I don't mind Irish Spring soap and as an idea, I don't mind Sung Homme. It's got a squeaky clean, traditional-masculine vibe.
Why the thumbs down?
Have you ever had "laughing gas" at the dentist? If you're given too much of the stuff, you feel as if you're in a sort of tail-spin. The room almost spins. It's very unnerving.
Sung Homme reminds me of that feeling. There is a screechy, headache-inducing undertone to this fragrance that isn't apparent in the first hour, but slowly develops over time. Iso E Super? Perhaps (it usually gives me fits).
Lasts all day and punches above its weight. Overall, a well-executed idea, just not for me.
Initially, this smells like a dude who uses Irish Spring soap just got out of the shower and had a cigarette or maybe someone else in his apartment is smoking. This isn't necessarily a bad thing! As the soapiness dies down it starts to seem more piney and musky.
Several hours later it has a natural-esque tobacco & honey scent.
Would be office friendly if you have a commute. If I missed an alarm and had to get to work for a meeting super-fast and couldn't take a shower I would reach for the Sung Homme.
To me Sung Homme is in no way similar to Quorum or Irish Spring original soap...not a green thing about it.And I'm a fan of Quorum by the way so aside from soap?two different worlds.I smell Sung Homme and it has that foundation of white soap and very musky character, similar to the Halston 1-12 and Z-14 scents.Spice in this?yes I detect anise that darkens this clean cologne.A little bit of sandalwood creeps in now and then but not constant.Lastly there's this combo of lavender and aldehydes that rubs people differently.You could say this creates a slicker/polished vibe to the white soap.In other cases you could say it presents a salon or men's hair spray vibe...everybody's nose is different.Worn Sung Homme for almost 14 years almost everyday and I think for it's $15-$18 price tag it's overlooked as far as being more commonly found in stores and how good it smells.Decent projection on my skin and hangs in there for about 6 hours.
18th November, 2016 (last edited: 19th November, 2016)
Sung Homme is a strange one, but perhaps a little more cut-and-dried than it's made out to be. It's pretty clear that not only does Sung bear an eerie, uncanny resemblance to Irish Spring bar soap, but that it was probably engineered from the ground up to smell like Irish Spring bar soap. The tipoff to me is that the wonderful heart of this fragrance has a certain waxy consistency which simply evokes bar soap, and seems made to do so! Others have referred to this as a Bounce dryer sheet accord, but it's a bit of a stetch to say that Bounce smells like SH; only the overall waxy feel is the same. I think people see the big intimidating 80's powerhouse note pyramid and go looking for all these notes (which may or may not be there to some degree - it's still more complex than many fragrances out there today and like all complex fragrances you can catch different facets of it on different days) and miss the (fun, soapy, synthetic) forest for the trees. Irish Spring was probably a best selling men's deodorant soap at that time and had already been market-tested as a fragrance.
And yet, what exactly are the ramifications of taking a staple deodorant bar soap and blaring it at 80's full blast powerhouse eau de toilette volumes? You don't really "smell" Irish Spring on people because even a strongly scented soap bar leaves at best a skin scent. Does the scent of Irish Spring have downmarket associations because of its affordability and availability in just about any place that sells soap of any kind? You've never had to think this hard about fragrance before! THIS is why Sung is so maddeningly difficult to place and why no one can really articulate whether it's expensive or cheap smelling. Conceptually this is Inception-level stuff - an EdT based on a common, hygenic and instantly recognizable soap scent which was itself likely based, if loosely, on classic masculine colognes and aftershaves.
The purple color of the juice is informative - coloring Sung Homme green would instantly tie it to the world of green masculine fragrancy and all the history and expectations that came with that - especially over 10 years after the release of Polo which was conceptually from a different planet than Sung. Sung is not designed to evoke photorealistic images of rugged pines and mossy ground and has nothing approaching Polo's "twang" or "stank" (and likewise with Quorum, with which Sung Homme is often compared). It's relatively light on moss accords for what it is. Yes, Sung still ultimately smells green but it is a bar soap - about a dollar per bar - interpretation of green. It is sort of twice removed from the accords it's trying to capture, and intentionally so. Because of the purple color you're not primed to expect a true classic green fragrance, so you're more receptive to Sung's synthetic qualities.
And synthetic it is, but it never becomes screechy or metallic because Irish Spring doesn't. That's really all there is to Sung Homme - it plain ol' just smells like Irish Spring. I personally find it a very pleasing and enjoyable fragrance, but it's certainly of another time just like its soap inspiration from 1972.
Sung Homme by Alfred Sung, I fell in love with this scent over a decade ago, and it has stood the test of time as one of the best colognes I have ever owned. This is for the real man, incredibly masculine and dark, but yet still very refined and clean smelling. It smells expensive, and lasts for hours and hours. Very powerful and has never failed to get me compliments, hugs and much more from beautiful women everywhere I go.
The top notes are basically Irish Spring, but a dark and spicey blend. I am getting lemon, lavender and pine matched to men's body wash and a bar of fresh soap. This blast stays intense for a good hour before the middle notes settle in. Then you get a touch of leather, more lavender, ferns and the soap notes get deeper and darker, sexier and very masculine. The base notes finally show their skin hours later, woods and moss matched to ferns and musk. These notes carry on for hours, and it seems the longer you wear Sung the better it smells.
Projection on this is massive, and sillage is absolutely incredible. This is an 80's powerhouse in every sense of the word, and longevity on this for me is well over 24 hours. You WILL smell this on your clothes the next day. Ten to twelve sprays on neck, wrists, chest and shoulders will last you the whole day. Easily one of the strongest male fragrances I have ever come across. You wear this beauty to special events, date nights, and anywhere elegant or classy where you want to get noticed and complimented.