Bulgari Black for me. Tea, rubber, smoke and vanilla. Who would've thought it would be so great?
I know Gucci Pour Homme 1 contains 26 notes and smells like a walk in a cedar forest, a bonfire, freshly cut wood, or perhaps a cool autumn day with distant chimney smoke hanging in the cool, crisp, air, however, there is also Hanae Mori's "HM", Dior's "Fahrenheit", Blvgari's "Black", Mugler's "A*Men" and "Cologne" too, with it's certainly unique "S" note! lol However, which designer fragrances truly amaze you with either the sheer volume of different notes employed to create one cohesive, delightful whole, or in your opinion, create an amazing, alluring fragrance, by utilising some of the most creative, inventive, and/or very unique notes or combinations thereof? I love great depth, singularity, and complexity in my fragrances, so long as they smell awesome. I'm sure there are a great many niche ones, but this thread is about designer fragrances only. Thank you, guys.
V&R Antidote. Still not sure what to make of it, but I do know I like it...
I think Dior Fahrenheit is my pick. The fact it's been out so long and no one has tried to ever touch it speaks volumes.
Xeryus Rouge. Cactus & Kumquat, most peculiar !
Is Lush a designer brand? (certainly the prices are). If so, Breath of God, a combo of who knows how many things: burning plastic, vetiver, japanese candies, etc etc
One that is no more: Feu d'Issey. Tarte au citron - lemon, bread, white flowers, vitamins, fruits, etc etc
When I read the thread I was automatically thinking of Hanae Mori HM.
Citrus and green on top
Floral in the middle
Sweet, mossy and ambery at the base
Agree with Baldini - Antidote
Kouros : makes me think it was made by accident.
I agree on the A*Mens
+1 Fahrenheit, M7, Antidote
Bvlgari Man - an odd pairing of pear, lotus, vetiver, and honey
Burberry London - the mimosa is the odd note that really takes this scent to the next level
Narciso Rodriguez For Him - violets + patchouli + cucumber + wet cement.
Antidote by Viktor & Rolf is, indeed, an amalgamated composition with kaleidoscopic heads.
Anything by Comme Des Garcons (a designer by definition)
I have some my brain can´t forget! I just close my eyes and the unique smell memory comes... Some of them:
Gucci I ( where is it? discontinued?)
L'Anarchiste and most Caron's ... they are so different from each other.
I wholeheartedly agree with both Antidote and Breath of God. Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme isn't your every day combination by any means as well. Still in the process of adjusting my nose to the VC&A.
I don't have a signature fragrance. My signature changes a little bit every day, why shouldn't my fragrance?
I would vote for Fahrenheit too.
Current Top 5:
1. Frederic Malle L'eau d'Hiver
2. Tom Ford Noir de Noir
3. Dior Homme / Dior Homme Intense
4. Thierry Mugler A*Men Pure Havane / Pure Malt
5. Creed Aventus / Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
Tom Ford Extreme.
Fahrenheit is unique and I still can't get my nose around it. I like the old juice better.
Womanity has fig, caviar, wood, brown sugar (I think) and some floral notes I can't define. Weird and strangely alluring.
Bvlgari Black,,,of course!
1. Amouage Epic man
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
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
Gucci Envy for Men . . . sandalwood, herbs, spices, flowers, citrus, musk, amber and ginger on top of all that.
Edit: Hmm, I'm not sure it's the most unique after all. Fahrenheit and Yatagan are probably more unique.
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Antidote or Individuel (perhaps not as diverse as many, but it contains soooo many notes!)
+1 Xeryus Rouge.
A*Men (particularly at the time of its release)
And I agree on Antidote...clusterf*ck of notes that manages to work.
Van Cleef&Arpels pour Homme, Esencia Loewe, Fahrenheit Absolue, Ungaro III, Zino Davidoff, Rive Gauche pour Homme and a few others unlikely powerhouse or powerhouse-like scents of a certain non-linear, convoluted up to the point of being almost Baroque, lavishly luxurious and manly at the same time but also strangely enthralling due to their creativity and swagger
Gucci Pour Homme (1976)
Rykiel Homme Grey -I really liked this fragrance
All very nice suggestions, but my vote goes to YATAGAN by Caron
I get wet wild wolf in a huge celery campfire in the middle of a dark forrest with this fragrance.
I will never learn to appreciate it, but it's very very unique and niche worthy - no doubt !!
Claus The Danish Viking
Now with 418 unique bottles in my collection
Caron - The Third Men
Mitsouko or Womanity are probably the most interesting combinations I can think of at the moment.
My Top Ten:
1: Guerlain - Habit Rouge
2: Guerlain - Jicky
3: Guerlain - Mouchoir de Monsieur
4: Guerlain - Shalimar
5: Knize - Knize Ten
6: Caron - Yatagan
7: Caron - Pour Un Homme
8: Jean Desprez - Bal a Versailles
9: Yves Saint Laurent - M7
10: Salvador Dali - Dali Pour Homme
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Tom Ford Extreme for Men.
Zino by Davidoff: The floral patchouly combo is quite unique....
Declaration by Cartier: Again the sweaty cumin and cardamom qith that ashy cedary base is very unique.
Nu edp by YSL: Incredible combination of flowers and metallic incense...crazy.
Wow! Thank you, guys! Not sure why I didn't get all 38 replies in my email, but I'm glad to see your replies to this thread! thread. Awesome responses! I DO love Hanae Mori HM EDP, Fahrenheit, Black, vintage M7 (amazing!!!), and of course GPH I, but now I HAVE TO start investigating Antidote! Seems to be right up my alley! Exactly what I was looking for! Thank you all. If you guys have any more fantastic, yet complex and/or totally unique designer fragrances, please send them this way! Thanks again!
P.S. Tried recently to find the cursive DAVIDOFF Zino, but it appears to be an exercise in futility. If anyone knows where I can purchase a 4.2 bottle of this, please PM me.
Also, BN marketplace.
I find Zino to be a descendent of Jicky, but with more rose and rosewood, and a bit less sweet, more tart. Also, I find it quite animalic in a similar way to Jicky. It borders on "bathroomy" in an intriguing, edgy way. I find it bright and surprisingly wearable, with average longevity.
Fahrenheit in terms of scent, John Varvatos in terms of listed notes.
Mugler Cologne: Soap and Seamans
"I am a robot and I like cheese"
1. Axe Kilo
2. Lectric Shave
3. Vicks Vapor Rub
4. Febreze Pour Homme
5. Preferred Stock
+1 for Body Kouros. The mentholated eucalyptus note mixed with smoky incense and sweet powdery tonka/benzoin is odd & unique to me.
Odeur 71 by CdG
Electricity, Metal, Office, Mineral, Dust on a hot light bulb, photocopier toner, Hot metal, Toaster, fountain pen ink, Pencil Shavings, The salty taste of a battery, incense, Wood, Moss, Willow, Elm, Birch, Bamboo, Hyacinth and Lettuce Juice
If there is a more unique combination of notes, I'm unaware of it.