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    Default Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    Gents,

    I'm already looking for something new for fall/winter, something with chocolate, coffee or cacoa. Must be readily available to sample and not overly expensive (so probably not niche). Preferrably something as versatile and wearable as possible but still with very prominent notes as mentioned above. I'm 22 years old and a graduate student in business. I've done some research and came up with:

    Rochas Men by Rochas
    A*Men (Angel Men) by Thierry Mugler
    Play Intense by Givenchy
    L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme by Guerlain
    Animale Men by Animale

    Any tips for my search of a new gourmand fragrance? Thanks in advance!

    ps. It has to compete with my current collection
    Nautica Voyage
    Roma Uomo by Laura Biagiotti
    Fahrenheit by Christian Dior
    Dior Homme Sport
    Paco Rabanne Pour Homme
    Dior Homme (sample)
    Kokorico by Jean Paul Gaultier (sample)
    Last edited by Jim Raynor; 10th September 2012 at 10:09 PM.
    My current top 3:
    1. Fahrenheit - Christian Dior
    2. ROMA Uomo - Laura Biagiotti
    3. Polo Blue - Ralph Lauren

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    Default Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    L'Instant Extreme Pour Homme - Way better than the standard pour homme version.
    Dior homme Intense - Cocoa and vanille.

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    Default Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    +1 Dior Homme Intense

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    Default Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    Based on your criteria:

    L'instant de Guerlain Extreme
    Dior Homme Intense
    Rochas Man
    Thierry Mugler Pure Coffee


    If you do decide that you want niche:

    Bond No.9 New Haarlem


    You may also want to sample in the future:

    Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
    Frederic Malle Musc Ravaguer

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    I think you would really enjoy what you mentioned and the following that has been mentioned. This is in somewhat order of preference for me. It does vary with L'Instant Extreme moving in the #1 spot.
    Bond no 9 New Haarlem = Coffee, vanilla that has a slight maple syrup vibe.
    L'Instant Extreme Pour Homme = A good amount of Cocoa with hints of anise, patchouli, citrus and sandalwood
    L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme = similar to extreme but less cocoa and more citrus
    A*Men (Angel Men) by Thierry Mugler = Tar opening, caramel, coffee, patchouli
    Rochas Men = Sweet coffee, vanilla and a touch of berry.
    Play Intense by Givenchy

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    Default Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    I'd say try Dior Homme Intense too, but also try (standard) Dior Homme as well. Although not my genre of fragrance, it's definitely good for what it is. Be prepared for a lot of vanilla in the intense version though.

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    Default Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    Look no further than Chanel COROMANDEL.

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    Givenchy Play Sport is a Cafe Mocha in a bottle form. Definitely test first as this stuff is very strong, it's not for everyone.

    I LOVE COROMANDEL however, I've never been able to pick out a coffee vibe. Maybe a bit of chocolate in its light sweetness.

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    Givenchy Play Intense is an awesome scent, however I can't really smell any chocolate in it.

    You may want to try Givenchy Very Irresistible, this one has a pretty strong yet nice chocolate scent.
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    Default Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    Yeah I would agree with and give a +1 Dior Homme Intense.

    I also think AMen Pure Malt sounds more up your alley than the original pure malt based on what you have said you are after.

    Musc Raveger would also go well although it has more of a cinnamon spin too it, still a lovely gourmond but probably getting up there in price for you.

    Don't think you'll be disappointed with any of the above.
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    Chocolovers

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    For chocolate: 1969 Parfum de Revolte from Histoires de Parfums
    For cocoa : JPG Kokorico
    For coffee : Mugler A*Men (my HATE SCENT) and Dior Eau Noire.

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    Default Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    Quote Originally Posted by lucasai View Post
    For coffee : Mugler A*Men (my HATE SCENT)
    I couldn't agree with you more. Too overpowering and cloying!

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    Default Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    L'Instant Extreme Pour Homme - Way better than the standard pour homme version.
    Dior homme Intense - Cocoa and vanille.
    Both great choices.

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    Default Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    Kokorico, Blue Sugar, Animale Animale, Individuel.

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    Rochas Desir pour homme is great. It has a chocolate cedar combination that's awesome. You can get it pretty cheap too.

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    Default Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    Dior Homme Intense
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    Default Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    Coffee ====> Ava Lux Cafe Noire

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    Default Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    Dior Homme Intense, super classy fragrance,
    Cafe Noir, I have been told has an excellent and non-synthetic coffee vibe.

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    Default Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    LaCoste Elegance (2007) has an interesting bitter chocolate note that you might like, with nutmeg and raspberry in the mix. Very nice.
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    The best suggestions have been made above, I will add
    Penhaligons Endymion and Serge Lutens Borneo 1834.

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    Default Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    My favorite in this genre is, by far, Cozč by Parfumerie Generale. A vibrant patchouli with an incredibly solid woody base and remarkable dark chocolate/coffe undertones.


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    Default Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe C View Post
    The best suggestions have been made above, I will add
    Penhaligons Endymion and Serge Lutens Borneo 1834.
    I totally agree with the Endymion suggestion--it is a really beautiful scent.
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    Default Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    Everything is wearable, as long as you can wear it.

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    Default Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    L'Instant De Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme

    Dior Homme Intense

    Serge Lutens Borneo 1834


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    Default Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    You know, I discovered that I did not have any cocoa smelling things either, so based on some recommendations I read here ( in the "What perfume makes you happy?" thread) in the last few days I was able to pick up a decant of :


    L'instant de Guerlain PH Eu Extreme

    As you will see from the above posts, a heck of a lot of people recommenced this stuff, and I found it wonderful too.

    Plus it has the sort of projection and longevity that's all too rare these days.

    I can't claim to be an expert on chocolate smelling frags, but this one's a winner in my book.

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    Musc Maori 04 by Parfumerie generale. A nice cacoa scent. I just got a sample of this the other day.

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    So I managed to get a full wear of A*Men, I must say, I like it. It's not as chocolate'y as I expected but very sweet and somehow it is more than just a sugarbomb, very complex scent and lasts long on the skin.
    I don't like Kokorico, the combination of the herbs (black pepper was very prominent) and the gourmand notes didn't appeal to me. Now I'm going to hunt down some others!
    My current top 3:
    1. Fahrenheit - Christian Dior
    2. ROMA Uomo - Laura Biagiotti
    3. Polo Blue - Ralph Lauren

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    Play Intense is a great one.
    Pure Coffee may be to your liking as well.

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    Default Re: Wearable chocolate/cacao/coffee gourmand fragrance advice

    Do try:

    Rochas Man by Rochas - In its opening, a pleasing lavender and bergamot arouse the senses. From afar, a sweet and creamy vanilla bobs eagerly. Thankfully, the lavender remains throughout the composition to rein in the sweetness. The tantalizing vanilla does intrude on that grassy lavender, and brings its sugary sweetness to the fore, steering it to its heart. The middle beckons, stewing with its coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, cedar, and rasberry notes, as well as some, lovely jasmine and lily-of-the-valley accords. The sweet vanilla blends nicely with the heart, creating a delicious mocha cafe, with hints of wood and floral twinkling. The smooth base with its amber, sandalwood, and glimpses of patchouli, usurps the melange, softening it, and evolves into its enticing drydown. It's a well-constructed gourmand. This delightful fragrance's longevity is good; and its projection is average for the first 3 hours, then sticks to the skin.

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    Play Intense by Givenchy - Upon application, one is pleasantly treated to a refreshing duet of nectarous, mandarin tangerine and somewhat tart bergamot. Tumbling to the waiting middle, the citrus mixes with the slightly spicy and fruity pink pepper and coffee tree wood to brew a sweet, cocoa concoction, and flows to the wondrous base. Transitioning, multifaceted labdanum kidnaps the cocoa mixture and morphs the cocoa into a not unpleasant, tar-like, burnt coffee. The syrupy coffee joins with the woody vetiver, the sweet patchouli, the spicy vanilla of the tonka beans, and the soft, balsamic amyris wood to exude an awesome, mocha drydown. A delectable treat, this radiant composition has excellent longevity and very good projection.

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