The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

Bel Ami by Hermes

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Today we’re going old school.  I rarely find an Hermes scent that I don’t love, and this is not an exception to that rule.  Bel Ami is a man’s cologne.  There is nothing feminine about this scent.  And when I say that its old school, it conjures up images in my head of Cary Grant wearing a tux on the Riviera.  It is one of those scents that is distinctive, long lasting, powerful and one that I always get comments on when I wear it (all good).  So what’s so special about it?  I think it’s the wonderful combination of the patchouli and leather that really stick out.  Which is funny, because I am typically not a fan of either in most scents.  But add the cardamon and amber and something magically happens.  I highly recommend this for men who love real manly man men’s colognes.  Just remember, a little goes a long way with this scent.

From the Hermes website:

Irresistibly charming and masculine. An audacious mix of cardamom, amber, patchouli and leather.

  • Bone Rating:   5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  leather, patchouli, amber, cardamom
  • Classification:  Masculine
  • Expense:   Moderate – Approximately $110 for 3.3 oz.

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

4 thoughts on “Bel Ami by Hermes

  1. Interesting that you mentioned Cary Grant with regard to Bel Ami. I attribute Cary Grant to Monsieur de Givenchy. (Naturally, the vintage version.) I actually had a conversation about that exact subject just a few days ago. I think the discreet but sophisticated and elegant nature of MdG would suit him much more. In contrast, for Bel Ami, I see someone more like a young Robert Mitchum. If you’re curious (and I’ll tell you even if you’re not, LOL), I think my beloved Habit Rouge would suit Clark Gable or full-on Rhett Butler. I cannot recommend that enough (and I know my old-school men’s colognes), so I hope you can try it sometime. 🙂 Oh, and I definitely recommend Guerlain’s Vetiver which was JFK’s scent, along with many, many other famous individuals.

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    • I need to get back to some of the old classics. Although I have never been a fan of Habit Rouge (at least not the EdT version, I don’t think I have ever tried the EdP version. Hmmm, Bel Ami and Robert Mitchum? I picture him being something more dangerous and skanky.

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