Being number 10 in a series of 16 reviews on critically acclaimed and noteworthy scents.
An instant favourite. Reminds me of Bottega Veneta Pour Homme - certainly the patchouli and leather drydown. If anything, though, my sample provides an even better result than BV, which can edge towards the slightly sour. Je Suis Un Homme adds the simultaneous dryness and sweetness of a traditional cologne accord, and this never fully leaves. What can I say - the whole ensemble just works.
I get superb longevity and, unusually for me, considerable sillage. A definite masculine in my view - if you are female and get your kicks wearing this, good for you. I love the subversive name - "I am a man" - I don't know how this sounds in French (better, I imagine, as things generally do in French), but as far as I'm concerned, there is never a good time to say that. It evokes the image of a masculine chap who has enough of a sense of self-deprecating humour to know how ridiculous he will sound in thus presenting his credentials.
I note the resemblance to Derby as suggested in these reviews. I've never smelt Derby, but that's also compared to Or Black, which is in turn compared also to other leather fougeres, Rive Gauche and so on. This is very comfortable ground for me, and if it sounds like it will be for you too, then you should certainly try Je Suis Un Homme.
I advise you to read the reveiw on this page by Primavera 1000. I too was surprised to find divergent impressions among the reviews here, as if the USA samples were different from the European. I believe this is the case.
My sample came directly from Etat Libre in Paris. The amusing card that accompanied this stated Imperial Testosterone as its by-title. It is the only one of the five Etats I have sampled thus far that I have really liked and would wear. Its closeness to Guerlain's classic Derby has been stated in other reviews here and I would agree.
The spicy clove and cinammon take over after the citrus opening (bergamot, lemon and orange) fade. The woods (I detect cedar) blend beautifully with the patchouli, which make up the dry down after the spices fade. It is very masculine, sexy and sophisticated. A surprise from this eclectic house with its weird compositions and outrageous names. More shock value than quality.
So far the only Etat I would recommend wholeheartedly. Turin gave it four stars and named it a "woody citrus."
Third man by Caron mixed with bug repellent. In fact this is similar to Bowling Green by Grey Flannel.
Just like LT says, distant relative to Derby but with more citrus up top. Excellent alternative but of course not a substitute for King Derby. Potent opening, nice leathery-clove and cinnamon combo on the dry down. Rough and rugged for a manly man or a butch pretty boy. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
“Wham, bam, thank you ma’am!”
The harsh top notes remind me of Maître Parfumeur et Gantier's tough-guy Parfum d'Habit, but they pass very quickly. Patchouli and clove are obvious, along with a very musty leather and a boozy note that must represent the "cognac" in the note pyramid. This guy rolls over and fall asleep FAST. Within minutes Je Suis un Homme transforms into the faintest of patchouli skin scents, with just a trace of cloves and cinnamon. "Je Suis Un Wimp" is more apt, if you ask me.
Classic theme, modern variation
People speak about this as citrus cologne, but for me this is a leather scent foremost.
It starts with very classic and clean lemon. It feels soft, not like cleaning product. After a moment I usually smell clear bidagree note, not far a way from note in Bidagree concentree by Malle. Sometimes I notice the cognac note. Usually not.
Then there is the leather. I think it's a bit similar to leather in Rien. Very serious and dry. The gloves give some warmness and almost bring something like body odour to it.
In my mind Je suis un homme is brown leather with some grey hue. Sometimes I notice something very dark and animalic lurking behind the leather. It makes it more intresting.
It is the most masculine fragrance from Etat Libre d'Orange. It is clearly a modern interpretation of a very classic theme. For me this is the most wearable perfume in every day life from this house.
Pros: Masculine, classic, affordable