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    Default Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    Hey everyone,

    Things I like about GPH-

    -The 'burnt/incensy' flavour of the wood
    -The way the wood is sweetened, but not 'sweet' (not sure how to describe whatever ingredient this is - I definitely get the analogy some people make to church pews etc, the 'resiny' smell.)
    -That 'sharpened pencil' smell - to me it's quite a creative/evocative element to this fragrance

    Reasons I don't think it's quite right for me-

    -It has a kind of 'dankness'/stale vibe about it- Like the aforementioned good flavours have been left in a poorly ventilated room a bit too long? To me, this instantly gives the impression of 'old' - I'm looking for something slightly less so

    Any recommendations?

    I found GPHII to be 'nice', but not for me - it's too much like floral pot pouri maybe? I guess both these fragrances are quite 'balanced' to the point of each note being indistinct and kind of blurred together.

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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    Comme des Garcons 2 Man
    Memoir Man by Amouage
    Vetiver 46 by Le Labo (more of an incense frag)

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    +1 on both memoir man and Cdg2man and I'll add

    Cdg for artek standard (penicl shaving galore)
    Gucci Rush For Men (see above)
    Avignon (maybe too dark stating at your thread)
    Biehl paefumkunstwerke AL03 (Complex and rich. Very refined)
    French Lover (very dry)
    Jubilation XXV


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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    Pal Zileri Sartoriale (Gucci Rush Ver.2)
    Monotheme Black Musk (Musky cedar)
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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    Penhaligon`s Elixir.

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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    Quote Originally Posted by volley2 View Post
    Comme des Garcons 2 Man
    Vetiver 46 by Le Labo (more of an incense frag)
    These.
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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    Dsquared2 - He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood
    TOP 3 hot weather:

    1. Gucci Pour Homme II
    2. Lalique Encre Noire
    3. Creed Aventus


    TOP 3 cold weather:

    1. L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme
    2. Chanel Coromandel
    3. Dior Homme

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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    I felt Dirty English shared some similarities with GPH1 after it had been given time to settle on my skin.
    Current Favorites - Creed Green Irish Tweed, Costume National Homme, Hanae Mori HiM EDP, Chanel Platinum Egoiste

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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    Another for Gucci Rush For Men

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    all of the above plus Encre noire
    my current top five (always in transition)

    Dior Eau Noire
    HdP 1725 Casanova
    eau de gloire parfum d'empire
    Dia man Amouage
    comme des garçons man 2

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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    Would definitely second the recommendations in favour of the Comme des Garcons 'Incense' series.

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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    Dirty English and Comme des Garcons Man 2. Both have better longevity than Gucci PH I wich is quite moody. Gucci PH I is sometimes shy, sort to speak, whilst sometimes it emits immensely. DE and CdG Man 2 project even after 8 hours.

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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    Tumulte pour Homme (Christian Lacroix)

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    You should try Chene by Serge Lutens. It has the wood and sweetness but it's leaner.

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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    Tom Ford Extreme

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    Olfactive Studio Autoportrait

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    2Man
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    To the pools that you lift on your wrist...'

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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    I fully second any Dsquared scent, the woody-spicy notes come across quite credibly and intensely, up to an extent similar to
    GPH I

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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    I find Tommy Bahama (the original in the brown bottle) to have a similar vibe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianH1016 View Post
    I find Tommy Bahama (the original in the brown bottle) to have a similar vibe.
    +1, it's the cedar. Not anywhere near as much incense though.

    also, give CdG Wonderwood a shot
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    I also feel it's similar to Dirty English

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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    Montale Greyland

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    Comme des Garçons 2 MAN
    7 Loewe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oslo-Fjord View Post
    Penhaligon`s Elixir.
    Really? I always pegged Opus 1870 as being most similar to GPH I

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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    Cashmere for Men by Cristiano Fissore
    CdG 2 Man

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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    Of the ones I tried and / or have in my wardrobe:

    Tumulte by Christian Lacroix, but it has been discontinued.
    Loewe 7.

    All these share prominent Virginia Cedar notes (it smells like pencil shaves).

    Mentioned by Basenoters for being similar:

    Comme des Garcons 2
    Dirty English

    Be aware that Lalique's Encre Noir is a vetiver-based blend.

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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    From the outset, I absolutely love Gucci PH1 - it absolutely works on me, but then I've noticed most frags wear a lot less dark and mysterious on me.

    I'd have to say the CdG recommendations are probably the best bet, although I personally find some of the scents wear a little smoky on me. However, I've been meaning to buy Jaisalmer for a while now. . .

    To add to the mix, how about Burberry London or Beat? (I've not worn them at the same time, but I noted that Beat is drier than London.)

    Or, going on a slight tangent, how about L'Occitane Vetyver or Cedar? (There isn't a great deal of Vetiver in the former; both are clean-wearing woods scents.)

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    I've been on the lookout for such a thing, too - closest I have found is CDG Man 2. It's less sweet but noticeably similar.

    I have been trying to find serge lutens Chene to sample in a store and it has proven very difficult! But sounds like its worth perservering for

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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    Rochas lui created by micheal almairac

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    Ah, I overlooked Montale's Greyland - it's less peppery than PH1, but it goes into a slightly darker area. I find PH1 sexier, tho'.

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    Thread got a bit old to be useful to the OP probably, but I'll just mention Miller Harris La Fumee which is an excellent fragrance. Definitely to try for people who are looking for this type of fragrances. Wood spice and incense throughout. It's not as focused as Gucci PH, but it has great balance, paints a scenery and has a pleasant, discernible progression.

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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    Montale Full Incense is a sweet incense type of fragrance that I think you would enjoy.

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    I'll second CdG 2 Man and Le Labo Vetiver, although I find both thicker and smokier than GpH, which is on the transparent side. DSquared Potion has a crisp, arid spiciness and dry cedar that reminds me of GpH. And this might be a long shot, but Polo Modern Reserve has a similar woody vibe and resinous backbone to it.

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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    CDG 2 Man
    Memoir Man by Amouage

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    Default Re: Alternatives to Gucci Pour Homme I

    Encre Noir is very similar in some respects to my nose.

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    Dirty English


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