Originally Posted by admiral
@deadidol - Not worried to much about price as I will not be buying full bottles yet and if we really like a scent we will buy a bottle when we can regardless of price.
Admiral, I was referring to how wide a scope you wanted -- safer / more easier to wear stuff? Or did you perhaps want a wild card or two?
Anyhow, great suggestions so far, and here are a few to try that have made a mark in some form or another in recent years, and I'll throw a few in that are perhaps a little more "out there." When you read up on them, you can perhaps decide whether or not they're up your alley.
Amouage's Memoir Manâ€”a dark, mysterious aromatic that's highly modern and mixes green notes with absynth.
Amouage's Interlude Manâ€”a powerful, heady incense that's top loaded with oregano and spices.
Serge Lutens' Sarrasinsâ€”a beautiful, transitional, musky floral that works very well with either gender.
Serge Lutens' Ambre Sultanâ€”a spicy amber
Tom Ford Sahara Noirâ€”frankincense bomb
Parfumerie Generale's Cozeâ€”indicative of what the line is about: musky, articulate and warm.
Slumberhouse Norneâ€”possibly the best forest floor scent in the game
Vero Profumo's Onda EdPâ€”strikingly unusual and addictive vetiver scent
Olfactive Studio's Chambre Noirâ€”an easy-to-wear patch and leather combo
Tom Ford Amber Absoluteâ€”might be hard to track down, but worth it if you can. A rich, incense-y scent.
Comme des Garcons's 2Manâ€”honestly, this entire brand should be on your list. But start here, and then move int Avignon, Black, EdP, Stephen Jones etc.
MFK's APOMâ€”I'm not a fan personally, but there's no doubting that it's a great scent.
Nasomatto's Black Afganoâ€”polarizing, but wildy unique oud/incense/cannabis combo.
Humiecki & Graef's Skarbâ€”a gorgeous smoky, lovage scent.
Diptyque's Philosykos EdPâ€”the cleanest and greenest of my suggestions so far.
So, there's a fewâ€”all of which could be worn by either yourself or your wife. Keep reading and try and identify what kind of notes you might like to explore. There are lots of great resources here, and plenty of people who'd be happy to steer you down some more refined paths when you get a sense of what's working for you.