I don't really believe in the idea of a single holy grail. I prefer polygamy. So here are my current favorites in my little "harlem"...
Parfumerie Generale: Cuir d'Iris, Aomassai, L'ombre Fauve, Felanilla, L'oiseau de Nuit
Guerlain: Spiritueuse Double Vanille
Parfum d'Empire: Cuir Ottoman, Ambre Russe
Serge Lutens: Gris Clair (yes, just one)
Hermessence: Vetiver Tonka
Almost there, but not quite:
Dior Bois d'Argent
Idole de Lubin
Hermessence Ambre Narguile
May make it on other's list, but not mine:
By Kilian StH
Serge Lutens Serge Noire
at the moment I'm absolutely falling for
Tauers L'air dd Maroccain and Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan, I somehow have the feeling I need to check out more Ambre frags
otherwise my grails are the good old favs
It's hard to pick just one, but I will say the one and only fragrance that I immediately fell in love with and bought it right on the spot (which I never do) - Annick Goutal Sables.
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Hugo Boss In Motion. The first I've tried from their line, and after sampling a lot of the rest, this is the only one I've really liked. My first and last blind buy, too.
My limited 'drobe: Boss In Motion, Armani Code, Concentre d'Orange Verte, Paul Smith Story.
Santal Noble (vintage), Eau des Iles, Eau d'Hermes, Yerbamate, L'Air du Desert Marocain, Iris Silver Mist, Vetiver Extraordinaire, No. 88 (vintage) and Eau Lente for being simply so impressive fragrances.
Racine, Villoresi's Uomo and Cologne du 68 for combining wearability with substance.
There are many others for sure. Made the list quite fast.
Second Orris by Tauer, it really is amazing. Besides that Hinoki by CdG, Gaiac 10 by Le Labo, Reve en Cuir by Indult, and everything in my wardrobe by Serge Lutens - except for Arabie. I would say something is my "Holy Grail" if I could stand smelling it 24/7 and also brings me into a 'euphoric' mood. Moss Breeches is almost HG and smells fabulous on clothes the day after, but is headache inducing.
Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille.
It's not it my collection yet, but soon. Just the perfect combination of scents.
Frederic Malle - Musc Ravageur, Iris Poudre, L'Eau d' Hiver, Noir Epices
Serge Lutens - Ambre Sultan
Hermessence Vetiver Tonka
Costume National - Scent Intense
I am pretty easy to please. My HG's from my stash are
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Vierges et Toreros
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there are a handful of scents in my collection which TRULY qualify as holy grail material....
1. Helmut Lang Cuiron (still the most beautiful leather scent i've ever tried)
2. Knize Ten (still the most dramatic, theatrical leather scent ever made)
3. Helmut Lang Eau De Parfum (hands down the finest musk scent i've ever tried)
4. Kiton Black (possibly the most underrated fragrance...just perfectly balanced and glorious)
5. Paco Rabanne (70s italian macho glory....unrivalled masculinity, imo)
6. SMN Nostalgia (amazing twists and turns from top to basenotes. smells like a vintage race car? I AM IN!)
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Comme des Garcons 2 Man
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I don't really have a holy grail scent, but these are the first 10 I would grab if I was making my get away.
Sel d' Vetiver
Muscs Koublai Khan
Encens et Lavande
Annick Goutal Ambre Fetische
I had a discussion recently about this and they would have to be:
Eaux des Baux
There's probably more, but it's late and I have too many to choose from...
In a world where people smell bad, it is the personal responsibility of every Basenoter to improve the world one SotD at a time...
Chanel - Pour Monsieur , PM Concentree, Egoiste
Hermes - Bel Ami, Equipage (both vintage)
Guerlain - Vetiver, Derby
Helmut Lang - Cuiron, HL edc
Tiffany for Men
Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir
There's a lot more I like in my collection but these are by far my favorites
Trumper Sandalwood Cologne
Homme de Cafe
Dolce & Gabbana PH
Opium PH EdT
keepin' it musky
As I have said before, I do not have holy grails. I believe many use it as an equivalent for favorite, but that is a rather incorrect interpretation.
Anywhoo, my favorites:
[quote=irish;1420086]As I have said before, I do not have holy grails. I believe many use it as an equivalent for favorite, but that is a rather incorrect interpretation.
Why..so ..serious! http://www.buffyholt.com/blog/wp-con...he-joker-2.jpg
Tom Ford - For Men
Larrikin for Men
I like most of the rest of what I own, but any of these 4 will almost always do for whatever occasion I want. I just wish the Tom Ford lasted longer
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I don't have much at the moment (newbie in regards to collecting), but out of what I do have, I'd say
FM Musc Ravageur
Creed Millesime Imperial
By Kilian-Straight to Heaven
Narciso Rodriguez for Him
"The stench / The stench / Of summer sex / And CK Eternity, oh hell yes"
-Fall Out Boy, "Uma Thurman"
only one? *ST Barth Homme*
Vetiver de Guerlain
Nightflight by Joop!
Platinum Egoiste by Chanel... at this moment...tomorrow?? i don't know!
Not serious. I am cool with whatever people want to call their favorite scents (I am seriously thinking about calling them my holy molies). But traditionally, Holy Grail is something really hard to get or even unattainable. It represents a hard quest, a finding that ends all crusades. If you live is USA and you have a decent salary, AdG is not a Holy Grail, no matter how much you like it. Heck you can get it at any drugstore. A 1988 bottle of GIT signed by Creed himself? That is a HG!
"- Harry, I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange."