The Man is another knockoff fragrance by Al-Rehab, and this time they're knocking off One Man Show. It's good, and in fact, I like The Man even better than One Man Show.
The Man does a good job of capturing the intense spiciness
and woodiness of One Man Show, and therefore its overall feel, but it's even
drier and woodier than the original. The
incense is very strong, and in fact, if you apply this liberally, it smells a
lot like Balenciaga Pour Homme, with its strong, churchy incense note. It has macho-level patchouli. The only thing I miss with The Man, but was such
an enjoyable ingredient in One Man Show, is the green basil note; whereas One Man Show was strongly herbal (I like that), The Man is mostly
about woody notes. Fortunately The Man
doesn't smell like it uses any of that horrific synthetic cedar oil I seem to detect in half
of the men's fragrances released during the past ten years; if it's in there, it's buried, thank goodness.
Though I normally prefer herbal-dominant fragrances over
woody ones, I prefer The Man to One Man Show because it has a better sense of
balance than OMS. When I first spray on
OMS, I feel like it needs time for the scent to come together; its aerosol-like
opening blast is jarring and borderline irritating. With The Man, everything jells immediately.
Strength-wise, The Man is right on par with One Man Show: it's
strong, but it's not going to kill you.
Sillage is moderate, but its longevity is in the 12-hour realm, which is
great. Therefore, don't expect The Man
to provide you with an atomic bomb version of One Man Show - you're basically
getting a woodier, more incense-laden version of One Man Show with The Man,
which is perfectly fine by me.
Overall, The Man is a worthy purchase, even if you already
own One Man Show. It's less caustic and
piercing than One Man Show, and therefore better balanced than it, yet it
maintains OMS' swagger.
MY RATING: 8/10