Classique (1993) Eau de Toilette

Classique (Eau de Toilette) by Jean Paul Gaultier
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Classique (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Jean Paul Gaultier for women and was released in 1993. The scent is sweet-floral. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is being marketed by Puig.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesPear, Mandarin, Orange blossom, Rose, Star anise
Heart Notes Heart NotesGinger, Iris, Orchid, Plum, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Musk, Vanilla

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7.8 (545 Ratings)

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8.6 (369 Ratings)

Sillage

8.1 (349 Ratings)

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8.2 (370 Ratings)
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Paris91

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Paris91
Paris91
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Amor en enero
It was supposed to be an evening just for her, that her best friend had promised her. They wanted to go to their favourite bar today and celebrate once again, it was finally their twenty-seventh birthday and the last year was not the best.

She stood nervously in front of her wardrobe. What would she wear? The decision was difficult for her, because it was a cold January evening.
"Always the same," she said, annoyed. Usually it ran out on a tight jeans with sweater and beautiful boots. But today it should be different. She wanted to look good, because he would be there today too.

Him? His name was Juan. He was an extremely attractive man of Latin American descent. They had met a few years ago in this bar. She had a passion for Latin American music. She loved salsa and bachata as much as he did. That's why they always met to dance. So she could forget her everyday life for one evening. And today it should be like that again.

She chose the royal blue dress that she bought a few years ago but never wore.
By her dark long hair it came still better to the Geltung.
In combination with the beautiful gold chain and the black pumps she once spent a fortune on, she was ready for tonight. Her black winter coat would warm her up already.

She put on her coat and looked again in the mirror. "Yes, so I can go," she said. On the way to the door she suddenly stopped. Something was missing...
Yeah. She hadn't put on any perfume yet. But the choice was really big.
As she was already far too late, she simply took a scent that she hadn't worn for a long time, but which always provided her with free drinks and attracted the men like flies. After two discreet sprayers she set off.
It was freezing cold outside. Well just typical for an evening in January.

On the way to the tram, a warm scent pierced her nose. Fruity orange blossom mixed with the softness of the rose in combination with the sensuality of the orchid. She smelled like a vanilla angel who every few seconds becomes Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Not only the spiciness in combination with the sharpness of the ginger triggered her heart palpitations, because she was immediately there.
Your girlfriend was waiting for you at the next stop. Both fell into each other's arms. They hadn't seen each other for an eternity.

When they arrived at the bar their friends were waiting for them, but he wasn't there.
She didn't let on and enjoyed the evening despite everything. Hours passed and her birthday was almost over.
They decided to drink a short nightcap in the pub around the corner. But when they set off, he came in...

He smiled at her, hugged her and kissed her on the cheek. More than a "hey" and an embarrassed smile didn't get her out.

Slightly tipsy, she decided to stay there as the only one. She didn't care what the others thought, because now he was there. With her.

They sat down at their favourite place and time flew by. It was after two in the morning and more and more people left. The music became slower and quieter.
Then he got up. He asked her to dance at the end of the evening.
Both had never danced to slow music before. It was perfect.

"Did you just put on perfume? You smell wonderful," he breathed into her ear.
She laughed and said, "I didn't."
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Pinkdawn

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Helpful Review    5
Neroli, Neroli, Neroli
Twin babies are said never to grow up. I'm sure that applies to me. I've kept my childlike mind in many ways. For example, when I see a perfume whose bottle is in a glass ball where it snows when you shake it, the child inside of me is in raptures and desires towards "wanting to have" are awakened.
Jean Paul Gaultier - a good friend of mine always calls him the Gaul animal - has implemented this delightful idea in his Snow Flake Christmas Edition. The bottle - in the shape of a sexy female torso, dressed in a skintight, red Christmas dress - contains 100 ml of Classique, probably the most successful fragrance from the Gaul animal.
Although the famous Eau de Toilette was published in 1993, I deliberately never got it under my nose. That had to change now. As cute as the little figure in the snow globe may seem - I don't want to buy a perfume for about 70 Euros that I don't know. Also, my experience so far with the scents of the Gaul animal - I'm just thinking of Scandal by Night - hasn't been so encouraging that I would blindly trust that we're both compatible - the Classique and me.
So we recommend a test in a perfumery. I search and find, spray and sniff ... The scent immediately seems familiar to me, reminds me of something. Slowly the knowledge rises from my subconscious: That's marshmallow dough! These little sweet cubes that I like to nibble on in autumn and winter. As much as I love the candy, I don't have to have it on me as a fragrance. Classique doesn't smell like marshmallow candy either. It's more like this treat is perfumed with neroli.
Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. That's Neroli. Orange blossoms. A whole flood of it pours itself olfaktorisch with full force over me. Those who like this fragrance must now feel like in seventh heaven. I'm afraid that doesn't apply to me. I'm having trouble with Neroli. This fragrance seems to me somehow penetratingly bittersweet.
Classique also starts with pear, mandarin, rose and star anise in the top note. But they obviously hide so well behind the massive orange blossom that I can't sniff them out. Only Neroli - dominant, intense and of (for me) intrusive sweetness.
Really "flowery" like in the description the scent doesn't affect me.
Classique contains many good ingredients. Ginger, for example, iris, orchid, plum, ylang-ylang ... But nothing can be perceived of it either. The scent remains somehow as it is - from the first moment on. There is nothing fresh, light, bright, delicate - only the weight of orange blossom sweetness.
I always sniff the back of my hand and the test strip on which I sprayed the EdT. I hope to find something else that fascinates me about this fragrance. But there's only Neroli. Neroli, neroli, neroli.
From the top note, the scent becomes dull, seems to me. It reminds me of the smell of handbags worn a lot by old ladies.
Sexy, as the bottle suggests? Nothing. Sneaky? Well, since he's hardly changing, not much. Seductive? Not really after my sensation.
Okay, it's not "my scent." Too pompous and intense, too monotonous. He doesn't make me curious and he doesn't inspire me.
However, the durability is not to be despised. Two or three hours after spraying on, it is still showing strong signs of life. Now amber, musk and vanilla should create new scent sensations. All strong scents, but here totally overshadowed by Neroli. Only a hint of white powder comes into play. That must be Amber. Dry and balsamic, the fragrance nestles against the omnipresent Neroli dominance.
Now I'm not surprised why I never liked the bottles of the Gaul animal - they wanted something like that ordinary. The rather obtrusive scent fits congenially to it. For a performance with Classique, a woman must be strong, self-confident and courageous. I'm not.
I already had the problem with Neroli with Narcisse of Chloé. I don't know why I bought that scent back then. Today I can't understand it anymore. However, this fragrance did not accompany me for long. I soon found him unbearably penetrating. That hasn't changed so far.
Neroli just doesn't smell good to me. Rather than unpleasant and causing headaches.
What do you want me to say? Classique just doesn't suit me. So the snow globe won't come into my possession. Saving money. Still a pity: The snow flakes are so romantic. On the other hand this edition is the Christmas Edition from 2017 anyway. This year there seems to be no new one from the house of the Gaul animal. Anyway - who wants yesterday's Christmas Editions?
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Alex1984

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Alex1984
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Robot orange blossom
The 90’s were a good decade for nectar-ish florals and amber-ish sweetness. So many fragrances launched during those years featured them prominently; as the other side of the Calone coin and airy cleanliness, heavy honeyed florals were the other end of the spectrum. And Jean Paul Gaultier (nicknamed Classique at the end of the decade) came busting like a boudoir on fire, powder and orange blossom vanilla!

JPG starts with subtly fruity and slightly spicy bergamot and aniseed. The orange blossom shows from the start, this is the note on which the whole fragrance revolves around, and it’s bigger than life. Supposedly there’s tuberose and ylang ylang, but honesty I can’t really smell neither one of them. There’s a certain ‘full fat-ness’ that I assume is the buttery quality of ylang, but the Queen is nowhere to be seen. I wonder though if you can sense her in brief glimpses of green that flash for nanoseconds before disappearing.
There’s also a pronounced nail polish effect which I assume is either aldehydes or a combination of notes. After all, the inspiration behind it included powdered wigs, nail enamel and dusty theater curtains.
The heart and base notes show the orange blossom in full bloom; heady and heavy, honeyed and spiced up. But the spices are gentler than what previous decades offered, and here we get cinnamon and ginger primarily, at times evoking the scented potpourris that permeated the air in homes, stores and everywhere in the mid 90’s; come autumn and winter, you couldn’t escape the scent of cinnamon and vanilla that permeated many a store!
The base shows said spices, but softened by creamy vanilla, amber and sandalwood. The powderiness doesn’t show up on me until the very end, and then it’s a soft violet powder, reminiscent of Oscar de la Renta; mysterious, solemn, beautiful.

The bottle which I own comes from 1995, when it was simply called Jean Paul Gaultier. And while the bottle looks like a modernist tribute to Elsa Schiaparelli’s Shocking bottle, the enfant terrible created something equally avant Garde for its time; it was the 90’s and early 00’s equivalent of what Poison, Giorgio and the likes were to the 80’s. Loud, bombastic, never taking itself too seriously. And it succeeded because it was fun and well made. A modern classic and one of the nicest orange blossoms.
The formula of today is quite thin, pale and soulless (what else is new?), heck even the color is almost transparent compared to the deep amber of the vintage. The 2016 Essence de Parfum is the closest to the original release and one of the nicest flankers; while not the same, it has the same huge orange blossom, ‘modernized’ with the current novelties, whipped cream and chili. But totally worth it if you miss the old Classique. And equally strong and powerful.
Marietta

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good girls come to heaven, evil everywhere...
the lady knows what she wants and all the others know it too...here all registers are pulled, there no questions remain open, or perhaps nevertheless!?a great perfume and in the suitable frame so not at all cheaply, as it is assumed with pleasure.on the contrary...the smell dominates all facets of the seduction...
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Vincentia

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Pretty woman
Rarely is there a veil of scent to which foreign noses turn with ecstasy. Apart from the fact that Classique is anything but classic, it remains long and intense in our memories. In connection with this smell I imagine a real, feminine, strong and provocative woman who knows how to present herself defensively. She knows how she affects her environment and skillfully underlines this with this sensory magic. Stunning, tempting and unmistakable! Pretty woman walkin' down the street....
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ScentFan

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ScentFan
ScentFan
Helpful Review    5
Silly Bottle Surrender
Early in my perfumista journey I vowed never to own a perfume housed in a female torso bottle. So much for vows. I don't even know why I like this, exactly. Maybe it's the utterly intoxicating top note that makes me close my eyes and yearn for far-off sunsets, the unusually successful Iris/Orchid accord. The base is certainly stellar simplicity. I just know once I smelled this at the counter today, no way I was leaving without it. Maybe I'll just hide the bottle...some place invisible but quite near so I can spray this beauty at heartfelt will and dream.
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Sophi

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Sophi
Sophi
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Feminine Vanilla. Rose & Orange Blossom
The review is for edt version of Classique.
The scent starts very vanillic ,incense-y orange blossom.
Incense and vanilla sweetness stays from opening until the dry down.
It's the kind of incense like infusion d'Iris Prada but this is very vanillic smelling and the florals that picking out the whole are orange blossoms and rose.
The package is unique and distinctive -the femme's nude body-like the male's version nude body...
It's very good wearing more of the young ages and i would say very good for the evening nights out.
I categorize it to floriental vanilla and the longevity is very good (more than +8 hours).
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Lola82

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Lola82
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HEADACHE!!!!
Sexy scent in a God-awful bottle but a
big warning to all of who wants to purchase the E.D.P apply on small doses
because this is an siliage monster J.P.G
in almost of his perfumes his motif is his
signature sinuous curvy female torso like
he's paying homage to the John Singer Sargent once scandalous portrait Madame X Like the portrait Classique is bold
sexy and Shocking.

It opens with Tuberose almost in a tradition of amarige but classique is
creamier muskier and amberish drydown
which is pervasive and the main basis
for this is scent the only thing that is
standing in the way into becoming a masterpiece is the tacky flacon and the
cloyish aspect of the scent, for a while
to does to get overwhelming and and gives headaches but way better then the other J.P.G Creation Ma dame that smells
like dish soap so Jean Paul Gaultier
is a flawed genius.
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Sherapop

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Sherapop
Sherapop
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The Emperor Has Spoken
Perhaps this is simply a case of inflated expectations induced by the provocative packaging, but Jean-Paul Gaultier CLASSIQUE just seems to me like another synthetic, slightly sweet woody oriental among a dozen others. I do smell sandalwood--or facsimile--though it is not listed among the notes, and the composition really seems so familiar and even banal that I'd never consider buying it--except perhaps for the bottle.

As CLASSIQUE dries down, it becomes vaguely annoying to wear. I feel that a headache lies just on the horizon, and if I were to apply any more of this liquid, it could really ruin my day. But I won't, so it won't. Désolée.

**
Update: I did not apply more, but I have a headache and feel vaguely ill anyway. Nail in the coffin: my cat is now hiding from me. Vraiment désolée.
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Ineverwas

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Ineverwas
Ineverwas
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Upper-class trashy
Jean Paul Gaultier himself described his first fragrance like this:

“One part dusty loose powder, like my grandmother wore - think it was old Coty; one part that smell you get when you are sitting in the front row of the theater - for me, I think of going to The Chatelet when I was 12, and the curtain goes up, and the hot lights are on the costumes, wigs and sets, and you breathe it all in. And, just to be modern, one part nail polish remover!”

I completely agree with his interpretation - it does smell incredibly powdery and very vintage, very sexual in a somewhat old-fashioned, pin-up model way. The fragrance is sensuous, seductive, dramatic, theatrical in a way - it smells like nothing I've tried before. The soapy impression it gives is tempered by the oriental, somewhat darker undertone that comes to complement and enhance the composition to make it daring and provocative, yet still classy and posh.

Classique perfectly evokes the high-class, well-bred woman that likes to give in to the physical pleasures from time to time and is not afraid to fully explore her sexuality. She is powerful and smart and she does not fear the erotic, passionate side of her.

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Jazzy76 11 months ago
Sexy, feminin and intoxicating: it's the typical fragrance to wear whenever you want to show your feminity . A Boudoir scent
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Bcars10 2 years ago
GORGEOUS powdery-amber-orange blossom drydown! Wafts around and is comforting and stimulating all at once! Too bad about the ugly bottle. :(+3
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