Vintage 
John Varvatos (2006)

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Vintage is a men's fragrance launched in 2006 by John Varvatos

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There are 87 reviews of Vintage by John Varvatos.


Like most John Varvatos scents I've used, this fragrance is much classier than the price would suggest, and it really proves. It's a mature type of scent, but it's not "real vintage" smelling. It doesn't smell like Old Spice, Brut ir anything like that. This is a different type of mature, and it has just the right amount of sweetness. John Varvatos perfectly blends classic and modern together in such a way that i just can't see anyone disliking the scent.

It's rich, warm, cuddly and inviting. The spicy and earthy top notes smell stunning. The juniper berries, fir and cinnamon are all very clear and distinct but compliment each other excellency. The tobacco scent is masculine, refined and memorizing. Cinnamon and woods make it a wonderful holiday scent. In the dry down, i also get a little lavender which actually is the only bad thing in this smell. I find it to smell a little like detergent. I get a little bit if that suede but it's not super distinct, nor does it stay for very long.

Totally to me, tobacco is definitely the dominant note. I'd either call it a dark pipe tobacco, or dark cigar tobacco. The fragrance doesn't smell black, but more dark brown, due to the tobacco accord. Cold temperatures, sit on a sofa near the fireplace, listin to music, kids are playing in the background, family and loved ones are having a good time is what come to mind when Vintage is worn.


Tobacco, leather, and the sweet smell of vintage woods. Masculine and autumnal. But ultimately short-lived.


A Drakkar Noir throwback with a touch of 90s fruitiness (the tobacco-y drydown recalls the likes of Remy Latour Cigar), this is a smart, sharp composition for folks who miss the 1980s but aren't prepared to hunt for vintage bottles.

It's well-blended with a nice dose of dark, piney stickiness, but does suffer the fate of most genre pastiche pieces: it feels a touch anonymous.


Fruity fougère, a bit sour for my taste.
Doesn't feel too vintage either.

3*

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This one is very tart and slightly juicy from a lot of rhubarb. Something boozy yet has kind of a spiced vanilla and chamomile is mixing with the tartness. The spiced vanilla seems sweet at first, but the tartness smoothens it out. I get more suede than I do tobacco. This is also a little smooth and clean from a lavender and juniper combo. Not enough juniper to make this remind me of pine...more of a subtle and green brisk feel.

Vintage by John Varvatos is definitely a brown scent and quite abstract from the rhubarb approach. This is a modern scent, but does have noticeable retro inspiration through the dark booze and leather traits. Perry Ellis for Men (1985), or the old Revlon formula of Chaz (1975) immediately come to mind.

I get a firm 8 hours of low projection from this through 5 sprays. It's a little weak but not as bad as I was expecting from the negative reviews.


An easy one to reach for when you can't decide what you're in the mood to wear. This frag will serve you well day or night.

A similar vibe to Drakkar Noir, but toned down overall with less moss and the addition of tobacco in the basenotes. There's no reason to overthink this one.

A masculine fragrance at an affordable price point that just smells good.

4 stars.

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