Athletic Man Eau de Toilette

Athletic Man (Eau de Toilette) by La Rive
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Athletic Man (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by La Rive for men. The release year is unknown. The scent is spicy-woody. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesGalbanum, Rosemary
Heart Notes Heart NotesSandalwood, Vetiver, Woody notes
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Oakmoss, Patchouli



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Submitted by Fantaghiro77, last update on 31.10.2019.
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Slipping on soap.
As a child of the 80s and 90s, in addition to rocking some of the old staples from Coty like Aspen and Gravity, I frequently enjoyed dousing myself in fragrances from Adidas. So when I heard that La Rive had come out with a suitable alternative to one of their vintage releases, I just couldn’t say no. In short, I confess myself reasonably satisfied.

The fragrance opens up with a puff of thin amber, green pine, oakmoss and something fruity. It’s not bright or juicy exactly, but the slightly tart fruity nuance is a welcome detraction from the popular citrus opening. There’s also that distinct aromatic ‘soap’ note from Azzaro’s Pour Homme that almost feels like it could have been an antiquated dollar-store progenitor of ambroxan. It’s not chemically exactly, but somehow has the feel of a milky fixative that prevents the blend from becoming too airy.

Unfortunately, the fruitiness vanishes after only a few minutes as the labdanum-y amber thickens, enveloping both the pine and woods. As a result, the fragrance becomes sweeter and sweeter with time, taking on less of a watery amber garb and more of a watery vanilla one in the drydown.

But the strangest aspect of them all is the synthetic oakmoss or patchouli, which seems to give the piney soap a slightly dank, musty or aged quality, especially on paper. I personally wouldn't consider it off-putting, but I can also imagine it attracting comments like “you smell like my dad” from younger audiences. YES, it’s THAT kind of soap. The dated dad kind. The HAIRY dad, who likes to wear jogging suits with a white beater and rugged moustache.

Overall though, Athletic Man really does smell like it belongs in the locker room showers of an 80's boxing studio. In essence, it’s a sweet, musty pine soap, and part of me loves it for that. On the other hand, there’s also that part of me that just can’t seem to stomach the stuff from time to time. Don’t know if it’s the quality of the materials or what, but it can sometimes become a bit much, even in modest doses.

Luckily, if it’s the mature ladies’ reactions you’re looking for, look no further. This is the kind of sweet soap that Mr. Fahrenheit would use, after beating up a biker because he mouthed off to his wife. No, he’s not quite the Drakkar type - he prefers a smoother touch, like the one he uses with his kids. He’s the quintessential family man – clean shaven (apart from the moustache), curly hair and a touch of mint from his drugstore aftershave. That’s the guy.

Can’t say much about the bottle though – pretty basic, with a plastic cap and ‘putt-putt’ atomizer. Total longevity is only about 5 hours, but that’s to be expected at this price. Still, you’d be hard put to find a fragrance that smells like this anymore in the 21st century. I’d almost forgotten that the 1988 Olympics were over. Turns out, they are.
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Dupe of remake
Sorry, my nose can only remotely detect a resemblance to Adidas AB. At least the original from the '90s. To the current version already a little bit earlier.
This dupe can be saved and the remake of Coty can be used right away

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