Perhaps Zegna ought to stick to clothing. I remember Zegna doing one or two passable fragrances in the ‘90s, but this latest masculine release is just depressing. It starts out on a pleasant, if unexciting, citrus top note, but soon turns harsh and chemical, with a hackneyed “aquatic” note, violet leaf, and grating artificial woods competing in some kind of infernal olfactory cage fight. Nobody wins – least of all the poor guy who gets stuck wearing this stuff.
Zegna Uomo is a great summer scent. It opens very citrusy and dries down to a sweet violet. It smells fresh and clean. Perfect for the Florida heat and humidity, since these two factors make it project even more. I get 6-7 hours when I spray it on my clothes. I love it!!
I definitley wrote this one off too soon. While this isn't anything groundbreaking or amazing, and yet still very generic, it's cheap enough now to be bottle worthy to me, and a great casual fragrance for any time of year.
The first time I wore it, I thought it smelled cheap and chemical, which I don't think anymore now that I own a bottle. Longevity though leaves something to be desired. I think the poor reviews really slaughtered this ones reputation and forced its price decline, but hey that works for me. I picked up a bottle on Ebay for about 14 bucks shipped.
I agree with the resemblance to L'homme Libre, they are very similar, except Libre has a lot of pink pepper. They both share the same citrus and vetiver notes, they both have a ton of violet leaf. Libre is a little darker, with better longevity, and of course spicier from the pink pepper note.
You may not turn any heads with Uomo, you may not even get noticed. It's a nice comforting fragrance though, that's gonna be discontinued if it hasn't already been. At anything under 20 bucks, it's a steal.
I agree with Silentrich, this is an extremely linear fragrance. I don't get the cumin note he gets though, thank goodness, because that would be off putting to say the least. I do however get a very synthetic dry down which he also refers to, and he is spot on.
The bottle is gorgeous in my opinion. It has great texture, a slim profile, and gives a unique illusion when looked at from angles. Looks great on the shelf.
I find myself reaching for this one a lot when I am just going out to run errands.
14th June, 2014 (last edited: 11th May, 2015)
I don't understand the hate its getting on here, in my opinion it smells good and unlike anything I have ever smelt before, which is why I like it as much as I do. A bit synthetic perhaps, but still amazing!
Uomo may be the quintessential generic fragrance (a pretentious label I do not normally give out), smelling like the plasticy/deodorant knock-off of a knock-off of a dollar-store-copy of a 90's fresh scent. What's completely offensive is at $70 or whatever is being charged for this, it is literally indistinguishable from the dollar store alternative. Save yourself the $69 and go to your local Dollar Tree (note: I do endorse or work for The Dollar Tree).
1/10, which also makes for my first 1/10 score. Congratulations Uomo.