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,
You should try Penhaligons English Fern, por example.
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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!
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.
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.
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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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
Hugo by Hugo Boss
RL Polo Explorer
Zippo sex vibe, imo.
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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.
Last edited by everso; 4th January 2009 at 07:40 PM.
Gendarme, love the stuff, but it is the ultimate in un-sexy.
Guerlain Vetiver is not particularly sexy to me but smells darn good.
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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.
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."
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.
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.
Smells great, and not sexy ?
(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.
Last edited by Aiona; 5th January 2009 at 12:48 AM.
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"As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round."
CK One - I find nothing sexy about that fragrance -
You can add Mugler Cologne too -
Last edited by scentimus; 5th January 2009 at 02:28 AM.
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
Last edited by abc1234; 5th January 2009 at 07:09 AM.
I think Burberry London is a sexy cold weather fragrance so I disagree on that one.
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.