Honestly, I don't understand how so many people find a connection with Chanel's Allure Homme Sport, they are two perfumes aside; indeed, they are not twin brothers. Have you tested them side by side? Yes, I did it. Assuming that the myriad of fragrance blogs are accurate, these two guys share a few notes in common, such as neroli, cedar, amber, musk, and tonka bean, which might be a good reason for smelling alike, but it is not enough. Right off the bat, they feel almost identical in the opening, no question about it. The similarity is shocking, but the dry downs are entirely different. However, once you get past that, Versace Pour Homme advances into a beautiful fresh scent. Unlike Allure Homme Sport which expands to powdery vanilla, Versace Pour Homme develops into something that reminds me of an aquatic. It's not as complicated as Acqua di Gio, and maybe not even Cool Water, but it has a perfect fresh opening that is very similar to Allure Home sport. That's it.
Let's talk about perfume. What makes this scent outstanding is its mix of Mediterranean and aromatic notes, which inspires calm in the middle of chaos and gives you the confidence you need to get the job done.
The aromatic fougère scent starts with fresh and citrusy notes of lemon, bergamot, and neroli, along with orange leaves, I deem a sort of petitgrain. This stage is surely zesty, both peels, blossom, and leaves are all from citrus plants. The opening smells a bit synthetic and sharp, but I find that only to be the case in the colder season. In the warmer days, which is when you should be wearing this fragrance, the sharpness of the opening yields a much more pleasant citrusy, floral, and fresh scent, which is simply gorgeous, making the first half hour smell like a day in Eden. The neroli is enjoyable, I can imagine a cascade of some kind, with the purest water ever, falling on soil full of flowers and freshly cut fruit.
The fragrance proceeds with leafy and floral center notes of clary sage, hyacinth, geranium, and cedar. If you are anything like me, you cherish the scent of fresh hyacinth, so impressive, carnal, sensual, narcotic, with vegetal aquatic accents, here blended with aromatic sage and pelargonium, and a touch of wood. It slowly develops into something more sophisticated; the beautiful clary sage and hyacinth are stabbing, but nicely eased by the cedar woods and white musk in the background. At this stage, there's also a wonderful salty vibe emerging, making me dream of some secret Mediterranean cove.
The closing is just as enjoyable, with a still fresh but more luscious, floral, and muskier tone. I get an undeniable pure sweetness coming from Tonka and amber, which is balanced by clean musk. A very tidy and sharp scent. The musk comes out too from the very beginning, which adds a whole masculine edge to it. The latest stage is all dry woods and white musk, with the salty feeling still being there, making you feel like you bathed in the secret cove, and dried yourself under the sun, gently lying on the sand.
In terms of sillage and longevity, on my skin, I get about the entire workday, and while it's not a sillage monster, it projects enough to be noticeable in a crowd. It turns a skin scent after around a few hours for me. It's suitable for men from the age of early 20heir late 50s.
Overall a great fresh scent for the more casual occasions. It is an exotic and unique fragrance that is ideally suited for a night out on the town. This is not for miserable wallflower at a boisterous party, wear it if you want some attention. This cologne I will buy over and over again, there's just something about it to me that sets it apart from the generic.