Capucci pour Homme 
Roberto Capucci (1967)

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There are 28 reviews of Capucci pour Homme by Roberto Capucci.

It reminds me a smooth gangster type.remember Andy Garcia's character in Godfather part 3.let me tell you,it was brilliant, refined, 60's is quite recognisable and gives the impression of being mature, refined and sophisticated.a manly green chypre.very similar in style to Vintage Eau Sauvage or Armani Eau PH. Capucci PH is a welcome addition to round out the much sweeter fragrances popular today. absolutely masculine.

The deep citrus opening dries down to a dark mossy aromatic skin scent which still makes an impression well after application.this opening is strong and somewhat off-putting, but it's just a matter of minutes that the basil,and anise notes start to kick in,thus giving balance to the starting phase, adding a bit unmistakable elegant masculine fragrance.a man can actually wear this instead of the other way around.if there is anyting "old school",it's only because anyone close enough to smell it is left with no doubt that they are in the presence of a gentleman.pure class in a bottle.
Aug 23, 2021

A lemony chypre; quite bare bones, dry, without any noticeable aromatics (herbal notes), with a base that's rather thin. While conventional and conservative, it's also sort of fusty and musty and not very appealing. Doesn't have the refinement of Eau Sauvage or Monsieur de Givenchy or Chanel pour Monsieur.


Note: Review is based on a vintage splash.
Jun 23, 2021

Capucci pour Homme - 1967 :
ham fisted cross of Aramis and Eau Sauvage ('65 and '66).

Mar 5, 2021

Roberto Capucci is a relatively small and unsung Italian fashion house formed by the eponymous man himself, and were perhaps one of the earliest to produce a fragrance to compete in a market dominated by the French, British, and American houses. The first masculine outing from Roberto Capucci on the heels of the feminine Graffiti (1963) is simply called Capucci Pour Homme (1967), and is a rather no-nonsense dyed-in-the-wool citrus chypre that doesn't even try to add animalic growl like Moustache by Rochas (1949) or soften it's approach with pillowy green florals like Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955). Indeed, this came right on the heels of Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior (1966), a scent to which it is very often compared, but included none of the hedione freshness which made Eau Sauvage such a revolution in the field. Instead, Roberto Capucci mixed razor-sharp bergamot with herbs, more-traditional jasmine absolutes, dry lavender, and a fruity ketone note that uncannily seems to presage a similar structure in Revlon Charlie (1973) by a number of years. Capucci Pour Homme has "Italian" written all over it because of its sunny rustic dryness, with an anise and lemon facet which could have easily been the inspiration for Azzaro Pour Homme (1978); but Capucci Pour Homme is more like the stern older brother of Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme (1971). Probably not as memorable of course, but definitely easier to come by in vintage examples, Capucci pour Homme is sort of a gateway drug if there can be one, fo the world of discontinued men's chypres from this mid-to-late 20th century period.

Don't listen to folks who call this a poor man's Chanel Pour Monsieur or Dior Eau Sauvage, as neither the petitgrain nor the jasmine in this scent come anywhere close to the amounts found in those chypres, respectively. As it stands in its original composition, Capucci Pour Homme opens with a lacerating bergamot joined by amalfi lemon and lime as well, keyed in for further assertion with basil, plus the aforementioned anise and petitgrain. Those who like the opening of Armani Eau Pour Homme (1984), but wish it was more powerful a scent overall, may want to look here. The heart draws the above comparison to Charlie under my nose, or at least Charlie as it would be with less florals and green notes, thanks to the jasmine, fruity ketone, and fougère-ish dry lavender. The fruity twist will be the most off-putting to modern masculine fans used to their woody aromachemicals or rounded peppery citrus, but the base in Capucci Pour Homme is certainly black ties and cufflinks. Palpable oakmoss and yellowish cistus labdanum make up the primary gentlemanly accord of the base, with musk and amber as small supporting players, and Isobutyl quinoline leather giving a "Mousse de Saxe" feel. Homme de Grès (1996) as composed by Gérard Anthony, would seemingly try to revive this style almost to the letter, despite being French and not Italian. Sillage is moderate, and longevity is acceptable, as this is still a late 60's fragrance, when men's "cologne" was meant to be more discreetly worn compared to women. Best is is spring through fall.

Those of you choosing to explore Capucci Pour Homme must be warned: there are multiple versions of this on the market, all discontinued, but all slightly different and at varying prices. It's not a scenario where different corporate owners kept reorchestrating the fragrance like with Monsieur Houbigant/Monsieur Houbigant Musk/Monsieur Musk (1973), but the base is where all the changes across multiple productions of fragrances usually lie, and here they're particularly noticeable. The deep vintage with the square lettering came in a stubby triangular bottle or chrome-cap tall sprayer bottle, and is the "original" presentation but also will have suffered topnote loss in most examples as chypres more than 50 years old tend to do. The round lettering introduced after the release of R de Capucci (1986) has a fresher top and most of the leather note from the base, but veers a tad more towards oakmoss in the finish. An aftershave from this period also exists, but it's mentholated, in case the green juice doesn't give that away. The 2000's stuff where the stubby triangle bottles returned with the round lettered logo but were retrofitted with a sprayer will be mostly citrus and fruit with a treemoss blend in place of oakmoss, and no leather to be found. This last version veers more towards smelling like Charlie mixed with Monsieur de Givenchy (1959) but beats a blank on a tighter budget. Maybe boring to some, this academic aromatic citrus chypre is nonetheless an archetype of conservative Italian masculine style, and dependable in the clutch. Thumbs up.
Nov 2, 2018

Very good, a more bitter aromatic/ herbal Eau Sauvage / Monsieur de Givenchy, closer to Givenchy actually. I own both but this is sufficiently different to join the collection, I am a big fan of the genre though.
More Mediterranean and rugged than both, where Givenchy and Dior are dapper Parisians, Capucci is a stylish Napolitano. Great moss too.
Edit, actually closer still to Armani pour Homme which falls in line with that Iralian analogy
Jun 22, 2018

Capucci Pour Homme often gets compared to the great Eau Sauvage and the equally great Chanel Pour Monsieur. I sort of get that, but to me it smells like Monsieur de Givenchy and YSL Pour Homme merged into one. This is a delightful, old fashioned, citrus chypre with elegant, dry herbs. Capucci would later explore this herbal, mossy element in greater detail with 1985's R de Capucci and to great effect. Capucci Pour Homme has an Italian elegance to it much like we find in Bugatti and later in Ferre for Man. This is what the lunch crowd at Rome's Hotel Hassler smells like as they settle into an aperitivo, what linen-suited natives of the Amalfi Coast smell like as they drink Limoncello and it is what the busy Milanesi smell like as they go about their day. A perfect way to bring a little masculine Italian elegance into everyone's life.
May 31, 2018

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