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    Default 5 greatest male fragrances of all time

    In sports, people usually have a common sense about how the top 5 players in the certain sport is. basketball has your michael jordans, magic johnsons, ect. baseball has your babe ruths, willie mays' , ect. you get the picture

    i know everyone has there own opinion about what the bests are, but by common sense and majority opinion, what are the 5 greatest male fragrances of all time? im specifically looking to see if any recent fragrances make that list, for example a fragrance that im currently obsessing over: L'Instant de Guerlain

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    I would have to say:

    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Creed MI
    Ralph Lauren Polo
    Old Spice
    Aqua di Gio - based on it's popularity, not quality

    I'm sure I could be talked off a couple of these.....
    Last edited by Force of One; 18th August 2010 at 11:47 PM. Reason: addition

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    Quote Originally Posted by Force of One View Post
    I would have to say:

    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Creed MI
    Ralph Lauren Polo
    Old Spice
    Aqua di Gio - based on it's popularity, not quality

    I'm sure I could be talked off a couple of these.....
    which one??

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    nething by creed.
    “Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny19 View Post
    In sports, people usually have a common sense about how the top 5 players in the certain sport is.
    I don't think it works like that here. It's all subjective, unlike sport...

    1) Green Irish Tweed
    2) Old Spice
    3) AdG
    4) Kouros
    5) Brut

    Although, I only like 1 from my own list.

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    Chanel pour Monsieur
    Ralph Lauren Polo
    YSL Kouros
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Aramis
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    Knize Ten (vintage)
    Habit Rouge (vintage)
    Sycomore
    Songe d'un Bois dEte

    Zino Davidoff (vintage)






    Last edited by pluran; 14th October 2014 at 04:11 PM. Reason: mons veneris

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    Ralph Lauren Polo
    YSL Kouros
    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Hermes Terre d'Hermes
    Creed Silver Mountain Water

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    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Creed Vintage Tabarome
    Habit Rouge
    Kouros
    L'Eau de Issey Pour Homme

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    Zino Davidoff
    Kouros
    Yatagan
    Le No. 3 Homme
    Tiffany for Men

    Honorable mention: Baldessarini

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    In no particular order:

    Old Spice
    Boucheron PH
    Penhaligon's English Fern
    Bulgari PH Extreme
    Habit Rouge

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    Aramis
    Cool Water
    Eau Sauvage
    Obsession
    Polo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Force of One View Post
    I would have to say:

    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Creed MI
    Ralph Lauren Polo
    Old Spice
    Aqua di Gio - based on it's popularity, not quality

    I'm sure I could be talked off a couple of these.....
    I have to agree with this list.....The only one that I would change would be MI.....Aramis, Armani Pour Homme or Kouros would fill that slot easily.....Gary

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    No particular order:

    Habit Rouge EDT, EDP and parfum by Guerlain
    Pour Un Homme by Caron
    Equipage by Hermes
    Derby by Guerlain
    Bel Ami by Hermes

    also throw in Mlouchoir de Monsieur by Guerlain
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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    Thought completely subjective, this is my opinion not based on my favorites, rather based on overall statistics. In no particular order.

    Cool Water
    AdG
    Brut
    Polo
    Old Spice

    Top 10 it.. add Drakkar Noir, Azzaro pH, CK One and others would be in there for sure.

    As for my personal top 5 greatest (keeping it mainstream).. Again in no particular order..
    Fahrenheit
    Paul Smith London
    Corduroy
    Burberry London
    TdH

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    If we stick strictly to the classification (male) as per BN directory, and in every way subjective to my own taste:

    Yohji Homme
    Lyric Man
    Dia Man
    Rose 31
    Fou d'Absinthe

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    wait im really confused (prollt becuz im so new to this),,when u guys put ralph lauren polo on your lists, which one are u talking about? there are several different colored ones. is there a main one? someone help me out on that

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    jonny, there is only one Ralph Lauren fragrance named "Polo". The original "Polo".

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    Yup, what tott said. Sometimes I put "original" in parenthesis though when speaking of it. Definitely their best seller.

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    Default Re: 5 greatest male fragrances of all time

    EDIT: Lol @ me, misunderstood the OP. Here's my revised list. 3/5 of what i picked are 5 star fragrances to me, and i don't rate stuff 5 stars very often. (Varvatos is 4.5 stars, it'd be 5 if there was ANY consistence in its longevity).

    Old Spice - timeless...well its existence; its the "old man" smell immortalized. I'm sure half of us exist because grandpa smelled mighty fine at the town dances...
    John Varvatos - the ultimate formal man scent. To me it just oooozes James Bond, suit/tux, with essence o' sex appeal
    A*Men (it had to be done...) - Gourmands are the greatest genre of fragrances imo, and nothing says gourmand like A*Men; it really opened the "gates" for ultra-sweet men's fragrances. It has perfect longevity, notes, and a gorgeous bottle.
    Fahrenheit - I have tremendous respect for the Dior house for making such a beast. The first time i smelled it, i wanted to rip my nose off because it was so vile! I bought it despite my better judgment a month later and now i understand the hype. Gasoline, extremely moist, deep, rich green cut grass....a melon is being cut in the distance...what's this?! A dirty, masculine leather! Nothing defines Saturday-morning-mowing-lawns-man better than this
    Le Male - On the flip side of Fahrenheit, there aren't many male fragrances like Le Male. The opening alone had me hooked instantly but overall, Le Male is on this list for being NON-masculine! From opening to closing, this fragrance seems to be wondering "why does this person have facial hair?!" the heart has something i never thought i'd smell in a man's fragrance: a big, heaping dosage of the "prettiest" floral notes i've ever smelled in a male fragrance. Perhaps Fahrenheit and Le Male aren't so different? While Dior is focusing more on the manly-man kind of smell, Gaultier is making the most feminine thing around; they're alike however, in the sense that they created these two extremes, one deep in the heart of beard growing manland, while the other flirts with femininity.



    I wonder if there's a correlation between sales and placement at the counter of a retailer? For example, a lot of the best sellers are what you first see when you walk into my Macy's (AdG, Le Male, Polo has a freaking shrine to it practically)
    Last edited by Neurosis; 19th August 2010 at 03:24 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neurosis View Post
    Lol @ everyone saying niche fragrances... outside of this community those things are as popular as living in Antarctica! To be top, it must be best at sales, popularity, and good at what it does.
    The question is "greatest" not best selling, or "top" or popular.

    All of the choices listed are subjective.

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    Eau Sauvage
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Kouros
    Givenchy Gentleman
    Aramis

    (I think.)
    That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me.

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    right now:

    Patou Pour Homme
    Patou PH Prive
    AO King Fahed
    Chanel Bois Des Iles
    Chanel Pour Monsieur

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    I don't even know to what question I'm answering. It wont stop me, though. This list is some kind of combination of my own preferences, more objective view and historical significance.

    Like pluran's fine list, mine is also five or so.

    Eau d'Hermes
    Mouchoir de Monsieur
    Derby
    Eau Sauvage

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    Quote Originally Posted by matthewfoo View Post
    If we stick strictly to the classification (male) as per BN directory, and in every way subjective to my own taste:
    Quote Originally Posted by Neurosis View Post
    Lol @ everyone saying niche fragrances... outside of this community those things are as popular as living in Antarctica! To be top, it must be best at sales, popularity, and good at what it does.

    Old Spice - timeless...well its existence; its the "old man" smell immortalized
    Cool Water - started the (unfortunate) reign of aquatics and remains very popular
    Acqua Di Gio - enough said...
    Polo Black - Everyone knows Polo black, and many people own/have owned it....actually that goes for almost every older Polo fragrance
    personal one.... John Varvatos - the ultimate formal man scent imo

    I wonder if there's a correlation between sales and placement at the counter of a retailer? For example, a lot of the best sellers are what you first see when you walk into my Macy's (AdG, Le Male, Polo has a freaking shrine to it practically)
    I believe that is exactly why the question was asked here, for opinions as opposed to statistical figures that can only prove sales volume, and won't require a thread or discussion.

    I'm not going to let an average mediocre choice of (any) majority (hypothetically speaking), represent my tastes, preferences. expectations and purposes. I love cool water. It's cheap (price) and highly-reliable. Do I think it is the greatest, or even top 5 greatest masculine scent, of all time? Definitely not. Selling-well doesn't exclusively mean it is the greatest-smelling (I assume this is our context), and vice versa, due to costs/prices and other variants.

    Thus, I don't think there should be a "designer-only" parameter default here.

    The answers you gave are highly subjective (like mine), and you're just "rough -guessing" the statistics of some of those scents. If you're going to set parameters, you should at least first provide actual figures (is this possible if you're not in the relative marketing departments?).

    I'm not laughing at your answers, I respect that they are subjective.

    If the OP was asking for specific recommendations/suggestions, I'll be sure to tailor my answers to what he/she's seeking. The first post seemed like an invitation of broad opinions, the only condition being it must be "recent".

    Edit: OK I think I'm sounding defensive, so don't take what I said too personally.
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    Dior Homme
    Égoïste
    Fahrenheit
    Kouros
    Jaïpur Homme

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    Creed BDP
    Knize Ten
    Armani Eau pour Homme
    Guerlain Mouchoir de Monsieur
    Penhaligons Blenheim Bouquet

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    Well, I've only probably experienced a hundred or so fragrances, so I'll have to pick my top 5 from those. There are many, many others which I've heard rave reviews about (here on BN) which I'm sure might make my top 5, but I've simply no experience with them so I'll stick with what I know;

    1) Malle's Vetiver Extraordinaire
    2) Creed's Original Vetiver
    3) Dior Homme Intense
    4) Creed's Royal Scottish Lavender
    5) Chanel's Bois de Illes

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    Limiting myself to fragrances from my own collection:

    Objective greatests:
    Knize Ten
    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    YSL Kouros
    Ralph Lauren Polo
    Dunhill (1934)

    Personal favourites:
    Creed Royal English Leather
    Creed Vetiver 1948
    Knize Ten
    Ralph Lauren Polo
    Hermes Eau d'Hermes
    Last edited by StewartGallacher; 19th August 2010 at 02:59 PM.

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    Derby
    Patou Pour Homme
    Eau Sauvage
    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Bel Ami

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    Default Re: 5 greatest male fragrances of all time

    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    The question is "greatest" not best selling, or "top" or popular.

    All of the choices listed are subjective.
    Quote Originally Posted by matthewfoo View Post
    I believe that is exactly why the question was asked here, for opinions as opposed to statistical figures that can only prove sales volume, and won't require a thread or discussion.
    Alright, i believe i've misunderstood the topic then. The OP was naming famous athletes as examples so i assumed popularity had to be a factor. Time to edit my list!

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    Zino
    Dunhill Edition
    Égoïste
    Eau d'Hermès
    Knize Ten
    Idole de Lubin
    Yatagan
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    Terre d'Hermes
    Green Irish Tweed
    Habit Rouge
    Eau Sauvage
    AdG

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neurosis View Post
    Alright, i believe i've misunderstood the topic then. The OP was naming famous athletes as examples so i assumed popularity had to be a factor. Time to edit my list!
    Nah, I was also being a little grumpy today.

    Cheers.

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    GIT
    Kenzo Homme
    Cuir Pleine Fleur
    Comme des Garcons 2 Man
    Pour Monsieur

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    Mem's English Leather
    Dior's Eau Sauvage
    Aramis by Aramis (Estee Lauder)
    Habit Rouge Guerlain
    Mouchoir de Monsieur Guerlain

    Edit: Can't help but think Dior's Jules deserves a mention as well.
    Last edited by fraddicted; 21st August 2010 at 07:28 PM.

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    01 YSL Kouros
    Knize Ten !

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    1. GIT
    2. Windsor
    3. Bois du Portugal
    4. Amouage "Homage" [male? ummm.... ]
    5. Les Hesperides de la Grande Serre [discontinued]

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    Eau Sauvage
    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Dior Homme
    Fahrenheit

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    Kouros
    Versace L'Homme
    Oscar Pour Lui
    Giorgio
    Ungaro 1 or II


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    GIT
    YSL Pour Homme - I know YSL is in heaven for this reason alone
    ADP Colognia
    Guerlain Vetiver - I don't like it but I can't deny it's greatness

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    Drakkar Noir
    Rochas Man
    Must De Cartier
    Safari by Ralph Lauren
    Opium
    Last edited by DeepSilence; 25th December 2010 at 09:04 AM.

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    My Top 5
    1. Dunhill '34
    2. Chanel Egoiste
    3. Chanel PM
    4. Polo
    5. DK Men

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    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Dior Fahrenheit
    Aramis
    Creed Acier Aluminium
    Paloma Picasso Minotaure

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    1) Kouros
    2) Grey Flannel
    3) Givenchy Gentleman
    4) Polo
    5) Lapidus pour Homme

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    Le Male
    Acqua di Gio
    Fahrenheit
    Kouros
    Cool Water

    This is not based on personal taste but on sales.

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    I don't even care about the other 4. Without a moment of reservation I have to add Amouage Reflection Man to the recommendations. Yes, this is completely subjective, but I don't care!

    My more objective list would include:

    Caron Yatagan
    Dior Fahrenheit
    RL Polo
    Ungaro II
    Amouage Gold Men

    My entirely subjective list
    Amouage Reflection Man
    MPG Bois de Turquie
    Les Nez Let Me Play the Lion
    Amouage Lyric Man
    C&S Oxford and Cambridge
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    Iris Pallida 50ml

    Ungaro I 75ml

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    JPG Le Male
    Dolce & Gabanna ph
    Cool Waters (for popularity alone)
    Old Spice

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    Hm.. I didn't think I'd be able to do this so I acted like a scent newb.. very stealthy. Now that I've thought about it (in no particular order):

    L'instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme
    Gucci Pour Homme II
    Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
    Bond no. 9 New Haarlem
    Creed Millesime Imperial

    I'm sure it will change in no time
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    New York by Parfums de Nicolai
    Grey Flannel by Geoffrey Beene
    Polo by Ralph Lauren
    Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men
    Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme
    Last edited by fountain; 21st August 2010 at 03:58 PM.

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    Old Spice
    Polo
    Aramis
    Chanel pour Monsieur
    Kouros

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    Patou pour homme
    Monsieur Carven
    V.O Jean Marc Sinan
    KL homme-Lagerfeld
    Antaeus

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    Greatness as defined by mass appeal and what I think will stand the test of time...

    1.) Old Spice
    2.) Aqua di Gio
    3.) Green Irish Tweed
    4.) 4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser ( yeah I know it's classified as unisex...I may be bending the rule)
    5.) Knize Ten

    If I were a betting man, I'd bet that 4 or 5 of these will be around in 30 years.

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    Aramis JHL
    Zino Davidoff
    Guerlain Habit Rouge EDC
    Domenico Caraceni 1913
    Hermes Bel Ami (vintage)
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    Amouage Tribute
    Amouage Gold
    Amouage Lyric
    Frederic Malle - Musc Ravageur
    Montale - Black Aoud

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    YSL Kouros
    Patou Pour Homme
    Azzaro Pour Homme
    Guerlain Derby
    Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955 formulation)

    Honorable Mention
    GIT
    Dior Homme
    Aramis
    Habit Rouge
    Knize Ten
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    Dior Eau Sauvage
    Dior Fahrenheit
    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Bvlgari Pur Homme
    YSL Opium
    My signature scents:
    Current: GREEN IRISH TWEED (since June 2010)
    Past: BOIS DU PORTUGAL (Oct. 09 - May 10)
    Past Past: EAU SAUVAGE (good 15 years !!!)
    Past Past Past: LANVIN L'HOMME (2 years)
    Past Past Past Past: EAU SAUVAGE again (3 years or so)

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    Patou Pour Homme
    Aigner Super fragrance for Men
    Balenciaga Pour Homme
    Capucci Punjab
    Gucci Pour Homme 1976
    Lapidus 1978
    Chanel Antaeus original


    *****could not stop@only 5****
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    Gendarme EdP
    Green Irish Tweed
    Rochas Man
    Bvlgari (the entire line except BLV)
    Geir

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    Chanel Égoïste
    Caron Pour un Homme
    Boucheron Jaïpur Homme
    YSL M7
    Thierry Mugler A*Men
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