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    So I was just wondering what everyone considered the most unabashedly masculine fragrance they've ever tried that is still by far wearable in public. I'm gonna have to go with Xerjoff Homme after trying it, this stuff is face-meltingly masculine, yet I LOVE wearing it; it gives me a total "Alpha Male" feel of air when I have it on.
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    Default Re: Most masculine (yet wearable) fragrance?

    Too many to list, but

    Creed Vintage Tabarome
    VC&A Pour Homme
    Santos de Cartier Concentre
    Versace L'Homme
    Eucris
    Kouros*

    *Some might argue this isn't "wearable"
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    Amouage Epic.

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    IMHO, any heavily tobacco based frag is ubermasculine. The heavier the tobacco, the more masculine. Now making sure it's still wearable is the tough part. Mix that with some woody elements, a little musk, and a touch of crisp citrus and you get a very masculine and wearable Ralph Lauren Purple Label
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    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    Too many to list, but

    Creed Vintage Tabarome
    VC&A Pour Homme
    Santos de Cartier Concentre
    Versace L'Homme
    Eucris
    Kouros*

    *Some might argue this isn't "wearable"
    +1 for vt, throw some royal english leather, bois du portugal and tabarome millesime on that bitch lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    Too many to list, but

    Creed Vintage Tabarome
    VC&A Pour Homme
    Santos de Cartier Concentre
    Versace L'Homme
    Eucris
    Kouros*

    *Some might argue this isn't "wearable"
    I have yet to try Eucris, VC&A Pour Homme or Vintage Tabarome, I really, really want to try VT but the only place I can find a sample is TPC, and they're prices are so exorbitant on some stuff, so I hate using them.

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    Dhofar Xerjoff
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    How's about:

    Caron - Yatagan
    Montana - Parfum D'Homme
    Jacques Bogart - Witness

    and... One Man Show

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    Havana

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    Default Re: Most masculine (yet wearable) fragrance?

    There is no fragrance that I own and like that I would not wear in public - including Kouros, Yatagan, etc....
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    I'm going to venture one of the chest-beating uber-masculines like Yatagan, or Kouros.
    Tom Ford Splits!!!! - Tobacco Vanille, Tuscan Leather, Oud Wood, Noir de Noir - PATCHOULI ABSOLU
    Plum Japonais, Italian Cypress, Neroli Portofino, Costa Azzura, Azure Lime, Champacca Absolute

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    Havana by Aramis
    JHL by Aramis
    Rive Gauche
    Chanel Antaeus
    Neil Morris Fragances
    L Artisan Leau du Navigateur ( Leather and coffee )
    Histoires de Parfums 1740 Marquis de Sade ( my favorite ) Davana , patchouli , coriander ...
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    Bel Ami. I absolutely adore this frag.

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    Azzaro pour Homme
    Old Spice
    Fahrenheit
    Polo

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    Quote Originally Posted by philmcphe View Post
    I have yet to try Eucris, VC&A Pour Homme or Vintage Tabarome, I really, really want to try VT but the only place I can find a sample is TPC, and they're prices are so exorbitant on some stuff, so I hate using them.
    It's so unavailable, skip the VT. But the others might be worth a sample. I think Eucris is underrated myself, but be clear it is a serious and mature kind of scent. Released in 1912 originally.

    Santos and L'Homme are kind of similar to me. Just fun, strong-ish patchouli/sandalwood manly scents. VC&A an alpha male wonder. They will know you're coming and know when you've been there.

    Kouros is well...Kouros.
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    . . . another personal validation thread
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    I don't disagree with any of the previous posts, but I want to add one obvious one that has not been mentioned - Ginenchy Gentleman. The most masculine yet wearable fragrance available.

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    I'm not trying to be snide here, but I don't understand why a masculine smelling fragrance would ever be unwearable in public.

    Does "wearable" mean mainstream?

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    wearable i would assume is to say something you can wear everyday

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    Aramis Havana seems to fit this description.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamu1 View Post
    I'm not trying to be snide here, but I don't understand why a masculine smelling fragrance would ever be unwearable in public.

    Does "wearable" mean mainstream?
    I mean something that won't make noses curl if you go out in public basically. For example, I know someone in this thread mentioned they think One Man Show falls under this category, but I would have to strongly disagree. While this *is* incredibly masculine, I don't find it pleasant by any means. The one time I actually wore this I got some very negative comments and made fun of by quite a few co-workers and friends for how much I stunk.

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    Default Re: Most masculine (yet wearable) fragrance?

    Anything.

    If it's strong/loud (Kouros, etc) then apply it with finesse. Spray snd walk through.
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    Antaeus
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    Quote Originally Posted by pluran View Post
    Proper application allows you to wear almost anything. Big blasts of strong fragrance into a small area often leads to unpleasant olfactory experiences, once the body temp heats up, etc.

    Perfumers, designers, fragrance experts in general, understand that the best method of application for strong scents is to spray it up into the air two or three feet away from you and then walk through it neck/chest high as it begins to break up, widen and fall. It's obviously different with parfums, oils, etc.

    I don't get the initial question. When I'm going out, I wear whatever I want and I apply it properly. Many of the scents mentioned above are worn by women (there are much harder core fragrance people out there than most of the women on Basenotes). Yatagan isn't nearly as hyper-masculine as it's made out to be. It's a paragon of blending that speaks of mature gentlemanliness. In France, a good percentage of Yatagan is purchased by women who wear it themselves. I know a very beautiful and feminine woman who used to wear Kouros and still wears things like Lauder for Men and Jules. Yeah, they're masculine, but they also smell great on women. They often smell even better on women, because, among other things, men over-apply the stuff and smell ridiculous.

    I don't get it, man. Wear it, and put it on right. And if people think you stink, a lot of it probably has to do with the overall vibe you're putting out more than anything else. You'll get it right. It takes awhile.
    Well I generally have a "no more than three sprays at most" rule I go by, so you can trust me when I say I'm not the guy you smell three blocks away. Anyways, there ARE fragrances that, in general, most people would not find appealing, even if only applied lightly. Also I never said that masculine means women wouldn't wear it, whatever we perceive as masculine in fragrance just comes from associations put forth by society that many people just hold to be true because of this. My brother just asked me tonight if I was wearing a womens perfume, and he was right even though he neither had any idea what I was wearing, nor knows anything about fragrances beyond what the average person does. The same can be said of gender in general, some societies have up to five different genders that are well recognized. Women aren't born with dresses on; people not only are the ones who make, but also say the dresses are for women.

    I think you are forgetting that while many people on here and other ones into this hobby consider themselves "gender blind" to fragrances, basnotes is a gathering of people that are the exception, rather than the rule. While masculinity *is* a thing of personal perception, you can't deny that the general acceptance as to what is masculine has already been set forth by the general populace.

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    I understand what pluran is saying. Many women love to wear Givenchy Gentleman or Azzaro PH or other classic masculine powerhouses and it smells great on them.
    Point taken.

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    Having said that, back to the question from the OP.
    Most of the ones I'd cite have already been mentioned.

    But gentlemen you forgot:

    Macassar by Rochas--I recommend you read Naed Nitram's review Spot on.
    Blenheim Bouquet by Penhaligon---if you've tried Yatagan but not this one, you're missing out imho
    Cuir d'Oranger by Miller Harris---I find it amusing this one's labeled unisex.
    Eau d' Hermes--As above. Vintage formula and good luck finding vintage Bel Ami while you're at it.
    Grey Flannel by Geoffrey Beene--barely wearable but wearable.

    (This touches upon Brut and Drakkar Noir & co. which are the butt of jokes, and rightly so--sinus rockets like Jacomo de Jacomo Insane knockout power like Carlo Corinto by Carlo Corinto and the unwearable Quorum which, I reviewed as "crotch in a bottle." More power to those of you who revere it but for me it's as much of a caricature of masculinity as Bandit is a caricature of--what? A dominatrix? )

    Backing off from the dark (or silly ) side to continue:

    Minotaure by Paloma Picasso
    Tuscany/Etruscan by Aramis
    Versailles pour Homme by Jean Desprez--And the very best of luck finding a bottle.
    Kolnisch Juchten by Parfums Regence--Ancient and subtle leather.

    And if you care for understated machismo try the original 1934 Dunhill for Men, and Zino by Davidoff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philmcphe View Post
    So I was just wondering what everyone considered the most unabashedly masculine fragrance they've ever tried that is still by far wearable in public.
    I don't think there's anything too "unabashedly masculine" for me to find wearable in public, including Quorum, One Man Show, Bogart, Yatagan, or Xeryus.

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    What of MPGs Parfum d'Habit? For my definition of "wearable," I mean "wear it in public anywhere."

    Parfum d'Habit is a strong scent but absent of any "traditional" feminine notes that are overly sweet or floral. (I add that I believe that no notes should be off limits due to gender and one should wear what he/she likes.)

    See our archive reviews of this scent and "masculine" pops up quite a bit:

    http://www.basenotes.net/ID26121256.html
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    Too many of them to list. They are ALL WEARABLE and in all seasons....depending upon how you apply them.

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    Bandit
    Cabochard
    Miss Balmain

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