Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Ted Lapidus Pour Homme 1978
Jasmine, Incense, Leather, Patchouli, Woods.
Castoreum Absolute, Labdanum, Moss, Musk, Vetiver.
The original Ted Lapidus circa 1978. I had to take a digital pic once I received it since finding any information on this fragrance is difficult. There's something about the tacky 1970's style bottle that is endearing, but there's nothing tacky inside of it I can assure you.
Ted Lapidus opens with a shimmery, citric smoke and spice. A bonfire only wished it smelled this good. Within a minute, there's so much gravity in the mix that the balance will either leave you in awe or dissuade you completely. What's truly amazing is the interplay between Leather, Castoreum, Musk and Incense.
I may not be a fanatic about "smoke" in fragrance, but I admit to enjoying a well implemented version of it. Ted Lapidus has the best rendition I have ever smelled. Mimicry is a form of flattery I suppose and others attempted to duplicate this a few years later. They fell short and rightly so.
The tuning of notes in this masculine is such that, after the first few minutes, everything that will unfold already has. All of them seem to dance around the sexy smoke that is Ted Lapidus. By base and drydown, slightly charred and smoky leather with musky amber reveal themselves to be the essence of this terrific classic.
Sillage is impressive to say the least and longevity is commensurate with the throw it possesses. I have gotten 8 plus hours from one spritz and the remnants can be easily detected. Big thumbs up from Aromi for the Bonfire of all Bonfires.