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.

2 comments:

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

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  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.

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