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Pour Un Homme Sport (2015)
by Caron


Pour Un Homme Sport information

Year of Launch2015
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 21 votes)

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PerfumerWilliam Fraysse
Parent CompanyAles Group

About Pour Un Homme Sport

The company say:

A fresh and modern interpretation [of the orignal] which retains the aromatic signature, and is enriched with citrus, spicy and woody notes.

Pour Un Homme Sport fragrance notes

Reviews of Pour Un Homme Sport

Perfumer William Fraysse, son of previous Parfums Caron in-house perfumer Richard Fraysse, and grandson of golden era Lanvin in-house perfumer André Fraysse, had an extremely short run as house perfumer for Parfums Caron after Cattleya Finance bought the floundering house from Alès Group, who hadn't been able to do much with it since they picked it up themselves in 1998. The Fraysse family had more or less been keepers of the Caron flame since the 1980's when Richard first came on board and co-composed Le 3ème Homme (1985) with Akiko Kamei. William was sharing duties with his father when he composed Pour Un Homme Sport (2015), a fragrance meant to be his inauguration into the Caron canon, his personal vision on the Pour Un Homme (1934) legacy in the same manner as his father's cleaning up of the original (by removing the civet) back in 1998. Why the marketing brains at the Alès Group (who still owned Caron at the time) decided to name this scent as a sport flanker is honestly beyond me, as it has very little to do with being sporty and everything to do with being a further modernization of the Pour Un Homme accord beyond the original clean-up job of father Richard. I guess in some small way this could serve as a sport take on the original sweet and musky tonka-laden lavender handkerchief fragrance that was the original Pour Un Homme, since it has none of the richness or sweetness, but the aromatic qualities of the composition here don't really lend themselves to the gym going or outdoorsy aspect of what you think a sport fragrance ought to be. Oh well, this isn't the first time flankers have been misnomers, and it won't be the last.

The main point of distinction here, the thing that makes Caron Pour Un Homme Sport entirely it's own creature, is the complexity. It's almost a hallmark of the Fraysse family to make complex fragrances; just look at André's work at Lanvin or Richard's work with Caron in the 80's and 90's, and you'll see that there is some sort of father-to-son perfume method being passed down here where the goal is to make a seemingly simple harmony of many ingredients. In contrast, house founder Ernest Daltroff preferred bold strokes of singular identifiable ingredients to run throughout his perfumes, to which he then applied a sort of push-and-pull finesse with a dozen or so notes surrounding those broad paintings until something also sophisticated but decidedly more elegant was made. There really is no better example of that than the one-two-three combination of lavender, vanilla, and tonka in the original Pour Un Homme, but here in Pour Un Homme Sport, all that is turned on its head. The opening is much greener and more citrus-laden, with a huge blast of grapefruit and lemon verbena that covers the lavender entirely. This verbena is very prominent and reminds me of Houbigant Duc de Vervins (1985) or Geoffrey Beene Bowling Green (1986). After this, a familiar lavender appears but without the vanilla feels more medicinal than it does in Pour Un Homme. A bit of spice pushes around the lavender before a woodsy backbone asserts the drydown of Pour Un Homme Sport with a telltale salty ambergris accord smoothed by touches of benzoin. Wear time is eight hours and the scent trail becomes transparent but noticeable similar to a Creed fragrance, likely due to that ambergris accord. Best use is in spring, summer, and fall for casual wear.

Now I'm sure the ambergris accord is mostly ambroxan with only a pinch of the real deal, if any, to create the breathy mineralic marine aspect usually missing from the pure-ambroxan base riffs of most masculines that use it. William Fraysse here has proven to either have been a fan, or an understudy of Erwin Creed with the way he implements a powerful yet passive ambergris base accord that provides lift for the rest of the fragrance. The way the lavender and dry spices interact with the citrus top, woody accords of the base, and that ambergris dry down give Pour Un Homme the "modern luxury" facelift it needs to appeal in the segment where Caron wanted to sell. I think this is probably the biggest strength and biggest weakness of the scent and it's mismatched former owners. The totally irrelevant "sport" appellation to a scent that was at the time 81 years old guaranteed nobody would think to try it on their own, but once word spread around the internet of how it smelled, hype would build and soon Caron would ride the word of mouth gravy train back to prominence right? Wrong. The brand's atrophied market presence outside France thanks to the very mismanagement that caused the "sport" appellation in the first place meant Pour Un Homme Sport would be yet another discounter darling. All that notwithstanding, WIlliam Fraysse's reworking here of Pour Un Homme into something more dynamic should not be missed, especially if you didn't favor the original. It's a shame really he was ousted just a year into his tenure by Cattleya, because this scent showed great promise of things that could have been. Just whatever you do, please don't expect a sporty fragrance. Thumbs up.
05th November, 2020
Citrus sorbet dances with ginger, lemon verbena, mint, and lavender, while a well-constructed salty ambergris base (mostly synthetic, but with a touch of the animalic tinge of the real thing) provides some welcome uplift and a slight seaside feeling.

There's nothing "sporty" about this elegant aromatic, which I find more gratifying than the present day Caron pour Un Homme. Sport may never function as a "reference" fragrance in the way its forebear does, but it's a joy to wear.
24th June, 2020 (last edited: 02nd June, 2021)
A solid summer scent.

The smell from the atomizer made me think this wasn't going to be my thing. It smelled way too thick, dense, plasticky, almost Play-Doh like. However, it smells much, much better on skin. It is still dense, but there's also a breeziness to it that keeps it uplifting and eminently refreshing. To borrow some associations from other reviewers: it's like a decadent slice of key lime pie just taken out of the fridge and eaten on the terrace, or a lime creamsicle on a hot July day, so cold it gives you brainfreeze. It does have a quasi-gourmand vibe, though I wouldn't go so far as to classify it as such. Key lime pie is my favorite dessert, and it's next to impossible to find here in Taiwan, so this fragrance does make me feel a little bit homesick, in a good way. But I digress.

"Warm" and "cold" accords are juxtaposed quite well - the central mass of benzoin, tonka, ambergris, white musk, and cedar, all of which combine to convey a sense of creaminess and density, is balanced with an aromatic brace of verbena, ginger, lavender, and citrus, which blow cold air onto the composition. This is where the "mintiness" is coming from, no doubt. The one thing I wish is that this had a little bit more of a gingery zing. Although the opening has some sharp zestiness to it, over time that fades as the scent fully embraces the dreamy creaminess of the benzoin/tonka/ambergris/lavender.

Overall, I'm a big fan of this fragrance. Surprisingly, given my skin's tendency to eat up anything scented, I get great performance with this one, around 8-9 hours. This is one of the only fragrances I have that can last a fully work day, and is still quite detectable as a skin scent at the end of that window. I bought my 50ml bottle for around $35, and I'd say it's a great deal considering. Is it my favorite summer scent? No, but I'll definitely be reaching for it on the hot days when I want a real feeling of refreshment.

25th March, 2020
Written in December of 2016:

This is similar to the original but also different in some ways. While the original CPUH opens with a sharp blast of lavender, the lavender in Sport has been reduced to a certain degree and paired with a sharp lemon note. It's a well done lemon, natural and bright, and very similar to the lemon used in Caron's Eau de Reglisse. So when it opens you get about 60% lemon 40% lavender. What you'll notice immediately about the lavender, besides the fact that its strength has been dialed down a few notches, is that it is less herbal and astringent and has become smoother and more polished with less bite. I can see the new lavender being more widely appealing to a modern audience, however I really like the way it's treated in the original. I love how the original CPUH opens with a harsh lavender blast, that's a little difficult to swallow at first, and then mellows out into a comforting green lavender and vanilla base. The lavender in Sport doesn't present that kind of challenging beginning and is a little more friendly or boring depending on how you look at it. Shortly after Sport opens, vanilla joins in as well. It enters a little earlier in Sport than it does in the regular version, blending almost immediately with the lavender and taming the composition into a smooth, comforting blend with traces of the lemon from the opening. After about an hour, Sport and the original are quite similar, though it seems the new one has traded much of the lavender in its composition for vanilla. If the old composition dried down to 50% vanilla, 50% lavender, Sport is more like 60 percent vanilla, 30% lavender, 10% lemon. In the end, everything smells very nice, well-balanced and smooth with no glaring missteps or abrasively synthetic qualities. Performance is as good, if not better than the original.

This does not smell like a typical sports fragrance. What it smells like to me is an updated version of Caron Pour Un Homme, designed for a more modern (and perhaps less patient) audience. It's very good, it's just different than the original. If you're a fan of lavender, and the way it shoots out of the gate in CPUH, you may be disappointed by how much tamer it seems in Sport. However, if you found the lavender a little overbearing and "old school" for your tastes, perhaps too herbal and green, you may like how it's been treated here--softer, smoother, and more blended in with the surrounding accords of vanilla and citrus. What has NOT happened here is the total corruption of the Pour Un Homme line. This is a good fragrance and a worthy flanker, albeit a bit tamer and with less of the original's quirky personality. But it does maintain the theme of the original. Personally, I like both and whether I choose one or the other would simply be a matter of my mood. Thumbs up for this relatively low key flanker of an all-time classic. Hopefully it will come to the States soon enough where it should eventually be available for a reasonable discount.

UPDATE: It is now widely available in the States and at discounters.
13th August, 2019
Not terrible but I don't enjoy wearing Pour Un Homme Sport. For some reason the ultra-loud citrus opening doesn't fit in with the rest of it. It's like they are trying to smash something synthetically sweet and sour on top of something mature, like when you see someone older not dressing their age. Later, the drydown is much better. The citrus has softened and is much more in harmony with the traditional lavender.

Seems best for warmer weather but should be versatile for any situation, except date night. This does not smell romantic or cuddly at all.

Projection is just okay but longevity is pretty good. Lasts all work day.
09th January, 2018
I have not yet tried the original so I can't tell the impact of the "Sport" in this version. I don't find it particularly sporty though. The initial phase did not impress me. Then came the drydown - that's the good part! Some say the lavender from the original is there but I found it accompanied by a sweet and creamy sort of mint. Almost like an edible minty ice cream.

I have been wearing it a few times but my sample is now done unfortunately. If a full bottle was available at a descent price I might have bought it. Try not to think of it as a bad flanker of a classic, since I don't have a history with Caron I'm just enjoying this scent. Hopefully you will too!
28th June, 2017

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