Thread: Dior Homme Eau for Men
Most Macys seems to have only Fahrenheit and Fahrenheit Aqua while Sephora has those plus the Homme line and Eau Sauvage line. I always wondered why since DH seems like it would be a huge seller at Macys. Then again it seems like Macys stocks a few brand new frags that they push very heavily for a short time then then theyre gone and they have a base of frags that are always there. Like the Polo line, Aramis, AdG.... Stuff that is purchased by guys who only wear one frag and go in to buy it and leave.
"All the best perfumes in history have something that smells like garbage in them; that's what keeps drawing you back."
I dunno about you guys but I get no woods from this at all...
I get the iris and freshness from DH combined with maybe 1 Million or YSL L'homme...Not even in the drydown.
Perfect office scent, and perfect "girlfriend" scent, as in there is no girlfriend out there in the world who would NOT like this one.
Also as to the sweetness -- it IS sweet, but only a tiny tiny bit, I feel it is more fresh than sweet. And for me, this is a good thing. I have enough sweet fragrances (YSL, etc.).
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Bergamote 22 - Le Labo
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L'Humaniste - Frapin
Memoir Man - Amouage
I picked up a bottle yesterday after wearing it for a couple of hours.
Yes, I just love this one to bits. Stunning and polished from top to bottom.
Is the juice worth the squeeze?
I may pick this one up in the Spring. Y'all make it sound so nice.
It's a winner for sure. I was very disappointed with new DHS and new DHC, and bought blind hoping it was closer to DH. It's like neither - but smells really good! I am so happy Dior has another winner in the DH franchise.
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I've gotten 2 wearings in from the generous samples the Macy's SA gave me a week ago. Honestly... it wears really nicely. It's been exceptionally cold here in Houston, like all over the US I guess, and this isn't probably the optimal weather for this fragrance. However, having worn it to work both times, I have to say that I'm starting to lean in a favorable direction on this one.
Its a level less formal than DH, probably making it more wearable across multiple scenarios. However, it's definitely a level of dressy above DHS, making it nice enough for date night.
One of my biggest questions - obviously apart from "does it smell nice" - was whether this one had an actual place in a very good, very crowded lineup. I think it actually may.
I'm predicting that once my samples are all gone, I'll end up with a FB of this one.
I put on my jacket today and I was catching wafts where I had worn this days ago. It still smelled so nice. Very happy with this acquisition.
Is the juice worth the squeeze?
It still has a period when its transitioning from the opening to the heart notes where it comes off pretty generic and mainstream. However, as I wear it a little more, I'm picking up some subtleties at that point that I hadn't noticed in my first testing.
The best part of this frag to me is all in the drydown. The opening is very good, but of course is already familiar to any Dior Homme fan so it's nothing new. The heart seems a little "meh", although I'm starting to appreciate it a tad more. I think this tuning of the heart may reflect a desire on the part of Dior to make this one a bit more appealing to the masses of men seeking a sophisticated scent, but not quite ready to flaunt Iris and Cocoa.
It really begins to percolate starting about 2hrs into the wearing and that stage just goes on forever - over the course of my test wearings, it's gone all day and well into the evening, no problem.
I'm coming around to this one. At a minimum, its quite wearable and I can maintain the continuity in my Dior Homme collection by filling this gap. On the potential upside, this will continue to wear better in the warmer weather and become part of my regular rotation. It's been unseasonably cold in Houston lately, but it's still wearing well. I have a suspicion Eau will get better as things warm up, or at least that's what I'm hanging my hopes on.
Bottles finally showed up on the shelves at one of the Macy's in town today, and I snapped up a 100ml FB on the spot. We'll see if it can take a spot next to Dior Homme and DHI, but even if it falls a bit short of those high-water marks, there's still room for it to be judged a success.
Finally made it to Macys today to test. Very nice fragrance. Its basically DH without the patchouli/vanilla and mixed with Fierce/Legend. Without the heavier notes that are in regular DH the iris on top is very soapy and clean in this one. Big winner.
It doesn't make sense that Dior is copying Fierce. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the original Fierce. But Fierce gets bashed to death and this is suddenly a big winner. Why do people care about the brand names?
Last edited by Suppressor; 26th January 2014 at 03:08 AM.
Is the juice worth the squeeze?
I like Fierce/Mont Blanc Legend. They smell absolutely the same to me. Curve is great too.
It makes sense that Dior is copying it because MB Legend has been a gigantic best seller the last 2 years. The combo of the natural iris and whatever fresh chemicals that make Legend smell so good works great. I do think that if it gets compared to Fierce a lot or it becomes popular then you will see lots of auto/pre-hate. To be expected on basenotes though.
Dior wanted to play it safe and create a big compliment getter. Of course, the name that came up was Fierce. But they can't identically clone it like Mont Blanc did. So what did they do? They mixed Olivier Polge's Dior Homme with Christophe Laudamiel and Bruno Jovanovic's Fierce, and Francois Demachy is putting his name on it as the creator. That is laughable for a brand like Dior. So now the A&F haters who bash the living hell out of Fierce will go gaga over this Eau For Men.
To make things worse, Dior will be selling this in huge amounts all over Europe. Here in Europe, wearing Fierce is very unique since most people have never smelled it and I'm getting crazy compliments and reactions. So now my secret aroma will be exposed and everyone will smell like it! LOL! Thanks for spoiling my fun, Dior!
Looks like a trip to Macy's needs to happen!!!
More seriously, I think Dior decided that they needed to do what Chanel did with Bleu - create a distinctive but predictable mainstream flanker in their cash cow line, but try to differentiate it a lot and market heavily to get a higher return. Chanel popped Bleu completely out of the Allure Homme line, even though it clearly could have fallen in it, while Dior kept Eau in the Dior Homme line, to let it appropriate all the good things that DH could bring, and to avoid the risks that a Curve/Fierce/Legend "me too" might take, without the reputation protection of the DH line.
Bleu de Dior!
We have some other mall fragrances over here that are actually very deserving. And there is always BBW and C.O. Bigelow. Of course, I think a lot of the fragrances themselves were done by French perfumers or people trained in France, but that secret won't get much further than Basenotes.
Dior comes up with a good scent and the backlash begins lol.
Just got back from Macy's with a couple sprays of this on. I am really, really pleased with how this is developing on my skin. I am a fan of the Dior Homme line, so I didn't think this one would be too much of a slouch. Though the original is my favorite, it's still a risky wear in normal situations where people are not used to a more cosmopolitan/metrosexual/possibly unisex type fragrance. I feel like this achieves the DH DNA, with some alterations that make it generally appealing. I don't think you can deny the Fierce vibe that is going on in this, but in my opinion it smells way more refined, way more sensual, and there is more in it to like and appreciate. As has been commented, it does remind of the Bleu de Chanel type of crossover appeal. Just enough to hook the average Joe, but it doesn't dumb things down. Kind of like an accessible Coen Bros movie.
Anyway, for me...it's an A+. Definitely bottle worthy, and would be the easiest to wear in the entire DH line. I think there is more going on here than just the generalized criticism of Dior just moving a few notes around to make money. This has a gorgeous cool type of freshness that somehow goes well with Dior Homme's warm, spicy and floral framework. Well played move by Demachy. The performance on it is great so far. I like that the Dior Homme line (with the exception of DHI, of course) aren't beastly, "SMEEELLLLL MEEEEEE!!!!!" attention getters that make you a walking bug bomb. I like wearing something that is subtle but smart. And I think this fits the bill nicely.
It's great stuff, and I'm glad it's slightly different from what might be expected. Def worth a bottle purchase, or decant at least . I'm seeing more of a DH / DHS combo than any " fierce " reference. But hey that's just my nose.
Home now with a big bottle of it , and several sprays from the tester. Plenty of bottles
here at macys south coast plaza. Enjoying it . Same price as online macys site. $84 .