Fashion is temporary....
Smoothest warmest notes with an edge, a thrill, that keeps the thing alive. It's as though Kouros and Boucheron PH teamed up and then the result was mellowed in oak casks for several decades. A kinda yellow Kouros rather than the steel blue one we already love. Rather oddly, every now and then, I catch a tiny slither of something that reminds me of Rive Gauche Homme. I can't ignore how strange it is that 2 of the fragrances this brings to mind are from the same stable. Fragrance like this are what keeps me looking for my next new hit and also what leads to increasing despair with every new mainstream release I find in Boots the chemist.
Pros: Classic fragrance with style
Cons: Difficult to find the good bottles"
Hojji77 told everything. Having recently purchased on the web a couple of inexpensive bottles of this, I was completely deceived by good comments. The version I have, which is the modern one, is not good.
ONly a short lived blast of laundry, tonka musk and whatever, gives it a old fashion style, very similar to the baseontes of the yardely's lavander.
WpH presents a difficult review situation because of the highly fragmented state of bottles, boxes, and reformulations. The following remarks apply to the TALL, FLUTED bottle version in the GOLD/CLEAR box, made in England.
This stuff is an evil travesty of whatever its "true" formulation is or ought to be. Far from "haut concentration," the tall bottle contains perhaps the weakest, limpest dribble that I have ever put on--a dim and dismal sub-cologne smell that makes a ten-dollar bottle of 4711 seem like a powerhouse foghorn in comparison. Clearly it has nothing at all in common with the versions referenced below.
Abysmal, and I have never felt worse about spending six dollars.
Worth Pour Homme is an extremely classic fougere: no doubts. If you're into "first-wave" type of masculines and if your idea of cleanness brings to mind of Kouros, then Worth Pour Homme is for you. A slightly severe opening with loads of herbs (and the usual lavender accord) introduces a leathery/musky composition of incredible beauty. A remarkable woody presence reinforces the general masculine vibe while subtle floral patterns provide incredible refinements. Civilized yet not too mannered, long lasting but not overpowering, fresh with just a tad of dirtyness providing and incredible balance. Terrific.
This is for the Haute Concentration formula in a blue & red paisley box. It is not related at all to the original or reformulation and is in no way similar to Paco Rabanne Pour Homme. I, personally, put Vintage Paco Rabanne Pour Homme on a pedestal - it is suave, fresh, sophisticated, green, warm and harmonious. It is the best scent ever created for a man and the essence of what an aromatic fougere will ever attempt to be.
This is a strong, slap-in-the-face scent. Haute Concentration for sure! Wow! The sinuses were cleared by the initial blast...it only took one on my wrist to realize this could be used for huffing if one wanted an olfactory high. But, then the scent warmed up on my skin and after about 30 minutes of a sharp lavender/carnation-clove/pine needles nose-bleed - Worth HC hits a nice point of smoothness as the lavender softens (due in part to the citrus burning off and heart notes coming through), nice rich moss and rosemary (fresh-cut, not dried) cloud around you that softens up into a nice soapiness (a good thing - almost a lather of leathery moss with lavender and a blend of soft floral and green notes). This inviting fog has allure - we are now in the early 80's and polyester has a place in our attire. Driving a Mercedes 450SL convertible and the late days of disco and early club music is what this smell evokes images of...along with, somehow, a sense of being in London in cool weather (there is a British pompousness to this that I like - I think chaps in London's gentlemen clubs and pubs wore this...and the true gentlemen still do). I would not wear this in warm weather unless I wanted to offend somebody. The paisley box is obnoxiously retro-cool...I like it along with the bottle itself. This has a vibe to it.
This is serious and not for the faint-of-heart: 8+/10. It has a place on my shelf and one of admiration. I will come back for more slaps in the face by Worth Haute Concentration with a smile. Wear this with a 'hipster attitude', retro clothes with style and panache...or, it will wear you. Great stuff.
I have Vintage Revillon Pour Homme, Vintage Paco Rabanne (Original and New Vintage) and Vintage Azzaro as well as Current formulation Worth Pour Homme (as shown above) - which are all "True" Aromatic Fougeres. None are like this bottle of Haute Concentration! Truly "Worth" every pence...cheerio!
**UPDATE** - this 2nd review is for the reformulated blue box bottle (Made in England), shown above, that is clear with blue block print - which is an entirely different scent from any other Worth bottling (Vintage and Haute Concentration). This is true classic, aromatic fougere captured in a bottle. Shamus1's review (along with alfarom's) and a few others led me to this blind-buy purchase. I am very happy I did! The top notes of lavender and herbs are sharp and pronounced - a blast hits your nose...and old-school vibe - this is what I look for and find! Great note integration as the pyramid fills in - note separation in a well-made aromatic fougere like this is excellent (and I took my time really examining this on my arm - 2 full sprays):
Top notes are rosemary, nutmeg, cinnamon, lavender, mandarin orange, petit grain and bergamot
Middle notes are carnation, green notes, brazilian rosewood, pine tree needles and geranium
Base notes are leather, tonka bean, amber, musk, oakmoss, balsam fir, vetiver and cedar
The notes are all there - wonderful composition. While one "element" is missing and cannot be listed and that is the classic slightly-soapy vibe that Worth Pour Homme offers (and I mean that in a good way). A gentlemen scent that transcends time...I don't think I would want this to be a "louder", more powerhouse fragrance. One the opening warms up, this actually wears very gentlemanly - a bit retrained, but a long-lasting skin scent that creates a nice aura. It is meant to be applied liberally, yes, but also the refinement and class this has means one should not try to overly-project it, in my opinion. It layers fantastic with the splash after shave lotion...adding more top notes and richness to the fougere/old-school vibe.
The base notes of great leather, balsam fir (which transcends from the pine needles in the heart) and musk are truly wonderful, albeit a touch soapy (fine, french-milled soapiness - that is). The green notes are there, but not as prevalent as Paco Rabanne Pour Homme - neither are some other base notes, but in place is the rich leather as pointed out by Shamu and others. The pine needles and fir in the heart and base of Worth Pour Homme are definitely reminscent to a rare, treasured composition in Vintage Revillon Pour Homme (1977) - excellent choice of notes for this composition that further separates the magic in the current formulation from Paco Rabanne PH. And, everything is turned down here...once it settles, it gives you comfort and a sense of place & purpose. This is a bottle of great fragrance unto itself, all comparisons aside.
I don't believe this is outdated at all - it is classic Aromatic Fougere and a bit understated. Paco Rabanne Pour Homme, Azzaro Pour Homme, Worth, and a noted mention to Patrick (from Fragrances of Ireland) as well as other numerous Aromatic Fougeres do not go out of style...in my opinion, they exude class, sophistication, taste and knowledge of fragrance. To not have these (among other great fougeres) in my wardrobe would be simply unimaginable.
Excellent fragrance - 8.5+/10. I cannot say I like this more than the Haute Concentration (in the blue & red paisley box) by much, but I give it the nod because it is imminently far more wearable and chic. It is a more classically structured fougere with a great composition. What it lacks in macho, it more than makes up for in class & taste. A scent that can be worn by a gentleman or someone who simply enjoys classic fougeres...regardless of attire, but you will feel better wearing this with a button-down shirt or a polo.
06th January, 2012 (last edited: 23rd June, 2014)