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    Question suggestions for a light oriental

    I am as of yet rather ignorant of orientals. I do know I am not too much into heavy vanilla and extremely powdery scents. I like Burberry Brit some days, but that's as far as I can go with this style of scent. I found Cristobal by Balenciaga very appealing because it is oriental and yet light-footed, so I am wondering if anybody has suggestions in this direction. I also like christmassy aromas with a certain sharpness: green cardamom, cloves, fresh ginger, well your oriental spice bazaar.

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    Default Re: suggestions for a light oriental

    L'Instant PH - a little sweet, but very refined and not so heavy like Heritage..
    Jaipur EdT - a well-mannered oriental, not too sweet
    Opium Eau d'Orient - although I don't like the regular edt (I find it too peppery), this one should be lighter...

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    If you really want a spice bazaar, then you should try the regular Opium EdT. Also, give a try to Body Kouros.
    Last edited by Luca; 10th July 2006 at 09:26 PM.

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    I second Jaipur EdT.

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    Something from L'Artisan, too:
    Tea for Two - smokey tea, lots of spices and a honey basenote, but still very gentle
    Poivre Piquant - I haven't tried this one but judging by the name, Spicy Pepper, I think you may enjoy this one too; check the reviews in the directory...

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    Default Re: suggestions for a light oriental

    Lolita Lempicka is heavy sometimes but also really light. It is strage...

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    Armani (Black) Code.
    Quite similar to Brit (I own them both) but lighter for sure.I wish it lasted longer.
    It's never too late to mend.

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    Yang by Jacques Fath

    Most definitly what you are looking for.

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    You could also try Armand Basi Homme . I don't know if you would call it light, but it wears close to the skin . Pretty affordable also.

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    I think Cartier Must Essence would be something you might wanna check out. Of the many orientals I own, this is probably my favorite because it smells great and is quite light and subtle, but lasts fairly long.

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    I second L'Instant.

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    Default Re: suggestions for a light oriental

    - Chanel Egoiste
    - Guerlain Habit Rouge
    - Hermes Equipage
    - Boucheron Jaipur Homme
    - Versace The Dreamer

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    Default Re: suggestions for a light oriental

    Guerlain Winter Delice is not only Christmassy, but serves very well as a light oriental fragrance as well. This needs to be on your list of things to try.

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    I second Armand Bassi Homme. Too light for my taste though.

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    My personal favourite is Casran Chopard.

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    Thank you, I shall be terrorizing sales assistants in the near future ;-).
    I suppose I'll be starting with the frequently mentioned Jaipur. Had been thinking about Casran and Winter Delice sounds like a must. But I'll try them all, looking forward to this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by milamber
    My personal favourite is Casran Chopard.
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    Happened to be at a drugstore/perfumery and they carried Jaipur Fraicheur, which I got a sample of. This has a very nice drydown leaving nice clear spice notes with little sweetness. Liked it alot and look forward even more to trying the regular Jaipur.
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    Default Re: suggestions for a light oriental

    L'Instant, while powdery, has a mint note to it that keeps it from being stuffy.
    Also, look into Egoiste and Contradiction.

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    I've seen a lot of answers to this post but i my opinion, a lot of them aren't light orientals, orientals yeah but not light is what i meant...
    anyways here are some recs: bogart pour homme, dunhill's dunhill, dior's eau noire (wich is a cologne really but kinda oriental but still light) , patou pour homme (if you go light on the sprays), lanvin's vetyver (wich is light at first but becomes more of an oriental later ), montblac individuel (only 2 sprays)

    oh and i vote for l'instant PH as well but i'd go for the summer version instead.

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    I second Code Giorgio Armani (oriental/subtle/fresh- perfect for summer)
    BLV PH Bulgari (since you metioned ginger: orientla/sharp yet clean and fresh)

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    Default Re: suggestions for a light oriental

    Lucy Liu, for she's about 7.6923076923076923076923076923077 stones.

    Could you phrase your question in an even more Colonial-British way?

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    I also agree with L'instant.

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    As this is a fragrance and not a KKK forum, I was hoping to be understood as referring to oriental in the conventional terms of a fragrance style as differentiated from fougère, chypre etc., not as a racial category differentiating from caucasian, Native American etc.

    Being a German-American with an ethnic background covering everything from Cherokee to Slavic I must emphatically resent being viewed as a mouthpiece of British colonialism.

    I will grant you, however, that the origins of the term oriental as applied in fragrance discourse can be profitably read through Edward Said's theory of Orientalism, but this is something we should perhaps discuss in private over a flacon of Hammam Bouquet.

    Sincerely
    Dr. phil. the_good_life, M.A.

    Quote Originally Posted by zeram1
    Lucy Liu, for she's about 7.6923076923076923076923076923077 stones.

    Could you phrase your question in an even more Colonial-British way?
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    Default Re: suggestions for a light oriental

    Yes, but once again, "oriental" is not a race, but "asian" is. . . .

    Nevertheless, decants for all!!!

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    Default Re: suggestions for a light oriental

    the whole concept of race as popularly understood is a socio-cultural / ideological construction without any basis in natural science. In terms of genetic (dis)similarities among various populations the notion of race is nonsense. Asian, Oriental, African etc. are European generalizations. It's an even more arbitrary categorization than that of fragrances :-). See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race

    But let's just leave it at decants for all.
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    Default Re: suggestions for a light oriental

    If you all are interested in getting back to the topic of fragrance,
    I would suggest these possibilities:

    New York by Parfums de Nicolai
    Egoiste by Chanel
    Rocabar by Hermes
    Must Pour Homme de Cartier
    Must Pour Homme de Cartier Essence

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    As Trumpet guy says, lets get this back on topic, and within the boundaries of the Code of conduct

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    L'Artisan Patchouli Patch it worth a try.

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    I suggest giving Etro Etra a try. You might like it, a soft oriental.
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    Default Re: suggestions for a light oriental

    I second DocLuv on Winter Delice. Very chrismasy but not so heavy.

    Also, Opium is constantly released in summer editions, usually very well done. This summer the men's opium also has a masculine summer version, I think it's called Eau Imperiale (?). I haven't smelled it, but the Fleur Imeriale for women is very good and will work beautifully on a man. It has all the opiumatic cloveness, a fabulous myrrh base, and a bit of jasmien and osmanthus in the heart. I wouldn't think it should be a problem for a man to pull it off quite easily.

    Also - and this is not so oriental - more leathery - Dzing! - wears fabulously well in the summer, despite its warm and spicy appearance.
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    Default Re: suggestions for a light oriental

    - Herrera Acqua (yea, to me it's a light oriental)
    - L'Essence de Must de Cartier (i have the feeling it's less powering than the edt version)
    - Givenchy Gentleman (?)
    - Equipage
    - Jaïpur fresh
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    Default Re: suggestions for a light oriental

    Quote Originally Posted by Ayala
    This summer the men's opium also has a masculine summer version, I think it's called Eau Imperiale (?).
    Opium Eau d'Orient
    and it has a very nice (ginger?) twist. Strongly recommended
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