Pour Homme 1978 Eau de Toilette

Pour Homme (Eau de Toilette) by Van Cleef & Arpels
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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. Projection and longevity are above-average. It was last marketed by Inter Parfums. Pronunciation
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Perfumer

Louis Monnet

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamotBergamot LavenderLavender NutmegNutmeg MyrtleMyrtle SageSage JuniperJuniper
Heart Notes Heart NotesArtemisiaArtemisia CarnationCarnation CloveClove PatchouliPatchouli RoseRose VetiverVetiver CedarwoodCedarwood
Base Notes Base NotesChypre accordChypre accord LabdanumLabdanum LeatherLeather MuskMusk FrankincenseFrankincense SandalwoodSandalwood

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8.2239 Ratings

Longevity

8.4192 Ratings

Sillage

8.0191 Ratings

Bottle

7.6200 Ratings

Value for money

7.723 Ratings
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Elysium

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Elysium
Elysium
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Loud And Proud Soapy Rosy Leather
Pour Homme turns 40, even a few more. Indeed, it was launched in 1978, along with masterpieces such as Azzaro pour Homme Eau de Toilette, Ghibli, and Lagerfeld Classic Eau de Toilette. That doesn't mean they're alike, but they all smell as plentiful as the powerhouse 1980s. If you try them together, you will recognize the same footprint, fullness, strong fougère, chypre, nearly barbershop, and oriental atmosphere. And Pour Homme is an old school cologne, but with a classic vibe and utterly modern reformulation. It's soapy, it's green, it's luxurious, and it's masculine. Don't let the bottle fool you into thinking this will be a variant of Tsar Eau de Toilette, because this one came a decade earlier, and they are two colonies apart from each other. Pour Homme is darker, warmer, more powerful.

On par with Tsar, the fragrance opens with an outburst of aromatic, harsh green, and spicy tones, with just a smidgen of tart citrus. I detect many herbaceous notes, savoury marjoram, a grass that I adore for savouring dishes, a hint of juniper, and the velvety sage. The lavender is subdued and not as prominent as in Tsar. The initial stage is bitter, sour, and austere, with a thin veil of basil and cumin. I own a recent bottle; therefore, I can only imagine how stronger it was when it hit the market back in the years.

The initial blast lasts a while before turning into a creamy and soapy accord. Here I get the clean smell of the beauty soap bar, and the Gothic rose reminds me of Camay. The more it enters the heart territory, the soapier it gets. There are plenty of roses, dusty, not like the Middle and the Far East perfumes, but in a way that masterfully blends with earthy patchouli and leather. I bet the soapiness of the rose comes from a great addition of fatty aldehydes. Green galbanum and carnation make the background. Despite the riot of blossoms, the cologne remains within the masculine territory.

I get the leathery, mossy, and amber accords in the dry-down. The coconut note does not come alone and perhaps contributes to the overall scent. The already dark and decadent atmosphere settles into something even more shamelessly virile in the background. Then the rose finally gives its hold on the composition to reveal a rough base, with leathery, animalistic, and amber shades made of intense castoreum, the musk of oak and earthy vetiver. And the incense is so smoky, comfy, and a bit churchy. It might seem like there is too much laundry moss. Still, when I use it entirely, oakmoss, juniper berries, lavender, tobacco and cedar all come together into a fruity complexity that is very rewarding, and the laundry moss doesn't consider.

In summary, a soapy, spicy formula enriched with aromatic herbs, wood and leather. Yes, there is a significant luxury soap element, but that to me is what makes it so enchanting. These aldehydes enhance everything, including the incense base. I find it perfect for the cold evenings of late Autumn and throughout the winter for my taste. More formal than casual events, it develops in a massive projection within the first hour, then becomes a perfume on the skin, with moderate longevity. It's unique and relatively little known to the masses, a long way from the extravagant modern gourmand sweetness. It is a source of compliments, and when I wear it to work I often hear people say "What a good smell you have!"

I base my review on a 100ml bottle I have owned since December 2017 (BC 01h06h010, 2017-01-10).

-Elysium
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ChicoRoch1

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ChicoRoch1
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Another IFRA casualty
I have a bottle from 2015 and the scent has a nice leathery spicy vibe to it but the longevity could be better as usual. If the price on a vintage bottle wasn't so ridiculous I'd have about a half dozen. I hate to always sound like a negative person but i calls it like i sees it. Bottom line, nice fragrance, i just wish it lasted longer that's all.
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Carlitos01

346 Reviews
Carlitos01
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The gentleman playboy
Serge Gainsbourg was a famous French playboy known for his good taste in choosing his female companions and his perfumes. His most famous girlfriends were probably the very beautiful Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin. He was also an unconditional fan of Pour Homme Eau de Toilette. He really had very good taste!

Just two or three sprays make the air denser than almost any other perfume. Make no mistakes in choosing this scent. Just a few scents are as manly as this one. And it's good! It's really damn good!
It starts with juniper berries, cheekily tamed by lavender and very distinct bergamot. The spices appear a little later but are quite persistent. They seem like friends who came for a short social visit and then stayed until dinner. The soapy musk asserts itself about an hour later with the help of unctuous labdanum and offers the persistent spices a pleasant lounge where the notes of sage, mugwort, nutmeg, cloves and especially oakmoss can interact with each other in varying degrees of intensity.
The strong dish takes place in the base note of the fragrance. The contrast created by the citrus notes in the top note, a labdanum-centred heart and an almost animalistic moss shape the strong olfactory impression of a chypre, here paired with an intense leather and some sandalwood. The leather note is restrained but, thankfully, not too much.
All this is done in a very refined and only slightly animalistic way. The performance is huge, but without causing any kind of boredom.
It is a fragrance that is placed somewhere between a gloomy, dark ambience and a mysterious, woody-green aroma. Although it contains only legally permitted substances, it has been addicting many noses for over 40 years, including mine. With a little luck, your nose will be addicted too.
I know of no other perfume made by the perfumer of this Pour Homme Eau de Toilette, but I can convincingly exclaim: - God bless you, Louis Monnet!

Rating of a wonderful and powerful old-school fragrance:
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- Opening: 10.0 (Admirable... bergamot, spices and a hint of juniper berries).
- DryDown: 9.5 (Heavenly chypre accord with strong leather, sandalwood and resins).
- Longevity: 9.0 (3 sprays last up to 10 hours)
- Sillage: 8.0 (6 feet sillage and up to 2.5 hours projection with 3 sprays)
- Exclusivity: 9.5 (still almost unique after all these years; I notice some similarities with the much younger and much more expensive Enslaved Eau de Parfum)
- Wearability: 8.0 (not suitable for warm weather)
- Versatility: 8.0 (you can use it almost anywhere, but I recommend it as an evening fragrance; good for a night out or casual wear. Avoid the beach and the gym).
- Praise: 8.5 (you will get more compliments than average).
- Quality: 10.0 (Fantastic)
- Presentation: 8.0 (Simple, effective and stylish)
- Price: 9.0 (I bought my last bottle in 2016 for €34/100ml; Currently only god knows how much a flask can cost)
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Overall rating: 8.86 / 10.00
- between 7 and 8 = above average;
- between 8 and 9 = recommendable;
- greater than 9 = definitely not to be missed;

My opinion: This is one of those masculine perfumes that I consider timeless and a true olfactory work of art. I usually consider perfumes to be gender-neutral, but this one is "For Men Only"! If you find a bottle in a shop at a reasonable price, just buy it blindly.

Music: Francis Lai - "A Man and a Woman" or "Un Homme et Une Femme".
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Siebenkäs
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Rio Negro
He was pretty good at repression.
Had to be. With almost all big projects,
which had been realized according to his plans,
there had been resistance. Whether they were politicians Environmentalist or entrepreneur - anyone
always bothered that he was building something,
that was associated with change.
Change in the sense of improvement, of which he
almost always convinced.
He looked in the mirror. Somehow the baths are in
Five-star hotels all the same, he thought. At least
in Brazil.
It was 9:00. One more hour until the press conference Before him on the marble ledge stood the Pour Homme-
Flacon. It's funny that last night of all nights he was
one of the environmental activists the Van Cleef & Arpels fragrance
...as a gift. He still knew him from the 80's,
but had somehow forgotten him They had been eating in a very good restaurant He had wondered how loose and undogmatic the
Representatives from the N.I. N.I. stood for Naturaleza Intacto.
You had calmly explained to him the consequences that the
Project. And he had listened quietly As always.
Mostly they were bridges he had built,
often very difficult, expensive and with dangers
related projects. Suspension bridges, double-decker-
bridges, arch bridges. Over the Congo, the Nile,
the Brahmaputra, the Pilcomayo Bridges that only he could build. That had nothing to do with
to do presumptuous things. It was just a fact But this project, to which this morning he had his
Statement at the press conference,
was a little different. A gigantic dam
at the Rio Negro. A project that involves enormous amounts of
of clean energy. But also a big
Destroy a piece of nature. And give many people their
I could make a living. Well, the most powerful
and richest energy company in Brazil would already
take care of them.
Now he took the black bottle in his hand and >br /> gave himself a few good sprays Yes, there it was, the wonderful top note, just like he wrote it in
I had a memory. More or less, anyway.
A dry lemon note, somewhat hardened by >br /> Juniper and made cool by unwavering
Lavender freshness.
He got dressed. White shirt, Armani suit. None /br /> Tie. He decided to have breakfast later. Sober
he was the most eloquent, always has been.
Now came the unmistakable Spice Symphony, something
pleasant bitterness through rough nutmeg and sage warmth,
yes, rough and warm at the same time, good qualities for makers,
he thought. He fluffed up on the sofa of his suite and zapped
through the TV channels. Just stay relaxed.
30 minutes to the appointment. Well, the conference room
of the hotel should already be full, the bosses of the electricity
company wanted to give the assembled press a few more things
on their new green electricity programme for large cities
tell. He wouldn't be on until 10:00.
And he wouldn't show up a minute earlier. Actually
he'd rather have her wait a little. Rockstars
did the same thing.
And now the most beautiful part of the fragrance began. It came
basically more and more together - to the spices
dark flower tones crept in, self-confident and
kind of imperturbable, carnation, a little stern rose.
And in addition shady patchouli tones, dry, almost dusty
Wooden notes, serious and somehow brave. Accompanied by
a certain clean, beige-colored, calm
Soap, which seemed innocent and experienced at the same time.
Up to every trick in the book.
How could he have forgotten that perfume? He went to the window and looked out. Downstairs, seven floors--
works deeper, the cars pushed their way through the street.
His gaze wandered higher, beyond the roofs in
Direction of the city border, where somewhere the untamed
Nature began.
10 minutes to go until the conference.
Now all the elements were in a common, single-
like softness, balsamic,
fearless, very calm and composed.

He stepped up to the microphone.
Tak,tak, he tapped it with his finger.
The hall system transmitted it clearly.
It was a habit, he almost did it
instinctive.
Fifty or sixty faces were looking at him with curiosity.
He let her fidget a little bit longer He always enjoyed that moment Then he remembered his speech. What was it again
the entry point? The scent of Pour Homme came as a small
Cloud into his nose and said: Improvise again,
like you used to do...
"Good morning, ladies and gentlemen," he said and
was looking for individual pairs of eyes despite the backlighting. "It's going to
there won't be a dam. At least not with me."

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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

7 Reviews
Attlas
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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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
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

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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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ElysiumElysium 3 months ago
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Old school cologne with a classic vibe, and utterly modern in its reformulation. It’s soapy, it’s green, it’s luxurious, and it’s mannish.
CatarinaCatarina 3 years ago
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This is a manly vintage powerhouse, yet very elegant and alluring. It's half way between Habanita from Molinard and Santos from Cartier.
NGL7NGL7 3 years ago
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Gothic at its finest
AttlasAttlas 3 years ago
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Both VC&A's Pour Homme & Tsar are rich fragrances. This one lasts way longer. Is darker, warmer & more elegant. A more serious personality.
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Carlitos01Carlitos01 4 years ago
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Absolute classy manly dark perfection! It's a Chypre symphony and all notes are arranged brilliantly. An Antaeus with leather. I love it!.

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