Domenico Caraceni 1913 2007Eau de Toilette

Domenico Caraceni 1913 (Eau de Toilette) by Domenico Caraceni
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Domenico Caraceni 1913 (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Domenico Caraceni for men and was released in 2007. The scent is smoky-spicy. It is being marketed by Beauty Lead.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesPetitgrain, Bourbon geranium, Styrax
Heart Notes Heart NotesNeroli, Rose absolute, Tobacco
Base Notes Base NotesFrankincense, Cypress

Ratings

Scent

7.7 | 41 Ratings

Longevity

7.8 | 27 Ratings

Sillage

7.3 | 28 Ratings

Bottle

6.0 | 31 Ratings
Submitted by Apicius, last update on 03.05.2020.
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MonsieurMont
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MonsieurMont
MonsieurMont
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Elegance
Unfortunately I cannot understand the descriptions like morbid, gloomy etc.
There is hardly another perfume with such elegance, class and seductive power as this one. The perfect perfume for gentlemen The rose is from another world, exotic, magical, wonderful. The combination with incense and the subtle notes of tobacco and cypress is a masterpiece of perfumery.
Yes, it is not a perfume for everyone, completely d' accord. The sweet rose can disturb "many noses" especially if someone is not much experimented in this field.
For me this perfume is unique and on the way to dethrone Montana perfume d' Homme as the most used.

MM
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5
Scent
7.5
Longevity
10
Sillage
2.5
Bottle
Drseid

764 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
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The Tale Of The Terrible Middle...
*Note: This is a review of the current formula of Domenico Caraceni 1913.

Domenico Caraceni 1913 opens with a light, airy rose with a slight dull orange undertone. Moving to the early heart the rose remains, losing some of its initial airy nature and swapping in substantial powder, as the orange undertone grows into a co-starring role melding with a tobacco-like note, giving the composition a balmy overall texture. During the late dry-down the powdery rose-orange-tobacco accord gradually recedes, revealing a touch of radiant frankincense in the base coupling with woody cypress through the finish. Projection is excellent and longevity very good at 10-12 hours on skin.

The original release of Domenico Caraceni 1913 is extremely well sought after, so much so that bottles were selling on places like eBay for upwards of $400 a piece the last time I checked. Unfortunately for this writer that was far too much to risk for a blind buy, so I never got a chance to sniff the original release to my chagrin. It was great news when the composition was re-released, now giving folks like myself a chance to see what the legion of fans of the original were crowing about. Unfortunately, while I haven't smelled the vintage for comparison, the current release really isn't anything to write home about. The open starts off quite nice with a very natural smelling transparent airy rose. Unfortunately, that initial transparency is short lived, as a dull orange note starts out as support, gaining momentum while coupling with an odd tobacco-like substance as time passes to reach near-parity with the now powdery rose, spoiling the party. The overall heart accord really is unimpressive to say the least, and the combination of the powdery rose with the dull orange and pseudo tobacco really reminds me of a cross between lipstick and powdery makeup. On the positive side, the late dry-down salvages the downward spiral rather nicely, as once the powdery rose and dulled orange recede, the composition unveils a fine frankincense and woody finish that smells very good, making one wish they could have just skipped the middle section of the composition's development entirely, getting to it earlier. The bottom line is the $135 per 100ml Domenico Caraceni 1913 starts and finishes well, but its key middle is near-torturous to endure, earning it an "average" rating of 2.5 stars out of 5 overall and a neutral recommendation.
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
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Majestic rose
Oh, what an underrated gem. Possibly the best masculine rose scent ever for me (yes, taking into account Amouage, Czech & Speake and others). The opening of 1913 is surprisingly pleasant, with a bold barbershop/“antique grooming toilet” feel mostly centered on rose, carnation and tobacco, posed on a dark, camphorous, dusty and slightly indolic base (jasmine?) like in many old masculine chypres. The floral accord is dark and lascivious, quite more bold than usual for this kind of “traditional” masculine colognes, and gives 1913 a really peculiar and distinctive austere but irresistibly sophisticated grace; a sort of decadent, shady, vaguely “dandy” kind of refinement, mixed to an austere feel reminding me of classic Italian aftershaves – kind of more nutty and floral, no citrus-lavender-leather “Britishness”. Extremely classy, mature and pleasant, slightly “outdated” in a totally positive way; one of the very few Italian perfumes which indeed speaks Italian to me, meaning that it makes me think of the dusty, cozy, shady, kind of shabby and modest beauty of barber parlours and small tailors’ ateliers – the kind of places where our beloved Italian heritage of elegance was born and is still being kept alive (nothing fancy or luxurious, I rather think of understated, shabby boutiques). “Penhaligon’s Sartorial”? Meh... this is possibly the closest fragrance to my concept of “gentleman” I’ve ever tried - and that surprises me given that I usually tend to associate vintage scents to that idea. The drydown is just fantastic and irresistibly classy, rose and dry tobacco. Persistence is everlasting, just a bit cloying after a while, but really solid. Great (and obviously, discontinued).

8,5/10

EDIT (05/2015): If anyone's interested, they relaunched this scent recently. Different bottle, slightly different juice, but totally good the same for me. It is already available at some local Italian shops, I guess it will be available online as well at some point.
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jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
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Short summary.
Dull in a loud, dapper, masculine sort of way. Nicely put-together, though, and dries down to a soapiness more comfortable than its blustery start.

Essentially, Fleur du Male for fancy straight guys.

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