Monday, June 22, 2020
Hommage à l'Homme
I've held off reviewing Hommage a l'Homme for a while because I find it hard to describe what it smells like. It is quite a unique scent, and I really can't think of another fragrance to compare it to.
If I had to label this, I'd call it a light woody floral musk fragrance. The opening is amazingly good - unlike the usual opening citrus blast, with this you get a strong smell of charred wood and spices, which are probably nutmeg and cinnamon. The woody smell is both dark and slightly sweet, and is wonderful. I've read that the wood in Hommage a L'Homme is oud, which I don't recognize as oud but which gives the fragrance an exotic, mysterious aura. The opening is pretty powerful and assertive, but that intensity fades significantly within five minutes or so.
I wish there was a way for the opening to last for hours, but that isn't to say that the middle and drydown aren't any good. After the opening blast, this fragrance changes character significantly, and it becomes a light, airy and transparent floral musk scent with a subtle dark hue from the oud. Oud fanatics will probably think Hommage a l'Homme is boring, because the oud is quiet and in the background. I would not call this an "oud fragrance". The oud is there to darken this fragrance. Without it, Hommage a L'Homme would probably smell kind of like laundry detergent.
This is not really my style, because it's too musky for my taste, but the quality is unquestionable. Though Hommage a L'Homme is a safe scent to wear any time, and will not offend anyone, it is elegant, refined and totally unique. Despite it not being something I like to wear, I have to give this high marks.
MY RATING: 8/10