I am 26, living a very international life traveling and living in different countries, I dress well (more classy than modern and not metro) and work in a mixed environment both serious business with suits and informal construction site visits in the Caribbean and Africa.
I recently ran out of my first and only frag, Polo Double Black (PDB) which was a gift from my girlfriend. I agree with other reviews that the longevity was shit but I still feel loyal to it and plan on buying another bottle as soon as I find one.
In the mean time I am looking for a new scent(s) and need some help from Basenotes. I want a unique frag that isnt too womanly, isnt too old man barber shop, isnt offensive or overbearing and fits with my situation.
Here is what I have tried so far to give you a basis:
1. Creed - Green Irish Tweed: first frag I tried after PDB and both my gf and I were impressed
2. Creed - Original Vetiver: too soapy for me?
3. Creed - Aventus: got a compliment and a name request within five minutes of trying the frag, liked it a lot but still hesitant for some reason
4. Terre d' Hermes: really liked it but after a while a thought it might be too normal, which isnt necessarily a bad thing.
5. Amouage Dia Man: tried it and was amazed at the initial sweetness, to me it was like oak/cherry (maybe almond?) and my gf liked it as well but then something switched in my head and I had too much of a middle eastern oriental vibe which I dont dislike but it doesnt fit me.
So what should I try next? and what are your opinions on a rotation of 4 frags, PDB, GIT, TdH, and Aventus?
Cheers and no offense to old men in barber shops!
Last edited by The Maj; 28th October 2011 at 08:09 AM.
TOP 3 hot weather:
1. Gucci Pour Homme II
2. Lalique Encre Noire
3. Thierry Mugler Pure Energy
TOP 3 cold weather:
1. Dior Homme
2. Eau des Baux
3. L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme
I would suggest you try Le Labo Rose 31, good for warmer weather particularly but quite versatile and a very good fragrance.
I would also highly recommend trying Chanel Allure Homme Sport.
Bulgari Pour Homme
Chanel Pour Monsieur
Rose 31 is a stunner
Tobacco Vanille is incredible if you like sweet vanilla scents
Millesime Imperial is one of the top tier Creeds and a golden standard aquatic
and PdN New York also just made my list to try. Just wish i could get those little sample bottles easy so I dont have to keep bothering the clerks. They are probably wondering if I will ever buy something ... or maybe they are used to it.
To excellent and long list, I would add Sycomore by Chanel, or in general vetivers. Given your job, you probably need something tenacious, and vetivers like sycomore can be fresh but durable.
have you tried the dreamer versace? i think its suit for you. soft subtle cologne, not offensive, elegant its suit for formal occasion, very pleasing for people around you. but maybe not fit for outdoor activity like construction site.
terre d'hermes also great cologne , have same vibe, elegant n soft scent like the dreamer but imo match n great for outdoor activity beside of course for formal indoor occasion.
I just tried Chanel Pour Monsieur and the Pour Monsieur Concentree and unfortunately i didnt like either.
There is this smell that I can only define as "old barbershop" that i really dont like. Maybe someone can help me identify the ingredient which will help narrow my search.
Thanks and keep the info coming!!!!!!
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
Terre d'Hermes (parfum)
Heeley Sel Marin
Creed Virgin Island Water
L'Essence de Declaration
YSL Live Jazz
Montale Red Vetyver
Bond Riverside Drive
I just tried Chanel Bleu and am very happy with it!
I smelled Habit Rouge and that will be my next try, it smells really nice.
I want to try Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille as well but I am afraid that I dont like Vanilla in general. the last store didnt have all of tom ford' scents so i am still searching for TV.
I wore Bleu again tonight and was still impressed but the longevity isnt amazing! I think I will still have blue as part of my rotation. Bleu is my cheaper and less middle eastern Amouge Dia!
I'm not sure which BN'er mentioned this, but don't always do research on scents you are about to test. Sometimes reading reviews or looking at the scent's notes beforehand will deter you from trying something you would otherwise really like.
Also, take your time at the fragrance counter. Spray something on your wrist and walk away for five minutes. Scents tend to develop very differently for everyone--it might smell horrible to you on a fragrance stick and then great on your arm after five minutes.
As for scent suggestions:
Creed's Royal Oud (dry down is pretty great for some people)
Welcome to Basenotes buddy!