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Bijan for Men (1981)
by Bijan


Bijan for Men information

Year of Launch1981
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 173 votes)

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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

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  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Bijan for Men

This is a cross between Chanel Pour Monsieur and Lauder for Men, but I'm not sure of the vintage of my bottle so YMMV.

Loud opening, and "classic" or "dated", though not powdery. Monster projection for an hour or less until it draws near. Then maybe a 3ft scent bubble.

Even while clearing land and burning brush, I could smell this 8-9 hours later.

I prefer Lauder for Men, but I'll take Bijan for Men over Chanel Pour Monsieur. 6.5-7.0/10

02nd January, 2020
From what I had read about this, I was expecting a much stronger, more potent fragrance than the one I experienced. I have just bought a bottle of this (influenced by Basenotes reviewers) and was somewhat underwhelmed. I enjoy the fragrance, a lot, but it seems rather weak on me. Maybe the reviews I read were referring to an earlier version, maybe It's me.

On smelling strip the fragrance is quite strong, and lasts, a long time. Starting with an almost Fougere opening of Bergamot and, possibly, Lavender it segues into a more spicy (Nutmeg and Clove). The dry bitterness of salicylates getting stronger all the time. Eventually it dries down to Musk, Moss, Salicylate and Clove. Most enjoyable.

Actually, what the dry down remind me of is Youth Dew.

On me, after an hour or so I can barely smell it. Shame.

I give it "thumbs up" because of its performance on smelling strip. Evaluating, just on me, it would get a neutral.
04th October, 2019
Spice and woods abound here. Be warned:
Bijan is gutsy, potent and elegant if applied as follows: one light spray in the air and a quick walk through. That's it. If applied correctly expect complements. If over applied I will not be held responsible for your demise or banishment from planet earth.
30th April, 2019
If I were to give Bijan for Men a one-word description it would be "piquant." In the classic meaning of the term. That is, arousing but not necessarily pleasantly arousing. With a certain level of irritation. But in a good way. At least to me.

Today our Millennial friends are being taught that the gravest sin a person can commit is to offend someone else. This comes from a time before that.

Bijan is one of my top three fragrances because it's just so interesting. It has so many aspects and each one seems to tickle my nose and make me want to take another sniff.

I would say it isn't in the slightest bit "pleasant" but it's completely compelling. It pulls you toward it and pushes you away simultaneously, creating a certain tension that never resolves but keeps you coming back for more. And that is the essence of seduction.
26th April, 2019
I haven't had Bijan for Men in a long time.But I remember what this smelled like and even my nose recalled it so to complaints about it being currently under Five Star Fragrances.It even still cranks out the 2 sprays delivering 10-12 hours of good projection.I'm not going to ride on the claim that this watered down.Because when first started wearing Bijan it lasted 16 hours and my skin and nose adapted to it? ended up being 12 hours and not overwhelmingly heady.This does have a great sprayer though so a thumbs up to that on a cheap fragrance.

This is a fragrance built from a resinous body of honey,spice,and a little amber and poured into a bowl of ingredients.You don't know what's in the bowl yet aside from this thick,sweet,and spicy base.Stir it a little and it reveals a lot of oakmoss teamed up with some patchouli.Tones of myrrh incense in there that seem to accent with the amber quite beautifully.Stir a little more and you'll find a light but noticeable amount of carnation and sandalwood.I never got musk from this fragrance back then and's the aged patchouli doing the talking.

I would put Bijan for Men into a group with other fragrances of the 70's style that were sweet and resinous with patchouli filtering through it like Yatagan by Caron,Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur,and Givenchy Gentleman.Very middle eastern feeling but really erotic through incense,patchouli,and spicy resin with an oakmoss's very distracting.Bijan for Men I think is a good casual,date night,or office wear fragrance.Office wear I mean you don't wear a suit and meet clients or interface with the general public for a duration.This is a bit too forward and aggressive in it's sensuality to hold a professional approach.Only reason I could think of that it isn't as popular as Joop! Homme as a sensual fragrance is maybe it's dirty and more new-age in it's style.

28th April, 2018 (last edited: 14th July, 2018)
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. Also of note, the opening and overall vibe that this has through most of its top and middle is very "perfumey" in a way that I can't describe unless you've smelled 70's and 80's feminine orientals of the period. This is by no means saying that Bijan is unisex, it just shares a tether with the other side of the perfume fence that way.

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: 11th July, 2018)

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