When there's absolutely nothing that you'd want from your local Douglas/Sephora (designer frag shop)!
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When there's absolutely nothing that you'd want from your local Douglas/Sephora (designer frag shop)!
I love vetiver but disliked Encre Noire. Struck me as very chemical-laden, with an unpleasant inky note. Also dislike TdH for the same reason ('chemical'), so I'm probably not a good measure for you....
5+ here too. Always. I want to smell it!
Fragrances are the only thing I really collect. I couldn't afford to have another hobby like this. :p
The number of sweet frags in my collection (approx. 20%) has gone down steadily during my nine years at Basenotes. I seem to be enjoying them less and less.
Updated Jan. 20th
Thirding Bois du Portugal: lavender, smoky woods, ambergris. Elegant, timeless, gentlemanly.
Sampling eSENSielle - In the Woods
Updated Jan. 16th
The absolute worst note for me is ANISE.
Also dislike: oregano, heavy rose, heavy patchouli, mint, immortelle.
Yes, for the dinner tomorrow, you're right to go with M7. Also check out its successor, M7 Oud Absolu. It doesn't have quite the intensity and depth but is a fine fragrance nonetheless.
Yes, Ormonde Jayne Man was the same for me. I liked it at first (good lime & juniper notes), but there's a heavy dose of something (Iso E Super?) that got annoying very quickly. I pick up the same...
Serge Lutens Vetiver Oriental
Yes, and in its older brother, Loewe pour Homme, I can pick it up even better. The current version still lists it: Evernia Prunastri. :thumbup:
Eau Sauvage & Antaeus both remind me of urine and urinals. Tried both again a couple of weeks ago to see whether my impression might have changed over the years. Nope, still pick up that unpleasant...
Polo Blue has quite a prominent cucumber note.
Indeed! That's the good news.
I do have to disagree with you a bit, Colin Maillard, at least as far as one example is concerned: Bel Ami. I have and know well all versions of it, and I've...
I love pine fragrances too - great to see this theead.
Adding to Ken's comment, Duc de Vervins L'Extreme (edp) is another good one: an aromatic, mossy, coniferous lavender. A vibe similar to...
Vintage Bois du Portugal
Caron Yatagan, many, many years ago. Celery & cat piss was the shocking result. Haven't tried it since. Who knows - maybe I'd like it now.
The largest available, usually 100 ml.
Anise (and other licorice-like notes, e.g. fennel)
Yes, I also love soapy scents.
Two that haven't been mentioned yet strike me as specifically barbershop-soapy:
Duc de Vervins Extreme - lavender-rich, coniferous soap
Loewe pour Homme - lemon,...
It's great to have this info available as part of the SOTD feature! Mine were:
1. Bel Ami by Hermès 39 wears
2. Esencia Loewe by Loewe 24 wears
3. Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford 22 wears
Layering (as I almost always do) Memo Shams and Loewe pour Homme.
I love this stuff, too, but I know only the current formulation. It's very heavy on the oakmoss, and I've often wondered how they do that given current restrictions. There's also a clear family...
M by Puredistancehttp://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=33914&stc=1
Same here. I enjoyed the pine & fir notes a lot when I sampled it but crossed it off my mental list after the surprisingly weak & short-lived drydown.
Absolutely none (including gym & funerals).
Dosis sola venenum facit. :)
I like the same notes on women that I like on myself - just with a more feminine overall interpretation.
Seconding Aramis Havana!
Blind buy - looking forward to this. http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=33711&stc=1
Yes, I strongly agree with this recommendation. BdP's drydown has a lot of depth, with a gorgeous, long-lasting ambergris/sandalwood/vetiver accord. When I first tried it, I disliked the smoky...
Indeed - rare for me, too. The last bottles I finished (and replaced) were Floris Vetiver and Creed Bois du Portugal.
My only almost-empty bottles right now are three that are very difficult to...
LDDM by a mile for me. I've never been able to get into - or get past - DH's lipstick vibe.
A back-up of Memo Shams Oud :D
For a semi-gourmand (patch & spices plus coffee, pimento, chocolate, vanilla): PG Cozé No.02. Very dry & butch.
Bois du Portugal & Original Vetiver
Tiffany for Men
Actually, I did give it a quick googling. The only thing I found was some kind of biblical reenactment thing... And in the US, I thought, that's quite possible. :-)
Okay, thanks for clearing...
Just curious: what does it mean to "spend old and new" with someone?
The Prada. And its longevity is fantastic.
As far as knowledge goes, that's too often the case. But talking to SAs is essential when I'm interested in getting samples! :wink: I've even pretended to find their comments helpful for that reason.
Sorry to go off on a bit of a tangent here, but I just have to second this statement! I really liked Italian Cypress but couldn't smell it after a few minutes. So weird - this has never happened to...
Am also thinking about Pluriel Masculin... Though that one, which I remember as quite a fresh/lavender/musky scent, might do better in the spring.
Some back-ups are also going to...
I always wear fragrance, including at the gym. As long as it's not overdone, I see no problem. One of the benefits is that I notice the stinkers a bit less through my scent shield, as it were.
Thanks, looking forward to it. Yes, I'm still not quite sure what made me do this yesterday. I was feeling kind of needy, and one thing just led to another... :grin:
Since I love both Bel Ami and...
Constanly changing, but for now:
Hermes Bel Ami
Loewe pour Homme
Tauer Lonestar Memories
Very nice review! I'm really curious to try this one now.
I will also be following this thread with great interest. I seem to be at a place now where I'm strongly gravitating to high-end/niche...
Prada (2004) is my favorite designer scent for women. The mandarin, labdanum & patch combination is gorgeously rich and spicy. Too sweet for me to wear, but I love smelling it on women.
Yes, that was my first thought, too!
And from that same era, I'd also love to see a "Gucci pour Homme Extreme".
I was going to order Fetish extrait directly from them, but they charge a lot for shipping (15 pounds, I think), so I ended up ordering it from ausliebezumduft.de (First in Fragrance), which offers...
I was going to order Fetish extrait directly from them, but they charge a lot for shipping (15 pounds, I think), so I ended up ordering it from ausliebezumduft.de (First in Fragrance). Dove really...
I enjoyed the article too. Thanks.
Gucci Oud? Hmm, I must have missed that one...
Rova Dove - Fetish (extrait)
Memo - Shams Oud
Loewe - Esencia & Pour Homme
Tauer - L'Air du Desert Marocain
Houbigant - Fougere Royale (2010)
Esencia has rose in it? Huh, I've never noticed that - will have to look for it.
I don't usually enjoy prominent rose, but it's really beautiful in Portrait of a Lady. Wow.
Tried a couple of these in the summer and was really disappointed by the meager longevity. Very nice fragrances - what a shame!
Indeed, that could well be. People here have often said similiar things about edp vs. extrait differences for Roja's fragrances. I will certainly try it the next time I'm lucky enough to be in a shop...
I just tried a sample of this (edp) and was quite... underwhelmed. I'm getting a cola/root beer vibe - sticky sweet, with nothing exciting to counterbalance it.
I'm absolutely crazy about Fetish...
I wear many, but I'd consider Creed Bois du Portugal to be my signature - even though I no longer wear it as frequently as I used to.
Thanks, Hednic. My bottle of Memo Shams arrived today. I'm smitten. :-)
Wore Chanel Egoiste to a funeral many years ago. Very bad idea - the association has stuck. Unwearable.
First one I thought of: Tauer's Lonestar Memories
Tried my sample of Memo Shams (now apparently known as Shams Oud) two nights ago. Wow, did it click! Ordered it the next day. I don't pick up any oud, but the peppery, ambery incense accord is...
Tom Ford Tobacco Oud is my current favorite. Aramis Havana is another great one.
Yes. Just make sure to use light application, two sprays max.
I like patchouli only when it's incorporated very subtly into a fragrance (e.g. in Roja Dove Fetish). But if I can pick it up (e.g. in LIDGE), it's too much for me. So, as long as I don't notice...
Because of their depth, richness, longevity, and combination of notes, the five I respect most from my collection are:
Fetish pour Homme extrait - Roja Dove
Vetiver - Floris
M7 - YSL
I like it a lot, too.
However, I've gotta admit that Bel Ami Vetiver was one of those OMG, I'm smitten! fragrances that quickly petered out on me. I still like it, but it now strikes me as...
Gucci Envy for Men
Gucci Pour Homme
MPG Santal Noble (original version)
I enjoy Duc de Vervins L'Extreme (DdVL'E) very much and am wearing it today. It's the edp of the normal Duc de Vervins, which is an edt.
I really don't find DdVL'E similar to anything else....
Seeing all these huge numbers makes me feel so...reaonable and restrained, lol! Hovering at around 70 bottles (not including backups).
No, I'll likely never need them, but I just can't help myself: :2vrolijk_08:
Backups (some multiple):
Envy for Men
Tiffany for Men
Prada Amber Intense
Creed BdP & OV
Cool - will definitely look for this.
I've been using MENROCK (original) beard oil since the summer. I like the softness and subtle shine it gives my beard.
Michael Kors - Michael for Men: tobacco, patchouli, plum, musk.
I really like OV, but its longevity (or intensity?) is often disappointing. I'd love an extrait version.
Yup, same here. And as soon as I 'got' that aspect of it, I couldn't shake it. Yech.
Depends on the scent, of course, but generally: MORE! :bath:
Tiffany for Men is a powder keg. Sometimes I adore it; sometimes I can't stand it.
Like both, prefer Colonia Leather. Reason: Tuscan Leather has a persistent note in the drydown that sometimes strikes me as dirty ashtray.
Huh. Interesting. My experience has been that everything (including fragrances) is cheaper in the U.S. than here in Europe. I'll be in the States next week and will be able to compare.
Thanks, Hednic. Should arrive tomorrow or so. Will post first impressions. I'm hoping I don't find it similar to Dior Homme, which some people have mentioned.
Montale Aoud & Pine. Looking forward to my first "Middle Eastern Montale".
Can't get the link to pic to work. :angry:
The masculine, simple elegance of Fougere Royale (2010).
Limiting myself to one each (as per the thead rules;)):
Love - leather
Hate - anise
Interesting how often anise has been named in this thread. I can't take it even in small amounts. Killed...
Another vote for 1 Million Intense. (Don't like the original, however - the mint note ruins it for me.)
Looking forward to wearing it again in cold weather.
EDIT: After posting this, I decided...
Interesting. I don't get that at all. They clearly have a common note, the same (chemical) cocktail also found in Dueto Golden Boy and Charriol Royal Leather. However, while Tuscan Leather has a...
I also prefer Original Santal to Aventus. Yes, the top notes of O.S. are difficult, but the reward is in the gorgeous spicy, creamy-woody drydown, which lasts and lasts.
Yes, Aoud Musk is potent and gorgeous - my favorite Montale so far. As is often remarked, it has a lot of similarities with Nasomatto Duro.
Another vote for fall and winter. More broadly speaking, the eight months featuring an "r" in their name tend to work better with my heavy use of fragrance than the other four.
The colder and...
This month: Tom Ford Tobacco Oud and Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa Leather.
Montale Aoud Musk. Like it a lot!
I placed an order for this one yesterday... after only one try a week earlier. The opening is very heavy on the citrus, which AdP does very well, of course. A gorgeous burst of lemon. Then there are...
Rive Gauche pour Homme. Just can't do anise.
Creed Original Vetiver is one of my favorites in the heat.