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Mouchoir De Monsieur.
Creed Bois du Portugal
YSL Rive Gauche
Founder- Cosa Nosetra
SMN Peau d'Espagne
Caron - Third Man
MALLE NOIR EPICES
EAU SAUVAGE xt
BOGNER, DEEP FOREST
'Il mondo dei profumi č un universo senza limiti: una fraganza puo rievocare sensazioni, luoghi, persone o ancora condurre in uno spazio di nuove dimensioni emozionali' L. V.
VC&A pour homme
Bois du Portugal
In rotation: Greenbriar (new), Silver Mountain Water, Dunhill for Men (1934), Acqua di Parma Colonia, Habit Rouge EDC, Ho Hang, B*Men, Agua Brava
Yes I'd have to agree with the other posts: Trussardi Uomo
Montana for Men
"A great perfume is a work of art, it can lift our days, haunt our nights and create the milestones of our memories. Fragrance is liquid emotion. And that never goes out of fashion. " MICHAEL EDWARDS
I agree with just about everything posted, save Mouchoir de Monsieur, which is almost unisex to me.
Can't believe there's been no mention of Aramis Tuscany.
I don't think Guerlain Derby has been mentioned either.
Chanel Pour Monsieur is sublty alpha in its maleness - it speaks alpha male, firmly but without raising its voice.
Dior Jules is kinda macho, too.
If a guy could attain alpha male status simply by spraying on a little cologne, I think we would all be using that cologne. Being the alpha is all about attitude, not how you smell. However, if I had to pick one cologne that wasn't already mentioned, I'd have to go with Antonio Puig's Quorum. Wear this with a plain white t-shirt, faded blue jeans and black harness boots to pull off the alpha male look.
It's interesting that alot of you seem to equate alpha maleness with "old school bruiser/daddy" scents.
I don't really see it that way. I think in modern terms that Aqua di Gio is the biggest example of the alpha male aesthetic, whereas stuff like Kouros and Quorum may have captured alpha male 20 years ago.
On a first date, I want to try and cast myself as more of an alpha male than usual. So I leave the brainy, risky stuff in the drobe. Still, I'd rather shoot myself than wear AdG or anything like it. So I have to decide upon something that is crisp, clean, a bit loud, confident and yet not too calculating. Something I can wager that all girls will love (its hard trying to plan for pleasing "all", but something I like.
I've decided that my default alpha male first date scent is Paul Smith London. It's just got that trademark "something" about it, like when you smell Le Male, D&G , Allure, AdG, you know exactly what it is. Yet, I don't smell London on anyone else. It's clean, deep, energetic, both warm and cool. It reminds me of picking blackberries at dusk and also of a slight coconut suntan lotion on warm day.
Yeah, I know what you mean. Let's collect modern alpha scents and I want to start with three of my favourites:Originally Posted by Indie_Guy
Hugo Boss Baldessarini (2002)
YSL Rive Gauche (2003)
YSL Kouros Cologne Sport (I believe this counts, it's the modern version of Kouros, dates back from 2003)
Michael Kors Michael for men (2001)
Gucci pour homme (2003)
not too "old":
Kiton men (1996)
Shiseido Basala (1993)
The thing is that with the introduction of watered down scents, aquatic scents, unisex scents and most of all sweet scents for men the instantly detectable masculinity, the "yang" about it them has been "weakened". Some of the scents sold to men nowadays would have been considered way too feminine 20 or more years ago, e.g. Le Male, Rochas Man, Allure, etc., which can easily be pulled of by a woman as well. I doubt it that a woman could pull off Kouros just as easily or Quorum for that matter. In the past you could almost just grab any scent from the department store shelves and hold an "alpha" scent in your hands, e.g. Old Spice, Chanel pour Monsieur, Givenchy Gentleman, etc. ;D This observation of mine ties in with the emerging trend of the metrosexual man.
To my mind this is a recent social phenomenon and a trend that people follow, because women tell us that it is "hip" to be that way, while due to their inherent nature they would rather more respond to alpha man traits. It's no wonder to me that every time someone asks for chick magnet scents Rive Gauche and Kouros come up, there's no "ying" about them AT ALL!!! 8-) Women love men to be men, they respond most strongly to explicit male traits, just as much as we go for the more feminine type. Natural!
Women always want to change men and in the process they turn a maculine man into a feminine man, however, they are not to blame at all, it is just natural for them to make men more feminine, as that is something they know about 100%! Nonetheless, even if a woman turns you into more of a "girly" man this is not what her inbuilt attraction mechanism responds to most. Her mechanism is turned on by the alpha man, the leader, the in-charge kinda guy with high self-esteem. That means, if you have a scent that your little sister can pull off, women may like it for themselves and even on you, but - well - it just isn't the infamous chick magnet, I guess. : For it to be attractive to women it has to scream "confident man".
In romance novels women fantasise about that untamed, "dark" guy who is somewhat gentlemanly on the surface, but a wild beast beneath that they want to tame. Think about it. What kind of sent would such a guy wear?!?
Now, I also believe that you should wear whatever you like best and not so much care about other people's opinion of you (i.e. another Alpha trait!). Therefore, an Alpha man can just as much pull off a more feminine scent and get away with it. But if you want to stress your alpha characteristics, I'd say go for "yang" scents.
The "How-do-I-determine-if-a-scent-is-Alpha" guide by BlueOcean: ;D
Make a list of the ingredients, the infamous olfactory pyramid. Then look at the ingredients. The more male characteristics you find, the more alpha it is:
I agree with this ingredients/notes.
In male also herbal/aromatic scents, fougere/tobaco-tonka.
Civette more feminine.
Leather notes like Castoreum more masculine.
I think these have all been mentioned, but:
Aramis Tuscany and Havana
Creed Tabarome and Bois du Portugal
YSL Rive Gauche
These haven't been mentioned yet (i think)
Hermes Bel Ami
Lalique PH (the lion)
Gigli's Sud Est
Are you not entertained??? Is this not why you are here??
I can wear many male colognes well probably because I enjoy and prefer the more assertive, confident, powerful female fragrances of yesteryear (Gres Cabochard is one of my ultimate HG) but even I have found some men's colognes which I cannot wear due to their unmistakable masculinity - I just smell like a girl wearing a man's aftershave rather than smelling intriguingly confident. * :-/
I usually find that it is the type of fougere, leather or musk that smells great with testosterone but wars with oestrogen. *:P
My Manly Scents:
Paco Rabanne XS pour homme
Body Shop Javari
Mont Blanc Presence
Crown Perfumery Crown Imperial
Creed Cuir de Russie
Chanel pour Monsieur (though I still can't help wearing it)
Givenchy Xeryus Rouge
English Leather Limed
Dunhill Desire for a Man
Robert Puiget Bandit for men
Paco Rabanne pour homme
Royal Copenhagon Cologne
Crown Perfumery Town & Country (I still can't help wearing it)
I have not mentioned such classics as Acqua di Gio or Coolwater as I cannot stand aquatic or ozonic notes in fragrances and so have steered a wide berth from them and therefore cannot comment.
As a redblooded, passionate female who is used to having her own way I must admit to going weak at the knees around those traditional (civilized) Alpha Male colognes like Chanel pour Monsieur, Paco Rabanne XS pour homme, Mont Blanc Presence, Chanel Antaeus, etc. There are still many, many male colognes that I haven't tried, yet so this list is not definitive.
PS. I sampled a little Paco Rabanne pour homme on my wrist just to confirm my impressions and I have to say - Holy Moses this is the bomb! I would have a real problem - flirting inappropriately, invading personal space (to get a better sniff), preening. And I am not that kinda girl. *:-[
WOWZERS! This stuff is good - needs to be applied with a light hand though. *:-*
Favourite (Winter) Crazy Combos
Tabu + Orange Blossom * Hermes Rouge + Bellodgia* Voleur du Roses+ Rose Ispahan * Rasa Extreme + Paris * Wood Coffee + Cafe Noir *
It's the people who really influence the world who are and have been pushing metrosexuality for a long time. It's easier to control people when they're all alike. And that's just the beginning.
“....A perfume is a message in a bottle, not a smell, and the message is written by the perfumer and read by the person who smells it.” Luca Turin