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By Man (1997)
by Dolce & Gabbana


By Man information

Year of Launch1997
Average Rating
(based on 251 votes)

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HouseDolce & Gabbana
Parent Company at launchEuroitalia

About By Man

An oriental fragrance from the house of Dolce & Gabbana. The packaging is a striking zebra pattern, which makes it look like a bit of a seventies throw-back. The female version has cheetah spots.

Reviews of By Man

Agree with other reviewers that By Man is rather strong, though it feels well constructed and could have remained a standard part of Dolce & Gabbana's offerings (maybe it didn't sell enough bottles back in the days, or perhaps a lot of negative reviews? I wonder)

Otherwise, if worn in moderation, By is not too bad of an oriental scent, with a strong dose of pungent citrus and lavender - a bit dated, but decent.

18th December, 2016
Good fragrance not incredible smells like an apple Danish with leather... own a full bottle an barely use it is too strong good for the winter with a nice leather jacket...I honestly rather wear armani eau de nuit is similar in some way with out a headache..
15th December, 2014
A soapy lavender and herbaceous peppery start gives way to slightly leathery woods and ambery resins, with a slight gourmand touch that seems reminiscent of Penhaligon's Endymion. On skin By Man transitions swiftly across the phases and smells wonderfully aromatic but it is short-lived. Unfortunately, so was its run.
12th August, 2014
Genre: Woody Oriental

Sampling Dolce & Gabbana’s By Man inspires existential musings. How can the same house that once made By Man now pimp the execrable Anthology Series? Where is the justice in a world where swill like Light Blue headlines D&G’s masculine offerings while By Man languishes in extinction?

With its perky and naturalistic sweet-tart citrus, herb, and pepper opening, its oddly languorous spicy amber oriental torso, and its warmly animalic, yet civilized leather, labdanum, and wood footing, By Man is as nuanced, multifaceted, and surprising as D&G’s latest offerings are simplistic, vapid, and predictable.

Bergamot, neroli, basil, pepper, and coriander flash across By Man’s surface, while sweet, powdery amber, lavender, artemisia, and an elusive animalic note glide beneath. As the scent develops it reveals a trace of smoky leather and quite a bit of labdanum. The effect is both kaleidoscopic and chameleonic as the olfactory colors shift and swirl.

In its juxtaposition of sweet citrus and resins with lavender and leather, By Man shows stylistic affinities to both Guerlain’s Habit Rouge and Nicolaï’s New York. To my nose By Man is sharper and more aromatic than either of these older scents. It is also less overtly animalic and vanillic than Habit Rouge, and less sweet and powdery than New York.

In my estimation By Man’s weakest moment comes at the very tail end of its drydown, where an isolated cedar note feels very thin and bear once its accompanying leather, musk, and labdanum have dissipated. The slightly disappointing fadeout notwithstanding, By Man is a top drawer scent of great elegance and distinction.
09th June, 2014
Anna_V Show all reviews
United States
D&G By perfumer

Max's Gavarry divine creations By for man and woman!!!

Bring them back...

03rd August, 2013
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A lighter gourmand-style

There is a lot of nutmeg and less pepper when it starts off, and then the hedione kicks in. Later on a floral touch leads to wood note, before the ambery aromas emerges. This all makes a well-blended, smooth, rich and warm scent that is of nigh gourmand-like richness, but never too heavy or cloying. Projection and silage are good, and longevity is absolutely excellent at over ten hours, albeit closer to my skin towards the end. One of D&Gs finest.

30th July, 2013

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