I've been wanting to review this fragrance for a while, but I've procrastinated because there's not a lot I can say about it, other than that I don't love it but don't hate it either.
Carrera Pour Homme, I think, is a
sweet, musky vetiver scent. I say
"I think" because I haven't seen a list of notes for this scent. The opening is awesome - sharp and dry, with
a robust black pepper note and bitter vetiver.
It smells like Open by Roger & Gallet at this point. This part is great!
Unfortunately, it doesn't
take long for the sweet, soapy musk and tonka bean to take over the whole fragrance, and
Carrera ends up smelling like shampooed hair.
The vetiver is still there, but it's completely overpowered by the
shampoo smell, and I don't like fragrances that smell like shampoo. If they'd just toned down the musk and tonka bean,
and ramped up the vetiver and pepper, this would have been awesome.
My wife told me she likes
Carrera, but that it's somewhat feminine and sweet. That's probably because it smells like her
hair after she's washed it.
Despite the shampoo smell, I
still sort of like this. It's pleasant,
and sometimes I do like wearing fragrances that have a soapy smell. I can't see wearing Carrera in anything but
warm weather, as it's much too lightweight to wear in winter or fall.
P.S. Carrera had released a fragrance with the
same name back in the 1980's, but with a different bottle and apparently with a
completely different scent. I've never
tried the original version. The Carrera
I am reviewing is the reissued version, pictured above.
MY RATING: 6/10
Fragrance House: Carrera