Lanvin L'Homme for office wear; LIGHTLY APPLIED Kouros for clubbing.
I am trying to get a very conservative friend of mine to get out and have some type of social life again. He actually has very good style, but dresses conservatively. I would like to suggest a few colognes for him but I don't know what to suggest. I am not looking for the Gendarme/TM cologne stuff or Rive Gauche type. I was thinking possibly Lanvin L homme or Bulgari Auga, but I'm not to sure. Something that will appeal to everyone, especially women and is not an in your face scent. Any suggestion
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Lanvin L'Homme for office wear; LIGHTLY APPLIED Kouros for clubbing.
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Something inconspicuous but a little bit warm and sexy at the same time - RL Safari. I think it fits the conservative type you describe ie a little bit shy and boring?
As opposed to the aggressive conservative, who would wear a power frag like Vintage Tabarome..Myself, I fit somewhere in between and love both of those as well as a range of other conservative / gentlemanly colognes.
But just something about the way you described your friend, I though RL Safari.
Top 10 (not in order): Dunhill 1934, Dunhill Edition, Terre d'Hermes, Rive Gauche, Habit Rouge, Guerlain Vetiver, Knize Ten, Bois du Portugal, Vintage Tabarome, Green Irish Tweed
Summer Rotation: GIT, Aventus, Erolfa, Vetiver 1948, Guerlain Vetiver, Malle VE, Terre d'Hermes, Bvlgari PH, Bvlgari Acqua, Habit Rouge EDC and Sport, ADP Colonia Assoluta, Chanel PMC, Dunhill Edition, Eau Sauvage, TF Azure Lime
Creed - Green Irish Tweed.
Appeals to everyone? You better avoid niche. Go for mass market ultra popular scents that you smell everywhere. You smell them everywhere because every girlfriend buys it for their boyfriend. I'm talking about AcQua di Gio, Armani Black Code, Azzaro Chrome, L'eau D'issey, Green Irish Tweed.
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Definitely GIT....safe but great. I seem to get compliments more often than not when I wear it.
Current Wishlist: Vetiver Extraordinaire, Rousse & Opus 1870
If he could find it, Tonino Lamborghini EDP. It's on the order of Boucheron PH, but I think it's a bit less formal. But it's still conservative and classy and I've always gotten compliments on it from the opposite sex.
Canali may be a good choice also.
Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue. My friend uses it for work cuz he works with people with allergies and sensitive noses. So far, no complaints and it smells nice.
I also think GIT would be a perfect choice.
If price isn't a concern another good one would be Malle's French Lover/Bois d'Orage. Also, i know some here will probably disagree, but i think Terre d'Hermes, as long as its not over applied, could be another option.
You could of course go for AdG....of course people may not know that you're wearing anything because everybody else wears it
Current Wishlist: Vetiver Extraordinaire, Rousse & Opus 1870
Boucheron pour Homme is a good suggestion, and I'd also recommend Jaipur Homme, Eau Sauvage, Caron's Third Man, or Guerlain Vetiver. Among the niche scents, I'd add Creed Santal Imperial, Diptyque's Tam Dao, Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier's Racine or Santal Noble, Lutens Gris Clair, or Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet.
bulgari pour homme, Dolce and Gab pour homme, Issey Miyake blu fraiche, white musk for men by body shop, kiehls musk.
GIT is a can't miss if you are willing to spring for it.
Hmmm Eau Sauvage makes me think of a crispy starched shirt respendent with navy blue suit coat and khakis during the Sunday eulogy, just before lunch with the Junior Republicans group.
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Without going niche or too difficult...
day: Dolce&Gabbana PH
evening: Chanel Egoiste
day: Acqua di Gio
evening: Cartier Declaration
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Perhaps Dior Homme - it's readily available and not over the top.
And I give a BIG second to Chanel Egoiste for evening wear.
If you're willing to part with bigger dollars, then Creed's Bois du Portugal has my vote.
something that smells nice and innoffensive....
Muegler cologne or OV by Creed......
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Roger&Gallet L'homme Essentiel (or one of their traditional colognes)
Musgo Real Classic Scent aftershave or Agua de Colonia No. 1
and Terre d' Hermes (lightly applied)
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Anything Chanel, especially Pour Monsieur, and anything Armani - liked by most people, not terribly strong, sweet or spicy.
How about having him try "by FRANK of Los Angeles "Frank No 2""
Conservative and reasonably interesting. Priced well, also - $65 per 65mL from Luckyscent.
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Conservative? Hmmm...maybe Geir - Geir Ness
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My SoTD would do just fine I believe... cK Be .. and YSL L'Homme too
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Another vote for Eau Sauvage ... and what about the Aramis family? Or Hermes Eau D'orange Verte?
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Lanvin L'Homme would be perfect IMO. Classic soapy/aquatic scent. Nothing more.
I have: Davidoff Relax, Dior Homme Sport, Boss Selection, Azzaro Visit, and Creed MI (will provide # on bottle for verification) available.
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Hermes Equipage will fit the bill for a super conservative friend
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Hugh Parsons Blue. Unique, hard to find, modern, conservative.
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What Vibert said.
Presuming you have to persuade him to buy as well as wear: Geoffrey Beene's Grey Flannel. Be sure he puts it on well before going out, and don't let him overdose. Just keep him the heck away from me b/c that cologne has already cost me too much.
Now ... all of these scents will develop differently on your friend's skin. And he's trying to ease back into contact with available singles. Here's an idea: order samples, and when he's narrowed it down a bit, have him put a small amount of a different scent on each wrist. Then when you're out, you can ask women to help him out by sniffing and sharing their reactions. Asking for help for him is far better than "hey Parker! tell her that joke about ..."
Bois du Portugal
I read the thread and immediately though Aspen or Eternity.
First thought: Signature pour Homme
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How about Aramis, Bel Ami, or Equipage? Maybe Santos.
Nothing sweet obviously.
Hugh Parsons Blue is a great suggestion.
Dunhill for Men at the Dunhill Store in NYC only
Trafalgar by Truefitt & Hill at upper end conservative mens' stores like H. Herzfeld NYC
All applied conservatively will provide style and vibe that would work for a conservative guy.
Some being highly exclusive and hard to find helps as well.
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In my fragrance wardrobe, nothing says conservative like Arden for Men Sandalwood.
I think I'd go for Bvlgari pour Homme
Honestly, the best would be to get a bottle of Brooks Brother's for men, otherwise Azzaro PH (the original not any of the later stuff).
Forgot three absolutely perfect choices for the conservative guy:
All by Penhaligons- - a great brand for the conservative guy.
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I would take Green Irish Tweed by Creed or Terre d´Hermés
is your friend conservative in a 'traditional cologne' type of way, or a 'popular cologne' type of way?
if it's the later: adg, issey etc. if it's the former, perhaps adp colonia or guerlain vetiver
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So ... how did this work out?
Maybe Grey Flannel-but this one does not appeal so easily, Paco Rabanne PH- yet a bit too much citrus, but still a good buy, BDP by Creed- the essence of classic, yet suitable almost exclusively for formal war, Esencia Loewe- beyond (praising, glorifying) words, Jaipur or Boucheron PH by Boucheron might also work, Very Valentino- actually, a smooth, detached, almost intellectual scent, with both modern, wearable, as well as old- school notes, Opus 1870 by Penhaligon's, also Eau d'Orange Verte (if ever to be found with less citrus...) and Rocabar by Hermes, Pour un Homme by Caron ans some Serge Lutens- creations, as well as Acca Kappa Cedro and Azzaro PH might work well.
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Colonia or Colonia Assoluta, two really beautiful and elegant colognes and conservative at the same time.
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If he is conservative for sure he will reject strong scents or scents commonly used by everybody. If you suggest something strong-smelling, just make sure to add that he will have to be cautious on applications. Form my experience, most people think that if the scent is very strong-smelling, they will be the unexpected victims of sillage. They just don't know that half a spritz will work as fine as any other no so strong-smelling EdT.
So. my suggestion would be in case you think of a non designer: any from Casswel Masey - CM- (inexpensive) / L'Occitan (mid priced) - L'O - or something by Penhaligon's (expensive) - P.
From other threads, CM Tricorn and Nº 6 have good reviews, Vetiver from L'O is excellent and Hamman Bouquet was mentioned when I asked about something in line with traditional British perfumery. Of these, the only one I can personally suggest is Vetiver since it is the only one I know.
Designer: Dior's Eau Sauvage / Givenchy's pour Monsieur / Dunhill 1934 / Dunhill Edition. These are gentlemen's scents in that their longevity is good but their sillage is limited. They are the sort of scents described as "safe" in that they will not bother other people, an attribute positively perceived by conservative and traditional people.
Well, this isn't entirely conservative but I think it straddles the line between general purpose wearability, office/date use, formal/casual,.. it's really a great all purpose scent..
I'm talking about Viktor & Rolf's Antidote of course! It's a thoroughly complex scent witha beautiful mint, grapefruit and lavender opening, cinnamon nutmeg and jasmine in the heart, and soft incense, sandalwood, and amber in the drydown. It's built on a classical structure but with a modern feel and is neither too heavy or too light for any situation.
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I second YSL L' Homme. I bought some for my non-perfumista husband, and he really likes it. It's elegant, very subtle, easy to like, and easy to wear.
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Geo F Trumper's Very Own Cologne by Geo F Trumper (pretty affordable as well) http://www.shoplondons.com/trumpers.html
Colonia by Acqua di Parma (pretty easy to find and good for the warmer months)
Green Irish Tweed (I first typed "Greed" Irish Tweed, which is kinda fitting)
Creed Silver Mountain Water (although it's sweeter than GIT)
These are safe and not at all sickly.
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It would be interesting to see the longest interval between a question and an answer. Our fellow bnoter's friend surely has found his conservative scent, has come back to social life, found a nice lady who loves his perfumes... still we are offering scents galore.
A tend to feel that those answering don't depend by any means on those who ask anything.