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Thread: Something Different
I'm bored of the mass market scents that all smell the same.
Is it just me?
I want to pick up a bottle of something. Something that not everyone else has - I don't care about the brand as long as it smells good.
Any tips? By unique I don't mean Kouros...that thing could clear battlefields and chase away binders full of women.
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What kind of scents/notes do you like?
There are thousands of frags that could be mentioned. Wouldn't have a clue where to begin.
You could get suggestions from a vintage Guerlain to Odeur 71
I don't know if you can get Slumberhouse in the UK now, but if not, look into Czech and Speake.
Try ELDO, Tauer, and Comme de Garcons, all 3 houses have some pretty unique offerings.
I'm a big fan of Etat Libre d'Orange. I think Jasmin et Cigarette, Noel au Balcon, Bijou Romantique, Fils de Dieu du Riz et des Agrumes, and Tilda Swinton are especially worth checking out. (Of course Secretions Magnifiques smells very, very different from typical mass market scents, but I don't think you want to buy a bottle of that!)
Current Top Five:
1. Bois des Iles--Chanel
2. George Sand--Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
3. L'Ame Soeur--Divine
4. Violet Blonde--Tom Ford
5. Santal Blush--Tom Ford
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For "fun", I also second Etat Libre d'Orange. They're quirky, modern perfumes, often based on some unusual and interesting idea. My favorites are Je suis un homme (woody incensy), Tom of Finland (saffrony leather), and Rien (but beware, this is very strong and animalic).
Yeah, a lot of the newer releases will all start to smell alike after awhile. Delve into some more vintage stuff if that's the case. Most niche caters to those that are tired of generic modern scents. But yeah, some more specifics would be helpful. I once wore Davidoff Adventure and was told it smelled different. Maybe some scents by less well known houses like Ted Baker and Paul Smith, seeing how you are from the UK.
To get valuable advice, I recommend narrowing down your search by informing the BN community with some likes, dislikes, favorite notes and genres, etc. Your post is unlikely to be of great use, as it is too vague.
You're in London? Go to Les Senteurs (either branch) and smell a bunch of stuff and talk with the SAs. You will find interesting things and they will give you samples.
There's few classics in the shopping malls worth checking, go to the Guerlain shelf and have a sniff around. John Lewis got a good selection of less-mass-marketed scents, like Acqua di Parma, few Lutens, Annick Goutal, few bits of the Tom Ford's Private Blends and Armani exclusive lines.
If you are in London, Liberty perfume section is worth checking
À l'air libre les oiseaux ont eux aussi le vertige (camille)
ointments and perfume delight the heart....
I recommend the house of O'driu if excellent smelling and unique is what you seek. One caveat is you need to like herbal/spicy compositions as most are quite herbal and/or spicy. For something easily wearable from the line, you may want to sample Laurhum.
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) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie
9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
Hermessence Ambre Narguile
Thé Brun by Jean-Charles Brosseau - Upon application, one is treated to a lovely, black tea accord. The smoky and full-bodied, lapsang souchong wafts about commingling with the orangey and subtly peppery bergamot, as well as wisps of vanilla and cinnamon. Transitioning to the heart, florals, namely, a tutti-frutti jasmine, the sweetly powdery woodiness of violet, and the sweetish citrus of orange blossom, brew with the aromatic tea. Segueing to the robust base, the fragrant tea is bouyed by Brazillian rosewood, with its spicy floral facets. A spicy sweetness, akin to anise, of cumin, with a whisper of sweat, couples with an exotic, floral and woody musk and a somewhat smoky and slightly powdery lavender to enhance the aromatics. An enticing drydown ensues. This wonderous, masculine composition is part of the Homme Collection, and has average projection, becoming a skin scent after a couple of hours, and average longevity. Its reasonable, price point only heightens its appeal.
Also try some of the 'barbershop' houses. If you are able to get to Greek Park, take a walk on Jermyn Street and the surrounding area. These brands are all based there:
Geo F Trumpers
Santa Maria Novella
Truefitt & Hill
Taylor's of Old Bond Street
...and many others, including C&S
Last edited by rum; 31st October 2012 at 09:34 AM.
Not much to go on. All you have said is "something that smells good that not everyone has."
How about trying some of the Kenzo range?
Hit your neareast Harvey Nics and/or Selfridges and smell away!
Try Costume National Scent Intense.
Not generic at all if it appeals to you...
Some really interesting suggestions! Yes I am London based so thankfully I have a lot of places I can go and sample different scents.
Oh, and one final question - any eau du parfums you would recommend, rather than eau de toilette?
An EdP I'd heartily recommend is Habit Rouge. The EdT is great, but the EdP is stunning.
And the extrait...... Sublime.
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