Il Mondi Odore Perfume Reviews

Il Mondi Odore Perfume Reviews

Sunday, July 31, 2011

DNA for Men by Bijan ( original formula 1993 )

My first sample wearing of vintage DNA for Men resulted in the commonplace feeling of " Okay......where have I smelled this before?" feeling.

Regardless of some basenote members who disagreed with me on this, Bijan DNA for Men is B*Men Lite. The listed notes are very different but the end result is very similar to what a Sport version of B*Men would smell like to me. Do a side by side comparison and you will see what I'm referring to.

There's no "Rhubarb" here, but I do not get that note in B*Men either like others claim to. DNA is a leathery, woody- fougere in totality and a lighter wear than the Mugler. The opening is a tart,citric accord with a green slant to it. There's cumin here along with an anise vibe that arrives within a few minutes. The cumin is restrained and simply gives an edginess to the topnotes.

The heart accord continues the masculine direction with geranium, bay, a listed fir note which I don't claim to detect and a deft touch of jasmin. The jasmin is very subtle, but gives an assist here since the scent is on the dry side and in need of a soft, sweet addition. Once the base and drydown commence, DNA becomes a bit more leathery and woody from the implementation of....well.....leather, cedar, patchouli and sandalwood. A soft, balsamic feel joins in as well once moss, amber and oilbanum show up. The drydown is actually very nice and more spatial than B*Men. Where the Mugler is still dense, DNA has a transparency that makes it more versatile in my opinion.

I admit to never wanting to try DNA in the past because of what Bijan did to the original Bijan for Men and its flankers. A very healthy atomizer of the original DNA was sent to me from a generous friend and I'm happy to report that it's good, wearable and bottle worthy. I don't recommend it if you already disdain fragrances like B*Men.

Thumbs up from Aromi for the original formula of DNA by Bijan.


  1. What did Bijan do to the original DNA to make you not want to try it?

  2. Nothing at all. I've only smelled the vintage version of DNA that was sent to me. I was referring to Bijan for Men ( not DNA ) that they reformulated into an unwearable rendition for me.