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Moods Uomo (1989)
by Krizia


Moods Uomo information

Year of Launch1989
Average Rating
(based on 58 votes)

People and companies

PackagingPierre Dinand
Parent CompanyInvestindustrial > Morris
Parent Company at launchElf Aquitaine > Sanofi Beauté > Florbath

About Moods Uomo

Moods Uomo is a masculine fragrance by Krizia. The scent was launched in 1989 and the bottle was designed by Pierre Dinand

Reviews of Moods Uomo

Genre: Woody Oriental

Moods opens like many a number of 1980s oriental masculines, with standard issue lavender and bergamot, plus a touch of spice. The spice endures as the top notes settle, and the heart coalesces into a smooth woody rose and sweet, anise-tinted oriental accord. The touchstone fragrance of this type is the regrettably deceased Patou pour Homme, which centered on a hugely complex and brilliantly blended heart of amber, rose, carnation, and spices. Moods pales by comparison, (as almost anything else might,) but it’s robust and pleasant without indulging in the bombast that makes so many of its contemporaries hard to wear in public.

Moods trails off into an amiable sweet vanillic/resinous accord that’s refreshingly natural in a genre marred by aggressively synthetic woody drydowns. I appreciate the way Moods avoids the gourmand clichés that have overtaken more recent woody oriental fragrances for men, and if the likes of A*Men and Le Mâle are just too much for you, this scent ought to appeal. That said, Moods is not an exciting scent, and it certainly breaks no new ground. I’d be more tempted to mourn its demise were its place not so easily taken by scents like Armani’s Code, Givenchy Pi, or the immensely superior Jaipur Homme EdP.
19th June, 2014
Moods Uomo opens with a blast of aldehydes, a realistic, dark and dense leather accord, with juniper and carnation notes and a massive, sulphur-ish medicinal dose of pungent cloves, a camphor note and lavender. Herbal-mossy notes, somehow transfigured, vibrant but dark and immersed in a metallic-concrete kind of ambiance – earthy and rooty like roots and branches growing out a sidewalk. Utterly modern and for that time even almost avant-garde. Quite 1980's in fact, but not in terms of perfumery style, rather in more broad terms of the images and the suggestions that it brings – sophisticated hedonism, post-modernism, a sort of gloomy elegance, the general deep metropolitan, urban mood of pollution, translucent surfaces, an already-new way of interpreting leather, which tends more on a dark and androgynous territory. Krizia's visionary, chic and at the same time, "architectural" style at its best. As minutes pass some notes vanish and it focuses on a super dry, dusty leather-woody-mossy accord. A must for all leather fragrances lovers. Simple, beautiful packaging.

05th June, 2014
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom

The top notes are very nice in a traditional way, with lavender, jasmin, lemon and bergamot taking the lead. There is quite some aldehyde in the first opening blast, but it is not too overpowering. The drydown is flowery - rose and carnation - but that is soon followed by an unusually smooth and rounded patchouli. This all is subsequently replaced by a mild amber-tonka-moss combination, which gradually fades out. At times a very smooth leather is present, but this is always in the background. On my skin this fragrance starts off strongly, but after a couple of hours stays close to my skin. Its one predominant feature is smoothness - no edge and no harshness, but developing interestingly over its lifespan. The other feature that impresses me is the very fine patchouli note. For the first hour silage and projection are quite good, and I get a longevity of over three hours. .

17th August, 2013
drseid Show all reviews
United States
A Fine 80s Powerhouse...

Moods Uomo opens with a nose tingling blast of carnation floral-laced aldehydes, coupling with spicy ginger and earthy patchouli over hints of the relatively smooth woody leather to come. As the fragrance enters the early heart phase the dark woody leather accord takes center stage with the ginger and patchouli hanging around in key support. During the late dry-down the leather accord softens as the fragrance turns just slightly sweet derived primarily from the use of tonka bean at its base. Projection is above average and longevity is good at 8-10 hours on skin.

While there is no woody accord listed in the official fragrance composition notes, I definitely get plenty of cedar in it. To my nose the primary drivers of the fragrance development once you get past the open are cedarwood, leather, ginger and patchouli. The closest fragrance that comes to mind is one of my all-time favorites, Giorgio VIP for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills. That said, Moods Uomo is definitely no clone, instead featuring a much more woody focus than the Giorgio. The slightly rough heavy leather heart phase can be just a bit much at times, but the aggressive (but oh so nice smelling) ginger spice-laced carnation floral open and the smooth slightly sweet leather finish more than make up for it on the whole. The bottom line is the long-since discontinued but still relatively inexpensive Moods Uomo may not equal the creme de la creme of the 80s powerhouse crop, but it smells better than most and is well worth one's attention if you come across it, earning a "very good" to "excellent" 3.5 to 4 star out of 5 rating.

Pros: Reminicent of Giorgio VIP for Men at times with a more woody focus.
Cons: The leather in the mid phase can get a bit harsh.

07th June, 2013
there are no words it's simply a masterpiece
04th September, 2012
Ericrico and Shamu1 have said all that there is to say about this wonderful scent - I would not have known about it except for the fact that the latter Basenotes member praised it as his favorite scent of all time on his personal blog page.

On me this begins as a warm, gentle woods/spice combination that is captivating. After two hours, it is a perfect tobacco scent. Throughout it is not harsh or in your face - always subtle, expanding and changing almost imperceptibly.

It is a great shame it is discontinued. I will be buying up bottles of this fine scent - quite affordable at present - so that I am never without it.

24th August, 2012

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