Elegant, refined, sophisticated, discrete, excellent. An outstanding summer scent 5 stars.
Dior Homme by Christian Dior, 2005
Rated #51 in Fragrances
I didn't think this fragrance could possibly live up to the hype surrounding it, but, damn... This stuff is downright wondrous. Professional enough to wear to work, casual enough to wear to family events, seductive enough to wear on an intimate occasion, and so inoffensive and utterly likable as to fit everyday useage. This is simply a must have... Blind buy!
This is nice because it bucks the generic citrus/pepper generic trend out there.... but I can't help but smell something strange. Some say lipstick, some say vanilla and floral, I kinda think it is play-doh. Strange, but true. It doesn't smell bad, just not for me.
My first designer fragrance and probably my first big love. Dior Homme is probably one of the classiest and most elegant fragrances that there are out there. It embraces you with its soft wooden notes and puts a heavy armour of elegance around you. Like an expensive 3-piece-suit, it belongs (in my opinion) to everyone's wardrobe. One of the kind. To the people who haven't tried it yet, I can only recommend it.
(***) The true precursor to Dior Homme is likely Hanae Mori's HM, a monstrous, hissy cassis and vanilla. DH, while retaining HM's fruity core, thankfully scales everything down to a tolerable level and adds a touch of iris up top and cake batter below. The result? Another delicious, slightly boring gourmand that will appease generations of clubbers to come, and maybe even draw in a few parents.
Luckly i have this version which is a piece of art. Elegant and classy, this fragrance is very unique and has a great lasting power, sillage and projection. The latest version of DH is good, but not as good as this. This is amplified and the other version is muted. Lots of powdery thats very comforting to wear. Big thumbs up!
Having heard a lot about this fragrance I finally got a chance to test it in it's vintage form. All the feminine and makeup bag stories always kept me away and I almost completely avoided the vintage formulation because of all the people complaining. Well I do get a huge iris note, but mixed with the cocoa it's 100% gorgeous. Feminine? Not on me it's not. I wore this for Christmas and as soon as my mother in law got within smelling distance she looked at me and said "Oh my goodness that cologne your wearing smells incredible!" Having your mother in law wanting to set next to you all night isn't the effect I wanted and sure wasn't what I expected. Note to self: Never wear this around her again!" Lol...anyways Dior Homme is a masterpiece and don't for a minute think this is too feminine for a guy's guy or a man's man to wear.
It's somewhat ok, but I get constant makeup kit smell (not bad, but not what I'm looking for in men's frag. Low sillage, very close, doesn't last long on me (<2 hrs & it's very faint). I detect the powdery scent, not unpleasant, and maybe a hint of the cocoa as it dries down.I sometimes use cardamon seed as breath freshener, but I don't get the cardamon here at all. --- Retest, Dec 2012. revisited this, & now I get the cardamon. Seems composed of quality stuff, and I liked it enough to buy it. Changed from neutral to thumbs up.
A great masterpiece for me! Both this version as intense version (first formulation). Many complain of the smell of makeup or lipstick, I do not smell it, I smell is elegance, simple as that. DH is a classic from birth and a real gem!
Because of the common notes of citrus, lavender, patchouli, cacao, precious woods, boise-aromatic ingredients, flowers, nuts and seeds, in my opinion cedar and others, is undeniable the resemblance of this one with L'Instant, another warm-fresh woody floral that plays the game of the contrasts. Both feature the link between woodsy elements-cacao-lavender-flowers and both exude a sort of chocolatey balmy-nutty undertone with boise' after smells that are a particular trait of the whiffs. In my opinion DH (which shares many similarities with the notorious Pour un Homme Caron) lacks anyway that severe and distinguished aura exuding by the Guerlain one that is more astringent, woodsy and sharp with its anise-licorice woodsy undertone. In the dry down the differences start clearing up and while DH becomes decidedly warm, ambery, kind of suede and almost gourmand with its stressed chocolatey after smell and despite a touch of vetiver, l'Instant retains its woodsy-musky-nutty-balmy feel while exhaling its edible-sweet nuances with a more stressed patchouli and cedar-lavender and with the presence of a more aromatic water in the composition (the effect of tea-lavender). Anyway, after a strong citrus-lavender and bergamot beginning this scent becomes powdery, averagely soapy and with a prominent (barely laundry/earthy/leathery) iris note emerging from the talky, chocolatey, slightly buttery (lipstick) dust. Dior Homme is a more than decent kind of smell but is decidedly some steps on the back of certain kinds of diverse masterpieces.
Dior Homme by Christian Dior, 2005
By: Christian Dior
|Bottle Designer||Tsutomu Kiyama|
|Notes||Iris, Cardamom, Vetiver, Lavender, Leather|
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