Interesting Ken_Russell -
I find a wonderful heart/middle in Worth Pour Homme - right after the initial blast of citrus and spices have calmed down and the lavender integrates with other florals...all resting elegantly on a bed of light moss (not heavy). Definitely pleasant - excellent, actually. Then enters the pine needles at the end, giving a nice fresh and lifted accord.
The dry down, to me, incorporates a turn to leather (versus moss, as the dampness fades out after about 90 minutes or so on dry skin). The leather is nicely touched up with fir and musk while the coumarin leaves a faint trace. I don't get overpowering - actually, to me, it becomes rather quiet and a nice skin scent. With some body heat, I do get the fir note back with the leather...is this the smoky accord you are smelling? Hmmmm...
After 2 hours, the scent is pleasant, but lean - no austerity to my olfactory sense. I just did a comparison over two hours long with reformulated Paco Rabanne (an older bottle of reformulation with the small white 'r' printed on it that I typically use for layering with Newer Vintage Paco). Worth held up very well and is a great scent, albeit a lot less green.
I don't know how much Worth Pour Homme you apply, but yesterday, I made a nice emulsion of neutral balm and 4-5 sprays of Worth and applied to my neck and light stubble (didn't bother shaving). I touched up with a couple of shots on my neck, wrists one on each back of my hands and a few to my shirt. Worth Pour Homme was simply excellent. Loud at first (but I love rich top notes in Aromatic Fougeres - so I was extremely happy)! The heart - best part. The dry down, even on my shirt was light. The only place it held longer and projected some was my neck with the balm.
As a skin scent, it was elegant, refined and very old-school fougere...more quiet and a true skin scent. 5-6 hours total wear.
I feel a button-down shirt or nice polo shirt (in warmer weather) is proper attire. A gentleman's scent on me. While Paco carries an aire of sophistication as well, it can be worn (in my opinion), casually as well. I love that versatility with PRph - Vintage juice is fantastic in a full suit or dressed up more formally! Regardless - anywhere, anytime for Paco.
Worth is a scent I will reach for when gentlemanly-vibe comes over me...perfect for the office as well.
But, please look into that note breakdown at the drydown - leather with fir/musk could be what is causing the effect for you.
All the best - cheers,
Originally Posted by Ken_Russell
I happen to own the current version and even while having certain pleasant notes, I am totally bewildered, at times even almost repulsed, by the immense strength of the drydown. Though I do like powerhouse scents, this one finishes at almost too strikingly, almost garishly smoky, stuffy and overpowering.