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    Default I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    I have always been a heavy user of light, rather refreshing and cool fragrances. I confess I have enjoyed the late ninities/early 2000's acquatic trend ( and I still do) with loads of Oxygene (Lanvin), Blue Label (Givenchy) and Truth (CK). Currently, as the acquatics got me bored, Bulgari Extreme for Men and Paul Smith Men have been my best friends in a city where termometers rarely go below 25ºC and humidity is always high.

    But now I want to go for a change. I am really willing to try the more sophisicated, intense and thick "brown" fragrances and I wanna do it the right way. I have tried a few samples and reserched a bit, So I guess I have been able to identify a few personal patterns:
    - I love tobacco and woody notes, specially when softhened with a touch of citrus/green leaves or warmed with a slight touch of vanilla/spices.
    - the more sillage and longevity, the better
    - I love a woody and warm drydown
    - don´t like fragrances too dry or harsh

    Frags I like and that I consider more intense (don't forget I am mostly acquainted with fresh light one): Allure Man, Armani Code, Bulgari Black.

    Well, that is it. What would you suggest me so that I can do the proper entrance into the realm of intense and sober fragrances?

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Burberry London, Paul Smith London (very hard to find though), Fahrenheit, Zirh Ikon, Zirh Corduroy to name a few, all personal favorites of mine that are darker choices, best suited for the cooler months. Also Escada Magnetism, though not a favorite of mine, a darkish/spicy/sweet one that projects well.

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    For a louder, more brutish take on Code, you might try Black Sun/Salvador Dali. Also has superior longevity to Code.



    If you want to cross over from an "Armani style" of "dark", I suggest Salvador Dali pour homme. It's dark, rich, mysterious and woody. It also reminds me of a decaying garden.


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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Designer:

    Zino
    Fahrenheit
    Michael Kors
    Havana
    M7
    L'Essence de Déclaration
    Tom Ford Extreme
    Ungaro III
    Salvador Dali PH

    Niche:

    Ambre Russe
    Fumerie Turque
    Black Aoud
    Tea for Two
    Ambre Sultan
    Serge Noire

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    good advices
    I'll add versace dreamer

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    YSL's Opium pour Homme is a safe introduction to darkness and intensity. Spicy, peppery vanilla oriental.
    ointments and perfume delight the heart....

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Fahrenheit Absolute

    Great scent!



    Also try:

    Zino Davidoff, dark-ish and erotic


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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Encre Noire
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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    I find Montale-Aoud flowers pretty dark.

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Neil Morris Fragances are very Dark Intense - Masculine and Sophisticates at the same time ,


    Also Chanel Antaeus
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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Ungaro 1
    Sycomore
    Jules
    Balenciaga pour Homme
    Or Black
    Black Aoud
    Fumerie Turque
    Jubilation XXV
    Patchouli 24
    Yatagan
    Halston Z-14
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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Gucci pour Homme

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    dark and intense oriental? Oscare de La Renta pour Lui

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Chergui by Serge Lutens
    Antaeus by Chanel

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by LucasKane View Post
    Gucci pour Homme
    +1 on Gucci: spices, woods, amber and leather

    And also Comme des Garcons - Man 2: White Smoke, Nutmeg, Cumin, Mahogony, Saffron, Iris, Nutmeg, Leather, Vetiver, Incense.


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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    try dali

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Welcome to the dark side, our fragrances have guts!

    Basically just open my wardrobe and browse. I do NOT own aquatics that i really use, and the ones i do were blind buys. Anything with 4-5 stars i'd recommend checking out

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Frapin Caravelle Epicee
    Michael Kors. Michael for men.
    Hermes Bel Ami
    Creed Tabarome Millesime
    Amouage Epic

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zgb View Post
    Fahrenheit Absolute

    Great scent!




    This one

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Definitely Salvador Dali Pour Homme, fabulously dark fragrance.

    I would also recommend L'Homme Etre Aimee by Divine and Ungaro III.

    Penhaligon's Elixir is also fairly dark too.
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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    Burberry London.
    This is the first one that came to mind. Awesome scent.
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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Versace The Dreamer for tobacco.

    Good longevity and sillage = Montale, try Black Aoud for something dark and intense.

    If you really wonna go dark, try C&S no. 88.

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Montale Black Aoud

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    So many great recommendations! I have to try the Dali Pour Homme, Bossa Nova! Wood + decaying garden sounds amazing! And Farenheit Absolute IS quite the darkness. I'm torn between loving it and hating it as TOO dark.

    Also look at Tom Ford - lots of "dark" frags. And since I see that you like Bulgari Black, then consider Back to Black by By Kilian. If you can imagine the Bulgari with the rubber removed and the oriental parts beefed up, sweetened, and blackened with tobacco.... It's awesome.
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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Great recommendations! I'd add Tuscan Leather to the list.

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    Chanel Antaeus

    Van Clef & Arpels Pour Homme

    Malle Noir Epices - This one may or may not work. It's a sillage and longevity monster, but test it first. It is a bit dark, but to me can smell a bit like a nice spicy soap. May not have the level "darkness" you seek.

    Antaeus and VC&A are pretty Darth Vader-ish.

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Costume National - Scent Intense

    I first tried this in Seattle and it haunted me for months. There is something very mysterious and alluring about it. Given the fragrances you mentioned, I think you would really enjoy this one.

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    - Mazzolari Lui
    - Agonist the Infidels (if the freaking thing had some longevity - it's intense though)
    - CO Biegelow Elixir Black

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    I'll second Van Cleef and Arpels Pour Homme and Czech and Speak No. 88.

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Any of the Serge Lutens arabian fantasy fragrances. I am very fond of Chergui and Ambre Sultan. Arabie is good, too.

    Bois du Portugal is warm and intense. Not exactly dark, but very warm, and very intense. Very recommended.
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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    I would suggest Bogart Pour Homme a blend of dark tobacco - spice - on sweet amber / vanilla.

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Try Donna Karan Wenge , dark , deep resinous woody , a mysterious heavy scent !

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    I'll also throw in Givenchy Gentleman as something that might be up your alley. It's a fairly dark tobacco scent. I understand that it has been reformulated--I last wore it about 10 years ago. I was about 25, and it was a bit "dark" for me at the time. Not sure when the reformulation may have occurred, nor how it may have changed.

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Comme des Garcons - 2 Man
    Lalique - Encre Noire
    Pascal Morabito - Or Black
    Costume National - Scent Intense
    Serge Lutens - Serge Noire
    Serge Lutens - Borneo 1834

    Embrace the darkness!

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    ... Antaeus and VC&A are pretty Darth Vader-ish.
    Agree, they sure match his outfit.

    Plus: Salvador Dali pH, Oscar de la Renta pour Lui, YSL's M7, Gucci pour Homme.

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    M7. You may have to wait 2.5 hours, through cherries and Band-Aids to get to the oud wood, vanillic, thick sillage, but it's worth it.

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    You might want to try Histoires de Parfums 1740 and Idole by Lubin while you're on the prowl.

    +1 Epic Man, Black Aoud, Serge Noire and from the look of it Back to Black is the one I need to check out.

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Diptyque Eau Lente
    Dior Eau Noire
    Piquet Bandit
    Aramis Havana

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    For that dark, priestly aura, try Commes des Garçons Avignon or Gucci pour Homme. I also second Amouage Epic Man. Rose can also be very dark. If you can get your hands on a bottle of Alain Delon Iquitos you will be getting a nice, dark, gothic vibe.

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Chanel Anteaus

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Encre Noire by Lalique
    Antaeus by Chanel
    No. 88 by Czech and Speak

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Another one you might want to try is Jungle by Kenzo, it's very similar smell wise to M7, BUT it's slightly more sweeter and spicier then M7 (also own and smells great), but M7 has more of a medicinal woody incense type of feel.

    Also Armani Attidue is AWESOME, longevity does kinda suck, but it smells smokey. So maybe Armani Attitude (intense/extreme?)
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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by rafa_alves View Post
    - I love tobacco and woody notes, specially when softhened with a touch of citrus/green leaves or warmed with a slight touch of vanilla/spices.
    l'Occitane Vetyver: vetiver and nutmeg (not the darkest vetiver though)
    Caron l'Anarchiste: cedar and orange peel (more "edgy" than "dark")
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    Quote Originally Posted by rafa_alves View Post
    - - the more sillage and longevity, the better
    - I love a woody and warm drydown
    - don´t like fragrances too dry or harsh
    Knize Ten - good longevity, warm drydown
    Knize Forest - not a lot sillage, but nothing dry about this one


    Personally, I find Diptyque's L'Ombre Dans L'Eau to be a darker rose than C&S 88, but it's more of a cool early morning than a late evening darkness.

    Others that might be fun to try: Zagorsk (CdG), Deep In Earth (BPAL), Bandit (Piguet), l'Heure Bleue (Guerlain)

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    I agree with all of the other guys who recommended Chanel's Antaeus.

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    What about trying
    Aramis by Aramis
    La Nuit de l`Homme by Yves Saint Laurent
    Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche
    these are intense fragrances

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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    I'm glad Salvador Dali pour Homme and Chanel Antaeus are well represented here.
    I'd also like to add Parfum d'Habit by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neurosis View Post
    Welcome to the dark side, our fragrances have guts!

    Basically just open my wardrobe and browse. I do NOT own aquatics that i really use, and the ones i do were blind buys. Anything with 4-5 stars i'd recommend checking out
    ....The fragrances in your wardrobe are all youthful/cheery/sweet and playful fragrances. Lots of gourmand and foody ones as well. Don't get me wrong, they are good scents. But I would not say they are dark at all
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    Default Re: I wanna go dark and intense. Will you be so handy and gimme a piece of advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by perfaddict View Post
    YSL's Opium pour Homme is a safe introduction to darkness and intensity. Spicy, peppery vanilla oriental.
    ^ Came here to say that.

    Also, Eucris. (Both have a wonderful dark black currant note.)

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