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Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme (1994)
by Dolce & Gabbana


Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme information

Year of Launch1994
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 1398 votes)

People and companies

HouseDolce & Gabbana
PerfumerMax Gavarry
Parent Company at launchEuroitalia

About Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme

Already a classic. This fragrance has a truly sexy scent. The box has a deep blue velvety finish.

When launched, this fragrance won all three awards at the International Academy Awards of The Academia del Profumo. (Best Fragrance, Best Packaging and Best Advertising)

Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme fragrance notes

Reviews of Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme

I really like Zealot Crusader's review - I think it's right on. And I agree with mistersurgery's review too. Not much more I can add to theirs and everyone else's reviews. This was the second cologne I ever owned, after I ran out of Hugo, in my mid-to-late 20s.

I bought it because it smelled good on a co-worker who used to sell me pirated bootleg DVDs of movies still in theatres!
I said, "Hey man, that cologne you're wearing smells really nice! What is it?! (I think he wasn't too pleased that he was receiving compliments from a guy, instead of the ladies). He abashedly told me it was Dolce & Gabbana. That sounded way too fancy for me, but it smelled really good, so I got it anyways.

And it sure did smell good! So I felt sophisticated, mature, and good smelling, well into my early 30s...
30th April, 2020
Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme is basically a well-made fougere with some odd accoutrements that make it novel yet good.

It starts out seeming like the bastard child of an eau de cologne and a fougere, with the fougere portion of it at first reminding me of YSL's Jazz (1988) and Cartier's Pasha (1992). It's after a few minutes that the true star of this fragrance takes the stage, and it's a wonderful tobacco that comes home to roost. The tobacco is thick and sweet, giving this an undertone that almost comes across as a sweet fruit like a plum or date. That tobacco is what makes this scent so good, not unlike the way it is the prime mover and heart of Versace's The Dreamer, released two years after this in 1996. The base also contains the common sandalwood/musk combo of the '90s, but the tobacco and coumarin just elevate this out of the realm of standard-fare fougere, and even out of the realm of "fresh fougere," as this scent really stands out as a one-of-a-kind to me. The particular combinations in D&G pour Homme are as distinct and unique as those found in fragrances like Acqua di Gio pour Homme (1996), in the sense that I know exactly what this is when I smell it. I can't confuse this with anything else.

This was certainly one of the top fragrances of the 1990s, and it deserves its place as a classic of that era. Sadly, D&G doesn't have the best batting average with follow-ups, and this is, in my opinion, the best male fragrance that they have ever put out, with nothing else coming a close second to it. Thumbs up on this classic, for sure.
09th August, 2019
Lavender....basically. It's Eau de L'Occitan done a bit quieter and with softer edges. Nice enough but not mind blowing. The dry down has some mild interest in it but again, not mind blowing. Based on the reviews I had high hopes for this but alas this is not 'the one'. The search continues....
20th May, 2019
this is for The German ( middle ) version...have not smelled either the Italian or British versions...for me, it opens with a nice soft citrus with spicy accents...almost immediately i sense a laid back gentle tobacco scent that , to me, is the main player in this presentation...refined and elegant...a scent for a friendly for sure...decent projection...a little dash of pepper...just a hint of something flowery...dries down to a pretty awesome sandal/cedar woods combo...this may not be quite niche quality, but very shelf designer fragrance...hey, how can I go wrong...this meets the most important wife likes it on me...that's a rare thing...LOL
23rd March, 2019
Love this scent, can probably pull it off year-round. Fresh, but with a twist all its own, definitely the original vintage for me. The newer stuff is more yellow and doesn't have the same notes as the original.

Sillage is just right for office wear, but tends to fade throughout the day. Longevity likewise. But after 6-8 hours it's easy to reapply.

A true classic, too bad for the euro laws trashing all the good ones....
27th January, 2019
Before there was Dolce & Gabbana's barnstormer known as Light Blue Pour Homme (2007) kicking up the second major wave of blue aquatics for men, there was this little gem of a scent winning awards over a decade earlier. Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme (1994) was naturally of the "fresh" fougère variety which was sweeping clean all the powerhouses and aromatic affairs of decades past, but unlike most of it's rather sterile brethren, it had a pretty masculine backbone under all the freshness which didn't rear it's deceptively traditional head until the dry down. The first male fragrance from the brainchild house of designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana was right on time to ride the wave started with Calvin Klein's blockbuster Eternity for Men (1989), but the two Italian designers from Legnano were smart about not being swept up in copycats, working very closely with perfumers of both male and female debut scents for the house, leading to multiple awards won and the reputation which now precedes this stuff. Get it right on the first try, and people will overlook future mistakes is what I've often heard, and that explains why many see to this as reference 90's from the house but only a few besides hardcore fragrance collectors remember the other two 90's masculines D&G made between this and Light Blue (By Man and D&G Masculine from 1997 and 1999 respectively). D&G Pour Homme really is the high water mark for the 90's fougère craze, and it's no hyperbole to say that the designer world could have just ended the genre there and went in a new direction afterward, leaving this kind of thing for the drugstore perfumers to murder with clones a lot faster.

I'm not calling this stuff godhead by any means, as the 90's fresh fougère is far from my favorite style to begin with, but in terms of sheer originality and quality, this takes the cake for it's time. For starters, all the ingredients here are of natural and believable description, even if some of them may be represented in the actual fluid only chemically. Bergamot, mandarin, neroli, lemon, all those seem pretty standard stuff and as can be light as expected in a scent of this period. Indeed this does have a standard opening which remains breezy and just what the doctor ordered in the "clean slate" 90's style. It would almost be boring hence after if those gingerly-applied notes didn't quickly step off stage to be replaced with lavender, which is uncommonly found as a heart note here and thus sneaks up on the skin instead of signalling the charge like it does in Eternity for Men. Then, the sage, tarragon, cardamom, and a touch of what I perceive as standard table pepper give it the subtle kick in the pants it needs to stay above the din of it's genre, before taking another unexpected turn into an uncommonly rustic base which gives D&G Pour Homme it's charm. Sandalwood and cedar get to play here again, in a dry, stately manner similar to Dunhill Edition (1984), while Musk, Tobacco, and the interesting floral choice of Iris give it a manly finish with an odd dandy touch most younger guys in the 90's had no point of reference for and probably missed. Versace would borrow this tobacco/Iris core and build a fragrance around it called The Dreamer in 1996, so ya know it's something special. Very sneaky of ol' D&G to toss that iris in there for the slow burn at the end of the wear. Need I mention this has a legitimate coumarin note which it's stylistic predecessor Eternity for Men lacks? That technically makes this closer to a true "fresh fougère" than the aforementioned. Bravo indeed.

The tobacco in the base is the only bit of contention that some may have of this scent (just like the aforementioned Versace scent), as there is quite a bit of adverse reaction to tobacco in most modern noses I've met, which is maybe why a lot was done to hide it with the iris, woods, and musk. It's needed here for weight more than actual leafy presence, likely taking the place of what would have otherwise been a more-common vetiver note, giving it a special "something" the competition just didn't possess. People who don't like this era of 90's fougère are likely not to like this much either, but I'll take it long before Curve for Men (1996) or Versace Blue Jeans (1994) ever crosses my skin in hot weather. It's quick enough on it's feet to do combat in both office and casual arenas, but unless you're dating in the heat of a midsummer day, I wouldn't consider this romantic outside of maybe the sharp woody base. D&G Pour Homme's the perfect balance of 90's zest and that classic dry, tart "man's scent" aura which was probably a huge boon to older guys crossing over from heavier styles. Men wanting to wade into newer fragrances without leaving the comfort zone too much probably lapped this up. It straddles the old and the new but clearly has a larger stake in the newer way of thinking than the old, which is okay considering how young the D&G house was overall at the time. Sillage nor longevity is not huge, but even with slightly richer base notes, one would be a fool to expect high performance from a deliberately light 90's fougère. Dolce & Gabbana Pour Hommme is nearly a case of "nothing's new under the sun", but also has the most personality of anything in it's class. A generalist for people who don't like generalizing! Thumbs Up!
25th February, 2018 (last edited: 16th July, 2020)

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