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    Default Best 'openings' of all time?

    Ok, so I know it's really the drydown that makes or breaks a frag for most of us, but I know there are still some frags that I enjoy simply for their beautiful opening. Some develop wonderfully and have great drydowns, and some go south really fast. Some are cheap, some expensive...but, regardless of how great the total frag is, or any other factors (price, longevity, etc.), what frags do you consider to have the best openings of all time?

    Now, I have very limited overall experience in comparison to many of you, but I absolutely love the openings of:

    Creed Green Irish Tweed (one of the best ever IMO)
    Creed Aventus (ahh, that beautiful rich pineapple)
    Chanel Platinum Egoiste (I adore it's opening...wish it would last forever. If I could find a frag that dried down the way this opens, it would probably be my holy grail)
    Ralph Lauren Big Pony #1 (ok, so it goes nowhere from there & has basically no sillage, projection or longevity, but man I think the opening is nice)

    What are yours?
    Currently wearing: Green Irish Tweed by Creed

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    Call me crazy, but I'm one of the few people that enjoy the opening of A*Men.
    The sense of smell, like a faithful counsellor, foretells its character.

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    Formidable Homme

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    haha...I don't think you're crazy at all. I can't agree with you, but I don't think it's crazy.
    Currently wearing: Green Irish Tweed by Creed

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    A*Men Pure Havane by Thierry Mugler. The combination of tobacco and cherry-like sweetness is unique and simply irresistible. Very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Formidable Homme
    BN doesn't really have any info on this. Do you know the notes pyramid?
    Currently wearing: Green Irish Tweed by Creed

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    Hm this is a tough one. Most of the openings on my fragrances tend to be harsh versions of the dry down. Possibly The One Gentleman, if I had to choose

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    Quote Originally Posted by fit&frag'd View Post
    BN doesn't really have any info on this. Do you know the notes pyramid?
    This is the description: Notes of Vanilla and Musk to a rich and refined woody complex (Cedar, Sandal, Vetyver)
    The nutmeg and a new original coffee accord reinforce the character of this oriental fragrance, enlightened by the fresh and sparkling accents of Citrus notes (Bergamot, Mandarine, Verbena, Grapefruit), and discreet floral notes ( Jasmine, Lily of the valley).

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    I've gotta say-- L'Air du Desert Marocain has the most beautiful opening I've ever smelled.
    I've written that too many times on BN, but I can't help myself.

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    Most Frapins! Pure Malt!

    I just wish Frapin 1270 opening would be all lasting.

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    I absolutely love the opening of Pure Malt and Frapin 1270!
    My current top ten:
    1. Spice and Wood
    2. Tonka Imperiale
    3. Dior Homme
    4. Pure Malt
    5. Oud Wood
    6. Ambre Nuit
    7. L'air Du Desert Marocain
    8. Noir de Noir
    9. Apple Brandy
    10.Straight to Heaven

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    I don't know about all-time but I just smelled Frederic Malle's Carnal Flower yesterday for the first time and it is quite beautiful.
    Currently wearing: Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

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    Creed Silver Mountain Water

    Love it's opening

    #1 on L'Air du Desert Morocain. The first time I smelled it, it painted a picture in my mind. Blue sky, rocks, sand and heat

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    Too hard to choose.
    Currently wearing: Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

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    I've never bought a bottle just for the opening, but I came very close with Lux by Mona di Orio. It smells almost just like key lime pie to me, literally made my mouth water.

    Of the bottles I do own, I don't think anything quite matches the first whiff of Tam Dao.

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    +1 Silver Mountain Water. Smells heavenly, especially if you get batches with more green tea and less black currant.

    I know that it's an incredibly recent release, but I love the opening of A*Men Pure Leather. Gone is the tar note and in is something smooth and wonderful.

    I also have to say: JPG Le Male's opening is great as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    This is the description: Notes of Vanilla and Musk to a rich and refined woody complex (Cedar, Sandal, Vetyver)
    The nutmeg and a new original coffee accord reinforce the character of this oriental fragrance, enlightened by the fresh and sparkling accents of Citrus notes (Bergamot, Mandarine, Verbena, Grapefruit), and discreet floral notes ( Jasmine, Lily of the valley).
    Damn...that sounds nice! Must try...

    Ok...& now I've been hearing so many good things about L'air du Desert Marocain, I have to add it to my "to sample" list as well (which keeps growing & growing & growing...).
    Currently wearing: Green Irish Tweed by Creed

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    Dolce & Gabbana's The One

    The warm sweet citrus grapefruit combination with a very subtle edge from the ginger makes it my favorite

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    Acqua di Parma Colonia
    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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    I love Tom Ford Extreme, but if they could somehow prolong its opening it would be perfect. It's gone so fast.

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    Millesime Imperial has one of the most sparkling openings ever, IMO.

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    Creed Aventus & MI. Also Bleu de Chanel which gets a lot of hate on BN.

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    Ramone Monegal's

    AGAR MUSK

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    Habit Rouge vintage Eau de Cologne has a pretty spectacular opening.
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    GIT
    Aventus
    MI
    SMW
    Windsor
    Pure Malt
    Musc Ravageur

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    HDP 1725 Casanova
    Gucci Pour Homme II
    Chez Bond
    Aventus
    Noir de Noir

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    HdP 1969
    Or Black
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    En Avion, sprayed.

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    Pure Malt and 1270.

    Two incredible openings haunted by mediocre drydowns.

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    Tubereuse Criminelle
    Lonestar Memories
    Fermes Tes Yeux
    Oud Luban


    Are the first that come to mind.

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