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Bijan for Men (1981)
by Bijan


Bijan for Men information

Year of Launch1981
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 162 votes)

People and companies

Parent CompanyQuality King Distributors > Perfumania Holdings > Five Star Fragrances
Parent Company at launchBijan

About Bijan for Men

Bijan for Men is a masculine fragrance by Bijan. The scent was launched in 1981

Bijan for Men fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Bijan for Men

Bijan for men is unmistakably of the nuclear-powered "Class of '81" (also my birth year, coincidence?), and as such, is unsurprisingly virile and masculine in that no-holds-barred kind of way. Bijan for men was also a limited product when it first released in 1981, with a "B" shaped bottle that only came in a paltry 1oz size. Six years later, it saw relaunch in a bottle that mimicked the original feminine "donut" design but with a different cap; both versions smell the same but more modern productions from new owners Five Star are a tiny bit brighter and tamer. I feel that alongside predators of this 1981 class like Antaeus and Kouros, Bijan for Men doesn't get a lot of mention, and when it does, it's whimsical bottle causes blind-buys from folks not prepared for the stiffness of the scent, who then react with revulsion, further burying the stuff back into the annals of perfume history. I don't know whether it's in production or not, but so much remains at such bargain-basement prices that I imagine it has never been marketed properly outside initial magazine strips. The smell of Bijan itself is quite possibly the stiffest of the stiff, strongest of the strong, with not a single iota of pleasantry in it's presentation, further adding to the strangeness of it's soft modern art bottle design.

Bijan opens up oddly with nutmeg as a top note, but it makes sense in the end. Lemon, sage oil, rosemary, mandarin and a bergamot so intense it screams "f**k off" follow it up, so it's probably the softest thing out of this insane opening salvo. From there, iris, jasmine, rose, carnation, and ylang-ylang are flanked with tarragon, balsam fir, cinnamon, sandalwood, amber, and honey. This could have been a floral if all those petals weren't drowned in baroque woods and spice. Bijan already has more notes than most masculines in just it's top and middle, but the base is even more of a crowded subway car with vanilla, cedar, musk, tonka, leather, oakmoss, vetiver, patchouli, clove, and a very evident styrax giving it the tell-tale growl of it's classmates. Whereas the others mostly try to hide behind a layer of gentile manners before slamming your nose, Bijan just throws scruples to the wind and goes right for the throat, never letting up from start to finish. I find the dry down to feel similar to a brand of imported Indian ayurvedic incense called "Satya Sai Baba Superhit", which is definitely a distinctive love-it-or-hate-it smell to say the least, but I happen to enjoy the vibe it imparts.

Bijan is the member of "Class of 81'" that never quite fits in with it's classmates because it was just so unique and shockingly uncompromising. It's super nutty opening followed by it's flowers and spice incense middle and jock strap finish undoubtedly made it an acquired taste even among fans of the old war dogs from the era. The fact the Bijan was a limited release intially before going full-production towards the second half of the decade is indication that the house of Bijan wasn't confident it would sell, and to be fair, it's floral middle was definitely more in line with late 80's than early, as it's transitional middle phase does make it a sort of bridge between early bergamot/woods/oakmoss powerhouses and the later, more obscure florals/fruit/honey/civet style that competed in vain against the oncoming "freshies". Whether or not Bijan was unintentionally ahead of it's time back then, it is woefully dated now, so only really intense-interest collectors of vintage 80's masculines should go near the stuff. I can't say what context this wears best, as it's not appropriate for any polite situation, at least anymore. Likely to be best in mid-temperature months, Bijan for men is the powerhouse for men that wear those tuxedo-print T-shirts to parties; don't let the paperweight bottle fool you, this one doesn't play nice.
02nd April, 2018 (last edited: 03rd April, 2018)
I am only familiar with the original formula and 'can' tell you that this whole concoction is an incredibly overpowering, strong musk and oakmoss bomb where musk is the dominant note. It's a super pongy animalic BO musk, followed by a moderately strong soapy floral accord where the final outcome as a whole is that of a super powerful old lady perfume with a strong olfactory illusion of bad breath floating around in the background. The bad breath olfactory illusion is from the clove/patchouli/honey combination which is highly noticeable in the monster sillage.

This scent smells amazing for the first 30 minutes until it dries down to a complete nightmare. I'm stressing strongly that old lady vibe as it's here in spades to the 10th power. My best friend growing up as a teenager had this grandma who would wear something that smelled exactly like this, although I think she wore Poison but just never bathed. It always came across as really greasy week old body odor, and that funky bad breath accord in this is a real stomach churner. I had once upon a time experienced this scent on a really old man and my God was it bad with a wall of strong sillage but that bad breath olfactory illusion is really something else. It smells exactly like halitosis that's attempting to be covered up with perfume, as if someone with some atrociously vile breath sprayed a bunch of old lady perfume on their neck area, and when they speak to you the wave of funk from their mouth catches the wafts of perfume to combine and it hits your nose hard. I have deemed Bijan Men as unwearable unless you enjoy a lot of unwanted bad attention and want to smell like an old woman who never bathes or soaks her dentures because this is exactly what you'll smell of, not even kidding. This is a seriously offensive perfume that's unnecessarily strong to boot.
24th December, 2017
I still remember buying a copy of GQ as a teenager and rubbing the little strip of Bijan for Men on myself, obsessed with what seemed at the time like the most luxurious thing I'd ever experienced. Decades later, when I started collecting scents, I had to pick up a bottle.

Knowing what I know now, and with a more refined concept of luxury, I still find Bijan weirdly compelling. It's from such a different time and different mindset, a carefully crafted exercise in rough unpleasantness as an expression of 80's macho masculinity. Nothing here smells good, in a technical sense. The chypre topnotes are sharp and medicinal, like an unpleasant mentholated lemon eucalyptus cough drop, while herbs are soaked in gasoline fumes, and a rough hawthorn gives a scratchy abrasiveness to the heart. Meanwhile, the powerhouse chypre base comes off like a pile of oily, soiled, mouldering rags.

All that being said, it's still a fascinating smell. There isn't a mistake in here - it's just a scent from a time that valued abrasive unpleasantness as a desirable masculine trait. As a perfectly crafted time capsule, and as a nostalgic personal favorite, I have no choice but to give Bijan a thumbs up, but with a warning that younger folks or fans of more pleasant retro sscents probably won't like it much.
11th April, 2017
Just barely a thumbs up, as Bijan for Men wouldn't be the first of my mossy woods / woody oriental colognes that I'd wear.

I have the original formulation that I'd purchased over a decade ago, which is a wall of strong nutmeg and patchouli right in line with the brash men's scents of the 1980's. (I haven't ventured to check out the recent version of Bijan for Men.)

Loud composition meant for more mature wearers wanting boldly to go old school!
27th January, 2017
Bijan Men is a loud, brash, wall of spice not to be worn in polite company. Whether the 'five star' iteration or earlier 1 oz. cologne spray in the 'b' bottle, the smell is unmistakably unique: As if Dr. Bruce Banner took a spice giant ala One Man Show, Quorum, Bel Ami, etc., and gamma-ray'd it into something your stereotypical unbuttoned-polyester-nik-nik & metal-chain-wearing, furry-chested, medicine-ball-bellied, southern-comfort-carrying male specimen would use in abundance. Good stuff for those of us with a little of that guy still in our system.

update/edit: definitely getting some carnation and nutmeg.
27th December, 2015 (last edited: 02nd October, 2017)
I dont like analyzing this fragrance, because there are a million notes in it, and it has been reformulated a few times. But I would NEVER not have it in my 'collection'. Im in love with it. And if you use is with some common sense, its STILL a very elegant perfume.

when it bottoms out at the end, it smells like a very well made lemon/patchouli/sandlewood soap. I have two bottles of it. One of which is half full, now. And Ive had both bottles for nearly 7 yrs, and there has been no dropoff in performance. The essence of the vintage Bijan scent, is still there.

I was surprised by its integrity. I think this scent gets a bad rap sometimes, because you can often find it in your run of the mill CVS or Walgreens. But this is one of those 'drugstore' scents that would still sell like pancakes, if it had Tom Ford' name on it, and had a price point, 20 times for what its sold, today.

Bijan for Men, is a very chic, formal scent that I tend to wear when I feel like wearing all black. A keeper, for me.
24th November, 2015

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