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    Default Looking for a Massive Masculine Floral - Please help!

    I have a problem and I need your advice.

    I have recently burnt myself out on woody and fougere fragrances. I just recently purchased Wonderwood, Pure Malt, and some others, and have been wearing them to death. Now I have become entranced with the idea of a a masculine floral scent. I have been searching and am not yet satisfied that one even exists which meets my standards. Here are my criteria, any ideas or criticism? Both are appreciated.

    -Good projection and sillage.
    -I've never bought anything for more than $200. I will make exceptions for exceptional fragrance however.

    I have tried the following in order from worst to best with my favorite fragrances being the last three: Hammam Bouquet, Un Rose Chypre, John Varvatos Artisan, Reverie au Jardin, Amouage Gold, Odin Petrana, Acquia di Parma Magnolia Nobile, Domenico Caraceni 1913.

    I plan on trying the following: Fleur du Male, Insense by Givenchy, and Kenzo Power.

    I really appreciate you reading this post and look forward to seeing what this forum's wealth of knowledge will provide.

    Thank you!

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    Roger & Gallet Bouquet Imperiale. It's not massive, and it's quite short-lived, but a good dose will give you a very pleasant shot of floral. And it's fairly inexpensive. Look around online for deals on it. The bar soap is good, too.

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    Default Re: Looking for a Massive Masculine Floral - Please help!

    My personal fave is Kenzo Power.
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    Lyric for Men by Amouage


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    I just recently tried Molto Smalto, and the lily of the valley note was very strong after the top notes were gone. Lots of floral notes here, yet clearly "masculine." Top notes: lemon, lavender, coriander and rosemary. Heart: lily of the valley, jasmine, geranium and clary sage. Base: cedar, sandalwood, musk and amber.

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    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
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    Richard James (Savile Row)

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    Homage Attar by Amouage.

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    Ungaro III. Tom Ford Black Orchid. Azzaro Acteur. Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme. Al Rehab Khaliji.

    Perhaps Salvador Dali Pour Homme...

    Hope that helps expand your selection.
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    Well, Dominico Caracini may well be the way to go. I love that one. I'd throw the carnation crazy Lorenzo Villoresi Garofano into the mix, though. Try Aramis JHL, as well. Dzonghka has some floral elements as well, but is pretty masculine overall.

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    Default Re: Looking for a Massive Masculine Floral - Please help!

    Try Kenzo Power

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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
    -From your description, this is all you have to look at . Massive, floral, huge projection and longevity. And of course simply magnifiscent.
    Current top 10 in no particular order : Malle - Carnal Flower (pre 2008) ; Montale - Black Aoud ; Bond #9 - Silver Factory ; Tauer - L'air du désert marocain ; C&Z - No 88 ; Francis K. - APOM ; Creed - Aventus ; Amouage - Epic ; Profumum - Dulcis In Fundo ; Amouage - Opus V

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    Amazing! Thanks everybody for the wonderful suggestions.

    I've already had to get another a job to pay off my fragrance debt - maybe I could squeeze another one in and just forgo sleep for a couple months.

    Thanks again everybody.

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    Baroque and dirty jasmine and lavender:
    Ungaro II

    Modern, ethereal and very white smelling jasmine and orange blossom:
    Amouage Reflection Man

    The rosiest rose that still smells manly:
    Amouage Lyric Man

    A deep patchouli rose combo:
    L'Artisan Voleur de Roses

    A wonderful orange blossom, cedar and amber:
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian A Piece of Me Homme

    An affordable, dark and spicy rose:
    Ungaro III

    A beautiful melange of floral notes:
    Amouage Opus III

    The best lily centered fragrance:
    Frederic Malle Lys Mediterranee

    Lily + incense:
    L'Artisan Passage d'Enfer

    A beautiful (although fairly feminine) lilac:
    Malle En Passant
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    Ungaro I 75ml

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    ASchell90,
    Overall, I think you should explore Malle, Amouage and Montale.
    Here are some suggestions from my wardrobe and some I have sampled:
    Montale: Black Aoud, White Aoud (BA is more masculine)
    C&S: No. 88
    Ungaro: Pour L'Homme II and III
    Le Labo: Rose 31
    MPG: Iris Bleu Gris, Jardin du Nil
    Amouage: Lyric

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    My personal fave is Kenzo Power.
    Mine as well! Noir de Noir isn't bad either. It's nice and dark. Me likey!
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    montale's black aoud
    andy tauer's un rose chypre
    amouage reflection
    l'artisan dzongkha
    le labo rose 31

    have fun!

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    Wow, I think I only saw one mention of Black Aoud. I would also second Amouage Homage.

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    I find the masculine floral concept rather interesting myself. I have tried Kenzo Power, Givenchy Insense, Zino, and Dior Homme. All smell feminine to me, except maybe Zino, which is simply yucky. I think that one of the most pleasant masculine florals would be Gendarme Sky. Go to the officialy gendarme website and order a sample. Not only is it one of the better masculine florals, it is probably the most bottle worty Gendarme period.

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    Great suggestions so far, here is a couple more:

    Van Cleef & Arpels PH
    Santos de Cartier
    Esencia Loewe
    Ungaro II
    Versace Black Jeans

    but apply any one of these lightly, should you settle for one, since they are all massively potent frags with just a slight edgy floral touch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Great suggestions so far, here is a couple more:

    Van Cleef & Arpels PH
    Santos de Cartier
    Esencia Loewe
    Ungaro II
    Versace Black Jeans

    but apply any one of these lightly, should you settle for one, since they are all massively potent frags with just a slight edgy floral touch
    Oh yeah, forgot about Versace Black Jeans. I sampled this one myself. Not really my thing, but I suppose it does it's job as a masculine floral. Smelled a bit old school to me. Maybe like a floral version of Rive Gauche?

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    A lot of great suggestions, especially Domenico Caraceni pour Homme (aka 1913) and C&S No. 88. Let me toss in a sleeper, Bogart pour Homme. It always surprises me.
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, ...... I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

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    Aramis 900
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    Caron's Third Man, a floral bouquet of jasmine, geranium, rose and carnation. A beautiful fragrance, quite possibly too beautiful.

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    Do you know what kind of floral you want? Mostly rose, jasmine, white flowers, tuberose, carnation?

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    Violet: Grey Flannel
    Jasmine & Violet: Knize Two
    Rose: DC 1913 is nice, but I bought C&S No. 88

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    Amouage Lyric is very nice, but IME doesn't last long.
    Apart from rose and jasmine 'solifleur' essential oils, I could suggest zino davidoff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    A wonderful orange blossom, cedar and amber:
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian A Piece of Me Homme
    Malle En Passant
    Nice list as always SOS. I always like how you always explain your recommendations...

    You could also check out Kurkdjian's Lumiere Noire pour Homme, IMO a classy, sexy rose-based fragrance. Great sillage and longevity on me. I've been digging into masculine florals as well, and this is one of the few that I like a lot (so far!).

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    I second Insense and Caron's Third Man. Warning for Insense: extremely powerful and long lasting.

    cacio

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    I am not entirely sure. My favorite that I have tried so far has been Domenico Caraceni 1913. I feel instinctively that I prefer white floral scents however. If that makes any sense.

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    A nice masculine floral that people don't think of as being a floral is Aramis 700.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    Frederic Malle Carnal Flower
    This one, but be careful what you wish for...
    Honorable mention to Black Orchid - luscious floral gourmand at a significantly lower cost Than Carnal Flower.
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    +1 for Kenzo Power

    Also, Paco Rabanne XS...I believe it is the epitome of Masculine Floral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    A nice masculine floral that people don't think of as being a floral is Aramis 700.
    I was just going to suggest this one. Aramis 900, is s substantial animalic Rose. I used to love it, these days not so much. I offloaded my bottle. Definitely masculine floral.

    If one can hunt down a Ungaro I, better still.

    Here are some others that are masculine florals to me:

    Black Aoud
    Aoud Damascus if you can't deal with the Patch in BA
    Attar - saffron, rose, some sandalwood.
    Lyric Man
    Rose 31
    BO/cumin + waxy rose
    Muscs Koublai Khan - civet rose
    Rose Poivree (Vintage only)civet-y, waxy rose
    Jardin du Nil (Vintage) - This one is dark, probably the darkest rose yet.
    A La Nuit - I know many women wear this, but to me, it sits closer to the masculine. Nothing soft or feminine at all! Aggressive jasmine

    I'll add more when they come to mind .
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    Amouage Ciel

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    If it doesn't have to be marketed to men, try Dior - Midnight Poison
    it's perfectly masculine I assure you.

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    Any of the Malle florals Une Rose , Carnal Flower or Portrait Of A Lady would fit the bill .

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    Lorenzo Viloressi Musk...its a big masculine dusty rose bush....love it and so has girlfriend
    Current Top 5:

    Tabac, Cardinal, Brookes Brothers, Musc Kublai Khan, Andron

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    Ditto Van Cleef & Arpels, still the best masculine rose that I know. It's beautiful and self-contained, there's just everything in it and yet the rose is still a rose.

    And I'm recently starting to fall in love with CdG Guerilla 1, based on intoxicating champaca flower put in the mix with a lot of semi-synthetic smelling notes, quiet plastic notes, the smell of a new fashion store, vetiver, many things. It's complex, it's big, changing all the time.

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    My floral recommendations:

    Chamade Pour Homme - green hyacinth aroma
    Kenzo Power - centered on iris
    Le Labo Rose 31 - a delicious peppery flower
    Annick Goutal Rose Esplendide - if you like roses, this one has a musky, spiced rose aroma which suits very well a man
    Versace The Dreamer - curious that no one list it as a massive floral fragrance, since it's lily note it's huge and stellar

    If you don't mind to steal something from the other aisle, i'd recommend you Stella by Stella McCartney. I find it a quite musky rose fragrance that seems pleasant and easy to wear by a man.

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    Try Tubereuse La Animale by Histoires de Parfums. Tubereuse + Leather. Great stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Try Tubereuse La Animale by Histoires de Parfums. Tubereuse + Leather. Great stuff!
    Could you possibly compare this to ELdO Vierges & Toreros?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    I second Insense and Caron's Third Man. Warning for Insense: extremely powerful and long lasting.

    cacio

    What? i couldn't barely smell it, it was too faint and close to the skin... i may add that it was a new formulation, in the reissued "Mythique" collection by givenchy... don't know if older bottles are different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMF View Post
    Richard James (Savile Row)
    That could work - along with Black Orchid / Cuir pleine fleur / Harrod's Salalah Green / Boise Torride possibly Rose 31

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    Black Aoud for sure.

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    Hammam Bouquet was worst?

    I know it's an acquired taste, but to me it's the King of masculine florals, I didn't "get" it at first, but when I did, I fell in love.
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    Postumo:

    I bought my Insense this year here in DC, but it's in the old bottle, not the Mythique new bottle. I don't know if there are differences, since I have not smelled the mythique bottle. But if you tell me there are, I should definitely stock up, if the store has other bottles.

    Or perhaps, as with all perfumes, somebody may be anosmic and someone hypersensitive. (For instance, I find that Private collection woman by Lauder, though different, has some notes in common with Insense and is a similar powerhousel).

    cacio

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    You mentioned being tired of fougeres, but the new Fougère Royale by Houbigant is more floral than typical woody. It has great lasting power. It stood out while I was at a latin restaurant with meat grilling! It's very oily. I don't like masculine scents for myself, but I loved this and it's on my buy list. I have Carnal Flower. I think it's very fem, but it has a lot of natural ingredients, maybe you'll butch it up and make it your own. Aqua Universalis, Kurkdjian is also very garden floral, citrus, and not very woody.

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    Fahrenheit 32 isn't too bad either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    Do you know what kind of floral you want? Mostly rose, jasmine, white flowers, tuberose, carnation?
    This...Floral is pretty vague. There are so many but as far as a masculine floral, here are a few.
    Old Spice - more floral than anything
    Rose 31 - dry spiced rose with cedar
    Kouros - very masculine floral
    Black Aoud - Loud dark rose
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