This brings me to Casaque Homme, a fragrance I reviewed almost a year ago and trashed. Since that time, I've had a chance to wear it a few more times, and my opinion of it now is much higher than it was back then. I feel like I completely misread this fragrance when I reviewed it, because what I smell now is far different from what I described in my prior review.
This is not the prissy, orange blossom-based wuss-fest I described before. Instead, Casaque Homme is a quiet, discreet and refined tobacco fougere. It's still a sweet fragrance, but that sweetness is bone dry, and it gets its sweetness from tonka bean, not vanilla or amber. The lavender and tonka bean are what make this a fougere, but the most prominent feature of Casaque Homme is the tobacco.
This is not the balls-out macho treatment of tobacco you get in
This may not be the most exciting fragrance in the world, but it's tasteful and exudes a lot of class. As I wrote in my prior review, its strength is moderated perfectly, which mean it doesn't have mind blowing sillage. Casaque Homme stays tastefully close to the skin.
I don't know what happened when I wore this before my prior review, but something was off. Maybe I was in a bad mood, and may not have been in the mood to wear it. I don't remember. What I do know now is that I really like Casaque Homme, and that it's going to be seeing a lot more playing time than I'd previously thought. Thumbs up now.
MY RATING: 7/10
Fragrance House: Orlane