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    Default Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    In the developing world of Internet forums, this is the first truly international community I've ever joined and I am proud to be part of it. I've been visiting the site for a while and find it very interesting. There is much to be learned here and perhaps someday I might even be able to contribute.

    At 46 years of age, I've only dabbled in the world of fragrances and am looking for a true signature fragrance. My current wardrobe consists of Romeo Gigli, Chanel Egoiste, Chanel for Men, Obsession, Gigli Sud, Versace Black Jeans and assorted cants of Bvlgari, Prada, Cartier and even several Bay rums.

    Powder and sandalwood are my least favorite base notes (even worse at the same time), but they seem to dominate the market. I think the fragrance I'm looking for would likely have cedar, balsam, patchouli and/or musk base notes. The fragrance should also only be detectable to someone within my personal space or if I were to invade there's...subtle yet distinctive and provocative.

    As a General Contractor in the construction industry, most of my day is spent around other men so sweet flowery notes won't work, but evenings are usually spent with women of various relationships from friendships to courtships. While I can't say cost is not a factor, I do however, expect to pay a premium price for such an elusive request.

    Does anyone have any recommendations?

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    Serpent
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    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    Immediately, Déclaration, Terre d'Hermès, Kouros, Givenchy Gentleman, Rush for Men, Eau d'Hermès, and Rive Gauche pour Homme come to mind. You say you hate sandalwood, yet you own Égoïste, which is sandalwoody; I take it you can handle vanilla. Opium pour Homme - which is vanilla and cedar - might work.

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    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    Thanks for the reply. Yes, I own Egoiste, but seldom wear it, when I do it's just a walk through.

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    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    I second Terre d'Hermes.

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    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    I second the Givenchy Gentleman recommendation but we warned it sometimes takes a little time to really start appreceating it. Try it for a few days before you make your final judgement on it. I didn't like it much the first time I tried it, now it is easily one of my favorites. Lady friends regularly compliment me on it. It will also last a full day on me, 10 to 12 hours.

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    Thrax
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    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by Serpent
    Immediately, Déclaration, Terre d'Hermès, Kouros, Givenchy Gentleman, Rush for Men, Eau d'Hermès, and Rive Gauche pour Homme come to mind. You say you hate sandalwood, yet you own Égoïste, which is sandalwoody; I take it you can handle vanilla. Opium pour Homme - which is vanilla and cedar - might work.
    I'll go with Serpent on the Opium. But if you get the EDT instead of the EDP you will be getting a peppery blast that may be a bit hard to take. I suggest the EDP. Its a bit more expensive, and a bit harder to find. But by god its worth it.

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    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    Working around wood all day? Then perhaps Gucci pour Homme by Gucci - cedar/pencil shavings are predominant.

    Terre D'Hermes can be quite citrusy on some (on me for example), and might come off as a bit "odd" around "the guys".

    I'd step it up and go for Creed's GIT - clean, green, and not mean, very satisfying to many noses of both sexes; thus, as in your current lifestyle, may be appropo for both of your described "day" (men) and "night" (women) situations. If Creed's are too $$$ for your budget, many knockoffs are around these days (although I've never smelled any of them).
    Scents are fleeting . . . memories are not. . . .

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    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    Why not some dry woody scents?
    Dzing!
    Rive Gauche
    M7
    Gucci pour Homme

    Dzing! is your best bet.

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    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    As I previously stated, several other boards have claimed the "hay/barnyard" concern. If you'd like mainly a women's perspective, check out (for one example) makeupalley.com (predominantly women rating/discussing frags over there). Also boisdejasmin, or NST, or PST (all excellent sites as well).

    My bad for he did initially state "distinctive" but never said "distinguished" - so, once again remove my suggestion of GIT and replace it w/ Dzing!
    Scents are fleeting . . . memories are not. . . .

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    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by zeram1
    he did initially state "distinctive" but never said "distinguished" - so, once again remove my suggestion of GIT and replace it w/ Dzing!
    Based on other recommendations and reveiws, I have ordered the GIT and I'm going to preveiw the Dzing next time I go to Nordstroms or Saks (if they have it).

    Thank you EVERYONE for your contributions. I've got 26 recommendations so far and have only reveiwed 6 or 7 as of the time of this post, but fully welcome others or seconds on existing.

    I very much appreciate all of the input.

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    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    Have you considered XS? I find that would be I scent I would consider in your circumstances.

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    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by zeram1
    As I previously stated, several other boards have claimed the "hay/barnyard" concern. If you'd like mainly a women's perspective, check out (for one example) makeupalley.com (predominantly women rating/discussing frags over there). Also boisdejasmin, or NST, or PST (all excellent sites as well).

    My bad for he did initially state "distinctive" but never said "distinguished" - so, once again remove my suggestion of GIT and replace it w/ Dzing!
    I'm aware of those sites and do visit them occasionally (thank you for the suggestion)but I do much prefer Basenotes over those, as the reviews on the other sites definitely are feminine perspective.
    Current faves: CdG White, Amouage Dia, Millesime Imperial, Miller Harris Terre de Bois

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    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    But the recommended websites were for the op, not any followups.

    He was asking for a frag suitable for both day (around the guys) as well as for night (around the ladies) - oversimplification, but I hope that we all get the point. Thus, the best way to get a women's perspective of how certain frags smell, I would believe that the reviews on discussion websites dominated by females would not only be suffice, but more appropriate as well.

    I personally have (almost) given up on BN'ers claims of "I got a compliment . . ." as my primary source for the opinion of the opposite sex.

    Finally, you sometimes just have to go w/ what you want to wear (as I usually do). As long as you like it . . . .

    Found another possible GIT ripoff - Quimbaya Homme by Jean Pascal
    Scents are fleeting . . . memories are not. . . .

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    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by CuyahogaJoe
    I think the fragrance I'm looking for would likely have cedar, balsam, patchouli and/or musk base notes. The fragrance should also only be detectable to someone within my personal space or if I were to invade there's...subtle yet distinctive and provocative.
    Sounds like Dzing by L'Artisan.
    Current faves: CdG White, Amouage Dia, Millesime Imperial, Miller Harris Terre de Bois

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    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    Ah, Dzing - the barnyard smell. . . .
    Scents are fleeting . . . memories are not. . . .

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    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by zeram1
    Ah, Dzing - the barnyard smell. . . .
    Dzing is a perfectly good recommendation, going by the notes he's looking for. On the other hand, I have to completely disagree with your GIT recommendation. The original poster clearly stated that he didn't want a frag with sandalwood in the base. Here are GIT's notes, from the BN Directory:
    Top Notes
    Lemon, Verbena,
    Middle Notes
    Iris, Violet Leaves,
    Base Notes
    Mysore Sandalwood, Ambergris,
    Current faves: CdG White, Amouage Dia, Millesime Imperial, Miller Harris Terre de Bois

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    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    [QUOTE=DJB]Dzing is a perfectly good recommendation, going by the notes he's looking for. On the other hand, I have to completely disagree with your GIT recommendation. The original poster clearly stated that he didn't want a frag with sandalwood in the base. Here are GIT's notes, from the BN Directory:
    Top Notes
    Lemon, Verbena,
    Middle Notes
    Iris, Violet Leaves,
    Base Notes
    Mysore Sandalwood, Ambergris,[/QUOTE]

    Can you really pick out the sandalwood from all of the other wonderfully blended "notes"?

    I was trying to get the original poster to "see the light" of other possible scent combinations that weren't already in his arsenal.

    He did say "subtle" (and I think "distinguishing") - so the fresh barnyard smell w/ strong sillage still applies?
    It seems that not only on this board, but many others as well, that Dzing has lots of detractors, whilst GIT appears
    to be seen as "classy" (albeit not by all noters, but what fragrance has been a 100% hit with everyone).

    Thus, I chose to mention GIT, not in least due to the fact that "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery".

    How many knockoffs of Creed's are there? How many for Dzing (and L'artisan's line in general)? Sure, L'A is, at times, unique/interesting; but I've read many more times that others think that while some of their stuff may smell good, they just couldn't figure out an appropriate situation to wear such odours. GIT, on the otherhand . . . .

    Nevertheless, I shall remove GIT from the recommendations. Happy now? Feel vindicated? A better human being?
    Last edited by zeram1; 23rd September 2006 at 09:36 AM.
    Scents are fleeting . . . memories are not. . . .

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    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    I recommend GIT over Dzing twenty times out of ten. Good for day and night, any situation, non offensive.

    TNMA
    "Why not seize the pleasure at once?"
    -- Jane Austen (Sun, and Mercury in Sagittarius)

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    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    I would suggest you try Loewe Esencia.

    Hard to describe, but it is a kind of unsweet herbal aromatic - with a leathery & musky drydown.
    Like many of the Spanish fragrances, it is very masculine.
    Can be a bit much at first spray, but given half an hour to settle, it is magic - and lasts well.
    It's a bit pricey at the Loewe boutiques, but you can get it at a great price from internet stores.

  20. #20

    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    You may smell "barnyard" but that doesn't mean everyone else will. I agree with Serpent's comment on the power of marketing and suggestion. Dzing doesn't have strong sillage. On me, after the first few minutes, it stays close to the skin. I don't get any sandalwood from it, just cedar...although it's possible sandalwood is in there, and if it is it's very subdued.

    The guy threw out some notes he likes, and immediately Dzing came into my head. Give him a chance to decide for himself if he likes it before you say it smells like a barnyard. Although you may not care for it, many people like it, and it's highly rated on this site.
    Current faves: CdG White, Amouage Dia, Millesime Imperial, Miller Harris Terre de Bois

  21. #21

    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    You must give Azzaro pour homme a try!
    Another suggestions:
    - Alfred Sung pour homme
    - Michael Kors

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    Post Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    I would highly Divine's L'Homme Sage. It somehow came to mind immediately after reading your post.

    For more information of the mentioned - and other - fragrances, check out the directory section of Basenotes (as you have probably already done).

  23. #23

    Default Re: Hello!...I'm new here and looking for a recommendation

    Welcome! May I suggest:
    Zino
    Lalique Pour Homme (Lalique Lion) [Equus would also work - lots of wood in that]
    Latitude Longitude (quite woodsy)
    New York - PdN

    I'm tempted to put Z-14 but it is too strong, and Lauder for Men (very masculine), but it has a bit of florals in it which you might not like. Dunhill '34 showed up, but IMNSHO there's no way it doesn't have sandalwood, I don't care what the pyramid says.

    You might do a search in the directory against the notes "patchouli cedar musk", and limit it if you want to masculine frags. Quite a bit showed up. You''l have to look by eye for sandalwood in the pyramid, but sandalwood is pretty much everything.
    K
    In rotation: Greenbriar (new), Silver Mountain Water, Dunhill for Men (1934), Acqua di Parma Colonia, Habit Rouge EDC, Ho Hang, B*Men, Agua Brava

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