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Domenico Caraceni 1913

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Domenico Caraceni is a fine Italian tailoring firm established in 1913. This is their entree into the male fragrance world, and it's a cult hit.

This is elegance in a bottle. You don't need to be wearing a tux, but you'd best be pretty well turned out. This one doesn't go with khakis or jeans imo.

It's often compared to another B&B favorite, C&S No. 88. They are somewhat similar, but for my money, this one is skosh classier, more potent and masculine. As I dove into the world of Basenotes and B&B, I researched a lot of male rose frags, and this one came out on top for me.

One of the reviews I read said this is the frag that Dracula would wear as he slipped through the night. How could I resist trying something like that?
It would totally work with a cape for sure.

It's considered a chypre, and I can't explain what that is (but I CAN pronounce it). It starts with an odd, strong citrus blast and morphs into a fantastic masculine rose, tobacco and incense scent- rose and incense dominate to my nose.

Very intense middle notes with a great rose quietly lurking there IF you're paying attention.

The dry down is great. My nose is pretty dense, but longevity is probably better than average. It's a little light at the end of a work day, but I can still smell it.

This one's not only a bit pricey, it's hard to find. Maybe they sell it in the Italian versions of 7-11, but as of this writing, Lucky Scent is the only source I know of. About the same price as No. 88 through Cambridge Chemists. Don't even get me started on the shave cream they also make- wow.

It has a bit of a cult following for a reason. This is a great frag if the descriptions above appeal to you. It's both serious and sexy, but not casual. I've got a lot of frags, and this is one I'd rescue from a burning bathroom cabinet. It's the only frag I re-bought before my first bottle was empty. It's odd distribution network scares me that it might disappear.

The difficulty of obtaining this works for and against it. It's highly unlikely you're going to run into other men wearing it and it gets noticed often. It's more than a little fun to envision those who have asked me about it going into Macys or Sephora to try and find it.

One annoying quirk if you're finicky about the bottles, the gray film on the bottle seems to peel near the atomizer. It doesn't effect the juice, but they really should handle this.

Top notes are neroli (citrus) and styrax (resin); middle notes are geranium and rose; base notes are tobacco, incense and cypress.

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a very classy scent that for a floral type can be worn by a man, very bottle worthy and lifts the spirts when one is out and about in the dark of night, i need a neck to suck on!
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Obtained this as a sample from Luckyscent as my first rose scent ever tested. I have to say it was pretty much love at second wearing. I was unsure how rose would work as a masculine scent, but DC speaks nothing but masculine and sophisticated. I ended up ordering a bottle.

On initial blast I get some citrus and germanium, but this quickly dries down to a Rose, tobacco, incense type of fragrance. Staying power is superb. The bottle is elegant and classy.

I recently sampled C&S 88 and DC to me is completely different and I somewhat prefer it to 88, though 88 is definitely bottle worthy IMO as well.

This is truly a great rose fragrance and something that will become my baseline for comparing others in the future.
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I received my bottle yesterday from Lucky Scents and all I can say is that I love this unique scent. Marco bests describes it:
"The 1913 is, as just stated above, a unique fragrance. And it’s also unconventional. Its scent is, in fact, of rose and rose scents are generally associated with women’s perfumes. Not this time. This rose is different, totally masculine, totally superior, totally sublime. It develops hints of tobacco, geranium and incense. It is an outstanding cologne with a superb staying power. It is the highest expression of true refinement and timeless elegance. For perfect gentlemen, Domenico Caraceni 1913. "

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