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    Default Non-offensive Classics

    I'm not really looking for comments or responses like "Who gives a flying $&#!* who you offend" or "I wear feminine scents 'cuz I'm badass" (although I do enjoy them ).

    The real question is: What scents do you consider to be non-offensive and classic (but feel free to write about Paco-Sweet-thread-deemed classics and soon-to-be classics).

    So far I can think of the obvious:

    Gendarme
    L'eau D'Hadrien
    Green Irish Tweed
    Bulgari Pour Homme
    Mugler Cologne
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Eau Sauvage
    Eau d'Orange Verte
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    Chanel pour monsieur concentree
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    Pour Monsieur '55 (not concentre)
    Guerlain Jicky & Mouchoir
    Polo
    Rochas Moustache
    Knize Ten

    to name a few... but 'classic' and 'non offensive' are subjective. I'd say Eau d'Hermes but some people don't like the cumin note.

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    Floris's JF and Guerlain's Imperiale

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    Dunhill Edition
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    Equipage and Monsieur de Givenchy for sure. They're both very dry, discreet fragrances that just defy all fragrance trends and have ALWAYS smelled good, never outdated. They're also quite unique and stand out among today's boring aquatic, sport and Aqui da Gio clones. Some people, however, think they're too discreet, with not enough sillage.

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    Heritage by Guerlain, of course.
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    2nd Eau Sauvage,Monsieur de Givenchy and Guerlain Vetiver and would add

    Minotaure
    Paco Rabanne PH
    Grey Flannel
    Drakkar Noir
    Tuscany
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Heritage by Guerlain, of course.
    No doubt !!! Terrific scent and good enough for me to have FB's as backups.

    I also think Etienne Aigner#1 fits this bill along with KL Homme.

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    Rive Gauche pour homme

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    Guerlain Habit Rouge EDC
    Hermes Equipage
    Last edited by Asha; 2nd June 2009 at 04:12 AM.

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    Blenheim Bouquet
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Heritage by Guerlain, of course.
    sorry to deviate, just wanted to ask if 45USD is a decent deal on 100ml edt of the mention thanks in advance.
    Last edited by MFJ; 2nd June 2009 at 04:28 AM.

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    $45 sounds like a decent deal. Just with a quick internet search, most places have the 3.4 oz. Heritage EDT marked from $55 to $67. A few have the 3.4 oz EDT marked down to $27.50, but they're all out of stock. In fact, none of the places I checked had it in stock.
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    Creed's MI and SMW both fit the bill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'aventurier View Post
    (but feel free to write about Paco-Sweet-thread-deemed classics and soon-to-be classics).
    Future non-offensive classics (imagine the day when these are "old guy" scents) might include Terre d'Hermès, YSL L'Homme, D&G the one for men, and Varvatos. I think I'm basing this on the fact that they're popular designer scents right now, and that they will probably still be bringing in cash (and thereby getting some endurance respect) at that time. Dior Homme...? Not sure about that one. Future classic to be sure, but perhaps too distinctive to be considered inoffensive by everybody.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TromboneGuy View Post
    $45 sounds like a decent deal. Just with a quick internet search, most places have the 3.4 oz. Heritage EDT marked from $55 to $67. A few have the 3.4 oz EDT marked down to $27.50, but they're all out of stock. In fact, none of the places I checked had it in stock.
    The range(prices) was the reason why i asked here; tried it at a usual haunt, liked it enough to consider, but there were only 3 left on the shelf. hesitant only because i had a cheaper option in Kenzo Tokyo in mind too. thanks for replying, appreciate it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    Future non-offensive classics (imagine the day when these are "old guy" scents) might include Terre d'Hermès, YSL L'Homme, D&G the one for men, and Varvatos. I think I'm basing this on the fact that they're popular designer scents right now, and that they will probably still be bringing in cash (and thereby getting some endurance respect) at that time. Dior Homme...? Not sure about that one. Future classic to be sure, but perhaps too distinctive to be considered inoffensive by everybody.
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    Great suggestions were presented.
    I`d add some more:
    Bel Ami Hermes
    Derby Guerlain
    Caron pour un homme or other decent lavender of choice (Goutal etc)
    to make vetiver even less offensive - choose Givenchy instead of Guerlain
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    Quote Originally Posted by moon_fish View Post
    to make vetiver even less offensive - choose Givenchy instead of Guerlain

    This i have to try....



    May i also add Loewe Solo to the "modern classic" billing.
    Last edited by MFJ; 2nd June 2009 at 08:50 AM.

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    I think the least offensive classic is 3rd Man by Caron. I get complimented pretty much every time I wear this. It is soooo effortlessly classy and smells great in almost every situation imaginable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matthewfoo View Post
    sorry to deviate, just wanted to ask if 45USD is a decent deal on 100ml edt of the mention thanks in advance.
    Oh yes, very good price indeed.
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    mikeperez23 thanks for the affirmation, will prolly rush down the mall later to grab it then
    (I suppose slightly lesser for 75ml shalimar edt is also a good deal....)
    Last edited by MFJ; 2nd June 2009 at 09:58 AM.

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    ADP Colonia assoluta
    Hugh Parsons yellow
    Roberto Capucci PH
    Chanel Antaeus
    Grey Flannel

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    Quote Originally Posted by moon_fish View Post
    Great suggestions were presented.
    I`d add some more:
    Bel Ami Hermes
    Derby Guerlain
    Caron pour un homme or other decent lavender of choice (Goutal etc)
    to make vetiver even less offensive - choose Givenchy instead of Guerlain
    I wore Caron Pour Un Homme to work today, and a co-worker definitely found it offensive. I believe his exact words were "What is that horrible smell?".

    Oh well, you can't please everyone....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Chanel Antaeus
    Grey Flannel
    While I don't find Antaeus offensive, I can easily see how some can, it's a very powerful fragrance.

    Grey Flannel?! That must be one of the KINGS of offensiveness! I hate that miserable swill.

    My choices:
    Chez Bond by Bond No. 9 (I do find this to be a classic as it's a smoother, more modern interpretation of a classic, Green Irish tweed
    Platinum Egoiste by Chanel
    Allure Homme Sport by Chanel
    Chrome by Azzaro

    All fresh frags unlikely to offend anyone, but at the top of their category.

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    When I think of classics, I think of distinct and offensive scents like: Kouros, Polo, Drakkar Noir, A*Men, etc.

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    For men all perfumes can be ruined as long as Third Man remains and I'll get over the shock of all others being gone within a week.


    for women, hmm Datura Noir maybe? La chasse by L' artisan, Songes by Annick Goutal. They are fairly safe inoffensive but still pretty. They wouldn't help me if all other women fragrances were ruined though They are a bit too dull for that, I'd steal Third Man for myself then.
    But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

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    Equipage - Hermes
    Etienne Aigner no.2
    Signoricci
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    Quote Originally Posted by HDS1963 View Post
    I think the least offensive classic is 3rd Man by Caron. I get complimented pretty much every time I wear this. It is soooo effortlessly classy and smells great in almost every situation imaginable.
    No disrespect my fellow BNer, but I find Carons ( this one espcially along with Yatagan) to be extremly offensive. 3rd Man for me is just too sweet and "perfumey". But I am happy it works for you ( different strokes for different blokes )

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    That "classic" (whatever that means) somehow equates with "offensive" is an entertainingly daft idea to begin with. Assuming that by "classic" we mean a scent that endures in critical respect and/or popularity or is recognized as an outstanding example of its fragrance genre, then classic scents encompass a vast number of styles, each of which has a varying potential to offend certain individuals. For instance, classics of extreme or unusual character (Kouros, Yatagan, Eau d'Hermes) or great potency (A*Men, Fracas, Knize Ten) may have more potential to offend than understated or conventional classics like Eau Sauvage, Acqua di Parma Colonia, or Givenchy Vetiver. (That said, I'm sure someone will respond that Acqua di Parma Colonia makes them nauseous.)

    With that out of the way, here are a few (men's) scents that I think of as classics and seem unlikely to offend any but the most irritable of noses:

    Eau Sauvage
    Eau de Guerlain
    Acqua di Parma Colonia and Colonia Assoluta
    Givenchy Vetyver
    Monsieur Balmain
    Devin
    New York
    Héritage (?)
    Green Irish Tweed

    ...and a few that I imagine could more easily offend:

    Knize Ten
    Muscs Koublaï Khan
    Eau d'Hermes
    Yatagan
    Kouros
    Ambre Sultan
    Ungaro II
    Musc Ravageur
    No. 88
    Maxim's pour Homme
    Jicky
    Déclaration
    Azzaro pour Homme
    Aramis

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