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Caron (2014)

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Reviews of Pour Un Homme Millésime 2014 by Caron

There are 5 reviews of Pour Un Homme Millésime 2014 by Caron.

Stunningly gorgeous fragrance!!

I've never smelled a better interpretation of lavender, which never even hints at 'dryer sheets'.

The vanilla is perfectly done, just to take the green edge off the lavender, which was never 'sharp'. It never feels sweet, and definitely does not cloy, although I have not worn in heat or humidity.

The Amber never takes center stage, never becomes powdery, but supports the other players perfectly.

These are the best quality materials I have ever had the pleasure of smelling. Bar none.

But on my skin, this just doesn't last. And I'm sure it is my skin chemistry, as many of my favorite aromatics have the exact same problem:. Gianfranco Ferre For Men, Francisco Smalto Pour Homme, Montana Parfum d'Homme, etc.

I tried spraying on clothes, but it doesn't smell as beautiful as on skin. I feel let down, because I know how great it smells on skin and I'm missing out.

A real gem, and I am very glad to have had the chance to try it.

9/10, but subjectively due to performance on my skin chemistry.

Pour Un Homme Millésime 2014 by Caron (2014) is another anniversary celebration fragrance of the original Pour Un Homme by Caron (1934), this time at the 80th year mark. In a similar manner to Creed but obviously more genuine about it, Caron via then house perfumer Richard Fraysse, sought to create an exceptionally high-quality version of Pour Un Homme that used the finest crops of naturals for that year, compounded into a single-run bottling of the scent that placed the focus on those materials versus the usual smell of Pour Un Homme. Unlike the previous limited Impact Pour Un Homme (2005), Pour Un Homme Millésime 2014 would appear not in a 75ml bottle, but in the standard 125ml bottle, and only in the 125ml bottle, presented in a special coffret to boot. All this pomp and circumstance assured that the limited edition would sell out among super-fans, collectors, scalpers, and high-end physical retailers of Caron alike, making it extinct literally within the same year of release. For most this is an instant pass, since nobody is going to shell out Creed-like money to a reseller for a rare limited bottle of something you can have for literally one zero less on the price tag in standard configuration, but at least I can tell you how it smells.

The opening is pretty frickin' glorious for lavender lovers, and you can tell Fraysse sacked the original's communelles of lavandin for the high-quality crop of real French lavender from that year. This mixes with the usual clary sage in the heart, and no real lemon present like in the original, only to move into a natural vanilla extract. This natural vanilla replaces the ethyl vanillin that was a staple of the classic Pour Un Homme, lending a lighter and less-sweet feel to the vanilla/lavender overall. This move makes Pour Un Homme Millésime 2014 feel more like it lives in the top and heart notes than in the base, although the slight reduction of sweetness does give the tonka more of a tobacco-like feel than in the standard variety too. All told though, once the musk kicks in, this is still Pour Un Homme as you know and love it; or rather if you don't love the dandy effect of the proper Pour Un Homme dry down, you still won't like Pour Un Homme Millésime 2014 even after the transcendental lavender vanilla comes to an end. Performance is much the same as this is an eau de toilette and not a pure parfum like with the Impact Pour Un Homme 70th anniversary edition scent, and this 2014 edition feels just about as much top hats and white gloves as the original too, context-wise.

The big bugaboo about Pour Un Homme Millésime 2014 isn't actually the expected exorbitant price from scalpers and collectors, looking to make a mint of backups or hoarded inventory from "buying the dip", as cryptobros say; but rather the situation surrounding Pour Un Homme Millésime 2014 is finding a bottle at all. This one was apparently so limited, and so precious, that even people who clamored to get a bunch extra just don't put the stuff up for sale. I guess like a precious batch of Creed Aventus (2010) to all the Bruventus types out there, true hard-boiled fans of Pour Un Homme bought their excess bottles to keep and slowly use up, not resell. When you do find a bottle of this, it of course has a ridiculous price tag, and typically comes from the usual suspects on eBay or websites like CouCouShop, all which exist to exploit "scarcity" in limited or discontinued collectable items. Even from those dens of opportunitistic scum and villainy however, Pour Un Homme Millésime 2014 simply does not turn up, forcing me to conclude that this one really truely is rare, and not just "rare" by F.O.M.O. hype seller standards. A more natural lavender and vanilla on top bog-standard Pour Un Homme base materials is this, leaving a more floral, dry, and uplifted take on the dandy classic. Thumbs up

This Millisime release features the best, most vivid lavender note I've encountered in perfume, and it adds a sparkling dimension to this classic composition.

It's otherwise quite close to the current version of the original, less of a reinvention of the base formula than it is a subtle enhancement with slightly higher-grade materials. That familiar doughy, musky vanilla base is very much in evidence; despite other comments that this is somehow "modernized," this still feels decidedly old-fashioned and perfumey to me in that 1930s way.

I find that vanillic base a little tedious over long-term wear (and have the same issue with the original), but this more than merits a thumbs-up due its exceptional quality.

If Pour un Homme is vinyl, this is a digital remix. It's the same lavender - amber riff but here the lavender is sparkly and sour, the amber lighter and sweeter.

The centre of gravity is near the top, which makes 2014 more vibrant and modern, but it's also front loaded and shallow.

The original Pour un Homme is all about how caramelic lavender interacts with vanillary amber. By contrast, 2014 is a showcase for sparkly lavender, which happens to be set on a perfunctory vanillin.

The brightness of 2014 can make the original feel dowdy, but when 2014 runs out of steam - which isn't long - and the simple, sweet and rather feminine drydown takes hold, the original version is still weaving its magic.

Where Pour un Homme was simple genius, this is just simplistic.
It has the fault of many perfumes these days, it aims for a quick hit and keeps nothing for the follow through.

The Caron Pour un Homme line has long been a respected classic. Arguably one of the first men's scents, Pour un Homme definitely beats the norm of a traditional cologne. No citrus as such, traditional woods like patchouli or oakmoss (that's obvious) and no hint of vetiver either.

Instead, it mixes three simple 'notes': lavender, vanilla and amber. Yet it still remains a classic fougere, comprising of the usual notes that make up this genre - that is, lavender and coumarin/tonka bean (that's the vanilla/amber to you and me). What's even more strange is that I can detect each and every note.

I have no idea what past editions or vintages may have smelled like, but having tried the current EdT of the classic, this Millesime 2014 special edition is definitely more pronounced and holds quite well. I've struggled to find a time to wear this scent, though originating in the early 20th Century I can see men in bow ties wearing this to the opera or formal dinners.

I wasn't necessarily a fan of lavender but got a bottle as I wanted to see what the fuss was all about. Alas, Pour un Homme is a classic cologne for men - lovers of lavender will drool over it, as will fans of raw vanilla scents.

Progression is good but the scent doesn't change much, other than the amber becoming a little more pronounced.

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