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Fragrance One : Office for Men (2019)
by Jeremy Fragrance

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Year of Launch2019
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 18 votes)

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HouseJeremy Fragrance
PerfumerAlberto Morillas

About Fragrance One : Office for Men

Fragrance One : Office for Men is a masculine fragrance by Jeremy Fragrance. The scent was launched in 2019 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Alberto Morillas

Fragrance One : Office for Men fragrance notes

Reviews of Fragrance One : Office for Men

The much-hyped and much-maligned Fragrance One: Office for Men (2019) by Jeremy Fragrance was already both applauded by fans of his YouTube channel and dismissed by hobbyists in the fragrance community that feel antagonized by what he represents. I've watched a few of his videos, and I admit the obsession with sex appeal, compliments, or the toxic masculinity vibe of being "alpha" that he generally sells in his videos is laughably banal at best, and dangerous from a social psychology standpoint at worst, but for the most part easy to ignore. The man who is Jeremy Fragrance has a long history of trying to sell his own image via two separate failed pop music careers (one solo and one with a boy band), but moved into the influencer space as his youth appeal began to show signs of patina, channeling his own personal interest in fragrance into a career as an upstart YouTube reviewer. Fast forward a few years, and he's successfully used his good looks, smarmy attitude, and expertly-keyed marketing angle to not only become the biggest YouTube fragrance reviewer in existence, but an influencer with enough pull to fund launching a perfume brand of his own. Fragrance One: Office for Men was initially backed on Kickstarter after a false start Patreon fundraiser that ended up paying for his Ferrari (surreal as that may seem), but this second time around he managed to secure Alberto Morillas as perfumer, shipping a prototype batch in a nondescript bottle to everyone who had pledged. There have been two more batches since then, each in a clear and black bottle with a cap that look more like a uniform finished product, with some claiming a bit of refinement to the scent itself between that initial first wave and the second two. So what do you get with Fragrance One: Office for Men? Well, that's easy to answer. You get a fragrance for men designed to be what every shallow, insecure, and self-absorbed overachiever type climbing the corporate ladder wants in a scent: pure performance and little else. Office for Men is all about AI-refined demographic-based research into mass-appeal masculine smells turned all the way up to 11. Someone like the esteemed Luca Turin would be both impressed and horrified by such a cold, clinical distillation of "purpose" in perfume, executed to a sociopathic degree with regards to nothing but "results". What are these results you say?

This is also easy to answer: deliver the loudest scent trail with what marketing research proves to be the most-complimented notes found in men's mainstream releases made in the 10 year period leading up to the making of Fragrance One: Office for Men. Jeremy Fragrance has indeed successfully created a chimera of the most-popular notes found in 2010's mainstream generalist perfumes, mashing up a bit of what people find appealing in several of the "blue fragrances" that appeared in the wake of Bleu de Chanel (2010) with some of the high-end panache borrowed from niche favorites in the "dudebro" segment of the fragrance community like Creed Aventus (2010) or Mancera Cedrat Boise (2011), layered over the buzzy harsh norlimbanol ("modern woods") blast of Dior Sauvage (2015). Not to be outdone by any of them, Office for Men twists these elements together in a not-so-unexpected way, but manages to stand out from the pack by sheer volume alone. There is no mistaking that this is a powerhouse, maybe not on the same level of respect as the 80's masculines which gave birth to the term, but with the same level of cloying strength as the infamous Joop Homme by Parfums Joop! (1989). Fragrance One: Office for Men comes on with a lot of bergamot, and something almost camphoraceous that some people compare to moth balls. This loud and zesty opening screams "fresh" at the top of its lungs, and will deafen anyone within a few feet of the wearer, sending the message clear that you are wearing a fragrance to people across the street. The magic of Office for Men is it manages to be an olfactive foghorn on a level even greater than Dior Sauvage, but because it is slightly more complex, does not drive the wearer nose-blind with sheer chemical linearity. The norlimbanol which is the root cause of this foghorn effect is combined with "amberwood" (ethoxymethoxycyclododecane if you need the chemical name), pink pepper, and paradisone to add a touch of rounded, flowery effusion that helps prevent Office for Men from being scratchy like Sauvage but boy oh boy is it loud! The base sort of dials it back after a few hours with standard-issue ambrox super, denatured patchouli "heart", Iso E Super, and white musk. If that sounds like pure science with very little soul to you, then you're right, but the point is that the kind of audience eating this up doesn't even care at all about what's in the stuff so long as other people like it on them. Of course, Office for Men is almost comically too strong for the office, but for guys who want to "feel like the CEO" when they show up at work by putting everyone on notice when they enter the room, this is just what the doctor ordered.

Office for Men is really just a super-powered generalist scent at its core, so you can wear this all times of the day in all weather types, smelling nice to everyone within a quarter mile. Sillage and projection is without question some of the greatest I have ever witnessed, and longevity is also beyond measure so you'll be scrubbing this off with every shower and laundering your clothes three times just to be rid of it. Performance pound-for-pound is every bit like an old 1980's masculine if not more but made with the modern aromachemicals and stylistic leanings of something designed for the kind of person Jeremy Fragrance videos target. That's to say an over-sprayer who falls hook-line-and-sinker for today's designer catch-all fragrances, worships at the alter of mass-appeal niche houses like Creed or Parfums de Marly for the "clout" they deliver to their wearers, but maybe won't pony up $400 for something from them at retail. This of course brings us to price, as Jeremy Fragrances sells his super-powered designer juice for nearly $200, but always offers either buy one get one free promotions, or half-off coupons to bring the functional price per bottle closer to the designers he seeks to outshine. I am impressed by Office for Men for being something so strong yet still so easy to wear, even if the sillage is actually somewhat tiresome, but this is still a boring montage of 2010's designer ideas save maybe the sweetness of clubbers all swirled together into a bottle. Considering the purpose of Office for Men, the almost "Spotify playlist" nature of Jeremy Fragrance's own tastes in fragrance, and the perfumer doing the composing, I got what I expected when I smelled Office for Men. Would I buy this? Nah. Nothing here really excites me, particularly not the price, and I have most of the things this borrows pieces of, so I'd rather have my peas and carrots separate from each other in cases like this. In perspective, this shows a lot of promise from a perfume label started by a YouTube reviewer still relatively new to the fragrance industry. I'm just past the stage of needing to impress anyone with my perfume and I don't buy into the "survival of the fittest" social Darwinism that fragile masculinity dictates is necessary to live a fulfilling life, but if doing one-armed pushups in an Armani suit is a long-term goal for you, this might be your new signature scent. Neutral.
13th January, 2020
It seems Morillas can crank these things out with a blindfold on and two hands tied behind his back...

Not bad. Not great. But not bad. The opening to Office One is its best part, and I'd rate it a 9/10 if I had to score it. It's a very fresh, somewhat fruity smell that doesn't smell of one fruit in particular, but is probably some variation of bergamot with a little apple or something added in. Regardless, it's very enjoyable, and I was pretty psyched when I smelled the opening, thinking I might actually end up buying a bottle. But unfortunately, the opening lasts about all of 10 minutes before moving into the mid, which it turns out is my least favorite part of the fragrance. As the pleasant top notes wear off, they're replaced by strong, synthetic woods. It's important to note how strong the woods are here. They're aggressive and loud, not appropriate for an office, and even gave me a headache, which doesn't happen often as I don't consider myself overly sensitive to aromachemicals. However, they're so overloaded in the mid, projecting well across the room and coming off pretty harsh and abrasive. This stage lasts about an hour. Office One redeems itself a bit when it gets to the base, which has a smell reminiscent of the top notes albeit with less vibrancy and sparkle, and more of a muted, plasticky smell. Perhaps there's some iris here blending with the leftover bergamot, there's definitely a healthy dose of ambroxan, and it smells nice enough but also a bit generic and uninteresting. This final stage is much more reeled in, projecting a comfortable foot or so, and is much more appropriate for an office setting than the obnoxious mid. If I were to actually wear Office One to an office, I'd probably spray it on in my house 10 minutes before I leave--savoring the top notes at home, enduring the mid during a one hour commute to work (with the windows all the way down), and finally getting into the office just as the base takes over. Overall, it's much better than I had expected, but still nothing great or really important. But in its defense, Office One does make me curious for his next fragrance--Date, or whatever utilitarian nomenclature he's choosing for it.

Opening: 9/10 Mid: 5/10 Base: 7/10

Final rating, 7/10, a decent if somewhat generic fresh scent with a couple highs and a few awkward missteps, which I'd find much more reasonable at $35 than whatever exorbitant amount JF's been charging through his website.
31st December, 2019
This one is controversial, so I feel like I have to give it a more thorough introduction. Let me get a few things out of the way before going into the fragrance. First of, there's a lot of hate towards Jeremy by people that never smelled the fragrance or people who can't separate the person from the product. There are also a lot of sponsored, biased reviews. If you're interested or want to join the conversation, you'll just have to get your nose on it yourself to form a proper opinion. Especially if you're not a seasoned fragrancehead who is used to high-end, niche quality fragrances. Secondly, this is not a sponsored post. I was lucky enough to buy Office For Men with a 100€ discount code. And that's the last thing to get out of the way; the price point. People have complained about the pricepoint. Would I pay full price for Office For Men? No, I wouldn't, and I don't feel like the quality warrants the price. However, this fragrance is definitely not the first, nor the last, 'niche' fragrance that emulates popular designer style fragrances at a higher asking price. With discount codes like the one I used or the frequent 'buy 1, get 2' deals, I think Office For Men is worth it and I'd gladly pay the 60€ I paid for it again; I actually think that's a steal. A small note on the presentation; I don't keep boxes and the bottle itself is very nice to me. It feels better and heavier in hand than I expected and it has the best atomizer that I have in my collection.

Now onto the fragrance. Office For Men has been compared to a lot of succesful mainstream fragrances, and rightfully so, because it's in the same ballpark. Personally, I don't think it copies any of them more than they already copy each other. It opens bright and citrus forward, but the fruitiness fades away quickly. It's not cloyingly sweet, but rather fresh, masculine and overall very pleasant. In the drydown a sweetness comes up, but it remains very mild. This has been compared to Creed Aventus, Dior Sauvage and Chanel Bleu de Chanel, but to my nose, it's closer to Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche (admittedly I have only tried it once, so take that for what it's worth). The name suggests it's an office scent, and I can see that, but I wouldn't pinpoint it as such per se. It's a versatile scent that would work in most situations. It won't give you many surprises along your wear; it starts really bright and fresh, and it ends fresh with a hint of sweetness. I'd say there is one main distinguishable feature in both the positive and the negative department. The negative would be the blend. Office For Men can be a harsh scent if you smell it up close. It gets smoother after a while, but it's missing the smoothness of some of the aforementioned competitors. I think this is why most people will have something to say about the pricepoint. With all due respect to the perfumer, Alberto Morillas, this fragrance does not smell like a well-blended mix of very high quality materials to me. On the positive side, what you get in return is excellent performance. It's not as loud as I was led to believe, but the longevity is great. On first wear I easily got a full workday out of Office For Men, which is a pretty rare encounter for a fragrance this fresh. The long-lasting bergamot in this is particular noticable. The performance is full-price bottle worthy on my skin. Overall, as I said in the introduction, I'm a happy customer and I don't even think I fall directly under Jeremy's target audience. Definitely give this one a try if you can get your hands on it during a discount, or if you're looking for a strong performing fresh and easy to like scent
24th December, 2019
Bought this on ebay from a guy who got 'pay 1 get 2 deal' and was willing to sell the second bottle for a good price. Plainly out of curiosity.

If you are a bit familiar with the fragrance market, I believe there is nothing new in Office for Men that you didn’t smell before. I feel like it is a chemically powered up mix of the recent hits, it is indeed quite strong and lingering for a fresh fragrance. Especially the top notes explode quite strong. Then again I feel I can smell this synthetic dance going on, you just can’t inhale it with joy, like you do with most Atelier Cologne fragrances such as Cedrat Enivrant.

One can say that it smells like Aventus, Sauvage, Gio, BdC put in a bottle and stirred a bit, however this cocktail itself, to me it smells a bit raw, as if it is a base accord rather than a fully developed perfume, even though I confirm it has mass appeal and people around you ask about it. This raw feeling I am talking about, I feel in some Morillas releases either, like Gio Essenza. It definitely smells much better when you smell it from some distance.

I don’t feel a lot of layers in the smell, just that the bright and shiny citrus-bergamot top notes give way to an ambroxan base. Other than that I can say it smells quite linear.

Because that I believe there is nothing new, creative or artistic quality in the fragrance, I don’t think that it will attract the attention of people who are already wearing and familiar with fine designers and niche fragrances, with its quality. I would’ve said that it could attract a younger audience or people who are not willing to go the extra mile for fragrances but for that, the price seems as a hindrance. Now I am not in a position to tell people how they should spend their money, however I can benchmark. For 160€ (and less) you can get better fragrances.

I have the 3rd version, black bottle. But still I can say the box, bottle and the lid they don’t have an exciting look.

I see that Jeremy’s fundamental purpose for the fragrance is to smell very good, smell a lot, lingering, and have mass appeal (compliments). Ok, you have them all. (Smell very good part, i confirm it for people who are not that into fragrance world. Still I can change the ‘very’ to ‘quite’). Plus he has these terms in his website as like a manifesto, so I am not criticizing him for walking the talk.

While I was wearing this, yes day 1, I got a ‘you smell good’ comment. I wear fragrance everyday to job but I connect this comment to Office for Men’s high sillage and mass appeal.

I can’t say i like Jeremy himself, but i just wanted to review the juice. Bottomline, there is no reason to dislike this juice, apart from the price, but also it doesn’t have anything to say to the perfume aficionado. Probably intentionally.

If you like the vibe of Aventus, Sauvage, BdC, and you want it to be strong (both sillage and longevity), try a sample.

Neutral: For lack of originality(nobody said it would be), and the high price.
05th November, 2019
Fragrance One – Office for Men is the debut release from Jeremy Fragrance’s brand, composed by Alberto Morillas. I found a decant at a very reasonable price and finally wanted to indulge my curiosity about the release, which is not found in brick-and-mortar stores but online only.

Reviews have been mixed but I regard it as agreeable but not terribly interesting. As its official description reads, it has a fresh opening, spicy mid, and woody dry down, a mix of citrus, other fruits, pepper, and ambroxan and perhaps other synthetic woody notes, as my best guess.

Its performance is okay, fairly pronounced at the opening but it dies off fairly quickly after a couple hours, when it becomes a skin scent.

I believe my decant is from the first batch, but currently it’s in its third batch release—take from that what you will—at pricing of $180 for 100ml. This is very steep for the product, in my opinion, which has more the feeling of a designer clone (with modest performance) than something really inventive, even at a price of under $2 per ml.

If you’re curious as I was, perhaps seek out a sample, but I don’t feel this release is terribly special, albeit very easy to wear and enjoy briefly.

7 out of 10
31st October, 2019
I got a decant of OfM and wore it for a week. I have fragrance experience (own about 30 fragrances), but not a connoisseur, so YMMV, and I will keep this short.

If this fragrance came from a design house and was priced at $99 for 100ml, or $79 for a 50ml, I think it would be a hit.

Without getting too much into note specifics, I think I could get a very similar scent if I mixed Aventus Cologne and Bleu de Chanel EDP at a 2:1 ratio. Citrus, Ambroxan, and Woods.

For me, the silage and longevity was significant - I could smell it for 12 hours or more, and I actually enjoyed the scent more as the day wore on.

I think this is a good scent with excellent performance, but the high out-of-the-gate pricing and polarization of JF will limit it's popularity.

Overall 7.5/10

Just my $0.02.
18th August, 2019

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