Tuesday, December 13, 2011

One Man Show Gold Edition

This fragrance wears like a hammer to the face.  This is totally brutal.  I thought Bogart Pour Homme was strong, but next to One Man Show Gold, it smells merely warm and pleasant.  Any more than three sprays of this deadly juice and you'll take out an entire conference room.  Co-workers will cower under their desks when you walk by.

It took some serious huevos for Bogart to release this.  Like other macho man fragrances like Quorum and Lapidus Pour Homme, this is so at odds with anything that is considered stylish these days.  It's loud and boisterous, and totally a throwback to the power scents of the 70s and 80s.  Plus, macho scents haven't been popular since the 80s anyway.  Bogart had to know that they weren't on to a big seller here, so I commend them for releasing a fragrance as testicular as this.

Not only is One Man Show Gold a true powerhouse, but I can't imagine anyone but fans of power fragrances even liking this.  It wears like a big purple cloud of haze all around you, sort of like Sung Homme.  It's heavy and sweet, but not sugary sweet, and it's got this dirty, skanky musk smell pervading everything.  It's got a kind of soiled underpants smell that, combined with a dry soapiness characteristic of 70s-style powerhouses like Brut, cut through the sweetness, resulting in a demolition derby of scent.  There's a lot going on in this fragrance.

Fans of strong fragrances can rejoice with this release.  It throws off some nice power, and it smells great.  It will sit very comfortably on my bureau next to my bottles of Quorum, Salvador Dali Pour Homme and Kouros.

MY RATING:  8/10

Fragrance House:  Jacques Bogart

13 comments:

  1. Could you provide some idea of other fragrances it is similar to? According to Fragrantica, these are the notes: "mandarin and apples, enriched with violet flowers and orange blossom in top notes. A heart encompasses characteristic nuances of aromatic lavender and geranium spiced with cinnamon and cloves providing power and tart note. A base intertwines warm and pleasant woody accords, labdanum, ambergris and musk."

    And from other reviews, I'm wondering whether it is like Jacomo de Jacomo (which is fairly simple but has decent note separation) or one of those dense "masculine" orientals like Opium Pour Homme or Cadillac (which might start out with a "fresh" top). Thanks.

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  2. Hi Bigsly. I don't smell similarities to any of those. Those smell light and weak compared to this. I can't say that Gold has a lot of note separation; it's well blended and is more of a heavy, brutal morass of smells. You can smell some fruitiness in it, but not the individual fruits. Or maybe it's just my inability to distinguish notes. To me, this smells like Kouros, Sung Homme and Paco Rabanne all blended into one.

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  3. OMS Gold to me links Kouros, Boss #1, and Lapidus all together for me. What I mean by that is people compare those three to each other sometimes, and when I smelled OMS Gold those comparisons were all of a sudden valid in my mind for some reason. I would say OMS Gold is most similar to Lapidus PH by my nose, but at the same time it's differnt. OMS Gold has this this fruity note that is great, and it also has some sort of depth to it that makes it seem almost like I can feel it in my nose when I smell it. OMS Gold is awesome, and I like it way better than OMS.

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  4. Though I don't think OMSG smells like Lapidus PH, I do see your point. They're both packed to the roof with heavy notes, and both have a super-dense fruity smell in the opening. In both fragrances, it's really hard to distinguish the individual notes.

    Until I smelled OMSG, I didn't think it was possible for a fragrance to be more powerhouse than Lapidus Pour Homme. OMSG is shockingly powerful, though not significantly more than Lapidus

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  5. "It's got a kind of soiled underpants smell"... Can you further describe this soiled underpants accord? LOL. Sounds like a frag I would like but I'm a little worried about that one line.

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  6. Ha ha! Seriously, I don't know if it's the musk in this or what, but in the drydown, there's this almost urinary smell that underlies the scent. It's a bitter, dirty smell that reminds me of the smell of urine, ergo the "soiled underpants" comment!

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  7. I've heard some people say Boss #1 smells like urine. I've smelled that frag before and I like it. Is this the kind of "urine note" we're talking about here? If it is then it's not that big of a deal.

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  8. Yes, it's similar to the so-called urine note in Boss #1.

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  9. Great fragrance!!! Even more so considering its price. I love this so called "skanky" animalic undertone which sets it apart from other sweet fragrances. It is warmer and more animalic than Lapidus Pour Homme and has a modern touch to it. Not dated at all, just different. Longevity is good, sillage strong during the first one or two hours but in my experience it is nowhere near the monster as it is often described. To me if it's not skanky it's not sexy (on the right kind of person.

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    1. Yes, skanky does equal sexy in perfumes no doubt. I still find this frag a beast from beginning to end.

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  10. Another winner from J.B. Got it today, and I do indeed get a bit of the similarity to Lapidus PH that some speak of. But I definitely like OMSG better. It is heavier, and a more "manly" fruit vibe. I think this one's a keeper.

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  11. Gotta add.. this one is certainly a powerhouse. The box warned me, with the words "highly concentrated." Good stuff. It's got sort of a dark, heavy, fruit and some spice thing going (saw a review somewhere that said apple and clove, which may be pretty close to the mark). Great longevity, and I can see this being one of the few powerhouse frags that women would appreciate, scent-wise.

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