I'll second Magnetism - I'm wearing it right now and it's a gem for its price and uniqueness.
Aqua di Gio.... j/k
Btw I came across some interesting reviews on scents which don't seem to market well but could be well worth a sniff, at least. I'm hoping to sample these:
Etienne Aigner Black
I'm sure you guys have others which you feel qualify as 'SLEEPER HITS'... let's hear it!
(From my [limited] experience almost everything considered "sleeper" is "sleeper" deservedly so. I regularly fail to get excited about the remote.)
When I hear the phrase "sleeper hits" I think of those underrated, cheap drugstore scents that are actually quite wonderful...often smelling better and more complex than department store "designer" fragrances or ubiquitous celebuscents. Stuff like these:
Original Old Spice
Sand and Sable
If you blind sniffed any one of those 4, you probably wouldn't guess their price points!
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Sometimes a frag sells for "drugstore" prices because it's discontinued, but the true drugstore frags I've tried have generally been worth what they sell for, mostly due to a "chemical" or "synthetic"' quality." One exception is Mustang by Dorall, which is an excellent tobacco frag (other notes listed are basil and leather), quite "niche"-like, actually (at least when it dries down). Cuba Red is another, similar one. Avon's Mesmerize for men is somewhat similar to Burberry's London for men, so that's another possible one.
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If by "sleepers" you mean great, underrated scents, from mainstream perfume houses, I'd call out Devin, Monsieur Balmain, Lauder for Men, and Z-14.
Yes, they get discussed (some) here on Basenotes, but the general public pays them very little attention.
Carrera for Men is S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G !!!! And it doesn't get discussed often in BN and the real world.
L'Occitane Eau des Baux. That vanilla/incense/wood drydown is SO good.
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I guess a "sleeper" is a fragrance that has gotten little to no attention and is just waiting to be discovered. A few that I think are exceptional fragrances that seem to have escaped notice here anyway are:
Vanille Intense by Parfums Nicolai - a thick deep vanilla with a smokey edge that reminds me a bit of Eau des Iles by MPG. If a smokey incense could be made of Habit Rouge this is it. This is a sleeper because it is brand new and Patricia Nicolai has come a little late to the vanilla party for the vanilla fragrance trend. But, it is blended with her brilliance for great combinations - one of the best from the house of Nicholai - imo. One of the best vanilla fragrances made!
Vintage Naturals Patchouli by Demeter - this is a light orange scented patchouli that has a strong natural grassy patchouli scent. Excellent patchouli fragrance. It gets overlooked, as do the entire Vintage Naturals series from Demeter, because this house is not known for anything natural smelling and these get lost in their huge library. They can be bought at Sephora where the entire Naturals series from Demeter is featured in the feminine fragrance area. The other Naturals by Demeter are good too, but I've only really tried this one in depth.
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Siecle by Fragonard
Guy Laroche Horizon
Lauder for Men
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Gai Mattiolo Uomo
Another vote for Horizon
Mediterraneum by Proteo ( Versace) is also very good IMO.
Kenzo Jungle Elephant
It's insane, it's weird but wearable and addicting yet you hardly hear much about it.
But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
Jump is quite nice, so is Adidas VL.
I also like the entire jeans series by versace.
Mont Blanc Homme Exceptionel
It's like ROchas Lui but no one takes notice of the ones I like
some sleepers imho arrrre..
Givenchy Insense Ultramarine
Paco Rabbane XS Extreme Girl (perfumer Mark Buxton)
Thierry Mugler Angel (eau de parfum) and Peony
Krizia Moods Uomo
Bulgari Jasmine Noir
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Mustang Blue - I have an old Mustang so of course this intrigued me when it came out. I really do love the scent of the Mustang Blue - fresh, crisp and it lasts!! far better than I was expecting for a scent named after yet another car brand.
Ambro de Jacomo
Anat Fritz EDP
Christiane Celle Calypso Figue
Ella Mikao Design Yujin Men
Gourmandise de Rodier
Kenzo Time for Peace Pour Lui
Les Copains Pour Homme
Les Néréides Oriental Lumpur
Oscar de la Renta Oscar for Men
Parfums de Nicolaï Haute Provence
René Lezard Identité Pour Homme
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My picks are;
Pal Zileri Sartoriale - as good as Guci PH with a better opening.
Lancome Miracle L'Aquatonic - warm weather bliss
Carven Vetiver - the one that was reissued in 2009 in in the bottle that looks like this -
This can hold it's own against any vetiver.
Clean for men.........
This, beyond any shadow of a doubt. Gets no promotion at the stores and no love here, but I get nothing but compliments when I wear it. Unique, excellent smell that has the added bonus of lasting 5 or 6 hours. Can't get enough of it when wearing.
Please try Ricci Club by Nina Ricci. Believe me, this scen is so damn manly, sexy, and completely complex :P
At the moment I can only think of Loewe fragrances. In this region Loewe is quite an unknown in terms of fragrance and it's quite difficult to find too. I only own Solo Loewe and I think it's a under appreciated frag even here on BN.
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Jean Patou Ma Liberté - very much overlooked here IMO. Not a single thread on Ma Liberté on BN despite of so many posts about what smells similar to Patou PH. Discontinued but still easy to find and not expensive. A smooth woody/spicy oriental (sandalwood, patchouli, cedar among other notes) from Kerleo that is perfectly unisex, the EdP lasts 10-12 hours on me...what more can one ask for?
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I second Sartoriale & Moods ...