Everyone sees something different in this, a fizzy, mossy, aromatic, enveloping cloud which is unlike anything you've smelled before! Even with a hint of champagne in the opening! I mostly get beautiful indolic Jasmine, dry Lavender and tons of Oakmoss. You gotta love 80's masculines!

Overall, a perfectly balanced, unique and intriguing fragrance. This is how a male floral should be done. Top class. Elegant. Unique. Well done Caron!
jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
Helpful Review    4
Dark, Diminishing
A classic aromatic fougère, good clean manly fun. The lavender freshness is there, the bitter coumarin is there. But so is a fetching jasmine. It brings a pretty, clean floralcy that outlasts the lavender. But there is also a burnt note that darkens the whole composition and adds an angular element. It smells like desert creosote bush in 110 degree heat. It’s a very specific burnt scent. The bitter coumarin, some moss and this singed accord should overwhelm the jasmine, but it all winds up extremely well balanced and feels like a dark night breeze. It’s a remarkable trick. It reads as a dark fougère but with jasmine, not a heavy one.

However it was composed, 3ème Homme leads with both the gruff and the lovely, and keep them both out front throughout the dry-down. Sort of butch and femme in one. (The above based on bottle purchased in 2006. )

(I feel somewhat obliged to keep adding these caveats, but I’ve smelled Troisieme Homme recently, and while it’s a rich, strapping fougère, it doesn’t nearly have the juxtaposition that made it so appealing. Even a few years ago, I could have stocked up on 4.2 oz bottles for $30 a piece of the old formula. Uuggghhhhh….)
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Sherapop

1239 Reviews
Sherapop
Sherapop
Very helpful Review    5
Wonderful Tribute to a Splendid Film
I acquired the Caron masculine triptych, POUR UN HOMME, YATAGAN, and LE TROISIEME HOMME, after reading countless raves about all of them and discovering how reasonably priced they are. By far my favorite is LE TROISIEME HOMME. This smells simply splendid and strikes me as entirely unisex if not slightly more feminine than masculine. There is something very appealing about this floral fougère, which goes relatively light on the lavender, happily, and is so well blended that I have difficulty teasing out any individual notes. I will say that it strikes me as an olfactory neighbor of ELdO JASMIN ET CIGARETTE, which I recently tested and very much enjoyed. True the compositions are completely different, but the timbre and texture (and perspective!) are very similar, it seems to me. In addition to the jasmine overlap, there is also a tobacco-esque quality here as well, perhaps imparted by the vetiver mingling with the oakmoss.

IMNSHO, this is a million times better than POUR UN HOMME, which is way too lavender-loud and vanilla proud.

Coincidentally, "The Third Man", directed by Carol Reed and starring Orson Welles, is one of my favorite films of all time.
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Missk

1165 Reviews
Missk
Missk
Helpful Review    5
Great for women too
Le 3' Homme de Caron, and like most masculine Caron scents, is a fragrance with a lot of what I call, 'oomph'.

It's hard to find fragrances like this these days that represent the way a manly man should smell. This fragrance opens with such power and masculinity that it's difficult to resist a tester card sprayed with this, let alone a man.

It's perhaps not as 'savage' as Yatagan, but Le 3' Homme de Caron is fiercely green and herbaceous in its opening. As it settles, lavender, sweet lemon and clove are apparent.

For the first hour or so this is all about being a man, however towards the drydown it takes on a powdery accord and a sweetness that can only be likened to the scent of shaving foam. This is where female consumers may feel obliged to wear this fragrance themselves.

It manages to be refined yet sensual, and upon further testing it seems that there's a touch of vanilla in there somewhere too. It's a pity that Caron's masculine fragrances have been overshadowed by the ghastly aromatics and aquatics as of late. I would buy up on scents such as these just to keep them in the market.

Older men probably prefer this over the younger generation but I can only encourage them as a young twenty year old woman to broaden their horizons. This is not dated despite being made in the 80's and is in my opinion, one of the finest woody aromatic scents for men that I've had the pleasure of smelling.

Wonderfully complex, soothing and classy, a man should not go past this classic Le 3' Homme de Caron.

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Itchynose 79 days ago
Masculine and old school with an opening blast of clove and lavender. For lovers of traditional spicy barbershop scents.+2
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