Yachting by Pascal Morabito
Since amassing a variety of scents I've noticed some of them don't smell very good or prominent to me after only a short time... say 3 hours. Even some of the supposed monsters out there like Opium EdT and Rive Gauche smell like hardly anything. I'm not sure if anyone else can smell it and it's just olfactory fatigue on my behalf.
Some ones with good bases are: A*Men, Kouros, Body Kouros, and the best: M7! What other scents have prominent bases?
Yachting by Pascal Morabito
Guerlain Vetiver is all about the base for me.
I only really like Aoud Cuir D'Arabie after it's calmed down and smoothed out in its base. Same goes for Original Aoud, and come to think of it, most oud-prominent fragrances... they often smell oddly medicinal to me.
I love the base of Bois du Portugal
Acqua Di Gio of course! OH wrong thread. I thought this was for the WORST drydowns. My bad.
Oh wow...best drydowns...hmmm
Heritage EDT and EDP - Guerlain
Montale - Red Vetyver of course from me right?
Vintage Tabarome - Creed
Armani Eau Pour Homme
and I have to say for a mainstream Allure Homme Sport has a very nice drydown.
The best though?
For me a tie between Heritage and Red Vetyver
Last edited by Jock_With_Scents; 23rd July 2009 at 02:48 AM.
Best drydown of what I have used? Burberry London,Tom Ford Black Orchid, and Michael Kors
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Tom Ford Tobacco Vanillae, Tom Ford Black Orchid, A*MEN Pure Malt
While I love the entire wearing of Havana Reserva, the drydown is the best of all for me...to the point that I take one last sniff of my shirt before I toss it into the laundry basket. Awfully good.
Completely agree with Heritage, both edt and edp. It's one of my top five favorite scents.
Both Aromatics Elixir and Aramis 900 come on very strong at first, but dry down to a completely unique and seriously complex herbal, bitter, green floral/patchouli/vetiver that is irresistable for me.
I also really love musky drydowns...the best I've found so far (and are among my top 10 scents) are Profumum Thundra and Ungaro II. (dying to try Musc Ravageur and The Khan)
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Yes, I'll mention my fave again: Acqua Di Parma Colognia Intensa - the base is the best part.
Last edited by adonis; 23rd July 2009 at 04:22 AM.
Mostly, what you get are the same basenotes with a hint of this or that from the top/heart, so it's not a question of "better," but what you are seeking at that particular time. Of course, some frags are weak and don't have much to offer beyond a few hours, if that, but I'm talking about the long-lasting ones. For example, Michael for Men has a great drydown, but if you don't like certain notes, such as patchouli (or if you are not in the mood for it) then you might really dislike it.
Another issue is how common it is. Woody/ambers are very common, and some criticize this type of base for that reason, yet they are common because they are very good. Frags with a heavy mossy base are out of favor now, but are they "bad?" I find that they lack dynamism due to this heavy quality, but isn't it a matter of personal taste. One frag that I'm surprised by is Vetiver de Puig. I don't wear it often (once a month usually) but when I do I'm surprised at how good the base is (and it lasts a long time). The dynamism in that base is incredible, considering how "simple" it is considered by some BNers. But again, others may perceive it differently.
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Niche: PdN New York -> Warm and masculine
Designer: Dior Fahrenheit -> After the gasoline accord disappears one is left with green-floral bliss
Both Xeryus and Equipage have had me wondering if I should ask who's wearing that great fragrance - only to realize later that it was me.
While I'm very partial to the top and heart, Knize Ten has a great base if you're willing to wait for it. I also like the sandalwood finish in Czech & Speake No. 88
Strangely you mentioned mostly YSL scents.
Fumidus by Profumum is all the base, and I could detect it after shower.
Onda by Vero Kern is the hairy vetiver beast.
Haramens by Parfumerie Generale is the most long-living scent from my wardrobe, milky-musky sillage is fantastic in longevity.
Also I`d say a couple words of some Animalis base - if I`ve got it. The close to it is U-Animal base from the set of PerfumersWorld, Bangkok, Thailand.
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Amouage Gold, Homage, and Dia
Cuir de Russie
Patou pour Homme
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Mine is Creed Himalaya with the drydown being absolute heavenly bliss. Fruity, floral, woody, and soapy clean. A good whiff of the cap can leave you smelling this for quite a time.
I love the drydown of
Tom Ford Black Orchid
Taste of Heaven
Eau des Iles
Maybe I'm mixing up longevity with drydown here but these have all retained their character and then settled beautifully for me after many hours.
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Just a few I can think of recently -
Incredible development in these two:
Tiffany For Men
AdP Colonia Assoluta
Domenico Caraceni 1913
It may be an odd choice, but I find the drydown of Terre d'Hermès constantly amazing. There's nothing like smelling it on a shirt some days after having worn it!
I'd mention even Green Irish Tweed, a bottle from 2003. Amazing and extended drydown - no other bottle I bought of it afterwards could achieve that. I finally gave up hunting for it.
Guerlain Heritage edt.
L' Artisan Patchouli Patch
Kenzo L' eau par Kenzo pour Homme
Guerlain Vetiver (both edc and edt)
Capucci R de Capucci
Guerlain Habit Rouge edc
PDN New York
Helmut Lang Cuiron
Montale Black Oudh, Musk to Musk & Oudh Lime
L'Artisan Patchouli Patch
Parfumerie Generale L'Ombre Fuave
Creed Green Irish Tweed
Guerlain Habit Rouge
Azzaro Pure Vetiver
+ lots more...
Profumi del Forte Roma Imperiale
Versace The Dreamer - the very drydown, after loooong hours
Clive Christian Nr. 1 - the very drydown, after about 1-2 hours
It's wonderful from start to finish, but the drydown of Tauer's LADDM deserves recognition somewhere on this thread.
love the drydown Santos!
- Patchouli Leaves
- Hot Always
- Black Auod
Havana for Men is veryyy similar to Havana Reserva in both Base/Drydown. Both are incredible.
Montana Parfum d'Homme has a fantastic Base/Drydown also, and can be owned for under $30/4.2 oz..
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IMO Serge Lutens has absolutely mastered the art of the divine drydown. Every one I have tried has smelled better well into it's development than at first. Especially:
Obsessions of the Moment- Kristiansand EDC, Green Irish Tweed, Zizan
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Le Labo Rose 31 - Very enjoyable cedar dryness.
Bois du Portugal & Santal Noble