Macassar (1980) Eau de Toilette

Macassar (Eau de Toilette) by Rochas
Bottle Design: Serge Mansau
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Macassar (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Rochas for men and was released in 1980. The scent is woody-spicy. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Tarragon, Fruits, Green notes, Pine needle
Heart Notes Heart NotesCarnation, Geranium, Jasmine, Patchouli, Vetiver, Cedar
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Oakmoss, Coconut, Leather, Musk

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Scent

8.7 (81 Ratings)

Longevity

8.3 (62 Ratings)

Sillage

7.6 (70 Ratings)

Bottle

7.6 (73 Ratings)
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Hautgout

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Hautgout
Hautgout
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The Massacre of Rochas
Hans-Günther Rochas is the illegitimate child of the Marquis de Ballsack, the cousin of the third degree of
Roger "Gell, des war schee" Gallet and the inventor of the "roll backwards" and according to the local news in Poppenweiler, decisively responsible for the "Wunderbaum", a disposable fragrance spreader in the form of the silhouette of an abstract conifer tree for use in motor vehicles...
Also with him one suspects the massive musical and staged influence on
Lena "Please explode!" Meyer-Landrut, who was founded in vitro by H.R. Giger under strong drug influence and who has been doing her mischief as an alien for felt 20 years.
Much worse, however, is that Hans Günther Rochas and a few other vineyard snail consumers probably took Macassar off the market due to a lactose intolerance related to the excessive consumption of Rochefort (the cheese not the actor). What's the matter with you?
Why do Lena Meyer-Landrut, Christine Neubauer, Simone Thomalla (and many other accidents from the gene laboratory in Strümpfelbach) and Macassar have to die?
A little bit of drama for a perfume review - however Macassar I can't remember in detail the overall impression very well of course... The uncrowned king of fragrances (with Ébène) and unfortunately deceased for quite some time. You wouldn't really want a relaunch if you imagined what it would look like - like turning a Brunello into a "spritzer" - who wants that?
The scent accompanied me in my impetuous 20's and made some club nights to the pulsating beat of "Bring on the Night" by Sting or "The Passenger" by Iggy Pop an experience... In my youthful carelessness I liked to smear the scent into my hair and as a result was still perceptible days later - Ai Caramba, those were still times, durability deluxe. Today my foot cream has more durability and sillage than many, current, overpriced niche waters....
Macassar was complex, heavy, noble, baroque - like a full-feathered, hedonistic comte who lets his bare-bosomed mistresses shoot grapes at his greasy belly, which then thunder against the brocade curtain like a trampoline bouncing off it...
....or like Glen Gould at the harpsichord or like Iiro Rantala at the piano to make a topical reference...I can't remember the coconut described here, the scent was completely unsweet in my memory... Well, moaning doesn't help, times are perdu.
One idea would be to kidnap the above mentioned "Z-Promis", put them all in a jute bag, hand them over to the Taliban and ask them to blackmail Procter & Gamble into relaunching the original scent or, in the event of failure, to put a couple of powerful blows on the jute bag....
I threw away the empty bottle a few years ago, I still don't know why - probably the ZDF television garden moderated by the unspeakable Andrea Kiewel was running in the background...
Dear Macassar, than a massacre in the ZDF television garden...or rather the other way around?
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ColinM

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Superb!
The opening of Macassar is one of those openings which instantly grab your attention for their uniqueness and quality. Basically, an amber-leather accord, really peculiar, ultramodern, fresh and dark, boozy and spicy, with also herbal notes and slight candied accents. It reminds a bit of that "gentle leathers" family which ranges from Bel Ami to Cuir Ottoman, but there is also a lot more. There is a terrific harmony of contrasts going on, a dusty and dry leather base blended with leafy tobacco notes, uncommon herbal notes (on the "culinary" side), with a beautiful ambery-floral-fruity side, delicate but present, warm and almost plushy in its coziness. Classic, more austere and conventional fougère drydown mostly comprising leather-mossy notes, still with spicy-floral nuances. For the first hour I basically kept thinking: "what an odd scent this is". In a totally positive way: it's exotic and mysterious, but also sophisticatedly Western in its soft and distinguished blend of amber and leather. Something to discover!

9/10
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Drseid

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Drseid
Drseid
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Fond Memories Of The Past...
Macassar opens with a slight to moderately sweet boozy fruit laden dark woody accord before transitioning gradually to its early heart. As the composition enters its early heart the boozy fruit gradually recedes, as smooth leather melds with the sweet dark woods supported by hints of patchouli and carnation. During the late dry-down traces of the leather and woods remain as the focus shifts to a mildly sweet amber and relatively clean musk duo that finish off the development. Projection is good but longevity below average at 6-7 hours on skin.

Macassar ebony is an extremely rare exotic wood. It has been years since I encountered the stuff so I couldn't possibly remember with any precision what it should smell like. What I *can* say is Macassar the perfume does immediately conjure up memories of my limited experience with ebony wood, especially the top notes when first applied on skin. The dark sweet natural woody accord mixes perfectly with the booze drenched fruit and the later developing leather to recreate that fond memory from years past, accurate or not. Throughout the leathery woods also lie just hints of carnation and a bitter green herbal accord that is likely artemisia derived. The top and middle aspects of the composition really do smell rather unique and quite lovely. The only slight mar on the near-perfect smelling composition save its sub-par longevity lies in its late dry-down as the leathery dark woods recede, slowly giving way to a well-done smooth amber and musk tandem that is somewhat less unique. The bottom line is the discontinued $350+ per 100ml bottle on the aftermarket Macassar is a very unique leathery woods focused composition that conjures up some amazing memories, earning it an "excellent" 4 star out of 5 rating. I can easily recommend the composition fragrance-wise, but the near insane aftermarket prices it commands make sampling mandatory before ponying up the cash for a full bottle. Maybe a mini is a better investment to whip out whenever one wants to recreate those fond memories of the past.

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