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Fath Pour l'Homme (1998)
by Jacques Fath

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Fath Pour l'Homme information

Year of Launch1998
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 62 votes)

People and companies

HouseJacques Fath
PerfumerOlivier Gillotin
Parent CompanyStar Fragrances International

About Fath Pour l'Homme

Fath Pour l'Homme is a masculine fragrance by Jacques Fath. The scent was launched in 1998 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Olivier Gillotin

Fath Pour l'Homme fragrance notes

Reviews of Fath Pour l'Homme

Pour l'Homme by Jacques Fath (1998) is another one of those former "amazing cheapies" known to collectors in the online fragrance community, before scalpers, flippers, and would-be discontinued fragrance "brokers" started seeing surplus stock of unwanted and unloved perfume as a potential money-maker hustle a la limited edition Nike sneakers. Now, I'm not saying that Pour l'Homme is some overpriced unicorn just yet, but with prices creeping up on what original retail would be nowadays and over double what it was when this was first crowned a cheapie (as of this writing), I can't really review Pour l'Homme with the framing of it being some immense value anymore. What Pour l'Homme by Jacques Fath is for the uninitiated, is a sweet men's gourmand/oriental hybrid that touches upon several themes that would be exploited in later years, perfumed by a quirky and underrated fellow by the name of Olivier Gillotin, who would acquire infamy being a house perfumer of sorts for the fly-by-night Ed Hardy brand administrated by the late Christian Audigier and a frequent contributor to the Tom Ford Private Blend line. Long before Gillotin created for either of these two larger-than-life designers, he was hired to make this masculine pillar for Jacques Fath, which by the 90's had parted ways with former license holder L'Oréal and became the subject of several year-after-year turnovers from different buyers. How this stuff ever saw launch amidst all that turmoil or even survived in the market for so long as it did remains a mystery, but perhaps that's why it remained a discounter favorite for so long. Stylistically, this is a sweet and rounded fragrance, with warmth and lasting projection, fit for attention getting, but also possibly too cloying for people who aren't fans of this vibe.

Pour l'Homme by Jacques Fath opens like a number of 90's clubbers/proto-clubbers, with a sweet blast of citrus, mint, and fruity tones provided by grapefruit, raspberry, and a rich fatty vanilla. Lavender joins in with the raspberry and I am reminded in part of Yves Saint Laurent Opium pour Homme (1995), plus hints of cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon, and the aforementioned vanilla to make the gourmand connection. The real value of Pour l'Homme, why it was so beloved as a well-kept secret when found for $20 online years ago, is the transition from this gourmand oriental phase to a musky creamy tobacco, amber, and patchouli, and tonka scent that touches upon several things that would later arc off into their own mini-genres. The tobacco is mostly afforded by the tonka, mixing with olibanum and the fruity tones to sort of inform later scents like both Michael by Michael Kors (2001), Southern Blend by Tim McGraw (2009), and Keith Urban Phoenix (2011). The amber and musk in particular recall the slight animalic twang of that last one minus the boozy note, while the creaminess of the wood tones and amber make Pour l'Homme feel like a missing link between those scents and earlier ones like Avon Mesmerize for Men (1992) or any number of ambery 80's masculines that precede it. Wear time is pretty good at about 10 hours, and sillage is ever-present, but possibly cloying with over-spray. Eventually you are left with the amber, patchouli, tonka, and a fatty musk that recalls Paul Sebastian Fine Cologne (1979), feeling cozy and attractive. Best use is winter but this also could pull duty in a clubbing situation due to its sweetness, although stuff this rich and opaque in tone feels more romantic to me, especially since clubbers are effectively over-amplified youthful casual scents anymore.

Olivier Gillotin was clearly onto something by mixing amber, tonka and musks in a blender to resemble tobacco, because these kinds of sweet "tonkabacco" scents would become all the rage later on, kicked off by Gillotin's own work when he returned to the idea for Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille (2007). Paco Rabanne's sugary 1 Million (2008) and Dolce & Gabbana's The One for Men (2008) would eventually uncouple the heavier oriental properties from this style, making it more mainstream. The thing that ties Pour l'Homme most to its decade of origin is the bridge between the ambery sweetness of these more-modern developments and the classy semi-oriental fougère tones that Gillotin carried over from other 90's sweet masculines, plus the far more overtly-gourmand inclusion of raspberry and chocolate. This same overt gourmand quality is also found in the aforementioned Michael for Men, just with plum in place of raspberry. Scents like these now oddly feel niche because most readily-accessible examples have been eradicated through discontinuation, while modern alternatives are almost unerringly marketed at luxury price points a la Xerjoff, Parfums de Marly, and the like. Pour l'Homme doesn't have the legendary status of Green Water by Jacques Fath (1947), which was revived in 1993 and eventually saw repackaging similar to this scent, being another possible cause to its under-the-radar status for so long. Bottles of Pour l'Homme in one of two packaging styles still turn up at discounters, but prices are creeping up, so getting to try this for a reasonable price is getting more difficult, but isn't impossible unless you're catching this review years after it was written. If the latter is the case, it's still worth getting a decant to see what all the fuss was about, especially if you're a lover of this style. Thumbs up.
30th November, 2020
The best cheapie ever... Enough said.
16th March, 2018
its very generic smelling.I get just a hint of pipe tobacco...and a little floral but so weak its pathetic. VERY VERY VERY LIGHT-i tried based on reviews but it was a lame scent and waste of time to try. Not even worth $5 to me.
04th August, 2017
As soon as I sprayed it on, I knew I had smelled this before, in fact, owned it. What it reminded me of was Keith Urban Phoenix, which I had owned and then sold shortly after. I described Phoenix as having something "vegetal" in the scent that turned me off. There's less of that here and more of the sweet, warming amber, but it's still what I think of when I smell Fath Pour l'Homme.

I'm actually very impressed with the projection. Even with a very light application, this thing just keeps pumping out the scent.
03rd March, 2017
Smells like a lighter projecting Bentley for Men Intense. Boozy, spicy, and undeniably masculine. In my view, smells dated. Some will like, for me a pass.
19th January, 2017
I tried this from a selected list of safe blind buys.
Well my first shot I didnot enjoy at all. So I wore for a few more days and now I like it not to strong maybe a bit weak but some nice smells.
Seems to smell better sprayed on the neck area.
Something a bit different to the mix.
28th December, 2016

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