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The One for Men (2008)
by Dolce & Gabbana


The One for Men information

Year of Launch2008
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 1015 votes)

People and companies

HouseDolce & Gabbana
PerfumerOlivier Polge
Parent Company at launchProcter & Gamble > P&G Prestige Beaute

About The One for Men

The One for Men is a masculine fragrance by Dolce & Gabbana. The scent was launched in 2008 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Olivier Polge

The One for Men fragrance notes

Reviews of The One for Men

This was the first fragrance I bought as an adult male. It has a ton of nostalgia for me, but I think I can be objective here.

When I first bought this in 2009 there was nothing else like it. It had a subtle sweetness to it, a light yet rich spice and tobacco combination. This scent will forever remind me of changing seasons.

I want to talk about the EDT vs the EDP here, too. I think if you love this fragrance, owning both is the way to go. I don't see the EDP as a strict replacement for this bottle, because they are subtly different and consequently their applications are not the same.

The DNA is very much the same. In the opening they are nearly identical. Where they differ is in the dry down. There is something almost darker, definitely deeper, about the EDP. And there's a note that isn't present in the EDT. There's almost an incense or patchouli note in there. It's almost like the incense note in ADG Profumo.

But seeing as how the EDT doesn't have that note, it's a touch lighter, lasts a bit less. And for this reason I don't restrict it to colder weather. You can pull this off in the summer with relative ease. Not to say you would; there are tons of fragrances far better suited for the summer months.

Try before you buy. But if you love it, keep a bottle of both around. I haven't had much luck with the flankers for this one.

I'm wearing it right now at work: it's mid-September and raining.

Wear this one in the fall, when it rains, maybe in late March. Much better for daytime than a night out. It's safe for work, for a casual date. You can wear it at home, at night, in your favorite chair, reading a magazine. It's not right for a suit, the clubs, or intimate encounters.

Scent: 8/10

Longevity: 6/10

Sillage: 5/10
07th September, 2018
This has a nice sweet boozy amber scent to it, with a hint of sweet tobacco. It's nice but nothing special compared to other amber offerings. In fact I think I prefer Boss Bottled Intense Eau de Parfum to this as well, which interestingly smells similar to Dolce & Gabbana The One but projects and lasts way longer. Projection is moderate while longevity is weak. It's nice, but nothing that great.

21st July, 2018
Dolce & Gabbana never really delved much into richer and more oriental-type scents until The One, and it's male iteration rolling in around 2008 revisited the tobacco-based theme of the original Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme (1994), but with a much beefier structure surrounding it. Tons of reviewers from the accredited critic to the shopper will all scream the same thing in their little blurbs about the scent: it smells beautiful but is fleeting on skin. This is either one of the most-aggressive attempts to thwart over-application I've ever seen, or just a cruel joke on perfumer Olivier Polge's part, who is now the grand Poo-Bah for Chanel perfumes in place of his retired father Jacques Polge. All accounts point to the truth with this one: The One for Men is indeed a gorgeous tobacco oriental scent for men, with pitiful projection, and decent longevity only if also sprayed on clothing, but I can understand the thinking. The late 2000's were a time of the aquatic's second coming, the decline of the shrill ozonics that plagued the late 90's and mid 2000's, and gourmands just kind of humming along between full-on fruit baskets and near-oriental richness themselves. Mainstream perfume buyers weren't really into flat-out orientals anymore, especially not male ones, since they stopped perennially re-appearing around the 80's. There were plenty of oriental/fougère hybrids, or oriental/gourmand hybrids, but no strait-up spice-and-orange scents for guys outside maybe niche houses for quite some time. The One for Men came in at just the right time to offer something rich and implicitly intimate for the young but maturing guy ready to move beyond his everyday juice, and it worked very well.

It came down to the tastes of Stefano Gabbana, one half of the founding duo behind the brand, and he wanted an oriental because that's what he liked. Olivier Polge, who was still with IFF at the time, was put on task to make it, and it was dialed down low enough not to fill a room with miasma like the orientals of old sometimes could, but I feel he maybe went with too light a hand. As it stands in it's original EdT formulation (there's also a parfum now), it opens with grapefruit, coriander, and basil, all unsurprising really, but the grapefruit is not strong enough on it's own to make this tart like one expects with that note, but instead just gives it the opening one expects from the genre, when blended with the spice and herbs. Cardamom, ginger, and orange blossom are next, which brings this a little closer to the richness territory of something like Calvin Klein's Obsession for Men (1986), but in a more reserved fashion thanks to the low concentration. Fans of turn-of-the-millenium tobacco scents like Gucci Envy (1998), Michael for Men (2001), Very Valentino for Men (2000), or even Vera Wang for Men (2004) will take note of the finish in this, as it's the lovely tobacco, cedar, and ambergris glow everyone raves about. Conversely, it's also the reason most of the unseasoned youngin's dipping into masculine fragrance for the first time get irate and ding this with a negative review across the internet, as they see the name and are attracted to the bottle only to discover this is much more in line with the over-30 mature man crowd; it's clearly not for the guy looking to be fresh, bright, edgy, or bombastic in any sort of way. Much of the performance problem was solved in 2015 with an EDP version of this, but the faux ambergris note was replaced with a composite "amber" note which makes it a tad more boring as a result. The old argument of quality over quantity sort of rings true here.

The other less-economical solution to those who love what this dishes out are to over spray all over and use on clothing as well, but then you might as well have back up bottles for the stuff because you'll need them in half the time. Once again, this is a beautiful, if simple oriental throwback, that isn't going to wow anyone with a ton of originality, but is like comfort food for the nose, which is always welcome in my book. I'm a sucker for a good tobacco scent in the same way I'm a sucker for a nice old-school fougère, so you knew I was coming into this already expecting to like it, and I do. The One for Men was nearing the end of this concept, and outside of the sleeper cell tobacco entry that is cK One Shock for Him (2011), this kind of thing started to see gradual replacement by more vivid yet remotely oriental modern fare like Valentino Uomo (2014) or Boss the Scent Intense (2015), or Emporio Armani Stronger With You (2017), which means back on the oriental hybrid train we go. You'll never be out of place wearing The One for Men to the office, a nice dinner date, or movie, but it doesn't really have much traction in daytime casual use so I'd avoid it there, especially since the stuff needs close proximity even with over-spraying to be effective. It's the gentle oriental for when you want to be spicy without screaming it, and encourage getting just a bit closer for further inspection, but guys who grew up with the real bombs like Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur (1971) or Aramis JHL (1982) will probably laugh this off, which is okay. It's still uncontested fact that this is lovely orange, spice, amber, and tobacco for all of maybe an hour then nothing but faint wisps thereafter, and regardless of age or demographic, that can still feel like a huge build-up and let down.
10th June, 2018
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Sweet and simple, with gourmand vibes. This is inoffensive and a good daytime scent for uneventful days, mirroring the linear drydown of the scent. Longevity is poor, but the opening is so likeable that it gets a neutral rating.
02nd May, 2018
One of the best fragrances I've ever smelled.

Beautiful blend of citrus, amber and tobacco that isn't sickly sweet.

I get maybe an hour of projection, 4-5 hours overall.

Weak performance, but this is good enough to go through the hassle of reapplying throughout the day.
15th April, 2018
While it smells good, actually great, I don't see it as a versatile fragrance whatsoever. Definitely warm, classy, and sensual, overall it's just not my style. It could be said that it is sweet, almost syrupy sweet.

As with any fragrance, I'm sure this has it's person and place, but unfortunately there are far superior options when a classy scent is warranted for this average Joe.

The only thing barely keeping me from trading this in is the gorgeous bottle. But when that's the only thing left...
16th February, 2018

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