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    Default Searching for my signature "sparkling citrus"

    I have been wearing colognes for years, but I never really put too much thought into it. I usually just bought one bottle at a time (usually an aquatic) and used it until I ran out, then went and bought another (usually an aquatic). Lately I have read Turin and Sanchez's guide and have been getting more interested, and want to start to put together a nice wardrobe. I admit that aquatics smell nice and I do like them, but I want to branch out into some more "serious" fragrances that aren't so synthetic. I do not really care for really heavy, spicy scents.

    Let me try to explain what I'm looking for in my limited frag-speak:

    I want a bright sparkling citrus, maybe leaning more to the sour orange side than the lemon side. I like green herbal notes, but more towards the peppery torn basil leaf or minty side than the resinous pine or cedar. To be honest, I wouldn't mind a slight floral sweetness, maybe a touch of tea-rose or jasmine. Violet leaf in limited doses is appreciated. Even though I appreciate the bracing freshness of citrus, I want the scent to be rounded out with a ginger-y, creamy warmth so that it isn't totally dry. I also appreciate some woods in the base, but nothing with that hamster cage bedding feel that some colognes tend to have.

    I really have no idea if what I've described makes any sense. I do appreciate the overused "fresh, clean" aesthetic often used to describe the aquatics, but I want something a little more grown up without getting too musky or spicy.

    I don't mind spending some money for a quality fragrance. Maybe a Chanel or Guerlain would be a good place to start? Creed is intriguing, but alot of people seem to think it's overrated.

    What I currently have: Grey Flannel (interesting, but a tad too much violet leaf sweetness--what is that weird fizzy opening?); Beyond Paradise Men (I know this is polarizing, but I love the juicy tropical feel of this, but it disappears on me so fast and is very linear); Cool Water; an old bottle of Aramis that belonged to my grandfather; Shalimar edp (don't really wear this out--afraid it's too feminine, but sometimes I wear it at home); Eternity Summer (bought this several months ago--safe, but boring); He Wood (bought a year ago-way too much violet leaf); Acqua di Gio (really old bottle with maybe 2 sprays left); Bulgari Black (blind bought at a good price based on Turin's rave, not sure what I feel about this yet, feels more winterish).

    I have noticed since I have been paying alot more attention to fragrances lately is that the really sweet colognes actually give me a dull headache. Also, I notice the aquatics disappear on me almost in every case within 3 or 4 hours.

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    Default Re: Searching for my signature "sparkling citrus"

    Perhaps Sienne D'Orange by The Different Company might work for you.

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    M; Men by Matsushima.

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    Default Re: Searching for my signature "sparkling citrus"

    Even though a lot of people here at Base Notes really dislike "sport" fragrances, and really dislike Armani Code Sport, personally, I love it! From your description, it seems like it could fit the bill-It's got citrus, mint, and ginger, and it has a fizzy feel to it. It's a great refreshing fragrance.

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    Not sure what you feel about grapegruit, but Hermes Eau de Pamplemousse Rose is so far my favourite for a citrus-dominated yet balanced scent... it has some floral rounding and a nice hint of a woody drydown, but the zing of grapefruit zest comes through. People seem to have very varying experiences with longevity -- it's pretty good on me, 6-8 hours. Not much sillage, more a skin scent. Have a sniff!

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    An easy to find suggestion is Givenchy Play. It's more of a sweet/smooth orange, some pepper, a light sandalwood note and some vetiver in the base. Hints of florals within, and a hint of coffee, but mostly a clean sparkling orange and light wood. It's extremely versatile, too.

    I've got to go get ready for work - I'll think of more suggestions and post later.

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    Terre d'Hermes would be fitting for a non-lemony sparkling citrus with more depth and complexity but it has no sweetness in it. Whereas Minotaure is creamier and warmer but I'm not sure you can call it sparkling.

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    You might also want to consider Bvlgari Pour Homme Extreme.

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    Welcome!

    Hermes Concentree d'oranges vertes is a striking sour lime-orange with green touches. No woody base, though, and as all good citruses, it's not especially long lasting. But great if what one is looking for is the citrus blast.
    Eau de Cartier (the regular) has more violet leaf and a woody base.

    In the past, Eau Sauvage and Chanel Pour Monsieur (regular, not concentree) would have done, but Eau sauvage has been thinned, and CPM is not sold in the US.

    cacio

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    i guess you might like:
    loewe solo
    mugler cologne

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    Default Re: Searching for my signature "sparkling citrus"

    Aqua Universalis Forte by Maison Francis Kurkdjian also check out the EDT version

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    On the cheap side Mugler Cologne fits the bill, but I think you would really like Frapin L'humaniste.

    And for a lighter violet frag try Bvlgari Man, gets bashed a lot but I think it's quite nice.

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    terre d'hermès or my new favorite, citrus & woods by yardley.
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    Default Re: Searching for my signature "sparkling citrus"

    Xerjoff excel at sparkling citrus, you may want to check out Kobe and 1861 from their line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balthazar View Post
    You might also want to consider Bvlgari Pour Homme Extreme.
    + 1
    Seasonal favorites :

    Winter : The Dreamer & Burberry London
    Spring-Autumn : Bvlgari Pour Homme & Prada Man
    Summer : Bvlgari Aqva & Aqua Fahrenheit
    All-Rounders : Terre D'Hermes & Bleu de Chanel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke Hunt View Post
    Xerjoff excel at sparkling citrus, you may want to check out Kobe and 1861 from their line.
    I definitely second Duke Hunt on his recommendations, just would like to add the following:

    - Xerjoff 1861 - Pure, Clean, airy (Citrus Paradise)
    - Xerjoff Kobe - Citrus with Woods (Mysterious concoction)
    - Xerjoff Nio - Staring over Fields of Bergamotta

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    Here are four that I highly recommend in order of my favorites for sparkling citrus notes.

    Parfums d' Empire Azemour is simply the very best orange citrus fragrance I have ever smelled. It is extremely beautiful. It is a chypre fragrance so there is a dryness at the base of the citrus. It is very clean and refreshing but is also kind of dry.

    Editions Frederic Malle Bigarade Concentree is incredibly good. There is a slight dirty note in the base of this scent that makes it very interesting after the tangerine orange scent.

    Villoresi Aqua di Colonia is an incredibly nice neroli and bergamot eau de cologne. It does sparkle.

    Hermes Concentree d' Orange Verte is a personal favorite of mine. However, there green, orange + clean minty herbal notes that blend out the the citrus a little bit. Highly recommended.

    Atelier Orange Sanguine is still their best selling fragrance and it contains 3 different types of orange ingredients. Very orange. Bois Blonds by the same company is also a nice orange scent with a very dominant light woods base (bois blonds).
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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    An easy to find suggestion is Givenchy Play. It's more of a sweet/smooth orange, some pepper, a light sandalwood note and some vetiver in the base. Hints of florals within, and a hint of coffee, but mostly a clean sparkling orange and light wood. It's extremely versatile, too.
    +1 and try:

    Sel de Vetiver by Different Company - Upon application, one is treated to a refreshing mixture of tangy grapefruit commingling with the mild spiciness of cardamon. A vetiver undercurrent imparts its reedy and grassy facets, and carries the almost airy opening to its metamorphic heart. Here, parsley-like liveche imparts its celery-like and faintly anise facets and interplays with the cardamon to foster a medicinal and salty illusion, while geranium add its lemony and slightly peppery, herbaceous quality. And, a creamy floralcy from ylang-ylang flutters about the fragrant, rooty and woody aspects of a pronounced vetiver. Transitioning to the comforting base, iris with its violet-like and powdery character interplays with a musty, yet peppery, earthiness from patchouli. Salicylates impart a faint odor of sunbathing lotion, while the smoky aspect of the vetiver now comes into its own. A mellow drydown ensues. This somewhat light composition have average projection and longevity.

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    CK One Shock for Him by Calvin Klein - One is initially treated to a mildly fresh accord. Clementine, with its sweet orangey and faint floral facets, lavender with its clean, herbal character, as well as cumcumber, with its medicinal, sea-like aspect, all commingle in a brisk concoction. A cloud of something, perhaps aldehydes or the cryptic, energy drink accent, imparts an effervescence to the invigorating blend. Transitioning to the heart, a field day with herbs is had. Leafy, black basil, with its licorice accent, vivacious and woody black pepper as well as mildly spicy and sweet cardamom encase the opening. A nascent tobacco serves as a backdrop to the herbal jubilation. Segueing to the base, the rich and spicy tabacco has come into full bloom, while an earthy mustiness of patchouli flitters about. A pleasant ambrene wood infuses its laurel-like, sweet and spicy, woody overtures. And, a casheran musk imparts its velvety, somewhat floral bouquet. An enjoyable drydown ensues. This versatile composition is an all-season scent with average projection and average longevity, 6-8 hours. Its favorable price point makes this fragrance even more welcomed.

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    Default Re: Searching for my signature "sparkling citrus"

    As others mentioned, Terre d'Hermes is great for orange. Kenzo Tokyo has nice ginger/citrus accords. Lorenzo Villoresi Acqua di Colonia is difficult to find, but has great sparkly citrus offset with spices.
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    If you want truly sparkling citrus - it's Frapin L'Humaniste. Terre d'Hermes is nice, but it aint a sparkling citrus by any means. It's an elegant Dad scent. Younger dad, but still Dad IMO.

    Honorable mention goes to Creed Silver Mountain Water, which sparkles kinda like 7Up.

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    Prelude to Heaven By Kilian: Orange, Orange Blossom and Iris, fresh and very natural smelling.
    Bamboo Harmony By Kilian: Citrus and tea... this is the best citrus opening I have EVER experienced!
    Eau d'Orange Verte, Hermes: Orange and oakmoss, short longevity, classic eau de cologne.

    And for an easily available designer, Varvatos Artisan: Musky orange with a touch of woods, short longevity. Natural smelling.

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    Its not exactly what you described but you may like Cartier - Declaration
    TOP 3 hot weather:

    1. Gucci Pour Homme II
    2. Creed Millesime Imperial
    3. Lalique Encre Noire


    TOP 3 cold weather:

    1. Dior Homme
    2. Eau Des Baux
    3. L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme
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    Default Re: Searching for my signature "sparkling citrus"

    Another vote for Xerjoff 1861 from me.

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    Eau Sauvage by Dior! Prominent citruses from the first spray!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke Hunt View Post
    Xerjoff excel at sparkling citrus, you may want to check out Kobe and 1861 from their line.
    This ^

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    Another one for Xerjoff 1861.
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    Default Re: Searching for my signature "sparkling citrus"

    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    ...Hermes Concentree d'oranges vertes is a striking sour lime-orange with green touches. No woody base, though, and as all good citruses, it's not especially long lasting. But great if what one is looking for is the citrus blast...
    I agree.

    Note to OP: Good, sparkling citruses do NOT last long, that's how you know it's 'natural' because citrus notes in nature are fleeting.

    If you don't mind something a bit more tenacious (and synthetic) then do try Orange Sanguine by Atelier and/or Acqua Viva by Profumum. Word of caution: These are both very expensive fragrances.
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    Sample Le Jardin du Poète, by Eau d' Italie. It checks with a lot of your criteria: sparkling citrus, green herbal notes, basil, rounded off by a great cypress/vetiver base. Longevity is good for this type of fragrance. Smells very very natural.

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    Another one for Concentré d'Orange Verte

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    Ok, here's one that I'd almost recommend blind buying since it's so cheap: Le Roy Soleil by Dali. The name translates to "The Sun King" and it is fitting. Le Roy Soleil is about a bright, tart, yet slightly sweet citrus - grapefruit and orange zest, mainly, along with a hint of jasmine and geranium, over a slightly woody ambery base. There's an aquatic note that is seamlessly blended with the citric elements, and the woody amber base is 'glowing' in a sense. Yes, there's some cedar, but it is NOT the hamster cage variety.

    Overall, a wonderful warm and dreamy scent. It's not sparkling in a crystalline sense, but more of a 'radiant and warm glow.'

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