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    Default Your favorite all-season, all-occasion designer?

    What the title says, basically.

    I need to recommend a good frag for a buddy of mine who has none. He doesn't have the money to get more than one, so he wants something that'll work for most situations.

    He's not really the type of guy who will wear cologne every day, but something that's not entirely unwearable in a work environment would probably be good. He'll probably mostly wear it on dates, special occasions etc. though.

    Got any ideas?

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    Default Re: Your favorite all-season, all-occasion designer?

    Mugler Cologne. Can be used anytime, anywhere. It is also cheap.
    Current top 10 (No order):


    1. Pure Havane
    2. Menthe Fraiche
    3. Tobacco Vanille
    4. L'Air Du Desert Marocain
    5. Green Irish Tweed
    6. Fahrenheit
    7. Musc Ravageur
    8. Tonka Imperial
    9. Gucci Pour Homme II
    10. Dior Homme Intense

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    Default Re: Your favorite all-season, all-occasion designer?

    Bleu de Chanel, Platinum Egoiste and Ysl L'homme.

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    Default Re: Your favorite all-season, all-occasion designer?

    Cartier Declaration.

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    Monsieur de Givenchy by Givenchy
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

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    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    Default Re: Your favorite all-season, all-occasion designer?

    Was gonna say Infusion d'homme but i guess Bleu de Chanel would probably fit more what your friend is looking for.
    Dolce & Gabbana The One for Men would fit it as well, it does share a similar structure with many other fragrances tho.

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    Default Re: Your favorite all-season, all-occasion designer?

    Without a doubt, hint or even a blink of thinking about anything else, Terre d' Hermes EdT. My signature fragrance, till death us do part.

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    Default Re: Your favorite all-season, all-occasion designer?

    All the very suggestions had been mentioned. I will support Terre d'Hermes and Bleu de Chanel. Declaration is nice 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

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    Christian Dior - Fahrenheit.

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    Default Re: Your favorite all-season, all-occasion designer?

    Chanel- Egoiste

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    Default Re: Your favorite all-season, all-occasion designer?

    Hard to choose but I'll go with Egoiste also.

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    Rive Gauche

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    Default Re: Your favorite all-season, all-occasion designer?

    Mugler Cologne, Prada Amber Pour Homme and YSL L'Homme would fit the all season, any occasion criteria.

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    +1 on YSL L'Homme. It's a likeable, classy scent that would work equally well at the office as on a more special occasion. I personally wouldn't say the same for something like Mugler Cologne, which smells incredible but doesn't have that "date night" quality.

    Bleu de Chanel would be another good choice for these criteria.

    And one more I'd like to mention is Versace Pour Homme (the bottle with the medallion on the front). It might not be quite as all-season as the other two, though.

    (EDIT: Prada Amber is a good one, too)

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    not my favourite but good choice for "beginner" in fragrances would be Armani Black Code
    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
    Currently wearing: Encre Noire by Lalique

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    Default Re: Your favorite all-season, all-occasion designer?

    Another vote for Rive Gauche.
    Currently wearing: Lancetti Uomo by Lancetti

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    Default Re: Your favorite all-season, all-occasion designer?

    Burberry Touch works for me in all seasons and can be worn out and to work. Still a favourite of mine.

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    Default Re: Your favorite all-season, all-occasion designer?

    I find Hugo Boss' 'Bottled Boss' is a great all rounder. I've received many compliments, and all its notes are suited to all seasons.
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    Default Re: Your favorite all-season, all-occasion designer?

    Gucci Pour Homme II is a good anytime and anywhere frag.

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    I'll second the Gucci Pour Homme II recommendation. You also can't go wrong with TdH.

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    ...Héritage...!
    Currently wearing: Sycomore (new) by Chanel

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    Default Re: Your favorite all-season, all-occasion designer?

    Quote Originally Posted by rum View Post
    Without a doubt, hint or even a blink of thinking about anything else, Terre d' Hermes EdT. My signature fragrance, till death us do part.
    This. (Actually I would go with the Parfum, but either would be A+).

    Otherwise, these would be good:
    Mugler Cologne
    D&G The One
    Gucci Pour Homme II
    Versace Man (If can still get your hands on a bottle)
    Annick Goutal Les Nuits D'Hadrien (Eau d'Hadrien also nice, but more light and summery)
    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Tom Ford For Men
    Chanel Sycomore
    Penhaligon Eau Sans Pareil
    Current Summer Favorites:

    1. Creed - Original Cologne
    2. Xerjoff - Nio
    3. Creed - Aventus
    4. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
    5. Dior - Homme Sport 2008
    6. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    7. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    8. Dior - Homme Sport 2012
    9. Creed - Virgin Island Water
    10. Kenneth Cole - Black

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    Default Re: Your favorite all-season, all-occasion designer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    Gucci Pour Homme II is a good anytime and anywhere frag.
    A big enthusiastic +1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starshipvelcro View Post
    Rive Gauche
    +1 Exactly !

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    Default Re: Your favorite all-season, all-occasion designer?

    +5 or 6 or something for Mugler Cologne...great frag, great price, great for any occasion.

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    Default Re: Your favorite all-season, all-occasion designer?

    I'm surprised no one has mentioned Dior Homme yet. Top of my list. I can wear it any time, in whatever situation. After that I'll add another vote for Terre d'Hermes, which is wonderfully versatile, and even Egoïste, indeed.

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    BleudeChanel or Versace Pour Homme!

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    Yatagan!

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    Default Re: Your favorite all-season, all-occasion designer?

    Ignoring the "designer / niche"-angle, I'd say the most versatile fragrances in my wardrobe are:

    Gendarme - Gendarme
    Gendarme - Grabazzi
    MDCI Paris - Invasion Barbare
    Creed - Green Irish Tweed

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    Rive Gauche

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