Luciano Pavarotti 
Luciano Pavarotti (1994)

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Luciano Pavarotti opens with a nose tingling blast of bergamot and lemon underpinned by slightly grassy verbena before quickly moving to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart a creamy iris is unveiled, supporting an almost dusty dulled rose, soft patchouli and powdery green oakmoss trio that's overall accord takes the fore, with a relatively dry opoponax derived honey, moderately soft leather , warm woods and slightly sweet vanilla derived accord as co-star. During the late dry-down the composition stays moderately powdery/dusty, with the powdery green oakmoss remaining prominent with remnants of the patchouli and benzoin enhanced vanilla hanging around through the finish. Projection is average, but longevity stellar at well over 15 hours on skin.

This is a tough one to crack, as Luciano Pavarotti is an extremely complex perfume with a gob of ingredients. I have heard comparisons to vintage compositions like Givenchy Gentleman and Giorgio for Men, along with more modern compositions like Dia Man, but honestly I don't get much comparison with any of them save for some similar ingredients used. If I were to attempt any kind of comparison, Luciano Pavarotti has a *passing* resemblance to the excellent, but rare vintage Bugatti Blue Bottle, but that doesn't come close to nailing the composition down fragrance profile-wise, instead being more of a starting point. The composition has a very dusty quality to it throughout, also coming off as powdery (from the significant oakmoss used that focuses near-solely on its powdery facet), but also warm woody, dry, slightly sweet, with dulled rose florals and relatively sanitized soft, dry honey infused patchouli throughout. Finally, a supporting leather facet that underpins the works is not quite suede, but more soft than rugged. It all comes together rather nicely with nothing appearing out of place, but the dust and powder do somewhat detract from the end result, especially to this power-averse writer. Make no mistake, I like Luciano Pavarotti plenty, but just can't quite get to "love." The bottom line is the long-since discontinued $90 per 75ml bottle on the aftermarket Luciano Pavarotti has an appealing dandy-like complex fragrance profile that for the most part hits the mark, only marred by its abundant focus on gentle dust and powder that keeps it from a higher rating and outright love, earning a "very good" 3.5 stars out of 5 and a solid recommendation to vintage perfume collectors who are not heavily powder-averse.
Feb 2, 2020


Anyone who has pulled ivy off a brick wall will know this smell; a mixture of dusty green ivy and dry porous brick. It's a realistic scent that, along with citrus and coloured flowers gives the impression of a sunny Italian garden.

It's an oddly rustic scene for a cultural figure like Pavarotti, one that gives no sense of his life as a world famous opera singer. But perfume is a private thing; it's possible that the smell of ivy on a garden wall held something personal for the King of the High C's, a memory of the cottage his family moved to when he was eighteen perhaps?

But all speculation aside, as well as the seeming disjunct between famous persona and private perfume there are issues with Pavarotti for Men.

The citrus and waxy floral notes that round out the picture of a garden also give a liquid feel to the desiccated ivy and brick wall, but what results isn't really a balance of textures, more like a slick overlay of the dusty dry.

A crucial element of the perfume is the natural material Liatris absolute, described on creatingperfume.com as coumarin, hay-like and with a note of tobacco. Evident right from the start, Liatris forms the spine of the structure and as the profile descends, the hay and tobacco facets fade away to leave the more durable coumarin - which is a base note. And so, because the structure is centred on a base note, the whole thing is pretty linear.

While the full set of modifiers are around the core of ivy on a garden wall the effect is strangely unbalanced but not too bad, skillful imbalance is one of the arts of perfumery after all. But the problem is, over time, and as these modifiers drop away, the profile shrinks back towards a bland and rather flat pale dusty odour. And because the perfume is slow moving and durable this latter stage goes on for a very long time and it gets a bit boring.

So, if you aren't taken with Pavarotti right from the start it's better avoided. All you can look forward to is less of the same.

***

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Nov 22, 2019


I think this is what hay from the Elysian Fields smells like and I know hay I grew up a farm boy, later all the goodness you can read from our great reviewers below.
Oct 22, 2019


An intricate aromatic aria worthy of its namesake's talent, Luciano Pavarotti sits near or at the pinnacle of dandyish masculine scents, at least as far as sheer craftsmanship is concerned.

This effortless, glimmering floral offers Guerlain/Nicolaï-grade refinement with 1990s dimension in its fresh and clean feeling. There's no animalic dimension (which can be found in distinguished predecessors like Amouage Gold Man, which offers more volume but not more sophistication), or any rough edges at all, really.

It's too well-blended for me to give a detailed note breakdown, but there's a light honeyed aspect to this that gives it its signature accord and distinguishes it from predecessors and successors.
Sep 2, 2019


Stardate 20161206:

The best celebrity fragrance.
And would not be a stretch to call it the best fragrance.
Honey,Rose, Patch, Woods, Oakmoss - mixed just right.
Get it while you can.
If you can't try the BN9 WestSide. Similar style but no cigar

Dec 6, 2016


Rich, complex perfume, less animalic than I was hoping for, but it has a nice, powdery base instead. The smell has multiple facets, and I love most of them. Smelling it up close on the skin is convincing. At a distance, something is popping out that makes it less convincing to my tastes, and nostalgic of being in high school in the late 80s and early 90s, a few years before this was released. If olfactory memory serves, something in this was making the rounds.
Jul 10, 2016

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