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    Default Ultimate "gentlemanly" colognes

    I am only 21 and have been a heavy user of colognes for 5 years..despite my age i have always loved what people would today call "Grandpa smelling colognes"....The new type of fragrances being produced today have (in my opinion) no class and do not capture masculinity like the "old-school" fragrances do..So, what would you guys consider to be "gentlemanly" colognes? And mind you,i don't mean any "modern interpretion of a gentleman" crap....Just timeless classics that reek of sophistication.elegance and what you would consider an old-fashioned gentleman should smell like...Here are my nominations ( in no particular order) :

    1. Safari by Ralph Lauren
    2. Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior
    3. Tuscany by Aramis
    4. Aramis by Aramis
    5. Gentleman by Givenchy
    6. Vetiver by Guerlain
    7. Equipage by Hermes

    Hope you guys can suggest some other colognes that i haven't tried....

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    Try Guerlain's Heritage.

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    You've got some nice classics there. I would add:

    Lighter, citric gentleman's frags:
    d'Orsay, Etiquette Bleue
    Guerlain Mouchoir du Monsieur
    Acqua di Parma Colonia (with rose)
    Nina Ricci Signoricci
    Annick Goutal eau du Sud
    Creed Selection Verte
    Eau d'Hermes (stinky cumin)

    Elegantly light or fresh:
    Dunhill Cologne (the original from 1934)
    Adolfo Dominguez, Vetiver hombre
    R de Capucci

    stronger woody, spicy, leathery:
    Jacques Bogart (1975)
    Guerlain Héritage
    Domenico Caraceni
    Villoresi Uomo
    Comptoir Sud Pacifique, Barbier des Isles
    Creed: Vintage Tabarome, Baie de Genievre, Bois du Portugal, Royal Scottish Lavender
    Cotswold Perfumery, Amber
    Floris Sandalwood
    Czech & Speake Frankincense & Myrhh, Oxford & Cambridge
    Any of the traditional fragrances from Penhaligon's, Trumper's and Crown Perfumery
    Divine L'Homme Sage
    Mazzolari Mazzolari
    d'Orsay Arome 3
    Patricia de Nicolai New York
    Patou pour homme
    Desprez Versailles pour homme
    Knize Ten
    Aramis JHL

    They all have a traditional gentlemanly feel about them. These are just off the top of my head, there are dozens more.
    Last edited by the_good_life; 4th January 2008 at 06:13 PM.
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    I be brief I say Caron's Pour un Homme.
    That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me.

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    I like everything on your list (especially Givenchy Gentlemen*) and Leifer's suggestion of Heritage is excellent. Heritage* is safely in my 'top three' fragrances (both the EdT and the EdP)

    Please let me add:

    Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955)*
    Chanel Egoiste
    Tiffany for Men*
    Green Irish Tweed
    Polo (green)
    Azzaro pour Homme*
    Original Vetiver
    Gucci pour Homme (new and vintage)
    JF (Floris)
    Ungaro III
    Escada pour Homme
    Arpege pour Homme
    Lauder for Men*
    New York*
    Aramis 900*
    Dunhill '34*
    Obsession for Men
    Bel Ami
    Knize Ten*
    Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme
    Eau d'Hermes
    Royal English Leather*
    Vintage Tabarome*
    Trussardi Uomo

    * favorite favorites

    Edit: I just saw the_good_life's and DustB's posts - sorry for the overlapping recommendations!
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    Thanks guys...What about Antaeus by Chanel?? I have read a lot of good reviews but haven't tried it yet...would you call it a gentlemanly cologne or feminine/unisex type of smell??
    Last edited by zain; 4th January 2008 at 07:55 PM.

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    A little uncanny but your list looks exactly like the line up on my dresser from ages 18-22 or so. I went through all the readily available fragrances like those but then got a job in England. My boss wore Racquets and Eau Sans Pareil from Penhaligon's; I was hooked. He got me a Bleinhein Bouquet bottle and I officially became a gentleman with that gift. That's slightly exaggerated but It did introduce me to Penhaligon's and I have been pleased with everything they have put out. The scents vary in feel but all are basically inoffensive and "gentlemanly" as you call it.

    There are clearly other single scents that fit the bill like the amazing Heritage by Guerlain and I would even add Opium pour homme by YSL, but as a house goes- you could hang with Penhaligon's for quite awhile moving from formula to formula as your favorite of the moment.

    If it's gentlemanly, you gravitate towards (as I did), then invest in a Penhaligon's scent library. I have seen a post or two recently that flat out say they'll send you the samples for free- check it out.
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    Trophee Lancome, O d'Lancome, and Sagamore (also Lancome)
    Lately I've been wearing:
    Windsor, Bois de Santal, Original Santal, Elixir, Douro, Endymion, Reflection, Arcus, Marwah

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    Some of my entries:

    Santal Noble
    Cuir Mauresque
    Jaipur Homme EdT
    French Lover
    Eau Sauvage
    Royal English Leather
    Iris Bleu Gris
    Noir Epices
    Heritage name just a few.
    Last edited by Off-Scenter; 4th January 2008 at 08:22 PM.

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    Lauder for Men
    Eau d'Hongrie
    Blenheim Bouquet
    New York
    Grey Flannel
    Pour Monsieur, Chanel
    Habit Rouge
    Lagerfeld Classic (if worn in moderation)
    Jockey Club
    Hammam Bouquet
    Bois de Portugal
    Bowling Green
    Leonard pour Homme
    Lanvin L'Homme
    English Fern
    Eau Sauvage
    Boucheron pour Homme
    Tiffany for Men
    That Man
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    I agree with all the posts so far, but nothing says gentleman to me more than Habit Rouge. Another contender is Elizabeth Arden's Sandalwood and Caswell Massey's Tricorn.

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    My gentleman would wear:
    Mouchoir de Monsieur (or Jicky)
    Pour un Homme de Caron
    Knize Ten
    Cuir de Russie, Chanel
    Arome 3
    Eau d´Hermès
    Pour Monsieur, Chanel
    Habit Rouge
    Amouage Gold
    No 88
    3eme Homme
    Bel Ami
    New York
    Egoiste (and/or Bois des Iles)
    Vetiver (Malle or Harris)
    and XPEC Original
    Last edited by sables; 4th January 2008 at 10:40 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zain View Post
    Thanks guys...What about Antaeus by Chanel?? I have read a lot of good reviews but haven't tried it yet...would you call it a gentlemanly cologne or feminine/unisex type of smell??
    Antaeus feminine? HAR HAR HAR! Au contraire, my young gentleman. Thick stands of dark wiry hair sprout immediately upon application.
    I second all previous suggestions, especially Habit Rouge, Heritage (my current gentlemanly fave), JHL... there are so many.
    I didn't see Kouros mentioned yet. But of course - Kouros is not a gentleman, he's a STUD.
    Last edited by Snafoo; 5th January 2008 at 03:03 AM.
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    You, my friend, have excellent taste.

    I would add:
    Knize Ten
    Polo Crest
    Paco Rabanne pH
    I will throw Kouros in as well


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    Also not mentioned is .. Etienne Aigner - Original
    Plus >>> MACASSAR & PHILEAS ...
    Last edited by Dimitrios; 5th January 2008 at 12:42 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
    Currently wearing: Rochas Lui by Rochas

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    My current rotation for gentlemanly scents - Gucci PH, Chanel Egoiste, Havana, Heritage, Antaeus
    Gentlemen also wear lights - Gendarme, Acca Kappa Cedro, Clinique Happy for Men, L'eau Par Kenzo pour homme, Eau de Cartier Concentree.
    Gentlemen also wear other stuff that suit them - Iceberg Twice, Cacharel's Nemo, JPG2, Opium, M7
    Gentlemen also wear pink and melon - shirts, i.e.

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    Geo F Trumer Eucris

    game over.
    current favourites: guerlain vetiver, trumper eucris, adp colonia
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    next buys: keiko mecheri oliban, michael by michael kors

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    Good question! I'm leaning heavily towards soapy on this.

    My top five would be:
    Monsieur Rochas - Extra Strong
    Worth PH
    Chanel PM (vintage) or liberal application of Monsieur de Givenchy
    Paco Rabanne PH
    Gendarme V
    In rotation: Greenbriar (new), Silver Mountain Water, Dunhill for Men (1934), Acqua di Parma Colonia, Habit Rouge EDC, Ho Hang, B*Men, Agua Brava

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustB View Post
    I be brief I say Caron's Pour un Homme.
    For sure.

    Your collection is already very good. You might also consider adding
    Creed Bois du Portugal or New York by Parfums de Nicolai
    Creed Private Collection Tabarome ("Vintage" Tabarome)
    Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955)
    Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree
    Chanel Antaeus

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    I'm in the process of blind sampling half a dozen classic or classically styled gentlemens fragrances. Will megapost about it next week sometime.

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    Here's my list :

    Dunhill Edition (this has to be the most elegant, "gentlemanly" fragrance out there)
    Monsieur de Givenchy
    Givenchy Xeryus
    Givenchy Insensé
    Hermès Equipage
    Hermès Eau d'Orange Verte
    Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme
    Rochas Moustache
    Rochas Monsieur
    Paco Rabanne Pour Homme
    Chanel Pour Homme
    Caron Pour un Homme
    Dior Eau Sauvage
    Nina Ricci Signoricci
    Creed Bois du Portugal
    Detaille Escrimeur
    Penhaligon Blenheim Bouquet
    Penhaligon Racquet's Formula
    Ralph Lauren Polo
    Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien

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    Hi Zain,

    You're a UAE resident, as I can see

    You don't have to look back that far to smell gentlemanly. If I were you, I'd check out some recent stuff that is classy and gentlemanly.

    Check out Fou D'Absinthe by L'Artisan Parfumeur (they have a boutique in Wafi City, Dubai), and John Varvatos Vintage. If you want something that is gentlemanly with a renegade twist, check out Cumming, which you won't find in the UAE. You'll have to order it online.

    Mainstrem fragrances are not that bad . Narcisso Rodregues For Him is a great contemporary gentleman's scent.

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    Lots of great scents already named.

    One that usually goes under the wire is Lalique Pour Homme -- the Lion.
    Currently wearing: Eau de Campagne by Sisley

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    For me the gentlemanly scents are:
    -Pour Un Homme
    -Santos Cartier
    -L'Homme Decor by Divine

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    I second all things Penhaligons, especially Racquets Formula, and Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme. I would add Truefitt & Hill Grafton and Creed Santal Imperial. I don't remember seeing YSL Rive Gauche on the previous lists, but I may just have missed it.
    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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    Default Re: Ultimate "gentlemanly" colognes

    From your list:

    Givenchy Gentleman

    From my add list: What I consider the ultimate gentleman's cologne:

    Chevalier d'Orsay
    Currently wearing: Divine by Divine

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    I haven't seen it mentioned yet so I thought I'd add:

    Ungaro II.

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    If I absolutely had to choose just one, it would be -

    Creed's Bois du Portugal

    There are so many great choices in the posts above, it's difficult to narrow your search.

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    Thanks guyss.....loaddsssssssss of fragrances for me to check out [wee.....sadly some of the names mentioned are not (well....) mainstream (like penhaligon)...won't find it where i live (dubai)....i wish you guys and only suggested 1 or 2....will never be able to try out all....i have noticed that Guerlain's Heritage keeps getting mentioned again and again..will definately give it a try..i love Creed,i have tested many, but sadly i m still a university student and Creed doesnt really fit my budget ....i have noticed that many people might have misunderstood by recommending fragrances like Kouros...i love Kouros.. one of my gentlemanly colognes, i meant colgones that use traditional ingredients like : citrus (big must),spices,lavendar, leather etc etc..thanks a lot guys
    Hi Killer_Vavoom...are you an UAE resident as well?? I was aware of L'Artisan Parfumeur boutique in Wafi City...Just wanted to ask...Are perfumes by L'Artisan Parfumeur expensive?..around how much if you have any idea?Well i am a student and i have to watch my take care..Thanks for the suggestion...
    Last edited by zain; 5th January 2008 at 08:04 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Penhaligon's delivers to Dubai. Ya know, nobody mentioned Paul Sebastian. It's definitely got a classic scent. It's in every department store here in the states relatively low priced. But get yourself some Penhaligon's vials in addition to whatever you get next. Let us know what you get and why.
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