Both good. 2 MAN is a Masterpiece.
Thread: CdG 2 Man...wow!
I went into the department store on a mission today to sample this. I can honestly say I don;t think I've smelled anything like it before. I absolutely loved the opening 10 minutes of aldehydes and incense. However, after 10 minutes it was just incense and leather. After 3 hours now it's much softer and I really like it again. I have two questions
1) what is better CdG 2 or CdG 2 Man?
2) Is there another smoky woody scent which retains a strong incense note throughout but also keeps a citrusy zing?
Well, I think they're both great. I was in the same place and chose 2 Man, and to be completely honest, at this point I think it's just alright. I'm always a little baffled that it's called "Avant-guard" and the such, it's never been THAT great to me. Probably because I'm not an incense person. They're also both extremely wearable as well. So do you want something that puts a unique spin on rather typical fruityness (with that ink), or do you want something that's smokey incense with a bit of citrus and a bit of fresh dirt? Can't go wrong with either.
Also- consider layering CDG2Man under La Nuit de L'homme. I think it's great.
I didn`t care much for CdG 2. CdG 2 Man could have been great if it lasted more than an hour..
I've tried CdG 2 Man a number of times, and heck, even own a bottle, but honestly I'm still dumbfounded by it. Or rather, dumbfounded by the opinion of it on these boards. Mostly, I don't understand why so many declare in "imminently wearable" and "easy to like," even "mainstream," when to me it's decidedly angular, aggressive, and avant-garde. It's shamelessly synthetic, and smells like a chemical fire. I realize it turns on the use of odd-numbered aldehydes, which have their characteristic bitter white smoke quality, but for me this still smells like chemicals. Burning chemicals. I realize the frankincense is underneath this, even linked to this, but it's hard to enjoy that for all the synthetic smoke. The effect isn't warm and welcoming, but austere, angular, arch, and a little scary. Even a bit "evil."
Surely others have this reaction to the scent? (By the way, the only similarity I find between CdG 2 Man and Gucci pour Homme is the frankincense note, which is rendered quite similarly.)
CdG 2, on the other hand, is completely different. Very smooth, understated, sheer, and, for me at least, quite wearable.
CDG 2 is a transparent woody rose, so it's quite different. Hard to think about an incense like CDG2 which remains as clean and citrusy. While frankincense can be somewhat lemony, it tends to be heavier (eg Heeley Cardinal, Amouage Jubiliation XXV).
Love 2 Man. Quite like 2.
2 Man is the closest thing I've had to a signature scent.
Love CdG Man 2..............Try and find some Le Labo Vetiver 46.
2 Man is nice, but unfortunately it has very poor sillage on my skin.
Yes Le Labo 46 is very much like CDG 2 Man, you could try to find a sample and see if it lasts longer.
It's true: Vetiver 46 starts off very similarly to CdG 2 Man (both are by Marc Buxton), though the CdG has a waxier quality. Then the Le Labo moves in a more natural direction with vanilla and woods, whereas the CdG dries into a quiet, still synthetic-seeming, leather and vaguely woodsy accord.
I dislike CDG2, and to be honest, I was not exactly in LOVE with CDG2MAN, HOWEVER, after several month of collection and testing and developing my nose, I came back to CDG2MAN and to my surprise, NOW, I find it to be a masterpiece as others have said too. It's just so good.
So do not be dismayed if CDG2MAN is not your cup of tea at first smell. Stash it away and try it again in a while it may just grow on you. CDG2 on the other hand is equally repellent to my nose today as it was long ago.
Thanks everyone. I've still got CdG 2 Man lingering on my wrist today so I find the longevity quite impressive. I find it a very unique scent, I just wish there was a slight tang or hint of zest to offset the heaviness. Love the incense though.
Re: CdG 2 Man - Great fragrance. Has good diffusive capacity and longevity. Crisper/clearer/drier than Gucci pour Homme (2003). Much better than the tedium of the Le Labo. Might as well try some Sycomore, Timbuktu, Memoir Man, Terre d'Hermes edt as well.
CdG 2 isn't my thing but it's excellent either way.
Last edited by pluran; 8th November 2012 at 10:14 PM.
Even though I haven't come around to CdG 2 Man, I do agree it has that crisp/clear/dry vibe and the minimal transparency found in scents like Timbuktu, Terre d'Hermes, and CdG 2. I just can't get around the chemical fire feeling. It feels plasticy and artificial rather than warm. Like it says, "keep your distance," rather than, "come closer."
I'm surprised, though, that anyone would be put off by CdG 2. After the aldehydes in the opening calm down, it's pretty innocuous.
2 MAN is excellent and one my all time favourite openings. As others have pointed out though, the longevity is a bit sketchy.
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Still trawling Basenotes and Fragrantica looking for a woody warm incense fragrance with a citrus tang to be my autumn winter daytime scent. Beginning to feel like a search for the Holy Grail...
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Signature: Amouage Memoir Man “vintage” (Karine Vinchon-Spehner, 2010)
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Ungaro III [1st formulation "Made in France" ] (Jaques Polge/Francois Demachy, 1993)
Narciso Rodriguez For Him (Francis Kurkdjian, 2007)
Rochas Macassar (Nicolas Mamounas / Roger Pellegrino, 1980)
Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme [vintage] (Louis Monnet, 1978)
Domenico Caraceni 1913 (2007)
Also, L'Artisan Timbuktu is both fresh/crisp, woody, and incense-y, though not in the frankincense/liturgical way others can be. I may finally pick up my full bottle today.
I love 2. Nothing like it.
CDG 2 man was indeed reformulated. A year ago I found a bottle with 1 or 2 ml in it and compared it to the recent version.
Reformulated and watered down.
Vetiver 46 is much better at this point. Lasts a good 10 hours too (with projection).
Hedonist, can you provide more description of the differences you noted between the older CdG 2 Man and the newer one? Was it just a matter of seeming "watered down," or were some notes different or reduced?
It;s the kind of review i like to read more of. Keep it up.
To answer the thread, I was a little putt off by the synthetic smell at the beginning, very chemically and somewhat uninviting for me. But after the burn the sweet smell of incense comes forward, serene and welcoming, which kind of reminds me of the smell of the church after the sermon, minus the guilt.
It's a strong contender for my first buy!
I can;t testify for projection but it did smell on my wrist for a solid 8 hours!
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I love the "snuffed candle" aspect of the scent.
I need to wear it more often but it's pretty good for that 'snuffed candle' strangeness alone.