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Sculpture Homme (1995)
by Nikos

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Sculpture Homme information

Year of Launch1995
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 129 votes)

People and companies

HouseNikos
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Prestige
Parent Company at launchBenckiser > Lancaster Group

About Sculpture Homme

The bottle for the EDT looks like a sculpture. Unfortunatley, we only have a picture of the cylindrical aftershave. Sorry about that! The scent of the fragrance is an oriental.

Sculpture Homme fragrance notes

Reviews of Sculpture Homme

The house of Nikos registers but a blip on the radar of the fragrance buying public at large, seemingly almost doomed from the start as an obscure brand forever on clearance at your local mall's perfume kiosk, even with the debut and now vintage masculine Sculpture Homme (1995). Those in the know about this stuff see it as an affordable underdog and secret-weapon for night club use back in the 90's and early 2000's, as this stuff potently combined fresh and sweet long before Paco Rabanne was doing it with 1 Million (2008) or Yves Saint Laurent released La Nuit de L'Homme (2009), and even before Versace added the ever-present Eros (2013) to the vocabulary of club-going men across the globe. Outside little old Sculpture Homme, men in the 90's had Joop! Homme (1989), and when Jean-Paul Gaultier released Le Mâle (1995) the same year as this, it was instantly overshadowed. Unlike those other two foghorns, Sculpture Homme feels more future-proof because it was doing things that would become immensely popular decades after its release. Granted, you have to like sweet to be okay with Sculpture Homme, so if not, you might want to turn back here. For everyone else not afraid of a little vanilla and tonka in their perfume bases, Sculpture Homme will be a rare treat that merges 90's gender neutrality and simplicity with modern dynamics, especially for fans of soapy orange blossom and clean musks.

Sculpture Homme is a rather elegant, intelligent, well-blended romantic fragrance composed by Michel Almairac, the nose behind Zino Davidoff (1986), one of the noses on Dior Fahrenheit (1988), and later the aforementioned Joop! Homme, plus a number of noteworthy things throughout the period. In fact he composed Burberry for Men (1995) concurrently with this release, but here does some thing far more unorthodox than with the Burberry scent by merging a fresh sweet top with a soft ambrette musk, then labelling it a masculine. The opening of neroli, lemon, mandarin orange, and coriander cannot be mistaken, and lasts into the drydown. Cedar, vanilla, and ylang-ylang come out in the heart, showcasing another genderbending move by utiizing mostly white florals with only a light woods to affirm any masculine link. The heart is semi-oriental in nature, with benzoin, honey, tonka, musk mallow from ambrette seed, and an early synthetic ambergris note (likely timberol) that imparts the warmth but not the earthy qualities of the real deal. Wear time is pretty long and this stuff can get cloying despite the fresh opening, so I'd keep it to night time use and romantic evenings as the scent profile suggests. Wearing Sculpture Homme can be a bit confusing for the first time as it has so many elements both associated with modern mainstream perfumery but half of them in modern feminine designers while the other half are found in popular masculine clubbers.

For this reason, Sculpture Homme has something of an unintentional unisex vibe decades removed from release, but is a huge compliments getter in the right setting, regardless of the observing gender. You have to really love neroli and musk to get behind Sculpture Homme, as they are the most stand-out features, but overall the composition melts into creamy, slightly fresh, slightly warm softness after a few hours on skin, making it noticeable but decidedly friendlier than the average modern club juice. The stuff sells for a pittance online, and is worthy of a blind buy for lovers of what the scent offers, but Sculpture Homme will never escape the annals of obscurity because unless you encounter it in the wild, nobody really talks about the stuff. Somehow this forward-thinking club juice was successful enough to spawn flankers, which is all Nikos really sells at this point beyond the original line and an assortment of swimwear/lingere, and the bottle will always be a conversation piece to onlookers due to its unique "shard" shape. This stuff is literally A Night at the Roxbury in a bottle, but offers a nice musky evening alternative to something like Penhaligon's Castile (1996) for lovers of orange blossom, and when combined with aquatic neroli of Just Free by Luciano Soprani (2004), forms an unholy neroli trinity for casual hot days, office, and cool nights that is to be feared by all! Thumbs up!
05th October, 2019
In my opinion Sculpture is one of the best value for money fragrances you can find.

Clean shower smell, lasts a while, basic but at the same time is very unique. Women love this due to the clean/sweet combination and will often compliment.

Highly recommended!
19th April, 2017
I originally received Sculpture as a gift when it was released in 1995. At the time I was more accustomed to wearing 'greener' or heavier fragrances like Paco Rabanne or Quorum, but the young lady giving the gift probably wanted to change that.
I've now bought it again after 20 years because Kruidvat (a drug-store chain in the Netherlands) is currently selling the 100ml bottle for a reasonable 16 euros. I also wanted a good summer fragrance.

Upon application I recalled why I hadn't initially liked Sculpture which was the very aldehydic and plasticky initial top-notes, but they do mellow into fairly pleasant, though indistinct florals; the geranium is there and coriander is just distinguishable. The cederwood comes through quite quickly; it's not too heavy and it remains infused with a lightly sweet floral background for some time. It's a very mellow, refined and clean smell. I don't really know what tonka bean or ambrette seed smell like in isolation so I don't know if I recognise them, but I do discern the vanilla. The final dry down is vanilla with a fruity undertone.

Sculpture is masculine enough, but seems to me an early version of the sorts of fragrance now commonly encountered that both sexes could be attracted to wearing. With a few good pumps of the atomiser this should last over six hours..

I give it a thumbs up as a very pleasant, modern summer scent (perhaps other seasons too) and the price is definitely an attraction.
07th June, 2015 (last edited: 08th June, 2015)
Nice but a tad too sweet and cloying on me. Used to love this, alot.
12th January, 2015
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United States
What you get:

1. An inexpensive but decent Minotaure type of scent.
2. A tobacco-like effect, presumably due to cedar and tonka.
3. At least good longevity and projection/sillage.
4. Ingredients that don't scream "chemical soup."
5. Intelligent composition.

What you don't get:

1. Soapy fougere or super-musky "cologne guy" effect.
2. Too much sweetness.
3. "Rough edges."
4. High prices.
5. Bad sprayer or cheap bottle.
01st October, 2014
I'm so happy I discovered that one!
Bought it blindly and don't regret it!

The scent is quite close to Minotaure, my very first scent about 20 years ago.
It's lighter, and it's a good thing because you can easily wear it in the summer.
The tobacco trail is lovely.

Two thumbs up!
24th August, 2014

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