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    What is Your Favorite Minimalist Scent? The one that stays close to you and and leaves people guessing as you walk in a room. That one scent you can always count on to be perfect and not overpowering.

    Something other than Gendarme....

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    vintage Monsieur de Givenchy ​or Turtle Vetiver Front
    Last edited by drseid; 30th October 2012 at 08:29 AM.
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    1) Portrait of a Lady (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)

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    Blenheim Bouquet ... very, er, aloof.

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    Le Labo Gaiac 10

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    Idole de Lubin - EDT
    Gaiac 10
    Helmut Lang EDP
    Turtle Vetiver Exercise 1 - strong in nature but minimalist in composure

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    Murdock- Black Tea.

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    CdG Odeur 53 comes to mind.


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    CdG Odeur 53 +1
    Hermès Eau de Gentiane Blanche
    Byredo M/Mink

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    Prada - Infusion d'Homme

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    I feel that MFK Lumiere Noire PH is rather minimalistic, but outstanding in every area.

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    Hermes - Santal Massoia

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    Nicole Farhi Homme, Penhaligon's Opus 1870 and Lanvin L'Homme spring to mind
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    Most CDGs, Helmut Lang EDC, several vetivers...


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    Quote Originally Posted by starshipvelcro View Post
    Hermes - Santal Massoia
    +1

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    Gengis Khan

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    Cartier Declaration.

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    Bvlgari PH
    Mirto di Panarea
    Givenchy PH
    Essenza di Zegna
    Millesime Imperial
    Voyage d'Hermes
    We want a 'Niche' forum.

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    Minimalist I don't know. But cologney in the means of light, easy and different at the same time could be Sisley's (actual JC Elena's) Eau De Campagne.
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    Creed Silver Mountain Water and Gucci Pour Homme II for me. I wear these for me rather than to impress.

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    Maybe Divine L'Homme de Coeur (though not sure if it keeps people guessing)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hreple View Post
    Prada - Infusion d'Homme

    Prada Infusion.... second that.

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    L'Occitane Eau Des Bavx
    Prada Amber pH

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    Acqua Santa by La Via del Profumo

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    Has to be Mark Birley for Men.

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    One would be Voyage d'Hermes by Hermes.

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    Seconding Gucci Pour Homme II; also Creed Vetiver 1948, Bois de Cedrat and Santal Imperial, as well as Hermes Eau d'Orange Verte.

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    The ever-so-discreet Monsieur de Givenchy.

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    L'Eau d'Hiver (Editions de Parfum Frederic Malle)

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    Terre d'Hermes
    Tommy Bahama Set Sail South Seas (discontinued but available)
    Kenzo Pour Homme Boisee

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    Almost anything by Jean Claude Ellena, namely:

    Angeliques sous la pluie
    Brin de Reglisse (very minimal sillage though)
    Poivre Samarcande
    Santal Massoia
    Eau de Gentiane Blanche

    I also like these:

    Kyoto
    Gaiac 10
    Bulgari pour Homme
    CKbe
    Helmut Lang EDC (but it's discontinued)
    Hinoki
    Molecule 02
    Rose 31
    Lumiere Noire
    L'antimatiere
    S-Perfume

    The ultimate minimalist scent would have to be Molecule 02 - it's only one molecule!

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    Quote Originally Posted by akenep View Post
    What is Your Favorite Minimalist Scent? The one that stays close to you and and leaves people guessing as you walk in a room. That one scent you can always count on to be perfect and not overpowering.

    Something other than Gendarme....
    Kyoto. It fits the definition that you set forth as well as the idea that Minimalist means a scent that is spare.

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    Molecule 01.
    Seasonal favorites:

    1. Creed - Pure White Cologne
    2. Creed - Aventus
    3. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    4.
    by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
    5. Clive Christian - 1872
    6. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    7. Xerjoff - Nio
    8. Neela Vermeire - Bombay Bling
    9. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
    10. Chanel - Allure Homme Edition Blanche

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    Bvlgari Pour Homme

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    Standard - CdG/Artek

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    Default Re: What is Your Favorite Minimalist Scent?

    Two (for different moods):

    Apres l'Ondee by Guerlain

    Bang by Marc Jacobs
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    Almost any Penhaligon's especially Opus 1870 or Blenheim Bouquet

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    The One. Gets'em every time.

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    Quartz by Molyneux and a few very subtle EDC by Taylors of Old Bond Street, including Eton College Collection, also Horizon by Guy Laroche.

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    CK Be.

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    well I really like many fragrances mentioned in this thread. I guess I am a minimalista too. These are some others that are really good and minimal and what I mostly reach for.

    Nasomatto Silver Musk
    Andree Putman Preparation Parfumee
    Hermes Jardin Sur Le Toit
    Escentric 02

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    Molecule 01.
    In my swap list: Gucci Pour Homme (2003) BNIB.
    I'm looking for HdP 1725 or Bond Andy Warhol (silver bottle w/Andy's face)

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    +1 on Voyages d'Hermes
    L'Eau par Kenzo and most Kenzo's for men
    Lacoste Essential
    Dypthique Eau de Neroli
    and I recently discovered Versense Versace pour femme, suche a lovely cologne
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    The very rare vintage
    Jean Desprez

    Le Parfum de Jour


    -it's as minimal as I get.
    "...a Chacun son Mauvais Gout."

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildThingy View Post

    What I really find a bit disapointing about this board is a bahvior as seen above. A question is answered. Well, thats nice. But You guys don't discuss the question, dropping just some perfume names, brands. The better replies bear the burden of having one more sentence of text. The worse come up with some mathematic symbols "+1" and that was it?!?!?!? I don't know about math! I'm a perfume lover!

    C'mon - are You that simple? What do You think the original poster is after - is it testing 50 or so perfumes, all full wearings, several times a day long? To do so he/she doesn't need the board. To be honest, it's hilarious what You do with this mindless name dropping - in my book. And - I'm really embarressed to participate. Sorry.
    Fair enough that you feel what you feel, but really I can't relate to why you are so embarrassed... I believe a little bit of research is part of the fun. Once the names are mentioned, the OP can easily look these up (or at least the vast majority) in the reviews section here and elsewhere. I write reviews on this site for nearly all the scents I ever recommend... My thought process is "Why should I replicate the effort again?" Everyone else I am sure has reasons of their own for the way they post, but I don't feel anyone should feel embarrassed about seeing it. If no one were to respond the OP would have absolutely nothing to go on... I would say they are much better off, even with just the "name dropping" you reference. Just a different point of view...
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    1) Portrait of a Lady (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)

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    OP asked a simple question. Requiring a simple answer.

    He didn't ask for, and doesn't need a dissertation.

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    At anyrate, Wildthingy, the Discussion is In the Fragrance. To have the internal discussion, it's best to actually smell the scents. We all declare secrets here. Why ever might we then be required to explain them?
    "...a Chacun son Mauvais Gout."

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe mcclaine View Post
    OP asked a simple question. Requiring a simple answer.
    Exactly! The question was: "What is your favorite minimalist scent? The one that (...)" etc. That is clearly a request for names and that's what most of us provided. Wildthingy, I think we take the OP quite seriously and answer precisely what he asked.
    Now, if the OP had asked "what is a minimalist scent?" or "does the term minimalist make sense in fragrances and how do you understand the term?" that would have been a completely different matter and interested people would then have responded to that. I think that would probably be an interesting discussion, but that was not the question.

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    T. Mugler's Cologne comes to mind. It is so safe and fresh.

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    Givenchy Xeryus Rouge is mine...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildThingy View Post
    +10 +1 = 11



    What I really find a bit disapointing about this board is a bahvior as seen above. A question is answered. Well, thats nice. But You guys don't discuss the question, dropping just some perfume names, brands. The better replies bear the burden of having one more sentence of text. The worse come up with some mathematic symbols "+1" and that was it?!?!?!? I don't know about math! I'm a perfume lover!

    C'mon - are You that simple? What do You think the original poster is after - is it testing 50 or so perfumes, all full wearings, several times a day long? To do so he/she doesn't need the board. To be honest, it's hilarious what You do with this mindless name dropping - in my book. And - I'm really embarressed to participate. Sorry.
    +1 ???? lol couldn't resist

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    Caron Pour Un Homme...and a lot of vetivers!

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by CreedKing View Post
    +1 ???? lol couldn't resist
    My concern with questions and answers like these is, there is not so much to gain from it. Except running for even more choices. If a recommendation is not commented on (except the infamous +1 - btw: did someone ever dared to post a "-1"?) what is the use of it? A brief discussion of certain merits of the listed items would help, don't You agree? I personally find myself a little bit bored listing perfume names. It itches a bit too that my to some degree elaborated recommendations are ignored.

    Finally I asked for deleting my account. I came to the personal conclusion that perfume can not be discussed on a level I seek for habitually. Thank You guys!
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    I really like Acqua Di Parma Colonia, very light and easy on the nose.

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    Cuiron--it is the leather that is there one minute and gone the next--the Cheshire Cat of sexy leather scents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildThingy View Post
    My concern with questions and answers like these is, there is not so much to gain from it. Except running for even more choices. If a recommendation is not commented on (except the infamous +1 - btw: did someone ever dared to post a "-1"?) what is the use of it? A brief discussion of certain merits of the listed items would help, don't You agree? I personally find myself a little bit bored listing perfume names. It itches a bit too that my to some degree elaborated recommendations are ignored.

    Finally I asked for deleting my account. I came to the personal conclusion that perfume can not be discussed on a level I seek for habitually. Thank You guys!
    Honestly, sometimes a +1 is enough. When someone is browsing the answers and they see certain things come up again and again, they stop and think "Maybe I need to try that." I've certainly done this.

    If you're not finding the discussion in other people's threads to be to your liking, perhaps the solution is to start your own threads to get the sort of conversation going that you seek. I mean, come on now. The question that started this thread was "What is Your Favorite Minimalist Scent?" That's a simple question with simple answers. (Molecule 01 FTW!!!) And that's great. If you want more of a complex discussion, try starting a thread with a complex question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    Most CDGs, Helmut Lang EDC, several vetivers...
    Totally agree, specially Kyoto from CDG

    - - - Updated - - -

    in lighter sense, if the question would have been

    " What is your favourite Minimalist Masterpiece " ,it might have pleased everyone.

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    I highly-respect Comme des Garcons as a house and adore Kyoto from their Incense series...it truly is fantastic!

    But, what makes it special is its depth and structure - and its use of ingredients. Quoted: "The main notes are: incense, cypress oil, coffee, teak wood, patchouli, amber, cedar and immortal flower."

    Therefore, while it is an incense 'scent' - the composition to create such a wonderful and expressive fragrance is not "minimalist" by any means, in my humble opinion.

    While not defined, I would say that a composition should be no more than 3-4 notes to be considered minimalistic.

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by divinesoul View Post
    Totally agree, specially Kyoto from CDG

    - - - Updated - - -

    in lighter sense, if the question would have been

    " What is your favourite Minimalist Masterpiece " ,it might have pleased everyone.
    “Some perfumes are as fragrant as an infant’s flesh, sweet as an oboe’s cry, and greener than the spring; While others are triumphant, decadent or rich; Having the expansion of infinite things, like ambergris and musk, benzoin and frankincense, which sing the transports of the mind and every sense.”

    ― Charles Baudelaire, The Flowers of Evil & Paris Spleen

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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    Honestly, sometimes a +1 is enough. When someone is browsing the answers and they see certain things come up again and again, they stop and think "Maybe I need to try that." I've certainly done this.

    If you're not finding the discussion in other people's threads to be to your liking, perhaps the solution is to start your own threads to get the sort of conversation going that you seek. I mean, come on now. The question that started this thread was "What is Your Favorite Minimalist Scent?" That's a simple question with simple answers. (Molecule 01 FTW!!!) And that's great. If you want more of a complex discussion, try starting a thread with a complex question.
    +1...


    Honestly I was never much of a believer in minimalist scents however, Molecule 01 changed it all for me. I love that scent, it has a certain aura about it which is amazing.
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    Bvlgari PH +3
    Seasonal favorites :

    Winter : The Dreamer & Burberry London & La Nuit de L'Homme
    Spring-Autumn : Aqua Fahrenheit & Bvlgari Pour Homme
    Summer : Bvlgari Extreme & Bvlgari Aqva & Bvlgari Aqva Marine
    All-Rounders : Terre D'Hermes & Bleu de Chanel

    Indispensible : The Dreamer & Bvlgari Extreme & Bvlgari Pour Homme & Bvlgari Aqva

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