I have actually had this bottle since December of last year. Why have I not written about it (or even really worn it?) Good question. I blame psychological problems. It was a pricey bottle (bought from Neiman Marcus in a moment of “I can pay it off in increments” madness- the kind if indulged in more that once or twice and on things that are only in lower figures can lead to economic disaster in the same way that “I’ll start my diet next week and in the mean time I will live on cheesecake and Dr. Pepper” will lead to obesity. Or just serious gastric distress.
So here’s my crazy way of dealing with it. Put the box in the cupboard and “forget” about it for six months. Then it’s not a recent, silly, somewhat unjustifiable purchase. It’s something that you’ve had for a while: long paid for and practically old enough to vote on tonight’s movie.
Note to self: don’t try that with cheesecake.
So, what’s it like? Their website lists it as having lime, fig, cinnamon, and vetiver and who knows, maybe it does? But initially the whole thing is like a leather purse that was delivered by a leatherman on his hog: Think Hermès delivered by a Tom of Finland figure. After the biker departs I do get some of the other aspects, mostly the vetiver and “oakmoss” (which is very good) and a little whiff of spice. I don’t really discern lime in there, but I don’t really miss it, either.
As for it being Pour Homme, well, I have always found that distinction kind of silly in scents. With the possible exception of Fracas I think a guy can wear anything marked Femme and this one is certainly treading ground worn down by the dainty boots of Bandit and others. I know several very nice ladies who might not play very nice if I tried to tell then that this one was off limits to girls. It is also actually quite strong in a way that might scare off some of the more “manly” men out there who don’t like the idea of smelling like anything that would come from a perfume counter. Even (or perhaps especially) one at the Anvil.
Fetish Pour Homme is $485 at Neiman Marcus, which is where I purchased. Roja has others in the line, which I am almost afraid to try, since my balance on that card is back to zero. If you’ve tried them, or would like to share a recent extravagance, please do so in the comments- you’ll make me feel better. Photo of the bottle is mine, others from Pexels.