Ignore the exotic bottle and Middle Eastern label - there is nothing exotic, artsy-fartsy or niche at all about this fragrance. Superman is a true blue powerhouse in every way, a raging 70's styled aromatic fougere big on the "aromatic" side of its personality.
If you like the smell of Jacomo de Jacomo but wish it was stronger, you're going to love this fragrance. The two are really similar. Superman is an extremely dry and spicy fougere that smells like a bar of spiced soap for about an hour or two, reminding me a lot of Open by Roger & Gallet, only a lot spicier.
Over time, the soapiness dissipates, revealing a very gritty and assertive accord of intense spices and dark aromatics like clove, nutmeg, pepper and patchouli. It's an uncompromising, aggressive scent and most amazingly, this is in the drydown! It's this black, dusty, aromatic accord that smells a lot like Jacomo de Jacomo, only much stronger and longer lasting. You'd better love the smell of clove in your perfumes, because the clove in Superman is unrelenting.
Of course, being a perfume oil, Superman has what most perfume oils can deliver, and that's show-stopping power. Last night I put a mere one drop on my wrist and rubbed both wrists together. My wife could smell it on me ten feet away for about an hour, because she kept commenting about how I smelled like Dial soap. For a good five hours more, I could smell Superman projecting like a bat out of hell, without once having to lift my wrist up to my nose. The sillage is amazing, but I can only speak to what one drop is like. I imagine more than one drop on your skin would unleash enough power to use this fragrance as a form of riot control.
So, fans of Jacomo de Jacomo should rejoice with Superman, as it nails that Jacomo smell firmly into serious powerhouse territory. It smells awesome, and even though the Jacomo similarity is obvious, it does blaze its own path. You really don't smell fragrances like this anymore, so Superman should be a boon for all fans of old school power.
MY RATING: 9/10
Fragrance House: Al-Rehab