• Fragrance Brief by hmedlock

    A fragrance for men that I have been longing to smell would be a light, clean, sexy, masculine and animalistic musky floral that would be similar to Calum Best's cologne and would have similar light floral and watery accords like Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey Pour Homme, Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio, Zino Davidoff's Cool Water and Ermenegildo's Z Zegna without citrus notes nor a strong, spicy overpowering smell like most fragrances for men. This fragrance would have pheromones and be water based like Nautica Oceans, but would still have the almost day long longevity of Calum Best's cologne that you can still smell a faintly pleasant hint of after doing your laundry.

    This would definitely not be a teen-aged fragrance nor would it necessarily be a choice fragrance for an elderly male, although it would smell youthful, classic and timeless. Possible notes of choice for this fragrance would be: marine, passion fruit, casoar blueberry, sweet & fresh floral accord (irises, lilies, carnations, lavender, heliotrope, hibiscus/cotton flower, jasmine and geranium,) seductive green herbs (rosemary,coriander, thyme, sage, cardamom and romantic peppers,) a dry down of patchouli, vetiver, wood and moss blends (sandalwood, cashmere wood, oak moss,) and a musky flirtatious blend of vanilla, ambergris, pheromones and musks.

    This scent would almost be reminiscent of a male version of Marcy Playground's "Sex and Candy," and Madonna's "Candy Perfume Girl" without being sickeningly sweet. If you could capture the essence of sex and flowers in a bottle, that would perfectly describe this fragrance. It's top notes would start out watery, fragrant, and coyly flirtatious. Then the heart of the fragrance would be a light, sweet, clean and expensively milled soapy smell that would dry down to a sexy, sensual and seductive floral musk that is downright irresistible like a nectar of the gods. The transitions between the top, heart and base notes would also be smooth and faint, almost as if each one is blending into the other.

    This "perfect fragrance" would also be internationally and universally appealing. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, and ironically, Calum Best's father was a world-renowned soccer player. After falling in love with Calum's cologne and imagining how I would perfect it, I imagined this commercial for a cologne ad:

    Calum Best is well dressed in well fitted designer pants, opened button down shirt, and blazer with a necklace that dangles on his chest, expensive watch and bracelet, and a beautiful ring on his hand. He is standing in front of a mirrored dresser (with men's toiletries and cologne) in his bedroom, which looks like the ultimate man's bedroom (blacks, blues, greens, greys, brown, leather) and is staring at a picture (face on picture cannot be seen) in one hand with a bouquet of flowers and a ring in the other. He looks away from the picture and glances at himself in the mirror recalling his day and fantasy in brief scenes (almost like "The Portrait of Dorian Gray" at the height of his youth and beauty.) It cuts to him playing soccer (black & white jerseys vs. red & white jerseys.) Then the scene switches to him in the shower lathering up and using what looks like an expensive bottle of shower gel to quickly get dressed. That scene cuts to him being sharply dressed as he was in the beginning with a charmingly seductive smile holding the bouquet of flowers and ring as the door opens. From this scene you see him welcomed into an unseen person's arms with the ring on their finger and the two of them passionately kissing and touching (as his lover appears to be spellbound by the smell of his skin) and the bouquet of flowers falling and transitioning to the flowers and lovers falling into a beautiful soaker claw foot tub with his lover in his arms and head on his chest with his eyes closed and Calum reclining in blissful satisfaction. The tub is filled with water and flowers/petals from the bouquet. The flowers and petals are colored in deep shades of purple, blue, dark reds, pink and white. He dreamily glances at the two of them in the mirror across from the flower and water filled tub. The scene finally cuts back to the beginning with him looking into the mirror, putting down the picture, grabbing "the cologne" on the dresser to spray on his body and walking away with the bouquet of flowers, ring and a confidently seductive smile to reenact what he had just fantasized with his lover. The commercial is symbolic of the ultimate male being comfortable with his sexuality and what he wants. The lover's face is not seen and is shown as little as possible with the thought that his lover could be any person, and no one can resist a man with an irresistible scent.

    Both the packaging for the cologne and the bottle itself would be simple, natural and elegant with very little dye for easy use and to show class and concern for the environment. All of the pictorial ads for the cologne would be the lovers in the claw foot tub of water and flowers. Calum would have his lover laying her head on his chest with a full facial view of him, eyes closed with a look of ultimate satisfaction.

    The main character does not necessarily have to be Calum Best. However, he happened to be the person that I imagined in the cologne commercial since it is very well known that he has a certain charm and irresistible sex appeal with most women. The spokesman could just as easily be Ben Cohen, David Shillington or Nick Youngquest. This perfect cologne would be the epitome of attraction, sex appeal and the emotions that come with feeling like the ultimate desirable male. This is the cologne that women would rush to buy their husbands/boyfriends/lovers and would even buy just to smell the cologne itself. This fragrance would also be a man's "must have" cologne.

    Submitted by hmedlock

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    1. blisskc's Avatar
      blisskc -
      The notes you describe sound absolutely delicious! It would be a welcome reprieve from the onslaught of heavy colognes that all run together and leave me with a slight grimace on my face as I pass by the fragrance counter...I admit that I don't know who several of the men you mentioned are, but based on that description of both the cologne & the ad, I'm sold!
    1. zr1's Avatar
      zr1 -
      sounds fantastic!
    1. sdilbeck's Avatar
      sdilbeck -
      Sounds awesome - where can I get a sample?
    1. matticus201's Avatar
      matticus201 -
      Sounds fantastic! I think I'd buy pretty much anything Calum Best advertised though... lol. But this fragrance sounds heavenly.
    1. joelh's Avatar
      joelh -
      Sounds great. Hope to see it soon.
    1. broberts's Avatar
      broberts -
      "Magnificent, absolutely wonderful, stunning, gracious, delicious. Your description leaves one hungry for more, to desire more of your product.
    1. bnfsmith's Avatar
      bnfsmith -
      sounds lovely...very well thought out and i know my hubby would smell fabulous!!! he is not much on cologne but i think he would definitely be interested in wearing this.....i will definitely buy it!
    1. jwbartels's Avatar
      jwbartels -
      WOW and OMG! That sounds absolutely amazing! Sign me up for a bottle! :-)
    1. Photonlyte's Avatar
      Photonlyte -
      Ok so where would I buy this and how much because i want a bottle. I don't EVER wear cologne anymore because I'm sick of all the same old smells, nothing new has come out and all of the "new stuff" smells like the old stuff that was taken off the market some years back and now remarketed. I don't know if its I just can't smell the difference or what but this sounds like it'd be FANTASTIC.
    1. kristyu's Avatar
      kristyu -
      Sounds absolutely delightful! It would be refreshing to have something new and fresh and not the same old repeats that have been tweeked to remarket them. Let me know when this hits the markets because I will be buying!
    1. SuperGirl23's Avatar
      SuperGirl23 -
      Wow...this sounds really impressive. Well researched and thought out. It would definitely be something I would be interested in purchasing for one of the men in my life. Where can I get a bottle?
    1. cometdude's Avatar
      cometdude -
      WOW.........I'm imagining a classic fragrance and not too sweet. You have thought about every aspect of who would wear this fragrance and because of that it would be a BIG HIT!!!! I definitely want to try a bottle of this Calum Best-inspired cologne!!!! BRAVO!!!!
    1. hmedlock's Avatar
      hmedlock -
      Wow. Thank you all for the positive feedback. Most of what inspired me was fond memories of my past. Correctly done floral fragrances are excellent choices for both women and men. It is harder to find better ones for men that have the right balance of musks and woods without relying on citrus, leather or metallic notes. Plum, pomegranate, fig, honeysuckle, mallow and labdanum are also great notes in fragrances that are seldom used, but are becoming more prominent. There are so many intelligent, experienced and talented individuals working on this project. I have every confidence that three amazing fragrances will be in the works. Many of the briefs are brilliant and fascinating. It sounds like everyone is wanting something that is out-of-the-box, mystical, innovative and will be a timeless classic.

      I think I am having a harder time imagining a bottle design. I can definitely see something that is cylindrical, has frosted & etched glass and iridescent metal banding and possibly some type of sophisticated branding label similar to those on bottles of chartreuse. Small jewels in the glass or metal may also be an interesting option. The box that contains this fragrance could be simple and look like some type of gift/present. It is good to see that so many others would like to experience this fragrance as well, especially if it is hypoallergenic, environmentally friendlier and has a consistently good dry down and sillage.
    1. beth W's Avatar
      beth W -
      This sounds amazing! I love the description of the type of man who wears this! Where do I find a man like that?
    1. nessabear's Avatar
      nessabear -
      this sounds awesome!!!!!
    1. Justcourtney's Avatar
      Justcourtney -
      I think this is awesome ! I wouldn't go with the earthy tones (coriander, ugh) but I definitely think that there is a market for men's cologne like you are talking about. I believe that there should be more mens colognes with the floral undertone that are not marketed towards teens. I really am leaning towards the flirtatious scents and I like that.

      I know that this may sound a bit crazy but I enjoy nothing more than the scent of April Fresh downy and when I smell it on a man it's even better. I think you are heading this way...kind of a smell like a freshly bathed man...That is what I am picturing anyway.

      I would like to throw you an idea for the bottle too. Most men's colognes are in a rectangular shaped bottle. I was thinking more round. As in the Nina Ricci perfume bottle like an apple. It is seductive and reminds us all about sin and I think that is a great thought.

      Bravo on your choices!
    1. TonyaRae's Avatar
      TonyaRae -
      I can smell this already! When can I get some??
    1. txgirl26's Avatar
      txgirl26 -
      I'm thinking the bottle should be a round bottle with the a cool silver ring on the bottom to keep it from falling over... with the lid being an old school tri shower knob... the combinations of the fragrances sound amazing and i would love to smell something new and refreshing on a guy...
    1. hmedlock's Avatar
      hmedlock -
      I like that idea. I was thinking of some kind of silver keepsake as well and a one-of-a-kind bottle. There are so many great designers out there that specialize in fragrance bottles. After this week, the name "Invictus" stands out to me. Aside from it being the title of a recent movie, it has always been one of my mother's favorite short poems. She taught it to me as a young child, and I think that it has a strong and important message that everyone should share:

      "Invictus" - by William Ernest Henley

      Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
      I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.

      In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
      Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.

      Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
      And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.

      It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
      I am the master of my fate:
      I am the captain of my soul.

      I think it could even go well being read with the promo ad as he is looking at himself and recalling his day and fantasy. It just seems right.
    1. scentsitivity's Avatar
      scentsitivity -
      I think it sounds absolutely hideous!



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