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The One for Men Eau de Parfum (2015)
by Dolce & Gabbana

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The One for Men Eau de Parfum information

Year of Launch2015
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 234 votes)

People and companies

HouseDolce & Gabbana
PerfumerOlivier Polge

About The One for Men Eau de Parfum

The One for Men Eau de Parfum is a masculine fragrance by Dolce & Gabbana. The scent was launched in 2015 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Olivier Polge

The One for Men Eau de Parfum fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of The One for Men Eau de Parfum

A spicy hesperidic/herbal classic opening (strong on cardamom and basil) is the prelude to a following more exotic accord of sultry tobacco and spicy/orangy carnal amber. Cedarwood is definitely present providing "anchorage", structure and balance. The final amber/tobacco-accord conjures me intensely the original (more citric/aromatic and brighter) D&G Pour Homme's vintage formula with a stouter tobacco-presence before the reformulations. Unfortunately the orangy/cinnamonic flavour is in here overly powerful (and kind of "nutty-chocolatey") under my profane nose and this factor tends to hamper my full satisfation.
06th January, 2020
I more or less summed up my thoughts on Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men Eau de Parfum (2015) with a few tidbits in my review for the original Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men (2008), but I figured I might as well circle back and be a bit more thorough in my analysis of this late-coming EdP variant. The original was an oriental tobacco fragrance made for what was then the maturing early-30's man in 2008, someone moving away from bright sweet citrus and musk fragrances, insipidly fresh aquatics, or obnoxious clubbers, yearning for something a bit more romantic and discreet for evening use. However, there was really little else like this on the market back in 2008, with the mega-powered Paco Rabanne 1 Million (2008) being the closest. The delicious spicy citrus and orange blossom melange became the stuff of legend and the original was literally worn to death by every clueless Chad within twenty miles of a shopping mall, making appearances on dinner dates, at the office, and even vastly over-applied in the clubs. Olivier Polge was smart to make the original too mild to really overpower, but the downside was people looking for projection or detectable sillage were left wanting, so The One for Men garnered the reputation of being lovely but weak for most. Here with the EdP, Olivier Polge evidently returned in one of his last roles outside house Chanel to make the version "everyone was clamoring for" by upping the concentration and switching out a key note. Does it make or break things? Yes to both in subtle ways is the only answer I can give on short notice, but wearing the EdP side-by-side with the EdT reveals that the new EdP is more of a perfume lover's perfume than the original, although it is by no stretch of the imagination challenging or high olfactive art.

The note pyramid for both the original The One for Men and The One for Men Eau de Parfum is almost identical with the exception of one base note. Now as you might have guessed, there is a lot more going on with aromachemicals than what the perfumers list, and I won't try and split hairs with how much of this or that might have been replaced or removed because I don't have a gas chromatography machine to tell you, but for the most part this opens the same as the preceding eau de toilette. Grapefruit and coriander with a small green splash of basil all appear, then the rich cardamom, spicy ginger, and sweet orange blossom of the heart also appear on cue, but after the initial 30 minutes, something changes, and we suddenly have a different animal on our hands. The cedar and tobacco are there in the base, but they don't stand out proudly like they do in the original release, and this is because they don't have the transparently warm ambroxide note to carry them aloft. Instead of that, Olivier Polge has given us a bona fide amber note to anchor The One for Men Eau de Parfum, and that lends this an altogether richer personality. Amber is something that comes across earthy, semi-sweet, sometimes hay-like as with coumarin, musky, and even animalic depending on the compound used, but here we have that classic drugstore amber accord fans of old Dana, Revlon, or Coty perfumes will recognize. While not quite the pureed and sanitized amber Avon is famous for, the amber base in The One Eau de Parfum is a game-changer as we now have a full traditional men's oriental on our hands, no modernization, no lightening, no compromise. Since amber is such a ubiquitous note, this also makes the EdP version more boring and staid as I mentioned in my original review of the EdT, but also better-performing.

The person who opts for this new EdP is looking for performance, and you'd get it with 8 hours of honest-to-goodness sillage but still with moderate projection that won't blow out the nightclub. You can over-spray this as people did the original eau de toilette, but then you'll have everyone gagging on a cloud of amber since that note really takes center stage after the first 30 minutes. Outside of that, people not really fond of the prominent tobacco note in the original version might find this amber-forward take smoother and more wearable, but also some versatility is lost as this pushes The One for Men more towards being a winter fragrance. Packaging on The One for Men Eau de Parfum is also both better and worse, as I love the darker bottle but miss the classy wood cap of the original EdT, since this EdP has a stamped metal-over-plastic cap instead that feels cheaper in my hands. I love amber so this is definitely my preferred version, but there is no wrong decision if performance is not an issue, so choose whichever concentration you like. Despite the nod to tradition with that amber base, The One for Men Eau de Parfum is still a widely-recognizable scent and for that, may come across "played out" for those who survived the initial glut of presence the 2008 EdT had. I've seen a lot of people write this off as too little too late, too generic, ubiquitous, and uninteresting. Success is its own worst enemy sometimes so none of them are really wrong, but if you enjoy a good simple plate of comfort food like hot turkey and gravy from the local greasy spoon diner, and don't care about Zagat ratings, plating, or sophistication, you're probably the kind of guy that loves The One for Men Eau de Parfum. It really is that simple. Thumbs up.
02nd January, 2020
This to me smells like a generic cologne flap in a magazine. Wife liked it, but I didn't. Soft, feminine. Performance not good in any aspect. Thumbs down. Probably won't even finish my free sample from Sephora.
05th October, 2019
Purchased a 50ml blindly based on these reviews alone - very disappointed.

Its really just a boring generic smell. Nothing stands out.

Its a Dad scent for sure - you might smell this in a hotel lobby from someone behind the desk.

I may not be scent trained like some of these other bloodhounds but I can tell you this isn't a head turner.

Completely overrated.
06th September, 2019 (last edited: 10th September, 2019)
Tart grapefruit and dark amber on opening, with backdrops of herbal/florals. There is a bit of tobacco in there as well, although I wouldn't classify this as a tobacco-driven scent: ultimately, it runs sweeter than dark. Not that there's anything wrong with that: I find this scent to be very versatile and complex, shifting from amber-heavy notes to basil-herb, than back to heavy grapefruit-orange citrus. In an overly crowded field of synthetic scents, this stands out as being quite natural and well-balanced. All the notes in here add up to more than the sum of their individual parts.

Unfortunately, as others have mentioned, the longevity is just very short. Two hours and it was a skin scent. However, it isn't expensive and it very well-made, so a few reapplications throughout the day shouldn't be an issue to smell very good. Any time of the year this is fine, perhaps better for more formal occasions but given the different layers here, anytime is fine.

7.5/10
08th May, 2019
A fruity warming amber scent that is just so easy to grab and go, it has an inviting coconut vibe in the dry down and a bit of tobacco, I get good performance and the whole composition feels very well put together and smooth. I'm on my second bottle now and have enjoyed many good moments in life wearing this.
06th February, 2019

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