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    Default Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    Hey guys,

    I'm a huge newbie when it comes to all things fragrant, but recent developments have made me eager to dive into this strange new world!

    I'm a 22 y/o guy and up until this point I'd never bothered with cologne. Basically I was given a huge gift basket from L'Occitane, and it included a bunch of goodies including two of their EDT's: Eau des Baux and Eau des Badian.

    Badian is too citrusy and crisp for me, but the Baux really piqued my interest. I put it on early one morning and I didn't really like it, but 12 hours later I was watching a movie and a friend ended up face-planting into my chest, and she remarked at how good it smelt. I agreed! The basenotes or drydown or whatever ended up clinging to my shirt and I couldn't stop smelling it. It just smells sexy and dry and alluring!

    These are Baux's notes according to their website:

    Top Note: Pink pepper, Cardamom
    Middle Note: Cyprus, Incense
    Base Note: Vanilla, Tonka Bean

    So while I'm enamoured with the base notes and the incense of the mid, I didn't really like the opening. I'm looking for stellar candidates in this category to check out that are more oriented to the drydown that I'm loving so much.
    Last edited by Ant; 11th December 2009 at 12:00 AM.

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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    Versace The Dreamer or Le Male, perhaps?

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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    Maybe something like these:
    Guerlain - L'Instant Pour Homme
    Lanvin - Arpège Pour Homme
    Gucci Pour Homme
    Cartier - Santos Concentrée

    Btw, I agree: Eau des Baux is really nice! (Of the ones above, my favourite drydown is the Santos)

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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    Maybe even the ultra-exclusive Mouchoir de Monsieur by Guerlain

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    P d'Nicolai Vanille-Tonka would be a great choice I think. The opening is a big burst of lime, but is gone after about 10 min., turning into a vanilla that is not sweet but incredibly fresh smelling. Midway through, an incense note creeps in to keep it very interesting through the end. It's available on line, and maybe a bit pricey - but worth getting a sample and trying.

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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    Burberry Brit might be to your liking.

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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    Did you like the Vanilla or the Incense more? or both?
    (PS - Baux was one of my first full bottle purchases, I just love that stuff and have been sending samples out to as many people as possible so they can try it too, but I also can't wait until the base warms up).

    Vanilla - Try Shalimar, it's a little more powdery+floral, but it also has a nice vanilla that develops
    If you can get your hands on some, try Geurlain's Spiriteaus Double Vanilla (pure vanilla really, little boozy)
    Incense - There's a whole thread on this one, I can't be bothered to rename them all.

    where are you located?
    Tom Ford Splits!!!! - Tobacco Vanille, Tuscan Leather, Oud Wood, Noir de Noir,
    Plum Japonais, Italian Cypress,
    Neroli Portofino, Costa Azzura
    HARD TO FIND -
    Lavender Palm, Arabian Wood, Champacca Absolute and AMBER ABSOLUTE, etc...


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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    Thanks for the replies guys, I've got some sampling to do.

    One thing I worry about is the high unisex factor of this segment, though. I'll have to tread softly.

    And I'm located in Vancouver, BC! .
    Last edited by Ant; 15th December 2009 at 02:35 AM.

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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    There's the Perfume Shop (forgot exactly what it's called) right in Vancouver and you can buy 5 samples of what they carry at a time... might want to look into that, or just PM some people to get stuff.
    Tom Ford Splits!!!! - Tobacco Vanille, Tuscan Leather, Oud Wood, Noir de Noir,
    Plum Japonais, Italian Cypress,
    Neroli Portofino, Costa Azzura
    HARD TO FIND -
    Lavender Palm, Arabian Wood, Champacca Absolute and AMBER ABSOLUTE, etc...


    Most of the time I am very proud of the Basenotes community. Time after time I have witnessed the thoughtfulness, empathy & genuine friendship that members of this community extend to others - oldtimers & newcomers alike. There are other times, however, when egos get the upper hand and civility goes out the window. My philosophy is that I won't say anything here that I would not say if you were standing in front of me. Welcome to Basenotes, each and every one of us. ~ TwoRoads

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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    Rochas Lui is an excellent woody/vanilla scent.

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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    vanilla, tonka, sandalwood, musk (and amber) are the notes i look for.
    glad this thread was here.

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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    C.O. Bigelow Barber Elixir Black cologne has all the notes you mentioned Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Agar Wood, Musk.

    It's one of my favorites. I am wearing it today.

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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    thanks.
    looking into getting some on the cheap.

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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    Its cheap at $20 for a 2.5oz bottle. Even better when Bath and Body Works runs a buy one get one free sale.

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    nice!
    you saved the day!
    (for serious)

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    Thumbs up Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    I would second the Guerlain L'Instant de Guerlain for men and Boucherons Jaipur.

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    someone gave me that jaipur boucheron out of the trunk of their car outside a bar in phoenix.
    long time ago.
    loved that more than life.
    then a cokehead bassist said "you wander around smelling of boucheron"
    i was like "??????????"
    phoenix is a weird town.

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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    Musc Ravageur

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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    Montale Wood & Spices

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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    Angel Men Pure Havane

    Honeyed Chocolate Tobacco

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    Givenchy play intense

    Amen Angelmen

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    +1 on Jaipur and I'll add

    1920 extreme


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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    Love Bavx. Staying along the same vibes you need to try Versace Dreamer, AMen- Pure Havane and Pure Malt and Le Male.
    The niche ones suggested, you can always explore later but only after honing your smelling skills with designer scents to find out the directions that they might lead you too later.

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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    Quote Originally Posted by jayjupes View Post
    someone gave me that jaipur boucheron out of the trunk of their car outside a bar in phoenix.
    long time ago.
    loved that more than life.
    then a cokehead bassist said "you wander around smelling of boucheron"
    i was like "??????????"
    phoenix is a weird town.
    lol Jayjupes "ppssst hey Lady wanna buy a once of Afango Black"?

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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    Quote Originally Posted by jayjupes View Post
    someone gave me that jaipur boucheron out of the trunk of their car outside a bar in phoenix.
    long time ago.
    loved that more than life.
    then a cokehead bassist said "you wander around smelling of boucheron"
    i was like "??????????"
    phoenix is a weird town.
    Amazing. LOL. Love it.

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    Question Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    I am kind of curious as to just who these recent posts are aimed at. The O.P. ant was a "six day wonder":
    Join Date 10th December 2009 Last Activity 16th December 2009.
    Maybe the notes he asked about caught the fancy of a new group, 18 months later? In other words, ant's topic was greater than he! long outliving his brief tenure here!

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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    Quote Originally Posted by Saintpaulia View Post
    I am kind of curious as to just who these recent posts are aimed at. The O.P. ant was a "six day wonder":
    Join Date 10th December 2009 Last Activity 16th December 2009.
    Maybe the notes he asked about caught the fancy of a new group, 18 months later? In other words, ant's topic was greater than he! long outliving his brief tenure here!
    I just wanted to see how many other posts would come up after I revived the thread. Lol!

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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    Lanvin Arpege pour homme.....But that opens with pepper too...Try it...
    Chanel Pour Homme Concentree.....Guerlain Shalimar and Habit Rouge...
    My personal favorite Caron Pour Un Homme has my favorite Vanilla but it also is a strong Lavender up front...Maybe the best lavender ever, I love it...but if you don't like lavender then keep going...
    "Music Is My Mistress, and She Plays Second Fiddle To No One"-Ellington

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    Default Re: Newbie, looking for something Vanilla/Tonka Bean/Woodsy/Musky!

    I have Shalimar and it's very vanilla. And something else...Iris? I will try the Habit Rouge next.

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