Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme

Created by Louis Monnet in 1978, this beautiful classical leather scent for men appeared at the time when ultimate intensive chypre and masculine leather fragrances were very popular. It became a synonym for classical men’s elegance in the world of fragrances.

The fresh aromatic opening includes the notes of basil, bergamot, green notes, juniper berries, marjoram, lavender and thyme. The heart is warm and even hot, featured with woody notes of Guaiac, patchouli and vetiver, tender floral and sensual spices. It’s dark and mysterious, masculine base notes are composed of amber, castoreum, smoky incense, dark leather, oak moss and musk.

Man Beard Handsome Hairy Bear Classic DressedA fabulous masculine perfume for men! This is luxurious, elegant and gorgeous. I love when it dry down, very slowly gentle and warm.

Van Cleef and Arpels Pour Homme has been reformulated, but I’m okay with that. It smells good, and reasonably natural. I’m not going to go crazy seeking out vintage bottles, because the difference between the old and new is negligible, by most accounts. When it comes to reformulations, my position couldn’t be clearer: change is a part of life, so just roll with it.

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The strong, manly and timeless black Art Deco styled bottle

Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme is a true gem. It evokes everything that is dark, exlusive and complex. The opening to this fragrance is very exotic with a fresh-soapy floral and herbaceous note which after a while transitions into a very warm, dark and sensual leather musk.

The only difference I can tell is that the top notes are a bit subdued compared to the old version. The top notes in the old version were harsh green, and they practically jumped out of the bottle at you from the get-go. The new one doesn’t do that, and the top notes are softer. However, after about 20 minutes, all of the old magic comes right back. I think this one is complex and natural enough to convince me that Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme has been reformulated well. I do have to say …a real great job reformulating this scent

Handsome Hairy Bear

A fabulous perfume for men! Rank it along with Christian Dior Jules, Chanel Antaeus and that other jewelers scent: Cartier Santos. It’s very masculine and strong. Luxurious, elegant and gorgeous. For me it sometimes has this strong (blushing) ‘sweaty, armpit-y’ note that really turns me on. Another real plus for this perfume is its longevity, on my skin is last easily for a whole day and more, so to be used sparingly!

Rating: 9/10

A precious jewel. A gem, you don’t have this kind of high quality perfume anymore these days. This is a definite for those who like old school masculines. Has all the markers. Monsieur Louis Monnet made an original masterpiece.

 

by Jean Amr

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