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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

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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.

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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.

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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) 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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    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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    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

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    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
    What do you call people that are afraid of Santa Claus?

    Claustrophobic

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    Tuscan Leather
    Arabian Wood

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    Balenciaga Pour Homme
    Puig Sybaris

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    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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    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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    Chanel Antaeus
    Hermes Bel Ami
    Creed Bois du Portugal
    YSL Kouros
    Nasomatto Duro
    Amouage Memoir Man

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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeybars View Post
    there are already many threads on this subject -- das.

    That said, my vote is for yatagan.
    boom!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pegasus View Post
    Chanel Antaeus
    Hermes Bel Ami
    Creed Bois du Portugal
    YSL Kouros
    Nasomatto Duro
    Amouage Memoir Man
    ++1 BdP

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    Kouros
    Drakkar Noir
    Caron pour un homme
    Polo (green)

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    Quote Originally Posted by impdaddee View Post
    I can't really see (intellectually) why rose smells "feminine"
    Of course you can't, some of the most iconic masculine perfumes are rose scents, like:

    Van Cleef & Arpels for men
    Zino Davidoff
    Ungaro III
    Iquitos A Delon
    Ho Hang Club Cristobal Balenciaga
    Polo (Green)
    Aramis 900
    Havana
    Giorgio Beverly Hills for men
    Knize Ten
    Esencia
    Jaguar for men
    Tsar
    Heritage
    Safari
    Marbert
    Chevignon

    and I can keep on and on.

    But one of the most "Unabashedly, boldly, in-your-face masculine fragrance" is Sung Homme, and guess what, it is a rose scented perfume.
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    One Man Show

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    Clive Christian X

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    Nope, I do wear New York, I'm sane and not a drag king :-)
    And just bought Bel Ami (well, true, this one is quite masculine). I know women wearing Tuscan Leather. We do just wear anything.
    Btw, what about
    Bois d'orage by Malle?

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

    Aramis by Aramis
    Epic Man by Amouage
    Fahrenheit by Christian Dior

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    Another one for Aramis.

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    Azzaro Pour Homme
    Rive Gauche Pour Homme
    Kouros
    Yatagan
    Dark Aoud
    Platinum Egoiste
    TOP 3 hot weather:

    1. Gucci Pour Homme II
    2. Lalique Encre Noire
    3. Creed Aventus


    TOP 3 cold weather:

    1. L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme
    2. Chanel Coromandel
    3. Dior Homme

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHSeifert View Post



    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.
    +1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHSeifert View Post
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    +1.
    Come on , guys. I cannot be the only one who find
    Fahrenheit Absolute somewhat feminine, can I?!
    It's very sticky and sweet.

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    Agree with you on FA ,Duc and I think Epic Man isn't a very in your face frag.

    My choice is Mazzolari Lui

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    To smell masculine vs. to smell feminine is the most individual and subjective thing. A fragrance that to somebody smells masculine can smell feminine to someone else. Personally, i find Macassar (the old formula that has no coconut in it) the most masculine fragrance i have ever smelled. It also smells cold and aloof to me but in a beautiful way.
    "Le parfum est la musique du corps"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciprian View Post
    Agree with you on FA, Duc.
    Merci, monsieur!

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

    Another vote for Aramis - this is like Charles Bronson in a bottle.

    Also:
    Knize Ten
    Heritage
    Paco Rabanne PH
    Kouros
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciprian View Post

    My choice is Mazzolari Lui
    Terrific call!


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    From your wardrobe I suggest Montale"s Dark Oud. Not from your drobe is Yatagon.

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    Xerjoff Fiero

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    Comme de garçon Man 2

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    +1 Esencia Loewe


    I tested this in duty free a month ago and one spritz sprouted on me a full Chia-pet like pelt of chest hairs while simultaneously singing every last whisker in my nose.

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    Paco Robanne Pour Homme
    Drakkar Noir
    Fahrenheit and Fahrenheit Absolute
    Kouros
    Antaeus
    Original Lagerfeld
    Original Aramis
    Polo (green bottle)
    Tsar

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

    Yatagan was extremely masculine from what I remember. To the point where I can't imagine myself wearing that, it's more of sideshow fragrance than something I want to wear.

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

    French Lover is probably the most masculine I own.

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    +Salvador Dali pH (yeah, the dark green bottle with the black lips cap), a deep floral cacophony with bite.

    +Macassar, devoid of anything considered sweet...others: Trumper's Eucris, Francesco Smalto pH, the very first/original Burberry for Men, and Puig's Agua Brava for Men.
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    Antaeus!
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    =

    The Dreamer from Versace: what does this scent have that is so alluring and enticing towards the opposite sex ?

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    Another vote for each of Yatagan and VC&A pour Homme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Grand Duc View Post
    Come on , guys. I cannot be the only one who find
    Fahrenheit Absolute somewhat feminine, can I?!
    It's very sticky and sweet.
    me too, very femme when smelled up close.
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    Old spice because it's such an iconic masculine fragrance. Drakkar Noir is also something I can't see a woman ever wearing.

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