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I bought a bottle of this recently on Ebay, the reason for my purchase was that when I was in my early twenties, this was my favourite aftershave for going out, it was exotic, different and represented something more exciting than the bland asexualness of the Calvin Klein brand at the time, or the established smells such as Joop or Davidoff. I recognised the black box with the inflamed red writing immediately and realised I hadn't seen this at home for years.
My bottle cost £49.99 for a 125ml spray version, it was actually £29.99 when I previously bought a bottle, however I think over the last 15 years it has become more exclusive and less mainstream, I bought it on a whim because the fragrance takes me back to evenings out with friends in my teenage years and partly because this is one of the most memorable fragrances I've ever owned and I've struggled to really find it in the UK, as it isn't available in Boots, Debenhams, John Lewis or any of the major players in the smellies industry, which is a shame as it is a really underrated and personal smell. It is available on-line but costs more than70 Euros, so it is rare and expensive.
Created by Paloma Picasso, the name itself screams of mystery and excitement, Minotaure, a fearsome greek legend, filled with power and anger, passionate and yet mildly uncomfortable with itself, for me it always conjured up a Mediterranean smell which was light yet passionate and gave me confidence on evenings out.
The main thing I took from this scent was that it wasn't a very popular one, therefore I'd often have people asking what it was when they smelt it, I liked this as who wants to smell the same as everyone else. It is individual and slightly leftfield and it creates a favourable impression.
Nowadays, I think the smell suits me even more, it works perfectly in an office environment, it is fragrant and memorable without being overwhelming, I've received compliments for it on several occasions already and have only been wearing it for a month.
Paloma Picasso is the daughter of Pablo Picasso and a famous designer of Jewellery in her own right, she has brought some of her family style to this fragrance, the bottle is unique and the smell is too.
The bottle is really interesting it feels as though it is made of glass marble, with the Minotaure logo protruding outwards from it, you can see the fragrance within and it is perfectly contrasting to the engraved black cam, in many ways it looks like a Picasso painting, all curves and angles, but from other angels it looks incredibly ugly, again this is a positive, its more interesting than a minimalist straight bottle with a small corporate logo. The bottle has a spray top which you can take off to clean and refill if needs be, it is convenient and useful.
The smell is almost oriental in many ways, there are some lovely touches of vanilla but the most powerful scents are Jasmine and Lavender and a citrus like overtone which gives an almost spicy element to the smell.
From reading the box, there are some lovely ingredients involved in this scent, from Lily of the Valley and Tonka bean through cedar, amber and coriander, there are many other elements which really do make this a complex and individual scent which you want to keep using, as it changes with the weather, on hot days the cooler elements seem to come into play and the vanilla and flowery notes take hold, on colder days the musk and amber are more prevalent with the citrus smell overwhelming.
My last bottle lasted for just over a year, this one will last 3 months at the most but I'm happy to buy more as its one of the scents that suits me better than any others and its individual.
Overall I really rate this after shave, its different it smells incredibly good and it really is a pleasure to own. I gain great confidence wearing this as I know I smell smart, different and very fragrant without needing to smother myself in it and smell like that bloke whose married with three kids but still tries it on with everyone in the office to prove 'he's still got it'. This is a sophisticated, confident scent which is sadly not readily available in UK shops anymore for some reason, I'm glad I found it and I've also found it online now that my interest has been reignited so I will continue to purchase this old favourite in the future, possibly with a view to keeping one bottle as a collectors item due to its increasing rarity.
Paloma Picasso is the daughter of Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gilot. She first achieved recognition for her exclusive jewelry designs for Tiffany’s. Her concept of beauty is reflected in her bold, colourful and detailed jewelry. The fragrances, that she later launched, also follow the same principals. Minotaure was launched in 1992 as the first male fragrance of Paloma Picasso. Paloma Picasso is better known for her signature fragrance launched in 1984 and Tentations that was introduced later. The name Minotaur is a reoccurring theme in Pablo Picasso’s work is this is where his daughter got the name for her only masculine fragrance. Appearance ----------------- The bottle has a very unique appearance and has the word “Minotaure” sculptured in big letters around the whole bottle. The bottle is an opaque colour, which allows you to see the yellow coloured content. The cap is an engraved black colour one. The bottle looks very much like a sculpted piece of marble or rock. The box is a total contrast of the bottle and is in a black background with red script. The Smell -------------- Before I give you the elements of the smell let me give you the run down on the definitions that are used in compiling a explanation of the particular fragrance. Each fragrance consists of three layers and the ingredients in each layer are described as its notes. Therefore reference is usually made to Top Notes, Middle Notes and Base Notes i.e. First layer, second layer and third layer. Minotaur is described as having Top Notes of Citrus, Middle Notes of herbs comprising Lavender, Geranium and Jasmine and Base Notes of Sandalwood, Vanilla, Leather. The Top Notes are always the one that you first get the smell of and are usually lighter than the Middle Notes and Base Notes. Therefore the Top Notes soon give way to the Middle Notes to becom
e evident. The Top Note in the case of Minotaur is Citrus and this is clearly evident. The Middle Notes are one of the most difficult notes to fathom out. You get the smell but to explain that smell and to try and explain what it smells like is the most difficult part. That is why it is essential to know what the fragrance contains. In this case it contains Lavender, Geranium and Jasmine. Sure you can get that herb smell but I would never have been able to identify them without actually knowing what they were. These Middle Notes form the core of the fragrance and what it tries to emphasize and project. The Base Notes provide the background on which the Middle Notes can be appreciated. The Base Notes ultimately determine how long a fragrance can last. Most fragrances use the same combination of Base Notes like Sandalwood, Vanilla, Amber etc and Minotaure is no different. My personal appraisal of the smell is that’s it quite different from any other that I have used. I cannot say that I love it but it is certainly one that I would consider using. It appears to be a romantic type of fragrance and one that should be worn for special occasions and major outings. Also certainly an “evening only” fragrance. Availability and Price ---------------------------- Unfortunately the makers L’Oreal have discontinued the production of Minotaure. The reasons for this are not known. Also whether production will begin is also not known. However it is still available and if any of you are fragrance fanatics or collectors, I strongly recommend that you try and get hold of a bottle whilst stocks last. One day I am certain that this will become a collector’s item. As mentioned in several of my other fragrance opinion, I never purchase fragrances and alcohol here in the U.K. Rather Duty-Free’s are my main source of accumulating these niceties. Further this is a continuation of my
appraisal of the six piece miniature men’s fragrance collection that I received as a gift. This is the last one to be appraised by me and as such I have never purchased a bottle personally. After doing a bit of checking I can reliably inform you that Paloma Picasso Minotaure, Eau de Toilette is available in 75ml bottles at a price of around £28.00. I have also noted that it is available at only some Internet traders like Strawberry Net, whilst many others have run out of stock. As mentioned earlier if you are a collector of fragrances then this one is a “must buy” due to its limited availability and certainly one that is well worth the money.