Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche is an aromatic fougere parfum for men. Drakkar Noir was launched in 1982. Drakkar noir is considered a sharp, spicy, lavender, amber smell. The nose behind this scent is Pierre Wargnye. Top notes are rosemary, basil, artemisia, lavender, lemon verbena, bergamot and lemon; middle notes are coriander, cinnamon, carnation, juniper and jasmine; base notes are leather, sandalwood, fir, amber, patchouli, oakmoss, vetiver and cedar. LaRoche only produced about a dozen aromas. Drakkar Noir was his most popular males's aroma, while Fidji was his most popular girl's aroma. It's strong and renowned. I do think Drakkar Noir and Aramis had been the 2 best selling males's perfume of the 1980 decade. Drakkar Noir remains a winner after so long. Drakar Noir is an intensive, concentrated and hot-tempered perfume with just as much grip as smoothness; exactly where lavender connects the bright and fresh peppery-citrus topnotes together with the more 'weighted' foundation that also displays ozonic, metallic and mentholic notes. Visualize you at a forest's edge, sensing flowers and after that strolling into the woods and breathing in deeply in the piney, resiny scents while wearing your preferred leather-based jacket. Drakkar Noir is one of the best male fragrances around though it's an oldie. I love the juniper and lavender combo--so fresh and clean yet dirty in a very strange way. The aroma has no doubt altered since 80's and 90's. I recognize the very first formula has changed. I was correct: the Drakkar package had a 1989 copyright plus the print on the rear of the bottle states it turned out produced by a different firm. I have to say, though, that today's version of Drakkar isn't that bad and in some ways I like it better. Don't misunderstand me, the older formula is different, would seem mossier and even more leathery as well as a touch richer, but it doesn't be as durable as the current Drakkar. All round, Drakkar Noir is a great fragrance, vintage or present formula. The very first word out of my lover's mouth when smelling DN the first time? Alluring. Just one spray will work it, a max of 2. Just do not go overboard, even with the current version. I adore spritzing this stuff with a windy Summer day, the blowing wind catches it just right and it's heaven. I do 1 spray for the chest area and after that 1 into my hand to dab around the neck/at the rear of the ear and that work well and has even yielding compliments. I've put on it both casually and formally and come to feel it really works for both. Just a masterpiece in males´s smells, Draakar Noir created a trend of reaction within the niche for decades after, leading to a broader range of awareness of men´s fragrances. May perhaps be overworn and overcopied over time, but don´t let that alleviate Its essence as an absolutely powerful and daring fragrance which will pass itself off as both formal and casual, winter or summer, night or day. As influential and as terrific as they come. I have got more compliments with this one than anything I own. It's very manly and in your face. It's by far the most confident scent I've ever smelt. It becomes a booster for any man. Most women really like this smell and they desire to be close to if this strikes their nose. It's awesome to find out the reactions from guys and girls whenever i put on this one. Each genders ask what I'm putting on and are generally shocked once i say to them with this old school aroma. Absolutely a classic and it still holds up amongst today's modern odors.