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Francesco Smalto pour Homme (1987)
by Francesco Smalto


Francesco Smalto pour Homme information

Year of Launch1987
Average Rating
(based on 130 votes)

People and companies

HouseFrancesco Smalto
Parent CompanyShaneel Enterprises Ltd > Designer Parfums
Parent Company at launchParlux

About Francesco Smalto pour Homme

Francesco Smalto pour Homme is a masculine fragrance by Francesco Smalto. The scent was launched in 1987

Francesco Smalto pour Homme fragrance notes

Reviews of Francesco Smalto pour Homme

A bit ‘Lectric Shave, a bit Gucci Nobile. A nice scent, bold and billowy.
01st December, 2017
Nice powerhouse. Longevity is good. Buy it now before it get expensive.
As for the review, read Checkmate's. Spot on and I can't do better than that.
18th December, 2015 (last edited: 23rd August, 2017)
Francesco Smalto was a pleasant surprise: I expected a very dark and smoky fragrance (flerting with extravagance) and I got a casual, although distinctive, green fougere, just a bit dark and slightly smoky, great to be worn in a daily basis as an alternative to more powerful dark green scents as Tsar and Caesars Man. But don't let me be misunderstood: It's formal and follows 80s green fougere trend, which means It can be considered dated/old school nowadays. I don't think It is at all! Another fragrance that resembles its green side is Lacoste original(84).
05th November, 2015
A plain, testosterone-prominent, aromatic fougere with a bitter / smoky character. It opens with the most typical fougerey accord to then become starker and darker during the middle-phase / dry down. By all means masculine, by all means a fougere. Not much too add…

17th January, 2015
Smalto pour Homme is a great powerhouse, much more peculiar and original than it may seem (or well, than it seemed to me). Basically it opens with a balsamic-citrus accord on a gloomy base of smoke, bold tan leather, oak moss, woods (vetiver, perhaps sandalwood), with a peculiar sort of "outdoors" herbal-anisic-tea breeze going around (I guess due to fennel and tarragon), together with other unusual and really well-played notes: I get something boozy, licorice, a colorful blend of spices and herbs. Somehow it’s a conventional “dark smoky fougère”, but it does just a step further, showing quite an interesting set of unique features: it does not have all the raw, austere, dry shadiness of many leathers like Knize, it’s not a skanky animalic scent like Ungaro II, not an oak moss beast like Quorum, and not only a herbal-aromatic fougère like Tsar... yet it has something of all of these, reshuffled in a an interesting, pleasant and recognizable way. It has something raw and playful, but at the same time it show a manly dark sophistication, really classy in its own way. It’s a powerhouse fougère, but it’s not similar to any other in particular, except for the names I mentioned above (Smalto basically smells like their hippie homeless cousin). And actually, for as much weird it may sound, it reminds me also of some contemporary niche scents, mostly for the unusual contrasts, the creativity, and the fact that it manages to smell not outdated at all. It’s much bold though, and after a while it may start to smell a bit boring (also because of the load of harsh spices you get on the drydown, similar as Jacomo de Jacomo for instance). As many powerhouses, it projects like a devil and lasts for ages. To rediscover!

01st January, 2015
Francesco Smalto comes on as a truckload of soapy lavender, eventually underpinned by cedar, anise, and bergamot. The note pyramid claims leather in the base, but it must be deeply buried under the heap of moss, residual lavender, and coumarin that leaves Smalto smelling like a classic, padded shoulders 1980s fougère. The coumarin note expands over time, so that Francesco Smalto sweetens substantially as it ages. (Unlike the reviewer.) The drydown of moss, amber, and woods is notable for not smelling as cheap or aggressively chemical as that of many recent fougère scents.

While it smells convincingly “natural,” Francesco Smalto is a loud scent, and a bit crude as well. I can’t deny that it makes an impact, but I don’t think it smells terribly original in comparison to the many other rugged fougères of its decade. I certainly won’t put myself through contortions to obtain it now that it’s discontinued. If you like this sort of fragrance, I think Azzaro pour Homme and Lauder for Men perform the same act with more flair and finesse, and both have the advantage of being in production and available for relatively little money.
14th June, 2014

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