Jaguar For Men doesn't break any new ground, as this is an herbal woody style that has been done many times before in other Eighties fragrances like One Man Show, Basile Uomo, Krizia Uomo and Versace L'Homme. The big opening blast of lemon and grapefruit quickly gives way to a scent that is almost all dry herbs. I smell basil (the dominant note in Jaguar), thyme, sage, mint, rosemary, marjoram, and just about any other herb that could be used to make spaghetti sauce in here. Jaguar For Men literally smells like someone emptied out all the jars of dried herbs in my kitchen, and made them into a fragrance. The dry wood notes make the scent even sharper, and there are good pine notes in the heart which add to the greenness. Jaguar has a bone dry and very green smell, but luckily the herbal notes are not overly done. I also smell a lot of leather and moss in the drydown, which do a nice job of rounding off the entire scent, giving it both earthiness and smoothness. Besides, it wouldn't be an 80s scent without leather and moss, now would it?
Some fragrances, like Basile Uomo and One Man Show, use herbal notes in too heavy-handed a fashion, which result in fragrances that can smell overbearing and off-kilter. Jaguar has an assertive, intense scent that is very masculine, but its excellent sense of balance makes it much more comfortable to wear than many of the other herbal fragrances from its era.
This type of fragrance was popular back in the 70s and early 80s, and isn't really in style anymore. However, that's never stopped me from wearing any fragrance, and it certainly won't stop me from wearing Jaguar For Men. This is strong, gutsy stuff, especially compared to the wimpy offerings you see so often released by designer and niche firms these days.
MY RATING: 9/10