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YSL pour Homme (1971)
by Yves Saint Laurent

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YSL pour Homme information

Year of Launch1971
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 292 votes)

People and companies

HouseYves Saint Laurent
PerfumerRaymond Chaillan
PackagingPierre Dinand
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group > YSL Beaute
Parent Company at launchCharles of the Ritz Group

About YSL pour Homme

Yves Saint Laurent's signature fragrance.
FIFI awards winner in 1974

YSL pour Homme fragrance notes

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

Reviews of YSL pour Homme

Pour Homme and Eau Sauvage are the yin and yang of citrus/chypre, they're at different ends of the spectrum. Eau Sauvage is light and ethereal, Pour Homme is rich and dark.
Lemon and peppery spice give Pour Homme a rawness which is further underscored by moss and patchouli. The other main element is civet, a note that smells luxe and dirty at the same time. Pour Homme is about the (unwashed) body - as much as the scent itself - and with moss, spices and civet it's almost brutal in its delivery. Its influence on dark spicy scents like Havana and Cuba is plain to see.
And it seems that Pour Homme has the force of destiny behind it. A full three years after it was released it won the first ever Men's Prestige FiFi.
Ripe and rich - in the classical French tradition - Pour Homme still divides the sheep from the goats.

4*

FB La Collection
07th October, 2020
My favorite chypre, lovely scent. Better dry down than CPM, and lasts much longer.

9/10
18th February, 2020
Old school citrus, in the same ballpark as Chanel Pour Monsieur. Biggest note is the lemon, sprinkled with some herbal notes for an aromatic kick; not much sweetness here. It's classic, dry, mature, masculine.
14th May, 2019
Lemony woody goodness is how I would summarize YSL pour Homme!

Considering how long this cologne has been around (just one year before my birth!), I admire the arguably legendary character of this scent.

YSL pour Homme is lemon-bergamot plus a string of skillfully incorporated ingredients: lavender, lemon verbena, petitgrain; with spicy and floral notes of rosemary, carnation, clary sage, brazilian rosewood, geranium and marjoram; and all sitting atop a woody-sweet-musky sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, patchouli, musk, vetiver and cedar.

Every time I close my eyes to process this scent, I am hit with well-crafted elements that feel friendly and confident. This is not a single-note lemon scent at all, but the lemony theme drives and defines the journey taken by those beholding it.

A still relevant cologne, YSL pour Homme epitomizes what a legendary scent should be.
24th August, 2018
This is a review of the current La Collection formulation which is available now to purchase.

On first application I get a searing piercing lemon citrus accord that is underpinned by mint. And oh boy I was not ready for it's power, it could sear the hairs of your chest. lol You know that bracing effect when you splash freezing cold water over your face or add aftershave to your skin. Well this really awakens the senses like you have been slapped around the chops. This is followed by neroli and petagrain which tries to soften the blow but fails.

The mint adds a menthol effect to the concentrated lemon citrus which you can feel on your skin and around you. Now usually most modern scents the top notes last for about ten minutes or so but this keeps going for about forty minutes before you get to the midnotes. This opening certainly separates the men from the boys, I do like it as I've never experienced it's like. Quite brutal if your not ready for it, I almost thought 3 sprays was too much.

Now in the midnotes everything mellows and it's smells like pure barbershop. I got a flashback memory of when my Grandfather took me to a old barbershop in the late seventies for a haircut, that was the smell. You get a lemon herbal neroli shaving cream with woods which is underpinned by that cool mint effect. I've smelled this accord before in a lot of scents from Givenchy to Chanel but here it has a lot of depth which is what impresses me. When you analyze what you are smelling there is a lot going on. I can pick up Patchouli, woods, thyme and other notes.

I don't really get the dirty notes, well maybe a hint here and there. Maybe YSL have cleaned it up in this formulation or it needs your body chemistry to heat up to come out, I don't know.

All in all I like it and where as the shaving cream accord in Rive Gauche is dark and broody, here it's bright and cool. Thumbs up, what a ride.
22nd February, 2018
Yves Saint Laurent was rarely a man of subtlety, but his singature fragrance was deceivingly discreet until you turned up the heat. Most of the early designer mens perfume market had moved back into fougères thanks to the rebounding popularity of the genre when Fabergé Brut (1964) hit the market, but Yves Saint Laurent stayed the course with the citrus chypre and stapled on some fougère-like qualities to his signature men's fragrance, giving it a creamy shave foam vibe that ran counter to the bright lemon and virile labdanum structure underneath. Yves Saint Laurent pour Homme (1971) was a fragrance you could wear in a bow tie, but also in the nude with enough sweat, and that's just the way Mr. Laurent liked it. Yves Saint Laurent would play up this dynamic of clean and dirty harder with Kouros (1981) a decade later, which was a veritable exercise in hetero-normalized homoerotica much like the cross-dressing glam acts of the 70's or the leather and studs of 80's metal, but in smell form.

The opening is a simple but pretty lemon verbena and petitgrain mixed with rosemary, and a strong slug of labdanum present from the get go. The labdanum opens smooth, very much like the later Lords/Douro Eau de Portugal by Penhaligon's (1985), but it is not the focus in these early stages, especially after the barbershop elements kick in. Lavender and clary sage mix with thyme, majoram, clove, and geranium to make a men's grooming savon accord that then floats on top the labdanum and oakmoss chypre base underneath, made plush by sandalwood. The "washed skin between the legs" feeling here is extremely subtle due to the very judicious use of just a tiny drop of musk (something synthetic and not civet or castoreum), which hides behind the smoothed wall of labdanum and sandalwood, but after some dancing in the discotheques of the era, and it would come out to bite. Wear time is about 6 hours so this veers a little low in longevity, and performance isn't amazing without overspraying, but that isn't the point. Yves Saint Laurent feels best as a summer scent but with enough sprays it can conquer any climate, or else the man himself wouldn't have used it so exclusively.

Since this was a signature for Yves Saint Laurent during his lifetime (and discontinued like many legacy scents after he passed and L'Oréal took the creative reign), it was best used as a signature, but eventually a bigger-oomph version came about called Yves Saint Laurent pour Homme Haute Concentration (1983), giving the old dog some beefier legs to stand on so it better held up alongside its more-potent younger sibling Kouros. The legendary Raymond Chaillan composed this, a man who seemed fixated with chypres the same way Jean Kerleo was fixated with oakmoss itself, so some of the best examples of the genre (mostly all discontinued too thanks to IFRA restrictions on oakmoss) come from his hand. If you can sample this, it's an absolute must, but full intact specimens from any production run are getting costly now, so I'd not try to make this a regular wardrobe staple unless you have cash to burn, which is the same thing I could say about many great Yves Saint Laurent masculines from decades past. Thumbs up.
19th December, 2017 (last edited: 07th October, 2020)

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