Lagerfeld Classic fragrance notes

  • Head

    • aldehydes, bergamot, nutmeg, orange
  • Heart

    • cedarwood, tarragon, jasmine, iris, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, tobacco
  • Base

    • amber, oakmoss, oak, opoponax, tonka bean, vanilla

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Latest Reviews of Lagerfeld Classic

I like this aroma for the fact that there’s a narcotic accord in the sillage that runs throughout the development well into the far dry down. It’s the combination of opoponax, tobacco, patchouli and rose. The only problem is that these 4 luxurious notes that have been blended to utter perfection are being muddied to death by far too much opoponax, orris root, sandalwood, musk and amber. The overall impression it gives me is incense ashes, super dusty, musky and moderately powdery but just really far more dusty, warm and dry. It feels completely from another era of times long past. Antique, relic. Dust everywhere, endless room filling dust. Big and billowy, incensy brown resins with just a touch of make up powder and musk.

Cool cologne that’s completely unwearable. There’s a bit of grandmas perfume floating around in there too. My nana who was 84 when she passed, that was in 1994, exclusively wore up until her death Germaine Monteil’s Royal Secret pure perfume from 1935. I remember it vividly. The overall aroma and feel of Lagerfeld reminds me strongly of this perfume.

This review is based off of an original formula splash flacon of Lagerfeld Cologne with the frosted sides. The color of the liquid looks like root beer.
10th March 2023
Despite being released several decades ago, the composition of this fragrance still feels modern. The combination of aldehydes and sweeter notes creates a fascinating scent that is definitely worth experiencing. If you're looking to give your olfactory senses a bit of a workout, I highly recommend giving this fragrance a sniff.
2nd March 2023

Lagerfeld Cologne it was called, not classic. The 1978 bottle came with frosted sides and was a splash. It was a soft oriental and not overly sweet, but avantgarde really arty and a child of its time..., not a brutal beast. Longevity yes, but no powerhouse, that was the original version, wich i still have and fully enjoy. The later Classic is a awfull mess and has nothing in common with the early bottles, really. Same as with King kouros, theres no comparisson with the very early edition, and the nowadays batches wich are an insult. Cologne is pure Art and i love it.
29th March 2022
This fragrance is everything that today is not. Class, style, elegance, personality and charisma. It's the 70's and early 80's in a bottle. It truly coolides with the 80's mentality of mixing business over lunch. Sexy, professional and likeable. Cheap in price but this is not a cheap perfume... It oozes class. Any collector who appreciates fragrance history and wants to explore the scents of days gone by needs to take a look at Lagerfeld Classic as it clearly paved the way for masculine orientals. The kind of scent you wear with a plaid button up khakis a decent a leather blended watch and brown dress shoes at a family Christmas gathering next to a lit foreplay drinking spiked eggnog.

Powdery, classical fragrance that relies on spice, wood and amber with a lot of extremely dense detail complimenting it and requiring many wears and time spent with it to really uncover it's beautiful complexity. This one starts off fresh and aromatic with citrus embellishments mingling with the aldehyde but quickly supported by the powerful tobacco, sandalwood, amber and florals that give Lagerfeld Classic a very heavy spice rock and oriental presence that is warm and rich in cold weather. If you're looking about blind buying this, you have to ask yourself one question. Do feel like getting lucky with a special old lady? Performance used to be absolute beast mode. The current formulation is good at +8 hours with good projection at the beginning.

Happy Nowruz!
21st March 2022
I have a 30ml of well-preserved vintage Bethco Lagerfeld, and wowee zowee, is this in my wheelhouse.

My oh my, this is time travel, this is a precious elixir capturing another era, a reminder of many rugged, dapper souls who have come and gone. It took me back at least 30+ years. I remember this, it was deep in the recesses of my memories. Would I wear this out? You bet your sweet bippy I would, and I would strut with aplomb and pay no mind to naysayers.

This opens with a fierce blast of aldehydes, citrus, and tarragon. I am thrilled that these top notes were preserved as we frag heads know that most of the time, a vintage acquisition is a major risk where top notes are completely off, terpene degradation smells like death warmed over in an art studio, alcohols are tragically acetylated to Cutex, and you cry as you wait for that hellfire meltdown settles and hope the heart is salvaged. Not here, my friends, I scored jackpot (perhaps smaller bottles are less likely to turn so wildly?).

The heart is powdery sandalwood and orris, rose-tinged yet fiercely masculine (in a 70s way), and the base is a hairy chest musky vanillic amber with that orris merging into tonka, which I find in other in frags as well and just love that symbiosis. Young folks, remember, I am 42, and I even I am pretty young for this according to the current mainstream, so beware, unless you truly appreciate the classics on even a higher echelon.

Who's your daddy?
8th March 2022
I own the current Lagerfeld Classic from Interperfume.
Smells lovely, strong, masculine and have great sillage and longevity, at least on my skin.
The drydown reminds me of Kouros, its sexy and animalistic.
20th January 2022
This review is based on my experience with the Lagerfeld Classic Aftershave in the splash bottle as opposed to the EDT. Lagerfeld is a musky, powdery and warm fragrance that has good performance. It is a masculine scent although I think it could potentially pass as a unisex fragrance. Some say it is a bit dated and while I would agree, I believe it is still very wearable but probably more suited to an older man. In the opening the hint of rubbing alcohol is present initially, but then as I am using the aftershave that is to be expected. Musk, tonka and a hint of vanilla are all there in the opening, and as Lagerfeld dries down the floral notes begin to rise to the fore making for a nice well rounded scent. Lagerfeld Classic is one of the more elegant masculine fragrances of the 70s giving more classy vibes, perhaps it is because of those rose and jasmine notes. The amber also gives a nice warmth that brings it all together nicely. I like this fragrance but it is not something that I would wear frequently. However I can see why this fragrance became popular and continues to be appreciated by many. If the aftershave is good then I can only imagine that the EDT must be even better. Even the aftershave has a great performance, the good sillage for the first couple of hours and the scent lasts at least 5 hours on me. This bottle of Lagerfeld Classic Aftershave was gifted to me many years ago, and although I appreciate this fragrance and am happy to have it in my collection, it is probably not something I will replace once my bottle runs out. Still, this slightly dated fragrance gets 4/5 from me.
15th August 2021
Classic Is classic. One of the great Seventies masculines, truly a child of its time.

Soft brown leather, chypre, a powdery cloud of roses, aldehydes on top giving it shape; it smells old fashioned but it still smells good.

Even though Classic is dated, it doesn't smell passé. It's still somehow relevant today, and its echoes can be heard in Marquis de Sade, and Scent, amongst others.

For me, Classic rises above period and style to become - if not timeless - a kind of archetype. It touches several corner-stones of perfumery; and for this, and the fact that it smells wonderful, the hubris of the name can be forgiven...

If you want a thick, ambery-leather (floral) with a dark brown ambience, look no further.

Because Parfums Lagerfeld has changed hands several times, Classic won't have survived in it's original form. So, if this is your thing, get an old bottle to avoid disappointment. The address on the box to look for is 318 Bureaux de la Colline, 92213 Saint Cloud, that was the brand's first home.

6th September 2020
A gorgeous spicy orange tobacco with musk and rose. I don't understand the naysayers. This fragrance is worlds ABOVE anything that has come out in the past 20 years. Like all old school powerhouses, you have to have patience. The opening is a BOMB! But when it all develops and dries down it becomes one of the all-time classic GEMS! Especially when you spray your shirt. I LOVE IT!
2nd July 2020
I bought Lagerfeld Classic without having smelt it first, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else. I purchased it based on its many excellent reviews and also because it appeared to be in line with many of my favorite fragrances: Obsession for Men; Opium Pour Homme; Aramis; Jaipur Homme. However, this stinks on my skin. Something in it makes me think of an unwashed animal, and I can only think it must be the musk. I can't think of another musk fragrance that smells like this; I really love Kiehl's Original Musk, as well as the wallet-friendly Jovan White Musk, and they don't stink to me. Past the odor, yes, I can smell other notes, mostly tobacco, orange and vanilla overlaid with aldehydes.

I committed to wearing this to work, so it's with me all day; afraid it might stink to others, I asked a coworker what she thought and she assured me it doesn't stink, but smells "cheap." Not a glowing endorsement.

I'm afraid I'll have to pass Lagerfeld Classic along, and hopefully one of my friends will love it enough to give it a home. After all, that's how I came to find Bijan for Men - it didn't work for someone else, but I found it fascinating.
27th May 2020
I asked for this as one of my gifts for Christmas 2014 and have worn it around 20 times, including today.

I'm sad to say it's the only scent in my collection that I just cannot wear - it's almost nuclear in strength and projection and too far outside of what is contemporary or acceptable in current times.

I have loads of 70s and 80s colognes such as PR Pour Homme, Versace L'Homme, Polo Green, Obsession and enjoy them all but this is just too far out of left field for me - a massive pass and be cautious of blind buying.

It's probably how Joop Homme could well be perceived in 20 years time.
24th February 2020
I love the smell of Lagerfeld Cologne. It reminds me a lot of Jovan Musk. This was my fathers signature scent. Lagerfeld will always be one of my go to fragrances. If you love the classics. You'll love this.
22nd February 2020