i have to admit, I only became really aware of the This is Him by Zadig&Voltaire through a fashion-youtuber (Mark Eggers, if you are interested). Because when I saw him talking about this fragrance a few times in his videos, he made me very curious. I have to mention that I had tested this fragrance a long time ago - about the beginning of the year - and I didn't like it that much at that time, but I'll come back to that in a moment...
So after I had seen some videos of the gentleman mentioned before, I got myself a small bottling of the fragrance. This happened about 2 months ago...
When I received the sample, I naturally wondered if I would like him this time. Because my "first time" with him (hmm, "first time"?! Shouldn't I phrase it differently? Oh what the heck, you know what is meant ;) ) was not that exhilarating... (Well, for which of us was the "first time" really so great... to come back to it :P).
No, I ramble. Sorry :)
So, the sample in your hand and off your wrists, as usual... "Mmm, pepper, lots of pepper! Very masculine, I kind of like it," I said to myself. I went to my partner and asked for her opinion: "Oh, he's got something! Smells kind of unique, I never smelled like that before." (to the remark: She knows quite well, also with men's fragrances and owns many bottles herself).
I personally liked him very much and I was surprised at the same time about the fact that he did not speak to me at the "first time" at the beginning of the year... I just assume that, as in a review I wrote recently, my taste and especially my nose developed faster than I would have thought possible
So I put it on completely (5-6 sprays in the neck/neck area and on the sweater) and we went to visit my brother together. When we arrived at his place, he asked me: "What are you wearing today? Smells very manly." (Note: My brother has 2 bottles, BossBottled and DylanBlue, but he rarely uses them). "Hmm, apparently he's going down well," I thought to myself and was naturally pleased about this fact.
The days and weeks after I wore this fragrance over and over again and from time to time I found it better and better. "Yes, old man, this is exactly what I was missing in my collection. Male, attractive, dark, mysterious", was constantly running through my mind when I wore it. And I noticed that it was equally popular with men and women. Which, as you know, can often be quite different, as you know yourselves...
About the durability I can say that it lasts 6-7 h on my skin, while the Sillage projects really strong in the first 3h. When I have it on and am outdoors, it doesn't even need a gust of wind; I notice it very well on me and the people around me as well. And this feeling is already a little ego boost, because I find this fragrance has a very mysterious and mysterious aura, which makes me feel sexy :D
I see in this fragrance a man who outwardly displays a brusque, cool, detached and disinterested behaviour; in fact, I would even say that he comes across as rather arrogant at times. But in truth and deep inside he is a warm-hearted, sensitive and simply nice guy, who simply wouldn't hurt a fly. I think most of us have at least one friend or acquaintance who fits this description
As already mentioned, the This is Him opens with a lot of (black) pepper, so a rather spicy opening is encountered at the first spraying, which is also strongly present throughout the fragrance and gives the scent its characteristic herbaceous nuance. However, I personally can only perceive very little grapefruit. However, one quickly notices the creamy vanilla, which is not long in coming. This and pepper are the main players in this fragrance. The incense gives the whole thing a balsamic-warm touch; and the fact that the ancient Egyptians are said to have already used the resin of the incense as an incense and remedy speaks for this scent... Sandalwood is also added to the base, which makes the fragrance radiate even more additional warmth, because this makes it minimally sweet in the base and rounds off the earthy-woody character.
In my eyes the This is Him with "only" 7.7 is quite undervalued here. And also in general not many perfume reviewers or others talk about him that much, which is a pity. MMn he would have deserved at least an 8 and much more attention.
I think this fragrance goes down very well especially in autumn or on cool spring days and is best suited to these seasons. And since it projects quite strongly in the first hours, I now apply a maximum of 3-4 spray bursts. And I usually dress very dark and also like to wear a black leather jacket with black boots. Personally I find a certain "bad-boy" look to go with it.
Well, maybe one or two of you will give it a chance. Because in my eyes it is an underestimated little insider tip; a very good masculine attractive fragrance, which is very unique and definitely has recognition value.
VG and thank you for reading!