Pour Homme (1978) Eau de Toilette

Pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) by Van Cleef & Arpels
Bottle Design Pierre Dinand
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Pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Van Cleef & Arpels for men and was released in 1978. The scent is spicy-leathery. The longevity is above-average. It was last marketed by Inter Parfums.

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Louis Monnet

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Lavender, Nutmeg, Myrtle, Sage, Juniper
Heart Notes Heart NotesArtemisia, Carnation, Clove, Patchouli, Rose, Vetiver, Cedarwood
Base Notes Base NotesChypre accord, Labdanum, Leather, Musk, Frankincense, Sandalwood

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Scent

8.2 (205 Ratings)

Longevity

8.2 (157 Ratings)

Sillage

7.9 (157 Ratings)

Bottle

7.5 (165 Ratings)
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Stinki

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that makes the air thick
like no other. But he's good and he's damn good. He has this certain French undertone of pink rose, carnation and something very fine resinoid, but very fine. But the Labdanum often throws everything over the top, as thick as insect spray. I don't disagree so much about the daily form of any fragrance. On some days I literally lose my air when I inhale it, again on others when I enter a room where I have been before because it is so good. But it is and remains very difficult for me to carry, not on warm days anyway. That, if it's true, he liked a chain smoker like Serge Gainsbourg, I like to think. Anyone who smokes or has smoked Gitanes, like me, knows that they need a strong olfactory counterpart. But they're not what they used to be
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Attlas

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Attlas
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Intriguing Elegance
Opens with fresh citrus.
Immediatly a talcum powder smell. Very clean... becomes smokier and darker with time.
Proeminent Rose note.
Always mantains an elegant and expensive vibe.
As the freshness of the citrus fades it starts to present a leather like scent.
And it starts becoming warmer.
Will last the entire day and it will project for long hours.
People will be abble to smell you just with one spray on your chest.
The fragrance becomes spicier as time passes.
It lasted me the intire day (no joke) since 11 in the morning untill midnight.

Today I was in my room and an intense Sandalwood scent was in my room. "What is this? This smells like those times when I used to light Sandalwood Insence sticks in my room but I don't do that anymore!" Of course! My shirt... It is exhuding an Oriental Sandalwood. Just like those burning sticks. Very spicy and warm. My nose was 1 arm lenght away from the shirt and I could smell it.

I am very impressed with how this fragrance lasts and transforms over time. 5 stars

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Konsalik

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The understated powerhouse
The large Powerhouse fragrances, popular in the eighties, but partly already launched in the seventies, have a broad-legged image. Bulletproof spice walls, penetrating soapiness, bitingly sweaty animality: Everyone in the room or in the ice cream parlour should know that King Frutti de la Django has entered the scene!
But already in my review of the current (significantly reduced!) version of YSL's "Kouros" I noticed that a careful adjustment of these constituent elements can obviously leave the impression of rough sophistication - and must not be irretrievably linked to gold chains on sun milk-bonded chest hair. This comment is dedicated to my current champion in the subcategory "Powerhouse for the fine gentleman".

"Pour Homme" by Van Cleef & Arpels starts with a strong, but not particularly alcoholic juniper, boldly cushioned by lavender and bergamot. The spices, on the other hand, although partly listed in the top note, only really come out after half an hour. However, they do not form a wall here, but rather remain permeable and, each spice on its own, almost quiet. Especially the carnations stay in the background (which is gratefully assumed; in Carons "Le 3e homme" for example the stuffy powder carnation takes my breath away!). This noble balance is by no means a weak projection! Only the character is different, more comparable with the lulling, even though objectively not quiet murmur of a larger evening party at the champagne reception.

The synaesthetic impression of the fragrance, located somewhere between "black" and "mysteriously sapphire green" by some other reviewers, is quite excellent; the bottle of the other great fragrance from the house, "Tsar", would have matched this fragrance just as well. The musk soap that comes on after about an hour (probably with the help of the incense this is extra creamy!) offers the very persistent spices a beautiful canvas on which sage, carnation, moss (?) etc. can play in varying intensities, to disappear afterwards for a while behind it etc. Everything very fine, hardly "animalistic" and in its changes downright three-dimensional. The durability is enormous, without annoying. After twelve hours very closely and even after 24 hours still perceptible, a pleasant, quite "cuddly" leather-soap note remains on the skin, which has a strangely satisfying effect. And all this for - what? 30 euros?! You can find this fragrance regularly on the Internet at special prices and really wonder how it can be.

If you find the classic Powerhouse formula interesting, but can't imagine where many relevant candidates should find their place in everyday life, you should give VC&A's "Pour Homme" a chance. An ingenious, dark green-spicy precious soap for men with an unstrained but at the same time unironic relationship to their own masculinity and also after several test runs without objective weaknesses.
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MasterLi

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MasterLi
MasterLi
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An old classic..
This one is special. It reminds me of the old, masculine style of perfumery. This is almost the quintessential barbershop fragrance. To me it's a leathery fougère . It's also mossy and has the rose, vetiver, lavender and carnation. It's very sophisticated and done in an exceptional style of perfumery, from arguably one of the best decades in perfumery.

This fragrance, like Tsar, which was released over a decade later, is very masculine and refreshing. In fact, I find this has a barbershop quality much like Rive Gauche pour Homme. You get a very masculine blend of dark herbs, spices, oakmoss & vetiver etc. and it's wonderful. I like it very much.

If you are a fan of the old style of masculine classic perfumery, this is one to try out. Good for the price too.
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Oberon21

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Oberon21
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van cleef and arpels
this frag come directly from the old big perfume school ,this makes me think how men smells in the past days and i really find in it an attractive and elegant way to make a man feel sexy ,this smells of barber shop ,floral soap ,spices not so leathery imho ,anyway i ve blindly bought this and im very satisfied
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Miaw2

339 Reviews
Miaw2
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Classic stuff
Despite many 80's and 90's fragrances being reformulated lately, VCA Pour Homme remains almost the same as it used to be.

I recently bought it and immediately remembered the old times: smells woody, intense and masculine.

Along with Azzaro PH, this fragrance is one of my favorites "old school" if i could categorize that way.

The opening is a little strong but the drydown is absolutely wonderful with a nice coconut note that gives it a creamy aspect. At the end it smells like a luxury soap with a great rose note combined with leather and some resins.

Sillage, projection and longevity are great.

Definately a must have!
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Drseid

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Drseid
Drseid
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Some Classics Never Die...
*This is a review of the vintage juice.

VC&A pour Homme (vintage) opens with a sublime orange and bergamot tandem laced with various well-blended culinary herbs and spices. Joining the immediate top notes in the early heart and hanging around for a good duration is a very strong leather and oakmoss tandem rising all the way from the base, with patchouli and hints of easily identifiable rose and carnation in support. As the oakmoss and leather recede in the late dry-down, some of the well-concealed base notes reveal themselves including a very nice amber and sandalwood combination joining the patchouli that is slightly sweet. Projection is above average and longevity is below average.

The first thing that came to mind as I tried VC&A pour Homme (vintage) on skin was I have smelled this before... It did not take me long to realize that what I was smelling was a very similar presentation to Bijan for Men (vintage). I would go as far as to say the two could have been near-identical twins with their respective oakmoss and leather driven powerhouse presentations making themselves known from the near get-go. That said, while the similarities in the early development can't be denied, the scents later diverge with VC&A pour Homme (vintage) showing a more smooth slightly sweet and polite presentation than the ever-potent and raw Bijan for Men (vintage) that gets even rougher as time passes if that can be believed. Of the two I prefer the more dynamic Bijan on just about all levels (both subjectively and technically), but both are incredible scents that can stand with the best of the powerhouse releases of the past (let’s not insult them by comparing them to the current stuff). My primary (albeit minor) gripe with Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme (vintage) is the relatively shoddy longevity I get with it. By relatively shoddy, I am not talking a few minutes and then poof, its gone, but rather 4 to 5 hours, which on my scent friendly skin is below average. I wish it lasted longer, but while it is present VC&A pour Homme is a definite winner and a distinguished powerhouse for the more refined gentleman, earning an excellent 4 stars out of 5 in vintage form.
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Catarina 7 months ago
This is a manly vintage powerhouse, yet very elegant and alluring. It's half way between Habanita from Molinard and Santos from Cartier.+3
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NGL7 10 months ago
Gothic at its finest+1
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Attlas 13 months ago
Both VC&A's Pour Homme & Tsar are rich fragrances. This one lasts way longer. Is darker, warmer & more elegant. A more serious personality.+3
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Carlitos01 20 months ago
Absolute classy manly dark perfection! It's a fougére symphony where all notes are arranged brilliantly. Bogart could have used this scent.+5
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