Valentino’s Uomo sees Olivier Polge revisiting to his 2005 hit Dior Homme, injecting greater contrast into its basic orris/lavender/cocoa theme.
Side-by-side, Uomo’s top smells altogether the more fresh, bergamot here being paired with grapefruit (Methyl Pamplemousse) in a fairly standard green-citrus accord. A dash of cologney Dihydromyrcenol meanwhile, provides a bridge to the familiar smelling heart of lavender and powdery iris that’s fitted over a woody-amber frame.
The most notable difference between two fragrances however, concerns Uomo’s pronounced sweetness, the gourmand envelope being pushed well beyond that explored in the Dior with a liberal dose of Ethyl Maltol. If the cavity-inducing caramel coating rather does away with the original’s understated elegance, it also serves to better mask the Iso E Super content which was laid a tad too bare the first time around.
Nose: Olivier Polge
Release date: 2014
Notes (per Fragrantica): bergamot, myrtle, roasted coffee, gianduja cream, cedar, leather.