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    Default Newbie looking for advice

    Hi Internet.

    My very first post on this forum.

    First something about myself. I am a 26 yo university student and in a trainee position at a relatively large corporation. My wardrobe contains of mainly youthfull but still elegant and sophisticated clothes.

    Due to my age(I look younger than what I am) and my job I need to use a fragrance that is subtle and not too overwhelming. But then again, I want it to be uncommon and to receive compliments which I currently don't get that often.

    I am fairly new in speaking of fragrances and therefore would like to get some help from the experts of this forum.

    Currently I have only one scent that I use, L'Homme by YvesSaintLaurent. I suppose this is a scent mainly for colder weathers and not for spring/summer. I really do like L'Homme but it's longetivity is contemptible.

    My big question for you guys is following.

    What would be the top 5 fragrances that you would recommend for a person like me to wear on spring/summer?

    These are the fragrances that I have recently tried and like / have heard they are good:

    La Nuit De L'Homme by YvesSaintLaurent (propably going to purchase for fall/winter)
    L'Homme by YvesSaintLaurent
    Code by Armani
    Dior Homme by Christian Dior (Never tried)
    Gucci Pour Homme by Gucci (Never tried)

    Also Tom Ford's Black Orchid Voile de Fleur has been recommended to me previously. What are your thoughts on this one?

    I have done some research here on Basenotes but so many recommends different products and that makes it nearly impossible for me to choose from as most of those scents aren't available in Finland and buying them online without any experience is a big risk.

    Lastly, what is the best place to look for samplers?

    Big thanks in advance and happy easter to everyone!

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    Welcome on board ... always nice to see folks from the Scandinavian Peninsula!

    Go with Dior Homme ... fits all, all year around!
    Also try out Chanel's Allure Edition Blanche for summer,
    oh and Platinum Égoïste!

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    Hi, looks like there aren't too many perfumeries in Helsinki

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/235...ing-in-Finland

    http://www.helsinki10.fi/?cat=1&paged=2 has Comme des Garcons Perfumes, which are very interesting.

    You can mail order samples from Germany.

    English barbershop fragrances that are great for summer:
    http://www.english-scent.de/Fragrance-Samples:::43.html

    I recommend you try:

    Wellington - Geo F Trumper
    Eu du Portugal - Geo F Trumper
    Oxford & Cambridge - Czech & Speake
    Arlington - D.R. Harris

    And whatever else sounds interesting to you.

    There's also http://www.thedifferentscent.de/ , which has a huge inventory of fragrances.
    Last edited by adonis; 2nd April 2010 at 10:52 AM.

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    Thank you for your reply Le Grand Duc.

    Those are hard to find in Finland.

    I've made an huge list of fragrances I'm interested of a few months earlier. These are not only for spring but also for colder weather and they are all more or less there based on the reviews here.

    Gucci Pour Homme by Gucci
    Gucci Pour Homme II by Gucci
    Envy For Men by Gucci

    Fahrenheit by Dior
    Fahrenheit 32 by Dior
    Dior Homme by Dior
    Eau Savage by Dior

    Acqua Di Gio by Armani
    Armani Attitude by Armani
    Armani Attitude Extreme by Armani
    Code by Armani

    M7 by YSL
    Rive Gauche Pour Homme by YSL
    YSL Pour Homme by YSL
    YSL Pour Homme Haute Concentration by YSL
    L'Homme by YSL
    La Nuit De L'Homme by YSL

    Kouros by YSL

    Allure Homme by Chanel
    Allure Homme Sport by Chanel
    Égoïste by Chanel
    Platinum Égoïste by Chanel
    Antaeus by Chanel
    Chanel Pour Monsieur by Chanel
    Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentrade by Chanel

    Black Orchid Voile de Fleur by Tom Ford
    PI by Givenchy
    L'eau D'issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake
    Vetiver by Guerlain
    John Varvatos by John Varvatos
    A*Men / Angel Men by Thierry Mugler
    Bulgari Black by Bulgari

    Any samples of these available somewhere? Especially Dior Homme, Chanel's and Tom Ford's.

    Quote Originally Posted by adonis View Post
    Hi, looks like there aren't too many perfumeries in Helsinki

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/235...ing-in-Finland
    My problem indeed. Fragrances can always be bought online but testing is more complicated.
    Last edited by KrugerIndustrialSmoothing; 2nd April 2010 at 11:06 AM. Reason: Black Orchid Voile de Fleur by Tom Ford

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    Acqua Di Gio will get you compliments. It's too popular in the US, but if nobody wears it in Finland it is the perfect summer scent.

    L'eau D'issey Pour Homme will also get you compliments, but it is very strong - maybe too strong for the office. I sprayed this on a card one time and I could still smell it a week later.

    Black Orchid is too dark for the office. Tom Ford Grey Vetiver is a better choice.

    Also there's a L'Occitane store in Helsinki. They have some very good fragrances to try. Test out Cedar Eau de Parfum and Citrus Verbena Intensa

    http://www.kampgalleria.fi/astu_sisa...ovence/kauppa/

    Dior Homme Sport can be found at Sokos in Helsinki
    Last edited by adonis; 2nd April 2010 at 11:56 AM.

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    Thank you adonis.

    Black Orchid is propably too dark for my taste. What I meant was the Voile de Fleur version. Sorry about that.

    Personally I disliked Dior Homme Sport.

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    Go to L'Occitane and try out the fragrances. You'll be surprised at how good some of them are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VandelayIndustries View Post
    Personally I disliked Dior Homme Sport.
    Yeah, it's like pure citric acid.
    Only Dior fragrance I dislike!

    ---EDIT---

    Oops, I said welcome to an older
    member than myself, sorry about
    that ...
    Last edited by Le Grand Duc; 2nd April 2010 at 12:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Grand Duc View Post

    Oops, I said welcome to an older
    member than myself, sorry about
    that ...
    No worries I had no idea I was a member until today. Must have been one of those nights....

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    Welcome! I just want to say that I LOVE your screen name... brilliant!

    Try Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior. You just can't go wrong with that one.

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    Thanks Effluve!

    Yeah I have heard it's good but not quite sure if it will suit me. Have to try it when I have the time for it.

    Hah too bad that picture is so small...

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    Update.

    Purchased some samples last night from The Permuded Court and The English Scent. Thanks Effluve, Le Grand Duc and Adonis for your ideas.

    The English Scent

    Arlington - D. R. Harris
    Oxford & Cambridge - Czech & Speake
    Wellington - Geo F. Trumper
    Eau De Portugal - Geo F. Trumper

    The Perfumed Court

    Dior Homme 1.5ml
    Dior Eau Savage 1.5ml
    Chanel Pour Monsieur 1.5ml
    Davidoff Cool Water 1.5ml
    YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme 1.5ml
    Armani Acqua Di Gio 1.5ml
    Tom Ford Black Orchid Voile de Fleur 1.5ml

    Hopefully one of those will be good...

    And thanks, Adonis, I will go and check out those L'Occitane scents.
    Last edited by KrugerIndustrialSmoothing; 6th April 2010 at 10:04 AM.

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    You're gonna love Oxford & Cambridge!! It's magical after about 30mins

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    Check out the Hermes line; particularly Terres d'Hermes and Eau d'Orange Verte.

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    Just received 4 samples:

    Chanel Pour Monsieur 1.5ml
    YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme 1.5ml
    Armani Acqua Di Gio 1.5ml
    Tom Ford Black Orchid Voile de Fleur 1.5ml

    After testing three of them, ADG, chanel and Tom Ford, my feelings are quite mixed.

    Tom Ford is still giving me a headache, even though I have a flu and cant's smell much. edit. After about 1½ hours it's much better. Almost like vanilla, am I absolutely wrong here? However, I would have to spray this on hour before leaving the house so it's quite difficult.

    ADG seems okay but I don't really understand all that hype around it. I can barely smell it after 20 mins.

    Chanel..80 year old gentleman would possibly wear this, not me.

    Hopefully YSL saves me again. Edit. Did not. My first thought was that it smells like soap. Have to wait a few hours and see if it changes.

    Sh*t, seems like I have made an awfully bad purchase
    Last edited by KrugerIndustrialSmoothing; 15th April 2010 at 03:01 PM.

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    Hehe, I think you will like more mainstream "modern" fragrances. From your list try this:

    Gucci Pour Homme II by Gucci - black tea + violet + fruits + tobacco, unoffensive daily usage
    Envy For Men by Gucci - spicy green and sweet - evenings, bars
    Dior Homme by Dior - formal suit, sweet, powdery but also sharp thanks to some "green" notes
    Fahrenheit by Dior - masculine daily green with strong petrol note
    PI by Givenchy - sweet woody vanilla, daily cold weather or romantic
    L'eau D'issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake - fresh citrus for hot weather
    A*Men / Angel Men by Thierry Mugler - strong and sweet (coffe, caramel, vanilla), with masculine drydown, cold weather
    Last edited by dreamer81; 15th April 2010 at 01:51 PM.

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    I have to take back some of my previous words.

    Tom Ford Voile de Fleur: Top notes are strong but base notes are quite the contrary. I really like this after a couple of hours. Might be even better as it gets warmer outside. Max 1-2 sprays.

    Chanel Pour Monsieur: This has the same problem as de Fleur - don't like the top notes but base notes are better. This smells something James Bond could have worn in the 60s. I like it but not sure if it suits me without a suit.

    YSL Rive Gauche: Quite mixed feelings at the beginning, again. However as it has now been 6 hours since spraying it once on my wrist I kinda like it. Seems like a good choice for the office during summer. Might even buy one as it is cheap.

    Armani Acqua di Gio: Very popular but to be honest I have never even noticed anyone using this. Weird huh? I like it but longetivity is a big issue here.

    So based on the first day I could see myself buying Voile de Fleur, Rive Gauche and Acqua di Gio.

    I'm still waiting for:

    Dior Homme 1.5ml
    Dior Eau Savage 1.5ml
    Davidoff Cool Water 1.5ml
    Arlington - D. R. Harris
    Oxford & Cambridge - Czech & Speake
    Wellington - Geo F. Trumper
    Eau De Portugal - Geo F. Trumper

    I have a feeling I might have to buy something else soon...
    Last edited by KrugerIndustrialSmoothing; 15th April 2010 at 11:23 PM.

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    Kenneth Cole: Black. Young and Classy.
    Sell/Trade-- Issey Miyake(Summer '09)~Calvin Klein(One Summer '07 & '09)~Eau De Grey Flannel

    Buy/Swap-- http://www.basenotes.net/threads/250...e-Want-Edition.

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    Update again:

    Got the rest of my samples today and a bunch of extra for free. Thank you English Scent.

    Tested Dior Homme and Davidoff Cool Water today and really liked both. Cool water would be quite ideal after gym on a hot day. Loved Dior Homme.

    Oh I'm going to spend way too much money soon

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