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    hello guys,

    As a newbie here and with fragrance discussion in general i would like to know what the general concensus is on the ultimate must have list of men's fragrances. I know there cant really be total agreement on anything as subjective as fragrance preference but i am looking to get myself started and to also see how my current stash compares to what is considered "THE " things to have ,

    i dont care about price, or brand , or really even what family anything belongs to but waht would you say is in the arsenal of the most on this forum, lets get this list going, sorry if this is an identical thread to something but i DID search .......

    would anyone consider terre d' hermes on this list???? i really enjoy this one, probably more than anything that has come out in the last few years

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    tdh is a good choice dude...you can also try declaration

    everybodies gonna say green irish tweed...

    eau de cartier, lolita lempicka au masculin, rive gauche ph opium ph angel amen, bvlgari black,

    i like everything cartier so im kinda bias...theres many to list buddy...but plz try these
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    Creed- Windsor
    Serge Lutens- Chergui
    Creed- GIT
    Lolita Lempica Au Masculin
    Ysl M7
    Ysl L'Homme
    Creed-Aventus
    Hermes- Un Jardin de Meditaranee
    Chanel Egoiste
    Egyptian Goddess
    Serge Lutens- Arabie

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    dont think their is such a thing as a MUST have...but definately...judging from cult status alone....here's the ones with a huge fan base...MUST TRY

    Bvlgari Black
    YSL Rive Gauche
    YSL M7
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Chanel Egoiste
    N.Rodriguez For Him
    Gucci Envy
    Dior Pour Homme
    Givenchy Pi
    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Creed Millesime Imperial
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    oh... of course Versace The Dreamer
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    Everyone should have a bottle of the original Chanel Egoiste IMO!

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    My desert island fragrances would be:

    Terre d' Hermes — as you mentioned
    Nicolai New York
    Divine l'homme sage
    Balenciaga pour homme
    Hermes Eau D'Orange Verte
    Gucci Envy
    Dunhill Edition
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    Rose 31 - Le Labo
    Chergui - Serge Lutens
    Fumerie Turque - Serge Lutens
    Voleur de Rose - L'artisan Parfumeur
    Musc Ravageur - Frederic Malle
    Green Irish Tweed - Creed
    Silver Mountain Water - Creed

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    There are so many fragrances and individual tastes being . . . individual, there is nothing but varying opinions on this subject. If I was starting from scratch to build a collection of fragrances today these would be my choices since they are all best of type for their fragrances - my opinion.

    Rose 31, Le Labo

    Avignon, Comme de Garcons

    Signoricci, Nina Ricci

    Mugler Cologne or Creed Orig. Vetiver

    Vetiver Extraordinaire, Editions Parfum Frederic Malle

    Bois du Portugal, Creed

    L'Homme Sage, Divine

    Domenico Caraceni 1913

    Borneo 1834, Serge Lutens

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    I don't know if there are any "must haves" for everybody, but there are lots of things that I would call "must tries." What I've been doing for the past year and a half or so is making my way through many, many samples to find out what I like best. Here are my current favorites houses and the fragrances I'm most fond of from them:

    Lorenzo Villoresi (Piper Nigrum, Vetiver, Yerbamate, Uomo)
    Creed (Green Irish Tweed, Royal English Leather)
    L'Artisan (Dzing!, Passage d'Enfer)
    Maitre Parfeumer et Gantier (Santal Noble, Ambre Precieux)

    ... and of course you can't stay on here long without at least trying Korous and Yatagan ... oh, and Ambre Sultan, MKK, and Gris Clair from Serge Lutens ... the list could go on and on ....

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    Hi Chuck and welcome!
    Here is a link from the community that might help you:
    http://community.basenotes.net/showt...ght=Holy+Grail

    For me, current ultimate must haves are:
    1. Carthusia Uomo - Carthusia
    2. New York - Nicolai
    3. Sultan Ambre - Lutens
    4. Michael Kors for men

    and of course, the ones I didn't mention that are in my signature!
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    I would recommend everything from Yves Saint Laurent - Kouros, Rive Gauche, M7, and others, Salvatore Ferragamo PH, Burberry - Touch, Brit and especially London, and Mugler B'Men while it's easy to find.

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    egoiste....the best i own

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    I would add Havana & Havana Reserva...

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    I'm not going to enforce specific scents on you, but the scents that I like or love are from:

    Burberry
    Creed
    Chanel
    Hermes
    Guerlain
    Yves Saint Laurent

    at least that's what my wardrobe says.
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    I don't see this thread helping you much!

    I don't know what "must haves" are or whether if I posted a list of my favourite frags any of them would really qualify as "must haves". I would try Eau Sauvage because it's a classic (though it doesn't last very long). Of the ones posted by others I'd go for Musc Ravageur. And Terre d'Hermes is very lovely.

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    In my opinion, I would recommend:

    -Japiur
    -Versace Man
    -MPG(Amber Preixou, Jardin Du Nil)
    -Shaikh

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    depends if you want to stay mainstream or not. Me, for some odd reason i love obsession

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    Hi chuckpolzin!

    Welcome to Basenotes!

    Basenotes has a very good community search function. It has helped me find answers and guidance for a lot of my questions - especially the ones that almost everybody seems to be interested in!

    Here are just a few to get you started in the right direction:

    http://community.basenotes.net/showt...light=favorite

    http://community.basenotes.net/showt...light=favorite

    http://community.basenotes.net/showt...&highlight=top

    http://community.basenotes.net/showt...&highlight=top

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    i'll tell you one that you will love and so will everyone around you....

    Kiton.

    and if you can afford it Creed Millesime Imperial.
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    I think you would do well choosing a Creed for your collection. It ´s very hard to affirm which Creed is "an absolute must have". Instead, you should sample them and choose the one that would please you the most.

    For starters, I think you could choose a good Creed among Milesime Imperial, Original Vetiver, Himalaya and Green Irish Tweed. I believe these are the most popular or easy to like in their line, and all of them are quality scents that you will be able to easily wear regularly.

    Then there are the old classics like Guerlain Vetiver, Azzaro, Eau Savage, etc... Everybody has a passion for at least one or two "old" classics.

    As for the niche scents, it is a very personal decision. People tend to develop a taste for certain perfume houses and this will vary according to the personal tastes of each person. Some will swear by Lutens, others by Villoresi ou L'Artisan, etc...

    If you are somehow new to this, I think the best money you can spend is buying samples. Buy samples and try as many scents as you can. There is nothing like a personal experience with a scent. Reading the posts here is very helpful and listening to suggestions may take you in the right direction. But being able to sample many scents is the fastest and safest way to get what you want.

    There is nothing like a safe and certain purchase. When you buy a bottle of a scent you already tested and know you love. There are no regrets, no second thoughts, etc...

    I try to keep a varied collection in style and perfume houses. Niches, classics, mainstream... There is a place for each of them, as long I like the scent and it fits my personality. For this reason I think it is difficult to suggest you an absolute must have. Because my list may be very different from what your list would be...

    For example, I like incense based scents very much, so I always try the fragrances that have incense. The same for vetiver, as it is another note I like very much. But you have to try scents to discover what you like and what you don´t like.

    Good luck! :-)
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    ultimate must haves may be foundations to your fragrance wardrobe. a diverse wardrobe will include a woodsy, a spice, a gormound, a green, a clean, perhaps a classic, and a niche.

    i don't know what your favorite smells are but think of what you like. that is where you start your foundation and that would be your first must haves. here are some good examples of different genres, so to speak of fragrances:

    green- creed vetiver,
    clean- rive gauche yves saint laurent
    incense- try almost anything from comme de garcons incense line, or man 2
    smoky- havanna
    unoffensive- drakkar (yes, it is safe and classic and cheap)
    gormound- burberry london

    look them up at basenotes, look at the notes and people's opinions. the perfumecourt.com can sell you samples of anything! try out some samples and narrow your choices down. good luck

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    C & S No. 88

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    what would be the best place online to buy samples, i am looking for the high end ones which i cannot buy around here, mostly i am interrested in the creed ones, they are described so amazingly that i need to smell these things

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    floris vetiver
    floris limes
    creed MI

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    Creed samples:
    http://www.Aedes.com
    http://www.ParfumsRaffy.com

    The Basenotes home page lists the most popular fragrances at the bottom of the page. I'm not sure how these are arrived at but I believe there's a thread about it in here somewhere. I think they are based on members' wardrobes (and reviews?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckpolzin View Post
    Would anyone consider terre d' hermes on this list???? i really enjoy this one, probably more than anything that has come out in the last few years
    Take what you like about Terre and expand on it. Do you like the cedar notes? then try another cedar scent like Rochas Lui, do you like the Hermes brand? then try another Hermes like Equipage, do you think that Jean-Claude Ellena did a great job on Terre? then try another one of his creations such as Ambre Extrême. If your going to make this new habit work, you have to play connect the dots in a very creative way. Buying blind involves more than a stab in the dark, it's best to discover what you like first and not to follow what others like; that will get you lost very quickly.
    Last edited by Kevin Guyer; 25th December 2007 at 04:39 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckpolzin View Post
    hello guys,

    As a newbie here and with fragrance discussion in general i would like to know what the general concensus is on the ultimate must have list of men's fragrances. I know there cant really be total agreement on anything as subjective as fragrance preference but i am looking to get myself started and to also see how my current stash compares to what is considered "THE " things to have
    Must haves should include a good Vetiver, a Creed of your Choice, a good herbal fragrance such as Baime, and then a good Sandalwood/Patchoulli combo such as Maubossin. These are my ideas of a good base - very traditional, and very versatile. I try to have a fragrance that can be worn in many different situations: Formal, Office, Casual, Romantic, Et Cetera. Try the Creed samplers first before you buy. I like Green Irish Tweed, but I tend to lean toward classical scents. One of my favorites is Dunhill for Men 1934. This scent is refined, a touch floral, but speaks of formal dress (a suit and tie).
    Green Dragon

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    chuckpolzin

    You will find as many "must have" lists as there are posters. Your best bet is to set out now on an exploration to discover what works best for you at this time in your life (tastes change with time).

    However, you are probably safe building a foundation on both the classics (which most everyone here will agree are the staples of any self respecting gentleman's wardrobe) and some of the more contemporary offerings of smaller designers: For the classics, start with anything from Chanel, Geurlain, Christian Dior, Yves St. Laurent, Gucci and if possible Caron.

    Chanel: Egoiste, Egoiste Platinum, Allure, Allure Sport, Pour Monsieur. Antaeus.
    Geurlain: L'Instant, Heritage, Habit Rouge, Coriolan, Vetiver
    Christian Dior: Fahrenheit, Eau Sauvage, Dior Homme
    Yves St Laurent: Kouros (try all the versions), L'Homme, Opium Pour Homme, M7, M7 Fresh, Rive Gauche
    Gucci: Pour Homme (I and II), Rush, Envy
    Caron: Yatagan, The Third Man, Pour Une Homme, L'Anarchiste

    Add these to your "must sample" list:

    Hermes: Bel Ami
    Cartier: Santos, Eau de Cartier, Must de Cartier pour Homme
    Salvatore Dali: Laguna Homme
    Tiffany: Tiffany for Men
    Versace: Versace l'Homme and Versus l'Homme
    Michael Kors: Michael for Men
    Kenzo: Kenzoair
    Helmut Lange: Curion
    Givenchy: Pi, Monsieur de Givenchy
    Bvlgari: Blu Notte pour Homme

    If you have access to good stock in your locale, (Sephora, Nordstroms, Nieman Marcus or better yet, outlets for niche scents) visit them and sample a few of the mainstays. The Duty Free shops in airports offer some of the best overall sampling in one convenient place.

    For niche or non-maintstream scents, Luckyscent sells samples of their stock at very reasonable prices.
    If you have a Marshall's or TJMaxx in your area, you can often pick up some good stuff for no money. Right now, you can find Thierry Mugler B-Men. B-Men is a definite Must Have!

    Griff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynn Faust View Post
    ultimate must haves may be foundations to your fragrance wardrobe. a diverse wardrobe will include a woodsy, a spice, a gormound, a green, a clean, perhaps a classic, and a niche.
    That's basicly how I would approach it. Try to cover different bases so you have choice of what to wear, vs 27 different must have fougeres.

    For myself.

    Lolita Lempicka au Masculin (Gourmand: Ivy leaves, and Light Anise, over a base of licorice wood and toasted sugar/vanilla/tonka/coumarin. Very sexy)

    Christian Lacroix Tumulte PH: (Dry Woods: Pure cedar, no distractions)

    L'occitane Vetyver (Vetiver: Superb rooty vetiver, very masculine. Much better than guerlain's)

    Lanvin Oxygene (Ozonic: My reference for Ozonic fragrances. Well blended, the entire composition converges on fresh water. Whenever I think I'm going to have rough day I wear this.)

    Brooks Brothers (Job Interview: Classic well blended masculine fragrance. Nothing stands out, but thats the point)

    Pinaud Clubman (Niche: This is what a barbershop smells like.)

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    You are probably on overload by now with all of the scents mentioned, so I'll just say "Welcome to Basenotes."
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