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Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme (1994)
by Dolce & Gabbana


Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme information

Year of Launch1994
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 1359 votes)

People and companies

HouseDolce & Gabbana
PerfumerMax Gavarry
Parent Company at launchEuroitalia

About Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme

Already a classic. This fragrance has a truly sexy scent. The box has a deep blue velvety finish.

When launched, this fragrance won all three awards at the International Academy Awards of The Academia del Profumo. (Best Fragrance, Best Packaging and Best Advertising)

Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme fragrance notes

Reviews of Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme

Love this scent, can probably pull it off year-round. Fresh, but with a twist all its own, definitely the original vintage for me. The newer stuff is more yellow and doesn't have the same notes as the original.

Sillage is just right for office wear, but tends to fade throughout the day. Longevity likewise. But after 6-8 hours it's easy to reapply.

A true classic, too bad for the euro laws trashing all the good ones....
27th January, 2019
Before there was Dolce & Gabbana's barnstormer known as Light Blue Pour Homme (2007), kicking up the second major wave of blue aquatics for men, there was this little gem all the way back in 1994 winning awards. D&G Pour homme was naturally of the "fresh" fougère variety which was sweeping clean all the powerhouses and aromatic affairs of decades past, but unlike most of it's rather sterile brethren, it had a pretty masculine backbone under all the freshness which didn't rear it's deceptively traditional head until the dry down. The first male fragrance from the brainchild house of designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana was right on time to ride the wave started with Calvin Klein's blockbuster Eternity for Men (1989), but the two Italian designers from Legnano were smart about not being swept up in copycats, workking very closely with perfumers of both male and female debut scents for the house, leading to multiple awards won and the reputation which now precedes this stuff. Get it right on the first try, and people will overlook future mistakes is what I've often heard, and that explains why many see to this as reference 90's from the house but only a few besides hardcore fragrance collectors remember the other two 90's masculines D&G made between this and Light Blue (By Man and D&G Masculine from 1997 and 1999 respectively). D&G Pour Homme really is the high water mark for the 90's fougère craze, and it's no hyperbole to say that the designer world could have just ended the genre there and went in a new direction afterward, leaving this kind of thing for the drugstore perfumers to murder with clones a lot faster.

I'm not calling this stuff godhead by any means, as the 90's fresh fougère is far from my favorite style to begin with, but in terms of sheer originality and quality, this takes the cake for it's time. For starters, all the ingredients here are of natural and believable description, even if some of them may be represented in the actual fluid only chemically. Bergamot, mandarin, neroli, lemon, all those seem pretty standard stuff and as can be light as expected in a scent of this period. Indeed this does have a standard opening which remains breezy and just what the doctor ordered in the "clean slate" 90's style. It would almost be boring hence after if those gingerly-applied notes didn't quickly step off stage to be replaced with lavender, which is uncommonly found as a heart note here and thus sneaks up on the skin instead of signalling the charge like it does in Eternity for Men. Then, the sage, tarragon, cardamom, and a touch of what I perceive as standard table pepper give it the subtle kick in the pants it needs to stay above the din of it's genre, before taking another unexpected turn into an uncommonly rustic base which gives D&G Pour Homme it's charm. Sandalwood and cedar get to play here again, in a dry, stately manner similar to Dunhill Edition (1984), while Musk, Tobacco, and the interesting floral choice of Iris give it a manly finish with an odd dandy touch most younger guys in the 90's had no point of reference for and probably missed. Versace would borrow this tobacco/Iris core and build a fragrance around it called The Dreamer in 1996, so ya know it's something special. Very sneaky of ol' D&G to toss that iris in there for the slow burn at the end of the wear. Need I mention this has a legitimate coumarin note which it's stylistic predecessor Eternity for Men lacks? That technically makes this closer to a true "fresh fougère" than the aforementioned. Bravo indeed.

The tobacco in the base is the only bit of contention that some may have of this scent (just like the aforementioned Versace scent), as there is quite a bit of adverse reaction to tobacco in most modern noses I've met, which is maybe why a lot was done to hide it with the iris, woods, and musk. It's needed here for weight more than actual leafy presence, likely taking the place of what would have otherwise been a more-common vetiver note, giving it a special "something" the competition just didn't possess. People who don't like this era of 90's fougère are likely not to like this much either, but I'll take it long before Curve for Men (1996) or Versace Blue Jeans (1994) ever crosses my skin. It's quick enough on it's feet to do combat in both office and casual arenas, but unless you're dating in the heat of a midsummer day, I wouldn't consider this romantic outside of maybe the sharp woodsy base. D&G Pour Homme's the perfect balance of 90's zest and that classic dry, tart "man's scent" aura which was probably a huge boon to older guys crossing over from heavier styles. Men wanting to wade into newer fragrances without leaving the comfort zone too much probably lapped this up. It straddles the old and the new but clearly has a larger stake in the newer way of thinking than the old, which is okay considering how young the D&G house was overall at the time. Sillage nor longevity is not huge, but even with slightly richer base notes, one would be a fool to expect high performance from a deliberately light 90's fougère. Dolce & Gabbana Pour Hommme is nearly a case of "nothing's new under the sun", but also has the most personality of anything in it's class. A generalist for people who don't like generalizing!
25th February, 2018 (last edited: 28th February, 2018)
Dolce & Gabbana is a wonderful masculine fragrance that I absolutely love and wear all the time. I compared the 3.4 oz. version and the 6.8 oz. version, and found that the 3.4 oz. is "Made in U.K.," and the 6.8 oz. is "Made in Italy." So, if you prefer the "Made in Italy" version better, purchase the 6.8 oz. size. I haven't tried Intenso, but see that it is made in an eau de parfum concentration. How does this compare to the original "Made in Italy" version? Does it have a stronger peppery/soapy character and how long does it last. From the description, it sounds like the original, but a more "intense and concentrated" version. If I love the original, would I love Intenso? Thanks to all who reply.
19th February, 2018
There's a lot going on here and others are better are breaking down the notes and nuances, so I will agree that Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme is a refined and classy scent. It is mature but doesn't feel outdated. It still smells like a modern scent to me, without all the sweetness found in most new designer releases. It also seems to be versatile enough for work and date night.

I'm guessing my mini splash bottle is not vintage, so I get average projection, maybe even a little better than that, which is surprising given all the hate on the current version.
15th January, 2018
I don't know what version I had?? All I can remember is that I bought it the year that it came out. I was 17 and remember it smelling very mature and classy. Not sure I appreciated it at the time but looking back it was classy stuff. I was was probably too young!
29th November, 2017
Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme is a versatile and distinguished fragrance for men. The scent is at home in a suit, a pair of jeans, at night, during the day, in winter, or in summer. It is suitable for everyday use and for special occasions. I use it along with Versace Dreamer as a signature scent.

Pour Homme opens with a sharp citrus note: primarily lemon, bergamot, and neroli. Top notes stick around for quite awhile and yield to a peppery lavender with a woody base, punctuated by a very light, fresh tobacco. It is soapy and not particularly complex, though very fresh. Some reviewers have suggested - and I agree - that it's reminiscent of Versace's Dreamer. Both fragrances are legendary for good reason, though D&G's dry down remains sharp with notable citrus accords while Dreamer tones down to primarily tobacco. Pour Homme projects well and lasts for a very long time on the skin; even longer on clothing.

Another note for fragrance fans: this fragrance was recently reformulated by Proctor & Gamble UK. The differences between the English version and the older Italian version are negligible; the new version has an ever-so-slightly sharper opening but dries down to effectually the same scent as the original.
22nd November, 2017 (last edited: 27th November, 2017)

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