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    Default most versatile scents

    the criteria
    * projects really well, but not too strong
    * can be worn all seasons, the hottest summers and harshest winters
    * can be worn outdoors, indoors
    * can be worn at any event

    Aventus and Platinum Egoiste, IMO, are the most versatile.

    Gucci Pour Homme II, believe it or not, is as well.

    Any other contenders?

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    how about Eau de Cartier? I always think this can be worn almost anywhere anytime (not for sexy times, though)

    I know its simple and sometimes boring...

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    Default Re: most versatile scents

    There are zillions. I'll name one: Rafting by Galimard

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    Default Re: most versatile scents

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    There are zillions.
    This. The first one that immediately comes to mind though is Terre d'Hermes.
    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) 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)

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    Would have to go with Aventus also. A couple of honorable mentions would be GPHII, MI, DHI, D&G the one and Mugler Cologne.

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    Default Re: most versatile scents

    terre d hermes isn't the safest cologne, but it is one of the most versatile.

    millesime imperial is versatile, except for the fact that it just doesn't project in the winter at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    There are zillions.
    Yup. I'll note three: one that's dirt cheap, one that's average price, and one spendy niche:

    Curve, which most here would scoff at, but it's amazingly versatile and a compliment catcher. I get far more compliments with Curve than Aventus. That shocked me since I love Aventus, but Curve is a people pleaser.

    Bvlgari Aqva. I don't own it, but I can't help thinking it would work nicely in any season.

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    Default Re: most versatile scents

    Geir ness

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    Dior Homme Sport
    Chanel Allure Homme Sport
    YSL L'Homme
    Aqua Fahrenheit
    GIT
    SMW
    Himalaya

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    Bleu de chanel.

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    Chanel Allure Homme Sport
    Blue de Chanel
    Dior Homme Sport

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    GIT. The end.

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    GIT
    SMW
    YSL L'Homme
    D&G PH

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    Default Re: most versatile scents

    Can half of those listed above project in the winter?

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    Eau Sauvage, versatility since 1966.
    by the time you can afford good speakers, you can't hear the difference

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    Aventus, Platinum Egoiste, Bleu de Chanel, YSL L'Homme.

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    Default Re: most versatile scents

    Aventus and GIT comes to my mind immediately.

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    Bleu, Boss Bottled.

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    Default Re: most versatile scents

    Rive Gauche Pour Homme would cover all your criteria nicely.
    My current top 10 (subject to change) in no particular order:

    Rive Gauche Pour Homme, Serge Lutens Cuir Mauresque, Armani Prive' Nuances,
    Armani Prive' Bois d'Encens, Ermenegildo Zegna Indonesian Oud, Essenza de Zegna, Amouage Beloved Man, Fahrenheit Le Parfum, Dior La Collection Couturier Vetiver, and Rasikh Syed Junaid Alam.

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    Default Re: most versatile scents

    Tried Silver Mountain Water last week, and it actually was solid in the cold. One of the colognes that came to mind is L'Homme by YSL, but it won't survive windy condition -- at least not on my skin.




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    Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense
    Fahrenheit Absolute
    Tsar by VCA
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    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    Can half of those listed above project in the winter?
    Winter is relative?

    I live in miami, what is this winter you speak of? its 81 and humid out right now

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    Rive Gauche
    TdH
    GIT
    MKK

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    Vintage Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewHaarlem View Post
    Vintage Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme
    In the heat that is a cloying monster!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiteEmUpGood View Post
    In the heat that is a cloying monster!
    I've worn its 1st reformulated version last winter, and it was already cloying. But, I doubt that the vintage formulation would be, as I've worn it indoors, where it was around 80 degrees and packed with people, and it was never cloying nor offensive.

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    terre and platinum egoiste +
    Seasonal favorites :

    Winter : The Dreamer & Burberry London & La Nuit de L'Homme
    Spring-Autumn : Aqua Fahrenheit & Bvlgari Pour Homme
    Summer : Bvlgari Extreme & Bvlgari Aqva & Bvlgari Aqva Marine
    All-Rounders : Terre D'Hermes & Bleu de Chanel

    Indispensible : The Dreamer & Bvlgari Extreme & Bvlgari Pour Homme & Bvlgari Aqva

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    GIT
    Egoiste

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    These all work in really cold weather and intense heat.

    Bleu de Chanel
    Eau Sauvage
    Mont Blanc Legend
    Kenzo Pour Homme

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    Rive Gauche

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    Aventus if you dont wear more than 1 spray in summer. Yeah i use to love aventus until i sprayed 5 sprays (of a sample), during summer, and went to a family get-together to eat at a friends house. Little did i know wed be spending the whole day in the small dining room with everyone crowded in. I swear they were looking at me weird and half of them left not long after i arrived lol.

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    And also chanel allure homme sport's nickname is Mr Versatile so Ill go with that one

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    Default Re: most versatile scents

    Of the ones I've tried so far...

    -GIT is close. Projects better in warmer weather than colder weather.
    -Bleu is a little closer. Doesn't project as well outside now that it's winter here, but holds up.
    -Mont Blanc Legend is my best bet right now. For me, it completely fits all of your requirements. Projects less in winter than summer, but still projects well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LiteEmUpGood View Post
    Winter is relative?

    I live in miami, what is this winter you speak of? its 81 and humid out right now
    My thoughts exactly. I'm in more of day/night zone instead of the summer/winter.
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    Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur
    DIOR Homme Intense
    Guerlain L'IDGExtreme
    Chanel Platinum Egoiste
    Chanel Allure Edition Blanche
    Jean-Paul Gaultier Le Male
    Thierry Mugler Pure Malt

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    Guerlain Vetiver
    Canali Style
    Oranger Alhambra
    Great Jones

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    Fahrenheit
    My 3 Signature Scents:

    Rive Gauche Light (2004)
    Fahrenheit (1988)
    Paul Smith Man (2009)

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    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    Can half of those listed above project in the winter?
    Yes. It's 80 degrees in Florida.

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    Default Re: most versatile scents

    It depends what you mean by project. I generally don't want people to really smell what I am wearing very much, so in the winter I don't overspray or anything like that to get people to notice me.

    As for my collection of versatile stuff:

    GIT
    Himalaya (I sound like a broken record, but this is underrated)
    Aventus
    TdH (EDT)
    Armani code (not my favorite if I'm honest)

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    GIT. End of discussion. The swiss army knife of fragrance. Projects dandy in the winter and smells great in the summer, too. I find it much more versatile than Aventus. GIT beats out MI by a nose, and I don't have projection issues with MI. My batch is an older one right now that I was lucky enough to score from Ebay, and has gotten more than average compliments even after I stop smelling it (MI is notorious to me for olfactory fatigue, more than any other scent in my wardrobe).

    I would personally add Dior Homme as well, but am aware that's a suspect choice to many basenoters. I'd also add Chanel Eau de Cologne, but it has notorious longevity issues, and doesn't project all that well unless you bathe in it. But it's a great scent that I enjoy year-round, day and night.

    When you get right down to it, much of our labels are really artificial. What makes VIW a Summer cologne and not a Winter one? Why is a citrus scent a day but not a night cologne? Why is Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme considered a "classy work" scent, and not a "devil may care weekend scent"? And yes, I'm guilty of labeling my colognes just like the rest of us -- I have VIW in my Summer rotation but wear it only a handful of times when the temperature is below 60.
    Current Top Five:

    1. Creed Green Irish Tweed
    2. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
    3. Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
    4. Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
    5. Creed Original Vetiver

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    Quote Originally Posted by fragnifiscent View Post
    Aventus if you dont wear more than 1 spray in summer. Yeah i use to love aventus until i sprayed 5 sprays (of a sample), during summer, and went to a family get-together to eat at a friends house. Little did i know wed be spending the whole day in the small dining room with everyone crowded in. I swear they were looking at me weird and half of them left not long after i arrived lol.
    LOL

    That's a terrible feeling.

    And a good way to ruin one of your favorite frags, at least for a couple of months.
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    In my opinion, a scent that meets all or most these requirements, is Rive Gauche by YSL.

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    Default Re: most versatile scents

    Agree with all the suggestions of Rive Gauche and Bleu. There are probably lots of others that I'm just not familiar with.

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    Gendarme, mugler cologne, armani code, aqua d gio , Prada amber and infusion, co-sign geir ness, acqua azzurra

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    Rive Gauche & Mugler Cologne

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    Versace's The Dreamer would top that list for me.
    Others that work year round for me include Versace Pour Homme, Chez Bond, Bvlgari Aqva, Mugler's Ice*Men, Swiss Army Classic, Cool Water (& its flankers), Burberry Sport, and Platinum Egoiste.

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    Mont Blanc Legend
    Eau Sauvage
    L'eau D'Issey

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    What about Dune? I find it very versatile.

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    Bleu de chanel

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    Boss Bottled
    Terre D'Hermes
    Mugler Cologne
    Bleu De Chanel

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    Terre D'Hermes
    Mugler Cologne
    Bleu De Chanel

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    Or Black

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    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    This. The first one that immediately comes to mind though is Terre d'Hermes.
    +1 on Terre. I was going to suggest GIT as well, but I don't think it copes well in very strong heat...

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    Hummm... one more vote for Mugler Cologne...

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