Caron Third Man / Caron 3eme Homme: Must be Hirsute

Caron Third Man (Caron Troisieme Homme) is one of those terrific Burt Reynolds fragrances:  It’s all about the chest rug and the saucy glint in his eye. Butch doesn’t begin to cover it. Created in 1985, this was a bit of a rebel in the world of male fragrance since it dared to use fruity notes, which were little used back then. (Oh how I long for those days!).

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Caron Third Man opens with Lavender, Lemons and Bergamot, making it an instant hit with Yours Truly. Although this says Aviator Shades and Cuban heels, I’d wear it in a heartbeat, especially in cold weather where its richness seems to really work.

Once the happy opening notes have drawn you in like a bee to nectar, all the manly stuff breaks out and you have a cross between Caron Yatagan (sans celery) and Miller Harris La Fumee. It’s hard to separate the middle notes from the basenotes so I won’t.  I will simply tell you that all the prerequisites are there for a smoky, spicy, woody finish. There’s Vetiver, Oakmoss, Cloves and Coriander. The long, long base notes even remind me a little of Andy Tauer L’Air Du Desert Marocain, so if you like that dried smoke note, you’re in for a treat.  

Caron Third Man  is the smell of a swarthy, handsome man, chest hair showing through his undone  button, strutting out of a church full of smoky incense, having implanted impure thoughts into the head of a flustered nun.

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9 thoughts on “Caron Third Man / Caron 3eme Homme: Must be Hirsute”

  1. Praise the Lord!
    ” Caron Third Man is the smell of a swarthy, handsome man, chest hair showing through his undone button, strutting out of a church full of smoky incense, having implanted impure thoughts into the head of a flustered nun.”

    I will have a large portion of that swarthy (possibly Latin?) gentleman, please! :-)

    1. Well I’ll see what I can do, but I can only my hands on one man at the moment and he doesn’t want to leave the house! So glad you liked the review. I can give you the sample back now.

  2. I do like a hairy-chested man. The trend of chest-waxing can’t go away fast enough. Did you notice that the gold-medal winning US ice dancer had chest hair poking out of his costume? Come on, men, if an ice dancer can go natural…. Add a manly scent, and you can’t go wrong. Does the guy Lisa Wordbird called dibs on have a brother?

    1. I couldn’t agree more! I like a man with a chest rug. My husband has one and I am very fond of it. It’s all manly and “I’ll make fire now”.

      Wow- I didn’t know that about the ice dancer, but as you say, if a man clad head to toe in glittery Lycra gets it, then hopefully the rest of them can!

  3. So you’re in the “Third Man is for manly men” camp, eh? Funny thing about this fragrance though – half the world smells it your way, while the other half finds it to be an extremely metrosexual-leaning-to-feminine perfume. I happen to smell a powdery-woodsy barbershop fougere with an interesting yuzu/jasmine combo that suggests an inherent androgyny. Appreciate your review.

    1. Hi Bryan and thanks for dropping by.

      Whilst I do think it’s manly and butch, I don’t regard that as a bar to wearing it myself. Sometimes I prefer men’s fragrances in Winter when many female fragrances just don’t pack enough of a punch!

      best wishes
      Samantha

  4. I’m with you, Sam. I love the Caron masculine fragrances so much that I wear them myself. In fact, I looked at the large bottle of Pour Un Homme this morning and almost wore that, but then remembered I’m supposed to be testing something else. Tomorrow, for sure. :-)

    1. I think they smell sexy as hell. I am thinking of buying soem as my hayfever ensures I cannot smell anything stronger than “uber Butch” right now.

      *sniff*
      love Sammy xxx

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