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    http://www.perfumania.com/shop/mens/...ray_665.1.html
    Lets talked about it: Bijan.
    There is a famous latin singer that wears it. I happen to like his music and once shook hands with him.I remember that smell for weeks, it was "clean" like soap in light blue color, it smelled so nice, tamed filled with class, it smelled expensive and unique. I could never figured out what it was, it really drove me nuts for sometime because.. well having 100 plus fragrances and having smelled hundreds I could identify it.

    To make the story short a few days ago I met someone that tours with the singer in question and it has been doing so for more than a decade. After a couple of drinks I asked the question at him and he said "sure he only wears BIJAN FOR MEN" he even draw the bottle shape in a paper. I could not believe it. Bijan? WTF! it cost close to nothing and its supposed to smell like an atomic bomb from the 80s.

    Can Bijan for man morph into something clean /soapy and sophisticated???
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    Nope in my experience. You're right it is(was) an atomic bomb of stinkage.
    I saw that!!

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    I love the vintage original formula. The original is a super-potent clean soapy concoction, with a nice leathery base that presents earlier in the compositions development. A super powerhouse for sure, and absolutely amazing smelling when worn in moderation (I am happy my vintage is a splash bottle since the potency level is so high one can use just a couple small dabs to get the job done).

    As an aside, I would be cautious of the current stuff, as there is definitely a considerable amount of oakmoss in the vintage juice... too much for the regs of today for sure.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
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    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

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    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
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    I'm glad that famous personal of whom you speak likes it because I personally never have.
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    I found it nothing more than a smokey stinkbomb. Didn't even come close to morphing into anything nice.
    But it did have excellent longevity.

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    maybe you did not smell his cologne !!
    but instead got a whiff of his deodorant ...........................
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    I found that the sandalwood note in the vintage did a good job preventing it from getting cloying, but it has to be handled more like a pure parfum than and EdT. If you use it correctly, I don't see how it should be regarded as some sort of abomination, especially if you like scents such as Zino and Heritage, but again, I'd only go for vintage.

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    what is similar out there that I compare it with ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Basteri View Post
    what is similar out there that I compare it with ?
    The vintage stuff is pretty unique, IMO. It has elements of various 80s powerhouses but nothing that I can put my finger on as really similar.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

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    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    I own a bottle of the current stuff. I don't get anything soapy out of it. This formulation is similar but not quite identical to the current formulation of Versace L'Homme (at least to my nose). I like it, but it's definitely not for everybody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basteri View Post
    ... it cost close to nothing and its supposed to smell like an atomic bomb from the 80s.

    Can Bijan for man morph into something clean /soapy and sophisticated???

    IMO, maybe. Several years back an acquaintance of mine wore this and I have to admit the first time I smelled it on him I though it was incredible. It was definitely a powerhouse but it had a nice spice to it and did come across as sophisticated when he wore it. He's an affluent guy, dresses well, is confident, etc. I asked his wife what fragrance he was wearing and was bit shocked when she said Bijan for Men because I had seen it at Ross and knew it was a cheapie!

    I ended buying a bottle at Ross and I hated it when I wore it, and my girlfriend at the time hated it, too, so I ended up swapping it with a fellow BNer. It just smelled extremely dated when I wore it, but that was not the impression I had when smelling it on someone else. It's insanely potent, and from the reviews I've read, the current formulation and the vintage aren't really that different. So, for the price, it's an easy one to justify purchasing but don't be surprised if how you experience this fragrance on someone else versus yourself doesn't align. Clean and soapy aren't really terms I would use to describe this fragrance, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basteri View Post
    Can Bijan for man morph into something clean /soapy and sophisticated???

    It is soapy and sophisticated right out of the gate! Later on it get's a bit more powdery and the soapy aspects fade out. Because it really is very potent, it can be a bit headache inducing if overdosed. Only the vintage stuff is recommended, reformulations smell like a cheap knock off.
    Last edited by Nasenmann; 17th September 2014 at 08:59 AM.
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    Default Re: Bijan for man

    thanks all for your input, I remember a well spoken fragrance evoking for some reason a light blue color in my mind with a clean cut and soapy vibe and a sublet incense touch.
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    In vintage form, it's very busy - a whole lot of notes moving around.




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