Lalique, in the U.S. anyway, seems to be an almost-forgotten perfume house; the fragrances are hard to find. The first Lalique scent I tried (I believe) was Encre Noire in 2006: I sniffed; I bought; I still adore. Lalique launched Hommage à l'homme* in 2012; it was created to commemorate Lalique’s 20th anniversary as a perfume house. This review deals with the Eau de Toilette version of Hommage à l'homme; I'd love to try the Extrait de Parfum (but realize that's an almost impossible wish).
Hommage à l'homme goes on liquor-y with sweet violet leaf and candied violet flower notes; the violet leaf is especially sophisticated in this formula (not "sporty"), the violet notes are augmented by a sprinkle or two of pepper and a lovely ‘undertow’ of saffron and oud (not at all obnoxious or blunt). There’s also a hint of what smells like tobacco leaf hovering in Hommage à l'homme's heart. As Hommage à l'homme dries on skin it becomes soft — a bit talc-y with smoky benzoin combining with a powdery musk. I’m a powder lover in men’s perfumes…and I always have a powder-house fragrance on hand. At the moment, I’m powder-less, so will be adding a small bottle of Hommage à l'homme to the perfume cabinet soon. Hommage à l'homme smells “dressy” and suited to all seasons except (maybe) summer; it has good sillage and excellent lasting power.
Hommage à l'homme's (Extrait de Parfum) crystal bottle looks gorgeous (see above, center image); it features an Art Deco “Pied Piper” (on both sides of the bottle). The Pied Piper is from a decorative panel created by René Lalique in 1929 for the Orient Express. The Eau de Toilette bottle’s design was inspired by another René Lalique project — the “Duncan” bathroom accessories collection of 1931.
Lalique Hommage à l'homme Extrait de Parfum in the limited edition crystal flacon is $1,800 for 100 ml; Eau de Toilette is $92 for 50 ml and $125 for 100 ml.