Average Rating 4.6/5
Review by Mac789
Unfortunate bottle and gender assignment aside, Pour un Homme is a five-star lavender fragrance. Opening with a very animated, very "green" lavender, Pour un Homme seems as if it is...pour un homme. Unlike my other lavender faves Gris Clair and Encens et Lavande, if there is something underlying the lavender (smoke, singed wood, tonka bean), it isn't initially apparent. Pour un Homme seems at first spritz like a big-ticket lavender.
Five minutes later, something strange and wondrous begins to happen: something that smells almost minty appears, as does a chic touch of camphor that is probably nothing more than the assertive lavender pitching itself into the Oriental base.
That base, composed of ultra-smooth vanilla, amber, and musk is perfect counterpart to the strongly aromatic lavender. Pour un Homme is a yin-yang fragrance, one whose top is male and whose base is female, and if we can use this as one definition of "unisex" than we should do so (or the reverse). The duality of nature is in perfect balance, because of the lack of seaming between the two components. At first, the sweeter, semi-gourmand base seems merely to warm the lavender, but half an hour later it's mostly base with what can only be called a shimmer of lavender hovering ever so subtly above. In this phase, lavender seems to rise off the base, which is more firmly affixed to the skin (and skin chemistry), and gives an idea of the porousness of the base.
Smoke is a big component in the Lutens lavenders (as is a bit of friction in Encens et Lavande), but it is not in the Caron. Pour un Homme is creamy and plush and inviting where the Lutenses are dry and sharp and crepuscular.
One might define the top, as could be expected, as "bracing," in the way traditional lavender fragrances are bracing. I appreciate that Lutens has made lavender hip, taking it away from a traditional role, but it is in the Caron that one can wear lavender without smelling as if one had been dabbling in creative whimsy or in grandfather's medicine chest. Pour un Homme might even be too sweet for certain men, even if the base comes close to a food/sex connection. The vanilla is a bit flat; this is not an issue for me and in any event plays secondary role to the amber.
I also have a nice sample of the alcohol-free "pour le peau" variation. The lavender is much less pronounced and the vanilla/musk is more apparent. I have read on a blog that there are bath oil beads (bath oil beads for men--how wonderful!) available that may be broken open to wear as parfum, and I think I will have to buy some of these in the near future.
Pour un Homme is something I would recommend to those looking to explore lavender as a fragrance note, as a jumping-off point. It's an ideal introduction to lavender and to how wonderfully lavender can combine with other notes.