Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Gin scents are a staple of any serious man’s cologne collection. Along with the leather, tobacco, and the aromatic citrus scents, you have to have at least one quality gin scent to complete your stash.
Vince Camuto’s Homme is exactly what you are looking for here. It’s a bright, tangy, and desert-dry cologne loaded with all kinds of aromatic, astringent goodness. Ozone and gin accords in the top notes to juniper berry, cypress, fennel and lavender in the heart. Cedar, white birch and a “hot musk” accord in the base wraps everything up in a black tuxedo cummerbund. You can put this scent on and go save the world from shadowy, international villains.
They didn’t forget the details in this fragrance, either. The top notes have a dash of tart lemon for a garnish, and the lavender in the heart notes keeps Vince Camuto Homme fresh and under control, and away from an outright boozy profile.
The bitter artemisia note in the dry down also steers the fragrance into a less arid zone and gives it some floral complexity, as well as bookending the tart lemon zest in the opening.
But why should you keep a gin scent in your rotation? For one good reason: a great gin scent smells like danger and absurd wealth. Gin scents are cut from a different kind of gentleman’s cloth, and have an aura of the British aristocracy to them.
There’s just something about juniper, lavender, and musk being together in a fragrance that catapults you right into a James Bond movie. Gin scents are suave, but muscular, and carry a world-weariness to them that is inherently attractive.
In Vince Camuto’s Homme, that world-weary vibe gets fevered with the inclusion of the “hot musk” accord. Normally musk supports the other notes with its tangy brightness, but here a hot, spicy facet perforates the musk, raising the temperature into tequila territory. The hot musk changes the tempo of this scent from laid-back, international spy coolness to a back-street alley fight. It’s got a “ready for anything” vigor to it.
So if you’re looking to expand your scent profile, and want to experience a British-style gentility with an extra pair of brass knuckles handy, this is your jam. Vince Camuto’s Homme is a gin scent with a sexy, roadhouse edge that knocks it out of the boardroom and into the street.