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    Default Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance? Any recommendations?

    I'm not convinced that masculine/feminine/unisex fragrance distinctions have much validity beyond the changing cultural contexts in which they play themselves out. I'm certainly smelling many a fragrance deemed "unisex" that I adore, and have purchased a couple of them. I can't really see (intellectually) why rose smells "feminine" and cedar smells "masculine", apart from my learned expectations that women should smell flowery and men woodsy.

    But, setting all that 21st Century, Post-modern relativism aside... ;-)

    ...just for interest's sake, I'd like to test some completely "masculine" fragrances--hard-core, manly-man fragrances that no woman in her sane and balanced feminine mind would ever dream of wearing unless she was doing a drag king performance. Something that will frighten small children and make their mothers scowl at me. Something that will "put hair on my (already hairy) chest". Something that verges on being a caricature of what a "masculine" fragrance smells like.

    Any suggestions, O Worthies of the Invisible College?

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    You cannot talk about masculine frags without mentioning KOUROS.

    Other bad ass, hairy chest, oily motorcycle, Marlboro smoking,
    mister man - as in no bloody ma'am - frags incl.:

    Antaeus de Chanel
    Original Aramis
    Fahrenheit (preferably vintage)
    Salvador Dali pour Homme
    Versailles pour Homme

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    G Man by Gainsoboro
    Currently wearing: Tasmeem by Rasasi

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    Oh, and Ken's presence reminded me of another one:

    Armani Eau pour Homme

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    Default Re: Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance? Any recommendations?

    MFK Absolue pour lke Soir.

    Nasomatto Black Afgano.

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    Default Re: Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance? Any recommendations?

    Is Fahrenheit Absolue pretty manly or? I must check out the ones mentioned.
    Currently wearing: Sahara Noir by Tom Ford

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    Default Re: Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance? Any recommendations?

    So called 1980's powerbomb fragrances, look for them in the Powerbomb Group.

    I must add that pre reformulated versions are better still more powerful than their actual versions. Please, don't misunderstand me: it is not my intention to force you to involve yourself with the hassle of having to dedicate time as well as a hefty amount of money in order to get these. Be aware that some of these "powerbombs" are still pretty bold - Kouros, Lapidus pour Hommme, Salvador Dali pour Homme - while others have been, according to a dear BaseNoter, emasculated: Antaeus, Bijan, and as to my experience, Quorum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalli View Post
    Is Fahrenheit Absolue pretty manly or? I must check out the ones mentioned.
    Nope! FA is almost feminine!

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    Default Re: Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance? Any recommendations?

    Fahrenheit. I don't think petrol can smell anything but masculine.
    Rive Gauche maybe.
    Question: To those who mentioned Salvador Dali Pour Homme, is this the lovely dimpled bottle frag (which I have) or the "lips" bottle?

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    Default Re: Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance? Any recommendations?

    That's what I figured, thanks. Maybe a better one for me.
    Currently wearing: Sahara Noir by Tom Ford

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    Default Re: Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance? Any recommendations?

    Here are some...

    Macassar
    Xerjoff Homme
    Quorum
    Gianfranco Ferre For Man
    (the one from the 80s)
    Worth Pour Homme
    Jaguar Marc II
    Bijan Men
    Route Du Vetiver
    Tuscany Per Uomo
    Antaeus
    Yatagan
    Kouros
    Eloge Du Traitre
    Fiero
    PdN New York


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    Default Re: Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance? Any recommendations?

    Aramis will do the job.

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    The same as in all the other threads in which people were enquiring about hyper-masculine and terrifyingly hairy scents (threads can be found in between the ones in which people enquired about scents that may be too worryingly feminine :-)

    Most scents from the 70s and 80s I guess.

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    Kanon Agarwood

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    Default Re: Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance? Any recommendations?

    Lapidus Pour Homme
    Giorgio of Beverly Hills
    Oscar de La Rente Pour Lui
    YSL Kouros
    Chanel Antaues
    Van Cleef & Arpel Pour Homme
    Van Cleef & Arpel Tsar
    Quorum Pour Homme
    Dior Fahrenheit
    Creed Bois du Portugal
    Lagerfeld Classic (Vintage)
    Davidoff Original
    Zino Davidoff
    Guerlain Heritage
    Drakkar Noir

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Grand Duc View Post
    Nope! FA is almost feminine!
    WHAT !??!

    It's a darker oud verion of Fahrenheit, no petrol, but lots of oud and dark woody undertones.
    Unisex scale for Fahrenheit Absolute: 0
    Only a very daring woman can wear Fahrenheit Absolute.
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    Default Re: Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance? Any recommendations?

    vintage Bijan for Men gets my vote
    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

    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) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    Memoir Man
    Epic Man
    Black Aoud
    others
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    On top of the great suggestions already - Rien

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    Default Re: Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance? Any recommendations?

    Gengis Khan

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    Ralph Lauren Polo
    Cartier Santos

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    Default Re: Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance? Any recommendations?

    Don't forget Jules by Dior
    Currently wearing: En Avion by Caron

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    Default Re: Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance? Any recommendations?

    Sombre Negra by Yosh. WOW.
    Fahrenheit Absolute.
    Gucci Pour Homme 1 (2003)

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    You are all superfabulous! I see I have weeks of manly fun ahead of me.

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    Santa Maria Novella- Peau d'Espagne an in your face leather
    The ability to remain gracious and sober, is indeed, a mild form of insanity.
    Currently wearing: No. 12 by William Eadon

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    Tuscan Leather
    Arabian Wood

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    Balenciaga Pour Homme
    Puig Sybaris

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    Default Re: Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance? Any recommendations?

    The most 'barbershop' fragrances might be difficult for a woman to wear. And I can't imagine a woman wearing a very masculine spicebomb like Ho Hang.

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    Default Re: Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance? Any recommendations?

    ARAMIS....BLACK AFGANO......RL CUSTOM RESERVE.....AZZARO POUR HOMME........NARCISSO RODRIGUES MUSC FOR HIM EDP............Plus, remember you'll get no love if you wear any of these, IMO.

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    Default Re: Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance? Any recommendations?

    There are already many threads on this subject -- DAS.

    That said, my vote is for Yatagan.

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    Default Re: Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance? Any recommendations?

    Chanel Antaeus
    Hermes Bel Ami
    Creed Bois du Portugal
    YSL Kouros
    Nasomatto Duro
    Amouage Memoir Man
    Currently wearing: Peety by O'Driù

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