Friday, June 1, 2012

Arrogance Pour Homme (2000 Reissue)

The bottle for this perfume looks like a clip from an M16 machine gun. Gee, do you think that was intentional?  This is such a macho scent, I wouldn't be surprised if Dirty Harry were one of the noses behind it.  I love this juice.

This represents 80's Old School Power in its rawest form. Kouros smells refined and dashing compared to this crude bastard.  Unlike some powerscents that get stronger over time (e.g., Francesco Smalto, Giorgio For Men), Arrogance Pour Homme deploys the heavy weapons right out of the gate.  Patchouli is by far the dominating note from start to finish, blasting out of the bottle from the get-go.  All the other usual heavy hitters from the era like leather, juniper, and oakmoss are in place and accounted for to provide a rich, heavy pedestal for this hairy patchouli stew.

What really stands out about this fragrance for me is how dirty and animalic it all smells.  It smells like it was brewed in this big pot, with civet, castoreum, natural deer musk, sweat, blood, semen, testicles and all kinds of other nasty shit.  Mixed with the patchouli, moss and leather, they smell especially brutal and raw.  It had to take balls for Schiapparelli-Pikenz to reissue Arrogance Pour Homme in 2000, a year when lame, androgynous aquatic and sports fragrances were still popular.  This perfume ignores all fragrance trends that have existed since that time.

This is a tough old powerhouse, but surprisingly it's not really a sillage monster.  It projects like a bat out of hell for the first hour or so, but after that it "quiets down" (a relative term here) to something a lot more civilized.  You could actually wear this in public without everyone near you dropping like flies.  If you're concerned about invading others' personal olfactory space, just do four or five spritzes, wait an hour or so before you leave the house, and you'll be fine.  Even though it's not a projection beast, it's aggressive and brash - definite powerhouse material.  Longevity is very good, at about 10 hours on my skin.

My only complaint is that it lacks originality.  Basically Arrogance Pour Homme smells like Kouros for the first hour, then dries down to an almost carbon copy of Givenchy Gentleman, only much less refined.  Granted, those are both great perfumes, but I already own those, and I can't help but wish that Arrogance Pour Homme had a little more to separate itself from them. 

Although it's not an essential purchase, Arrogance Pour Homme smells great, and is sure to satisfy fans of strong fragrances.

MY RATING:  8.5/10

Fragrance House:  Schiapparelli-Pikenz

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