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    Default What fragrances did you wear as an adolescent?

    I'm pretty new here so I apologise in advance if this has already been discussed but I'm too lazy to troll through the thousands of threads already on here. But essentially this is a very basic question: What were your preferred fragrances as a young man?

    These are the perfumes I wore in my teens (In exact order):

    Eau d'Hadrien by Annick Goutal
    Belami by Hermès
    Xeryus by Givenchy
    Cacharel Pour L'Homme by Cacharel
    Angel Men by Thierry Mugler
    Le Mâle by Jean Paul Gaultier
    Xeryus Rouge by Givenchy
    Paco by Paco Rabanne
    Jako by Karl Lagerfeld
    Kumquat Alhambra by Comptoir Sud Pacifique
    Rocabar by Hermès
    Coriolan By Guerlain
    Petits et Mamans by Bvlgari
    Jil Sander For Man by Jil Sander
    D&G Masculine by Dolce & Gabbana
    Jungle pour Homme by Kenzo
    Rykiel Homme by Sonia Rykiel
    Body Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent
    Mat; Male by Masakï Matsushïma
    Trussardi Uomo by Trussardi

    Personally, my first real foray into fine fragrances was through my parent's who from birth showered me in Annick Goutal's Hadrien and it wasn't until Mugler's Angel Men which I expressly requested and received as a birthday present when I turned ten in 1995 that I joined the ranks of the congnisant devotees of haute parfums. Through Angel I think, I developed what would become the rudimentary palette though which I still classify all fragrances and perhaps why to this day I continually delegate this pefume into the explicit realm of childhood and whimsy as I've yet to meet a man who can wear it without affectation. To me it belongs exclusively to the "Petit Princes" and I will hopefully one day pass it on to children of my very own. That's not to say that I haven't developed my olfactive patina beyond A*MEN, it's just that that is what marked my Anno Domini into the world or fragrance, it was my Magna Carta.

    After Angel and as the mid-nineties dictated, I was turned on to Gaultier's Le Mâle which I never quite wholly took to because of it's unfuriatingly diaphanous quality and by puberty I'm afraid, I was already used to being noticed and for a while became an exclusive patron to Hermès to placate those demands. My first real signature didn't come until 1998's Coriolan by Guerlain, this at a time when my friends where all still wearing CK One. Years past, new fragrances came and went and I remained faithful to that highly inflective citric chypre, which I still do to this day. It's been long discontinued now of course but I'm always on the move trying to source even more flaçons from whatever avenues available to me so I won't anticipate ever being without it. Where Angel was my Magna Carta, albeit a very childish one at that, then Coriolan became my Declaration of Independence into adolescence.

    Now, I recently turned twenty-one so I'm at a point in my life where I'm looking for that next great fragrance to serve as the masthead for my early twenties. As I no longer have the similar redolent affinity for many of the fragrances I used to wear as a teen, I'm now inflated with a waxy nostalgia for the 'scentual' history of my youth (Gosh I sound like I'm a dinosaur don't I?!). In my quest to find this future hallmark I've acquired and built a rather extensive dossier of perfumes that have yet to yield a desirous heir. I thought for a while that Laura Tonatto's Albi would be it but there's a growing disassociation between the fragrance and where I'm at in my life right now, similarly with Gucci Pour Homme which for me has become too much of a good thing. Where I stand now it's between Shu Uemura's 029 and Numero Uno from Carthusia but the latter makes me feel greatly unworthy of it's luscious notability. For me, a fragrance is more than just a series of accords or an entry into a designer's prestigious stock, it's far greater than that; It's an invisible appendage that connects me to the time and place which I'd like to boomark certain parts of my life forever to. Such was the purpose in my writing this, to quite simply relate my story and discover other's adolescent history in the world of perfume.

    So what were your preferred fragrances as a young man?

    Always,
    Kethàn
    Last edited by eau-k; 11th October 2006 at 10:30 AM.

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    Great post eau-k!

    My first two real scents were Le Roy Soleil and Eau Sauvage. I was 15. I'm afraid my affection for LRS had something to do with the fact I loved Dali's art back then. I remember testing fragrances, I was very unsure of my own taste. It's a strange feeling not knowing what you like. Six years passed, I didn't have many scents during that time. Three years ago I had a chance to buy fragrances tax free, I wanted some information about the scents available, and found Basenotes by accident. I ended up buying Mugler Cologne; I sampled it carefully due to the great reviews here. I loved it, and still do. This was very important moment in my history with fragrances.

    I think it was getting my hands on Frederic Malle's line that made me a real enthusiast. This happened over two years ago. L'Eau de Hiver was the first niche scent I sampled, it blew me away. I also got to test Vetiver Extraordinnaire, Musc Ravageur, Bigarade Concentree and Angeliques Sous la Pluie. I understood that there is more to the world of fragrances I had tought. I think my appreciation for niche in general has something to do with the first contact I had with it. Soon after I ordered samples of several LV, MPG, L'Artisan, Diptyque and Czech & Speake scents. After that, there was no turning back.
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    Great post, I enjoyed reading your story. I'll share mine, in case anyone is interested. As a young lad, I splashed on a little of my fathers old spice now and then, and sniffed at my mothers No. 5, 4711, and a few others. My friends parents collected miniatures and I used to secretly sniff them when no-one was looking!

    My first experiece with a proper perfume came at the age of 17 when a family friend brought me back a bottle of R de Capucci from the states. I could not beleive the quality of this and treasured it, usuing it very sparingly.

    As time rolled on I tried many colognes throughout my twenties, and enjoyed many, all quality designer scents, but I was always hankered after my R. Nothing quite matched. By the time I made a concerted effort to find it, it was not available over here. During this time, I beacame very interested in aromatherapy and aquired a large collection of oils, which has now run down. Finally , in my late twenties, I found some R and proceeded to wear it for five years straight, during which time I discovered ebay and went into full hoarding mode. I have a cupboard full of the stuff to this day.

    Eventually, I started to get a little tired of it. However, I loved the quality and exclusive (over here) nature of it. I got lots of compliments and enquiries as to what I was wearing. I looked for variety from the same designer and discovered Capucci pour Homme which I bought and wore too. And then a few others came back to me, chacherel pour homme and more. I went through a few bottles. Now I had the variety bug, and also wanted to know what I was smelling. I started to research on the internet. I first discovered basenotes a year or so before I started posting. I didn't dare bookmark it as I knew my addictive nature would kick in. Gradually, I slid down that slippery slope.....to here! So while my love of scents goes back twenty years and more, my education is only two years old.

    Now, I'm off to spray on some......
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    I was a kid of the Eighties -- what can I say? My tastes ran from the expensive to the drugstore, and I wore a little bit of everything. Some of them I still wear today; two (i.e., Canoe, One Man Show) from the list below are now a bit of an embarrassment. But here, in all candor, is the list I can remember:

    Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior
    Polo by Ralph Lauren
    Pour Monsieur by Chanel
    Antaeus by Chanel
    Canoe by Dana
    Leonard Pour Homme by Leonard
    Burberry's (the original) by Burberry's
    One Man Show by Jacques Bogart
    Francesco Smalto by Francesco Smalto
    Perry Ellis (original) by Perry Ellis
    Monogram by Ralph Lauren
    Versailles by Jean Desprez (sadly, now discontinued)

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    I don't understand why One Man Show is so reviled here, while I agree that it connotes the soap-on-a-rope yuppie eighties, I find that it translates very well to today. I mean there are newer fragrances from more distinguished houses which pale in comparison. Now, I've never actually worn it but I have fond memories of men in my life who did. It's still quite popular in Israel and the Middle East. To me it will forever signify the smell of opening Hanukkah presents as a little boy. Along with Azzaro, Ferre, and Jacomo, it's what I think of when I remember the 1980's (The little that I can remember).

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    I'm ashamed to say that I doused myself in Raw Vanilla (coty). It seemed like a good idea at the time; furthermore, I was encouraged to use it by girls who claimed to like it.

    Thank goodness I've moved on.


    -ben
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    I wore only Guerlain's Vetiver. I remember those old bottles and I would buy the big ones from the duty free shop in Paris! This was of course, 20 years ago.
    "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

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    Man, this thread will date a poster pretty quickly! And I can't believe people born in 1985 are already speaking about their adolescence in the past tense! Let's see...in my early teens: Polo, Eternity, Colours, more Polo, Tommy, Obsession, and of course, Polo. Our Jr. High dances were like a sea (or swamp) of Polo. You could see and feel the stuff as it hung in the air.

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    robyogi...that is too funny. I remember those days of Polo, when that's all anyone wore and all the girls gave it as gifts and my moms gave it for Christmas and all of my friends gave me bottles as well. I think at one point I had 7 bottles. I don't think I ever wore it! My cologne back then was Guerlain's Imperiale...that's it!

    I am making up for lost time now.

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    I usually wore guerlain's imperiale, 4711, tosca, r&g's extra vieille, but i don't consider any of them my first frags. i always wanted to smell "sharp" and most of all clean and fresh.

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    Some of these are embarrassing, but here they are. I'm 40 so this is a loooong time ago:
    Blue Stratos
    Coty Musk for Men
    Bonne Belle Skin Musk for Men
    Jovan Sex Appeal
    Calvin
    Halston 1-12
    and last but not least.....
    Kouros
    Current faves: CdG White, Amouage Dia, Millesime Imperial, Miller Harris Terre de Bois

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    Old Spice by Shulton (1937)
    English Leather by Dana (1949)
    Canoé by Dana (1936)
    CG

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    I don't feel so bad now that someone mentioned
    English Leather.

    4711

    My dad actually had custom cologne mixed by a fellow Erne in Scottsdale AZ.

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    Jovan Musk was the one I remember most. I also wore English Leather, and Old Spice but they actually belonged to my father.

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    Ok, time to date myself too. I was a teen throughout the 70s, and my mother was into Avon products. So, as you can imagine, she gifted my father with many different examples of "collectible" Avon aftershaves and colognes, some of which I occasionally slapped on, even if my Dad never did. Specifically, I remember the Pony Post Tail, which held Tribute aftershave (1966).




    This was followed by a spin with the Oland aftershave, packaged in the vintage stagecoach design (1970).


    One of my final teen Avon memories was with the Windjammer aftershave that was packaged in the glass golf cart with golf clubs (1972).



    Aside from these Avon scents, I also would occasionally wear Brut, Old Spice, all Jovan Musk for Men, all of which my Dad had but rarely wore.

    I was 18 in 1980 when I went away to college in California, and it was there that I branched out in scents, and started to wear Chaps, Azzaro Pour Homme, Jacomo de Jacomo, and Halston Z-14 and I-12.

    Jeff

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    Avon Wild Country in a blue racecar bottle was my first frag ever. I was like 9 or 10.
    Current faves: CdG White, Amouage Dia, Millesime Imperial, Miller Harris Terre de Bois

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    There was a Bonne Bell Skin Musk for Men????

    I'm pretty miffed I missed out on that!

    ('A`)>

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    Well let me go back further than any of you.
    There was nowhere near the varied scents back when I was an adolescent.
    When I was about 16 years old (c 1963) I bought a cologne named "Dante" in my local mens shop. It was a spicy heavy kind of brew. I thought it was the classiest thing going and my girl at the time loved it. In later years moved on to Canoe, Brut, and even later Grey Flannel then for a long time Vetiver Guerlaine and Vetiver Carven. Before my foray into the exotic world of BN I wore Bulgari pour Homme. But these were as a young adult.

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    My best friend in first grade used to have an aftershave that we would play barbershop with that was housed in a garish tire-shaped flaçon made of cheap brown glass that was called "Big Wheel" that I absolutely loved. The stuff itself was pretty amazing and for the longest time growing up I wanted very badly to find it for myself but alas, it too was a product of the late seventies. It was until 2000 when I discovered Abercrombie & Fitch Woods that I was able to effectively replicate it in my nose's mind, but that too has now been pulled out of production.

    Puft.

    Sorry, this was in response to Wicozani's comment.
    Last edited by eau-k; 11th October 2006 at 03:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eau-k
    There was a Bonne Bell Skin Musk for Men????

    I'm pretty miffed I missed out on that!

    ('A`)>
    Yep, there sure was. I went through more bottles of it than anything else.
    Current faves: CdG White, Amouage Dia, Millesime Imperial, Miller Harris Terre de Bois

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    As a teen....
    1. Halston Z-14
    2. Brut
    3. Jovan Musk Oil and Sex Appeal
    4. Pierre Cardin
    5. English Leather
    In my 20's....
    1. Lagerfeld
    2. Pour Monsieur by Chanel
    3. Devin
    4. Aramis
    5. Obsession for Men
    6. Polo and Polo Crest
    Gary

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    These were basically my teenage smellies, starting from the first I got when I turned 14:
    YSL Jazz
    CK Obsession 4men
    Versace Versus
    Chanel Antaeus
    Givenchy Gentleman
    Dior Fahrenheit
    Givenchy Insensé
    JPG Le Male
    Atkinson Hunter
    Cacharel PH
    Chanel Pour Monsieur edt Concentrée
    Cerruti 1881
    Chanel Egoiste
    Kenzo PH

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    Default Re: What fragrances did you wear as an adolescent?

    The first one I wore was Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur. I recently smelled it again and was surprised that it seemed pretty good still; not enough for me to buy a bottle, but not remembered as being an embarrassment either.

    I also wore Halston Z-14 and eau Sauvage (which have also gone by the wayside, for no particular reason) as well as Guerlain Habit Rouge and Vetiver, which I still wear.

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    Hey, I was born in 1985 too. Those were the years, huh?

    Boy, you know, BACK IN THE DAY... I used to only wear classics. CLASSICS, I tell you, son, CLASSICS! Of that day, at least - but I doubt a youngin' like you would understand. Time has moved on and so has the world. I remember a time way back when, all I wore were these:

    CK Escape
    Ralph Lauren Romance
    Acqua di Gio
    L'Eau D'Issey

    Yeah, it was ages ago that I became interested into fragrances - oh, maybe a-many 5 years ago in '00. You remember those years? Yeah, those were the good years. But those old, long-forgotten, stone-aged days are good and gone and I've moved past these fragrances. I always keep them around though for old times sake. You know what I'm saying, sonny? Smelling each one reminds me of a different time in my oh-so-long life. Sigh. The memories.

    Where has the time gone?

    Man... back in the day.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by myaccolades
    You know what I'm saying, sonny? Smelling each one reminds me of a different time in my oh-so-long life. Sigh.
    Funny.

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    I actually got into the smelly thing in middle school (albeit briefly)... my first scent was Gap Dream.

    I returned to the smelly thing in high school... I wore Acqua di Gio for a while. That was until I told my aide to stop wearing that stinky Jovan White Musk. We came to a "deal"... I could only wear my Acqua di Gio if she wore her Jovan White Musk, so I stopped wearing smellies for about three years.

    After I graduated from high school, I got back into the smelly game. As AdG was becoming overused, I re-started with Mugler Cologne, which is still in my collection today.
    Loyal Basenoter since 2004. And getting ready for the next big step in my longtime hobby: bringing niche to my neck of the woods... Xscentrik is coming soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJB
    Avon Wild Country in a blue racecar bottle was my first frag ever. I was like 9 or 10.
    Oh man, this and Jeff's post totally brought back some forgotten days. I had some Avon scents as well, though that would have been before adolescence, almost into childhood. The little blue racecar. It was bought for me more because of the car shape than for anything it contained. I also remember an uncle of mine giving me a bottle of aftershave when I was about 10. Being human, not sasquatch, I wasn't doing much shaving those days.

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    Hai Karate
    Old Spice
    Brut
    Mennen Skin Bracer

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    ckBe
    Nautica Competition (the original one - this was my sig for years)
    Polo Sport

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    My first regular fragrance I wore as a teen was Azzaro Pour Homme. I later experimented with Obsession, Polo, Eternity, etc. In college I exclusively wore Tsar. Eventually I found Basenotes, which gave my nose a lesson as to what it had been missing.

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