Cacharel pour L'Homme fragrance notes

  • Head

    • lavender, lemon, bergamot
  • Heart

    • nutmeg, geranium, carnation
  • Base

    • sandalwood, cedarwood, vetiver, musk

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Latest Reviews of Cacharel pour L'Homme

Cacharel Pour Homme seems to be one of the more misunderstood of male-marketed 80s fragrances. The understated masculine elegance is a stark contrast to the muscled powerhouses fueling the market at the time of its release. No leather, no civet, only mildly musky, Pour L'Homme sought to perpetuate the heritage of the well-groomed and well-heeled man. Gerard Goupy, known for his contributions with Lancome (Balafre, Climat, Magie Noire) exhibited his artful restraint here, choosing to accentuate an aura through aromatics, most notably nutmeg. It is this nutmeg, warm, dry and woody, that ties the elements together. The bright bergamot settles into supporting florals, discreetly, including a sheer, yet ripe ylang ylang and a dianthus-pink carnation accord.

An aura, not a cloud, a mood that isn't necessarily an attitude. Not that I would ever scoff at clouds and attitudes; they have their place and I love to indulge in them. Pour L'Homme is perfect for spring, a midway between frost and humidity—breezy and tactile, yet its transparency doesn't stifle. Its creamy, floral, woody dry down would appeal to those who favor compositions from Jean Claude Ellena, particularly in his Hermessence series. I must point out the comparison between both the 90s and more recent formulations I have: the former is a bit more full-bodied, while the latter is more nutmeg-forward and subdued, but still lovely.

I must also point out that I love the way the nutmeg merges into the vetiver far into the dry down. I am endlessly thrilled with how various notes and accords interact with each other, the eclipses, the transitions. It's so stimulating to the nose to tune into the development of fragrance and note how the scent molecules behave over time.
9th May 2023
A gentleman in suit having a shot of Johnny Walkers and Havanna Cigar. This is what a man should smell of those are rare fragrances that exudes a subtle power and charm. Spices, florals, woods and so much more creating elegance and warmth in a manly manner. Although lunched in 1981, this elegant fragrance still remains relevant and very much in style for the modern man.

Opening notes are slightly zesty and floral but it eventually settles down as very green vetiver, oakmoss and cedar fact the vetiver/nutmeg combo gives it a warm, spicy backbone while the lavender and the citruses soften the composition. The base note lightens with some cedar,vetiver and fir freshness. It is in all weather all ocassion evergreen fragrance for all types of indoor and outdoor activities. It is from the era of Azzaro, and Aramis worn with tailored suits and braces formally and unbuttoned shirts and hairy chest. A must have for fougere enthusiasts.
11th September 2021

I wore this in the early 90s, bought in Paris when I discovered Cacharel men's accessories in my first trip to Paris: ties, handkerchiefs, and fragrance, all found at Galarie Lafayette. It reminds my of that era in my life. I just bought another bottle, it has changed a bit but not enough to change the memories. I'm back in my tiny NYC apartment, reveling in a Paris memory.
18th February 2021
Which perfumes do you recognise from their heyday?
Eau Sauvage? Opium? Fahrenheit?
How about Cacharel pour l’Homme from 1981?
It’s well made, distinctive and coherent, but it has a major flaw – it’s built around nutmeg and not much else.
It’s like a tune with a catchy riff - which everybody knows but nobody listens to any more.
And in the same way, I bet many who wore Cacharel pour l'Homme in the 80’s don’t wear it anymore, no matter how good it seemed back then.
A less gimmicky, and arguably, less distinctive perfume is Antaeus (1981) which has grown out of its niche on the gay scene to rumble on with a small but general following.
This ability to go beyond place and time is a quality that the bold, but less nuanced Cacharel pour l’Homme doesn’t have. It was a big hit in its day, but it didn't last.
And the reason for that is, unlike a perennial classic like Kouros (also 1981) which - thanks to its conservative structure - is a fixed star in the heavens, Cacharel pour l’Homme was a flash in the pan, a shooting star that burned bright for a season but died when the gimmick got stale.
These days, Cacharel pour l’Homme is a marginal perfume, and rightly so: it was one of the first perfume jingles.
I mean, who wants to smell of nutmeg all day?
15th February 2021
Flashback! A welcome journey back to my late teens when I was wearing the original formulation. I was always told that I was born in the wrong era as I wore retro fashion and older gentleman type fragrances such as Cacharel and Geo F Trumper Wild Fern. For a period of 10 years I stopped wearing any fragrances. Over the past 4 months I have embarked on a fragrance journey of discovery, thanks to reviewers like Ash @ GentsScents. I started with some modern examples like YSL Y, Versace Dylan Blue & Tom Ford. Then I remembered Cacharel and the feeling I got when I put it on. This formulation is less potent and I am glad. The initlal opening can be a little austere and abrasive. But persevere because after around 10-15 minutes it will sit closer to you and make you feel all warm and cosy like a soft blanket. This is a classic, elegant scent with all the things I love - spice (nutmeg), wood, citrus, green notes. Massively underrated and this shows by how few video reviews you will find online. I do find most of the modern fragrances have become too sweet and fruit driven. Very unisex. Nothing wrong with that if you want to please others. But if you want to treat yourself to a timeless classic that will grow and grow on you? Then I highly recommend this fragrance. Quel bonheur
8th September 2020
Cacharel pour L'Homme (1981) is the masculine follow-up to the popular Anais Anais (1978) originally commissioned by Cacharel founder Jean Bousquet from L'Oréal to give the house a presence in the perfume market. What makes Cacharel pour L'Homme most interesting is it took an entirely different direction than other major designer masculines of the year like Yves Saint Laurent Kouros (1981), Bijan for Men (1981), or Chanel Antaeus (1981), by being soft-spoken. Make no mistake, this is still very much an "uber-masculine" fragrance that fits right in with early 80's tropes, but unlike the others, takes a markedly drier and more-discreet approach to the same goal. Cacharel pour L'Homme comes in a bottle with an affixed spray head that makes the whole thing look like a whiskey flask, a vibe seemingly borrowed from Speidel-Textron's British Sterling (1965), and is adorned with "pour L'Homme" in flowing silver script. Older bottles have a duck on them since the word "cacharel" literally describes a variety of the bird local to Nîmes in France, where the company was founded by Bousquet. Mostly, I think Bousquet took a "high road" approach to making this fragrance, because it feels very conservative in design, and not waiting with baited breath to whip out its virility and slap everyone with it like most powerhouses released in 1981. Men looking for their "game" to speak for itself rather than have their fashion sense do the talking wore this.

Gerard Goupy of Givaudan was brought in by L'Oréal to work on Cacharel pour L'Homme due to his experience working with masculines for Lancôme, in particular his involvement with making Balafre (1967), but these scents don't share anything else besides perfumer. The opening is stark lemon oil and bergamot mixed with some dry lavender, clary sage, and nutmeg. The nutmeg is of the utmost importance here because it stays around until the end, so you better like it or this is not for you. Eventually a tiny bit of ylang-ylang and clove oil enter the picture, drawing some comparisons to Jacomo de Jacomo (1980) without the smoke, while the nutmeg reminds me of a less-brutal take on what Bijan for Men was after, toned down further by stark florals of muguet and cyclamen. The base merges with the nutmeg carrying over into the dry down, combining it with pine, cedar, sandalwood, and oakmoss with a pinch of vetiver. From here, I get a tug-of-war between something like Aqua di Selva by Victor (1949) and the later Dunhill Edition (1984). The whole thing is very austere, masculine to the max, but not boisterous at all. Wear time is 8+ hours and projection calms in an hour, but sillage will trail all day. Cacharel pour L'Homme gives me classic wet shaving vibes but also could work in an office too, plus outdoors for a hike. Guys into the ultra-woody and completely unsweet pencil shavings vibe will dig this for sure, although don't expect the usual loudness just because this stuff is from the 80's.

The make or break factor here, as many have mentioned before me and many will undoubtedly mention after, is the omnipresence of nutmeg from start to finish. I love Bijan for Men, and this is a much easier-to-wear version of that same idea, so I'm on board with Cacharel pour l'Homme myself, but the strict ascetic woody mossy base also makes this a lot less fun than Bijan as well. All the other masculine powerhouses of the day were in tight jean shorts with bulges clearly visible, wearing those abs-showing crop tops guys could get away with back then, v-neck full of pectorals and crazy hairspray quaffs crowning a pair of big soulless wrap-around blue-blocker sunglasses like they've had one too many fast times at Ridgemont High. Cacharel pour L'Homme took the opposite approach, being more Gérard Depardieu in the 80's than Tom Cruise. This unwavering conservatism sort of made Cacharel pour L'homme not of its own time then, and serves to make it all the more timeless now, which perhaps explains why it is still on the books while newer masculines from the house are all discontinued. If you're concerned about vintage, there isn't a ton of difference after the nutmeg and woods settle on skin, since this was never an oakmoss bomb to begin with, but older bottles are a tad muskier with higher quantities of indoles from the ylang-ylang. Still, this is a relatively brisk and fresh/dry woody masculine that never goes out of style, in any formulation. Thumbs up.
12th July 2020
Whispy light citrusy nutmeg throughout for maybe 4-6hrs, with the first 15 minutes remindful of Fruit Loops... cereally! Are minor cogs of vetiver, clean musk, and cedar part of the machinery? Sure, why not. Nothing floral to talk about.

Gotta like nutmeg or I wouldn't bother.

Making my way through the last of my 7.5ml minis. I much prefer Dunhill Edition for these kitchen spicy types... more moving parts, more longevity and more heft. Fans of vetiver and this Cacheral would probably like L'Occitane's Vetyver as well, I'd think.
15th January 2019

This opens up rich in lemon, vetiver, a hint of geranium, a soft note of suede, and a lot of white soap. Pretty quickly you realize this soap has a lot of nutmeg contained inside it and smells nice. To me the geranium disappears but the lemon, vetiver, and suede hangs around lightly.

This one took a month to adjust to my skin and blossom out. All I used to get in the drydown was the nutmeg and soap but it improved significantly.Cacharel Pour L' Homme is very clean and spicy but it's not dry...this is a fresh/wet lavender style like Sung Homme. It is a nice design for a fragrance for casual and formal for the 30 and up crowd. I do wish the lemon and vetiver retained a little more strength though because it adds a nice tone to this scent.
30th May 2018
This one is definitely unique and smells more expensive than what it sells for. It is a comforting scent and I find it somewhat medicinal; akin to calamine lotion or a honey-flavoured Strepsil. Also, some Beeswax maybe? The cedarwood and nutmeg notes dominate this fragrance. Can't really compare it to any other male fragrance but it kind of sits with Azzaro pour Homme and similar woody/musky labels from that era. Sillage is medium and longevity is moderate (5-6 hours). Presented in a handsome bottle too. I'd say CPLH is an all-rounder, any occasion scent for men 30 and over.
31st March 2018
I had used from 1981 when i was 18 . Masterpiece ,one of the best 80's .
I have found one of 1991 ed.,Splendido !!
18th January 2018
I bought in 1991 then again in 2017 (bargain price nowadays)

A strong,very sweet citrus smell, very old school in my opinion... A classic perhaps...

6th January 2018
Relatively 'under-the-radar' until now, this is a scent that I've seen on the shelves of local chemists that I ignored far too long. Its simplistic looks and packaging have been crying out "come and take a sniff", but alas it was only in 2017 that I discovered this hidden gem. This could easily be the find of the year for me!

Cacharel Pour Homme really is THE fragrance for winter. Who would have known the humble nutmeg could be the centre point of a fragrance? I am reminded of chef Rick Stein's comment that nutmeg is "the scent of Byzantium" - it definitely comes off as noble and ever so classy.

Citrus, flowers and spice is what it's been described as. Often this description is enough to put me off even trying a scent, but with Cacharel, the nutmeg comes across as smooth yet spicy, strong and long-lasting yet never overpowering or cloying. Totally refined and good enough to wear dressed up or dressed down, you will have people wondering "what IS that smell? I know it somewhere".

Without a hint of sugar, syrup or honey, this is a bone-dry scent along the lines of Malle's French Lover / Bois d'Orage. In fact, it's good enough to make you wonder why niche scents exists. Cacharel Pour Homme dates back to 1981 – an important year to me – and this is the quality of scents made back then.

I've worn it as a scent on its own or as a base for layering with other contrasting scents. Strong and long lasting, classy and quite unique, I wouldn't be seen dead without this in my fragrance wardrobe. Easily a 5/5 for me.
13th November 2017