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  1. #1

    Default Need Advice on Green Scents

    Gentlemen:

    I am looking for your specialist advice.

    Below is a short list of scents I like:

    - Creed: Green Valley
    - Creed: Erolfa
    - Harris: Arlington
    - Penhaligons: Lords/Douro
    - Frederic Malle: Bigarade
    - Aqua di Parma: Colonia Assoluta

    If I understand correctly, the above scents tend to fall in the category of fresh, "green" scents.

    -> a) Please let me know if this is in/correct.
    -> b) Do you have any tips of other scents I might like?

    I very much appreciate your help - thank you very much.

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    Welcome aboard! If I got my facts straight, fresh is generally intended as a subcategory (variation) to a primary olfactive concept/category. You may thus have a cyphré/fresh or a fougere/fresh. The latter case is what qualifies as a green/fresh, as 'green' is a subsequent renaming of the 'fougere' concept/category. Traditionally the fougeres had a dominant lavender/herbal note, but with the fallout of lavender concepts in more recent perfumes, the idea of 'green' seems to be better suited as a conceptually descriptive term.

    I only know three of the fragrances you mentioned, and I'm afraid I don't remember much of one (Erolfa). Colonia Assoluta is most certainly a fougere(green), and Cologne Bigarade is as well. I'm not sure their variation is fresh though, especially as regards Bigarade, which has a sweeter drydown than fresh would have.

    Please bear in mind that scent perception is based on a number of variable odds. Some say it differs from individual to individual at genetic makeup level, others say the differences in perception are due to exterior/environmental factors. Be that as it may, what I perceive as fresh may not be fresh for someone else.

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    Leo - Many thanks for your help!

    Any recommendations of what scents I might like too?


  4. #4

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    Hi Newtrane, and welcome!

    Here are some scents that immediately come to mind when I think "green."

    ~ L'Eau de L'Artisan - Fresh cut grass
    ~ Gendarme V - Out of shower fresh, with "green" added
    ~ Bois du Portugal - Rich and formal green

    Good luck!

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    Default Re: Need Advice on Green Scents

    [blue]Welcome to the board newtrane,

    Here are a couple of favorite “green” fragrance that come readily to mind:[/blue]

    [red]*Nino Cerruti Pour Homme* (the original Nino Cerruti men's fragrance). It has salient sillage and excellent duration, and it is truly the greenest of green fragrance interlaced with a beguiling incense-like note based on fir balsam that runs through the whole drydown. Highly recommended.

    *Loewe Pour Homme* has a very beguiling slightly astringent and green, vegetal rather than grassy-green vetiver drydown. Also highly recommended.

    Versace *Green Jeans*. Begins with an exquisite citrus opening, transitions into a powdery green aromatic herbal drydown with a bitter edge to it brought about by the oregano. Definitely an acquired taste.[/red]

    [blue]Some other green fragrances you might consider are:[/blue]

    [red]Aramis *Devin*
    Demeter Fragrance Library *Grass*
    Diptyque *Virgilio*
    Halston *1-12*
    Shiseido *Tactics*[/red]


    [blue]Many thanks to Leo for providing some eloquent precision on this topic.

    Regards,

    scentemental[/blue]



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    Default Re: Need Advice on Green Scents

    You're all welcome. Those were my 5 minutes of weekly lucidity. Don't get used to that...

    I associate 'fresh' to citrus based colognes, so my suggestions are very limited. Somehow I don't seem to cross paths with green fragrances these days.

    If you like Cologne Bigarade you might like Hermes Eau d'Orange Verte. 'Bigarade' is French exactly for a 'green orange' which is a special kind of citrus. I used to like this scent and now I cannot stand it. My fault I guess, so you can have a go. Some more green/fresh stuff is

    Aqua di Selva
    Monsieur Worth (discontinued)
    Bowling Green (discontinued)
    Beleaf by Body Shop
    Bulgari Pour Homme
    Mugler Cologne

    If you like Colonia Assoluta you might like the following fresh fragrances:

    Acqua di Portofino
    Monsieur Balmain
    Eau Sauvage
    Monsieur de Givenchy

    Cheers!

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    Yvan
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    Default Re: Need Advice on Green Scents

    Another possibility is Crown Marquis. *I find it borders both citrus and green, though I found the same of Lords/Douro, so maybe we're on the same page, though the 2 are different enough. *I find Marquis mainly a sharp citrus/green, with slight hints of herbal, resinous, floral and musky qualities. A little sweet, as well as a little sour or tart; natural smelling; and it lasts. *Actor Gary Cooper supposedly said Crown Marquis was the best "green fragrance" ever.

    A few other possibilities are Paul Smith (original), though I thought it was a bit weak and didn't last, and Davidoff Good Life, which I thought was on the synthetic side. *

    Of the ones you mention, I've tried Green Valley and Lords/Douro, and both were good, quality creations. *I second scentemental on the Nino Cerruti.


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    The greenest in my collection is YERBAMATE!!! Don't forget that name, it's by Villoresi.

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    I like Green Water by Jacques Fath. *Green but with a number of interesting 'medicinal' notes - perhaps the combination of peppermint, basil and musk. *Unfortunately my apres sport splash version is so fleeting you don't have time to savour the complexity!

    Trot

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    How about woodsy green elements, like in those Bois de... Colognes? I smell a lot of green in Bois du Portugal and very fresh green in Guerlain's Vetiver - no matter how they may be classified.
    On the other hand: Grey Flannel, a 'green' classical, is a Violet to me, hence floral.
    'Il mondo dei profumi è un universo senza limiti: una fraganza puo rievocare sensazioni, luoghi, persone o ancora condurre in uno spazio di nuove dimensioni emozionali' L. V.

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    Quote Originally Posted by narcus
    How about woodsy green elements, like in those Bois de... Colognes? I smell a lot of green in Bois du Portugal and very fresh green in Guerlain's Vetiver - no matter how they may be classified.
    On the other hand: Grey Flannel, a 'green' classical, *is a Violet to me, hence floral.
    It's true, I agree on Grey Flannel. It's just violet to me too and I can't understand what's so green about it, except for some note here and there. It's a floral!

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    Default Re: Need Advice on Green Scents

    Quote Originally Posted by Leo
    [quote author=narcus link=1123422870/0#9 date=1123588777]How about woodsy green elements, like in those Bois de... Colognes? I smell a lot of green in Bois du Portugal and very fresh green in Guerlain's Vetiver - no matter how they may be classified.
    On the other hand: Grey Flannel, a 'green' classical, is a Violet to me, hence floral.
    It's true, I agree on Grey Flannel. It's just violet to me too and I can't understand what's so green about it, except for some note here and there. It's a floral!
    [/quote]


    [blue]Absolutely narcus and Leo,

    The only green thing about *Grey Flannel*, really, is the bottle. Great scent, though. I wore it a lot in the eighties.

    scentemental[/blue]

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    Green Irish Tweed is pretty green in my book. I like it a lot too, especially because it's not very popular here in San Francisco.

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    to me,

    CDG's "calamus " instantly reminds me of green -

    think young bamboo leaf, celery grains, angelica root, rose berries.


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    Default Re: Need Advice on Green Scents

    I would add to the others already mentioned

    Creed Selection Verte. This is a wonderful fresh green fragrance

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    What about Eau de Cartier ?
    It's never too late to mend.

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    Im into "green " scents also.I had been on a mission to find something predominately green. I found this is Paul Smith. This is so green it rather plant smelling.I like it although I dont think every one will. The only thing is, and its a big thing is that it doesnt last well. When I wear this, I have to constantly reapply.I really like it, but am still searching for other geen scents.Alot of other scents have green notes in them, but this is green until it disappears.Good luck and holla at me if you find another good green.

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    If you like Cologne Bigarade you might like Hermes Eau d'Orange Verte. 'Bigarade' is French exactly for a 'green orange' which is a special kind of citrus.
    Frankly, I'm not sure how I'd classify Cologne Bigarade - It's not purely citrus, though it has a powerful note derived from the skin of the bitter (Seville) orange; it's not a floral, exactly, those it has a noticeable rose note, more prominent in the Cologne Bigarade formulation than the Bigarade Concentrée; it has both hay and cardamom in the base, so it has a spicy, somewhat green (or grassy?) quality. I really love this one, though - especially the Concentrée version - so I'd encourage you to try it if you can. I think you'll find it's unlike anything else.

    I have to say, though, that I don't find it similar to Hermès Eau D'Orange Verte -which is not the same as the 'bigarade' orange (citrus bigaradia), by the way; any citrus fruit can be harvested unripe (or green). I imagine that the orange note of the Hermès is derived from the oil of a sweet orange (such as citrus sinensis), picked when green, though I could be mistaken. (There is also bergamot, or citrus bergamia, which, I think, has also been called a green Sicilian lemon. Confused yet?) Anyway, I find Eau D'Orange Verte very dry and green in character; I think it's the mint. I believe that there are other herbs in the formulation as well.

    I agree, though, that Dyptique's Virgilio is a very green scent - I think basil is quite prominent. To me, Bowling Green was a well-made, well-named scent. I believe it can still be found in specialty shops, though I couldn't vouch for its survival; I think it's been discontinued for quite some time. To me, there's a noticeable leafy green note there - a lemon-basil-grass accord, if you will.

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    When I hear the term green, I think of scents like the original Polo...and Swiss Army...and Gucci Nobile...things that smell of pine and the forest is how I think of green scents.

    Next, I'd think of Yerbamate and Santa Maria Novella's Fieno (Hay)...then Guerlain Vetiver and L'Eau de L'Artisan...or how about MPG Baime...things more of fresh cut grass and herbal essences, not necessarily of the forest, but more like fields or gardens. Speaking of gardens, what was that one of Demeters...Dirt? I guess that wouldn't really be green though since dirt is brown. Oh well, long day.

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