Although he hasn’t graced the television screen in some time, Iam Somerhalder is still an enduring memory in the minds of his fans. His absence hasn’t stopped fans from inquiring about his present-day life, including what cologne he wears.
Considering Ian Somerhalder’s peaceful and paced approach to life, it wasn’t much of a surprise to learn that Azzaro Pour Homme is his signature scent. It’s a lasting fragrance that’s been on the market for over forty years.
Keep reading to learn more about this classic scent, how it’s a reflection of Ian Somerhalder’s personal character, and whether or not it’ll be a good fit for you.
A Brief History of Ian Somerhalder
Born in Covington, Louisiana, Ian began modeling at the age of ten. He modeled for three years before deciding to focus on acting at the age of 17. Somerhalder landed his first major television role at the age of 22; it was a spin-off of Dawson’s Creek, called Young Americans.
As an actor, Ian Somerhalder has most notably played the roles of Boone Carlyle in Lost and Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries. He’s also worn his director’s hat for the latter and the horror series V Wars.
Ian produced the last season of The Vampire Diaries and was executive producer for V Wars, and a documentary titled, Kiss the Ground, in 2020.
He’s also been in a number of feature films, most recently a British sci-fi thriller called, The Anomaly, in 2014.
Since 2015, Ian has been married to actress Nikki Reed. Together they have a four-year-old daughter, Bodhi. He’s not only remained close to his The Vampire Diaries co-star, Paul Wesley, the men have started a business together. They own Brothers’ Bond Bourbon, which was launched during the pandemic.
When Ian was acting full time, he was constantly traveling. Upwards of “90 flights a year for a decade,” according to an interview with New Beauty. His superstar life has since calmed.
Although he and his wife have been acclimated to living in the spotlight, they’ve since retreated to farm life, which they both seem to thoroughly enjoy as they each pursue their own entrepreneurial efforts.
Azzaro Pour Homme
In more recent interviews, Ian Somerhalder speaks more freely on the topics of farming, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy than cologne, but he has been reported to wear Azzaro Pour Homme as his signature fragrance.
He was even the face of the fragrance during its 2014 campaign. This timeless scent was invented in 1978 by skilled perfumer Gérard ANTHONY to be a “weapon of seduction.”
The fact that it’s still manufactured to this day leads me to believe that customers have been seduced by it for close to half a century, so it must be effective.
Although he’s a man who’s embraced the simple life, the fragrance notes for this scent are quite complex.
There are over 320 ingredients, per the Azzaro website, but over half of them are natural.
Although it’s an eau de toilette, this fragrance evokes warmth and sensual magnitude with sophistication. Mostly aromatic and woody, its amber hue fires up the senses but its clear glass container makes it approachable.
Azzaro Pour Homme fragrance layers are extensive. There are at least six dominant notes on each layer.
On the top layer are eight notes:
- clary sage
It’s an herbaceous and clean start to a refined fragrance. Lavender, lemon, basil, sage, and bergamot are dead giveaways – we’ve all got some idea of how they smell. But iris mellows out the citrusy herbal scents with its powdery notes. Caraway and anise add a tinge of spice but anise also carries fresh repent notes as well.
The second layer is composed of:
- juniper berry
Many of these heart notes – like sandalwood, cedar, and patchouli, are usually reserved for base notes.
Since these scents typically last longer in the skin, this leads me to believe that if you’re wearing this scent, its middle notes will linger for longer than what’s typically expected for a personal fragrance.
Vetiver brings earthy and grassy notes to this layer as does juniper berry but with additional fruity and sap-like notes as well. Cardamom adds more sweetness and a little spice.
On the base layer, you’ll be engulfed by:
- tonka bean
Tonka bean smells like several ingredients in one. There are hints of vanilla, gingerbread, almond, pistacchio, syrup, wood, and tobacco. So it’s nutty, smoky, and sweet.
The scent of amber isn’t straightforward, either. It releases a sweet resin scent, but it can also smell like balsamic vinegar or pine. There are leathery and woody notes as well.
Both tonka bean and amber are amplified by additional leather and wood notes from oakmoss. Musk ties them all together.
It’s hard to imagine how all of these scents were combined to create a harmonious fragrance, but its proof is in its staying power.
Azzaro Pour Homme can be worn day or night, and in most seasons. It may be a little too strong during summer months but in fall and winter you’ll experience optimal projection and longevity. Spring is a pretty good time to carry this scent as well, so long as it isn’t worn on days when it’s really warm.
While this is a fragrance that’s overflowing with ingredients, its continued presence is an enduring characteristic comparable to Ian’s personal nature. He’s building a slow, steady, and meaningful life for himself and his family. In all he seems to be a classy man wearing a classy fragrance for men.
Should You Wear Azzaro Pour Homme Like Ian?
You may be wondering if such a complex yet classic scent would be an appropriate choice for you.
Like a finely aged bourbon, Azzaro Pour Homme is a smooth and sophisticated scent for those who purposefully engage life.
It seems to be a good fit for men who are more tempered and deliberate – mindful and patient – yet in tune with his masculine strength and attraction.
I know of some younger men who would enjoy this scent as much as older men. Choosing Azzaro Pour Homme is more about the nature of a person rather than their age. If quiet, seductive strength describes you, then this is a fragrance to consider.
But trying it for yourself is the best way to know whether or not it’ll be a good match for you.