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Paco Rabanne Pour Homme (1973)
by Paco Rabanne


Paco Rabanne Pour Homme information

Year of Launch1973
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 685 votes)

People and companies

HousePaco Rabanne
PerfumerJean Martel
PackagingPierre Dinand
Parent CompanyPuig Beauty & Fashion Group > Puig Prestige Beauty Brands

About Paco Rabanne Pour Homme

A classic, includes notes of lavender, oakmoss and tobacco. Recently, the packaging was updated but the scent remains the same.
FIFI awards winner in 1975

Paco Rabanne Pour Homme fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Paco Rabanne Pour Homme

This is one my all-time favorite fragrances, at least in the vintage formulations. It was my father's signature scent in the 70s - 80s and every time I wear it, it reminds me of him. Wearing this really makes me mourn the loss of oak moss in perfumes, as it is my favorite base note. I recently managed to score 100ml of the first edition of Paco Rabanne Pour Homme and the Oak Moss base blows me away, so natural and soft. The modern formulation is a chemical mess, in my opinion, but the original, second and even third formulations are sublime. 5 solid stars.
08th July, 2018
hcr Show all reviews
United States
Only tried the reformulation, but I was expecting a powerhouse scent. Wasn't what I expected. Barbershop and floral yes, dated yes, but not old man/too strong. I don't know if I'd wear this to work or out, but might consider a bottle for weekends at home.
13th May, 2018
My dad used to own it back in the 1980s/90s. It's a very masculine, elegant, dry, classic, old school fragrance, suitable for young and older men. Great for men in their 40s and 50s.
28th February, 2018
(vintage edt)
Very green and nostalgic, in the same family as kouros but far more friendly and light. Like in a lot of these scents a hint of urine but it doesn't go too far and ends up just overall feeling very soapy after a balancing act that could of gone either way. Lasts a few hours and gets more and more soapy and dare I say sexy.. a good one for the gym bag.
16th February, 2018
TeeEm Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Sweet memories 1988.
I remember I bought my first 3 perfumes in one go

This Paco Rabane, Polo (green) and original Kouros (white bottle)

A sweet, fresh manly smell, with average sillage and longevity.
For me this is now a very dated scent and which can barely compete with contemporary trends.

I might buy it again from nostalgia again

07th January, 2018
Paco Rabanne Pour Homme was the debut masculine scent from the designer Francisco "Paco" Rabaneda Cuervo, initially known for making Barbarella's dress (yes, -that- Barbarella), and released under a partnership that same designer forged with Antonio Puig SA, who still makes his fragrances to this day. Paco Rabanne Pour Homme was quite the trendsetter in it's day, and made the next great leap forward for the ever-stalwart fougère category, taking the reigns away from the creamy, powdery, lavender-heavy fougères that had reigned in the 60's resurgence of the style. Paco Rabanne Pour Homme added increased density with even more green notes than it's older siblings possessed, replacing much of the powdery tones with a soapy clean dry down that still contained all the prerequisites of the fougère category. The stuff set a new precedents for what a fougère could be, freeing the genre from the shackles of vanilla and florals that were hold-overs from the 19th century days of the original Fougère Royale. In reality it had some floral notes too. For what else could Lavender and Geranium be but floral? But, those florals didn't dominate the composition alongside vanilla or musk like older creations such as Canoe and Brut. Paco was still fresh, still clean, but decidedly very different from the barbershops of old. Paco Rabanne Pour Homme would have many near-clones over the years, some veering more towards chypres with leathery bases and drier openings such as Bogart Eau de Toilette Pour Homme (1975), while others would go more aromatic, or more in the direction of citrus, creating off-shoots in the newly-forming aromatic fougère segment like Azzaro Pour Homme (1978). Rabanne's debut masculine may not have been the true first in the aromatic fougère category (more on that later), but it was certainly the first one that mattered.

Paco Rabanne Pour Homme opens with rosewood, rosemary, sage, and the unusual laurel. It would seem perfumer Jean Martel would put everything "rose" but actual rose itself in the introduction, and much of this lends to the trademark soapiness that comes later. From that opening we go down through the 2 aforementioned florals hanging in the middle but then find ourselves in a classic base with moss, tonka, musk, amber usually reserved for orientals and chypres added, plus some honey, which brings in the everlasting sweetness -that again- helps maintain that soap note throughout. The feel of a fougère is maintained, but without the late-stage warmth, the fluttery itchiness of talcum-like bases, and with a degree of verdant freshness that the earlier British Sterling (Speidel 1965) presaged, but buried in thick heaps of spice and thus ruined. It's as if British Sterling pointed in the direction fougères were to eventually go, but Paco Rabanne Pour Homme actually tossed on the backpack and went there to chart the new lands. Accounts from people who were there retell how guys simply went nuts overusing this because it was so different, and apparently their romance interests loved it too, with many a dude from that time telling me how the "ladies couldn't keep away" or "this is how I met your mother" etc. I can't really speak to that myself because my father was a frugal dyed-in-the-wool Mennen guy and my mom a compulsive Avon user, but I can see how this would have been a game-changer both in the perfume world and dating scene. In reality, this is not a virile scent whatsoever, but just pure class, and even though it may surprise some, I find it's floral and aromatic demeanor to be quite relaxing, with the soapiness of the open, and the green of the dry down to put me in the mood for slumber, and not the mood for anything else like folks will often lay claim. It's just an all-around mood lifter for me, but I admit the taste for it developed after a while. This one grows on you after your first wear.

Many others would follow in this scent's wake, with each new twist in the tale growing richer, mossier, greener, and denser until the 1980's gave birth to the powerhouse phenomenon, which for all intents and purposes are just the overwrought and chemically-enhanced progeny of this scent. If you followed the line from stuff like Lapidus all the way back through Azzaro, Halston and finally back to this, you're literally just peeling away aromachemicals and notes. Perhaps that's why this holds up so well even 40+ years on: it's obviously a very outdated style but with bits and bobs of it's construction still found in even the most modern aromatic scents. Paco Rabanne Pour Homme is simply a timeless balance of elements that presents itself mature, classy, yet daring enough to step out and say "hey, wanna dance?", which surely was the case; this cologne did compete with stuff like YSL Pour Homme, Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur, and Halston Z-14 in discotheques after all. The vintage advantage here is more oakmoss for those who love that note, and just like with many other still-produced aromatic fougères, time has pushed this towards louder top notes and quieter base notes as those ingredients became restricted or replaced with less-potent synthetic substitutes. The overall personality of Paco Rabanne is the same in any formulation, but like with music, it all depends if you prefer the richer analog dynamic of the older releases, or the crystal clear digital fidelity of later versions. Personally, I'll take this one any way I can get it. Time has rendered this now as a more formal or business casual scent in public perception, since green aromatics just don't ring out as romantic or sultry as they may have once done. Therefore, don't show up to a trance club in this stuff unless you're spending the evening at the bar. Paco has a gold bar for fellas of that ilk.
21st December, 2017 (last edited: 25th May, 2018)

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