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Lalique pour Homme Lion / Lalique pour Homme (1997)
by Lalique


Lalique pour Homme Lion / Lalique pour Homme information

Year of Launch1997
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 273 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerMaurice Roucel
PackagingMarie-Claude Lalique
Parent CompanyDenz > Art & Fragrance
Parent Company at launchPochet Group

About Lalique pour Homme Lion / Lalique pour Homme

Lalique pour Homme Lion / Lalique pour Homme is a masculine fragrance by Lalique. The scent was launched in 1997 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Maurice Roucel. The bottle was designed by Marie-Claude Lalique

Lalique pour Homme Lion / Lalique pour Homme fragrance notes

Reviews of Lalique pour Homme Lion / Lalique pour Homme

EDP. Lavendar, hint of citrus, rounded off with etc. It smells good in the air. On my skin it sits close, which is perfectly alright with me. I dont get plus longevity, but its cheap, so no reason to knock it for that. Its a pretty nice blend. I was impressed with it smelling it quite a few times. On full wearing, it kinda fell flat. Its a bit run of the mill. It kinda dies bland. Also, on there is something in this that when smelled up close, nose buried in the arm hair, smells like feet and citronella. I calls em like i sees um. Thumbs down at $30. Economical thumbs neutral at the $15 i spent. It has a nice presentation. The engraved glass is beautiful without becoming too ostentatious. Understandably on many peoples short list of value frags, it does seem to have been carefully classically constructed.
07th June, 2020
A very affordable and elegant "barbershop" style fragrance. It is very well blended and bridges the gap between more traditional French masculine fragrances and more modern fragrances prior to the Cool Water / Acqua Di Gio aquatic boom.

It opens with muted citrus and smoothly moves to a soapy clean lavender and rosemary with a hint of iris, before progressing to a fougere-like base.

It has great longevity and sillage and is my chosen replacement for my favourite "barbershop" fragrance, Rive Gauche pour Homme. It likely won't be fully appreciated by younger members of the fairer sex, but will leave you feeling clean and dapper, and feels traditional rather than dated. One of my favourite "cheapies" and always makes me feel good. Highly recommended!
28th November, 2019
It's a classic smelling fragrance. I have the EdP but I read here that it should be similar to the EdT, only more performant.

I would never have guessed that it has that many notes in it as are described here. You need to imagine it way simpler than that. I've owned this for over 15 years and it hasn't change one bit.

To sum it up it's a classy, animalic base of musk with hedione. Mandarin? Grapefruit? Nope, citrus maybe, slightly metallic as it's from hedione. And hedione jasmine.

22nd August, 2019
Lalique is a name that is often associated with ornate glass containers, since the company that bears the name began when René Lalique opened his glassware shop in 1888. Lalique became mostly linked to perfume bottles in the early 20th century, when all of Guerlain's most famous bottles came from the glassmaker, and many other perfume houses afterward contracted with them to make theirs. René died in 1945, passing the business to son Marc Lalique, who passed it to Marie-Claude Lalique, who then sold out to Pochet in 1994 while keeping some creative direction. The house has branched into many areas of luxury beyond glass alone, especially since most perfume houses ultimately went with cheaper mass-produced bottles over time and the allure of fancy glassware diminished, but it wasn't until Pochet's acquisition of Lalique that they ironically re-entered perfume bottle making through the act of producing their own fragrances. Lalique Pour Homme (1997) is a quiet exercise in classic barbershop perfumery rich in citrus, aromatics and sweet redolent base notes on a bed of oakmoss. Meant for the mature man that ignores trend in favor of timeless elegance, Lalique Pour Homme will not appeal to most "FragBros" or compliments-obsessed types that constantly want to be on the bleeding edge of relevance. Maurice Roucel created this for Lalique, and the bottle is nothing short of gorgeous,just like the scent contained within.

Lalique Pour Homme opens with grapefruit in the traditional role of bergamot, which lends a slightly sweeter and more modern introduction to it's classic interpretation of a semi-oriental fougère. Lavender and mandarin orange form an opening accord shared by a great many number of such scents going all the way back to the 1970's with the ur-example Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur (1972). A bit of rosemary adds an aromatic heft which keeps the lavender masculine enough to prevent the scent from becoming too dandy when the approaching jasmine and iris enter from the heart. Iris adds just the right amount of soapiness while the slightly indolic jasmine keeps a masculine "sexy skin" feel, but there is really nothing scandalous at all about Lalique Pour Homme once the base settles in. Perfumer Maurice Roucel gives us the usual kitchen sink semi-oriental fougère base one knowing this genre expects, with patchouli, amber, tonka, oakmoss, sandalwood, vanilla, and musk creating a creamy and slightly sharp skin scent reminiscent of so many past examples, but with Laliqur Pour Homme getting most of it's comparisons from fans of Creed Bois du Portugal (1987). The vanilla keeps the oakmoss from feeling too bitter or powdery and thus too mature, but this doesn't really feel like a late 90's composition. Lalique Pour Homme is best worn in fall through spring, and is quiet enough to be office safe if the denser EdP is worn, while the louder and sharper EdT might be better for recreational evenings where a shorter-lived and louder display of class is recommended.

I would say Lalique Pour Homme is among last of a dying breed in this segment, with stuff like Patou Pour Homme (1980), Versace L'Homme (1984), Chanel Pour Monsieur Eau de Toilette Concentrée (1989), Tiffany for Men (1989), Avon Mesmerize for Men (1992) Guerlain Héritage (1992), and Ettoré Bugatti (1992) along with the aforementioned Creed Bois du Portugal treading these waters before it, with many of them discontinued "unicorns" hunted by middled-aged guys flush with cash on eBay, or irrelevant bargain scents picked over at discounters like Ross. Sure, niche and luxury houses have been keeping this style alive with examples like Roja Parfums Danger Pour Homme (2011) and Diptyque Tempo (2018), but for the masses this style is the furthest thing from appealing outside guys that value tradition or vintage styles. Even in 1997 Lalique Pour Homme was considered a bit old-fashioned, which is probably why it was retrofitted with the "Lion" surname and succeeded by the "Equus" and "Faun" flankers in 1998 and 1999 respectively, each representing what were then considered younger styles. I'm a sucker for this genre, and while maybe not a masterpiece, Lalique Pour Homme is the best bang for your buck in its class, due to steep online discounts despite being a niche brand if bought at a counter. If a "dad's cologne" experience is what you want, you really can't do better without spending a fortune, and this is just the first masculine from a very impressive house. Thumbs up!
27th April, 2019
The most traditional entry in the altogether quite exceptional Lalique masculine lineup. It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but just puts a new spin on the classic fougere. A crisp grapefruit opening gives way to a warm, comforting blend of powdery lavender and cedar.

Bois du Portugal comparisons are not altogether misleading, though this stands on its own two feet, wearing a touch more contemporary (though just a touch; it's still quite gentlemanly and formal).

At its price point, it's practically unbeatable in terms of quality, and the performance of the EDP is impressive (this is a "beast mode" fougere, so go easy on the sprays).
23rd April, 2019 (last edited: 05th September, 2019)
Lots of synthetic grapefruit and lavender-there's an uneasy undertone of cheapness to this, it's too artificial and grating for me from the get-go. There does appear to be some creaminess underneath but it's covered up by the cloying top notes. Dries down a bit and you get bit of wood, resin and a little bit of lavender-it's a bit all over the place and hard to pin down in the worst possible ways. It's a very powdery scent as well: it smells dated, much older than its actual birth. This is also in the worst possible way.

I didn't get anything outstanding about either the projection (which was light) or the longevity (3-4 hours, 2 hours as a pure skin scent). It's leaning masculine but with the variety of ways it can be interpreted, I'm sure any man/woman/cat/plant could wear it and smell...nondescript. Not expensive but why bother purchasing?

14th March, 2019

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