Open White

Open White by Roger & Gallet
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Open White is a popular perfume by Roger & Gallet for men. The release year is unknown. The scent is spicy-powdery. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesYuzu, Bergamot, Aniseed
Heart Notes Heart NotesFrankincense, Violet
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouli, Iris, Tonka bean

Ratings

Scent

8.1 (41 Ratings)

Longevity

7.5 (38 Ratings)

Sillage

6.8 (38 Ratings)

Bottle

6.3 (38 Ratings)
Submitted by WiseOwl, last update on 22.09.2020.
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Benedikt2019
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Tom Ford's *Fucking Fabulous*?
You know how it is with the Scent Twins, right? You look for them and you want to own them so you don't have to pay a lot of money for the original. But most of the time, you're missing something to get the original. Sometimes, the minimal difference is so serious that one decides against the good value for money and in favour of the expensive original. BUT there is also the case that the Dupe is better than the original! Because sometimes it is the other way round and the original has something disturbing, which the Dupe reduces away. This is the case here. The "Open White" is - in my opinion - a scented twin of the ever popular "Fucking Fabulous" by Tom Ford. However, the "Open White" is better than its expensive brother, which I would like to explain in the following.

The comparison:
Funnily enough, we find only one overlap in the scent pyramid of the two fragrances, namely the tonka bean. That one can be unmistakably smelled in both scents. But it remains to be mentioned that the scent information on Parfumo is not always complete and one has to read the internet. Because unmistakably, both fragrances include the delicate almond note. One gets the impression that one is dealing with a fine almond cream that can be sprayed on. At this point we can already point out the first difference: the Tom Ford quickly drifts off into excessive sweetness, whereas the "Open White" remains soft and creamy. Consequently, it doesn't kill you directly, but preserves understatement and feel-good character, which the Ford quickly loses. The latter becomes more and more sticky and threatens to suffocate the wearer if he dares to overdose. The "Open White" therefore lives up to its name, as it conveys a feeling of purity, a cultivated appearance and a certain openness. There is nothing here that identifies the wearer as a closed personality. However, the fragrance "Anise", which was used in the OW and which I simply can't smell out of my mouth, causes me some difficulties, although other perfumes find it disturbing. Apart from that it can be pointed out that durability and silage of the two fragrances are not quite congruent. While the Ford kills you at the beginning and then becomes skin-tight much too quickly, the OW has a discreet smell, but remains so for at least 5-6 hours. Then it also becomes very close. For the price difference I find the performance actually better, because I smell something of it longer, although other people have to come close to you to smell it as well. The difference in price performance is enormous! The "Open White" costs 30 Euros for 100ml and the Tom Ford costs 10 times as much on Idealo with 322 Euros. Simply incredible! With the difference you can confidently go for the "Open White"!

Final comparison:

Fucking Fabulous =

+ more enormous initial projection (who likes that)
+ more powdery than the OW (not so creamy)
+ beautiful, minimalistic eye-catching flacon

- Price-performance ratio
- Sticky sweetness
- Appears more unbalanced

Open White =

+ creamy
+ 95% similarity of smell (almond note etc.)
+ less sweet
+ Value for money (lowbudget)

-/+ solid durability and solid sillage

- hideous flacon (absolutely no eye-catcher!)
- not easily available
Conclusion: The "Open White" is a solid fragrance twin of the "Fucking Fabulous", which skilfully balances the weaknesses of the Ford (wanted or not!). Especially the very similar scent in less sweet and the price are to be emphasized. With a blind test there is in my opinion a danger of confusion. So if you dare to have this bottle on your shelf, you will have a wonderful Dupe, which will give you a lot of pleasure, especially if you liked the Ford, but did not buy it because it was too expensive
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Between Body Kouros and Au Masculin
It says Open White.

Actually I only wanted to write a statement, but it would have been too long and I would not have been able to express in 140 characters what I experienced with OW.

This fragrance surprised me already very much, I ordered it unsuspectingly blind because I also liked Open with its plain tobacco already very much.

Now for my headline:

Open White starts with; let's say an anise note that makes you think of freshly baked cookies, about what you can smell with Au Masculin in the middle of the fragrance.
Shortly thereafter follows also already something resinous which can come only from the incense. So far so good.

I have a hard time with the base note. If you compare the base notes of Body Kouros and Open White, you will quickly notice that the scents should be very different, but they don't, at least almost not, there are already some differences. Eucalyptus is clearly an ingredient that is missing and also the benzoin is missing here, yet I smell a quite identical Body Kouros with a slight touch of anise in the background. However, Open White still develops a bit differently, the Anisvibe actually remains in the entire fragrance process, and there is a slightly woody note added so that one could almost speak of a mixture of AM and BK
The shelf life is not worse than that of the above-mentioned fragrances and well, Sillage have the three anyway little.

The spray head could have been placed in the middle of the flacon because of me, because the haptics here suffers a bit like with all open flacons, otherwise there's nothing to complain, the atomizer does its job properly!

I'm already looking forward to Open Black which I have to have now, because both of them could convince me for the sake of completeness! and also this one is rated well.

Conclusion: A solid fragrance with a convincing top note and an interesting fragrance progression. So if you like fragrances like Au Masculin and Body Kouros, you should quickly secure a bottle. Unfortunately also this Flanker was already stamped again.

Edit: Recently I was able to test Tom Ford's Fucking Fabulous and I could smell parallel here as well. FF is a track ledriger.

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Carlitos01Carlitos01 24 months ago
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I have been absent minded with R&G perfumes. Open White is just another masterpiece. Highly recomended!

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