To the question, "is Uomo by Ferragamo a good fragrance", the answer is "it's not bad". Indeed, Uomo is not a bad fragrance but it is not particularly rapturing or original either. It's a well put together woody-oriental cologne that capitalizes on the current gourmand trend.
Uomo by Ferragamo is not substantially different than its brethrens. Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Guerlain have all released their versions in the same style. They all follow the familiar structure of citrus top notes, praline-like middle and woody-ambery base. The difference is in the execution.
Ferragamo's Uomo is composed masterfully and and its technical execution is superb. Where it lacks is in the creativity department. Even if you must stay within the limits of the modern woody-ambers, you still can create something creative and different. For some excellent renditions of the style try Guerlain's Habit Rouge Dress Code and Zoologist Perfumes' Civet.
Uomo is described as
"an elegant embodiment of masculinity where vibrant woody notes interplay with gourmand notes of seduction. A potion of pure Italian style."
If casual elegance with a touch of indulgence and sex appeal are the cornerstones of the Italian experience of life, then Uomo is an accurate scent interpretation of the idea. The cologne recreates the sense of casual elegance and indulgence with its fresh top notes (bergamot) and gourmand heart.
It's easy to picture yourself drinking an espresso and savouring a piece of tiramisu at Piazza Navona when you wear Ferragamo's Uomo.
You don't quite see it?
Let Ben Barnes show you what the life of a man wearing the fragrance could look like.
Watch the video below for the full experience but here's a hint: he spends his time taking pictures of engineering drawings while eating oranges. In fact, this guy spends most of his time eating.
Dig Deeper: What Does It Smell Like?
Uomo by Ferragamo starts with a classic touch of bergamot spiced up by black pepper. The opening was captivating on paper but on my skin it turned more conventional.
It's hard to pick out the bergamot and pepper clearly in the composition. They manifest themselves as freshness, which balances the more gourmand accord that is poking its head from the very beginning.
After the first twenty minutes, the freshness slowly gives way to a tarty-sweet composition reminiscent of Valentino Uomo. The sweetness here, however, is a lot more tempered and elegant than in Valentino's version.
The accord reminds me of the traditional Italian pastries like cannoli or tiramisu. They have just the right level of sweetness and flavour.
Give Ferragamo's Uomo another half hour and the sweetness intensifies. It is tonka beans and vanilla balanced with soft woods.
After an hour or so the composition settles and quiets down. I don't get much longevity. After four hours, Uomo turns into a soft skin scent. The amber slowly disappears and trails into a quiet vanilla.
Uomo has a soft projection. I don't catch much of it after the first twenty minutes.
How To Wear Uomo by Ferragamo
Uomo is a cologne that is easy to wear. It's hard to think of situations where it won't work.
Traditionally, woody-orientals work best in a cold weather. Uomo, however, is soft enough to make a great choice for both summer and winter.
I see myself wearing Uomo when casually hanging out with friends. Even though it will work for more formal occasions, there are fragrances with more presence that will work better in these cases.
Does it work for the office?
Absolutely. The timid projection will makes Uomo a good choice for the office but keep the sprays up to three.
Uomo was made for the man in his 20s and 30s. It is playful enough to show the youth of its wearer and serious enough to show his maturity.
If your 30s were a thing of the past, you still can wear Ferragamo's Uomo even though I'd rather indulge in more original fragrances appropriate for that age.
The Experts Say...
Thomas Dunckley for Escentual. Fragrance Critic
"Uomo is a delectable treat of chocolate, caramel and coffee, with a hint of zesty orange blossom thrown in for good measure. The notes promise tiramisu and to an extent, that’s what one gets, but the impression is actually more abstract and dissected than that, which means that a guy is going to smell less like a pudding and more like a chocolate-inflected gust of woods and honey."
Star Rating: None Given
Read Thomas's full review here.
Mark Behnke from Colognoisseur. Fragrance Critic
"For a mainstream gourmand fragrance Uomo gets almost everything right. If you are a fan of this style of perfume this is one of the best."
Star Rating: None Given
Read Mark's full review here.
Steven from Redolessence
"If you are a fan of sweet fragrances, I'm talking about maybe Versace Eros, maybe Armani Code Profumo, maybe Invictus or One Million. It doesn't have the vibe of those fragrances but it's just as sweet as those fragrances."
"There is this gourmand, desert-y vibe that is so magnetic. It just makes people come closer to you, it just lures them in."
"I actually love the fact that they took a sweet note and did it differently. This fragrance does have tonka bean and we see tonka bean used in so many fragrances nowadays. Not just tonka bean but the aroma molecule found within tonka bean called coumarin, which is also found in cassia cinnamon and we see it being overused in the industry. Here they did something a little bit different. They have the amber in there, they have the cinnamon in there. It's so evocative of the desert [tiramisu], it's a delicious fragrance."
"I think it's one of the best releases of 2016. I think it's in the top three."
"Longevity is solid. I get about 7 hours. It probably projects for the first 2 1/2 - 3 hours and it sits close to the skin. It doesn't have a lot of volatile notes like citrus but the sweet notes that it has, they are all fixatives, they are all comprised of a higher molecular structure, which means they are going to last longer in the fragrance.
The Bottom Line
Uomo by Ferragamo is a well-composed gourmand fragrance that is head above the other designer offerings in the same style. Its playful and cheerful vibe makes it easy to wear and versatile.
Would you buy Ferragamo Uomo?
If you are new to the fragrance game and you are looking for a gourmand cologne, Uomo is a good choice (even though A*Man should be your reference point to the genre).
Ferragamo's Uomo would also work well for the guy who is not into fragrances but wants to put some scent on for his girlfriend or boyfriend.
Would I get compliments?
I'm happy to say you would. Especially from girls. The yummy tiramisu accord will not only make them swoon but also bite. Uomo tends to stay close to the skin and only those close enough to smell it on you will enjoy it.
What rating would you give Ferragamo Uomo?
Uomo is better by the standard sweet offerings from Versace, YSL and Paco Rabanne but not by much. It is smoother and more elegant but there is nothing in it to push it over in the Superb category. If your standard men's cologne is a 3, Uomo is a 3 1/2. This is exactly the rating I'd give it.
Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom
Tiramisu Accord, Ambroxan, Orange Blossom
Tonka Bean, Cashmeran, Vanilla
Bottle Size: 50ml, 100ml
Concentration: Eau de Toilette
Price: $50 - $100
Where to Buy: all major department stores
*Price is subject to change.