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Antaeus Review

February 19, 2009

Launched in 1981, Antaeus is Chanel’s second masculine. Antaeus is named after a hero from Greek Mythology, who was extremely strong as long as he stayed in contact with the Earth. Which made him vulnerable when lifted into the air and got him crushed by Hercules. Weakness aside, he was a manly man, who killed men for their skulls to build a temple to his father, Poseidon.

antaeusAntaeus is many things, but it’s not manly. As it’s sprayed, there are lots of warm moss and wood notes apparent. Slightly spiced and leathery too. It’s an old leather jacket. One that’s been worn for years, cracked leather with buttons re-attached and treated like a friend rather than an object, and just taken off so it’s still warm.
The heart is mostly dried flowers to me. I think there is some kind of Frankincense or something here too.
There is also a baby powder note to me. Really very talcy. As soon as I notice the baby powder note, it takes over the fragrance for me. The drydown is baby powder with harsh woody notes and leather in the background. To me, there are similarities in the overall smell between Antaeus and Bandit. But Bandit doesn’t have the talc note. Antaeus is also in the same vein as Miss Dior, which is why I think that it would be better on a girl than it would be on a man.

Top: Lemon, Lime, Coriander, Clary Sage, Myrtle, Lavender
Middle: Thyme, Basil, Rose, Jasmine
Base: Castoreum, Leather, Oakmoss, Labdanum, Beeswax, Patchouli