I was on my way to work, intent on my usual thoughts, when something caught me with force on the corner of a street. So much so that I looked up, for a moment, to find who or what it was. But it was, quite simply, a smell: the grass that felt cut into the flowerbed left its acrid but sweet scent. We all know the smell of the herb is intoxicating. Yet what an inner leap I registered, feeling the smell of the first cut. My brain got so excited walking past a flower bed. But, I wonder, will we cut the grass where we go too? I tell myself, there will undoubtedly be determined; there will be because, without that perfume, it would not be Heaven. Grassy notes heavily influenced this one.
If you are curious about a cologne, you’d like to buy it, and can decide with analysis, do so. But it turns out in life that we always make our most important decisions with instinct and intuition, taste, and heart. Let me fill you in on how that works. What I find interesting about this perfume is how each man will interact with it differently depending on his memories. The initial blast is enjoyable with an aura of green tones. “La Nuit de L’Homme (Eau de Toilette) | Yves Saint Laurent” immediately comes to mind. The bittersweet grapefruit, a little alcoholic, is tangible, fleeting, and the freshness of the wet mowed grass is there, not openly in the face; instead, it lies behind, smooth, and reminds me of outdoor sports, football. CH Men smells like damp earth and flowers, with some spice and stewed fruits thrown in.
Watery and mossy, the heart comes quickly, carrying leathery saffron wrapped in dusty and moist violet leaves. The mossy slant is abundant, it exudes from a violet leaf and oakmoss blend. It seems to go from interesting to heavenly. The saffron and violet must create the impression of soil. Although the official notes do not include it, I perceive something similar to tobacco in it. That tobacco note is strong, dominates the opening, and lasts to the bottom. Well, it settles quickly, but it doesn’t go away. Suddenly it transcends into a beautifully balanced musk, then into an almost nutty nuance mixed with an ear of sweet corn. At this stage, I get more than a few similarities with Gucci pour Homme II Eau de Toilette
, because of the violet-tea-tobacco impression.
The base notes show the rapid departure of violet and nutmeg. Oakmoss and vanilla appear, with the skin in a shallow profile. Leather and suede are next. Not only are they prominent, but they are the main protruding chord. The leather is aromatic, well balanced, not offensive, nor pungent. It looks like dry skin because of the suede. A suede piece dragged through the grass and violet smells like it. Unfortunately, I don’t detect the sugar. Vanilla takes over more and becomes more woody and leathery. It is a very sexy phase in the fragrance's progression. Over time, the scent becomes sweeter and blends very well with the skin, and gives it a pleasant sensation. There is also a woody accord that mixes with musks and sweeter notes. A veil of woody, musky, and slightly leathery accords remains in close contact with the skin as soon as the perfume goes past the opening and heart phases.
Delicious, modern, and enticing masculine scent perfect for dewy spring mornings in May. Or late summer nights in northern Italy. Despite it opens quite green, a smooth leather rounds it out. It’s not a skin perfume, after all, even if it doesn’t exactly make its way across a room. I wouldn’t call it subtle, but I won’t accuse it of magnificence either. I find it quite compelling. Despite being well known for a while, it is seldom mentioned and entirely off the radar. My impression of this perfume is based on my experience, and I have been wearing it since this morning. I understand opinions can differ, so there will be contradictions, but damn, take these as suggestions! I’ve read many reviews stating, “It’s sweet, but masculine and classy. There’s something almost gourmand about it.” Dessert? Gourmand? Well, on my skin, it’s anything but sweet.
I base the review on a 100ml bottle I have owned since September 2017.