Excellent Aromatic Fougere In Its Vintage Form...
*This is a review of the original formula/vintage Loewe pour Homme.<p><p> <p><p>Loewe pour Homme opens with a blast of basil herb-laced aromatic lavender with hints of oakmoss rising from the base. As the composition moves to the early heart the mossy green oakmoss, aromatic lavender and herbal basil remain, now joined by sharp woody vetiver with accents of supporting lime-like tarragon and natural smelling mint leaf. During the late dry-down traces of the green oakmoss and vetiver remain, as relatively dry powdery resinous amber adds a touch of warmth. Projection is good and longevity excellent at 10-12 hours on skin.
In its original formula Loewe pour Homme is quite the impressive one. It is a bit rough and ready at the open with its aromatic lavender and basil going all-out but that's just fine by me. As the mossy green oakmoss joined the party shortly after it became clear this composition is a winner and will not smell similar in its current form due to IFRA restrictions on the ingredient. The vetiver is just as important to the success of the composition as the lavender and oakmoss, as all three keep its aromatic fougere nature well-intact until reaching the late dry-down as powdery amber smooths the composition late. I have smelled better examples of vintage aromatic fougeres, but this is an excellent one for sure. The bottom line is while Loewe pour Homme (vintage) may lack the polish of some other vintage aromatic fougere peers, it definitely does not lack character and smells great, earning an "excellent" 4 stars out of 5 and a strong recommendation at the average eBay aftermarket price of under $24 a 30ml vintage bottle.
Pros: Oakmoss, Aromatic Lavender, Woody Vetiver... What's not to love?
Cons: Lacks some of the polish of a few of its vintage aromatic fougere peers.
06th October, 2013 (last edited: 13th December, 2013)
Iconic classic aromatic fougere that effectively reminds me more than vaguely Tuscany Uomo but in a more complex, articulated and less clean way. Highly aromatic throughout, herbal, restrained and finally almost obscure with a bewilderment of roots, resins, woods, learther and oakmoss. The beginning is mastered by a bunch of citrus, some aromatic herbs (many, rosemary, lavender, mint, clary sage and others..) and sharp flowers as geranium and carnation while the following development tends towards a complex dry down which is leathery/mossy, smoky and vaguely animalic. The leather (together with lavender, geranium and carnation) in my opinion stands out becoming a distinctive element of the complex alchemy. A great juice, for sure nowadays a witness of a left over age of taste and "restrained" class.
10th April, 2013 (last edited: 16th August, 2014)
This review is of Loewe pour Homme.
Very nice, but a bit too old school for me. This opens up with a huge burst of lemon, lavender, oakmoss, and pine. Projection is Huge, even with 1 spray. It reminds me of Esencia to some degree, but not as smooth. The mid becomes more floral, and slightly powdery, with the sandalwood lurking behind the mid notes. To no surprise, sandalwood dominates the base of this, and a great sandalwood indeed! Expect a dirty vetiver note in the dry down as well.
Like Esencia, this one is like chypre meets fougere. It's herbal, green, classy and mature. Signature scent material for an older distinguished gentleman, with a suit/tie wardrobe, who is a go getter. I am not sure about the availability on this one though, it may be discontinued and hard to find. I wouldn't go crazy searching for it, it is nothing too unique. In fact, reminds me of bits and pieces of Polo, Azzaro pH, Drakkar Noir, Esencia, and even Yatagan. Try it though, if opportunity is there.
I fbought a 5.1 oz (150 mL) bottle of this jewel from ebay for only 39.95 bucks shipping included, what a bargain!!!!!!
The fragrance is basically a Lemon/Lavender/Oakmoss trilogy nicely supported by sandalwool, patchouli and vetiver that confers a slightly woody background with hints of basil.
A couple of month ago I run out of Trophee by Lancome and there is no need to replace it in my wardrobe since they are practically twins, but LpH is better blended
I also love Bowling Green which is based in the same trilogy, but since it has been discontinued I will not be able to replace it when it is gone.
M pour monsieur (Marc de la Morandiere) is also very similar but a touch more refined than BG, and probably will not replace since it is harder to find than unicorn piss.
In few words, this has been a fantastic addition to my wardrobe siince it will replace 3 of my perfumes and to top it off it is even better that any of them.
A nice perfume that everybody should enjoy.
time travel got a bottle from 1978, incredible, better in the dry down