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  1. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 13: The Greatest Hits, Part 1





    The Greatest Hits, Part 1

    Thereís something to be said for popularity. The most popular scents are destined to be the most influential, simply because more people smell them. Of course, thereís a downside to popularity, mostly the result of derivative schlock copying and trying to cash in on fads without using any real artistic creativity (Bleu de Chanel, anyone?). But there have always been scents for which a perfect storm of smell, marketing, the ...
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  2. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 12: The Chypre's Last Gasp


    Here are a couple more selections for today. As always, please comment with any arguments or suggestions!


    The Chypreís Last Gasp


    Much has been said in critical circles about the death of the chypre in popular mass-market perfumery. Many blame the 1990 IFRA restrictions on the quantity of oakmoss allowable in a perfume (oakmoss being the base of the chypre structure), but I personally believe that the chypre was dying long before any oakmoss restrictions came ...
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  3. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 11: Creed & the Aquatics

    Sorry I took a little time away, but Iím back!

    For those who missed the start of my little project, I was inspired by NowSmellThisís 100 Perfumes Every Perfumista Must Try. I thought it would be fun to do a men's version, or at least list with the reasoning told from a masculine point of view. Iím not pretending to be an expert, just an avid fan and I look forward to seeing as many comments as possible, especially from people who disagree with my picks or have suggestions of their ...
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  4. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 10: Ugliness

    This is going to be a really long post, but I really truly believe that any informed discussion of masculine scents has to acknowledge this really important truism, yet itís very rarely discussed openly. Weíre pretty deep into this crazy experiment, and I think itís time to get a bit of cultural background out of the way. Iím fully aware that Basenotes isnít the correct forum for politics, so Iíll try to keep this historical as opposed to political, but I swear this really is going to tie back ...
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  5. 100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 9: The Seventies

    To be honest, I had always kind of considered the seventies a bit of a lost decade for menís scents. After Aramis opened the doors to the mainstream, fragrance was no longer the realm of educated aficionados Ė leading to the first real dumbing down of perfumery, especially on the masculine side. There were more new scents, but they often smelled similar, leaving, at least to my nose, the 70's as a largely unremarkable haze of Lemon Pledge topnotes and ubiquitous hawthorn-laden drydowns.
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