I'm looking for recommendations for fragrances which smell good but don't have any 'sexy' vibe to them.
An example of such a fragrance would be, for me, Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet. Would it be a good idea to look further into the various 'British gentleman' fragrances? Any other ideas?
Thanks for any insight,
You should try Penhaligons English Fern, por example.
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reviews and description, this does not seem like an appropriate scent for a 45-year old man (i.e. me). But thanks for the tip!
English Fern, on the other hand, sounds very interesting. I actually have a Penhaligon's sampler on the way, I hope that this fragrance is included.
I agree with the two Penhaligons. I would say Mugler cologne as well, but it is of a different character. I would tend to think of "clean" fragrances would fit the bill.
On a man like you and of your excellent age, Jan Pieter, all scents will be sexy to women. You better watch out.
I'd say the British gentleman style is a good idea and great place to start. I also think some of the odd and envelope pushing scents by Diptyque might work well also--they smell great but don't come loaded with the smell of bars or coctail parties. Try Ofresia or Oyedo or even Philosykos by Diptyque. They aren't British gentleman style but they're really neat.
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Fresh and soapy or traditional colognes are a bit less sultry to me, although I agree that it has more to do with the wearer than the fragrance
Prada Infusion d'Homme, Amber or Infusion d'Iris
Dior Homme, Eau Sauvage
Hermes Eau d'Orange Vert, Eau d'Hermes
Chanel Eau de Cologne
Aqua di Parma Colonia, Colonia Assoluta
Guerlain Eau de Guerlain, Eau du Coq
Hugo by Hugo Boss
RL Polo Explorer
Zippo sex vibe, imo.
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When I think of not sexy, I either think of really weird fragrances ( something like CdG Garage, perhaps ), or gentle green fragrances. Exploring the latter category my mind comes up with the following.
Frederic Malle - En Passant
A hyper-realistic lilac fragrance, gentle, green, and naturally cool.
Miller Harris - Fleurs de Sel
An interestingly salty herbal fragrance, effervescent and ethereal. Thyme, rosemary, sage, vetiver and oakmoss are detectable to my nose.
Comme des Garcons - Calamus
This smells to me of a combination of fresh green leaves and old books. It's quite simple, but very light and refreshing.
Eau d'Italie - Eau d'Italie
This is a complex herbal fragrance, strongly green and mossy yet also slightly incensey.
Paestum Rose - Eau D'Italie
This isn't a green fragrance, but if you're ever looking for a restrained, light and masculine rose, this is it. Rose here is modified with pepper, myrrh, cedar, and vetiver.
None of these suggestions are archetypal green gentleman's fragrances, but they're well worth checking out anyhow.
My favorite fougere is probably Fougere Bengale, but it's very extrovert and sexy and not what you're looking for. It's the olfactory equivalent of making out with an Indian restaurant's short-order cook who's wearing an English gentleman's fragrance.
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Gendarme, love the stuff, but it is the ultimate in un-sexy.
Guerlain Vetiver is not particularly sexy to me but smells darn good.
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Your search will end with Hascish Homme by Veejaga. I guarantee you that you will sexually attract no one wearing this juice. I have never smelled anything like it that calls itself a fragrance for men.
I second the Comme Des Garcons, the original form 1994.It's available at Douglas for sampling. Not really sexy. Yet very unique.
I second the Paestum Rose too, and suggest trying Guerlain Vetiver.
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Dry vetiver scents like Givenchy Vetyver, Sel de Vetiver, Vetiver Extraordinaire, and Encre Noir can be very sophisticated without expressing any licentiousness. Clean green scents are also liable to be good candidates for you. Besides the aforementioned Calamus, I'd suggest Diptyque's Virgilio, or even Chanel's Bel Respiro.
The dry, smoky incense of Dzongkha or Avignon make them worth investigating, and I'd also consider Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier's Iris Bleu Gris and Eau d'Italie's Magnolia Romana, both of which are complex and characterful, yet still very "clean."
Another cool green fragrance came to mind - Piver's Cuir de Russie. There is no leather here, just a clean green fragrance with an earthy base.
I'd also recommend Diptyque's herbal-myrrh L'Eau Trois, but the only thing any Basenoter should do on finding a bottle is to ship it to me immediately for safe keeping.
Smells great, and not sexy ?
(Now whether or not it truly is unisex is up for opinion.)
I think English Fern could actually be pretty sexy in a soapy kind of way.
And, everso, Hermes' Un Jardin en Mediterranee makes me drool.
But, wait, the topic is NOT-sexy. I'd have to agree with Asha. Sometimes it's hard to get beyond the latent sexiness factor, because associations are had to break.
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CK One - I find nothing sexy about that fragrance -
You can add Mugler Cologne too -
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I feel these top male fragrances are excellent yet sexually neutral. No?
Rive Gauche pour Homme by YSL
Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme
Burberry London for Men
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I think Burberry London is a sexy cold weather fragrance so I disagree on that one.
The sweetness is London is what I find sexy. London is one that I believe is best when sprayed on fabric. The initial blast of sweetness doesn't last as long as I'd like on the skin.
I find Terre d'Hermes to have some sex appeal. It's not an asexual creation.
There's no accounting for what one might find sexy. Especially because masculine fragrance doesn't emit from aluminum cans in a lab, but on a man himself. What one might think is un-sexy while smelling it from said aluminum can might take on a very sexy vibe on a certain man. Several of the those mention on this thread I find sexy on the right XY specimen.
It might help if you nuanced your question: Do you ask because you want something that won't attract the wrong sort of looks in the office? Because you want something to put you in a certain mood? (ascetic/clinical/ whatever)? Because you are doing a research paper and asking for feedback on such impressions? The replies given to each of those questions would be rather different.
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"As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round."
I suggest the Incense Series from CdG. These are more contemplative than sexy and smell pretty damn good.
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NOT sexy = Unisex
there are many of them, and easy to find
Generally I don't find pine/incense based fragrances sexy. So, L'Artisan Fou d'Absinthe, Amouage Jubilation XXV came first to my mind.
I went on this quest myself once. I decided on Prada's Infusion d'homme.
I may add Bulgari's Eau The Blanc as well.
Both are spare, minimalist frgrances. Clean without being antiseptic, but modernist rather than opulently gilded as in the traditional aristocratic fragrance.
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I would consider "Narcisco Rodriguez for Him" to be in the "Not Sexy" category. Smells great, but no sexy vibe at all.
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Acqua di Parma
Paul Sebastian Design for Men
Oscar de la Renta pour Homme (the newer stuff -- not de la Renta's pour Lui)
Canoe (Masculine, yes. Sexy per se? No.)
Clinique Happy for Men
Boucheron pour Homme
And many, many others . . .
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After a minute considering I would say anything that is not appealing at first sniff. 'Sexy' has got to be somewhat immediate alluring, it has to be a tickling sensation that you feel before even realising what triggers it (all my opinion, obviously and i dont know how fixed that opinion is ).
So first thing that comes to my mind is Black Jeans, that is to say most things without rubber.
(Since the way we experience first impressions or first sniff differs from person to person the perception of what smells appealing also does which includes the ones we dont initially like(= find sexy))
Paestum Rose will make women like your smell and sniff at you, but they won't want you.
And on my skin it lasts forever.
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Scents of Time Ankh is nice but not sexy. Just a subdued, natural smelling incense. I don't find Let Me Play the Lion sexy, either.. instead being comforting.
Prada Infusion d'Homme is another scent which is absolutely not sexy. I'd recommend it, but I don't like it!
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By definition, I think that fragrance is sensual, which is sexy. But I think there can be a distinction between an office/daytime vibe and an out on the town vibe. But it shows how subjective this all is. An earlier post said that Gendarme is the ultimate in unsexy. To me, it's very sexy. But you know, no one on this sight will barely admit to liking Acqua di Gio, so maybe you could put that in the non-sexy column! To me YSL and Terre Hermes are not very sexy...they seem like bland, typical fragrance. Most seem to think that the fresh scents are not sexy.
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I would say un-sexy are Equipage, Histoires de Parfums Jules Verne 1828, MPG Parfum d'Habit.
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I am in agreement with those who said Grey Flannel. in fact, I can attest to it's unsexiness as I am sitting here ALONE watching Monday Night Football!
A bit dated, but I always think of Joop! Homme for this category. Another oldie is Boucheron pour homme. Oxygen (by California North) is another that comes to mind. Any by Yves Rocher (like Altika and Eryo Blue).
I find Kolnisch Juchten intriguing but definitely NOT sexy (unless perhaps you're into lumberjacks who smell a little like roses, leather, and smoke, and have a penchant for barbecuing bacon.) It's fun and a little odd but not sexy. (Of course one of these days I may spritz my honey's favorite pair of Carhartts with it and see what happens when he puts 'em on.)
I find Pino Silvestre to be a really agreeable and "grandma-safe" scent, i.e. something you could wear on a Sunday visit at church, followed by dinner at mamma, and long catholic discussions without showing any hint of your hidden desire for banging you hot Italian cousin... It's refreshing, clean, but not ascetic either. Just good wholesome fun.
Traditional Cologne water (4711 or Farina) is the same style, but with Lutheran repression rather than Catholic purity.
In general, very dry, earthy and herbal scents might not be perceived as sexy that often. Crown Perfumery's mens line is surely worth a look; they are discontinued, but very well blended, classy and reserved. Not sexy at all! Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier's style is also distinctively non-sexy, and it's one of the best houses out there. Check out for example Route du Vetiver, Eau des Iles, Racine, Parfum d'Habit, Secret Melange and Centaure.
Some others from the top of my head:
Guerlain's Vetiver (vetivers in general might work in your quest of becoming less sexy, can't promise, though)
Baladin (very dry herbal leather)
Santa Maria Novella's Colonia (when it comes to traditional EdC's, this is one of the most ascetic, so to speak)
Eucris by Geo F. Trumper.
Grey Flannel unsexy? I beg to differ. It smells a little austere but authoritative - my GF find this combination rather sexy!
Personally I find rich gourmand scents revolving around chocolate, milk, candies or cakes unsexy 'cuz it only makes me think of 'food'.
I also agree about 4711...nice clean scent, but I don't think it screams "sexy"
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