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    I've been reading the reviews on this one and it's mostly negative. I guess everyone is in a roar over the reformulation. Make no mistake, this isn't even similar to the older Dior Homme versions. It begs the question whether the person behind the wheel at Dior knows what he or she is doing. I mean, why not brand it as a standalone fragrance and then launch an EDP followed up by a Parfum version? I'll tell you why!

    Dior is streamlining their product range to have a more unified feel across their scents. It's a similar strategy that Creed profitably deployed with their use of ambergris. CHANEL has done this for years with tonka bean and vanilla. Dior Homme 2020 fits extremely well within their current leading product range.

    So, you might ask: what does Dior Homme 2020 smell like to you? In the opening, I get an equal mix of Bleu de CHANEL EDT and Dior Sport 2017, but a smidge leaning toward BDC. The mid smells a lot closer to BDC but maybe a little brighter and a tad more minerally if that makes sense. (I actually hate when people say "...if that make sense")! The base is a unique combination of Sauvage (far far far lighter and more pleasant) and this uber sophistication and gentlemanly character. I actually love it and am supper impressed. (Side note: I love the smell of Sauvage but can't wear it. I find it too loud and I prefer softer fragrances that linger a bit in the air).

    It wears close to the skin but people will smell you. It's classy but yet you can wear it dressed down. It's maybe a little more formal for my tastes but that's me really looking for a reason to not like this, which I can't find. When you first smell it, the image you will have is classy. It reminds me of a what a gentleman would smell like, wearing a tuxedo and grabbing gin martinis in London on a Friday night. On Saturday, he's wearing jeans, nice books, and a cool t-shirt and wearing this. It's just a classy scent but versatile.

    I really don't understand the hate this one gets, except for the fact that Dior horribly labeled this their flagship fragrance. The more I think about it, I think it's a genius move though. They supposedly let the die hards have their lipsticky scent with Dior Homme the Original. Good! I'm glad Dior tipped their hat and preserved it.

    For me, I absolutely love this and will probably buy a bottle this week. Blue de CHANEL is my signature scent (all three versions) and I feel this is a nice addition even though they share the same texture.

    Dior really did a fanstic job on this one. Bravo! Bravo!

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    I like it too and find it more referential to the "citrus and woods" masculines of the 50's/60's (typically but not always chypre), than Bleu de Chanel. To me this is more of a revisionist/post-modernist fragrance meant to evoke the black tie masculinity of the midcentury drugstore cologne (think Revlon's That Man from 58) but with modern synthetic components that meet current designer cost-minimization and consumer testing for acceptance. In short, this is a Moustache Rochas or Monsieur de Givenchy for the millennial/zoomer crowd not fixated on oakmoss or animalics.

    It ruffles some feathers sure, and is plenty classy as you said, being a more discrete option than Dior Sauvage, but the fact that it replaces such a boundary-pushing fragrance (the best part of Hedi Slimane's Parfums Dior oeuvre IMO) as the original Dior Homme will never be forgiven by the die-hards. This is especially true in the US, where we will NOT be getting Dior Homme Original. I repeat, US market will NOT GET TO KEEP the 2005-2019 iteration (including the 2011 redress for brevity), so unless you stock up now on existing inventory or don't mind paying $30+ in international shipping from Paris plus potential import duties, the old formula of Dior Homme is in fact discontinued if you live in the US. I can't speak for Canada or Mexico.

    Assuming you're all backed up on the original, and have an open mind to modern synthetics and styles, Dior Homme 2020 is actually a good release. Call it a "nü-chypre" if you want, or a cashmeran/iso E bomb with retro vibes, but either way it a "Mad Men" scent for the mad millennial.
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    I will be picking up my bottle tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I will be picking up my bottle tomorrow.
    Looking forward to your thoughts on the 2020

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkittlesen View Post
    Looking forward to your thoughts on the 2020
    Seconded. Thanks also to @Zealot Crusader and @Mr.Smellin.Good for their thoughts as they have piqued my interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    I like it too and find it more referential to the "citrus and woods" masculines of the 50's/60's (typically but not always chypre), than Bleu de Chanel. To me this is more of a revisionist/post-modernist fragrance meant to evoke the black tie masculinity of the midcentury drugstore cologne (think Revlon's That Man from 58) but with modern synthetic components that meet current designer cost-minimization and consumer testing for acceptance. In short, this is a Moustache Rochas or Monsieur de Givenchy for the millennial/zoomer crowd not fixated on oakmoss or animalics.

    It ruffles some feathers sure, and is plenty classy as you said, being a more discrete option than Dior Sauvage, but the fact that it replaces such a boundary-pushing fragrance (the best part of Hedi Slimane's Parfums Dior oeuvre IMO) as the original Dior Homme will never be forgiven by the die-hards. This is especially true in the US, where we will NOT be getting Dior Homme Original. I repeat, US market will NOT GET TO KEEP the 2005-2019 iteration (including the 2011 redress for brevity), so unless you stock up now on existing inventory or don't mind paying $30+ in international shipping from Paris plus potential import duties, the old formula of Dior Homme is in fact discontinued if you live in the US. I can't speak for Canada or Mexico.

    Assuming you're all backed up on the original, and have an open mind to modern synthetics and styles, Dior Homme 2020 is actually a good release. Call it a "nü-chypre" if you want, or a cashmeran/iso E bomb with retro vibes, but either way it a "Mad Men" scent for the mad millennial.
    It's both an honor and pleasure to have you, Zealot Crusader respond to my post. Your writings are on a different level. I mostly agree with your views and enjoy reading your posts! I couldn't agree more in your description of the scent. Spot on. There's definitely a throw back element to it of the 50's/60's, which is why I maybe associate it with elegance. To me, it's an easy wearing, non-offensive fragrance. Now that it's dried down a bit on me, I get a nice dose of patchouli and vetiver. I think the vetiver they used is crafted in a lot of older fragrances. I think this will be a good selling and I don't see Dior reformulating this any time soon.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQoEaw-3ufA

    Here's a good YouTube review on it. I really like the way this guy reviews fragrances by the way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Smellin.Good View Post
    It's both an honor and pleasure to have you, Zealot Crusader respond to my post. Your writings are on a different level. I mostly agree with your views and enjoy reading your posts! I couldn't agree more in your description of the scent. Spot on. There's definitely a throw back element to it of the 50's/60's, which is why I maybe associate it with elegance. To me, it's an easy wearing, non-offensive fragrance. Now that it's dried down a bit on me, I get a nice dose of patchouli and vetiver. I think the vetiver they used is crafted in a lot of older fragrances. I think this will be a good selling and I don't see Dior reformulating this any time soon.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQoEaw-3ufA

    Here's a good YouTube review on it. I really like the way this guy reviews fragrances by the way!
    I'll give that a looksie in a few. Thanks for the link!
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    Default Re: Wow Dior Homme 2020!

    I think the furore is more over the discontinuation of the metrosexual original. Its good to hear people are liking the new version
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    I love the new Dior Homme. It smells as a refined version of BdC with more vetiver in the dry down.
    Regular Dior Homme was nice as an art; the new one is nice as a fragrance to wear every day for a modern man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I will be picking up my bottle tomorrow.
    Curious to hearing your perspective of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    I like it too and find it more referential to the "citrus and woods" masculines of the 50's/60's (typically but not always chypre), than Bleu de Chanel. To me this is more of a revisionist/post-modernist fragrance meant to evoke the black tie masculinity of the midcentury drugstore cologne (think Revlon's That Man from 58) but with modern synthetic components that meet current designer cost-minimization and consumer testing for acceptance. In short, this is a Moustache Rochas or Monsieur de Givenchy for the millennial/zoomer crowd not fixated on oakmoss or animalics.

    It ruffles some feathers sure, and is plenty classy as you said, being a more discrete option than Dior Sauvage, but the fact that it replaces such a boundary-pushing fragrance (the best part of Hedi Slimane's Parfums Dior oeuvre IMO) as the original Dior Homme will never be forgiven by the die-hards. This is especially true in the US, where we will NOT be getting Dior Homme Original. I repeat, US market will NOT GET TO KEEP the 2005-2019 iteration (including the 2011 redress for brevity), so unless you stock up now on existing inventory or don't mind paying $30+ in international shipping from Paris plus potential import duties, the old formula of Dior Homme is in fact discontinued if you live in the US. I can't speak for Canada or Mexico.

    Assuming you're all backed up on the original, and have an open mind to modern synthetics and styles, Dior Homme 2020 is actually a good release. Call it a "nü-chypre" if you want, or a cashmeran/iso E bomb with retro vibes, but either way it a "Mad Men" scent for the mad millennial.
    Ok, I'm now inspired to at least test it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Democritus View Post
    Ok, I'm now inspired to at least test it.
    Just don't expect the oakmoss base. It's all chypre until you reach that base, then it becomes iso e super, cashmeran, and musk. Still decent though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Democritus View Post
    Ok, I'm now inspired to at least test it.
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    Things have swung in the other direction much faster than anyone could have anticipated! My first try, I liked it. Then I tried it again and was extremely disappointed....looks like I'll have to give it another go.
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    This is the first full on positive reaction I’ve heard about it, and honestly, from what you’re saying, it sounds good. I’d have no problem with a refined BDC with a brighter overall character, mineralic edge, and sophisticated base in the realm of Sauvage but much less harsh and abrasive and with some slight additional twists.

    I’ll probably pick up a bottle today. Thanks for the review, I got so tired of just reading about how “boring” it is. Now of course, it may very well be boring—but not according to you—and even if it is, it’s still good to hear someone else’s (different) perspective.
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    Just waiting for the Intense and Parfum version later this year

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    Sampled last week at the Dior Boutique in my work area. A more light wood fragrance now. I think a lot of fragrance enthusiast may feel cheated because it doesn't smell like the DH of the past with the infamous iris note. Smells nice, but I wish they would have made this one a flanker. The SA gave me a nice sized sample, so I will get a better evaluation of this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Sampled last week at the Dior Boutique in my work area. A more light wood fragrance now. I think a lot of fragrance enthusiast may feel cheated because it doesn't smell like the DH of the past with the infamous iris note. Smells nice, but I wish they would have made this one a flanker. The SA gave me a nice sized sample, so I will get a better evaluation of this one.
    Agree, not basing it off just the original but off what Dior is capable of creating and putting out definitely has me on the fence with this one. I’ve smelled some quality stuff from them and that’s what has me disappointed, maybe I will come around to it will see.

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    Got a sample of this last week and wore it once. It smells like the drydown of BDC EDT, but amplified X100. It's screechy and gives me an instant headache. Girlfriend is bothered by it too. It's beastly and lasts and lasts. I had a shower and bath to try and get rid of it, no dice. This stuff was still projecting hard afterwards and the girlfriend still complained she could smell it on me. Ended up sleeping in the spare room that night. NEVER AGAIN will I spray this on myself. It was a nightmare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jkittlesen View Post
    Looking forward to your thoughts on the 2020
    I got it today and first impression after briefly spraying it on my skin is that I like it.
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    Don't know why they couldn't just give it a different name. I don't think it's bad at all but I think most of the negativity is that people expect it to be have some DNA from the original and it really doesn't. Completely different fragrance. Should have a completely different name.

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    I like it as well...I mean I understand why some can be upset but it really is nice regardless of losing the iris nite. I absolutely love the dry down on this, overall I'm just really happy with it

    I agree that perhaps a different name might've been in order but still, it's a pretty damn nice frag all in all

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    Like other brands, they could have called it Pour Homme or L'Homme.
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    I tried this yesterday at Macys. So I might be in the minority but I never liked the original with iris. I tried this just to see if I would like it better, and it was just ok to me. I will give it thumbs up for performance, it lasted easily 8+ hours and did not turn into a skin scent until maybe a few hours after I applied with just one spray on my arm. I was getting whiffs of it all day. Overall it was just kind of ok, nothing special, did remind me a little of BDC and scratchy but I still like BDC way better.

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    Ok, I caved and purchased a 100ml bottle. I love it. It's super easy to wear. Somewhere I saw the description of it being a second skin. It's very true. The scent isn't loud by any means and creates a nice cloud around you. I'm getting some similarities to Montblanc Explorer in the drydown but way better. It does resemble BDC as I previously attested, but the more I wear it I've concluded that it's different enough to warrant a bottle.

    I don't decide on purchasing a fragrance based on comments, but my girlfriend knows that I wear BDC all the time and she absolutely loves (EDP) it. Last night we went to dinner with some friends and she texted me when I got home and asked if I was wearing a new fragrance. I gave her a hug and I guess Dior Homme got on her. She said it smelled awesome and really like it!

    Definitely curios if anyone else likes it?

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    Yea I think that dry down is gorgeous ,I just wish it was named something else so that there weren't so many all bent out of shape over it. But its solid, very happy I bought a bottle of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Smellin.Good View Post
    It's both an honor and pleasure to have you, Zealot Crusader respond to my post. Your writings are on a different level. I mostly agree with your views and enjoy reading your posts! I couldn't agree more in your description of the scent. Spot on. There's definitely a throw back element to it of the 50's/60's, which is why I maybe associate it with elegance. To me, it's an easy wearing, non-offensive fragrance. Now that it's dried down a bit on me, I get a nice dose of patchouli and vetiver. I think the vetiver they used is crafted in a lot of older fragrances. I think this will be a good selling and I don't see Dior reformulating this any time soon.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQoEaw-3ufA

    Here's a good YouTube review on it. I really like the way this guy reviews fragrances by the way!
    Haha, by coincidence, that's the guy who says "if that makes sense" a lot (as alluded to in your first post).

    Anyway, agreed guys, I actually don't mind this release and can see it growing in popularity as people appreciate the direction more. I think the naming can be confusing, but it's really just Dior's way of saying this is now our flagship men's fragrance, i.e., Dior Homme. They're not going to change 007 every time they usher in a new era of Bond. But I can definitely understand how it can be confusing and, to some, even disrespectful of the previous iteration.

    I like it myself, thought not quite ready for a FB yet. If only because I have so many more things in the queue to purchase.

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    Well, I picked it up today and just sprayed some on the back of my hand about 5 minutes ago and on a test strip and part of my shirt...

    I have to say, so far I really like it. It opens with this smell that's like the perfect description of "sour-fresh" and behind it there's a very interesting synthetic, airy smell that I really like. It has a touch of sweetness to it, but it's subtle, and it blends with the sour citrus to create something that smells very fresh and crisp.

    I like this. Granted I haven't had it on very long but I'm going to go ahead and say that this is something I think will get plenty of wear, especially during the day to work. It has a very modern and deft feel to it, sits high up in a light, airy register, but has enough of a crisp body to feel substantial and whole, bolstered by a hefty but pleasant dose of what feels like Iso-E in the base. The bergamot note is nice, approaching a lemon/lime smell, sour and bright. And there's definitely an element of white musk at play as well.

    I don't think this smells anything like BDC at all. Nothing about it reminds me of BDC. There may be some connection to Dior Homme Sport, as that's the only other fragrance that comes to my mind when I smell this, but it's ultimately very different. Much woodier. And while the woods are obviously synthetic, I enjoy them here. I think they're well done. They're like clear, transparent, crisp pale-beige woods. They don't come across as harsh, scratchy or big and clumsy at all to me, and instead seem to give the fragrance a crisp structure with a modern slant. FWIW, I'm not particularly sensitive to aromachemicals like Iso-E, still, I hate harsh, clumsy woody bases that overdo the normlimbanol and I don't find that kind of thing here in the new Dior. Overall, it's sort of a subtle, sophisticated scent that's a pleasant departure from a lot of the Invictus-like sweet stuff, and the heavy, scratchy woody bases that seem to conclude every other fragrance. And that semi-sweet airy note really catches my nose and gives it this interesting kick that I just keep coming back to and enjoying. (It's probably some combination of pink pepper and white musk...but it also has something I can't quite put my finger on, like a sweet plasticky barbershop note).

    I'm pleasantly surprised by this. I was half-expecting something very generic and boring. I don't find it either of those.
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    TBH it sounds like something I’d quite like.
    I agree that I’d prefer they’d named it something else rather than incurring the wrath of Basenoters and messing with their beloved iris DH.
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    It's missing a lot of the character and it seems like they just diluted it with some mysterious watery/woody aromachemical. Easier to wear, but more generic.

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    Found a tester of DH 2020 yesterday at the local Dior counter. Initial impression was favorable. Somewhat similar to DHE with less Iris, if any. I requested a sample and am dipping my toe into the pool with the purchase of a 50ml bottle to go along side my 50ml bottles of DH 2005, DH 2011, DHI 2011, DHS 2008, DHS 2012 and DHE. I’ll work my way through the sample first then if all continues to go well, on to the full bottle. I’ll be giving this proper wearings in the days to come. Seems like non-current versions of DH have dried up in these parts.
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