Anything goes. What are you guys really loving right now?
I've gone a bit nuts over Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood and keep having a quick sniff even when it isn't my SOTD.
I'd highly recommend sampling Grossmith Golden Chypre - on the expensive side, but seamlessly blended and worth every penny IMO.
I suggest original Anat Fritz by Anat Fritz (released in 2006)... It is an extremely sharp and potent aromatic lavender and natural Virginia cedar over a vetiver base. It is quite polarizing and challenging, but I find it amazing.
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
Hm, I looked through your "tried"-list and you've smelled a bunch of the fragrances I would've suggested for a tired nose. So instead I wonder what about fragrances you're tired of? Is it a hopeless "everything smells the same", or is it a lack of swooning; i.e. scents that used to touch you now leaves you cold? Or is it something else? That could make it easier for us fellow basenoters to suggest your proper fragrance medication ; )
I'd like to swap:
Tauer - Lonestar memories
Guerlain - Jicky EdT
You've got more than 600 frags listed on your page but I didn't notice Monsieur de Givenchy.
As one reviewer said "sometimes when we are are tired of the vulgar notes of (insert frag of your choice) only monsieur de Givenchy will do"
I agree. This or Gentleman from the same company (But it has to be vintage)..
"Le parfum est la musique du corps"
Earthworm by Demeter
Les Jeux Faits by Jovoy Parfums
Tobacco Vanille. Tried a sample. Good stuff!
Rivages des Syrtes-MDCI
Cerchi Nell'acqua-unusual house well crafted linear scents like White Out, Ambr'ero
It was a calculated risk. Unfortunately, I'm bad at math.
Egoiste Cologne Concentree. Been workin' it and lovin' it all winter.
Czech & Speake No.88.
Some people refer to it as 'dark' but to me it's anything but.
I love the rose/geranium/frangipani/bergamot combo.
Reminds me of India, with a bit of Hawaii thrown in.
And the sandalwood/vetiver base adds to the delight.
“When you step back from stressing the parts,
when the mind becomes still, the rose comes to you,
unfolds in you in all her glory.
The perfume invades you completely.
The rose is you. You are one.”
I noticed you've tried a good part of the H&G, Parfums MDCI, and Histoires de Parfums line. If you haven't already I'd recommend trying Blask, Chypre Palatin, and Vidi, respectively. Vidi is the best ozonic thing I've smelled since Odeur 71, it's got much more longevity and body than 71, I found it addictive. You know to expect great quality from MDCI, so you should hit it off with Chypre Palatin pretty well. Blask is a roll of the dice. I like it, the wine+walnut make it pretty cozy, but it's not very accessible. You also might give Multiple Rouge because it's the most daring of the line. I also noticed you don't have anything from Slumberhouse. Sova is worth a sniff, as is Norne imo.
I've also recently tried and enjoyed offerings from Carner, particularly Rima XI. Others seem to take pretty well to D600. I have some samples from O'Driu coming in the mail, I'm looking forward to those. If possible, try looking up something from the Six Scents line. Yann Vasnier (of Divine) collaborated to produce Ende/Anfang, which is a go-to for me in warm weather. All natural ingredients, which gives it a distinctive feel, but unfortunately evaporates from my skin pretty quickly. Hope this helps.
Wow, great recs, thanks
I wasn't even expecting you guys to look at what I've tried, that's awesome you thought of that.
Some really interested stuff mentioned so far, I'll be sure to check those out.
Vintage Lauder for Men really blew me away. I have never experienced such a vivid transition from top to bottom, with individual notes popping out in HD.
Black Afgano, Pure Distance M
I would start retesting what you already have you might be surprised what you find. There is a reason you got them in the first place.
Any opinions I post here about frags only reflect MY PERSONAL TASTE and only my personal preference which could change at any moment.
Instead of suggesting a fragrance, I'd recommend making your own fragrance from scratch if you haven't do so.
by Kilian Incense Oud
Thierry Mugler Pure Havane
Didn't see these on your "tried" list:
Miller Harris Vetiver Bourbon
Kilian Pure Oud
Montale Dark Oud
Dior Leather Oud
L'Artisan The Pour un Ete
Tom Ford Santal Blush
All are kind of essentials for me anyway.
To remind yourself how amazing fragrances can be: Puredistance M
To shock you out of your sloth - Dior Leather Oud
How about not wearing anything for an entire month then starting again from scratch, making notes in a diary?
I'm kinda in the same boat as you, but I don't really feel like sampling more. I feel "done" for now, and I thought I should be so crazy as to actually recommend taking a ... let's call it a break? A couple of months enjoying what you have, chilling out and not think too much about it. It'll most definitely come back to you (as it's slowly returning to me after about a month of zero interest).
I hope I didn't derail too much. Plenty of fantastic suggestions here otherwise though
When I get bored of cologne, I take a day or two off and don't wear any. Spring is coming and sometimes it's nice just to get out and smell the scents of the season without worrying about what to spray on.
Have you explored "women's fragrances"?
Start collecting Dolls.
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I'll add the Leather Oud to my sample roster, among some others people have posted, such as Black Afghano
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But nothing that a Najaf / Basala layering and a not so wee dram of Laphroaig cask strength won't take care of.
Simplex Sigillum Veri
Here are some suggestions if you haven't already:
1) Get into fragrance oils. I never did but it could be interesting
2) Start shaving with a safety razor and use a shave brush. This would lead you into buying things like different vintage razors, different aftershaves, different brushes, shave scuttles, and different shave soaps and creams. I have been "wet shaving" for about 5 years now and I will never go back to cream in a can and disposable razors.
3) Start shaving with a straight razor. I just got into this but there is just something about shaving with a straight razor that is cool, manly, and enjoyable to me. You can buy many different new and vintage razors, different strops, and different honing/sharpening stones.
Aromatics Elixir by Clinique. Wonderful.
Sometimes a change in how you approach sampling is all you need to refresh your mind. Dig up your old samples and revisit fragrances by perfumer and figure out if a perfumer has a certain style or preference towards certain accords/combos. Or do a comparative study why you find certain fragrances superior to others within the same genre or subgenre.
If you haven't already done so, do try Mathilde Laurent's offerings from Cartier Les Heures line. The 'horse mane' accord in Fougueuse is something I could never come to grips with having had zero experience with horses but perhaps it might interest you.
Alternatively experiment with fragrance layering. It's like having a remix of your favorite hits.
I have attars and I love them, specially my two Indian Oud Oils (low grade and high grade). It is really a new universe to be explored.
The tiny bottles are fragile, so be careful not to put too much strength when you close the lid. I destroyed one by accident.
Give a chance to the whole O'Driù line...the best cure against boredom.
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Try Costume National Scent Intense.
It's really nice, confident and uplifting to me...
"Female" fragrances +1
The other thing that has really rekindled my love of frags recently is discovering Middle Eastern scents. Picked up some cheap little bottles at a nearby Islamic center. The stars I picked up were both by Al Rehab: Al Shariga (rose and oud, simple but perfect), and Saat Safa (genius amber + oud + oakmoss -- glows like a Turner sunset over Istanbul). They have such a full and rich effect that is so different than Western fragrances. Plus they aren't members of the IFRA. I'm convinced they have nitromusks. So rich and potent!
Vintage Diorissimo, Sarassins, Chypre Palatin, Idole. :-)
My advice? It's time to rediscover your guilty pleasures!
"Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam
Interlude, incensy resineous with gorgeous frankincense drydown