Le Dandy pour Homme (1923)

Le Dandy pour Homme by d'Orsay
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Le Dandy pour Homme is a popular perfume by d'Orsay for men and was released in 1923. The scent is spicy-fruity. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesPineapple, Whisky, Peach, Plum
Heart Notes Heart NotesGinger, Nutmeg, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouli, Benzoin, Tonka bean, Sandalwood, Peru balsam, Tobacco

Ratings

Scent

7.5 (93 Ratings)

Longevity

7.4 (75 Ratings)

Sillage

6.5 (69 Ratings)

Bottle

7.3 (76 Ratings)
Submitted by Apicius, last update on 23.10.2019
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Ajlen

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Ajlen
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Le Proll
The cross-references led me here from DK Men, one of my absolute favorites. And in fact, Le Dandy is very close at the base. But at the beginning of the fragrance I first feel reminded of another old acquaintance.

Overripe fruits - for me peach and some plaume stand out - make the prelude. The rather indefinable alcoholic component gives the whole a slightly fermenting impression. I get in interaction with the spices Rumtopf associations. In this phase one could draw parallels to the prelude of Paloma Picasso's Minotaure. The two share the somewhat human obsessiveness, but otherwise go completely different ways.

Le Dandy's fragrant heart also awakens memories. The composition of the spices has something of the vintage Égoïste as soon as the fruits have withdrawn. Unfortunately, this phase has gone very Chanel again (5 euros in the Kalauer cash) and I have the feeling to come more or less immediately after the base. This is very similar to DK Men / Fuel for Men as mentioned at the beginning: mild woods and spices on a bed of Verloursleder.

Now the result is literally more than the sum of its parts, which unfortunately proves to be negatively true here. The ingredients are well chosen, but poorly arranged. Despite some nice moments you can't overlook the fact that the overall picture doesn't look very dandy and elegant but rather roughly drawn. Other values also make me think of a proll rather than a dandy: the flacon looks nice, but the atomizer is of the clumsy, snotty kind. The performance is similarly cheeky: at the beginning cheeky, then rather meek and then damn fast away. Thick pants and all that.

In the end, I find it very difficult to classify myself here. The fragrance is too good for a bad rating and at the same time too bad for a good rating. So Le Dandy, who is actually more Le Proll, can't really score with me.
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Drseid

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Drseid
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Would You Like Some Soap With Your Champagne Punch?...
Le Dandy (edp) opens with a somewhat sweet fruity mixture of plum and peach mixing with an alcoholic champagne-like accord to create what amounts to the smell of a delicious champagne laced fruit punch, complete with fresh fruit slices and peach sherbert on top. The top notes remain into the heart of the scent, combining with traces of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spice with the fruit still taking the fore using the spice as subtle support now joined by an almost soapy accord. Base notes of sweet sandalwood, patchouli and tonka bean add further sweetness to the already sweet fruity concoction. Projection is minimal and longevity is excellent.

Le Dandy (edp) is a nice mixture of fruit spiked alcohol, mild spice, and tonka laced super-sweet sandalwood. The almost shampoo-like soapy undertone in the scent's heart is most likely a remnant of the alcoholic accord and it is a bit weird smelling, so I could see it turning some folks off, but I kind of find it interesting. One other word of caution is the high level of sweetness from start to finish can get a bit cloying if you are not too careful, so I recommend going easy on the trigger. If applied in the right amount I think Le Dandy can impress, especially if you enjoy really sweet scents. I can't really say it is ground breaking or stunningly wonderful smelling, but it is definitely a cut above the norm and earns a "good" to "very good" rating of 3 to 3.5 stars out of 5.

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