This has to be one of the most potent fragrances I have ever encountered - even more than Amouage Gold which is a real nostril shredder at first.
OMS Gold Edition does warn you on the packaging that it is concentrated, they're not lying.
It is very floral at first and very sweet, which thankfully dies down.
What mystifies me is how the note pyramid lists nowhere the one accord that screams loudest in this which is patchouli. If I smelled this blind I would swear it was a patchouli bomb of the first order. I have no issue with this since I like patchouli, so it must be a conflation of cloves, amber and other notes conspiring to make me think patchouli.
Where this fragrance warrants a thumbs up however is the drydown which is lovely. A warm, woodsy (yes and patchouli feeling) base which reminds me very much of Lagerfeld Classic or Red for Men.
It lasts forever too.
Get through the opening and enjoy what is a very pleasant fragrance indeed.
After reading Journeyfan's review I can understand the horror of this fragrance. It is like a bad crash you don't want too look but something makes.
WOW! Arguably the most potent of all men's scents. Best to smell at a distance rather than close up. That said, this is a lovely frag - similar to Ted Lapidus Homme. It says "highly concentrated" on the box and they aren't joking!! Handle with care!!
I picked this up today from the local Sorting office and was with two work colleagues at the time. Both were intrigued when i pulled out this Fragrance and each requested a spray.
Bearing in mind this was a blind buy i told them i didn`t know what they could expect but being from Bogart it wouldmost likely be a strong powerful scent.
Well , i sprayed and i didnt get quite the reaction i hoped for. Two full Grown burly workers recoiled in Horror , coughing and spluttering and screaming expletives to the tune of What the XXXX is that ?? and imust admit i was saying the same thing.
It is the most overpowering .cloying opening i have ever experienced and i am afraid i don`t get the Fruity opening but a Strong Floral , the likes of which you expect from an elderly ladys scent and i would definitely say the opening is Feminine more than masculine.
I was very disappointed but as i told my colleagues there are different stages to a fragrance and they may be plesently surprised in a few hours when the other notes come through.
I sprayed once on the back of my hand and it was projecting like i have never known before which for the first hour or two is no good thing but i am pleased to say that as i write this it as been 3 Hours since spraying and it is a totally different Beast.
It is still very strong but the Floral as given way to a Woodsy , Spicey and definitely Masculine Scent and is very agreeable compared to the Harsh mess of an opening.
I have read a review on the net from someone who said this could still be smelt 50 hours after application and i have no doubt this is probably true because this is a nuclear experience from the start and throughout.
My summary would be that this is a fantastic long lasting powerful fragrance that you need to get the first couple of hours out of the way to experience it at its best.
One spray is enough , Two if your brave and more than that if you want to clear a room.
Another unbelievable affordable fragrance from Bogart.
"Bombastic" is a very cautious term when it comes to describe this blend, I'd rather say nuclear. 1980's powerbombs are nothing compared to this. When applying it one has the sensation people will react in an aggresive fashion, it is by far the most boisterous scent I have ever smelt or tried.
It does not have anything to do with the original OMSh, this is more contemporary in terms of notes in fashion nowadays of the kind found in Paco Rabanne's One Million, Carolina Herrera 212 VIP, Antonio Bandera´s The Secret and The Golden Secret and Ted Lapidus Black Soul (I did not try its Golden edition, but I bet they must share the same aromachemicals).
In this case, its originality lies in that the blend morphs into darker notes, thus turning it into a very interesting scent, maybe due to the spices and the base notes. In this sense I regret the fruity top notes.
Overall, I have the feeling that the nose behind this blend wanted to deliver an extreme value for money, or better still, accomplishing in a mass market brand what many niche scents do, without much complexity.
Be aware this must be worn with abundant hair in chest, an open silk shirt and some solid gold chains. Accompay with a set of sport-bars-type lightly dressed girls and a tuned American sports car, preferibly, red. You get the idea...