Ted Lapidus Pour Homme is a fragrance born of the cold war battle between the United States and the Soviet Union. Except that it’s French. Released in 1987, legend has it that this was the final drop that brought Moscow to its knees. The bottle even looks like a nuclear weapon.
This fragrance is ridiculously strong. And it might be one of the few contenders, along with Yves Saint Laurent Kouros, to Montale Black Aoud in the performance stakes. This is not a fragrance to be worn with abandon. I just put on a single spray to write this article and I can hear the neighbors in the garden next door commenting on it. If you wear this during a flight on an airplane conspiracy theorists will start about the chemtrails it leaves behind. If you like your fragrances sweet, fruity and nuclear level strong then this is the scent for you.
I’ve seen two perfumers credited for the creation of Ted Lapidus Pour Homme, Jacques Konckier and Martin Gras. I don’t know which one of them is responsible for this nuclear weapon, or maybe it was a collaboration, so I’m going to credit it to both of them.
What Ted Lapidus Pour Homme smells like
Notes include artemisia, pineapple, juniper, basil, bergamot, lemon, lavender, pine, honey, orris root, jasmine, caraway, petitgrain, lily of the valley, rose, rosewood, incense, sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, patchouli, musk, oakmoss, cedar and tobacco. Everything but the kitchen sink, or maybe it does include a bit of kitchen sink but they didn?t list it in the official notes.
Ted Lapidus Pour Homme has a lot in common with Kouros, but with a big pineapple note in the top. Everything about this fragrance is big, huge! It has the same sweet and dirty interplay sweetened by honey that Kouros has. And just like Kouros it has a soapy quality. Both fragrances have been compared to urinal cakes. I wouldn’t go that far unless you happen to have the best smelling urinal cakes of all time, but here is that same clean and dirty interplay again. Unlike Kouros though the price for Ted Lapidus Pour Homme has come down quite a bit since it was released. 100ml of this stuff can now easily be found for under thirty euros.
This was released a few years after Kouros but I wouldn’t call it a clone. More that Ted Lapidus Pour Homme is trying to mine the same vein of inspiration. There must have been some heady stuff hanging around in the air at the time.
Final thoughts on Ted Lapidus Pour Homme
Although Ted Lapidus Pour Homme is a relic from the ’80s it is still in production. I can’t imagine it being released in any other decade than the ’80s.
This isn’t a fragrance you wear to please other people. It is way too strong to fade into the background. Most people nowadays have probably never encountered it unless they grew up in the ’80s. Just wear it for yourself and enjoy it. Don’t use more than one spray though!
I won’t lie, I like this type of ’80s style extravagance. So I’m proud to own and wear this scent.
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