When I reviewed Capucci Pour Homme a couple of weeks ago, I was reviewing it off a generous sample I got from a fellow Basenoter. Since then, I've bought a full bottle, and I now have a different take on this scent. I like it even more than I did before.
First off, this does not smell like a mishmash of classic citruses. Instead, it smells almost like a clone of the great Chanel Pour Monsieur. Like the Chanel, Capucci is a pure chypre in every way - green, fresh, bitter, with a bit of sweet and sour tartness in the base from the blending of oakmoss and cistus labdanum. This is very old school in style, and in fact I expect that a lot of people, outside of France, would call it outdated.
Also like Chanel Pour Monsieur, this smells very classic French in style to me, even though it's an Italian fragrance. When I think of classic Italian styled perfumes, I think of sunny, bright citrus like orange and lemon, blended with herbal and pine notes - great classic fragrances like Pino Silvestre and Aqua Classica di Borsari come to mind. Capucci isn't really like that. This has the so-called "old lady chypre" smell - mossy green with bitter herbal notes. It's classic French all the way, and in fact shares many facets more common in French feminine perfumes than men's fragrances.
My only complaint with this scent is its poor sillage. It really sticks close to your skin. I need to spray the hell out this all over my body in order to smell it on myself for more than two hours.
Despite this one and only complaint, I consider Capucci Pour Homme to be an essential staple in my collection. The fact that it costs about one-fourth the price of a bottle of Chanel Pour Monsieur (which I also own) certainly doesn't hurt either.
MY RATING: 9/10
Fragrance House: Roberto Capucci