Maxim’s Pour Homme is an old favorite for fans of strong scents. Like a lot of 80’s fragrances, Maxim’s is jam-packed with a ton of notes (all of them strong) all trying to show their muscles. It smells great, but I find that it smells a lot different on paper than it does on my skin. On a smelling strip, Maxim’s is extremely spicy and leathery, drying down to the standard macho leather and oakmoss accord.
On my skin, it smells like a totally different fragrance once the drydown starts. After about a half hour or so, Maxim’s becomes extremely raunchy, animalic and dirty; I smell nothing like this on a paper strip. In fact, I would go so far as to say it’s almost a carbon copy of the drydown in Antaeus – a rich, skanky, mossy and dense aroma, where I can clearly smell labdanum, patchouli and oakmoss dominating everything. I swear there is a huge wallop of castoreum in this, or some other animalic funk. Some will find the drydown revolting. Fortunately I really like these kinds of scents because they’re bold, daring and assertive. Maxim’s is no exception.
Maxim’s Pour Homme is, without a doubt, one of the most masculine fragrances I own. Its similarity to Antaeus is striking, so much that when my bottle of Maxim’s (which I believe was discontinued years ago) runs out, I’ll probably just buy a bottle of Antaeus, even though Maxim’s is rougher and cruder.
Though it’s not a sillage bomb, Maxim’s Pour Homme is a testicular scent, fully deserving its powerhouse status.
MY RATING: 8.5/10