Opium pour Homme begins with a duet of anise and blackcurrant and this pair leads us straight to the core of the piece - fruity notes wrapped around bergamot. Along with citrus oils they give the impression of a slightly oily and dark orange.
Amongst the many colours swirling around this thin, fruity-aromatic syrup is an oddly out of place, pale medico-camphoraceous Atlas cedar. It reminds me of the milky-fresh smell of urinal cake that comes from the more hygienic of mens public toilets; but there are more congenial smells too...
You can find tobacco leaf, whiskey & orange, ginger ale and mulled wine with spices and mandarin. There's also an aromatic note and a green accord with pine. The hint of outdoor freshness they give feels like a window's been left open somewhere and the cedar note points us in the direction of the bathroom.
At first OpH is a bit underwhelming, but it does get better... A dusty sweet pot-pourri rounds up all the wispy loose ends and ties them in together, this helps to make sense of all the bits and pieces, and the dusty dryness adds more body to it all.
Its only in the later stages that the profile really comes together. The acid-fruity and thin oily syrup marries with the dusty sweet pot-pourri, and where they meet the patchouli-vanilla base it makes for a tangy-fruity, light brown sweet cake of a comfy gourmand oriental. This will leave a trace of fine, dry, sweet baked goods on your sweater; its only in the light drydown that 'Opium le Garçon' redeems himself from his rather unsuccessful start in life.
I call him that because he's got nothing like the quality of his mother, the original feminine version which is truly monumental in stature and persistence.
Being fresh and fruity - but also warmly convivial, OpH is ideal for the party season.
12th December, 2016 (last edited: 28th December, 2016)
A spicy, oriental, clean and sweet masculine scent.
This is one of the under the radar fragrances that are not much hyped by the fragrance community. I am glad i got to know it earlier this year. what a lovely fragrance this is.
It opens up with a slightly classic / old school type smell that gives off a barbershop/shaving cream vibe with a fruity touch from the black currant. then it starts to get more sweet due to the vanilla.
Its a very masculine clean and mature scent.
Longevity and projection are very good 8/10
overall score 8.8 / 10
Sugar and spice and everything nice.
And this one has good spices (none of that chritmasy shite).
The Vanilla and Balsam give the sweetness without making it cloying.
A perfect scent for this Fall
Masculine, mild spice, hint of vanilla. I love this cologne. Bought a used bottle of it on eBay.
Opium Pour Homme is, by far, the most cloying and "aggressive" male fragrance I've ever smelled!
I admit there's great quality in the making of this scent and, of course, the ingredients that make part of it are high level ones; the point is that, unlike Jaïpur Homme, Opium Pour Homme is completely disbalanced and somewhat chaotic. When I got my new bottle last year (I blind-bought it based on reviews, I'd read), I thought it wasn't quite my thing, but still I decided to give it a few more tries; two weeks later, nonetheless, I couldn't stand smelling it, even from the bottle capped, as it made me dizzy and gave me headaches, so, I offered it for sale...it was just too much!
I once said that I'd give a try to Opium Pour Homme again because your tastes change over time--let's see what happens. Meantime, DO MAKE SURE you try this fragrance before you purchase a full bottle!!!
28th June, 2015 (last edited: 18th April, 2016)