Sunday, July 31, 2011
DNA for Men by Bijan ( original formula 1993 )
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.