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.
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.
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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.
I happened to stumble randomly across this fragrance in my local department store. While it has indeed been discontinued, this particular store is still selling it.
This fragrance, that I luckily had the opportunity to test, is quite amazing and unique. Perhaps it is its unique nature that caused this fragrance a lack of sales.
By for Men is a combination of herbaceousness, pepper and nuts. The scent itself is rather bold, a big commander of presence.
I found this perfume to be both sexy and soothing, particularly with the lavender note. In all honesty, I wore this fragrance on two occasions, and I concluded that this fragrance could be unisex.
The tobacco and sandalwood in the drydown, ends By for Men with a deliciously rich smokiness which I really enjoyed. Every time I think of this fragrance's beauty it makes me quite angry to think that in the near future, this fragrance will be a distant memory.
The longevity was very good and the sillage quite strong. The bottle design was also a hit with me. It's such a shame that Dolce & Gabbana didn't think this fragrance was worthy of remaining in their collection for the long-term. By for Men is refreshingly modern, and I feel that it deserves more praise than more recent releases like The One for Men and the Anthology series.
NB. This review was written in late 2010. I believe this fragrance is no longer in stock at that particular store.
01st March, 2012 (last edited: 05th June, 2012)