A handsome, masculine fougère...
Azzaro pour Homme is an elegant, classic fragrance for men. I really appreciate this one for what it is, a wonderful, masculine fougère. It was made by 3 different perfumers working together, and their shared objective was to make a fragrance that smelled totally unique, which would stand out from other masculine fragrances of the time... and I think they definitely succeeded here.
One thing is for sure, this is an extremely well-blended creation. Although there are too many notes to list (some sources say this has up to 320 ingredients) it doesn't feel too much or out of place. What makes it stand out for me is the anise in the opening (some people don't like this and say it's medicinal or dated) but because this is unusual in most men's fragrances, it gives it an alluring quality. This is followed up by lavender, jasmine, oakmoss, sandalwood, basil & spices... and yet it is so well-blended that nothing feels out of place. Sillage and projection are pleasant and moderate (it gets much softer on skin after 2 hours), and the amber and spices in the dry down smells wonderful on skin, and makes people want to get closer.
Ultimately, what I get from this upon smelling it is: Handsome, modern Italian man, in a classically well made suit, evening wear, in an elegant hotel or restaurant (somewhere on the Mediterranean coast, either in France or in Italy), he's sitting with a beautiful companion, he's, confidant, relaxed, and just enjoying the other person's beautiful company. I don't get "dated", I don't get "old", and I certainly don't get "grandpa". To me this is a very European type of style and elegance. This is for someone who is confidant, carries himself well, who is interesting and experienced, not arrogant in any way, but not shy either. Probably a dark, handsome, confidant and well dressed man who is totally comfortable being himself. In a word, self-assured.
I think this can be worn by any successful, confidant young man or older. It really depends on attitude. There is no such thing as an "old" or "dated" scent, it all depends on how the person who is wearing it feels. Plus if I am being honest, the new formulation of Azzaro pour Homme is soft and very well-mannered & very versatile in my opinion. It's even relevant today. I think if you are a young man and new to fragrances, this one will be a little confusing. But if you have some experience and enjoy this hobby, or you are mature and confident in the way you act, think or feel, then this will definitely appeal to you. There are only a few words to describe Azzaro pour Homme. A timeless, confidant, masculine classic!