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    Question Recommendations for androgynous scents

    i am hoping that some of the experts might be able to recommend a few new colognes for me to try because i'm not especially knowledgeable and i don't know where to begin.

    after reading many posts here i noticed that my cologne wardrobe seems to be composed merely of popular scents that everyone else has, so i am looking for some new, unusual, and interesting ideas that fit my taste but not many others will have.

    currently i only rotate between le male, gaultier2, d&g pour homme, by man, and allure homme sport. i bought all of these because i smelled them on classmates, etc. and they smelled alright.

    i don't have a very trained nose, so it's hard to describe what i imagine my dream scent would be like. i would like to find scents that are androgynous. i prefer fragrances that don't feel cloying, masculine, or musky. i'm gay and don't mind slightly effeminate scents, but not overtly feminine and flowery. i favor alluring over sporty, dark/sad over cheery, mysterious over overt, subtle/intriguing over loud/bold.

    i am really curious if any of the issey miyake or comme des garçons fragrances might fit these descriptions, as they are my two favroite clothing designers.

    can anybody offer any suggestions?

    thanks!

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    From your description...I'd suggest you try Bvlgari Black. It's a smoky vanilla, but the vanilla in it isn't too sweet. I personally love it.

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    thanks for the recommendation!! i am hoping to get 8 or 10 suggestions to sniff this weekend.

    i live really close to bond no. 9 and i've heard a few good things about that place, does anybody know about their lines?

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    costume national scent or scent intense
    hanae mori HM
    tom ford black orchid
    prada EDP
    comme des garcon 2
    hermes jardin en mediterranea or sur le nil

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    I'm going to go out on a limb here, and make a recommendation I haven't made before.

    Check out the Guerlain Aqua Allegoria series. In many ways they'll fit your descriptions of scent preferences, except for the dark part and they mysterious part. I'll need to think of something else to fit those qualities, but CJ's idea of Bulgari Black is a good one for sure.

    Especially see if you can sniff Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca and Lemon Fresca. I think these are good things of superior quality that will work on anyone. Because they're unisex or will work on anyone they're usually sold on women's scent shelves, but that's just the market. There are other super gems in the line, like Lavande Velours, Gentiane (but this one might get cloying with a full day's wear), and some swear by Winter Delice, but most of them are great smells to choose to live in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fashion_fashoff View Post

    i live really close to bond no. 9 and i've heard a few good things about that place, does anybody know about their lines?
    lucky guy
    i just went to saks and am no longer a bond no.9 virgin
    though they have the "for men" and "for women" categories
    they really intermix

    the very first thing she showed me was their limited edition "Silver Factory"
    which i love...to my semi-stuffy nose it smelled like bourbon-y vanila + smoke....a more literal character from the Bvlgari Black descriptions.

    at first the only thing i asked for was light and fresh
    and she gave me "hamptons" too summery blah blah
    then i said more "fall/ winter" and maybe powdery
    and she gave me wall street...ok....
    there are a lot of "characters" in the bond no 9 line

    i say its totally worth to look at

    the price......$230 for silver factory...sheesh...
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    wishlist:
    Chanel - Cuire de Ruissie and Eau de Cologne
    Penhaligons - Quercus, Castille, and Raquets
    Dior -Eau Noire, Dior Homme Cologne, Dior Homme Intense, and Dior Sweet Sun
    Frédéric Malle - Angelique sous la pluie and Eau d'Hiver
    L'Artisan - l'eau de l'artisan and bois farine
    Hermès - Elixir des Merveilles, Jardin sur Nil, and Hermessence Confret.


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    Make sure to check out Dior Homme. Androginity at its very best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by transmaniacon View Post
    Make sure to check out Dior Homme. Androginity at its very best.
    how can i forget?!
    good choice
    wishlist:
    Chanel - Cuire de Ruissie and Eau de Cologne
    Penhaligons - Quercus, Castille, and Raquets
    Dior -Eau Noire, Dior Homme Cologne, Dior Homme Intense, and Dior Sweet Sun
    Frédéric Malle - Angelique sous la pluie and Eau d'Hiver
    L'Artisan - l'eau de l'artisan and bois farine
    Hermès - Elixir des Merveilles, Jardin sur Nil, and Hermessence Confret.


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    West Side by Bond No. 9

    Peggy: "Right now, we have to get to the mental institution. Something terrible has happened."
    Latrelle: "What?"
    Peggy: "Brother Boy has tried to kill himself. He jumped out of his bedroom window."
    Latrelle: "Isn't he only on the second floor?"
    Peggy: "Yes, but he hit his head on a lawn gnome."
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    Try Lorenzo Villoresi's Musk. It's a little too powdery rose for me, but it smells great and sounds very much up your alley to me. (I'm gay too, BTW, put I tend to like the more traditionally masculine scents on myself.) LV's Yerbamate also fits your description. It smells like smokey hay with wildflowers.

    You also might want to try L'Artisan's Dzing! if you think you might like a soft animalistic scent.

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    Default Re: Recommendations for androgynous scents

    I like all of the recommendations above (except for the Bond No. 9 - which I don't really care for).

    I highly recommend:

    Cumming by Alan Cumming
    Odeur 53 by Comme des Garcons
    Any of the Incense Series by Comme des Garcons (Avignon is my favorite)
    Kingdom by Alexander McQueen

    Welcome to basenotes - stick around long enough, and you will learn about many more scents that fit your criteria.

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    First to mind are several L'Artisan frags:

    Tea for Two
    Passage d'Enfer
    Vanilia
    Timbuktu

    and I also recommend Bulgari Black!

    Good luck!

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    Default Re: Recommendations for androgynous scents

    Speaking of DIor, Bois d'Argent might fit this category. I find it perfectly unisex.
    Lately I've been wearing:
    Windsor, Bois de Santal, Original Santal, Elixir, Douro, Endymion, Reflection, Arcus, Marwah

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    Along with my earlier suggestion (i.e., West Side by Bond No. 9), I must also second these frags already nominated by others:

    Tea for Two
    Passage d'Enfer
    Timbuktu
    Kingdom

    . . . and hasten to add Dzongkha, Dzing! and just about any of the Montale aouds.

    Peggy: "Right now, we have to get to the mental institution. Something terrible has happened."
    Latrelle: "What?"
    Peggy: "Brother Boy has tried to kill himself. He jumped out of his bedroom window."
    Latrelle: "Isn't he only on the second floor?"
    Peggy: "Yes, but he hit his head on a lawn gnome."
    Fr. Sordid Lives: The Series
    *****
    "Live, live, live! Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death."
    Auntie Mame
    [/B]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scentronic View Post
    Speaking of DIor, Bois d'Argent might fit this category. I find it perfectly unisex.

    chyeah so is cologne blanche
    wishlist:
    Chanel - Cuire de Ruissie and Eau de Cologne
    Penhaligons - Quercus, Castille, and Raquets
    Dior -Eau Noire, Dior Homme Cologne, Dior Homme Intense, and Dior Sweet Sun
    Frédéric Malle - Angelique sous la pluie and Eau d'Hiver
    L'Artisan - l'eau de l'artisan and bois farine
    Hermès - Elixir des Merveilles, Jardin sur Nil, and Hermessence Confret.


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    Quote Originally Posted by transmaniacon View Post
    Make sure to check out Dior Homme. Androginity at its very best.
    Yes, you must try this one. It re-defines what is acceptable for a masculine fragrance, and it's a mainstream product! How it got past the marketing stages is a miracle. Caron's L'Anarchiste also comes to mind, but good luck finding it. Saks may still have it in the men's fragrance department.
    Bonds are worth looking into and L'Artisans could also fit the bill, too.
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    How COULD I have left both Musc Ravageur and Noir Epices out of my list? Oh, and Piper Nigrum, too!

    Peggy: "Right now, we have to get to the mental institution. Something terrible has happened."
    Latrelle: "What?"
    Peggy: "Brother Boy has tried to kill himself. He jumped out of his bedroom window."
    Latrelle: "Isn't he only on the second floor?"
    Peggy: "Yes, but he hit his head on a lawn gnome."
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