Bijan for Men fragrance notes

  • Head

    • Bergamot, Rosemary, Lavender
  • Heart

    • Nutmeg, Vetiver, Patchouli, Sandalwood
  • Base

    • Musk, Amber, Oakmoss, Vanilla

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Bijan doesn't care what anyone thinks--even the wearer. Although, it is willing to make people happy if minds are opened and time is allowed. It's mostly a nutty and sweet incense smoke with mossy cinnamon and powdered sugar bomb from the 80s that is oh so Middle-Eastern. The bottle is luxurious, the scent is luxurious, the $350 suggested retail price direct from Bijan is luxurious too... but don't worry, as it can be had with much less money through other retailers.

Longevity and strength is great, though I'd argue it isn't as much of a monster as others might say. You should be able to pull of 3-4 sprays easy.

Is Bijan dated? In 2023, I'd say not really. Not when we have lots of risks being taken and super obscure niche fragrances and heavy-hitting Tom Fords being the poster children of fine taste. Age-wise, I would say 25 and up. Occasion? Everything but super casual t-shirt wearing, and strictly during fall/winter, though this could work in formal occasions during mild spring or summer nights.

I highly recommend this one.
14th January 2023
This new-to-me fragrance is a strong like. It's in my favorite 80s moss-leather neighborhood, leaning spicy leather. I have a vintage mini-bottle and am considering a fullsize of the current version based on others citing similarity and its low price.
20th February 2022

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Bijan Pakzad immigrated from Iran, eventually opening his own boutique in Beverly Hills. The men's and women's fragrance that bear his name originally came in unique, circular bottles that won a FiFi award for best packaging and examples are on display at the Smithsonian. Current formulations now come in a different 'b' shaped bottle.

Bijan for Men supposedly has some fans of stature, namely George Lucas, Bill Clinton, and Jack Nicholson. Luckily this came out in 1981, so after Stanley Kubrick's movie masterpiece, The Shining (sorry Steven King, truth is truth). The thought of Nicholson as Jack Torrance wafting this warm classic amongst the halls of the Overlook Hotel while terrorizing his family and hacking up the late great Scatman Crothers...

Per it's era, Bijan for Men has a loud opening where the bergamot, lavender, and rosemary jump out. Thereafter it settles in where the patchouli, nutmeg, vetiver and sandalwood blend well with the base of musk, amber and vanilla to create this 'golden glow' that leans towards 'classic' rather than 'dated'. To be clear most people would smell this and guess "1980s". I don't think this is a warm weather scent, but it does speak well for itself as a quality formal scent, although likely better for a more mature person. It isn't a monster but it definitely is representative of it's era in regards to strength and longevity so be mindful. It is not 'youthful' smelling at all.

As far as office wear goes, I think the strength of Bijan deserves a warning about over applying, and a recommendation to 'read the room' before choosing this. This is a pleasant and surprisingly inexpensive classic. For those who enjoy discovering and experiencing the classics Bijan is a worthy add. Thumbs up.
11th June 2021
What a pleasent surprise, it's a bit like a golden version of Creed's bois de Portugal, 80's power house in nature but never gets too harsh or heavy handed, notes list reads like an A-Z but what I'm left with is a sort of dusty citrus lavender combo with a golden feel enveloping everything, great projection and it really lasts all day.
3rd March 2021
I got a bottle for next to nothing as part of an effort to re-acquire the scents I used as a teenager (Pierre Cardin Pur Homme, Drakkar Noir, Polo Green, Kouros & Aramis) to see what they had become post-IFRA. For the price, this one is amazing. A complex, spicy opening followed by a gradual progression to a faintly musky leather in the final stages. It is certainly not in keeping with current trends and that is why I like it so much. Quite wearable. I do not think there is a better value proposition in men's scents today with the possible exception of Fred Hayman's original 273, which is also good and readily available from discounters for less than $10 as I type this review.
10th December 2020
Bavard has a very interesting and helpful thread on the vintages and how to distinguish them. I live in the UK and extremely difficult to locate vintage bottles. Apart from the ingredients list, the reference number on the bottom of the box, I'm not referring to the batch code, But the reference number if it's in the 100's will be as vintage as you Will ever need . Also look out for the bottles that say cologne on the back,
The vintage juice is absolutely amazing. High quality,Smelling very resinous and spicy. Warmer and more leathery that quorum, less herbal, but just as natural smelling. the original Gianfranco Ferre ,Springs to mind. The transition on the skin is sublime too ., Just make sure you avoid the modern five-star formula, it's only a fraction/shadow of the earlier versions
15th September 2020
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