Lapidus pour Homme 
Ted Lapidus (1987)

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There are 72 reviews of Lapidus pour Homme by Ted Lapidus.

Freaking MONSTER! I love it! The Charlize Theron kind.

This should be assigned reading. A mandatory part of every collection. Cheep as chips. Come get some!

Its a glorious love letter to masculine perfumery. Written by a sky writer. The honey, the rose,, the patch, the jasmine! A juicy, iconic burst leads things off and it improves from there to one of the best dry-downs I can think of. Heavenly.

Closest comparison for me is Issey Miyake Intense. Also Quorum, without the ash.

Projection, duration and Sillage are off the charts. They don’t make them like this anymore, but they should.

Thumbs all the way up.
Nov 19, 2021

A fascinating loud blend of aromatic grass, mild spices, oakmoss, resins and conifers. A must have for any powerful fragrances-addict. A particular out of royalties powerhouse (not properly a classic in its loudly and no-stereotyped dandy and futuristic fruity/honeyed formula) with several points of connection with two high pillars of bold virility as Ysl Kouros (paradoxically I'd say "more assertive" in its "built body" freshly incensey testosteronic machismo) or Balenciaga Pour Homme (points in common especially with this slightly more formal latter Balenciaga's one - oakmoss, honey, woods, patchouly, benzoin/vanilla, resins, spices, civet, conifers, rose etc). Actually while Balenciaga is more soapy, gentlemanly and formal Lapidus is brasher, fruitier, sweeter and more "minty/coniferous/boise" in its rebel nature. While Balenciaga is a classy impeccable and intellectual man of the world/clubman Lapidus is a sort of rebel blatant down town cousin. I'd say that Lapidus, with its futuristic boaster balsamic/vanillic (spicy-coniferous) approach, is one of the precursors of a more contemporary clubbing-dark sweetly balsamic trend (more properly embodied by its younger parents Lapidus Black Soul and Black Extreme). Opening is a intoxicating blast of honeyed cloves, sugary pineapple, balsamic neroli, hesperides (bergamot in particular) and aromatics (conifers and aromatic grass). I get intoxicating and aromatic crystals of synth amber by soon. I furthermore detect a notable green/aromatic presence provided by grass, artemisia, pine needles and probably a tad of mint. Jasmine (more than rose) is kind of imperial in here, a sort of vanillic balsamic honeyed woodsy "projectful" jasmine, the real avant-gard soul of the olfactory fatigue while woods, patchouli and oakmoss (plus aromatics and animalics) provide a more classically chypre "anchored to tradition" dry down. Balsams, woodsy resins and talky woods afford a final soapy/poudree cool vibe. Patchouly is the real star, a sort of darkly vanillic floral patchouli quite virile, cool and unapologetic. Still more than appreciable after the IFRA regulatory dispositions this juice is nowadays a renowned icon of dandy virility although not properly an immortal "piece of masterpiece". Still nuclear the projection for this great compliments getter among ladies. This fragrance could bè better to wear along the fall or winter seasons since I find it too honeyed, loud, resinous and fruity to well perform during the sultry and humid mediterranean summers. Better for a down town night out or for clubbing, I'd not recommend it for a daily office-wear. A must have for each sweet animalic powerhouses-passionate.
Jun 15, 2019

This is the fragrance that can step up to contend with any vintage masculine edt

2 sprays is...
A monster that makes people sneeze that come into your personal space

After six hours this fragrance morphs into a milk and honey promised land scent that turns heads...

A must try for old school frag heads....

It may not a masterpiece, but it’s a bonifide raging juggernaut...
Nov 14, 2018

Designer Ted Lapidus launched a masculine nearly a decade before this, one that has all but been forgotten about as a late 70's "me too" in a smoky tobacco and leathery style that was probably better suited to the 1960's. But while Ted Lapidus Pour Homme (1978) serves as only a historical footnote obsessed about by elitest collectors wallowing in the delusion that older and longer discontinued is better, the rebooted Lapidus Pour Homme (1987) proved a far more potent and memorable beast that became a poster child for the "powerhouse" 80's style. The scent is notorious for it's virile undercurrents and strong fruity top, both of which were uncommon in a decade filled with loud but stiff oakmoss scents. It did spawn several flankers, but appears that most of them live in the shadow of the original, which is often called a staple 80's period piece for hobbyists interested in the masculines from the decade. The scent also was a marked shift towards more floral powerhouses that would seek to take the reigns from the mossy and woodsy ones from the decade's beginning, sort of straddling that 1880's-meets-1980's neon dandy aesthetic, and the more austere forthright masculine scents from the late 70's and early 80's. The previous Ted Lapidus Pour Homme was something of an inbetweener too, so this trait being present in the latter Lapidus is unsurprising. The bottle shape epitomizes the steely power and prestige of the 1980's businessman, the "Gordon Gekko" stereotype, but this scent is anything but about business, unless the business at hand is that of making love, to anyone, anywhere.

Lapidus Pour Homme opens with lemon and pineapple -an opening accord later revisited by the much more upmarket Aventus by Creed (2010)- surrounded by light and sweet heart notes of honey, jasmine, and rose. The base is where all the masculine growl in this scent lies, being a sandalwood and patchouli foundation with that same civet/civetone-powered "man skin" glow that Kouros first brought into the world in 1981. Unlike YSL's unabashed and homoerotic ode to machismo, Lapidus tries to come across a little more foppish and colorful, being the Andy Warhol to the Tom of Finland that is Kouros. Projection is of the intercontinental ballistic variety and longevity is that of a radioactive isotope probably found in said missile, so use with care. The drydown is where the similarities between the two uber-masculines really seems clear, but the obviously fruitier and more flamboyant journey Lapidus takes appeals to my sensibilities just a tad more, as I've always been one to prefer the scenic route to my destination if time allows. There's rose here, mixed with honey and jasmine, all notes that would become hallmarks of future floral powerhouses that would cap off the 80's decade before aquatics took over. The base of civet, sandalwood, patchouli, and oakmoss is also pretty strong indicator of where the powerhouse genre was headed in it's final mutations into the early 90's. This scent is just so jubilantly chromatic to me, so joyous in it's exclamation of it's own masculinity and virility. It's not an "alpha male" jock stereotype staring you down across a basketball court with backwards-turned cap, but a man in an open shirt, large belt buckle, and white leather pants, ready to make you feel as you never have. It's here to make it's presence known, but not here to loom over anyone menacingly. You'll feel like the late Freddie Mercury in his trademark yellow jacket, mixed with a bit of Boy George, but with the muscle and martial prowess of Jean-Claude Van Damme. This stuff walks softly and carries a big stick. Well, at least I hope that's just a stick anyway.

Lapidus Pour Homme is a gem among powerhouse masculines and one that reportedly survives modern IFRA regulatory reformulations well, since it was never very heavy on the things now frowned-upon by the organization. It definitely stays just left of any real genre classification outside the powerhouse category, and is a pure abstract creation so far as I can tell. I can imagine the delight among guys in the 80's discovering it's rather unique nature after slogging through the glut of oakmoss and bergamot bombs popular then. It's still a compliment-getter in the 21st century, which is a rarity amongst middle-age scents such as this, since it's not old enough to be considered timeless but certainly not quite relevant to what's going on in male perfumery these days. It's good for 3 seasons of the year but a bit too resinous for hot summers with the honey note. Despite my personal love for it, I wouldn't call this right for everyone, because not every guy is going to enjoy loud, tacky, fruity, and full of "feel like makin' love" swagger, but whether it was the 1980's or nowadays, I'd certainly be put on guard by any man walking into the office soaked in this stuff. It's not a must-buy for every guy, but definitely a must-try for everyone as this simply has to be experienced by anyone seriously into male fragrance: it's that much of an encapsulation of it's era. Lapidus Pour Homme is best used on weekends and time off, days running errands when you wish to cut through a crowd or be the center of attention. Be careful, this old tiger still has his stripes.
Feb 8, 2018

Not getting any fruit in Lapidus pH. It's all powdery rose and patchouli. Similar to Kouros, so if you're a fan, try this.

Impressive performance. Projects and lasts all day.
Oct 31, 2017

I love this and cannot wait for the cold weather to wear it, that's the downfall to Lapidus, it's very limited in what kind of climate you can wear it in. This really truly requires bitter cold air to enjoy it's sillage, that and if you apply more then 2 sprays, it's overwhelming, for endless hours. Anything over 60 degrees and it's a nauseating powder bomb but in cold weather, it's this awesome patchouli and oakmoss combo that's creamy in feel.

I had a love affair with this stuff all last winter and wore it quite a bit so I know this scent like the back of my hand. I have a first edition flacon with the blue printed batch code on the bottom and it's the best formula. Lots of note separation with a fat and sweet amber note bathed in incense. I don't really get too much in the way of pineapple or honey in this. The best part for me is the soapy red rose in the heart notes which unfortunately only lasts for about an hour. The drydown is good but not really my favorite. This stuff dries down to a boat load of oakmoss and patchouli and if you accidentally over apply which is very easy to do, the sillage is choking and super powdery that never lets up. 2 sprays from really far away is all that this stuff needs, the walk through approach. It's kind of an intimidating scent to wear as the sillage is over the top ridiculous, absurd actually and kind of unnecessary. I mean, who really needs perfume that's this strong? Was this Ted Lapidus' intentions or was that just the outcome? If you over apply it's a horrid experience where the really long lasting grand finale is patchouli and oakmoss for days that continually projects, it never really let's up where the impression becomes musty like but when applied very lightly, Lapidus produces a fabulous smell. I firmly believe that if this mix was an 80° concentration and not 85° it wouldn't project as aggressively. I know that sounds like it doesn't make sense but the oils in perfume will volatilize faster when the alcohol concentration is higher, and at a slower rate when there's more oil which amounts to less 'sillage'. The one thing I learned from wearing Lapidus Pour Homme is how to properly apply a nuclear strong perfume that took a lot of trial and error.

I gave a 30ml vintage flacon to my boss once upon a time because he loved it on me. I made it a point to stress how strong this is and to apply it with caution. He said he would spray some into his hand after a shower and rub it all over his neck, chest and shoulders really quickly like. The sillage that wafted from him was nice and smelled nothing like it does when you sniff Lapidus up close, at least to me. Believe it or not but I always perceived the overall smell as a fuzzy kind of patchouli scented fabric softener, soapy like that was the olfactory color of dark teal and dark green, more dark teal though. Weird I know but it was pleasant, maybe this is because he applied very little over a spread out area. As an FYI for any guy who's interested in trying this out, the reformulation is not even close and is a sad sad shell of what Lapidus is supposed to be. You need to grab a flacon with the '85% VOL' logo that's embossed onto the front right hand bottom corner. Please don't waste your time with the reformulation. That was the first formula that I had ever tried of Lapidus until I got my hands on a vintage flacon and was blown away. I will say that the reformulation of this is atrocious.
Oct 18, 2017

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