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D & G Pour Homme (vintage / 1st version) -

There are many conflicting reviews for this one as it has been significantly reformulated over the years. I’m not opposed to change, but I had the opportunity to sample the original “made in Italy” version so here we go…

Out of the gate, my first impression was “gentleman’s cologne”. The citrus is coming through pretty strong, and dare I say “zesty”, with only two sprays even after nearly 30 years since this one debuted (1994).

Up next is a sharp, dry and prominent lavender that persists up front for at least thirty minutes. So far, the note pyramid is spot on as there are also a couple of other kitchen spices floating around in there as well.

The experience becomes a bit fuller and smoother once this one warms up as the sandalwood and soft musks begin to wake up. The tobacco impression I smell is of the dry, leafy, floral variety with no smoke to be had.

Overall, a bright, clean and classy Italian cologne experience that is very satisfying. You could have only this in your wardrobe and it would cover you all year with the exception of very cold weather. This one feels like it would shine brightest in the warmer summer weather.

Is chasing down this vintage unicorn worth it? Unless you are a D&G acolyte then no, as there are many other well made Italian colognes currently available in this style.

4 / 5 stars

D&GpH is a soft, sweet, and friendly fragrance that you can comfortably wear anywhere at any time.

It opens with a cloud of sweet citrus, followed by slightly green and powdery spices, and finishes with blonde woods and a single tobacco leaf.

D&GpH is comforting rather than inspiring, and you can do better, but you don’t have to.

I really like Zealot Crusader's review - I think it's right on. And I agree with mistersurgery's review too. Not much more I can add to theirs and everyone else's reviews. This was the second cologne I ever owned, after I ran out of Hugo, in my mid-to-late 20s.

I bought it because it smelled good on a co-worker who used to sell me pirated bootleg DVDs of movies still in theatres!
I said, "Hey man, that cologne you're wearing smells really nice! What is it?! (I think he wasn't too pleased that he was receiving compliments from a guy, instead of the ladies). He abashedly told me it was Dolce & Gabbana. That sounded way too fancy for me, but it smelled really good, so I got it anyways.

And it sure did smell good! So I felt sophisticated, mature, and good smelling, well into my early 30s...

Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme is basically a well-made fougere with some odd accoutrements that make it novel yet good.

It starts out seeming like the bastard child of an eau de cologne and a fougere, with the fougere portion of it at first reminding me of YSL's Jazz (1988) and Cartier's Pasha (1992). It's after a few minutes that the true star of this fragrance takes the stage, and it's a wonderful tobacco that comes home to roost. The tobacco is thick and sweet, giving this an undertone that almost comes across as a sweet fruit like a plum or date. That tobacco is what makes this scent so good, not unlike the way it is the prime mover and heart of Versace's The Dreamer, released two years after this in 1996. The base also contains the common sandalwood/musk combo of the '90s, but the tobacco and coumarin just elevate this out of the realm of standard-fare fougere, and even out of the realm of "fresh fougere," as this scent really stands out as a one-of-a-kind to me. The particular combinations in D&G pour Homme are as distinct and unique as those found in fragrances like Acqua di Gio pour Homme (1996), in the sense that I know exactly what this is when I smell it. I can't confuse this with anything else.

This was certainly one of the top fragrances of the 1990s, and it deserves its place as a classic of that era. Sadly, D&G doesn't have the best batting average with follow-ups, and this is, in my opinion, the best male fragrance that they have ever put out, with nothing else coming a close second to it. Thumbs up on this classic, for sure.

this is for The German ( middle ) version...have not smelled either the Italian or British versions...for me, it opens with a nice soft citrus with spicy accents...almost immediately i sense a laid back gentle tobacco scent that , to me, is the main player in this presentation...refined and elegant...a scent for a gentleman...office friendly for sure...decent projection...a little dash of pepper...just a hint of something flowery...dries down to a pretty awesome sandal/cedar woods combo...this may not be quite niche quality, but very close...top shelf designer fragrance...hey, how can I go wrong...this meets the most important criteria...my wife likes it on me...that's a rare thing...LOL

Love this scent, can probably pull it off year-round. Fresh, but with a twist all its own, definitely the original vintage for me. The newer stuff is more yellow and doesn't have the same notes as the original.

Sillage is just right for office wear, but tends to fade throughout the day. Longevity likewise. But after 6-8 hours it's easy to reapply.

A true classic, too bad for the euro laws trashing all the good ones....

Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme (1994) is a modern classic. Before Dolce & Gabbana's barnstormer known as Light Blue Pour Homme (2007) was surfing the second major wave of men's aquatics fragrances, there was this little gem of a scent winning awards over a decade earlier. Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme was naturally of the "fresh" fougère variety which was sweeping clean all the powerhouses and aromatic affairs of decades past, but unlike most of its rather sterile brethren, it had a pretty masculine backbone under all the freshness which didn't rear it's deceptively traditional head until the dry down. The first male fragrance from the brainchild house of designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana was right on time to ride the wave started with Calvin Klein's blockbuster Eternity for Men (1989), but the two Italian designers from Legnano were smart about not being swept up in copycats, working very closely with perfumers of both male and female debut scents for the house, leading to multiple awards won and the reputation which now precedes this stuff. Get it right on the first try, and people will overlook future mistakes is what I've often heard, and that explains why many see to this as a reference for the 90's from the house but only a few besides hardcore fragrance collectors remember the other two 90's masculines D&G made between this and Light Blue (By Man and D&G Masculine from 1997 and 1999 respectively). D&G Pour Homme really is the high water mark for the 90's fougère craze, and it's no hyperbole to say that the designer world could have just ended the genre there and went in a new direction afterward, leaving this kind of thing for the drugstore perfumers to murder with clones instead of aping Claiborne's Curve for Men (1996).

I'm not calling this juice godhead by any means, as the 90's fresh fougère is far from my favorite style to begin with, but in terms of sheer originality and quality, this takes the cake for it's time. For starters, all the ingredients here are of natural and believable description, even if some of them may be represented in the actual fluid only chemically. Bergamot, mandarin, neroli, lemon, all those seem pretty standard stuff and are light as can be expected in a scent of this period. Indeed D&G pour Homme does have a standard opening which remains breezy and just what the doctor ordered in the "clean slate" 90's style. It would almost be boring henceforth if those gingerly-applied notes didn't quickly step off stage to be replaced with dry powdery lavender, which is uncommonly found as a heart note here and would be duplicated by Prada Luna Rossa nearly 20 years later. Sage, tarragon, cardamom, and a touch of what I perceive as standard table pepper give this the subtle kick in the pants it needs to stay above the din of its genre, before taking another unexpected turn into an uncommonly rustic base which gives D&G Pour Homme it's charm. Sandalwood and cedar (polysantal and Iso E) get to play here in a stately manner similar to Dunhill Edition (1984), while white musk, "tobacco" from tonka, and the interesting floral choice of iris give a dandy touch most younger guys in the 90's had no point of reference for then. Versace would borrow this tobacco/iris finish and build The Dreamer (1996) around it, helping form a new genre of floral clean tobacco fragrances for men; iris in general would become a more common note into the 2000's but here it is in 94. Wear time is about eight hours and sillage varies throughout the day but you'll notice this plenty. I'd say D&G pour Homme is year-rounder signature material.

The tobacco in the base is the only bit of contention that some may have of this scent (just like the aforementioned Versace), because the average Joe thinks of burning cigarette stench when they see it listed, which is maybe why a lot was done to hide it with the iris, woods, lavender and musk. The tobacco here adds weight more than any smoke, feeling leafy and floral, likely taking the place of what would have otherwise been a more common vetiver note, giving it a special "something" the competition just didn't possess. People who don't like this era of 90's fougère are likely not to like this much either, but I'll take it long before most other D&G scents ever crosses my skin. D&G pour Homme is quick enough on it's feet to not feel oppressive like modern sweet tobaccos, but unless you're dating in the heat of a midsummer day, I wouldn't consider something this sharp romantic. D&G Pour Homme is the perfect balance of 90's zest and that classic dry, tart "man's scent" aura which was probably a huge boon to older guys crossing over from heavier styles. Reformulations have not always been kind to this scent either, with original stickered Euroitalia bottles from Italy being best, and early P&G Prestige bottles from Germany to be avoided. After that, it's a crap shoot with UK P&G batches until Shiseido took over from 2017-2021 which bounced production to France. Whoever they get next is a mystery. Dolce & Gabbana Pour Hommme is nearly a case of "nothing's new under the sun", but also has the most personality of anything in it's class. A generalist for people who don't like generalizing! Thumbs Up!

Dolce & Gabbana is a wonderful masculine fragrance that I absolutely love and wear all the time. I compared the 3.4 oz. version and the 6.8 oz. version, and found that the 3.4 oz. is "Made in U.K.," and the 6.8 oz. is "Made in Italy." So, if you prefer the "Made in Italy" version better, purchase the 6.8 oz. size. I haven't tried Intenso, but see that it is made in an eau de parfum concentration. How does this compare to the original "Made in Italy" version? Does it have a stronger peppery/soapy character and how long does it last. From the description, it sounds like the original, but a more "intense and concentrated" version. If I love the original, would I love Intenso? Thanks to all who reply.

There's a lot going on here and others are better are breaking down the notes and nuances, so I will agree that Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme is a refined and classy scent. It is mature but doesn't feel outdated. It still smells like a modern scent to me, without all the sweetness found in most new designer releases. It also seems to be versatile enough for work and date night.

1994? Feels ahead of its time but not anything close to modern. There's an interesting spice that contrasts very nicely with all the clean, fresh notes.

I'm guessing my mini splash bottle is not vintage, so I get average projection, maybe even a little better than that, which is surprising given all the hate on the current version.

I don't know what version I had?? All I can remember is that I bought it the year that it came out. I was 17 and remember it smelling very mature and classy. Not sure I appreciated it at the time but looking back it was classy stuff. I was was probably too young! Tobacco, citrus, pepper and musk. Recently bought a new bottle. Nowhere near as strong.

Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme is a versatile and distinguished fragrance for men. The scent is at home in a suit, a pair of jeans, at night, during the day, in winter, or in summer. It is suitable for everyday use and for special occasions. I use it along with Versace Dreamer as a signature scent.

Pour Homme opens with a sharp citrus note: primarily lemon, bergamot, and neroli. Top notes stick around for quite awhile and yield to a peppery lavender with a woody base, punctuated by a very light, fresh tobacco. It is soapy and not particularly complex, though very fresh. Some reviewers have suggested - and I agree - that it's reminiscent of Versace's Dreamer. Both fragrances are legendary for good reason, though D&G's dry down remains sharp with notable citrus accords while Dreamer tones down to primarily tobacco. Pour Homme projects well and lasts for a very long time on the skin; even longer on clothing.

Another note for fragrance fans: this fragrance was recently reformulated by Proctor & Gamble UK. The differences between the English version and the older Italian version are negligible; the new version has an ever-so-slightly sharper opening but dries down to effectually the same scent as the original.

This review is for the made in Italy version. This scent is a wonderful, sexy classic scent with Mediterranean vibes. I get begamot, lavender maybe some tonka and woods. Great performance and jumps of he skin.

Why oh why did you ruin this scent D and G

Thankfully I have two half full bottles of the Euro Italian rather than the P&G garbage.

Everything about this scent is cheap the bottle the juice everything compared to what it was.

9 out of 10 for Italian version

3 out of 10 for current made in U.K. mess

I spray one pump and walk into it. Wait 30 minutes and then sit back and let the magic happen. Works every single damn time.

Where the love of fragrance began for me.

Very nicely composed living legend of a scent by Dolce & Gabbana...still relevant and wearable even after so many years!

D&GpH oozes with citrus notes in a pleasant way, tempered by lavender and pepper in the heart. A piercing fragrance that gets noticed, needing tact when applied. The Intenso flanker turbo-charges this one by really emphasizing the citrus and spice with a healthy dose of woods.

I believe this was reformulated; I have the older version. One of the most powerful longevity and sillage I've encountered, the only cologne I have in that ballpark is Ted by Ted Lapidus. Not sure how to describe this one…a bit chemical, a bit rubbery, a lot of things I can't describe, and all masculine. I don't recall ever smelling anything like this. Not for every day, but paired with a suit this is certain to leave quite an impression. 10/10 for originality.

I have an original sticker bottle from 2007 and the first reformulated version I received as a gift in 2009. To be clear, the original is the only one worth messing with and will be the main subject of this review.

I don't know if I smell all the notes listed in the pyramid, but here is what I do smell:


This combo of ingredients is fantastic! The reformulated versions are missing the lavender + tonka/tobacco and that is not okay in my opinion. The scent lasts about 10 hours and gets better the longer it has been on your skin.

sharp, floral, citrusy with a signature note which reminds one of man.aubusson types of fragrances. this however is brighter and fresher kinds. a kind of scent which suits any occasion. nothing mysterious about it though. don't go overboard with your sprays, 4-5 max.

Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme is a nice lemon fragrance, the blueprint, perhaps, for Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche and Frapin L'Humaniste. It reminds me more of the Chanel, although this one seems to have better longevity.

Great scent. Plenty of compliments. Although it was introduced over twenty years ago it doesn't smell dated or 90s. It smells modern and classic at the same time. Great citrus open with amazing tonka woody tobacco dry down. Longevity is fair on me with decent projection. With the quality and price everyone should have this in their collection. Enjoy!

Vintage was exceptional, competed well against the super slick Armani Pour Homme of the 80's It was a gift in the mid nineties from a girlfriend. Used it up and purchased a 50ml, sorry no, 75ml in the mid 2000's and meh??!!
A Vintage bottle is coming my way. We'll see.
Vintage Late EuroItalia 2004 is as close to the original as I remember.
Strong Tobacco drydown and a nice plonk of Synth Sandalwood.

I don't know how Pour Homme smells today, but I recently acquired an early Euroitalia bottle of this (mostly for nostalgia, as I wore this fragrance in the Nineties, without even loving it that much back then) and all I can say is that it smells, well, really good. Not exciting, not particularly fascinating... but just totally, really good. Almost astonishingly good. All I get is lavender, tobacco, a drop of creamy, slightly orange-infused citrus and a mellow, agreeably sweet base of musk, vetiver and tonka, initially briefly refreshed by a sort of Mediterranean herbal-tea accord in which I think I get mostly sage and something like thyme paired with, well, “something” that reminds me of juicy bittersweet black tea (that may be due to tobacco, though; fresh grounded tobacco has often a tea-like aroma).

The notes may sound a bit generic, while the result is inexplicably complex, totally unique and recognizable, way more than it may seem by reading the composition. In fact I can't really think of anything similar to this, maybe some facets of vintage Dreamer by Versace for the same tobacco-musk-lavender “clean and warm” base, or some other tobacco designer scents, but that's a long shot in any case since there's quite something more – and mostly better – going on in Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme. I guess this uniqueness is due to the way musk, tobacco, tonka and citrus interact, they create “something” really comforting, clean (musk and lavender), slightly sweet and warm (tonka and tobacco, plus that “tea” accord I mentioned above) but with a really classy touch of tart, herbal citrus freshness, which altogether create an uplifting sense of confidence, affability and informality with a sultry shade of class, a perfect balance I rarely found in other fragrances. Guess this is an example of how a skillful, eclectic and mature composition smells like. Maybe uncreative, but not anything has to (try to...) be creative. Truly a soothing classy sillage with just the right hint of clean, smoothly modern and understated “genericness” which makes this fragrance a really enjoyable and solid everyday option, with a particular “youthful” vibe. Quite linear, but if something smells this nice, that's just a plus.

Given the number of negative reviews I read about Pour Homme I assume that today it smells probably a bit more synthetic and harsh than it used to, and I can really believe that since the quality of Euroitalia works of the Eighties/Nineties was quite much higher if compared to today's standards among designers – not to mention Dolce & Gabbana usual standards, which make Pour Homme even more a unique standout. The early Made in Italy version surely has some soapy-synthetic feel especially on the musky-lavender notes, but overall it has an undisputable solid quality and a remarkably rich, fulfilling and breezy texture that makes it really worthy a sniff – if not a blind purchase in case of good deals (way more than the nice albeit totally overrated By Man in my opinion, to mention the only other masculine Dolce & Gabbana scent worth some care).


A beautiful rich.classic and elegant.i adore this scent.the best D&G fragrance in my collecion and i think everyone can use type fragrance in their collection.

I love this cologne from the start to the end specially middle and base notes. D&G is a different from the aromatic fougere for me.

I always feel a great when i wear this.it remindes me of a special autumn night! in my opinion you must this scent with your inner world,not just to sniff it with your nose.good sillage and long lasting.

D&GPH was my main office scent for a couple of years and I changed to Eau Savauge when the bottle ran out, but I really liked this and need to buy another bottle to mix back in the weekday rotation before summer. I can't say if the bottle I had was the original German version or the reformulation and will have to experiment with it to determine if I detect anything different.

What I liked best about D&GPH was that it seemed to fit settle and project perfectly on my skin for the office. Nice fragrance that didn't offend or knock anyone out with any heavy notes.

Very classy combination of citrus top notes, and some dry woody, musk and tobacco tones underneath that lasts about 6hrs. I'd be happy to own this one again.


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