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Five Fragrances To Live Life To

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Inspired by Redneck Perfumisto's plug of Chandler Burr's GQ article, I'm gonna see if I can't pare my wardrobe down to five fragrances that let you do anything in life, and smell great doing it.

1.) Aramis Havana. Serial readers saw that one coming after reading the title. It's a spicy, heavy, masculine fragrance that could be worn every day, or just for those special occasions. If you see fragrance as anything more than just something to keep you from stinking, you owe it to yourself to find a sample of this somewhere, anywhere.
2.) Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue For Women. Burr and I agree on this one. Not only does it break down some useless gender barriers, it's a damn fine fragrance. Much better than the men's version, that's for sure anyway. It's perfect for casual days, it's fun and lively, and the smell is delicious. If you just can't bring yourself to buy a women's perfume, the highly similar Versace Man Eau Fraiche is, well, highly similar.
3.) Chanel Platinum Égoïste. Your professional needs are met and exceeded with a rich, sparkling fragrance that exudes wealth and power. There's a fine line between aged and experienced, and PE falls on the experienced side.
4.) Sean John Unforgivable. It'd be hard for me not to include Unforgivable, it's so pleasant, classy, eminently wearable, and is the easiest "everyday" scent I've yet to find. You can substitute Creed Millesime Imperial if you must.
5.) Amouage Jubilation XXV. Kouros had the 5th spot until I opened up JXXV and sniffed it during writing. You see where I'm going with this. It's just a special fragrance, one that doesn't come around very often and it's for those special moments that don't come around very often. Weddings, anniversaries, significant birthdays, the events that are worth remembering deserve nothing less than Jubilation XXV.

Honorable Mention: Yves Saint Laurent Kouros. I debated quite a bit on adding this one so I'll add a caveat. As a single 20-something, sometimes you just want a sex-magnet of a cologne, and Kouros is the unabashed, undisputed champion of that category.


  1. Redneck Perfumisto's Avatar
    I think you've got a great selection there - and I think it's going to cover all the bases. You've got Havana where Burr goes with Tom Ford Extreme. I like Extreme, but I need to sniff Havana. Either way, a heavy masculine that would theoretically work every day - that's a great idea. Everybody needs one. I think your idea that it could be worn every day pins down Extreme as well, and keeps the dated clunkers out. Only timeless (or future timeless) scents need apply.

    Light Blue is filling the light fragrance role. You've got to have one, and you don't want the same old formula.

    Chanel Platinum Égoïste (thank you eternally for the International English keyboard, bluesoul! ) is definitely a great business and nightlife fragrance. And Unforgivable does work just as nicely (I like it for concerts, where it's classy but low-profile), but it's also more everyday, I agree.

    I may love Kouros, but I think you're right not to pick it for the "special occasion frag". Some people are simply offended by it, and I don't have to leave the house to find one. You have Amouage Jubilation XXV - I have Tiffany For Men. I think Burr may be doubling Tom Ford Extreme in this role, or possibly Vétiver Babylone or Un Jardin Sur le Nil. Either that, or he may have been trying to bring in five scents without a specific special occasion frag. In any case, I agree that most BNers either have or need one.

    And then there's the "sixth scent" which you mention... Kouros doesn't work in my case, but I've got several substitutes!

    Thanks for giving us this very well-thought-out selection.


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