A masterpiece in my opinion that was sadly ruined by poor marketing and an even uglier bottle. Seldomly you'll come across a designer fragrance that smells more akin to something from a niche avant-grade house, but this is one of those fragrances.
In terms of presentation and structure, Bang heavily reminds me of a cross between a Comme des Garcons and Escentric Molecules scent. Linear, minimal, and just plain modern, cool (cool as in hip) smelling. It's just a blast of soft woods and pepper on an even softer base of vetiver. Call me crazy but it kind of smells like "tea." With a name like "Bang" expect the opposite, this one is a soft whisper behaving more like a skin scent.
If this came in an elegant, simple square bottle aimed less to the teeny-bopper crowd, it would of been a solid release. Sadly, it's discontinued now but you can still find it at discounters (at least for now).
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So what can I add? It's nicely blended. It smells of Pepper. It is based on a typical woody amber Fougere. It lasts for about an hour, if you're lucky. You can smell it from about 3 inches away. It is more of a "Pfft" than a Bang. I bought my bottle in TK Maxx, as it was so cheap.
Bang opens up with a similar essence to its name. Projecting strong peppercorn notes, I also get a light scent of fresh liquorish. The base is almost creamy with textures of patchouli and earthy green notes, like moss. The longevity is rather disappointing, lasting about 5 hours on average. I am impartial with the initial peppercorn but it tones down rather quickly but unfortunate the cologne in general dissipates within a few hours. It's a great cologne for night at home with your special someone.
Opens up with a strong blast of pepper, before it settles down to a more general earthy tone ... for about 30 minutes, before it completely disappears.
Longevity is terrible, sillage is non-existent and projection is nothing to write home about ... which is a shame, because - for the first few minutes at least - I quite like the way this smells. Given the comparisons with TDH, I'm thinking that once this bottle of Bang is finished, I should replace it with a bottle of TDH ...
Hit and Run...
Surprising, (given it's name, and bottle)... Bang! is more pensive than party! Yes, the Opening is forcefull, metallic, and all-kinds-of-peppery. But a rosy Pink Pepper (reminiscent of cinnamon tic-tacs) quickly segues to a more solemn, subdued Heart: From there, it's all dry coniferous Woods and Pepper -mellowed out by a dark velvety Resin in the background. A touch of Oakmoss, lends a mild but stately balsalmic tang... adding pungency and depth. A classy touch. But hardly enough to make the scent, complex.
Yet, Bang! is far from boring. The highlight being an "inky" Vetiver Root (a la Encre Noire) that contrasts nicely to make the glimmer of Pink Peppercorns, PoP! It's Edgy; but brooding. I dig it. It has neither the sweetness, nor the loudness of Spicebomb (yet another spicy competitor). In fact, Bang! operates in stealth most of the time. (it's presence felt, more by others than the wearer), and there is next to no sweetness at all (save for the aforementioned tic-tac allusion). Marc Jacobs makes some bold choices with this mature, and unlikely candidate (in 2010) -Given the current trend of child-pacifying confections that pander to Gucci pocketbooks with bubble-gum taste.
I like "Bang!" in much the same way I like Gaultier's Kokorico. (I don't mean they smell alike). But their approach might come from the same "head space". Equally uncomplicated, unconventional... and with an undeniable sense of Style. So, Bang! might be of interest to my fellow "Kokoricans" as well. I was surprised how quickly this one became a staple for me in the Fall and Winter. It may have taken a few innings, but ultimately for me...
BANG! ...hits a home run.
Longevity: 8/10(in base, as skin scent)
Projection(Fall temp): 6.0/10(in mid, stealthy)
Art/Creatives: 8.5/10 (bottle,concept,
composition)– the 50ml flacon stands
up more stable than the 100ml.lol
pensive than playful,any age over 20 imo..
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