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Jacomo de Jacomo Original (1980)
by Jacomo


Jacomo de Jacomo Original information

Year of Launch1980
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 199 votes)

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Parent CompanySarbec
Parent Company at launchMartell

About Jacomo de Jacomo Original

Jacomo de Jacomo Original is a masculine fragrance by Jacomo. The scent was launched in 1980

Jacomo de Jacomo Original fragrance notes

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  3. Base notes

Reviews of Jacomo de Jacomo Original

I've always felt that notes pyramid listed here for Jacomo De Jacomo was a bit off.Here's what my nose gets...

Sandalwood,tobacco,clove,cinnamon,incense,lavender,and vanilla.

Very woody,creamy,and spicy upon initial spray.It's not dominanat of tobacco instantly but as the syrupy clove heavy and light cinnamon combo comes out this began to blossom tobacco and wafts of incense through the clove structure.The creamy and semi-sweet quality of a warm vanilla and dab of lavender keeps in the background for quite a while.

Probably for the first 4-5 hours this remains a clove cigarette kind of quality that reminds me of Djarum Black with something with some of the harsh edge rubbed down a little through vanilla.After that hour range though to me this goes into a kind of Captain Black White(Vanilla/Original) scent.That vanilla expands and absorbs the sandalwood and clove creating a vanilla pipe tobacco but the sandalwood and clove provide dry and spicy tones to it still reflecting something old fashioned,but a little more detailed.

Jacomo de Jacomo Original is an 8-10 hour yielding moderate projection for at least the first six hours in my opinion.Casual wear for sure,this does nothing for a suit or grants any style to formal wear.Smells pleasant though and invokes a certain nostalgia behind it's retro...strangely reminds me of the malls back in the 80's era.Lots of plants with wood paneling,old-fashioned street light style and chandelier fixtures...70's decor style that carried over into that decade.The scent of someone strolling through the corridors leaving the fragrant aroma of pipe tobacco behind cotributing more to the atmosphere of more noticeable European element in the United States.
05th May, 2018
Jacomo de Jacomo is the house's follow-up to the debut masculine Eau Cendrée (1974), and has a similarly geometric bottle that in recent years was augmented with a Zippo-like flip-top lid. I often say that many of these darker moss-heavy 80's powerhouses have lineage from Eucris by Geo F Trumper (1912), and never more is it apparent than here. Jacomo seeks to "out-gloom" that venerable Mary Shelley novel-in-a-bottle by being even smokier, dustier, and drier. If One Man Show by Jacques Bogart is the Led Zeppelin of powerhouses with it's bombast, then Jacomo de Jacomo is easily Black Sabbath, with sinister distorted tritone guitar riffs. I do believe this is the one that probably started that whole train of thought, taking the steep oakmoss of Ralph Lauren Polo (1978) and marrying it with the Gothic construction of Eucris, and adding a Prohibition-era jazz room feeling with the smoke. It's all delightfully heavy metal, and the perfect scent for a man so inclined to such an emotionally bleak and serious aesthetic. It's surprisingly not harsh, aggressive, or commanding like some things to follow, just brooding, moody, and humorless like that kid dressed all in black that sat in the back of class. Something this morbid could have been marketed in Hot Topic to the Mall Goths of the late 90's, but fortunately Jacomo didn't stoop to that level of desperation. Fans of mossy fragrances will instantly love Jacomo de Jacomo, and anyone looking for something with vetiver-like qualities but even more intense will also fall in love. There's not even a lick of friendly or approachable here, but neither will this offend. Christian Mathieu was the nose for this, and would stay on with Jacomo throughout the 80's. It really felt like this was a continuation of concept from Eau Cendreé, just dialed in darker, starker, drier, and more severe, with melancholy replacing the swagger of that earlier scent. Fascinating, and irresistible in it's single-mindedness this is.

Jacomo de Jacomo opens with grassy galbanum (but not a ton), lavender, cardamom, and vetiver which gives it that beautiful smoke. The smoke is very close to the deliberate "ashen" vibe of Eau Cendreé, but without the burly swirl of bay rum-like spice that made the previous Jacomo masculine such a macho affair. Surprisingly there's no bergamot here, but that would make the opening too bright for the desired effect of the composition. The barbershop staple geranium are joined by clove and cumin, one adding that familiar bay rum masculinity to keep this on track, the other giving Jacomo de Jacomo the dirty "nether region" smell popular in the hyper-male fragrances of the time. The transition then eases into rosewood, which is the only wood present, and the only patch of illumination here. Patchouli, coumarin, and heaps of oakmoss are all you get in the bottom of this headbanger's ball, and the whole thing wears like an episode of Dark Shadows with a Blue Oyster Cult soundtrack. Smoke in the beginning, spice in the middle, wood, patchouli and moss at the end, with the lavender, geranium, and coumarin seemingly only added so it qualifies as a fougère, but not making their presence readily felt like in most things they're usually a part of from this genre. Performance is obviously good, sillage is steady but not overt, and longevity can be adjusted by where and how much you apply. Do be careful if you have the Zippo lid bottle, as it pops open easily. Vintage is an easier removable cap but only comes in splash, so you'll have to decant if you want to control it's power by spraying.

This must have been a real shocker in 1980, and undoubtedly made enough waves to actually cement Jacomo's name in the masculine market, as everyone talks about this but never it's predecessor nor many of the also-quality male scents that followed. Jacomo de Jacomo is less-amicable in tone than every other masculine they've made before or since, plus would see the smoke it possesses carried over to Anthracite Pour Homme (1991), the third of what must have been an unofficial masculine triptych. Jacomo overall has the same issue as Jacques Bogart or Van Cleef & Arpels: they live in the shadow of the sometimes over-hyped major design houses which get all the praise and attention. Indeed, like a one-hit-wonder band, Jacomo only really gets mentioned by guys for "that one scent" they make; Jacomo de Jacomo is that one scent. A vanguard of the powerhouse era which is anything but typical for it's decade, and one that must be tried if not owned, Jacomo de Jacomo has no real equal, although of peculiar interest is the fact that the "nautical" Avon Windjammer (1968) semi-presaged this with a similar but less-intense dry down. It's Johnny Cash presentation and smell that reminds me of an old 1920's speakeasy from a black and white noir film isn't really for everyone and is a hard sell in any modern context, but most suited to fall, winter, and maybe early spring. Is it a masterpiece? Maybe. I wouldn't say it's the one to own over all others from the genre if only because of how narrowly-defined it is. Jacomo de Jacomo definitely gets bonus credit for being a presage to nearly an entire decade of male perfumery, and it was successful enough to spawn a litter of flankers. Hello darkness my old friend, I've come to talk with you again!!
06th March, 2018 (last edited: 09th June, 2018)
Stardate 20170814:

Vintage Blue Label Version:

Yes it is an aromatic fougere.
Yes it has Spices and Patchouli
Yes it is from 80s.

But do not be fooled, it is nothing like typical 80s aromatic fougere.
The blending is exceptional and you get this dark brooding incensey masterpiece.
Smoke without the dryness.

It may be the one that started it all. One can see its influence on Montana, Smalto, Nobile, Salvador Dali PH.
Get it while it is still cheap.
14th August, 2017
Budget fougère that starts off with a thrilling whiff of smoke only to get shrill in the body. Like many things in life you get what you pay for.


Modern version
06th April, 2017 (last edited: 15th November, 2018)
Jacomo de Jacomo is dark, dry and austere. But it is not brooding. Instead, it provides comfort and solace in almost a spiritual way. Perhaps it's the use of incense. It's also dusty and nostalgic. It very successfully captures the smell and atmosphere of a late night Durga pandal in Calcutta when everyone has left. Not the big pandals, but the small, quaint ones at home or the little corner in the neighbourhood. It's almost a lost scent from a lost era. Yet, it is approachable and provokes thoughtful reflection.

This might work if you are into cloves, incense, spices and dry fragrances. It is also not powdery as such. Depending on one's tastes, this might come across somewhat old-fashioned.

Acceptable sillage and tenacity.

17th April, 2016
Smoke, patchouli and greens. Jacomo de Jacomo is pure smoke and masculinity in a bottle. The first whiff of the top notes is extremely strong and potent, nearly stomach churning. I won't lie, it might make you feel sick and uneasy from the initial blast. It's like being trapped in an ashtray, or sitting in a cigar room with no ventilation and incense musk burning.

However, do NOT be fooled. Once the top notes settle down, 45 minutes later the middle notes develop and it slowly becomes a very manly blend of patchouli, greens, leather and smoke. It projects very well without being cloying or irritating for several hours in this stage. Pure beauty. The drydown in this is simply amazing, the complexity of going from being purely nasty and then morphing into pure manhood is unbelievable.

Imagine a couple-days-unshaven, aviator shades wearing guy wearing a leather jacket with a vintage T-shirt and jeans, smoking a cigar outside the hole in the wall trendy bar in the city kind of smell. A confident, cool, knows the ropes kind of dude that plays guitar and rides a Triumph. That's what this is. The base notes are pure patchouli, leather and tobacco.

After about six hours it stays closer to the skin and gives you a subtle and sexy, almost natural smell. Lasts at least 10-12+ hours in longevity for me with ten sprays (neck, wrists, shoulders, chest), with above average sillage and projection.

I've owned about 100 different colognes over my lifetime and I've never come across ANYTHING that smells like this. It truly is one of a kind, and holds a special place in my collection, and it will be in yours if you're a true collector or enjoy powerhouse 70's & 80's fragrances. Highly recommended.
09th January, 2016 (last edited: 21st December, 2018)

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