Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme (1999) Eau de Toilette

Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) by Salvatore Ferragamo
Bottle Design: Thierry de Baschmakoff
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Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Salvatore Ferragamo for men and was released in 1999. The scent is green-woody. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCyclamen, Fig leaf, Geranium, Grapefruit, Caraway, Neroli, Rosewood
Heart Notes Heart NotesCarnation, Orris root, Jasmine, Cardamom, Rose
Base Notes Base NotesOakmoss, Leather, Musk, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Cedar

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Scent

7.7 (139 Ratings)

Longevity

7.4 (102 Ratings)

Sillage

6.5 (107 Ratings)

Bottle

7.9 (111 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 15.08.2018
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Smora
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Very helpful Review    5
Southern Elegance
Scentrack: Ornella Vanoni – L’Appuntamento

As I was born and raised on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea the beautiful smell of fig leaf is my natural habitat (another one is tomato leaf). The smell of fig leaf reminds me of my garden in the small seaside resort. If I must choose just one note considered as personal, the fig leaf is the note. That is the reason I love Salvatore Ferragamo Pour Homme. This fragrance is a well done masculine fig leaf. The essence of ancient Mediterranean culture, and Italian passion for life are preserved in this great-looking Ferragamo bottle.
Ferragamo pour Homme opens with a realistic, milky fig leaf note, accompanied by a fresh neroli. This Mediterranean fresh opening is garnered with a hefty dose of cardamom, similar to the one observed in Costume National Homme. The heart of this fragrance is flowery. Subtle jasmine, soft rose, and pale old school carnation. The base is made of vetiver, clean soapy musk, and cedar. This woody character of the base gives the whole composition a pronounced masculine twist.

Rating: 7.5/10

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Unique Elegance Forgotten
The brand Salvatore Ferragamo mainly focuses on the mainstream, however, there was one really outstanding exception: Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme.

The concept of this fragrance was absolutely innovative. On first sight, it could be filed under fig leaf fragrance. But...whereas it is that very and fresh green note that most fig leaf fragrances bring to the stage, Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme puts it into a different context.

I don't really like the well known straightforward fig leaf scents such as Diptyque's Philosykos or L'Artisan Parfumeur Premier Figuier. Fig leaf scent is about what you get if you pick leaves from a bush and grind them with your hands. For a perfume, straightforward fig leaf is too much nature, and not enough artistry. This is where Salvatore Ferragamo comes in.

Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme seems to combine the fresh fig leaf with the darker and more robust vetiver, in equal parts, and the outcome is a unique accord of sheer elegance. The fragrance pyramid is unusually opulent, and with spicy, woody, floral, leather notes and musk, it contains ingredients of all scent directions and hardly anything can be detected as such. In my perception all these notes are aimed at balancing and investigating this new unique accord making the result even more elegant.

There is not a lot of development in this fragrance, eventually some masculine musky notes blend in when the base is reached.

Uniqueness and elegance make Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme a fragrance which you might not get away unnoticed when you wear it. Concerning its uniqueness, I would put it on the the same level as Prada's Amber pour Homme and the use of violet in there.

It is hard to understand why this great way of handling fig leaf has hardly been seized as a suggestion by other perfumers. Dolce & Galbana's Velvet Vetiver is not really a gent's cologne. Micallef's Richard was only produced once in a small batch as a signatory perfume for Beauty Affair in Düsseldorf. There seems to be only one other men's perfume currently on the market where this special accord can be found: Charriol's Royal Gold for Men. However, a fig leaf and vetiver combo is only top notes in there with a further development of a completely different, oriental direction.

Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme has been discontinued for a while, but some bottles can still be found on the net for small money. I already put another 100 ml bottle on stock, and I recommend a blind buy even just to get acquainted with an accord that is currently missing in perfumery.
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