This year Chanel's Allure pour Homme turns 21, and yet it is still so contemporary, bold, pleasing! Fresh, spicy, sweet, and woody, perfect for these first sparkling and uncertain spring days. Wait a moment, I know it wears better during the autumn season, but also in early spring it's okay. Remarkable. Where have I been this whole time neglecting the Allure of all Allures? Incredible. Why was I so naive to try its flankers and not this one? I fell in love with this scent at first sniff when it was resealed in 1999, but did not buy it. Stupid of me. No matter if the name is coming from French, which means elegance and fashion, or from English, which means attractive and tempting, the more I smell it, the more nouns popup in my mind. It is delightful, inviting, inoffensive, like Damien Rice's "My Favourite Faded Fantasy" coming across a mall speaker system.
The opening of Allure pour Homme is copious with citrus, green, spice, and aldehydes. It is a sublime, fruity, creamy, woodsy, lemony, floral, and sweet fragrance with that tag Chanel aldehydic polish and a sharp powderiness that I love. The top is a dancing melody of multi-faceted allspice redolence that exhibits a dry and attractive mandarin and ginger, creamy lavender, and sweet peach.
So it subsides. Another delicious sweetness takes place, an exciting spiciness of anise and pepper appears. The pepper accord enhances an incredibly masculine feeling of all the freshness. Somewhere a sweet rose floats among other delicate white flowers and a delicious fruit basket above the strong and intense notes of cedar and rosewood. Allure's heart is almost dandy in its beauty.
Afterward, a smooth and very delicate woody appearance comes wrapped in silky soft leather and a little musk. The combination of tonka bean, amber, benzoin, and sandalwood leaves a beautiful memory. Although not a gourmand per se, it is firm, and the tonka beans give it a sweet, powerful aura. I think Allure pour Homme has one of the best dry downs and trails you can ask for! All that concerns the conclusion of Allure Homme is only an aura of fragrance, a simulation of something that, like amaretto or grenadine cherry, is recognizable as creative.
Perfect for the middle seasons and cold summer nights out. Allure has lots of class and is ideal for the office, or a daytime gets together. I think it is helpful when you need something notable but not intense or impertinent, like when you go to a music concert, a dinner, or a date. The projection is mediocre, and it is longevous, over 6 hours on my skin, which is very difficult for any fragrance to accomplish these days. Best of all, I got my first compliment within 10 minutes of applying it. I only recently purchased Allure pour Homme because I had tried it multiple times for years, in different seasons, to be sure it was going to be a happy buy.
On the last note, Allure pour Homme has something in it that is what I'd describe as spiky. You can smell it distinctly by itself, but I don't know what it is. It's something that I love. It is certainly distinctive. As I wear this fragrance, I randomly get three different impressions at any given moment. In essence, sometimes classic aldehydes and dry citrus, other times sharp pepper against a dried out grassiness, and still other times the luscious and mellow warmth of labdanum, subdued patchouli, and tonka bean. I remember I had a similar experience with Loewe's Solo, where the accords come and go in a continuous rotation. As is always the case, you should try Allure Homme for yourself, and give it a full day's wearing to judge if it's for you. It is not boring or dull. Instead, it is bright and crisp while maintaining a high level of sophistication.