Paco Rabanne Pour Homme


Rosemary, sage and touches of bergamot - can an opening be more classic?  Rich, fresh-ish, herbal - delicious.  

The same relational line continues in the drydown:  lots of lavender, geranium with whiffs of basil thrown in.  Sheer delight. 

In the base, the oakmoss was the jewel of the original formulation: crisp, not very sharp and of intense richness. This all is counterbalanced by a restrained sweetness that is mainly owed to a honeyed tonka.  In the most recent version the base is thinner, the oakmoss is just a shadow of its former self, and the whole appears anaemic compared to the older issues.  

I get moderate sillage l, excellent projection and seven  hours of longevity on my skin. 

In its original version this autumnal beauty represents the classic fougère, in all its glorious beauty.  The quality of the ingredients was sublime, and the blending exquisite.  A bit brighter than dunhill blend 30. 4.25/5

The most recent reformulation is a 3.5/5 - still respectable overall.