I’ve never been a fan of Fendi; the Fendi sisters and their fur-centered business were turn-offs so I never wore Fendi perfumes, though I appreciated some of them from afar — “original” Fendi (discontinued), Fendi Uomo (discontinued) and Theorema (also discontinued; does Fendi get easily bored with its own perfumes or don’t the fragrances sell?) Fendi recently launched Fan di Fendi Pour Homme, a woody-aromatic fragrance,* and I nabbed a couple sample vials for testing.
Fan di Fendi Pour Homme opens with a strong, syrupy accord of pepper and citrus; the “syrup” is quickly diluted with smooth (non-assertive) cardamom, sweet geranium leaf, and, perhaps, a ‘fresh’ element (a stealth smidgen of ozone? tart “rose hips”?) Fan di Fendi Pour Homme’s opening is my favorite phase of the perfume. During the dry down things turn ordinary and except for a nice tobacco element that appears, and then vanishes (and reminds me of a skinny cousin to Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb), a generic/department store vibe emerges — imagine a busy day at the Nordstrom or Macy’s men’s perfume counter, the air full of “fresh” aromas mixing with the scents of sheer woods, modern patchouli and bushels of tonka beans. Fan di Fendi’s amber-y finish is comprised of tonka bean-leather/tobacco-cedar-patchouli, a composition we’ve all smelled many times in men’s colognes and that, in Fan di Fendi, smells lighter than it sounds.
Fan di Fendi Pour Homme is a “grown-up” fragrance, but with its safe character and cleanliness (no smoky or musky tobacco here…no “sweaty” cedar…no authentic patchouli) it just might appeal to a younger audience. Fan di Fendi Pour Homme is a fine (as in “perfectly acceptable”) men’s perfume…without any bold attempts at originality or even a moment of quirkiness.
Fan di Fendi Pour Homme has very good lasting power and decent sillage; though it’s marketed to men, women could wear it.
Fan di Fendi Pour Homme is available in 50/100 ml Eau de Toilette for $59/75.