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  1. #31

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    Default Re: Can anyone recommend a really dry fragrance?

    How dry? Scorched-earth dry?

    Nothing mentioned so far strikes me as truly dry, as in bone-cracking, middle-of-the-subsaharan-desert-dry.

    For this, I offer up Santa Maria Novella's Vetiver, and Aramis' Havana. Both of these instantly turned my nose passages to dust when first whiffed! Well, ok, you get the idea...

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    Default Re: Can anyone recommend a really dry fragrance?

    Ooh, I'd stay away from Jaipur. Dry? maybe... But sweet as hell.


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    Thanks, Michaeld39. A good portion of my prime actually may be in the rearview mirror, but hopefully there's still a long road ahead of me ;-)

    Givenchy Gentleman is on my master list anyway, for my impression of its scent characteristics. It sure is nice to also know that it's on the dry side, too. I'll definitely check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaeld39
    Blimey! I didn't realise they had changed it. I've got the old-school version and almost finished my bottle. Looks like I'll have to try before I buy a replacement.
    Yup, be quick. I got a 6oz bottle of the old stuff on ebay, so I'll never run out. The old stuff is a dream the new is a less smooth approximation that seems to fall into two halves because the bridging civet isn't there. Interesting isn't it small changes in perfume can make a large difference in effect.

    There is a lot of the good stuff still about, so you'll have no trouble finding some.
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    Default Re: Can anyone recommend a really dry fragrance?

    Wicozani,

    Well, I'm not exactly sure how dry. I was thinking very dry, bone dry, but that might be kind of hard to find in a scent (other than the ones you mentioned), and after I find them I may not like them as much as I think ;-)

    Other than some scents seeming to get sweeter on my skin, my other concern is that I live in an extremely hot climate. The sweetness of most scents just gets to me and suffocates me after a while. I live in the Middle East, and it's very hot from April through October. During the summers it can get to 116-120F during late morning and afternoon. And while it is dry most of the time, I do live pretty close to a body of water, so it can also be very hot and humid depending upon the wind direction.

    So I'm looking for something to keep me refreshed during the very hot summers here, and hopefully take my mind off the heat.

    noggs

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    Quote Originally Posted by noggs
    Thanks, Michaeld39. A good portion of my prime actually may be in the rearview mirror, but hopefully there's still a long road ahead of me ;-)

    Givenchy Gentleman is on my master list anyway, for my impression of its scent characteristics. It sure is nice to also know that it's on the dry side, too. I'll definitely check it out.
    Maybe the problem here is the metaphor of dryness, but I wouldn't spontaneously describe GG as 'dry'. It's a great frag, but I just can't place it along that axis. (It was hot day today and I wore it as my SOTD, so it works in heat.)
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    Default Re: Can anyone recommend a really dry fragrance?

    The dryest scents i know:

    Kouros
    Santos Concentree
    Devin
    Yatagan
    Equipage
    Van Cleef & Arpels PH
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    Wink Re: Can anyone recommend a really dry fragrance?

    try hamptons by bond no.9 at saks new york or sexual at bloomindale's
    does are really nice scent.

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    Thank you all for your input! I have a good list to work with now.

    I did go last night and buy some frags. This was the first time in ages I had tested and bought anything new.

    It was an incredible experience! The sales staff overwhelmed me and I tested way too many, lost all my discipline, forgot about my list, and ended up buying five on the spot. God, they all smelled so good! A whole new world of sensory pleasures has opened up for me. I suppose that I hadn't paid any attention to frags for so long that I had forgotten that they could be so wonderful ;-)

    Once I started testing I found that I liked the floral and spicy characteristics a lot more than I thought I would, so despite my intention to buy some very dry, woody, green type scents I just bought whatever I liked at the time ;-)

    Here is what I got:

    Dior Homme EdT (almost put me off at first, but grew on me)
    YSL Rive Gauche Homme EdT (seems very floral, but I like it)
    Givenchy Gentleman EdT (suits me well, like the civet in the base)
    Rochas Aquaman EdT (wow--black pepper, coriander, cardomom)
    Guerlain L'Instant Homme EdP (seems rich and classy)

    I also tried the Guerlain Vetiver, Dior Eau Sauvage, and the Jil Sander (forget which one but I think it was an old, perhaps discontinued one which comes in a tall, dark bottle that looks like cubes stacked on top of one another). I will definitely be picking up bottles of both the Guerlain Vetiver and the Jil Sander, which someone here had recommended. It was lean, dry, green, and woody. I think it will be great when the temps go higher.

    As I said, I tested many more than these, far too many to accurately judge and keep track of. But I just lost control. It was like a feeding frenzy ;-)

    I'm wearing the YSL Rive Gauche today. Perhaps I'll post a review of it later after I figure it out.

    Thanks again for all your help!

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    Congratulations noggs! Seems like you've done very well for yourself.
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    Halston's 1-12 is dry as bones. Does it smell cheap, or is it just the price?....

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    Caron's Poivre will leave you dry to the bone.

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    Default Re: Can anyone recommend a really dry fragrance?

    Sounds like this is a little late, but I think Villoresi's Wild Lavender (fka Inglese) is a wonderful blend of dry, refreshing and non-woody. This is fairly linear, and is pretty much the same for several hours.

    On the woody side, I love Villoresi's Sandalo which I think is a very dry sandalwood with a fantastic rose basenote that is absolutely unreal. This one has a nice dry-down that goes from a dry sandalwood with some rose, to a 50/50 calm balance of those elements. To die for! Not very long lasting, however, for a sandalwood fragrance.

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    Default Re: Can anyone recommend a really dry fragrance?

    Hi there,
    The driest fragrance I can think of is Hove' Pirates Gold. Their Camellia is extra-dry too. Hove' being in New Orleans, uses vetiver alot which they say is very traditional down there. Hove' is not terribly expensive & I spent a few delightful hours there back in 1980.

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    Default Re: Can anyone recommend a really dry fragrance?

    Ok...i thoroughly searched my wardrobe in search of the most arid potions.
    Santos Concentree, Aramis, and the original Montana Parfum D' Homme are the absolute dryest of the 'drobe!
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    Default Re: Can anyone recommend a really dry fragrance?

    I'll echo the recommendations of Gucci Pour Homme. It's a very dry, cedary scent that's excellent during the colder months. I especially like its drydown as the cedar softens up and gives way to a hint of sweetness.

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