Another thumbs up! The juice in this unsuspecting little roll-on vial does not mess around. Kiehl's Pour Homme Oil is one serious manscent. Long lasting, compact, almost ruthless in its pointed presentation of the classic macho fougere accord.
It moves confidently and hits all the right notes: citrus, piney woods, a big ol' balsamic tobacco note, and all manner of potent spices. As others have said, it has strong ties with Aramis Havana, but without that brazen rum opening note. The resemblance is strong in the heart and base.
It is extremely potent and long-lasting, and does not meld into the skin like some other fougeres, such as Azzaro Pour Homme or Rive Gauche. It leaps off the skin and attracts attention to itself as its own entity, rather than as an extension of the wearer.
Smells a bit like Halston Z-14, if you like that sort of thing - I do. Not sweet at all.
As others have stated, a little goes a long way. It is an oil so it doesn't project like an alcohol based cologne upon application. After things heat up it comes alive. I have been using it casually - weekends mostly.
This fragrance is easy to underestimate because the packaging has no sex appeal at all: it's in a small, sample-sized vial (only .25 oz), and it comes in a boring little brown box that looks like a lipstick. It's also in a roll-on vial, not an atomiser. It sounds like a recipe for a marketing disaster, but good lord, this is one big-league powerhouse. I am not kidding.
Ignore the fact that it's only .25 oz. - you don't need any more than that because Kiehl’s Pour Homme is made up solely of pure perfume oils, so it’s even more concentrated than an "eau de parfum" or even a "parfum". Let me assure you – this stuff is STRONG.
It smells very much like the original formulation of Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui, only much woodier, with confierous woods, and macho-level patchouli. In fact, I would say that it’s a perfect alternative for anyone who wants to smell the original Oscar Pour Lui but can’t find a bottle. Just roll it on the back of your wrists and your throat, and you're good to go for at least 8, yes eight, hours. This scent is very spicy, manly and assertive.
Kiehls’ Pour Homme is bonafide powerhouse, without a doubt, and a great scent.
Fir needle, cistus, vetiver, patchouli
I think this is a very nice scent, very “brown” in tone. The fir needles are well done and have good duration. The vetiver-patchouli notes give an earthy tinge, and the patchouli increases and becomes leathery (but not obnoxious). The labdanum gives a slight buttery note. This reminds me of Equipage. There is a great shower/bath liquid in this scent as well.
Son of Oscar Pour Lui, cousin of Havana's basenotes. Linear but very masculine. Sillage/longevity monster.