Aldehyde, Bergamot, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Rosewood.
Carnation, Cedar, Cinnamon, Geranium, Jasmin, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood.
Amber, Benzoin, Civet, Musk, Vanilla.
I've always loved the bottle this 1986 Lagerfeld came in. It's substantial and has a great feel to it. I guess I have a thing for heavy bottles, but none of that matters if what it delivers is insubstantial. In this case, the juice is as heavy as its housing. KL Homme delivers a masculine spice fest that incorporates citrus, wood, spice and sex appeal.
Speaking of Sex Appeal and before I go further into the review, KL Homme really should be sampled along with Jovan's Sex Appeal for Men. You may think it's as good as KL Homme since they are very similar. The differential in price is the reason I say this. Now, onward with Lagerfeld........
KL Homme is more suitable for wearing in the cool to cold temperatures. There's no rules as we all know, but it wears on the heavy side and seems to work best for me in certain conditions. It opens with a glassy accord of citrus and wood tones. The citrus is significant and the orange rendition is spicy. Less than a minute old, cinnamon stakes its claim on KL Homme and never vacates the premises.
The floral center is blurred by the spicy quality, but as an whole gives KL Homme very reasonable lift. On my skin, the cinnamon note blankets all others. On one hand, it's out of balance and a bit too dominant. On the other, it somehow works and smells extremely good. You will have to be the judge and decide if the ratios work for you......or not.
Underneath the opening and heart is wood. I'm a fan of rosewood and enjoy the way it's implemented here. This note is tuned very intelligently and blends perfectly with the floral notes. They are still blurred, but in conjunction with the wood smell large and exceptional. Spiced up with cinnamon, this accord lasts a good while before allowing a tranquil base of oriental notes to take over.
The drydown of KL Homme is very comfortable indeed. The cinnamon is now wispy and allows resins to be noticeable. The listed civet is a phantom for me. I like the note personally, but it seems to be buried in the mix and the overall aroma is no worse for the wear without it being obvious. It also could be fatigue from the extroverted cinnamon, so once again, you'll have to be your own judge. A soft vanilla slowly appears in extended drydown and together, with the spicy wood, make for a nice finish.
Sillage is good as is longevity. KL Homme lasts at least 5 hours on me from a few sprays. Thumbs up from Aromi for this 1986 cinnafest from Karl.