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Jacomo de Jacomo Original (1980)
by Jacomo


Jacomo de Jacomo Original information

Year of Launch1980
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 214 votes)

People and companies

Parent CompanySarbec
Parent Company at launchMartell

About Jacomo de Jacomo Original

Jacomo de Jacomo Original is a masculine fragrance by Jacomo. The scent was launched in 1980

Jacomo de Jacomo Original fragrance notes

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Reviews of Jacomo de Jacomo Original

Surrounded by a sea of insecure, hostile candyland niche frags, reeking of jelly donuts and vanilla candles, Jacomo de Jacomo stands alone on the hill raising his fist high and proud. Zero sweetness, 100% black awesomeness.

Jacomo doesn't need your attention, he demands it.

4.5 stars.
17th September, 2020
I read great things about Jacomo de Jacomo and since it was very cheap I almost bought a bottle blind. Luckily I found a sample. Man, would that have been a blind buy I would've regret.

JdJ might be well blended and have decent performance. But I will boil it down to two questions for me that makes it clear on this one. Does it smell good? Is it easy to wear? No and no. I did most of my wearings when alone in the house because this did not smell pleasant. Dated, sure, but more bad smelling. It has a big clove note which I think is hard to pull off in a fragrance that is not supposed to smell like old times. It do has something that reminds me of smoke which together with the spiciness is embracing some sort of 70's mossy men's fragrance.

When my wife came home from a travel I had just visited some older relatives. She told me she could smell it on my clothes that I've been there. It turned out I tried JdJ in the morning so it was the perfume that smelled like it does in an old house for her.

This is a pass for me.
07th October, 2019
This is a nice vintage fragrance with a clove note. The fragrances released around this time, 1980, are some of the best, and this fits into that category.
15th May, 2019
One of those fragrances that so wholly belongs to a past era that it now feels bracingly new. Jacomo de Jacomo is intensely, almost thrillingly masculine. A background aura of sandalwood anchors what is a very dry, spicy fragrance; it's smooth with a hint of burn, bringing to mind a smoldering clove cigarette.

After a good four or five hours of wear, it's as though the fire has gone out you've only got the mellow aftershocks, and you get a gentle drydown similar to that other early 80s masculine classic, Santos de Cartier.
08th March, 2019
I wouldn't refer to this as a tobacco fragrance. More like a clever manipulation of clove and sandalwood to achieve such an effect. Jacomo De Jacomo Original does smell good though.

I get a very creamy of base of vanilla and slightly floral of lavender. Black polished leather is in the blend and comes off as tire rubber. A lot of sandalwood and clove adds weight to this as a pseudo tobacco and spicy vibe. Hints of patchouli in the finish.

Jacomo De Jacomo Original is a good one if you like vanilla fragrances, but it's not quite powerhouse. This comes off strong initially then quickly goes low-key for 6 hours.

05th May, 2018 (last edited: 01st September, 2020)
Jacomo de Jacomo is the house's follow-up to the debut masculine Eau Cendrée (1974), and has a similarly geometric bottle that in recent years was augmented with a Zippo-like flip-top lid. I often say that many of these darker moss-heavy 80's powerhouses have lineage from Eucris by Geo F Trumper (1912), and never more is it apparent than here. Jacomo seeks to "out-gloom" that venerable Mary Shelley novel-in-a-bottle by being even smokier, dustier, and drier. If One Man Show by Jacques Bogart is the Led Zeppelin of powerhouses with it's bombast, then Jacomo de Jacomo is easily Black Sabbath, with sinister distorted tritone guitar riffs. I do believe this is the one that probably started that whole train of thought, taking the steep oakmoss of Ralph Lauren Polo (1978) and marrying it with the Gothic construction of Eucris, and adding a Prohibition-era jazz room feeling with the smoke. It's all delightfully heavy metal, and the perfect scent for a man so inclined to such an emotionally bleak and serious aesthetic. It's surprisingly not harsh, aggressive, or commanding like some things to follow, just brooding, moody, and humorless like that kid dressed all in black that sat in the back of class. Something this morbid could have been marketed in Hot Topic to the Mall Goths of the late 90's, but fortunately Jacomo didn't stoop to that level of desperation. Fans of mossy fragrances will instantly love Jacomo de Jacomo, and anyone looking for something with vetiver-like qualities but even more intense will also fall in love. There's not even a lick of friendly or approachable here, but neither will this offend. Christian Mathieu was the nose for this, and would stay on with Jacomo throughout the 80's. It really felt like this was a continuation of concept from Eau Cendreé, just dialed in darker, starker, drier, and more severe, with melancholy replacing the swagger of that earlier scent. Fascinating, and irresistible in it's single-mindedness this is.

Jacomo de Jacomo opens with grassy galbanum (but not a ton), lavender, cardamom, and vetiver which gives it that beautiful smoke. The smoke is very close to the deliberate "ashen" vibe of Eau Cendreé, but without the burly swirl of bay rum-like spice that made the previous Jacomo masculine such a macho affair. Surprisingly there's no bergamot here, but that would make the opening too bright for the desired effect of the composition. The barbershop staple geranium are joined by clove and cumin, one adding that familiar bay rum masculinity to keep this on track, the other giving Jacomo de Jacomo the dirty "nether region" smell popular in the hyper-male fragrances of the time. The transition then eases into rosewood, which is the only wood present, and the only patch of illumination here. Patchouli, coumarin, and heaps of oakmoss are all you get in the bottom of this headbanger's ball, and the whole thing wears like an episode of Dark Shadows with a Blue Oyster Cult soundtrack. Smoke in the beginning, spice in the middle, wood, patchouli and moss at the end, with the lavender, geranium, and coumarin seemingly only added so it qualifies as a fougère, but not making their presence readily felt like in most things they're usually a part of from this genre. Performance is obviously good, sillage is steady but not overt, and longevity can be adjusted by where and how much you apply. Do be careful if you have the Zippo lid bottle, as it pops open easily. Vintage is an easier removable cap but rarely comes in splash, so you'll likely have to decant if you want to control it's power by spraying.

This must have been a real shocker in 1980, and undoubtedly made enough waves to actually cement Jacomo's name in the masculine market, as everyone talks about this but never it's predecessor nor many of the also-quality male scents that followed. Jacomo de Jacomo is less-amicable in tone than every other masculine they've made before or since, plus would see the smoke it possesses carried over to Anthracite Pour Homme (1991), the third of what must have been an unofficial masculine triptych. Jacomo overall has the same issue as Jacques Bogart or Van Cleef & Arpels: they live in the shadow of the sometimes over-hyped major design houses which get all the praise and attention. Indeed, like a one-hit-wonder band, Jacomo only really gets mentioned by guys for "that one scent" they make; Jacomo de Jacomo is that one scent. A vanguard of the powerhouse era which is anything but typical for it's decade, and one that must be tried if not owned, Jacomo de Jacomo has no real equal, although of peculiar interest is the fact that the "nautical" Avon Windjammer (1968) semi-presaged this with a similar but less-intense dry down. It's Johnny Cash presentation and smell that reminds me of an old 1920's speakeasy from a black and white noir film isn't really for everyone and is a hard sell in any modern context, but most suited to fall, winter, and maybe early spring. Is it a masterpiece? Maybe. I wouldn't say it's the one to own over all others from the genre if only because of how narrowly-defined it is. Jacomo de Jacomo definitely gets bonus credit for being a presage to nearly an entire decade of male perfumery, and it was successful enough to spawn a litter of flankers. Hello darkness my old friend, I've come to talk with you again!! Thumbs Up!
06th March, 2018 (last edited: 07th July, 2020)

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