Caron Yatagan For Men: For Men? For Me!


Did I mention that cold weather makes me go through a butch phase? Suddenly the flower petals go out of the window and there I am welcoming Leather and Spices back in like old friends. Although having said that, Spice can of course work well in hot weather when done with due care and attention.

Created in 1978,  Caron Yatagan is gloriously 70s in both its packaging and its fragrance. Yatagan turns its nose up at fake tanned  waxed chests of the youth of today and demands a Burt Reynolds Chest Rug. Preferably Shag Pile. Medallion optional.

Meaty, manly and butch as hell, this is what I want from Autumn. It should be pointed out, however, that I do not have a Burt Reynolds chest rug and that Yatagan can, of course, work on women of the non hirsute category.

My first unedited impressions were: Smoky, Pine needles, Tar, and Carnations, with one subtle savoury note I couldn’t put my finger on, and which I didn’t like. More of which anon.

The ACTUAL notes are (thank you Fragrantica):

Top notes: Pine, Lavendar, Galbanum, Basil, Watercress and Mint.

Middle notes: Oak, Oakmoss, Patchouli and Artemesia.

Base notes: Musk, Woodsy notes, Incense and  er…Castoreum.

Yes Castoreum.

I had to look that one up and what do I see, but photos of Beavers! It is Imagein fact, a secretion from a Beaver that gives a birch tar effect, until diluted, when it calms down a bit and goes more fruity. I borrowed the photo on the left from I was not prepared to Google one.

Overall, I could pick up the Lavendar, Galbanum, Pine, Musk, Patchouli and Oakmoss.  But one note stopped me falling in love with this (although I think we will have a very close friendship). It  wasn’t one that was listed on Fragrantica, but when I visited the Caron site, it jumped out at me: Celery.  I just find it too savoury and “foodie” in all this Musty Woodiness that is so rich and deep.  Did you think I was going to say Castoreum? Huh, Beavers be dammed.

 Yatagan is glorious: rich, smoky, warm and spicy. It should be worn in front of a fire with a lone Saxophone in the background. That smell of burning? That’ll be your loins.

Just hold the Celery.



14 thoughts on “Caron Yatagan For Men: For Men? For Me!”

  1. I actually love this one to. I have smelled it a couple of times but I think it is very classic and unique at the same time if this possible, And those masculine Carons are always such a bargain buy. I can’t say that celery really pops out I think but it definitely is there

  2. Oh yes~! Yatagan separates the boys from the men in the perfume world. And as surely as it does this it also invites a woman of great taste and style to join in on the spicy fun! I love it and I loved your review!

  3. ‘Meaty, manly and butch as hell’ is a perfect description. This is waaay too everything for me, but I enjoyed your review very much. To me, this is the scent of the cat-o-nine tails and flashing scimitars and medieval torture generally. 😉

    1. Dear flitter,

      Thank you so much for your compliment and for taking the time to comment. I love the Flashy scimitar/dungeon image you evoke- that hint of danger! All I could think of was Burt Reynolds and his hairy chest…

  4. Dearest Iscent
    Your infamous skank aversion strikes again…. for The Dandy, with his more mammalian instincts, it’s what gives the sword it’s cutting edge in this case.
    Yatagan is a scent worthy of an Ottoman warrior, but perhaps one who has spent a little time at court, enjoying its pleasures.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    1. Dear Mr Dandy,

      I simply couldn’t have put it better! It’s swarthy and masculine but drinks out of a cup.

      Such a pity about the savoury celery, I was enjoying Yatagan until a little celery scented question mark appeared above my head.

      Your friend

  5. My hubby’s favorite cologne and I love it on him. I prefer feminine scents, and Yatagan is all male IMO. Recently I was shopping and smelled Yatagan on someone, it’s so masculine you can’t confuse it with any other scent. At the checkout counter I smelled it again and turned around and saw a woman! I must say it was kind of weird smelling a cologne my husband wears and other men I know on a woman! No thanks not for me.

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