Pros: Complicated, sensuous, intense, pleasant, lasts all day.
Cons: Peppery opening.
During a current journey to Nordstrom’s, I was given a sample of F Homme Black By Salvatore Ferragamo. Ferragamo is a designer I am not so conversant in. The fragrance was designed by Olivier Polge, who has created fairly a couple of fragrance I’m aware of, although I haven’t been overly impressed with any of them. Among them are Burberry Beat, Dior Homme, Flowerbomb (a male version referred to as Spicebomb will be out in a couple of months) and Kenzo Power. None of these fragrances significantly stand out to me.
What surprises me about F Homme Black By Salvatore Ferragamo is the complexity of the fragrance. It is a quite simple mixture of essences that include only five notes. Fragrances seem to average twice that number, with some going overboard (HM by Hanae Mori, as an illustration). So it’s always refreshing to me to discover a fragrance that does lots with simply few rigorously chosen substances. This fragrance accomplishes that job properly.
F Homme Black By Salvatore Ferragamo has a single high be aware of lavender. The spicy coronary heart consists of black pepper and coriander. The fragrance has a basis built on labdanum and tonka. While high notes usually fade quick, the lavender leaves behind a pleasant powdery end that softens the spicier center. I generally do not like black pepper in fragrance, however this pepper is tempered by the lavender and the sweet vanilla notes of the tonka bean. The labdanum takes heart-stage in this fragrance as it dries down, with a leathery, woodsy, earthy high quality that seems to be the supply of much of the complexity. A wonderful use of labdanum if you like that be aware.
With the peppery opening, I used to be inclined to put F Homme Black By Salvatore Ferragamo within the “meh” class. Smelling it on paper would have destined this fragrance to the trash heap. Nonetheless, having the chance to pores and skin test this fragrance informed a wholly different story. The pepper took a back seat to the tonka and labdanum after about fifteen minutes, leaving my skin with a sweet, smoky, leathery, slightly powdery fragrance that was amazingly advanced and considerably sensuous. I used to be shocked that a lot may very well be derived from so little. The fragrance is also very potent and doesn’t require a heavy utility. It should last all day.
I do know F Homme Black By Salvatore Ferragamo is carried at Nordstrom’s, however I haven’t seen it elsewhere. I am unsure of another retailers which are prone to have it. I found it on-line at Walgreen’s (surprisingly) for $86 for the three.Four ounce bottle. It is actually cheaper at Amazon, where the three.4 ounce bottle will only set you again $54.Sixty eight. That’s substantially higher than the $123.75 MSRP.
I might in all probability never have thought of buying F Homme Black By Salvatore Ferragamo based solely on the paper sample. It was okay on paper, but a burst of pepper initially put me off. The free sample gave me the encouragement wanted to provide this easy but complex fragrance a strive. I’m glad I did. Whereas this fragrance is unlikely to break into my high tier of non-public fragrances, it might ultimately be present in my collection. The combination of sweet, full, earthy, smoky and leathery qualities appear to contradict such a simple list of elements. The potency indicates that the best high quality of ingredients were used on this fragrance, which only requires a small amount and is not going to need a contact-up as the day wears on. Four stars.
My Five-Star Fragrances
Versace Pour Homme *
Voyage by Nautica *
Perry by Perry Ellis
Escada Pour Homme
L’Homme by YSL *
La Nuit De L’Homme by YSL
* Denotes fragrances at present in my collection.
Gucci II Pour Homme – was 4 stars after i first rated it. I’ve since purchased this fragrance and put into regular rotation. Undoubtedly a 5-star in retrospect. An error on my part not to recognize it when i first rated this fragrance. I also want to provide an honorable point out to Cerutti Pour Homme, which my spouse purchased for me and at the moment graces my assortment.