Nautica Classic Review by Nautica (1992)

Nautica Classic by Nautica EDT (1992)

Nautica Classic by Nautica EDT (1992)

Overall Rating


Sex Appeal


Safe for work/school


How long does it last?


Critic Score



  • Classy Smell
  • Inexpensive


  • Short life
  • Harmful
  • Not a good signature scent

Let’s Get Started, A Nautica Classic Review by a CologneMaster!

Greetings everyone! Coming in hot is a Nautica Classic review done by yours truly Jason the self-proclaimed CologneMaster.

Today we are taking a look at the 1992 Nautica Classic fragrance. This is another scent many guys wore back in the 90s when it was released so it has a smell to it that takes you back a few decades.

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What Does The CologneMaster, Jason Think About Nautica Classic?

Top notes: Cinnamon, Cypress, Coriander, Lime, Aldehydes, Lemon, Bergamot, Neroli, Clary Sage, Tarrgon

Middle notes: Geranium, Rose, Caraway, Jasmine, Cyclamen

Base notes: Oakmoss, Musk, Patchouli, Amber, Sandalwood, Cedar

The notes that you will notice primarily are Aldehydes and Lime.

The Good

Nautica Classic is just what it sounds like, a classic fragrance that smells like one. I can’t explain what the scent contains within it to make it smell old, but if you take a whiff of it, you will smell like the early 90s.

So if you spent your teenage and young adult life in the 90s, this might be a good fragrance to take a shot at!

The Bad

Like most any other Nautica cologne, it smells cheap. It lasts from 1-4 hours with it generally being on the shorter side of an hour.

One of the worst reviews I read on this fragrance, “This is more suitiable for an insect repellent spray. Synthetic, cheap, and horrible.”

With other Nautica fragrances, what I mostly dislike about it is the longevity.

Nautica Classic Reviews from other people

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This guy seems to understand how I feel about this fragrance…

“This fragrance is a trip down memory lane because the late 90’s is when I wore it! I still have a bottle on the shelf so I just put some on for old times sake. I totally get the aldehydes and lime, but I think they’re kidding themselves to say the base notes are sandalwood, amber and cedar. I mostly wear niche fragrances now and putting this on reminds me why.”

I agree… Nautica Classic is a cheapo and should be treated as one

“Fruity/ambery/spicy/patchouli with what seems to me to be a low quality sandalwood note in the background. It’s definitely got at least a bit of a “blob”-like quality but it’s okay for a “cheapo,” if it is selling cheaply these days (I don’t know or care). I did an ankle sampling and I don’t think I could wear it normally because there seems to be something cloying about it, whether that is the blending or ingredient quality, again, I really don’t care. I’d rather wear H2 Hummer, Tattoo for Men by Germain, or all kinds of other scents with somewhat similar ideas than this one.”

Here is another good perspective of Nautica Classic… Talks about it being good at the time but later not…

This was my first-ever cologne purchase, as a teenager. It was simple, smelled light and fresh, and was perfect for me at that time. Even into my college years I found it made a perfect weekend fragrance for a hot summer. Very light when compared to the popular ones of the time, slightly complex, but included a rough citrus on the opening and a mix of musk after it dried down. Longevity, as others have mentioned, was short.

No regrets here, but not something I would turn to now. It was perfect for the time.

Who Should Buy Nautica Classic?

Age Group: 40+

Nautica Classic is a fragrance that has a old school scent to it. For that reason, it should be worn by mature guys that can pull this off.

Season: Spring/Summer

This scent works well for the warmer months of spring and summer. It doesn’t have the spicy notes that a typical fall or winter cologne would have.

Time of Day: Day

Without a doubt, this is a daytime scent.

Occasion: A quick hit

Juse like most of the Nautica fragrances, they don’t last very long. Use it for a quick hit.

Gift?: No way

Find something else to give as a gift.

Longevity: Horrible

If a fragrance lasts less than 2 hours, we have problems. The longevity is horrible.

Harmless? – No

Nautica Classic doesn’t have a completely neutral scent to be worn in any situation and not make someone feel uncomfortable.

Popularity – Not popular

Nautica Classic is not very popular with only around 1,000 people. It is one of the top selling colognes, but not very popular.

Price – Amazing

If you can get a bottle of fragrance for under $11 a bottle, that’s a pretty incredible deal.

Awards – 0

None Yet… Most likely never

Sexy – Not

Try finding a Nautica Classic review where someone said it was “sexy”. It simply is not.

Signature Cologne – No

If you’re wearing this fragrance as your everyday scent, you’re probably broke.


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