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    Thumbs up Need sample recommendations PLEASE

    Hi all -

    I am ordering samples for the first time and need some help. I'll probably be ordering from Decant Shop. I'm hoping to get some recommendations for scents that must be tried, if only once. I'm not looking for season specific recommendations. I am simply after recommendations for scents that you would rank as absolute "must smells". I am coming up empty handed and keep second guessing myself.

    Currently in my shopping cart are:

    • Tom Ford - Tobacco Vanille
    • Tom Ford - Tuscan Leather

    Here is my collection of full bottled scents, if this tells you anything:

    • Creed - Aventus
    • Creed - Neroli Sauvage
    • Bentley - For Men Intense
    • Tiffany - For Men
    • Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    • Lalique - Encre Noire
    • Dior - Dior Homme Intense
    • Guerlain - L'Instant De Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme
    • Rochas - Eau de Rochas Homme
    • Narcisco Rodriguez - For Him
    • YSL - Rive Guache

    I am looking for an all around wearable scent (day/night) that isn't too overbearing for an office, but as I said, am happy to try others that don't fit any of that criteria (as long as you think they MUST be tried).



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    From the Decant Shop consider samples of:

    MDCI-Chypre Palatin
    Bois du Portugal
    Virgin Island Water
    Vetiver(if its available)

    Just a few ideas. The Decant Shop is a good outfit. Nice staff.

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    Not sure what this company carries but...

    Invasion Barbare - MDCI
    Coton Egyptien - Phaedon
    Les Jeaux Sont Faits - Jovoy Parfum
    Noir Gabardine - LM Parfums
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    Jubilation XXV

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    I don't know what is carried at the ds, but from your list, I think some vetivers (some of which you have and some have been already suggested) would be worthy. Vetivers smell fresh, long lasting, and are not overpowering. Examples are Malle Vetiver extraordinaire (freshest), Dior (medium), and Sycomore (woodier).

    You could also look into a smooth classic leather-woody like Guerlain Derby or Etat Libre d'orange Je suis un homme.


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    All very great recommendations everyone, thank you. Please keep them coming though. I normally just buy big bottles of fragrance and now am realizing that my money might be better spent on sampling 10 highly rated fragrances instead of buying just a bottle or two.

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    Penhaligons - Endymion
    Serge Lutens Chergui

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    Musc Ravageur is kind of canonical name of our time.

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    Amouage Jubilation, Bois du Portugal, Chypre Palatin & Invasion Barbare, Chanel Egoiste. Tom Ford for Men Extreme, Tobacco Vanille, as you have listed.

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    annick goutal vetiver
    annick goutal sables
    jubilation XXV
    etro messe de nuit
    francis kurkjian absolue pour le soir
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    YSL m7 vintage
    lubin le vetiver
    imaginary authors cape heartache
    serge lutens borneo

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    By Killian - Back to Black
    Tom Ford - Neroli Portofino and Noir de Noir
    Last edited by petp; 25th February 2014 at 11:48 PM.

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    Some additional ones that I think should be tried:

    Chanel - Allure Homme Edition Blanche
    Dior - Vetiver
    by Kilian - Incense Oud
    by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
    Andy Tauer - L'Air du Dessert Marocian
    Bond No. 9 - Bleecker Street
    Ormonde Man - Ormonde Jayne
    Armani - Acqua di Gio
    Armani Prive - Rose d'Arabie
    Creed - Royal Oud
    Mancera - Black Line
    Neela Vermeire - Trayee
    Seasonal favorites:

    1. Creed - Spice & Wood
    2. Creed - Aventus
    3. Dior - Vetiver
    by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
    5. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions
    6. Puredistance - Black
    7. Tom Ford - Plum Japonais
    8. Neela Vermeire - Trayee
    9. Creed - Royal Oud
    10. Chanel - Egoiste

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    Chypre Palatin would probably complement your collection well.
    Maybe give Santal Noble a shot.

    Okay - a few others I think anyone should try who wants to get a handle on what's on offer out there

    Bois d'Arménie (Guerlain)
    Yohji Homme (the new formulation is fine)
    Or Black (Pascal Morabito)
    Timbuktu (L'Artisan)
    Fou d'Absinthe (L'Artisan)
    Cuir Mauresque (Serge Lutens)
    Cuir d'un Pleine Fleur (Heeley)
    French Lover (Malle)
    Tam Dao EDP (Diptyque)
    Dries van Noten par Frédéric Malle
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