The Tycoon 2017

The Tycoon by St Giles
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The Tycoon is a popular perfume by St Giles for women and men and was released in 2017. The scent is spicy-green. The longevity is above-average. It is still available to purchase.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesGalbanum, Honey pomelo, Green lemon, Ginger
Heart Notes Heart NotesCypriol, Black pepper, Nutmeg, Celery, Magnolia, Tea
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouli, Labdanum, Oakmoss, Castoreum

Ratings

Scent

8.773 Ratings

Longevity

8.669 Ratings

Sillage

7.869 Ratings

Bottle

8.165 Ratings

Value for money

8.213 Ratings
Submitted by M3000, last update on 04.05.2021.
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Jazzbob
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Helpful Review    8  
Retro Shaving Soap Chypre
The headline says it all: The Tycoon shows himself as an old warhorse who has made himself comfortable in his executive chair and values tradition, but also comes across as somewhat gruff and whose word carries weight. Some of these qualities are still important in leadership positions today, but the line to toxic masculinity and a lack of willingness to compromise is quickly crossed and can bring many problems.

In terms of perfume, of course, it's much less critical to rely on old values. Bertrand Duchaufour has definitely been inspired by the genre of chypre and the style of the 80s, and right from the start the fragrance shows itself to be strikingly masculine and tart and thoroughly opulent. The citrusy top notes immediately combine with the bitter-green facets of galbanum and oakmoss and are further supported by nutmeg and pepper. This still gives The Tycoon a certain spiciness, which is however moderately chosen. I also detect a subliminal earthy-mineral mustiness reminiscent of Terre de Hermes, but this is by no means a fragrance twin (nor is Bohemian Lime, by the way, which is more modern and transparent). As fresh I would not classify The Tycoon - I would have expected with the notes, however - and thus he sounds primarily woody-earthy-mossy and due to its dry bitterness almost smoky effecting.

As I could determine today at work, he is also not so restrained, because although I had sprayed in the morning in wise foresight only once each on the two wrists, the scent is so far well perceptible. However, the amount of oakmoss(-substitute) annoys me quite a bit. If it is to go in such a bitter green direction, then I prefer Jovoy's Incident Diplomatique - but this one doesn't come off so well everywhere... Such fragrances and personalities just don't want to chum up anywhere - that's a good quality after all.
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AlexandraZi

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The Tycoon
This one is for an extremely well put together sharply dressed day, crisp and fresh chypre. To me it’s a modern take on an old school classic, it’s got real staying power too and will easily carry you through a full day wear. It opens green and spicy with that citrus and ginger bringing freshness and a real zing into play. It’s so clean and easy to wear, it gives you a real sense of confidence. I can see it being a top seller!
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TSampson

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Class in a bottle.
this opens up blasting you with that combo of citrus and spice. Not harsh at all, very inviting. This settles quickly before the green notes of oakmoss, pepper and nutmeg take more affect. It feels like vvery mature juice that can easily make you feel confident.

Sillage on this is brilliant and the longevity is good enough with 8 good hours before becoming a light skin scent.

Fantastic work from the house of St Giles!
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Marcella88

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One of the best on the market!
Ginger and lemon at the start give the feeling that we are dealing with a classic mens cologne, but we are wrong. Galbanum and grapefruit join the first notes to give an unexpected and spectacular twist to the fragrance. A fragrance that is fresh but with body and a spectacular performance. The spicy heart, and the bass of moss and castoreum, among other notes complete this magnificent creation!
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Lovefragrnce

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Lovefragrnce
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Fresh
It is a loud piercing peppery fragrance that cuts through the air. It is a fragrance for the assertive confident and bold. I can imagine a boss in a smart fitted suit talking on the phone about a business move is about to execute wearing this!
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Donovan1986

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Highly recommended
The Tycoon is such an excellent fragrance for men, and confident women. The scent lasts all day, very fresh with a spicy kick to it which is lovely. Only need a small amount.
Highly recommend!
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AdamWaite

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I took a risk & love it!
Always a bit of a risk buying aftershave without smelling it first.
However, this smells really nice; strong and fresh, rather than heavy and musky.
Came in nice packaging and you get a lot for your money. You can feel the quality of the fragrance when it’s on your skin.
Really pleased overall, would make a good Christmas present for whoever is nicest to me between now and December....
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FvSpee
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Top Review    51  
The Great Lord (three attempts)
The smell

Duchaufours Tycoon is perhaps one of the 30 most beautiful and one of the 5 most fascinating fragrances among the nearly 1000 I have tested
A prelude of brilliance and opulence: muted, lush, woodsy natural tones. Bitter and darkly alienated pomelo citrics; cool, powerful, deep green booming galbanum basses, the supposedly firm ground vibrates threateningly peppery. Perfect balance of nature and artificiality; highest unconventionality, but no trace of exaltation. Mastery and self-control. A wide opening to the outside world was alive and well: neither a landscape, nor just coldly intimidating architecture. Violence lurks. But tenderness also slumbers, or is it only hoped for?

Confusing hours: Attractive, creeping pungency of ginger and creeping spice of felt cardamom. Woody, heavy, strange and mysterious nut grass. Electrifying: mysterious magnetic attraction. Disturbing: Does not let itself be seen in the cards. Soon the highest danger (hot natural rubber, poisonous toads and insects), soon moderate harmlessness. The vegan dish in the contract killer canteen? Hand in front of your mouth: Who on earth is that ?

Infinite conclusion: Sixteen long hours of transformations, becoming calmer, but never quite calming. Warm flower bouquet (conditionally believable), soft flushes, leather sofas with tropical wood fittings (still deeply saturated). At the very end long dark-sweet finish: shaded Arsène Lupin.

The Edition

Master Duchaufour creates beautiful collections for private individuals. The dilettante (which originally meant lover and not pejoratively) can act as editor of a fragrance series without having to learn to be a perfumer himself. That is practical. The results are impressive. Neela Vermeire's India series, made entirely by BD, contains some mediocrity, but also Trayee, for whom the whole series has more than paid off. The "creative director" of this fragrance series here is Michael Donovan; I'm not sure what his direction was, apart from engaging the super nose, I don't know exactly.

The series consists of The Tycoon (The Tycoon, or The Oligarch for that matter) and the four other professional fragrances The Writer, The Stylist, The Mechanic and The Actress. The Actress, the actress, is also in English only female, the other four names have the charm in English to be grammatically as unisex as the fragrances are marketed, although I don't know any tycoons and the mechanics are still relatively rare. I do not know the other four fragrances. Also on Parfumo they are hardly exposed.

The entire series of five is still available, either in the online shop of St.-Giles / Michael Donvan (St Giles Fine Fragrances) or exclusively through Selfridges. The price is the same here and there, namely 130 pounds sterling for a 100 ml bottle. For "The Taikun", the fragrance with the force of a typhoon, certainly not too expensive.

I'm a little bit in love with the bottles, but I'm massively in love with the boxes. Art Deco at its best, I could hang it all over my walls. Just as beautiful as the boxes in the unisex series by Tuttotondo, which are more colourful and cheerful Art Deco. Maybe I'm crazy, but it's a selling point for me. An empty TT-carton is on the shelf in my office.

The name

Taikun (Great Lord) was the honorary title of the Japanese shoguns and is used today for super rich and super powerful captains of industry and finance. The word used to exist directly from Japanese: Taikun. F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Love of the Last Tycoon" is still called "The Last Taikun" in the German edition (although the book is about an American business leader and not a Japanese shogun). Today, German is impoverished by this word, and we also write English "Tycoon".

In older texts about seafaring one could have read as well: The ship of the shipping company from Mexico City docked at the Cayman Islands and supplied itself with cashew nuts and other provisions. Today there would have been Cayman Islands, Mexico City (which is actually special nonsense, because if anything, then Ciudad de Mexico) and cashew nuts. A pity actually. By the way, on the Cayman Islands they would not put in food anymore, but for money laundering.

A cultural-historical investigation would be needed to find out why journalists tend to name the really big oligarchs (the small ones are also named after animals such as the building lion and the financial hyena) after titles of rulers from the East: Apart from tycoons, I can think of tycoons, moguls and tsars; also alliterative: media mogul, newspaper tsar and, well, steel magnate or oil magnate, but cereal magnate sounds better. As further variations I hereby suggest: Sock sultan, toast tenno and sausage vizier.
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Benedikt2019
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The Silence Creeper
Wow, what a scent was allowed to get under my nose here - thanks to Noreans! The subtle name of the perfume, "The Tycoon", caused numerous images to float around in my head even before the first fragrance tasting. At the beginning I had to think directly about "Wolf of Wallstreet" and CEO's in their tailor-made suits, wearing sunglasses and with a thick sled under their butt...

...but when tested, this picture did not come true. We are not dealing with a pretentious money-maker, but with pure understatement. You could make associations with the executive floor, but we are dealing with a boss who is present but unobtrusive, strong in appearance but not ostentatious, well dressed but not overdressed and well-groomed but not dolled up. A real "quiet peddler" who has already proven himself enough and no longer has to show off his skills by his appearance. He likes it minimalistic and at the same time high quality. Every word he says is thoughtful, because he deeply detests mere gossip. Consequently, his fragrance underlines exactly his character and it is not surprising that he has chosen "the Tycoon" to complete his fragrance...

...A fragrance that is extremely scratchy, dry, slightly spicy and subtly powdery. Its dryness radiates a certain freshness that cannot be denied. The galbanum and labdanum also give it a slightly resinous undertone, which I like very much. Oak moss, on the other hand, is responsible for the light, scratchy green cast. Pepper and ginger complete "the Tycoon" by giving it a slightly spicy-hot component. With all the scent images, one might think that the scent could be over-titled. Funnily enough, the opposite is true, as "the Tycoon" is quite straightforward and the components intertwine perfectly. Here nothing is too much, not over, nothing is left out. In this respect, it resembles a good book, where you get the feeling that not a word too much has really been written here!...

...This also applies to the durability and sillage: both in the solid midfield and matching the "Leisetreter". In numbers, this means that you will be pleased for a good 7-8 hours and the surroundings will notice everything on a good meter. A great scent for the office and not only for the executive floor. It doesn't scare off anyone and emphasizes the calm sovereignty of its wearer. One would entrust him with any task, as he radiates the serenity of a man who can no longer be shaken by anything....

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Leimbacher
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Top Review    22  
The end is also the beginning
"The Tycoon" is an ice-cold, futuristic chypre interpretation, an office stallion from 2055. citric steel girders entwine themselves around masculine dirty windows of pepper and nutmeg, grey in grey, high quality up to the sky, labdanum and oakmoss as backbone. Absolutely stunning and horny. Pardon my French. If you are a Duchaufour fan, you will get your money's worth. I wonder why St Giles as a collection is not much wider on everyone's lips - because if "The Tycoon" sets the direction and quality, there's no way around a test of the rest of the representatives from the scribe to the meshanist...

"The Tycoon" is one of those scents that makes you horny again on our hobby. Effortless and arrogant. On the bright side. A silverback gorilla with the thickest eggs in the world, but these are well wrapped in finest silk in light grey and without seams. "The Tycoon" smells delicious and cool, sublime and luxurious, contemporary and timeless. Success and understatement poured into one flacon. A green-emotionless winner that makes everyone from "Platinum Egoiste" to "Noir Anthracite" look old in this subgenre. This is no Jeremy, but the Harvey Specter of fragrances. Worth every one of his 130 pounds. My point. If it's the best you want on this...

Flacon: typical niche, nice enough
Sillage: almost perfectly balanced
Shelf life: 8 hours + possibly some extra charge

Conclusion: one of the biggest, coolest, driest and most humorless bull's-eyes Duchaufour has ever chiseled out - and those who know and appreciate this legend know that this can only go in the direction of a masterpiece! "The Tycoon" is one of the finest fragrances I've had under my nose for years, an office god and almost perfect!
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