Derby also growing on me.
Derby also growing on me.
Tough one, but.... HERITAGE!
Haven't tried as many Guerlain frags as I would like. That said, Vetiver Eau Glacee/Frozen takes the cake for me in terms of smell alone. Excellent vetiver/mint fragrance, I have smelled it once, and have not seen it since. But since this one is limited edition and so hard to find. I'll have to go with Shalimar.
My Ultimate Top 5:
Le Vetiver Itasca (2010)
Burberry London (2006)
Eau des Baux (2006)
Arpege pour Homme (2005)
Count me in the Derby camp (as evidenced by my wish list!). Personally it's not even close among Guerlain
Amouge Bracken Man
MDCI Le Barbier de Tangier
Mancera Wild Fruits
Heritage EdP, but there are many right up there with it.
Want to add one of the most classic eau de cologne of all time: Eau de Guerlain
Vetiver Eau Glacee/Vetiver Frozen by Guerlain
Eau de Guerlain is certainly not a bad place to start.
There is no best for me, I wear several and a couple of my 'best' during summer are marketed as women's - Sous le Vent & Vetiver Pour Elle.
Derby is great, I would recommend it to any guy who wants to experience a restrained, versatile, classically styled masculine. In a similar vein, although 'warmer', I think Heritage is good stuff, and relatively easy to get hold of, as is L'Instant - both are far more interesting than a lot of mens releases in the same price range.
L'Ame d'un Heros is one that has grabbed me over the last couple of years - muted, almost melancholic.
Jicky & Mouchoir de Monsieur are great but would have most youngsters running for the hills, and Mitsouko & Vol de Nuit both have a gravitas that a lot of 'noir' stuff for guys currently being pumped out can only dream about it. Habit Rouge is another classic that comes in different iterations . . . that one's a whole other story (search out Scentemental's detailed overview if you can be bothered).
And it doesn't stop, either - Arsene Lupin is a very sophisticated take on leather from just a couple of years ago and this year's Songe d'un Bois d'Ete is very cool, it uses the same accord as Leather Oud in the base enhanced with a decent cedar all offset by a spiced opening that flies in the face of all the wannabe 'western' shots at oud that have become such a cliche. It actually smells masculine, exotic, modern, original and eminently wearable.
I would recommend any of the above (and others) as 'best' based on who was asking. I wear them all and I don't play favourites with the kids, kinda thing
Habit Rouge. Maybe LIDGE will surpass it once I get to know it better, I have only worn it twice. Almost wore it this morning and I wish I had.
For men: Heritage EDP & Habit Rouge EDT Legere.
Overall favourite: Spiriteuese Double Vanille.
ointments and perfume delight the heart....
Habit Rouge (EDC and EDT pre-2007)
Derby (the current version is great, but the one in the Habit Rouge-bottle - see above - is pure heaven)
Heritage EDP (vintage)
Vetiver (vintage, but the newest version is great, too)
Eau de Guerlain
Arsène Lupin (Dandy)
Tough! So I'll pick three: Mitsouko [EdP] / L'Instant Extreme [EdP] / L'Homme Extreme [EdP]
To me, the close combat is being so far between: Mouchoir de Monsieur, Vetiver and Habit Rouge, all being quite likely to qualify for the number one spot.
L'Instan, L'Homme, Heritage being honorable mentions.
After my hasty response about Derby, I want to add others (including unisex):
Habit Rouge (EDP and parfum)
Mouchoir de Monsieur
"...her fragrance all in my keeping; softly she comes in the night." Lyrics, Gordon Lightfoot, "Softly."
Derby!!!! then LIDGE
With the disclaimer that I haven't tried Derby, all Guerlain's fragrances that are marketed as masculines strike me as very feminine. Is it possible that Guerlain doesn't know how to make a masculine, at least not a modern masculine?
LIDGE and Philtre d'Amour
For me right now, Habit Rouge EDP and Parfum....... sounds like I'd better try me some Derby!
Haven't smelled Derby in a long time but I do love the vintage Vetiver.
I don't have a signature fragrance. My signature changes a little bit every day, why shouldn't my fragrance?
I avail myself of Guerlain for eaux and civet. Eaux aren't really fragrances, and you specified 'men's' - so, Mouchoir de Monsieur.