Number 3 / Le 3ème Homme / The Third Man 
Caron (1985)

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Created in 1985 and inspired by the title of the film directed by Carol Reed, Le 3ème Homme by Caron is a tribute to the elegant man played by Orson Welles.

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There are 121 reviews of Number 3 / Le 3ème Homme / The Third Man by Caron.

TLDR: Good (3/5). Interesting spiced florals bracketed by herbal lavender & citrus in the opening and the classic Caron basenotes. Distinguished.

This fragrance is not so much the charming roguish Wells as Harry Lime in the film for which the scent is named, but rather the slightly out of date, unflappable Wells who shilled for Perrier and Paul Mason wines in his later years to pay the bills.

What always struck me about those ads was the way Wells retained his dignity while doing something he must have felt represented a profound come down. Le 3ème Homme is similarly unflappable and dignified. The scent is structured as a fougere. Yet, there is so much of a floral heart and so little moss in the base that the description really doesn't give you much insight into this scent.

This fragrance is tightly blended. It is possible to pick up some specific notes, the carnations and the rose, for example, but other elements like the cinnamon which spices the flowers are just suggestions playing important supporting roles in the composition.

The overall effect of this fragrance is somewhat calming. It creates an aura of restrained dignity which accompanies the wearer in any situation they may find themself.

It does feel dated. As others have said, it feels more a creature of the 1930s or per-war 1940s than something from the beastly aromatic heyday that was the 1980s.

So to sum up, this fragrance is dignity personified. It is something of a gender bender in the heart notes and it is dated. So, inasmuch as I have hit the wall with the current hoards of Sauvage/Aventus type fragrances and sweet semi-gourmand scents that resolve into ambery woods, I really enjoy this fragrance because of it quirks. Worth sampling for lovers of older style scents.
Apr 26, 2021

All I can say about this is that I purchased it, tried it twice and then sold it. It did nothing at all for me except made me regret purchasing it because I had read on here that it is similar to the long discontinued(shame) Ghost Man. Nothing like it at all.......
Nov 25, 2020

If you want your perfume to make a big splash, launch it on a small pond. And there aren't many smaller ponds than the masculine floral.
Third Man is a white floral fougère,* with a gritty overtone and powdery amber rising from the base. There's not much to it really, making it suitably simple - but still 'daringly' floral for a masculine.
It's nicely done but it gets a bit sweet by the end.


Part FB, bought second hand

* Fougère : Michael Edwards - Fragrances of the World
Sep 29, 2020

The evocative name Caron chose for this scent may be my favorite name for any masculine-branded fragrance ever. I'm not sure how much the scent ultimately suits the film of the same name (there's no undercurrent of mystery or danger here), but it does suggests a kind of old-fashioned European elegance.

That said, as pleasant as it is, I don't find it a particularly interesting entrant in the dandyish spiced floral subgenre, and, as far as I can tell, its primary claim to fame is that it has survived changing cultural tides and IFRA longer than many others in this vein.
May 30, 2020

Ultra classic barbershop powdery fougere beautifully done which in and of itself is a winner in my book, with a carnation/clove spicy accent. You must be good with that as it takes and retains center stage. The magic touch is the jasmine that gives the composition a "romantic," distinguished, classy touch. A tad too sweet on the vanilla in the drydown for my taste but I'm nitpicking.
A winner
A man sporting this together with his Lady in Bellodgia would make quite the intriguing scented pair (for the carnation lovers)

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May 28, 2020

If Eau Sauvage had adopted Caron's Third Man as a boy, he would be very proud to see how he'd turned out as a man.

The dry down is perfection.
Nov 27, 2019

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