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    Default Under the radar (designer) winners

    Name the designer fragrance you enjoy that is rarely mentioned on here.

    Then explain what you like about it.



    Jacomo for Men (Jacomo Silver)

    - Non-sweet, sharp plum & pineapple notes with a vetiver and slightly powdery base.
    - A masculine oriental that is not outstanding but not boring.
    - Versatile, complex, evolving
    - Smells expensive and unique but is around $25.
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    Giorgio for Men

    I love it's well-blended amazing mix of patchouli, honey, amber and moss. Amazing potency and sillage. Great stuff. It has been a staple in my wardrobe over 20 years and the Arden re-release delivers the goods.
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    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)
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    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

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    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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    Ferre For Man (1986)

    - elegant
    - sophisticated
    - a bit challenging (which in my book is a big plus)
    - complex


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    Richard James EDT

    A very complex floral masculine release that wears brilliantly with formal attire.
    Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels so good.

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    My usual rec in these circumstances - Adidas Victory League.
    Some halfway breed between Boss Bottled and Allure Homme.
    Great fruity/spicy oriental at unbeatable prices.

    The (older) Cool Water flankers are as good as fruity aquatics get by the way, too.
    Smellin good

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    I'll mention one that is almost never talked about

    Joseph Abboud
    Similar in construction to Villoresi's uomo, this is a ballsy and well blended fragrance with citrus aromatics and spices and a big vetiver note. Bracing, no frills and comfortably charismatic.

    Topnote: Lemon, Orange, Basil, Bergamot

    Heartnote: Jasmine, Violet, Ginger, Thyme, Camomile, Black Pepper

    Basenote: Cardamom, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Musk, Ambergris

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    +1 Richard James
    +1 Giorgio for men

    Jacques Bogart Witness - love the cinnamon
    Hugh Parsons (Blue) - fresh, without being boring
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    Cerruti pour homme - elegant, spicy, sexy yet kind of formal

    Azzaro silver black - very aromatic, sort of quite smoky, very masculine and serious

    Lancome Hypnose Homme - spicy, sort of grassy almost fahrenheit vibe

    Carolina Hererra Chic for men - spicy, fresh but heavy at the same time, works wonders in winter and in summer too.

    Givenchy very irresistible for men - slightly gourmand like, sensual and radiant

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    Davidoff Relax- s spicy, understated, elegant powerhouse, strong and manly yet with a surprisingly clean vibe, at the same time, much less airy-aquatic than Cool Water
    Currently wearing: Eau des Baux by L'Occitane

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    For totally under the radar, and cheap, I recommend "Ironman" by Avon - yes, Avon. It is remarkably good smelling for the price.

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    Esencia - Loewe.
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    Almost anything from Jacques Bogart.

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    Carven Homme
    Vermeil for Men
    Etienne Aigner's Free Life
    Delon AD Plus

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    Oh, Vermeil for men too.
    FANTASTIC STUFF, that costs less than your lunch

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    I would like to recommend Aqaba for Men. Named after the beautiful Red Sea resort city in Jordan.
    This is from Miriam Mirani.

    Top-Cognac, Lemon
    Mid-white flowers, green notes
    Base-Sandalwood and Leather

    A wonderful mens fragrance that starts with a boozy citrus note. Over time it mellows and gets warmer and darker with the leather note. The white flowers and green notes provide the balance between the citrus and booze and the leather notes.
    Really nice fragrance.
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    Arabian Nights

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zgb View Post

    Givenchy very irresistible for men - slightly gourmand like, sensual and radiant
    + 1 Love the hazelnut vibe.

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    F pour Homme Black by Salvatore Ferragamo never ever gets mentioned. A smooth and I think sexy and simple fragrance with Lavender, Black Pepper, Coriander, Labdanum and Tonka. I am bored of all the scents at Macy's but I always go to this one and take a whiff. I really like it and keep thinking I should buy this one but never have. Of all the designer scents out there this one seems to have slipped under the radar.
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    2. Dior Leather Oud
    3. Perris Monte Carlo Oud Imperial Black
    4. Le Labo Patchouli 24
    5. Amouage Opus VII
    6. Byredo Bullion
    7. Masque Milano Russian Tea


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    Nicole Farhi Pour Homme - Cool, bleak, and captivating
    Formerly known as Inselaffe

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    Mario Valentino's Ocean Rain. Discontinued, but not too difficult to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    F pour Homme Black by Salvatore Ferragamo never ever gets mentioned. A smooth and I think sexy and simple fragrance with Lavender, Black Pepper, Coriander, Labdanum and Tonka. I am bored of all the scents at Macy's but I always go to this one and take a whiff. I really like it and keep thinking I should buy this one but never have. Of all the designer scents out there this one seems to have slipped under the radar.
    I agree, and this is a very seductive scent. Will buy it someday.

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    Halston 1-12

    Galbanum masterpiece with spicy accents and a beautiful Elsa Peretti "pinch" bottle, of Z-14 fame.
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    Animale Animale by Animale I heard was a sleeper

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    Quote Originally Posted by wampa View Post
    Animale Animale by Animale I heard was a sleeper
    +1. Very sweet and rich, and I can see the similarities to A*Men as one of my friends said.

    I also second the Hypnose Homme by Lancome suggestion. One of my favs right here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    F pour Homme Black by Salvatore Ferragamo never ever gets mentioned. A smooth and I think sexy and simple fragrance with Lavender, Black Pepper, Coriander, Labdanum and Tonka. I am bored of all the scents at Macy's but I always go to this one and take a whiff. I really like it and keep thinking I should buy this one but never have. Of all the designer scents out there this one seems to have slipped under the radar.
    I completely agree, F Black is very sexy and seductive.

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    I thought F Black had a cheap synthetic plastic smell which ruined it for me.

    Quiksilver is a very good aquatic-cum-sandalwood. The aquatic accord is very strong initially but soon settles down and the sandalwood (Australian) is unusually potent and long-lasting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wampa View Post
    Animale Animale by Animale I heard was a sleeper
    This one.

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    Mont Blanc Legend. I found this to be intriguing and yet versatile. I enjoyed this much more than the metallic Platinum Egoiste or the terrible and synthetic Davidoff Champion which it was compared to.

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    L'Homme de Couer by Divine - an enchanting take on iris through a masculine lens ...

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    Trussardi Inside.

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