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    Default Great men's fragrances for women to wear

    I'm finding more and more as I sample some scents, that I often prefer some men's fragrances on me. I just don't do overly sweet, fruity florals well and there's a bunch of them still going around right now.

    I'm sure this topic has come up here before (please post the link if you know it), but I'd love some recommendations for men's fragrances, that would really suit a woman too.

    Again, not looking for very sweet scents, but I do love citrus - especially lemon and orange, and also light chypres and some orientals. I like florals, just not doused with sugar.

    Any suggestions?

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    I like all the Creeds that I have tried so far - Green Irish Tweed is a nice citrusy/grassy scent that dries down to a warm oakmossy note that appeals to this chypre-loving woman. Himalaya is also nice, I'm not sure but I think they might sell it as unisex.

    The Montales are all very rich and work well for either gender, IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlthaeaSoaps
    I like all the Creeds that I have tried so far - Green Irish Tweed is a nice citrusy/grassy scent that dries down to a warm oakmossy note that appeals to this chypre-loving woman. *Himalaya is also nice, I'm not sure but I think they might sell it as unisex.

    The Montales are all very rich and work well for either gender, IMO. *
    Thanks for the recommendations. Oddly enough, I've never tried any Creeds, but will now. I don't mind if the fragrance isn't meant to be unisex; I already wear some men's fragrances (like Caswell-Massey's Lemon Verbena) that are really marketed to men. I just need to like the fragrance on me.


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    If you can find it, I'd heartily recommend Chamade pour Homme. To my knowledge it's only available as a limited edition in a set with Chamade, with the most lovely interlocking bottles ever designed. The fragrance itself is what I might call a chypriental--really quite unisex.

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    Christian Dior Eau Sauvage is lemony. *I bought my husband some but I don't think he likes it. *That's ok, because it is so nice on me too! *:-)

    Quote Originally Posted by docluv45
    If you can find it, I'd heartily recommend Chamade pour Homme. To my knowledge it's only available as a limited edition in a set with Chamade, with the most lovely interlocking bottles ever designed. The fragrance itself is what I might call a chypriental--really quite unisex.
    That certainly sounds interesting. I used to wear Chamade (pour femme). I never knew about the his/hers interlocking bottles in Chamade.

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    Hermes' latest work, Terre D'hermes, is terrific. It is an entirely new interpretation of citrus note companied by lush woody and mineral notes but without musk, which makes it a very earthy, clean and fresh scent~ I fell in love with this scent instantly when I had my first whiff~

    I will also recommend Guerlain's Vetiver. It starts with an exuberant citrus note, very clean and pleasant, maybe a little bit soapy but in a good way. Though it contains some tobacco notes, it never becomes too masculine, which is something I like about it. I feel refreshed and energetic every time when I wear it. *
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    Ever tried Mugler Cologne? It's lemony and citrusy, with a nice light, clean musk base. It's probably my favorite summer scent, andI think it would work beautifully for a woman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz
    Ever tried Mugler Cologne? *It's lemony and citrusy, with a nice light, clean musk base. *It's probably my favorite summer scent, andI think it would work beautifully for a woman.

    No, I haven't tried this one, but will now! It sounds wonderful.


    Thanks for all of the suggestions so far! I'm sure there are many terrific fragrances worth recommending...

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    i would recommend creed silver mountain water, original vetiver and imperial millesime
    i love them
    not too masculine and surely not sweet

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    I seriously recommend every woman to try Iquitos by Alain Delon. It would be soooooo interesting to hear your thoughts about it.

    IMO, it is the most feminine, most boldest scent ever made for men. It could easily be pulled of by women: Tangy mandarines, sharp cardamon, dark roses dipped in aldehyde, fresh mosses and woods with few drops of civet. I love it, although it`s quite a challenge to wear.

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    I have to second Iquitos. That would be great on a woman. You might think i'm crazy but i also think Kouros would be awesome on a woman......maybe even better on a woman than a man. I realize its made out to be the epitome of masculinity, but to me its not. To me its very perfumey, aldehydic, and heady....in the same league as Chanel #5. I would love to smell Kouros on a woman i was going out on a date on. Another good one would be Salvador Dali Pour Homme. A very deep, dark smokey scent that i think is very androgynous. And how can i not mention Insense'? A beautiful, true floral for men that would be wonderful on a woman.
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    I often wear men's scents......HEARTY MEN'S SCENTS.......LOL

    here's some of my loves ~ some are over the top expensive......sorry!!

    Creed Bois du portugal & Baie de genievre
    Guerlain Derby & mouchoir de monsieur
    Alain Delon AD (I am definitely going to try iquitos after reading this thread)
    Dior homme
    hermes ~ terre D'hermes
    Divine L'Homme de Coeur & L'Homme Sage
    CC Men's X & #1 ~ I adore #1
    Amouage men's cristal gold & silver & Dia
    Mazzolari ~ Mazzolari
    Miller Harris ~ Feuilles de Tabac
    I profumi ~ Tobacco
    montales ~ all of the Ouds!!!
    Paco rabanne ~ la nuit
    Fresh index Patchouli pure & most patchoulius in general
    MPG ~ eau des iles
    L'Artisan navigateur
    Lorenzo Villoresi ~ Spezie & Incensi

    For starters


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    Thanks for asking us at The Men's Fragrance Forum to have a look, *Herb Lady.
    ( if nothing else it reminded me I wanted to get some decants from Buffalo Gal * )

    Well, let's see. * It's funny *that Buffalo Gal mentioned Creed's BdG among her among her choices, * usually praised as power masculine frag suitable for *the boardroom. * Never found it so myself, *much lighter than it pretends to be (it ain't Vintage Tabarome) *and I could easily see a woman wearing this. *Cittus based classics like Eau Savage are eminently wearablle. *in fact I think ES smells far better on women! *On my hairy chest *it smells like I spilled a cup of basil tea. **I won't get into the 1001 other light citruses, *since you asked about GREAT frags. * *So I'll wrap the lemons with the obvious oriental classic: *Habit Rouge. *A favorite of both Tony Blair and Marianne Faithfull---talk about the odd couple!

    Givenchy Gentleman is another macho formal *that't praised as being *'suitable for the opera' *Heavy on patchouli--if you're over 50 you might get LSD flashbacks to The Summer of Love--but in smaller doses *it's also quite popular with many women--and, imho, *rightly so.

    As for the big V, *Guerlian's Vetiver, *it can be masculine as hell, *and also feminine as hell-- Don't ask me how.

    And before we leave Creedland, *may I also reccomend Erolfa? *I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

    Now, *it's hard to name one Serge Lutens frag that is NOT suitable for women, *though I can think of MANY that I would not reccomend to men. * Unsisex, Serge? *Hmm . . .

    Wait! *You asked about *great men's frags, *not unisex.

    Fair enough, *just *one word of warning. **Don't wear Bulgari Black unless you're in a dashing Emma Peel sort of mood-- it's probably their most masculine frag. *LOL!


    Ok *4 more and then it's someone else's turn to save Western culture:

    1. Egoiste.

    2. M7 (can't stand it myself--too feminine * : )

    3. Opium PH--a lighter, *more subdued, version of the classic.

    4. Yves Rocher Homme Nature---fruit central, no florals


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    Anything in my wardrobe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herb Lady
    *I just don't do overly sweet, fruity florals well and there's a bunch of them still going around right now.

    but I do love citrus - especially lemon and orange, and also light chypres and some orientals. *I like florals, just not doused with sugar.

    Any suggestions? *
    The three great Chanels would all work very well on women:

    Pour Monsieur - you said you like chypre, this is perfect
    Egoiste - great oriental for women
    Antaeus - mega macho, but strangely would work on women because of the rose(?)

    Dior Homme is a sweet floral (iris) made for men, so I think it'd would be lovely on a woman for any occasion.

    Eau Sauvage, Guerlain Vetiver and Creed GIT for summer casual. Other citrus like Armani Eau PH might be too much but you could try it.

    Guerlain L'Instant is another oriental which would work quite well.
    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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    A great Guerlain trio: Vetiver, Habit Rouge and Derby. Just as fabulous as some of the female Guerlains.

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    I have a sample of Incensi that I love wearing, I bet it´s great for casual summer evenings, after the evening shower. It makes me feel kind of "smoked". In a good way, that is.



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    There are really very few men's scents I like that I would NOT like on a woman:

    Some from my wardrobe that immediately come to mind as ones I'd love to smell on a woman:
    Gendarme and Gendarme V
    Mugler Cologne
    Yang
    Antaeus
    M7
    Iquitos
    Burberry Brit and Touch
    Gucci Envy and Carven Homme (these are a little sweet for me, and I think I'd like them BETTER on a woman)
    Egoiste
    Miracle Homme and Miracle Homme L'Aquatonic
    Fahrenheit
    Kouros
    Coriolan
    D&G PH
    Aramis 900
    Bulgari PH
    Escada Magnetism PH

    Some of these are generally considered very masculine, but I not only like the the way they smell in general, but I think my perception of them would be different if they were worn by a woman. I don't think the the fact that I might perceive something as masculine on me or another man precludes perceiving the same fragrance as feminine on a woman. That might seem paradoxical, but I think it's true, at least for me.

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    Here are two of mine which the Vicomtesse really likes to wear:
    Bowling Green
    Happy for Men (in fact she hates the women's version)

    You might prefer Bowling Green, herb lady. It is citric, piney, with a hint of spice.
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    I wear a man's fragrance but won't tell what it is because I don't want a lot of other women to smell like me. I got a lot of compliments on this perfume.

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    Me thinks you may like, Habit Rouge, Heritage, Insense, Quartz Pour Homme, Terre D'Hermes is quite heavy on rose to my nose (similar to Agent Provocateur, you may like that too!)

    Hermes Jardins are nice too, erm, Gieffeffe is a unisex floral, jasmine heavy but not particularly sweet. The CK One Summers are very nice as well, not too sweet.

    Mugler Cologne sounds PERFECT for you too! I second, third and fourth that one!

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    Here's an ad for the Chamades which shows the interlocking bottles:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/GUERLAIN-CHAMADE...QQcmdZViewItem

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    PdN New York
    Current top 5:
    1. MDCI Chypre Palatin
    2. Guerlain Arsene Lupin (Dandy)

    3. Roja Dove Enigma Parfum Pour Homme
    4. Roja Dove Vetiver Extrait
    5. Puredistance M

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    Default Re:  Great men's fragrances for women to wear

    Gonna go out on a limb here:

    RG by YSL

    TD by Versace

    Timbuktu by L/a

    I can't describe them. I just like them, but especially the Timbuktu!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Herb Lady
    [quote author=AlthaeaSoaps link=1149272405/0#1 date=1149272774]I like all the Creeds that I have tried so far - Green Irish Tweed is a nice citrusy/grassy scent that dries down to a warm oakmossy note that appeals to this chypre-loving woman. Himalaya is also nice, I'm not sure but I think they might sell it as unisex.

    The Montales are all very rich and work well for either gender, IMO.
    Thanks for the recommendations. Oddly enough, I've never tried any Creeds, but will now. I don't mind if the fragrance isn't meant to be unisex; I already wear some men's fragrances (like Caswell-Massey's Lemon Verbena) that are really marketed to men. I just need to like the fragrance on me.

    [/quote]

    I personally love to wear Grey Flannel. I also like Caswell-Massey's Sandalwood, which is either a men's frag or a unisex frag depending on what country you're in. It's bright lemon beginning atop a cool, powdery sandalwood. Mmmm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlthaeaSoaps

    I personally love to wear Grey Flannel. I also like Caswell-Massey's Sandalwood, which is either a men's frag or a unisex frag depending on what country you're in. It's bright lemon beginning atop a cool, powdery sandalwood. Mmmm.


    Wow. These all sound great! Thank you everyone for the suggestions so far. I'm not sure why I've stayed away from the men's counter for so long, but am glad to be discovering these treasures. The Mugler sounds perfect, but the others seem so interesting too, and I look forward to checking them all out.

    Althaea Soaps, have you ever tried any of the other CM Sandalwood products? I haven't tried their cologne, but have used the soap and shampoos in Sandalwood. I'm not sure why, but although they (the fragrance) was interesting, I could never grow to love it. But I wonder if the cologne itself is perhaps nicer.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicomte de K
    Here are two of mine which the Vicomtesse really likes to wear:
    Bowling Green
    Happy for Men (in fact she hates the women's version)

    You might prefer Bowling Green, herb lady. It is citric, piney, with a hint of spice.
    * K

    Vicomte, do you happen to know why the Vicomtesse dislikes the women's version of Happy? It's not my favorite either, because I could never get past the grapefruit. Does the Vicomtesse think it's (the men's Happy) heavy in grapefruit too? Thanks!

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    Forgive me if I missed it but I don't think I saw Pour Un Homme de Caron mentioned. You CANNOT go wrong with this one. Sharp lavender opening that settles to give way to vanilla and amber. An absolute masterpiece verrrrry wearable.
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    This sounds nice @ www.beautyexclusive.com by Roger& Gallet- EXTRA VIELLE Top: lemon,bergamont Middle: rosemary,neroli,petit grain Base: clove ... price:$30 for 3.4oz splash or $36 for 3.4oz spray I never tried it, sounds nice. I have tried Mugler's Cologne, I liked it so much I stole Corey's sample. I also like Gendarme, it is deliciously clean but it really smells like clean laundry. Sephora calls it the scent of 1000 ironed shirts. Just a heads up in case your not a fan of Clean-type scents.

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    Fujiyama Homme (Success de Paris) - a good choice for a business woman
    Desire Blue (Aflred Dunhill) - office daywear
    Friends (Moschino) - outdoor wear

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    Lalique pour Homme.
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