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Programme Homme (1987)
by Lancôme


Programme Homme information

Year of Launch1987
Average Rating
(based on 11 votes)

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Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group

About Programme Homme

Programme Homme is a masculine fragrance by Lancôme. The scent was launched in 1987

Programme Homme fragrance notes

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

Reviews of Programme Homme

Of all the fragrances that I own, Programme Homme by Lancôme draws the most compliments while wearing. My Mother absolutely adored this one on me and my entire staff follows me around like a lost puppy.

After having worn since it's launch back in 1987, I still don't completely understand it's powerful hold over others. The basic formula of lavender, geranium, carnation, jasmine, lemon over a oakmoss, laudanum, woody base is pretty much a standard classic woody fougere. The quality of ingredients and the masterful blending of composition is well above average fare and stands apart from a crowded perfume segment. Longevity is killer with 10+ hours with moderate to high silage, and this is obtained from a edt splash!

Why did this fail when it was so good?
Well, Lancôme launched an excellent men's grooming line called "Programme Homme" in 1987, and it was sold exclusively at finer department stores. This fragrance (of the same name) was launched with the new mens skincare products and was never intended to be sold behind any counter other than Lancômes. Despite advertisements in major men's magazines for both the fragrance and skincare line, most men never knew it existed since it was nestled in with the ladies cosmetics. It was sadly discontinued along with the excellent Programme Homme Skincare line around 1994.

A few years ago I stumbled on several boxes of vintage Programme Homme edt splash in an obscure perfume shop in Manhattan. The boxes were rather aged but the liquid inside was absolutely perfect! *Remember that in the '80s and early '90s the majority of mens fragrances were mostly splashes and the boxes did not have a cellophane wrapping.

If you are a fan of Chanel's Egoist, Sybaris by Puig or Le 3e Homme de Caron you should seek out a bottle of Programme Homme de Lancôme. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
16th February, 2017
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The opening blast is a splendid rendering of a boozy citrus-basil burst that soon is joined by a divine lavender - traditional but oh so beautifully done! The traditional fougère theme continues with the habitual floral follow-on, here a delightful geranium, with a beautifully balanced oakmoss that is more on the dark and mellow side. Olibanum and labdanum make a herbal-green base note that tapers very gradually. Top-level quality ingredients are blended masterfully, with great silage and very good projection. A mega-astounding longevity monster that lasts fifteen hours on my skin in total! Absolutely amazing. Less dark than sagamore, a touch more elegant than dunhill's otherwise not dissimilar Blend 30, this is one of my autumn favourites.
10th April, 2014
I am very sad to learn this product has been discontinued. It is my favorite of all time. I finally ran out of my personal stock a couple of years ago and kept asking for it for birthdays/Christmas but was told it was "too difficult" to obtain because it was discontinued in all stores but Nordstroms in San Franciso and New York. But now I find it's been discontinued completely.
In 1985, my wife at the time said this was "my signature scent". I agreed. She was trained at the Lancome headquarters in Paris and when we returned to the states she ran the Lancome counters in 32 stores here in the US and thereby had a LOT of samples on hand. As part of the divorce, I kept all of the Programme Homme items. Which are now, sadly, mostly depleted. The Immediate Razor Burn Soother was an amazing product. With the Programme Homme after shave placed on afterwards gave a pleasing tingle.
This scent is light, a bit floral, but in a very masculine way. and definitely not overpowering.
I should note it is NOT "Sagamore". Which has more woodsy tones and which I never really cared too much. It seemed to be just too heavy. But the packaging is pretty much exactly the same bottle. Just the name is different (and of course, the fragrance inside).
Whereas the Programme Homme would last for hours AND kept itself extremely light.
To help understand my rating here are my other frangrance choices:
Armani - from 5 years ago and I can't find it either (very light, makes me smell like I've freshly showered)
Pierre Cardin - a favorite since 1976,but a bit strong and needs be used sparingly.
29th December, 2011
Bigsly Show all reviews
United States
This starts off as a fairly traditional aromatic fougere of the 1980s, possibly closest to Azzaro Pour Homme. That lasts for a couple of hours. What sets it apart is how nicely blended it is, relative to others of this genre, because it has that "manly" quality without becoming irritating in any way. After a couple of hours it gradually transitions into a a superb base that clearly has some casstoreum. There is clearly a strong spice element as well, along with a musk note. It's definitely not sweet especially sweet at this point, but it's also not really dry, and the fougere element from the top continues in a sunbdued way. After a couple more hours, it goies int a sweeter and softer direction, still with fougere elements and the castoreum present. Then a couple hours later, it smell a lot like Acteur at the same point in development, which is dry, woody, slightly powdery, floral, and with a touch of sweetness. I prefer this to vintage Antaeus, for example, because I view that as more of a "mansweat" fragrance, whereas Programme has more complexity and dynamism. One Man Show, on the other hand, has more distinct notes, but is far cruder (especially up top), with inferior blending (and likely inferior ingredients).

Is this is identical to Sagamore? The notes to that one are listed as:

"Top notes are lavender, clary sage, petit grain, bergamot and lemon; middle notes are carnation, ginger, cinnamon, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, rose and geranium; base notes are sandalwood, amber, patchouli, musk, benzoin, vanilla and styrax."

However, if Sagamore does not contain castoreum, then I can't imagine these two being identical. Also, Programme seems to have an anisic quality in the top notes. Otherwise, the notes could be the same. It certainly seems that Programme has patchouli, a wood note, geranium, and florals. Ginger and cinnamon seem right as well. So, Programme goes from being a little rough (for a couple hours), in the typical aromatic fougere way, to being a kind of fougere/Oriental hybrid, with a soft, complex, dynamic base. Projection/"sillage" varies, from being strong at first to being more of a skin scent seven or so hours later.
16th May, 2011
I am pretty sure this is the same fragrance as Sagamore just with different packaging.
20th October, 2006

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