Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Prada Pour Homme by Prada : Perfume Review

It has been a while since I last reviewed a masculine fragrance here on Fragrance Bouquet, even though several creations, some old and some new have caught my attention since summer. I cannot put off reviewing Prada Pour Homme any longer though, and not just because I’ve somehow ended up smelling it almost daily –either on my own skin or on others- for the last couple of weeks. The truth is, I am currently deeply enamored with it – I find it simply divine. I didn’t really know what to expect from it in the beginning: I didn’t fall in love with the female version and subsequently never actually bothered to smell Prada Tendre. I likely would not have bothered to seek out Pour Homme either, had I not smelled it on a friend who happens to wear it very, very well. Wondering whether it was just a case of good chemistry-perfume fit, I started testing it on my own skin, only to discover I was instantly hooked.

One likely reason I find myself so excited by Prada Pour Homme is that it is a very atypical male scent: It does not resemble any other mainstream fragrance marketed towards men right now. It feels almost as though it quietly mocks every aquatic, citrusy, or overly bracing and invariably yawnfest-inducing male release out there, inviting you to laugh with it, sharing in the joke. This is indeed a fragrance for the self-assured man who does not need to reassert his masculinity, or rather, mask his insecurities through his overly stout, manly scent. Where others insist on announcing their arrival, taking up space, enunciating their presence loud and clear, Prada Pour Homme is content to whisper seductively, inviting others to come closer instead. Gentle woody murmurs, musks, the creamy lather of soap and a smidgen of leather make up this gorgeous fragrance that serves to enhance the wearer’s own chemistry. This effect is so well done, that smelling it on another for the first time, it is hard to know whether what you are smelling is indeed perfume or the man’s natural own skin-scent. To me, its sensual yet slightly aloof scent evokes images of both colors and textures with ease, presenting me with a well constructed, layered outfit of soft grey flannel and silvery silk. The sensory experience gradually extends to bodily sensations...A smoothly shaven cheek, the slightly damp, still steaming from the heat, naked body of a just-showered man. When thinking of these sensations rationally I can’t help but translate them to less romantic, but indeed logical qualities: tender melancholy, intellect, sexiness and perfect grooming. And yes, the jus indeed encompasses all four with ease. Admittedly though, what I love most about it is its soapy muskiness. Now, I am aware the term soapy is not always used in a positive manner when it comes to perfumes, but really, there is absolutely no need to fear it in this context. Yes, Prada Pour Homme is indeed soapy, but its earthy smell of saffron and its infinitely sexy musk base save it from being either safe or overly clean. It is simply yummy and warm, the smell of sweet skin wearing nothing but a thin oriental ribbon.

If you fall in love with this as much as I do, may I also suggest you consider splurging on the shower gel as well? It is simply fabulous. I use it at night and find myself wrapped in its tender, comforting embrace all evening. Furthermore, it is surprisingly long lasting: When I wake up in the morning my shirt is completely infused with the lovely smell – something I’ve never actually experienced with a shower gel before.

Images: www.beadfx.com and www.shaving.philips.com (color adjustments by author)


10 comments:

edwardian said...

Please, Divina, more masculine fragrances! Your review of Prada pour Homme is beautiful and made me curious about it, I'll have to go and sniff it tomorrow...

italian girl said...

Loved your review.

Try Prada Tendre out, it is really outstanding.. I like it a lot.

Have you any information on Ines De La Fressange?? Read that it is a really nice scent--any opinions?????

The non-blonde said...

As much as I dislike the female Prada, I adore this one. I bought it for my father, to my mom's delight. I think I need one for myself, too.

Leopoldo said...

I feel a frisson of friskiness after reading this...

Divina said...

Edwardian, I'll do my best! I am curious to know what you make of the Prada - I love your taste in perfume so I am really interested.

Divina said...

Ciao Bella :) I am afraid I have not smelled Ines de la Fressange's perfumes myself, but you can find a nice post on Aromascope instead, following this link: http://www.aromascope.com/wp/2007/08/14/perfume-review-the-softer-side-of-a-diva/

Divina said...

Hi G! I haven't taken this one out of the house yet to see how others react to it on my skin, but I am thoroughly enjoying it. It has become really personal. I say, go for it :)

Divina said...

Lee, you read me very well.. I didn't think it was that obvious, but that is exactly what I feel about it.

Linda said...

Dear Divina,
Thank you for this lovely review - I went into town to try this fragrance and I think you've described it absolutely exactly! I was unimpressed by both the original Prada and Prada Tendre, but this is completely different! I'm going to take your advice and go for the shower gel: it will wake me up in the mornings ;-)
Best,
Linda

pinky said...

really luxury !! ^_^
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