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Uomo? Moschino (1997)
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Uomo? Moschino information

Year of Launch1997
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 236 votes)

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HouseMoschino
Parent CompanyEuroitalia

About Uomo? Moschino

Black and White stripy box. Very eyecatching. The scent is oriental with aromatic and floral notes.

Reviews of Uomo? Moschino

This is a pretty clever fragrance, but then again, most are from the house of Moschino, a house that surprisingly gets little love. The previous masculine, Moschino Pour Homme (1990), was a nice petrol leather chypre likely meant to compete against Dior Fahrenheit (1988) or even Hermès Bel Ami (1986), but clean musks were all the rage in the mainstream men's segment during the second half of the 90's thanks to scents like Jovan White Musk for Men (1992), Calvin Klein cK One (1994), Curve for Men by Liz Claiborne (1996), with a strong unisex vibe, either intentional or not, running through many of them. The "Beige Age" as I affectionately remember it, was a time of edgy, simplistic music coupled with dressed-down looks and fragrances that felt like atonement for the deliciously wild and crazy 80's, but Moschino didn't enter the game then, and therefore really had no reason to "play nice" with anyone's nostrils. Everyone else was apologizing while Moschino was cranking Nirvana's "All Apologies", consequences be damned. To that end, Uomo? Moschino (1997) is a musk, but not really a clean one, although you wouldn't realize that with it's lemony de-jasmined "new hedione" carrier note. The question mark after the "Uomo" is also a bit of cheek from Moschino, in the same order as the double-necked editions of their previous masculine, removing the need for separate spray and splash productions. In this instance, the question mark is more a symbolic gesture asking the onlooker "is this really for men, or can anybody wear this?", to which the answer is, yeah.. maybe. Woody ambers are typically the provenance of men just out of tradition, but they never used to be back in the early to mid 20th century, and thanks to the genderless white musk accord in this, can sorta tip their toe "across the line" here in Uomo? Moschino, which may also explain the use of the question mark.

Uomo? Moschino was composed by Olivier Cresp, a perfumer who in time would become known for a lot of vacuous output, but here he turns his focus to a synthetic white musk molecule made somewhat dirty again with the addition of a composite amber note (since this was before the invention of ambroxan), an Iso E Super fake woods note (also before the proliferation of norlimbanol/karmawood), and some actual aromatic cedar. Riding on top this musk and prototype "amber woods" accord is a bit of gourmand spice and sweet hedionic citrus. The opening of Uomo? Moschino reminds me a lot of the vanilla-frosted lemon cake they serve at Starbucks (pairs nice with vanilla bean frap by the way), but the aldehydes and hedione soon fade into a bizarre but interesting kumquat and pepper which is no doubt what the "transparent coriander" is supposed to be. Moschino also seems bitten by the Calvin Klein fantasy note-names bug with this one, but I'll forgive them. The heart is rosewood and florals like cyclamen and artemisia, coupled with cinnamon and clary sage, give Uomo? Moschino a "light floral gourmand" tone similar to the later Yohji Homme by Yohji Yamamoto (1999), but without the licorice twist. Once the spices and crisp floral bouquet settles down, we land on the aforementioned synthetic "amber woods" musk base, which is either clairvoyance into the future of masculine fragrance or just dumb luck on Cresp's part. Best of all, since this accord is built from last-generation chemistry instead of the most recent versions of these accords, there's no "norlimbanol scratch" to assault your senses, even if the older-style composite amber is a less-accurate proxy for real ambergris (which is why it's sort of become it's own note over the years). Longevity is fair but could be better, and sillage is moderate, but considering it's an oriental/gourmand/musk hybrid claiming a "sunlight accord" that -doesn't- smell like a hot plate of yack, I'll take it.

Uomo? Moschino is a synthetic musk in that quasi-soapy-yet-dirty limbo that the much-more-expensive Musc Ravageur (2000) would later take to the 11th power of wowzers, but here has enough complexity and lightness around it to prevent it from being all that shocking. You have to really dig amber to find favor in Uomo? Moschino, as it stands taller than even the musk in the later stages of the wear, but in typical Moschino fashion, this scent retains a flirty irreverence, just without being in decanters stuffed in Teddy bears or shaped like Windex bottles (and you thought old Avon was bad). Uomo? Moschino is simple, doesn't smell particularly sophisticated or expensive, and merely toys with the idea of being unisex (deliberately) but also sells for a song, so they're not looking to get any amnesty for their behavior. Uomo? Moschino is a casual or office scent best in temperate climates, but can hang in all seasons if you work indoors, and maybe stretches into dressed-down romantic use due to the ambery musk base, but just as it's almost but not quite unisex, I'd equally say it's almost but not quite generalist, as if Olivier Cresp was given a box of crayons and colored outside of the lines everywhere he possibly could. Best part of all is the smell of Uomo? Moschino is thoroughly inoffensive so it flirts with the safety on, keeping it well within the "Beige Age" parameters of the decade. Whoever said pleasant couldn't also be thought-provoking? If you want a cheap daily grinder with a bit of versatility, just old enough that nobody else will be wearing it, but still modern (also read: synthetic) enough to not feel out of place, this might be your ticket. I like a scent that plays by it's own rules but plays well with others, so Uomo? Moschino gets a big thumbs up without any question marks.
04th October, 2018 (last edited: 05th October, 2018)
Nondescript citrus woody pink peppery.
Similar to Prada L'Homme but less characterful and better than Ferrari Uomo as its less cloying.

Fragrance: 6.75/10
Projection: 7/10
Longevity: 7/10
01st August, 2018
This scent means a lot for me, as this is the first ever perfume I got when I was 18 years old (1998). So many memories... First of all it is a pure men scent, very masculine, but not on the old barber shop kind of way. I got a 125ml bottle a few days ago, I can assume that it got reformulated at some time, it is not as strong as it was back in 1998, while there is a stronger kumquat note now, instead of the aldehydes and musc notes that seemed to dominate the original formula. What I get is a 3-4 hours longevity (the old formula had a 12 hours longevity) so it seems like it is a bit watered down too. I think it is a more spring/summer daytime scent. I miss the powdery/muscy dry down, it is really weaker now and hard to detect.

In conclusion Moschino Uomo? is a great masculine scent, still modern (although it's a 18 years old perfume) and original. While it might lost some of its strenght, Uomo? still remains a GREAT perfume everyone should try.

*This review was written after several full wearings of the perfume and not just after smelling this on paper or on wrist.
04th June, 2018
TeeEm Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A weak scent in my opinion, sweet and possibly floral...

I was given it as a present in 2015 ... I kept it in the car to use it as a "top up"...

A neutral, subtle, summerry, daytime smell

5/5
06th January, 2018
BoxPred Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Uomo? Moschino opens with creamy lemon sherbert, almost lemon cheesecake for a short period. Through musky undertones the fragrance then dries down into a pleasant wood. A good office scent due to its inoffensive nature, this is also unlikely to be over-applied. In contrast to some others, I find a simple composition here with very little in the way of bells and whistles.

This shares quite a bit in common with Yohji Homme - both contain cinnamon, woods and musk. The Moschino offering is ultimately "lighter" due to an overarching citrus. Uomo? is also creamy whereas Yohji has more of a spice to it, but to me they smell alike. In terms of purpose this also brings to mind Tom Ford Grey Vetiver - another (in my opinion) example of a simple yet successful structure which competently harnesses citrus. Uomo? Moschino makes good use of its ingredients.
14th November, 2017 (last edited: 16th November, 2017)
I blind bought this fragrance after typing "top 10 cheap aftershaves" in YouTube. A video of some suave German bloke popped up and he done a countdown from 10 to 1 of his favourite non bank busting fragrances which apparently makes the girls drool. Moschino Uomo came first with Mont Blanc Induviduel a close second and then third was CK Shock or Nautica Blue. Anyway I got my a** down to my local Beauty Base shop in Ealing, West London after work desperately trying to find this stuff. The box looked very 70's and didn't really catch my eye, it was just black and white stripes, it was also tucked away and the plastic wrapping had gathered quite a bit of dust. Luckily for me, there was a tester at the back of the shelf.... I was extremely disappointed on the first couple of sprays and I couldn't detect any character. After about 25 sprays and dodgy looks from the shop assistant I left and carried on shopping around the indoor precinct. After about 10 minutes I went outside and that's when it hit me, I was now exposed to the elements and a sudden waft of chalky, soapy loveliness enveloped me, I could sort of see what all the fuss was about at this point. It reminds of an expensive Creed aftershave called Royal Leather or Royal Water. It just stayed with me for a very long time and then it dried down into this sophisticated, inoffensive masculine musk. This is when the compliments started rolling in. I stepped into a packed multi-storey car park lift and 3 or 4 people were showering me with compliments. Ill be wearing this into the office tomorrow and will loiter around the communal areas like the kitchen and photocopier to see if it has the same effect. Top stuff 8.5/10
19th September, 2017

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