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    Default Best designer fragrance of the last decade or so

    Most of my favorite fragrances to wear lately are designer frags -- Patou Pour Homme, Azzaro Pour Homme, Eau Sauvage, Caron Third Man, Hermes Bel Ami -- but they are almost all old, like decades old.

    In the last dozen years or so, YSL has made some solid additions to the male fragrance canon -- I'm thinking M7 Fresh and Rive Gauche Pour Homme. But when I think about new classics generated by designers, the list is short. I like Polo Modern Reserve, but calling it a new classic is a stretch.

    I was wondering what other people thought. What designer fragrances are coming out today that rank with the best of the best?
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    Terre d'Hermes
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6)
    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    Terre d'Hermes
    +1 for TdH

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    Default Re: Best designer fragrance of the last decade or so

    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    +1 for TdH
    +2 It's one of the few. I totally agree with UngerWoo. The new classics are not exactly in abundance. Even the truly imaginative designer entries (Bulgari Black, f'rinstance) aren't exactly becoming classics.
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    Some candidates from off the top of my head. Some of these are '98 and '99; hope that's close enough.

    Bulgari Black
    Le Feu d'Issey
    Rochas Man
    TdH

    If I had to pick one, it would be Le Feu d'Issey.
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    Bulgari Black, Gucci Pour Homme I

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    Dior Homme

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    Aqua Di Gio
    Right now I think that I have all the fragrances that I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noggs View Post
    Dior Homme
    +1 [but vintage, so sad that we already have to say that about a perfume of the last decade!]

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    Default Re: Best designer fragrance of the last decade or so

    Quote Originally Posted by gtsb View Post
    +1 [but vintage, so sad that we already have to say that about a perfume of the last decade!]
    Yeah - wow. That's almost a sign of a classic - reformulated, to the pain of many.
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    Default Re: Best designer fragrance of the last decade or so

    Allure Homme? A little over a decade but close enough. ^^

    Under heavy heavy bias, La Nuit. :P

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    Lalique Encre Noire
    Hermes TdH
    Bulgari Black
    TF Grey Vetiver

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    Dior Homme
    M7
    Shalimar Parfum Initial
    Tdh (Pure Parfum)
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    Dior Homme
    Pure Malt
    What I've been wearing far too much of lately:

    -Amouage Lyric Man
    -Guerlain Gourmand Coquin
    -Creed Jardin d'Amalfi


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    Default Re: Best designer fragrance of the last decade or so

    For the last decade, I'd go with:

    Burberry London (Come on, this stuff smells amazing and classy!)
    Pure Havane (An excellent gourmand with the slightest touch of tobacco)
    Rive Gauche (Smells like an old school classic, which is always good in my book)
    Juicy Couture Dirty English (Too bad they discontinued this one b/c it was a unique anti-unisex cologne)
    Bvlgari Aqva (A very unique take on the aquatic family that can be worn any season)
    "I am a robot and I like cheese"

    Top 5:
    1. Axe Kilo
    2. Lectric Shave
    3. Vicks Vapor Rub
    4. Febreze Pour Homme
    5. Preferred Stock

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    Rive Gauche, Dior Homme Intense, Mugler Cologne, Pure Havane

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    Yeah, for top gun amongst what I've smelled, I'm gonna have to go with TdH, with runner up to M7.

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    Agreed Terre d`Hermès

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    Quite difficult to say but I would

    - Terre d'Hermès
    - A*Men flankers, specially Pure Malt
    - M7
    - Dior Homme

    if only one probably Terre d'Hermès

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    M7...no question about it.

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    In no particular order:

    encre noire
    TdH (pure parfum)
    dior homme intense

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    Easy: Dior Homme
    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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    It´s fair to add Comme des Garçons, isn´t it ? Ill put Kyoto.

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    Halston Man Amber recently pushed Terre d'Hermes Pure Perfume off that shelf for me
    ointments and perfume delight the heart....

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    Terre d'Hermes

    Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa

    Duel by Annick Goutal

    Encre Noire by Lalique

    La Nuit De L'Homme by Yves Saint Laurent

    Infusion de Vétiver by Prada

    M7 by YSL

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    Default Re: Best designer fragrance of the last decade or so

    Terre D'Hermes

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    L'instant de Guerlain extreme EDP
    Dior Homme intense ( vintage)
    Terre d'Hermes
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    Default Re: Best designer fragrance of the last decade or so

    Terre d'Hermes
    M7
    Some Favorites
    1. Amouage Epic man
    2. Dior Leather Oud
    3. Perris Monte Carlo Oud Imperial Black
    4. Le Labo Patchouli 24
    5. Amouage Opus VII
    6. Byredo Bullion
    7. Norma Kamali Incense


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    I am going to give a bit of love to

    Roadster - Cartier

    Replaces Lavender with Mint and Ozone to present a crisp modern fougere that still has enough classic feel to have a wide range of appeal.....but you have to love mint.

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    +++ on Dior Homme
    +++ on YSL M7

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    Terre d'Hermes
    Dior Homme
    M7
    Rive Gauche PH
    Gucci PH I

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMF View Post
    Terre d'Hermes
    Dior Homme
    M7
    Rive Gauche PH
    Gucci PH I
    The answer to this question was always going to be between these 5.

    4 of which I dislike and 1 that is good but not FBW in my humble opinion.

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    Default Re: Best designer fragrance of the last decade or so

    Dior Homme
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    Default Re: Best designer fragrance of the last decade or so

    M7
    Pure Malt

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    - Terre d'Hermès
    - M7
    - Dior Homme

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenson View Post
    +++ on Dior Homme
    +++ on YSL M7
    probably betwen these 2 is the winner.
    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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    my top 10
    Top 10 :
    1-Strictly Private Baldessarini
    2-Pure Havane
    3-Midnight in Paris
    4-Amber Sultan -- Chergui
    5-Dunhill Desire -- Aigner Black
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    6-Seduction in Black -- La nuit de L'homme
    7-Angel Schlesser oriental edition II -- J.del Puzo Arabian Nights
    8-Versace PH -- Versace The Dreamer
    9-Mont Blanc Individuele -- Mont Blanc Legend
    10-Dirty English -- CK Shock -- CH men

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    Roadster de Cartier
    Chanel Allure Homme
    L'Instant de Guerlain
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    Best Designer fragrances of the last decade or so ( I can't just pick one) :

    Lauder Brasil Dream for Him
    YSL Rive Gauche pour Homme
    Burberry London
    YSL M7 ( either formula, but I strongly prefer newer one)
    Gucci pour Homme ( 2003 )
    CD Dior Homme
    Caron L'Anarchiste
    Michael Kors for Men
    TM Mugler Cologne
    Cartier Must l'essence pour Homme
    St Dupont Signature pour Homme
    Helmut Lang Cuiron
    CD Fahrenheit Absolute
    JPG Fleur du Male


    - I could add a few more for sure.

    - It all really depends on a persons taste. I've never really been a big gourmand guy (since I started posting on BNs), so while a recognize the quality of Guerlain L'instant pour Homme Extreme, I can't add it to my list. My list is more on my personal preferences. Ditto for Dior Homme Intense and AMen Pure Coffee.

    EDIT : I may have misinterpreted the OP's intention of the thread. I don't know if all of my choices will be considered the "new classics". But I do consider them to be the best of the best.
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    M7
    Terre d'Hermes
    Dior Homme
    Gucci PH
    Rive Gauche
    La Nuit De L'Homme
    Bvlgari Black
    Azzaro Visit
    Comme des Garcons 2 Man
    Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin

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    Default Re: Best designer fragrance of the last decade or so

    Agree with:

    Terre d'Hermes
    Dior Homme
    M7
    Rive Gauche PH
    Pure Havane

    My favorite from these is Terre d'Hermes.
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    Halston Man Amber is up there for me. Does not get a lot of attention around here nor does it have the longevity but it smells fantastic. In my top 5 in this cat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMF View Post
    Terre d'Hermes
    Dior Homme
    M7
    Rive Gauche PH
    Gucci PH I
    These five seem to be the most obvious choices. I guess it's a matter of taste, but I don't love them. I feel like Dior Homme is too feminine for me to get comfortable (and it's loud). Terre d'Hermes is good but it gets a little sharp and can be grating, I think. I see the artistry in it though. I get more mileage out of the others, but, with the exception of Rive Gauche, I don't think they hold a candle to any number of designer fragrances from previous decades.
    Christian Dior VetiverPatou Pour HommeChristian Dior Leather OudOrmonde Jayne Ormonde ManSerge Lutens Chene

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    Default Re: Best designer fragrance of the last decade or so

    For me, Paul Smith London. That's my 'wildcard' entry!

    Along the lines of conventional wisdom, Dior Homme.

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    From my limited exposure I'm going to have to vote for Terre D'Hermes Pure Parfum.

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    Pure Malt

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    Terre D'hermes.

    I like it alot of course, but mostly I think its because its a top-seller and, unlike a lot of the other suggestions, it's not discontinued or on the verge of being discontinued.

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    Terre d'Hermes for me too, both edt and parfum. I flip-flop between which version I prefer.

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    Terre d'Hermes

    I really didn't like it at first - the flinty/minerally character caught me by surprise. I tried it just before going running, and it grew on me quite a bit! Guess I have to try the other fragrances mentioned here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by UngerWoo View Post
    Terre d'Hermes is good but it gets a little sharp and can be grating, I think. I see the artistry in it though.
    I have the TdH pure Parfum, I do love the scent and artistry, it's one of the best designer scents, but because of its sharpness, doesn't get much wrist time. YSL M7 is the best designer frag of the last ten or so years that I've smelled.

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    Don't know about best but my top 3 would be....
    Bulgari Black, La Nuit de L'homme and Pure Malt

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    Terre d'Hermes
    Chanel Platinum
    Pure Malt

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    Although from 98, and sadly discontinued.. I have to say Gucci Envy.

    Aside from that, definitely in the past 10 years: TdH, VdH, Modern Reserve, Sycomore, Encre Noire, Vetiver Tonka, Ambre Narguile, Eau Duelle, Tam Dao, and a couple others.

    If I had to just pick one though.. I would say TdH

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    Cartier roadster
    dior homme
    ysl la nuit
    terre dhermes
    d&g ph (before reformulation)
    d&g the one
    gucci ph i
    prada infusion dhomme
    loewe 7
    lancome hypnose
    gucci by gucci
    bvlgari ph

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    Chanel Allure Homme

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    Default Re: Best designer fragrance of the last decade or so

    In random order:

    Terre D'Hermes
    Gucci Pour Homme I
    YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme
    Lalique Encre Noir
    Dior Homme and Dior Homme Intense

    Somehow, I haven't tried YSL M7 yet...

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