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Reviews of Boucheron pour Homme by Boucheron

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Raymond Challian always seemed interested in keeping his masculine perfume vibes square in the middle of the 20th century, when dry citrus-lead aromatic chypres were the epitome of masculinity, and stuck to this formula both for Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme and Balenciaga Ho Hang (1971 both). Afterwards, he branched out a bit with Signoricci 2 (1976), Monsieur Carven (1978), and Pierre Cardin Bleu Marine (1986), but returned to the lemon and woods chypre for his last masculine, and last documented creation, Boucheron Pour Homme. 1991 was a time of transition for mainstream designer perfume, particularly masculines, as guys were being forced to let go of their powerhouses and replace them with greatly toned-down "fresh" fougères, aquatics, and sharp citrus ozonics that bore some relation to the chypres of old, but were rife with synthetics. Boucheron threw out any notion of change with Boucheron Pour Homme, not only by sticking with tradition, but going even -further- back in time from the outgoing 80's powerhouses, by releasing a nuclear-powered aromatic citrus for men. Raymond Challian was clearly the best person for the job, considering his track record, and what he delivers here is an amazing aromatic citrus without any of the performance problems for which the genre is known.

Boucheron comes in 2 strength variations: Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum, the latter being another rare move for the men's world, as most extra-strength iterations of men's fragrance were given the name "Eau de Toilette Concentrée" to avoid the word "Parfum", since most guys in the west, particularly America, were conditioned to believe parfum was for women. We all know this practice would die out in the 21st century, but here was Boucheron making a legitimate parfum for men in 1991.. bravo! There's a lot in this juice, so note separation is poor since a lot of blending went into it. The prominent top notes to me are citrus, in almost a cocktail, with the lemon, bergamot, and manadarin standing out most. The basil shows second, with lavender and verbena adding that floral and herbaceous twang. The middle is all floral here, unsurprisingly with classic choices like iris, carnation, muguet, and jasmine, but rose and ylang-ylang make an appearance also, not that I can tell. I mostly smell the carnation and iris in this phase. Basenotes are confusingly both of the chypre and fougère category, but this feels like a chypre to me so that's what I'm calling it. Sandalwood, tonka, musk, oakmoss, vetiver, amber, and an unidentified incense note are beefed up with benzoin and styrax, in what's probably the last example of a mildly animalic-toned base in a male perfume outside the later niche movement. Finally, near the end, the rose I couldn't detect before sneaks up in the dry down, making this pretty rosy in it's last phase, and almost dandy-like. Boucheron Pour Homme is so quality and long-lasting it might as well be niche, and sells for a wooden nickel.

Boucheron is just a good traditional scent for the man that wants to leave a trail of class and discerning taste wherever he may roam. I'd suggest the parfum for it's heft, but if lighter presence is desired, the Eau de Toilette is perfectly fine. Fans of anything like Monsieur de Givenchy (1959) or Revlon That Man (1958) should be all over this, and people wanting a bit of an adventure should try Avon Paradigm/Class Act/Aspire ( US/EU/Mex names 2002), as it's a leathery take on the same style. Boucheron was spitting in the face of convention in 1991, whether you argue that convention was still the "powerhouse", or the "freshie" by that point, as Boucheron Pour Homme sided with neither. This stuff is a fitting final masculine from Challian too, as he has made some of the best in this category. If you've never tried an aromatic citrus chypre, this is a great entry point since it has all of the strengths but none of the genre's weaknesses, and only deviates from the norm with it's large floral middle, so if you don't like it, then it can be attributed to taste and you can save yourself a lot of sampling or blind buys from the category. Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955) is still the flagship for it's class in my opinion, but Boucheron Pour Homme closely nips at it's heels.. just 36 years later. Amazing stuff, and very complex for a fragrance made in an era when less was gradually being seen as more. Keep Boucheron for mid-temperatures, formal, office, or very high-end romantic use (like fine dining), because I'll be damned if it isn't one of the most-refined things I've smelled. Excellent stuff!
16th April, 2018
Zowiee Show all reviews
United States
Excellent fragrance. Love the fresh lemon and orange notes. Great longevity without being overwhelming. I have a vintage bottle of Eau De Patou and there is a similar vibe between the two. BpH is worlds away from Jaipur, which I adore. BpH IS great on its own merits.
28th April, 2017
Boucheront pour homme is a clean and elegant fragrance. I can't detect the notes apart from ylang-ylang, jasmine, musk and some powder. It's very masculine, yet it has a feminine touch, without being a feminine fragrance at all. I think it can be a favorite in many closets!
27th April, 2017
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Boucheron Pour Homme has been a mainstay in my fragrance wardrobe since 1991 and I've always relied on its sharp elegance to assure that I'm dressed for the occasion.

Many reviews have mentioned a reference to the classic Dior Eau Sauvage, and I cannot see it at all. Boucheron Pour Homme is much more akin to Chanel Pour Homme, Tiffany for Men, Coriolan by Guerlain and it even shares some similarities to Le 3e Homme de Caron.

According to Fragrantica:

Top notes are orange, lavender, mandarin orange, basil, lemon verbena, bergamot and lemon; middle notes are carnation, orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley and rose; base notes are sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, musk, benzoin, oakmoss, vetiver and incense.

Silage and longevity are outstanding in both the edt and edp versions, but do go easy on application since Boucheron Pour Homme can be a monster if overapplied. A formal, dry citrus woody aromatic masterpiece of the highest quality!
17th February, 2017
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As I was walking in Grand Central a waft of smell caught my attention and I started following it. There was a beautiful lady walking in front and my mind started conjuring up images of Sheeba and her palace (or was it Katherine Hepburn?) . As I approached her I realized she was not the source. Perhaps the lady in front of her.
So I followed her but again she wasn't the one. I started chasing the scent trail but never found the one. Dejected I went to the donut shop and as I removed my jacket I realized what it must be to be a musk deer. Chasing and seeking pleasure without that has always been within.
I had forgotten about 2 sprays of Boucheron PH vintage in the morning.
11th January, 2017 (last edited: 07th January, 2018)
Tmoran Show all reviews
United States
Boucheron Pour homme. Does it smell mature? yes. Does it smell bad? Not even close. Let me just put this right out there that if you have ever tried vintage or mature scents and just couldnt do it yet could appreciate them for what they are this might be the one to tip the scales in your favor.

It reminds me of a lot of things but done in a way that is much more palatable for those who dislike dated scents for their animal like qualities. It was just so intriguing for me to get this one because of the ultimate surprise it offered.

I saw it on clearance at a local store and looked it up and I really liked the note breakdown. But opening the box I could get that slight faint whiff of what was awaiting and I was immediately disappointed. The reason being is that is was familiar but all scents in this realm have been unbearable for me until the very last bit of the drydown. To my surprise this one starts strong and settles into a scent that is masculine to its very core yet very very pleasing. I cant even really describe it.

When you first spray it you are reminded of a few different fragrances. Paco Rabanne paco, Paul Sebastian. You know those juices that always get tossed in the old man category. But done in a way that just embraces you instead of punching you in the face. Its got a great natural lemon and orange that are very fresh and well done. No hint of astringency or of cleaning products. And when it dies down you get this really great vetiver wrapped in orris that is just killer. To sum it all up I would call this the classic vintage type scent for the person who doesnt really care for them. If you really like PS or Paco you may find this one a bit too boring especially if you like the vintage formulations of both those fragrances. I however fell in love at first smell. And it has prompted me to remember not to discount something with out actually smelling it.
08th September, 2015
Very powdery granny smelling fragrance. I'd pass on this if I knew in advance it smelled this way. I purchased based on the reviews. I don't like it. I'm not going to give up on it just yet though. I'll try it again this winter. I will update review when I do.

Jaipur is a next level fragrance. If you have to try one from Boucheron, make it Jaipur. You won't regret it.
24th August, 2015
Boucheron fragrances strike me as decidedly European, in that they tend towards spice and floral, rather than the sweet fruit and woods that seems to dominate the American market. Boucheron pH is a good example of a fragrance that while appealing, seems out of place in an American marketplace. Maybe that's why I like it. To my nose BpH is a spicy floral in a masculine old school style. While not a heavy scent, it does stand up on my skin and there's almost an animalistic quality to the opening. The main theme develops into a very nicely balanced spice with a light floral backing. The floral gradually takes over and a powdery sandalwood appears. It's all very masculine and has a classic gentleman feel. Very elegant and unique. Better for a mature man who's looking for something distinguished in a fragrance. Thumbs up.
26th May, 2015
Fresh, clean and sophisticated, a very nice fragrance indeed.
Start with a strong and zesty lemon/lime note reinforced with lemon verbena and some orange that becomes more flowery at the heart, to end in a vetiver/sandalwood drydown with a hint of incense and oakmoss balanced wth some sweetness.
A very complex scent, elegant and masculine, I like it a lot an so does my wife.
Longevity and sillage are better than average without becoming loud and intrusive.
A winner in my book.
04th April, 2015
I got a sample of this from MyPerfumeSamples and gave it a go last night. When trying new fragrances, I like to review their notes on BN and then write my own impressions as I experience the fragrance. I began this process but soon stopped. This fragrance just blew me away with its beauty and uniqueness. Rarely can a fragrance transport me into some imaginary world outside of time and space, but this one achieved it. I imagined a spring day on some sunny hillside in Pennsylvania. I pictured a girl just in the first blush of womanhood frolicking, laughing on the hillside. I imagined the girl and a boy, about her age, in love, but awkward about it. All this from a mere sequence of smells. Remarkable.

After the vision passed, I immediately bought a full bottle online.
04th February, 2015
I first bought Boucheron Pour Homme (EDT) back in the 90's. Now I own the EDP and it is exquisite. I love the citrusy smell of this fragrance. I save it for special occasions but today I wore it to the office. Two, three sprays are enough with the "parfum" version. I find it to be luxurious and elegant. It lasts a long time on me and I love that.

14th November, 2014
Boucheron Pour Homme is another take on the sophisticated male cologne / fougere genre, but there is not much to recommend it over and above comparable fragrances like Cerruti 1881 (which is also even cheaper), let alone classics like Eau Sauvage. It isn't at all unpleasant, with a nice citrus opening and herbal centre and it persists subtly and warmly without over-projection. But, there are simply many better scents of the same genre as this. Boucheron's Jaipur Pour Homme, on the other hand - now, that is something more interesting.
19th September, 2014
I remain agnostic about this one. However, my main memory of this fragrance was an attendant at a perfume counter trying to tell me this was a better scent than Chanel Pour Monsieur, which she insisted was "for old men." (We disagreed). And although I think this does smell "professional," I also thought it smelled like an executive who unfortunately had just soaped-up in the hotel shower, when suddenly the water main broke and he couldn't rinse off. The soapy-detergenty scent was too much for me.

However, "de gustibus non est disputandum." And I'll leave it at that.
19th April, 2014
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If you go for Euro-type fragrances, go for this. Very classy. Roughly the same category as 'F' by Ferragamo — that masculine, woody, bit lemony type of scent that my mind insists on equating with the bottom of a hamster cage ;) I know that sounds gross but it's not. Someone said it's ideal for work everyday, but I don't concur; it's a bit too musky for that, not light enough. For me it's definitely an evening fragrance. Oh yeah and someone else said it's horrible, but he just doesn't have any taste ;) One caveat: if you're under 40 you may want to pass on this for now.
12th May, 2013
I was comparing classic colognes and the popular ones for myself. After reading about it and the reviews I decided to purchase this online and I do like this one. Because its fresh, clean and not over powering and living in an urban city I do want to smell clean and fresh. Today, the weather was perfect, started off gray and cool but gradually became warm and sunny. And Boucheron Pour Homme lasted through the entire day (lite smell, clean) only ones who could smell me would be people on the bus, train, elevator, escalator, co-workers, market, waiting for my lunch and the gym. Not bad for a 51 year old.
07th May, 2013
"Smells old". This is true. I'm currently 35, and Boucheron pour Homme is clearly not for me right now. But it's oddly classy, oddly distinguished... note to self: try this again when you turn 50. And only if you're wearing a suit.
04th April, 2013
elegant, woody, sweet and sophisticated. I prefer it over arabian wood by tom ford.
29th March, 2013
Swanky Show all reviews
United States
Boucheron Pour Homme EDT carries the baton passed by Eau Sauvage and Cerutti 1881 - an impressionistic lemon and spice construction that manages to maintain horsepower on hills and curves. Although launched in 1991 it could past muster thirty years earlier. Old guard European manhood personified.
15th March, 2013
I've only recently run out of this and will be buying more in the very near future. One of my all time favourites. Absolutely gorgeous stuff, albeit a bit on the pricey side, but well worth it.
30th January, 2013
Combining elegance, freshness and classic, perfect for day to day office. Its onset is more closely lemon leaves, that the juice of the fruit itself. That initial freshness remains constant but giving way to a bit of spice, flowers and wood. Great fragrance, but not my favorite.
18th January, 2013
This is simply repulsive. I can't think of any good reason why anyone would want to wear this, unless they want to reek of Sunlight dish detergent and disgust.
05th January, 2013
Simply stunningly beautiful construction, to my mind, only matched by Givenchy Insense. BPH almost renders its Dior and Chanel equivalents as boring and uneventful.
01st January, 2013
Absolutely beautiful. I've never encountered one more deeply distinguished as this on a man. Evokes all that is manly/civilised. Feels like Nelson Mandela's fatherly smile. Or maybe some fantasy businessman of compassion, humility and humour. Such man, if you come near me, wear this so I recognise you before I see you.
30th December, 2012
As much I would like to love this fragrance I just don't like that sour lemon vibe that I get from a lot of old fragrance like Yves saint laurent Pour homme , its been sitting on my arsenal and I find it harder and harder to wear it unless that day Im really into a punk mood lol but boucheron jaipur is damn good for those looking for an alternative
12th November, 2012
Tony T Show all reviews
United States
powerhouse for the 30 and up crowd. rich and elegant citrus scent that smells like no other. great lasting scent that reminds you of an early generation. this and jaipur are very much overlooked.
29th October, 2012
This stuff is horrible! Smells like paint thinner.
23rd October, 2012
To me, bears a striking resembelence to AdP Colonia Assoluta. The prominent difference appears to be one of emphasis: AdP is more roundly citrus, whereas Boucheron PH is woodier(?). I dont get any powder on me, but I do see the point made above about overdoing it and ruining the composition. That said, it is not easy to do. I dont get old man off of this at all, so perhaps some have experienced a note in your youth you equate with the scents of your father.

On me, 3 squirts lasts a standard work day. SIllage is between Opium PH and Mugler Cologne, so people will notice but you wont be killing nearby wildlife. Modestly bracing, this is not boring but is also largely inoffensive unless, of course, you overapply. Tastefully masculine, no perception that youre trying to prove something with your scent. The scent is solid or deep, whatever term you prefer: no doubts it is there.

I really enjoy it overall, and think it is FBW.
23rd October, 2012
Citrus, citrus, citrus, some woods, a lot of powder in the base, and more citrus.

Not a bad fragrance. Always gets positive comments when I give it a run. EDP lasts all day but PLEASE don't overdo it, because it's not pleasant in overdose, you'll end-up smelling like a planet-sized bar of lemon and bergamot soap.
14th October, 2012
classy scent got mixed up receptions..anyway powerful sillage and charmy aura!
05th July, 2012
Most days, this smells just over-the-top grandfatherly, sometimes its refreshing bold and almost avant-garde like robust - i have a love/hate relationship with this scent, be sure not to over-spray this you will smell like old lemons left to ferment in an old cask..
22nd May, 2012