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    Cool Leonard pour Homme : Alone Among Its Peers

    I was always ignoring Leonard pour Homme. But because as of late I have been sampling more and more fragrances from the past, Leonard has caught my attention. Reviews alluding to baroque, dark, melancholy....etc. Comparisions to a more subtle Van Cleef & Arprels made sampling Leonard pour Homme more tempting.

    First, this fragrance opens up with a burst of notes. It leads me to believe that this will be a heavy fragrance to wear. But how wrong I would be. Leonard pour Homme's strong opening/middle notes subsides after an hour ( at most). It is, as the reviews mention, a dark leathery chypre scent that is seemingly of its time....but not.

    At the same time I was sampling a few others. Oscar pour Lui ( vintage). Leonard pour Homme doesn't stand a chance in a shouting match. In a debate ? Leonard is the better ( sorry to all the Pour Lui fans ). Another, Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme, is more floral and radiates much more.

    Other fragrances Leonard pour Homme remind me of are Derrick and a bit of Jacomo de Jacomo. Do you see it ?

    I am still wondering about longevity and radiance. Sure, it sticks around. But does it go away to soon ? I like it, so I want it to stick around. It doesn't radiate nearly as much as its peers of that era. 1980 was a good year for mens fragrances, if only because Leonard pour Homme was released. What I also really like, I may add, is that this is a dark scent that does not depress me. If it did, this one would be out.

    So let me end this by borrowing a line from BNer Jack Hunter - Leonard pour Homme : How Would You Rate This ?
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    Default Re: Leonard pour Homme : Alone Among Its Peers

    I have both Leonard Pour Homme and Leonard Homme in my collection and I love both of them. Great scents IMO.

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    Hednic .... what can you tell us about Leonard Homme ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitrios View Post
    Hednic .... what can you tell us about Leonard Homme ?
    What I have been able to glean from the web is: Top notes are bergamot, nutmeg and pepper; middle notes are violet leaf, clary sage and cedar; base notes are incense, cashmere wood and benzoin.

    Projection on me and sillage are quite good. Bought it quite a while ago. Now it's quite inexpensive here in the US. 100ml can be gotten for around $30 + shipping.

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    Thanks hednic

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    I have both Oscar Pour Lui and Leonard Pour Homme in their vintage versions (also have the newer OPL). I like both and don't see why one would want to exclude either. I'd like to know where one can get LPH for $30 these days! This is the one I'm talking about:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/LEONARD-POUR...item4aa5e9bcb0

    It has very good longevity with moderate sillage. If the sillage was any stronger it would probably make the wearer ill. Make sure you compare the vintage OPL to it, because the new OPL has a generic base.

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    “A melancholy autumn scent. Softly burning leaves carried on the breeze. Deep, brown and distinguished...”

    I love the burning leaves smell of Leonard pour Homme (no affiliation with Leonard Homme). Always thought it was what one the Corleones would have been wearing standing in the back yard late October planning their next move. Has a dense creamy floral-type pungency like some of the classic floral/leather chypres. There's congruence with vintage Givenchy Gentleman. Prefer the smell of Leonard but it lacks the smoothness of GG, which in vintage formulations might be the best blended fragrance ever. I feel Leonard as a Jules thing, both of them suffering from some minor structural poverty but both making up for it in many ways. Like a lot of complex fragrances especially those dark and bitter with adequate floral aspects, Leonard can feel overwhelming and burn out the nose if sprayed heavily in small areas (back of hand whatever). Better to spray wider and work off the sillage as the perfumer intended. Seems to fade but actually very durable with good redolent output and trajectory until it burns out. Fucking superlative, badass fragrance. Resplendent, dignified, stately. One of those that just smells great and one of those that might feel like it’s seen more of the world than the person wearing it. It’s a little melancholy but also cerebrally stimulating and fairly enlivening. Love the bottle. Similar to the original Jules.

    Van Cleef is one of those “young buck" fragrances Luca Turin talked about: “This is where most men (even gay ones, surprisingly) need a course in self-awareness. The guiding principle is: if you think you should be wearing it, don’t. Perfumes like Miyake’s Eau Bleue, Saint Laurent’s Kouros.......are fashion accessories. Like most couture for women, they are not meant to be helpful, but to measure how much strain your beauty can take. Unless you’re made of pure, self-confident gold, stay away from their dissolving aqua regia. And, as you get ready to go out, consider Emmanuel Bibesco’s famous question: "Pourquoi pas rien ?". VC&A has better size and structure, soapier, less creamy-herbal green floral than Leaonard. Aside from Quorum, Ted Lapidus pour Homme is one of the best fragrances you could use as an example for smelling oakmoss . Almost impossible to find now but it's excellent. Oscar de la Renta pour Lui is a louder than most of them, like a chaotic hyper-radiant Antaeus, also sweeter and with a monster iris pushing through. Sort of like “...part of a set of things purchased in a hurry to celebrate being admitted to a country club. VC&A is great fragrance. People of all kinds seem to love it every time I wear it. I'd want to own Leonard pour Homme and VC&A, and I do. They sure as hell won't make things like that any more ! Dig serpent's review of Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme.

    Edit: Leonard is quieter than VC&A. Oscar de la Renta pour Lui makes a better feminine than masculine. The Godzilla radiance makes it even more so. You let that stuff filter an hour before walking through even the most massive of ballrooms. Not bad, but a real foghorn. Obnoxious stuff. But who knows, maybe I smell it on someone and really like it. Doubt it. Interesting, though. You want a lot of something you'll get it. :-)
    Last edited by pluran; 11th September 2015 at 12:32 AM.

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    I wore this to an elementary school musical that my niece was in. The lady in front of me kept moving her chair back, by the end of the show she was practically in my lap. Oh, the things we basenoters have to endure.
    For those about to stink, I salute you!

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    I've only tried Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme in the newer formulation and swapped it off first chance I got. I remember it as a powdery lavender laundry musk kind of thing, and can't imagine that is what the original smelled like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Stinky View Post
    I wore this to an elementary school musical that my niece was in. The lady in front of me kept moving her chair back, by the end of the show she was practically in my lap. Oh, the things we basenoters have to endure.
    That was funny!

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    I have found Leonard here on Strawberrynet for $54- I don't know which this is but it is the reformulated version from the photo.
    Notes are-

    LEONARD
    Eau De Toilette Spray 100ml/3.4oz
    A truly masculine fragrance for men
    Delivers a fresh, relaxing & comfortable sensation
    Top notes are bergamot, nutmeg & pepper
    Heart notes are violet leaf, clary sage & cedar
    Base notes reveal incense, cashmere wood & benzoin
    Perfect for all occasions


    I'm tempted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by koala501 View Post
    I have found Leonard here on Strawberrynet for $54- I don't know which this is but it is the reformulated version from the photo.
    Notes are-

    LEONARD
    Eau De Toilette Spray 100ml/3.4oz
    A truly masculine fragrance for men
    Delivers a fresh, relaxing & comfortable sensation
    Top notes are bergamot, nutmeg & pepper
    Heart notes are violet leaf, clary sage & cedar
    Base notes reveal incense, cashmere wood & benzoin
    Perfect for all occasions


    I'm tempted.
    What did you read that sounded tempting? It sounds to me like a typical "men's" frag of recent years, most likely far inferior to Gucci Pour Homme II.

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    I really like violet leaf. Add the bergamot and cashmere wood and it's got me thinking.
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    Default Re: Leonard pour Homme : Alone Among Its Peers

    Quote Originally Posted by koala501 View Post
    I have found Leonard here on Strawberrynet for $54- I don't know which this is but it is the reformulated version from the photo.
    That's not Leonard Pour Homme on the Strawberry Net site for $56.50. That's Leonard Homme - a completely different fragrance.

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    Thanks Hednic for setting me straight on that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pluran View Post
    I'm not into describing things now, but here's something:....
    Well Pluran, as always, I really appreciate your contribution. Thanks.

    I'm glad you mentioned the burning leaves aspect/accord. That is a good way to put it. A great scent for autumn.....or anytime since autumn smells like autumn anyways .

    If you have anything else to add, please do.

    I'm gonna test this one a few more times before I decide on a FB, but it is looking good so far. I shouldn't be as dissapointed in radiance as I mentioned. Otherwise, like Oscar pour Lui, it could become a fragrance that is too freaking heavy to wear. Or something I can't wear as casually as I would like, such as Van Cleefs & Arpels pour Homme

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Stinky View Post
    I wore this to an elementary school musical that my niece was in. The lady in front of me kept moving her chair back, by the end of the show she was practically in my lap. Oh, the things we basenoters have to endure.
    Seeking: Bottles/decants : of Midnight in Paris EDP, Aramis New West, Alain Delon Iquitos, Feeling Man, Gucci pour Homme, Essence of John Galliano, Oxford & Cambridge, Azzaro pour Homme (vintage),...etc.

    Seeking decant/sample of PdE Ambre Russe, Jil Sander Feeling Man, Comme des Garcons 2 Man, Giorgio VIP, ....etc. I have samples to swap.

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