These are not niche but worth looking at, and are of high quality:
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
Comme des Garcons Wonderwood
Guerlain Homme Intense
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These are not niche but worth looking at, and are of high quality:
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
Comme des Garcons Wonderwood
Guerlain Homme Intense
I've been doing some reading and apparently there is a big difference between the old metal bottle and the new glass bottle.
As described by a reviewer:
Just FYI, I have the new glass...
Not at all.
Very classy without trying hard, fresh without being sharp.
If it smelled like an old man, I wouldnt wear it.
Kiton Men - Bloomingdales, get it, you wont regret it.
You'll even have extra cash for another frag!
My EDP says 78%
You're not alone, thats why I recommended Amour de Cacao.
That patchouli note is pretty distinct, and IMO ruins LIDGE up front.
I have a 4ml sample of it, and it hasnt been touched since someone...
Gucci Pour Homme 2003 - Sweetly woody incense.
Polo Modern Reserve - Polo's Mean Green's nicer, younger brother.
Guerlain Homme L'eau - Never smelled it, but a lot of people on here look for it.
Cheap: Comptoir Sud Pacifique - Amoue de Cacao
Chocolate pie with whipped cream and orange zest.
Lasts quite a long time.
2 purchases coming up in the fall:
Sebastiane Espresso Royale
Kerosene Unknown Pleasures
I am mostly selling off my unwanteds now, consolidating.
Really good start by you.
Start with a small number or sprays and work your way up until comfortable.
These prices include shipping to CONUS only.
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Creed - Aventus - Tester No Cap 13U01 Batch ~118ml...
I dont recommend this one much, but there is plenty of love for this one.
Bentley for Men Intense.
Got mine on eBay for $61.
Issey Miyake L'eau D'Issey Summer 2014 - Grapefruit, sea breeze.
Kiton Men - Fruity chypre, yet fresh for work and casual.
Guerlain Homme L'eau Boisee - Cold, smashed lime, with vetiver grass and...
I think Kiton Men is a must try.
Fruity chypre with a fresh side.
Very versatile, good performance, I usually smell it on me late in the evening.
Much more affordable than Creed.
$165 for Creed Aventus in a tester bottle.
When I cant figure out what else to wear..
The EDP is a nice one, but not worth the money IMO.
I get a better sandalwood that lasts longer out of Santal Noble, no doubt.
I bought mine $20 for 100ml.
After a few wears, I was against wearing it anymore.
It is quite loud to start, then a skin scent after a couple of hours.
Probably best on a hot day.
There were just...
I wouldnt call it heavier.
Its certainly just as airy as the GH EDT, just a different twist.
You can buy testers of GHLB on BeautyEncounter for about $35 for 2.7oz with a coupon.
If you appreciate...
I owned Higher briefly, I thought it was sharply fresh, but its longevity wasnt great, and the scent a bit generic.
The EDT is solid, light, juicy, transparent.
The EDP is thicker, rich, and spicy.
I really dont like either one all that much, I prefer Guerlain Homme L'eau Boisee by leaps and bounds.
Narciso Rodriguez for Him - Raw emotion in a bottle, and not the good kind. Its wet, its dark. Its a large man with a comb over sporting a purple velvet jump suit wearing Drakkar Noir in the rain....
This seems like an Alfarom scent, right up his alley.
Its about 1000 miles from mine. :)
Tam Dao EDP + DSH Coffee Absolute
It was nice, im going to try Santal Noble + Coffee Absolute tomorrow.
I havent had any go bad, but we'll see what happens with my father.
He keeps the castoffs I give him in a cabinet in the bathroom, same room as a shower.
We'll see how long they last.
Lalique White - 4.2oz $31 - Nice fresh scent that doesnt involve much citrus, but lemon leaf, tamarind, pepper and a little lavender.
Guerlain Homme L'eau Boisee - Tester on BeautyEncounter $35 -...
I mix it up about once a week, usually a Friday during the day.
Guerlain Homme L'eau Boisee
Issey Miyake L'eau D'issey Summer 2014
Not available to sample for free, but you could get a few samples on eBay.
Sounds like your nose is a "crowd pleaser" based on your experiences.
Lalique White is just that, but...
Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Mokha to me, has a very fleeting coffee note at the top, then dries down to a very sweet red raspberry and vanilla.
I will say DSH's Coffee Absolute is coffee, coffee,...
Never tried the original, but the Summer editions are pretty nice from start to finish!
"Wow, thats great!" - Lalique White, simple but well done.
"Wow, thats awful!" - Dior Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir.
I'd probably grab Aventus and DHI and be square.
I'd probably decant them, god forbid there is an accident in your suitcase!
Issey Miyake L'eau D'issey Summer 2014.
Grapefruit, sun and ocean breeze.
Kiton Men is so versatile, I'd pick that.
My girlfriend gets gitty when I wear it.
Lalique White, Herbal lemon leaf, tamarind, and light pepper.
It would fit in nicely and keep your personal space smelling nicely.
4.2oz on Overstock for $31 shipped, no tax, with coupon.
Within the 3 I would rate LIDGE as the most masculine, then Amour de Cacao, then DHI as the least masculine.
To me, Iris, makeup bag cant possibly be more masculine than a realistic pie like...
I dont know what thats like yet.
If I could see myself wearing it, even in a few years, I'll keep it.
At least its still available for you to pick up again.
The EDP? Really?
Wow. Leather, Almond, Incense to me!
To each his own, but I will say one thing.
2 bottles of cheap cologne will never get you to feel like you're wearing a well made, well done fragrance.
Does this mean spending $100? Not necessarily....
Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisée in the summer.
Lalique Encre Noire in the winter.
The GHLB, I get a really fresh, juicy lime at the start, then grassy vetiver, then an ever so slight smoked rooty...
I have it on paper from testing it out yesterday, and its still wafting off the paper after 24 hours.
I'll try it on my skin on the next chance I get. Its gotta be a cool day.
Fall/Winter: Midnight in Paris EDP
Spring/Summer: Kiton Men
I havent, no.
I tried other Montale and Mancera fragrances, and pretty much gave up on the offerings from them.
On a bitterly cold day, this one will be awesome!
Save your pennies for 1 bottle of something great instead.
Lalique White on Overstock with a coupon is about $31 for 4.2 ounces.
Sweet seems to be the theme here.
Not a fan of most of your list, but to each his own.
2 others off your list to consider in the same realm.
Jacomo for Men (Silver)
Bentley for Men Intense
Agreed. Its not a substitute for either, but possibly a compliment.
Its very real smelling to me.
You can smell the cold cream like texture at first.
I make a triple layer chocolate pie sometimes,...
Michael Jordan Legend (Coffee/Vanilla)
Encre Noire (Vetiver)
Lalique White (Lemon Leaf)
Aspen for Men
The resemblance is definitely there on this one.
It opens with a creamy slightly sweetened from vanilla, cocoa with a true orange note.
It smells like pudding mix, with chocolate and orange.
I havent given up... ... ... yet.
I have a Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Mokha 1.7 oz bottle on the way.
I paired it with 3.3oz Amour de Cacao to see if I can get the LIDGE cocoa without the filth...
Agreed. Lose the gem top, and put on a plain chromed for black plastic cap similar to Creed's and its a completely different look.
Santal Noble. Serial # 213064
Check the vault!
It is a tester.
I havent sprayed it because I want to send it back.
As you can see in the picture some of the juice is gone, meaning either it spilled out or worse, evaporated from being exposed...
To me, I get a sweeter myrrh, herbal tarragon, sparkling incense off the top.
There may be coffee in there, but im not seeing it as a main player in this.
I dont get a creamy sandalwood like...
I smelled the bottle again this morning.
There is just no way I could wear it and feel comfortable.
I really dont smell coffee at all. Burnt, roasted or otherwise.
Maybe the new formula is...
Here are some pictures to illustrate what im talking about.
The size of the gem at the top is different as well as the gold tone on the cap.
Is this the difference between tester and...
I have GHI and GHLB and they are different scents.
GHI: Mint, Rhubarb jam, Spiced Rum. Great for night.
GHLB: Squeezed lime, fresh vetiver grass, then cedar with vetiver root drydown....
I got Eau des Iles in today.
Funky twist top bottle with 2 gold "Eau des Iles" stickers on it.
From the smell of the juice ON the bottle and the little that got on my fingers, I just couldnt pull...
Interesting concept scent, I own a big bottle but I've never worn it.
My girlfriend likes it for a change of pace when shes feeling a little more forward.
I also own 13U01 batch.
Its a great balanced batch, in 12J01 and 13U01 I get a lot of a bracing Black Currant.
Im wondering if some are confusing Pineapple with Black Currant.
I get virtually...
I have a newly acquired bottle of Lalique White.
I really enjoy it, but im slightly anosmic to it.
I smell it for about 2 hours or so, but I can walk in the door after 5-6 hours and my girlfiend...
If its only EDC/EDT/EDP fragrances, I'd guess 1 in 25 or 4%.
If its including aftershaves, balms, splashes like Aqua Velva, I'll guess its 1 in 4 or 25%.
If you're comfortable in your own skin and dont mind a smooth, well defined composition that could be worn by either sex, you'll be fine.
If you prefer uber masculine compositions this may not be...
DHI & Midnight in Paris
Touted as feminine, I think they're both pretty awesome, unisex leaning masculine.
I prefer Midnight in Paris over DHI, im in the minority on that one.
The only one in my collection that I dont wear out very much, but love its uber-masculine vibe is...
Polo Green aka Mean Green.
Its easier to offend people with fragrance now, more than ever...
I'd find it unlikely for this brand to be faked, but I see some differences in 2 bottles I received from a seller on eBay.
Eau des Iles - Twist top sprayer, two stickers on the bottle (side and...
Guerlain Homme L'eau Boisee - Lime, Vetiver, Cedar
I prefer it over Terre d'Hermes Parfum for airy summer wearing.
Love: Coffee, Sandalwood, Suede Leather.
Hate: Tomato Leaf, Cardamom, Fig, Teak Wood.
Thank you for the clarification, I think the smaller bottles look more classy and classic than the 100ml red ones.
They look a little tacky, but I've seen worse!
Is it purely a difference in bottle size?
Clear is 50ml and Red is 100ml?
My girlfriend melts when I wear Kiton Men around her.
She has the same effect with GIT, but prefers Kiton.
I think Kiton is one of those scents you can wear to the office and you can wear...
Zero old man vibe.
If it did, I wouldnt own it.
Its sweet fruit with ligh florals.
Its difficult to describe, I do not find it has a resemblance to Aventus.
More so the ambergris dry down of...
I've tried both.
Kiton exudes class, Higher exudes cheap.
Kiton is not spicy though, its a fruity chypre.
My signature scent, very easy to wear.
I find it difficult to find an occasion to actually wear DHI.
A formal wedding or dinner in the winter seems to be ideal.
I have a July 2013 bottle with the darker juice, and how the above was...
I jumped at the chance to get both Eau des Iles and Santal Noble for a great price.
I've worn Santal Noble for a few times and I like it, there is oak moss in it for sure.
I wish it wasnt in there,...
Lalique - White
Kiton - Men
Comme des Garcons - Wonderwood
I know lilydirect.com says "No coupons", but I notice that they've had coupons in the past.
Anyone have a discount code handy?
I applied more of the Santal Noble, 3 sprays, and I do not get the "old attic" note this time.
Not sure if this is FBW for me yet, but its certainly growing on me!
To me, this smells like:
Thank you everyone for the recommendations.
Narciso Rodriquez for Him. My description:
I dont know what that was. It was moistness, dank, dark, crime, felonies, fear, loathing, panic, running like the wind, and then you run smack into the...
Mancera Aoud Cafe
L'eau D'Issey Summer 2014 if you want to smell good, but not project everywhere.
Good stuff, light.
There is something to be said for not being "that guy over there who wears too much".
This one is easy.
BB in the straw. Likely OK. If its a tester, sometimes they get banged around a bit.
Most important, how does it smell?
We're on the same page.
I considered tracking down a sample for a couple of days, but decided against it with my latest experience with Santal Noble.
I read plenty of reviews around Eau de Iles,...
I get zero coffee out of this.
Bond No. 9 - I Love NY for All is next
I picked up I Love NY for All samples on eBay. 3 for $12.
I am about 300 miles from NYC, upstate, but I do put in sample orders with them.
It had me curious, as I've found Mancera's citrus openings to be pretty bright, almost harsh.
I have a sample of Dark Aoud, and I have seen many comparisons of Aoud Ever to Dark Aoud.
"Its Dark Aoud with citrus"
If this is the case, can someone compare the citrus with another fragrance...
Im glad you like it.
I may buy a bottle in the fall.
This has been mentioned enough times in this thread.
I'll order some samples. Thanks.
Trying Santal Noble again today.
I just cant do the old attic thing with the creamy coffee.
I know a lot of people like it, and good for you if you can pull this off.
Im holding out hope for...
I'd say Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver or Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine.
You would need to test the Orange Sanguine, it may be worth your time.
Correct, no sandalwood, but it is the most authentic coffee dominated fragrance I've smelled.
I will wear it a few more times before deciding if its worth buying, I may change my mind.
Its tough to...
Thanks for describing it.
How does the coffee note compare to Santal Noble's?
I get a sheer coffee note in Santal Noble, very similar to Trussardi Inside Man's but without that huffy teak wood...
Im on the Coffee & Sandalwood warpath, and I wish there were more of these types of aromatic scents and less aquatics that waste shelf space.
Trussardi Inside Man - Fumey coffee, no...
Doug, how sweet is this?
I saw that one as well, but didnt see sandalwood in the note breakdown, so I passed on it.
Santal Noble is a nice scent, not meant for casual living however.
I tried Santal Noble.
Reminds me of Trussardi Inside Man in the dry down but smoother.
Not bottle worthy for me, I dont know when I would wear this to make a bottle worth it, I'll just wear the 2...