Original Santal for me. Lil bit goes a long way.
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Original Santal for me. Lil bit goes a long way.
Armani. None, but just maybe the Eau.
Bulgari: Green Tea
Chanel: Eau de Cologne.
Dior: Ambre Nuit.
Guerlain: Tonka Imperiale.
Hermes: Eau de Cologne (vintage) or Un Jardin Sur le...
Bulgari Eau Parfumee au The Vert. Best line of bath products ever. There's a reason why this line was featured in most Four Seasons hotel bathrooms for many years.
I don't get tired of Pure Havane like I do with a lot of other names.
Well, I just learned something. I have a 3/4 full bottle of KL Homme (thrown in as a freebie to accompany an ebay vintage purchase) and I like it. So there you go. Maybe a little civet's ok? ...
Another vote for Eau d'Hadrien. Can't go wrong.
I voted for Luna Rossa. I don't really like either of them, but I find Luna Rossa to be more tolerable.
The closest I've come to wearable civet is Tom Ford Noir.
I can't really see it making much of a difference. Maybe I'd start an attar collection. That's about it. Nice thought, though.
Quick edit. No, I wouldn't buy blind. I'd end up with some...
Cartier Santos. Or, Van Cleef PH if you want to scare strangers.
Oh, the humanity!
So true. People do focus on the money, of course, but it can also take years to put together a portfolio of stuff that you really like. It really is trial and error, and there's effectively an...
Very cool. Thanks. I'll make a little project out of it.
Tonight I'm luxuriating in my third of fourth wear of Tribute Attar and I love it so much that I keep going back and reading the Tribute reviews here on bn. One of the reviewers compares it to the...
I don't think you really know what you'll be comfortable in until you've given it a solid three wears. Maybe even five. At the same time, you'll know what you hate almost instantly.
No insults that I can remember. At least not in modern times. There was a comparison of CK Obsession to "bug spray" back in the paleozoic era of my formative years. That's all I can remember. ...
There's really no substitute for direct experience via the nose. I know I like amber, I know I like vanilla, but seeing that a fragrance has those notes isn't enough to make a blind buy because you...
Amouage. Bring the attars back to western markets, ya buncha bums.
Anyone who substitutes provocation and publicity stunts for artistry. I am very bored by that.
Two fragrances have given me the chills when I first tried them (and they're still favorites). Spiritueuse Double Vanille and Chanel Eau de Cologne. With SDV, I remember spraying some on and...
Tribute Attar or, more realistically, Reflection Man.
Oud Wood or, expanding out to the entire maison, Tom Ford For Men.
Chanel Eau de Cologne. Those people are sardine-canned in there and it gets mighty hot in that tux. Not the setting for, say, a patchouli bomb, in my view.
Musc Ravageur. Women will be running after you, screaming your name and throwing their handbags and panties at the windows of your chauffeur-driven black Range Rover as you speed off into the night....
Holy cow. What happened here.
Probably overused, but I think it's reasonably expressive. I mean, when someone says it, I think I get it. Sweet, or vanillic, with some kind of non-candied depth to it. Often found as background...
Look at me. Look at him. Now look at me, the man your man could smell like.
Yes, recently. Christian Dior Ambre Nuit and Annick Goutal Neroli. The Ambre Nuit I have a bottle of, and I had a couple of sprays on, and the Neroli was a quick, experimental spritz while at...
Wasn't there going to be sort of an ongoing "Readers Drobes" feature? Did that fall by the wayside? Or have I missed the column?
I don't buy cheapies anymore, except for the Demeters, which I love.
A 100ml bottle lasts so long, in my experience, that even the "expensive" stuff is practically free.
Yes. You can. In moderation. If you combine it with a white Brooks Brothers shirt, most people will disconnect it from its youthful association and people will think that you're appealingly...
It's the only Creed I like. I like it because it's sweet and you don't get much sandalwood. Winter Rotation only for me cuz it's kinda strong.
I don't know how it's happened but I've never worn anything from Bond. Ever. But I am resolving to try New Haarlem. First of all, Hiro liked it, and and I found him to be the only reviewer I ever...
I thought that I was going to love it and I was totally psyched to tell anyone who asked me that I was wearing "Dries Van Noten". I also wanted to have two Malle bootles on display in my bathroom,...
Hanae Mori. For me, not even close. I briefly liked EB, but eventually came to the conclusion that it was a synthetic sledgehammer of a fragrance with little or no nuance or finesse.
I'm assembling what I hope to be my first really satisfactory summer rotation. So far...
Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien
Annick Goutal Neroli
Bulgari Eau Parfumee au The Blanc
Bulgari Eau Parfumee...
Depends on what kind of business it is.
Bulgari green tea. Piece of cake.
No, but now that you've mentioned them, I'll look for them in Milan in a few weeks. So thank you for the idea.
Not a fan of Roadster (too green) and I think that PE is too strong for hot weather. Bulgari green tea solves all of my summer fragrance quandaries.
I don't like green fragrances and, partly because of this, I find No.19 to be my least favorite Chanel from the paleozoic era.
That sounds like one hot mess to me.
Really interesting to read. Thanks for posting it.
Disappointing, for sure, to see that I own four of those names. I thought, like, maybe two or even three. Thinking..... the Azzaro PH and the...
Demeter Cotton Candy.
I can't say I've ever been dumpster diving in an alley way shared by an all-night fruit and vegetable stand and a carpentry shop but, since I've worn Terre d'Hermes, I feel as though I have.
Well then, Bulgari Black is a must-try. Really. The vanilla you like in Le Male is a bit more amped up in BB.
I think that if I had a signature it would be the most horrible infliction of the worst kind of tedium on those around me. I wouldn't enjoy it either.
Chanel Eau de Cologne.
Jo Malone Vanilla and Anise. Sort of.
I'm not sure that "summer fragrance", "projection" and "longevity" is a good grouping. Still, the closest one can get to having all three might be Chanel Eau de Cologne.
Musc Ravageur is kind of canonical name of our time.
I'm frequently surrounded by people who don't speak English (this actually applies to lots of Americans) so it's usually no easy task. So rather than burden someone with the chore of processing...
Martin Margiela (untitled) L'eau.
I checked my "tried" list for one-star names and here's what I came up with:
Hermes Bel Ami
Bulgari Aqua Marine
Dior Homme Sport (no memory of this reaction to it)
Bulgari Eau Parfumee au The...
Giorgio VIP Special Reserve for Men
Gucci Pour Homme 1976
It kind of went viral with people who spend a lot of time on the internet. You know how random these things can be.
Terre d'Hermes is disgusting no matter how old you are. It's universal in that sense.
Funny you should mention English Pear and Freesia. I think that's the best one they've ever made but I find it very feminine. I can't wear it. Red Roses is amazing but I can't wear that either. ...
That post exceeded my attention span. Go to stores and try stuff. It can take a while to get it right.
It's a special unlimited limited edition.
No. Too much fragrance registers as a douchebaggery signal, however.
Guerlain Tonka Imperiale and Cartier Must Pour Homme.
Sort of on-topic might be Gucci Nobile. Sort of, in a sense that it smells like an ashtray.
I really like it. I'll never go back.
Thanks, Grant. The following names have also been discontinued:
Cartier Must Pour Homme
Cartier L'Essence de Must Pour Homme
Eau de Cartier Essence d'Orange.
Cartier Pasha Fraicheur Menthe.
Eau de Cologne. Then Coromandel. The rest? Nah.
I've sort of - slowly - come to the conclusion that Edition Blanche is the worst Chanel I've ever owned. Really synthetic. Little or no finesse. I may give it another wear or two but I think my...
Another vote for Chanel EDC. It's just so damn refined. Really exquisite.
I love it. The bottle, of course, is dreadful, but the juice is wonderful.
That was kind of my initial impression as well.
I think, personally, that they're both somewhat less than appealing.
Jardin Sur le Nil is the only one I can recommend. Hot weather only. My caveat would be that it does not exactly exude mass quantities of testosterone. I like it, though, and my recommendation is...
I dunno. Probably Oud Wood.
whispering....Huddler-era sotd data.....Huddler-era sotd data.....Huddler-era sotd data......
Just a hint of Musc Ravageur or Bulgari Black. Never know who you might run into. (winks, makes clicking sound through side of mouth)
Well, all I have at hand is a Trina Turk candle called "Desert" but I have been meaning to try that Tauer thingamajig with the long name.
Honorable mention to Coromandel for the hint of the damp...
I do confess to being not-quite-up-to-the-minute on the subject. You're likely right.
This subject, or any number of variants on it, comes up a lot here. The "holy smoke I can't believe how much juice I own" threads.
So maybe there's kind of a conflict between:
The pleasure of...
a) Not a fan of it myself, either, b) Yes I think it's a current fad-ish kind of thing and c) Nevertheless I think it's done pretty well, primarily because it's rendered very faithfully and blended...
Because most people are tv-addicted sheep and taking the time to learn about fragrance brands is apparently too difficult. For a lot of people, if something doesn't appear on prime-time tv, it may...
Sounds good to me. And btw, the L'Occitane store I see most often remains fully stocked with Eau des Baux and it's not on sale.
Totally agree. Maybe I'm rationalizing a bit of a hoarding impulse but, if I like it, I buy it. Maybe even over-buy. You can't rely on the same stuff, or any stuff, being there when you return to...
My only experience is with the vintage and there ain't nothin' cozy or friendly about it, in my opinion. This is one of the most assertively masculine fragrances ever made. This is dinner with a...
Oud by Robert Piguet.
Oud Wood, in moderation. As ouds go, it's pretty friendly, in my opinion.
Another vote for Neroli Portofino, and Chanel Eau de Cologne, and Bulgari Eau Parfumee au The Vert. The latter spent many years as the bath and body set In Four Seasons hotel rooms, so that's a...
I've tried it, I like it and I bought it. In my view somewhat similar to Mandarine Ambree. My favorite Eau de Cartier at this point. I think it's everything Eau de Cartier Essence d'Orange could...
I did just that two years ago at Corso Como and my companions thought I was nuts. Made sense to me though :-/
I gave up on using mouillettes a long time ago, after making some dreadfully expensive mistakes with them. My policy now is that I don't know jack about how a fragrance is going to work on me unless...
Another vote for Intense.
Before I even opened the thread, I knew it would be a hate-fest.
Spiritueuse, Homage Attar, Clive X.
Wow. Someone just told me about this while I was riding my fixed gear bike in a Sunday morning tweed ride to a coffee collective in the pouring rain. We started talking because we were both wearing...
Sur le Nil. Borderline too feminine, but I ran it by a career fashionista and it's supposedly considered dude-friendly. In any event, I like it and the raw materials are absolutely top quality. ...
I returned to fragrance thinking that nothing could possibly be better than the big names from the 80s and early 90s but the masterpieces of the post-2000 era have won me over. It's kind of not even...
Oops. Of course I had to forget what I wear more often than anything else becuase it's second nature by now. Bulgari green tea, with the entire bath and body line as my only delivery vehicles. If...
Some really smart replies, for which I am very grateful. Maybe my comparison to technology (miles per gallon, zero to sixty, lumens per watt, gross domestic product to btu's consumed) wasn't really...