• Dan Naughton

Bogart Pour Homme (2004)

Updated: Apr 12, 2018

Bogart Pour Homme from the house of Jacques Bogart is a fragrance that sounds profoundly unpromising. Until discovering this excellent scent I had never heard of the company. As far as I can tell they primarily produce fragrances and have swallowed up a few other companies such as Ted Lapidus over the years. Whilst Jacques Bogart sounds like the less charismatic brother of Humphrey, this fragrance is a resounding success.

The nose behind this powerhouse beauty is Maurice Roucel who was responsible for one of the most significant gourmand scents for men, Rochas Man (1999) and also the highly regarded Musc Ravageur (2000) from Frederic Malle.

Bogart Pour Homme can be bought for under £20 online (100ml) and is one of the best performing and most distinctive “cheapie” scents any man could add to his olfactory arsenal.

These are the notes:

Top: Lavender, Bergamot

Mid: Orange Blossom, Lily of the Valley, Rose

Base: Tonka Bean, Patchouli, Musk, Oakmoss, Cedar

The fragrance mixes the musky sweet gourmand meets barbershop theme of JPG Le Male (1995) with the sweet cherry tobacco tones of Mugler’s Amen Pure Havane (2011). Neither cherry nor tobacco are listed as fragrance notes but close your eyes and you can smell them.

The opening blast announces the arrival of this room filling loud mouth of a perfume with a lavender and tonka explosion tempered with supporting players rose, lily of the valley and orange blossom.

The patchouli and musk keep this masculine and steer us away from the bubblegum world of so many 21st Century masculine scents.

The beauty of this Eau de Toilette is the balance between sweetness and masculinity which so few designer fragrances manage with such perfect equilibrium. A sweet cherry tobacco pipe puffing away over a manly patchouli, tonka and cedar wood base. Not exactly modern smelling but by no means a 70s or 80s style scent. This one would perhaps sit most comfortably alongside 90s releases such Versace’s The Dreamer (1996), Dolce and Gabbana's Pour Homme (1994) and the above mentioned Le Male.

It doesn’t change much as you wear it. What you spray is what you get several (in fact many many) hours later.

Bogart’s nose buster could smell ever so slightly dated to some and if we are being picky it does seem rather synthetic. But it is a heavenly sweet masculine intoxicating type of synthetic and the performance is BEAST MODE. Any jacket contaminated with this juice will be a Bogart Pour Homme diffusion device for a couple of months or until it is dry cleaned.

If you’re looking for a powerful sweet yet masculine scent with a Le Male on steroids personality disorder then look no further than Bogart Pour Homme. Suitable for colder weather and nights out and probably not for work. This is a really enjoyable fragrance that I can highly recommend.

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