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I bought my bottle of Bang Bang by Marc Jacobs in a post Christmas-sale on the Debenhams website, it was included in a gift set along with a stick deodorant and hair and body wash and had a 50% reduction off its price so ended up costing me just £22.00. It's a designer fragrance from one of the fashion industries most recognisable and acclaimed names and although I was familiar with his fragrances for women (Lola and Daisy being two that my ex wife always had in her perfume collection) I had not tried any of his masculine scents.
Its description appealed to me along with the attractively designed bottle so deciding to take a chance on it and adding yet another new fragrance to my already large collection I placed my order and waited a few days for it to arrive. So what do I think?
First things first then, the bottle. As shown in the accompanying picture Bang Bang is contained in a rectangular bottle which has a crumpled appearance, it's blue in colour and looks quite masculine. The screw top lid is easy to remove and my bottle is the 50ml EDT which has a demister nozzle allowing the fragrance to be easily administered as a spray. The bottle is metallic and is nicely finished off and looks good amongst my collection of other colognes and aftershaves, spraying a little of the fragrance onto my neck allowed me to get a first impression of the fragrance and my initial reactions were positive.
Described as a Woody and Fresh fragrance Bang Bang opens with a citrus flourish, I can detect Lemon in its composition which is quite zesty and invigorating but this soon dies down to reveal middle notes of Sandalwood. Its an interesting mix of fragrances that goes into the composition of Bang Bang and whilst it does open with a "bang" the Sandalwood becomes the dominating fragrance which then seems to overtake the citrus opener and calms the overall fragrance down to become a lot deeper. I always seem to be drawn to woody fragrances and whilst I wouldn't say Bang Bang is unique (it is slightly reminiscent of other fragrances in my collection) it does offer a variation on a common theme and for me holds great appeal. There are bottom notes of Musk which support the Sandalwood and in turn this gives it an extra depth and warmth and I do think it's quite a complex scent that manages to combine a fresh start with a deeper base and I do like how the fragrance seems to develop once it has been worn a while.
I wouldn't say the fragrance is particularly long lasting though, I've worn this a few times since purchasing it and unlike other Woody fragrances I own Bang Bang doesn't stay detectable all day. Usually I find that the deeper the scent the more it seems to last but after 5 or 6 hours of wearing this one I no longer notice it on my skin and do think that this lets it down slightly. I wouldn't say that it was a strong fragrance, it's not overpowering and I doubt it would annoy anyone around you should you wear it, there's nothing worse than being in close proximity of someone who is wearing a really strong aftershave or perfume especially in the work place and I do think that Bang Bang would be suitable for daytime wear as it is unlikely to be off-putting to others. For me personally this would be a daytime fragrance rather than a special occasion, going out one although it could easily be worn for a night out should you choose to, at full price it's certainly an upper-end, premium purchase so this could be a night time fragrance for some and I do think that its diverse enough to be used for any occasion.
I think the scent would probably suit any man in his 20's upwards, it's definitely a masculine fragrance rather than a unisex one and I do think you have to have some self confidence to wear Woody scents as they are quite noticeable and can draw attention to the wearer. This wouldn't be suitable for those who like the more subtle fragrances available and it's a warming scent rather than a cool one so perhaps better suited to the Autumnal or Spring months of the year. Bang Bang, launched in 2011 is a variation of Marc Jacob's "Bang" fragrance from 2010 and is said to be a 'refreshing' version of the original scent although I haven't tried the original so can't comment on how much it differs although I suspect that this is probably lighter from what I have read and quite possibly lacks the staying power or longevity of its predecessor.
At around £44.00 for a 50ml bottle it does carry a high price tag and I'm not entirely certain that I would buy it again at full price in all honesty as it does seem expensive to me. The fragrance is nice in itself but lacks the longevity I like in a scent and I don't think it offers anything all that new or different really. I'd still recommend this one to other people though, there's nothing wrong with it and I do like how it smells but it's a little bit overpriced in my opinion and I doubt I'd be in a rush to buy it again once I have finished my bottle. That said it still gets a 3 star rating from me which seems fair basing this on everything mentioned in this review, thanks for reading.
Oh, and the title of this review is in reference to a Cher song, from the moment I saw this fragrance on Debenhams website I had the lyrics "Bang bang, you shot me down" in my head and it's still whirling around in there now which is rather annoying...
Following in the high fashion footsteps of Bang, Marc Jacobs Bang Bang makes a bold impression. Bang Bang is a style king among men, a scent created where design meets high energy. The fresh and vibrant scent resonates with both cool and warm facets, from aromatic greenery to the intensity of woods. Coriander and Cardamom at the opening is married with Clary Sage and Sandalwood, with a touch of Patchouli at the heart. The dry down of sensual Benzoin, Amber and Cashmere Musk makes for a luxurious finish to an resolutely masculine and elegant fragrance.