Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme EDT description
Dolce & Gabbana’s Pour Homme is an all-time classic scent, and there’s just no other way to say it. Its structure is straight-up traditional men’s cologne, with no bells or whistles thrown in to distract you from how great it smells and why the traditions that uphold men’s perfumery still work in the 21st century as well as they did a hundred years ago.
It begins with a soaring mix of citrus fruit: bergamot, orange, lemon, and mandarin, with a light neroli note lifting up the zesty start. These opening top notes last for a long, long time, so you can savor their bright appeal, then sit back and enjoy how fresh and lively citrus is in a proper men’s cologne.
Gradually after several refreshing minutes, the citrusy zest begins to pale and make room for an aromatic heart of lavender, sage, tarragon, cardamom, and pepper. The heart here is clean and light, but also crackling with spicy bravado. The transition from the powdery freshness of lavender to the sharp bite of cardamom and pepper is engaging, balanced, and entirely engrossing on the wrist. Dolce & Gabbana’s Pour Homme creates one of the most sophisticated masculine statements you can find, and should be considered a must-try for anyone new to cologne or needing a bedrock mainstay in their collection.
The dry down consists of sandalwood, cedar, musk, tonka bean, iris, tobacco, and coumarin. These base notes are a who’s who of men’s cologne standbys, and they blend with a subtle integrity that allows each note to shine and add its character to the whole. The sandalwood and tonka offer sumptuous, creamy sweet tones to balance the dry attack of the hay-like coumarin and rich tobacco, leaving the bright pop of cedar and musk to balance their extremes.
Dolce & Gabbana’s Pour Homme is as close to an absolute automatic choice as you’ll find in perfumery, whether you’re just now getting into the game or are obsessively tracking down every last nuance in every new release. There are many other men’s colognes available attempting a similar profile to this cologne, to various degrees of success, as citrus + aromatics + woods and musk = the heartbeat of all men’s perfume. But if you must know how a truly masculine, classic scent works and works well, this should be always on hand.