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Dior Homme (2005)
by Christian Dior

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Dior Homme information

Year of Launch2005
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 1594 votes)

People and companies

HouseChristian Dior
PerfumerOlivier Polge
PackagingTsutomu Kiyama
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

About Dior Homme

Dior Homme is a masculine fragrance by Christian Dior. The scent was launched in 2005 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Olivier Polge. The bottle was designed by Tsutomu Kiyama

Dior Homme fragrance notes

Reviews of Dior Homme

Parfums Christian Dior had a few misfires with the men's segment in their attempt to make a successor to the accidental masterpiece that was Fahrenheit (1988), but the 90's and early 2000's was a rough place for designers to attempt innovation. This is mostly because the buying public was almost anti-culture by the turn of the 90's, rather than counterculture like in the 1960's into the 1970's; sophisticated forms of music were thrown out for simple or atonal varieties, color form-flattering clothes were disposed of in favor of impossibly baggy or monochrome duds, and worst of all for perfumers, olfactory dynamism was traded out for an apologetic sea of shimmering freshness. Dior had no real way to fit in with the aquatic genre since they ended the 80's with gasoline and violets, while the "fresh fougère" also eluded them since that style had mostly run it's course even before the 90's came to a close. Dior chose to run with the short-lived fig fad started by Diptyque with Philosykos (1996), marrying fig to soft musk with Dune Pour Homme (1997), but it didn't move units as planned. Next up was Dior Higher (2001), another fragrance cashing in on a short-lived fad, which in this case was the super-shrieking ozonic grapefruit style which multiple designers tried to wing at the under-21 segment of mall-going males. Suffice it to say, Higher was lower than expected. Thus, by the mid 2000's, Dior just fell back on tradition and created a gentlemanly floral leather fragrance the likes of which would have otherwise seemed out of place if not for the retro-chic boom caused in the segment by Gucci Pour Homme (2003) and Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Pour Homme (2003). It was a surprising move that worked, considering the gimmicky direction of the previous two pillars, but one that proved not everything needs to be "fresh" and "light" in order to appeal to modern tastes.

This was before the days of François Demachy running Parfums Christian Dior as head perfumer, so a young Olivier Polge (yes, that one) must have won the bid to compose for his then-employer IFF with his primitive, and thus landed a huge credential on his resume, since Dior Homme (2005) ended up being an unlikely anachronistic success. Now, to be fair, Dior Homme isn't entirely old-school. Olivier Polge wields then-modern gourmand structures onto Dior Homme's powdery florals, earthy woods, and sharp leather structure, being something of a semi-chypre gourmand perfume that has for all intents become the Guerlain Habit Rouge (1965) of it's generation, seeing much romantic and formal use. The scent opens with bergamot, lavender, and sage, all very traditional head notes for most masculine perfumes throughout the 20th century, but the weirdness happens with the middle phase. In the heart is a now-legendary iris note, powdery and feminine, often called "lipsticky" by detractors because iris is commonly found in lipstick scent. This poofy iris note is balanced with dark cacao and an old-school composite amber, the vanillic "brown" type that doesn't exactly emulate ambergris, but is a far cry better than modern synthetic ambroxan. The scent is warm, rich, mildly soapy and somewhat unisex by this point, but a perfectly balanced green base re-asserts the masculinity of the composition by the end. Patchouli is balanced by an grassy vetiver, cedar, and subtle suede-like leather note. The whole thing is rather radiant but still soft, approachable, and gentlemanly. I get about eight hours with mild to moderate projection myself, and find the iris in particular sticks around with the base notes after everything else has gone. Dior Homme also shows different facets of its composition depending on the temperature and where you spray it, and I get more iris on clothes, with more cacao on skin, and more patchouli/amber presence with a bit of heat. The leather accord isn't strong regardless of conditions, so I wouldn't suggest it for leather lovers. Original bottles had a metal stem until about 2010, then house perfumer François Demachy reformulated this himself in 2011 to meet IFRA requirements, resulting in a tiny bit brighter development, but it's integrity has held up nicely overall.

Dior Homme is certainly no powerhouse, or else they wouldn't have needed to make an intense version two years later, but that's not it's point of existence. Nobody was doing mature, well-meted masculines of this type in the mid 2000's, and very few were playing around with chocolate notes, and I'm sure the cacao in this directly inspired Avon's Tomorrow for Men (2006), which commits more firmly to the note and goes further in the gourmand direction overall, making that scent its own animal. In fact, the gourmand notes in this inspired a lot of designers, and the iris note prominent in this also opened up everyone's eyes to the note being present in masculines once again, with the last time it was notably used in the designer sector being in Versace the Dreamer (1996) almost a decade beforehand. I think the best use for Dior Homme is in fall through early spring, for classy get-togethers or evenings out. The scent is relaxed enough to do casual duty, and poised enough for formal business affairs, but I find the chocolate present to make Dior Homme a tad bit too sensual for my taste in those settings, but that's just me. Dior Homme would be successful enough to receive an army of flankers in its wake, more than any other Dior masculine to date, so not only was it the first real successor to the Fahrenheit crown, but also threatened to overshadow Eau Sauvage (1966) as well, at least until Dior Sauvage (2015) was launched to put Dior Homme in its place. Guys looking for something mature, but not too "dated" (whatever that means), attractive without trying to be, and approachable without being too casual will find favor with Dior Homme, as will vintage frag heads that want something actually made in the 21st century in their collection but don't like where the "scene has gone" since Y2K. As a warning, there is also a Dior Homme Parfum (2014) that has little to do with Dior Homme or Dior Homme Intense (2007), so make sure to test! Thumbs Up!
12th November, 2018
Spray it on and discuss world-class literature. Or, better yet, create some.

05th October, 2018
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Tried this after Intense, and I think Intense is the better scent, but this is ok and I could respect either choice. If you have Intense, I wouldn't see the point in getting this. Will stay a sample.
10th August, 2018
There are a few milestones in perfume history, that really changed the way of the whole industry and the way consumers understood what male perfumery is all about. Dior Homme is one of them.

Originally released back in 2005 and getting a slight reformulation in 2011, Dior Homme is one of the all time best sellers, something that didn't just happened by chance or just because of a strong marketing campaign. It is not only the way this perfume was presented or advertised, it was a perfect combination of a brand new revolutionary way of how male perfumes may smell like, while sharply representing the philosophy of the Dior Homme line.

I remember the first time I smelled Dior Homme and how I instantly fell in love with it. Traditionally, female perfumes smell a lot like flowers while male perfumes smell a bit like a barber shop: I am not really sure if this is just the way perfume industry and social belief defined how it should be or it is based to something more primitive and animalistic, like hormones and subconscious sexual attraction. Dior Homme came to mix this up.

What is really exceptional here is that Dior Homme goes a lot into the flower based female perfumery, while keeping a strong male core in it. I read a lot of complaints that Dior Homme smells like "lipstick in a leather bag" but this is not the case. Things are not so simple here. Its smell is a lot more complicated, with a lot of layers that slowly develop over time. Iris is really the strong note here, in a creamy and powdery base with hints of leather, which - quite peculiarly - keeps this perfume in the male side of the board.

Moreover what is really remarkable here is that the whole line of Dior Homme fragrances that followed (Intense, Cologne and Parfum) are little pieces of art too. It is really exceptional how they all succeed in taking the base of the original Dior Homme EDT and developing its smell to a different, still elegant and sophisticated level.

I think if someone asks me to describe this perfume in a few words, I would say that this is the definition of class and elegance.

No matter if you will love it or hate it you should give it a try. Dior Homme will be the kind of perfume that everyone's going to mention in the future as an eternal and vital part of male perfumery.

*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
I like this much better than the Intense version. Dior Homme EDT comes across much fresher with a touch of powdery iris and leather.

Dior Homme Intense smells good but is enormously sweet and way too strong for my tastes. More like a melted chocolate bar in your pocket.
15th May, 2018
I sniffed this on the strip at Sephora a few times. The top notes smelled carboardish to me and I walked away from it on each occasion.
Then one day I gave myself a good spray and left.

About a half hour later I got out of my car and a breeze picked up the scent and sent it swirling about. I was like, oh wow, this is beautiful.

The worst thing I can say about it is that the scent does have a bit of lipstick-ishness. But if you can get over that, I was able to, this scent is a real gem.

This is the best designer/mainstream fragrance that I own.

Longevity is great for an EDT. Sillage is mighty, too.

This is a 10. What a surprise.
15th April, 2018

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