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Bogart (1975)
by Jacques Bogart


Bogart information

Year of Launch1975
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 153 votes)

People and companies

HouseJacques Bogart
Parent CompanyBogart Group

About Bogart

Bogart is a masculine fragrance by Jacques Bogart. The scent was launched in 1975

Bogart fragrance notes

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

Reviews of Bogart

This one will make you stand straight lads. Stark, dry and direct. In effect a melding of two genres indeed, to my nose and more immediately a bracing leather green chypre a la Bandit and Cabochard soon melding into an aromatic fougere particularly Paco Rabanne's take on it. The composition is very successfull if raw and uncompromising.
It most likely won't become a favorite of mine as I usually like composition displaying a bit more "pillowness" but I'm glad to have it and wear it with pleasure and it far from breaks the bank.

Pre bar code vintage
16th June, 2020

I get a mixture of oakmoss and soapy lavender base to this...reminds me of Paco Rabanne PH...that Irish Spring Original soap comparison. This comparison though in Bogart's formula has a dark and bitter tinge added of rosemary and a lot of old leather flowing through this fragrance. Bogart yields a cloudy overcast day through it's seriousness but it let's a little sunshine in with refreshing hints of lemon.This is clean,serious,very green,and highly masculine like Quorum.

Does Bogart smell like Quorum?

Both share the same sophisticated impression so they are similar... but you can tell them apart. Quorum filters pine through it's lavender and goes the light splash of grapefruit for it's fresh take. Bogart of course filters oakmoss through it's lavender and uses lemon. Quorum has tobacco and patchouli to offer...Bogart is more leathery and focused on accenting it's mossy side with rosemary.Bogart is a little dry...Quorum is more moist to the nose.Quorum was definitely influenced by Bogart mistaking that. Can't say which one I like more because they're both unique enough yet similar in sophistication. Being that there's so few reviews on Bogart(1975) it's obviously less heard of...Quorum fans take note.
31st January, 2019
Bogart seems sadly better known these days as "The Bogart Group", a company that acts like an umbrella holdings firm for multiple other more-recognizable brands like Ted Lapidus, Façonnable, and at once point Balenciaga before they sold it off. However, the actual Jacques Bogart himself is a little bit of an unknown, besides the fact that he started the house that would become such a large scale perfume holding company with the introduction of this little unsung gem from 1975. The Jacques Bogart house overall seems to be Europe's answer to the house of Aramis begun by Estée Lauder in 1965 after the eponymous masculine fragrance. So too was the house of Bogart begun by a fragrance that also caries that house's name right on the bottle. Bogart Eau de Toilette Pour Homme (It's full name) was evidently enough of a success to carry the house forward, until they released the much better-known One Man Show 5 years later. Ah... heard of that one have you? Yes, many of us have walked past the various perfume kiosks in shopping malls and seen that box sitting behind glass, with it's almost laughably chauvinistic name, but this self-titled debut masculine doesn't take such a boisterous route to your nose. One smell of Bogart and you know, this is nothing but pure unadulterated class, which is rare in a decade otherwise surrounded by liquid lumberjacks and bottled bikers. Bogart EdT Pour Homme seems to share some links to the later Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme (1978) as well, as both take a slightly soapy and herbal path to a leather base, except Bogart is much dryer and has greater note separation. Complexity and sophistication is there, but it isn't the main goal with Bogart, and for lack of another term, is just a straightforward, honest, masculine, and subtle leather scent with a drop of mossiness that links it to fore-bearers like Paco Rabanne Pour Homme (1973), but isn't focused on the oakmoss base note.

Bogart opens very briefly with a lemon blossom note that quickly marries to rosemary, establishing the usual crisp herbal countenance not unusual in masculines from this era. Bogart doesn't go for the soapy dry-down like contemporaries such as Paco Rabanne Pour Homme and isn't even really a fougère like Paco or the later Azzaro Pour Homme (1978), but rather plays a "presto-chango" midway after a dalliance with geranium and some spices to become a leather chypre. The level of artistry and blending here is astounding considering how little people know of this or how inexpensive it seems. Bogart's debut masculine does indeed have the creativity one might expect in a modern niche scent, merging top, middle, and bottom notes found in different classes of fragrance into one dynamic display of masterful transitions. The nutmeg and clove that bolster up the barbershop geranium in the heart prepare your nose for the final descent into birch, a sharper breed of oakmoss, and the characteristic Russian leather, making you feel like your fragrance has been swapped out somehow midway while it's on your skin. It's a crisp aromatic chypre with fougère-like construction and a leathery base that makes it feel like a bastard child of the aforementioned Aramis and it's sequel Aramis 900, but without so much rose, but combines what it has in a buttoned-down fashion like Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui (1981) some years down the road. Bogart EdT Pour Homme is a no-brainer for the guy that loves the stately 70's and early 80's aromatics, regardless of genre, and ticks all the boxes for clean-cut top notes, floral centers, and crisp, dry bases. Scents like these were the aquatics of their day, and just like the aquatic, were all done according to a similar formula but executed with subtle differences from designer to designer. Bogart's take on this idea seemed more formal than some others in it's class, and that makes it easier to wear.

I kind of feel like this is an anachronism in the sense of it's construction both being in step and out of step even for it's decade, and that modern perfumers have also toyed with this kind of herbal fougère leather chypre crossover in recent years. Dunhill Edition (1986) has a good deal in common with this, but with all different values on the notes, and even some obscure early 2000's Avon masculines that were identified by that maker as chypres (even if they kinda weren't) carry some of this one's ideas, but parsed out into multiple fragrances rather than all combined into one like this. It's actually no surprise this still exists, as like all timeless unsung fragrances such as Trumper's Eucris (1912), this one gets around by word of mouth alone and fans of this probably get together just to discuss their love of the stuff. Count me among those fans, as now I'm a believer, and anyone looking to get their first taste of high-quality 70's masculine fragrance will be steered towards this little beauty. Recommended for business casual and daytime use due to it's general austerity. This one would hold up well in 3 out of 4 seasons except for the dead heat of summer (but early spring is best), where anything with a heavy herbal treatment or leather note would swelter on skin. Outside of that, this could very much be a daily scent for the guy who prefers a 1975 Mercedes-Benz W116 and an evening drinking martinis over a 1975 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with a 12-pack of Schlitz in the back, since that hombre is probably soaked head to toe in musk. Discretion is the better part of valor with this one fellas, and I'm alright with that. The price of Bogart EdT Pour Homme makes it quite a painless blind buy for those looking to dip their feet in 70's style. Vintage bottles will yield a richer moss and leather experience, but heavier application of modern formulas will achieve almost the same end, so no need to hunt for older stock unless you're just that kind of person. Cheers!
16th February, 2018 (last edited: 10th August, 2018)
I blind bought it based on some YouTube reviews. I hate it!
It's a synthetic cherry bomb. Cherry is all I can smell.
I found it quite nauseating and I'm surprised so many people like it.
14th February, 2018 (last edited: 13th February, 2018)
"Is it safe? Is it safe?"

If you feel the ole' skewl IS the best skewl, if you like the twiggy, the non-floral, the no-candy-nonsense of the typical russian leathers (Aramis, Bandit, etc.) then "it's safe, it's very safe, it's so safe you wouldn't believe it."

Go old. Seems readily available and economical so no marathon chases or giving up one's eyeteeth... for the blind buy.
03rd January, 2018
One of the great quality fragrances of the 70's that has stood the test of time. I only got turned on to the Bogart house a few years ago, but absolutely love wearing their affordable masculine classics. While I never tried any of their original juice, the current formulations are excellent. Bogart is a leather fougere with a dash of warm spice and a light floral dancing through the background. It amazes me that Bogart fragrances sell for only about $20 in the US. Put a modern name on this and it's selling for $100. Blind buy it, you'll be glad you did.
07th December, 2017

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