‘What is that vile stuff you’re wearing? You smell like my grandpa!’ That is my girlfriend’s opinion on Azzaro Pour Homme when I wear it.

This is a very old fashioned fragrance. And I don’t think it holds up as well today as it probably did in the past. Not when compared to some other fragrances from the same period. Not that it isn’t nice but I can’t see some younger person sniffing it and thinking that this would be something nice to wear. It’s stuck in the past. Unlike some other older fragrances like Guerlain Habit Rouge or the positively ancient Pour un Homme de Caron (released in 1934!). I think these can be pulled off very well by younger people.

Many people regard Azzaro Pour Homme as a classic. And to be fair this was the smell of men from the time that I grew up. It was all around during the ’80s. Not that it was specifically Azzaro Pour Homme I was smelling all the time, but in general fragrances in this style were very popular.

I’m quite a fan of old school fragrances, which is why I bought this. Also, it was very cheap. But I don’t think it’s the classic that some people make it out to be. To me a classic is a scent that both transcends its era and its style and I don’t think Azzaro Pour Homme does that. Not that it isn’t a nice fragrance but that me it’s not that special.

What Azzaro Pour Homme smells like

Azzaro Pour Homme contains a bucketload of notes. *Deep breath* Bergamot, lemon, basil, clary sage, lavender, geranium, anise, petitgrain, vetiver, patchouli, cardamom, caraway, juniper berry, musk, ambergris, sandalwood, cedarwood, amber, oakmoss, tonka bean, musk and leather.

To me the star of this composition is the anise note. It’s most prominent in the opening and ever-present until the end. While the anise does fade away a bit after the opening and the woods and leather become more prominent it never really disappears. If you love the note of anise you will really dig this scent.

Final thoughts on Azzaro Pour Homme

Azzaro Pour Homme is quite an old fragrance, it was originally released in 1978. Nowadays it’s pretty cheap and can easily be bought at most local drugstores, at least where I live. It can also be bought at most regular fragrance stores so I guess it’s still quite popular. I like it, especially the anise note, but I think other fragrances do the same thing better, like Santos de Cartier or Van Cleef & Arpels Tsar for example.

I don’t mind this fragrance, I don’t think it’s bad but I don’t reach for it that often. Not because of my girlfriends’ opinion on it, I wear what I want to wear but maybe not when she’s around. It’s just that I prefer other fragrances in the same style like Santos de Cartier or Tsar by Van Cleef & Arpels.

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