Code of Conduct
Results 1 to 56 of 56
  1. #1
    Andrew_B.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    413
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Smells like Soap

    There are types of fragrances I associate with soap. And this is not necessarily that soapy feel that some perfume's have. Real soaps can smell very different from this. I'm talking about a smell that reminds me of a perfume used in soap.

    Anyway, here is my list so far.

    Poison by Christian Dior: Despite it's daring name, this smells to me like liquid hand soap.

    Equipage by Hermes: Liquid hand soap, again.

    Cologne by Thierry Mugler. This smells very close to a liquid hand soap from my past. Either in school or maybe something I washed my hands with at the doctor's office.

    Gendarme by Gendarme. This does not smell like any soap I have tried. But it is in the safe fragrance zone that I think of as soap scents.

    Secret Melange by MPG. This is the type of fragrance I associate with a sharp strong soap scent. The old Palmolive soap, and the newer Irish Spring are examples of sharp soap scents.

    CdG Odeur 53. Sort of a generic soap scent.

    BTW, I'm not saying this is bad. Just something that brings out associations.

    Anyone else have fragrances that make them think of soap?

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Bucharest
    Posts
    825
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    YEAH!!!!

    Mugler's Cologne!

  3. #3
    DustB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Washington, DC
    Posts
    9,210
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Good thread. I don't think it's a negative comment to say a scent smells like soap at all.

    I think the original Acqua di Parma has half of it that smells like soap. Also, Diptyque's Olene, which I now decide I'm going to wear tomorrow, smells a lot like high quality soap. The kind scented by white flowers.
    --Chris
    That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me.

  4. #4
    ChrisW's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    2,789
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Bvlgari pour Homme and the Extreme version both give me a fresh soapy feeling that reminds me of being washed with some kind of soap. I can't make the connection with a specific brand of soap though.

  5. #5

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Paco Rabanne PH
    Gendarme V
    Monsieur Galimard (for the same reason as Equipage)
    Acqua di Selva
    [FONT=Book Antiqua]MisterK / Vicomte de K / K[/FONT]
    [FONT=Book Antiqua]Ephemeral Top 5: YSL PH HC, Worth PH, Equipage, Monsieur Rochas HC, Acqua di Gio[/FONT]

  6. #6

    narcus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Königl. Preussen
    Posts
    4,579
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    I want to buy that soap which smells like Paco Rabanne PH - ? ?
    'Il mondo dei profumi è un universo senza limiti: una fraganza puo rievocare sensazioni, luoghi, persone o ancora condurre in uno spazio di nuove dimensioni emozionali' L. V.

  7. #7
    teflondog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    San Jose, CA
    Posts
    2,334
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Claiborne Sport
    Tommy T
    Chrome
    Gendarme
    Mugler Cologne
    Original Vetiver

  8. #8
    apekrul's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Lier, Belgium
    Posts
    1,211
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Spanish Leather by Trumpers smells like pure soap to me. It's simply too much, unlike Original Vetiver, which smells divine!

  9. #9

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    This is an interesting one, but I have had 3 people tell me that Body Kouros smells like soap. I still don't get it, but whatever. Whoever mentioned Claiborne Sport is dead on, I think this is a definate soap-ish smell.

  10. #10

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    To me Oscar for Men smells very much like legendary Imperial Leather soap (Cussons). It`s a fresh and soft leathery scent.

  11. #11

    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Edinburgh
    Posts
    1,513
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Lanvin L'Homme and Mugler Cologne(of course..)

  12. #12

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Someone mentioned to me that Bulgari PH Extreme smelled like soap.

    I would also say Paco Rabanne and Uomo Moschino.

  13. #13
    discovolante's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Athens
    Posts
    1,001
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Photo by Karl Lagerfeld,for a citrucy-soapy feeling!
    It's never too late to mend.

    WARDROBE:http://www.basenotes.net/wardrobe/1256

  14. #14
    mastorer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Los Angeles, California
    Posts
    186
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    2

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    For me the ultimate "soap" is Gendarme. More than once wearing it (I love it) I have had people actually ask if I have just taken a shower! As a perfumer, I haven't been able to duplicate it. I've hunted and hunted for that soapy ingredient.... I'd love to ask Topper, but of course I'd never dare.

    Mike Storer
    MICHAEL STORER fine niche perfumery for the individualist
    www.michaelstorer.com

  15. #15
    PRBRT33's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    284
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    I don't know but IMHO, I work in a hospital and after some drydown, TM Cologne is absolutely perfect when it comes to soapy....OV is great too, but I don't know, it's got something a little grassier (if that's even a word) and brighter....plus I wore TM Cologne last night and had to reapply twice...not a problem...on the contrary....kind of a nice thing to get the initial blast of TM cologne a few times.

  16. #16

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    claiborne sport

  17. #17

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    JPG smells like nasty free hotel soap. :'(
    24, San Francisco, California USA

  18. #18

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Ahhhh yes....Mugler Cologne and Creed Original Vetiver....same bucket here.
    Gendarme does it also.
    I find a number of colognes reminding me of Imperial Leather soap.....wonder why that is ;-)
    Regards
    Sarjeet

  19. #19
    Andrew_B.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    413
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Trussardi Uomo might be another soap-like fragrance.

  20. #20
    Banned
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    536
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Quote Originally Posted by mastorer
    For me the ultimate "soap" is Gendarme. More than once wearing it (I love it) I have had people actually ask if I have just taken a shower! As a perfumer, I haven't been able to duplicate it. I've hunted and hunted for that soapy ingredient.... I'd love to ask Topper, but of course I'd never dare.

    Mike Storer
    ive come pretty close on this one! i WILL get it eventually let me tell you :P

  21. #21

    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Makati City
    Posts
    117
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Aspen Discovery.. for that "Irish Spring" soapy smell.

  22. #22
    Andrew_B.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    413
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    I just tried Jules by Christian Dior. This could be a soap scent.

  23. #23

    CologneJunkie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Overland Park/Lawrence, KS
    Posts
    4,789
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    I remember smelling Duhnill X-Centric @ Marshall's once & it reminded me of Coast soap on the initial blast. I also think that Z Zegna smells like soap.

    And I of course concur w/ those who have mentioned Mugler Cologne & Creed OV.

  24. #24
    Rockford's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    SF Bay Area, CA
    Posts
    1,433
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Santa Maria Novella Gold Musk (Muschio Oro) is a slightly spicy musk fragrance that also has a nice soapy note. I like it very much. It is also pretty long-lasting.

  25. #25
    Dependent pluran's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Rusk
    Posts
    6,523
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    There are many. I recently acquired Gucci Nobile and Creed Original Vetiver. Both have a good degree of soapiness.

  26. #26

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    guerlain vetiver

  27. #27

    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Tampere
    Posts
    1,952
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    MikeFromManhattan nailed it; Moschino Uomo? has to be the soapiest fragrance I have ever experienced.

  28. #28
    the_good_life's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Friedberg (Hessen)
    Posts
    5,568
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    To me, Dior Homme smells an awful ot like your average cream soap (Dove or the like). A generic sort of "cosmetics" smell.
    My Wardrobe
    II est de forts parfums pour qui toute matière/Est poreuse. On dirait qu'ils pénètrent le verre.

  29. #29

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Of those I've tried that smell like soap, Gendarme, and certainly Catherine Memmi: Attitude Homme is very soapy, and even more pleasant than it is soap-like

  30. #30

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Two vetiver scents - Creed Original Vetiver and Guerlain Vetiver.

  31. #31
    MFfan310's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Posts
    3,597
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    I'd pick Mugler Cologne as well, as it was inspired by a soap from Mr. Mugler's childhood.

    Oddly enough, the ancillary line includes... you guessed it... A SOAP BAR! (And it's great, too, like all the Mugler ancillary products I've tried.) It's funny... soap that has a fragrance that's supposed to smell like soap. What next... toothpaste that tastes like toothpaste?
    I am not afraid to keep on living - I am not afraid to walk this world alone.

  32. #32

    Cool Re: Smells like Soap

    Marc jacobs men

  33. #33

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Gendarme
    Gendarme V
    Muscio Bianco by Acca Kappa
    Moschino Friends maybe (a lemon soap)
    Clean Fresh Laundry by Dlish (more like fabric softener)

  34. #34
    Andrew_B.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    413
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    When I first posted this topic it was simple curiosity about soap-like scents. But the more I explore this, the more I think this could be the solution for me and summer scents. I am not really into the citrus and aquatic scents. So maybe soap scents could be a nice fresh choice for summer.

    Anyway, I just found another one, sort of. It is Castile by Penhaligon's. I'd say it is somewhere between a soap scent and a barber shop scent. Very clean.

  35. #35
    Dependent
    Aiona's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    4,185
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    32

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Penhaligon's English Fern

  36. #36

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Monsieur Galimard
    Offrez-lui - Galimard
    Equipage - Hermès
    Le Mouchoir de Monsieur - Guerlain
    L'Heure Bleue - Guerlain
    L'amour fait songer, vivre et croire. Il a, pour réchauffer le coeur, un rayon de plus que la gloire; et ce rayon, c'est le bonheur. (Victor HUGO)

  37. #37
    Asha's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    5,166
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Hermes Caleche
    Chanel No. 5
    Chanel Coco
    Stetson
    Lady Stetson
    YSL Rive Gauche
    Estee Lauder White Linen
    Estee Lauder Knowing

    I think it is because of the particular type of aldehydes they use. In some cases, the soapy smell diminishes after about 20-60 min. In others, it stays throughout the development.

  38. #38
    Banned

    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    9,289
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    No. 10 Myrrhe (Myrrh) from the Prada Exclusives range.

  39. #39

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Agree that Gold Musk smells, like soap, gold Dial.
    Jaisalmer smels of Maja bar soap.
    Sicily smells like the original Caress.

  40. #40

    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Long Island, NY
    Posts
    1,034
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Creed Royal English Leather smells like saddlesoap.

  41. #41
    Sur la Plage

    petruccijc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Clearwater Beach, Florida
    Posts
    17,010
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Philosophy Pure Grace
    Please feel free to check out my Swap Thread - Patou pour Homme, L'Instant de Guerlain PH Extreme, Dior Homme Intense, Pure Malt, Pure Coffee and many more! Click Here For My Swap Thread

  42. #42

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Puro Lino has a harsh, alkaline quality that is the closest thing I've ever smelled to Ivory soap. Of course, there's much more to it.
    Also, Fred Hayman's Touch for Men is a dead ringer for Neutrogena soap.
    Last edited by Kevin Guyer; 6th July 2008 at 04:03 PM.

  43. #43
    argogos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Winter Park, FL
    Posts
    1,039
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    They all smell like soap because the smell of soap is added fragrance.

    Having said that, Drakkar Noir has always been a double for Irish Spring to me.
    Last edited by argogos; 7th July 2008 at 09:54 AM.
    Support your local Leonberger rescue.

  44. #44

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Soaps have very little smell on their own. When most people think of soap, they are thinking of relatively light, inoffensive and uncomplicated scents. I've had soaps that ranged anywhere from smelling like lemon verbena, to sandalwood, to vetiver, or even a little musk.

    I love sandalwood in a soap. Fake sandalwood is fine for soap.
    Last edited by Magnulus; 7th July 2008 at 12:53 PM.

  45. #45
    Scott1971's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    27
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    prada amber pour homme has a wonderful soap smell imo. I also use the shower gel and love that too!
    Last edited by Scott1971; 7th July 2008 at 01:36 PM.

  46. #46

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Silver Musk by Nasomatto
    smells exactly like a nice soap...nothing else.
    I actually like it a lot....just too expensive for the amount you get

  47. #47
    Sur la Plage

    petruccijc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Clearwater Beach, Florida
    Posts
    17,010
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    I wore Guerlain Vetiver to work today and a co-worker told me I smelled "soapy".
    Please feel free to check out my Swap Thread - Patou pour Homme, L'Instant de Guerlain PH Extreme, Dior Homme Intense, Pure Malt, Pure Coffee and many more! Click Here For My Swap Thread

  48. #48

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    I've heard others say Uomo? Moschino is soapy, and LS also said that in the perfume guide book, but there's a biting or bitter element to it that I've never experienced in a soap. Anyone know of a soap brand that smells a lot like U?M, with that bitter quality ?

  49. #49

    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Miles away from ordinary.
    Posts
    572
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    I think the initial opening of Green Irish Tweed smells a bit like soap (in a good way).

    Also, I've been told that YSL L'Homme is "soap."

    I like smelling like soap, btw.

  50. #50

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    The oakmoss note is soapy to me.

    Great Jones
    Guerlain Vetiver
    English Fern
    Paco Rabanne pour Homme

    Prada Amber is a sharp soap

    FCUK Him smells like soap bubbles like the ones you get in a plastic container and blow bubbles from a wand.

    Dune and Fil de Soie by L'Atelier Bohème both smell like Dial soap

    Spanish Leather smells like castile soap

  51. #51

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    The original post mentions Equipage and I agree completely. Somewhere right after the mid-notes, it comes out. I would also add:
    Ho Hang by Balenciaga, which I think resembls Equipage a lot (but not as smooth). HH also reminds me of soap.
    However, Andrew_B, I don't think these are very good choices for warm weather. The patchouli and the leather can sour on the skin very easily. Unless you apply very little.
    RM

  52. #52

    Smile Re: Smells like Soap

    Sea Island Cotton from BBW smells like a clean fresh shower!!!!so good and comforting

  53. #53
    Basenotes Member Dudette's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    43
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    I adore soapy scents!
    I've never understood the trend of "freshly out of shower clean skin smells" (J Lo Glow, Clean etc.) since so many great classics already smell exactly like that.

    Only recently I tested modern Climat edt - it instantly made me think of a bath soap my mother used when I was a child. It's a shame Lancome doesn't produce Climat soap anymore. I would definitely enjoy it.

  54. #54
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    NYC/S. Cal
    Posts
    351
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    All the men's Prada line...
    Amber
    Amber Intense
    Infusion
    All the Infusion flankers
    Lina Rossa

    They all have to be lightly applied as they can all be incredibly cloying if over applied.
    Top notes of... sweat, gasoline, motor oil; a heart of deer musk and gunpowder, resting on a base of sex and testosterone... Mandom.

  55. #55

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Definitely agree with Mugler Cologne.

  56. #56

    Default Re: Smells like Soap

    Givenchy Vetiver and Mugler Cologne

Similar Threads

  1. Soap
    By Ged in forum Male Fragrance Discussion
    Replies: 66
    Last Post: 22nd April 2008, 02:34 PM
  2. Bespoke Laundry Soap
    By bernat in forum Cosmetics & Beauty
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 31st December 2007, 02:13 PM
  3. A perfume that smells fresh, manley and young?
    By woxiz in forum Male Fragrance Discussion
    Replies: 45
    Last Post: 7th June 2007, 02:18 AM
  4. What notes smell like ____?
    By bigpharma in forum Fragrance DIY
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11th May 2007, 12:05 AM
  5. Brothers, Summer, CK, Airports, Perfumes etc....
    By nsamadi in forum Male Fragrance Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 30th June 2006, 02:49 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •