It's fun to review the occasional cheapie, and when I heard people comparing Bijan Nude for women with Guerlains' Iris Ganache, I could not help but become super curious.
WOMEN - I can see why people have mentioned Iris Ganache when sniffing Bijan Nude, and it's because both of these perfumes have a BIG OLE VIOLET note that is not listed in them that, for some odd reason, doesn't show up in any pyramids I have seen anywhere online. In fact the violet is so huge in Iris Ganache that I looked at Guerlain's website, as I was certain they'd mention it, but they also did not speak of it. Bizarre because there is far more violet in both of these perfumes than iris. But is this a dupe for Iris Ganache? Hell to the No.
Bijan Nude smells more like Balenciaga, with its tender violets and earthy base. It also smells like Nicolas de Barry's Sissi. Again, violet, violet, violet.
I don't smell any white chocolate in this perfume and smell nothing gourmand about it. I don't even detect vanilla or tonka.
Taking away any and all expectations of the perfume before having sniffed it, for $10 it's quite pleasant. It does have that "nude" sweet, clean flowers, and musky quality about it that typically adds up to a "nude" perfume. Not cloying but soft sillage. I could think of a lot worse for $10.
MEN - I sprayed this on not realizing it was for men, but that being said, for a men's cheapie ($10) it smells pretty darn good on me. It began with intense citrus, and it dried down into a fascinating mossy musk. Definitely musk. I'm surprised there is no mention of oakmoss, so I guess I will say that the woody note smells musty, like if your grandpa built a tree house for you, and you enter it after not having been in it for several years. It smells like damp, rotting wood. So ya, on me this is an oakmossy musk. I get no trace of florals whatsoever, but maybe that's just my woman's chemistry. Longevity is great and sillage is nice and average, which is what I like. I rather like this! I might keep it instead of give it to my brother or a male friend.
The verdict is that both of these are pretty decent cheapies, and both are representative of "nude" perfumes. Personally, I find the men's version to be more in line with my personal taste, but give 'em a try when you have $20 to blow and let me know what you think.