Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree. A very good office scent.
Thread: Help Me Find My Office Scent
I have really been looking to find a nice, primarily daytime scent for the office. I am really new to the world of fragrances but I have tried quite a few (many Creeds, blenheim bouquet, Eau Savage, allure Homme, and others). Right now, I primarily wear GIT or MI (though the latter seems to have some sort of musk or something on the drydown that i dont like that much) in the office.
here is basically what i am looking for:
- something bright/fresh (but not something that gets too sweet or floral - this was my issue with most of the Creeds that I tried. After about an hour or two, they all seemed to settle down into this floral/powdery scent that i did not like)
- something that is formal enough to go with suit and tie
- something that has elements of classicism and yet is still modern and fairly young (i am in my mid-30s)
- something that does not get too woody, spicy, or leathery on the drydown
- my overall appearance is fairly 'sharp' or crisp - my tailoring is on the fitted side, i have an energetic, brash personality - and I guess i am really looking for the same in my cologne
- oh, and perhaps an impossible request - but maybe something not so common as to remind someone of the department store cologne section I would expect that recommendations would be of fairly popular scents (and i am ok with that) but dont want to smell cheap or reminiscent of the department store
soooooo...does anything exist that fits the bill well??? what should i give a shot?
Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree. A very good office scent.
Parfums De Nicolai's New York, or maybe Paco Rabanne pH.
If the budget allows, check out Amouage Opus II. $325US/bottle. Sample first. Creed Acier Aluminum may be an alternative since GIT and MI seem to be within your budget parameters. Until I hit the words ''brash'' Amouage Reflection Man was fitting too. It's decidedly unbrash.
I'll agree with Paco Rabanne pH. It's hugely retro which is great and not all that common. It's fragrance smells well north of it's price. A retro-80's scent that's just back on the market is Giorgio Beverly Hills Giorgio.
Best to you in your search.
hugo boss pure but what i think are perfect office scents are armani attitude extreme and also chanel allure homme edition blanche
but in the end it`s your choice if you have a major perfume store like nordstroms or the bay or macy`s just ask one of the people that work in the fragrance department which scent would suitable for an office job because you don`t want to be wearing some like le male or angel men to work because that is gonna give people a headache
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Armani Eau pour Homme
Last edited by rmlj; 20th September 2010 at 01:29 AM.
Gucci PH2 is light, inoffensive, and very pleasant. longevity is spotty though i hear.
Penhaligon's LPNo9 for Him, or Opus 1870.
YSL Pour Homme - Easily found for $30 online. Happy, classy, lemon herbal experience.
Last edited by adonis; 20th September 2010 at 03:02 AM.
Definitely check out Gendarme. I'd second Allure Edition Blanche and Paco Rabanne. I'm not sure which Creeds you've tried, but if you haven't checked out Erolfa, you should. Some others to look into: Viktor & Rolf Antidote, Versace Pour Homme, Chanel Platinum Egoiste, Terre d'Hermes, L'Instant de Guerlain, and Bleu de Chanel.
Roger & Gallet Vetyver
Le 3e Homme
Gucci PH II is a good recommendation, as well as Rive gauche
possibly gucci by gucci as well (black bottle).
Bulgari Pour homme series is excellent, i love the extreme version personally but i use that more as a casual wear since on my skin i get a lot of grapefruit which the girls like ^ ^
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lhomme or mugler cologne
Frankly, GIT sounds perfect for you. But we all like choice, so
**Versace L'Homme (applied with restraint)
***YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme
**Amouage Dia Man
**L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme
***Creed Original Vetiver
It's great that you seem to know exactly what you want out of your 'office scent'.
May I suggest these:
Chanel Sycomore -- 'cool & aloof but sharp' vetiver
Dunhill Edition -- 'old school formal' edc
Domenico Caraceni Ivy League -- 'preppy' clean green floral
Or stretch the budget for Xerjoff Nio -- subtle yet classic Mediterranean citrus & woods
Considering you don't want something leathery, very spicy or strongly woody, that leaves two categories, florals and fresh. Maybe gourmands but I highly doubt many people would consider gourmands professional. I recommend:
bois du portugal by creed
Chanel Platinum Egoiste
Frederic Malle Graneium Pour Monsieur (very minty and energetic, but pricy)
Amouage Epic (ok maybe a little too woody/animalic and expensive, but it's a great professional fragrance)
I'm not into aquatics and fresh fragrances, but that seems to be what you're looking for. And Creed seems to be the house to look into if that's the type of fragrance you'd like, e.g. something not worn by many, expensive enough to smell professional, yet not very "risky" or complex.
Don't look any further, Vetiver extraordinaire is exactly what you are looking for.
Somewhat formal, classic yet modern, not too woody, spicy or leathery, sharp and crisp, and energetic?
Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle French Lover / Bois d'Orage
Creed Baie de Genievre
Aside from the ones mentioned above, since you like Creed, try Himalaya.
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I think Bulgaris are good for office wear, you can try pour homme, extreme and aqua. Or you can try a light application of Terre D'Hermes
Essenza di Zegna
The ultimate office scent to me is Boucheron PH, especially the EDP. This s pure class in a bottle and projects professionalism and class without being stuffy or overbearing.
Bleu de Chanel (but I heard blue seduction is pretty much the same but cheaper; can anyone elaborate on this as I am very curious)
Gucci Pour Homme II
Hugh Parsons Blue!
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guys, thanks A LOT for the excellent recommendations - i at least feel like i can have some direction again when trying/testing scents...walking into the store with shelves upon shelves is fairly daunting!