One of the neat things that the guys from ScentBar do is have themed events every couple of months. This past weekend was an especially fun one focusing on scents from the 80’s; you could call it “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.”
The staff reached out to customers to bring some of their stash as well as their own, and making a couple purchases downtown. I had forgotten a lot of these scents, still have some of them and still live in fear of a few. While the decade was mostly known for powerhouse scents like Opium, Poison, and Giorgio, it also premiered scents like Eau de Hadrien, Barneys Route de Thé and Baie de Genièvre. I still wear some of those 80’s scents and it was kind of a trip to smell some of the others: smelling Giorgio again took me right back to the corner of Rodeo and Dayton back in ’84 when it would be occasionally pumped out of the store of the same name. Smelling the mens version of Lagerfeld reminded me of how ubiquitous it was amongst the boys. West Hollywood and West Village bars reeked of it: most of the guys at Dynasty Wednesdays at Uncle Charlie’s smelled of it (a friend of mine gave a bottle; I never told her that I absolutely hated it and sold it to a coworker.)
But the biggest treat was getting to smell one of my holy grails: the original (and sadly reformulated/reissued) Patou Pour Homme. I had a bottle back in the 80’s and loved it. I was so sad it was discontinued. Someone who has a small amount brought some in and let us smell it on the blotter. Notes (from the indispensable basenotes🙂
- Top Notes
- Hot pepper, Lavender, Tarragon, Black pepper, Bergamot, Galbanum
- Middle Notes
- Bourbon vetiver, Cedar, Patchouli, Clary sage
- Base Notes
- Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Mysore, Cistus labdanum
Obviously, with ingredients like that the chance that it will ever come around again and that is really too bad. I only wish I had known beforehand that I would never be able to get more: I’d have gotten a couple of bottles when I could. Of course, you can get it on eBay, if you’re willing to pay what you would to lease a Mercedes for a month. I just can’t..
So what are your favorite 80’s scents? Let us know in the comments.
Oh, one funny thing happened- a very nice lady I’d met at the perfume event last year asked me very nicely if I had dressed especially for the event or done my hair. She said my hair was very big and the “preppie” look was very big in the 80’s. I had to explain that my hair is naturally big and I just haven’t changed the style (or for that matter brands) of clothing I wear since I was old enough to find read L. L. Bean catalogue. You can take the boy out of New England but you can never quite take the New England out of the boy..
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