Having watched various YouTuber reviewers wax poetic about the greatness of Versace pour Homme, I was ready to be wowed (though I take YouTube reviewers' opinions with a mountain of salt). This was one of those scents that I just never got around to trying out, and since there were so many glowing reviews and the fact that it had a "soapy" vibe to it -- which I am a fan of when done right -- I was expecting good things. Well, this is a perfect example of an over-hyped fragrance.
This opens up with a standard citrus/neroli intro and then dives into geranium, sage, and cedar, with base notes being a very nondescript amber/musk as seen in countless other fragrances. I'm not going to take the time to talk about the transitions of the different notes because this scent is so formulaic and generic that it could be a Rite Aid private label product. There is nothing about this scent that is captivating or interesting in any way.
Versace pour Homme is like a cheeseburger from McDonald's. They sell a ton of them, they will quell your hunger, and they don't taste bad, but that's about it. When you think of "good" burgers, McDonald's should not pop up on the list. In fact, you would think that the only people whose list this would appear on would be the ones who are sheltered or don't get out much, and who haven't had the chance to try a "good" burger. Versace pour Homme is the burger you find in every department store at every mall, and there is nothing intrinsically wrong with that. My issue is when we try to make mountains out of mole hills, and that is what's happened with Versace pour Homme. This should be regarded as a blind buy so long as your criterion is, and only is: it needs to be inoffensive. Because that's all this scent has going for it.
I'm giving it a neutral because it's not bad, in and of itself. But as far as a scent receiving undue praise, this one stands out. As much as you hear about it, it's a paper tiger. Sample before you buy, for sure, unless humdrum fragrances are your thing.
Nowadays people seems very eager to drive everything into the Aquatic neighbourhood.
Never understood why its called an aquatic ,very confusing and vague one for me .
Everytime i see immensely positive and cheerful reviews on it ,it prompts me to pull my dust envoloped Versace Pour homme bottle and spray it with a new hope ,and it ends up unveiling nothing unusual than before ,the spritz hits the skin and reaches to dry down like without any liveliness, i assure myself maybe this time i will see what people say ,but no ,its the same flat run .
it feels like VPH has nothing to present us ,all the notes tries to hide behind each other ,not a single one gets the guts to come to the front row, it's lazy in nature.
Is it a citrusy fragrance? No
Theres no citrus at all ,so if you are here for a citrus scent ,forget about it .
No freshness ,no fruitiness ,no airiness ,no florals nor any wetnees of a typical fresh aquatic ,instead its sweet and metallic .
i get a"cold metal sheet " vibe in the top and dry down to me is whole lotta ripe sweet bananas , which doesnt fit in will ,and makes it very wierd and non scent-ish .
similar to allure homme sport ? no ,we forget that AHS has a prominant orange accord ,which VPH doesnt have at all ,so its very easy to discriminate .
all in all its nothing more than an astraying genreless fragrance ,which doesnt fit anywhere .
Have recieved compliments from this one. The longevity of this one on my skin stays till the 4hr range. I somewhat have dry skin since I live in an area where temps are around -10 Celsius. Stays longer in the summer than winter but projects heavier in the winter. Great for business use.
So what does one do as a mainstream design house when they have a surprise fragrance hit based on a tired genre on their hands? Do they go in a new direction and try to make lightning strike twice, or do they deliver more of the same because "good enough" or "predictable" might be seen as "consistent" in the vapid stares of the masses they serve? Well, it appears Versace did the latter with Versace Pour Homme (2008), which for all intents and purposes might as well be Versace Man Eau Fraîche (2006) Part II. I like Eau Fraîche, but I admit it was a simple idea needed at a time when a huge conceptualized blah was just spat upon the world a few years earlier, and while good in it's own little way, Versace Man (2003) was not the fragrance Versace needed to redeem itself at the time. Eau Fraîche seemed to bring the light back to the house for men, so when they unleashed Versace Pour Homme (not to be confused with Versace L'Homme from 1984), they nailed everything about the stuff but what's in the bottle. I like the attractive, "less is more" paired-down Versace look, with gem-cut bottle and the house's medusa logo smack dab in the middle. The whole thing adds a neat "Amouage touch" of regalia, but once you make that first spray, it's all downhill from there. Caveat: there's nothing wrong with boring and monotonous if that is what you want, it's just definitely not what I want in a fragrance, for any gender.
The opening is rather deceivingly nice, and for all of about five minutes, you might actually think you have a more sophisticated scent on your hands. neroli, bitter orange, citron, and bergamot all attack in a dry, soapy clean citrus bombast, giving an uplifting vibe that Versace Man Eau Fraîche doesn't have, but that's where the positives end. Geranium, clary sage, and cedar leaves make a return from Eau Fraîche, leading me to believe this is a Guerlain-esque attempt at remixing an old composition into something new, but Alberto Morillas is no Jacques Guerlain, and despite his successes, doesn't possess nearly the same dogged perfectionism or artistry, and is certainly more of a pop singer to Jacques Guerlain's opera tenor approach. A weird hyacinth note I would never have guessed if not for my experience with feminine fragrances is floating around too, but the bright soapy citrus top and herbal/floral middle collapse quickly into generic overplayed "fresh woody-amber" theme that is saved of total embarrassment by the mere fact the wood/amber present is not a form of norlimbanol/ambroxan tag-teaming, as we were still two years away from Bleu de Chanel (2010) bringing that to the world. Musk and Iso E Super round out the finish in the most yawn-tastic of ways, and sillage is in the medium/low department as well. Versace says oud is in the base here, but I think they're lying. If you use this, it will be best in summer, and casual use, as it's almost a remix of Versace Man Eau Fraîche anyway, just less interesting.
Versace Pour Homme was a calculated move by Versace, as they needed to move fully into the emerging synthetic freshie "clean citrus" dominance that would become unchallenged by the 2010's, and blur the lines between aquatic and "fresh fougère", so from a business standpoint, I see why this was needed. Versace Man Eau Fraîche was just too aquatic and although Versace Pour Homme doesn't fare much better in the versatility department, it does at least feel more well-rounded, even if it's elevator music for the nose. There were so many more interesting things being made in the 2000's than this, yet it somehow survived, and thrived to become a full line with flankers like Versace Pour Homme Oud Noir (2013) and Versace Pour Homme Dylan Blue (2016), which are both superior to this in every way. I can't recommend it, I'll never want to own a bottle, and I don't even see the reason for this to exist other than to create a milquetoast platform from which to experiment further, much like Chanel Allure Homme (1999), which is still leaps and bounds better than this. I have no choice but to flunk this out, although I encourage you to see for yourself what this is about before taking my word for it, since testers are available a plenty at nearly every major department store on the planet. Whatever you do, please do not blind buy this, despite the hype and peer pressure, as there's so much better even in modern designers that could be had for comparable prices. Thumbs Down
A really fresh, citrus masculine scent from Versace!
The opening spray-on begins with an almost liquid detergent-like soapiness, mixed with a tangy juicy assortment of bergamot and citron plus the lemony neroli and orange leaf. The heart adds accents of rosiness, dark floral hyacinth, spicy sage, and lush dry starchy cedar. Foundation is of subtle touches of warm amber, roasted tonka, and musk; I couldn't detect my favorite note of oud here, which seems to be buried by the heavy pungence of the other ingredients.
A flexible fragrance; though it has a "blue" quality that partly reminds me of Alain Delon's Samourai with its overall effect, VpH feels wearable all year round because of the healthy dose of woods and spice alongside the unmistakable citrus flood in the head.