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One Man Show (1980)
by Jacques Bogart


One Man Show information

Year of Launch1980
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 227 votes)

People and companies

HouseJacques Bogart
PerfumerRoger Pellegrino
Parent CompanyBogart Group

About One Man Show

One Man Show is a masculine fragrance by Jacques Bogart. The scent was launched in 1980 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Roger Pellegrino

One Man Show fragrance notes

Reviews of One Man Show

"One Man Show" (Vintage 1 oz spray / 85% vol) -

Jacques Bogart "One Man Show" already holds a strong position in the cheapie hall of fame so I will not belabor that point.

For reference, if you are a fan of "Bogart Signature (1975)", you will notice the clear progression One Man Show takes just 5 years later to ring in 1980 as the decade of powerhouse men's fragrances.

One Man Show follows the note pyramid to a tee, opening up with with a dry blast of Bergamot, Basil, and Galbanum...transitioning briefly to layer on Rose and Jasmine before closing with Sandalwood, Castoreum, and Cedar. The 85% vintage was never synthetic at all to my nose.

Overall, this one projects serious business. Dry, masculine and in charge at all times! If you are all about wearing frags that do not sit on the fence, One Man Show timelessly fits the bill 100%.

4 stars.
01st November, 2020
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This is a darker take on Quorum. I get a green tobacco leaf vibe--possibly the basil in the top notes--and from there it just goes on being a leathery, woody, spicy animalic scent, right at home among the Polos and Aramises of the day. This strikes me a sober, suited, day-in-court/board meeting sort of scent for times when you want to be manly and in control. I perceive no floral notes although it could be that--like the gardenia in Z-14--they are so well blended that you do not perceive them separately and they are just there to support the other, drier notes. One Man Show is very strong, like most of this house's offerings and certainly falls into the powerhouse category. It also reminds me a bit of Ferre for Man but without the sunny, Italian warmth which makes that scent so special. This man may be running the show but do not expect too much fun at the company Christmas party and there will be no gossiping tolerated at the water cooler.
08th July, 2020
This honestly smells like Raid Roach Killer, with a little bit on cinnamon on top. It's not good, not the current formulation. Grateful that I only have a 1 oz bottle of it.
07th March, 2020
On my skin this is the longest lasting fragrance I have ever owned.

The only small problem is that from start too finish it smells exactly like Toilet Duck.

It opens with a powerful pine scent and never matures beyond that.

I have worn it three times with the same result.

I cannot imagine what to do with the rest of the bottle apart from use it as a bathroom air freshener.

Very disappointing.
23rd February, 2020
One Man Show must be one of the most audacious names for a masculine fragrance I have ever seen, to the point of initially staying away from it when I first saw the stuff in mall perfume kiosks. I assumed it sold to that narcissistic set of guys that believe in the "Three F's" and no, I won't spell out what they are, but when it and it's house of Jacques Bogart kept coming up in recommendations from fellow basenotes users, I decided to let my gaurd down to try it. Unsurprisingly, this is a loud "typical 80's" aromatic chypre of the "powerhouse" sub-genre, but unlike it's name, isn't quite so brash to actually wear. Those who have worn the previous Bogart by Jacques Bogart (1975) will instantly understand this as a progression on that theme. Perfumer Roger Pellegrino took the biker-meets-boardroom appeal of that debut masculine and cut away all safety restraints, bolstering the top notes and cutting out the leather. I'm not saying this is a flanker, but just a continuation of a dry, aromatic theme in a more boisterous and noticeable direction. In some ways this is a less-floral macho man take on Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme (1978), and in others, a prototype for Chanel Antaeus (1981).

One Man Show opens with bergamot, basil, stiff galbanum, and rosewood, which outside the last one is a pretty grassy, male-centric arrangement. The heart of jasmine and rose is the only real counterpoint to that masculinity, and when the virile base kicks in with a loud woosh, you'll instantly know if you over-applied because all eyes will be on you as it dries down. Castoreum, labdanum, both cedar and sandalwood, plus a dollop of amber touch off the experience. There is surprisingly no oakmoss listed by Bogart, but unless I've lost all sense of smell, I swear some is there. One Man Show sits squarely between Aramis Devin (1978) with it's galbanum overload, and the endless castoreum-fueled forest romp of Quorom by Antonio Puig (1982). There is a slight skank to the opening too, so fans of Kouros (1981) and Lapidus Pour Homme (1987) will appreciate the lack of subtlety here, while users of the more dapper Dunhill Edition (1984) will find redemption in the interplay of cedar and sandalwood base notes. Do bear in mind vintage is a total castoreum bomb while newer batches feel more coniferous and bitter green without all the leathery musk. If you test only newer, your experience may vary wildly from what others are saying, although if you hate animalics, avoid vintage.

One Man Show is a proper powerhouse that delivers on all fronts for the man still wishing to make this kind of aggressive statement in the 21st century, although more moderate guys might relegate this to the history books because unlike other early 80's classics such as Oscar de la Renta Pour Lui (1981), this one has "no chill" and eschews balance in favor of projection and longevity. It sits confident and uncaring if you approve or not, but despite that stance, has spawned a half-dozen flankers and still surprisingly does sell. It's certainly no fumigator like Joop! Homme (1989), but if you wear One Man Show anywhere except outside on a cold winter day, people WILL notice you, and just like the title of the juice, you will indeed become your own "One Man Show" as they run trying to escape your sillage. Recommended use is obviously cold months, but this really has no context that suits it best outside a vintage 80's nightclub or a brisk walk in February, on the waterfront. You'll be the only out there anyway, so what does it matter? I love scents that encapsulate a period or personality, so I give it 4 stars, but I also realize this is for the serious enthusiasts only nowadays, which suits me fine because if it was popular I'd choke on it. Thumbs up.
20th February, 2018 (last edited: 09th July, 2020)
Bogart's One Man Show has a reputation preceding it, of its hyper masculine demeanour, and being able to clear rooms on account of its strength. While all of this is rather exaggerated, there is indeed an element of truth. I find One Man Show to be dry, sharp and even aggressive at times. It opens with a sharp accord of citrus, basil and galbanum; very soon the leathery attribute announces its presence, and this feature is similar to leathers such as Versace L'Homme and Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme. There's an astringency in One Man Show, and this persists throughout the mid phase where the herbal elements persist, there is an added note of incense, and any floral element is barely discernible. In the base I register some mossy woods and labdanum. Duration is excellent and sillage is good based on a moderate application.

Unlike the excellent leather of Bogart (Signature / Classic, 1975), One Man Show reveals a few cracks that prevent me from having an overall favourable impression. It seems a little unbalanced in its 'masculine powerhouse' style, with the emphasis being on masculine; there is no contrasting note or accord to complement the assertive leather and the woods. While certain tastes will no doubt appreciate One Man Show, personally it seems to carry too much baggage of the 80s' excesses - in the wrong ways; additionally, it lacks in sophistication and can be perceived to be crude, and its style appears somewhat dated as I write this review in 2018, if not largely irrelevant.


(Note: Review is based on a bottle from around 2011.)
31st January, 2018

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