Thread: Sweet/Sugary/Gourmand Scents
Last edited by perfaddict; 3rd February 2009 at 06:32 AM.
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Jaipur Homme is a good masculine vanilla-scent.
If you're looking into Dior Homme; give the intense verision an extra wearing, it's the more gourmand-like of the three (cologne, edt, edp/intense).
For a hardcore alternative that I bet you wouldn't be able to resist either: Hermés, Hermessence Collection - Ambre Narguile. Think homemade apple pie topped with cinnamon and vanilla.
Last edited by Noalick; 3rd February 2009 at 10:36 AM.
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Bogart pour Homme comes to mind, as does (!!!) vintage Tabu. (Really a unisex thing, and a definite root beer vibe there.)
Rochas Man is great, too, especially if you like coffee.
Obsession NIght has a definite coconut note but lacks anything "sugary."
Carlos Santana for Men is all about apples, spice and musk. Fabulous juice for the money.
Chanel Allure pour Homme is not really a gourmand, but it comes close and still lacks the sweetness you find cloying.
(Btw, Perry Ellis M is a great alternative to Allure if money is an issue.)
Givenchy Pi is a personal favorite, but may be a tad sweet for your taste. Try it first.
I keep hearing good things about A*men Pure Coffee, but I've yet to try it.
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Another vote for Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin, I love that scent and it's so good your wife may life it for herself as well. Rochas Man is nice too, I bought that for my brother and he doesn't like sweet scents, but wears it all the time, it's not too sweet for you, but sweet enough that she may like it..
Serge Lutens Chergui
L'Artisan Tea for Two
These two I have tested. I cannot wear them, but then again I have a low tolerance for such smells. You might enjoy them though.
I totally recommend Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin and Rochas Man, can´t go wrong with those two
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These are a litle more expensive than many others recommended but I think that they might work for you.
Omnia Ambra is a sweet gourmand with orange, almond and a vanillic amber. Your wife will want to eat you...
SL Arabie. Sweet and dense like dried fruit
Ava Luxe Ambre D'Or, sweet rich amber. Not really anything gourmand about though.
MPG Ambre Preceiux
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Do give Roma Uomo by Laura Biagiotti a try. It's not as sweet as most of the others being mentioned here, so it won't make you feel uncomfortable with yourself wearing it.
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I'm throwing in my vote for Cannabis Santal as well, in my opinion ( and in pretty much direct contradiction to the obvious marketing schtick of the name) it's a reserved gourmand for grown ups. It's sweet but more of a natural sweet without being cloying, and I can pick up the various fruit notes without them having been sacrificed to some sort of jam melange. Also the chocolate note is very clear but somehow you will avoid smelling like a cadbury bar with fruit and nuts. If you have a sephora around, you owe it to yourself to go in and try it on!
Also, it's not a monster of a scent that will leave a huge trail behind you ala A*men, it's basically a discrete gourmand for a more mature man.
I'd also like to recommend Polo Double Black, the mango and coffee mix sounds odd but it works! Has a more 'youthful' feel though, however it's easy to find so don't let that stop you from trying it!
V/Valentino (cotton candy)
Xeryus Rouge (candied fruit)
Jacomo de Jacomo Rouge (tonka/fruity)
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Well, I think that the well-known and modern (or rather contemporary) classic Gucci Envy always had some gourmand connotations...
Rochas man is gourmand .. in fact it's the ony gourmand i can wear so far. It's quite nice, not too candy shop like.
Usually the gourmand fragrances are not my cup of tea.
I'm gonna have to say Rochas Man, simply due to the fact that it would fit the bill perfectly and is also very affordable.
For niche, I have to suggest a few of the PG scents, namely Cedar Sandaraque and Aomassai
Last edited by alacious; 30th April 2009 at 11:17 PM.
I can't believe no one has suggested this yet:
L'Artisan - Mechant Loup
honey and hazelnuts. Great scent, just not exactly my style. I'm not usualy into gourmand.
If you just want sweet, try Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan, Tauer's L'Air du Desert Marocain, or YSL M7.
Rochas Man has "gotten to me" at times as you put it. It is pretty smooth, I will admit, but after a couple of wears, I've had a little trouble with it. Au Masculin has a similar feel but does not make me queasy. I adore A*MEN. Zirh Ikon has a touch of gourmand sweetness to it that may work for both of you. That's my 2 cents.
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Hanae Mori all the way. My favorite scent for colder days when I go to social outings.
I really recommend sampling MPG's Bois de Turquie. It smells a bit like cream soda, (bay leaf + cinnamon + vanilla and orris), and transitions into a sweet but slightly leathery orris heart, and then dries down to myrrh, vanilla, and a light incense. It's sweet throughout, but evolves wonderfully and actually has a fair bit of depth. Light enough for summer use, too.
It's not a full blown gourmand like A*Men or Rochas Man, but an interesting lighter interpretation of a gourmand/incense/spice frag. At first, it really does smell quite akin to cream soda (just not so effervescent - but instead smooth and a bit creamy) - so if your wife likes the smell of cream soda, this is a must try!
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Two highly recommended gourmands:
Ayala Moriel's Immortelle L'Amour, a warm, rich vanilla touched with cinnamon and moderated with immortelle. Delicious but not overbearing.
Parfumerie Generale's Cedre Sandaraque, a warm, smooth cedar with amber and cotton candy. Sounds disgusting but is really quite smooth and well done! The cotton candy note is subtle.
I didn't care for Rochas Man, but a gorgeous friend of mine couldn't stop smelling my arm the rest of the night where i'd sampled it at a Sephora.
I used to despise Gourmands, but have changed my tune for the following:
1) Lolita Lempicka au Masculine - just so unique and different its a must-own. Licorice and vanilla.
2) JP Gauliter Le Male - despised this for years, but wore it yesterday on my skin for the first time ever and was blown away. On me it smelled like Dr. Pepper with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Got tons of compliments too from coworkers which proves my theory that most women love gourmands.
3) Jaipur - utter class with spice.
4) Kenzo Jungle l'Elephant - made for women, usable by anyone. Nothing smells like this spicy, vanilla chai romp through the forest. The cinnamon seems to literally sparkle off your skin for hours on end. My most complimented wear ever was the first time I wore this. It was unreal.(it is not a meek scent so apply lightly).
5) Dunhill Desire - cheap to buy but the combo of lime, vanilla and maybe apple smells synthetically fantastic. Gets alot of attention from men and women.
By the way, Desire doesn't seems to be a gourmand for me though.
Another vote for SL Douce Amere.
And I've just tried out a new gourmand scent- Ungaro's Apparition. Wonderful too though I'd not put it on the same list as the above two.
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