Hello david -
The best male fragrance ever created by the Versace house. There are three formulations - there is a great thread here on Basenotes that gets into the latest formulation and the difference between Vintage.
It was, after reading a lot on Basenotes prior, one of my very first contributions to this wonderful forum we all share on (my in-depth post is #48). It is here: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/241...Homme-Bad-News
Since that thread, I have worn all formulations of Versace L'Homme literally dozens
of times. I have found that the Original Vintage formulation to be slightly superior to the 90's juice (it is so close, though). The difference, for me, is the depth of leather and patchouli in Original Vintage is a touch more. The patchouli is ever-so slightly sharper in 90's formulation while earthier in the Original Vintage. A description of the bottles is offered in the thread too.
I will say this - while the current formulation is not as rich (it is more top and heart note-laden), it actually wears very well when blended with the gorgeous, rich 90's juice year-round and by itself in warmer weather. Interesting to note, Original Vintage (with the thin script-like logo with upper and lower case letters) is not something I directly layer. I will wear it on a different part of my body (forearm, typically) and enjoy sniffing.
The color is indicative of the top notes - more citrus (bright lemon, Petit Grain and bergamot) all exist in current Versace...it is a brighter formulation and not as herbal or deep. However, specifically the use of Petit Grain in Versace L'Homme (in both Original and 90's Vintage bottles), is one of the best in all of fragrance - stunning with the herbs, carnation, patchouli, rose and pimento. The green juice exudes its color, which is indicative of its rich patchouli, oakmoss, and sensational depth of the herbs and spices. The leather is warmed by labdanum, musk, tonka bean, and touch of vanilla - it is significantly lighter in current, yellow juice.
I hope that thread and this overview gives you a good starting point for what can only be considered as a classic, refined, macho powerhouse of incredible depth. My advice is to seek out one of the Vintage bottles. Oakmoss is a key note and fixative in this composition - and, of course, I believe it needs to be there.
A perfect scent when wearing a leather jacket on a night out...
Cheers, my friend.