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    Default Looking for fragrances which are NOT 'sexy'

    Good day,

    I'm looking for recommendations for fragrances which smell good but don't have any 'sexy' vibe to them.
    An example of such a fragrance would be, for me, Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet. Would it be a good idea to look further into the various 'British gentleman' fragrances? Any other ideas?

    Thanks for any insight,
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    Default Re: Looking for fragrances which are NOT 'sexy'

    Quote Originally Posted by jpkunst View Post
    fragrances which smell good but don't have any 'sexy' vibe to them.
    I really like Pink Sugar by Aquolina. I don't find it particularly "sexy," but I do have to admit that aside from Tam Dao, it's the only thing I've worn that my husband has actually complimented me about.

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    You should try Penhaligons English Fern, por example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aiona View Post
    I really like Pink Sugar by Aquolina..
    From reading the reviews and description, this does not seem like an appropriate scent for a 45-year old man (i.e. me). But thanks for the tip!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kakihara View Post
    You should try Penhaligons English Fern, por example.
    English Fern, on the other hand, sounds very interesting. I actually have a Penhaligon's sampler on the way, I hope that this fragrance is included.

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    I agree with the two Penhaligons. I would say Mugler cologne as well, but it is of a different character. I would tend to think of "clean" fragrances would fit the bill.
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    On a man like you and of your excellent age, Jan Pieter, all scents will be sexy to women. You better watch out.

    I'd say the British gentleman style is a good idea and great place to start. I also think some of the odd and envelope pushing scents by Diptyque might work well also--they smell great but don't come loaded with the smell of bars or coctail parties. Try Ofresia or Oyedo or even Philosykos by Diptyque. They aren't British gentleman style but they're really neat.
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    Default Re: Looking for fragrances which are NOT 'sexy'

    Fresh and soapy or traditional colognes are a bit less sultry to me, although I agree that it has more to do with the wearer than the fragrance

    Prada Infusion d'Homme, Amber or Infusion d'Iris
    Dior Homme, Eau Sauvage
    Hermes Eau d'Orange Vert, Eau d'Hermes
    Chanel Eau de Cologne
    Aqua di Parma Colonia, Colonia Assoluta
    Guerlain Eau de Guerlain, Eau du Coq

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    Hugo by Hugo Boss
    Paco Rabbane
    RL Polo Explorer
    Azzaro Chrome

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    Heritage/Guerlain

    Zippo sex vibe, imo.
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    Default Re: Looking for fragrances which are NOT 'sexy'

    When I think of not sexy, I either think of really weird fragrances ( something like CdG Garage, perhaps ), or gentle green fragrances. Exploring the latter category my mind comes up with the following.

    Frederic Malle - En Passant

    A hyper-realistic lilac fragrance, gentle, green, and naturally cool.

    Miller Harris - Fleurs de Sel

    An interestingly salty herbal fragrance, effervescent and ethereal. Thyme, rosemary, sage, vetiver and oakmoss are detectable to my nose.

    Comme des Garcons - Calamus

    This smells to me of a combination of fresh green leaves and old books. It's quite simple, but very light and refreshing.

    Eau d'Italie - Eau d'Italie

    This is a complex herbal fragrance, strongly green and mossy yet also slightly incensey.

    Paestum Rose - Eau D'Italie

    This isn't a green fragrance, but if you're ever looking for a restrained, light and masculine rose, this is it. Rose here is modified with pepper, myrrh, cedar, and vetiver.

    None of these suggestions are archetypal green gentleman's fragrances, but they're well worth checking out anyhow.

    My favorite fougere is probably Fougere Bengale, but it's very extrovert and sexy and not what you're looking for. It's the olfactory equivalent of making out with an Indian restaurant's short-order cook who's wearing an English gentleman's fragrance.

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    Default Re: Looking for fragrances which are NOT 'sexy'

    Quote Originally Posted by GI291976 View Post
    Paco Rabanne
    i think that might be one of THE sexiest fragrances ever made!

    almost ANY/ALL Hermes scents IMO are NOT sexy....most of them are very conservative, and don't really have that intangible balls-to-the-wall required by 'sexy' scents.
    Last edited by everso; 4th January 2009 at 07:40 PM.

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    Gendarme, love the stuff, but it is the ultimate in un-sexy.

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    Default Re: Looking for fragrances which are NOT 'sexy'

    Guerlain Vetiver is not particularly sexy to me but smells darn good.

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    Default Re: Looking for fragrances which are NOT 'sexy'

    Quote Originally Posted by everso View Post
    i think that might be one of THE sexiest fragrance ever made!

    almost ANY/ALL Hermes scents IMO are NOT sexy....most of them are very conservative, and don't really have that intangible balls-to-the-wall required by 'sexy' scents.
    I agree with you. To me Paco Rabane PH is one of the sexiest fragrances for men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustB View Post
    I also think some of the odd and envelope pushing scents by Diptyque might work well also--they smell great but don't come loaded with the smell of bars or coctail parties. Try Ofresia or Oyedo or even Philosykos by Diptyque. They aren't British gentleman style but they're really neat.
    Let me second Chris' suggestion. The following from Diptyque are superb fragrances but I never thought of them as 'sexy' scents. Elegant, great quality scents, and very suitable for a 45 year old gentleman, but not really sexy: L'Eau, Eau de Lierre, Ofresia and Philosykos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DustB View Post
    On a man like you and of your excellent age, Jan Pieter, all scents will be sexy to women. You better watch out.

    I'd say the British gentleman style is a good idea and great place to start. I also think some of the odd and envelope pushing scents by Diptyque might work well also--they smell great but don't come loaded with the smell of bars or coctail parties. Try Ofresia or Oyedo or even Philosykos by Diptyque. They aren't British gentleman style but they're really neat.
    I agree with everything he said.
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    Your search will end with Hascish Homme by Veejaga. I guarantee you that you will sexually attract no one wearing this juice. I have never smelled anything like it that calls itself a fragrance for men.

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    Default Re: Looking for fragrances which are NOT 'sexy'

    I second the Comme Des Garcons, the original form 1994.It's available at Douglas for sampling. Not really sexy. Yet very unique.

    I second the Paestum Rose too, and suggest trying Guerlain Vetiver.
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    Dry vetiver scents like Givenchy Vetyver, Sel de Vetiver, Vetiver Extraordinaire, and Encre Noir can be very sophisticated without expressing any licentiousness. Clean green scents are also liable to be good candidates for you. Besides the aforementioned Calamus, I'd suggest Diptyque's Virgilio, or even Chanel's Bel Respiro.

    The dry, smoky incense of Dzongkha or Avignon make them worth investigating, and I'd also consider Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier's Iris Bleu Gris and Eau d'Italie's Magnolia Romana, both of which are complex and characterful, yet still very "clean."

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    Default Re: Looking for fragrances which are NOT 'sexy'

    Another cool green fragrance came to mind - Piver's Cuir de Russie. There is no leather here, just a clean green fragrance with an earthy base.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vibert View Post
    The dry, smoky incense of Dzongkha or Avignon
    If dry vetiver and incense are on the table, Biehl's MB03 is another good choice. It's rather like a hybrid between Avignon's frankincense-chamomile accord and CdG 2 Man's vetiver and cedar base.

    I'd also recommend Diptyque's herbal-myrrh L'Eau Trois, but the only thing any Basenoter should do on finding a bottle is to ship it to me immediately for safe keeping.

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    Smells great, and not sexy ?
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    Default Re: Looking for fragrances which are NOT 'sexy'

    Quote Originally Posted by jpkunst View Post
    From reading the reviews and description, this does not seem like an appropriate scent for a 45-year old man (i.e. me). But thanks for the tip!
    How strange! I could have sworn that back in March, the Basenotes directory listed it as unisex.
    (Now whether or not it truly is unisex is up for opinion.)

    I think English Fern could actually be pretty sexy in a soapy kind of way.

    And, everso, Hermes' Un Jardin en Mediterranee makes me drool.

    But, wait, the topic is NOT-sexy. I'd have to agree with Asha. Sometimes it's hard to get beyond the latent sexiness factor, because associations are had to break.
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    Quote Originally Posted by everso View Post
    i think that might be one of THE sexiest fragrances ever made!

    almost ANY/ALL Hermes scents IMO are NOT sexy....most of them are very conservative, and don't really have that intangible balls-to-the-wall required by 'sexy' scents.
    I don't know TdH seems pretty sexy to me..or people tell me is has a sexy quality...I think most scents on the right person, projected the right attitude can come across that way. But I agree with many that green or fresh type ones may be the ones to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToughCool View Post
    I don't know TdH seems pretty sexy to me..or people tell me is has a sexy quality...
    Maybe its the ISO E Super in it.

    I say, Grey Flannel, Mugler Cologne, SL Chene

    Anything sans musk or amber
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    CK One - I find nothing sexy about that fragrance -

    You can add Mugler Cologne too -
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    Default Re: Looking for fragrances which are NOT 'sexy'

    I feel these top male fragrances are excellent yet sexually neutral. No?

    Rive Gauche pour Homme by YSL

    Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme

    Burberry London for Men





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    I think Burberry London is a sexy cold weather fragrance so I disagree on that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin View Post
    I think Burberry London is a sexy cold weather fragrance so I disagree on that one.
    Hmm..... it seems fairly British type conservative to me though.

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    The sweetness is London is what I find sexy. London is one that I believe is best when sprayed on fabric. The initial blast of sweetness doesn't last as long as I'd like on the skin.

    I find Terre d'Hermes to have some sex appeal. It's not an asexual creation.

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