First of all, I have no prejudices, anyone has the right and liberty to live its life no matter what other people think or say. That being said, to me in the late 80's and early 90's JOOP! Homme was the 'coming out' fragrance. With the whole fragrance's world oriented towards aquatic scents, like Kenzo Homme and Issey Miyake l'Eau, Joop! Homme was a kind of like different, and oriental spicy cologne. I love it for the many memories of incredible house clubs and clubbings of that time, the majority of the guys in there were wearing this juice. I consider it a masterpiece, yet it is my 'guilty pleasure' when I go out and it makes me feel 20 again... I am kidding, of course-
I met Joop! Homme when it was released in 1989. I was waiting for my flight back to Milan at the Munich airport and I came across it while visiting the dutyfree shop. Initially, I was intrigued by the purple juice and the brand, Joop wasn't that famous in my country, so I gave it a try on a paper strip. A bomb of sweet-spicy aroma reached my nostril, orange blossom and cannella were surely contributing to that initial blast!
Right off the bat, I thought it was too strong for me, not in my comfort zone, so I gave it up and did not buy. Nevertheless, I kept the strip in my jacket's pocket, and during the entire flight, and even the day after, the pleasant bittersweet smell reached my nose.
I didn't care about it anymore until one night I was clubbing with some friends of mine, and on the dance floor I was overwhelmed by an intriguing and mysterious aura, so bitter and dark, floral, and I asked my mate "Dude, can you smell that beauty scent in the air?", "Yes, I guess it is Joop!". Oh man, I am afraid I cannot describe the marvelous and amazing scent I was smelling. You know what? That grace was part of my wardrobe the very next time I traveled to Munich!
The first thing that I want to say about Joop! is that it is not a girly or even unisex type of fragrance, albeit a lot of women wear it. This one is highly masculine and sexually charged. In short, it is the type of cologne you want to wear out to a bar or club, not because it’s over the top, but because it is an attention and compliment getter.
The masculine bouquet comes from the great spicy and woodsy notes while it does have a sweet undercurrent thanks to the heliotrope, jasmin, and honeysuckle notes. However, as the time goes by, the sweet notes start to take center stage and the fragrance mellows out into a softer, bitter, and clean scent. Joop! is also a long-lasting cologne so there is no need to worry about it quitting on you after an hour of wear. It is a strong cologne, so, not too much is needed for the desired effect.
This time I don't feel like writing a thing about how and what it smells like, I think there are many here and there. Rather, depending on your personal preference you might like it, love it or quite possibly dislike it but I seriously doubt anybody could hate this stuff. For the price you pay, you get brilliant performance. Unmistakably, this is great for a colder weather. I'm talking Italian cold, and this scent is comforting and alluring when sprayed judiciously. Joop! pour Homme is typically for the metrosexual men and no disrespect to the ones who aren't but just that this is a more casual, loud scent.
Looking for anything serious? Try elsewhere.