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    Question The driest, spiciest fragrance you can think of?

    I'm looking for something super spicy and super dry (which is why I'm posting on the Male side of the forums). I basically want something that smells like I'm sitting in the back of a caravan, traveling across the desert to trade canvas bags of spices in far-off lands north and east. Exotic spices, dry leathers, and warm, rich woods come to mind...I'm imagining something like cinnamon, nutmeg, hot pepper, coriander, cardamom, saffron, ginger, dried fruits, dry leather, frankincense, sandalwood, oudh...shall we call it Route de la Soie (Silk Road)?

    The closest I've come, at least in spicness, is Frapin - Caravelle Epicee but it just turns to bubblegum on my skin . I'm going to get my hands on a sample of Tauer - L'Air du Desert Marocain soon, though I'm a bit wary of the vanilla making it too sweet based on reviews. Nez a Nez - L'Hetre Reve doesn't work for me because of that...the plum is just way too sweet.

    Alternatively I'll just rub myself in the contents of a spice rack . Thanks for any suggestions ahead of time.

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    Default Re: The driest, spiciest fragrance you can think of?

    "cinnamon, nutmeg, hot pepper, coriander, cardamom, saffron, ginger, dried fruits, dry leather, frankincense, sandalwood, oudh."

    sounds an awful lot like an amouage to me...
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    Basala by Shiseido, good one but it's discontinued and harder to find now, and Harrisa by CdG, maybe not dry enough, but it does have the hot and spicy notes you're looking for.

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    Default Re: The driest, spiciest fragrance you can think of?

    Basala a good one. Also Ignis.

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    Hermes Bel Ami
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    the flavors and spices that go into this wonderful dessert. I’ve combined Chinese Ginger Root, Indian Nutmeg, Cinnamon Bark from Sri Lanka with a subtle warm smoky vanilla-like base (but not too sweet) made with Tahitian Vanilla Absolute.

    Korres Vanilla Cinnamon body Milk works well with Leather , Woody and Spices fragrances .
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    hmmm, you pegged a few of my top choices right off the bat. there's Armani's Ambre Soie which is quite spicey... How about Yatagan? Lutens Serge Noire?
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    Serge Noire does it for me. Maybe Fumeri Turque as well.

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    +1 For Fumerie Turque

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    Basala came to mind for me too. You might give Eau Lente, Lorenzo Villoresi's Spezie, and Noir Epices a go as well, though none is perhaps as dry. For lots of spice and wood, and a little less weight, there's always Déclaration.

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    Default Re: The driest, spiciest fragrance you can think of?

    You, sir, need to try L' Autre by Diptyque
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    Default Re: The driest, spiciest fragrance you can think of?

    As rumblefish was saying, I'm also thinking about Amouage, Dia pour homme. Perhaps not enough spices, but certainly dry woody. And their Tribute Attar.

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    Spezie by Villoresi
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    Default Re: The driest, spiciest fragrance you can think of?

    you really need to try Krizia Uomo ,
    it will make some of those mentioned above very wet !!

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    Jacomo de Jacomo is about as dry and spicy as it gets, imo. No sweetness whatsoever. Excellent stuff, and inexpensive to boot.
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    Amouage Epic Man (woody dry leather) or Epic Woman (spicy medicinal with just a hint of flowers). The inspiration for both is the legend of the Silk Road.
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    Default Re: The driest, spiciest fragrance you can think of?

    Quote Originally Posted by dipteryx View Post
    I'm going to get my hands on a sample of Tauer - L'Air du Desert Marocain soon, though I'm a bit wary of the vanilla making it too sweet based on reviews.
    Take a pass then, because the vanilla/ambery accords are prominent.

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    You would enjoy acquainting yourself with Serge Lutens (many treats along the lines you decsribe) or Amouage (perhaps Jubilation XXV).

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    Default Re: The driest, spiciest fragrance you can think of?

    Thank you all for the lovely suggestions. After the mention of Amouage I was also thinking Epic Man after looking at the notes (I think my wallet made me forget to check out their line in general).

    hednic, couldn't find Ignis...what is it?

    mikeperez23, I've heard L'Autre is discontinued? I'm sure still available, but I'm guessing much less so?

    Thanks also, adonis, about the tip on the Tauer.

    MysteryBuff40 I definitely love SL (Chene is my first love), but I think their signature style isn't quite what I was looking for. I will look at Serge Noire and Fumerie Turque though (something I've been meaning to try anyway, but not what I had in mind for this post) based on people's recommendations.

    I'll definitely try to check out Basala and Spezie if I can find samples/decants. I had totally forgotten about Eau Lente, thanks Off-Scenter. Déclaration and Noir Epices should also be easy to smell at my local Sephora/Barneys, I will also try to find the others mentioned like Jacomo and Uomo.

    Thanks again everybody, keep them coming if there are any more suggestions. Yum !

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    Default Re: The driest, spiciest fragrance you can think of?

    Sud Est by Romeo Gigli: wearable spice rack.
    ointments and perfume delight the heart....

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    Opus 1870 by Penhaligons

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    Default Re: The driest, spiciest fragrance you can think of?

    Ah, you guys didn't tell me how hard it is to find Basala . It sounded so perfect too, though I guess the lavender doesn't really fit in with the image in my head. If anybody knows where I can get some, let me know, otherwise I'll just have to stalk eBay and other places until I can find it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dipteryx View Post
    Ah, you guys didn't tell me how hard it is to find Basala . It sounded so perfect too, though I guess the lavender doesn't really fit in with the image in my head. If anybody knows where I can get some, let me know, otherwise I'll just have to stalk eBay and other places until I can find it...
    There's one seller on Scentsplits you can look into for a sample.

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    I second Villoresi's Spezie and would like to add Miller et Bertaux Spiritus/Land. Of the suggestions I find Eau Lente, Fumerie Turque and L'Air du Desert Marocain to have loads of warmth and some sweetness to them. I wouldn't necessarily call them dry.

    MPG's Secret Melange might be worth a look. It sure is dry and spicy. But if you don't like clove, you should pass.

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    How about Havana by Aramis? Very dry, very spicy.
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    I'm surprised no one mentioned CdG EdP

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    Tom Ford's Tuskin Leather; very dry, very leathery.

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    Default Re: The driest, spiciest fragrance you can think of?

    Reformulated version of M7 is quite dry-ish to me.

    Gucci Pour Homme I, very dry indeed.

    Gucci Envy for men, dry-ish

    Chanel Antaeus, dry.
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    SL's Chene is very dry and although it's extremely woody, I'd say try that one too.

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    Ignis is a discontinued fragrance by Omar Sharif. It can still be found occasionally.

    L'Autre has been discontinued but can still be found. True, it isn't as available as previously.

    If none of the already mentioned excellent suggestions float your boat you could try Halston Catalyst for Men and Dunhill Edition.
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