L'Homme de Cœur (2002)

L'Homme de Cœur by Divine
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L'Homme de Cœur is a perfume by Divine for men and was released in 2002. The scent is woody-fresh. It is still in production.

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Perfumer

Yann Vasnier

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAngelica, Juniper berry, Cypress
Heart Notes Heart NotesIris
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Ambergris, Woods, Liatris spicata, Vetiver

Ratings

Scent

7.3 (88 Ratings)

Longevity

5.6 (62 Ratings)

Sillage

5.2 (54 Ratings)

Bottle

6.7 (58 Ratings)
Submitted by Apicius, last update on 20.10.2019.
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Vmaster

28 Reviews
Vmaster
Vmaster
Helpful Review    2
L'Homme de Coeur
A fresh and spicy green floral with nice dark woody undertones. The floral is a wonderful Iris note that does not have that "lipstick" scent that you experience with other Iris-based fragrances. Definitely not a linear fragrance.

L'homme de Coeur (The Heart of Man) is a very nice masculine EDP that, in my opinion, can be worn year-round for any occasion.

Projection is arm's length. Longevity for myself was about 10 hours.

A solid 10/10.
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Smora

143 Reviews
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Smora
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Mr. Nice Guy
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One of my best recent discoveries. Perfectly balanced Mr. Nice Guy. Realistic, fresh iris devoid of the lipstick vibe combined with a pinch of pepper, bitter angelica and juniper and cypress. Drydown is absolutely gorgeous with ambergris and musk.
Positive, gentle and optimistic. A positive thinking battery. Nice and simple scent. The perfumed light.

Rating: 8/10
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Greysolon

88 Reviews
Greysolon
Greysolon
Very helpful Review    5
Heart of man. Or is it heart of whale?
L’Homme de Coeur is the fourth Divine fragance I’ve tried and, so far, my least favorite. Partially, that’s my hang up. Two prominent notes develop in L’Homme de Coeur: iris and amber gris. Since none of us like each other very much and it’s those two against me, I’m getting no heart from this man. By the time L’Homme de Coeur fully develops, I find the iris and amber gris overdeveloped for my tastes.

L’Homme de Coeur opens with juniper berry, cypress and a mystery note which, on first wearing, I took to be a mild galbanum. Nothing listed in the notes seemed to account for it. There was angelica, but I only knew of it as a flavoring for several brands of liquor. A little research was in order. It seems that angelica essential oil can have a mild celery note with a carrot-like sweetness. That seemed to fit perfectly with what I was smelling. The overall blend of cypress, juniper berry and angelica stay pleasantly herbal green and aromatic rather than becoming medicinal or liquor-like.

Speaking of notes requiring a little research: if you're wondering about Liatrix Odoratissima listed in the base notes it's commonly known as Deer’s tongue or Vanilla plant. It was once a common source of courmarin/vanilla flavoring. Thanks Wikipedia!

As L’Homme de Coeur develops, the woods, mainly sandalwood, move front and center. The perfumers at Divine seem to prefer an airy, slightly sweet, resinous sandalwood and this was accentuated as the iris entered the mix. I’m not a big fan of iris but at this point in the development the balance between the iris and sandalwood is really wonderful. But Divine fragrances develop over a long period and amber gris has yet to enter the mix. When it does, any sense of balance achieved with the fragrance is, for my tastes, lost and the entire fragrance takes on an odd cast. The iris and and amber gris don't blend and end up sticking out of the texture. Sigh...

That aside, L’Homme de Coeur shares the same high quality of craft and unique qualities that I’ve found in all Divine fragrances: long development and a sense of restraint without sacrificing a unique character or adequate projection.
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Apicius

220 Reviews
Apicius
Apicius
Helpful Review    4
Classiness and Purism
If there is such a thing as a typical gentlemen's iris fragrance, it is L'Homme de Coeur. The whole fragrance does nothing more than to bring forward in the best possible way those wonderful powdery attributes that this particular note can provide to a perfume. And since this is a men's fragrance, there is enough lean spiciness and woodiness to give it a gender specific appearance.

The spectrum of men's iris fragrances is not big: Guerlain's Mouchoir de Monsieur, Prada's Infusion d'Homme and Dior Homme with their variants seem to be the well-known perfumes of that kind. They all impose their own character on the iris: the Prada fragrance puts the iris into a fresh environment suitable for office wear, Guerlain's approach turns out to be a light version of Jicky and distinctly reflects the style of that house, and Dior Homme with its slightly oriental style has brought the iris into the centre of a lipstick-like accord.

Among these, L'Homme de Coeur is the modest. It is discreet and therefore may be considered the classiest. L'Homme de Coeur has the most reminiscence with Dior's attempt. Both fragrances share this powdery dustiness that can remind you of old books with fox marks. But instead of being warm and cuddly, L'Homme de Coeur is lean and wiry, and the iris never turns into an oriental direction. It can be regarded as a fougère fragrance in the broadest sense.

L'Homme de Coeur cannot compete with the obvious freshness that the Prada Infusion fragrances include. You can label L'Homme de Coeur as a fresh scent as well, but then this kind of freshness comes from focussing on the iris itself rather than from other notes. Compared to the Prada freshness, L'Homme de Coeur is more noble and distinguished due to its purism.

Also in relation to the Guerlain fragrance, L'Homme de Coeur stands out for its purism and single note focus. Mouchoir de Monsieur is Guerlain at first, and only secondly, it is iris.

Divine's perfumers must be praised for their modesty. They withstood any attempt to twist the iris into one or the other direction. Their approach apparently was to bring out the best of iris, not to create something unique. In the end, the result is brilliant. I think L'Homme de Coeur is less demanding and much more wearable than the other iris fragrances with all their unique characters.

L'Homme de Coeur does not have lots of development, and the longevity is only a few hours. So, it is recommendable to have it at hand in a travel flacon. Iris is not everybody's cup of tea, but if you love this note, there is probably no classier men's iris perfume around.
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