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
Opens very sharp with citrus, bergamot, and also slightly boozy with the cognac accord (perhaps parched woods and vetiver) which seems to dominate. Refined, somewhat aloof, somewhat old-school. Cloves and spices in the dry down warm things up a little bit as the leather emerges--dry and dusty, but never quite dominating. Bergamot lingers, as does citrus in the form of astringent pith, rather than fruit or zest. Things are pretty stable from here on, so, all told, on me this is a citric, slightly spicy, and astringent leather/cognac. The cognac seems to outweigh the other elements by just a tad. It projects well and is long lasting. Oddly, I do not sense any animalic values at all. Perhaps warmer weather would bring these out.
Amazing scent. It opens with exactly the citrus cologne burst you would expect Napoleon to wear (a bit like an Annick Goutal), but then transforms into something completely different. The dry down evolves into something that becomes part of you. It smells at times spicy, some moments animal, and others pure pheromones. This is a great modern take on the colognes of old, and I can see this rapidly becoming a go-to for me.