Dior Homme 2020 is a men’s fragrance launched the same year as the name. It’s a re-release of the original classic Dior Homme, recognised by its redesigned scent profile that totally deviates from its predecessor. However, that decision caused plenty of controversy. Some believe this new cologne tarnishes the entire legacy of the brand. Others, like me, think that’s an overreaction to a cologne that smells awesome. Read on and I’ll explain.
Dior Homme 2020 smells like smooth, mature woods and musk
Dior Homme 2020 contains bergamot, pink pepper, elemi, cashmere, cedar, iso e super, vetiver, and musk.
Firstly, the fragrance opens with a combination of bergamot and pink pepper. Bergamot perpetuates a subtle yet fresh citrus smell, whilst pink pepper provides a bright spicy kick.
Soon afterwards an elemi accord emerges, forming the backbone of this uplifting duo. This resinous note imbues a powdery, dense texture.
Side note: Followers of past Dior Homme colognes will instantly recognise differences here. Namely, the iconic metrosexual iris note has been removed. Dior Homme Intense is my favourite fragrance featuring that accord.
After these initial notes mingle for some time, the heart notes slowly arise:
- Cashmere adds a velvety, musky touch to the opening accords;
- Cedar comes next with a dry, woody, camphoraceous aroma; and
- Iso E Super – a synthetic molecule that enhances the woodiness of cedar with a smooth, artificial quality. Furthermore, it elicits light hints of sandalwood and amber too.
Finally, vetiver and musk appear once the scent fully dries on skin. Together, they smell like a neat grassy, powdery mixture. Their arrival builds upon the heart notes, elevating the woody traits with a sophisticated, masculine feel.
In summary, Dior Homme 2020 smells fresh and spicy whilst sustained by a powdery note. Then, cashmere and woods guide the scent into a silkier, deeper direction. Finally, muskiness in the dry down offers a mature touch that rounds out the blend.
Have a look at this reviewer’s comments:
Clean woods, fresh musks, sweet citrus, spicy pepper. Confident & sexy. Undeniably masculine. Very long lasting. Classy yet casual. This would make a fantastic signature scent for a young professional up to an established CEO. A great counter point to any loud/challenging fragrances in your collection or a go to daily driver. Don’t let the niche snobs or fan boys of the original sway you.Fragrantica.com
Performance is decent, too
Like the smell, the performance has impressed me.
Specifically, Dior Homme 2020 projects moderately from skin for the first 4 hours, before settling closer for another 6. Therefore, you’re set to experience 10 hours of total longevity.
Although sometimes I can even smell whiffs after the 10 hour mark. Accordingly, there’s zero doubt Dior has not skimped on strength, which even rivals the lasting power of Dior Sauvage Elixir.
Wear it flexibly
The all-purpose versatility of Dior Homme 2020 continues to amaze me. Past instalments of Dior Homme were constrained by their prominent powdery floral accord. That’s not the case here.
Accordingly, this scent can be dressed up or dressed down. It’s fitting for the office and special events (think: weddings) just as much as for social settings with friends. Moreover, this broad, versatile character reminds me of Tom Ford Grey Vetiver.
Seasonally, there’s no surprises either, as it works in a range of climate conditions. Just reach for more fitting options in the coldest chills and hottest heat.
In Conclusion – Dior Homme 2020
Upon release, Dior Homme 2020 was slammed.
Many criticized the brand for disrespecting its floral roots, discarding the famed iris of past releases.
Nevertheless, look past the noise and you’ll see how admirable this release is.
Dior Homme 2020 is accessible and stylish, giving wearers a modern, woody, introduction to the world of Dior.