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    Default New member here. Just bought Elite by Floris.

    I have just bought a small bottle of Elite by Floris today.

    It is rather nice (so far) and it has attracted positive comments from two female colleagues in the few hours I have been wearing it.

    I had not even dreamt there was a website like this! Fascinating reading the reviews.

    Fragrance still has to pass ultimate test. (Does wife like it on me?)

    I like it a lot more than last fragrances (gifts) CK1 and Kouros.

    I am a mid-forties IT professional with 21 and 14 year old daughters and (non glamorous!) home based lifestyle in UK. However I like to be smart for work and going out and like a fragrance that suits me as a middle aged guy rather than a young buck.

    Wife likes Chanel 5.

    The reviews I have read here so far suggest Eau Sauvage would suit me also (although I am heading for Old Spice age soon!!) or is too 'young' for me?

    Any other suggestions for a six foot one 46 year old, happily married, English guy who likes to dress traditionally (but well) and isn't trying to interest other women but wants a distinguised 'classic' fragrance that will fit in anywhere?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: New member here. Just bought Elite by Floris.

    I should add that I do not have an expert nose and most of my previous eau de colognes etc were bought as presents by wife or the kids.

    The only purchase I made myself was a bottle of something expensive that I liked the smell of when I was in Harrods (for the first and only time) buying a radio. The radio cost enough to qualify me to use the gents facilities free of charge just by presenting the receipt to the door attendant.

    When washing up I noticed an array of free to use colognes at the hand basins and smelt a few, tried the one I liked most, and then went and bought some.

    To this day I cannot remember what it was called unfortunately.

    This Elite still smells nice though.

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    Default Re: New member here. Just bought Elite by Floris.

    Oh, man, my friend, there are loads of scents for you to plow through. In a way, I'm jealous--you've got great scents to experience that I've already smelled. How much I wish I could smell many of them for the first time all over again.

    Elite? Wow is that fantastic. A great scent with a very nicely done floral element in the center of a masculine scent. A fantastic choice.

    What to suggest to you and what to send you to smell? Hard decision, but let me hit you with some very interesting and very conservative scent suggestions--ones that won't make you a young buck but will show you've got great taste in making yourself smell.

    First hit Floris Vetiver, from the classic collection or line that they offer. It might be harder to find, but if you've got Elite available perhaps Vetiver isn't too hard to find. I think this is singular dark smell magic.

    Also see if you can find Bois du Portugal, or Royal English Leather, by a manufacturer named Creed. These can be expensive, though, and there's no end of controversy on Basenotes related to the value of Creed products.

    Further, I wrote a primer on how to find your way learning scents on another thread and it and the thread might be helpful to you. Here's the link:http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=188041

    (Not exactly your same situation, but the path to thinking about fragrances is the same.)

    Welcome to Basenotes and come back to tell us all your experiences with the next things you try! Glad to have you here!
    --Chris
    That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me.

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    Default Re: New member here. Just bought Elite by Floris.

    Thanks for the link DustB.

    That is quite a lot to think about. I live in an average/small city with a couple of decent sized department stores that seem to have a reasonable array of mens fragrances so trying out some of your suggestions will not be too difficult.

    I came across the Floris Elite in a very convoluted way. I am slowly reading my through some of the 15 volumes of Winston Churchill's official biography that I have spent years collecting in first edition (the Martin Gilbert 'opus magnus') but every now and then I have to put a volume down and go and research some Churchill 'trivia' on the web.

    Lately that trivia has been to find out who his favoured tailors/hatters/shoe & boot makers were. (Henry Poole of Savile row/James Lock/John Lobb Ltd of St James if anyone is interested!) In the course of this research I came across the name of Floris and their classic Floris Special No. 127 and found out they were located in Jermyn Street (where WSC also had his shirts made)

    I looked up Floris on the internet and was gratified to find they are still in existence and are still English owned and manufactured in England. (Unusual for a perfume house I think.) Just by chance, when I was in a local chemist today (a fairly exclusive little place near where I work that stock Chanel also) I noticed they had some Floris JF and Floris Elite so I had to try some. I bought a 50ml Eau de Toilette for 22.50 UK pounds. (They had never stocked No.127 so that remains a mystery to me.)

    So there you are. Sorry for the little 'essay' but I doubt many people come across a perfume they tried via reading a Politicians biography. (Or maybe you all have!)

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    Default Re: New member here. Just bought Elite by Floris.

    Hey there TSH and welcome to Basenotes. As you've mentioned already you'll find a great joy and possibly a big learning experience while visiting/reviewing BN. Honestly I have to admit (just like DustB mentioned) i'm also somewhat jealous and wished that i could go back in time and re-visit those first "whiffs". Since i'm a man (also in the IT dept/logistics) in my early 40's I've recently discovered Escada PH. This scent has been around for sometime now and it's always amazes me on how i always turned my back on it but abruptly would pinch myself and ask "why I never purchased this". I can honestly say this is my "signature scent". Although me being a scentaholic that might change just like the weather does in Southern California. You'll be amazed from what you will learn from the gents/ladies here on BN. I feel as though the writing is so professionally done and the analogies are so appropriate that i can actually get away from work sitting at my desk and pretend that i am somewhere else (if that makes sense to you). Sorry my English is not up to par as most people on here, i often say that my "American language" is better than my "English language". Well i do hope you enjoy a everlasting experience in the perfume/parfum etc world.

    Kind regards,
    Jim M.

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    Default Re: New member here. Just bought Elite by Floris.

    Hello and welcome to basenotes.

    You have a a fun and interesting journey ahead of you. First, let me second the recommendations of DustB and jimzcali--Escada Pour Homme and the two Creeds would, I think, be very good candidates for your investigation. Eau Sauvage is definitely one you should try--it is the classic citrus scent and not at all too youthful for you.

    Besides Floris, you also have other esteemed British fragrance establishments readily available to you--Trumpers, Czech & Speake, and Penhaligons. These three should provide you with hours of investigation. Here are their addresses:

    http://www.trumpers.com/

    http://www.czechspeake.com/

    http://www.penhaligons.co.uk/

    Let me recommend Equipage by Hermes as one you should look into.

    Good luck on your search.

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    Default Re: New member here. Just bought Elite by Floris.

    Quote Originally Posted by TSH
    Thanks for the link DustB.

    I came across the Floris Elite in a very convoluted way. I am slowly reading my through some of the 15 volumes of Winston Churchill's official biography that I have spent years collecting in first edition (the Martin Gilbert 'opus magnus') but every now and then I have to put a volume down and go and research some Churchill 'trivia' on the web.

    Lately that trivia has been to find out who his favoured tailors/hatters/shoe & boot makers were. (Henry Poole of Savile row/James Lock/John Lobb Ltd of St James if anyone is interested!) In the course of this research I came across the name of Floris and their classic Floris Special No. 127 and found out they were located in Jermyn Street (where WSC also had his shirts made)

    I looked up Floris on the internet and was gratified to find they are still in existence and are still English owned and manufactured in England. (Unusual for a perfume house I think.) Just by chance, when I was in a local chemist today (a fairly exclusive little place near where I work that stock Chanel also) I noticed they had some Floris JF and Floris Elite so I had to try some. I bought a 50ml Eau de Toilette for 22.50 UK pounds. (They had never stocked No.127 so that remains a mystery to me.)

    So there you are. Sorry for the little 'essay' but I doubt many people come across a perfume they tried via reading a Politicians biography. (Or maybe you all have!)
    Welcome aboard, if you happen to have a John Lewis dept store in your neighbourhood, you might be able to sample Floris #127. In addition, to what some others have recommended, you might want to sample offerings from:

    DR Harris
    http://www.drharris.co.uk/drharris.htm

    Truefitt & Hill

    http://www.truefittandhill.com/

    & those from the defunct Crown Perfumery (if you can still lay your hands on them). I'll also mention that sampling fragrances from the venerable French house of Guerlain are essential.

    As an aside, if you are still embarking upon your trivial pursuit re: Poole, Lobb et al, you need to grace London's Saville row with your presence, there you can indulge in all sorts of stylish porn...

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    Default Re: New member here. Just bought Elite by Floris.

    Thanks for the Links everyone.

    On my next trip to London I may browse some of these venerable establisments.

    I certainly could not afford a pair of James Lobb handmade shoes (about 2200 GB pounds upwards!) or a Henry Poole bespoke suit but I can get a Churchill cigar from the establishment that supplied his at James J Fox & Robert Lewis of St James Street. (His favourite chair is there) The nearest equivalent would be a Romeo y Julieto Rubusto 48 gauge at 11.75 pounds for one...

    http://www.jjfox.co.uk/ecom/main_ind...=5&brand=ROMEO

    I could get a black Fedora hat from James Lock & company and then visit Floris in Jermyn street to try the Special no. 127

    In the meantime I will put Eau Sauvage on my Christmas present list and try to find a Creed stockist. Yes we have a John Lewis here in town and I will follow up your suggestions there too.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by TSH; 17th November 2006 at 07:33 AM.

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    Default Re: New member here. Just bought Elite by Floris.

    Dear TSH,

    My favourite fragrances are the classic gentleman genre!

    My absolute best recommendation?

    Dunhill For Men 1934

    One of the greatest frags ever, and perfect for what you ask for. Distinct, long lasting, history in a bottle, classy. (My wedding frag - I am biased!) The Dunhill store in London are one of the only stockists worldwide (I'm sure they would ship to you, they wouldn't to me!)

    Hell buy a bottle of Dunhill Edition too, as it's another great. These two frags make my top 5, pretty good for one house.

    On your next trip to London, spend a day on Jermyn Street visiting Floris, Czech and Speake and Trumpers. Sniff away, and choose what takes your fancy. It's pointless me recommending anything as it's better to smell their huge variety yourself. Or write to them, Trumpers in particular will send you stacks of samples.

    I entirely agree with the suggestion of Creed Bois du Portugal. If you are a Churchill fan, also try Creed Vintage Tabarome, apparently one of his favourites. They are much more expensive than the other suggestions, but are worth it.

    Eau Sauvage? Yeah it's nice, but a bit boring (I own it and wear it so I'm not totally bagging it) but for gentleman-ly frags that are easy to get locally for Christmas (or on the internet), you could do a lot better...

    I prefer gentlemanly with a little edge / originality - try Guerlain's 4 masterpieces - Vetiver, Habit Rouge, Heritage and Derby - in those four, you MUST find one you like, and will have one of the greats. Each have a bit of edge / originality which sets them apart. Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree and Antaeus would also be worth trying. Try Caron Pour un Homme - pure lavender and vanilla, and Givenchy Gentleman - pure patchouli - these are both very much "acquired tastes".

    Check all of these recs on the internet as many can be had significantly cheaper on line (particularly the Guerlains, Carons and Givenchy, and the Dunhill Edition, the others you will have to buy full price)

    Ged
    Top 10 (not in order): Dunhill 1934, Dunhill Edition, Terre d'Hermes, Rive Gauche, Habit Rouge, Guerlain Vetiver, Knize Ten, Bois du Portugal, Vintage Tabarome, Green Irish Tweed

    Summer Rotation: GIT, Aventus, Erolfa, Vetiver 1948, Guerlain Vetiver, Malle VE, Terre d'Hermes, Bvlgari PH, Bvlgari Acqua, Habit Rouge EDC and Sport, ADP Colonia Assoluta, Chanel PMC, Dunhill Edition, Eau Sauvage, TF Azure Lime

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    Default Re: New member here. Just bought Elite by Floris.

    PS I love your reference to Lobb shoes! It is a lifelong ambition of mine to own a pair. For the time being, I will make do with Churchs!
    Top 10 (not in order): Dunhill 1934, Dunhill Edition, Terre d'Hermes, Rive Gauche, Habit Rouge, Guerlain Vetiver, Knize Ten, Bois du Portugal, Vintage Tabarome, Green Irish Tweed

    Summer Rotation: GIT, Aventus, Erolfa, Vetiver 1948, Guerlain Vetiver, Malle VE, Terre d'Hermes, Bvlgari PH, Bvlgari Acqua, Habit Rouge EDC and Sport, ADP Colonia Assoluta, Chanel PMC, Dunhill Edition, Eau Sauvage, TF Azure Lime

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    Default Re: New member here. Just bought Elite by Floris.

    More Churchill 'trivia' that I just discovered.

    Apart from the Creed Tabarome (and possibly the Floris Special No.127) Winston enjoyed a splash of Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet (created 1902). Seems obvious now given that he was born at Blenheim Palace!

    I had never heard of Penhaligon until now. Another one of those exclusive London based, Royal Warranted outfits.

    I must get up there again soon and do some sampling. Not too far to travel between each establishment (about the same distance apart that a Lord's Valet can throw a gold ingot) should make for an easy window shopping (sniffing) day.

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