What do you think of Carnal Flower ?
I just purchased L'Artisan's Tubéreuse and it made me realize that I'm a closet white floral fan. There's something so creamy, sexy and skin-like to tuberose that I needed to own a fix for those days that I crave this buttery, indolic flower. The other soliflore I recently purchased is Annick Goutal's Gardénia Passion, god help me if I'm unconsciously turning into a drag queen!
I've tried a smattering of women's floral classics, but I find that most of them work better in theory than in reality, with perhaps the sole exception of Creed's 19th century Jasmin Impératrice Eugénie, a blend of sandalwood and jasmine that I find close to perfection.
I've tried Fleur le Male and while I found it very intriguing, it seemed like it had loads of sweetness added to the white flowers.
My next floral to explore is the rose. I have Black Aoud, so lovely, SO LOUD! I also love ADC's Rose Poivre and Serge Lutens Sa Majesté la Rose. Iquitos and C&S 88 don't do it for me; I find them suffocating. On the other hand, I love Richard James, but it's a mixture of so many different things.
Any soliflore men's ideas?
Last edited by Kevin Guyer; 16th January 2008 at 06:02 AM.
What do you think of Carnal Flower ?
I love soliflores ( certainly far more than floral blends ), and I'm currently on a carnation jag. Ayala Moriel's new Incarnation is a very interesting unisex carnation fragrance: it has a tart woody quality to it that I find difficult to describe.
Unfortunately, I've yet to find a gardenia I'm happy with. Kai was a watery floral to my nose that simply didn't smell like gardenia; Stephanie came much, much closer but I still found a certain natural roundness wanting.
MPG Tubereuse is my favorite tuberose followed closely by Jo Malone Tuberose.
For roses, Christiane Celle Calypso Rose is honeyed rose with freesia, iris, and barely perceptible clove. Smells like fresh candied roses. Jo Malone Roses cologne is worth testing as well.
Parfums DelRae Amoureuse is the most stunning floral I have tested in a long time. Tubrose and jasmine over a honey, cedar, and sandalwood. I know Aedes carries it and I think Barney's has it as well.
TDC Jasmin de Nuit is a new favorite introduced to me courtesy of another generous Basenoter.
Last edited by Sloan; 16th January 2008 at 06:37 AM.
Mona di Orio flowers: Oiro and Carnation are very good.
Parfumerie Generale Tubereuse and Caron`s Tubereuse are fresh - and creamy. And Passage #9 La Collection Particuliere by Christian Dior is tuberose, jasmin and fleur d`orange, gorgeous as Gisele Bundchen...
About ROSE - try Rosine frags! Just every of them!
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Some suggestions for green, fresh soliflores that are very close to the real smell of the flowers and quite wearable IMHO:
Diptyque Ofrésia (Freesia)
Christiane Celle Chevrefeuille (Honeysuckle)
D'Orsay Tilleul (Linden)
Floris Night Scented Jasmine
Comme des Garcons Lily
L'Artisan Oeillet Sauvage (Carnation)
Frederic Malle Une Fleur de Cassie (Mimosa)
And Carnal Flower is a must-have if you like tuberose with a fresh and spicy edge!
I got me no problem wearing soliflores! As others have already suggested, Carnal Flower is a must-try. Serge Lutens's Tubereuse Criminelle may be an even easier-to-wear tuberose for men, as it's far less heady than most and its camphorous notes give it a nice, refreshing sharp edge.
If Black Aoud is too much for you, and you still want a woody rose, try Montale's Attar or Royal Aoud (both less "forward" than Black Aoud), or Czech $ Speake No. 88. Some brighter, crisper soliflores I like to wear are CdG Series 1 Leaves: Lily, and Dawn Spencer Hurwitz's mesmerizing Padme Lotus. Though I think it's been discontinued, CdG Carnation is a wonderful spiicy, easy-wear foral for men that may still be on the shelves. Other winners on me are Annick Goutal's Chevrefeuille and Olivia Giacobetti's En Passant (lilac) for Frederic Malle.
Ruggles - so you finally decided to throw open the closet door and embrace your inner drag queen...I mean love of white florals!?
I think most of the above recommendations sound great. One that wasn't mentioned (that I happened to be wearing right now, as I type this) is A La Nuit by Serge Lutens. A fantastic, strong and indolic jasmine fragrance.
Also, the recommendation above from moon_fish for Carnation by Mona di Orio is a good one - but Carnation is not a carnation flower soliflore, it's a floral fragrance with notes of bergamot, wallflower, geranium, ylang ylang, violet, jasmine, sandalwood, musk, amber and styrax. I know...it's confusing, but I think they used the word carnation as the French term for 'complexion [of the skin]' instead of carnation the flower. I havent' smelled it, but they have it at Aedes.
One more thing - on the tuberose kick: Have you smelled Fracas? Screaming tuberose. Subtle it aint. If it's good enough for Madonna (she supposedly wears this) it's good enough for you Rugs.
Last edited by mikeperez23; 20th March 2008 at 02:21 AM.
I'm surprised nobody mentioned the great Caron Pour un homme yet!
The best lavender soliflore there is!
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Pour Un Homme de Caron; a simple composition of lavendar with amber and vanilla base.
C A R O N
Pour Un Homme
"Les Plus Belles Lavandes"
This is a different version of it, and I just received the (vintage) bottle. I think the lavender is a little different, but need to compare them side by side. This is certainly pure, beautiful lavender without anything else (no Amber). The drydown is warmer than what I pick up from lavender oils.
'Il mondo dei profumi è un universo senza limiti: una fraganza puo rievocare sensazioni, luoghi, persone o ancora condurre in uno spazio di nuove dimensioni emozionali' L. V.