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Armani Eau pour Homme (1984)
by Giorgio Armani


Armani Eau pour Homme information

Year of Launch1984
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 459 votes)

People and companies

HouseGiorgio Armani
PerfumerRoger Pellegrino
PackagingAlain de Mourgues
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group > Prestige & Collections
Parent Company at launchHelena Rubinstein

About Armani Eau pour Homme

Giorgio Armani's original men's fragrance.

Armani Eau pour Homme fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Armani Eau pour Homme

This citrus aromatic classic is a masterful example of the marriage of freshness with masculinity and also of delicacy with depth. The bold hesperidic (that's a fancy way of saying "citrusy") opening gives way to a spicy aromatic heart with a classic base of patchouli, woods and oakmoss (at least if you have an old bottle like mine from before they banned oakmoss.)

The fragrance should appeal to fans of Dior's Eau Sauvage (1966). However, Armani's offering seems to have a touch more testosterone added to the formula perhaps reflecting the powerhouse olfactory zeitgeist of the 80's as perhaps best represented by YSL's Kouros (1981) or Chanel's Antaeus (1981). Here we have a much fresher mediterranean twist on masculinity whose sparkling opening conjures up images of lemon groves and blue Italian skies.

The aromatic spices and lavender mean that the wearer may feel he has just emerged form the barbershop but the quality and refinement of this scent assure us that this is no mere drugstore cologne.

The base of classic woods is at once familiar and yet unique here in the way it mingles with the other notes. There are hints of warm spices and even of the juicy citrus fruits in this scent at every stage of its skin life. My old formula bottle lasts well and is moderate in projection. Not a beast by any means but entirely adequate and appropriate for a fragrance of this kind. If you are looking for a signature scent that has timeless elegance and will work as well with a crisp white shirt and tie or a polo shirt then include this on your shortlist. There's a slight retro feel for sure but not enough to feel dated in the way that many 80's masculines can. I have sampled the modern version many times in shops and it smells very close to me. I would not hesitate to buy it if my old version runs out.

I love this fragrance and would highly recommend it to fans of citrus aromatic fragrances with
with barbershop tendencies. Alternatives include the above mentioned Eau Sauvage, YSL's Pour Homme (1971) and Acqua di Parma's Colonia (1916) or Colonia Assoluta (2003).

Next time you see this sitting ignored next to Acqua di Gio in various versions or the Code range from Armani spare a moment to sniff what may just be the classiest fragrance in the Armani line up.
09th April, 2018
I do not compare this frag to Chanel pour monsieur, Monsieur de Givenchy or Aqua di Parma, which are more lemony in my opinion. In my rotation, Armani competes directly with Dior Eau Sauvage.

Armani fells as a softer version of Eau Sauvage or as some people say a "watered down" version. Could be true, however, the fact it is more subtle makes it for me a perfect cologne, when I dress up or when I am around a lot of people up close - office, funeral, any gatherings when I want to smell nice without wanting to be a center of attention.

I like Eau Sauvage a lot but when wearing it, people say: oh I smell a cologne, it is nice. With Armani they say: oh you smell nice, what is it, a cologne? When I want to smell subtle, it is a big difference. Interesting thing is that while Armani is weaker than Eau Sauvage in the first hour, it lasts several hours longer.

I am a big fan of classic colognes, I own many others in addition to those mentioned above such as Guerlains Vetiver and Heritage, Azzaro pour homme, Caron pour un homme, Givenchy Gentleman, Blenheim Bouquet, Terre dHermes, and many others. Armani eau pour homme is one of my favorites. If you like classic subtle masculine scents, I recommend you give it a try.
08th April, 2018 (last edited: 18th April, 2018)
TeeEm Show all reviews
United Kingdom
I used to wear this in the late eighties and even then apart from saying ARMANI in the label it did very little for me...

A very ordinary citrus smell which does absolutely nothing for me personally...
It is fresh, citrus, innofensive, it could well have been an unbranded perfume from the jar of an old fashined village barber
06th January, 2018
Note: Review is of the current formulation.

Armani Eau pour Homme is a citrus aromatic fragrance. The citrus in the top notes is quite well done with prominent lemon and basil, and a mild spiciness. The similarities with Eau Sauvage are quite evident, though Armani pH is different enough to come across with its own personality, and not a mere copy. This enjoyable phase is followed by mild spices, but then suddenly the composition thins out to a nondescript woody base in about two hours. Sillage is good initially before quickly quietening down, and duration is low at around four hours.

Eventually Armani pour Homme is rather lacking. Eau Sauvage (lemon and basil), Blenheim Bouquet (lemon and spices), Chanel pour Monsieur (citrus), Bogart signature (citrus and leather), and Versace L'Homme (citrus and leathery woods) are much more compelling alternatives.

Given it's an Armani, it is surprising that the quality of materials is highly questionable - when contrasted with other compositions from their range. This further lends support to the possibility that this particular fragrance has suffered badly from reformulation.

04th May, 2017
The tangerine, lemon, and basil is delicious at the beginning reminding me of Eau de Guerlain. It quickly moves into lavender, clove and oakmoss giving it that classic 80's smoky masculine scent which is hit or miss depending on the wearer. The sandalwood is buried in there but it's not very prominent. Overall a good scent but not for me.
14th April, 2017
Reviewing the current formulation which just doesn't smell good to me. A mix of pure alcohol and "dad" cologne. Seems to be pretty potent with good longevity.
02nd March, 2017

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