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Moschino pour Homme (1990)
by Moschino


Moschino pour Homme information

Year of Launch1990
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 102 votes)

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About Moschino pour Homme

Moschino pour Homme is a masculine fragrance by Moschino. The scent was launched in 1990

Moschino pour Homme fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Moschino pour Homme

A lovely carnation sueded leather with a prickly peppered mace and rosemary/ lavender entry note. There is a big contrast here of soft carnation versus hardness of mace with a light background leather. Green rosemary/lavender versus warmth of amber and incense. This 1990's scent has a slightly out of bounds vibe while keeping a smoothly pressed demeanor. It is shiny smooth leather over paisley and chrome. I like it so I tried three different time periods of this discontinued gem and they are all more or less the same, and excellent.
11th September, 2020
It's hard to believe a brand like Moschino could create a fragrance like this. But of course that was 1990, when everything was unique and manly smelled, well, manly.

Despite some harshness in the top notes (probably due to the age of the bottle that my sample was drawn from), Moschino Pour Homme smells like the love child of Hermes Bel Ami and Caron 3rd Man. Why? Because Bel Ami gives it the leathery-woody dry down (very aromatic) and the Caron has the clove/carnation heart which the Moschino maintains right the way through the heart to the extreme dry down.

Sadly, scents are no longer made like this, but the scent is reminiscent of better times - no sugary/syrup-like sweetness. Just bitter, dry, earthy/leathery goodness.
10th September, 2020
Herbal urine in a leather jacket? This seems like it should be gross but it is strangely alluring and obviously well-built. Yatagan joins a biker gang? Love it.
29th May, 2019
A spicy aromatic leather.

Smells more niche than designer. Excellent stuff. Masculine and sure to turn heads.

It's a crying shame that this stuff has been discontinued as I would have loved to own a bottle. Not sure I love it enough to track down a vintage bottle and pay silly money but a very nice fragrance nevertheless.
20th November, 2018
The Late Franco Moschino was an eccentric fellow, and you can see it in his designs, which often mocked and satirized the rest of the fashion industry buy doing things like making a leather jacket and placing the words "Expensive Jacket" on the back. Kitsch appeal in a haute couture world focused on putting on airs is hard to pull off, but this former Versace illustrator-turned fashion mogul was determined to do it. Moschino dressed up his debut perfume like a bottle of Italian table wine with Moschino (1987), and that oriental chypre was decidedly out of fashion, on purpose. Moschino Pour Homme (1990) was little different with it's lack of contemporary appeal, and that intentional irrelevance is what would ironically be the very thing which made fans of Moschino's irreverent style come to purchase it. By 1990, the first wave of aquatics and calone-powered fresh fougères were sweeping away the old guard of stiff mossy chypres and musky floral powerhouse fougères, but Moschino Pour Homme stood off to the side, following an even older trope of the classic leather chypre. Hermès had released Bel Ami (1986) just a few years earlier, and this often gets compared to it, but Moschino takes a brighter floral and basalmic route to it's petrol leather base, echoing the classic Knize Ten (1924), but without the powdery bite. As for the packaging, well it's Moschino, so expect some weirdness. First run bottles of the Eau de Toilette came in a dual-necked bottle with a sprayer on one end, and a pour resevoir on the other, rather than Moschino making both types of bottles separately. Eventually a standard spray-only bottle was manifest as well as an entire line of products.

Once you look past the gilded playing card and yin yang motif, Moschino Pour Homme comes off as rather conventional in spite of itself, and traditional with just a slight risque edge even, which is something vintage colognoisseurs will undoubtedly get off to, but for everyone else, you really have to enjoy leather scents to appreciate this tandem of concepts. People who have collections stocked with goodies like the aforementioned Knize Ten and Bel Ami, or even Dunhill for Men (1934), English Leather (1949), Aramis (1965), and Fahrenheit (1988) are in good hands with Moschino Pour Homme, since it's familiar territory. What Moschino does differently is inject a tiny bit of punk attitude into the mix here. There's a spicy mace note mixed into the opening of Moschino Pour Homme, saddled with lavender, bergamot, clary sage, rosemary, and a tiny peck of galbanum, and it's the mace that makes this leap at your nose like somebody stuck a studded collar around the neck of Joseph Knize. The floral heart is a little more conservative, with carnation, jasmine and rose holding hands while caraway and orris root keep things sharp and a little soapy. The base here is the thing most fans of Moschino Pour Homme tend to scream over, with labdanum, oakmoss, that petrol leather note, and a slightly animalic styrax mellowed out just a smidge with a thin sliver of coumarin. The final result of this bright to floral to dirty dry down is a formal petrol leather that flirts with being classy then sassy through use of its florals, mace and styrax, with good longevity but moderate projection that survives even cold weather thanks to the nature of its base. A petrol leather is as a petrol leather does so wear this where you want, since you'll always make a statement regardless, just like with any of the above mentioned leathers in this class, and just be thankful it doesn't have a nuclear isotope for endless sillage like many things in this vein.

Moschino Pour Homme was worn by Franco Moschino himself until his tragic death in 1994, from post-surgical complications following a tumor removal, exacerbated by the onset of AIDS, but the designer's quirky and parodic vision didn't die with him, since his assistant Rosella Jardini took over and kept the house alive. Take a look at any of the other fragrances made since the release of Moschino or Moschino Pour Homme, and that same whimsy is there, if not amplified further in many cases. Uomo? Moschino (1997) would succeed Moschino Pour Homme and it too would flirt with contrasting themes, but not by being anachronistic, and instead by lampooning the unisex craze. Uomo? Moschino presented a woodsy amber scent with a sweet lemon top that was both fresh and unisex, but also warm and masculine, hence the question mark. Moschino Pour Homme had and still has its fans but would be discontinued then quietly replaced by Uomo? Moschino as the male pillar of choice for the house, becoming something of a cult classic to leather fans looking for their petrol fix, since this genre exists mostly in niche realms these days. Fresh faces looking to get their feet wet in the leather genre are better off starting with Knize Ten, which is still made, plus is the granddaddy of this style anyway and sells new for about what Moschino Pour Homme sells for in the secondary market. However, seasoned fans of leather who've been there and done that should most definitely give this a sniff, even if from a mini or other trial-friendly size, as Moschino Pour Homme plays like a rough-and-ready bonus track or lost B-side to the smoother greatest hits of the genre, and that's quite alright by me. Rest in Peace Franco Moschino (1950-1994)
16th October, 2018
Indeed a wonderful chypre, I only wore Bel Ami vintage twice but I didn't get any overwhelming similarities. What makes this unique to me is the shock full amount of resins and amber which gives Moschino a middle eastern meets classical european vibe and hence the occasional oriental references that pop up here and there,
I love it best on the coldest days of the year, where the resins shine and balms.
It has crept up in price on secondary market but it can still be found at decent prices with a little digging.
When I get to trimming the collection this will stay for sure.
08th October, 2018

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