My recommendation is Lorenzo Villoresi Uomo.
I'm a 24 year old male that likes something rugged yet modern. I have recently noticed that I really tend to like fragrances that are masculine and contain geranium, rosemary, lavender, sage, etc... I like some woods to be mixed in as well too. Chypres are something that I have also noticed that I have taken a liking too, many of which contain oud wood and rose combinations. I'm hoping this helps to define some of my fragrance preferences so that more accurate suggestions can be made.
As I have smelled more fragrances, I have started to pull away from the current male fragrance trends that are more unisex and I have really been enjoying:
Paco Rabanne Pour Homme
Azzaro Pour Homme
Van Cleef and Arpels Pour Homme
YSL Rive Gauche
While I like these in my collection, I would like to have some less dated versions of these types of scents.
My question is, based on some of the fragrances I just listed above, what are some similar and modernized versions of those fragrances?
Thanks in advance...
My recommendation is Lorenzo Villoresi Uomo.
I recommend: Penhaligon's Sartorial, MDCI Invasion Barbare and 1725 HdP.
Very cool to hear a younger guy enjoying these great old school masculines. The frags that you mention are such complex compositions that it's a little hard to name others that are both similar and yet more modern. But here's couple shots at it:
I'd recommend giving Annick Goutal's Eau du Sud a try. It's less of a powerhouse than the ones you list but it fits the description of a modern herbal chypre very well. YSL Jazz is a great geranium fougere that I think feels pretty modern. The timeless rosemary/rose/lemon edc thing is worth a shot, too: Acqua di Parma's Colonia is a great one. Parfums de Nicolai Nicolai Pour Homme is a really nicely done green lavender fougere that feels quite modern, I think. Domenico Caraceni's eponymous masculine, usually called 1913 on the boards, might scratch your rose itch. It's definitely a reference to 80's masculines but with cleaner lines.
Let us know what you decide on. Happy sniffing.
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When I read herbaceous I immediately thought about Yatagan, but probably it's not this wonderful beast that you're looking for at this point.
Thanks for the suggestions so far. I have started to research all of the suggestions given to me so far. Anyone have more suggestions?
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Guy Laroche Horizon
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I will add 2:
Jo Malone - 154
Acqua di Parma -Cipresso di Toscana
For the rose and geranium, you could try Czech & Speake's No.88. I'm not a huge fan, but I seem to be in the minority on this one. Sticking with this combination, but more to my liking, is Frederic Malle's Une Rose or Noir Epices. Others in the C&S line, such as Oxford and Cambridge (a very good lavender), might also be to your liking.
And I'd enthusiastically agree with a previous recommendation of Yatagan. Also, have you tried Caron's Le Troisemme Homme? It's a good'un.
I agree with Lorenzo Villoresi Uomo.
Another one for LV Uomo. This one is pretty rough, though, and smells vintage even though it really isn't, so it might not be exactly what you seek.
Also, I see you mention Rive Gauche in the OP, and ask for something more modern. Rive Gauche is a modernized aromatic fougere with your notes, so you might revisit that see if you can pick up those revised facets (smooth patch, lightly sweetened anise, dash of clove, overall "smoothed out" feel).
I will also +1 Penhaligon's Sartorial, MDCI Invasion Barbare and 1725 Historie de Parfums. These are the nu-fougeres. I'm not sure I would call them aromatic/herbal, though: the notes are there, but they are hyper-smooth and very modern.
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Definitely looks like I'm gonna have to check out Penhaligon's Sartorial, MDCI Invasion Barbare and 1725 Historie de Parfums! I'm definitely interested in Uomo as well.
If you have access to a L´Occitane store near you I would recommend this gem. Unfortunately it´s being discontinued worlwide. I was lucky enough to snag the last two from my town.
The Dreamer from Versace: what does this scent have that is so alluring and enticing towards the opposite sex ?
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It's not very modern since it was released in the 80's,
but based on my limited experience with herbaceous scents,
I would highly recommend Aramis New West for Him.
It's very herbaceous and masculine, I don't get much "aquatic" out
of it, although some do.
And I'd add a +1 for the aforementioned Guy Laroche Horizon.
I should also add that based on your affinity for Geranium, Lavender and Sage,
Ungaro III might also fit the bill, but again--like New West--it's not quite as modern
as what you may be looking for.
Very cool to hear a younger guy enjoying these great old school masculines.
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+1 on Villoresi, actually pretty much most of his line. He's really good at herbaceous notes. Colonia is really nice, Yermabate a bit daring but worth a sniff.
Eau de Baux, Occitane and Tzar VC&A might be up your alley too
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I agree w Yatagan too.
Also, I'll add Versace Black Jeans, it is similar to Rive... discontinued but can be found easily.
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Bogart - less woods and dirt, more aromatics and leather than KF. Rugged, inexpensive, and fairly versatile.
L'Ombre Dans L'Eau - a office-friendly (if you don't over-spray) unisex rose that's a bit more green and somwhat less sweet than C&S No. 88.
you may want to sample:
Domenico Caraceni 1913 (rose, tobacco, geranium)
Serge Lutens Gris Clair (lavendar)
Guerlain Habit Rouge Eau de Parfum (oudh based oriental)
Parfumerie Generale Corps et Ames (woods chypre)