A question of "old school"

    A question of "old school"

    post #1 of 24
    Thread Starter 
    So...I am torn and would like to hear opinions...if you would be so kind. I am in my early 50's, fairly new to all this and have about 6 somewhat "usual suspect" type fragrances. I am now wanting to add a good old fashioned "man scent". The kind that says I like my coffe is not latte something or a skinny something....MY coffee is black...I wear my hair in a crew cut...the only thing I wax is my car and so on. Looking for something that can NEVER be mistaken for a unisex fragrance. So...I like two.....Quorum and Kouros....let the debate begin.
    post #2 of 24

    I don't think you go far wrong with either of those. I prefer Kouros though Quorum is dirt cheap.
     I would find a slighly older Kouros bottle which I think is better than current formulation (from ebay or something) and grab a Quorum from anywhere as well.

    post #3 of 24
    Kouros for sure over the Puig for me any time.
    post #4 of 24

    I would go with Kouros, but then again, why not both ? I think Kouros works wonders when the sun is out. I can't remember too much about the Puig, but that is so cheap...use it for cooler months ?

    post #5 of 24
    I like Kouros but love vintage Quorum. Either way you get a good one.
    post #6 of 24

    Kouros can never be thought of as unisex..

    You might wanna try Kiss

    post #7 of 24

    :lipsrsealed:


    Edited by O Pomone - 10/19/13 at 1:25pm
    post #8 of 24

    Certainly Kouros is good for the purpose.

     

    But then why not expand as well? Let's not forget butch leathers like Aramis or Knize Ten.

     

    cacio

    post #9 of 24

    Not a big fan of either, in your situation I would go for Chanel Antaeus. It's an old school powerhouse that maintains its modern masculine ways.

    post #10 of 24

    Caron's Yatagan and Dior's Jules put hair on your chest...

    post #11 of 24

    Almost anything from the 60's up until the 80's, the pinnacle of hairy-chest types lies probably in the 70's.

    About any aromatic fougere from that period will do, as will lots of butch chypres, leathers in particular as well as woody and spicy ones.

     

    Check this interview with Michael Edwards. He sums up the masculine perfume lineage of the last century, lots of stuff for you to explore. And the article makes a great read in any case!

     

    One more thing. Most of these perfumes have been watered down by reformulation. They are often less rich and thinner, they become more flat in character, sometimes they get a bit more fresh in return or there is a sharpness that wasn't there before. Many have been destroyed! You barely get that true old-school charm anymore. If you want the real deal, go second hand. Much has been written about this subject, we call these older bottles vintage. Use the Basenotes search function.

    post #12 of 24
    Guerlain Derby is an excellent manly classic, with chest hair to match.
    post #13 of 24

    Hi! I`m using the recent Marbert Man as kind of alternative for the watered-down (but to me still "okay") Kouros. Yatagan reminds me of early 80ies pool parties - but I was a boy back then and haven`t tried the vintage on my own. The recent Yatagan is perfect to my taste. My girl sais Davidoff Zino (and Jacomo Anthracite btw) is her favourite old-schooler, but I don`t know if it`s dark enough to suggest it here. Right at the Moment I`d go with Aramis. It`s strong, reckless, classic & a little raunchy. Definitely a mature one and a masterpiece. I knew this from my uncle in the 80ies and I bought it a week ago. To me it has survived reformulation better than other frags I know in this genre.    

    post #14 of 24

    Another great one is Or Black by Pascal Morabito.  It's ultra masculine and dark.  If you like your coffee black, this one will give you goosebumps.  One of the most assertive fragrances you can probably find.  Highly recommended!!

    post #15 of 24

    Originally Posted by remik View Post

    Another great one is Or Black by Pascal Morabito.  It's ultra masculine and dark.  If you like your coffee black, this one will give you goosebumps.  One of the most assertive fragrances you can probably find.  Highly recommended!!

     

    I agree but would say ristretto rather than black coffee. ;)

    post #16 of 24
    LOL! Ok, that would work.... as well as Greek or Turkish coffee - basically one ounce of super concentrated black coffee, with the grinds and all. Can't get much darker and hairier than that. :-)
    post #17 of 24

    Both fragrances perfectly suit your tastes, some further suggestions of mine along these lines would be: 

     

    YSL pour Homme Concentree, Chanel pour Monsieur Haute Concentration, RL Polo (Green), Tabac Original, Trussardi Uomo (vintage formulation)

    post #18 of 24
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Beftus View Post

    Caron's Yatagan and Dior's Jules put hair on your chest...

     

    Exactly what King Kong said. cool.gif

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    8/29/13 at 2:28pm

    belt2606 said:



    So...I am torn and would like to hear opinions...if you would be so kind. I am in my early 50's, fairly new to all this and have about 6 somewhat "usual suspect" type fragrances. I am now wanting to add a good old fashioned "man scent". The kind that says I like my coffe is not latte something or a skinny something....MY coffee is black...I wear my hair in a crew cut...the only thing I wax is my car and so on. Looking for something that can NEVER be mistaken for a unisex fragrance. So...I like two.....Quorum and Kouros....let the debate begin.

    8/29/13 at 3:09pm

    martinijo said:



    I don't think you go far wrong with either of those. I prefer Kouros though Quorum is dirt cheap.
     I would find a slighly older Kouros bottle which I think is better than current formulation (from ebay or something) and grab a Quorum from anywhere as well.

    8/29/13 at 4:02pm

    hednic said:



    Kouros for sure over the Puig for me any time.

    8/29/13 at 4:29pm

    Surfacing said:



    I would go with Kouros, but then again, why not both ? I think Kouros works wonders when the sun is out. I can't remember too much about the Puig, but that is so cheap...use it for cooler months ?

    8/29/13 at 4:44pm

    drseid said:



    I like Kouros but love vintage Quorum. Either way you get a good one.

    8/29/13 at 4:46pm

    Tony T said:



    Kouros can never be thought of as unisex..

    You might wanna try Kiss

    8/29/13 at 5:06pm

    O Pomone said:



    :lipsrsealed:


    Edited by O Pomone - 10/19/13 at 1:25pm

    8/29/13 at 6:55pm

    cacio said:



    Certainly Kouros is good for the purpose.

     

    But then why not expand as well? Let's not forget butch leathers like Aramis or Knize Ten.

     

    cacio

    8/29/13 at 7:03pm

    rynegne said:



    Not a big fan of either, in your situation I would go for Chanel Antaeus. It's an old school powerhouse that maintains its modern masculine ways.

    8/30/13 at 12:31am

    Beftus said:



    Caron's Yatagan and Dior's Jules put hair on your chest...

    8/30/13 at 7:45am

    gido said:



    Almost anything from the 60's up until the 80's, the pinnacle of hairy-chest types lies probably in the 70's.

    About any aromatic fougere from that period will do, as will lots of butch chypres, leathers in particular as well as woody and spicy ones.

     

    Check this interview with Michael Edwards. He sums up the masculine perfume lineage of the last century, lots of stuff for you to explore. And the article makes a great read in any case!

     

    One more thing. Most of these perfumes have been watered down by reformulation. They are often less rich and thinner, they become more flat in character, sometimes they get a bit more fresh in return or there is a sharpness that wasn't there before. Many have been destroyed! You barely get that true old-school charm anymore. If you want the real deal, go second hand. Much has been written about this subject, we call these older bottles vintage. Use the Basenotes search function.

    8/30/13 at 8:27am

    remik said:



    Guerlain Derby is an excellent manly classic, with chest hair to match.

    8/30/13 at 8:59am

    Eule said:



    Hi! I`m using the recent Marbert Man as kind of alternative for the watered-down (but to me still "okay") Kouros. Yatagan reminds me of early 80ies pool parties - but I was a boy back then and haven`t tried the vintage on my own. The recent Yatagan is perfect to my taste. My girl sais Davidoff Zino (and Jacomo Anthracite btw) is her favourite old-schooler, but I don`t know if it`s dark enough to suggest it here. Right at the Moment I`d go with Aramis. It`s strong, reckless, classic & a little raunchy. Definitely a mature one and a masterpiece. I knew this from my uncle in the 80ies and I bought it a week ago. To me it has survived reformulation better than other frags I know in this genre.    

    8/30/13 at 9:43am

    remik said:



    Another great one is Or Black by Pascal Morabito.  It's ultra masculine and dark.  If you like your coffee black, this one will give you goosebumps.  One of the most assertive fragrances you can probably find.  Highly recommended!!

    8/30/13 at 9:55am

    gido said:




    Originally Posted by remik View Post

    Another great one is Or Black by Pascal Morabito.  It's ultra masculine and dark.  If you like your coffee black, this one will give you goosebumps.  One of the most assertive fragrances you can probably find.  Highly recommended!!

     

    I agree but would say ristretto rather than black coffee. ;)

    8/30/13 at 10:07am

    remik said:



    LOL! Ok, that would work.... as well as Greek or Turkish coffee - basically one ounce of super concentrated black coffee, with the grinds and all. Can't get much darker and hairier than that. :-)

    8/31/13 at 3:10am

    Ken_Russell said:



    Both fragrances perfectly suit your tastes, some further suggestions of mine along these lines would be: 

     

    YSL pour Homme Concentree, Chanel pour Monsieur Haute Concentration, RL Polo (Green), Tabac Original, Trussardi Uomo (vintage formulation)

    8/31/13 at 4:20am

    Diamondflame said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Beftus View Post

    Caron's Yatagan and Dior's Jules put hair on your chest...

     

    Exactly what King Kong said. cool.gif