I work very hard, many hours per day and when I come home, usually late in the evening, I like to enjoy my downtime. I have a nice shower, get cleaned up, and have something to eat. I would like a nice fragrance to enjoy in the evening/night. Something that gives a calming, soothing effect. Right now, I'm using Pure Malt and Musc Ravageur. I choose these because by the time I get to bed, they are drying down and smell very nice. Any other ideas? Maybe some lavender or eucalyptus? Maybe Body Kouros from what I have read? Thanks in advance fellas
edit: i am open to anything
By the experience i found Givenchy insense works very well.
Fumerie Turque, Eau Lente, Jaïpur Homme EdP, Dzongkha, Yerbamate, Équipage, Mitsouko, Aomassaï, Méchant Loup, L'Homme de Coeur and (I kid you not,) Carnal Flower all do it for me in their various ways during that reading by the fire downtime.
1725 by Histoires de Parfums
John, you've got a great idea going for a straight lavender. I also suggest a straight verbena, which is what I use to relax after the shower after an evening run. Caswell-Massey makes a good one and so does Molinard, although it's called Vervienne.
You've already picked good ones you're using now though.
That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me.
Caron Pour un Homme or a Taste of Heaven
I posted about a month ago a similar need for a relaxing scent. I did a bit of searching to see what works for me.
I find Gucci Pour Homme II relaxing as well as Knize Ten Golden edition. The leather in Knize I find soothing. Others have mentioned Tea for two and I also love Dior Homme Intense - quite lovely with the chocolate/vanilla vibe.
Best of luck.
La vita è breve, la morte vien.
Wanted!!! Rectoverso Tea Tobacco by Ulric de Varens. PM Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gucci PH II
Current TOP 8 from my collection:
1. Gucci Pour Homme II
2. Chanel Coromandel
3. L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme
4. Encre Noire
5. Dior Homme Intense
7. Dior Homme
8. Guerlain Homme L'Eau
+1 Pour Un Homme
Shalimar Ode a la Vanille
Mazzolari Lui (seriously)
Bois des Iles or any quality Mysore Sandalwood.
Apres l'Ondee and/or L'Eau d'Hiver (Heliotropin)
Eau Lente (Diptyque)
Last edited by mr. reasonable; 2nd April 2011 at 04:46 AM.
I don't know about good lavender scents, don't really care for the stuff myself, but I think a tea scent may fit the bill but don't know tea frags well.
Personally, I find sandalwood to be very relaxing, I started trying frags because I was looking for a mellow sandalwood and ended up getting Tam Dao because it has a strong calming effect on me. You have to give it a moment to calm down, or spray it on something. I put some on my winter coat, certainly alleviate my irritation when I have to step out into the bitter cold we get up here.
Tam Dao is a relaxing fragrance
Hermès Ambre Narguile.
I agree with StylinLA, Caron Pour un Homme is what your after. That lavender/vanilla combo is so soothing.
I relax with some Fleur d'Oranger, Chanel 19, any green floral...
Caldey Island Lavender
Please feel free to check out my Swap Thread - Patou pour Homme, L'Instant de Guerlain PH Extreme, Dior Homme Intense, Pure Malt, Pure Coffee and many more! Click Here For My Swap Thread
Another vote for Gucci Pour Homme 2. Very very relaxing fragrance.
Gendarme 20 - Clean, clean, clean. Operating room clean Lavender.
I'm supposed to be getting a sample of Nancy Boy signature scent (Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary) from a friend. I'll do a mini review in the next couple of days.
Eucalyptus relaxes me what about trying
Cyprus also is a calming scent try
If you like Musc Ravageur, give Shalimar a try -- it's just as unisex and served as Roucel's inspiration for MR. It's a very relaxing, cozy and comforting. The original is great, but as Mr. Reasonable suggested, the Ode a la Vanilla is really wonderful.
Though not necessarily a fragrance, per se, I find the peculiar blend of aromatics in Tiger Balm very relaxing. Probably an association I developed using it for its original purpose after long practices and games, its particular scent really has a relaxing effect. That being said, supposedly Heeley modeled Esprit du Tigre (Spirit of the Tiger) after Tiger Balm. The best part is, after working a hard day and long hours; Tiger Balm also helps with pain relief!
+1 Gucci Pour Homme II...it's relaxing and refreshing, so perfect for the evening after you've taken a shower (you wanna feel relaxed and clean, right!)
I've also been sample L'Air Du Desert Marocain this week and find it to be an extremely relaxing and peaceful fragrance (not to mention awesome!)...you may want to look into sampling it.
Looks like you have a bunch of good options!
The first thing that came to mind for me is Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Santal Noble.
I agree with the more simple suggestions - a subdued sandalwood, amber, verbena, or lavender. I think the more complex scents might be a little too much stimulation for relaxing sometimes, so keep the notes simple and I think you'll be set!
I'm a colognosaurus. Rawr!
Mugler Cologne and Bulgari Blu put my tired body and soul to rest.
And from what i read, Old Spice has this effect too.
Blu Mediterraneo Tuscan Cypress / Cipresso di Toscana (1999)
by Acqua di Parma
Five that I am enjoying right now
1) Sel de Vetiver by The Different Company
2) Spiritueuse Double Vanille by Guerlain
3) Bois des Iles by Chanel
4) Devin by Aramis
5) Coromandel by Chanel
Kenzo Power Cologne
A lavender based fragrance is what you need, in my case i always use The Different Company Osmanthus when I need to relax, but I think is just a personal thing what fragrance creates that relaxing effect.
If you like gourmands something with
Chololate & Vanila notes like Comptoir Sud Pacifique Amour de Cacao
Lavander & Vanila : Caron Pour Homme
Fresh Vetiver : Guerlain Vetiver , Vetiver Extraordinaire
Floral Vanila : Shalimar
Mentholated : Cartier Pasha
Lavender : Caldey Island
for bath :
in menu Bath and Body oils :
Deep Relax : sandalwood, grounding vetivert and soothing camomile
Support Equilibrium :geranium, frankincense, rose
I'll throw in a couple of other calm, simple scents: l'Occitane Vetyver (vetiver and nutmeg), BPAL Deep in Earth (moss and rose).
+1 to these lavender scents:
1725 Casanova by Histoires des Paris
Caron Pour Un Homme
I am adding Jicky by Guerlain. A sublime lavender.
"No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.
Tam Dao, it's like a meditation studio in a bottle.
4711...good for what ails you.
Support your local Leonberger rescue.
For me are relaxing Truth by CK and Rive Gauche YSL...
Mecca Balsam and Hindu Kush = yoga in a bottle without having to do the yoga.
I wear these when I want to feel grounded, soothed and relaxed.
+1 Pure Havane
Weed by Mary Jane...
but aside from joking around...I like pure Borneo Oud oil....very relaxing scent....for the nose, mind and soul....
My Top 10
1. Amouage Homage Attar
2. Serge Lutens - Muscs Koublai Khan
3. YSL M7
4. Serge Lutens - Ambre Sultan
5. Chanel Egoiste
6. 24 Gold by Scentstory
7. Amouage Epic Man
8. Amouage Jubilation XXV
9. Bond No. 9 New York Oud
10. Serge Lutens - Chergui
"A beautiful fragrance to the nose is like good jazz music to the ears, great food to the mouth, and Megan Fox and Jessica Alba to the eyes..."
so many suggestions. Thanks again everybody, I tried to "Thank" everyone but it only lets me do like 3 and then thats it....
When I get home I usually grab some particular scents that have a calming effect on me....
Hermés - Hiris, dries down to a lovely mix of iris with salty vanilla
L´artisan Parfumeur - Dzing! has a dusty, evocative beauty that I find very conforting
Miller et Berteaux - Spiritus / Land is a warm herbal incensy beauty
Etro ´Messe de Minuit dark and churchy, but with a fresh honey and orange twist.
Olivier Durbano - Rock Crystal is a warm woody incense that puts me in meditative "mode"
I'd go with Gucci pour homme II for a relatively cheap, calming tea smell. L'eau de artisan by L'artisan Parfumer a very soothing fragrance to me too though.
+ another one for Caron Pour un Homme, or also from Caron, The Third Man...or pretty much any good lavender scent of your choosing.
I also find the honeyed floral incense of Kouros rather comforting, but I'm probably in the minority there. Maybe a nice clean vetiver like Vettiveru.
Some of those old Guerlains are like a nice soft pillow, too...L'Heure Bleue, Vol de Nuit, Shalimar, Mitsouko, etc.
"It's not what you look like when you're doing what you're doing; it's what you're doing when you're doing what you look like you're doing."
Anything with lavender and/or vanilla is naturally relaxing. I like lavender such as is in Oxford & Cambridge or Caron pour un Homme for a natural relaxation experience.
One swipe of a good Borneo Oud to the chest, underneath the shirt allows the the minty green medicinal wood vapors to lift up through the fabric and surround the head for an extremely relaxing experience. I recommend all try it at least once. I believe that the vapors from the older aged pure oud oils, whether they are Cambodian, Indonesian or any highly aged pure oud affects the release of serotonin in the brain by slowing the reabsorption thereby opening the mind a little. It widens the spaces between the moments a bit. I have no evidence for this other than personal experience.
Pure lavender kind of does the same thing too as many have already mentioned.
+1 for Oxford & Cambridge
Either Tea for Two or Chergui
Coromandel by Chanel always makes me feel relaxed. It's my 'blanket' fragrance.
I wear it a lot when I go to bed. It also makes a great 'comfort' smell.
i reach straight for sandalwood. in fact, creed bois de santal is my official "we're taking my car for the road trip, which means i'm driving" juice.
I routinely pull 13 hour days with 9 of them being in surgery so soothing fragrances are a healthy part of my evening routine. My favorites are: Amouage Reflection Man, D&G The One after their balm gets rubbed into my face, and MFK Cologne pour le Soir. Amouage Memoir Man and Epic Man work well too if I'm up to the intensity of those fragrances, and sometimes I am. The last two become quite incensy and woody after an hour or so which works well for the Pacific Northwest's Endless Rain. Weekends are pretty shattered due to the schedule and I'll often use Dia during that time including their excellent shower gel. The first 3 listed, however, are my favorite down time scents.
Aveda Men Pure-Formance
Central Park by Bond No 9...........relaxing in the garden with a tall glass of ice cool vodka lime and soda.....a wonderful chill out fragrance ;-)