B683 2020 Extrait de Parfum

B683 (Extrait de Parfum) by Marc-Antoine Barrois
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B683 (Extrait de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Marc-Antoine Barrois for women and men and was released in 2020. The scent is fruity-spicy. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is still available to purchase.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top Notes Black pepperBlack pepper Green appleGreen apple CuminCumin
Heart Notes Heart Notes Violet leafViolet leaf SafraleineSafraleine Laotian oudLaotian oud
Base Notes Base Notes VanillaVanilla Indonesian patchouliIndonesian patchouli Australian sandalwoodAustralian sandalwood

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Scent
8.370 Ratings
Longevity
9.067 Ratings
Sillage
8.266 Ratings
Bottle
8.565 Ratings
Value for money
6.744 Ratings
Submitted by Hatka, last update on 04.01.2023.
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Elija16

71 Reviews
Elija16
Elija16
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B683
The most carnal expression of B683. Long time fragrance collaborators Marc-Antoine Barrois and Quentin Bisch are back at it again offering us a new magnificent addition to the house. B683 Extrait advances the original's intention. A sensual and captivating leather to be worn as a second skin with an intense and remarkable trail. With this reinterpretation, the two creators offer a deep dive into the most captivating character of B683, an immersion into the heart of this perfume and its signature: the warmth and depth of a woody-leathery accord. In its extrait form, its intensity surges to become an authentic “patchouli leather.” Building on that incredible base, the other notes come in to shape its form with tactile sensuality. Pepper and cumin vibrate throughout its composition, oud wood enhance the accord’s density while the vanilla brightens it with a caressing roundness. charismatic, sensual, enigmatic. This olfactive creation invites you to discover the universe of these couturier and their vision of timeless elegance.
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Landshark321

335 Reviews
Landshark321
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Apple pie and leather, amped up variation of the EDP.
Doing a long-overdue proper sampling of Marc-Antoine Barrois B683 Extrait, the follow up to the original B683 EDP, both of which remain available (the Extrait does not replace the EDP, in other words), which is great, since, while having some similarities, there are some notable differences. The EDP has all the makings of a modern take on a men’s signature scent, and I love it for that. The Extrait has a significant amount of shared DNA with the EDP, but the Extrait has a couple of aspects that are more accentuated.

Overall it a slightly spicy, sweet, woody mix that feels like a cross between apple pie and leather, with notes of pepper, violet leaf, oud, vanilla, cumin, and green apple. And it’s specifically the aspects of leather and apple that are more prominent than in the EDP, which is a little milder and more of a fresh/spicy mix (still with pepper and other spices, but more so blended with woods).

As expected, Extrait is denser and higher-performing than the EDP, and, in line with the notes, makes it a better fit for cooler weather and nighttime than the EDP, even though the EDP is almost perfectly versatile, itself.

Overall, like the EDP, B683 Extrait is outstanding, combining modern sensibilities with something classic and grounded. It has the effect of being provocative and new while still having comforting attributes, and being highly useful, even if not quite the jack-of-all-trades that the EDP is.

B683 Extrait is sold at various great boutiques like Perfumology and Luckyscent (I got my sample from Perfumology), and is available in a single bottle size, $330 for 50ml, to the EDP’s $210/115 for 100/30ml.

8 out of 10
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For a change, a real extrait!
So after 'B683' and 'Ganymede' now 'B683 Extrait de Parfum'.
Three fragrances, with almost identical DNA: a modern leather accord that develops entirely differently than we know from classic leather concepts, such as a Cuir-de-Russie.
Marc-Antoine Barrois' trio unfolds its leather accord from the dry spiciness of pepper and saffron, which here confronts us in the form of Givaudan's scent 'Safraleine': the bitter-leathery aroma of the tart spice, pimped with nuances of tobacco and rose. Grassy damp violet leaf and the cool woody aspects of a fractionated patchouli, now and then called 'patchouli coeur', or marketed by Givaudan as 'akigalawood' (the perfumer works at the association!), complement the leather accord and form a kind of Barroisian scent framework.
From the olfactory arsenal of Givaudan comes another substance that urgently needs mentioning, because it is especially in the two 'B683' fragrances clearly in the game: 'Ambroxan', or more recently called 'Ambrofix'. It is characterized by a sweetish, again tobacco and slightly salty ozonics, and synthetically represents a small section of the much broader fragrance cosmos of ambergris.
For Ambroxan haters, which I count myself, this is of course an imposition, but I must confess that the beargwöhnte synthetics here surprisingly does not bother me so much.

As cool-smooth as the leather is in the EdP, as if you were entering a chicly styled shoe store; in the extrait, it starts to come to life, softens, suddenly has roughened areas. At times, an implied intimacy replaces the otherwise stylishly sober aloofness, but it quickly fades away, leaving only the flirtation with the daring. The couturier, especially when his name is Marc-Antoine Barrois, always keeps his composure when it comes to leather. Others would probably think of animals: castoreum, for example, already blessed with leathery facets, or even civet and hyraceum, which - God forbid! - which in the end stained the noble footwear with fecal matter, as if one had accidentally stepped into an unattractive legacy. No, such antiquated Ferkeleien have in a modern Ambrox saffron concept of course nothing to look for.
Pity, really.
Anyway.

We'll have apple for that, green apple.
When I read that, I thought to myself, oh dear, this is going to be fun.
Anyone who grew up smelling screechy loud apple shampoo, like me, has learned to distrust this scent.
Wrongly so.
The apple smells here namely pretty good. Somehow not really natural, but still good. That is at all the strange thing about the Barrois fragrances (as in actually all fragrances of Monsieur Bisch): they smell terribly synthetic, as if all the notes contained in it, which read so natural at first, are at best nature-identical, not to say: fake. Still, I like his scents, at least most of them. Apparently Bisch has found a signature that allows him to turn supposedly inferior synthetics into something valuable, artful, even if the source material of those apparent synthetics is of natural origin.
The Extrait of 'B683' is a perfect example of this.

In addition to the apple, the cumin also smells somehow not real, and yet it gives the fragrance in a short phase that certain something: an artfully shimmering erotic physicality, but which, barely flashed, already disintegrates again to the chimera. A chimera, which I sniff enthusiastically after.
Also the oud, supposedly even genuine from Laos: yes, it's there, but strangely de-oudized. Without the appearance of any natural origin and reduced solely to its medicinal nuances and a few shy wisps of smoke. Likewise the patchouli brought in from Indonesia: stripped of any dank, creaky gothicness by fractionation. And even the sandalwood seems to have never really seen the Australian wilderness, too smoothly polished, too sterile it seems.

And yet: it smells great!
Especially the combination of apple, cumin and leather is, despite all artificiality, really apart. For my taste, it could have been worked out even more clearly, because it is unfortunately quite quickly overlaid by the sweetish-woody ozonik of the fund, which spreads visibly like a thick, heavy blanket over the fragrance event.
All these oddly styled notes develop a lush volume and a dense, velvety texture remotely reminiscent of old Guerlain extraits. That's because, unlike the many perfumes and extraits foisted on today's consumers (which are basically just slightly higher-concentration eau de parfums), this is a proper extract, with close to 40 percent perfume oil content.
One actually dabs such a highly concentrated perfume, but even dabbing would seem anachronistic given the radically modern scent language. So it is sprayed. Fortunately, the spray mechanism is designed so that only the smallest amounts are nebulized into the finest droplets.

Unlike 'Ganymede', the extrait of 'B683' remains just so close to its wearer, or wearer, without dragging miles of scent behind him. In terms of persistence, the Extrait surpasses its two predecessors, however, by lengths.
Here, too, the fragrance behaves like comparable high-proof extraits: steady and slow development, instead of space-blasting detonation; clear and long-lasting presence, without knockdown of the counterpart.

Whether I will like this fragrance in the long run, I do not know yet. I admire it because of its artful execution and its modernity. Possibly I am however already too old, in order to let me be kidnapped unreservedly by it.
I still remember well a colleague more than twenty years older, who in 1988, when I wore 'Cool Water' enthusiastically for the first time, gave me to understand that he was definitely too old for such synthetics. It may be that I feel the same way today, although I try not to become conservative. But, I confess, it's increasingly difficult for me to
So, I'll probably work my way around the two 'B683' fragrances for a while yet, with an uncertain outcome.

But you have to hand it to the Barrois/Bisch team: they have created a fragrance logo that congenially captures the work of couturier and menswear designer Barrois. That hasn't been done in a long time. Vincent Roubert achieved a similar feat 90 years ago: he created the legendary 'Knize Ten' for the Viennese men's outfitter Knize. Twenty years later, Edmond Roudnitska composed a comparable signature fragrance for Hermès, the famous manufacturer of horse saddles and leather bags: 'Eau d'Hermès'. Here, as there, leather goods play a central role, here, as there, leather is reflected in the center of the fragrances.
'B683' is, in a sense, the 'Knize Ten' of today. Unlike its famous predecessors, however, it only cryptically refers to its manufacturer in the naming: 'B683' is in fact a homage to 'B612', the planet of Saint-Exupery's 'The Little Prince'. Barrois changed the number sequence according to his birth data: 6/83.

For the time being, 'Ganymede' remains my favorite of the trio, but the Extrait - just behind it - visibly reduces the gap.
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BertolucciKBertolucciK 12 months ago
9
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8
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8
Longevity
8.5
Scent
Apple with suede, sweet and spiced with cumin. The violet leaf gives an ozonic vibe, the oud creates the contrast making it slightly musty.
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RisingChaosRisingChaos 1 year ago
10
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9
Longevity
8.5
Scent
Earthy oud lifted by lighter notes of apple, violet, spices. Hint of leather, touch of sweet vanilla. A more pleasant OFG. Nuclear strength.
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NicheOnlyNicheOnly 1 month ago
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Mainly sour apple & oud/violet w/ little warm spices, makes me think of Warheads soda. Definitely better longevity. Fall-winter, masc.
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EstbienlaEstbienla 4 months ago
Exactly the same as the original (EDP) with slightly animal Oud
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Dan93Dan93 8 months ago
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Good performer, with a steriod cure for the EdP with minor changes to the DNA of the scent! The EdP is better, but less performing!
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