Minotaure 1992 Eau de Toilette

Minotaure (Eau de Toilette) by Paloma Picasso
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Minotaure (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Paloma Picasso for men and was released in 1992. The scent is sweet-spicy. It is being marketed by L'Oréal.
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Perfumer

Michel Almairac

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAldehydesAldehydes
BergamotBergamot
TarragonTarragon
FruitsFruits
GalbanumGalbanum
CorianderCoriander
Heart Notes Heart NotesGeraniumGeranium
JasmineJasmine
Lily of the valleyLily of the valley
RoseRose
Base Notes Base NotesAmberAmber
MuskMusk
SandalwoodSandalwood
Tonka beanTonka bean
VanillaVanilla
CedarCedar

Ratings

Scent

7.6213 Ratings

Longevity

6.9142 Ratings

Sillage

6.4144 Ratings

Bottle

7.3151 Ratings

Value for money

8.312 Ratings
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7.5
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7
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6
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8
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Smellavision

147 Reviews
Smellavision
Smellavision
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Fruity, warm, creamy and uplifting...
The opening of Minotaure is slightly septic with lots of aldehydes and spices, most of all the tarragon shines through. When the heart kicks in after about 30 minutes you are rewarded with floral lavender and geranium and after about an hour comes the excellent great fruity, leathery and woody base – the creamy sandalwood and fruits is what’s most prominent. It's sweet and spicy at the same time – and also floral, leathery and woodsy at the same time and the composition is finally completed with oranges, vanilla and amber. Masculine yet sweet. Somewhere in between the layers I also get the scent of rain after a thunder storm. The bottle is awesome too.

This labyrinth is well worth investigating.
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Only1985
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A classic! Not quite as strong as a bull...
Paloma Picasso Minotaurus ... yes where to start? First of all the fragrance itself, because I haven't found many fragrances that could replace it for me in this direction. Sure, the Minotaurus could well come from "Roma", but he takes this hurdle with his aging power! Great is still the prelude in which aldehyde and tarragon with a trace of coriander can be perceived. The selection of the fruits to sniff leaves more room for speculation! Would not settle them in the area south and sweet in any case!
After the start of the show, the flowers are primarily jasmine! In addition the geraniums join a little bit .... and that was it also for me, what however also completely enough I find! Unfortunately, the fragrance soon weakens a bit when "Dry", a combination of musk and sandalwood, is applied to the skin towards the end! Only if you smell it again you will discover the sweetish note of vanilla and tonka beans before the muscle power of the bull man starts to fade away!
I love that smell! But definitely does not accompany you all day long which is a pity! There is a stronger twin on one of the known sites which doesn't smell quite as balanced at the beginning but lasts much longer and when dulled it really comes close to the flair of the original!

A new edition or a flanker of Paloma Picassos Minotaurus would really be a dream ......A beautiful dream!
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SchatzSucher
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SchatzSucher
Top Review    29  
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...

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RiverRun83
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Very helpful Review    8  
Memory of a fragrance experience
I've been preoccupied with this fragrance for quite some time, it has even been one of the reasons why I joined the Parfumo community, but one after the other...

It was around the end of the 90s, I must have been around 15 or 16 when I accidentally, through a friend, came across a miniature of Minotaure. The small bottle with the mythological lettering "Minotaure" immediately aroused my curiosity.
A first sniff brought me similar impressions as Ajlen describes in his commentary with fresh sweet, flowery woody notes.
To be honest, I couldn't tell if it was a men's or a women's fragrance, because my good friend had got the miniature from his sister and I didn't know anything about fragrances yet. But I liked the scent very much, so I kept the bottle and smelled it only occasionally, because the scent made me in a good mood in quiet moments.

As it is often the case in life, the miniature bottle was forgotten from time to time and I was all the more delighted when it fell into my hands again, because the scent still excited me after years. Then after several moves the miniature unfortunately got lost, maybe there was nothing left of the content... i still haven't forgotten the scent.

Sometime the thought came to me online once to make me on the search for the ominous Minotaure and see there, I quickly found what I was looking for. Funnily enough, it was only during the research that it became clear to me that the fragrance wasn't that old in the 90s.
A real treasure trove was this community with all ratings, classifications and comments, which not only Minotaure opened up for me... but let's stick with this one.

Since I only had the memory of Minotaure left, I was glad to be able to get a bottling here through the lovely Parfuma Beautycase, for that once again many thanks.
Unfortunately, this apparently newer reformulated version has turned out to be a bitter disappointment, as so often happens. The prelude still awakens the memory of the old fragrance miniature but then in the heart note the whole thing becomes very synthetic and there is added a hitherto unknown biting undertone that makes me think of ammonia. Now I ask myself, was my sense of smell different in former times, was the experience of smell embellished by memory or did the reformulation actually strike so badly here? I will probably have to get a vintage version to check the impression before I give a rating here.
But a nice memory of a great fragrance experience will remain with me one way or the other. :-)

(P.S.: I wondered about the fragrance twinning. I have also tested Roma Uomo and find no similarity here.)

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Ajlen
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Top Review    9  
Retrospective oriental
Strange how some fragrances can fall completely out of the radar and still hold their own on the market for years. Minotaure is one of them. I used to wear it for a long time and I still didn't think about it for a long time.

Recently, I stumbled across him here again. And got clairaudient. Michel Almairac? I think he's good! Sweet Oriental? Was he like that? Not least then FabianO's commentary on the animal impact. I didn't remember that at all. In short: There had to be a bottle again and fortunately I was able to buy a vintage version for a very reasonable price.

Bäääääääm! All the memories are back. Fruits full and slightly overripe. Light flowers and flattering vanilla and tonka bean. Masculine held together by a typical 90s spice and wood combo. And: once again great respect for FabianO's nose. There's actually an unexpectedly dirty note. Discreet, but just as present to make the whole thing interesting and to make the difference to the currently so popular cleaners. Ingenious!

Only the classification in sweet-oriental leaves me a bit helpless. Sweet, no doubt about it. But oriental? From today's perspective, in times of rose and oud and all the Arab perfume brands, hardly. Rather in retrospect, in the spirit of Lagerfeld Classic and Obsession. Is there a need for an adapted classification in view of the new Orientals?

The bottle has obviously remained completely the same over the years. Chic and decorative, not overloaded. The power is typically 90s. It holds perfectly and is also space-filling. Both, of course, related to my vintage formulation.

It's great that I rediscovered this modern classic for myself through Parfumo. This autumn will be retrospectively oriental for me!
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GothicHeart

86 Reviews
GothicHeart
GothicHeart
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Lost in the maze of awe...
This is not how the labyrinth or the beast dwelling inside smelled like.

This is how ancient Knossos, after Theseus's sword and Ariadne's thread delivered it from its horned plight smelled like.

This is how a sandalwood ship, beaming her eyesome graciousness while sailing on an primordial sea smelled like.

This is how seven lads and seven maidens crowned with flower wreaths, dancing and falling in love on her deck, for their lives had just been spared, smelled like.

This is how the breath of ancient gods smelled like.

This is how the sidereal veils over Crete, bedecked by the beast's blood, whose real name was Asterion (starry), smelled like.

This is how Paloma Picasso's fragmented memories, in the morning after a febrile dream about a heroic antiquity smelled like.

This is how an unparalleled specimen of audacious perfumery smelled like.

This is how my reveries about early '90s trysts, adumbrated by the shadow of time smelled like.

Dare to be a modern Theseus and tame this beast of yore.

The Ariadnes of this world shall hold your hand for all time...
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MasterLi

375 Reviews
MasterLi
MasterLi
Helpful Review    6  
Unforgettable... one sexy beast!
Pablo Picasso was a passionate man. He lived according to his passions, emotions and desires... life, art, women, he enjoyed everything. Throughout his work he featured the theme of a "Minotaure", a mythical beast half-man and half-bull. It was often said that to Picasso this was his alter-ego. His "inner" persona, the animalic "beast" inside every man. Nearly 20 years after his death, his daughter Paloma released a fragrance inspired by this very personal theme of her father's work. The "inner" personality of her father.

Minotaure is quite a unique fragrance to me. It's a heady cocktail of vanilla, musk, fruits and citrus... with strange notes for a male fragrance, like lily-of-the-valley, aldehydes, galbanum. It's such a mythical beast!

I cannot describe every single note here but it is blended really well. I get a "vibe", of sweetness, warmth, sensuality, and human sweat. It's sweet and candy-like, but also somehow masculine. I think this perfume represents the loving, caring, sexy nature inside every man. Like male sexuality under a strong, physical exterior. You can imagine a man who has just been swimming in the Mediterranean, coming out of the water, embracing a girl. They lie down on the beach, in the hot sun... there is a basket of fruit beside them. The smell of flowers and her perfume mixed with his warm body still wet from the sea. This really is a classic fragrance for men and it's one I enjoy wearing.

I have found that this works better in cooler weather, as I once sprayed too much of this in the high heat and it was overwhelming. I think the salty, musky mix of amber & vanilla, fruits and sweat is very intoxicating. I also think that (due to the wide range of notes) this could be worn by a woman - in the same way Habit Rouge could. This reminds me of a mix between Habit Rouge and Aqua di Gio by Armani. But it's so nice! Wonderful use of vanilla in a very sexy, raw, Mediterranean & masculine way. Try it out if you get the chance to!
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Apicius

220 Reviews
Apicius
Apicius
Very helpful Review    8  
A Spritz of Marble!
Today, I am wearing Minotaure by Paloma Picasso. I wore it a lot back in the early 1990's when it was released: it was – and still is! - an oriental men's fragrance of a special kind. This special kind of oriental has to do with the world of ancient Greece and Rome. This very dry combination of sandalwood with powdery musk, vanilla and tonka bean gives me the impression of marble from Carrara – being processed by slaves in an ancient manufacture. If marble dust had a scent, it would very likely be like Minotaure!

Minotaure is not the only “marble scent”. Shortly after its release, Laura Biagiotti came out with “Roma Uomo”, and Nikos with “Sculpture Homme”. They all have this dry dustiness, and they all refer to the ancient world with their names. So, I think, maybe I am not the only one who gets these pictures. You can also describe the overall impression as dry and earthy – or better: like sand. Minotaure is an autumn scent, and also the musty smell of fallen leaves may remind you of it. As the name indicates, Minotaure is not a too artificial or elegant perfume – it is a white bull! I'd say that this earthy fragrance might mostly appeal to men who by themselves feel grounded and down-to-earth. Minotaure was the Terre d'Hermès of the 1990's.

I remember their original ad campaign: When you bought it, they also gave you an unglazed perfumed red clay fragment that you could put in your drawer. The rough texture of this ancient looking shard fit perfectly with the character of Minotaure.

When Minotaure was released, it was a powerhouse fragrance. A few spritzes of it went a long way. After my leftover Minotaure had finally got rotten, I wondered if I should buy it again. Of course, it was reformulated – but its basic character is not lost. The bull just has been reduced of some of its strength – so it is actually easier to wear. But the “marble” appeal has not changed. I'd say, Minotaure was modernized with consideration.

My review at the German Parfumo site tells a different story. That type of Minotaure that I had come across about two years ago was horrible – also tamed down, but with a very questionable twist towards Le Mâle plagiarism. I cannot confirm this is the case with the Minotaure I bought a few days ago, so maybe another reformulation has corrected some errors. After all, you cannot really be sure what you are getting – even if you think you know it from the past. Minotaure is a try before you buy fragrance.

Minotaure will not become an every day scent for me – but with its dusty and sand-like appeal it is something that one likes to wear to get grounded again, preferably on wet and cold autumn and winter days.
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Carlitos01Carlitos01 2 years ago
An oldie that deserves some attention. It's an oriental sweet, a bit too fruity and floral but with woods and vanilla in the bottom. Nice!
ElysiumElysium 2 years ago
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It's 1992, winter in the northern part of Italy. I saw this scent with such a magnetic name Minotaure. The sweetest cologne will never have.
Jazzy76Jazzy76 3 years ago
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A macho hiding a sensitive and gentle heart : that's Minotaure. Well balanced and oriental-aromatic with an unexpected flowery heart.

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