Borsari Acqua Classica
Etro Lemon Sorbet
Asprey Purple Water
Thread: citrus heavy, come get me!
Recently I've noticed how I tend to pick uncomplicated and light fragrances in my
wardrobe more and more often, and especially the ones focusing on citrus in one way or
I'm talking about fragrances like Hermès - Eau d'Orange Verte, Hermès - Concentré
d'Orange Verte, Guerlain - Eau de Imperiale, Hermès - Terre d'Hermès, Beth Terry - Mare,
Comme des Garçons - Calamus, Mark Birley - Mark Birley for Men, Roger & Gallet - Jean
Marie-Farina, Comme des Garçons - Odeur 53, l'Artisan - l'Eau de l'Artisan, Gendarme
Well, that list should give you a feel of what I enjoy a lot. Not all there are citruses at all,
but near every single one of them feel uncomplicated and direct to me.
I just put an order for Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien today. My first order in over 6 months I
think, maybe even longer. I've had a sample of it I just loved. Acqua di Parma Colonia
Assoluta will also be purchased soon. I'm also looking into getting bottles of the rest of
Guerlain's different eaux. Oh and of course Dior's Eau Sauvage.
Now, what have I forgotten to seek out? Any great suggestion on things I might enjoy
given what I've written here? Something I just can't miss. Keep in mind than Terre
d'Hermès is almost too much of what it gives, to give you a feel of what I'm after
PS. Think I've written a similar thread before, but I hope that won't keep anyone from
replying this time around.
Last edited by shifts; 21st September 2008 at 04:40 PM.
Borsari Acqua Classica
Etro Lemon Sorbet
Asprey Purple Water
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petruccijc: Thanks, I'll look into them. Can you give me anything more on Borsari Acqua Classica?
The Asprey has been up on my list before. I need to smell that one.
I'll add some fragrances I'm curious about. Maybe someone here has tried one of them
and can say something about it here.
Eau d'Italie - eau de toilette
Beth Terry - Element of Surprise (or any other of theirs I might like)
Comme des Garçons - Citrico
The Different Company - Bergamote
MPG - Eau du Gantier
Miller Harris - Citron Citron
Czech & Speake - Neroli
IL PROFUMO - Mandarine
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My three favorite citrus scents right now are Creed Bois de Cedrat, Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne, and The Different Company [Divine] Bergamote. I'm a fan of TdH, and have enjoyed testing the other Hermès citrus entries. I think all three of the former scents are milder than TdH - generally too much so, for my taste. None of them has much longevity, IMO.
Since you're interested in TDC Bergamote, I can tell you that it's a wonderful unisex, with a scent that is very beautiful - a citrus that feels natural, yet even better than nature. However, neither my wife nor I get much longevity. Plan to carry the bottle or a sample to refresh during the day.
I believe that citrus fragrances are a nice, classic way to go for a pleasant and unobtrusive scent without reaching for Acqua di Gio and the other current "fresh" scents. In fact, I would say that, as for the human diet, citrus is an essential part of the wardrobe. (No scent scurvy for me! )
I might recommend GF Ferré Bergamotto Marino. Its super inexpensive, and a very enjoyable EDC with Tunisian Bergamot at its heart.
I'd also give two thumbs up to Bvlgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Verte Extrême, for its wonderful bergamot/lime accords and white pepper.
Oh good! I get to be the first to say you should seek out Nina Ricci's Signoricci! When I read your first post, Shifts, I thought some one else would beat me to the suggestion.
It's a citrus over woods, but not really a simple one. Smells great on a quick and simple level always, but it can be a day's great evolving experience as well.
That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me.
Bond No 9's Little Italy seems like something that you might enjoy. Or CdG Citrico.
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Another Goutal, Eau du Sud, is an interesting one. Nothing profound in the progression but the dry herbs become more prominent in the drydown and the citrus accord has nice longevity.
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Try Escale à Portofino by Dior if you can... light, bright, citrusy... cologne-y...
How about Eau Suavage Fraicheur Cuir and Jaipur Homme Limited Edition Fraicheur? Both lovely twists on the citrus note...
For a darker twist try Jaguar for Men (the original dark green bottle). This can be purchased quite cheaply on line and in discount sellers...
And a lighter spiced citrus is Romeo Gigli Man...
Another Miller Harris, the Tangerine Vert. A very clean citrus, which is rather long lasting. I liked it very much.
As to Colonia Assoluta, the general view is that a citrus scent is for the summer. Now, I applied it in this cold early autumn, and it's breathtakingly beautiful. And also very long lasting.
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rather decent, even though bordering on being too generic. I should try it again.
Divine Bergamot, I hear ya. I'll order a sample of it since you have high regards about it.
Thanks a lot!
love Signoricci! What I have is a 10 ml decant of the old stuff, and I'm kind of worried that the
new juice is nothing like it. But I think I'm willing to take that risk. Amazing amazing stuff and
a spot on suggestion, so thanks both of you!
blog btw. Have been a subscriber quite some time now).
About the Bvlgari. I've tried the original one, but found it so so. I really need to check that
one out again. Noticed that Jean Claude Ellena is the nose behind the Extrême version as
well. Hmm, better try both.
Strollyourlobster: Another Goutal might do the trick. I'll look into it most definately.
surreality: I have a sample, but can't really recall it. I'll give my views in this thread when I tried it again.
JanAlways: Some of those names are very overlooked by me. This brought some well deserved focus
to them I'm sure. Will see if I can locate them.
vandair: Well, in an earlier post I wrote that Colonia Assoluta will be my next order. I was wrong. This
Christian Dior will probably be it. Many thanks for that suggestion my friend.
I think the following scents fit your criterial, and are probably woth trying:
Eau du Sud (I like it better than Hadrien)
Bois de Cedrat
Angeliques sous la Pluie
Chanel Cologne (Les Exclusives)
Bahiana (a favorite of mine in the citrus genre)
Fresh Sugar Lychee
Aria di Capri
Cologne Bigarade (a "must-try" for citrus lovers, I think)
Cologne a la Russe
Kouros (just making sure you're paying attention)
Fleurs de Citronnier
Jardin de Kerylos
Mure et Musc
Whew! There's a lot of simple citrus outh there!
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Skip Goutal's Eau d'Hadrien and head for Guerlain's vibrant and refreshing Cologne du 68 !
how come no one has mentioned D&G Masculine? powerful citrus that lasts for days with a bit of a barbershop edge to it.
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I would add to that list Sisley's Eau de Campaigne and Eau de Patou (if you can find it, it is discontinued).
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Citrus-heavy fragrances have been an enduring passion for me. Right now, my wardrobe sees regular rotations of:
Cedrat edc by Patricia de Nicolai
Bright, immaculate, like a perfectly pressed white shirt
Cologne Sologne by Patricia de Nicolai
Ditto the above, with a true neroli note
Eau de Courreges by Courreges
Very brisk - there's some herbal and coniferous notes that make this an eye-opener
Eau de Patou by Jean Patou
Strong grapefruit peel note in the top, softens considerably with a very subtle powdery incense note way later
L'eau Pour le Jeune Homme - by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
Classic neroli-based cologne with an interesting combo of rosemary and sandalwood that starts appearing in the heart note.
Those are my current favorites. It's a rare week that goes by that I don't wear at least one for the whole day.
M:Men by Masaki is THE most underrated citrus scent around i think.
you can get it cheap from Sephora...and it lasts a LONG time....with great sillage...very fresh oranges, and just a great scent altogether.
Thety aren't citrus powerhouses but I always associate the old schoolers with citrus
Armani Eau Pour Homme
"As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round."
Of those mentioned I'd definitely try:
Creed Bois de Cedrat Selection Verte
C&S Neroli (a perfect, straight neroli, not citric) & Citrus Paradisi (a wonderful grapefruit)
The new Signoricci is different from the vintage, more synthetics, but still quite good.
Eau du Sud - while not very original, it is a picture-book aromatic citrus.
I'm not sure these haven been mentioned:
Guerlain AA Pamplelune (with C&S & Nicolai Balle de Match the best grapefruit around, definitely the most mouth-watering one)
Monsieur Balmain (cheap, good lemon)
Hugh Parsons Old England - a really fresh natural lemon blast. The best, least-synthetic Parsons IMO
Trumper's West Indian Lime - the best no-nonsense lime. Enormously zest-zingy. Perfect morning body tonic
shifts, PM me for a sample of the ultimate lemon oil inferno that is Crown Imperial & some very nice organic citrus Eau de Cologne
I haven't seen Eau de Rochas mentioned yet. Citrus with a patchouli base.
There are many, many great suggestions above - so I will agree with a few: Neroli by Czech & Speake, Cologne du 68 by Guerlain, Selection Verte by Creed and Escale de Portofino by Christian Dior. All I highly recommend.
I don't think you will be impressed by Citrico (Cologne Series) by Comme des Garcons. The 'eaux' and 'colognes' that you currently own or are familiar with all blow Citrico out of the water, when it comes to complexity, quality of ingredients, etc. I liked Citrico when I owned it, but it's nothing spectacular.
One that hasn't been mentioned yet is Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford (Private Blends), but then I'm not sure you have TF over in Sweden yet..?
Oh - and it's really NICE to see you posting again shifts. You've been missed.
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Carthusia - Numero Uno (strong lime peel)
Bond No.9 - Little Italy (again, raw lime juice...)