Herrera for Men 1991 Eau de Toilette

Herrera for Men (Eau de Toilette) by Carolina Herrera
Bottle Design André Ricard
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7.8 / 10 176 Ratings
A popular perfume by Carolina Herrera for men, released in 1991. The scent is spicy-woody. It is being marketed by Puig.
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Main accords

Spicy
Woody
Fresh
Green
Citrus

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
RosemaryRosemary Citrus leafCitrus leaf LavenderLavender NeroliNeroli
Heart Notes Heart Notes
CloveClove Pepper leafPepper leaf GeraniumGeranium
Base Notes Base Notes
SandalwoodSandalwood TobaccoTobacco AmberAmber

Perfumers

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Scent
7.8176 Ratings
Longevity
7.2138 Ratings
Sillage
6.6142 Ratings
Bottle
7.1152 Ratings
Value for money
7.345 Ratings
Submitted by Apicius, last update on 01.06.2024.

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Norleans

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A dream in round
Not to let my own collection get out of hand is always one of my efforts. If I have been able to keep it in the single-digit range for a long time, I have been around and around 20 bottles for quite a while. The composition varies, sometimes even weekly. Even my financial controller for the budget has given up the fight in the meantime. There is buying, exchanging, selling, sharing, etc. Then you even have a good and very generous friend, who unexpectedly sometimes sends you a bottle. How can one ensure a puristic orientation of one's own collection?

I got to know and love Herrera for Men as a bottler at the very beginning of my perfume membership. When this was used up, my memory of this fragrance slowly faded due to a drumfire of ever new bottlings, samples, flacons etc. My quest for ever new discoveries, finding the one and perfect fragrance (you could also call it greed) was very successful. Almost every week a discovery like this opened up and was replaced a short time later by the discovery of a new "perfect" fragrance. In the last few months my memory of Herrera for Men has moved to the forefront, as if my brain was gently telling me to let it go by over-stimulating its olfactory centre, as I have already found THE scent.

Fortunately I followed this first gentle, later more and more conscious intuition and a real bargain, which was offered in the trade at that time, then completely suppressed the bad conscience. I must say that my memory was unfortunately mistaken. I must say, "fortunately"! Because Herrera for Men has not been saved in my memory as perfect as I feel it today.
This fragrance is so perfectly balanced, so round and harmonious, as I know it from no other fragrance. It is impossible for me to smell individual components in isolation, as they are so perfectly interwoven that they form a perfect unit as a whole. Until now I do not know of any other fragrance that is more pleasing. That doesn't mean that Herrera for Men wants to please everyone or that it comes off without a profile. The fragrance helps me to achieve a state of "resting within" by simply wearing it. This may sound more esoteric than I think, but this perfection in my nose is a guarantee of coming down, pausing and refuelling. At the same time, it drives me to step into the first row with this feeling and, freshly refuelled, to march forward. The durability is passable, the sillage and obtrusive, but present.

Why Herrera for Men has a niche existence, is hardly represented in our "Have I", wish or watch lists, although it is still in production, I can only explain through clumsy marketing and advertising. The fragrance has already been around for a few years and the attribute "modern" certainly doesn't stick to it (anymore), but today and in 20 years it is still very wearable and does not contain any musty flair.
Even if the term "masculine scent" has been the subject of some comments in recent weeks, which have been criticised by a few perfumers (m/f/d), as this is to be regarded as a relic from the pre-political correctness-era, I must dare to say at this point: "That's exactly what it is! Masculine. But gentle, warming, soothing. Men can be like that ?

Thank you for reading and please all get through the next four weeks and everything else that may follow.
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ColinM

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Very helpful Review 3  
Curry honeyed cigarettes in a bottle!
I recently acquired a current, allegedly reformulated bottle of this (all brown dotted packaging with silver borders) and without having tried the previous one, all I can say is that this more recent version smells really good for me. Nothing harsher or more “synthetic” than one may reasonably expect - and accept - within this price range; Herrera for Men is actually kind of classy, suprisingly compelling and really enjoyable, and also fairly creative for its era: basically a sort of really smooth, niche-like curry-scented tobacco scent with a hint of honey, some clean musk-lavender tone and the shade of a classic fougère structure. Lots of interesting nuances here, from something tea-like to a really balanced use of cloves (a note that 99% of the times I hate bad). What amazed me at the first sniff is how surprisingly close to tobacco this is – way more than other more praised scents that were kind of a disappointment to me to this extent (e.g. Aramis Havana, which is great but doesn’t remind me of tobacco that much; or inferior juvenile stuff like Michael Kors for Men – not to mention most of contemporary tobacco scents smelling like cheap candies).

Speaking as a long-time cigarettes smoker, I think Herrera for Men quite captures the aroma of a packet of cigarettes – not the raw, dry-earthy one of cigars, not the sophisticated, “humid-sweet” aromatic smell of pipe tobacco, but the mildly sweet, slightly synthetic, maybe pedestrian smell of common cigarettes. There’s lots of this tobacco here, tasty and realistic, together with cumin, a drop of citrus at the opening and something sweet-warm and slightly fruity, like honeyed amber and a bit similar to tea too (think of a grown-up macho version of Gucci pour Homme II), with a really clever accord of more “traditional” masculine notes (musky lavender, woods, geranium) that gives the scent a pleasant touch of “barbershop”. There’s also some really nice sandalwood here, joining the sweet-earthy side of the fragrance. A lot of names come to mind considering the different sides of this Herrera individually, but none would be really a comparison for the fragrance as a whole, as in fact Herrera for Men smells honestly quite new and unique to me. It’s surely a bit close to other early 1990s fragrances (the first Zegna comes to mind in particular) but there’s quite more going on here. The quality isn’t top-notch but it works really good, way better than I expected given that all other Herrera scents I’ve tried were utter crap for me. A bang for the buck if you ask me; it smells good, bold but classy, masculine as a Raymond Chandler villain, totally decent for the price.

7-7,5/10
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Smellavision

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D&G pour Homme's lesser known sibling?
Opening with a zesty and fresh citrus opening that dries down to musk, amber, cloves and lavender on a woody tobacco base.
Launched in 1991 this scent seems to be quite ahead of it's time - no oakmoss powerhouse here, but fresh and invitingly grassy, a little soapy and natural. It's sweet and the topnotes lend an almost floral feel to it. Brilliantly constructed. The curry notes that others mention elude me completely - what I do get though is a herbal sensation of the mediterranian (the closest comparison for me would be the original D&G Pour Homme), which others may experience as curry seasoning perhaps ?

Very pleasant indeed, but also a little shortlived - two hours of projection and another two hours of skin scent is what I get.
Overall, pleasant and classy IMO.
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Lauser93

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A solid fresh scent for rather warmer days
With the Herrera for Men Eau de Toilette you have to do with a solid fresh scent, which works well for me especially on rather warmer days. So really blew me away the whole thing but to my surprise, my best friend found the smell pretty good. The sillage was at the beginning still quite good but with time, the fragrance then degrades. The first 3-5 hours I perceive the smell well, then it becomes rather skin. After 7-8 hours I recognize then no longer really something.

The top note starts alcoholic, synthetic but still fresh and, I think, also a little aquatic. Here I recognize herbs like rosemary, lavender, citrus and a touch of neroli. The heart notes offer a combination of herbs and flowers. Peppermint, cloves and rose geranium can be made out here. The base smells balsamic of sandalwood, amber and minimally tobacco.

Yes, this fougère fragrance is unlikely to tick off under normal circumstances and is quite pleasing, although nothing earth-shattering.
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Nwhite

31 Reviews
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Herrera for Men
"Herrera for Men" EDT (Original Formula, 1991) -

Along with Polo Green, "Herrera for Men" is Carlos Benaim's best work and my personal favorite from this house. The combo here of clove, tobacco and soft musk are expertly blended for a mildly sweet and earthy feel.

The original formulation does not have any synthetic moments to my nose and the overall longevity is strong at around 8 hours with 4 sprays.

3.5 stars
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StarA1StarA1 1 month ago
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A spicy, floral, woody fragrance suitable for the spring and fall seasons... It has a distinctive and non-suffocating scent.
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Charilaos77Charilaos77 1 year ago
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I love this tobacco fougere since the 90s. This is my style of perfumery. I hope it performed a little bit better.
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Nik604Nik604 3 years ago
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Absolute masterpiece of all times! The real deal fragrance, for the "real"man. Not to days ethyl maltol fake tonka crap, raining on us.
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HugoMontezHugoMontez 3 years ago
A very light fragrance nowadays. Used to be a good spicy curry fragrance with lavender on top. Kind of a spicy version of Eternity. 2/5
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