Christian Dior's Dior Homme, judging from online fragrance websites, is a beloved cologne with high approval ratings, but Dior Homme smells ordinary (and cloying) to me. Dior Homme begat several flankers: Dior Homme Cologne, Dior Homme Intense and now, Dior Homme Sport. These Dior Homme fragrances share the same bottle style but have different scent personalities. I can’t comment on Dior Homme Cologne or Dior Homme Intense since I’ve never come across these fragrances in any U.S. shop I’ve visited. (The two fragrances are not featured on the U.S. section of the Dior website; Europeans — enjoy! And let me know what you think of Dior Homme Cologne and Dior Homme Intense.)
Dior Homme Sport will get a worldwide launch and with its release, perfumer François Demachy “was aiming for a simple structure composed around ginger". I feel he succeeded on both counts: Dior Homme is an uncomplicated fragrance (as sport fragrances should be) and it possesses a steady stream of ginger from top to bottom. Besides ginger, Demachy included citron, bergamot, grapefruit, rosemary, lavender, elemi, cedar, vetiver and sandalwood in Dior Homme Sport’s formula.
Dior Homme Sport opens with sharp ginger and opaque citrus, next comes barber-shop lavender (with touches of vanilla and rosemary) and then we go straight to the base notes: an interesting “ginger oatmeal” accord and sour citrus “candy.” Dior Homme Sport can smell a bit sharp up close and no development stage of Dior Homme Sport lasts longer than a few minutes — quickly, you smell the fragrance whole (it’s the perfume equivalent of watching a simple puzzle being put together on film, in fast-forward mode: Top! Middle! Base! DONE!) All that said, Dior Homme Sport smells nice: clean and fresh with a few fleeting notes of interest. Dior Homme Sport is less obnoxious than the majority of sport fragrances on the shelves right now, and if I were ordered to wear a sport fragrance, this might be the one I’d choose.
Dior Homme Sport has average-to-weak lasting power and well-mannered sillage; it’s currently exclusively to Sephora in 50 ($50) and 100 ml ($70) Eau de Toilette.