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Sung Homme (1988)
by Alfred Sung


Sung Homme information

Year of Launch1988
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 213 votes)

People and companies

HouseAlfred Sung
PackagingPierre Dinand
Parent CompanyRevlon Inc > Elizabeth Arden Inc
Parent Company at launchRiviera Concepts

About Sung Homme

Sung Homme is a masculine fragrance by Alfred Sung. The scent was launched in 1988 and the bottle was designed by Pierre Dinand

Sung Homme fragrance notes

Reviews of Sung Homme

Having spent thousands of pounds on fragrances it is ironic that this £15 bottle of purple/blue juice should be up there with the best of them and probably in my top 20 of all time.

I think this is a serious fragrance. There is nothing playful about it. Best suited to a man 30+. I think this could be the reason why so many say that it makes a great work scent.

For those of you that haven't tried Sung Homme. Think Polo Green, Italian Cypress or maybe Aramis Havana. You know that alpha male old school juice that really makes a statement?? Add a soapy shower gel note and then you have Sung Homme.

Excellent fragrance that offers amazing value for money!!!

03rd July, 2018
Alfred Sung is a Chinese-born Canadian fashion designer known in the industry for founding the Club Monaco chain of stores, but in the mid-80's launched Parfums Alfred Sung, which begat the eponymous Alfred Sung in 1986, then this male counterpart in 1988. Sung Homme is an anachronism for the 80's in the same way Rive Gauche Pour Homme (2003) was for the turn of the millenium. The late 80's was a time of extremely virile and animalic floral chypres doing battle with (and losing to) the new wave of synthetic "fresh" fougères and aquatics pushing their way up, but here was Sung Homme just riding in the out-dated groove of soapy early 70's aromatic fougères and doing surprisingly well. It would seem like the career death via estrangement from the progression of mainstream masculine trends a la Avon, but maybe because Alfred Sung had a lot more clout in the scene, the throwback nature of his masculine was allowable. Regardless, the futuristic violet color juice and monolithic Art Deco bottle catches the eye enough that I'm sure more than a few guys (or their significant others) bought this blind upon release. Sung Homme, as an aromatic fougère, feels right at home alongside 70's aromatic fougère and chypre greats like Paco Rabanne Pour Homme (1973), Avon Deep Woods (1974), Bogart Eau de Toilette Pour Homme (1975), Halston Z-14 (1976), Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme (1978), and others, but it's not without it's notoriety.

What is that notoriety you ask? Well, let's just say it bares a remarkable resemblance to Irish Spring Soap (1970), and wouldn't be alone in directly drawing parallels to commercial bath products, as Cabaret Pour Homme (2004) would also be a direct aping of Coast Soap (1976), but doesn't get the flack that Alfred Sung receives since it was designed by a famous nose and was discontinued, getting instant veneration from vintage fans. Speaking of noses, nobody knows who made Sung Homme, and while it chugs along into it's 30th year of continuous production, it gets a more-divisive reaction from perfumistos because it's commonly available, making it's perceived flaws less tolerable. Commercial soap comparisons aside, the scent does have way more notes than can be readily detected due to it's blending, but there is definitely a lemon/bergamot top with laurel and galbanum. I don't get much petitgrain but I don't doubt it's in there; the middle of sage, thyme, lavender, geranium, rosewood and fir is more readable to me, although the mossy base of cedar, sandalwood, musk, and vetiver is definitely the star attraction after the first hour. I'm not getting much patchouli separation in this mix, but overall this feels like Paco Rabanne Pour Homme but slightly less herbal, less floral, and levels of magnitude higher in the soapy department. Regardless of what kind of soap it is, you really have to like soap fragrances to like Sung Homme, as it's the soapiest masculine I've smelled; it's literally an 80's powerhouse of epic bar soap.

Performance on Sung Homme by Alfred Sung is extraordinary, with sillage for miles and longevity for a work day. Aromatic fougère fans will honestly forget this is an 80's juice outside of the packaging and it is probably the safest work scent from the period as you'll smell like nothing but clean all day. Wardrobes well-stocked with 70's classics don't really need this violet oddity, but the asking price is low enough that it also makes for a low-risk experiment if the curiosity of what 70's sauve and 80's power combined smells like, or if the legend of this being "Irish Spring the Fragrance" is true. I don't think this is an intentional or direct copy of Irish Spring's "Ulster Scent" (as it's called in-house at Colgate-Palmolive), but I can certainly see the resemblance in Sung Homme's DNA. There also isn't a ton of distinction between new and vintage (thankfully) as the increased soap factor from reduced moss found in most still-produced aromatics isn't detectable in a scent like this, as it's already known for being soapy. Older iterations have an integrated sprayer cap while newer just use separate cap and spray head, if that matters. Thumbs up for performance and quirkiness, but fair warning that Sung Homme is far from a revelation in a bottle, outside of the color. Best used in the office, lazy weekends, or days when clean is the only vibe you want to give off.
14th June, 2018
This smells exactly like Irish Spring soap but as a fragrance that lasts for hours. I mean it's uncanny how they managed to make the exact same scent as Irish Spring soap into a fragrance. On my skin I get a bit of bay leaf as well as a masculine rose on the drydown, so it's also more complex than simple Irish Spring soap as well. It also smells really similar to an air freshener my mom used to use in her car (I think it's called "Dr. Marcus Ocean Breeze"), and I love the scent of that so I'm elated I found a fragrance with the same scent profile. It's a very green and soapy fragrance (the blue juice colour is misleading) and I'm a huge fan of the scent. It sort of smells like a better version of Lacoste Essential (which was good but too sweet due to its feminine rose note). I can't really detect individual notes too much but I would say it's like slightly spicy soap with a hint of sweet green notes. I do detect the scent of fresh grass (perhaps that's the galbanum) and bay leaf though, along with something that smells like tomato leaf, as well as basil and sage. There is a very small hint of lemony tartness as well. It starts off sweeter and then dries down into the exact scent of Irish Spring soap with almost no difference; it's uncanny. The whole thing has a sort of '80's vibe to it as well. Longevity is strong with moderate projection. Overall a gem of a fragrance and for really cheap too as this can be found for under $20 for 100 ml. Bottle design and the blue juice inside are both interesting touches as well.

03rd May, 2018
This scent is like a mix of Irish Spring bar soap, cinnamon, and Polo green. At it's base there's an ashy note to it, that balances nicely with the bar soap aspect.

It has good longevity, and good projection.

The most recent reformulation of Paco Rabanne pH (the non-integrated atomizer, with a detachable cap). They both smell cheap, but I think the ruined, reformulated PRpH is still better.

The overall idea of this fragrance is nice. Irish Spring is a very pleasant scent. But Sung Homme comes across as extremely synthetic, and loud, and probably too simple. But it's definitely one of the better and cheapies out there.
19th February, 2018 (last edited: 27th June, 2018)
This one has grown on me, since last year. It is a wood scent that almost could be unisex; almost. It has a tad bit of sweetness. The pine needles, juniper berries, cedar, fir, and aldehydes stay at the top, for some time. After an hour or so I get geranium, carnation, sandalwood, and vetiver. Pepper and caraway notes are omnipresent. I also get a tinge of musk from time to time.

I don't "get" the reference to Irish spring soap. But then, I do not use drug store, mass-produced bar soaps. For an inexpensive fragrance it makes me smile.
03rd June, 2017
The good news is that Sung Homme literally smells like Irish Spring soap. As a lover of soapy scents, Sung Homme is clean, masculine and has a very prominent soapy accord over a fougere structure. A simple classic fragrance done right.

The bad news is that it has a harsh metallic element that is abrasive. I personally cannot wear this fragrance because of this sharpness. I do not know whether this roughness is a feature of the composition itself or due to the ingredient quality. While a more refined version would have been much appreciated, I have to look elsewhere given its current incarnation.

If one loves masculine soapiness and can deal with a bit crudeness, look no further. Adequate sillage and tenacity.

Excellent idea, perhaps good enough execution, but surely not good enough ingredients.

2.5/5 (neutral)
09th April, 2017

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