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Thread: Wood, incense and vetiver?
Any ideas for a fragrance with a main theme of wood and incense? I also like the smell of vetiver and of leather.
thanks to all the suggestions I got here on basenotes some time ago, I've tried out quite a few great fragrances, mainly intense, sweet, floral, or even "outrageous". (Fumerie Turque was my favorite from that post).
I'd like to move away from all that sweetness and intensity (it's starting to nauseate me).
If possible mainstream or relatively easy to find would be nice.
I've used and liked Dsquared2 - He wood (still a bit too sweet), Cartier - Declaration (still a bit too sweet), Lalique - Encre Noir (tons of vetiver), Comme des Garcons - Avignon (pure incense, church in a bottle! .
RECAP, in order of most suggested in this post:
9 - Chanel - Sycomore
8 - L'Artisan Parfumeur -Timbuktu
8 - Comme des Garcons - 2 MAN
5 - Gucci - Gucci pour Homme I
5 - Frederic Malle - Bois d'Orage / French lover
4 - Le Labo - Vetiver 46
4 - Comme des Garcons - Kyoto
4 - Amouage - Memoir Man
2 - Comme des Garcons - Wonderwood
1 - Yves Saint Laurent - Body Kouros
1 - Tom Ford - Bois Marocain
1 - Dsquared2 - Rocky Mountain Wood
1 - Escentric Molecules - Kinski
1 - Roja Dove - Diaghilev
1 - Le Pamplemousse - sans incense
1 - Lubin - Le Vetiver
1 - Lubin - Itasca
1 - Eau d'Italie - Baume du Doge
1 - Hermès - Terre d'Hermes
1 - L'Artisan Parfumeur - Al-Oudh
1 - Serge Lutens - Fille
1 - Serge Lutens - Aiguilles
1 - Mona di Orio - Les Nombres d'Or - Vetyver
1 - Vetyver Incenso
1 - Biehl Parfumkunstwerke AL03
1 - Exultat
1 - Honour Man
1 - Ajmal - Shadow
1 - Ikon - Zirh
1 - Black Tourmaline
1 - Leonard pour Homme
1 - Parfum d'Habit
1 - Dyptique - Tam Dao
1 - Profumo di Firenze - Cuoio Odori
Last edited by AndreaD; 27th September 2012 at 08:38 AM.
You're describing Chanel Sycomore...
yep- sounds like a job for Sycomore
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These may fit what you are looking for:
Tom Ford Bois Marocain
Frederic Malle Bois d'Orage / French Lover
1. Creed - Spice & Wood
2. Creed - Aventus
3. Ormonde Jayne - Black Gold
4. by Kilian - Incense Oud
5. Puredistance - Black
6. House of Matriarch - Blackbird
7. Armani Privé - Oud Royal
8. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions
9. Creed - Royal English Leather
10. Brückner - Aoud 1
I'll echo the CDG 2MAN, French Lover/Bois d'Orage, and Sycomore.
My number 1 rec would be Vetiver 46 though.
I haven't tried Kinski, but the reviews are pretty good, and I feel like it would fit too.
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Sycomore, CDG2Man and French Lover are all good calls...
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I don't like all of them, but they could fit your bill..
+1 CdG 2Man
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4) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie
6) 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
I second Timbuktu, radiant woody incensy with vetiver. I love Sycomore, it's great too, but it is close to (but better than) Encre Noire, that is, it is predominantly a vetiver.
I second Vetiver 46.
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Rocky Mountain Wood , has all 3 notes in spades.
+1 on Timbuktu, Bois d'Orage & Memoir Man. I don't really get the frankincense vibes from Sycamore.
I wonder where I can buy/try this in the US. It sounds like there used to be a 100ml EDP version for 75 pounds at Harrods in the UK (according to a Now Smell This article). If I go to Roja Dove's site, all I can find is a 100ml parfum for 750 pounds...
also check out Le Vetiver de Lubin.
also, I'll add Itasca by Lubin
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I tripple echo CdG 2 man. I wonder if Baume du Doge might do.
I also read about the EDP and that the current parfum is rather close to the EDP. But I cannot imagine they'd be too close. I sprayed only 8 sprays and I was almost suffocating it was so strong. Then we left the mall and the walk to the car warmed u my body making it amplify even more.
I think I could have damaged my sense of smell that day.
+1 on Sycomore
Also, Diptyque Tam Dao and CDG Incense Series: Kyoto.
Sycomore, CdG 2 Man, Gucci pour Homme I, Timbuktu, maybe even Terre d'Hermes. But yes the first four are a solid start. L'Artisan's Al-Oudh is what your asking for plus a lot more on a similar theme, and CdG's Wonderwood goes easier on the vetiver but try those too if possible.
What about Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles? Has the incense and vetiver, with pine at the forefront. One I'm going to test sometime this week, as I need a classy winter fragrance.
Sycomore is more smoke than incense imo -- Kyoto is the one
I have to stick my plug for Mona di Orio Vetyver. There is no wood/incense, but the very dry vetiver and the spices combine for a dry fragrance. I noticed that you were tired of sweet smelling, and this is anything but sweet.
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Very good suggestions above. I'll throw in Bang! by Marc Jacobs. Can be found cheap these days, too.
Thanks for the feedback, that's quite a lot of suggestions.
It's a shame that many of the fragrances suggested are not mainstream, and are difficult or impossible to find on Dutch perfume websites. Or at least I haven't been able to locate them. For example Chanel Sycomore or L'artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu.
It looks like I'll have to order a bunch of samples from The Perfumed Court: I'll wait a little longer and then go for the 6 most suggested fragrances or so.
CdG - 2 man has been suggested by several people, and I have tried it and liked it. Especially the pervading incense note in the beginning. But after a while I still find it a little too sweet. It also has something in it that reminds me of my mother's perfume....
(See 1st post for a recap of the most suggested fragrances).
Last edited by AndreaD; 26th September 2012 at 06:08 PM.
Note that Bois d'Orage and French Lover are the same scent. The former is the American name, the latter is its name overseas.
Timbuktu came to mind first as well. Sycomore is nice, but too much like Encre Noire, only more green, less dark, and more versatile imo. I don't pick up any incense from Sycomore. But I do pick up the trio of which you desire in Timbuktu, accompanied with a bit of spice, as L'artisan is known for.
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Where is the incense in Sycomore??????????????
Gucci pour homme could be another candidate:
Even Zirh is better than most of the recommendations you are receiving.
Last edited by PerfumeCollector; 25th September 2012 at 02:28 AM.
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Black Tourmaline is no masterpiece but it's a relatively worthy fragrance and it fits your idea strongly.
Timbuktu is the paragon of the idea. Sycomore is excellent but more smoky vetiver than incense vetiver. Comme des Garcons 2 Man works if it keeps your interest. I'd rather wear Gucci pour Homme (2003). Memoir Man is also worthy. Bois d'Orage, too. Might as well try Leonard pour Homme (1980) as well. It's a fragrance with chutzpah, and depending upon how well you like it it has the ability to be better than any of these. Could also try Parfum d'Habit.
For what it's worth, even though vetiver is a grass it's usually considered a woody note.
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Last edited by pluran; 5th October 2012 at 08:28 AM.
In the OP, you mentioned you wanted to 'move away from sweetness', and so I am hesitant to recommend you try Sycomore because IMO that has a certain sweetness to it, that might turn you off. Therefore I highly recommend the separated-at-birth-triplets named: 2Man by CdG, Gucci Pour Homme by Gucci and/or Vetiver 46 by Le Labo.
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Yes, I do want to steer away from any sweetness, if possible. I even smell something sweet in Comme des Garcons 2Man now, that didn't bother me before. Might be due to some kind of olfactory overdose due to prolonged use of Dior Homme and Fumerie Turque :-)
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Last edited by AndreaD; 26th September 2012 at 06:58 PM.
funny enough, I came here to look exactly for the same kind of fragrance.
my main issue is actually to move away from
Dyptique's Tam Dao and CdG Incence: Kyoto
there's not too much vetiver in both though.
the first one being the one I was used to use all the time, the second being the one I used the most for work these months.
giving that we're looking for something similar, you must try those two fragrances.
Tam Dao is very simple and straightfoward, bringing out the resinous side of wood quite well. it has some quality that I love, reminding me of the smell of wood in a sandal box my grandmother was used to own.
Kyoto is a bit more sublte, not so obviously incense but instead delicately dry and still very interesting. I've been complimented many times while warking Kyoto but on me the longevity is next to zero ^_^
I suppose I will have to try Sycomore and 2Man then, following the suggestion you've been given so far
Last edited by Palicao; 26th September 2012 at 10:35 PM.
May I suggest "Cuoio" ? (=Leather, in italian)
Cuoio Odori by Profumo di Firenze, not cheap.....
+1 for Bois d'Orage
I would say Sycomore is a vetiver scent. (An amazing one nonetheless)