Carbone de Balmain
This is a recommendation for a friend, he's noticed I'm using a variety of frags lately, I explained that I'm in the process of investigating frags via BN and he's asked for a good frag for himself. He's 30, straight and single. The criteria are:
1. Masculine (no unisex frags please)
2. Reasonably priced (not niche prices, up to circa £50)
3. Versatile (he's a one frag only kind of guy)
4. Good sillage (it doesn't have to choke the room but must be noticable)
5. Good longevity (he wants value for money)
6. Not too common (he doesn't want to smell like every other guy in the bars)
7. Liked by women (I realise this is subjective but he is single after all)
8. Readily available on the high street.
With my very limited experience I suggested Rive Gauche Pour Homme.
Any other suggestions from more experienced members welcomed.
Last edited by Rich_B; 30th May 2011 at 03:56 PM.
Carbone de Balmain
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Caron Pour Un Homme
Rive Gauche PH is already a great recommendation
Other solutions which meet all requirements (though trending towards the upper limit of the suggested price):
Chanel pour Monsieur and Dior Homme
We're all in the same game; just different levels. Dealing with the same hell; just different devils.
IMO Terre D'Hermes could fit the bill except for point 6. He will end up by smelling like 70% of the people in the bar (at least in italy where Terre is extremely popular).
Terre d'Hermes would be a good choice.
He should also give Fahrenheit a try.
Last edited by Nexus6; 30th May 2011 at 05:08 PM.
Additional recommendations which fit all requirements, though I don't know how complimented they are, but fitting the bill admirably in all the other respects:
Eau de Rochas
Versace The Dreamer
Guerlain - Habit Rouge
+1 Terre D'Hermes
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
What's the 'high street'?
Gucci Pour Homme I
I don't think TdH is as easily likeable as people say here. It took me a few years before it got to me - now I love it. Your mate wants something that is not demanding, can be worn day and night and women like it. Hmm - La Nuit by YSL. Simple, synthetic easy to like for someone who is not into frags.
+1 for Caron's Pour Un Homme.
Easy to find, cheap to buy.
Pleasant to smell on oneself and others.
Sillage and longevity are good.
"No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.
Cordovan by Banana Republic and 101 Men would be my choices, but this is assuming "generic heterosexual 30 yr old guy" friend, which is hard to picture, except as a caricature.
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Rive Gauche or Fahrenheit (although Fahrenheit might be over budget)
So basically we are looking for the best fragrance ever?
Damn, should have asked this question before I got loads of fragrances.
Rive Gauche is a good recommendation.
Tiffany for Men, if it gets in under the price point. If not, you give it to him for his b-day or Christmas!
No love for M7?
Opium EDP could fit the bill too
Annick Goutal "Sables"
I find Caron PuH to be too love it or hate it (I love it) and its very different to anything out there. I dont know how great a pick that would be.
TdH as everyone has pointed out is a good safe pick.
Something not yet mentioned... D & G Pour Homme
Kind of hard to fit every criteria listed, however cast my vote for YSL La Nuit, Terre D Hermes (although it wasn't for me really, most people seem to like it), or Pure Malt if you can still find it.
you all forget the no1 criteria was Masculine
adversity introduces a man to himself -anonymous
I like how smelling good isn't one of the criteria. Haha.
Fahrenheit absolute, but Terre d'Hermes would also be a good choice. Or maybe go retro with Drakkar Noir.
If that is the case, I'd give a +1 for The Dreamer.
Otherwise, Chanel Pour Monsieur, but then I'm not sure if the longevity of PM will be up to this friends expectations. Its almost impossible to get all 8 criteria in 1 bottle.
Terre d' Hermes is a great choice indeed.
As far as masculine goes, the recent trend is that few newer fragrances are what would be traditionally thought of as masculine. Probably even many guys that say they want something masculine would find Bois de Portugal or something similar just plain old-fashioned instead of masculine.
Versace L'Homme -
25 GBP for 100 ml EDT
Thanks for all the replies, great response. I think Terre D'Hermes seems the most popular with a good few alternatives too. I'll pass on the recommedations. Thanks again to all who contributed.
Chanel Allure Homme--meets most if not all the criteria, and I don't think it's all that common anymore, but I could be wrong, it may still be a bit too popular.
+1 Chanel Egoiste--probably limited in its versatility, but certainly quality and unique.
And another +1 for Rive Gauche
Also, it's getting a bit hard to find here in the U.S. but I'd highly recommend Dunhill Edition.
Maybe it's still available at department stores in the U.K.?
It's a great masculine scent laced with lemon, cloves and nutmeg--at least that's what I get out
of it. Perfect for all occasions, with the possible exception of really hot weather.
Also, I forgot to mention DSquared's He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood.
I can't speak to it personally, but it has 12 positive reviews, 0 neutrals and 0 negatives
here on Basenotes. Based on reviews, it seems to have good longevity, but perhaps
not outstanding sillage/projection. It doesn't appear to be too common either.
If it's available in your friend's local department stores, it might be worth a look.
Looking forward to trying this one out myself.
Azzaro pour Homme
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
Thierry Mugler Angel