Ted Lapidus pour Homme 
Ted Lapidus (1978)


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Ted Lapidus pour Homme by Ted Lapidus

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Ted Lapidus pour Homme is a men's fragrance launched in 1978 by Ted Lapidus

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There are 16 reviews of Ted Lapidus pour Homme by Ted Lapidus.

Precursor of the modern "niche" (the inverted comma is intentional...), it is a perfume in which castoreum, olibanum and aldehydes play at the forefront. The leather accord is dry and slightly smoky, not greasy and soft Kouros-like. Olibanum with that resinous and incensed scent which is dampened by aldehydes and green notes; I am simply speaking of green notes because, in the marasma of dark and earthy notes, the various notes in the pyramid do not distinguish much... As I said, it is a forerunner of the perfumes you find today in those pretentious shops that sell even more pretentious bottles shiny and full of chemical substances that imitate the natural ones that have now fallen into disuse due to multiple factors. In any case, here the castoreum is the real one, the olibanum as well .... and this difference is very noticeable. It has excellent grip, a trail that I would define as "right" and a discreet projection (ehh yes, it's not a monster of projection, it's not screamed or rude, none of that, on the contrary...). Beautiful men's, remained on the market for less than 10 years, from '78 to '86 if I'm not mistaken, unfortunately today very very difficult to find. I'll make do with my bottles.

Patience is the key to tame this beastly monster. Not for everyone. Not old-fashioned or obsolete yet! The way classic perfumery makes scents truly shows you the art behind the making of perfumes.

Ted Lapidus pour Homme is dirty and animalic, leathery and smoky. It starts off as a very pungent citrusy & aldehydic scent then the leather creeps in soon after. These are the most permeating notes of this fragrance to my nose.

Once you start accepting the harsh leather tobacco, spicy animalic that has an austere burning smell you will discover it's uniqueness and hidden manly beauty. It is not a 'making love' perfume, it is the scent of dirty, sweaty sex.

Now if this doesn't put a tiger in your tank, I don't know what will.

Most fragheads who have done their homework on powerhouses of the past are well familiar with Lapidus Pour Homme from 1987. However, there was a formidable predecessor from nine years prior, Pour Homme Ted Lapidus (or Ted Lapidus Pour Homme?), and it blows any current leathers out of the water in just one spray. TF Tuscan Leather is niminy-piminy compared to this behemoth.

This opens with a conflagration of conifierous aldehydes and citrus (surprisingly retained for the most part in my vintage bottle) that soon yields to dirty jasmine and undulating frankincense. The real showstopper though is the hairy-chested leather and muscled castoreum, which suggests that this is the rugged sugar daddy to Hermes Bel Ami. I get major Fire Island Pines summer rental vibes.

As it further dries down, Pour Homme gets smokier, more shadowy and sultry. A sultry bubble of uber-masculinity. I picture aviators, moustaches, tight Levi's, and a white t-shirt with a pack of Lucky Strikes rolled up in the sleeve. I can hear the underground classic from 1980, Foxy's "The Party Boys." I am actually in the Palladium, and a gent offers me a bottle of Rush (yellow label, with the lightning rod).

What was that a fever dream, or was it a fantasy? It doesn't matter either way, as Pour Homme is the "lucky strike" of fragrances.

Ted Lapidous pour Homme(1978)
I oversprayed this the first time I tried this and those who know this scent will maybe chuckle but other than some vintage Paco Rabanne this is the only vintage original I have. It was like all the sudden a '78 T-top Trans Am pulled up and some macho guy with a gaudy open collar shirt and a leather vest got out and decided I needed a hug. I didn't. He squeezed the breath out of me. Needless to say I was eager to bail on that wearing. Approaching this more cautiously this time out I have to say I am impressed. The opening is really fantastic I pick up a perfectly placed rum note amongst the sage and aldehydes and the leather and musk is really well done. I mean it screams 1978 but does it well. If I ever had the means to search out other disco'd 70's gems I could only hope they would turn out smelling this good. Thumbs Up!

Just an amazing treasure, oakmoss at its best, in perfect play with the olibanum. Really masculine, for a tough gentleman. 10/10.

Ted Lapidus was a designer originally known for his unisex haute couture in the 1960's, making this very masculine fragrance something of a surprise as a male counterpart to his heady feminine perfume debut Ted Lapidus Vu in 1975. Three years had passed since that one first hit shelves, and the Ted Lapidus brand, which had since dropped couture in favor of ready-made accessories and fragrance, hooked up with L'Oreal and Speidel-Textron; the former of whom helped compose his fragrances, and the latter who distributed. These were the days before The Bogart Group bought the fragrance division of Ted Lapidus and it inherited the trademark loudness of Bogart designs; before Lapidus Pour Homme (1987) would really put the brand on the map as a maker of dynamic powerhouse masculines (which it still is today); and long before everything came in a column bottle with a built-in sprayer head a la Bogart fragrance. Verily, this initial masculine debut - simply labelled "Pour Homme" but often distinguished from the latter masculine bearing the same name by being referred to as "Ted Lapidus Pour Homme" (which is still confusing to be honest) - didn't even come in a spray format initially. Ted Lapidus Pour Homme isn't wild, or cutting-edge like every other masculine bearing the Lapidus name;but is a rather forthright scent that falls into the "unapologetic macho" category of the mid-to-late 70's, when Disco raged, flower print shirts with high-collars were left unbuttoned, and huge medallions adorned hairy chests. A man could get away with mutton chops for the first time since the American Civil War ended, and he could wear this out on his Saturday nights.

Ted Lapidus Pour Homme is first and foremost a leather chypre, with familiar aldehydes and lemon in the opening. To read the blurb on an original 1978 carded sample: "An exceptional and original fragrance of incense, wood, leather, and rum. It is the perfect combination of the French tradition of quality, and the American Spirit of modernity and boldness". I can't say I entirely disagree, outside of the "perfect" part, since there was competition for this kind of thing back then. I do detect the rum in the opening, which sets it apart from the aforementioned leathers, and gives it an almost feminine sweetness not unlike Revlon's charmer Charlie (1973), but it doesn't stay there long when bergamot, thyme, sage, and coriander come to dry it out as the middle approaches. Spruce as listed comes into the middle, but pine wood is pine wood to me, and this doesn't feel like it; although the "spruce" is a step above the gentleness of sandalwood. After that, jasmine, leather, and patchouli come in next, but the patchouli is cancelled mostly by the smoke of vetiver and birch; which when combining with the rum up top and aforementioned incense, creates a tobacco ghost note that by proxy makes Ted Lapidus a leather and tobacco scent, even if tobacco isn't explicitly present. Castoreum gives us the animalic kick in the pants needed to take this to super macho land, but the herbs in the top combined with the base's olibdanum, labdanum and buttery oakmoss connect this to things like Caron Yatagan (1976) and Punjab by Roberto Capucci (1979). If anything, Ted Lapidus is a bridge between those buttoned-down leathers and the "ride 'em cowboy" affairs of Chaps Ralph Lauren (1979). Best use is fall and winter for personal enjoyment.

Ted Lapidus Pour Homme was sadly a newcomer scent that got buried in a glut of established designer masculines in the late 70's and early 80's transition from aromatics to powerhouses. It is a very high quality, potent, and sophisticated leather scent that has the beating chest of an alpha male in one hand, but the raised pinky and overcoat of a true gentleman in the other, with that boozy rum and incense acting as the link between them. The latter enters the drawing room, and after a cigar and glass of bourbon, becomes the former and is ready to go a few rounds of fisticuffs for that sideways glance you cast him earlier. As a leather scent, this is utterly fantastic, but because it was retired after only just shy of a decade in production due to the house relaunching with Lapidus Pour Homme, it can get ridiculously expensive for surviving full bottles, meaning it's not worth the chase unless your pockets are deep or patience is extremely high. In conclusion, this is amazing stuff if you're a fan of "the 70's brown" era of spiced aromatic masculine perfumery, and if your ride of choice is a malaise-era luxury barge making 125hp with a smog-choked 8-liter big block; but if you're looking for something both powerful and truly unique, you'll want to skip forward to the bizarre but lovable rainbow scream that is the 1987 Lapidus Pour Homme. Ted Lapidus Pour Homme is a good representation of a forgotten, unloved style, that's more collector's prize than functional so many years after its demise. Thumbs up

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