Hervé Léger Homme is a sandalwood perfume through and through, and it's an excellent one at that. In fact, this is one of the best fragrances for men I've ever smelled by Avon, right up there with Black Suede and Derek Jeter Driven. That might not sound like much, but it is. That's because it's better than most designer fragrances I've tried that claim to have prominent sandalwood.
I do have to point out, however, that I suspect that this fragrance is almost all synthetic sandalwood, particularly Okumal and Ebanol. It's the dominating note by far, and all the other ingredients seem to be there to embellish the sandalwood. But don't take this as a criticism - both Okumal and Ebanol are wonderful synthetic sandalwoods, mainly because they don't smell synthetic or like chemicals at all. When the two are combined, they produce a beautiful milky, creamy sandalwood smell, with some drier wood facets. I know this because I have bottles of both, and I've tried combining the two.
Having said that, let me add that I smell more to Hervé Léger Homme than just synthetic sandalwood. Ginger, citrus and light spices were carefully added to give this perfume depth and complexity, and they provide some welcome dryness and effervescence in the opening and middle stages. Hervé Léger Homme is a dark and deep scent, especially in the drydown, after the top and middle notes have disappeared.
When I read the description of this scent - ginger, citrus, wood notes and amber - I figured it would be another uninspired copy of Dolce & Gabanna's The One Gentleman. It's nothing like that. Hervé Léger Homme is smooth, classy, luxurious and elegant. Bang for your buck is high - it costs little, it projects well, and it has the longevity of nuclear fallout on my skin (Ebanol and Okumal are known for their tenacity).
I believe Avon are about to discontinue this one, so if this sounds like something you'd like, I recommend you stock up now.
MY RATING: 8.5/10
Fragrance House: Avon/Hervé