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    Default Good scents for the Tropics

    Hi all, my first post here. Well since I'm in South East Asia, naturally I 'm wondering what type of fragrance is good for the hot humid weather conditions. Obviously the fresh, citrus or aquatics would be a safe choice and so what are some of your recommendations for these? However, I really dig the orientals and gourmands so I'm wondering if anyone has tried them on. What fragrances did you try on and how did you feel about them?

    Scents I've tried, and did not seem to be too off-putting to me:
    Elements Aqua
    Givenchy pour Homme
    Tommy T
    Cool Water
    and that's it. Pathetic and very 'mass consumer-like', I know. Thoughts?
    Last edited by thfc74; 6th December 2007 at 05:41 PM.

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    Bvlgari au the blanc, Bvlgari Homme, Bvlgari Extréme, Laguna Homme, Lacoste Booster, Malle French Lover, Guerlain Vetiver. These are some of the ones I've worn in really hot humid conditions.

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    It's always hot and humid here in Miami - today it's in the low 80's, sun is shining.

    Scents that came to mind instantly are:

    Virgin Island Water by Creed
    Azuree Soleil Eau Fraiche by Estee Lauder (Tom Ford)
    Terre de Hermes by Hermes
    Bahiana by MPG

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    Virgin Island Water by Creed

    seconded! And it's not that I'm biased, mind you. Really!

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    Marc Jacobs

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    Havana or Havana Reserva (if you can find them)

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    I have tried these on vacations in the tropics and they have all worked out wonderfully there:

    Givenchy's Very Irresistible Fresh Attitude.
    Guerlain's AA Mentafollia
    Aramis's Bermuda Tonic
    CKone summer 2004

    and i have to second all of mike's recs too. They all work great under beachy, hot weather.
    Last edited by castorpollux; 7th December 2007 at 03:00 AM.

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    Penhaligon's Castile.

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    I will second Havana...

    I will also add:

    Diptyque's Philosykos
    Aramis Bermuda Tonic
    Millesime Imperial by Creed
    Tommy Bahama's Set Sail St. Barts
    Nicole Miller for Men
    L'Eau Par Kenzo
    Yves Rocher's Nature/Tel Quel
    Iceberg Twice
    Dolce & Gabanna By Man
    Dior's Fahrenheit Summer
    YSL Live Jazz
    Guerlain's L'instant pour homme (surprising but true)
    Geir
    Boucheron's Jaipur Fresh

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    Thanks for the replies. Some very eclectic choices. I am looking forward to trying out the following soon:

    Terre D'Hermes (thanks to mikeperez23)
    Bulgari au Blanc, Bulgari Homme and Bulgari Extreme (thanks to renperd)
    Iceberg Twice, L'Eau Par Kenzo, Dolce & Gabanna By Man (thanks to NearFantastica)

    I'm also gonna keep an eye out for everyone's choices as listed so far. The Guerlain L'instant I have sniffed before and thought it wouldn't work, so now I'm piqued. Thanks again and keep it coming peeps.

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    After re-reading... I should have seconded Terre D'Hermes..

    I find that By Man works well in the heat, because the animalistic notes that often remain subtle in the cold seem to heave, breathe.. come alive..

    In terms of L'instant.. I discovered it's summer glow quite by accident... and was surprised how well the warmth reacted with it...

    L'eau Par Kenzo is one of the more refreshing fragrances I've used... lemony, watery, revitalizing.. non-offensive.. it's an aquatic fragrance done right (IMHO)

    good luck, keep us posted on your finds.

    a.

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    Bvlgari Aqva
    Chanel Allure Homme Sport EDT
    Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne
    Dior Higher
    Lacoste Red
    Lacoste Essential
    Lacoste Booster
    Polo Blue
    Kenzo Pour Homme
    Gendarme
    YSL Live Jazz
    Acqua di Parma Colonia
    Eau Sauvage
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Armani Eau Pour Homme

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    Eau de Rochas pour Homme, Monsieur Balmain, Signoricci ( wonderful creamy citrus), L'Artisan's "The pour un ete" are all wonderful warm muggy weather frags. The aforementioned Havana is surprisingly good in these conditions as well. I've found "R" de Capucci to work well also and the wonderful "The Dreamer" can work.Also want to recommend Mugler Cologne.
    Last edited by fraddicted; 7th December 2007 at 04:52 PM. Reason: added frag I had forgotten

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    Hmm, I was just wondering, as a rule, can gourmand fragrances (Rochas Man, Lempicka au Masculin, Givenchy Pi, Hanae Mori etc) work in humid conditions? Anyone tried and tested any warm foody-type scents?

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    I third or fourth Virgin Island Water, but also try L'Artisan Ananas Fizz, Creed Millesime Imperial, Montale Sandflower, YSL Live Jazz, and Bond No. 9 Fire Island.
    My current top 10: Richard James; Clive Christian No. 1 for Men; L'Artisan Voleur de Roses; Creed Aventus, Erolfa, Santal Imperial, Virgin Island Water, and Windsor; Serge Lutens Chergui and Gris Clair

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    I was in Dubai in the middle of summer this year and took with me Trumper's GFT. It was wonderfully refreshing amidst the high temperatures and humidity.

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    Default Re: Good scents for the Tropics

    Quote Originally Posted by thfc74 View Post
    Hmm, I was just wondering, as a rule, can gourmand fragrances (Rochas Man, Lempicka au Masculin, Givenchy Pi, Hanae Mori etc) work in humid conditions? Anyone tried and tested any warm foody-type scents?
    If a gourmand has a 'dry' texture to it, it works for me in humid temperatures.

    An affordable option is Vanilla Grapefruit by Lavanila (but you have to like grapefruit and sweet scents to handle this) - I actually wear VG out in my backyard when I get sun, I think the heat makes the notes even tarter and foody than normally.

    A more expensive option is Borneo 1834 by Serge Lutens (dry as a bone and quite possibly my favorite chocolate note in existence).

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    My immediate thought was something from the Comptoir Sud Pacifique range. Perhaps Aqua Motu for an ozonic/oceanic blast, or L'eau de Gouverneur for something more robust.

    Mugler's Cologne is also a must for the hot climates.

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    ST Barth Homme
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    I'm going to throw Erolfa by Creed into the mix, although sweating might decrease it's longevity even more than normal for a creed.

    On me, I've found the following have served me well in the heat:
    Issey Miyake and Blue by Issey
    Havana
    Montana
    Fluer de Tabac by Miller Harris
    Bvlgari Aqua
    Kenzo Pour Homme
    Allure Sport
    Guerlains Vetiver

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    The greenest scent I know, without any notes that could be cloying, disturbing, yet very natural and refreshing: Sisley Eau de Campagne. For the tropics simply ideal. Marketed as unisex, but any man can wear it, and there is an after shave in the range, too.
    Read the reviews also!

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    Hm . . .this question has been asked before. Where are the threads?

    Oh, well:

    Nina Ricci: Signoricci
    Miller Harris: Cuir d'Oranger
    Gai Mattiolo: Gai Mattiolo Uomo
    Czech and Speke: Cuba
    Carolina Herrera: 212 Men H20
    Geoffrey Beene: Bowling Green
    Loewe: Loewe Para Hombre
    Iceberg: Iceberg Twice Homme

    Plus the usual Creed waters.
    Your favorite light vetiver
    And, of course, Bay Rum and Limes.

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