I've never smelled it but I'm sure some would beg to differ.
New Haarlem, A*Men, TV... and plenty others would fit for many as well!
It's all personal opinion!
I can understand an argument for that in this case since there are a lot of goodies in this category, but sometimes I disagree. If someone says Curve smells better than Tonka Imperiale in their opinion and that it's a matter of personal preference, they might be more in the mood for Curve that day or something about TM makes them personally dislike it, but rational people know what the correct answer is.
Well, I know it's probably my favorite...although I do agree that it's more of a "semi" gourmand. For straight-up gourmand, I'd say New Haarlem ranks very high, and even though I personally also feel Tobacco Vanille is a "semi" gourmand, it's one of the best ever as well. Still though, LIDGE is truly a masterpiece of a fragrance!
While gourmands are one of my least favorite categories of scents, I would say, no, there are better in the group.
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) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
No it's not safe to say LIDGE is king. It's okay. I'm a gourmand lover, and off the top off my head think of many more that are better to my nose.
Anima Dulcis by Arquiste
Sables by Annick Goutal
Borneo by Serge Luten
Mamluk by Xerjoff
Traversee du Bosphere by L' Artisan
Aomassai and Musc Maori by Pafumarie Generale
Cocoa Tuberose by Providence Perfumes
New Haarlem by Bond #9
......and I wouldn't put the crown on these either.
Last edited by thebeck; 22nd November 2012 at 03:06 PM.
24 Gold by Scent-Story would give any of 'em a run for their Money ;-)
Yes Sir! Agreed
The ultimate gourmand (in the true sense) for me is still A*Men.
The hunt for a Signature Fragrance is not an easy one! I see the light at the end of the tunnel! Edit: 2015... I've given up and given in
Want to buy or swap: A*men Ultra Zest, Bentley Intense, Mont Blanc Legend Intense, Paco Rabanne Invictus,
Gourmonds need to be made up mostly of food notes and reak of them. L'Instance though a nice scent but too bitter for me doesn't fit that bill. I would say that both Angel and AMen are the archetypical of the Gourmond category
If pressed I'd say A*Men, but I don't think it makes any sense to talk about a king of gourmands.
The queen was crowned 90 years ago when Jacques Guerlain used a crapload of synthetic vanilla to create Shalimar. All the recent masculines are relatively insignificant and at roughly the same level - they're all sort of like the dandies that hang around looking pretty while the queen holds court.
I don't like these "King of ______" threads, since fragrance is totally subjective. For me, I love New Haarlem, TV, Back to Black, Pure Malt, etc. all a LOT.
Thats a great point bc everyone's tastes are very different. If we all had the same tastes we would all be walking around with the same clothes on, listen to the same music, like the same women/men, etc....
L'Instant de Guerlain really might be the king of gourmands for at least one reason: hardly anytime before nor after
did I ever got to know so many fudge-like, candy-like, sweet notes, actually all or most in a pleasant, not too overdone way,
in one single scent.
I see LIDGE and DHI as semi gourmands also. I'm a huge fan of gourmands, but it's hard to beat these two at what they do. As far as kings go it has to be A*men. The success of the flankers pretty much seals the deal.
Given the subjective nature of fragrances I'm not sure it's ever "safe" to say any fragrance is clearly the best anything. There have already been multiple fragrances mentioned and I'd personally like to say that I really love H.M. and I'm a little surprised it hadn't been brought up til now.
I don't have a signature fragrance. My signature changes a little bit every day, why shouldn't my fragrance?