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Montana Parfum d'Homme (original) (1989)
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Montana Parfum d'Homme (original) information

Year of Launch1989
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityDiscontinued
Average Rating
(based on 184 votes)

People and companies

HouseMontana
PerfumerEdouard Flechier
PackagingSerge Mansau
Parent CompanyCosmoprod

About Montana Parfum d'Homme (original)

This was discontinued in 2001.

Montana Parfum d'Homme (original) fragrance notes

Reviews of Montana Parfum d'Homme (original)

Montana Parfume D'Homme is the Claude Montana debut masculine and little-known late entry into the 80's powerhouse segment, released concurrently with the late 80's aquatics and "fresh" fougères that would relegate it to obsolescence before it had a chance to shine. Claude Montana as a relatively young designer did have one foot in both the past and future however, as seen by the previous feminine which launched the house, called Montana Parfum de Peau (1986) which was a blast of old fashioned animalics and rose with the modern zing of aromachemicals. Parfume D'Homme was enough of a generational stop gap that it survived long enough to see discontinuation only in 2001, when it was replaced with Montana Homme as the eponymous masculine from the house. It seemingly jumped the gun on the massive IFRA moss restriction of 2011 by leaping into the grave a decade early. Montana would relaunch Parfum D'Homme in 2011 post-restriction as a "Black Edition" that replaced the moss and aldehydes with drier leather and incense notes, creating a similar experience that impresses in different ways and ironically is cited for smelling even more old-school than the first version. The original Parfum D'Homme is something of an "in-club" fragrance among collectors of male selections, because of it's apparent high quality despite it's relative obscurity, but before folks looking for brownie points among their collector peers go hunting down a bottle, they need to realize it's not a terribly unique scent outside of it's iconic packaging, even if it is quite good. The fragrance also finds itself compared to Aramis Havana (1994) quite a bit, and the comparison is more than fair, even if this was first to market, and has enough merit on it's own to be worthy in a collection of someone who already owns the latter.

Montana Parfum D'Homme opens with aldehydes and a stiff oakmoss note, the latter keeping one foot firmly planted in the 80's powerhouse category, but carrying layers of spice and clove along the aldehydes once the moss settles down to it's usual glow in the base. From there, Montana gets it's biggest comparison to Havana with the way the Caribbean spice reminiscent of a classic bay rum weave through the bright aldehydes, which stand in for the shiny head notes of Havana, before patchouli and labdanum take hold near the end to reunite your nose with the oakmoss. The whole thing does indeed smell like Havana's simpler and more sober older brother, with a heavy oakmoss thud and louder opening leather war cry replacing the booze. Havana ultimately is the favored fragrance due to it's better blending and sophistication, but if you've always wanted something in that vein but louder without going full-tilt oriental like CK's Obsession for Men (1986), this is your scent. It rests squarely one foot in the brighter 90's style and one in the more boisterous 80's style, but is not really belonging in either. Montana Parfum D'Homme is most intriguingly not a parfum, but rather an eau de toilette; it's strength is almost that of a parfum however, so we'll let that slide. Indeed it's 80's side shows well in the "power" department where Havana does not, making it a nice winter alternative as well. Montana Parfum d"Homme is also the longer-lasting of the two, and if comparisons to Havana are taken out of the equation, what we're basically looking at is a spicy aldehyde and leather-topped moss powerhouse that doesn't go down the dark road of it's earlier ilk thanks to the patchouli and bay.

Folks enduring the cold winters and arid summers in the state of Montana would benefit from this scent's endurance, so it's name and curiously rock-themed bottle are apt, even if the house is in fact named after it's founder Claude Montana, a French man. Fragrances like this that straddle the changing of the guard are always most fascinating to experience, since they usually attempt to either bring old-school and new ideas together, or go right for the left field into obscura. Montana is both familiar and unique, comparable yet also it's own animal, but really isn't all that strange, making it land somewhere in the former of those two extremes. It's posthumous underground fanbase is most deserved. I don't usually speak so generally, but it's the perfect scent for a guy that doesn't know what he wants to smell like, but just wants to smell good without blending in with what's current. It's just the kind of scent that has just enough gravitas with the moss, clove, and patchouli to please more mature guys and fans of classic masculines, but also enough modern poise with it's citrus, spice, coumarin and labdanum tones that it wouldn't seem entirely out of place among the more toned-down ozonics of the post-2010 period. This one doesn't quite come across as romantic due to the heavy formal bottom , and that's another place where the oft-compared Havana has the advantage, but Montana Parfum D'Homme is otherwise balanced enough that it can serve almost all seasons and all occasions, which is about as generalist of a powerhouse as one can hope to ask for if they wanted to make this a daily signature. A great hidden gem.
16th February, 2018 (last edited: 04th March, 2018)
Montana Parfum d'Homme, on the surface, is a spicy aromatic fragrance with an emphasis on the herbal-spicy aspects. It's difficult to discern it in terms of notes, as it is densely blended and very well-crafted; there is a floral note in there, but is wrapped in all the dense, green and dry elements, and an accord that hints at tobacco and leather. On my skin this tobacco-leather accord takes over after the initial burst of spices, and persists into the later stages of dry down, where it becomes more leathery. This is leather component is spicy, rustic, akin to spices and tobacco wrapped in leather, and there is a green element that accompanies throughout, eventually revealing a slight mossy character. On my skin Parfum d'Homme lasts a good six hours, and sillage is close but persistent.

Parfum d'Homme appears very similar to Havana, one of my favourites, but there are some differences. Havana is oilier, while Parfum d'Homme is more dry. Havana has a greater emphasis on tobacco, even more dense and spicy (prominent bay), and the tobacco makes Havana just a tad sweeter (relatively). Parfum d'Homme is slightly more refined in demeanour, and the leather is more pronounced in the late development.

While I am partial to Havana, Parfum d'Homme is an excellent choice for anyone looking to spice up slightly their daily perfuming regimen.

3.5/5
18th October, 2017
1989 Nassau, Bahamas vacation....

Shopping along Bay Steet I stumble upon a perfume shop that contains scented treasures from foreign lands that one can only dream about. Inside the rich mahogany cases are designer fragrances that I have never heard about, and one unusually beautiful bottle is calling my name. It's Montana Parfum d' Homme and its scent is as exhilarating as the bottle itself.

Dry, exotic, spicy, leathery, potent; it's a most unique fragrance that I will never forget "when and where" I was when purchased. A time capsule moment in my life!

Now 28 years later, I still love and wear PdH. The quality and projection of this scent is rarely matched by anything else in the marketplace. The closest relative is Havana by Aramis, and although very similar; Parfum d' Homme is much richer and more complex. Like the island where purchased!

Sadly I have heard that PdH is now discontinued. This really doesn't surprise me since everything else that I really enjoy and love is now a fleeting memory and a brief review on a website. I'll have to "stockpile" a few extra bottles while I can, and although "Parfum d' Homme Light" is similarly nice and readily available online; it's lacking the original depth that made Montana PdH the standout of uniqueness back in 1989.
16th February, 2017
Incense and heavy oakmoss together just don't work for me -- perhaps my skin? For my nose, even the top notes are shrouded in the screech of the nag champy nonsense...what's supposed the be the "Ah!" turns into "Oh!" Too bad. Had really high hopes for this one. Not even refreshing enough for a bathroom freshener. Reminds me of Carven Homme.
24th January, 2017
Stardate 20170117:

I don't know what I can add here that has not already been covered by the ambassador of this fragrance Monsieur Montana.
It is a great masculine fragrance. As already pointed out by DuNezDeBuzier, this is similar to Havana in structure. I find some Jacomo de Jacomo in it too.
Patch, spices and manliness in a bottle that will not break the bank.
17th January, 2017
The Brutal start has an accord that has me shy away. Something about it screams sweetish"Generic Leather". Then Whoa!!
Extraordinarily beautiful Masculine Dry Air Landscape bouquet, that has me mounted, boots in the stirrups, Gallon hat, eyes squinted, surveying my Ranch Kingdom.
28th September, 2016

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