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    New Member Nick Danger's Avatar
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    Default First Post: Seeking Men's Fragrance Suggestions

    This is my first post on the forum, and I'd appreciate some suggestions.

    I'm a 49 year old man who is finally discovering the wonderful world of fragrance. I began with sport scents but am trying to expand my horizons. I'll try to give you an idea of what I've sampled, what I like and what I don't:

    Current favorite: Terre d'Hermès Parfum - love the smell, and it's terrific on me.

    I also own D.R. Harris Windsor EdT. I know many people say they smell alike, but I detect much more pepper in the Windsor and none of the citrus of TdH. Sadly, Windsor does not last long or project very well. It lasts a few hours at best, and is very close to the skin on me.

    The only sport scent I still wear is Channel Allure Homme Sport. It's nothing exciting, but smells nice on me.

    Things that didn't work for me:

    1. Cartier Roadster Sport - too much Patchouli. I really don't like Patchouli.
    2. Tom Ford Grey Vetiver - starts out ok, but after the top notes are gone I notice too much sage (don't like sage either)
    3. Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum - just nasty on me.
    4. Chanel Égoïste - this was a scrubber. Did not smell good on me at all.

    I am waiting on the delivery of a sample of Encre Noir. Very curious about that one.

    It's hard to really know what notes I like and work best on me, but I seem to be leaning toward vetiver, pepper, woods and citrus. I don't have a problem with floral scents, as long as they work better on me than Chanel Égoïste. Beyond just Patchouli and sage, I'm unsure about fragrances with a heavy vanilla note or too much cinnamon, clove or nutmeg. I really hate Bay Rum scents.

    I'd like to find fragrances that last more than a couple of hours. I don't care that much about sillage, and they don't necessarily have to project like crazy. I don't need to leave a trail of scent behind me.

    Does this offer enough starting points to suggest a few new fragrances for me to sample?

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    Sounds like we have similar taste based on the likes and dislikes in your opening post. My guess is you will like Encre Noir plenty.

    Some other scents that most likely will be up your alley at various price points...

    No.89 by Floris (the vintage juice is better if you can find it)
    Tzora by Anat Fritz
    Bursch by Acqua di Biella
    Cacharel pour L'Homme by Cacharel
    Captain by Molyneux (vintage only in the less modern bottle)
    2Man by Comme des Garçons
    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)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    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) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    Acqua di Parma Colonia is recommended . . .

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    Creed Aventus

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    Burberry London

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    Default Re: First Post: Seeking Men's Fragrance Suggestions

    Guerlain Vetiver is a must try. It has vetiver, pepper, woods, and very little nutmeg. It lasts. Classic.

    Gucci pour Homme might be a good one to try too.

    A little harder to find, but very well constructed is Ulrich Lang Anvers 2.

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    A second vote for Comme Des Garcons "2 Man"

    I also recommend Rive Gauche--it has patchouli, however it's not a strong patchouli note (it's blended into the composition rather than standing out on its own). Anise and Lavender are the most prominent notes. There's a new version of Rive Gauche and an old one. The older one is in a tin can. Get that one, or sample it if you can.

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    Citrusy scent, which you seem to like, tend to be short lived. Vetiver lasts longer, but you don't seem to like Grey vetiver. As you say, perhaps what you don't like is another note, but who knows. In any case, Encre noire should be informative because it is a vetiver and I do not detect any sage. Chanel Sycomore is in the same style as encre noire (vetiver plus woods), but it smells more natural and in many ways superior. The price is also superior, though, but if you are on Michigan avenue you can stop by the Chanel boutique and smell it (it is sold only in the Chanel boutiques).

    I second Rive Gauche pour homme as another type of clean scent. It's a dry fougere. Other than that, notes that last long tend to be heavier, like patch, which you don't like, spices, vanilla, and especially leathers. You should try a leather to see whether you like them or not. A good and inexpensive example would be Estee Lauder Azuree, which is found on the female counters, but it is very close to the very masculine Aramis, just less musky and more citrusy.


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