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Derrick (1978)
by Orlane


Derrick information

Year of Launch1978
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 19 votes)

People and companies

Parent CompanyKelemata
Parent Company at launchNorton Simon > Max Factor

About Derrick

Derrick is a masculine fragrance by Orlane. The scent was launched in 1978

Reviews of Derrick

To me Derrick by Orlane has always been a well-hidden gem in itself and somewhat of an enigma.It's not that I t

I spray this on and I get a lot of patchouli,a bitter-green moss,and the spices.The spices is a mixture of anise,clove,and cinnamon(just a little) which isn't overbearing but it's a heavy combination.But I will say comparing this to the cinnamon-y and resinous character of Red for Men is an exaggeration..Derrick is more dark and bitter from anise.Underneath this green,bitter,and spicy fragrance you get a creamy kind of note.It's hard to define other than a shaving cream with a lot of musk mixed in it.

At 2-3 sprays I get 6-8 hours from it...I'd call it decent projection.You'll be able to smell this coming up from your shirt collar for the first 4 hours then it becomes lighter,but it's still there.The next day I can be getting ready to shower and get ready for work and my wife can still smell it on my skin.I would label Derrick by Orlane as a hairy-chested,serious,yet very sensual cologne worn by people who love patchouli.Obviously a 1970's to early/mid 1980's fashioned scent.Not a clue why Derrick gets so overlooked because it was well done yet seemed to get shoved to the back of the line in advertising by wearable yet not as interesting fragrances.
06th July, 2017 (last edited: 08th July, 2017)
A spicy manly jus, reminiscent of Krizia Uomo but with a side of latex. I am sure it isn't actually latex but I pick up a latex note in some fragrances and this is one of them. Overall a pretty nice spicy scent.
27th January, 2014
An "old school" spicy/soapy scent. A bit like Red by GBH but not as well blended. It's a little "rough round the edges" The bottle looks like a land rover petrol can!!! But it was cheap and I quite like Derrick.
18th March, 2013 (last edited: 23rd March, 2013)
shamu1 Show all reviews
United States
Derrick smells like a poor man's JHL. Foetidus wasn't kidding when he wrote that this is a pure spice fragrance, and nothing but spices. Cinnamon, clove, wood, carnation, patchouli, vetiver, cumin and oakmoss all seem to be in here, providing sandpaper-like texture and overall feel. It's not the strongest fragrance in the world, which is a good thing because if it were your nose wood bleed.

Derrick comes from the 1970s school of power scents - ultra woody, spicy, dry and bold, but without the TNT-like power and sillage of the later fragrances in the 80's. It does smell dated, and anyone who wears Seventies styled masculines will recognize this immediately as a member of that club.

My only complaint is that it's not particularly well blended. This is a crude, rough and linear scent, and it can sometimes get tiresome to wear. It smells dark, austere, and unsmiling, but it lacks the complexity and quality of a Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme. I like Derrick, but it's not something I'll be reaching for very often. Sillage and longevity are good.

31st March, 2011
Derrick is an interesting fragrance Ė quite unusual. It seems like a very serious scent: there seems to be no sweet in it. I certainly canít find any florals in it. It is almost 100% spice and woods and moss. Iím surprised that a designer or mainstream fragrance would be this dry and (smelled close) dark, even in 1978. Besides its spiciness and woods, there isnít much else to it. The spices Ė cinnamon, pepper, clove, ginger, nutmeg, and coriander Ė form a unified pungency the individual notes of which, I canít separate out except for the cloves. The baseís patchouli, sandalwood, and oakmoss form a dry, light, textured background through the run of the fragrance. MisterK makes a reference to amber, but I canít find it, although I donít doubt that it is there: They couldnít make a fragrance with no sweet notes, could they? Derrick is an odd fragrance that I give a thumbís up simply because it is so unique. Itís quite a linear scent and it has less than average longevity (itís an EDC). But what I find makes it unusual is that, sniffed near the skin, it smells deep and dark and dry, but its sillage is not at all strong. Derrick strikes me as being very light. Since itís so inexpensive, Iím going to buy a bottle just in case I will someday want to wear a light, dry, masculine, fragrance like this. I havenít seen another one like it.
14th March, 2008
Im glad I bought this as a blind buy almost a year ago ,, Its sweetness is mild and hidden deep in its makeup of spices ,, I wear it in rotation with and find it interesting ,, 4/5
28th November, 2007

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