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
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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
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.
"...her fragrance all in my keeping; softly she comes in the night." Lyrics, Gordon Lightfoot, "Softly."
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.