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    Default What is the most melancholy fragrance you can think of?

    I'm looking for a scent that brings to mind mourners in black, standing over flower-laden graves, in heavy rain. Any ideas?

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    Narciso Rodriguez For Him IMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by magnus611 View Post
    Narciso Rodriguez For Him IMO
    Agreed
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    The wormwood in Amouage Memoir reminds me of when I did absinthe in a cemetery in Leeds.

    But I'd say the Czech and Speake No. 88 nails it with the roses and dulled bergamot. It's like parts of it are dying, but remains a beautiful composition. Much like roses on a grave.

    That's my take.
    Last edited by gerbick; 15th July 2014 at 01:00 AM.

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    Encre Noire

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnus611 View Post
    Narciso Rodriguez For Him IMO
    This!
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    Memoir Man, Norma Kamali Incense, Norne, O Hira, Montecristo could work. They're all quite cerebral and certainly not buoyant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnus611 View Post
    Narciso Rodriguez For Him IMO
    Damp. Dark. Depressing.
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    Very good ones mentioned already. I would add:

    Frederic Malle - Noir Epices -- Cold and sharp. Gives that vibe to me also. Unlike the others mentioned however, I don't find this one pleasant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magnus611 View Post
    Narciso Rodriguez For Him IMO

    This was also the first fragrance that I thought of as well. People always talk about Encre Noire as being brooding, smoldering, dark, etc. I don't get that at all with EN, it's more of a very deep green to me. But Narciso Rodriguez is definitely dark and damp IMO.

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    Interesting thread! As a funeral director I will be sure to avoid these suggestions. I love dark, woody, incensey fragrances but melancholy scents might not be a good idea for me.

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    Reflection Man. Depressing stuff.

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    Iris Silver Mist
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    I find that incense based fragrances tend to put me in a melancholic mood (maybe because of the association with churches, temples, funerals, etc?). To that end, CdG Avignon and Tom Ford Sahara Noir would be my suggestions. For a couple more that aren't necessarily incense based: Fahrenheit Absolute, +1 Narciso Rodriguez for Him and +1 Memoir Man.

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    Default Re: What is the most melancholy fragrance you can think of?

    Also any scent with an earthy patchouli note, or seaweed note does it to me.

    Any scent that makes you guys moody for no apparent reason, lol?


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    +1 Narciso Rodriguez for Men (wet cement and somber) and NK Incense (more apocalyptic and dark)
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    Quote Originally Posted by CapriDog View Post

    Any scent that makes you guys moody for no apparent reason, lol?


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    Apres l'Ondee by Guerlain
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    +1 memoir man
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    Ooh, De Profundis as well. With or without the Wilde connection, it's deliciously morose.

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    Salvador Dali Pour Homme to me is not only melancholy, it is darned near depressing.
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    Default Re: What is the most melancholy fragrance you can think of?

    Quote Originally Posted by magnus611 View Post
    Narciso Rodriguez For Him IMO
    Yes, this one. My imagination had your funeral in it, with everyone around the grave standing in still wet cement, waiting for it to solidify.

    This one is as morbid and unpleasant as it gets. I hated it, gave away my bottle the day after I got it, for free, did not even want it in the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by remik View Post
    Yes, this one. My imagination had your funeral in it, with everyone around the grave standing in still wet cement, waiting for it to solidify.

    This one is as morbid and unpleasant as it gets. I hated it, gave away my bottle the day after I got it, for free, did not even want it in the house.
    I was a bit let down by NR. It seemed that most people found it to be morbid and unusual (big pluses in my book), but to me it was just lifeless more than anything. A dreary violet leaf with very little to offer—like a monochromatic mall scent or something. I still have it, but it doesn't move me enough to ever wear it. It feels more like an accord than a perfume.

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    I was tempted to suggest Memoir Man, but I don't find it melancholy, but rather brooding and introspective without the depressive connotation. Certainly not funereal. It's got too much of a fresh edge the whole time.

    I can certainly see why people are mentioning Narciso Rodriguez, though. And De Profundis seems right, though I haven't ever been to a funeral, and have never created funereal flower associations.

    Something very mossy and forest-like (but not overly fresh) would come across as melancholy to me. To some extent, Coriolan creates that effect.

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    Default Re: What is the most melancholy fragrance you can think of?

    I suddenly feel like I have to buy a bottle of Narciso Rodriguez for Him.

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    Halston Catalyst
    but most of all.. Nina Ricci Memoir d' Homme

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    Quote Originally Posted by My_pep_pep View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by magnus611 View Post
    Narciso Rodriguez For Him IMO
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    Ooh, De Profundis as well.
    Yes to all these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnus611 View Post
    Narciso Rodriguez For Him IMO
    This! Very very sombre and bleak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnus611 View Post
    Narciso Rodriguez For Him IMO
    Agree. And gloomy. Maybe it's the colour of the bottle and packaging...an overcast grey...?

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    Ungaro II and Santos de Cartier have that certain "funereal rose" note, in a certain gloomy way.

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    Obviously there's no such thing as a 'melancholy scent' in the objective sense. People here are choosing the obvious 'themed' melancholy (De Profundis) or incense (church associations) or gloomy packaging (Narciso Rodriguez)

    It doesn't mean anything and proves packaging and marketing rules!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Apres l'Ondee by Guerlain
    this one + Vol De Nuit (also by Guerlain)

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    Essence de Patchouli by Perris Montecarlo, Oeillet Louis XV by Oriza L. Legrand (and actually almost all of their range), Ladamo by O'Driù, Chilum by AbdesSalaam Attar, Romeo Gigli Uomo by Romeo Gigli, Jasmin T by Bruno Acampora, Encens Flamboyant by Annick Goutal.
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    Yohji Yamamoto - Yohji Homme (vtg)
    Boucheron - Jaipur Homme
    Comme des Garçons - Black
    Naomi Goodsir - Bois d'ascèse
    YSL - M7 (vtg)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoombung View Post
    Obviously there's no such thing as a 'melancholy scent' in the objective sense. People here are choosing the obvious 'themed' melancholy (De Profundis) or incense (church associations) or gloomy packaging (Narciso Rodriguez)

    It doesn't mean anything and proves packaging and marketing rules!
    I believe Narciso Rodriguez for Him marketing is supposed to advertise it as "dark and sexy", and not supposed to be a melancholic fragrance.

    It just happens that it indeed has a melancholic effect on the wearer. I noticed it putted me on a very quiet, instrospective mood every time I wear it. It really does. I even try to avoid using it in some situations.

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    Etro's Palais Jamais is somber and somewhat depressing. But nice.

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    Now I really really have to try Narciso Rodriguez for Him.

    You guys got me hyped.
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    2. A Lab on Fire Almost Transparent Blue
    3. YSL L'Homme Libre
    4. Tauer Perfumes L'Air du Desert Marocain
    5. Rania J. Ambre Loup
    6. Atelier Cologne Cedrat Enivrant
    7. Parfum MDCI Ambre Topkapi
    8. Imaginary Authors Memoirs of a Trespasser
    9. Heeley Sel Marin
    10. by Kilian Back to Black

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    Trumpers Eucris.

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    ...l'Heure Bleue...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerbick View Post
    The wormwood in Amouage Memoir reminds me of when I did absinthe in a cemetery in Leeds.

    But I'd say the Czech and Speake No. 88 nails it with the roses and dulled bergamot. It's like parts of it are dying, but remains a beautiful composition. Much like roses on a grave.

    That's my take.
    Gerbick, both scents are exactly what I had in mind.

    That wormwood/oregano combo are enough to conjure up feelings of sadness for me and the dark rose in 88 remind me of similar feelings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francolino View Post
    Halston Catalyst

    Right on, I get this early 90´s kind of melancholic vibe with this scent, but not in a depressing or dark kind of way. I can totally relate this fragrance to Mazzy Stars "Fade into you" early 90s hit.
    The Dreamer from Versace: what does this scent have that is so alluring and enticing towards the opposite sex ?

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    Encre Noire or Black Afgano.

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    Another vote for NRFH... such a beautiful, dark and murky frag. Perfect for a rainy day when you're in a sombre mood. I don't wear it often but consider it one of my all time favorites.

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    The first one that pops up is Ungaro III (older formula).
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    vintage Je reviens Eau de toilette...sigh

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    I don't find De Profundis to be sad or depressing at all. It's a very calming, dewy, aromatic smell that reminds me something from a spa, than anything else.
    Messe de Minuit is supposed to be gloomy, too, but I've never been to an ancient cold cathedral, so I cannot associate that scent with what so many other people suggest. MdM smells warm and comforting to me, very much like frankincense itself, which I have in resin form.

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    Narciso Rodriguez for Him gathered quite a few responses already.. I have to agree, pretty heavy stuff. Wear with caution

    Also..

    Zino Davidoff - the epitome of "depressing" for me..
    Black Afgano - super dark and heavy, but this one I actually love!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Apres l'Ondee by Guerlain
    +1

    I love this stuff, but it does feel very sad...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoombung View Post
    Obviously there's no such thing as a 'melancholy scent' in the objective sense. People here are choosing the obvious 'themed' melancholy (De Profundis) or incense (church associations) or gloomy packaging (Narciso Rodriguez). It doesn't mean anything and proves packaging and marketing rules!
    Really? Would you say there's no such thing as melancholy music as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoombung View Post
    Obviously there's no such thing as a 'melancholy scent' in the objective sense. People here are choosing.... gloomy packaging (Narciso Rodriguez)
    Oh, no, no, no. This is most definitely not about the packaging. NRFM even *smells* gloomy. It's like a slab of of concrete pavement from a city that's been under a rainstorm for a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoombung View Post
    Obviously there's no such thing as a 'melancholy scent' in the objective sense. People here are choosing the obvious 'themed' melancholy (De Profundis) or incense (church associations) or gloomy packaging (Narciso Rodriguez)

    It doesn't mean anything and proves packaging and marketing rules!
    I disagree.

    My sample of Narciso Rodriguez for him came without any packaging. It was just a tiny vial with a sprayer. I think the scent is fantastic, but it smells too gloomy for me to wear.
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    Horizon by Guy Laroche gave me this feeling

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