For a perfume with so much going on, it's quite a subtle, spicy, leathery, and woody affair. One gets the sense that the leaves, woods, and flowers that went into Antilope have dried into a haylike concentration, both strong and subdued, whose scent is stirred into recognition only by a hot sun or a brief summer wind.
My first questioning impression was: herbaceous leather? Chypre? Camphor? Cedar? Is there a sweet middle note that rounds out and warms up the sharper notes? Basenotes that deepen that warmth? (Labdanum/cistus? Opoponax?) Antilope is more classically masculine than Ma Griffe, say, but its blond spice and leather makes it a subdued and subtle rather than overpowering fragrance. It smells, as many have said, like a savannah of dried grass/hay. It's been called a "floral woody aldehydic chypre."
I get an almost mint note that others describe as chamomile. And even though I don't see it in the listed notes, I do smell that faintly herby, hay-like scent. With Antilope (imagine a woman's fragrance being called that in this day and age — you might as well call something Hippopotomus!), I imagine a sleeping animal on a bed of herbs, dried grass with flowers in the distance. In sum, dry, sweet and woody. I love this. (Ad from H Prints.)
Top notes: Aldehydes, spice note, citrus oils
Heart notes: Jasmine, rose, orris, lily of the valley, violet
Base notes: Cedarwood, vetiver, leather, musk, amber