Pure balance and kaleidoscopic airy sophistication. A light but surprisingly "presenceful" fragrance, a masterfully crafted combination of musks, wooods, leather/tobacco and "lymphatic" floral notes. Carven Homme is indeed an excellent green-woody aromatic composition really multifaceted and rich of nuances. There is a silky herbal-woody-floral substance which ideally connects this fragrance to Gucci Envy for Men (Humiecki&Graef Askew in part) and even more (under my nose) to further creations as the classic Nino Cerruti, Romeo Gigli Sud Est, Trussardi Action Uomo (just in part) and Canali Men.
The Envy Men's reference is frankly quite "moderate" (just partially reasonable) to me since, apart the common spicy-herbal opening, Envy Men deflects soon towards a more marked resinous-vanillic, constantly anisic and gingery patchouli (finally quite spicy-musky and vanillic) while Carven Homme holds on its extremely balanced, sharp and woody accord of aromatic/green and woody notes, finally embellished by a soapy-floral and musky wake, with its twist of fresh balmy tobacco, velvety soft leather and soapy-floral facets. Envy Men is finally glamour-lush-synthetic, mastered by this fluidy accord of anise/cardamom and somewhat anisic-spicy-vanillic while Carven Homme is still a sharp woody floral accord with a light leather presence and a fresh lavender-tobacco touch, which finally deflects towards a balanced level of exotic floral soapiness (coming straight from the tobacco's freshly balmy rendition). Anyway woods (patchouli as well), herbal/aromatic elements, tobacco and floral notes (geranium in particular, may be violet and cyclamen too) are in here dominant over whatever resinous or balmy-vanillic ingredient.
This fragrance is really excellent guys. There is an aura of freshly exotic distinction around the wearer and the aroma smells about soapy-spicy leather/tobacco, fresh lavender, cedarwood, herbal muskiness and sharp floral twists (I point out to catch almost exclusively geranium). Frankly I detect zero points of connection with Jaipur Homme, apart may be a vague touch of fresh cinnamonic powder. This fragrance is surprisingly versatile and easy to wear and provides an aura of great discreet distinction (and subtle sophistication) around the wearer (a dynamic and casual-elegant type of lifely man). Lavender (coriander as well) is a key note providing all around a sharply cool and airy vibe, namely a perfect background for tobacco and leather. Extreme quality of ingredients which perform in a light, "fragrant" and freshly realistic way. The combination of musk, vanilla, silky (leathery) tobacco and floral notes "nails down" a status of extreme sophistication which plays a sort of modern-chic spark (an undertone) enriching a woody-herbal main accord. Highly recommended, especially for all those living in sultry type of climates and love smelling always musky and clean in a perfectly balanced way.
04th August, 2015 (last edited: 06th February, 2016)
Carven Homme smells good. It smells like a mix of other fragrances I've tried recently, but it's one of the better ones. The opening is not a world away from Dior Ambre Nuit which I wore recently, although this is more masculine.
Fairly yummy at the top at least!
I can’t add much to the terrific reviews here of vintage Carven Pour Homme but what I personally find most remarkable about this offering is its overall balance. As one studies this scent closely you get the impression that it would be horribly marred – and indeed likely suffer a wholesale collapse -- if there was one molecule more or less of any single ingredient. Obviously that not likely to be the case, but that is the impression. Just to focus on the wood elements, my best guess is that this is a blend of rosewood, Australian sandalwood, and cedar. Based on the original price of CH, I assume that true mysore was not used. If this assumption is correct, Carven’s formula to recreate a realistic slice of mysore accord is very admirable and a secret not replicated by the many others who, unlike Carven in CH, set themselves specifically on the task of creating a santal themed scent. (God, do I despise so-called santals that smell like hamster cage cedar chips.) One can zero in on any major facet of the this fragrance’s makeup, or on the fragrance as a whole, and the concept of balance, balance, balance is inescapable and creates a smoothness that is totally comforting.
01st May, 2015 (last edited: 06th May, 2015)
The opening of Carven Homme is practically identical to Envy Men, to say the least, but it quickly takes a quite different path. Still it opens with a really similar, quite recognizable blend of citrus, ginger, sandalwood, cinnamon, lavender, pepper, violet, nutmeg: a sweet spicy-woody harmony with a creamy-powdery feel, rich and warm, mellow and easy-going. What strikes the most from the very first sniff is the astonishing quality of the notes: they smell intense, rich, “round”, with no synthetic or “plastic” flaws. From the very first minutes Carven Homme shows its great, solid, pleasant personality: it’s discreet and classy in a versatile, effortless way, and since apparently this kind of woody-spicy-bright “sweet” designer scents which were quite “the cool thing” back around early 2000s is not really that “trendy” anymore, this fragrance is even quite distinctive – positively outdated, if you want. And above all, simply irresistible. You’ll just crave for it. The drydown is perfect: always a spicy-sweet sandalwood and cedar accord scented with lavender and rounded by amber, but with a hint of sharp tobacco and finished leather – something which emerges after a while. The tobacco note takes soon a prominent role, adding a fantastic touch of “sweet darkness” which perfectly enhances the overall spicy-powdery woodiness. So classy. Besides Envy Men, I also agree on the slight similarity with Jaipur Homme: Carven is decidedly more spicy, more ambery-tobacco and more woody, with far less “dandy soapiness” – shortly a completely different mood; but there is undoubtedly a powdery-spicy-lavender feature here as well, which may make you think of some aspects of Boucheron’s masterpiece. Finally, the longevity is excellent to any extent: it lasts long, and never showing any syntheticness – it just keeps smelling rich, round and refined for hours. Perhaps not the most creative fragrance around, surely carrying a sort of “2000s trademark”, but the quality is so high it’s just irresistible. It’s warm, rich, relaxed, extremely versatile, one of those scents which you just don’t get tired of wearing. Good for any circumstance, as it bears different facets – it’s “dark” and sensual enough for a romantic dinner, but with that safe “woody cleanliness” which makes it perfect for office or cinema or whatever. Shortly, it smells *fantastic* and that’s it... we are so stuffed with artsy-fartsy niche crap, we’ve forgotten how rare this quality is – to smell *fantastic*. Terrific quality. Highly recommended.
Fantastic! Well balanced, mature yet not boring, elegant yet not pretentious. World class and will never fade with time. Can't believe such good cologne can be had with such reasonable price.