Vintage Antaeus Thread

relus

Basenotes Junkie
Mar 21, 2019
20210410_164612.jpg heres the utif sticker, barcode is on the box, but thats all, no nr on the bottle, bottle was still sealed...i think i have enough antaeus now....i think both bottles should be 80, early90s editions, but maybe the basenotes conaseurs can pinpoint the exact years. Chanel antaeus is a huge scent....
 

N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer

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I read the topics regarding antaeus, but is early 2000s still something you would buy, or is 80s, and 90s always the editions to go by? ( in general i always think vintage has the original dna), how would you guys consider this towards antaeus? Just curieus.

Personally I would stick to the earliest bottles as possible. I don't about you but owning a bottle of the original formulation transports me back into the early days of Antaeus, going back in time to experience for what it was in those years. The 1980s would be my preference, I wouldn't suggest anything later than the 1990s.
this is a 100 ml edt with half of the juice still in it...no box, batchnr is 3605. The smell is heavy and creamy.

Either it's December 1985 or April 1994.
 

relus

Basenotes Junkie
Mar 21, 2019
Personally I would stick to the earliest bottles as possible. I don't about you but owning a bottle of the original formulation transports me back into the early days of Antaeus, going back in time to experience for what it was in those years. The 1980s would be my preference, I wouldn't suggest anything later than the 1990s.


Either it's December 1985 or April 1994.

Agreed, and thanks for the feedback bro!
 

RC.

Super Member
Apr 28, 2013
I still have a tiny bit of the sample of that New York Dark Juice that Barvard gave me and every time I apply some it blows me away. If anyone has some and wants to do a Vintage-for-Vintage swap, I've got what I believe to be a '96 Paris-only splash bottle ("6405" embossed on the back, no writing), no box, 90/100ml, that I'd love to swap for it (See back of bottle in Bavard's post below as to what I'm referencing). I'm willing to trade for a lesser quantity. I'll gladly provide additional pics and info if anyone is interested. I hope this is okay here, since this is where the Antaeus heads are. Cheers.

I got this Paris only splash today from a fellow BN'er.

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That New York dark juice is still my favorite, but this is nice stuff.

Looks awesome, RC.

Here are some more pics of the New York-made splash with the darker, more-floral juice you like:

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Bavard

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Jul 20, 2015
I’ve done more comparisons of various bottles, and I tend to find something in each one that I like. My wife agrees with you, RC, and others that the version in the 100-ml NY-made splash has something extra in the opening, a sweaty note, she says, that makes it better.

For me, slightly more recent versions (late 80s or 90s) are just as good, or Antaeus Sport. My wife, like the samplers in this thread, says they’re just not the same.

The 50-ml NY-made splash has the same labeling (bottle # 6 of 7 in the picture below, counting from the left) - nothing to indicate it’s different. I know you thought it wasn’t quite the same, and I think I can tell which is which, but I can’t say that I prefer one.

For my wedding, which was this month, I ended up going with three bottles: the 100-ml NY-made splash and the two sprays. The made-in-France bottles, which the two sprays are, have more persistence when I wear them.

Here is the updated collection picture after picking up a couple more made-in-NY 50-ml splashes. I’m super into both. My wife says the one with Paris and New York on the front (far left) isn’t even like Antaeus. To me, it has more clearly defined Chanel DNA, which I like, sort of like a crossover into some of their feminine perfumes - a hint of what would later be released as 31 Rue Cambon.
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epapsiou

Always be smelling
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Sep 28, 2015
For me, slightly more recent versions (late 80s or 90s) are just as good, or Antaeus Sport. My wife, like the samplers in this thread, says they’re just not the same.

The 50-ml NY-made splash has the same labeling (bottle # 6 of 7 in the picture below, counting from the left) - nothing to indicate it’s different. I know you thought it wasn’t quite the same, and I think I can tell which is which, but I can’t say that I prefer one.

For my wedding, which was this month, I ended up going with three bottles: the 100-ml NY-made splash and the two sprays. The made-in-France bottles, which the two sprays are, have more persistence when I wear them.

Here is the updated collection picture after picking up a couple more made-in-NY 50-ml splashes. I’m super into both. My wife says the one with Paris and New York on the front (far left) isn’t even like Antaeus. To me, it has more clearly defined Chanel DNA, which I like, sort of like a crossover into some of their feminine perfumes - a hint of what would later be released as 31 Rue Cambon.
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Easy to tell a newly wed. Word wife used in each paragraph 😃
 

thrilledchilled

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Nov 17, 2018
I’ve done more comparisons of various bottles, and I tend to find something in each one that I like. My wife agrees with you, RC, and others that the version in the 100-ml NY-made splash has something extra in the opening, a sweaty note, she says, that makes it better.

For me, slightly more recent versions (late 80s or 90s) are just as good, or Antaeus Sport. My wife, like the samplers in this thread, says they’re just not the same.

The 50-ml NY-made splash has the same labeling (bottle # 6 of 7 in the picture below, counting from the left) - nothing to indicate it’s different. I know you thought it wasn’t quite the same, and I think I can tell which is which, but I can’t say that I prefer one.

For my wedding, which was this month, I ended up going with three bottles: the 100-ml NY-made splash and the two sprays. The made-in-France bottles, which the two sprays are, have more persistence when I wear them.

Here is the updated collection picture after picking up a couple more made-in-NY 50-ml splashes. I’m super into both. My wife says the one with Paris and New York on the front (far left) isn’t even like Antaeus. To me, it has more clearly defined Chanel DNA, which I like, sort of like a crossover into some of their feminine perfumes - a hint of what would later be released as 31 Rue Cambon.
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Congratulations! Marriage is awesome!
 

Dr.Sardonicus

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Oct 8, 2021
After reading this thread, I never realized just how nuanced vintage Antaeus was. There's more variants than I would've ever imagined and I find it extremely interesting.

Thank you for starting this thread. It will, no doubt, prove a useful source of information in the future.
 

vertatre

Super Member
Dec 21, 2010
I have a large vintage bottle of Antaeus, a vintage splash, and a one vintage apres rasage. They are all fine in terms of scent, although the spray has a slight 'tin' smell (I always think that may have come from the nozzle area, but I spray a few times to clear it out), that goes away rather quickly, and the other two being splash oriented, I am never entirely sure if they had gone a little off, although the Antaeus scent is certainly present. I also somehow received two small small bottles of the Sport, but I think I still have those wrapped in the bubble wrapping they were shipped in. Several years ago I purchases these and are all in a dark location.

Living In Hawaii, it's not often I am able to wear these, but if I do, I only do a quick spray on the chest for a hint of smell, and really only when it's on the cooler side. I have these mainly for collection purposes and oddly enough i still keep my eye on potential purchases even though I will never finish any of these bottles lol.

Reminds me, a few years ago there was this funny looking bottle of Antaeus floating around on ebay, and it had a white nozzle, and many on here were assuming it was fake, they'd never seen that nozzle, or it looked like someone replaced the original nozzle with a white nozzle. BUT, one day, as I was handling my vintage spray bottle, the black portion of the nozzle pulled up and off, and lo and behold, there was a white underlying portion of the nozzle!
 

RC.

Super Member
Apr 28, 2013
Shortly after I posted here about my love for the New York Dark juice and my desire to trade for some more of it, PStoller messaged me to say that he had a bottle that looked just like Bavard's, though quite a bit larger, and asked if I'd like a sample to compare. I had to think about that for all of .038 seconds. He wouldn't even let me pay for shipping when I asked if I could at least cover the expenses. You owe me nothing. I just look forward to your comparative review, he wrote.

It wasn't long before I received it. A generous sample; perhaps 2-3ml in a spray bottle. I could see it clear as day from the deep red-amber color of the juice. That was it. The venerable New York Dark. I sprayed the sample previously obtained from Bavard on my left forearm and the newly acquired sample from PStoller on the right. It was confirmed.

I sent him my review and summarized it thusly:

I've written about it in the Vintage Antaeus thread and what it boils down to is that (like the color itself) to my nose it is a "deeper" version than the other bottles. And I'm only referring to vintage here. The NY-Paris and the Paris-only bottles are a little softer and come off as a bit more floral in comparison because they lack a certain something that's smoky and more animalic in the New York Dark version.

The New York Dark is like adding a subwoofer to a high-end pair of bookshelf speakers. They sound great on their own, but the sub adds that deep layer of richness to the overall composition
.

Right or wrong, I tell it like I smell it.

I faced a dilemma. Now that I had gotten a taste of it again, I felt like a tiger being thrown a steak. Remember this.

I asked PStoller if he'd consider a vintage-for-vintage swap: My 90/100ml '96 Paris-only splash for a whatever-he-thought-it-was-worth decant of his New York Dark. He felt for me, being the gentleman that he is, but explained that like any vintage enthusiast worth his salt, he already owned a Paris-only splash, in addition to several other pillars in the pantheon of Antaeus.

I decided I had to go big. To persuade a man with over 10,000 posts in the Vintage Perfume forum to decant me even a portion of that sweet nectar of the gods, I'd have to reach deep into the bag for the one fragrance I had that was so revered by connoisseurs of the finest taste, devastatingly difficult to obtain, and commanded such high prices that it is perhaps the only fragrance left in this world that can rightly and justly be referred to as unobtanium...

Aventus, from the House of Creed. C4210EO1. The original batch. The scent which would forever change perfume history. And what is perfume history if not world history? I had kept it unopened and sealed, in pristine, Grade AAA+ mint condition, sensing that in time it would develop such a following that entire forums would spring from the fabric of the Internet as places of gathering where its devotees would sing its praises for generations to come.

Smells like Lysol, replied PStoller. I was crushed.

I closed my laptop and smelled my forearm. I glanced at the sample from PStoller sitting on my kitchen counter next to the sample from Bavard, of which just a few drops remained, next to my obsidian Paris-only splash bottle. That's when it hit me.

I dug in one of my drawers and pulled out a pipette and a sample vial I had left over from an experiment gone wrong involving some Vietnamese oud years ago. I carefully drew the New York Dark up the pipette and placed a few drops in the sample vial and capped it. The few remaining ml went into the 90/100ml Paris-only splash, along with the last few drops of the sample acquired from Bavard. I capped that, gave it a shake, and tucked it away in my sock drawer. Lights out.

The next morning I opened it and took a whiff. I was right. It exceeded my expectations, in fact. Whatever it was that made the New York Dark, dark, that je ne sais quoi that lent it that animalic, smoky touch was there. I applied liberally and attacked the day, invigorated. The first thing I did was call an organic chemist friend who had worked for Pfizer for many years. "I worked on Viagra. It was hard," he once told me.

He knew a lab that could do a proper GCMS analysis and the next day I gave him the New York Dark that I had collected, along with samples of other versions that I had acquired from a Vintage Antaeus sample pass we had done in simpler times.

Weeks went by. Nothing from the lab. Meanwhile, my Frankantaeus was growing stronger. I was getting enough male and female compliments to fill an entire thread on Basenotes. I was crushing it at work and at the gym. At night I slept like a baby.

I was convinced that New York Dark was the dominant strain of Anataeus. I had added perhaps 3ml to 90, and yet it had clearly transformed what was already a Hall of Fame fragrance into the stuff of legend. When merged with any other vintage, the alleles of whatever it is extra that's present in the New York Dark will prove dominant in shaping the resulting fragrance's olfactory phenotype, even when introduced in small proportions.



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I had almost forgotten about the analysis when my phone rang one day. It was my organic chemist friend. "They found something they had never seen before in a perfume," he told me. "Just to be sure, they sent the results to England, France, UAE, Singapore and India to be cross referenced by experts in perfumery, chemistry, botany, zoology, food science, mineralogy... You're not going to believe what it is."

"..."

"They found a compound in the one you labeled 'New York Dark' that is a 99.9998% match for... tiger sweat."

"Tiger sweat?"

"Yep. Bengal Tiger sweat."

"How do you even—"

"It was a team of zoologists from Northern India that had the data. I guess there were traces of vetiver compounds and certain resins that were amped up compared to the other samples, but none of the others contained even a molecule of tiger sweat. Look, I have no idea how they were able to pull it off, but the GCMS doesn't lie."

So there you have it. New York Dark is officially the most animalic version of Antaeus, for reasons I think no one would have ever expected. Maybe some dry vetiver and resins amp up the smoke, who knows? I've looked at the data and it's all gibberish to me.

If you have this version, treasure it. If you're running low on it and are dreading the day it runs out, know that you can add it to a vintage splash and give life to something amazing. It's worth it to get your hands on a decant if you can. I recommend you do so as soon as possible. Now that the secret has been revealed prices will soar and counterfeiters will pivot.

You heard it here first.
 

PStoller

I’m not old, I’m vintage.
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Aug 1, 2019
I decided I had to go big. To persuade a man with over 10,000 posts in the Vintage Perfume forum to decant me even a portion of that sweet nectar of the gods, I'd have to reach deep into the bag for the one fragrance I had that was so revered by connoisseurs of the finest taste, devastatingly difficult to obtain, and commanded such high prices that it is perhaps the only fragrance left in this world that can rightly and justly be referred to as unobtanium...

Aventus, from the House of Creed. C4210EO1. The original batch. The scent which would forever change perfume history. And what is perfume history if not world history? I had kept it unopened and sealed, in pristine, Grade AAA+ mint condition, sensing that in time it would develop such a following that entire forums would spring from the fabric of the Internet as places of gathering where its devotees would sing its praises for generations to come.

Smells like Lysol, replied PStoller. I was crushed.
LOL! I don't remember saying that. In fact, I'm pretty sure the only time I compared anything to Lysol, it was Yardley Black Label, and I was quoting my wife. (For the record, I think Aventus smells fine; I just don't get the cult following. But I haven't smelled the original batch, which I hasten to add I would not twist your arm to obtain.)

I did say you could check back with me in January about a decant of "New York Dark"; I was just busy being an attentive husband over the holidays while my wife had time off. So, you know, check back. ;)
 

rybot

Basenotes Junkie
Nov 21, 2012
Apologies for my now deleted post- did not mean to circumvent the marketplace nor flaunt the basenotes rules!

Will continue my hunt for vintage Antaeus, and with info from this thread surely find a suitable bottle!
 

vertatre

Super Member
Dec 21, 2010
Thought I'd join in on this thread as I have 3, hopefully, vintage versus.

A 100 ml spray EDT, a 100 ml Edt splash, and a 50 ml Lotion Après rasage.

I've had them for awhile but due to my climate don't really wear too much.. Rarely to be honest, but I truly love this scent.
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vertatre

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Dec 21, 2010
The 100 ml splash. No box and the bottle is stamped HP7 if I can read it correctly.
 

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vertatre

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Dec 21, 2010
And the 50 ml Lotion Après rasage. I do have a box for this.
 

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vertatre

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Dec 21, 2010
Sorry if I uploaded too many..

All three smell great and are surprisingly about 95% full.

Since they are older, I do notice an initial smell when either depressing the nozzle or dabbing on my neck, but give it ten minutes and the incredibleness occurs. I finally just decanted the splash into an atomizer and wore yesterday. 2 sprays to the chest on the early afternoon and one shot to the neck a few hours later. It eventually turned into an 80F day but it really performed gloriously and lasted for several hours.

I did notice the splash, decanted into the atomizer, had this almost spicy quality to it during the dry down. It really was beautiful. I hesitate using the word spicy, but there was a slight peppery mix to it but it was very nice.
 

N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer

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Sorry if I uploaded too many..

All three smell great and are surprisingly about 95% full.

Since they are older, I do notice an initial smell when either depressing the nozzle or dabbing on my neck, but give it ten minutes and the incredibleness occurs. I finally just decanted the splash into an atomizer and wore yesterday. 2 sprays to the chest on the early afternoon and one shot to the neck a few hours later. It eventually turned into an 80F day but it really performed gloriously and lasted for several hours.

I did notice the splash, decanted into the atomizer, had this almost spicy quality to it during the dry down. It really was beautiful. I hesitate using the word spicy, but there was a slight peppery mix to it but it was very nice.
Antaeus is a great classic to own, it's a good one to have backups of. Do you own any of the other Chanel classics?
 

vertatre

Super Member
Dec 21, 2010
Antaeus is a great classic to own, it's a good one to have backups of. Do you own any of the other Chanel classics?
Yes, I do have a supply of older Chanel Pour Monsieur. None of the "For Men" versions however.
But also a few bottles of Chanel Pour Monsieur Spray Cologne withe the golden color juice (which I really like), some older splash and a few 3.4 oz EDT bottles (one has the lighter color juice, but forgot the date, and the "youngest" one being dated around 2000 and the juice is greenish in color, so it's a good 20 years old. Plus, I do have a very very old CPM that is classic Chanel in appearance.

I just wish I knew how old the Antaeus bottles are, since there aren't any 4 digit batch numbers, just an odd HP7 on one.
 

Bavard

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Jul 20, 2015
I just wish I knew how old the Antaeus bottles are, since there aren't any 4 digit batch numbers, just an odd HP7 on one.

The US-made spray is from before "Antaeus" was noted as a trademark. The trademark came through in April 1983, so it could be from before then, I'm guessing.

 

N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer

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Yes, I do have a supply of older Chanel Pour Monsieur. None of the "For Men" versions however.
But also a few bottles of Chanel Pour Monsieur Spray Cologne withe the golden color juice (which I really like), some older splash and a few 3.4 oz EDT bottles (one has the lighter color juice, but forgot the date, and the "youngest" one being dated around 2000 and the juice is greenish in color, so it's a good 20 years old. Plus, I do have a very very old CPM that is classic Chanel in appearance.

I just wish I knew how old the Antaeus bottles are, since there aren't any 4 digit batch numbers, just an odd HP7 on one.
Chanel Pour Monsieur is a great classic, the For Men won't disappoint you if end up getting one eventually. In fact any of the earlier iterations of Pour Monsieur are great especially if found at a good deal.

HP7 batch codes are found on the Paris/New York bottles. These bottles all have 3 digit batch codes. Unfortunately there's no real information on this batch code including Raiders of the Lost Scent site. If I had to guess the number may indicate a year.
 

N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer

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I suppose pre-1980, batch codes may have been 3-characters and inked onto bottles, but the only Chanel batch codes I know are 4-digits (no letters) and engraved.
Paris only bottles have the 4-digit numerical numbers. Paris/New York bottles have the 3-digit letters/numbers, however some of these codes may have rubbed off because they were inked on the bottle. The 3-digit codes were around in the 1980s and 1990s.
 

rybot

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Nov 21, 2012
I came across this bottle for sale - just wondering if anyone has an approximate date guess? Could be 2012? 2004? No box. The information on the back seems different than the newer bottles. 1644068919162.png
 
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Hello
It's my first post.
I've been a perfume collector for 2 years and I'm a bit nervous because today I received my first bottle of vintage Antaeus and I have some doubts about it.

I tell you, the seller is usually reliable because he buys vintage products from Japanese buyers via mercari and this type of store. Japanese vintage sellers are generally appreciated for their seriousness, precision and level of detail when it comes to selling vintage perfumes.
I have bought this bottle of Antaeus from a Hong Kong seller, since I live in Hong Kong. He buys them at mercari, etc (it's true, sometimes the perfumes have stickers in Japanese).

These are the photos of the model that I bought and received: to say that I haven't tried it yet because I'm at work and haven't had time yet. Maybe when you smell it you can have a clearer opinion.
What do you think about the photos? does it look vintage? fake? What worries me the most is that the cap fits on the bottle but it barely holds on well, it comes off easily; this makes me suspect that someone has been able to put a vintage stopper on a newer bottle? Or is it my imagination? I'm very nervous... help me please.

(I forgot to say that the spray inside is silver and the little nozzle is light yellow).
 

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Hello
It's my first post.
I've been a perfume collector for 2 years and I'm a bit nervous because today I received my first bottle of vintage Antaeus and I have some doubts about it.

I tell you, the seller is usually reliable because he buys vintage products from Japanese buyers via mercari and this type of store. Japanese vintage sellers are generally appreciated for their seriousness, precision and level of detail when it comes to selling vintage perfumes.
I have bought this bottle of Antaeus from a Hong Kong seller, since I live in Hong Kong. He buys them at mercari, etc (it's true, sometimes the perfumes have stickers in Japanese).

These are the photos of the model that I bought and received: to say that I haven't tried it yet because I'm at work and haven't had time yet. Maybe when you smell it you can have a clearer opinion.
What do you think about the photos? does it look vintage? fake? What worries me the most is that the cap fits on the bottle but it barely holds on well, it comes off easily; this makes me suspect that someone has been able to put a vintage stopper on a newer bottle? Or is it my imagination? I'm very nervous... help me please.

(I forgot to say that the spray inside is silver and the little nozzle is light yellow). 阿里旺旺图片20220214113344 (1).png 阿里旺旺图片20220214110959.jpg 阿里旺旺图片20220214111027.jpg 阿里旺旺图片20220214111014.jpg
 

Bavard

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I don’t think it’s fake. It looks fine to me. Better than fine.
 
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I don’t think it’s fake. It looks fine to me. Better than fine.
Yes, I'm testing it now and it's great! My god... super-powerful stuff.
The only reference I have is a bottle of Antaeus that I had in 2010 but this one is something else (better)...in one aspect it reminds me of Azzaro PH and sometimes I have the impression of detecting rosewood? Now I am very happy, looks 100% legit. The version I had I remember as more "fruity", I prefer this one. Thanks!
 

N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer

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Hello
It's my first post.
I've been a perfume collector for 2 years and I'm a bit nervous because today I received my first bottle of vintage Antaeus and I have some doubts about it.

I tell you, the seller is usually reliable because he buys vintage products from Japanese buyers via mercari and this type of store. Japanese vintage sellers are generally appreciated for their seriousness, precision and level of detail when it comes to selling vintage perfumes.
I have bought this bottle of Antaeus from a Hong Kong seller, since I live in Hong Kong. He buys them at mercari, etc (it's true, sometimes the perfumes have stickers in Japanese).

These are the photos of the model that I bought and received: to say that I haven't tried it yet because I'm at work and haven't had time yet. Maybe when you smell it you can have a clearer opinion.
What do you think about the photos? does it look vintage? fake? What worries me the most is that the cap fits on the bottle but it barely holds on well, it comes off easily; this makes me suspect that someone has been able to put a vintage stopper on a newer bottle? Or is it my imagination? I'm very nervous... help me please.

(I forgot to say that the spray inside is silver and the little nozzle is light yellow). View attachment 184941 View attachment 184942 View attachment 184943 View attachment 184944
I wouldn't worry to much of the lose cap. The overall smell of the scent is what is most important.

I've seen these style of bottles. These were from the early years going back to the 1980s. These are great bottles to own.
 

Jan1510

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May 25, 2020
My very first bottle of Antaeus arrived yesterday. I have never ever smelled Antaeus before in my life, so a complete blindbuy.

I think it might take me a few actual wears to get used to and to fully appreciate it. For me it happens a lot of times with most of the unique vintage masterpieces. Then again the smell on paper might be different to what it will smell like on my skin. When smelling the atomiser I get a similar vibe when I smell that of my `1986 bottle of Bel Ami. Is it the leather/castoreum/ labdanum note? I am still learning as I go along. It is most definitely POTENT. I will only probably wear it properly once our daytime temperatures drop a bit. So far to me it is maybe more Bel Ami than say Kouros (another favourate), of which I own 2 bottles from the 1990s (1995 & 1999) Sanofi period. Suppose time will tell.

I bought it from a fellow Basenotes member (zr0e) who I can definitely recommend and he apparently has quite few vintage Antaeus bottles left in stock.

Based on the pictures attached and batchcode stamped on the bottom (1816), of the 100 ml tester bottle, could this be from June 1984? The batchcode follows the style of the Paris bottles being 4 numbers and therefore not a New York bottle even if neither appears anywhere on it? Was wondering if it also contains the Bengal tiger sweat as noted in RC's comment in this thread from 13 January 2022? :ROFLMAO: To me, it s the single most fascinating read so far this year!


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N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer

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Basenotes Plus
Jul 1, 2011
My very first bottle of Antaeus arrived yesterday. I have never ever smelled Antaeus before in my life, so a complete blindbuy.

I think it might take me a few actual wears to get used to and to fully appreciate it For me it happens a lot of times with most of the unique vintage masterpieces. Then again the smell on paper might be different to what it will smell on my skin. When smelling the atomiser I get a similar vibe when I smell that of my `1986 bottle of Bel Ami. Is it the leather/castoreum/ labdanum note? I am still learning as I go along. It is most definitely POTENT. I will only probably wear it properly once our daytime temperatures drop a bit. So far to me it is maybe more Bel Ami than say Kouros (another favourate), of which I own 2 bottles from the 1990s (1995 & 1999) Sanofi period. Suppose time will tell.

I bought it from a fellow Basenotes member (zr0e) who I can definitely recommend and he apparently has quite few vintage Antaeus bottles left in stock.

Based on the pictures attached and batchcode stamped on the bottom (1816), of the 100 ml tester bottle, could this be from June 1984? The batchcode follows the style of the Paris bottles being 4 numbers and therefore not a New York bottle even if neither appears anywhere on it? Was wondering if it also contains the Bengal tiger sweat as noted in RC's comment in this thread from 13 January 2022? :ROFLMAO: To me, it s the single most fascinating read so far this year.


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Glad this bottle worked out, I enjoy Antaeus quite a bit myself. To my nose the vintage smells the most similar to modern formulation in comparison to Pour Monsieur and Egoiste. It's the first time that I'm seeing this type of note listing and description on the back.
 

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