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Boucheron pour Homme (1991)
by Boucheron


Boucheron pour Homme information

Year of Launch1991
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 440 votes)

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PerfumerRaymond Chaillan
Parent CompanyInter Parfums

About Boucheron pour Homme

Boucheron pour Homme is a masculine fragrance by Boucheron. The scent was launched in 1991 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Raymond Chaillan

Boucheron pour Homme fragrance notes

Reviews of Boucheron pour Homme

Straight away this reminded me of those Eighties and Early Nineties classical citrus floral fragrances for men that had a touch of class about them. Bright citrus opening of lemon, juniper and orange citrus. Nice but a bit rough with a musty/fusty note if smelled upclose coming from a dose of aldehydes.

Where this shines and becomes really good is how it develops and opens up. You get a lemon/Juniper citrus with lily of the valley and lots of floral's with woods blended in. It stays fresh and light and is reminiscent of Lauder For Men and Caron's Third Man.Though with the Lauder the lemon/juniper citrus is more focused and mossy with the floral's never showing themselves as much as in this one and Third Man. A variation on a popular theme from back in the day. Very classy and lovely smelling with a interesting host of complex notes.
07th January, 2019
A truly magnificent scent. Smells mostly very natural. I have the EDP.

It strikes me, stylistically, as being an intense "eau de cologne" in the sense of a citrusy Kölnische Wasser; if, say, EAU DE ROCHAS were magnified threefold in intensity, this is what you'd get.

This scent is mostly about tangy, sharp, nose-prickling citrus, and those who love citrus fragrances will want to note that the citrus qualities do not disappear, but rather linger well into the drydown, borne aloft by the classic aldehydes present.

There are many notes other than citrus, but they are mostly "ghosted" and nigh-subliminal, and comprise a delicate chypre base illuminated with herb and floralcy.

In far drydown, the scent grows more powdery and papery, and reminds me of, say, freshly ironed white batiste cloth... or fine white cotton-rag stationery; basil and bergamot linger on with it. This is what the French would call a "Tonic" fragrance... as in: smelling it is an aromatherapy, as it puts your head into a more balanced space, relieving fatigue, desperation, melancholy, nausea, headache, etc. Just as with 4711, you could douse a damp washcloth with this, and lie down with the cloth over your forehead, as the Germans do.

This strikes me as the ultimate hot weather fragrance, as the brilliant, tangy notes are so refreshing and restorative. Nothing in BOUCHERON declares that the scent is just for men... it is very easily unisex, like any Kölnische Wasser would be.

BOUCHERON HOMMES is a gorgeous scent with a classical, timeless vibe. To say it is outdated is like saying "apples are outdated". In fact, I detect no trendy modern synthetic aromachemicals... no calone, cashmeran, Iso E Super, etc. So this scent could never be "outdated".
01st January, 2019
Nana never smelled like this despite the suggestions that I smell like her whenever I wear Boucheron pour Homme. Besides, why shouldn't I smell like Nana? She always smelled clean and fresh to me and comforting. This citrus is potent. Heavy handedness would make it cloying. This fragrance requires conservative, even cautious use. When such potent citrus dances with floral notes, it's best to aim for subtlety. The longer this develops, the better the outcome and here's where a conservative application is rewarding in the headache one avoids. Perhaps Nana would have dabbed a little on her wrists and left it at that. Nana knows best.
26th September, 2018
Cue the folks attempting to intellectualize Boucheron pour Homme. They probably believe that their ability to enjoy this fragrance denotes more sophisticated, refined olfactory evolution. They may enjoy the secret knowledge of a hidden gem and savor the "complexity" of this fragrance as it reveals its identity to them over an evening.

Screw it: Boucheron pour Homme is a cloying, mismatched, train wreck of a fragrance with few redeeming qualities. You know that bottle of Avon that you found tucked away in your great-grandmother's house five years after she died? Yeah. This is it. In my time as a collector, this ranks as one of the worst.

The opening is one of the most foul, astringent, offensive things I've ever encountered in a designer fragrance. It is dominated by lemon and rose. The dry down - while complex - fails to yield any meaningfully enjoyable moments for me. I detect little of the purported base notes: no oak moss, no vetiver, no tonka bean, and no sandalwood. A few previous reviews are spot-on: this smells like a grandmother. It is bizarrely neither masculine nor feminine. It transcends gender and it transcends my ability to accurately summarize how foul it is.

Go elsewhere. I'd love to be more erudite, but I can't. Boucheron pour Homme is absolutely horrid.
29th August, 2018
Review for the EDP in frosted bottle:

This is a very exquisite chypre fragrance that smells like a stronger version of Dior's Eau Sauvage mixed with a bit of Acqua di Parma Colonia. It starts like Eau Sauvage, with strong masculine citrus (lemon mainly) mixed with leather, and dries down with the same scent but an added rose note that's reminiscent of Acqua di Parma Colonia. It's very classy, and lasts a long time - over 6 hours in fact, with moderate projection. It's very nice, and probably a more upscale version of those classic masculine citrus chypres like Dior Eau Sauvage, Capucci pour Homme, Aramis Tuscany, Chanel pour Monsieur, Monsieur de Givenchy etc. Except all those are expensive and don't last that long (but the vintage versions of them do but are even more pricey) while Boucheron pour Homme EDP is less than $100. There's also the EDT version of this but I haven't tried that (EDP is supposedly more complex and longer lasting).

16th August, 2018
Raymond Challian always seemed interested in keeping his masculine perfume vibes square in the middle of the 20th century, when dry citrus-lead aromatic chypres were the epitome of masculinity, and stuck to this formula both for Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme and Balenciaga Ho Hang (1971 both). Afterwards, he branched out a bit with Signoricci 2 (1976), Monsieur Carven (1978), and Pierre Cardin Bleu Marine (1986), but returned to the lemon and woods chypre for his last masculine, and last documented creation, Boucheron Pour Homme. 1991 was a time of transition for mainstream designer perfume, particularly masculines, as guys were being forced to let go of their powerhouses and replace them with greatly toned-down "fresh" fougères, aquatics, and sharp citrus ozonics that bore some relation to the chypres of old, but were rife with synthetics. Boucheron threw out any notion of change with Boucheron Pour Homme, not only by sticking with tradition, but going even -further- back in time from the outgoing 80's powerhouses, by releasing a nuclear-powered aromatic citrus for men. Raymond Challian was clearly the best person for the job, considering his track record, and what he delivers here is an amazing aromatic citrus without any of the performance problems for which the genre is known. All told, this scent is probably classier than nearly anything else non-niche releasing in this year, which is saying a Hell of a lot considering the competition.

Boucheron comes in 2 strength variations: Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum, the latter being another rare move for the men's world, as most extra-strength iterations of men's fragrance were given the name "Eau de Toilette Concentrée" to avoid the word "Parfum", since most guys in the west, particularly America, were conditioned to believe parfum was for women. We all know this practice would die out in the 21st century, but here was Boucheron making a legitimate parfum for men in 1991.. bravo! There's a lot in this juice, so note separation is poor since a lot of blending went into it. The prominent top notes to me are citrus, in almost a cocktail, with the lemon, bergamot, and manadarin standing out most. The basil shows second, with lavender and verbena adding that floral and herbaceous twang. The middle is all floral here, unsurprisingly with classic choices like iris, carnation, muguet, and jasmine, but rose and ylang-ylang make an appearance also, but a little later on. I mostly smell the carnation and iris in this phase. Basenotes are confusingly both of the chypre and fougère category, but this feels like a chypre to me so that's what I'm calling it. Sandalwood, tonka, musk, oakmoss, vetiver, amber, and an unidentified incense note are beefed up with benzoin and styrax, in what's probably the last example of a mildly animalic-toned base in a male perfume outside the later niche movement. Finally, near the end, the rose I couldn't detect before sneaks up in the dry down, making this pretty rosy in it's last phase, and almost dandy-like. Boucheron Pour Homme is so quality and long-lasting it might as well be niche, and sells for a wooden nickel.

Boucheron is just a good traditional scent for the man that wants to leave a trail of class and discerning taste wherever he may roam. I'd suggest the parfum for it's heft, but if lighter presence is desired, the Eau de Toilette is perfectly fine. Fans of anything like Monsieur de Givenchy (1959) or Revlon That Man (1958) should be all over this, and people wanting a bit of an adventure should try Avon Paradigm/Class Act/Aspire ( US/EU/Mex names 2002), as it's a leathery take on the same style. Boucheron was spitting in the face of convention in 1991, whether you argue that convention was still the "powerhouse", or the "freshie" by that point, as Boucheron Pour Homme sided with neither. This stuff is a fitting final masculine from Challian too, as he has made some of the best in this category. If you've never tried an aromatic citrus chypre, this is a great entry point since it has all of the strengths but none of the genre's weaknesses, and only deviates from the norm with it's large floral middle, so if you don't like it, then it can be attributed to taste and you can save yourself a lot of sampling or blind buys from the category. Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955) is still the flagship for it's class in my opinion, but Boucheron Pour Homme closely nips at it's heels.. just 36 years later. Amazing stuff, and very complex for a fragrance made in an era when less was gradually being seen as more. Keep Boucheron for mid-temperatures, formal, office, or very high-end romantic use (like fine dining), because I'll be damned if it isn't one of the most-refined things I've smelled. Excellent stuff!
16th April, 2018 (last edited: 16th May, 2018)

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