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Iceberg Twice Homme (1995)
by Iceberg


Iceberg Twice Homme information

Year of Launch1995
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 105 votes)

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Parent CompanySelective Beauty
Parent Company at launchEurocosmesi

About Iceberg Twice Homme

Iceberg Twice Homme is a masculine fragrance by Iceberg. The scent was launched in 1995

Iceberg Twice Homme fragrance notes

Reviews of Iceberg Twice Homme

alexmate Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Iceberg Twice initially reminded me of L'Eau d'Issey pour Homme (1994)with the Yuzu note. The Yuzu in this is nowhere near as strong as Issey Miyake's offering which in its first formulation had a distinct "cat piss" note, at least on my skin, which I loved, but many people hated. Twice is also distinctly different to the Sicilian Lemon notes found in many gent's fragrances.

I was also reminded of Cerutti's 1881 (1990). They share some of the same notes, but 1881 is much more powdery and peppery. To me this is almost like an Aqua or Light version.

Unfortunately the longevity of Iceberg Twice is below average turning into a skin scent after just 2 hours on a hot day. It is nice and easy going, if unimaginative. The price is also an absolute bargain at around £26 (UK RRP August 2020), but often heavily discounted to half that. For a little bit more money though there's the aforementioned 1881 and CK One (1994) which are both better, but I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would so it's a positive. However if this was say discontinued and going for £50+ it would be a neutral.
18th August, 2020
Iceberg Twice Homme was aptly named, as it was the male counterpart to the second line of Iceberg fragrances since the little-known Italian fashion label wandered into the fragrance business at the end of the 80's. The debut masculine Iceberg Homme (1990) was a rather classic eau de cologne meets fresh fougère hybrid that while definitely an interesting scent, was rather an outlier in the scene. Five years later, and Iceberg returns with Twice Homme, another bright citrus scent with a near-gourmand level of richness and sweetness in the base, being yet another outlier at a time when men's fragrances were fairly polarized between nearly sterile freshness and culinary levels of richness. I am personally not a fan of this combination, but I do like the top notes of the scent, and am glad that Avon actually tackled the same idea but without the heavy body of the base when they made Perceive for Men in 2000, which takes the idea of Twice and presents it in what can most closely be described as an aromatic chypre, although not quite. Iceberg Twice Homme as it stands is probably the most popular of the older Iceberg masculines, which isn't saying much as everything the house has made until recent years has been a strange and not completely realized hybrid of ideas, that while good on paper don't pan out so well in execution. This is particularly true with Twice Homme, as it has a heavy-handed sillage reminiscent of the original Joop! Homme (1989), but without the novelty or blending.

Twice Homme opens with yuzu, not unlike L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme (1994), but rather than stay stark and clean, quickly tenses up with peppermint, candy-grade lemon, and marigold (which is always weird in a masculine). The heart proves to be the bit of traditional perfumery keeping this from becoming too abstract, with geranium, jasmine, lavender, thyme, and tarragon being both classic in that barbershop fougère sense, but a little bit balsamic like a 70's fougère; it's honestly the best part of the fragrance. The base comes up with patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, and lime, most of those things which would be good base notes in an older-style masculine, but when set against the barbershop heart and bizarre top creates a schizophrenic transition from fresh, sweet, creamy, then green, and finally back to fresh with the lime. It's just a roller coaster for the nose that not everyone is really prepared for, especially me. Considering top and heart notes don't always go away when the base notes come out, that makes Iceberg Twice Homme even more obfuscating. It's hot and cold all in the same container, so when it's done mixing, it creates what can at times be a mildly nauseating swirl that ends up lukewarm in appeal, since one never knows what facets of this olfactory chimera are going to come out and play, since air temperature and body chemistry also play an important role. I get the impression that this is a top, heart, and base from three separate fragrances all spliced together Dr. Moreau style. For a lot of people who aren't the wiser, this might be a neat, funky little shindig, but for me, it feels like an unresolved experiment.

Iceberg Twice Homme wouldn't do the house any favors in the masculine market, but apparently sells well enough to stay in production, or at least there is so much surplus that it is commonly available. Either way, it's a cheap thrill to own if you really want to see what this one is about. It's an adequate enough example of 90's tropes, but with a bit of uncomfortable genre-bending, and some of what it presents would be done better later on. Fans of citrus and mint combined will love the fizzy opening, but the muddled heart of traditional fougère notes and green sweaty base will betray that opening before it's all done, meaning to truly embrace this with no qualms will be to embrace challenging fragrances. Granted, it's not the same degree of challenging as something with a heavy animalic in it, or a high degree of "dirty" musk, but the pandemonium of herbaceous note structures and the resultant clash that makes this a bit tacky to wear. Still, I don't think this thing is a complete disaster, just definitely for the person that wears Hawaiian print shirts to a wedding or thinks mullets are the best of both worlds, so I'd say if worn, it's probably best in fall or winter, where it's rather unique juxtaposition of values would be muted somewhat by colder air. The stuff is an absolute steal online, so the morbidly curious won't be punished too hard if they end up hating it.
13th March, 2018
Got this one on the insistence of a local fragrance kiosk operator. Didn't like it at all: Went sour on me, and just was hard to grasp and pin down as a scent I'd wear ever again.

Irony is that ITH has many fragrance notes that I'd otherwise enjoy - i.e., Yuzu, Lavender, Geranium, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Jasmine, Tarragon, Lime, and Patchouli. Badly formulated, can't say it was simply poor skin chemistry.
17th December, 2016
I had heard of this being a good alternative to the typical genres of summer scents. The opening is kind of a strange springtime floral, with a bit of mint and honey. For a while there's a little natural dustiness, and it almost reminds me of chamomile tea, but then powderiness creeps in. It has some of the brisk alpine meadow aspect of Geir, and even though it isn't as sweet or fruity, it's either too synthetic or has a trace of plant decay that I don't like. Maybe Himalaya or Paco XS are better comparisons. Later on, there's a slightest hint of cherry, though not enough to bother me, but then also a certain waxiness which seems strangely inconsistent with the top notes. I feel like it doesn't know what it's trying to accomplish, and consequently I have a hard time placing it into a role on the scent spectrum of my collection. You might just be better off with XS.
08th August, 2014 (last edited: 09th August, 2014)
Manly vanilla and spice w/emphasis on manly

Cristobal by Balenciaga.

These two are very similar, so much so they could be twins. But Cristobal is sweeter and heavier in the opening, whereas Twice gives you everything in equal doses up front, then letting the notes decide who shines when.

For those who have a hard time with the sweetness of gourmands, this is the answer. Ladies love it on me especially when I maintain a serious demeanor. It is so hardcore in its delivery that it can come across as cold and Germanic.

Prices on eBay as of this writing warrants a closer look.

Pros: Very inexpensive to purchase online for such an excellent jus
Cons: Needs patience to appreciate

30th June, 2013
Way too feminine, in fact it reminds of something my grandmother used to wear.
22nd April, 2013

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