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    I have been an avid Basenotes follower for a while now. I have consulted the opinions and reviews on every frag purchase I have made (and been saved from squandering my cash on others) since stumbling upon the website many moons ago. Today I finally decided to make the commitment and create an account. My question goes a little something like this...What would you recommend as a unique and distinctive frag? I canít ever pass through a department store without stopping by the cologne counter. I feel recently that everything "new" seems like a recycle of the old. I also want something that I have little chance of going somewhere and smelling someone else wearing. I know I basically described the Holy Grail of scents, but, are there any recommendations out there for something like that?

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    Welcome to basenotes slvrbckgorilla! What kind of scents do you enjoy? Aquatic? Fresh? Citrusy? Leathery? Orientals? Gourmands?

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    try a leather, if it's appealing to you. they're uncommon.
    Looking for Hermessence Ambre Narguile and for TFPB Moss Breches (50ml bottle), willing to pay in cashdollars. PM me!

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    Well yeah, I guess that information may be important...Haha. I really am all over the board in that respect and almost feel like that may be part of my problem, I don't venture out of my comfort zone. That being said, I like clean and fresh scents for more or less "everyday" wear, something a little spicy and masculine for evening and work events, and something sultry, sweet, and manly for going out and dating. I'm sure its all clear as mud now...

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    First thing you need to do is stop going to department stores, unless you're talking Barney's NY, Sak's, or Neiman Marcus. The low end average department stores sell crap for the most part. That's how I ended up dicovering Basenotes. I loved frags and I hated everything being offered at my crappy department stores. Discover niche, and if you carefully select you won't smell like every other Tom, Dick and Hairy. Start by sampling some unique scents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvrbckgorilla View Post
    Well yeah, I guess that information may be important...Haha. I really am all over the board in that respect and almost feel like that may be part of my problem, I don't venture out of my comfort zone. That being said, I like clean and fresh scents for more or less "everyday" wear, something a little spicy and masculine for evening and work events, and something sultry, sweet, and manly for going out and dating. I'm sure its all clear as mud now...
    Vetiver by Dior for everyday wear is excellent.

    Jaque Fath Pour Homme is sultry, sweet, manly and only about $30.00

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    Opium Pour Homme by YSL
    La Nuit de L'Homme by YSL
    Dior Homme
    Dior Homme Intense
    Bvglari Man
    Bleu de Chanel
    Egoiste by Chanel
    Pour Monsieur by Chanel

    Sniff as many as you can. I agree with thebeck...if you want to be unique you can go to niche perfumes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumblefish View Post
    try a leather, if it's appealing to you. they're uncommon.
    Any suggestions for a leather frag?

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    For everyday use : The Different Company - Sel de Vetiver
    Night : Le Labo - Rose 31
    Dating: Histoires de Parfums 1725 - Casanova
    Currently wearing: Vetiver by Mazzolari

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    Some leather based frags that are worth checking out. See which ones are available to you and smell them:

    Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford Private Blend
    Derby by Guerlain
    Royal English Leather by Creed
    Bel Ami by Hermes
    Cuir Mauresque by Serge Lutens
    Cuir Ottoman by Parfums d'empire
    Cuir de Russie by Chanel
    Cuir de Lancome
    Knize Ten
    Cuir Beluga by Guelain
    Daim Blond by Serge Lutens
    John Varvatos by John Varvatos
    Dzing! by L'artisan Parfumeur
    ....and more.

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    For Leather you should try:
    Tom Ford - Tuscan Leather
    Parfums d'Empire - Cuir Ottoman
    Heeley - Fine Leather
    Knize Ten
    Montale - Oud Cuir d'Arabie
    Currently wearing: Vetiver by Mazzolari

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    Oh I agree. Should've specified, the counters at saks, nordstroms, and neiman. I stay away from the others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by volley2 View Post
    Opium Pour Homme by YSL
    La Nuit de L'Homme by YSL
    Dior Homme
    Dior Homme Intense
    Bvglari Man
    Bleu de Chanel
    Egoiste by Chanel
    Pour Monsieur by Chanel

    Sniff as many as you can. I agree with thebeck...if you want to be unique you can go to niche perfumes.
    Any "niche" recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvrbckgorilla View Post
    Any suggestions for a leather frag?
    If you like fresh and clean scents. Sweet and sultry scents then I don't think a leather scent will appeal to you. Leather is an aquired taste, and I don't think your quite there yet. Sample anyway so you'll know for sure. The two easiest on the nose leathers are Cuir Lancome and Cuir Ottoman. For the real thing try Knize 10 and Xerjoff Homme, but you better like the smell of napalm in the morning. I know I do.

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    Welcome to Basenotes. Niche recommendations
    1.Histoires de Parfume-1740 Marquis de Sade(for a date)
    2.Dyptique-Philosykos(anytime-beautiful fig)
    3.Divine-L'Homme Sage(daytime, work)
    4.L'Artisan-Traversee du Bosphore(night-great turkish delight vibe)
    5.Etat Libre D'Orange-Je suis un homme or Sex Pistols(daytime, maybe clubbing to.)

    Please remember to sample first, niche can be pricey. There are so many, enjoy. There are a lot of very experienced noses here.Im still learning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebeck View Post
    If you like fresh and clean scents. Sweet and sultry scents then I don't think a leather scent will appeal to you. Leather is an aquired taste, and I don't think your quite there yet. Sample anyway so you'll know for sure. The two easiest on the nose leathers are Cuir Lancome and Cuir Ottoman. For the real thing try Knize 10 and Xerjoff Homme, but you better like the smell of napalm in the morning. I know I do.
    Apocalypse Now reference, I love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvrbckgorilla View Post
    Apocalypse Now reference, I love it!
    Thanks for getting my reference, not everyone did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebeck View Post
    If you like fresh and clean scents. Sweet and sultry scents then I don't think a leather scent will appeal to you.
    Compromises:

    Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir
    CK Euphoria/Euphoria Intense
    Burberry London
    Varvatos Vintage

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    Man, you guys are good! I see an entire new wardrobe on my horizon!

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    For niche, I can't really speak highly enough for Bond no. 9 Riverside Drive. Canali for Men is really good for a citrus and leather scent. When you don't specify a specific preference, you end up with more confusion thanm when you started unfortunately. Name some of your favorite accords/types of fragrances,and the suggestions you get will be so much more helpful to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvrbckgorilla View Post
    Any "niche" recommendations?
    Fresh, clean scents:
    Green Irish Tweed by Creed
    Himalaya by Creed
    Millesime Imperial by Creed
    Chez Bond by Bond no 9
    Riverside Drive by Bond no 9
    Wallstreet by Bond no 9
    Eau d'Hadrien by Annick Goutal
    Acqua di Parma Colonia and Colonia Assoluta

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    Of course, I would always suggest giving Guerlain a try. If you have access to a Guerlain boutique which sells the exclusives, then you will have a real field day! We are fortunate to have one at the Nordstrom's in South Coast Plaza here in Southern California. But the boutique in Las Vegas in the Palazzo are very nice about sending samples.

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    find more local niche stores to visit
    meet up with local BN people to sniff their wardrobe samples
    buy samples from online sources if you can't access certain lines


    generally the mainstream dept. stores suck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BradW View Post
    For niche, I can't really speak highly enough for Bond no. 9 Riverside Drive. Canali for Men is really good for a citrus and leather scent. When you don't specify a specific preference, you end up with more confusion thanm when you started unfortunately. Name some of your favorite accords/types of fragrances,and the suggestions you get will be so much more helpful to you.
    That's understandable, I was hoping for an array of options. I can say that some of favorite smells are; jasmine, mint, gain detergent. Colognes I really like are acqua do gio, terre d'Hermes and some others that are escaping me right now. I really like to have options at my disposal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    Of course, I would always suggest giving Guerlain a try. If you have access to a Guerlain boutique which sells the exclusives, then you will have a real field day! We are fortunate to have one at the Nordstrom's in South Coast Plaza here in Southern California. But the boutique in Las Vegas in the Palazzo are very nice about sending samples.
    Hae you been to the Guerlain Saks Counter in Beverly Hills mrclmind? they customer service really suck, they don't have any idea of new releases or anything at all! Is the South Coast Plaza better?
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    Quote Originally Posted by slvrbckgorilla View Post
    That's understandable, I was hoping for an array of options. I can say that some of favorite smells are; jasmine, mint, gain detergent. Colognes I really like are acqua do gio, terre d'Hermes and some others that are escaping me right now. I really like to have options at my disposal.
    Ok I'm listening.

    Puro Lino - Best fresh Jasmine scent - no longer available, but decants can be had at Crystal Flacon - worth the effort

    Gain Detergent - look no further than Beautiful Laundrette by cbihateperfume - get the absolute premium accord
    http://www.cbihateperfume.com/premium-accord-shop.html

    Mint - Nothing better than Menthe Moderne at DSH Perfumes - Don't even think about Cartier Roadster
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    Quote Originally Posted by andym72 View Post
    Compromises:

    Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir
    CK Euphoria/Euphoria Intense
    Burberry London
    Varvatos Vintage
    These are good examples of the department store rubbish I was referring to earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebeck View Post
    These are good examples of the department store rubbish I was referring to earlier.
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    Italian Cypress, Azure Lime, Costa Azzura, Patchouli Absolu, Mandarino Di Amalfi

    Also: Tobacco Vanille, Tuscan Leather, Oud Wood, Noir de Noir, Neroli Portofino, Lavender Palm, Plum Japonais, Champacca Absolute
    Most of the time I am very proud of the Basenotes community. Time after time I have witnessed the thoughtfulness, empathy & genuine friendship that members of this community extend to others - oldtimers & newcomers alike. There are other times, however, when egos get the upper hand and civility goes out the window. My philosophy is that I won't say anything here that I would not say if you were standing in front of me. Welcome to Basenotes, each and every one of us. ~ TwoRoads

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    You have all been very helpful. I have a good starting point now and am excited to check in to some of these recommendations. Now if only I get you guys to help me like this with my job...

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    Quote Originally Posted by slvrbckgorilla View Post
    That's understandable, I was hoping for an array of options. I can say that some of favorite smells are; jasmine, mint, gain detergent. Colognes I really like are acqua do gio, terre d'Hermes and some others that are escaping me right now. I really like to have options at my disposal.
    If mint is your poison, you should give Cartier Roadster a spin.

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