Dali pour Homme (1987)Eau de Toilette

Dali pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) by Salvador Dali
Bottle Design Luigi Bormioli
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Dali pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Salvador Dali for men and was released in 1987. The scent is spicy-animal. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is being marketed by Cofinluxe / Cofci.

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Perfumer

Thierry Wasser

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAniseed, Basil, Bergamot, Tarragon, Lavender, Mandarin, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesHeliotrope, Moss, Geranium, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-valley
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Musk, Patchouli, Vanilla, Vetiver

Ratings

Scent

8.0 (157 Ratings)

Longevity

8.4 (123 Ratings)

Sillage

8.0 (117 Ratings)

Bottle

8.3 (128 Ratings)
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Carlitos01

282 Reviews
Carlitos01
Carlitos01
Very helpful Review    7  
The dark green grass of Dali
If you imagine a forest celtic druid like Panoramix trying to create a new well scented potion, he would start blending a fougére aromatized elixir. He would plan it bitterish, herbal, mildly sweet and anisic, earthy, woody, sensual, and with hints of musk and amber. This wishlist may also describe the sensations your nose receives when you wear Dali pour Homme. If the druid creates his potion adding dark incense and woods, he will end up with somerthing close to Amouage Memoir Men. On the other end, if he adds some pine needles, he may end up with scents close Caron Yatagan or Loewe Esencia.
This kind of crossroads must have been a difficult puzzle to solve for the perfumer who created Dali Pour Homme. As a designer company, Salvador Dali has relied on several different perfumers. For Dali pour Homme the the elected perfumer (and only once by Salvador Dali) was a stll young Thierry Wasser. This perfumer has been a recurring choice for Guerlain, creating rare gems like "L'Abeille aux Ailes Or - Paradis Interdit", highly desired treasures like "Shalimar Ode à la Vanille - Sur la route du Mexique" and "Shalimar Parfum Initial", in addition to commercial successes such as the line "L'Homme Idéal", some of the more recent "Habit Rouge" flankers, "Guerlain Homme", "Encens Mythique" and "Cuir Intense" among others. So, it's only natural that Dali Pour Homme may have a lot of vibes in common with some Guerlain perfumes, and that has been always one of my findings before noticing that connection through the shared work of Thierry Wasser.
Longevity and sillage are well above average and fulfill the wishes of any demanding customer. The scent is quite unique as both animalic and earthy vibes are developped. It opens with fougére notes where the anised and herbal bitterish tarragon is particulary strong. It evolves with a strong mossy accord sweetened by some florals. In the bottom if offers a resinous background with noticeable scents of patchouli, musk and vetiver. A not listed sandalwood scent must have somehow made its way to the bottom notes, being easyly detectable.
Like any fougére you may use it almost in any season provided the weather it's not very hot, as the fragrance is more suitable for cold weather. Also it is not a compliment grabber, although it is recognised as very agreable by many due to its greeness that may fool you with a disguise of a "fresh easy scent". In reality it's a somewhat complex, dark green and very well made fragrance. It does not create an enormeous legion of worshipers but it raises a bunch of highly enthusiastic followers.
The presentation is stunning.
Let's rate this surrealist work of art:
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Scent Opening:...........9,0 (very good if you like anised tarragon)
Scent Drydown:..........9.0 (very good if you like both earthy and animalic scents)
Longevity:....................9.0 (up to 10 hours in my skin, with 3 sprays)
Sillage:..........................9.0 (8+ feet sillage with 3 hours of strong projection)
Uniqueness:................9.0 (almost unique in its dark green scent blending and strenght; I notice some similarities with the way more recent Memoir Man by Amouage)
Wearability:.................8.0 (do avoid any type of hot weather)
Versatility:....................7.0 (its particular scent demands company of people who like deep fougére dark green fragrances; the spaces where you use it must go accordingly; never use it in small rooms or crowded places; it's also not suitable for sports, gym or the seaside)
Compliments:..............7.0 (the short list of people who like it, like it a lot)
Quality:.........................8.5 (slightly above average quality ingredients)
Presentation:...............9.0 (not discrete but beautiful)
Price:.............................9.0 (hard to find nowadays; currently sells around €30.00)
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Overall rating: 8,50/10.00
between 7 and 8 =above average;
between 8 and 9 = recommended;
bigger than 9 = don't miss it;
Opinion: Do you like a dark green fragrance? This is a very good option.
Recommended? It depends on your desire to own such a dark green fragrance. The bottle alone it's worth the price.
Blind buy worthy? Not really. Try it first.

Music: "The Sounds Of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel
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Drseid

738 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
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Questionable Perfume Surrealism, Unquestionable Greatness...
Salvador Dali pour Homme opens with a potent, slightly earthy patchouli, aromatic lavender and culinary basil spice trio before transitioning to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart the patchouli remains, joining with powerful, deep mossy green oakmoss in the joint focal heart role, with the aromatic lavender hanging around as well eschewing its basil counterpart now in support, as honeyed animalic musk rising from the base joins a significant, almost rose-like geranium floral as co-stars. During the late dry-down, almost all of the prior noticeable ingredients vacate or fade significantly to the background, revealing a slightly sweet, natural smelling sandalwood and vanilla tandem that remains the late focus through the finish. Projection is very good, but longevity average at 6-8 hours on skin.

I have never been much of a fan of surrealistic artwork, so the late Salvador Dali while extremely successful never really interested me much. The crazy looking odd shaped bottle with a pair of lips as the cap I personally find unbelievably odd and ugly looking to the extreme. That said, I am sure Dali and admirers of his art would find it the polar opposite, and very much in-line with his surrealist style. Bottle aside, this review is solely focused on the perfume it contains, and that perfume is definitely impressive. From the aromatic lavender and patchouli open, to the patchouli, oakmoss and musk driven heart, the composition stays very in-tune with its 80's roots and shows an ingredient palette that is just not seen today except in rare non-IFRA compliant artisanal offerings. Prolific perfumer Thierry Wasser in one of his first creations skillfully combines a very complex ingredient list, while keeping the perfume's balance in-check at all times. The late dry-down really sneaks up on you, as before you know it, the crazy potent ingredient onslaught has all but "left the building," unveiling a sublime soft sandalwood and vanilla finish that is as near equally impressive as it is minimalist. The bottom line is the discontinued $65 per 100ml bottle on the aftermarket Salvador Dali pour Homme may not quite reach the crazy height the absolute best of the great 80's compositions do, but it is an "excellent" 4 stars out of 5 rated composition that can hold its head up high regardless, easily worthy of a strong recommendation to vintage perfume lovers (even if you are like me and detest its bottle).
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SchatzSucher
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SchatzSucher
SchatzSucher
Helpful Review    10  
No questions, no answers
Somewhere in a little, a little dim, bar. Time didn't matter.
Actually, there wasn't much going on. The Bloody Mary was well mixed, yet she didn't really want to taste good. The glances wandered around, all around only isolated people, who followed their thoughts, held on to their glasses and listened to the music.
Well, after the next song I'll go, she thought so. Another sip.
The door opened and a breath of cool air came in from outside. Their eyes met. He went purposefully towards the bar, where she sat alone. As if by chance, he stopped right next to her when he ordered a double whisky. Suddenly there was this smell in the room. She'd never smelled anything like it before. Strange, attractive, strong, masculine, bitter, even wild and unruly, somehow the scent had something deep and animal about it. And yet she liked it, even very much.
She sat down and played with her bracelet. Actually, she never wore much jewelry, only this bracelet was her favorite piece. A memory of earlier times.
He cheered at her and she smiled involuntarily. Once again this unbelievable erotic fragrance in itself absorb.
Did she have a closer look at him? In the semi-darkness he seemed tall, manly-edged, strong, he had something mysterious about him, almost something mysterious surrounded him, an almost tangible fascination surrounded him.
Not a word. The glances met again. He took her hand and dragged her with him to the small dance floor where there was no human being. He pulled them tight and they swayed to the slow tempting melody.
And she perceived his scent again. There was a charisma she couldn't escape. She tried to unravel why he had such an almost magical fascination, but she did not succeed.

There was a crackling erotic tension in the air, from its warmth, from its radiance it let itself simply be carried away. They had still not exchanged a single word, but there was an intimate understanding between them that seemed almost scary to her and yet familiar. And she just let it happen, didn't want to ask, didn't want any answers.
They looked at each other again. He took her hand and led her out into the night...

...

She awoke. She was alone. One room, sheets rumpled, clothes scattered all over the floor. She pulled the blanket tighter and there was that wild, bitter scent again. The smell of a night. The crackling tension was still in the air and she felt incredibly comfortable, immersed in the blurry memories of the last hours. Not a word was said. And she knew she'd never see him again.
But she would never forget his unique smell, which could still be felt for hours.
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Terente

31 Reviews
Terente
Terente
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Lighting the dark
A very complex fragrance. Unique and distinct. A masterpiece. It's termed horror, dark, ugly etc... Perhaps by the admirers of today's fragrances, when most fragrances resemble each other and excite your salivary glands instead of the olfactory nerves. For them, yes, surely, this sublime SDPH creation is like a thunder in the softness of the head. It requires the education of the olfactory sense, which once made this miracle of perfume can be appreciated at its true value.
This perfume is masculine in excellence, but it is not for today's effeminate males, but for mature, evolved, serious men and self contained. A perfume with sad notes, but not necessarily morbid. No resemblance to urinal Kouros (as some say), SDPH is patchoulic. He's hot in his heart, but with a cool upper dominance wrapping him up. It opens with a symphony of strong flavors, where the citrus, anise, salvia, basil and tarragon (I love tarragon!) feel, and slowly calm down, finally changing his personality with notes of patchouli, vanilla, resin and leather.
The performances are good, with 2-3 hours of force and sillage (on me). It then calms, remaining discreet, but present for up to 16 hours on the skin. Patchouli is his last twinge and feels fine even at 24 hours. A great fragrance for special souls.
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GothicHeart

87 Reviews
GothicHeart
GothicHeart
Helpful Review    7  
A kiss or a whisper...
This is a fragrance foreseen in nightmares.
I have a suspicion that this was what Colonel Walter E. Kurtz in Apocalypse Now was talking about when quoting "The horror! The horror!" from Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness".
In a recently discovered letter from Howard Philips Lovecraft to Clark Ashton Smith, in which Lovecraft describes one of his nightmares, the following passage was surely portending the birth of an anomaly like Salvador Dali pour Homme, some 50 years before its coming.

"...I dreamt of a dark pond amidst a desolated garden with long dead rose bushes. Its green, stagnant water was shimmering under an alien moon, emanating an unbearable foreboding of great evil. I was standing mesmerised in front of it, staring at its unfathomable depths, and completely unable to avert my eyes. And then I heard a cacophonous, orgiastic commotion of fifes coming from the ominous line of trees in the distance. And like answering to a call, the water begun to stir, like something unimaginably dreadful was about to emerge any moment. And along with the tumultuousness of the water, there came the smell...Oh dear God, the smell...
With a terrifying feeling that something was standing right behind me, I woke up drenched in sweat, and shaking. The last thing I remember from my dream was a fleeting glimpse of a pair of pitch black lips over my shoulder, whispering "I shall find you..." And although I'm sure that it was my imagination playing tricks on me, I'd swear that for what felt like an eternity, although it was only a few seconds, the smell seemed to have followed me, filling my bedroom.
God have mercy on us all, should this foulest of smells ever finds its way from the world of dreams to the world of the living."

If one and only one creation of every art was to be displayed in a gallery dedicated to art's finest examples, then it should be no other than Salvador Dali pour Homme representing perfumery. I guess it would be redundant to say anything about its bottle, other than it's the most bizarre and surrealistic vessel ever used to contain a fragrance. But since we're talking about Señor Dali, I also guess that this shouldn't come as surprise. I'll just add that this is not a bottle that anyone would like to sleep in the same room with. Perhaps Henry S. Whitehead's short story "The Lips" could give a good reason why. But if the bottle is bizzare one time, what's inside it simply doesn't have anything analogous in the known universe. I simply can't describe how it smells like, because I don't know what I'm smelling. But whatever it is, it is something on a titanic scale. Words like notes, sillage and longevity have absolutely no meaning here. Maybe this is the reason why it took Thierry Wasser 13 years to create another fragrance. Maybe he was someplace hiding, terrified after he realised what he had unleashed upon the world. For this is one of the very few scents, of which when I trace a whiff of them in the air, I wouldn't want to meet the one wearing it. I could swear that the air around me becomes thicker every time I dare to spray a single shot on me. And judging by their body language, I could also swear that it changes people's behaviour towards me when I'm wearing it. It's like they sense an undercurrent of hostility coming in spindrifts. And it makes an otherwise friendly smile looking beguiling in the light of day, and dangerous after dark. It is a scent that defies the senses and all the usual ways of perceiving a scent, and speaks directly to the soul. Or threatens to steal it...

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Carlitos01Carlitos01 16 months ago
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Impressive bottle and impressive complex scent! Old school fougére, good performance, very spicy, a bit animalic & very mossy. Recommended!
AJGAJG 18 months ago
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I'll wear Dali anywhere, anytime,
IDGAF if it's appropriate.
My #1
H27H27 3 years ago
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It's not for me. I'm 38 years old and I think it's very dated (as well as Zino Davidoff).
However - great projection and longevity.

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