Allure Homme by Jacques Polge for Chanel 1999

Hello Fragrant Fraternity,

HOORAY!! Go check out my Guest Spot on the PERFUME POSSE! It’s a super fun story of helping a mate choose his new fragrance.

ENTER the THURSDAY GIVEAWAY too. It’s a super dooper grab bag this week.

How lucky am I? A friend of mine was given this and made open the box and spray at his party, couldn’t stand it and couldn’t return it either. Full bottle to Portia!! Woo Hoo! Up to this point I had been unaware of Allure Homme but was expecting a big Chanel base with some spice, WRONG!

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

On me the opening citrus burst is quite overwhelming, and I can already smell a bit of bakery like the first cut of an orange souffle. Though it is in your face it still manages to be warm, mellow and cuddly, like a well dressed, freshly pressed Dad. The beginning of the floral heart is not at all as I expected, the geranium keeps it sharp and green, it feels a bit like some herbs have been left off the note list, with a warm background. Then the fragrance fades to a near nothing, if I stick my head down my shirt I can smell it but it is so close to the skin and sillageless that I feel unperfumed. Every so often though I get a huff of it and am completely transported because what little there is is gorgeous, heartbreaking. I want the world to smell how good this is. It lasts in this non perfumed state for ages, maybe 6 more hours and goes through a slightly leather/vanilla that is great, I know it’s not in the notes but to my nose (which is not always on point) there is leather. The sandalwood is adding butter to the amberish vanilla too. Such a lovely fragrance and well deserving of your attention but it is no big head turner. Only the people very close, and you. will even know that it’s not your own skin that smells so good.

Fragrantica gives these notes:
Top: Mandarin, lemon, peach and bergamot
Middle: Freesia, geranium, rose and jasmine
Base: Benzoin, tonka, sandalwood and vanilla

The NowSmellThis crew were unimpressed and I couldn’t find another review on the first 2 pages of google.

I hope you go and try Allure Homme, it is an excellent work, dinner, after the gym or sex date scent, especially the last. You can’t over apply Allure Homme because it’s such a quiet body fragrance. Another great thing is, you can pass by any Chanel counter and get a spritz for free.

See you tomorrow,
Portia xx

I know this is for the sport model but I love this making of video, it’s better than the ad.

10 comments on “Allure Homme by Jacques Polge for Chanel 1999

  1. Leo says:

    Hi Portia! Just discovered your blog and I’m really enjoying it!
    I just wanted to add my 2 cents on this one because it was very much my signature scent (back in the days when I was still sane and only had a 2 – 3 bottle rotation) about 10 tears ago. Firstly, just saying ’10 years ago’ is enough to send me into a mid-life crisis but secondly, and more relevantly, smelling it now at my local drugstore (I live in Australia BTW but saying ‘drugstore’ is my pathetic attempt to sound worldly) is a little disappointing to say the least. Very thin, shallow thing it’s becomes but yes, with those flashes of greatness it once had.
    Great review and I look forward to reading more!

    • Hey Leo,
      It’s changed with reformulation, regulations and fashion. Skin scents are what men are into now.
      I’m so happy you joined in, you are welcome and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on other stuff. What are your current 3 most rotated?
      Portia xx

      • Leo says:

        That’s a tough one! I’m not sure I wear the same three on a regular basis these days. But, if I had to choose 3 that I would wear regularly if I had to – Commes Des Garçons Kyoto, Philosykos & TF Tobacco Vanille. But that’s now, ask me again and the answer would probably be very different!

  2. saffyishere says:

    Morning P….thanks for the video…..more man candy!!!! The model has spectacular bone structure to his face,and a gregarious smile. Now ,as for the fragrance,I suspect the way you describe it,that perhaps it is directed to a ‘younger’ demographic than you and I. However,if I did win your very generous prize,it would be a fun experiment with my hubby being a fine “guinea pig’ lol

  3. laniersmith says:

    Portia you know I am a Chanelophile so I am pea green with envy at your windfall! Great review and fun to read as always. Have fun being Alluring darling.


    • HAH! I will Allure away with your lovely approbation. Believe me, not taking it for granted either, I am totally chuffed,
      Just read overboard, is Carbonne a new Balmain? I want to find it.
      Portia xx

      • laniersmith says:

        Have fun Portia! A Chanel in the hand is like 6 Cotys 4 Molinards and 2 Guerlains in the bush. On the Carbone it came out in 2010. I found mine on Amazon. But I am sure you can find it all around still.
        Ciao Bella!

  4. flutterkisses says:

    I love they way you describe this scent. The choice of words are just superb. In fact i am already intrigued with chanel allure homme and planning to buy one soon for my hubby.

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