Here are some fragrances I might think of that, to me, smell more like Bourjois Or Masculin than Bel Ami does: 1. Guerlain Chamade, 2. Givenchy III, 3. Diorling, 4. Chanel No. 19, 5. Hermes Amazone. I like those, and I like this.
Cartier Santos might be the closest masculine I can think of.
This smells just like vintage Bel Ami which I also have. I would say about 90% identical to it, maybe just slightly spicier. Same top quality, in fact I could see people liking this slightly more than vintage Bel Ami. It has more of the soft spice over the leather than Bel Ami.
Imagine the smell of a old worn leather sofa with a lot of soft spices on top and you have this fragrance. Wonderful scent which unfortunately is now discontinued though it does pop up on Ebay occasionally.
Another fragrance that had such great potentialI believe Bourjois started life in Paris at the turn of the century,producing makeup products to the Theater profession,before expanding its range,with men's fragrances not making an appearance until the late 70'sI think 'Or' Masculin - or 'Gold' Masculin formed part of a range of 'Masculin' line of products,of which 'Or' is sadly incredibly rare to find - Masculine '2' and other fragrances apparently still turn up,mainly in Poland,but rarely on other sites.I have to concur with one of the other reviewers,having owned original Hermes Bel Ami - this is as good - in some ways slightly better for me,as I do not appear to get the lysol smell,that accompanied Bel Ami once it was several hours into its final stages of drydown.I suspect Bourjois had used very high quality ingredients here.There is a powerful opening,reminds me of Aramis,or something like that,but after an hour,you are rewarded with the most fantastic spicy,woody and amber middle and end - thankfully for me the listing of ingredients states some patchouli - of which I am not a fan at all - but it does not surface sufficiently for me to notice,or be offended - god - how I wish perfumers would not reach for that ingredient every time they try to tame powerful fragrances - much prefer the use of sandalwood myself.Cons are the bottle and packaging look incredibly cheap,which belies the treasure that lies inside this bottle - otherwise,I will look for more and use my 50ml for special occasions.Here is another useful review that convinced me to buy this...http://aromierotici.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/or-masculin-by-bourjois.htmlPros: A surprisingly high quality fragranceCons: No longer in production"
Not much to add to the views below, but I do want to add another strong plus to the pile. This is a real gem that is, unfortunately, now very hard to find. Very lush, dark, woody, spicy and smokey, yet not overwhelming or overbearing. I love wearing it, but it makes me melancholy each time, for the day when it will be gone for good I fear is too fast approaching...