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    Question A sweet, orange-based aftershave-esque fragrance?

    I've been looking for a sweet, orange-based aftershave-esque fragrance for awhile now with no luck. I've tried several over the past few months, but nothing that I like enough to buy.

    I wore Dunhill Pursuit today and found the dry-down to be too woody and spicy for my tastes. The opening is quite nice, but I tend to prefer much sweeter fragrances. To my nose, the base notes have little to no sweetness, and I am getting hints of pencil shavings. I hate that smell.

    I like the concept of Terre d'Hermes, but it's way too strong (even a single spray is overpowering) and the metallic note makes me queasy. Almost a winner though.

    Clinique Happy is a little too plain and one-dimensional. I like oranges, but this isn't very appealing. It's just sort of "blah."

    Kenneth Cole Signature is nice, but smells a tad bit synthetic, and sorta cheap. Same ballpark as what I'm looking for though.

    As a teenager, I wore Jovan Musk splash exclusively and remember loving the way it smelled. I'm looking for a nice EDT fragrance that is of a similar concept but more expensive and refined.

    Any suggestions?

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    Eau D'Orange Verte by Hermes is usually reckoned to be an excellent orange scent. Note: a good quality citrus scent (high percentage of natural elements) will have a short duration. Citrus notes are volatile and evaporate quickly.
    A softer orange frag, if you can find it, is Feu D'Orange EDT Intense by L'Occitane en Provence.
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    Default Re: A sweet, orange-based aftershave-esque fragrance?

    Have you tried Hermes Elixir des Merveilles? It is sweet orange, but not really "after-shavish".
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    Blu Mediterraneo Capri Orange / Arancia (1999) by Acqua di Parma. Maybe a bit too linear in its development but it really does smell like a sweet orange peel. Not too heavy either.

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    Default Re: A sweet, orange-based aftershave-esque fragrance?

    Agree with odysseusm - Eau d'Orange Verte and Concentree d'Orange Verte by Hermes are both fantastic. Somehow, though, I wear them less and less as autumn approaches. I always feel like they represent spring/summer in a bottle.

    A 'fall' or more 'warm/cozy' orange fragrance is definitely Secret Melange by MPG. Funny, I just sold a bottle...
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    Cologne Sologne by Parfums de Nicolai is my favorite in that general genre.

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    Frederic Malle Bigarade Concentrée is a bit expensive but a very interesting and soft orange fragrance. If that one's too strong for you you could try Cologne Bigarade instead.
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    Tom Ford for men. A big blast of sweet orange at first, with a dry down to a really nice musk. Its not the longest lasting or loudest, but its really good for warm days.. and the dry-down does last (it seems some people can't smell the musk used in it, however).
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    Plain ol' Tom Ford for Men?


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    castile by penhaligon's

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    Default Re: A sweet, orange-based aftershave-esque fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    Have you tried Hermes Elixir des Merveilles?
    This is a very sweet, nice orange. I personally found Dunhill Pursuit to be shockingly sweet for my tastes, so it's hard to imagine getting much sweeter.

    Another fragrance like Pursuit but without the drydown is Mont Blanc Individuel

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    I second Castile and also recommend Creed's Orange Spice.
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    LAnarchriste by Caron is "orangy" (or apple'y), cedar'y, clov'y.

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    I second the Frederic Malle's, with a budget option of Royal Lyme of Bermuda's Mandarin. It's too sweet for me, but simply citrus.

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    Have you ever tried Prastara Royale? It's a recreation of a 15th/16th c cologne recipe--and my experience with it exactly fits your wishlist of notes. There was a review of it on The Scented Salamander late last year.

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