Royal Vintage (2013)

Royal Vintage by M. Micallef
Bottle Design Martine Micallef
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Royal Vintage is a popular perfume by M. Micallef for men and was released in 2013. The scent is woody-spicy. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Pink pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesLeather, Cypress
Base Notes Base NotesMusk, Patchouli



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Greatly helpful Review    12
Royal old thing?
Let me start by saying that I haven't gotten warm with Mr. Micallef's creations yet. I simply couldn't find any access, even though I appreciated the craftsmanship behind every single scent, it just wasn't my taste.

Then one day the name "Royal Vintage" jumped at me by chance. Royal Vintage? What's Micallef trying to tell us? Does it smell royal? Or like an old box? Well, the name had made me curious, so test it. And that's right on your skin, so you can really make an assessment, because paper strips or Kleenex are nice, but often don't reflect the true effect of a wearer.

One spray is enough. I smell bergamot, one of the fine nature, obviously not the cheapest material processed here. Bergamot is associated with a certain spice, according to the fragrance pyramid it is pink pepper. To find out, you probably have to work as a professional perfumer at Givaudan or Symrise, but ok, let's leave it at that. The top note does not evaporate, it discreetly retreats and gradually gives way to the heart note. My nose hears leather, but not in bikerstyle, no heavy, black, riotous leather, but also here very finely arranged, perfectly harmonizing with the bergamot. The dry down itself allows Patchouli an elegant appearance, in my opinion with a touch of animality, but without seeming cheap or intrusive at all.

I'm very impressed.

A kind of scent that has what it takes to replace my beloved Ormonde Isfarkand as my signature.

All year round wearable, this is also rather rare, mostly fragrances work depending on the season. From my point of view for people over 40, because the fragrance underlines and marks the personality of its wearer. And also because the fragrance, as it comes across, simply carries a certain seniority with it. Someone who stands out, someone you can see without bothering you. And yet it sets standards, making a clear statement. One to remember.

A fragrance that I don't have to worry about in the morning whether it "fits" because it always does. At the office, dinner, meeting, weekend, shopping, café. Day like night, winter like summer, early till late.

Sillage and durability at a high level, even if the competition shows that it can be even better. The bottle: at the end of the day it's a matter of taste, I don't like the part at all. Too big, too unwieldy, too tippy. Only finally banged into the sink that I was already seriously worried. Around the washbasin, not the bottle. A variant in the style of Juwel for him would be a much better solution.

And so in the end, despite the somewhat odd name and quirky flacons, a very fine representative of the men's fragrances category remains. One who made it from zero to a hundred in my bathroom.

One where I can recommend a test without restriction.

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Very helpful Review    11
Shadows in the twilight
A grassy landscape, twilight of the evening. Huge, bizarrely grown trees stand out against the almost dark blue background. Only vaguely still the recently set sun is to be guessed. The pale purple, far on the horizon to the west.
Crickets begin to chirp, and the concert can be heard far and wide. Fine fog rises from the bottom. They announce rain, the air is humid.
Fragrances wafting along, green fragrances, those of cypresses and evergreen trees of life. A touch of damp earth.
The trees stand relatively far apart and allow a view of their entire height.
One seems to wave like a fairy tale giant with the "hand".
Another one wants to mime a big dog with an open muzzle.
A third one, with a double trunk, seems to be stomping towards the viewer.
Everyone has his or her own form, reason to interpret and to create evening "daydreams". And this "dark" scent, inimitable in its uniqueness, reinforces these impressions even more. I see and smell the "Griesheimer dunes", just such a grassy landscape overgrown with pines and junipers. I can feel it. Sometimes I visit her until dawn. My way home is not far.
This "Royal Vintage" hits the spot with its fragrance. Is strong and long-lasting.
Until the long shadows become twilight, and the "shadow figures" emerge towards the horizon....
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great perfume, but the name?! are they trying to out-pretense Creed?
As a consumer group, we tend not to be very thoughtful with the reconsideration of old ideas. Theres a large bin called retro, and we throw used-up trends into it, repurpose them and then buy/sell them to each other. Bell-bottoms, skinny jeans, goatees and handlebars, macho tattoos, bow-ties. As for fashion, I can’t quite decide which is worse, the ill-considered use of jeggings or the deliberate exploitation of the bell-bottom.

But M. Micallef takes a more considered view of the men’s power frag from the 1980s in Royal Vintage. The long-lasting memory of the power frag is unfortunately the stereotype. Huge, loud, clumsy, uncouth, and dreadfully lacking in subtlety and self-reflection. The power frag was the logical outcome of the fougère having been turned from a classic into a muscle-car. What the fougère always had going for it was the weight of history. Suavaliere, unbuttoned guys from the 1970s could delve as far into polyester and disco as they chose, Paco Rabanne Pour Homme and Azzaro Pour Homme had their backs. Their cologne tied them back to a tradition of masculinity and propriety. The fougère got bigger and louder and brasher and memories of propriety went the way of the 60s business suit and pre-Camelot hat.

Chanel Antaeus, Bogart One Man Show, Krizia Uomo, Calvin Klein Obsession for Men, Patou pour Homme. These newer, even-louder, brutes called the fougère’s bluff and and went for broke. Envision the the fougère as a portly Harley Davidson balanced on a slim kickstand. The kickstand, the premise, the lavender, the last bit of gentlemanliness was effortlessly kicked away, and the hog fell dead to the ground.

The 80s became the age of the ten-octave woody delinquent that came to be known as the Power Frag, as in power fragrance. As in power tie. As in power lunch. As in power dressing. The 1980s was the 1970s with more volume, more cocaine, higher aspirations and not even a vestige of conscience.

Why would we want to look back to that era at all? Very good question. But you know what? The power frags were on to something. The better iterations, especially the original Antaeus and Dior Fahrenheit were spectacular. Arguably, what men’s fragrances did in the 1980s is what the better women’s fragrances did in the 1920s, which is to let their balls hang out. The key tones were woods and spices (and in Fahrenheit’s case, gasoline) Botanical, chemical? Who cared? Many of these fragrances were under-edited, and volume concerns (the era of the broken car alarm and hair-metal) were minimal. The power frag can be distilled to two attributes: woofer-busting spiced woods, and a degree of dryness that makes a classic chypre seem positively sweet.

M. Micallef learned these lessons well. They both adhere to them and break them consciously, all the while knowing what the rules of the game are.

I was a young adult during the power frag era, turning 20 the first week of 1982. I embraced and embrace the power frag. Done well, it’s a sight to see. But I still flinch inwardly on smelling one on someone else. They became associated with a particular flavor of man from the era. His defining characteristics are vanity, extroversion, greed, anti-intellectualism, distain and bigotry. He is captured perfectly in the phrase (not my own) the Dicky Boy.

M Micallef deserve praise for rescuing the power frag. They have managed to cleave the Dicky Boy from the Power Frag and we all benefit. Vintage Royal is parched-dry, covers the full choral range and even beats its chest a little bit. And it is as pretty as Antaeus was. Antaeus’s secret was a tailored loudness. Vintage Royal similarly comes at you voice raised to the heavens, but it has perfect pitch, and it has a lovely invigorating quality. The woods and the spices match perfectly, and there is even a hint of the high-pitched octane of Fahrenheit. In classic power frag fashion, the drydown of Vintage Royal has a smoldering feel. The composition is predicated on so many long lasting wood and spice tones that the drydown, while coherent, feels like a summary of the opening. Same shape, same range, though not quite all the voices, but with an added smile. The best of the power frags had a little smirk to them, an attribute the Cool Water set stole and exaggerated to clownishness. Vintage Royal plays it just right.
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Micallef Jumps On The Aventus Badwagon (Bandwagon)...
Royal vintage opens with a synthetic pleasant smelling pineapple accord with an underlying almost red apple-like undertone and a hint of smoky birch. As the scent enters the heart phase the pineapple remains in a slightly more subdued state while the smoky birch increases in strength and becomes the real star of the scent through the rest of its life-cycle. Royal Vintage is completely linear and once the birch appears in full force in the early heart that is pretty much what the scent offers throughout. Projection is very good and longevity is excellent at 12 hours on skin.

What a complete disappointment. Ignore the inventive list of notes Micallef provides, as this is really very much an obvious Aventus type "me too" release with its synthetic pineapple and smoky birch driven linear tandem. The truth is Micallef does a very good job of capturing the spirit of Aventus, with Royal Vintage tilting more to the smoky birch instead of the pineapple. Royal Vintage also keeps the performance aspects of Aventus relatively well-intact with projection and longevity both not quite as strong, but almost there. Potency is if anything even stronger than Aventus to my great chagrin. The bottom line is as I dislike Aventus primarily due to its smokiness that wears you down over time, it should come as no surprise I really dislike Royal Vintage and Aventus is more balanced and smoother in comparison. This ridiculously redundant similarly priced release of an already barely average scent gets a poor 2 stars out of 5 and an avoid recommendation unless you are an Aventus fan that wants more smoke and does not want to worry about potential batch inconsistencies.
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