Hayari Le Paradis de l’Homme - my take

gerbick

Well-known member
Jun 13, 2009
Since Creed vaulted Royal English Leather, I've been on the lookout for a subtle leather that didn't really offend or project. That rules out Dior Leather Oud, Tom Ford Tuscan Leather and quite a few others. Per usual, Hednic had pointed out in another thread Hayari's Le Paradis de l’Homme - which I initially saw over at Fragrantica - and it hit me. The notes caught my attention.

Their mens line isn't available yet in the US, so in typical "I gotta try it" fashion, I wrote them an e-mail. Halfway didn't expect anything from them, but within an hour, I received a response and they were willing to tempt me by sending out a sample or two. Score!

They sent both the Le Paradis de l’Homme and the Hayari Only for Him samples. I'm skipping the latter one for now, my mind was set on just the Le Paradis de l’Homme which notes include: Brazilian redwood, vetiver, oak moss, atlas cedar, papyrus, sandalwood and leather. There's a few other notes, like white musk (I really didn't get this one until way into the drydown period, like 7 hours later) and a rather gentleman, clean leather. Le Paradis de l’Homme is considered to be a chypre. And mind you, my nose is nowhere near as refined as a lot of you guys. I learn from your posts daily - and appreciate each and every lesson immensely.

So my take? This will replace my love for Creed Royal English Leather, easily. It's a subtle leather, with great longevity, yet it doesn't project like a beast, yet it isn't exactly quiet. It's a gentleman scent, whereas I'd consider something like Leather Oud a brute. REL comes off a bit floral upfront, almost "old woman-ish" but that gives way to a gentle leather that's not overbearing. Between this and Dior Cuir Cannage - which I'll be testing much more closely - I think this one comes off way more masculine, there's wood with leather way upfront than Cuir Cannage's floral approach. I blame Cuir Cannage's iris notes for "un-butching" it up a bit.

I personally don't get cedar from it, not immediately. There's woods, but they're almost non-descript at first. But once the top notes give way to the middle notes, sandalwood comes out that blends into cedar that gives way to white musk and (red)woods and then the leather calms down to a suede like presence.

This isn't a strong leather. Knize fans, you'll be disappointed. Expecting Colonia Leather? You'll measure Le Paradis de l’Homme and will find it lacking. Cuir Tabac fans... yeah, take that expectation down like 20 notches or so. This has a lot in common with something else I've smelled before, but instead of florals, add wood. Instead of strong, medicinal leather, imagine smoothed out, expensive fancy leather. And in terms of projection, this is right on par with Cuir Cannage and the midnotes of REL than anything else.

Longevity wise, I can still smell it 10 hours after the fact, just wafts here and there; but it's now a skin scent mostly. But the first 4-7 hours were going well. I'll continue to test this one, but so far I'm impressed.

Yep. I'm a fan. Perhaps the first scent of 2014 that's really gotten my attention and it'll have a place in my collection.
 
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hednic

Well-known member
Oct 25, 2007
Glad you found it to your liking gerbick and thanks for your observations . :thumbsup: Purchased bottles of the two men's scents as soon as they appeared on the market from overseas. No regrets whatsoever.
 

gtsb

Well-known member
Jan 15, 2011
Since Creed vaulted Royal English Leather, I've been on the lookout for a subtle leather that didn't really offend or project. That rules out Dior Leather Oud, Tom Ford Tuscan Leather and quite a few others. Per usual, Hednic had pointed out in another thread Hayari's Le Paradis de l’Homme - which I initially saw over at Fragrantica - and it hit me. The notes caught my attention.

Their mens line isn't available yet in the US, so in typical "I gotta try it" fashion, I wrote them an e-mail. Halfway didn't expect anything from them, but within an hour, I received a response and they were willing to tempt me by sending out a sample or two. Score!

They sent both the Le Paradis de l’Homme and the Hayari Only for Him samples. I'm skipping the latter one for now, my mind was set on just the Le Paradis de l’Homme which notes include: Brazilian redwood, vetiver, oak moss, atlas cedar, papyrus, sandalwood and leather. There's a few other notes, like white musk (I really didn't get this one until way into the drydown period, like 7 hours later) and a rather gentleman, clean leather. Le Paradis de l’Homme is considered to be a chypre. And mind you, my nose is nowhere near as refined as a lot of you guys. I learn from your posts daily - and appreciate each and every lesson immensely.

So my take? This will replace my love for Creed Royal English Leather, easily. It's a subtle leather, with great longevity, yet it doesn't project like a beast, yet it isn't exactly quiet. It's a gentleman scent, whereas I'd consider something like Leather Oud a brute. REL comes off a bit floral upfront, almost "old woman-ish" but that gives way to a gentle leather that's not overbearing. Between this and Dior Cuir Cannage - which I'll be testing much more closely - I think this one comes off way more masculine, there's wood with leather way upfront than Cuir Cannage's floral approach. I blame Cuir Cannage's iris notes for "un-butching" it up a bit.

I personally don't get cedar from it, not immediately. There's woods, but they're almost non-descript at first. But once the top notes give way to the middle notes, sandalwood comes out that blends into cedar that gives way to white musk and (red)woods and then the leather calms down to a suede like presence.

This isn't a strong leather. Knize fans, you'll be disappointed. Expecting Colonia Leather? You'll measure Le Paradis de l’Homme and will find it lacking. Cuir Tabac fans... yeah, take that expectation down like 20 notches or so. This has a lot in common with something else I've smelled before, but instead of florals, add wood. Instead of strong, medicinal leather, imagine smoothed out, expensive fancy leather. And in terms of projection, this is right on par with Cuir Cannage and the midnotes of REL than anything else.

Longevity wise, I can still smell it 10 hours after the fact, just wafts here and there; but it's now a skin scent mostly. But the first 4-7 hours were going well. I'll continue to test this one, but so far I'm impressed.

Yep. I'm a fan. Perhaps the first scent of 2014 that's really gotten my attention and it'll have a place in my collection.

Thank you for this excellent write up.... great review! Nice to have a sense of what this is like.

I had been wondering about this one for a while, since it also looks like something I would enjoy.
 

gerbick

Well-known member
Jun 13, 2009
Just had to bump this due to a rather cool update. After the samples, arranged to purchase the Le Paradis de L'Homme directly from Hayari. They obliged and sent the package - but with a slight delay.

I contacted them with a bit of concern and they were like "We included something else... hope you enjoy" and I halfway expected another round of samples. Received the box, kept digging in the box was wondering if some of the scent had spilled. Found a small envelope with a scented leather band with a magnetic clasp. The wife and I are somewhat giggling - I've been searching for a stylish leather band to wear after seeing a couple of weeks after seeing one out in the wild (sorta like these).

The gift was really unexpected, on top of their great customer service. I'm officially a fan of the company. And of the scent too... which has become a quick favorite of mine. And with the temperature drop, found a couple of new facets in the middle notes that I didn't really get a chance to appreciate in the higher temps.
 

tefg

Well-known member
Dec 11, 2013
I got a sample of this from Yarn on the giveaway thread and gave it a small spritz and have to say I'm really impressed. Really looking forward to giving it a full wearing.
 

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