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    Exclamation A better Azzaro Pour Homme.

    Hey guys, a few months ago I blind bought Azzaro PH based on the recommendation of an older relative and absolutely loved it. So now to return the favour I thought I'd buy him something.

    I'm looking for something that has a similar vibe to Azzaro PH, but even better than it. What do you guys recommend ?
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    Default Re: A better Azzaro Pour Homme.

    I won't say it is better, but it does have a similar vibe : Aramis Tuscany. I really like my sample of Azzaro and can't see too many fragrances with the same vibe being better. But perhaps close, but different is good enough.
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    Does it exist? I doubt it.

    Tuscany is a good call though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by perfaddict View Post
    Does it exist? I doubt it.

    Tuscany is a good call though.
    Yes, Tuscany is superb, but I don't know if there is a "better" Azzaro pour Homme as it is pretty darn good already.
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    Azzaro ph is the classic reference in the aromatic fougere genre, so hard to beat it. You could be a little more daring and pick Caron Troisieme homme, a citrusy, musky, slightly floral fougere, which doesn't have the aromatic aspect of Azzaro, but is equally classic. Or, for something darker and more brooding, Caron Yatagan, herbal vegetal top over dark woods.

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    I can confidently say "Rive Gauche."

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    Another for Caron Troisieme Homme

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    Azzaro pour homme is very hard to beat ; I have just received to day a bottle of vintage APH (with the silver and black sticker and the smaller oval cap ) and I am even more convinced that this is a real masterpiece. I agree with martinijo about YSL Rive Gauche pour homme as a possible competitor but it is not better ; no way...

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    Azzaro pour homme Intense
    My Top 10 : (In no particular order)

    - Dolce & Gabbana: Pour Homme (vintage)
    - Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vintage)
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    Thanks a lot for the recommendations. Would you say something like Anateus would have that same classical vibe ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by martinijo View Post
    I can confidently say "Rive Gauche."
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    It depends upon what you like in APH. One idea is IL Lancetti, for a smooth anise (APH is undeniably rougher).

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    Azzaro is a classic, and one of the only few masterpieces, so it's gonna be hard to beat.

    those are in the same league are

    Chanel Egoiste
    Chanel Anteaus
    YSL Kouros
    Caron Yatagan
    Caron Troisieme Homme
    Dior Fahrenheit

    out of the one listed, Yatagan has the closet vibe to Azzaro PH, then follow by Anteaus
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    I just ordered a bottle of Azzaro Pour Homme Bois Precieux (4.2 oz.) which came out in 2010 I believe. I've not tried this or the original APH. Still trying to figure out what the differences are..... other than the bottle. It is said to be a reformulation of the original APH..... which will probably have most people asking "why?.... why change a good thing?". As with most reformulations, people don't like them as much as the original, so I don't know if this would be a good recommendation in your case. The bottle is definitely different though.... I must say I like the looks of the Bois Precieux bottle better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mistercitizen View Post
    I just ordered a bottle of Azzaro Pour Homme Bois Precieux (4.2 oz.) which came out in 2010 I believe. I've not tried this or the original APH. Still trying to figure out what the differences are..... other than the bottle. It is said to be a reformulation of the original APH..... which will probably have most people asking "why?.... why change a good thing?". As with most reformulations, people don't like them as much as the original, so I don't know if this would be a good recommendation in your case. The bottle is definitely different though.... I must say I like the looks of the Bois Precieux bottle better.
    Definitely keep us updated if you get a chance to try both. I posted a thread on this same issue. Some press releases say it is a reformulation not a cheapening but more a changing of the notes. Whereas most vendors and some BN'ers are saying it's the exact same juice. And yes even it's the same juice I'd buy it just for the wonderful bottle!

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    The person who recommended Azzaro PH, happens to dislike Aramis (the original). Which is odd.
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    Cerruti 1881 - give it a shot. And there is no "better" Azzaro Pour Homme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inc0gnito View Post
    The person who recommended Azzaro PH, happens to dislike Aramis (the original). Which is odd.
    Did I miss something? What does someone liking (or disliking) the original Aramis have to do with liking Azzaro pour Homme? I too dislike the original Aramis to a degree but love Azzaro pour Homme... Nothing odd about it at all, just different tastes...
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    Rive Gauche pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent, but only the tin/aluminum can ↓↓↓:



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    Paco Rabanne pour homme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dollars&scents View Post
    Rive Gauche pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent, but only the tin/aluminum can ↓↓↓:


    Yes ; I didn't check the new release coming in a square bottle ; is it very different ??

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    Tuscany Forte is the answer, and also Pierre Bourdon's Azzaro PH Intense.

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    Why not get him an Azzaro PH flanker, such as Azzaro Pour Homme Intense or perhaps Azzaro Pour Homme L'Eau. I haven't tried them but they seem to be well received.
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    Aramis is a musky leather, so a completely different genre. So no leathers (but none of the suggestions was). Antaeus is an intense spicy-woody, definitely darker than Azzaro. But still a classic, and it should work well.

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    Lauder for Men - one of the greatest fougères, IMO!

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    I really don't get the hype around Azzaro Pour Homme. Now the Night Time version is actually pretty good, and I'm wearing it right now. The original one though? Not so good.

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    I think APH can not be beated in anyways!
    but consider trying Caron the Third Man or Azzaro Silver Black or Azzaro PH Elixir...

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    Default Re: A better Azzaro Pour Homme.

    Almost any male Aramis scent, especially seconding Tuscany, may have a somewhat similar vibe. Also seconding Rive Gauche.

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    I was also thinking perhaps Azzaro Acteur. I know they don't smell like each other per-se, but perhaps a similar vibe ? There may be a common accord in the drydown ( or so I have read in some reviews). I am not totally sure, but I would give it a shot anyways.

    By the way, just had my first SotD with Azzaro pour Homme. I think I may have to get a bottle of this stuff. Very nice. I may have underapplied, but it is good.
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    Calvin by Calvin Kliein

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    Another for Rive Gauche

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    The closest fragrances I know to Azzaro PH are Aramis Tuscany, YSL Rive Gauche (I only know the version in the metal can), and Jean Pascal. I would say any of them are clearly "better" than Azzaro PH (although personal preferences will, of course, vary).

    A couple of people have mentioned Antaeus and Yatagan. Neither strike me as having a similar vibe to Azzaro, although I do love Antaeus (still coming to terms with Yatagan).
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    Quote Originally Posted by inc0gnito View Post
    ........I'm looking for something that has a similar vibe to Azzaro PH, but even better than it.
    There are many good fougères, but nothing with the same vibe that's better. The only thing better is the vintage formulation of Azzaro pour Homme.

    Use it.

    Others: Vintage formulations are better in most of them -

    Rive Gauche pour Homme (Rive Gauche is a feminine floral)
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    I'm not aware of any hype surrounding Azzaro pH. It's an excellent aromatic fougere but we shoudn't expect everyone to love it. That's the job of mass market crowd-pleasers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scentimus View Post
    Calvin by Calvin Kliein
    Calvin came to my mind, too. I think it's better than Azzaro PH. It's very hard to find, though.

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    +another 1 for Rive Gauche.

    Precisely the reason why I haven't bought Azzaro Pour Homme yet ... there may be a distinction between the two, but vibe and purpose seem to be so similar I'd rather commit to RG (tin can) and RG Intense (which I bought much later).

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    Quote Originally Posted by funhuntr View Post
    +another 1 for Rive Gauche.

    Precisely the reason why I haven't bought Azzaro Pour Homme yet ... there may be a distinction between the two, but vibe and purpose seem to be so similar I'd rather commit to RG (tin can) and RG Intense (which I bought much later).

    It's as close to a no-brainer as I can imagine.
    They smell very close but I think the vast majority would say that Rive Gauche is preferable.
    Exactly what the OP was after I believe

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    Default Re: A better Azzaro Pour Homme.

    Aramatic fougere's would be the general marketplace for something close although I agree with Lauder for Men as a relative. Lauder for Men seems more floral than fougere, but hey! I would never complain having to wear either!
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    I see Lauder for Men having more similarities to Montana Parfume d'Homme and Aramis Havana ( in smell....to my nose). But it is still a pretty good choice if someone likes it. It never sat well with me. Something about it repelled me for some reason.
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    He WILL like Rive Gauche.

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    Azzaro PH is tops in my book in the genre, but Aramis Tuscany is probably the closest to it followed by RG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    Yes, Tuscany is superb, but I don't know if there is a "better" Azzaro pour Homme as it is pretty darn good already.
    only vintage Tuscany , IMO, last version is only a pale ghost of past glory!

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    Any big difference between the vintage Azzaro PH and the newer version with Enrique Iglesias on the box ? *facepalm*
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    Quote Originally Posted by inc0gnito View Post
    Any big difference between the vintage Azzaro PH and the newer version with Enrique Iglesias on the box ? *facepalm*
    I reckon the newer version is missing a 'mole'?

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    Not exactly the same, but similar feel is Loewe Solo. Very good in its own right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lasta View Post
    Not exactly the same, but similar feel is Loewe Solo. Very good in its own right.
    +1 spot on!

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