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back around early 2000s is not really that “trendy” anymore, this fragrance is even quite distinctive – positively outdated, if you want.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.
Nice cinnamon blended in this with the tobacco and vanilla makes this one you may want to check out. For the price, it's a great buy. I detect the tonka and light touch of patchouli and ginger. Nice! 8/10