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    Default Ten most masculine niche scents

    Hello fellow BaseNoters!

    I am working on a shopping list on niche scents.

    Down here, the offering of such kind of fumes is quite limited. For instance, a local distributor sells some Creeds, but not Bois de Portugal; it also sells some Goutals, but not the most interesting ones, like the ones included in Les Orientalistes. The offering of Bond and JHaG is quite complete, but these are not akin to my tastes. Chanel sells its Les Exclusifs line, but except for Sycomore and Russian Leather, I find them too femenine.

    So the question is which ten niche scents would you recommend as being the most masculine ones?

    I am thinking of the following ones:

    1. Villoresi's Incenso,
    2. Sandalo,
    3. Uomo
    4. Spezie,

    5. Creed's Bois de Portugal,

    6. MPG's Parfum D'Habit
    7. MPG's Santal Noble

    8. Mazzolari Lui

    But would like to add to the list something else by other Houses, like Parfumerie General, Parfums D'Empire or Patricia de Nicolai.

    You must as well suggest others (and do aside the ones previously mentioned if you think they are not "ballsy" enough) provided complexity is one if the main characteristic of your suggestions.

    Thanks in advanced!

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    PdN's New York is probably one, but it's similar to Creed's BdP.

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    Nos. 3, 5 and 7 on your list are all excellent. If you can get Tom Ford's line there, also try TF Extreme for Men.

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    L'ombre Fauve by Parfumerie Generale
    Coze by Parfumerie Generale
    Cuir Ottoman by Parfum d'Empire (if you like leather)
    New York by Parfums de Nicolai

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    Default Re: Ten most masculine niche scents

    Kitana - Atelier Flou
    Bois Du Portugal - Creed
    Tabarome - Creed
    Arome 3 Tradition - D'Orsay
    Cardinal - Heeley
    1828 - Histoires De Parfums
    L'Eau De Caporal - L'Artisan Parfumeur
    Arboretum - Le Prince Jardinier
    Aoud Forest - Montale
    Attar - Montale

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    +1 on MPG's Parfum D'Habit, MPG's Santal Noble, Mazzolari Lui, Cuir Ottoman...I'll add

    Knize Ten
    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    French Lover
    Eau Des Iles
    1740
    Xerjoff Homme
    Leather Oud
    Fareb
    Oud Cuir D'Arabie
    Exhale
    Or Black
    Route Du Vetiver
    Etro Vetiver
    Cummings the Fragrance
    (or 2nd Cumming)


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    MPG Santal Noble
    HdP 1725 Casanova
    Creed Aventus
    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Knize Ten/Knize Ten Golden Edition
    MDCI Invasion Barbare
    Creed Bois du Portugal
    Comme de Garcons Wonderwood
    Divine L'homme de Coeur
    Houbigant Fougere Royale (re-release)

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    I second many of the ones suggested by previous posters. PdN New York used to be the reference, but note that Luca Turin claims it has been watered down by IFRA regulations - I haven't smelled the recent one. I know little of PdE or PG, but I greatly enjoyed the green masculine Eau de Gloire. In your list, I own, and love, Mazzolari Lui.

    My list of butch niche frags:
    Knize Ten (elegant, but butch, ambery leather)
    Tauer Air du desert marocain (dry, incensy, woody)
    Le Labo Patchouli 24 (explosion at chemical factory)
    Etat Libre d'Orange Rien (bitter leather)
    Etat Libre d'Orange Je suis un homme (classical citrus-woods-leather-resins)
    Kurkdjian Absolue pour le soir (musky leathery)
    Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan (musky dirty)
    Tauer Lonestar Memories (phenolic woody)
    Dior Leather oud (as per name)
    Goutal Sables (helichrysum)

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    Guerlain's Derby and Mouchoir de Monsieur...at a niche price point
    L'Artisan's L'eau du Navigateur

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    Eau d`Italie Bois du Ombrie
    Penhaligon`s Douro
    Tom Ford Italian Cypress
    Serge Lutens Chène

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    PDN - Patchouli Homme

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    Ysl rive gauche

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    I second, among others:

    Bois Du Portugal - Creed
    Tabarome - Creed
    Knize Ten

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    CdG Wonderwood...it smells like wood...I don't think girls want to smell like wood.

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    Amouage - Epic
    Creed - Bois du Portugal
    MDCI - Invasion Barabare
    Knize Ten
    Guerlain - Derby
    Frederic Malle - French Lover
    Odori - Tobacco
    Guerlain - Dandy
    PDN - New York
    Tom Ford - Tuscan Leather

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    I will add:

    Hermes - Rocabar
    Mazzolari - Lui
    Mark Birley
    Houbigant - Fougere Royale

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    Default Re: Ten most masculine niche scents

    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    +1 on MPG's Parfum D'Habit, MPG's Santal Noble, Mazzolari Lui, Cuir Ottoman...I'll add

    Knize Ten
    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    French Lover
    Eau Des Iles
    1740
    Xerjoff Homme
    Leather Oud
    Fareb
    Oud Cuir D'Arabie
    Exhale
    Or Black
    Route Du Vetiver
    Etro Vetiver
    Cummings the Fragrance
    (or 2nd Cumming)
    Question: is it possible to get Or Black from anyone besides the perfumer?

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    i will limit it to 6 if we talk about something i like very much, and would have a hard time imagining on a woman:

    parfum d'habit
    jardin du nil
    eau du iles
    oud cuir d'arabie
    bois d'orage
    vetiver extraordinaire

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    Default Re: Ten most masculine niche scents

    Quote Originally Posted by BurgundyMarsh View Post
    Question: is it possible to get Or Black from anyone besides the perfumer?
    It pops up now and then on ebay and on the sales thread here. I haven't found a reliable place online to purchase it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A. Homme View Post
    PdN's New York is probably one, but it's similar to Creed's BdP.
    Better than BdP imo. But wearable for women too I think.

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    I'll add Odori Tabacco. It's Pure Havane for those with chest hair.

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    Knize-Ten
    Creed-Green Irish Tweed
    Creed-Bois du Portugal
    Puredistance-M
    PdN-New York
    MDCI-Invasion Barbare
    Guerlain-Derby
    HdP-1740 Marquis De Sade
    Creed-Tabarome
    Amouage-Epic man
    Chanel-Sycomore
    Tom Ford- Tuscan Leather
    Mazzolari-Lui
    Last edited by Duke Hunt; 7th April 2012 at 05:28 PM.

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    Default Re: Ten most masculine niche scents

    Thanks to you all for your replies! I will take some time and tally all answers, that way we will have an extensive list of niche scents considered masculine at the time my question was posted.

    Thanks again to you all!

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    Default Re: Ten most masculine niche scents

    Here they are, the most masculines as per the felow BNoters who kindly replied to my post.

    Bois Du Portugal is considered the most manly. Next to it are Knize Ten, New York, Derby and Invastion Barbare, Tabarome, Mazzolari Lui.

    1 Bois Du Portugal - 6 mentions
    2 Knize Ten - 5
    3 New York - 4
    4 Derby - 3
    5 Invasion Barbare - 3
    6 Tabarome - 3
    7 Lui - 3

    These ones got two mentions each (in alphabetical order)

    8 Eau Des Iles
    9 Epic
    10 1740
    11 Fougere Royale
    12 French Lover
    13 Green Irish Tweed
    14 Oud Cuir D'Arabie
    15 Parfum D'Habit
    16 Santal Noble
    17 Tabbaco
    18 Tuscan Leather
    19 Vetiver Extraordinaire
    20 Wonderwood

    These have only one mention each (also in alphabetical order).

    21 1725
    22 1828
    23 Absolue pour le soir
    24 Aoud Forest
    25 Arboretum
    26 Arome 3 Tradition
    27 Attar
    28 Bois d'Orage
    29 Bois du Ombrie
    30 Cardinal
    31 Chène
    32 Coze
    33 Creed Aventus
    34 Cuir Ottoman
    35 Cummings the Fragrance
    36 Dandy
    37 Dior Leather oud
    38 Douro
    39 Etro Vetiver
    40 Exhale
    41 Fareb
    42 Italian Cypress
    43 Jardin du Mil
    44 Je suis un homme
    45 Kitana
    46 L' Air du desert marocain
    47 L'Aur du Navigateur
    48 L'Eau De Caporal
    49 L'homme de Coeur
    50 L'ombre Fauve
    51 Le Labo Patchouli 24
    52 Leather Oud
    53 Lonestar Memories
    54 M
    55 Mark Birley
    56 Mouchoir de Monsieur
    57 Muscs Koublai Khan
    58 Or Black
    59 Patchouli Homme
    60 Rien
    61 Route Du Vetiver
    62 Sables
    63 Sandalo
    64 Spezie
    65 Sycomore
    66 Tabbaco
    67 Uomo
    68 Xerjoff Homme

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    Quote Originally Posted by BurgundyMarsh View Post
    Question: is it possible to get Or Black from anyone besides the perfumer?
    I got both the vintage and the current from the marketplace...


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    Puredistance M
    Xerjoff Homme
    Xerjoff Richwood
    Creed Vintage Tabarome
    Invasion Barbare MDCI
    Absolue pour le soir MFK
    Turtle Vetiver Exercise 1 Les Nez
    Black Aoud Montale
    1740 Histoires de Parfums
    Oud Luban Aftelier Perfumes

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    Quote Originally Posted by cologne connoisseur View Post
    If you can get Tom Ford's line there, also try TF Extreme for Men.
    I don't understand this...In Style magazine named this one of the top 10 men scents too (most were the usual designer ones..as somewhat expected)...man this stuff just comes across as a floral powdery incense bomb that just seems too feminine. Hrmm ill put it into open testing next week but thats my take on it anyway.
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    Frank Los Angeles 2, my first niche bottle and sort of a best-kept secret fragrance. I don't see it mentioned a lot. Definitely masculine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by My_pep_pep View Post
    Frank Los Angeles 2, my first niche bottle and sort of a best-kept secret fragrance. I don't see it mentioned a lot. Definitely masculine.
    I agree. A great masculine scent.
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    Off the top of my head and without looking at the other responses these are the 10 most masculine niche fragrances I can think of. By the way, this kind of fragrance works well on any woman, especially very feminine types, who might want to lift up the assertive side their persona with a masculine contrasting element. It's like adding a black leather biker jacket or a kick ass tattoo onto your self that comes off at the end of the day.

    1. Dior Leather Oud
    2. Parfum d' Habit
    3. Mazzolari Lui
    4. Lonestar Memoires
    5. Patchouli 24
    6. SMN Nostalgia
    7. Slumberhouse Vikt
    8. Mona di Orio Cuir
    9. Knize Ten
    10. Or Black

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