One of these days, I think I'm actually going to wear Paco Rabanne Pour Homme, outside my house.
Thread: Paco Rabanne: one trick pony?
I absolutely LOVE Paco Rabanne Pour Homme. It is unbelievably good.....and makes almost any other green/fresh/oakmoss fragrances look feeble in comparison, IMO.
however, having tried nearly everything else Paco Rabanne has made in terms of men's fragrances----i've come to believe that this company can't really make much else that lives up to the glory of the original solution.
Today, i tried out Paco Rabanne's "Eau" men's fragrance from 2002. They had a bottle in the mall in San Diego.....and quite frankly it just sucks. I have some on my hand right now---i keep smelling it to see if it has magically transformed from it's miserable girly, nauseating, synthetic self into something glorious----but it never does. It sucks.
All the other PR scents i've tried, XS, Black XS, Ultraviolet, Tenere -----they were all uninspiring and bland to me. the original XS wasn't a bad scent, but never really a great scent either. It's just sort of blah.
I still have one scent, which i KNOW is in stock at a shop back in NYC-----which is the Paco Rabanne Sport. I've tried this before, but i think my nose was saturated that day after trying too many fragrances. So as a final attempt to bring further glory to the PR name----it better be good.
From all the early reviews of 1 Million, the latest Paco Rabanne scent-----it seems that this one might be a total flop as well. *sigh*
Last edited by everso; 27th September 2008 at 12:49 AM.
One of these days, I think I'm actually going to wear Paco Rabanne Pour Homme, outside my house.
Don't panic. Just stay calm, and reload....
I used to wear Paco Rabanne pour Homme all of the time. So I sprayed some on myself at the mall the other day. It did not make me want to wear it again.
However, I do think that Tenere is a fantastic fragrance!
Paco Rabanne is very beautiful in all its aspects. I also find that XS is well made. Nowhere near the class of the original PR anyway. Another scent that is similar to PR is Bogart PH (signature - not the new one). I've also heard of the older Sport de Paco Rabanne being a great fragrance. I think its discontinued now, perhaps someone with more experience can chime in.
I use Eau for work at least once or twice a week during the hot summer months here and will likely do so for years to come. I find it a far more wearable citrus than the older, more established and quite stodgy Eau Sauvage. I would wear XS just as often but for the woeful lack of longevity and with it on one arm and Himalaya on the other can see why so many compare the two to one another. Tenere was just flat ahead of it's time in the same way we're talking about Yatagan a few threads over. If you have it and don't like it then you probably have a bottle long past its prime.
Haven't tried the gold ingot yet but reading the reviews leaves me with the impression that at least as many liked it as those who didn't.
Though I don't dislike the other Paco fragrances as much as you, everso, I think the original and Tenere are the best. I've read (on older Basenotes threads) that the original has been reformulated. Though, at first, I didn't detect a reformulation, my new bottle does smell very different from earlier bottles. Almost *too* powdery. Years ago, it seemed less powdery and seemed to have a more prominent honey note. I have been using it currently only for the honey.
But, a fellow Basenoter introduced me to Giorgio for Men only yesterday. I think I will be using Giorgio for my "honey fix" because I don't know that I can stand Paco's current powder-like effect.
Last edited by Bossa Nova; 27th September 2008 at 03:39 AM.
Snarky is as snarky does.
then again, i don't detect Honey in PR PH either....so maybe it's just a fundamental difference in noses!
I like PR but it I certainly wouldn't go as far as saying its the one that brings all others to there knees .
As there are many other green/fresh/oakmoss fragrances that are just as grand & bold & most of all different enough to warrant living alongside one's shelf in rotation with Paco R .
Variety is the spice of life .... & sometimes to much of anything can be a bad thing .
I am an 80's fragrance guy and just love 'powerhouse' fragrances.
My bottle of Paco Rabanne Pour Homme predates Basenotes by twenty years. I loved it at one time but cannot stand it anymore. It dwells at the bottom of my wardrobe alongside Brut and Drakkar Noir.
Silverbullet introduced me to XS months ago. I liked it enough to buy a bottle.
Last edited by TwoRoads; 28th September 2008 at 01:57 PM.
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I bought PH recently and am debating whether to keep it or not. The topnotes are great, so invigorating. But then it dries down to something I am not sure I like. Will have to give it a full day wearing I guess.
"I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best." - Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
I remember smelling Paco Rabanne Pour Homme on my uncle years ago and stealing a little spray on my hand in his bathroom, as a kid. It's in the vein of Aramis, Brut, Grey Flannel. Fragrances that don't fu*k around. Kind of like my uncle.
Ever since I joined Basenotes, I have realized that many guys still love it. And many don't also.
What made me take notice of PR again, was a mention of it in Perfumes The Guide. In the review of Fou d' Absinthe by L'Artisan, he called FdA a 'cheerful Paco Rabanne Pour Homme'. I absolutely fell in love with FdA the first time I smelled it, and I plan on owning a bottle, one of these days. But I never made the connection between these two scents.
Then Ruggles started wearing PRPH a lot, and mentioned the honey note he gets from it, which made me sit up and take notice, since I love well done honey notes in mens fragrances (Moss Breches by Tom Ford uses it to excellent effect).
So, now I'm wanting to smell this again. Not sure if it's wearable, but I'm willing to try it.
Last edited by mikeperez23; 28th September 2008 at 04:12 PM.
Mike, it is so wearable. The honey note is still there, but it never veers towards the gourmand. I'm lucky enough not to have any memories associated with PR because somehow I managed to completely miss it up until a year or so, ago.
Last edited by Kevin Guyer; 28th September 2008 at 04:37 PM.
Paco Rabanne pour Homme and Kouros are equally unwearable to me. I do force myself from time to time because the sillage is so good, but it remains difficult. Also, I can't spray either higher than the abdomen. Same goes for Grey Flannel.
Paco Rabanne Eau works well on me. Not half as pushy as its uncle, but with good longevity and freshness nevertheless. Unique enough and never irritating although the coriander note is quite pronounced to my nose.
OK, so I tried it again today. I don't know - there is just something about it that is not thrilling me. Maybe the tester bottle at Macys is bad, and I need to try a different bottle.
I have been re-visiting a lot of my old favorites and have purchased or am considering purchasing some. Right now, Paco Rabanne is not on my list.
Azzarro pour homme stole Paco Rabanne pour homme's thunder a while ago.
Sure the Ultraviolet series is mostly god-awful, but PR as a house hasn't quite yet disintegrated into a mass commercial mess .. XS pour homme (1993) was cool, Black XS (a 2005 release by nose O. Cresp) was hip and innovative in its use of praline and Calandre ('69) pleasures noses by its aldehydic greenness even in its reformulated guise.
Excellent fragance, but some problem here.....I live in Chile and they sell it EVERYWHERE, in pharmacies, supermarket. everywhere....That s why I dont use it......When I choose a fragance I buy an experience, to feel unique and a VIP....With Paco Rabanne , I cant
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All of Paco Rabanne's fragrances make me vomit. I have not tried UltraRed or 1 Million but the rest, from Pour Homme to PACO to XS to UltraViolet are loud, gross, puke inducing aromas.
Last edited by anak; 29th September 2008 at 12:44 AM.
PRpH is a classic that has held up well, I believe. Ténéré is brilliant, if you can find an uspoiled bottle. I think the XSs are OK in a contemporary designer context, while Ultraviolet and Paco were awful. Million won't be be joining my collection any time soon, either.Sport is a very nice aromatic citrus, no more no less. I enjoy the aftershave.
II est de forts parfums pour qui toute matière/Est poreuse. On dirait qu'ils pénètrent le verre.
XS was nice but gave me a headache most days. Black XS is great, but no way could I wear it in public (smells way too feminine IMO). Haven't tried the original on my skin so I can't comment, but from what I know, its not my kind of thing.
Also, UV was crap. Enough said.
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The sillage and longetivity is 2nd to none, IMO.......but the difference between Kouros and Paco Rabanne, in my honest opinion-----is that Paco Rabanne still smells ultra modern..and ahead of its time....Kouros is trapped in the 80s.
Wearability, to me, is compromised when the perfume is so sharp that it gets right up one's nose and on one's nerves when sprayed on the chest or higher. If two products are equally challenged in the wearability department, it of course doesn't mean they have to smell alike. The following products IMO are hard to wear with any comfort, unless right down into the basenotes: Havana, Kouros, Paco Rabanne pour Homme, Grey Flannel, Boucheron EDT pour Homme.
Even Drakkar Noir at least has a twist to it that makes it even wearable in this era.
To top it off no girls my age would ever complement me on that stuff - bleck. Sorry I don't see the need to add this to my wardrobe.
Last edited by scentimus; 13th October 2008 at 04:49 AM.
There's something very appealing about PBph that I can't put my finger on. Maybe it's the way the sprayer makes a loud, hissing noise which precludes its loud stature. Or maybe it's the cloves that offset the heavy lavender opening salvo and lead to the delicious the honey-tobacco notes.
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Paco Rabanne PH was a popular one amongst English football fans in the 80s along with Polo, Kouros and Antaeus.
It is a nice masculine scent.
I really liked Tenere when it came out - very unusual - but can't find it anywhere now.
The more dated the better. 10 years ago it was old, now it is very dated and in another 10 years it will be a timeless classic. Can't believe people see dated as a negative thing.