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  1. #31

    Default Re: The best citrus?

    Let me add something old, something new (and omit something borrowed and something blue).

    Good old Eau de Guerlain EDT. Try to find the first bottle made by Granai - the 1974 juice is something to die for! Yes, it`s not only citrus but also herbs and cedarwood, but it`s neoclassic in its best. Maybe it`s make you nostalgic?

    Good modern Kobe by XerJoff. There`re two reasons to choose it. 1) it`s not cologne, but parfum strength. Yes, parfum for men. 2) Excellent citruses - natural and crisp - as it should be. Mostly natural - so the price is higher. Even 4711 and Farina cannot make natural things now.
    It also has meteorite inclosed - but it could not be the reason to buy it.
    Vetiver The Great!!!

  2. #32

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    It's known I'm not so much a citrus guy but there are some mentions here that are indeed good options:
    AdP Colonia Assoluta
    Lorenzo Villoresi Uomo
    L'Eau par Kenzo
    Malle Bigarrade Concentrée
    Hermès Concentrée d'orange verte
    Monsieur de Givenchy
    Moschino Friends
    and the last one that impressed me it's
    Parfums d'Empire Iskander

  3. #33

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    Non niche, designers, from the ones I know / have / tried:

    Dior's Eau Sauvage
    Monsieur de Givenchy
    Hermes Eau d'Orange Verte / Hermes Concentrée d'Orange Verte (this last one has a leatherish dry down unperceptible or lightly perceptibly in the original one)
    Signoricci / Signoricci 2 (they are the same)
    Cologne, Roger & Gallet
    YSL pour Homme
    Verveine, L'Occitane
    Verveine, Yves Rocher

    Niche, tried:

    Goutal's Eau d'Hadrien

    From comments here in BN:

    Trophee Lancome (discontinued)
    Lacoste (Original) - Hard to find
    Balmain por Homme
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  4. #34

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    Can I suggest Eau de Rochas and Eau de Rochas Homme? They take the classic cologne theme and add something more substantial in their bases.
    Both lovely and with good longevity.

  5. #35

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    Eau Sauvage you know about. and I hearily second and third that nomination. I'd also look at Guerlain's Eau de Guerlain; it's a straightforward eau de cologne done very very well. Penhaligon's Quercus may also be to your liking, as might Roger & Gallet's The Vert (which is very similar to Quercus). Penhaligon's Douro is a great woods/citrus/herb combo with a classic barbershop scent, and I definitely suggest trying it. Parfums de Nicolai's Eau de Cedrat is great stuff, and Creed's Bois de Cedrat is also very good (but has poor longevity on me; most citrus scents do, though).

    Straying away from citrus just a bit, Taylor of Old Bond Street's St. James is the only aquatic I've smelled that I love. Longevity is not great, though. Creed's Virgin Island Water is a great lime/coconut/salt combo that makes you feel like you're at the beach.
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  6. #36

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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.

    Thanks, Inselaffe (Do you speak any German?) for mentioning Citrus Paradisi. Got it today after sniffing a lot of other "well-behaved" scents. CP is a dirty but very unusual scent, I agree, and certainly stands out from the crowd. Just was I was looking for.

  7. #37

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    I am rarely attracted to citrus scents. Live Jazz is the only one I own. I do enjoy it though.

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    ^I really liked the top of live jazz, but the heart rhubarb shared too much in common with a popular Tommy Hilfiger that I never liked. For those who liked Tommy Hilfiger, and want more citrus and mint, Live Jazz is a good option. Also the Cilantro type note I think was too abrasive in live Jazz. Does anyone know a similar top notes to Live Jazz with a different heart/base ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luis View Post
    Thanks, Inselaffe (Do you speak any German?) for mentioning Citrus Paradisi. Got it today after sniffing a lot of other "well-behaved" scents. CP is a dirty but very unusual scent, I agree, and certainly stands out from the crowd. Just was I was looking for.
    Does it use natural grapefruit oil ? THis could be why it smells dirty, as natural grapefruit oil degrades into sulphurous scents over time...whereas synthetic grapefruit is stable, and doesn't smell as synthetic as other synthetic citruses, if that makes sense.

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    Surprised nobody has mentioned Creed's "Royal Water" which I get a huge burst of natural, fresh citrus from.

    I used Acqua di Parma for years and find RW to be an adequate replacement for my ADP bottle with only a few sprays remaining.

    Quote Originally Posted by Luis View Post
    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?

  11. #41

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    I love Eau Sauvage, ADP Colonia, ADP Colonia Assolutam, YSL pour Homme and YSL pour Homme Concentree, Armani PH, Chanel pour Monsieur, Blenheim Bouquet by Penhaligon's, Hugh Parsons Yellow

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    Recent citrus scents that I have found that I have really liked are:
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche
    Ineke Derring-Do

  13. #43

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    I'm actually headed out today to pick up a bottle of Eau Sauvage. The freshness of lemon, but also dirty, or a bit unclean, if you prefer to think of it that way. I'll toss in a vote for Boucheron pH EDP as well.
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    I've no doubt that the best citrus is either:

    1. Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955)
    2.Monsieur Balmain (original 1964 formula)

    Because I've never owned either and the citrus gods hate me for blaspheming against Eau Savauge.
    I believe I said it felt as if I had spilled basil-lemon tea on my hairy chest.

    I have tried Pour Monsieur Concentree ( yawn ) and the 1990 Balmain.

    Well, for that matter, I can also endorse:

    Miller Harris Tangerine Vert and Citron Citron
    Citrus Paradisi by Czech & Speake
    Acqua Viva by Profumum

    The first two because I've hardly ever been dissapointed by a MH or CZ scent--great houses!
    The last because it's being endorsed by MIke Perez who has almost 10,000 posts and impeccable taste, if I may make so bold.

    Mike, the Profumum, is now my next purchase!


    I have tried and really liked:

    Signoricci ( Masterpiece of austere beauty, might be too subtle for some)
    Eau de Rochas ( Ditto)
    Lowe Para Hombre ( Ditto)

    Hermes Eau D'Orange Verte ( NOT subtle but quite good. Keep a small vial handy to refresh every 2 hours though)


    Blenheim Bouquet ( An all time fave--though I didn't think of it as a citrus, really )
    Versace l'Homme ( Like BB, it's deceptively complex--another all time fave.)
    Creed's Selection Verte ( If you like your citrus with mint and The Great Outdoors, and I do)

    Plus two other wonderful discoveries I made this year:

    PdE's Iskander ( Where has this been all my life? )
    Cartier Declaration Essence. ( Wow! It's Cartier and I never heard of it either until recently)

    I envy anyone trying these for the first time.


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