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    Anyone have recommendations for a masculine osmanthus? Or even something that is easily unisex.

    It seems to be one of my favorite floral notes.
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    Osmanthe Yunnan by Hermes

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    Default Re: A masculine osmanthus?

    Have three currently in my collection with the note in the title. Don't know how you would view them.

    Osmanthe Yunnan by Hermes
    Osmanthus by The Different Company
    Osmanthus Interdite by Parfums D'Empire

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    SL Nuit de Cellophane, 2nd TDC Osmanthus, OJ Osmanthus. Paired with oud: Mona di Orio Oud.

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    +1 Hermessence. It has a note of black tea, which seems perfect for men too.

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    +1 for The Different Company Osmanthus
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    I think this note is open to more use as a featured partner with other notes than we get to see.

    The TDC & Hermes are lovely, albeit pretty straight ahead, Daim Blond and one or two others use it as part of a suede accord. I think I have seen osmanthus used in more varied ways in Chinese Desserts than perfumes, actually I would like to check out Parfums d'Empire's take on it.

    I think it could work really well with something dark, green, smoky - drop it into a Memoir Man type thing. Oud also sounds like a contender as a dancing partner - makes sense to me.

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    These two fragrances are noticeably osmanthus in formula while they wear the name of the sexier bold notes - oud & patchouli

    L' Artisan Parfumeur Patchouli Patch - osmanthus is the principal note to backdrop patchouli in this scent.
    Mona di Orio Oud EDP Intense - utilizes Osmanthus Absolute to provide the fuzzy sueded mid notes to provide a soft landing for oud.
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    Default Re: A masculine osmanthus?

    I love TDC Osmanthus and wear it without a problem, but it does play a bit on the feminine side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by volley2 View Post
    Osmanthe Yunnan by Hermes
    +1 My first thought on osmanthus.
    "...put on clothes that are well-scented with incense. Even if you’re somewhere where no one special will see you, you still feel a heady sense of pleasure inside." Things that make your heart beat fast (translated by Meredith McKinney), Sei Shonagon. The Pillow Book.

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    Thanks for the many recommendations. I tested Osmanthe Yunnan and was thoroughly impressed with it, but thought I would prefer it on a lady. I will try it again, and see if I can like it for myself.

    I do appreciate the many other recommendations. I will try as many of these as I can.
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    Osmanthus by The Different Company is a soapy composition, but it may be too sweet for you. Nonetheless, I feel its architecture leans toward the masculine side more so than Osmanthe Yunnan by Hermes.

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    IMO Osmanthus is one of the most feminine notes in perfumery. Osmanthe Yunnan is terrific and, personally, I don't have any problem to pull it off, but when thinking about the fragrance, "masculine" is the last adjective that comes to mind. That being said, the only masculine fragrance listing osmanthus that I know, is Donna Karan DK For Men


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    Another vote for The Different Company
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    Default Re: A masculine osmanthus?

    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    IMO Osmanthus is one of the most feminine notes in perfumery. Osmanthe Yunnan is terrific and, personally, I don't have any problem to pull it off, but when thinking about the fragrance, "masculine" is the last adjective that comes to mind. That being said, the only masculine fragrance listing osmanthus that I know, is Donna Karan DK For Men
    I totally agree with alfarom. Osmanthus is a huge floral note. It is what it is.

    scentsitivity - have you smelled Une Crime Exotique by Parfumerie Generale? It's a gourmand with a unique floral (osmanthus) accord in the middle of it. I thoroughly enjoyed it when I sampled it years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post

    scentsitivity - have you smelled Une Crime Exotique by Parfumerie Generale? It's a gourmand with a unique floral (osmanthus) accord in the middle of it. I thoroughly enjoyed it when I sampled it years ago.
    No, I haven't. I will have to try it sometime soon!
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    Today I am testing Isabey's L’Ambre de Carthage, which has the following notes, per Luckyscent:

    Cistus, Bergamot , Osmanthus, Jasmine Tea, Patchouli, Amber, Sandalwood, Olibanum, Musk

    An EdP which Luckyscent lists as a masculine. I would the osmanthus definitely comes out here. I would say this is unisex. A bit tart on my skin. Seems to stay close to the skin as well. Not especially pleasing to me.
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    Default Re: A masculine osmanthus?

    Interesting notes in that one, and I am intruegued by the tea note. Seems like it would be overpowered by the other notes listed though.
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    When I smell jasmine tea, it is tea overwhelmed by jasmine. The florals outshine the tea here.
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    Default Re: A masculine osmanthus?

    Quote Originally Posted by scentsitivity View Post
    When I smell jasmine tea, it is tea overwhelmed by jasmine. The florals outshine the tea here.
    As both a perfume enthusiast and professional perfumer I am among what may already be the majority of perfumers and designers who see all perfumes as being appropriate for any man or woman who likes them and wants to wear them. Thus the sharp increase of entire lines of unisex perfumes, including huge florals. Prior to WWI perfumes were unisex and generally each family bought one bottle to be used by everyone in the family. For some reason after WWI men began to see perfume as too feminine and stopped buying and wearing it. To get men to start again they came out with "special" ultra masculine, not sweet, no flowers, probably mega stink bombs that surely no lady would even have a nightmare about wearing, and called them perfumes for men. And with this, the whole can of worms was opened and men's and women's perfumery has been split. But as times have changed the lines between them have grown smaller and smaller to where now we are at at a point were so many perfumes overlap that it's really no longer sensible to launch them as anything but unisex.

    Now for a simple answer to the topic question: Dame Perfumery Scottsdale has a wonderful series of soliflores at very affordable prices including Osmanthus. All are for men and women. I recommend them to everyone.

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    Default Re: A masculine osmanthus?

    +1 on Mona Di Orio Oud.

    Also Parfums de Marly Herod, I know that tobacco is the dominant note, but to me the osmanthus is right behind, especially the first few hours, the floral sweetness doesn't overpower but it certainly is there.
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    Default Re: A masculine osmanthus?

    Quote Originally Posted by HackerX View Post
    +1 on Mona Di Orio Oud.

    Also Parfums de Marly Herod, I know that tobacco is the dominant note, but to me the osmanthus is right behind, especially the first few hours, the floral sweetness doesn't overpower but it certainly is there.

    +1 for Parfums de Marly Herod...the osmanthus note is one reason that I fell so hard for this one! We have several osmanthus shrubs and few florals are more intoxicating.

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    Being increasingly convinced that, although listed as feminine, Naturelle Osmanthus by Yves Rocher is actually quite unisex
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    Default Re: A masculine osmanthus?

    Another good one is Brooklyn Perfume Company Oud
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