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When wild bulls become tame oxen
Today I felt like wearing Minotaure by Paloma Picasso again This was one of the fragrances I owned at the very beginning of my "fragrance career". I think I remember that it was about 2-3 scents. Very clear compared to today :-D
The Minotaur or Minotaurus is a figure from Greek mythology. Don't worry, I'm not giving a lesson in history or mythology now I found the name actually quite fittingly chosen, he was a very powerful representative at the time of his appearance. Expressive, persistent, masculine, spicy, with a slight animalistic undertone.
But this one was never so violent that it would trigger escape reflexes in me. Who knows me a little bit, knows about my reservations about animal scents In principle, I like it otherwise a bit quieter and more sedate, with the typical exceptions that confirm every rule. Because especially in the colder season, fragrances are allowed to be a bit of a buzz, even if they don't necessarily have to have a radiance from here to the next outskirts of town ;-)
The fragrance portfolio of Paloma Picasso (whose daughter this is now, I certainly don't have to tell anyone, do I?) is quite clear and Minotaure should remain the only men's fragrance. It's actually a bit of a pity, because under this name beautiful and interesting fragrances were offered. And only the signature scent Paloma Picasso and Minotaure have made it up to the present day and are a bit of a stepchild a bit offside.
I would like to describe Minotaure as a "threshold scent" between the very opulent 80s and the somewhat backward but equally exciting 90s, because in the original version there are still many features of a powerful 80s cracker.
A prelude with slightly soapy aldehydes, herbs and sweetish notes, probably represented by the undefined fruits. This doesn't really start off quietly.
Then a flowery heart joins in quite quickly, with geranium and jasmine being the most obvious. Also there it does not get much quieter for the time being. Quite fast the base with a sweet tonka-vanilla combination becomes noticeable and unmistakably also this slightly animalistic tone, which rather puts me off when it becomes too obtrusive. Here, however, this slight animalistic undertone provides a fine and subtle sophistication that gives the fragrance a certain kick. Musky notes are probably responsible for this, but maybe a fine touch of pussycat has been added.
Unfortunately, the scent process takes place in a real pig gallop, so that one has difficulties in recognizing and naming its facets. That is very unfortunate I was wondering what that might be about Minotaure accompanied me from about 1992 to 1996, until it was replaced by other fragrances. And about 3 years ago I thought to myself "oh man, Minotaure is still around, why don't you take this one with you, it's on sale anyway"
And that's when I noticed this very urgent process, when I had no idea at all about terms like reformulation and IFRA guidelines.
Until I was able to read a little more into the matter here on Parfumo and became wiser and was able to shake my somewhat greyer head This is then a plausible explanation for the loss of durability and radiance.
If the original version was a real daredevil, a wild bull, which trampled and snorted immediately and had a decent durability of at least 8 hours, together with a proper veil of scent, the bull, which had become a dear little ox, mooed up strongly at the beginning and then the strength left him quite fast. After 3-4 hours it has mooed and projection is only noticeable in the first half hour.
I am certainly not the person who sits down and laments every reformulation, but here I have noticed very clearly how the scent has suffered.
Even if one still recognizes it, the scent seems to me a little like hollowed out or pitted.
In the past, I used to see the fragrance more in the cold season because of its strength, but the current version of Minotaure is also suitable for milder temperatures.
Richer by a few insights, thanks to this page, I will consume the remaining millilitres in the 75 ml bottle and then say goodbye to Minotaure from the heart.
We have experienced a lot together, wild years and a lot of fun. But we both got older and calmer and I concentrate on other fragrances. And so some things may be emptied...