Thread: Help Me Find My Office Scent
"Wow, I've never smelled anything like that before."
if any one has some general thoughts on the following that i have heard good things about and whether it might fit in with what i am trying to do it would be helpful:
- guerlain vetiver
- creed aventus
- AdP colonia
Aventus? My jury is out on that a bit. Women love it on me...but I seem to go blind to it about 3 hours in. It's a fresh, modern scent. Doesn't fit my expectations of a work scent. Not a "clubbing" scent, but seems like it's too new to have a "personality" yet. Feels a bit casual to me right now. I'm sure it could work if you wanted it to, but for me, it doesn't feel like something I would wear with a suit.
I have longevity issues with most AdPs. I'll let someone else comment on that.
As to your other question about Pour Monsieur Concentre; Concentre is the one that iS widely available in US. Sold nearly everywhere. It is quite different from the original. I find it pleasant and rather "barber shopish." Not old fashioned, but probably not as "modern" as you would like. Longevity about 5-6 hours for me. The original is still sold in Europe and can be found with some digging. I've passed on it because masterpiece though it may be, it is legendarily short lived.
Last edited by StylinLA; 20th September 2010 at 04:14 PM.
Guerlain Vetiver may work well for you.
Bulgari PH almost certainly would. Crisp, clean, confident, contemporary and masculine.
Yves St. Laurent Live Jazz
Comme des Garcons Vettiveru
Lubin Vetiver Itasca
Comme des Garcons 2 Man
From Your description Aventus from Creed is what I would go with. It has a nice evolution from top to bottom with excellent longevity. Should be good for office and formal wear. It is seems to be very liked by Women as well.
As much as I enjoy the few Amouage scents that I have worn, I would advise against them in the office, as they seem to be a bit strong. God forbid that you are not in a fragrance free zone or have co-workers that are 'sensitive' to certain scents.
YSL Rive Gauche or L'homme are totally fine--- Rive Gauche to me is a good masculine scent and 'smells like you know what you're doing' and L'homme is one of those scents that should just please everyone around you.
But, if you roll like I do, who cares?! Wear whatever you want!
I think Gendarme, Rive Gauche PH and Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta would fit the bill.
1. Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta
2. YSL M7
3. Tom Ford Bois Marocain
4. Creed Green Irish Tweed
5. Dior Homme/Intense
6. YSL Opium
7. Azzaro Pour Homme
8. Frederic Malle's Musc Ravageur
9. YSL Live Jazz
10. Burberry London
Egyptian Patchouli oil. And lots of it.
That's how you make a statement in the workplace.
You walk through doors at 7am and its like BAM!- you have arrived and you are a force to be reckoned with.
And then you wear it the next day, just to let em' know you mean business. Serious business.
I'm sorry, I had a few cocktails. Don't do that
Please try Mugler Cologne. Fresh, soapy, softly musky, slightly green, not at all woody or spicy, timid sillage but incredible (almost spooky) lasting power, just a hint of earthiness and sensuality to keep it from being boring - it's the perfect office scent. Lately I've been craving a similar kind of thought-free, pleasant-smelling "wallpaper scent" that won't knock out everyone around me with its sillage or require too much attention of me, and I've rediscovered the beauty and versatility of Cologne.
CHANEL Pour Monsieur Concentree. This masterpiece can be used for both day and night, and can easily be a mans signature-scent. Very usable, and you will always smell classy and sophisticated.
You've gotten some interesting suggestions ---and now you ask about these extremely interesting three!
Way to go . . .
Alright, before I answer, one question? How much do you love your job?
Seriously, I can't imagine wearing Creed Baie de Genievre unless you're ecstatic with it.
(Himalaya may serve for just happy lust. Ditto Vettiver Extraordinaire, Versace L'Homme and a few others)
As to Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree it put me to sleep (as did Dunhill Edition) which might have had something to do with why I got sacked from that particular job. It's inoffensive and on the elegant side but--why bother when there's AdP colonia? The latter hasn't the greatest longevity but one can re-apply.
I'm told that the original Chanel PM was different and just the bee's knee. Perhaps one day I'll scrounge a sample somewhere. Meanwhile, have any of you elegant-citrus fans tried Iskander? You might be pleasantly surprised.
Like Daimondflame I'm sorry I haven't tried Aventus. Have I missed much?
I believe I began my review of Guerlian Vetiver by writing that it was a sin to wear it to work, unless you loved your job. It's freedom personified.
Now if you want a suit and tie modern scent the appropriately named Richard James (of Richard James Saville Row) is great.
No, it's not too sweet and it " has elements of classicism and yet is still modern and fairly young."
Pity you're not an old fogey or you could also wear Dunhill '34 or Jean Patou PH, but one can't have everything.
Now, if you just like your job. I'd suggest going " Barbershop. " all the way. Adolfo Dominguez Vetiver Hombre or Creed's O.V. The Baron, any good Bay Rum that doesn't choke with cloves, a Pineless Penhaligon's, etc.
thanks again guys. I was able to spend some time in the stores over the last week and try quite a few recommendations (on paper, wrists, and testers). You guys must really know your stuff, as there was pretty much not a single example that i just flat out could not wear. That being said, i feel like (though they were pleasant enough) there was always some specific element that prevented me from pulling the trigger. for example:
- Bulgari Pour Homme: started out really well. After about an hour, i started to detect some sort of note (maybe tea or something) that was underneath that started to annoy me a bit. it wasn't 'sweet' but it was something somehow similar to that.
- Gucci Pour Homme II: again, the top was great but there was some sort of licorice or chocolate or some sort of sweet note underneath that felt like it was almost too sensual or something for suit and tie
- YSL Homme: i did like this...but it smelled 'common' somehow (not that it would be a dealbreaker)
- Guerlain Homme: really liked it but it was almost too refined or smooth. certainly would go with suit and tie but not sure it is brash enough for what i am looking for
- Boucheron Homme: this was awesome, but i couldnt help feeling like i should come back to it in about 15 years (which is what i also worry about with AdP, maybe i shouldnt worry about this?)
- Chanel Allure Edition Blanche: there is something vanilla-ey or something that i has turned me off of the allures i have tried in the past. though not as noticeable, i felt like this one also had that note.
- Aventus: it is a very pleasant scent to me in the beginning. the drydown wasnt fantastic (it is a little powdery or something and just didnt last or project well for me)
so, today i think i am going to be able to try the creed OV, Creed Windsor (this is out of the blue but somehow there is a sample testing going on at a local store that the Creed SA let me know about), and some others...
So, with this new data in mind - any continued recommendations?
like i said, many above were great scents but i felt like they either turned sweet/powdery, were a bit too smooth/mature, or were sort of 'typical' cologne smell.
i am starting to wonder if i almost want a bracing, aftershave type scent - what is this 'barbershop' vein people refer to? perhaps that is what is in my head but that i can not articulate?
one spritz of polo by ralph lauren
My usual office scent is Antidote by Viktor & Rolf: Fresh, unusual and classy. A little synthetic though.
The other office scents I have in my rotation are:
Sel de Vetiver
MPG Centaure, MPG Garrigue, Racquets Formula, Oxford & Cambridge, Domenico Caraceni 1913, Cartier Pasha, and Royal Scottish Lavender might also be worth revisiting.
I got you EXACTLY wat you are asking for: Richard James Savile Row, it is classic, not intrusive, not cloying, and it will give you an aura of nobility and sophistication.
It is an outstanding fragrance that I discovered by serependity and has become one of my favorites .
Notes are: Bergamot, Mandarin, Ginger, Green Tea and Petitgrain. Rosemary, Basil, Cardamon, Coriander, Tuberose, Lily of the Valley, Rose and Lavender. Soft Suede, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Tobacco, Amber, Vetiver, Musk OakMoss.
The problem is that I do not know where I could get another bottle.
I guess like so many things it depends upon the situation and what you are doing in the office. Im a management consultant and find myself in a variety of situations. If Im pitching a business proposition to a client, I wear Gendarme - there is nothing as effective as smelling clean! If Im working with a client on assignment and simply in their offices I go for something like Ralph Lauren Purple Label or Silver Mountain Water. For a meeting or a presentation I go for something like Cuiron by Helmut Lang or Selection Verte. If its a cold day then I reach for something like Vetiver by Guerlain. Avoid anything too overpowering like A Men or Amouage Gold! The most important thing is to smell like you want to look. Classy but inconspicuous!
have u tried tom ford for men?
Scents from Etat Libre dOrange or Histoires de Parfum I think would be safe.
I would have said Terre d'Hermes until I got a different job a few months ago.
My boss is fabulous, he loves fragrance like I do, and he's even gifted me some Jo Malones for great work. He also doesn't like Terre d'Hermes - he thinks that it's too strong. After consulting with him and finding out some other fragrant dislikes of him, we traced it down to heavy usage of ISO E Super. So I had to limit my usage of it to the house.
However, I would suggest the following:
- Frapin L'Humaniste
- Most of the Jo Malone line, but particularly the heavily underrated 154
- Frederic Malle Geranium Pour Monsieur
- By Kilian Bamboo Harmony
- Guerlain L'Homme Ideal or L'Homme Ideal Cologne
- Dior Homme Cologne (2013)
- John Varvatos Artisan
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