While having dinner at a restaurant recently, I noticed a pleasant scent — sweet, powdery, clean — coming from the direction of my waiter. I rarely ask men what fragrance they have on because lots of guys think that’s a too-personal question (and I don’t want to appear as if I’m “flirting” either) but for the first time in my life, I asked a waiter what perfume he was wearing. As I feared, he seemed taken aback at the question, uncomfortable; he hemmed and hawed, said he could not remember, and fled. Then, near the end of dinner, he returned to say he had remembered; it was the “blue” Dolce & Gabbana scent: “I have three bottles at home with different colored caps…this one is in the bottle with the dark blue cap.”
I did a Google image search when I got home and saw the blue-capped D&G scent was Pour Homme; originally released in 1994, it was just relaunched by Dolce & Gabbana this autumn. Could it be possible there existed a D&G scent I liked?
Pour Homme goes on smelling a tad “retro” (think heavier, late-Eighties masculine fragrances) with a citrus bite, a pungent pinch of lavender leaf and neroli floating on the side. There’s also a note or accord that reminds me of the scent of pine needles. This “cool” opening, a mix of lavender, a resin-y note, and bergamot/citrus oils, follows Pour Homme into its mid-development, where the perfume comes close to sports fragrance territory (you know…that “tingly”/menthol-type fragrance); thank goodness, Pour Homme veers from the sports genre — by a hair. As the fragrance develops further, it gets sweeter, and silky, (this is the phase I was smelling on my waiter) with tonka bean, cedar and almost-not-there tobacco aromas. I’d describe Pour Homme’s overall character as “fresh from the shower.”
Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme is an unmistakably mainstream fragrance, there’s nothing unusual about it, but within its comfortable, uncomplicated and non-threatening slot it does a good job. I don’t remember smelling the Pour Homme formula when it was released in the early Nineties; if you knew the “old” Pour Homme and have smelled the new version, do comment on any changes you notice.
Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme is available in 40 ($45), 75 ($58) and 125 ($73) ml Eau de Toilette; its lasting power and sillage are good.
This is my last review of 2012; unlike Robin I've done an awful job of covering mainstream launches this year (thus, this "eleventh-hour" review of Pour Homme). I will say that the latter part of 2012 helped save the 'perfume year' for me; within the last six weeks I've sniffed several new, great-smelling niche perfumes I'm anxious to review next year. Till then, have a wonderful holiday season!
* Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme lists fragrance notes of neroli, citrus/tangerine, bergamot, lavender, sage, pepper, tobacco, cedarwood and tonka bean. The perfumer for the original 1994 version was Max Gavarry.