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Antiquity Areej Le Dore Vintage perfume review and score

by Therapeutic Fragrance


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Who? I See Wearing the Fragrance

Morgan Freeman "the ageless voice"

Where? I Use the Fragrance

When? The Season I Use the Fragrance

Colder Weather

What? Occasions or Events I Use Fragrance


Russian Adam


Price Per Millileter

250 30ML

Perfume Classification

Extrait de Parfum

How? I Apply the Fragrance

One to Nine Sprays

Top notes:  Peach aldehyde 1930, Bergamot 1940-1950 Heart notes:  Carnation 1920-1930, Cambodian oud 1975, Angelica root 1930-1950, Patchouli 1940-1950 Base notes:  Cuir de Russie accord 1930-1950, Muskatone 1930-1950, Patchouli 1985 and 2017, Amber resin, Oakmoss

Fragrance Quick Story

I already did a video on this.  This instantly gave me vibes of the Guerlain Mitsouko I own from the ‘50s.  I didn’t know it was aged citrus I was smelling in Mitsouko until I smelled this composition.  I didn’t know aged citrus could smell so good. Any information I received from perfumers was that citruses disappear or go rancid after time, not that they turned into this beautiful true citrus musk.  Gradually, they are transformed into powerful base layers that can be smelled through the entire composition. The only one with oud from the collection?  Yeah, that makes it a no-brainer for me. Then add to that the powerful rare ingredients all combined in one perfume, and yeah, it is named perfectly.  The branding that was carried over from Siberian Musk and Ottoman Empire is perfect for Antiquity.

  The stencil work by ...... Muhammed Başdağ @muhammedbasdag on IG.

Fragrance in my opinion compared to Perfume’s Notes

“Old fashioned.”  You are not going to get away from that as soon as this #daychanger is sprayed.  Old-fashioned powder, old-fashioned patina effect on perfume. If it’s not a thing, Russian Adam has just gone ahead and made it a thing. It is dark powder; don’t let that term powder fool you.  This is the most advanced powder I have in my collection and where the powder is from, I have no clue.  This smells of old antique leather that has been taken care of very well. Think of an old cabin built from hundred-year-old logs, filled with leather furniture from years ago.  That is a picture painting to get in the mood to smell this one. Mitsouko is the only thing I have for my imagination to compare this to.  So I’m doing my best with the Russian Adam patina in perfume. The aldehyde I’m assuming is creating a rich liquer effect.  Like when you age balsamic vinegar and it gets thicker and thicker with more flavor and richness. You just need drops of it, and it fills your mouth with a rich, luxurious flavor that is nothing like vinegar.  Now let’s shift over to the smell of these oils. Take each of these notes and imagine that the acidic and the fresh aspects are taken off. They’re not bad, but what is left is the deepest, purest essence of each ingredient.  No sharpness to patchouli—just the warm, rich aromas of patchouli. With the carnation and angelica root, the same thing: a unique floral spice that is deep, and nothing else smells like it. We are given a one-of-a-kind composition that is a must to be smelled.

Bottle Presentation

Company:Areej Le Dore
Perfumer:Russian Adam
Fragrance Family:Vintage Floral
Classification:Extrait de Parfum
Pricing:$8.33/fluid ml

Therapeutic Fragrance Score Chart


Experience 15/15
Branding & Originality 5/5
Projection & Sillage 5/5
Longevity 18/5
Composition 23/20
& Price per ML


TOP: 5/10
HEART: 9/5
BASE: 5/10


“Collection Worthy!!!”


  1. Oils like that turn up in antique markets, last year I had the opportunity to by 4 ounce bottles of: oil of Geranium from Algeria, Pine oil from Siberia and thyme oil in an antique shop in rural Michigan. They were manufactured by Fritzsche Brothers of New York and sold to pharmacies. The niche perfume shop in my city is in a 140 year old apothecary/pharmacy. A wall in it is lined with bottles or oils and resins that look like they are from when it opened. Blocki is another name in that stuff. That guy was making perfume in Chicago and coming up with distillation and isolation processes 150 years ago. The Blocki brand was revived 5 years ago but never really got its day in the sun. I like to imagine Italian farmacias still have old medicinal/perfume oils but I’ve never been ????

  2. Love the opening and mid the mix of buttery fruity resinous oud flanked by that peach aldehyde accord sitting on a bed of rich brown suede and encapsulated by an orris cloud, but unfortunately in the drydown the carnation dominates and smothers the other notes unfortunately.

    1. @Therapeutic Fragrance house accords can be repetitive sometimes but I really hope this co- absolute will be used in other compositions, especially ones with oud . Besides that this is the first time I can detect orris in a composition and still love it. Overall I'm glad I picked this one to be my blind buy,and I know it will only become richer and darker overtime.

    2. I agree wholeheartedly with you. It is an unreal drydown. And what people are starting to figure out is every year it only improves. Wearing right now and I still am getting new aromas from the drydown.

    1. @Therapeutic Fragrance I was also able to get SMII. If you had two bottles of Antiquity, would you trade one of them for war and peace.

    2. @Therapeutic Fragrance A friend gave me the war and peace sample from his sample set. He couldn't get antiquity but was able to buy a bottle of war and peace. He prefers antiquity. I will give another use to war and peace, although in the first use I did not like it. None of the bottles of Antiquity have come home yet.

    3. If I was you I would hold Antiquity for a decant of something from the first collection if possible. Inverno Russo is the one I am dying to try. Flux de Fluer I own and would trade in a heart beat for equal value. War and peace to me is only about the exquisite dry down materials. But I don't hold it as high as others. The materials are there and that's why I am taking my time formulating a score. Antiquity is the special one that is worthy to get your hands on stuff from the older collections if people didn't get it. Unfortunately most of those people know about and weren't sleeping, but you never know.

    1. @Therapeutic Fragrance Absolutely! We in Mumbai,India have heavy mosoons , hot and humid summers and winters where the temperarure rarely goes below 12-13 deg C . Every time you wear these naturals you see a different facet shine or smell something you did not even notice before. You rarely see that happen with the synthetics. That is why i love ALD????

    2. Man that gets me excited to know other people get the power of naturals. That is exactly my experience over this summer. That some of the so called darkest ingredients in perfume actually work with your body and heat just as nature intended.

    1. I understand .If you have a change of heart i would kill for a chance to smell this masterpiece,ive tried to find it ????????.thank you for likeing my comment keep up.the good work .

  3. Great review. I like the detailed ratings card at the end. Antiquity is my favourite from ALD5, followed by Siberian Summer and Plumeria de Orris in joint second. War and Peace is last, not a bad fragrance but I don't understand all the hype around it, definitely not one of the best Adam has made.

    1. Thanks Bilal. Definitely agree War and Peace got a lot of hype. Shows you the power of a name and darker ingredients. I am going to put my review up but I know once it's out there it lives, but are thinking is in line.

  4. I bought two bottles, I had to favors and I had to sell the one that was used 4 or 5 times when I bought it at the time. Today I used the other bottle I bought for the first time, and this has changed. Everything makes a lot more sense. In my skin peach lasts 4 hours, I've never heard anyone say it. The oud does not stand in the way of leather or patchouli but go hand in hand to form the brown leather that people talk about. It's been on my skin for six hours and still has to say a lot yet, How can people say there is no evolution?

    1. @Therapeutic Fragrance All I can say is that it's a marvel, maybe what I've said before doesn't make much sense technically. Now I feel how Mitsouko echoes come from and it's been almost 7 hours, before leather and fur, it's a constant shape-shifter on my skin, I love it

    1. When I first came up with it, it was 8 hours was a five period. I have learned so much since then. 90% of fragrance that last this long generally speaking all smell the same as there are only a small amount of musks that last this long. And having so many perfumes as we all do who watch videos there is no sense to having one fragrance for a day. I'm up to the point I could wear four fragrances a day for the rest of my life and still couldn't go through my stuff. So yeah I am in the middle of flipping the switch on this. It's not as easy as just doing it as I have about four different templates and such I have to change. I also have a whole software built around my scoring system. It's the stuff we do on our down time, pet projects and such. Sorry for the long answer it's just where I am at.

    2. @Therapeutic Fragrance no need to be sorry! I agree completely 5 hours is fine for me. I rather smell something amazing for 4 hours and its done than something that's great for 2 hours and smells blah for 10 more after that lol

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