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Jacques Bogart (1975)

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There are 41 reviews of Bogart by Jacques Bogart.


I bought 8 Bogart fragrances at the same time (for about $180!) and mowed through one per day for two weeks. My nose was pretty inexperienced at the time. Story Blue, Story Green and Silver were immediate hits, Pour Homme, One Man Show and One Man Show Oud Edition grew on me, but "Signature" and Arabian Nights left me a bit cold. I back-shelved Signature and Arabian Nights for almost a year.

Recently the "Signature" has popped up in some threads I have been reading, and I decided that perhaps my maturing nose and maceration warranted giving it another shot. Two chest sprays and one of the arm engulfed me in a somewhat cloying cloud of clove/rose and hairy-chested man scent, which confirmed my earlier impression. (I hate rose, and don't love clove)

But...

I gave it time, and was rewarded nicely. The scent cleaned up and became much dryer, with a scent reminiscent of Paco Rabanne Pour Homme's soapy-ness with a fresh leather/incense accord alongside the lavender barbershop. I would love to say that I know what oakmoss smells like, but I don't, though many other reviews say this is loaded with it. If so, I guess I am a big fan.

This will never be a lady magnet, and probably not a compliment-getter (because the type of guys who would like it would not be the kind of guy who would compliment another man on his cologne). This is a scent designed to be smelled primarily by the wearer, because it is a bit uncompromising. Good outdoors scent for a hike in autumn with the dogs. Maybe for office if you keep to 2 sprays. I think you have to be at least 40 to pull this off, but if you click with it, it is a major keeper at $22 for 100 ml.


Another solid classic from the J Bogart fragrance house. A very well crafted classic spicy leather scent perfect for wearing in the formal setting. If you liked One Man Show or Puig Quorum (or even Chanel Pour Monsieur!)you're going to love this juice as it shares a lot with the two aforementioned classic masculine bad boys!
John Wayne in W S Liberty Valance comes to mind.

Scent: 8/10
Quality 8/10
Performance 6/10
(Based on 2011 bottle/batch )


I spray this, close my eyes, and see myself walking through a deep dark forest where bad shit might happen. A bit of a rosemary bomb, but I enjoy its smooth leather quite a bit. It's One Man Show's more mature, no-nonsense brother who came back from Vietnam with PTSD.

Warning: don't use on hot Summer days or you'll choke out the neighborhood.

Masculinity Level: James Woods as the high class hitman in Best Seller.


Powerhouse masterpiece. There is nothing sporty, aquatic, sweet or unisex about vintage Bogart. Leather, moss and greens. Through and through. Old school but new school at the same time. It is a wonderful masculine outdoorsy fragrance: a walk in a fragrance forest. From my perspective, Bogart is neither pretentious nor pretender. It is not a Drakker Noir, nor an Aramis. Yes it shares their DNA of being a powerhouse; a uniquely made powerhouse all onto itself. Nothing very realistic but it doesn't scream synthetic. This fragrance reminds me Vita Corleone, the mafia boss, intrigued and enigmatic but at the same time hard and fearless.

When you first pop the top with Bogart you're hit with a super strong odour guaranteed to take you back in time. There are no subtle careful blends here just an in your face typhoon of a dark green, bitter, earthy blast of herbs, evergreen notes and soapy freshness. As the day goes on, it dries down to this ultra mossy, leathery tobacco smell. I don't think there is a specific tobacco note in this, but rather the combination of oakmoss and leather create an accord that smells like tobacco. In fact, the woods and leather in it's composition give to this magnificent fragrance the dry chypre base for a strong oakmoss / tobacco finish that only can be smelled in the dry down. Giving the feeling of walking by a forest of wet lands washed by the dew of a cold day. Makes masculinity, maturity and self - confidence, all that a man can be. Totally macho leathery.


TLDR: Very Good (3.65/5). A classy classic fougere.

On my left back-of-hand is this fragrance. On my right is Jacomo di Jacomo. I am trying both tonight to decide which I'll wear tomorrow. I love these old school scents on cooler spring days.

Bogart is elegant. The scent elements are beautifully blended. There is a surprising similarity between Jacomo and Bogart, but whereas the Jacomo is a tightly packed blend of smells where one note is essentially indistinguishable from those around it (the clove excluded, it stands out), Bogart seems to have space between the notes, allowing each of the notes listed in the pyramid above to have a moment in the spotlight and perform to maximum effect. The overall composition is elegant. this fragrance is like a well dressed gentleman who knows that if his suit and tie are of sufficient quality and well coordinated, adding an aggressively patterned shirt is usually just too much. So many of Bogart's competitors are a bit overwhelming and as such they lack the class of this fragrance. The aforementioned Jacomo, like so many other scents of the era, is like a guy with a nice stripped suit and a well chosen patterned tie who just cannot resist adding a checked shirt to the ensemble. If perfectly executed (and Jacomo comes very close to pulling it off), this strategy can be great, but more often, it all comes off as a bit of a mess.

Perhaps it is because Bogart chose tasteful restraint in formulating this scent that it still works so well today.

I think the notes and performance of this scent are well described in other reviews here, So I will not repeat them in this post. I will just mention that at the prices at which this scent is sold, it is a great blind buy for those who appreciate a classy classic fragrance.

For those of you who didn't follow what I was talking about when discussing pulling together an elegant business outfit, or who think that Adidas make the best business attire, this fragrance most likely isn't for you.

I think I will wear Bogart Eau de Toilet Pour Homme tomorrow. I want to smell elegant.


This one will make you stand straight lads. Stark, dry and direct. In effect a melding of two genres indeed, more immediately a bracing leather green chypre a la Bandit and Cabochard soon melding into an aromatic fougere particularly Paco Rabanne's take on it. The composition is very successfull if raw and uncompromising.
It most likely won't become a favorite of mine as I usually like composition displaying a bit more "pillowness" but I'm glad to have it and wear it with pleasure and it far from breaks the bank.

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I get a mixture of oakmoss and soapy lavender base to this...reminds me of Paco Rabanne PH...that Irish Spring Original soap comparison. This comparison though in Bogart's formula has a dark and bitter tinge added of rosemary and a lot of old leather flowing through this fragrance. Bogart yields a cloudy overcast day through it's seriousness but it let's a little sunshine in with refreshing hints of lemon.This is clean,serious,very green,and highly masculine like Quorum.


Does Bogart smell like Quorum?

Both share the same sophisticated impression so they are similar... but you can tell them apart. Quorum filters pine through it's lavender and goes the light splash of grapefruit for it's fresh take. Bogart of course filters oakmoss through it's lavender and uses lemon. Quorum has tobacco and patchouli to offer...Bogart is more leathery and focused on accenting it's mossy side with rosemary.Bogart is a little dry...Quorum is more moist to the nose.Quorum was definitely influenced by Bogart though...no mistaking that. Can't say which one I like more because they're both unique enough yet similar in sophistication. Being that there's so few reviews on Bogart(1975) it's obviously less heard of...Quorum fans take note.


Bogart Eau de Toilette pour Homme (1975), or perhaps better known as "Bogart Signature", is the debut fragrance for Jacques Bogart, a brand began in the mid 70's as perhaps France's answer to the Estée Lauder-owned Aramis, in that it was exclusively a fragrance/skincare line for men. The tagline of "Je ne crée que pour l'homme" (I create only for men) was an important part of the marketing on this stuff when it hit shelves in 1975, and the olfactive design behind Bogart Eau de Toilette pour Homme would presage many stiff aromatic green things that entered the market and gained popularity over it in its wake. Maurice Maurin and Lucien Ferrero would double-team on this fragrance, the former who had previously worked on Hermès Amazone (1974) and the latter who was a regular haunt of Lubin. Together, these perfumers would end up launching a brand that has since developed a legacy of high-performance no-nonsense male powerhouse fragrances that sell for a song considering their relative quality, and there ain't nothin' wrong with that.

The basic premise of Bogart "Signature" seems to be taking some inspiration from Paco Rabanne pour Homme (1973) in the way it introduces a soapy aromatic fougère feeling, but the scent doesn't stay long in that lane. A brief bit of lemon, rosemary, and dry lavender recede quickly into a heart of clove, nutmeg, and a bit of soapy orris. Dimetol, which was a popular soapy aromachemical at the time is responsible for some of this, and was not only in the aforementioned Paco Rabanne, but would be in this scent and several future fragrances in this vein. Eventually geranium and a thick layering of oakmoss would take over, (less real oakmoss and more evernyl then eventually all evernyl in subsequent reformulations), while birch tar provides the leather accord, giving Bogart "Signature" a "Russian leather" vibe also popular then. In a nutshell, this is a near-fougère leather chypre that smells like a lot of stuff but doesn't exactly smell like anything. Wear time is about 8 hours and unlike future Bogart scents, this is not a screamer. Best use is as a signature. No, that isn't a joke. Bogart Eau de Toilette pour Homme goes almost all-season except in the most humid summers.

Green, soapy, leathery, mossy, and clean without smelling like shampoo or deodorant, Bogart Eau de Toilette pour Homme was everything a hirsute man of the 70's wanted in a fragrance. No frills, no fuss, and no games does this scent play, so if you were looking to light up a disco or put some sauciness in your step, this wasn't for you. Any number of super-musky or patchouli-heavy fragrances also existed in this era to serve that purpose, and I feel the green and clean uber-masculine vibe of the original Bogart scent was made intentionally familar and functional, to jive with one's Proraso shave cream or bar or Irish Spring, yet also have a distinct trail of its own thanks to the inclusion of birch tar leather, so it didn't smell like a dimestore grooming product 100%. However you slice it, this modest yet uncompromisingly macho opening salvo for Bogart paved the way for louder and more ostentacious displays of virility to come from the house of Jacques Bogart, and those later scents do sometimes unfairly steal the limelight from this one. An absolute treasure in any old-school "men's cologne" collection for sure. Thumbs up


I blind bought it based on some YouTube reviews. I hate it!
It's a synthetic cherry bomb. Cherry is all I can smell.
I found it quite nauseating and I'm surprised so many people like it.


"Is it safe? Is it safe?"

If you feel the ole' skewl IS the best skewl, if you like the twiggy, the non-floral, the no-candy-nonsense of the typical russian leathers (Aramis, Bandit, etc.) then "it's safe, it's very safe, it's so safe you wouldn't believe it."

Go old. Seems readily available and economical so no marathon chases or giving up one's eyeteeth... for the blind buy.


One of the great quality fragrances of the 70's that has stood the test of time. I only got turned on to the Bogart house a few years ago, but absolutely love wearing their affordable masculine classics. While I never tried any of their original juice, the current formulations are excellent. Bogart is a leather fougere with a dash of warm spice and a light floral dancing through the background. It amazes me that Bogart fragrances sell for only about $20 in the US. Put a modern name on this and it's selling for $100. Blind buy it, you'll be glad you did.


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I always considered Aramis to be the torch bearer of good quality affordable fragrances that are reformulated well.
I think Bogart is right there with Aramis with even better affordability.

This one starts like Gray Flannel. That is its only fault. Then after a minute it starts developing and keeps getting better. The spices come in and then the leather.
This is very similar to vintage Z-14. And better than current Z-14.

I would love to try the vintage version of it.

Again at less than $20/90ml, it should be a fragrance crime to not buy.




A powerful scent indeed. The Initial spray smells similar to Aura for Men by Jacomo (which I do not like). Bogart for men fills the air with just one spray.. It has a cheapish smell that is on the verge of being headache inducing. After roughly 10 minutes it settles down into a smooth scent (constructed much better than Aura for sure) with a great leather accord. I would say it is very close on dry down to the original Polo (but no where near as Awesome). My rating is neutral for now but I plan on possibly adjusting based on my next few experiences with Bogart.


One of the best ever from the great little house of Bogart. Even though it was released a while back, this spicy masculine fragrance themed around a smooth leather is still relevant. I get an incredible blend of lavender, herbs and leather with hints of citrus and perhaps rose. Great for daytime wear, and is perfect for both work and casual weekends. Projects well and lasts a reasonable amount of time on my skin.

If this was some 2015 niche release, it would be selling like hot cakes at 100 bucks per bottle. But life is much better: it is surprisingly inexpensive.

A great, great fragrance.


Remarkable old school bouquet packed with leather and macho vigor. Redolent of Denim by Faberge but with extra fortitude. The aura is in-between a lowrider biker and a conservative in suit and tie - rugged/sophisticated. Dust, amber, leather, slightly floral. This is an evocative work of art which always gets compliments.


One of my all-time favorites, maybe because my father already used it before leaving to his office. Such a wonderful, classic and timeless scent reflecting elegant understatement.
The opening is quite fresh with various citrus notes and herbal ingredients, a little bit like Paco Rabanne Pour Homme, however less "soapy", but pretty soon shows up from the background the rosemary, some clove and geranium, maybe some cinnamon, definitively treemoss and oakmoss and notes of coumarin.
During dry-down it develops into a fantastic leather fragrance, smooth, manly, fortunatelly not a smoky leather, but a nice and new elegant leather with the always present nice and green herbal notes that stay present almost until the end.
Bogart is a very artfully balanced fragrance, not a bit dusty or old fashioned as some may think, taking into account that it was created in the 70's, it really is one of the finest gentlemen classics still around, a timeless masterpiece which I hope will not be discontinued or reformulated.
The bottle is quite ugly, but the content is unique.

9,8 / 10


Masculine fougere with a potent presence that says, "Hey, if you're not diggin' it then who asked you anyway?!" Classic leather, mildly bitter with a dry-drydown that doesn't disappoint.

There's a reason men have been pulling this steadfast rock out of their washroom cabinets for the past 40 years so wear with confidence.

4 stars.


Bogart Man is a good old classic fougère scent, fresh and elegant, a masculine pillar build on lavender, citrus, herbs, oak moss, a subtle leather base and floral notes (probably carnation, rose). The perfect all-year male scent: pleasant, unobtrusive, refined and clean, perfect for all circumstances and situations – from the more relaxed to the more formal ones. The drydown is woodier, darker and more "macho", but it's always refined and restrained enough to keep it discreet and distinguished. Another great example of that kind of simple, versatile and effortless first-class timeless elegance which apparently most brands are not interested in producing anymore.

8/10


Genre: Leather

Today I reviewed both Bogart and Arpège, two fragrances with nothing in common but for the fact that both feel like anachronisms. Bogart starts out smelling like a classically constructed spicy aromatic fougère, very close in style to its near-contemporary Azzaro. It opens on a traditional combination of bergamot and bitter aromatics, with lavender and rosemary especially conspicuous. As the sharp aromatic notes begin to settle down, Bogart rapidly changes its direction, and instead of the huge fougère the topnotes would lead you to expect arrives at a big woody rose resting upon a dry leather chypre base. This structure presages more recent niche brand woody rose fragrances for men, from Czech & Speake No. 88 in the 1980s to this past year's Amouage Lyric Man. Even the blunt and barbaric Black Aoud from Montale is presaged to some degree in Bogart's hard-edged rose, wood, and smoky leather notes.

After these references to prestigious and well thought of fragrances, why do I say Bogart is anachronistic? Partly because it's missing the oudh that's present to one degree or another in No. 88, Lyric Man, and Black Aoud, and which lends each a certain dark exoticism. Whether it's the oudh or not, there's a whiff of something wild and strange in all these others, while Bogart's cleaner wood and roses smell more conventional, staid, and even nostalgic. In combination with the patently 1970s fougère opening, this buttoned-down aspect establishes a mood that's more historic than alive. Although Bogart is a fine example of “old school” men's perfumery, with a degree of substance and complexity that I miss in most mainstream contemporary masculines, it wants a certain animation that might make it seem more relevant.


An amazing Bogart fragrance. VERY powerful. I pick up the following notes: Tobacco, cherries, almonds, tonka, incense. Lasts ages and is fantastic value. One of THE best potent men's scents EVER!


So classic and bracing since the dry opening!!! Yes, a solid old style leather-fougere. The lavender/lemon/rosemary/geranium-opening is sharp, herbal, barbershop, slightly aldehydic and angular, a "spectrum" about the fresh "toiletries" style in a left back 70's age of uncompromisingly conservative and discreet class. Several dry woodsy spices come out in a while providing hints of abstinent mildness as a support for the floral subtle spark (hints of rose yet??). In a few time a resinous mossy and leathery dry down gets emerging (more than vaguely reminiscence about the mossy/animalic One Man Show's final outcome) affording stableness and woodsy dept with a stout leather presence till the end of the trip. I detect some nuances about Arrogance Pour Homme classic. The leather is deep, (evocative about some old style woody/leathery house interiors) dry and woodsy by pine resins, birch and aromatic herbs (like it would be for an ideal leathery classic Polo). The balance is dominant and the discretion uncompromising. What else to add? Good longevity on my skin.


Soft, leathery, fairly long lastingThis is certainly an "oldie, but a goodie." A good go-to daily frag that's pretty un-offensive, but more interesting than a lot of stuff out there. Seems more of a fall/winter scent, to me. Mature. To me the tobacco is the main note here. There are herbs and citrus and some clove going on, but the leather is the key. And it's a good leather, too. Nice and soft. Although not usually my first pick in the morning, this one is certainly one that I feel I "can't go wrong" with. I never regret wearing it. Pretty good deal, too.Pros: Lots of positive complimentsCons: Slightly bitter"


I really wanted to like the, but it just sits there on the skin, humming its one note all day. I don't mind the sweetness, but the powdery dry-down is cloying. Kind of reminds me of a chalky, cherry antacid.


Incredible blend of herbs, floral (I get iris and rose), that mellows to exceptional cloves and leather notes. Truly a masculine gourmand spice scent that's both nostalgic and timely. Nutmeg and clove notes read very well throughout wear. A great daily fragrance, a signature cologne. Only slight shortcoming is the poor longevity...about 5 hours. Still highly recommend!!!

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