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    Default The best citrus?

    Hi guys,

    I don't know about you but I've grown so tired of sniffing all these old and new pompous scents and of liking so few of them.

    As spring is approaching, I thought I'd approach it with nothing but a nice citrus scent, nothing overwhelming or overblown, just a nice little nothing that makes people say, "Oh, you smell good today" (and that makes me look like George Clooney along the way...)

    Of course, I know Eau Sauvage and Aqua di Parma... I thought there might be something better out there. Perhaps I should add here that I'm not young any more. So something classic would be very appropriate.



    Any good ideas?
    Thanks.
    Last edited by Luis; 7th February 2009 at 04:36 PM.

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    i would suggest you Penhaligon´s Castile, the dry down is very good and it is longlasting
    (o.k. it´s a neroli, not a harsh citrus blast like ysl pour homme, ysl reminds me on a urinal cake here in germany, i had heard in other countries like us they have no citrus urinal cakes, they seem all have "Kouros-like" cakes..thats why the americans have a other sight to this...otherwise here in germany nobody think that kouros smells like a urinal cake, because we haven´t such scents in the restroom..it´s funny lol)

    or if you get acqua di genova, the opening is good, but the drydown smells like yankee candles clean cotton.
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    Cartier Declaration Essence. Citrus and woods, very nice and classy.

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    Well Acqua di Parma is well made, so I am not sure about better but others in that class would include:

    Villoresi Acqua di Colonia

    Guerlain Imperiale.

    Or you may like:

    Creed's Selection Verte.

    Or

    Penhaligons Douro

    All high class citrus.
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    Default Re: The best citrus?

    The best Citrus is the one you like the best.

    It also depends on what your idea of citrus you would like to have, there are many variants.
    You mentioned something classic and "not young".

    Then i would suggest Boucheron Pour Homme EDP.

    cheers!

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    FM bigarade concentree

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    Monsieur de Givenchy

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    Many good suggestions so far, especially Blenheim Bouquet and Duro.

    Since you like AdP Colonia, I also recommend Jean Marie Farina Extra Vieille.
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, ...... I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

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    This is by far my favourite category of fragrance, and outside of Eau Sauvage and Aqua Di Parma, I would recommend Citrus Paradisi by Czech & Speake. It is exceptionally fresh and stands out from the crowd.

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    Default Re: The best citrus?

    Quote Originally Posted by Inselaffe View Post
    This is by far my favourite category of fragrance, and outside of Eau Sauvage and Aqua Di Parma, I would recommend Citrus Paradisi by Czech & Speake. It is exceptionally fresh and stands out from the crowd.
    I have my eyes set on Citrus Paradisi for weeks now. It just doesn't show up on ebay.

    I've also read that Bois 1920 Agrumi Amaria di Sicilia is also a fine citrus frag for summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inselaffe View Post
    This is by far my favourite category of fragrance, and outside of Eau Sauvage and Aqua Di Parma, I would recommend Citrus Paradisi by Czech & Speake. It is exceptionally fresh and stands out from the crowd.

    I have my eyes set on Citrus Paradisi for weeks now. It just doesn't show up on ebay.
    Bois 1920 Agrumi Amaria di Sicilia is another fine citrus.

    Anyone, what is the cheapest place to buy these two?

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    Default Re: The best citrus?

    Quote Originally Posted by hirch_duckfinder View Post
    Well Acqua di Parma is well made, so I am not sure about better but others in that class would include:


    Guerlain Imperiale.

    All high class citrus.
    Absolutely! I'll go so far as to say that Guerlain's Eau de Cologne Impériale is, in my humble opinion, the finest, freshest, most beautiful citrus of about the last 155 years! It's duration may be relatively brief, but man 'o man (and women), while it's there!
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    Default Re: The best citrus?

    My current fave is Creeds Neroli Sauvage, for which I have discovered a new found appreciation. After learning more about the lemon-neroli pairing in traditional compositions, I find the lemon (top note) and the floral-spicy neroli (heart note) of Neroli Sauvage in near perfect harmony. Superb stuff and it holds its own in 25F temperatures as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zztopp View Post
    My current fave is Creeds Neroli Sauvage, for which I have discovered a new found appreciation. After learning more about the lemon-neroli pairing in traditional compositions, I find the lemon (top note) and the floral-spicy neroli (heart note) of Neroli Sauvage in near perfect harmony. Superb stuff and it holds its own in 25F temperatures as well.
    I agree, I am a big fan of Neroli Sauvage too. The balance is very good, as you say ZZ. The neroli note is light and fresh rather than heavy and indolic and the sandalwood/millesime base holds the freshness for a long time, albeit in a quiet way. It smells of happiness to me (but in a dignified way, not an annoying grin)
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    Default Re: The best citrus?

    I'd second Neroli Sauvage, and also recommend you check out PdE's Iskander.

    For a more youthful, less classical, playful and yet introverted/romantic citrus, check out Ineke's wonderful Derring-Do.

    Another enjoyable citrus that I think suits the slightly older crowd (well, older than the teenage/college crowd most designer citruses are aimed towards) is Versace's newest, Versace PH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hirch_duckfinder View Post
    I agree, I am a big fan of Neroli Sauvage too. The balance is very good, as you say ZZ. The neroli note is light and fresh rather than heavy and indolic and the sandalwood/millesime base holds the freshness for a long time, albeit in a quiet way. It smells of happiness to me (but in a dignified way, not an annoying grin)
    At the same time I am comparing it to LOccitane's Neroli EDP (old formulation), although its not a light citrus per se. Neroli EDP seems to me to be an odd (and failed) pairing of a good quality indolic neroli with a harsh, cheap cedary-woody note which kills the neroli note half way through and turns the juice into a wood-pecker perfume. Perhaps they ran out of money for other ingredients ?
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    Default Re: The best citrus?

    Bergamote by the Different Company

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Bergamote by the Different Company
    Thats another good one. Probably the best begamote soliflore out there.
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    Default Re: The best citrus?

    maybe not the best , but up their amongst them
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    Default Re: The best citrus?

    I'm not a citrus guy, so maybe I should just keep mum, but LV Uomo is the only citrus I would consider re-purchasing.

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    Default Re: The best citrus?

    Hermes' Orange Verte has got to be near the top of anyone's list! Followed by Trumper's Limes, in my case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bossanova_boy View Post
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    YSL pour homme

    YSL Pour homme is great....absolutly, but try YSL Pour Homme Haute Concentration, is a complex citrus, with caracter, mature.....lemons, but the best selection.
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    Divine Bergamote by TDC,
    Signoricci by Nina ricci
    Agua Fresca by Adolfo dominguez.
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    Versace man eau fraiche
    versace ph
    bergammoto marino by ferre its a cologne whith long duration
    allure edition blanche
    cologne by mugler

    all citrus based perfumes whith a modern twist

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    Default Re: The best citrus?

    I tend to like them all, but here's a short list of favorites:

    Penhaligon's Castile (OK, it's more about neroli)
    Colonia Assoluta (many similarities with Castile)
    Concentre d'Orange Verte (nice but very short longevity on me)
    YSL pour homme (sort of a waxy citrus)

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    I'll 3rd Divine Bergamote, and also agree with Monsieur de Givency and Mugler Cologne.

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    3 excellent citrus fragrance:

    Bois de Cedrat, Creed - Crisp citrus.
    Signoricci, Nina Ricci - Dry citrus
    Eau Sauvage, Dior - Citrus musk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luis View Post
    So something classic would be very appropriate.
    Creed's Selection Verte is the pinnacle of the classic citrus scents imo.
    Creed Neroli Sauvage is not far behind.
    The other creed citruses are also good, but gone far too quickly, with the exception of Zeste Mandarine Pampelmousse, which I don't think smells "classic", as it is dominated by the smell of the inner soft white part of the grapefruit peel. other grapefruit-dominant scents, that feature less "inner white peel" are Fresh's Hesperides and Athletics by Hilfiger, although the latter does feature some of the "inner white soft peel" IMO, no grapefruit scent has been a classic yet, but if grapefruit is what you seek, those 3 are the best.

    Maitre's Eau pour le jeune is another classic citrus, on the sweeter side, but shares alot with AdP Colonia. it is basically a younger, mintier Colonia, which has neroli/orange blossom in the place of the rose/lavender. Still very refined/poised as all the Maitre's are. If MPG Eau Pour Le Jeune is too sweet, the 2008 relaunch of Jacques Fath Green Water smells like a greener version of the Maitre, and is essentially a green-citrus scent, whereas the 1993version of green water was much more herbal/mossy/aromatic-citrus.

    Hermes Concentre D'Orange Verte & Eau D'Orange Verte are both excellent&timeless.
    Maitre's Fraiche badiane smells like a more mature version of Concentre D'Orange Verte

    Also, while they do smell more contemporary than the others, L'Artisan's Mandarine tout Simplement and Miller Harris Tangerine Vert are both classic citrus imo.

    Here's some other threads that are related:
    http://community.basenotes.net/showt...ghlight=citrus

    http://community.basenotes.net/showt...ghlight=citrus

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    Quote Originally Posted by zztopp View Post
    Thats another good one. Probably the best begamote soliflore out there.
    It's not Soliflore afaik, in addition to it's bergamot, it's got very strong notes of Lemon Myrtle/lemon verbena/Lemongrass, or at least a heavy dose of Citral (which is the main distinctive component of the 3 I listed)

    As for the scents with dominant Citral notes, I would place them in this order, best 1st.
    1. Profumum Aqua Viva
    2. TDC Bergamotte
    3. L'Occitane Verbena Classic
    4. Heeley Vervaine

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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned Monsieur Balmain. Pure lemon that lasts. To me it's very similar to YSL Pour Homme but without the thyme and vetiver. Which leaves just lemons! well... and something else I can't quite fathom, but it's love-worthy.

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