Versace Pour Homme Review: Office-Ready

Versace Pour Homme Perfume Review

In the very opening, Versace Pour Homme Eau De Toilette offers very quick and fugacious aquatic notes, and then goes classic, amber-clean and laundry-detergent. There are citrus notes as well in the background (more present on the blotter though), and also a spice that makes it slightly powdery.   It feels quite classy, with a style that reminds of Ferrari Black (where the spice is a bit more aggressive), which is from 1999, whereas this one is from 2008. And […] Read more »

Paul Smith Optimistic Review

Paul Smith Optimistic For Him won’t be the most original nor the deepest, nor the most sophisticated fragrance, but it’s quite pleasant overall. It first came out in 2011 with the version for Her, both created by Francoise Caron (Hermes Eau D`Orange Verte, Rock’n Rose by Valentino among the others).   The opening is very fresh, almost cold. It’s just a generic freshness at first, but then all the layers will start to gradually come out: at first light sweet […] Read more »

D&G Pour Homme Review

Dolce Gabbana Pour Homme opens with a quite fragrant lemon, which makes it very Mediterranean right off the box, but then it follows the same fate of Hugo Boss Bottled Night: there is some good will in the formula with herbs and woods, but they end up buried under a hefty dose of detergent smell.   Although it won’t go all the way into a swamp of dihydromyrcenol, lemon will lose its virginity and start to smell a tad chemical […] Read more »

Boss Bottled Night Eau De Toilette

Are Hugo Boss perfumes really “the deepest pit of hell” as Chandler Burr calls them in his The Perfect Scent?  I opened the lid to see what fetid vapours I would find, and I came out of the experience unscathed, although, I have to admit, not really impressed.   Bottled Night Hugo Boss starts with citrus, fruity and slightly sweet notes, which soon turn out to be a very fragrant lemon. They could  – and should  – have lasted more, […] Read more »

Narciso Rodriguez For Him Fragrance Review

The opening of For Him by Narciso Rodriguez is a boiling cauldron. It reminded me of Opium by YSL, not for the notes but for the warm life that emanates from them.   Someone would call it death though, and they wouldn’t be wrong. This Narciso Rodriguez is not for any him, the opening is strong enough to scare away the nose that is too comfortable with spicy clean masculine that “smell so good.”   For Him doesn’t, indeed it’s […] Read more »

David Beckham Instinct Cologne

Instinct perfume was, if Fragrantica is not wrong, the first fragrance for men by the Beckhams. Although unmistakeably fresh-aromatic, the opening is clean, as in clean-bed-sheet clean, with citrus notes that make it a bit more interesting than the average. And after that, there is the spicy phase, with peppery and also some green notes at some point, which even turned into clove for a very short while.   All in all however, the spices feel quite generic, the impression […] Read more »

Moschino Forever Fragrance Review

Forever By Moschino starts clean and citrus, like any good men’s cologne would do. If you’re looking for an aromatic fougere, the main reason why you would choose this is if the sales assistant sprays it on you before you have the chance to take a look at the other colognes in the same category.   But – and thankfully – there seems to be something else other than a mind-numbing conformity in this fragrance, and it comes in the […] Read more »

Armani Eau Pour Homme Review

So that’s the perfume I smelt one day on my older sister’s boyfriend when I was a kid. Personal digression, to say this is from a couple of years ago, 1984, created by Roger Pellegrino.   The opening of Armani Pour Homme is with a fragrant, very real orange, and – childhood knocking at my door again – the same taste I used to get sucking these fruit drops. In the background however, there is already a spicey herb of […] Read more »