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    Default Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    What is your favorite lavender fragrance? I have discovered that I like lavender and would like to know about more fragrances that feature it. I could only find threads from a couple of years ago or older, so I thought it would be a good topic to revisit. So far, I like Gris Clair and Gendarme 20 the most from what I have tried but also find some nice lavender in The Third Man and Rochas Man. What do you like?

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    Caron Pour Un Homme.

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    Best fragrance where lavender is a key player is Oxford & Cambridge, for me.

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    Right now I am enjoying 3 really good lavender scents, all with very different concetrations and pyramids, but all of them really comfortable for me:

    Creed's Royal Scottish Lavender
    Caron's Pour Un Homme
    Yardley's English Lavender

    and the relatively new 4711's Lavender & Thyme.

    Only the last one is not considered a classic since it came out just about 2 years ago, and it's very good to me, intensely fresh for the duration of the scent, all of its 10 minutes. (maybe a bit more). The combination of the 2 main notes is great.

    Creed's scent is rich and forceful in all its lavender top-mid notes then it changes into a classic woodsy sandalwood and spices bottom. The descent is rather fast though.

    Caron's is more of the caveman lavender that wants to be romantic, i don't find it particularly elegant, but many elegant men used it and it is now considered elegant for that sole reason. The base is a darker and sweeter vanilla and musk. This is the one that will last the longest of this small selection.

    Yardley's is a simple and "what you see is what you get" Lavender and it's great for the skin, for linens, for the room etc. A very honest lavender. Contrary to popular opinion, this scent doens't have just lavender but many other ingredients (it has other florals and musk) and they contribute to the fresh and stable quality of it.

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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    Quote Originally Posted by boosh View Post
    Best... is Oxford & Cambridge, for me.
    Wholeheartedly +1. A modern, refreshing, lavender.

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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    I'm not crazy about Lavender but Caron pour un Homme is worth a sniff.

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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    I am currently on a love affair with lavender and it would easier for me to list those that I don't like rather than the huge amount I love/own/want to own.

    I am currently obsessed with owning Jicky (extrait) by Guerlain - IMO French perfumery's best lavender fragrance.
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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    Caron Pour un Homme will get mentioned a lot. Classic and timeless.

    A Taste of Heaven is like an upscale niche version of CPUH and has much better longevity and a price to match.

    Jo Malone's Amber & Lavender quite nice too.
    Last edited by StylinLA; 30th August 2011 at 03:14 AM.

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    Aigues-Vives

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    Kiki extrait by Vero Kern. A big, effusive, and very natural smelling lavender, has been give some chiaroscuro effects by a powdery caramel note.

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    +1 to Caron pour un Homme, a true classic gem of sharp lavender and a clean vanilla cream.

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    I guess GIT.
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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    I want to add:

    Puig - Agua Lavanda
    PdN - Pour Homme
    Caron - Les plus Belles Lavandes
    Last edited by easyfish; 30th August 2011 at 07:17 AM.

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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    Caron Pour un Homme will get mentioned a lot. Classic and timeless.

    A Taste of Heaven is like an upscale niche version of CPUH and has much better longevity and a price to match.

    Jo Malone's Amber & Lavender quite nice too.
    +1 here

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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    My favorites:

    Arome 3: a perfect lavender opening followed by a spicy floral fougere with jasmine and amber
    Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Water: beautiful, natural lavender soliflore--no musk, no moss, just lavender
    Caldey Island: natural French lavender with a warm, grassy musk base
    Patou pour homme Prive: excellent fruity lavender fragrance with fougere structure
    Royal Scottish Lavender: natural lavender, similar in character to Caldey, with spices, woods, ambergris, and some castoreum.

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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    Jicky
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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    PuH

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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    Gendarme 20 - Operating room clean Lavender

    Nancy Boy Body Spray - Lav, Mint, Rosemary

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    I am currently enjoying Lavender Water by Crabtree & Evelyn (it is discontinued now). I own the current Lavender EDT from Crabtree & Evelyn too but Lavender Water is a hundred times better. I find it to be linear with poor longevity.

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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    Another vote for Caron pour un Homme

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    A Taste of Heaven

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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    A Taste of Heaven is like an upscale niche version of CPUH and has much better longevity and a price
    I do agree!

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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    Order varies between:

    Gris Clair -SL
    Royal Scottish Lavender - Creed
    l'Impact de Caron
    Arome 3 - d'Orsay
    ointments and perfume delight the heart....

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    No Le Male?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boosh View Post
    Best fragrance where lavender is a key player is Oxford & Cambridge, for me.
    I agree

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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    +1 Pour Un Homme, and I'll throw in the middle Hypnose Homme, not half bad as they say
    À l'air libre les oiseaux ont eux aussi le vertige (camille)

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    Caldey Island Lavender and Oxford and Cambridge.

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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    Caldey Island Lavender is the ULTIMATE in lavender fragrances.
    Please feel free to check out my Swap Thread - Patou pour Homme, L'Instant de Guerlain PH Extreme, Dior Homme Intense, Pure Malt, Pure Coffee and many more! Click Here For My Swap Thread

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    Serge Lutens Encens et Lavande
    Jo Malone Amber & Lavender
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    +1
    Caron pour un Homme

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    C&S O&C (more refreshing) and Caron PuH (more formal)
    Tell Hugo, he isnt boss anymore.
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    Hypnose by Lancome

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    Prada Amber

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    Caron PUH is the obvious. Try Penhaligons Lavandular

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    Agua Lavanda is perfect

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    A Taste Of Heaven

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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    Lavender Water by Crabtree & Evelyn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew View Post
    Agua Lavanda is perfect
    Agreed, if you can find it. I sold off my 200mL splash bottle a long time ago and can't get more now. I could settle with that as my casual summer fragrance and be pretty happy for life.

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    Yves St. Laurent Live Jazz
    Comme des Garcons Vettiveru
    Czech & Speake Oxford & Cambridge
    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Comme des Garcons 2 Man

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    Okay, well, I'm an idiot. Thanks, easyfish! When did that show up again? Anyway, ordered.

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    Yves St. Laurent Live Jazz
    Comme des Garcons Vettiveru
    Czech & Speake Oxford & Cambridge
    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Comme des Garcons 2 Man

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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    It says 25.5 oz, which is the plastic bottle body splash. Still good, but a bit weaker than the glass.

    Here's the glass bottle for sale:

    http://www.tienda.com/bath/products/cl-10.html?site=1

    M

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    Matthew,

    You're right. I canceled the FragranceX order. Got overzealous in my excitement. Anyway, thanks for the La Tienda link. Glass bottle ordered.

    Best,
    Tim

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    Comme des Garcons Vettiveru
    Czech & Speake Oxford & Cambridge
    Creed Green Irish Tweed
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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    Go low tech - Azzaro Pure Lavender

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoGent View Post
    Go low tech - Azzaro Pure Lavender
    This fragrance grew on me with the years. Initially i didn't care for that. In fact my reaction was really negative about it, but after getting contact with other lavender fragrances its beauty was revealed. Very different from any other lavenders (albeit I think this isn't an "in your face lavender" scent), it is well crafted and underrated.

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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    Jo Malone - Amber & Lavender
    Serge Lutens - Gris Clair
    Caron - Pour un Homme
    L'Occitane - L'Occitan

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    I am glad to see lavender fragrances getting attention here.

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    Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree

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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    Hermès' Brin de Réglisse from the Hermessence series - very interesting and pleasant interpretation of "stylized" clean lavender (a molecular manipulation of "natural" lavender without the medicinal, "dirty" elements) and licorice. One of my favorite scents, although admittedly not very strong on longevity (it is, however, significantly stronger sprayed out of the bottle than the impression you get from a sample vial). The licorice comes through very nicely in the opening, while the drydown is distinctly lavender. Classy, smooth, minimalist.

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    another lavender fragrance that I really love is Sex Appeal for Men by Jovan. Powdery Lavender and Amber.

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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    Recently acquired Santa Maria Novella's Lavanda Ambrata. This is a vast improvement on Jo Malone's similarly-themed Amber & Lavender, IMO. Starts with a blast of quite natural lavender reminiscent of Caron pour un Homme's, then later the amber (much less sweet than JM's A&L) warms things up. Both lavender and amber interplay throughout the life of the frag on skin. Longevity is respectable, if sprayed a bit liberally.
    ointments and perfume delight the heart....

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    Another one for Oxford & Cambridge.

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    I'm a bit lavender-phobic, and so far the only one that has really managed to captivate me despite my usual reticence regarding lavender has been Nicolai pour Homme.

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    Gris Clair...

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    Mouchoir de Monsieur, the "elephant in the room" of this thread.

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    Sliver Aoud by Montale

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    By far Encens et lavande - SL
    I don't like any other lavander frag i have smelled

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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    Most casual to least:
    Caron Pour un homme
    Guerlain Jicky (parfum de toilette, dont bother w the eau de cologne strength edt)
    Guerlain Mouchoir de monsieur

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    lavender has always been a problem note for me. Surely its present in so many things but when its too prominent it turns me off. Have to learn to love it.

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    Default Re: Favorite Lavender Fragrance

    I forgot--we ought to add Atkinson's English Lavender. I think people often overlook the qualities of lavender and only comprehend it in more complex fragrances foregoing the bracing, soothing quality of a beautifully crafted pure lavender fragrance.

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