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Versace l'Homme (1984)
by Versace


Versace l'Homme information

Year of Launch1984
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 301 votes)

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Parent CompanyEuroitalia
Parent Company at launchGiver Profumi

About Versace l'Homme

Versace l'Homme is a masculine fragrance by Versace. The scent was launched in 1984

Versace l'Homme fragrance notes

Reviews of Versace l'Homme

These budget-spec relics of designer perfumery continue to fill shelves because they are familiar to a non-attentive buyer, cheap to produce and have the pull of the glamorous designer names - a perfect formula for selling in under-developed nations where marketing of new products is difficult, whose markets can be huge but where discretionary spending is limited.

The current formula of Versace L’homme is a traditional Italian citrus cologne in the same vein as Acqua Di Parma Colonia, although the quality here is no match for the AdP. In addition, there is a nice cinnamon note in the opening. I get no leather, and I think much of the note pyramid is a nonsense. Overall it is pleasant for its price category, performs well and is somewhat classy for the gentleman on a strict budget. But for perfumistas, the AdP colognes are the way to go. Or for something in the citrusy-Leather space, Hermes Bel Ami is a better option by a mile, even taking into account the price differences.
01st October, 2018 (last edited: 02nd October, 2018)
Before there was Eros (2013), or even The Dreamer (1996) and Blue Jeans (1994), there was Versace l'Homme strumming away confidently in 1984. It's an interesting thing really, for such a masculine to come out at such a time as it did. Rival Italian fashion house Armani also released it's debut masculine the same year, which took a much safer eau de cologne-meets-Italian-barbershop route to be more along the lines of discretion, but Versace was never known much for being discrete, and made his debut masculine bold and macho. It shouldn't be said that Versace l'Homme is particularly virile or animalic, even if it contains an animalic, as it's not exactly -that- kind of masculine, not in the vein of Jacques Bogart One Man Show (1980) or Yves Saint Laurent Kouros (1981), but more in the train of thought that created many of the biggest disco scents for men from the previous decade, just with the power of the 80's. Versace L'Homme shares DNA with some of the 70's citrus-powered orientals such as Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur (1972) or Jovan Sex Appeal (1976), but dials down the rich and sweet base notes those scents have in favor of the construction of a classic men's chypre circa the 1950's or 1960's. In particular, I feel l'Homme marries the aforementioned Jovan scent with a huge heap of petitgrain and lemon borrowed from Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955) and Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme (1971), respectively. It kind of makes sense to take this direction since YSL had just released the "Haute Concentration" version of their original masculine a year before the release of this juice, so maybe it was a bit of oneupmanship on Versace's part to roll in some classy mid-century vibes on top of the strong lemon and herb undercurrents, then beef it up to barrel-chested levels with the animalic base notes. I'm not entirely sure of the thinking here, but the result is a collage of "classic" elements from different decades all in one scent that was not even slightly modern even for 1984, and an added punch.

Versace l'Homme opens with that lemon pledge note that YSL gets criticized for having, but soon integrates the sharp powdery petitgrain which instantly recalls the Chanel in the top. Basil and pimento round out the exposition before the middle of cinnamon, Cedar, patchouli, and sandalwood start recalling the 70's disco oriental vibes with spice, creamy woods, and the thick pasty green of patch. All the pectoral flaring and thrusted pelvises come under control by the finish however, as vanilla soothes the savage beast. Leather, labadnum, civet, and oakmoss bring home the chypre finish here that declares l'Homme as a scent with primal energy and the class to know when to flaunt it, and when not. Overall, this kind of thing would continue to get tamed further and become increasingly anachronistic with successive efforts in the same vein, including Chanel Pour Monsieur EdT Concentree (1989), and Guerlain Heritage (1992). The latter of these two actually banked on the fact that it was a very traditional theme being repackaged as something classy and above the din of the new synthetics of the decade, but when Versace L'Homme was doing it, the idea was less about evoking the past and more about being loud like the 80's competition but in a more mature and distinguished way. Same means, different ends, but it's undeniable that Versace l'Homme presaged many of the late 80's and early 90's semi-orientals, most of which were discontinued while this beast still stalks the Earth, and sells for peanuts. At the end of the wear, this one dries down very close to Chanel Pour Monsieur EdT Concentree, with the petitgrain, vanilla, and sandalwood swimming around on skin and shirt collar. By the time this one is done, the only thing really still connecting it to the 70's is that remaining patchouli, which becoming something of an apparition that floats between everything else and sticks behind in the final phases of the wear.

Versace l'Homme will appeal to anyone who likes the above fragrances I mentioned. It's the biggest fit for lovers of the Chanel and Guerlain examples, but folks who dig oriental spice and patchouli or just an overall "classic masculine" feel will probably do well to sample this, or even just blind buy it for the silly-low prices it sells for. I'm astonished Versace keeps this around, but it's probably more to do with global sales figures as old-school masculines tend to stay popular longer in places that value tradition or just aren't exposed as much to the machinations of the ever-revolving fashion world, which is why so many old school frags live on in places like South America, India, The Middle East, and Eastern Europe, which is probably where this stuffs sells most. If you're American or just an English-speaking person from anywhere else in the west, you're likely to read most of this review as "oh it sounds like something my Dad wore" if you're not deliberately looking for older scents or just were around back when this was new, and that's okay. The beauty of Versace l'Homme is it didn't try to hide it's old-school flavor then, and still doesn't now, even if the packaging has been updated to make it appear contemporary, but who's that really fooling? Vintage with thin script has the most moss, while middle-production (which this review is based on) is a little stronger in the top, and the newest versions made by Eurotalia are thinner yet but still pleasant according to popular consensus. If anything, the newest formulation may be the most manageable for folks on the fence about powdery lemon spice masculines, but for guys who want the unadulterated chest hair, the original is best.
11th April, 2018 (last edited: 29th April, 2018)
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The first proper designer perfume I ever owned in 1988-89 and when I first smelt it it was a WOW!
A strong unusual citrus smell with decent longevity and projection. I used to wear it in buckets until the late 90s
I bought it again in 2017 (my perfume nostalgia year as I bought over 30 fragrances in 2017) and it lost some WOW factor as today there are so many amazing smells.
Thumbs up for this classic
06th January, 2018
I have about 20-25 colognes; mostly old school power houses like Kouros, Givency Gentleman (1978), Dunhill for men (1934), Lauder for men (1984), but this one always ranks on top of my list.
Brings back wonderful memories of the late 1980's.
I'm buying this since 2001 and do feel it changed a little from time to time but I could be wrong. There very well COULD have been 3 formulations but I'm not sure. I recently bought an old school bottle but it probably had gone bad since it lacked a lot of notes, so I'm not sure. I talked to a longtime perfume shop owner who was pretty certain it did not change. Could be explained by the fact that 'l Homme seems to smell totally different (and better) in warmer climates. At home (in Holland) I mostly get a sharp opening and the character only comes to play after a few hours (and not on the skin, but clothing only) That character is the true warm, deep, classic Italian macho feel that makes this fragrance so great! When on holiday in a warmer climate I immediately smell that warm heart, so I think warmer days work best with this one.
Projection differs from bottle to bottle. Had a 'shop bought' bottle that had poor projection, Now have a new one bought online which has incredible projection for a least 8-12 hours. Would love to hear from long time users; did it change? Nonetheless I'm very very happy they still make this Classic Conundrum.
21st August, 2017
A bright, lemony, incense-tinged opening when first applied which subtly transforms into a gentle musky floral middle with hints of carnation and an almost rose-type fragrance then dries down to a light clean spicy overtone that exudes a patchouli, vetiver and wood vibe. Longevity is fair (4-6 hours on me) and projection is moderate. This upscale EDT can be a bit strong, almost overpowering upon first application (I do have a tendency to over-spray) but it calms down pretty quickly to a respectable fragrance that behaves the rest of its time as active. Some consider this to be a "dated" fragrance (1984) but I find it to be a classy, masculine, relevant scent that's perfect while hanging out at home or working in the office. 7/10 overall
15th March, 2017 (last edited: 18th March, 2017)
My bottle of this fantastic fragrance must be one of the newer formulations (at least prior to 2004, when I bought it), as the lettering on mine isn't "vintage" like what is shown above!

Anyhow, Versace L'Homme is a clean, spicy, and woody scent that lasts a long time. Its sillage is great (enough so that my uncle, after asking me what I was wearing, bought a bottle for himself!).

Not dated, like others from the 1980's (e.g. Giorgio Beverly Hills, Monogram by Ralph Lauren, etc.), it can be worn by young or old, IMO. Worthy a try!
16th December, 2016

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