Carbone de Balmain
I am looking for a some suggestions for someone who typically does not wear cologne. So anything cloying, overpowering or to sweet is not a good choice.
Maybe a light yet unique scent that is versatile that you will not smell on everyone
There has to be better choices other than the mainstream stuff...Issey, Polo, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Hugo Boss, etc....but at the same time not the high end scents.
This is for a close family friend who has been out of work for sometime now and has been kind of bummed out lately and we want to get him back out in circulation and have fun.
Carbone de Balmain
gendarme, mugler cologne
Mugler cologne for cheap easy to get stuff and Original Vetiver for high end niche options
Molecule 01 - it doesn't smell of anything
Gucci Pour Homme II.
Platinum Egoiste Chanel!
Molecule 01 is what you are looking for. Trust me. It's exactly what you are explaining.
Any Nautilus perfume, they smell like nothing at all. Well, maybe for the first 5 minutes or so and then POOOOOF, they are gone.
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Co-sign Mugler Cologne suggestion that was my first thought!
Also Prada Amber Pour Homme is another great one.
+1 Mugler Cologne was my first thought and I think it is a good choice. Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme would also be good, but is a sweeter. It's still light though.
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+1 for Gucci Pour Homme II.
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In addition to Mugler cologne, you could also consider some light Eau de Colognes, such as Eau Universelle by L'Occitane (link). Another very simple but cheerful cologne is Jacques Fath Green Water. Even to a non-perfume-wearer, it would be within their comfort zone (due to the classical style) without being too cliched or overplayed. And, speaking from my own experience, spritzing it on in the morning is an instant mood enhancer!
It doesn't exactly fit all of your requirements, and I know others on this board aren't big fans of it, but when I wear Tom Ford for Men, I FEEL confident. I can't really explain it. It's not the "boldest" scent I've worn...or the classiest...but something about it just makes me feel taller, stronger, and more important.
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Another vote for Mugler Cologne
The Prada offerings namely Aber & Infusion D'homme are also nice, inoffensive and soap-like
Platinum Egoiste, Bleu de Chanel or Ysl L'homme. Althought these may be considered as mainstream.
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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)
Costume National Homme.
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Gucci Pour Homme II
D & G The One
You could try a few of the scents from L' Occitane. They have stores everywhere. A lot of their scents are not too heavy, and a few of them are more like body sprays which is good. Check out their website.
The first ones that came to my mind were Gendarme, Mugler Cologne, and Prada Infusion d'homme. Maybe even a light application of Versace's The Dreamer if tobacco isn't a turnoff. All of these are nice clean scents that are easy to wear. (although it's best to let Dreamer drydown a bit as the opening can be a bit much).
Stores all over the world.
Very friendly staff as far as I've heard. http://www.loccitane.com/boutique-fi...756,106329.htm
Last edited by Heawns; 9th November 2012 at 03:05 AM.
Maybe one of the men's sampler sets from the Perfumed Court would be fun and open his eyes to what is out there other than the blue/aqua/sports genre crap that you smell everywhere.
A few that come to mind and of course already mentioned:
Gucci PH II
Chanel Edition Blanche
CURRENT TOP 5
1. Dior Homme Intense
2. Creed Aventus
3. Tom Ford Extreme
4. Gucci Pour Homme II
5. Terre d'Hermes
I tried Mugler cologne and there is something to overly floral and synthetic, It gave me a headache.
Gucci PH II, Monsieur de Givenchy, might be a worth a try and Molecule 01 but pricey. Thanks for the suggestions.
Dior Dune is a light happy clean scent.
Gucci Pour Homme II is a subtle fresh and spicy fragrance.
Mugler Cologne if he wants to smell like soap.
Current Top Ten:
1. Creed Millesime Imperial
2. Serge Lutens Chergui
3. Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
4. Creed Virgin Island Water
5. Chanel Eau de Cologne
6. Thierry Mugler Pure Havane
7. Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme
8. Bulgari Blu
9. Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
10. YSL Kouros
Voyage is definitely one
GPH II also meets your criteria (try it first though, the tea note is a real turn off for some)
L'Homme may work as well (try first, it may be strong by your standards)
D&G The One
Thanks for the suggestions. Tried Voyage, did not really care for the synthetic smell. Liked Terre d'Hermès but very pungent.
Whatever you buy, please don't make it Mugler Cologne...this stuff is fresh, yes, but it's a nuclear blast of howling, blinding freshness. It seems like about 50% of Basenoters think it's light and short lived, and half, like me, realize that it's Creed Original Vetiver with 'riod rage.
I'll agree on Gucci PH II, Gendarme, and I'll add L'Eau par Kenzo.
"It's not what you look like when you're doing what you're doing; it's what you're doing when you're doing what you look like you're doing."
Haven't tried the regular one "(He) Wood"
EDIT: (confused threads here, but above one def. fits in here I think)
Last edited by Heawns; 16th November 2012 at 06:15 AM.
Creed Millesime imperial
Dior's bois d'Argent
Go for a Chanel. All the recent ones are crowd pleasers.