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    Default The Most Influential Fragrance

    yes I want to stir some trouble and controversy here by putting this up (not really)
    I guess my topic is trying to find the fragrance that lead the way or set the standard or inspired other fragrances

    a couple I can list are
    Kouros
    GIT

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    Jicky.
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    Second Jicky.

    Some others I can think of:
    Coty Chype
    AdG

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    Paris Hilton's because they instill so much hate in some people.

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    Jicky and Coty Chypre are both good selections.

    Shalimar, which is often seen as the first oriental, is another.

    Paco Rabanne PH and Azzarro PH helped inaugurate the powerhouse aromatic fougeres that ruled the roost in men's fragrances for over a decade.

    Cool Water has been incredibly influential (if not in a particularly good way).

    cK one (re-)mainstreamed the idea of unisex fragrances.

    And Mugler's Angel seems to blown open the gates to a huge variety of mainstream gourmand fragrances.
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    Dunhill for Men(1934)

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    Chanel #5
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    Eau Sauvage - a woman's fragrance turned into a men's fragrance that turned marketing upside down

    Caron Pour Homme

    Eternity Men

    Le Male - I mean seriously is there a scent for men more iconic and copied than this?

    YES!

    Aqua di Gio and Cool Water

    And Amen was at the forefront of the Gourmand insanity

    I hate to say it since I dislike this fragrance but Curve. Not many men in their college years went without some Curve in their lives.

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    Jicky (The first ever unisex frag. And one of the oldest frags still around.)
    Shalimar (A classic any way you cut it.)
    Kouros (Sheer sexiness and pure market impact)
    Patou pour Homme (Fine ingredients, incredible complexity.)
    Royal English Leather (For sheer age and historical importance.)

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    New West by Aramis
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    Eau de Cologne by Johann Maria Farina gegenuber dem Julichs-Platz. The original eau de cologne, first produced in 1714.
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    My scent of the day...Habit Rouge.

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    Jicky
    Chanel #5
    Green Irish Tweed

    Also Brut, Drakkar and Acqua Di Gio.

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    I know not what course others may take but, as for me, give me Mitsouko! Mitsouko has been THE influencing fragrance of all the rest.

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    eau d'hongrie
    farina's eau de cologne
    jicky
    coty chypre
    chanel #5
    shalimar
    caron pour un homme
    eau sauvage
    then a lot of newer stuff.

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    I would second LeMale...the first mainstream (in my young life) that was unabashedly metrosexual...and proud of it. Even some of my gun-toting homophobic friends wear it.

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    I'll just answer this for my own experience, not the history of perfume. From Charles Jourdan The Parfum I learned about dynamism and balance, and it set a new standard for my sampling (though just because a frag is not as good as CJTP doesn't mean I don't want to wear it once every few weeks).

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    Have to say Aqua di Gio even though it tends not to be very popular here.Still I find myself wearing it from time to time.

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    Houbigant's Fougere Royale.

    All this talk about Cool Water seems to ignore the fact that it is a fougere.

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    Most influential, historically speaking? MdM, Jicky, Shalimar, Chanel No. 5, Eau Sauvage, probably Cool Water. And you can pick out a handful more that defined a decade or particular period and set a path for other makers to follow.

    Personally? GIT. Got a sample courtesy of Esquire UK, and it unlocked something new.

    And yet I look back to my teenage years, and think about L'Egoďste and Fahrenheit, especially after reading Luca and Tania's reflections. I haven't smelled either in years, but I know how they smell: they smell of the early 90s. Neither are particularly influential, at least in terms of imitators, but wave a testing strip of Fahrenheit under the nose of anyone my age and they'll tell you a story about it.

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    All very good mentions. I would think of a name then, boom, there it would be on the screen. Two that I didn't see were Opium PH which really grabbed the clove note and took it to dizzying heights. It is the father of spicy orientals and, I feel, opened the door for the likes of A*MEN in terms of excitement and individuality for a male marketed frag.

    Also think Hammam Bouquet is worth a mention as soft yet masculine frag in a time when sparkly citruses and bracing fougeres were the norm.

    P.S. Glad to see New West mentioned. I find that it is too often overlooked particularly with regard to its ground breaking status and influence on the future of aquatics.
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    AdG is the epitome of 'influential'...look at what it set in motion lol

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    Default Re: The Most Influential Fragrance

    How about Eternity, sort of ushering in the age of the light, fresh, aquatics?

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    Guerlain Vetiver --- inspired all vetiver centered frags that are still coming.
    Polo ----- inspired all the big 80's masculines
    Old Spice ---- inspired many spice Island type scents in the 80's, 90's
    Royal English Leather ---- inspired sweet leather as a fragrance idea.
    Eternity ---- started the "fresh" movement in fragrances
    Bois du Portugal ---- inspired Heritage, New York etc.
    Patchouli Incense and essential oils ---- inspired patchouli fragrances
    Apres L' Ondee ---- inspired all the cool iris floral and wood scents that followed.

    Every successful fragrance influences those that follow. Success inspires confirmation of the original thought and then imitation.
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    Default Re: The Most Influential Fragrance

    I didn't read all posts. In case the following have not been mentioned yet, I consider these to have been extremely influential in western perfumery:

    The first Masculine / Feminine leathers:
    - Tabac Blond (Ernest Daltroff 1919)
    - The Knize Ten (Vincent Roubert 1924)

    (Sorry guys, I would have serious problems accepting Creeds Royal English Leather, as the first
    leather fragrance in the world, and claimed to have been created in 1780 by 'perfumer Creed').

    One of the Pierre Montale Paris oudhs. It doesn't matter which, but say Black Aoud to name a masculine (Pierre Montale, 2005).

    p.s.
    How about Vétivers before Guerlain ?
    Vétiver Carven 1957; Vétiver Givenchy 1959; Vetyver Lanvin 1964; Eau de Vetyver Le Galion 1969
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    In the words of Spinal Tap. "this list goes to 11":

    -Jicky (first modern fragrance, and first to use synthetics)
    -Chanel No. 5 (first to use aldehydes, still a Top 5 seller in Europe and USA to this day)
    -Shalimar (first oriental fragrance, still popular today)
    -Youth-Dew (proved that American perfume houses can be as good as European ones)
    -Aramis (the fragrance that singlehandedly introduced the concept of prestige fragrance to the American mass masculine sector)
    -Eau Sauvage (introduced the freshness concept to the men's market)
    -Opium (revolutionized marketing campaigns for fragrance through the use of models... good juice, too)
    -Giorgio Beverly Hills for women (started the 1980s power perfumes trend... so strong, some restaurants banned it)
    -Angel (the first gourmand fragrance... spawned a legion of knockoffs)
    -L'eau d'Issey (the scent singlehandedly responsible for the current freshness trend... before AdG and others, it proved that fresh sells)
    -ck one (the first commercially successful mass-market unisex... it turned "unisex" from an industry no-no into a buzzword overnight)
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    Default Re: The Most Influential Fragrance

    I'd say Polo, Acqua di Gio and Chanel No 5 as probably the most influential.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MFfan310 View Post
    In the words of Spinal Tap. "this list goes to 11":

    -Jicky (first modern fragrance, and first to use synthetics)
    -Chanel No. 5 (first to use aldehydes, still a Top 5 seller in Europe and USA to this day)
    -Shalimar (first oriental fragrance, still popular today)
    -Youth-Dew (proved that American perfume houses can be as good as European ones)
    -Aramis (the fragrance that singlehandedly introduced the concept of prestige fragrance to the American mass masculine sector)
    -Eau Sauvage (introduced the freshness concept to the men's market)
    -Opium (revolutionized marketing campaigns for fragrance through the use of models... good juice, too)
    -Giorgio Beverly Hills for women (started the 1980s power perfumes trend... so strong, some restaurants banned it)
    -Angel (the first gourmand fragrance... spawned a legion of knockoffs)
    -L'eau d'Issey (the scent singlehandedly responsible for the current freshness trend... before AdG and others, it proved that fresh sells)
    -ck one (the first commercially successful mass-market unisex... it turned "unisex" from an industry no-no into a buzzword overnight)
    Great post...I agree with everything except Youth Dew, but that is only b/c I have never heard of it before now : )

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    Default Re: The Most Influential Fragrance

    Well in more recent fragrance trends:

    CK One pretty much started the 90's "smell like clean citrus water" trend

    and
    Angel started the pastry and sweet shop syrupy candy phase we're seeing right now

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