Friday, January 27, 2006

REVIEW: Dior Homme

Notes: sage, bergamot, lavender, Italian iris concrete, cocoa, amber, vetiver, patchouli, and possibly leather and cardamom.

Pros: Not a whiff of ozone, green tea, or melon here! Beautiful Iris note lingers throughout. Amazing bottle.

Cons: SWEET! Sweet! did I mention it's sweet? The scent falls apart as it opens, drifting into gourmand nothingness.

Bottleworthy? Well, yes, the bottle is. As for the scent? Well, it IS Dior, and it DOES have a nice cocoa and iris blend. Best to buy it at a discount.

Where can I buy it? 100ml edt spray $34.99 Scentiments.com

The Bottom line: Sweet men's gourmand in a stunning bottle by Tsutomu Kiyama. Opens with promise and then goes nowhere. I would have liked a richer or more complex development with more prominent leather and vetiver notes, instead the scent mimics Rochas Man and Hanae Mori for Men. When I wore it last night my roommate's reaction was a grimace and an "Eeeewww!"

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Rating (out of 10): 6

What's your favorite scent where the bottle is more impressive than the juice?

8 comments:

Flora said...

Hmmm, I think I once bought Jaipur because of the gorgeous bottle, with the cabochon jewel of a top, but although I loved it, it did not last well, fading badly after only an hour or so. Too bad. The bottle, as with all the Boucherons, is lovely however.

marlen said...

Ahhhh, thanks for the comment Flora! I agree - love the botttles, don't love the scents...I neither own nor wear any of the Boucherons.

biagio said...

personally i ve bought this frag two weeks ago ,actually i was so attracted by the bottle but when i wear it i found it so good on my skin ,maybe a little bit subtle for my tastes i'd prefer a stronger version however the iris smell so good my vote 7/10

Kim said...

I got a sample of this almost two months ago and my husband and I both tried it on and dismissed it. I keep reading positive things about it, and I tried it again (a few minutes ago). I don't get the "eeewww"-ness, but I don't get an "mmmm" either. It is rather average. I am with you, the bottle is handsome.

I love the Lolita Lempicka bottle, but I am lukewarm on the fragrance.

marlen said...

Biagio - I totally agree! I would like to see an extreme version with darker and more longlasting basenotes. Based on recent trends of seasonal launches, I can almost bet money on a Dior Homme Light or Fraiche, but as for the extreme, or EDP....well, fingers crossed! Thanks for reading and posting!

marlen said...

Kim - the bottle is a stunner, isn't it? I'm sometimes a sucker for the bottle or the concept, and then less than enchanted with the juice! I don't get the "eeewww"-ness either, but then my friend tends to dislike sweeter gourmand scents as unwearable. Thanks for reading and posting!

Joel_Cairo said...

I love love love Dunhill 2003's flacon, which is hilarious, as it is the most unwearable mess in recent memory. But the Bottle, oh! the bottle!! all those lines from sportscars toothy bon vivants would lean up against for photographs in the thirties, which young boys would then pin up on bedroom walls. It reminds me quite a bit of the Dior Homme flacon, except that the DH is all minimalist and somehow totalitarian, while Dunhill '03 is all British Empire flash.

marlen said...

Joel - EXCELLENT post Joel. I couldn't agree more. I was hoping for something retro from Dunhill, and while it wasn't totally awful, and though I liked he scent from the bottle, I just couldn't wear it....so many beautiful bottles, so few good compositions...