Usually when I get hold of decent men’s fragrance samples, I pass them onto my nephew, who at sixteen, has quite a fragrance collection and shows a real interest in it. However, I have been trying out Valentino Uomo today and there’s no way I’m giving this to anyone. It’s deliriously good and I’m keeping it.
The opening is fresh and herbal, with Myrtle and Bergamot and not much else. I like a simple opening like that. The middle phase has Chocolate and Hazelnut and the base has Leather and Coffee. The Leather we are talking about here is that expensive Leather that is so soft it feels like velvet, and the Coffee adds richness without going all Nescafe on me. The Chocolate and Hazelnut combo completely avoids any kind of gourmand praline nonsense and simply enhances the richness, like the smell as you enter an expensive coffee house.
Yes, yes, this is supposed to be for men and all that, but it stopped me in my tracks and frankly, without sounding big headed, it smells fantastic on me. Some male fragrances (mainly the mainstream sort) all smell very similar to me in the base notes phase. They all seem to have that metallic, almost obligatory note that I have moaned about before ( see my review of Jay-Z Gold) but Valentino Uomo actually smells like its ingredients. You really can smell the herbs, the Bergamot, the Leather and the Coffee. It’s terrific and I can’t get enough. Ten out of ten and my everlasting affection to its creator, the prolific and talented Olivier Polge.