Photo (1990) Eau de Toilette

Photo (Eau de Toilette) by Lagerfeld
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Photo (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Lagerfeld for men and was released in 1990. The scent is woody-fresh. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAldehydes, Bergamot, Galbanum, Lavender, Mandarin, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesCyclamen, Carnation, Honey, Jasmine, Coriander, Caraway, Rose
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Benzoin, Oakmoss, Gaiac wood, Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Tonka bean, Cedar

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Scent

7.0 (215 Ratings)

Longevity

6.5 (149 Ratings)

Sillage

6.2 (143 Ratings)

Bottle

6.4 (153 Ratings)
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 05.02.2019
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Buenolfato

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Buenolfato
Buenolfato
Greatly helpful Review    9
Horror is spreading..
Not about the scent, but about the fact that the production of Photo has probably been stopped for some time, which unfortunately somehow passed me by
So the time has come for profiteers, as can be seen from the fact that in the large online mail-order house someone actually offers the 125ml bottle, which Rossmann wasted every month for a twenties just a few years ago, for 260 euros.

I have come to terms with the inevitable and will therefore write a little farewell review to one of my favourite waters and long-time fragrance companions.

Whereby I suppose that the photo fans of the first hour like Scorpio from the end of the Lagerfeld brew are not so taken along now.
And I can understand it quite well.
The original, unreformulated version, which I got to know myself at the very beginning of my Photo-Liason, was indeed a different, better caliber than what followed later.
A real feast for the senses, especially the senses of smell.
Herb, fresh, flowery, always a bit "dark" and mysterious.
Even the opening was unusual in comparison to many other men's perfumes in this direction.
The indicated shot of photo bowl synthetics, bergamot, lavender, mandarin and all the fruit that was buzzing around; this inimitable mixture has left a deep impression on me.
The beautiful woody chord, which was later added with further spices like coriander and which determined the scent experience until the end, made Photo unmistakable for me and above all designed in such a way that I never had enough of it despite frequent use.
Something that only few other fragrances can claim from me.

And the new photo?
Yeah, dimmed down, faded, ironed smooth, sanded. Evil tongues also say: castrated.
In the mainstream, fewer and fewer manufacturers want to challenge their customers with fragrant corners and edges. Still, I liked that one too.
Perhaps also the imagination that he still possessed much of the aura of his predecessor made me graciously overlook his quirks.
At least the projection and the durability hadn't changed too much.

Anyway, now both are no longer there and I have to turn to other waters.
But not without thanks to Master Karl for a wonderful and, in my opinion, the best of his perfume creations, with which I combine many beautiful hours and experiences.
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K1

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K1
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Helpful Review    3
Classy classic but not retro
You may review this perfume but are you sure your review is trustable without considering its retro version and without considering Photo in its hey-day? Felling Photo truly needs to review some classic masterpieces, although, Photo never entered that list. But it is and was not that bad!

Photo (my review is upon my vintage version sample from my dear friend Panos) is a soft classy classic leather jacket/white t-shirt mate aldehyde spicy. Kind of fresh, kind of dandy, kind of masculine and manly floral air. Not a "boys are back in town" type of perfume but definitely "dandy is back" type!

Photo opens with deep freshened aldehyde, faint animalic-form, soft floral and all in autumnal fresh mood. Like in YSL Live Jazz, coriander and lemon play important rule in the composition. If you're in classics, Photo stays somewhere between modern and classics, not so old school, nor so contemporary.

Longevity: close to skin in lasts so long, but longevity for favorable power is about 5 hours.
sillage: Soft, light and moderate.
Scent: I love it but it's all about taste.
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
3
Uninspired fougère
Photo by Lagerfeld is a more than conventional masculine cologne with citrus, lavender, carnation, rose, spices and woody-mossy notes – shortly a fresh, woody-soapy aromatic fougère halfway Versace l’Homme (to which it is much similar) and Armani pour Homme. While the accords are conventionally “barbershop” there is a youngster, cleaner vibe all over, like in the two abovementioned fragrances – which are however both much better than Photo in my opinion. Everlasting woody-rose drydown. I wouldn’t say it is bad, it is nice and graceful instead, but also terribly dull and highly forgettable . Sometimes “forgotten gems” are forgotten for a reason...

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Drseid

670 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
3
A Picture of Oakmoss Heaven...
*This is a review of the vintage version of Photo.

Photo (vintage) opens with sparkling aldehydes and bergamot citrus to give the scent a bit of bite early before they dissipate as very aromatic lavender joins bitter-green galbanum, and powerful oakmoss rising from the base. As the scent enters its early heart phase, the dominant oakmoss remains as the aromatic lavender and galbanum move to a supporting role, as rose and carnation florals join a dark slightly dirty musk to give the green overall accord an almost musty floral undertone. During the dry-down the oakmoss and florals lose their bite as sweet honey, sandalwood and amber emerge late to soften the finish. Projection is average and longevity is slightly below average to average at 5-7 hours on skin.

Photo is one of those scents I sniffed in a magazine 20+ years ago, impressing me just enough to remember I sniffed it but not quite enough to seek it out back then. Having now semi-blind bought a bottle of the vintage juice years later I can certainly see the allure it has on its many fans. I am not a lavender lover, but the stuff used in Photo (vintage) is very nicely done with a focus on its aromatic qualities and the gorgeous oakmoss used is so strong it is near impossible not to notice it almost immediately. Where the scent falls down just a hair is in the middle phase where the musty florals can be a bit off-putting. Not to say they detract so much for me to not enjoy and recommend Photo, just be aware that this is not quite the clean scent you may think. The finishing dry-down of Photo (vintage) may be the best part of the scent as its honey note seems to come out of nowhere, really working perfectly to soften its relatively bracing green overall nature. The very good 3.5 star out of 5 rated Photo (vintage) is a great way to get a taste of a time when oakmoss reigned queen and compositions had more bite. I have not sniffed the current version of the scent but I know just from the oakmoss in the vintage juice reviewed here that one should stick to the vintage version as there is no way it can be in the current stuff (in any large way) due to regulations and with the vintage juice still selling for $20-$35 a bottle there is no reason not to go for "the good stuff".

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