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Yohji Homme is almost a gourmand, but not; almost a fougère, but not. Launched by the Paris-based designer, Yohji Yamamoto, in 1999 to compliment his clothing line, and created by Jean-Michel Duriez at Coty,the scent is mostly about about anise, coffee and cocoa.
This aromatic combo reminds me of Lolita Lempicka and Bond No. 9 New Haarlem, but in Yohji Homme this dominant accord is much more refined and understated than in either of those two excellent scents. In the dry-down when the anise has receded into the background, it’s closer to Luten’s Borneo 1834, minus the patchouli, but much lighter and airier.
I smell the anise note right up front, but it’s not an in-your-face, annoyingly sweet licorice. Mixed with coriander, cinnamon and lavender, it completely bypasses the foody gourmand effect, and becomes a perfectly balanced herbaceous accord with a slightly bitter appeal. It doesn’t become what my brain expects, and I like that. The heart is almost floral, spicy from carnation and rosewood and softly edged with green galbanum.
The dry-down is rich from creamy sandalwood (the good stuff), as well as the powdery notes of cocoa from tonka, and coffee beans, which are dark, dry and sensual. Rum adds a crème brulée sweetness and when mixed with leather, resinous cedar, and anise, makes the dry-down of Yohji Homme an intoxicating olfactory experience that you don’t want to miss. It smells subtle, mysterious, chic, expensive and sexy all at the same time. I can’t stop sniffing it, and it smells like genius to me.
Made for men, but equally as great on women.
Notes:coriander, lavender, anise, carnation, cinnamon, licorice, Brazilian rosewood, geranium, leather, sandalwood, tonka bean, coffee, rum, cedar.
Type: EdT
Parfumeur: Jean-Michel Duriez

Price: $6.00