Fragrances that compliment/neutralize individual body odor?

    Fragrances that compliment/neutralize individual body odor?

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    Thread Starter 

    I'm new to world of fragrance connoisseurship, and I hope this question doesn't sound stupid. I've noticed that my natural body odor tends to lean more acidic and "shallow" whereas some of my friends' and housemates' rooms have this lingering deeper, musky, more masculine scent. Can anyone recommend a good fragrance that can capture that deeper scent? After browsing basenotes, I'm really curious about Ysl's Kouros (though it seems the reformulation doesn't do the orignal justice), Chanel Antaeus, and Dior's Fahrenheit. Would anyone recommend these fragrances to bring out more of the deeper, muskier notes I'm looking for? Any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated. I own a few citrusy and aquatic scents so I'm leaning away from those, and anything with too much citrus makes me smell like a Lemonhead. I also have a bottle of Loccitane's Eau des Baux, but I want something darker and less sweet. Thanks in advance guys.

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    Pure Leather by Mugler

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    To the OP: The three you mention as possibilities would be fine.
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    Of those 3, I would highly recommend Fahrenheit or Kouros. I didn't like Antaeus. Fahrenheit would be my first choice. It's both green and musky with a pleasant whiff of gasoline (in a good way).

    And welcome to Basenotes!

    post #5 of 7

    Welcome!

    Warm musks are found more in niche perfumery right now, so if you have access to that, there are many possibilities. The most famous is Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan, an intense, smooth, dirty musk. Even more expensive, there's Dior Leather oud, which is leather plus musks.

    In mainstream, Antaeus is a good choice (though it's more spicy than musky per se). Kiehl's original musk is good but it doesn't last long. Then there's the leathery Aramis, quite butch. Kouros is risky. I recently smelled the latest version, and while I agree that it is cleaner than the vintage ones, I think it still retains the dirty/clean vibe that makes it fun. It has been described as urinal + urinal cake, because it's the mix of a clean fougere with something disturbingly dirty. Some people love it, and some are disgusted.

    cacio

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    To the OP: I have not smelled Fahrenheit for almost 20 years and have never smelled Antaeus, so I am no help there. I'd agree with others that Kouros is risky. If you decide to try it, I suggest you go super easy on the trigger. I'm usually a five-spray guy and five sprays of Kouros smelled like I was standing in a bathroom whose drain by the urinals had plugged up. One to one-and-a-half sprays, on the other hand, smelled fantastically rich, dirty, and wonderful.

    You may also want to give Czech & Speake's Cuba a whirl. It's a wildly interesting bay rum with lime or mint and the combination smells somewhat fecal to many Basenoters. On my skin, however, it smells like earthy tobacco and leaves.

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    Thread Starter 

    Wow thank you everyone for the warm welcome! I'll be sure to check out all your recommendations and let you guys know how the hunt goes.

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    6/22/13 at 5:47pm

    lux28 said:



    I'm new to world of fragrance connoisseurship, and I hope this question doesn't sound stupid. I've noticed that my natural body odor tends to lean more acidic and "shallow" whereas some of my friends' and housemates' rooms have this lingering deeper, musky, more masculine scent. Can anyone recommend a good fragrance that can capture that deeper scent? After browsing basenotes, I'm really curious about Ysl's Kouros (though it seems the reformulation doesn't do the orignal justice), Chanel Antaeus, and Dior's Fahrenheit. Would anyone recommend these fragrances to bring out more of the deeper, muskier notes I'm looking for? Any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated. I own a few citrusy and aquatic scents so I'm leaning away from those, and anything with too much citrus makes me smell like a Lemonhead. I also have a bottle of Loccitane's Eau des Baux, but I want something darker and less sweet. Thanks in advance guys.

    6/22/13 at 5:57pm

    Tony T said:



    Pure Leather by Mugler

    6/22/13 at 6:38pm

    hednic said:



    To the OP: The three you mention as possibilities would be fine.

    6/22/13 at 6:46pm

    Gary F said:



    Of those 3, I would highly recommend Fahrenheit or Kouros. I didn't like Antaeus. Fahrenheit would be my first choice. It's both green and musky with a pleasant whiff of gasoline (in a good way).

    And welcome to Basenotes!

    6/22/13 at 6:49pm

    cacio said:



    Welcome!

    Warm musks are found more in niche perfumery right now, so if you have access to that, there are many possibilities. The most famous is Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan, an intense, smooth, dirty musk. Even more expensive, there's Dior Leather oud, which is leather plus musks.

    In mainstream, Antaeus is a good choice (though it's more spicy than musky per se). Kiehl's original musk is good but it doesn't last long. Then there's the leathery Aramis, quite butch. Kouros is risky. I recently smelled the latest version, and while I agree that it is cleaner than the vintage ones, I think it still retains the dirty/clean vibe that makes it fun. It has been described as urinal + urinal cake, because it's the mix of a clean fougere with something disturbingly dirty. Some people love it, and some are disgusted.

    cacio

    6/22/13 at 7:10pm

    Grungevig said:



    To the OP: I have not smelled Fahrenheit for almost 20 years and have never smelled Antaeus, so I am no help there. I'd agree with others that Kouros is risky. If you decide to try it, I suggest you go super easy on the trigger. I'm usually a five-spray guy and five sprays of Kouros smelled like I was standing in a bathroom whose drain by the urinals had plugged up. One to one-and-a-half sprays, on the other hand, smelled fantastically rich, dirty, and wonderful.

    You may also want to give Czech & Speake's Cuba a whirl. It's a wildly interesting bay rum with lime or mint and the combination smells somewhat fecal to many Basenoters. On my skin, however, it smells like earthy tobacco and leaves.

    6/22/13 at 10:47pm

    lux28 said:



    Wow thank you everyone for the warm welcome! I'll be sure to check out all your recommendations and let you guys know how the hunt goes.





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