For me, the fragrances developed by Antonio Banderas (produced under an agreement with Puig Beauty, of course!) remain at the moment of Diavolo, the first release and probably one of the most successful, in spite of its obvious reference to Dior’s Fahrenheit. As a result, I’m not following the new releases, except for situation like this, when samples are falling into my hand, and I’m doing a review such as the one you’re about to read in the following.
The Golden Secret was introduced in July 2011, as a masculine oriental spicy and a flanker to 2010’s The Secret. The fragrance was developed by perfumer Christophe Raynaud, who was also in charge of the first perfume from Antonio Banderas that contained the word “secret” in its name.
I admit I sampled the latest perfume from the Spanish house with open mind, to conclude by being baffled over its intense burn of phases. After an initial two sprays on my wrist, I perceived a distinct note of leather (listed in the ingredients!), which was joined later on by something sweet, that I will label as the fruity facet of The Golden Secret. Then, in no more than one hour and a half, the perfume turned to a warm amber side, and by the time three hours passed since the beginning of the test, The Golden Secret was extinct from my skin.
The list of official notes is restricted to the following: green apple liqueur, pepper, cumin, nutmeg, cedar, amber and leather, and as I read it, I wished the spicy pepper would have made a stronger presence in the mid development phase. The flacon that contains the scent has the same shape as its predecessor, except this time was painted in a gold hue, preserving the margins and the stopper dark. The advertisement features the same “hide and seek” theme from the first commercial and I believe for reasons of cost reduction the only added the presentation of the perfume in the final part.
Overall, subsequent to sampling The Golden Secret, I will remain with the pungent aroma of leather in my nostrils from the beginning, and with the regret that something that started fine, could have developed a better ending. If the official tagline mentions the phrase “a concentrate of seduction”, I’ll go and say that this is one that burns real fast.
Antonio Banderas The Golden Secret Perfume Details
- The Golden Secret by Antonio Banderas is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette Spray; the lasting power is below average (1 to 3 hours) and the sillage is good.
- Olfactory Group: Oriental Spicy
- For: Men
- Year Introduced: 2011
- Perfumer: Christophe Raynaud
- Recommended Wear: Day and Evening
- Dress Code: Casual
Antonio Banderas The Golden Secret Video Commercial