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    I've done this a couple of times over the years and its time again. Despite my overwhelming desire to go niche, with the 3rd kiddo here I just can't pull the trigger. Right now I have dropped a lot of what I sampled and wore before and pretty much am wearing TdH a majority of the time with Burberry London mixed in with the cold weather. I have Light Blue PH and Gucci by Gucci PH in the medicine cabinet with no urge to wear them ever again. I sold or used everything else. Pretty sad. I do love my TdH though. So the question is if you walked into Macy's, Sephora, Saks, Nordstroms..whatever..what is the one designer fragrance you would recommend to a 42..almost 43..year old father of 3 attorney who is in a pretty conservative office? I still sneak out and sample everything on the market weekly but I'm at a loss these days.

    Quickly...I'm a big woods person and haven't really found any gourmand that fits me.
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    Have you samples all the Aramis offerings? Maybe something like Havana may be up your alley... Others to try that might appeal to you are Costume National Homme, and He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood and Potion both by DSquared2.
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    Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum. Classy, good for your age range & would work well in your occupational field I believe.

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    Drseid beat me to it. He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    Have you samples all the Aramis offerings? Maybe something like Havana may be up your alley... Others to try that might appeal to you are Costume National Homme, and He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood and Potion both by DSquared2.
    The Aramis line has never appealed to me. I'll have to try CNH and the He Wood one. I've seen good comments on CNH..thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sol invictus View Post
    Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum. Classy, good for your age range & would work well in your occupational field I believe.
    I'll revisit this. In the past when I tried this, it came off very "perfumey" or feminine on my skin. Some of these tend to do that but that was awhile back so I'll give it another test drive.
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    Fahrenheit is one of my favorite designer fragrances. Also, Gucci Pour Homme II. I think that it's one of the best office/academic setting fragrances out there.
    Current top 10 (No order):


    1. Pure Havane
    2. Menthe Fraiche
    3. Tobacco Vanille
    4. L'Air Du Desert Marocain
    5. Green Irish Tweed
    6. Fahrenheit
    7. Musc Ravageur
    8. Tonka Imperial
    9. Gucci Pour Homme II
    10. Dior Homme Intense

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    Please try:
    Costume National Scent Intense
    Costume National Homme
    A Men Pure Havane
    Dior Homme Intense
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    Hmmm...

    Big woods person...

    Shopping at Macy's, Sephora, Saks, Nordstroms...

    May I suggest a shortlist to try out instead of just one fragrance?

    Blu Mediterrano Cipresso di Toscana
    Bulgari Man
    Jack Black Silver Label EDP

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    At Nordstrom -- Egoiste (not the Platinum version).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sol invictus View Post
    Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum. Classy, good for your age range & would work well in your occupational field I believe.
    Agree.

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    of those stores, try:
    Eau Savage
    Terre D Hermes
    Angel Men

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    Dior homme sport, bleu de chanel, Tom ford grey vetiver

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    Just ONE spray of Norne or Vikt

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    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    of those stores, try:
    Eau Savage
    Terre D Hermes
    Angel Men
    I wear TdH already.

    I'll revisit Eau Savage

    Thanks
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    You could always take an inexpensive step (I know, it's a slippery slope once you get started) into niche and go with Tam Dao by Diptyque.

    It's a lovely creamy wooden fragrance with just enough dryness to make it smell different, but not too much that it's inaccessible (pay attention, L'DDM!)

    The price isn't too bad, either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxsjxx1 View Post
    Dior homme sport, bleu de chanel, Tom ford grey vetiver
    I'll have to give Bleu a good wearing. The Dior Homme and Intense haven't been good for me but I'll try Sport. Thanks
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    I will second Fahrenheit. I wear this several times per week, love the stuff! Really great for cool weather in my opinion too. But I'll be wearing it when it's hot as well.

    Also the price is much higher, but damn if Chanel Egoiste isn't an awesome scent. I only just sampled it last weekend at Nordstrom and am looking for a better deal online.

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    Don't know if you have a Bloomingdales near you, but if so, you might want to check out Yves St Laurent La Nuit de L'Homme Le Parfum. It does the woody thing pretty well. I think you might l like it. Some say the EDT version leans feminine, but the Le Parfum version does not.

    I think Neiman Marcus sells Lalique Equus, which is a nice cedar type of scent you might like, although it is a little spicy.

    Another possibility would be F Black by Ferragamo. It's a leathery, woody type of scent that might work for you.

    If all else fails, Pomegranate Noir by Jo Malone might be an option. It's a little fruity but has a really icy pine-like drydown that is simply wonderful. Don't be put off by the unisex label; it's really good.

    I think all of these would be fine for the office.

    Hope this helps.

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    At Macy's Aqua Fahrenheit.

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    Sounds like you're looking for CdG Wonderwood.

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    How about the Bulgari line?

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    Thanks everyone...keep them coming. As for some of the suggestions..I'll look at Aqua Fahrenheit vs Fahrenheit. I wore Fahrenheit in the early 90s and I don't think the new version does it justice...too much gasoline. But last time I tried Aqua it was a muted version of what I remember the classic to be.

    Buzzley, I'm not far from the Magnificent Mile so I have access to any Dept store. I'd like LaNuit if it was less feminine. So far that whole L'Homme group has gone on a little powdery on me.

    I'll have to revisit Egoiste, try Wonderwood and look at these others.

    I've tried a many things but I always go back and some surprise. That is how I fell in love with TdH. Had to revisit.

    Bulgari Aqua was a fave but fell off that wagon. I always liked Bulgari PH Soir so I might have to look at that again.

    Thanks again
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    You are a perfect candidate for Cartier Roadster. It is a very fine woody scent with a lovely base. And the quality just oozes from it.
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    Too bad you don't like the Aramis line because the price quality ratio is really good for the brand. Aramis 900 is an excellent resinous patch, for instance. I second Egoiste, smooth sandalwoody with a touch of fruits, or the companion Antaeus, spicy.

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    At Sephora I've been loving Bulgari Pour Homme Soir (edit: already suggested I see. Good suggestion).

    Also, if you love TdH, can't go wrong with Cartier Declaration, but I'm sure you knew that.
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    Kenzo Power might be worth a shot - as well as Kenzo Bois. Power is nice on the balsa wood - check it out.

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    I too would suggest F*Black by Ferragamo.*I looked at this one for well over a year and recently bought a small bottle really cheap. Wore it today and really enjoyed it. Got complements on it too. An overlooked affordable gem.
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    I feel like I somewhat know your tastes ToughCool.

    I'd recommend checking out Kenzo Boisee, a nice vetiver/mint/peppery scent. Also, if you can find a sample of it (you can get them cheap on ebay, if nothing else) please check out 7 de Loewe. It's an awesome incense/vetiver/cedar scent with a touch of rose, orange blossom and red apple. As masculine and unique as TdH (and also has a lot of iso e super in it, along with a similar vetiver note), but a bit more 'lively'. It's such an amazing scent, and I will never understand how it didn't become one of BNs darlings as it checks all those boxes.

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    Also, give CK Encounter a sniff - preferably a sample wearing (and if you do, please wear only the Encounter as it is subtle and would likely get overpowered if you sampled other scents on skin at the same time.) I know a lot of people knock this scent but again I can't understand why. It's a nice boozy, spicy floral with hints of oud. It does have some clean and fresh notes, and in that sense it's a bit like Bleu (although Bleu is more shave cream clean, whereas Encounter is more 'deodorant clean') but I find them to actually be cleverly juxtaposed against the florals and oud. The boozy factor may make it a no-go in the office, and I think you might find it a bit too floral, but then again, maybe not. To me, it serves as a great all purpose scent and I find it fits my character better than Bleu does.
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    Adding a few to the mix:
    Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme I was initially put off by the mint opening of this, it came off a bit medicinal to me, but on a second wearing I really grew to like it. Very woodsy and masculine. $62/$84

    John Varvatos original. Nice leather/woody oriental $62/$82

    Armani Code Ultimate Same base as the original, but much improved with an infusion of leather. Does not have huge projection which may make it safe for work, but it does have excellent longevity. $66/$84

    Vince Camuto A nice frag with a great opening that hasn't received too much attention. Woodsy, leathery but not overpowering and nicely priced. $57/$70

    Fan di Fendi Just now getting a wider release at Macy's, this opens up with a nice smokiness and eases into a smooth woody frag. I've only worn it twice, and I think it's worth trying. $59/$79

    Hanae Mori HiM The edt will remind you of Gucci II but will have better longevity and a more woodsy dry down, the edp is a little more unique and spicy on the sweet side. Make sure to try both. $50/$70 edt, $70/$95 edp

    After I did this and realized you wanted just one recommendation :} I totally failed at that, but hope you don't mind the choices
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    Try Bvlgari man and Bvlgari ph, also Gucci ph 2, Dscquared potion.

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