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Capucci pour Homme (1967)
by Roberto Capucci

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Capucci pour Homme information

Year of Launch1967
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 78 votes)

People and companies

HouseRoberto Capucci
Parent CompanyWeruska & Joel

About Capucci pour Homme

Capucci pour Homme is a masculine fragrance by Roberto Capucci. The scent was launched in 1967

Capucci pour Homme fragrance notes

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Roberto Capucci is a relatively small and unsung Italian fashion house formed by the eponymous man himself, and were perhaps one of the earliest to produce a fragrance to compete in a market dominated by the French, British, and American houses. The first masculine outing from Roberto Capucci on the heels of the feminine Graffiti (1963) is simply called Capucci Pour Homme (1967), and is a rather no-nonsense dyed-in-the-wool citrus chypre that doesn't even try to add animalic growl like Moustache by Rochas (1949) or soften it's approach with pillowy green florals like Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955). Indeed, this came right on the heels of Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior (1966), a scent to which it is very often compared, but included none of the jasmine hedione freshness which made Eau Sauvage such a revolution in the field. Instead, Roberto Capucci mixed razor-sharp bergamot with herbs, jasmine, dry lavender, and a fruit pectin note that uncannily seems to presage Revlon Charlie (1973) by a number of years, making Capucci Pour Homme feel something of a cross dressing dandy for those who've smelled that legendary drugstore feminine chypre. Yet, Capucci Pour Homme still ties it all together on a leather and oakmoss base of considerable bite, bringing the overall aesthetic back into the butch corner. Capucci Pour Homme has "Italian" written all over it because of its sunny rustic dryness, with an anise and lemon facet which could have easily been the inspiration for Azzaro Pour Homme (1978), but Capucci Pour Homme is more like the stern older brother of Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme (1971), just with a closet full of skirts, and is neither as friendly nor welcoming as anything it predates in its genre, plus much of what it comes after. This meaning it's not a good introduction to chypres nor is it for everyone into them. If Chanel Pour Monsieur is Fred Astaire and Eau Sauvage is Paul Newman, then Capucci Pour Homme is very much Vincent Price.

Capucci Pour Homme is a real test of a masculine chypre fan's mettle due to it's flirtation with a style later utilized by green feminine chypre varieties, just without the rose or galbanum and for this reason it's such a stark, naked presentation of the category it's in that Capucci Pour Homme could almost be considered too simple, too "chypre 101" for fans of aromatics, animalics, or heavier florals mixed into the style. Don't listen to folks who call this a poor man's Chanel Pour Monsieur or Dior Eau Sauvage, as neither the petitgrain nor the jasmine in this scent come anywhere close to the amounts found in those chypres, respectively. As it stands in its original composition, Capucci Pour Homme opens with a lacerating bergamot joined by amalfi lemon and lime as well, keyed in for further assertion with basil, plus the aforementioned anise and petitgrain. Those who like the opening of Armani Eau Pour Homme (1984) but wish it was more powerful a scent overall may want to look here. The heart draws the above comparison to Charlie under my nose, or at least Charlie as it would be with less florals and green notes, thanks to the jasmine, pectin, and fougère-ish dry lavender. The fruity twist will be the most off-putting to modern masculine fans used to their woody aromachemicals or rounded peppery citrus, but the base in Capucci Pour Homme is certainly black ties and cufflinks even if the heart and part of the top feel like a chemise dress. Leather, palpable oakmoss, and yellowish cistus labdanum make up the primary gentlemanly accord of the base, with musk and amber as small supporting players. Some note breakdowns list patchouli, but I get none of that myself, even though I get an unlisted twang of cedar at the end. Sillage is moderate, and longevity is acceptable, as this is still a late 60's fragrance, when men's "cologne" was meant to be more discreetly worn compared to women, and not of "beastmode" projection nor endless longevity as the emergent "bro" segment of the 21st century expects. If curt and acerbic male chypres with a feminine fruit twist and a dry leathery oakmoss base sound like your bag, then go ahead and try a sample, you might like it.

Those of you choosing to explore Capucci Pour Homme must be warned: there are multiple versions of this on the market, all discontinued, but all slightly different and at varying prices. It's not a scenario where different corporate owners kept reorchestrating the fragrance like with Monsieur Houbigant/Monsieur Houbigant Musk/Monsieur Musk (1973), but the base is where all the changes across multiple productions of fragrances usually lie, and here they're particularly noticeable. The deep vintage with the square lettering came in a stubby triangular bottle or chrome-cap tall sprayer bottle, and is the "original" presentation but also will have suffered topnote loss in most examples as chypres more than 50 years old tend to do. The round lettering introduced after the release of R de Capucci (1986) has a fresher top and most of the leather note from the base, but veers a tad more towards oakmoss in the finish. An aftershave from this period also exists, but it's mentholated, in case the green juice doesn't give that away. The 90's stuff where the stubby triangle bottles returned with the round lettered logo but were retrofitted with a sprayer will be mostly citrus and pectin with a treemoss blend in place of oakmoss, and no leather to be found, making it the most "feminine". This last version veers more towards smelling like Charlie mixed with Monsieur de Givenchy (1959) but beats a blank on a tighter budget. Capucci Punjab (1979) would succeed this and be more of a spicy oriental, but R de Capucci revisited the chypre foundations of Capucci Pour Homme, taking the mossy herbal aspects of it to a glorious crescendo while dropping all the citrus and fruit, thus tending to be favored by vintage fans into powerhouses, but for classic chypre whackos like me who embrace transgender vibes, Capucci Pour Homme might be the better ticket to ride. Casual fans of chypres really need not apply here, as this is so brutally uncompromising even before factoring in the dandy middle, it's unsafe as a blind buy, so while it's worth smelling for historical perspective, you have to be a bird of a particular feather to really enjoy smelling this way. Thumbs up from me, but do not take this Italian stallion lightly, unless the idea of "Charlie Pour Homme" makes you just as giddy as it does me, in which case I say go git' you some.
02nd November, 2018
Very good, a more bitter aromatic/ herbal Eau Sauvage / Monsieur de Givenchy, closer to Givenchy actually. I own both but this is sufficiently different to join the collection, I am a big fan of the genre though.
More Mediterranean and rugged than both, where Givenchy and Dior are dapper Parisians, Capucci is a stylish Napolitano. Great moss too.
Edit, actually closer still to Armani pour Homme which falls in line with that Iralian analogy
22nd June, 2018 (last edited: 02nd September, 2018)
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Capucci Pour Homme often gets compared to the great Eau Sauvage and the equally great Chanel Pour Monsieur. I sort of get that, but to me it smells like Monsieur de Givenchy and YSL Pour Homme merged into one. This is a delightful, old fashioned, citrus chypre with elegant, dry herbs. Capucci would later explore this herbal, mossy element in greater detail with 1985's R de Capucci and to great effect. Capucci Pour Homme has an Italian elegance to it much like we find in Bugatti and later in Ferre for Man. This is what the lunch crowd at Rome's Hotel Hassler smells like as they settle into an aperitivo, what linen-suited natives of the Amalfi Coast smell like as they drink Limoncello and it is what the busy Milanesi smell like as they go about their day. A perfect way to bring a little masculine Italian elegance into everyone's life.
31st May, 2018 (last edited: 04th June, 2018)
This smells a lot like Dior's Eau Sauvage, but at a fraction of the price. It's a very old-world citrus aromatic cologne, and leans very masculine. It opens with very bitter and tart lemon, lime, and oakmoss, with hints of leather. This aroma is extremely masculine and also greatly pleasant to my nose; however it won't be for everyone as this is very bitter and has no sweetness whatsoever. It's 100% old-school green chypre and is not a modern sporty citrus or aquatic fragrance whatsoever. This aroma then changes on drydown to basically very green and slightly citric oakmoss with leather and hints of basil, anise, Indian bay, and patchouli. Mostly oakmoss though. The whole thing smells 'green' and bitter. Sillage is moderate while longevity is also moderate at around 4-5 hours. Overall, this is a really nice old-school masculine citrus cologne in the same line as Acqua di Parma Colonia and Dior Eau Sauvage (both of which smell somewhat like Capucci pour Homme).

4.5/5
03rd May, 2018
Stardate 20170630:

There are 2 fragrances that bear this name and packaging. This is why the reviews are all over the place.
Well actually there is just one but it was reformulated drastically in late 90s that people who think they have real vintage do not.
And then there is the post IFRA shite.
So a 3 ingredient box does not guarantee that you have the original.
You can read more about it at the raiders.

On to the review

1) Original Vintage- Leather Chypre. A great leather. Think burberrys for men and add chypre to it. A man's cologne

2) Reformed version- Citrusy Chypre. No leather but a more manly citrus. None of the sweetness and dandiness of typical citruses.

Get either. Get both

01st July, 2017
Very classy. Masculine, "old school" and great! I have gotten many compliments while wearing this... great "layered" with oud, with sandalwood and I really like it with Tabu. Great by itself, too!
10th April, 2015

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