Tried Dior Homme a number of times on the skin, ready to share my impressions with fellow Basenoters.
I really liked top and middle accords which smelled *VERY* promising with (I suppose) the iris note.
What impressed me is, this part of scent is very calm and has a foretaste of a storm
in it's dry and, say, pricking freshness. I REALLY wished it had further turned into some dry woods
or almonds with light bitterness, but ...
OOOOPS! it slipped into a lavender-powdery smell with a hint of sweetness
(synth-ambery or benzoine-like), like that of a drugstore P&G sort of soap.
Deeply down the base note it finally showed some nuttiness but in more than a light form.
Although at first I sort of liked the scent, all in all I'm hugely disappointed
with the composition vs. my expectations for its progress on skin.
And where's vetiver and leather promised in the ingredients list?
This IS the scent with which one can most easily see that "for men" and "for women"
are plain marketing gimmicks. Dior Homme could make a GREAT multigender (or shared)
fragrance for the house. Talking more on marketing, I really can't see why this one
was stamped "men's". The concept doesn't look like a fragrance
for "young and promising", but the scent, in turn, doesn't have
any noticeable character to it: neither severe, nor unduly familiar or vulgar;
neither razor-blade sharp, nor softly enveloping; neither steadfast, nor shimmering
or vibrating. Dior Homme doesn't shout scream anything out loud, it' doesn't whisper
anything passionately. It doesn't touch tenderly and it doesn't kick ass as well.
What it really does, is relaxing the wearer (that uncertain sort of "homme";
they really should place a question-mark after "Homme" like in "Moschino Uomo?"
And it's obviously OH-SO NICE type of scent, no need to go to the foretellers
to say it will be another "babe magnet" and, therefore, a sales hit in a way.
Personally, I like relaxing scents (Nemo, Rocabar, Escada Casual Friday, to give you
my view on the concept) but I won't place Dior Homme among these since they do have some
manly character to me. If you liked Dior Homme, I think you *must* try Annayake pour Lui
which also has some sort of soapy feel but is MUCH better in terms of composition, methinks.
I'd recommend Dior Homme to those who like light sensual fragrances. Living myself in a cold
climate, I can say it makes a good relaxed summer evening fragrance and probably won't suit
rainy fall or frosty winter days due to plain lack of warmth. DH lasted 4-5 hrs on my skin.
As I said before, it could make a great shared scent, thus ladies don't need any courage
to pull this off.
Anyway, IMO, it's the most interesting "not-derivative" release this year
(not tried Azzaro Silver Black/Onyx yet).