Lancôme (1985)

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Sagamore by Lancôme

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Sagamore is a men's fragrance launched in 1985 by Lancôme

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Reviews of Sagamore by Lancôme

There are 28 reviews of Sagamore by Lancôme.

I have smelled so many fragrances that came out of the mid-80s, and I have come to expect a certain character and sensibility. It was a time where masculine fragrance wasn't exactly equated with subtlety, and while there were some compelling and stunning fragrances at that time, they were often those which put a loveable braggadocio above charm and grace. There is however, Sagamore.

What a stirring composition, one that makes its presence known, but yields to its wearer. It is not flashy, but it does have panache. A chypre that conjures up the likes of Shalimar, Habit Rouge, Le Troisieme Homme de Caron, but somehow is more nuanced and ethereal than any of these. Take for instance the most dominant note of clary sage, which has subtle, almost tea-like facets that round off the lavender, petitgrain, and bergamot. The spices and florals in the heart are tempered with this styrax, vanilla, and sandalwood, and just when you think Sagamore has dried down to a whisper, its sillage returns and you're reminded of how nuance can help you appreciate the present all the more so, and to use your senses mindfully, moment by moment.

A stone cold stunner.

If you can find some of this,in Vintage, at an acceptable price, grab it. Sagamore follows a similar path as Bois du Portugal, Nicolai New York (and Intense), Chanel Pour Monsieur. The bloom of the heart is a little softer and dry down is closest to 80's Vintage PM.
It runs a little warmer than all of these.
For me Pour Monsieur Vintage 80's and back edges out all the others by it's timelessness.
The others tend to be for the Older set.

*This is a review of original formula vintage Sagamore.

Sagamore opens with significant aromatic lavender, infused with just a touch of light sanitized jasmine before moving to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart, the lavender vacates as a green geranium tinged rose and carnation floral tandem takes the fore with trace hints of the sanitized jasmine remaining in faint support, joined by mossy-green oakmoss rising from the base. During the late dry-down the composition turns decidedly green as the florals vacate, leaving the oakmoss to take claim as the focus through the finish with remnants of the sharp, green geranium to add a balancing additional lighter green touch. Projection is average but longevity excellent at well over 12 hours on skin.

Sagamore (vintage) has built a legion of fans over the years, and when coupled with its mid-80s release a blind buy seemed a relatively low risk endeavor. Now wearing the composition many times over on skin, the assumed low-risk has proved true - Sagamore is a winner. There are a lot of winners from the great 80s (my favorite decade for perfumery), so the *real* question is whether Sagamore stands out from the already strong field of its 80s peers, and that is much less of a "sure thing." The composition does not particularly smell complex or innovative to this writer... It is a well-crafted classically structured green aromatic all the way with a significant floral heart. Indeed the rose and carnation florals found in the composition's heart are probably the best thing about it, with the oakmoss and geranium keeping the "green" motif throughout. Once the florals vacate, the late dry-down smells good, but far from superior to so many others of its time. The bottom line is the $120+ per 50 ml bottle on the aftermarket original formula Sagamore impresses, but the "very good" 3.5 stars out of 5 rated composition doesn't really distinguish itself from its generally excellent peer group except in its higher cost, yielding a somewhat hesitant but positive recommendation to vintage 80s perfume lovers.

Sagamore is a grubby funk of bay rum and bodies.
But not being content with a spicy shebeen, it heads to an Ambery-soft boudoir.

Sagamore feels like the inspiration behind Havana; and also Cuba - but there you stay in a dirty drinking den.

If new Sagamore is the same as the old brown bottle, I can't say: but if Havana to you is like rum to Long John Silver, you probably want to start digging up this buried treasure.

Note: Review is of the 'current' version.

I haven't tried the vintage version of Sagamore, but based on reviews and comments I have some idea of what it can be like. The version of Sagamore I have tried from my sample is the re-release. This is completely at odds with descriptions of the vintage I've read. Even if a perfume is stripped of oakmoss, there remains the skeleton essence - as is evident in the overwhelming majority of reformulations. Sagamore smells completely different, with vague, soft spices and florals (jasmine) over an indistinctive base of woods and musk. It is what I imagine Le 3me Homme de Caron would smell like if diluted to 40% and considerably cheapened. Both sillage and duration are sub par.


Lovable precursor to Beyond Paradise and Zanzibar.

Lancome's Sagamore comes off as a dewey, bamboo-like iteration of a citrus and sandalwood fragrance. It is slightly grassy like Japanese green tea and blobby and indistinct in texture in the way that over-blended mall counter scents from back in the day such as the men's Lauder line are. It smells out of focus, if that makes any sense. This is not a dynamic juice for extroverts and night club hopefuls, but rather a comfortable, contemplative creation for taking one's day slowly. I can't help but wonder if CK Truth for Men was intended to be a retelling of the same tale using modern ingredients?

This one isn't likely to wow anybody but if you're looking for a watercolor sandalwood that smells vaguely of melon you will be quite pleased with it.

The perfect song to describe this would be Mizuiro no Machi (watercolor town) by Spitz.

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