Kiehl's Pour Homme Essence Oil is the most underrated power scent ever. It's obvious that it's because of its unappealing packaging, which looks like a tube of Chap-Stik, and the fact that it only comes in a tiny .25 oz. vial. I think guys look at it in the store and think, "Only quarter of an ounce? Forget it. I'll use it up in a week."
What a mistake that is. Kiehl's Pour Homme is stronger than most powerhouse fragrances in 100 ml. bottles, and it smells better than a lot of them too. It's a dark woody and leathery fragrance, and it smells very similar to Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui and Halston Z-14. It's got all the smells I love in my fragrances: the scent of pine needles in the opening and middle stages, wood and vetiver notes, and a good sized dollop of leather and moss in the base notes. It's nice and strong, and is clearly a child of the Eighties. It has macho-level patchouli.
Because Pour Homme consists of mostly essential oils, it's highly concentrated, so it lasts a very long time on skin. It also projects like crazy; just a few small swipes of the roll-on applicator on your neck and wrists will produce big clouds of sillage for hours. It's not subtle and it's not polite.
Kiehl's Pour Homme Essence Oil deserves so much more attention than it gets, especially from guys who wear power fragrances. It's the most overlooked powerhouse I know of, and one that's sure to satisfy fans of strong scents.
MY RATING: 8/10
Fragrance House: Kiehl's