Sunday, November 15, 2009
Carven Homme opens with an exceptional accord of citrus, rosewood and lavender. This is a surprisingly robust top and startled me the first time I experienced it. It wasn't because it smells odd or eccentric. It got my attention because it's conventional, yet kicks ass and is on par with some of the best citric woodies I have owned. I love wearing Carven Homme because this fragrance has some serious presence and possesses all the notes I have come to enjoy.
After the opening settles down into a comfortable citrus-lavender-wood, new players begin to slowly insert themselves into the composition. Carven Homme, during most of its duration, has a terrific swirl effect on my skin and succeeds in enveloping me for hours. The spices begin to appear and are tuned to a polite volume. They add an interesting quality to the lavender-wood combo. What is very good indeed is when the tobacco note gradually becomes a reality and that doesn't take but 15 minutes. If Carven Homme stopped right here, it would still be good to go, but it has a few others to come yet.
Talk about bang for your buck. Carven Homme has slipped through the cracks and is now out of production. Do yourself a favor and sample this when you can. One of the better, unknown citric woodies and a huge thumbs up from Aromi.