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Thread: 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....
Try Guerlain's Heritage.
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)
Comptoir Sud Pacifique, Barbier des Isles
Creed: Vintage Tabarome, Baie de Genievre, Bois du Portugal, Royal Scottish Lavender
Cotswold Perfumery, Amber
Czech & Speake Frankincense & Myrhh, Oxford & Cambridge
Any of the traditional fragrances from Penhaligon's, Trumper's and Crown Perfumery
Divine L'Homme Sage
d'Orsay Arome 3
Patricia de Nicolai New York
Patou pour homme
Desprez Versailles pour homme
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 07:13 PM.
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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)*
Tiffany for Men*
Green Irish Tweed
Azzaro pour Homme*
Gucci pour Homme (new and vintage)
Escada pour Homme
Arpege pour Homme
Lauder for Men*
Obsession for Men
Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme
Royal English Leather*
* 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 08:55 PM.
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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Lauder for Men
Pour Monsieur, Chanel
Lagerfeld Classic (if worn in moderation)
Bois de Portugal
Leonard pour Homme
Boucheron pour Homme
Tiffany for Men
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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.
My gentleman would wear:
Mouchoir de Monsieur (or Jicky)
Pour un Homme de Caron
Cuir de Russie, Chanel
Pour Monsieur, Chanel
Egoiste (and/or Bois des Iles)
Vetiver (Malle or Harris)
and XPEC Original
Last edited by sables; 4th January 2008 at 11:40 PM.
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 04:03 AM.
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I would add:
Paco Rabanne pH
I will throw Kouros in as well
Also not mentioned is .. Etienne Aigner - Original
Plus >>> MACASSAR & PHILEAS ...
Last edited by Dimitrios; 5th January 2008 at 01:42 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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.
Geo F Trumer Eucris
current favourites: guerlain vetiver, trumper eucris, adp colonia
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Good question! I'm leaning heavily towards soapy on this.
My top five would be:
Monsieur Rochas - Extra Strong
Chanel PM (vintage) or liberal application of Monsieur de Givenchy
Paco Rabanne PH
In rotation: Greenbriar (new), Silver Mountain Water, Dunhill for Men (1934), Acqua di Parma Colonia, Habit Rouge EDC, Ho Hang, B*Men, Agua Brava
I'm in the process of blind sampling half a dozen classic or classically styled gentlemens fragrances. Will megapost about it next week sometime.
Here's my list :
Dunhill Edition (this has to be the most elegant, "gentlemanly" fragrance out there)
Monsieur de Givenchy
Hermès Eau d'Orange Verte
Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme
Paco Rabanne Pour Homme
Chanel Pour Homme
Caron Pour un Homme
Dior Eau Sauvage
Nina Ricci Signoricci
Creed Bois du Portugal
Penhaligon Blenheim Bouquet
Penhaligon Racquet's Formula
Ralph Lauren Polo
Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien
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.
Lots of great scents already named.
One that usually goes under the wire is Lalique Pour Homme -- the Lion.
For me the gentlemanly scents are:
-Pour Un Homme
-L'Homme Decor by Divine
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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From your list:
From my add list: What I consider the ultimate gentleman's cologne:
I haven't seen it mentioned yet so I thought I'd add:
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.
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 favourites..by 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 pocket...so take care..Thanks for the suggestion...
Last edited by zain; 5th January 2008 at 09:04 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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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