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Bogart (1975)
by Jacques Bogart


Bogart information

Year of Launch1975
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 122 votes)

People and companies

HouseJacques Bogart
Parent CompanyBogart Group

About Bogart

Bogart is a masculine fragrance by Jacques Bogart. The scent was launched in 1975

Bogart fragrance notes

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

Reviews of Bogart

Bogart seems sadly better known these days as "The Bogart Group", a company that acts like an umbrella holdings firm for multiple other more-recognizable brands like Ted Lapidus, Façonnable, and at once point Balenciaga before they sold it off. However, the actual Jacques Bogart himself is a little bit of an unknown, besides the fact that he started the house that would become such a large scale perfume holding company with the introduction of this little unsung gem from 1975. The Jacques Bogart house overall seems to be Europe's answer to the house of Aramis begun by Estée Lauder in 1965 after the eponymous masculine fragrance. So too was the house of Bogart begun by a fragrance that also caries that house's name right on the bottle. Bogart Eau de Toilette Pour Homme (It's full name) was evidently enough of a success to carry the house forward, until they released the much better-known One Man Show 5 years later. Ah... heard of that one have you? Yes, many of us have walked past the various perfume kiosks in shopping malls and seen that box sitting behind glass, with it's almost laughably chauvinistic name, but this self-titled debut masculine doesn't take such a boisterous route to your nose. One smell of Bogart and you know, this is nothing but pure unadulterated class, which is rare in a decade otherwise surrounded by liquid lumberjacks and bottled bikers.

Bogart opens very briefly with a lemon blossom note that quickly marries to rosemary, establishing the usual crisp herbal countenance not unusual in masculines from this era. Bogart doesn't go for the soapy dry-down like contemporaries such as Paco Rabanne Pour Homme and isn't even really a fougère like Paco or the later Azzaro Pour Homme (1978), but rather plays a "presto-chango" midway after a dalliance with geranium and some spices to become a leather chypre. The level of complexity and blending here is astounding considering how little people know of this or how inexpensive it seems. Bogart's debut masculine does indeed have the artistry one might expect in a modern niche scent, merging top, middle, and bottom notes found in different classes of fragrance into one dynamic display of masterful transitions. The nutmeg and clove that bolster up the barbershop geranium in the heart prepare your nose for the final descent into birch, weighty oakmoss, and Russian leather, making you feel like your fragrance has been swapped out somehow midway while it's on your skin. It's a crisp aromatic chypre with fougère-like construction and a leathery base that makes it feel like a bastard child of the aforementioned Aramis and it's sequel Aramis 900, but without so much rose.

I kind of feel like this is an anachronism in the sense of it's construction both being in step and out of step even for it's decade, and that modern perfumers have also toyed with this kind of herbal leather chypre crossover in recent years. Dunhill Edition (1986) has a good deal in common with this, but with all different values on the notes, and even some obscure early 2000's Avon masculines that were identified by that maker as chypres carry some of this one's ideas, but parsed out into multiple fragrances rather than all combined into one like this. It's actually no surprise this still exists, as like all timeless unsung fragrances such as Trumper's Eucris (1912), this one gets around by word of mouth alone and fans of this probably get together just to discuss their love of the stuff. Count me among those fans, as now I'm a believer, and anyone looking to get their first taste of high-quality 70's masculine fragrance will be steered towards this first. Recommended for business casual and daytime use due to it's general austerity. This one would hold up well in 3 out of 4 seasons except for the dead heat of summer, where anything with a heavy moss or leather note would swelter on skin. Outside of that, this could very much be a daily scent for the guy who prefers a 1975 Mercedes-Benz W116 and an evening drinking martinis over a 1975 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with a 12-pack of Schlitz in the back, since that hombre is probably soaked head to toe in musk. Discretion is the better part of valor with this one fellas, and I'm alright with that.
16th February, 2018
I blind bought it based on some YouTube reviews. I hate it!
It's a synthetic cherry bomb. Cherry is all I can smell.
I found it quite nauseating and I'm surprised so many people like it.
14th February, 2018 (last edited: 13th February, 2018)
"Is it safe? Is it safe?"

If you feel the ole' skewl IS the best skewl, if you like the twiggy, the non-floral, the no-candy-nonsense of the typical russian leathers (Aramis, Bandit, etc.) then "it's safe, it's very safe, it's so safe you wouldn't believe it."

Go old. Seems readily available and economical so no marathon chases or giving up one's eyeteeth... for the blind buy.
03rd January, 2018
A classic Fougère. Good quality at a low price.
12th December, 2017
One of the great quality fragrances of the 70's that has stood the test of time. I only got turned on to the Bogart house a few years ago, but absolutely love wearing their affordable masculine classics. While I never tried any of their original juice, the current formulations are excellent. Bogart is a leather fougere with a dash of warm spice and a light floral dancing through the background. It amazes me that Bogart fragrances sell for only about $20 in the US. Put a modern name on this and it's selling for $100. Blind buy it, you'll be glad you did.
07th December, 2017
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I always considered Aramis to be the torch bearer of good quality affordable fragrances that are reformulated well.
I think Bogart is right there with Aramis with even better affordability.

This one starts like Gray Flannel. That is its only fault. Then after a minute it starts developing and keeps getting better. The spices come in and then the leather.
This is very similar to vintage Z-14. And better than current Z-14.

I would love to try the vintage version of it.

Again at less than $20/90ml, it should be a fragrance crime to not buy.

23rd January, 2017 (last edited: 20th September, 2017)

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