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    Default Can you recommend a frag that meets these criteria?

    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.

    Thanks

    Rich
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    Carbone de Balmain

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    Terre d'Hermes
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    Givenchy Vetiver
    Caron Pour Un Homme


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    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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    Default Re: Can you recommend a frag that meets these criteria?

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    Terre d'Hermes
    +1 Terre d'Hermes
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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).


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    Terre d'Hermes would be a good choice.
    He should also give Fahrenheit a try.
    Last edited by Nexus6; 30th May 2011 at 04:08 PM.

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    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
    Cartier Declaration

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    Versace The Dreamer
    Guerlain - Habit Rouge

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    +1 Terre D'Hermes
    TOP 5 hot weather:

    1. Gucci Pour Homme II
    2. Lalique Encre Noire
    3. Creed Aventus
    4. Creed Millesime Imperial
    5. Azzaro Chrome Sport

    TOP 5 cold weather:

    1. L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme
    2. Chanel Coromandel
    3. Dior Homme Intense
    4. Dior Homme
    5. Byredo 1996

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    What's the 'high street'?

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    Chanel Egoiste

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    Quote Originally Posted by morrison74 View Post
    +1 Terre d'Hermes
    + 1

    Fits the bill. Tom Ford Grey Vetiver possibly.

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    Gucci Pour Homme I

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    Quote Originally Posted by pk116 View Post
    What's the 'high street'?
    hahahahah - that's what you people are able to buy in shopping malls

    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.

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    +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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich_B View Post
    This is a recommendation for a friend, ...
    The British ebay has by now several Givenchy Insense (not ultramarine!) listed for a good price. Genuine, well, quite distinctive but all in all a little marvel. I own the juice in that bottle style too, good juice. Same formulation as sold in the original style flacons. Your pal will enjoy it a lot.

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    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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    Default Re: Can you recommend a frag that meets these criteria?

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    Terre d'Hermes
    This

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    Quote Originally Posted by fragranceman88 View Post
    This

    This.

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    Rive Gauche or Fahrenheit (although Fahrenheit might be over budget)

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fragranceman88 View Post
    This
    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    This.
    These.

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    Tiffany for Men, if it gets in under the price point. If not, you give it to him for his b-day or Christmas!

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    No love for M7?

    Opium EDP could fit the bill too

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    Annick Goutal "Sables"

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    Quote Originally Posted by pk116 View Post
    What's the 'high street'?
    High Street, or the High Street, is the generic name (and frequently the official name) of the primary business street of towns or cities, in the United Kingdom. It is usually where most of the retailers are in city centres. In the US you probably call it "Main Street" - but "high street" doesn't mean small town.

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    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

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    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.

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    you all forget the no1 criteria was Masculine

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    I like how smelling good isn't one of the criteria. Haha.

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    Fahrenheit absolute, but Terre d'Hermes would also be a good choice. Or maybe go retro with Drakkar Noir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scenternerian View Post
    you all forget the no1 criteria was Masculine

    <Tom Ford Extreme pic was here>
    This is a great idea, sadly that 50ml bottle of TF Extreme is £80 in the UK, actually anything by Tom Ford is out of the price range unless you find it in a bargain bin or TK Maxx, and I never have. Plus I dont think TF Extreme is all that versatile, but then this friend of Rich sounds like he will only wear 'cologne' when he's "out on the pull" (for an explanation of that phrase, see this http://everything2.com/title/To+go+out+on+the+pull ).

    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.

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    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.

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    Versace L'Homme -

    25 GBP for 100 ml EDT

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    Aramis Havana or Chanel Egoiste

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    Quote Originally Posted by pk116 View Post
    What's the 'high street'?
    What I'm getting at is it needs to be available to purchase over the counter in, say, department stores, i.e. not something that he has to go online to a specialist retailer to source.

    Quote Originally Posted by komak123 View Post
    hahahahah - that's what you people are able to buy in shopping malls

    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.
    You've hit the nail on the head with the above sentence. I'll pass on the La Nuit recommendation.

    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    +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.
    Sounds good, I'll add that one to the shortlist.

    Quote Originally Posted by WildThingy View Post
    The British ebay has by now several Givenchy Insense (not ultramarine!) listed for a good price. Genuine, well, quite distinctive but all in all a little marvel. I own the juice in that bottle style too, good juice. Same formulation as sold in the original style flacons. Your pal will enjoy it a lot.
    I'll tell him to have a look but I think the reason he wants it to be available in the high street is so that he can smell it before purchase. He intends to get a short list of several from me via this thread, head into the nearest frag retailer and ask to sniff each one and make his decision based on that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    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.
    LOL, the caricature is probably quite close to the reality.

    Quote Originally Posted by andym72 View Post
    This is a great idea, sadly that 50ml bottle of TF Extreme is £80 in the UK, actually anything by Tom Ford is out of the price range unless you find it in a bargain bin or TK Maxx, and I never have. Plus I dont think TF Extreme is all that versatile, but then this friend of Rich sounds like he will only wear 'cologne' when he's "out on the pull" (for an explanation of that phrase, see this http://everything2.com/title/To+go+out+on+the+pull ).

    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.
    The frag will be for everyday wear at work and on the pull, hence the need for it to be versatile. As he's single he's basically always on the pull anyway, even when at work LOL.

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich_B View Post
    I think Terre D'Hermes seems the most popular.
    Yeah, and that's why if he doesn't want to smell like anybody else he should carefully avoid it Don't get me wrong, it's a good scent, but IMO it' doesn't match with all of your criteria. It's too popular right now...


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    +1 RGPH
    Guerlain Vetiver

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    Yeah, and that's why if he doesn't want to smell like anybody else he should carefully avoid it Don't get me wrong, it's a good scent, but IMO it' doesn't match with all of your criteria. It's too popular right now...
    Good point, although I'm not too sure if it's overly popular in the UK or not.

    Can anyone shed any light on this?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpp214 View Post
    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 Edtion.
    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.
    I think Allure Sport is quite common in the UK TBH, but the others are certainly worth a look.

    Thanks

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    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.

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    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

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    Thierry Mugler Angel

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    Quote Originally Posted by teger View Post
    Thierry Mugler Angel
    Is this the same as A*Men?

    If so it's very common in the UK, especially on the bar scene.

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