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    Default Masculine chypres?

    I tested Guerlain Mitsouko and Chanel Pour Monsieur on my 2 wrists the other day and I was struck by their chypre similiarity.

    Are there still many masculine chypres on the marketplace? I am particularly interested in the complete and original chypre structure (bergamot, light floral notes, oakmoss and pachouli basenotes, with a bit of labdanum ciste) and not just scents with oakmoss in the base.

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    That's easy: Numero Uno by Carthusia. My very favorite masculine chypre. Also try Derby by Guerlain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    That's easy: Numero Uno by Carthusia. My very favorite masculine chypre.
    +1. I liked it because of its similarity to Mitsouko.

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    the original eau fraiche by christian dior.

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    Chypre may be my favorite fragrance category.

    Chanel Pour Monsieur may be the best of the masculine chypres. Quorum is also quite good.

    Many of the best feminines are also easily worn by men: Miss Balmain, Clinique Aromatics Elixir, Estee Lauder Azuree.

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    I can't believe how good Pheromone for Men (Miglin) is and how little "respect" it gets. Well, I've got my 100 ml bottle, so I'm set !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Advocate View Post
    Many of the best feminines are also easily worn by men: Miss Balmain, Clinique Aromatics Elixir, Estee Lauder Azuree.
    all of these are leather chypres.

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    Derby

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    Aramis.

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    Another vote for Derby, and I second the twins (much like Apollo and Diana/Artemis) of male and female scents in Aramis and Azuree.
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    Aramis and Aramis Classic Reserve (which is even better)
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    Quote Originally Posted by gido View Post
    all of these are leather chypres.
    Yes, which is why I mention them in a thread about chypres.

    Quote Originally Posted by fraddicted View Post
    Aramis.
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    Does anybody else like Sagamore? I love this one for its complexity. It' s one of those fragrances that seem to dance on the skin before they settle down. You could even believe it has gone off. But no! that's the way it behaves... Lovely weird stuff.
    I think Basala also quilifies as a chypre. This on is a very old love for me. One of those that I discovered long before I knew I was a fumehead. I still have a bottle and it is an absolute joy to wear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Advocate View Post
    Yes, which is why I mention them in a thread about chypres.
    and that's good. i just wanted to point it out, because these belong in a rather different category from mitsouko and chanel pm, both being classic chypres. (and so is eau fraiche)

    i should mention one of the very first and greatest leather chypres, knize ten. it is interesting that the great francois coty was one of the two perfumers who created it. and unlike anything by the coty brand, it is still in great shape.
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    Tiffany for Men.

    Not a "complete and original chypre structure" but a classic chypre nonetheless.
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    Dont forget eau savauge

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    Aramis, Chanel pour Monsieur

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    Kouros is a GREAT chypre.
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    I'm no chypre expert, but I gather Domenico Caraceni 1913 is considered a chyrpre and it's pretty awesome juice.

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    Default Re: Masculine chypres?

    The classic chypre-vibe I get immediately from:

    Mistouko
    Chanel pour Monsieur
    Eau Fraiche, Dior
    Soul le Vent
    Derby
    Profumo (vintage) Acqua di Parma
    Ô de Lancôme
    Numero Uno, Carthusia
    Albi, Laura Tonatto
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    Quote Originally Posted by kxe003 View Post
    Kouros is a GREAT chypre.
    Isn't Kouros a fougere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zliang View Post
    Isn't Kouros a fougere?
    yes, kouros is predominantly an aromatic fougere.
    there's a chypre accord in there too, but only tertiary, after the aromatic fougere and the spices.

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    I can`t believe that I`m first to mention Amouage Gold Man, Amouage Silver Man. Seems like nobody wears it?
    Also - good old Boucheron pour homme! The EDP is brilliant!

    (I believe that Kouros and Equipage are spicy fougeres (I always felt like this), but I could be wrong. As for Sagamore - I`d say spicy wood. But who cares?)
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    Chanel PM is, imo, simply the king of classic masculine chypres. Subtle and beautiful.

    But there are endless numbers of wonderful chypres for men to wear (many, of course, are marketed to women). Among those not yet mentioned: Bandit and Balmain de Balmain (the former is a leather chypre; the latter a very green chypre).

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    Default Re: Masculine chypres?

    In light of the current spirit of tolerance and respect for one another, perhaps it would be useful to preface anything one may be inclined to label as "masculine" or "feminine" with the qualifier "traditionally", so as to avoid confusion and conflict. I don't see how any of this helps the OP, who asked a good question and deserves thoughtful responses.

    Monsieur, I think Halston Z-14 qualifies as a (traditionally ) "masculine chypre" and it is incredibly inexpensive in United States, if not elsewhere. Certainly one that I am really starting to come around on.
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    The thing about chypres, to me, that makes them unique is that the scent is "abstract," in that I don't really equate it with anything in the "natural world," and yet it doesn't smell "synthetic." It also has good if not excellent dynamism.

    As to the issue of a "masculine" chypre, the way I think of it is the chypre is the base, so the top notes can be "feminine" or "masculine," but after and hour or two you should end up in the same place. There might be a hint of this or that top/heart note, but the chypre base will likely be much more pronounced than anything else.
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    Giorgio Beverly Hills For Men. And I think if Chanel Pour Monsieur were instead called Wal-Mart Pour Monsieur it wouldn't get nearly as many accolades as it does. It's just so boring!

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