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    Default Recommendations and help.

    I read that BaseNoters are glad to recommend fragrances for newbies like me . Right now I'm trying to find my path in this jungle of fragrances, but the more I read, my list of must-tries grow bigger and bigger, and I need some advices for which fragrances to pick. Unfortunately it's hard to find perfumes outside the mainstream-market in Sweden, so I have to order most of my samples from the US, and that's a money-issue, so I have to pick my samples carefully.

    I would like to try something really spicy and "sweaty" (not a fragrance that actually smell like sweat, but a fragrance that isn't "nice" and "pleasant", if you get me ). I like orientals, I haven't tried a real leather-scent, but from what I've read about them they seem interesting too .

    My favourites right now are Molinards "Habanita" and Alexander McQueens "Kingdom", but I'm searching for something more "aggressive". A heavy, dark and a bit "dirty" fragrance that really create emotions. I like when artistic expressions has a repulsive side hidden under the beauty, and I think this is something I would appreciate in fragrances as well. So, nothing nice and sweet and tender, but aggressive and dirty. Any recommendations?

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    Yatagan by Caron is just what you want-- sweaty, dark, agressive, heavy and a masterpiece.

    You may also want to try: Bulgari Black, Donna Karan Black Cashmere and Dzing! by L'Artisan Parfumuer. I personally find Dzing! too musty and vanilla, but it has the qualities you are looking for, and many people like it.

    Happy Hunting

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    Default Re: Recommendations and help.

    Welcome to BN, a heaven on earth for all of the fragrance lovers of the world.
    Go for Bandit by Robert Piguet, one of the original 'dirty' fragrances. Another one which has a dark side but is very wearable, is Azurée by Estee Lauder, oh that has some darkness to it; quite an animal kick to it.
    Good luck, let me know.
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    Maybe look into Santa Maria Novella's Acqua di Cuba. A nice blend of spiced rum, tobacco, a bit of leather. Also has a mysterious sweet note, maybe honey or vanilla. Check out the reviews to learn more.

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    Interesting question. I think that cumin as a fragrance note has a very primal, masculine quality. I suggest doing a search and seeing if anything looks familiar or available in your corner of the world.
    A cumin-focused scent that is powerful and yet beautiful is Geo. F. Trumper's Eucris. A suave powerhouse.

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    Okay, I'll say it-- Muscs Koublaï Khän! I second Bandit as well.
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    Michael Storer's Monk might be the kind of thing that would appeal to you.

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    Thank you for all recommendations! I'm getting really curious at Muscs Koublai Khan, if I dare to trye it . My next order from The Perfumed Court will definately contain Black Cashmere and Bulgari Black (which I've understood is a very nice scent from several swedish reviewers), Robert Piguet and L'Artisan are actually available in Stockholm, so I will trye Bandit and D'Zing next time I'm in town !

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    can you handle real dirty stuff...?
    if yes, then try Fumidus by Profumum. a 5 ml decant should last you a long time.

    i second MKK & Dzing! too.

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    You would probably enjoy Opium by YSL, it is refined and long-lasting, but with a rough, provocative, alluring and powerhouse side.
    Last edited by Ken_Russell; 22nd February 2009 at 12:35 PM.

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