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Thread: Must Try Fragrances
I just wanted to know which fragrances you guys would recommend as ones which must be tried.
Fragrances that may be able to greet newcomers and entice them into the fragrance world, or completely oddball fragrances which are awesome (to you) and underrated.
Pretty much any fragrances you love and would recommend to the amateur BNers, the knowledgeable BNers and the downright ''fume heads'. Give reasons too.
(p.s I will be planning on sampling all mentioned fragrances)
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Aqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani
Cool Water by Davidoff
Fahrenheit by Christian Dior
Corduroy by Zirh
Roadster by Cartier
These may be a good starting point.
The two new Guerlains for men: Arsene Lupin Le Dandy and Arsene Lupin The Rascal. (One is a leather/violet and the other is a woody/spice scent.) These are the latest releases and should be out in a few weeks.
Any new Guerlain release is at least worth a try.
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"No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.
This is sort of just a "top 5," but not exactly -- more like five selected from my top 10 based on what I think is especially accessible or illumating for a newcomer to try. (ELdO's Fat Electrician might have made this list if petruccijc hadn't already suggested it...)
Different Company – Sublime Balkiss
Maybe my #1 these days, I love it for its juicy clarity and its wonderfully smooth drydown.
Histoires de Parfums – Noir Patchouli
This one brings to mind a glossy bar of bittersweet dark chocolate but steers clear of gourmand territory thanks to musky and floral notes.
L’Artisan Parfumeur – Nuit de Tubereuse
A vibrant white floral, balanced between green and creamy.
Parfum d’Empire – Cuir Ottoman
A splendid example of a fragrance that evolves as you wear it, with floral, leather, and vanilla facets that emerge and recede.
Serge Lutens – Arabie
"Dry" can mean the opposite of wet or the opposite of sweet. Arabie is both kinds of dry and all kinds of wonderful.
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I frequently say the foundations of a men's scent understanding can be gotten by smelling the men's scents from Guerlain, Caron, Chanel, Dior, and Hermes. With those classics understood by the nose, most everything else can be intelligently evaluated.
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Al Oudh by L'Artisan Parfumeur
I could list plenty here, not because they're necessarily the best in their genre, but because they are classic examples thereof, so let's have a crack:
Azzaro pour Homme Azzaro - A great example of a macho, aromatic fougere, and still widely available some 30 years after its release. A great example of an 80s frag, and a fougere
Rive Gauche pour Homme YSL - A much more modern, cleaner take on the fougere theme than Azzaro
Cool Water Davidoff - A hugely popular scent, which links fougeres to....
Acqua di Gio Armani - love it or hate it, this is many people's first and only fragrance, and made men's mainstream perfumery what it is today
L'Instant de Guerlain Guerlain
Fumurie Turque Serge Lutens
Envy for Men Gucci
Three very different orientals, try them all, see the commonalities and differences, and see if they float your boat.
Mitsouko Guerlain - pretty much the smell I think of when I think of a chypre, still loved by many
Ok, so these aren't families on their own, but whatever :P They're common notes/themes
Vetiver Guerlain - pretty much considered the reference vetiver by which all other vetivers are judged, with its bright citrus top, pepper and vetiver heart and tobacco base.
Vetyver Givenchy - a much cleaner, vetiver-heavy composition
Others which I haven't tried but I intend to soon:
Fat Electrician by ELd'O, Vetiver Oriental by Lutens, Vetiver Extraordinaire by Frederic Malle - all very different takes on vetiver
Eau/Concentree d'Orange Verte Hermes - an orange-blossom scent, gorgeous
Colonia Acqua di Parma - a classic citrus top, the archetypal Eau de Cologne
M7 YSL - a very sweet take on oud
Oud 27 Le Labo - some people describe it as barnyard, it makes me think of old books
anything by Montale - again, I haven't tried these, but do need to at some point soon.
Givenchy Gentleman - very patch- heavy scent. Not my favourite take on patch, but many love it
Borneo 1834 Lutens - Patchouli and chocolate, not quite gourmand, but my favourite patchouli based scent.
These are the most 'must try' frags I can think of off the top of my (comparatively inexperienced) head. I know I will have missed some categories, some notes/themes and some scents that people can't imagine having left off, but I'll leave that for other people to suggest
Holy cow - 10 responses - and no mention of Creed!! What's happened to us?!
In that spirtit, I'll toss out Habit Rouge, L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme, Third Man, Chanel Pour Monsieur, Antaeus, Dior Homme, Eau Savage, Terre D'Hermes.
As a couple of personal favorites, though one will be hard to obtain, Vintage Tabarome and Royal English Leather.
Some that I like that seem to get a lot of traction: Rive Gauche Pour Homme, M7, Kouros, Rose 31, Black Oud, VC&A Pour Homme, Versace L'Homme, L'Ombre Fauve.
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Must De Cartier
Aqua Di Gio
Curve for men
Serge Lutens Sultan
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I'm going to add a few things to Mondrain's list:
Oriental: Chergui, Idole, L'air du Desert Marocain, Shalimar
Musk: Musc Kublai Khan, Musc Ravageur
Vanilla: Un Bois Vanille, Double Spiritueuse Vanille, Tobacco Vanille
Citrus: Orange Sanguine, Bois Blond, Monsieur Balmain
Amber: Ambre Sultan, Ambre Narguille
Incense: Avignon, Kyoto, Bois d'Armenie,
Woodsy/Herbal: Chene, Artek: Standard, Nightscape, Italian Cypress, Sel de Vetiver, Sycomore
Tea: Bvlgari pour Homme Soir, Un The pour L'ete, 5 O'clock au Gingimbre, Jade (Olivier Durbano), Osman Yunnan
Floral: Ungaro II, Zino, Black Aoud, No. 88, Comme des Garcons 2, Coromandel
Green: Grey Flannel, Chanel No. 9
Egoiste Platinum, Chanel
Reasons: It is one that can be a chameleon depending on certain factors.
Clive Christian (anything, but I suggest X or No. 1)
Reasons: So you can say you've sampled one of the most expensive (uhhh...overpriced) fragrances. That way, it won't be a mysterious temptation and you'll never think you always get what you pay for.
Azzaro pH -- This is the 70's and 80's of men's fragrances basically, BOTTLED, others like Polo and Drakkar Noir are great, but ApH is absolutely amazing, perfectly made, perfectly balanced, extremely masculine, and a must try whether you like "projection monsters" or not.
Fahrenheit -- Before hitting its flankers, you gotta try the original. One of the most unique fragrances ever. Mass marketer and hot seller since 88. Fahrenheit brings out a dirty dark side in the fragrance yet still maintains its appeal. Some love it , some hate it, but if you overlook this bad boy, you're missing out on a real surprise.
Cool Water -- Ya, ya, it's got some hate. Which to this day I still don't understand how anyone can be offended by it. Perhaps they're just tired of seeing, it hearing it, or smelling it. Cool Water isn't going anywhere, not anytime soon. One of the most known designer fragrances ever, made for a man, but many women wear this too. Very versatile, and a must try for everyone, any age, any sex.
Burberry London -- Whether you get that smell associate with Christmas, or you get figs, fig leaf, tree bark, and soft florals as I do; London is a beauty. Beautiful bottle, beautiful juice, smells like a far more expensive niche fragrance. There's a very good reason why this is many peoples "number 1".
Corduroy -- Fantastic, sweet and spicy unique blend that's quite versatile and loved by almost everybody. Very inexpensive as well. I can almost guarantee this being a safe blind buy whether you like 80's frags, gourmands, celeb scents or chypres.
Joop! -- There I said it. But, I feel this is a must try for everyone, just to get that grin on your face when you see how one spray lights up a room with that synthetic "candy-ness".
Le Male -- Need I say more?
Noir de Noir -- One word. Beautiful.
Honorable mentions -- Philosykos, Tam Dao, TdH, Drakkar Noir, Tobacco Vanille, John Varvatos, AdG, Lolita Lempicka, Gucci pH II, The Dreamer.
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Just a few specific names to drop into the mix:
Caron Pour Un Homme
Guerlain Eau de Cologne du Coq
Nicolai Pour Homme
Lutens Gris Clair
A Taste of Heaven by Kilian
MPG Santal Noble
MFK APOM Pour Homme (Orange Flower)
Idole de Lubin (Boozy Spicy)
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Krizia Moods for Men
If you like Spice, you can`t ignore Frapin Caravelle Epicee. That`s a must try!
Costume National 21
Parfums du Nicolaï - New York
Amouage Jubilation XXV
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Three underrated, less expensive strongos:
Lanvin Arpege Pour Homme
Bogart Pour Homme
Good intro scents that WON'T break a starter budget:
English Leather: leather
Grey Flannel: violet fougere/masculine floral
Quorum: tobacco, powerhouse
Florida Water: traditional Eaux de Cologne
Three that haven't been mentioned yet:
Knize Ten: Whether you end up loving it or hating it, this reference leather is an incredible classic. IMO nothing else is quite like it. Then again, I'm in the "love it" camp.
Tauer's L'Air du Desert Marocain: One of the most interesting niche perfumers working today, Andy Tauer's also an incredibly generous person, so I always feel good about supporting his work (check out his blog if you haven't yet). He makes many wonderful frags, but this is his unquestionable masterpiece, IMO. Incense, spices, amber, yet somehow very dry. Already a classic and a great intro to niche perfumes.
Vero Profumo Onda (extrait): If you want to know why some people (not me, I should add, as I don't have the earning power) spend unbelievable amounts of money on ultra-niche perfumes, there are worse places to start than this one. A very skanky vetiver that smells like nothing else I've ever experienced (though it's said to resemble Guerlain's long-discontinued Djedi). Absolutely stunning. If you don't want to spend an arm-and-a-leg on a sample, buy something else from Luckyscent and request a sample of this. Luckily, it's so spendy that I can't even waste time thinking about buying it. Unluckily, Vero Kern is coming out with EdPs of her entire line, the prices for which ought to be just low enough that I'll waste time toying with the idea of shelling out for it.
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I agree The_colognist for Joop. everyone should try it.
i want to add more : Hugo(m): Synthetic and crap base. But everyone should try it. IMO it has unique top and middle.
Aramis Devin or JaZz: these are kind of frangrances you should try them and know them. Both of them are similar IMO. But I prefer Devin
go to saks 5th and try all the creeds and you will find at least 1 that you will go gaga for.
I'm just gonna give you a "hit list" so to say, something that will enable you to partake in conversations regarding some of the biggest scents on Basenotes.
Le Labo Rose 31
Serge Lutens Chergui
Creed Green Irish Tweed
Montale Black Aoud
Amouage Jubilation XXV
Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur
Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire (For a good reference vetiver)
Comme de Garcons Series 3: Kyoto
Comme de Garcons 2Man
Guerlain Double Spiritueuse Vanille,
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Obsessions of the Moment- Kristiansand EDC, Green Irish Tweed, Zizan
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My list would be:
Opium pour homme Edp
Annick Goutal Sables
Thanks everyone some really good stuff here, will look forward to trying most of it!
I would advise that Habit Rouge Beau Cavalier is a must a must try. A life without this fragrance is not well spent.
Dear funraiser -- Creed is sooooo overated and soooooo overpriced. Really, don't you think so? It should not be the arbiter of fragrances. Sorry.
I tried Knize and Chanel Cuir de Russie together. Very small amounts but what a punch. Ladies and men said
what are you wearing? In a nice way!
In my opinion, first try the popular fragrances. There were a few that defined the 80's and 90's. Try Polo, Drakkar Noir, Cool Water, and CK Eternity. That is a good start.
Always try the classics from each decade, a good start would be the 1930s.
You might as well try the ones made by noses that blended fragrances nowadays considered classics. You will realize there are many feminine scents among their creations, you might as well discard them and focus in masculines, or try them all, including the feminines that are well regarded as well as worn by men (for example, Shalimar, Mitsouko, etc.).
This is the number one reference when it comes to classics: Edmond Roudnitska: http://www.basenotes.net/fragrancedi...ond+roudnitska
Carlos Benaim: http://www.basenotes.net/fragrancedi...=carlos+benaim
Ernest Beaux: http://www.basenotes.net/fragrancedi...r=ernest+beaux
Ernest Daltroff: http://www.basenotes.net/fragrancedi...rnest+daltroff - Chances are you might not like Chanel N° 5, but at least you will have an idea what aldehydes are...
Gerard Anthony: Azzaro pour Homme, Courreges pour Homme...
Jacques Guerlain: http://www.basenotes.net/fragrancedi...cques+guerlain
Jacques Polge: http://www.basenotes.net/fragrancedi...=jacques+polge
Jean Laporte: http://www.basenotes.net/fragrancedi...r=jean+laporte I have to admit I am not familiar with his creations but many of them are continuously praised by experts as well as newcomers.
Jean Paul Guerlain: http://www.basenotes.net/fragrancedi...+paul+guerlain
Michel Roudnitska Same as Laporte's, not familiar with him but his creations are always well critized:http://www.basenotes.net/fragrancedi...hel+roudnitska
Pierre Bourdon: http://www.basenotes.net/fragrancedi...pierre+bourdon
Rosendo Mateu: http://www.basenotes.net/fragrancedi...=rosendo+mateu
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How would you introduce stinky/dirty notes to a newcomer? I would think directing a beginner straight at Musc Ravageur would be counter productive!