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Salvador Dali pour Homme (1987)
by Salvador Dali

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Salvador Dali pour Homme information

Year of Launch1987
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 231 votes)

People and companies

HouseSalvador Dali
PerfumerThierry Wasser
SupplierGivaudan
Parent CompanyCofinluxe
Parent Company at launchCofci

About Salvador Dali pour Homme

Salvador Dali pour Homme is a masculine fragrance by Salvador Dali. The scent was launched in 1987 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Thierry Wasser

Salvador Dali pour Homme fragrance notes

Reviews of Salvador Dali pour Homme

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Salvador Dali pour Homme opens with a potent, slightly earthy patchouli, aromatic lavender and culinary basil spice trio before transitioning to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart the patchouli remains, joining with powerful, deep mossy green oakmoss in the joint focal heart role, with the aromatic lavender hanging around as well eschewing its basil counterpart now in support, as honeyed animalic musk rising from the base joins a significant, almost rose-like geranium floral as co-stars. During the late dry-down, almost all of the prior noticeable ingredients vacate or fade significantly to the background, revealing a slightly sweet, natural smelling sandalwood and vanilla tandem that remains the late focus through the finish. Projection is very good, but longevity average at 6-8 hours on skin.

I have never been much of a fan of surrealistic artwork, so the late Salvador Dali while extremely successful never really interested me much. The crazy looking odd shaped bottle with a pair of lips as the cap I personally find unbelievably odd and ugly looking to the extreme. That said, I am sure Dali and admirers of his art would find it the polar opposite, and very much in-line with his surrealist style. Bottle aside, this review is solely focused on the perfume it contains, and that perfume is definitely impressive. From the aromatic lavender and patchouli open, to the patchouli, oakmoss and musk driven heart, the composition stays very in-tune with its 80's roots and shows an ingredient palette that is just not seen today except in rare non-IFRA compliant artisanal offerings. Prolific perfumer Thierry Wasser in one of his first creations skillfully combines a very complex ingredient list, while keeping the perfume's balance in-check at all times. The late dry-down really sneaks up on you, as before you know it, the crazy potent ingredient onslaught has all but "left the building," unveiling a sublime soft sandalwood and vanilla finish that is as near equally impressive as it is minimalist. The bottom line is the discontinued $65 per 100ml bottle on the aftermarket Salvador Dali pour Homme may not quite reach the crazy height the absolute best of the great 80's compositions do, but it is an "excellent" 4 stars out of 5 rated composition that can hold its head up high regardless, easily worthy of a strong recommendation to vintage perfume lovers (even if you are like me and detest its bottle).
15th February, 2020
This is awesome. So different from what’s on the market. A dirty (as in earth dirt) feel that stays fresh thanks to some mint and elegant with the florals.
30th January, 2020
The fashionable and outrageous bottle ends up as a most appropriate introduction to this gem from Salvador Dali!

Dali pour Homme is a sweet, spicy potion that is just as eccentric in perception as those huge lips adorning the spray top!! It comes off as a dark, thick rich cologne swarming with personality and ending up a like-it-or-hate-it type affair.

I can see myself wearing this one nowadays in moderation. It doesn't come off as being outdated, and if you can imagine the polarizingly sweet and complex effect of Tom Ford's Black Orchid, you'll get some idea of the pathos of Salvador Dali pour Homme.
23rd August, 2018
Without pretending to know what happened to Salvador Dali pour Homme, I can report that the bottle, sold to me without a box in an Eastern quarter of Paris is only two thirds of the scent that comes from a vintage miniature which still has a price label on the back reading 80 French Francs. Where the bottle has all the stankiness and a blue aromatic accord, the much older vintage sample has that - as well as a sharp citrus head which should, by rights, be less evident than in a genuine new example. Somebody has evidently reformulated whatever went into the bottle.

While the bottle version smells more integrated, it is only because it lacks the citrus head accord. By contrast the original and genuine sample smells more like a complete profile, but it's cruder. The citrus head completes the overall picture but its quality doesn't do justice the rest of the composition - which reads as a powerful aromatic stinker moderated by a sharp citrus accord that unsympathetically cuts across it. The result is they largely cancel each other out and the grandiosity is lost.

***

And the conclusion I personally draw from this?

Caveat emptor.
29th April, 2018 (last edited: 15th December, 2018)
Salvador Dali was certainly one of, if not the most eccentric and avant-garde artist of the 20th century, extending his artistic expression not only on multiple fronts, but through developing personas of his female muses, and his own self-made persona as well, which he portrayed himself in public with for his entire life, flamboyant upturned mustache and all. Dali entered fashion by the 1950's, with Elsa Shiaparelli (famous among perfume collectors for 1937's Shocking), and Christian Dior by the 60's. However, in the twilight of his years, he entered the perfume world, creating a perfume bottle just for his eponymous scent which was crafted by Alberto Morillas for his wife Gala in 1981, then released in a limited capacity in 1983 to honor her a year after her death. The bottle for Salvador Dali Pour Homme was also designed by the esoteric genius, and like the launch feminine, was based on his painting "Apparition of the Aphrodite of Knidos". This very dark and gothic masculine fragrance would be created by famed and now currently Guerlain house perfumer Thierry Wasser on Dali's instructions as a tribute to Sir David Niven (another cult icon in the art world), as his first major designer perfume release; think about that next time you go sniffing a modern bottle of Guerlain Homme (2008). Tragically, this signature masculine for Salvador Dali would be released two years before his death, and by that point his health was failing and he was inconsolable due to his wife's passing, so I'm not even sure if he wore this himself. What I do know is this is a very captivating and murky animalic-driven masculine that really suits the style of the late artist, and in unsurprising ways for those who know me, suits me quite nicely as well. If nothing else, this scent will get attention wherever it goes, you just have to be okay with it not always being (nor likely to be) positive attention.

To start off, fans of Jacomo de Jacomo (1980) and all it's blackened, smoky, and vetiver-rich character will simply love Salvador Dali Pour Homme. Essentially SDPH is the halfway point between that erstwhile Jacomo scent and Montana Parfum d'Homme (1989) in terms of balancing sweet and smoke. It doesn't have the island spice elements of the Montana scent, but it does have the roundness and body, being less charred than the burnt vetiver of Jacomo de Jacomo and having a small dollop of castoreum for a funk neither Jacomo nor Montana have. SDPH opens with basil, tarragon, bergamot, the odd choice of tangerine with lemon, and a lavender/anise pairing that gives it a slight nod in the direction of Azzaro Pour Homme (1978). All told this is an armistice of barbershop and boudoir as it is, and it only gets better (or worse) as the heart comes in. Jasmine indole, heliotrope, the expected geranium, and muguet come into play here, presenting a floral core not dissimilar from the original Fougère Royale (1882) and Zino Davidoff (1986) from the previous year, but while Zino really just toys with animalic growl, Dali lunges. Base notes of leather, dirty musk, amber, patchouli, dry vetiver, cedar and sandalwood mix with benzoin which imparts a semi-sweetness of dried honey, before firming up with just a tad of castoreum, but not as much as One Man Show (1980) or Antaeus (1981). I feel the really raw musk here replaces the need for a heavy hit of the castoreum, and instead Wasser chose to blend the two together to make the sensuality here less foreboding and more of that daring "come-hither" stance. Wasser was composing for Dali after all, and Dali was known to have unorthodox sexual predilections, in addition to not always staying confined to his wife, nor even the opposite sex. Dali Pour Homme is perfectly contradictory, quixotic, and in many ways, surreal just like Dali's paintings and the man himself. Those who know about Sir David Niven will see this as a fitting tribute.

There aren't a whole lot of fougères this brooding, heavy, and even against a backdrop of 80's powerhouses, this scent will cut a path through the room, as everyone's fruit-powered civet bombs or brutal bergamot and moss hammers crash to the floor uselessly in awe of the scent trail you leave. You will either make others feel shocked and hopelessly confused, or hopelessly enthralled by it's captivating power as you wear SDPH, with it's leathery soot-ash warmth, and sweet afterglow, like a fire on it's last embers. SDPH is most certainly not an office or casual scent, and the man who appreciates this will make his own appropriate time or place to wear it, even if it does last forever on skin if one does attempt an all-day wear from it. I think it's best on a dinner date, much like other darker masculines from this period, or a night at a cozy club. Being another typical 80's oakmoss-heavy fragrance also means Salvador Dali Pour Homme will be good only for moderate to cooler seasons, so no summer use with this one please, unless you plan on choking everyone around you. One fair warning: Les Parfums Salvador Dali would do a lot of cheesy things with Dali's own bottle designs after his death, including reusing them over and over with different colored glass or patterns on both male, female, and unisex fragrances. You will see this bottle in different colors for other scents, particularly those of Dalimix (1996), a unisex contender that also spawned flankers, one in a black gloss version of this bottle as well. If the box isn't gray, the bottle matte black or the sicker on the bottle doesn't say "Pour Homme" on it, then it's a different scent, so don't be fooled. If the late Jason Lee's "The Crow" had a fragrance all his own, this would undoubtedly be the one. Thumbs up.
17th March, 2018 (last edited: 08th June, 2019)
I'm very glad that Cofinluxe decided to bring back their prized fragrance, Salvador Dali Pour Homme.It's been too long that it's served as a marked up cost of a cologne due to it's years of being discontinued.All fragrance retailers need to do now is getting the ball rolling and make it common again.I fear this is because it's become 'forgotten' as tastes in the scent genre have changed over the decades.Still smells like I remember though!

If I had to describe this fragrance in short I'd call this a sandalwood fragrance that's dark and sexual.It's very dry,dusty,and woody.I get a fair amount of patchouli and a light but enjoyable rose/soap duo.Black leather is very present in this as some stated.Frankincense & Myrrh incense is a big player in this almost as much as sandalwood and it grabs onto that leather.Rose,black leather,and incense already says this is an intimate and suggestive fragrance.Then you get a very dirty musk in this and if that doesn't get the hint across...I don't know what will.An enigmatic and highly sensual fragrance with dark and strong tones.Careful though Salvador Dali Pour Homme may easily stereotype you into the person you aren't really if you don't understand it's persona.

2-3 sprays max and a good 10 hours easily on medium projection.

18th January, 2017 (last edited: 08th March, 2018)

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