Christian Dior Homme was launched in 2011, created by Francois Demachy. Despite the "Homme" in the name, women wear this all the time - and should! It was originally composed by Olivier Polge in 2005, then reformulated in 2011. This is the current version. Luca Turin noted it was among the best half-dozen masculines of the last ten years. It opens as a masculine, very traditional, but just wait, this lovely iris and cocoa emerges with a little amber. Whether intentional or not, this scent combined two different things and instead of diminishing, it made them both better - one of the first really, truly unisex scents. Men won't be annoyed by the floral, and women won't be annoyed by the barbershop. Really perfect!
It is a woody floral musk with notes of lavender, sage, bergamot, iris, amber, cacao, vetiver, patchouli and leather.
The Hundred Classics Pick (Luca Turin & Tania Sanchez)
Reviews of Dior Homme
From Basenotes - "Fantastic. New formulation. Starts off iris sweetened up with dry cocoa and a small bit of leather. Well balanced and constructed. Last 8 hours, projects maybe one or two. Easily my favorite of the whole line. Not overly feminine or macho. Classy."
From EauMG - "Dior Homme opens with a sharp lavender that quickly fades into a clean, classic interpretation of an “eau de cologne” with citrus and herbs. It smells like an Italian holiday. Enter the iris, the real reason why people fall in love with Dior Homme. It’s cool yet buttery. It’s a well-rounded iris that is very Chanel-ish. The heart is an absolutely amazing iris that smells much more expensive than what you’re actually paying for this. It’s almost like an “iris liqueur” as it has so much richness and depth to it. The dry-down is a powdery iris suede."