Bois Du Portugal by Creed
I am looking for some advice. Im a 64 yr old man, in a professional line of work. I am as casual as work permits but enjoy looking well and dressing comfortably stylish for my age. I have used Prada Infusion d'Homme daily. Its light, clean and soapy. Id like to find another viable alternative that's unique and not heavy for day use, and I would also like to find something new to use in the evening when going out with my wife to dinner. Heavy scents give me a headache, too sweet scents bother me. What do you folks suggest thats age appropriate, not overwhelming and elegant for evenings and clean, not citrusy or sweet for day time?
Bois Du Portugal by Creed
Mugler Cologne (day use)
Rive Gauche Pour Homme (evening use)
Any of these should set you in the right direction:
Vintage Givenchy Gentleman
Zino by Davidoff
YSL Rive Gauche
Afficinado by Cigar Afficinado
Infusion d'homme has some iris and then a soapy drydown. A favorite iris is Chanel 28 La Pausa, a, clean, elegant, fresh, natural smelling iris that could work for all occasions. Vetiver, which is fresh, clean, and somewhat grassy, is another material you could look into; examples would be Tom Ford Grey Vetiver or Chanel Sycomore, or, more expensive still, Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire. Sycomore is one of my favorites for work, and it is perfect also for the evenings because it has a touch of woods that make it more elegant and serious. (The Encre Noire mentioned above is similar to Sycomore)
One of the first that came to mind based on your description & preferences was Gucci Pour Homme II. It's classy, elegant, works for any age, great for daytime or an evening out & really any occasion, and really isn't all that mainstream...especially since it's being discontinued.
I am a professional with you same age and my favorite perfumes that are not heavy or sweet are Ungaro III, Silver Water Mountain and Richard James Savile Row EdT. Either one of those will be perfect for what you are looking for.
Ungaro III is cheap, but do not be misslead by its price. It is a sophisticated perfume that smells expensive and lasts until the cows come home. The other two are expensive, but worth the money.
Another that may fit your request is Vetiver by Guerlain, but the reformulation is not what it used to be.
Other perfumes I like are maybe too strong/heavy and therefore not for you.
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I would venture Derby by Guerlain. Even the new version is elegant, mature and refined with its chypre leather. Richard James EDT is a bit hard to find, but a great evening scent with tuberose and spice.
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I know Bois du Portugal is very popular, and would work well for what you are looking for.
Similarly, I feel Green Irish Tweed could work as well. It's fresh, if not a little soapy. The vetiver options listed above are also worth considering. I'd try Encre Noir since it's apparently similar enough to Sycomore to get you an idea of vetiver done right.
the Chanel exclusives are marketed as unisex, and most of them are. La Pausa is an iris, a note used both in male and female perfumery; if Infusion d'Homme is masculine enough for you, so is La Pausa. Sycomore is a vetiver, a note usually highlighted in some masculine perfumes.
(As an aside, you'd be surprised that some companies, instead of declaring a frag unisex, release it under two completely unrelated names, one marketed to women and one to men. Estee Lauder/Aramis is an example of this strategy.)
New York from Parfums de Nicolai. Very versatile. Classy, but also great for more casual wear. Not too heavy, but also not very light.
Another vote for Rive Gauche pour Homme
Plus, Horizon by Guy Laroche, Davidoff Relax, Tsar by Van Cleef&Arpels
my gut feeling is escensia by Loewe will work for you at any time,its pure class.
another suggestion would be grey flannel by goeffrey beene at work place.
My Top 10 : (In no particular order)
- Dolce & Gabbana: Pour Homme (vintage)
- Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vintage)
- Annick Goutal: Encens Flamboyant
- Annick Goutal: Ambre Fetiche
- MPG: Santal Noble
- Chanel: Egoiste
- Guerlain: Vetiver
- Vermeil for Men
- YSL: Kouros
- Knize Ten
One man's meat, etc. You should take a trip to a big store or a specialist one like Les Senteurs and spend some time testing various products and getting some samples.
BTW - You are going to have to change your name every year.
Daytime: I agree with Silver Mountain (Creed), and Grey Vetiver (Ford); you could give Hermès Rocabar a try.
Nighttime: I would go with Tabarome (Creed), and agree with Rive Gauche (YSL).
and fresh but goes on very sweet for my taste. It did seem to dry more "quietly" but it still had that sort of grassy sweetness that I wasn't looking for. I think I want something dryer, like a Gin and Tonic, if that makes any sense! I know Creed is pricey, but Im willing to find the right fragrance and go with it if its the only route that works.
Mugler cologne is not very sweet, so I guess you have a very low tolerance for sweetness and are looking for bitterness.
Vegas has a lot of great stores, there's a thread here about it. Since Sephoras can be found elsewhere, I think you should rather concentrate on more special places. I would definitely go to the Chanel boutique and try the Chanel exclusives, some of which were mentioned above (La Pausa, Sycomore). If the local Dior has the exclusives, that's another place to visit (for fresh and not sweet, leather oud, vetiver, and granville).
Now, about gin and tonic, there's a Penhaligon called Juniper sling - not among my very favorites, but more or less it does that.
TF Grey Vetiver is a great pick. i bought it immediately after sampling it. enjoy!