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    I'll be visiting a Perfume House in the next two weeks and I'd only like to sample the best fragrances out of this long list for men/unisex.

    Here is the list that I've compiled:

    • Alain Delon Alain Delon
    • Iquitos Alain Delon
    • Sybaris Antonio Puig
    • Blue Sugar Aquolina
    • Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme Armani
    • Armani Code / Black Code Armani
    • Futuros Aubusson
    • Balenciaga Pour Homme Balenciaga
    • Ho Hang Club Balenciaga
    • Basile Uomo Basile
    • Deep Forest Bogner
    • Bozzini Bozzini
    • Brooksfield Men Brooksfield
    • Caron Pour Un Homme Caron
    • Carrera Carrera (Muelhens)
    • Vetiver Dry Carven
    • Monsieur Carven Carven
    • Space 21st for Men Cathy Carden
    • Nino Cerruti Cerruti
    • Cerruti Pour Homme Cerruti
    • Platinum Egoiste Chanel
    • Allure Homme Chanel
    • Egoiste / L'Egoiste Chanel
    • Best of Chevignon Chevignon
    • Dior Homme Christian Dior
    • Eau Sauvage Christian Dior
    • Original Vetiver Creed
    • L'Ombre Dans L'Eau Diptyque
    • Chevalier D'Orsay D'Orsay
    • Tilleul D'Orsay
    • Zegna Ermenegildo Zegna
    • Black Etienne Aigner
    • Bugatti Etorre Bugatti
    • Etra Etro
    • Shaal Nur Etro
    • Skye Geo F Trumper
    • Gian Marco Venturi Uomo Gian Marco Venturi (GMV)
    • GMV Energy Gian Marco Venturi (GMV)
    • GMV Hot Gian Marco Venturi (GMV)
    • Envy for men Gucci
    • Nobile Gucci
    • Heritage Guerlain
    • Cuiron Pour Homme Helmut Lang
    • Terre D'Hermes Hermes
    • Duc De Vervins Houbigant
    • Boss Spirit Hugo Boss
    • Maserati Italart
    • Jacomo de Jacomo Jacomo
    • Furyo Jacques Bogart
    • Green Water Jacques Fath
    • Jacques Fath Jacques Fath
    • Pomegranate Noir Jo Malone
    • Kenneth Cole Black Kenneth Cole
    • Moods Uomo Krizia
    • Grigioperla La Perla
    • Lanvin for Men Lanvin
    • Voleur de Roses L'Artisan Parfumeur
    • Venezia Uomo Laura Biagiotti
    • Rose 31 Le Labo
    • Leonard Pour Homme Leonard
    • Les Copains L'Homme Les Copains
    • Lolita Lempicka Lolita Lempicka
    • Soprani Active Man Luciano Soprani
    • Marbert Man Too Marber
    • MCM Success MCM
    • Mila Schon Homme Mila Schon
    • Captain Molyneux
    • Lord Molyneux Molyneux
    • Morgan De Toi Homme Morgan De Toi
    • Moschino Pour Homme Moschino
    • Phileas Nina Ricci
    • Tenere Paco Rabanne
    • Racer Pacoma
    • Unless Men Panouge
    • Black Aoud Pierre Montale
    • Johnny Lambs Pikenz
    • Police (original) Police
    • Maestrale Profumi di Pantelleria
    • Polo Crest Ralph Lauren
    • Manes Remy Latour
    • Argento Pour Homme Renato Balestra
    • Joint Roccobarocco
    • Globe Rochas
    • Monsieur Rochas Rochas
    • Lui Rochas Rochas
    • Roger & Gallet L'Homme Roger & Gallet
    • Roger & Gallet Pour L'Homme Roger & Gallet
    • Sud Est Romeo Gigli
    • Daim Blond Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido
    • Sergio Soldano for Men Sergio Soldano
    • L'Air du Desert Marocain Tauer
    • Tristano Tristano Onofri
    • Eros Homme Tristano Onofri
    • UDV (new version) Ulric De Varens
    • UDV (original) for Men Ulric De Varens
    • Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme Van Cleef & Arpels
    • Vuarnet Vuarnet
    • Kouros Fraicheur YSL
    • M7 YSL
    • Rive Gauche Pour Homme YSL
    • Jazz Prestige YSL

    To give you an idea of what I am looking for, here are some of the fragrances that I like:

    Pi by Givenchy
    Jacques Fath by Jacques Fath
    Le Male by Jean Paul Gaultier
    Yohji Homme by Yohji Yamamoto

    On the more freshing side, this is what I like:

    Bvlgari Pour Homme by Bvlgari
    Mania by Armani
    Green Irish Tweed by Creed

    Thank you in advance for your responses

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    Default Re: Need Help Sorting Out a Long List of Fragrances

    So Papi, you're asking which on the list are the best?

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    Default Re: Need Help Sorting Out a Long List of Fragrances

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey Q View Post
    So Papi, you're asking which on the list are the best?
    That's right, my list contains 101 fragrances! I need to sort out the top 10, otherwise, I'd be overwhelm to smell more than that at the end of the day.

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    MAN! That was a long list!! My votes are for Rochas Lui, Envy, Heritage and Black Code. I didn't see Rochas Man in there, maybe I missed it, but you might like it as well. Oh yeah and try Guerlain L'Instant if you haven't yet.
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    Default Re: Need Help Sorting Out a Long List of Fragrances

    Okay Papi, try these ten:

    Phileas Nina Ricci
    Daim Blond Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido
    Racer Pacoma
    Unless Men Panouge
    Joint Roccobarocco
    Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme Van Cleef & Arpels
    Les Copains L'Homme Les Copains
    Pomegranate Noir Jo Malone
    Soprani Active Man Luciano Soprani
    Lanvin for Men Lanvin

    Papi, just curious, how did you come up with the list of 101?

    Best regards,
    Mike
    Last edited by Mikey Q; 29th April 2007 at 09:28 PM. Reason: afterthought

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    Default Re: Need Help Sorting Out a Long List of Fragrances

    Honestly, I haven't heard of about half of those...

    but here my tops out of the ones that I've smelled (roughly in order):

    Cuiron
    Dior Homme
    L'Air du Desert Marocain
    Terre d'Hermes
    Voleur de Roses
    Envy
    Original Vetiver
    Allure
    Heritage
    Rose 31
    Black Aoud
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    Default Re: Need Help Sorting Out a Long List of Fragrances

    To my mind, of those you list, the top ten would be:

    Balenciaga pour Homme (becoming very hard to find)
    Nino Cerruti
    Égoîste
    Dior Homme
    Eau Sauvage
    Shaal Nur
    Gucci Nobile (becoming harder to find)
    Terrre d'Hermès
    Montale Black Aoud
    Romeo Gigli Sud Est (getting harder to find)
    Lutens Daim Blond

    You mention a few from some houses that I know, but my favorites from them are not the ones you list:

    From Etro, I would say try Le Nomade;
    From Les Copains, you might like Trend Lui.

    For back-up from the ones you list:

    Puig Sybaris
    Monsieur Rochas
    YSL M7
    Yr good bud,

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    Default Re: Need Help Sorting Out a Long List of Fragrances

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey Q View Post
    Okay Papi, try these ten:

    Phileas Nina Ricci
    Daim Blond Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido
    Racer Pacoma
    Unless Men Panouge
    Joint Roccobarocco
    Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme Van Cleef & Arpels
    Les Copains L'Homme Les Copains
    Pomegranate Noir Jo Malone
    Soprani Active Man Luciano Soprani
    Lanvin for Men Lanvin

    Papi, just curious, how did you come up with the list of 101?

    Best regards,
    Mike
    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    Honestly, I haven't heard of about half of those...

    but here my tops out of the ones that I've smelled (roughly in order):

    Cuiron
    Dior Homme
    L'Air du Desert Marocain
    Terre d'Hermes
    Voleur de Roses
    Envy
    Original Vetiver
    Allure
    Heritage
    Rose 31
    Black Aoud

    Are you the only two members that participate on this forum that know about fragrances? After seeing how many people have actually visit this thread, I expected more suggestions, but unfortunately not everyone has the courtesy to help out.

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    The only fragrance on your list of 100+ that I've smelled is Tauer's L'Air du Desert Marocain.

    FWIW, it's rapidly becoming one of my favorites. a nice, dry, spicy amber scent.
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    i see that you are on the " classic side of fragances" you have to spend the rest of the year to decide what are the best for u ahah take it easy

    my top 5 of your list

    * armani code
    *nino cerruti
    *lanvin ph
    *the wonderful terre d hermes
    *phileas - nina ricci
    *dior homme

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    Furyo
    Eau Sauvage
    Envy

    (sniff the furyo last, otherwise you wont smell anything else the rest or the day)

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    Its not for lack of want in wishing to assist you with your query, Papi_Chulo, but for many here who are passionate about scent, its an exhausive challenge to step into someone else's shoes and tell them of 101 scents, which 10 to sample.

    So, 50 people give you their personal opinions.... then what?
    You scan each and every list and find those suggestions common to all of them to sample, or, on the day when faced with 100+ scents instore, will you pick up a fancy bottle with attractive packaging and give it a squirt?

    The trouble is, opinions are like a**holes... eveybody has one. I cant wait to see the list you compile from these varied and delightful suggestions from fellow basenoters!

    On that note, here are my suggestions. Good luck!

    Platinum Egoiste Chanel
    Dior Homme Christian Dior
    Lanvin for Men Lanvin
    Terre D'Hermes Hermes
    Pomegranate Noir Jo Malone
    Rive Gauche Pour Homme YSL
    Lui Rochas Rochas
    Black Aoud Pierre Montale
    Zegna Ermenegildo Zegna
    L'Ombre Dans L'Eau Diptyque

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    Talking Re: Need Help Sorting Out a Long List of Fragrances

    For testing so much scents you need time and you have to wear it on your skin...do you know every smell of these scents? My nose couldn´t do that...I know many many scents, but this took time...a lot of time...do you want more summer or winter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papi_Chulo View Post
    Are you the only two members that participate on this forum that know about fragrances? After seeing how many people have actually visit this thread, I expected more suggestions, but unfortunately not everyone has the courtesy to help out.

    It's just that that's a damn long list you have there. I did what I could, but that was still after a relatively brief scan of the list. If you could narrow it down to about half of what it is, you would get more and better responses.
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    Papi, I'm still curious as to how you came up with your initial list of 101 prospects. Also, some of the comments above are valid. Just because I like ten scents doesn't mean you're gonna like them. And there are many scents on your list that might be great that I have not yet experienced. Your request was almost like handing someone a local phone book and asking them to tell you who the ten nicest people in the phone book are.

    How did you come up with your list? Have you done any research of your own on this project? If so please tell us about that. It may help some of us with our own screening methods. Have you taken advantage of our own Basenotes Directory in your quest? If so what did you learn?

    Please let us know these things, Papi...we are all in this together. Thanks...

    Mike

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    • Caron Pour Un Homme Caron
    • Allure Homme Chanel
    • Egoiste / L'Egoiste Chanel
    • Dior Homme Christian Dior
    • Eau Sauvage Christian Dior
    • Envy for men Gucci
    • Terre D'Hermes Hermes
    • Lanvin for Men Lanvin
    • M7 YSL
    • Rive Gauche Pour Homme YSL

    There's 10 that I think are very likable and worth sniffing, although a lot of these are widely available. You shouldn't need to go to a special perfume shop to find this stuff. I too am curious as to how you populated this list. There were quite a few things in you list that I have never heard of and also quite a few off-the-wall items (e.g. the lone Dyptique and L'Artisan scents).
    Last edited by FatTony; 30th April 2007 at 12:45 PM.

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    Sorry could only get it to 14. Some of these ones you will not get a good idea of just with a quick sniff, they need more time and patience. I have marked them with a * for special consideration, not because they are the best, just because they may initially not be likable.

    *Caron Pour Un Homme Caron
    Vetiver Dry Carven
    Egoiste / L'Egoiste Chanel
    Dior Homme Christian Dior
    Original Vetiver Creed
    Envy for men Gucci
    Heritage Guerlain
    *Cuiron Pour Homme Helmut Lang
    Terre D'Hermes Hermes
    *Voleur de Roses L'Artisan Parfumeur
    *Daim Blond Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido
    *Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme Van Cleef & Arpels
    *M7 YSL
    Rive Gauche Pour Homme YSL
    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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    With a list this long it's too confusing. The first thing to do is RULE OUT all the stuff you can find at any department store even though some are worth trying. You can always try those later. Looks like you have an opportunity to try some unique fragrances . So take advantage of it.


    THE TRY LATER LIST:
    YSL -ANY
    TERRE D'HERMES
    BOSS SPIRIT HUGO BOSS
    KENNETH COLE - ANY
    JO MALONE
    LANVIN
    LOLITA LEMPICKA
    PACO RABANNE - ANY
    CHRISTIAN DIOR - ANY
    ARMANI - ANY
    BALENCIAGA - ANY
    GUCCI - ANY

    MY TOP 9 TO TRY : SORRY I COULDN''T EVEN FIND 10 THAT I COULD HONESTLY
    RECOMMEND..

    ROSE 31 - ONLY PLACE TO GET IS THEIR WEBSITE/ DECANTS HARD TO FIND
    EGOISTE/ONLY AVAILABLE AT THEIR BOUTIQUES
    CARON POUR HOMME/ NOT USUALLY FOUND IN DEPARTMENT STORES
    L'AIR DESERT MOROCAIN/ BECAUSE EVERYONE SHOULD EXPERIENCE A TAUER
    BLACK OUD MONTALE/ GREAT FRAG,
    VOLEUR DE ROSES/ THINK YOU DON'T LIKE ROSES/ TRY THIS ONE & ROSE 31
    CHEVALIER D'ORSAY/ TRY LE DANDY IF THEY HAVE IT. FANTASTIC
    SKYE GEO F TRUMPER/ HARD TO FIND
    DAIM BLOND/ JUST BECAUSE

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    This thing is, at least a few on your list will not be easily found, no matter where you go. Cuiron (iirc) is discontinued, so as much as I like it, you won't likely find it at retail. A number of others will be found at boutiques only which would require boutique hopping. If you've got a day in New York, that's an option...

    I don't know if anyone's suggested you search the web and request samples. A number of houses will provide samples - Trumper's, Ormonde, and Malle have each sent samples to me personally. I think Chanel would do likewise, especially if you don't have a boutique in your city. Others would likely do the same for the asking.

    For a time I reviewed a perfume genealogy chart, which separated scents into their respective classes and leanings. It sounded like a great idea but turned out to have its shortcomings. Kind of like learning how to fish from a textbook. But, if you know that there is a scent you detest, you might be able to rule out the ones related to it.

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    **** = Classic
    *** = Almost classic
    ** = Good, but with reservations

    Caron Pour Un Homme Caron - ****
    Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme Van Cleef & Arpels - ***
    L'Air du Desert Marocain Tauer - ****
    M7 YSL - ***
    Rive Gauche Pour Homme YSL - ***
    Daim Blond Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido - ***
    Lui Rochas Rochas - ***
    Heritage Guerlain - ****
    Cuiron Pour Homme Helmut Lang - ****
    Terre D'Hermes Hermes - **
    Duc De Vervins Houbigant - ***
    Eau Sauvage Christian Dior - **
    Egoiste / L'Egoiste Chanel - **

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey Q View Post
    How did you come up with your list? Have you done any research of your own on this project? If so please tell us about that. It may help some of us with our own screening methods. Have you taken advantage of our own Basenotes Directory in your quest? If so what did you learn?

    Please let us know these things, Papi...we are all in this together. Thanks...

    Indeed, I done my own research, otherwise the list would have been even longer. I spent many hours on the Internet reviewing many fragrances and based on other people likes and dislikes I came with the list that I posted above.

    There is an exclusive Perfume House here in my state that only sells fragrances and nothing else. I never seen such a store like it, I usually go there once a year, and bring myself lots of samples (given free) before I buy. Of course, I can't try all 101 fragrances and that's why I posted this thread on this forum.

    I know that all of us don't like the same scents, but I am sure out of 101, at least 10 or so we might have in common.

    Thank you all for all of your great suggestions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papi_Chulo View Post
    Thank you in advance for your responses
    My rec's:

    L'Air du Desert Marocain by Tauer
    Daim Blond by SL
    Rose 31 by Le Labo
    Rive Gauche Homme by YSL
    Voleur de Roses by L'ARtisan
    Pomegranate Noir by Jo Malone
    Terre D'Hermes by Hermes
    Envy by Gucci
    Dior Homme by Dior
    Heritage by Guerlain

    Ones I would avoid:

    Blue Sugar by Aquolina
    Polo Crest by Ralph Lauren

    Good luck!

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    Allure Homme Chanel
    Egoiste / L'Egoiste Chanel
    Dior Homme Christian Dior
    Original Vetiver Creed
    Envy for men Gucci
    Terre D'Hermes Hermes
    Voleur de Roses L'Artisan Parfumeur
    M7 YSL

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    Well here's my ten then.

    Ho Hang Club
    Nino Cerruti Pour Homme, the first one for men
    L'Ombre dans l'Eau
    Voleur de Rose
    Ténéré by Paco Rabanne
    Globe by Rochas
    Sud Est by Romeo Gigli
    Terre d'Hermès
    Jacomo de Jacomo
    Platinum Egoiste (because, well, why not?)

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    Here`s my rec`s,

    Armani Code
    Egoiste
    Eau Sauvage
    Cuiron Pour Homme Helmut Lang
    Terre d`Hermes
    Black Aoud Montale
    L`Air du Desert Marocain
    Van Cleef & arpels Pour Homme
    Voleur De Roses L`Artisan Parfumeur

    Have fun trying all the different frags.

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    Today, I had an opportunity to smell the following fragrances from the short version that I came up thanks to all of you who helped me reduce my list.

    1. Caron Pour Un Homme
    2. Cerruti Pour Homme
    3. Original Vetiver
    4. L'Ombre Dans L'Eau
    5. Chevalier
    6. Zegna
    7. Etra
    8. Shaal Nur
    9. Skye
    10. Heritage
    11. Cuiron Pour Homme
    12. Terre D'Hermes
    13. Daim Blond
    14. Himalaya (not on my list, but did tried it)
    As all of you can see, I only tested half of the 28 that I intented to test. Why did I only test this many? Well, it wasn't because the young gal that helped me wasn't willing to do it, but instead I was overwhelmed. After smelling those 14 fragrances, I started to have the symptoms of allergies and decided that I'd come back to test the remaing 14.

    Having said that, I was not very impressed many of the fragrances above. Many of them were to green, freshy, e.g. Caron Pour Un Homme and Original Vetiver by Creed.

    On the other hand, these other two fragrances had some of a woody, oriental scent, Terre D'Hermes and Daim Blond, and of the two, I'd purchase Daim Blond, it had a sweeter taste.

    Last but not least, I decided to take home some free samples that I liked the most out of the 14: Rochas Man (actually not on that list, but I liked the fruity smell), Arpege Pour Homme, Marc Jacobs (not on my list and after try the sample, I am becoming more disappointed), Etra by Etro, this one I liked very much, it also had that kind of sweet taste.

    What I learned from this experience is that even though I did a lot of search to compile my list of 101 fragrances, I ended discovering that the fragrances that other people absolutely like or love doesn't mean that I'll crazy for those same fragrances.
    Last edited by Papi_Chulo; 7th May 2007 at 11:49 PM.

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