Yep. Just picked it up again a few months ago and wondered why it took me so long.
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Yep. Just picked it up again a few months ago and wondered why it took me so long.
from jasonx's 'drobe
They each serve a different mood better than anything else in the herd, and on a given day one usually stands out from the other two, but I cannot imagine being without:
swapped away my bottle of Kouros and a couple of inexpensive backups to get a backup of Knize Ten.
A few years back in January, I filled a 10ml atomizer with some vintage Antaeus, and wore it once a week religiously (Toastmaster meetings). At the end of the year, it was empty (or pretty close). ...
This, a thousand times this. Wearing it today, actually.
Easier to wear if you look like Fabio, or just don't care what other people think. I like it very much, though: 4/5
Are you including Caron in your estimate of 20% of reformulations being for the better?
just curious :)
I've bought from Amazon for the past three years and have yet to have any qualms about their service or products, perfumes or otherwise.
I stopped using Dial soap for this very reason. When I used Dial (and I blew through a dozen bars of the gold-colored stuff), my scents fell off around lunchtime, on average. When I switched to...
I've struggled with this as well, particularly given the recent climate of regluation and reformulation. Long story short: I've bought backups, but only where I know that a scent isn't what it once...
Jeez. As an experiment, when I got my first bottle of Antaeus - I decanted some into a 10 ml sprayer and used it once per week. The decant lasted one year - this was powerful vintage stuff, mind...
Cuir de Russie
ehm, I'm late to this thread and all, but wouldn't it be shorter to list all the scents that haven't been reformulated or watered-down?
...assuming such things exist...
IMHO, they're all just variations on a yawn.
Hobby, disorder, addiction...it's all a matter of degrees. :D
The green chrome paste is an abrasive you apply to the strop - on its own the leather doesn't do much at all, but with the paste it...
I've used straights exclusively for that last three years or so, and the answer is: it depends. You can do fine with a couple of leather strops, some green chorme paste, and a decent waterstone for...
Tom Ford Japon Noir? It was either that or Tobacco Vanille that brought JV to mind right away. That said, it's not a good substitute from an economic sense.
The last Trumper's that I bought was Curzon, and sadly for me it bloomed uncontrollably one afternoon, gassing me out of my office. I promptly sold off the bottle and never looked back at the line. ...
I use it as an aftershave, in the winter, after using witch hazel. In the summertime, I don't notice any difference after using, although it's humid here during the summer which runs from May to...
I have Antaeus, Yatagan, and Kouros, and have sampled M7.
I put Antaeus tops, followed by Yatagan and Kouros, and have no intention of being without any of these three. M7 I can do without.
I emptied two bottles of Platinum Egoiste and Herrera for Men, many many years ago. No long have either of them, though.
Next runner-up: a 50 ml bottle of Antaeus - I've been at it for...three...
Probably a bit late to this thread, but I've been using the straight exclusively for nearly two years now and have no urge to try anything else. I used a Merkur HD for a short while which is (IMHO)...
Shower beforehand, apply some cream or soap to a brush and build a lather on my face.
Strop the razor while the lather soaks in.
Re-apply lather and make first pass.
re-lather, second pass,...
Normally I take two passes with a straight razor in the morning, but I'll shave in the evening if I have to look sharp that night. I'll do one pass in the morning to look presentable, one (closer)...
Own, wear, and love all three. Each has its place and time, but Antaeus is the one with the most backup bottles.
I took a whiff of the reformulated juice and then promptly stocked up on vintage. The newer juice has the same feel but not IMHO the same warmth or depth
I went with Pasha and left well enough alone. Do I think this is a masterpiece? Nope. But it's hardly cheap and abominable. It's a bit synthetic, sure, but I've smelled much, much worse.
I tried twice to get samples from Penhaligon's and both times was met with deafening silence. I've not tried since and I don't see my attitude towards them changing in the foreseeable future.
I'm considering between Cartier Pasha and Maubossin Homme. Maybe I'll layer the two.
I kind of wish Giorgio for Men had a bit more "oomph". Just a little more "oomph", and people in the next building could appreciate my cologne.
Hmmm. If I'm sampling it I start from the mindset of "win me over" and look for reasons to not drop the cash.
If I've bought blind, I tend to be more forgiving and take my time. Since I've...
No house is completely hit-or-miss for me.
Guerlain has been a string of misses for me, excepting their vetiver which IMHO absolves the rest of their line-up.
Every other house has their...
I wouldn't think twice if I smelled it on a woman.
Antaeus is a beautiful scent - my holy grail, in fact. Azuree is a close runner-up, though, and it took a moment for me to work up the courage...
Aramis New West for Men. I read all the notes and understand them, but I really only get three 'notes' from this one:
Why I wear anything else, I have no...
I choose based on my tastes. I'm the one wearing it and have to smell myself all day long.
PdN Baladin. Kind of thin, herbal, and sour at the get-go, but it's warmed up and developed some depth. I don't catch much leather in this one, though.
Yes, well, I have it and am wearing it already. :)
I am, however, insanely curious how well this scent will be promoted and/or adopted by the fragrance-buying public. Will we smell Giorgio for...
When I received Giorgio for Men as a gift in 1989, it was pale green in color, not dissimilar to the color of today's Guerlain Vetiver.
The bottle I received earlier this week (and am wearing...
I bought Chanel Egoiste Concentree blind off ebay, convinced that I would love it. I didn't. I smelled of Apple Pie and decided that life is too short to smell of Apple Pie. So I swapped...
No. 5 was a review I enjoyed immensely (from both authors), as well as Troisieme Homme, and Yatagan especially for calling to mind Kaa the Snake which was IMHO a stroke of...
Antaeus. It just smells right and lasts forever.
I wore Pasha de Cartier on my b-day. Of course, throughout the day I had endless recriminations, but it was all good.
Currently hooked on Azuree, wear it perhaps once or twice a week at the moment. Considering Lauder for Men (must sniff soon), and am afraid to sniff around the EL counter for fear I'll need a...
Have a bottle of Giorgio BH for men en route, and yesterday pulled the trigger on a bottle of PdN Baladin. I think there's an older bottle of Yatagan en route to me as well. At least I hope it's...
Quality is good to have, but IMHO fit is priority one. Most stylish folks I know shun well-made but poorly-fitting garments in favor of things that just fit well.
Proper fit makes a garment wear...
styleforum.com has a number of intelligent and helpful style mavens. Probably less conservative than AAAC. Separate fora for dress (suit) wear and streetwear, which is convenient. Search before...
Certainly easier than coming up with something original and different.
Heh, I've bought more blind than sampled. But for the most part they've been relatively inexpensive and sane choices. More good than bad
Chanel Antaeus (big win)
Chanel Egoiste (boo!)
I may be stating what others already know, but - iirc- that was the sentiment behind Turin's first guide - he fouhnd a publisher who didn't really care what it was, but just knew that people would...
I preferred Isfarkand first, but as time went on I started liking OM much more.
I'm likewise curious as to your thoughts on this one. My two-year-old bottle reminds me strongly of a recently-used fireplace, so I recommended it to an acquantenace. He ordered a sample and...
heh, I said that once. Now I have a dozen straight razors and have more en route. The good news is that my ack binge has slowed down a bit.
Highly recommend badger & blade, I post there (Thomas) and have gotten lots of excellent advise there on razors, soaps and creams. However, if you think these people are enablers, you should see the...
I wear french cuffs and use silk knots instead of cuff links. Love them.
arpege reminded me of a watermelon jolly rancher. I don't like watermelon Jolly Rancher.
That's similar to my pronunciation. On-TAY-us.
Egoiste is a well-crafted scent, but I admire it from a distance. The times I've worn it, it's been aloof and has never engaged me - a beautiful porcelain-skinned woman who does not smile or make...
Today a co-worker had big green sillage, reminded me of Polo Green (he's old-school). Went into his office, whole office smelled green, but sweeter than I recalled. It was Polo Green.
I find Bel Ami and Yatagan to be reasonably close matches (within my limited wardrobe), with Yatagan heavier on the burning oak scent and Bel Ami heavier on the spice/pepper.
However, IMHO -...
Today I'm wearing PdN New York and 6 hours later it is still loud and clear. Two sprays only - one on chest, one on wrist, which touches other wrist. Most of my scents stick around like that,...
I wouldn't consider PE thick or boozy. Unless boozy was more along the vein of, say, Beefeater Gin. If you're thinking more towards bourbon, I would think you'd had Egoiste, which certainly has its...
O-M is the only fragrance left on my to-buy list, at least at full retail. I'm still nursing my sample, and it is exceptional. Sometime this year I'll break down and splurge on a full bottle...
During and after college, I wore primarily PE, but wore Herrera for Men when I knew I would be around the ladies. Went through two bottles of PE before I stopped wearing scents for a while. Now I...
Chanel and Hermes seem to work wonders on me. Strangely, Antaeus is tops on my list, then the rest follow at a respectful distance.
Hated Guerlains with a passion, never could find one that...
Not sure if New West counts in this list, but it was quite the gem.
Pleasant, unobtrusive, somewhat sweet but not cloying. Stays on its best behavior as one would when visiting distant relatives. I wear it during the holidays and at no other time.
Love it, used up two bottles through the years, and working (slowly) on a third. The wonderful drydown is worth the harsh opening.
Aramis New West.
XS = Platinum Egoiste
Egoiste = Trumper's Sandalwood
I cannot tolerate a single spray anywhere. This one may be a classic but it does not work on me at all. Six sprays would clear the house.
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However, the truth is that some I don't have simply because they've had their day. I mean, who still buys Drakkar Noir? I had a bottle, used it,...
If you like TdH, then I would suggest TdH. John Varvatos is a good scent, but I wouldn't consider buying it blind, considering that you already know you like TdH
But, that's nearly half my rotation.
I switched to a straight razor and artisan-made shaving soaps earlier this year, and I have not looked back. I've cut myself more times than I can count, but my face looks and feels far better than...
Ha! I bought Egoiste cologne concentree and was disturbed to realize that the incredibly familiar smell then on my wrist was apple pie!
Actually, the Mrs. liked Herrera for Men - very much actually. Maybe I should spring for a bottle again.
She has bought for me:
Touch (Fred Hayman)
Paris Hilton for Men
You'll note that they...
Antaeus is my #1 go-to scent. I'm in trouble if I ever grow tired of it, I have enough for the next few decades.
A very close second is New West, and not just for the nostalgia of it all.
To expand, Knize Ten reminds me of a ton of talc-covered flowers dropped on my head. It's a battering ram of carnations and daisies. It's back in college, waking up hungover in...
Every day I thank my lucky stars that I opted for the decant and did NOT spring for a bottle of Knize Ten. All the subtlety of a Mack Truck, and every bit as masculine as Laura Ashley.
I hate to say this, but wearing lipstick at any price point will NOT make my life easier by any measure. ;)
That would require that I have 15 scents that I like.
Aramis New West
Helmut Lang Cuiron
L'Artisan Patchouli Patch.
That's it. The rest - I can leave them.
Agreed 100% Whether you create a masterpiece or a watered-down copy, it still comes down to people buying it. And, most people seldom buy for quality - they buy to be in fashion.
My wife hates them all. I keep thinking "she'll like this one" just to be disappointed yet again.
This thing is, at least a few on your list will not be easily found, no matter where you go. Cuiron (iirc) is discontinued, so as much as I like it, you won't likely find it at retail. A number of...
1.) Summer or 'Casual: New West
2.) Winter or 'Formal': Antaeus
3.) All-Purpose: Patchouli Patch
4.) Romantic: Herrera for Men
5.) Just Because, I LIKE It. Shut up: Platinum Egoiste
Polo green. Hands down. It's a big green monster, but it had to be to not get drowned out by the bold madras and orange-striped tie/belts that came from the same house.
Of all the fragrances I have and enjoy - not many, mind you - there is only one that has ever inspired positive comment - Herrera for Men. Lots and lots of positive comments. Aggressively positive...
And, therein lies the issue. Your GF marking you as hers and wants you to become invisible to other women. Happens all the time. Next, she'll have you trade in your sports car for a minivan, and...
I don't know about the original, but Egoiste Concentree is a dead ringer for Trumper Sandalwood. Too bad I'm not a fan of either.
I thought it was the ginger.
It's one of my faves and it lasts a good while for me. I love the drydown, but if I've been smelling it for a while, I quickly become habituated to it and don't notice that it's still around.
I received a large bottle of it from a then-girlfriend. It was her former BF's signature scent, and I recoiled - I was wearing New West at the time. I wore it for a time but never appreciated it. ...
Recommend Antaeus and Platinum Egoiste. Than again, those are my preferences only, your results may vary, you should test them on you to be sure you're happy with the end result.
Another vote for not the same. UIII is a more satisfying, fuller scent that DN, without the leathery notes. I get more blueberries (which I love) and roses, and it lasts well enough for me, but...
Hmmm, the mrs. isn't exactly in a hurry to tear my clothes off after my morning run. Actually, she runs the other direction. Maybe it's not for her.
Loved - LOVED, I tell you - both fragrances, and still wear PE in the rotation. Next purchase will be New West.
Curzon, by Geo F. Trumper (UK) strikes me as similar, but with a citrus tang at the start.