Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Azzaro Pour Homme
Azzaro Pour Homme is the greatest fragrance for men ever made. It may not quite be my personal #1, but it's close. In my mind, it is the perfect fragrance.
Don't bother me with comments about "vintage vs. reformulation" with this one. I own bottles of both, and it doesn't matter. This fragrance is the balls, no matter what version you're wearing.
Azzaro Pour Homme is so expertly crafted and well balanced, I literally feel like it's part of my skin when I wear it. The only other fragrance I can say that about is Eau Sauvage, which takes a back seat to Azzaro because of its mediocre staying power on my skin.
Azzaro Pour Homme is right out of the 70's school of aromatic fougeres - herbal, spicy and strong - but it's so much more than that. Though the first hour, with its powerful lavender, anise and patchouli notes, smells like a cologne for a disco freak, the drydown projects an elegant, timeless, mossy warmth that epitomizes perfume perfection. It's an earthy yet smooth scent that wears like a second skin. It's a smell that I wish would never end, and fortunately Azzaro Pour Homme is a very long lasting fragrance, with staying power of about twelve hours for me.
Azzaro is a powerhouse in my book. It doesn't have the bludgeoning power of something like Lapidus Pour Homme, yet it surrounds you in a warm cloud of uber-masculine aroma all day. It had a huge influence on the powerhouse fragrances that followed it in the 1980's, and it's popular with fans of strong scents. I like to call it an "aura fragrance", meaning its potency comes from the diffuse scent that radiates off your skin at a distance, rather the way it smells up close. I like to spray myself liberally with Azzaro Pour Homme - about seven or eight sprays. I'm sure people look at me like I'm "Cologne Guy" when I walk by, but I don't care. This is a frag I want to broadcast.
This is a cologne with real swagger. It's both hairy-chested and refined, and would smell just as appropriate on John Gotti as it would on David Niven. The reason Azzaro is such a manly scent is because it's the smell of confidence. I'm a pretty confident guy anyway, but I feel like I own the world when I wear this macho juice. I'd call it a classy testosterone bomb.
If James Bond were French, he'd wear this.
MY RATING: 10/10
Fragrance House: Azzaro