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    Talking Underrated designers frags for men

    Hi all. I just purchased Issey Miyake's Bleue last week. I think it is one of the most underrated designers frags for men. One can forget about the citrus top notes as it only lasts for 10 seconds on my skin. After that, it turns to a dried flower/leaves/woody scent----- airy yet woody. It reminds me of the smell of dried chrysanthemum flower. On a hot summer days, we always drink chrysanthemum tea. Fragrant yet airy (the tea drink). Lastly it turns to a soft ambery scent. I think that IM Bleue can easily fits for summer days despite the woody characteristic. Longevity is about 5 hours on my skin. I love it to the max.

    So it makes me wonder whether could you all list down any underrated designers mens frags for me to try in the future. I do feel that Azzaro Now for men is another underrated scent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archaic View Post
    Hi all. I just purchased Issey Miyake's Bleue last week. I think it is one of the most underrated designers frags for men.
    Ohh it's my favorite! smells absolutely mesmerising. lovely use of spices and woods. easily one of the best scent out there.

    Others, which imho are underrated -

    Azzaro Pure Vetiver
    Luciano Soprani Uomo & Sulky
    Loewe Agua de Loewe & Para Hombre
    Adolfo Dominiguez Vetiver Hombre
    Burberry Brit
    Faconnable Face a Face
    Hugo Boss Soul
    +
    many more...

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    Long time no see archaic. Yeah i totally get the chrysanthemum tea reference. Although i don't have much love for Bleue the last time i tried it months ago because it reminded me of Vicks Vapor Rub. I feel the urge to give it another go. Some of the underrated frags are IMO:
    - Solo Loewe (and others in the Loewe Mens range).
    - Versace Pour Homme (wait till the drydown)
    - YSL L'Homme (needs a few wearing to see its beauty).
    - Z Zegna Extreme
    - YSL Pour Homme Haute Concentration (I just realised how rare this is in Malaysia).

    btw, If u know of any good deals on frags in Msia pls let me know.

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    Totally agree about Issey Blue, as I call it. Very underrated. I brought it home on a sample card ages ago, thinking it was so-so. I put it in a box on the dresser, as I usually do, and rediscovered it a few days later. I couldn't believe it was the same fragrance I'd initially almost dismissed. I immediately went out to buy a 75ml bottle.
    Do not go by initial impressions with this one! Unctious and delicious.

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    Givenchy Blue Label.

    Knee jerk reactions based on how commonly used or popular it is, exaggerated notions of the "superiority" of the Red Label (Johnny Walkerism in reverse, lol), wearabilty that makes it an easy neutral despite statements of it being "well done" and clear longevity, and of course revenge for the aquatics category itself as the summa cum neutral though yes indeed, it "distinguishes itself."

    BTW, I am not the biggest fan of aquatics..someone who frequently wears Aramis and Halston Z-14...

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    Cacharel pour l'Homme - An absolute nutmeg feast

    Top Notes
    Lavender, Lemon, Bergamot .

    Middle Notes
    Nutmeg, Geranium, Carnation.

    Base Notes

    Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Musk .

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    .... QUORUM SILVER ....

    its nothing like it big brutal brother , which is as notorious re: love/hate as Kouros
    If you like frags in the Envy & Carven Homme type , then give this one a wearing if you can get it .. its sublime !

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    Paul Smith Story
    Burberry Touch
    and...

    Terre d'Hermes,












    ....j/k on the TdH

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    Eau Fresh - Bogart

    When I got this yesterday I was like - oh my where have you been? Soapy, pine, citrus, some spice, really well balanced and put together. Paco Rabanne fans would most likely enjoy this.
    In rotation: Greenbriar (new), Silver Mountain Water, Dunhill for Men (1934), Acqua di Parma Colonia, Habit Rouge EDC, Ho Hang, B*Men, Agua Brava

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    Ricci Club Haute is one of my all time favs.

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    A great warm-weather designer scent that I think is very underrated is

    Juicy Couture Dirty English

    If you were to look at the note list of; peppered mandarin, blue cypress, Calabrian bergamot, caraway, cardamom pods, marjoram, black leather, “Santal Fatal” accord (a mix of sandalwood, Atlas cedar and vetiver), agarwood, ebony wood, black moss absolute, and amber musk; you might think this would be a too heavy scent to wear in the summer.
    I find the spicy citrus and the woody accord in the heart lend a different fresh and clean experience than many of the scents out there. I love it on a hot summer day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcjra View Post
    Paul Smith Story
    Burberry Touch
    Definitely agree on those two. Especially Story, which I find to be far more natural smelling and interesting than Mugler cologne despite them having a number of similarities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Definitely agree on those two. Especially Story, which I find to be far more natural smelling and interesting than Mugler cologne despite them having a number of similarities.
    I couldn't agree more. Story is much better than mugler cologne.
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Lanvin Arpege pour Homme - I highly recommend picking this up at Marshalls/TJ Maxx if you see it (~ $12.99).
    Last edited by petruccijc; 31st July 2009 at 04:38 PM.
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    I will second and third;

    Givenchy Blue Label
    Paul Smith Story (my SOTD)
    Cacheral pour l'Homme (my SOTD yesterday!)

    Got to add;

    Hugh Parsons Blue
    Herrera Sensual Vetiver

    The scent grows richer, he knows he must be near
    He finds a long passageway lit by chandelier
    Each step he takes, the perfumes change
    From familiar fragrance to flavours strange
    A magnificent chamber meets his eye

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    Mario Valentino's Ocean Rain is highly underrated and undermentioned. Love it.

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    Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Lavande Velours
    Lanvin Vetyver
    Lacoste Booster

    Last edited by scentemental; 31st July 2009 at 05:13 PM.

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    Carven Homme. Never fails to get alot of compliments. Not so easy to find.
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    Vuarnet Duo Homme

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    Kouros Cologne Sport, the perfect update of a very dated fragrance. Sexy, animalic and tenacious.
    Last edited by Kevin Guyer; 31st July 2009 at 06:36 PM.

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    Nicole Farhi Pour Homme
    Bulgari Pour Homme Soir
    Lanvin L'Homme

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    A great warm-weather designer scent that I think is very underrated is

    Juicy Couture Dirty English

    If you were to look at the note list of; peppered mandarin, blue cypress, Calabrian bergamot, caraway, cardamom pods, marjoram, black leather, “Santal Fatal” accord (a mix of sandalwood, Atlas cedar and vetiver), agarwood, ebony wood, black moss absolute, and amber musk; you might think this would be a too heavy scent to wear in the summer.
    I find the spicy citrus and the woody accord in the heart lend a different fresh and clean experience than many of the scents out there. I love it on a hot summer day.
    Dirty English is one of my favorite cooler-weather scents, but I havent dared to try it in the heat yet. Maybe I will try next week.

    And I second DE being underrated, as well as Hugo XY (best mint I've tried as of yet), and Ed Hardy Love and Luck. If people can forget the notion that EH is a trendy brand and that Christian Audigier is a sub-par designer, the scent is probably my favorite fresh/fruity scents in my wardrobe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitrios View Post
    .... QUORUM SILVER ....

    its nothing like it big brutal brother , which is as notorious re: love/hate as Kouros
    If you like frags in the Envy & Carven Homme type , then give this one a wearing if you can get it .. its sublime !
    I second that...big time!
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    YSL Live Jazz

    John Varvatos Artisan

    L'eau D'issey Bleue

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoNnY 4 View Post
    Long time no see archaic. Yeah i totally get the chrysanthemum tea reference. Although i don't have much love for Bleue the last time i tried it months ago because it reminded me of Vicks Vapor Rub. I feel the urge to give it another go. Some of the underrated frags are IMO:
    - Solo Loewe (and others in the Loewe Mens range).
    - Versace Pour Homme (wait till the drydown)
    - YSL L'Homme (needs a few wearing to see its beauty).
    - Z Zegna Extreme
    - YSL Pour Homme Haute Concentration (I just realised how rare this is in Malaysia).

    btw, If u know of any good deals on frags in Msia pls let me know.
    ahhh for the Loewe range...you can find it @Plaza Low Yat, near the main escalator somewhere at level 1 or 2. This little shop also sells Byblos products.

    I do love z zegna extreme's rose definition. i find it more masculine than burberry brit (powdery velvety rose) tho. z zegna extreme's rose feels woody and herbacious with a hint of spice. very Arabesque.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcjra View Post
    Paul Smith Story
    yesss PS Story is wayyy underrated. i love PS Story more than my Mugler Cologne LOL
    Last edited by archaic; 1st August 2009 at 03:19 AM.

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    Too many to mention, but one that doesn't get much attention here is Green Jeans. I wore it several days ago and was very impressed by the rich yet subtle pine drydown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MassMenace View Post
    YSL Live Jazz

    John Varvatos Artisan

    L'eau D'issey Bleue
    i love all 3. hahaha. so what if it is heavily synthetic... (as quoted in some of the reviews). as long as it makes me feel happy and dandy all day long, i'm ok with it. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    Too many to mention, but one that doesn't get much attention here is Green Jeans. I wore it several days ago and was very impressed by the rich yet subtle pine drydown.
    hehe i thought Versace Green Jeans was discontinued. and yessss green jeans feels like a walk in pine forest.

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