Something by Comme des Garcons...2 Man, Sequoia, Avignon...15ml of something from Le Labo, maybe Patchouli 24, Tauer L'air du Desert Marocain, Alan Cumming...
Gentleman, I am hoping for some great suggestions for the perfect men's fragrance gift for a friend. We are celebrating next month, and he is a scent lover, and we like to exchange scents! He always nails mine, so I want to do it right this time.
He already owns:
All the PGs he wants.
All the Lutens he wants.
All the Tom Fords, period.
All the Jil Sander.
Most of Eau d'Italie, Malle, and just a whole lot of miscellaneous niche.
His faves are Amouage Gold and Jubilation. He seems to be pretty niche attached; but he likes some stand out older designer scents, too: notably Santos, Jazz Prestige, and Givenchy Vetiver, Pour Monsieur, or the occasional flutter of Azzaro.
Re: Vintage: I have given him bottles of vintage Givenchy Gentleman and Phileas to ignite his vintage passions, but he rarely wears them. My most successful gift to him was a bottle of Cuiron.
The challenge: It should be under 100USD, preferably under 75USD, unusual, incredible, and new to him. I am considering New York, which he does not know, and MKK, which he does not have, but at a loss otherwise.
I look forward to your suggestions!
Does he have any of the Acqua di Parma line? Their 50ml bottles come in just under 100 bucks. Sounds like he has a lot of heavy Lutens and Tom Fords, maybe some Colonia would do him some good!
I refuse to sink.
Do you know if he has tried the new reissue of Aramis Havana? (and have you tried it?) Knowing he likes such complex, opulent frags like Jubilation and Gold, Havana would seem like a likely candidate!
…and it retails for less than $50!
“I wanna say something. I’m gonna put it out there. If you like it, you can take it, if you don’t, send it right back…."
What? No Secretions Magnifique??
Go ahead and surprise him with something unwearable. Or something strongly feminine. Any scent lover worth his salt will be able to appreciate 'beauty' in its various manifestations.
Last edited by Diamondflame; 16th March 2010 at 06:17 PM.
PdN New York?
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
How about something "out there"? He has plenty of fragrances that he enjoys already, he might appreciate something that is just different. Sécrétions Magnifiques by Etat Libre d'Orange? Or another of their line, Charogne , Fat Electrician or Viegas et Toreros? Some people would avoid purchasing these because they may be seen as gimmicky, but that makes them perfect as a gift for someone like him, I think. And, he may just find that he enjoys one of them, as well, they do make some nice stuff.
(Diamondflame just beat me to the punch!)
Last edited by robpmgc; 16th March 2010 at 06:44 PM.
When i looked at the title, the only scent that came to my mind was Guerlain Derby, newer version. but thn, looking at his collection, it doesnt look like he'd like these kinda scents (Derby, NY)
Mudassir has Divine L'Homme Sage BNIB... i think it'd be a decent choice at that rate.
Why not a really good traditional cologne? If you think Acqua di Parma is a good choice, why not the best of the best--Lorenzo Villoresi Acqua di Colonia?
WOW, great suggestions. I am intrigued by the Aramis Havana. I think he has all the cologney stuff he wants And the only Tauer he likes is Vetiver Dance, which is a consideration, in fact.
The Etats are interesting, indeed. I like them like a Post-Impressionism collector might appreciate the wit and talent behind Pop Art or Dada. I know he'd feel like I do. Grateful, but not thrilled.
He's a fan of Acqua di Biella, and I was thinking of Baraja, which I have not smelled. Hmmm....
The PdN New York is more and more appealing.
What about Balmain Ambre Gris. He likes Chergui; isn't that in the same vein?
Last edited by Hillaire; 16th March 2010 at 06:43 PM.
Oh, and I think he has all the Villoresi he wants; he likes that line; I HATE it.
He does not like Derby, I think -- I gave him a decant of vintage -- he yawned.
Divine L'Homme Sage is good. I am going to check it out!
Edit: The Divine is incredibly tempting.
I had a thought to also get Idole. Or PdE Ambre Russe.
Last edited by Hillaire; 16th March 2010 at 06:51 PM.
dotn feel that Ambre Gris would keep his interest for long... another option would be Guerlain Cologne du 68... it's modernistic bottle with wooden cap and it's luxurious smell should make it an ideal gift... again, our Bner, strifeknot i think, has a BNIB of it, still packed in cellophane for $69.. steal !
PdN Patchouli Homme
Well, everything I was going to suggest has already been suggested, with the exception of Rance - I received two Rance frags today (Francois Charles and Le Vainquer) and, I have to say, on a single sample spray (one on each wrist) I am MIGHTILY impressed. They are the only niche frags other than Diptyque Phylosykos that I've thought were worth the folding green.
He has Jil Sander Background?
Founder- Cosa Nosetra
An outstanding cheapie like Bowling Green or Bogart Pour Homme
Or like Ruggles said the other day i nthe Voyage D'Hermes thread, a high end refillable atomizer.
Was going to suggest Mazzolari Lui but your price constraints killed it.
Nejma Puro maybe ?
What don't you like about it? Where can I get it?
Last edited by Hillaire; 16th March 2010 at 10:44 PM.
Picked mine up recently @ Jil Sander Boutique in Chicago.
You might also want to check with the NY store.
Not that I don't like it .... it's just almost TOO sweet.
Last edited by SoGent; 17th March 2010 at 02:19 AM.
Sales thread here
I like the Rose 31 suggestion; as for the patchouli, he has the Bois 1920 and the Les Nereides Patchoulis, and likes the Nicolai one, but I don't want to give him more patchouli just because he likes it.
I am leaning seriously towards a Nicolai, though. Maybe an obscure one even.
What about Nicolai suggestions? Nicolai Pour Homme? Vie de Chateau? Majaradjah?
No one's mentioned Annick Goutal yet, right? What about Encens Flamboyant? I think it comes in at budget and is quite a wonderful addition to the AG oeuvre. JHL, which is part of the Aramis reissues, is a real standout and at $45, who's complaining? You can always send him a bottle of Youth Dew and freak him out, I love Youth Dew bath oil as a fragrance.
I find Ambre Gris to be very sticky sweet.
Last edited by Kevin Guyer; 17th March 2010 at 03:58 PM.
If he hasn't had any exposure to Parfums de Nicolaï, I would start him off with her masterpiece, New York.
Three others to consider:
1. Chanel pour Monsieur (Not as easy to obtain as it sounds. The original version is still made and sold throughout the world, but it is not available in the United States. Only the Concentree version, which is not as good imo, is sold here. I had to buy mine off of fragrance e-tailers.)
2. Guerlain Heritage (similar to New York.)
3. Bois du Portugal (a little over budget but rich and opulent, unlike more recent Creed offerings.)
Last edited by TwoRoads; 17th March 2010 at 08:12 AM.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, ...... I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost
Tiffany for Men will hold its own in what i think is a great collection of a discerning gent.
I also add to suggestions of Jil Sander Man Pure. It has gravitas and its not as sweet as made out to be here.
ointments and perfume delight the heart....