Maybe Pretty Fruity by Montale
I'll try to explain what I'm hoping to find and I'd love recommendations to check out:
I want a fragrance that is masculine dominated by fruit with a bit of spice but more fruit than spice, not too sweet, and definitely not candy-sweet. To me, Chanel AHS is a candy-sweet fruit scent, so it's more of an example of what I'm not looking for (though it is quite good). And I'd probably like it to be less sweet than Hanae Mori HM (which I own and enjoy). That one also leans toward the candy-sweet side.
Maybe I'm looking for something more along the lines of dried fruits rather than juicy? I don't know. Maybe with woods. Maybe not. Maybe with musk? Maybe not. I just know I'm looking for a masculine fruit smell with a bit of spice and not too sweet. I'm looking for a scent that doesn't lean too young, but still smells modern.
I have a Sephora gift card on the way, so designer recommendations would be especially welcome, though that's not a requirement at all.
Last edited by L'Homme Blanc Individuel; 31st March 2013 at 12:40 AM.
Maybe Pretty Fruity by Montale
Wow this is tough, especially if you find Chanel Allure Homme too candy sweet
Aoud 1? Though I find that sweeter
Bond no 9 Riverside Drive fills this category fairly well for me.
I own John Varvatos. I enjoy it very much. But I'm hoping for something more dominated by the fruit than JV. I also own Aventus, which for me is a like but not love.
I updated my original post to say that I'm looking for a scent that is dominated by the fruit. London is a great scent, but it's all about the spices.
Any type of fruit specifically? Clinique Happy maybe?
Try the green mango in Jardin Sur Le Nil. By Hermes. It is pure masculine fruit.
Try the new Givenchy Gentlemen Only. I think it meets your criteria.
How about Pure Havane? It has a cherry note that may fit what you want. It may be too sweet, though.
It's hard to imagine a not-too-sweet fruit dominant masculine.
Check out Clinique Happy as JiveHippo suggested if you like orange.
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Well I was going to 2nd the recommendation from JiveHippo for Egoiste (the original, NOT Platinum Egoiste) because it's all about those stewed fruits/sandalwood spices, but perhaps it's not as fruit-dominant as you want.
Have you tried Pulp by Byredo, Bahiana by MPG or Aqua Allegoria Grosellina by Guerlain. They're all mega-fruity.
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Sephora in the States doesn't have a big choice. Hard to think about something. Dior homme intense has a lot of stewed fruits, but I don't think it is found at Sephora. Kenzo Flower, which is on the feminine side, has canteloupe, and was molded on an old masculine, Royal Bain de Caron. Chanel Egoiste, as mentioned, also has candied fruit notes with the woods, but again, it is not sold at Sephora.
If you go into niche, Lutens is the king of candied fruits, so it certainly has something that would do. Anything from Arabie (bitters, spices, and fruits), Feminite de bois (woods and fruits), or, in the exclusives, stuff like El Attarine (fruits, spices, and flowers) and Boxeuses (fruits and leather).
Have you tried Beyond Paradise Men? Fruity transitions into woody. It's a nice summer fragrance.
Mancera's Wild Fruits is what you are looking for.
ointments and perfume delight the heart....
Amouage jubiliation for blackberry and plum.
How 'bout some JXXV
Fruit, spicy, musk, woods, not too young, modern, check, check, check, check, check, check. And it's pretty unique; you're not gonna run into many cats rockin' JXXV.
Labdanum ciste, Coriander, Orange, Davana, Frankincense, Blackberry
Honey, Bay, Cinnamon, Orchid, Rose, Clove, Celery seeds, Gaiac Wood
Patchouli, Opoponax, Myrrh, Atlas cedarwood, Musk, Moss, Ambergris, Oud wood, Immortelle
Another vote for Egoiste (the original)....
If you're open to niche, then Bahiana and Assolo by Calè would make good options as well.
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Montale wild pears Unisex
A*Men Pure Malt
Burberry for Men
Dia Pour Homme
Bois de Copaiba Parfumerie Generale (unisex)
Korloff Gold by Korloff
Cuir by Lancome (in my opinion fruity)
Eau Sauvage Extreme (New Intense)
Magnetism for Men Escada
Aigner Black For men by Etienne Aigner
Versus Uomo Versace
+1 Boss Bottled (apple). Also, for grape, try Miles by Detaille.
Diesel fuel for life- great raspberry note also xs black, paris hilton man and casran by chopard
Costume National Homme EDP is what you're looking for!
Kilian - Straight to Heaven
Top Notes: Martinican rum absolute, dried fruits accord,
Middle Notes: Javanese nutmeg oil, hedione, cedarwood, Indonesian patchouli oil,
Base Notes: Ambergris, vanilla absolute, white musk
Creed - Acier Aluminum
Top Notes: Bergamot
Middle Notes: Spice and fruits
Base Notes: Ambergris and vanilla
1. Chanel - Platinum Egoiste
2. Creed - Millesime Imperial
3. Kilian - Straight to Heaven
4. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
5. Bond No. 9 - Signature
Mont Blanc Legend or Boss Bottled
Carlos Santana for Men - apple
L'Anarchiste - dark fruity citrus
Le Dandy - boozy fruit combo
Frank No.2 - boozy
+ Michael Kors for Men - boozy
Nicole Miller for Men - apple
Bogart pH - boozy fruit, tobacco
One Man Show Gold Edition - dark citrus, apple
Lapidus pH - pineapple, honey
Polo Sport - pineapple, seaweed
Polo Black - mango
Polo Double Black - mango, coffee
Idole de Lubin - boozy fruit, perhaps too sweet
L'Artisan Mure et Musc - blackberry
Vermeil for Men - blackcurrant, tobacco
Slumberhouse Rume - dried fruit potpourri, cola
M.Micallef Sashka Black - dark fruit, tobacco
Simplex Sigillum Veri
Black XS (way too sweet although!)
ST Dupont Essence Pure Pour Homme (very nicely fruity but a light scent)
Dior Dune (very nice fruity aquatic masculine)
I will also add one more vote for bahiana. It has coconut in it. It is a very tropical perfume.
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Yummi fruits ? Egoiste and Troisieme man
Orange? Orange Sanguine, concentree the orange verte
Figs, dry fruits? John Varvatos 2004
Mango? Un Jardin Sur le Nil
Lemon? Monsieur Balmain
Check out Ted Lapidus Altamir. Orange blossom scent with a masculine vibe.
Anat Fritz's Tzora smells like dried apricots, which is one of the best smells in the world. Where's drseid?
Happy for me by Clinique is one I've loved for years. If only it lasted. It has the shortest longevity of anything I own. It's all top notes that want to evolve into a base that isn't there, which is a shame since it smells so good.
How about ORANGE with a little bit of something more. Most of these have a healthy dose of woods with them, usually pettitgrain but they all take these beyond the fruit to something else. High Recommendations for:
Parfum d' Empire Azemour les Oranger is big orange with a huge list of other stuff in it - 5 stars.
Ramon Monegal Entre Naranjos is also another really good orange scent w/ petitgrain + patchouli
The Different Company blends a dry tangy orange with carrot, cardamom, leather = Sienne d' Orange
Last edited by Buzzlepuff; 1st April 2013 at 04:59 AM.
Buzzlepuff, those orange suggestions sound great! I'm wearing Happy today for this first time in years. I'm only 3 hours into it, but I'd completely forgotten just how much I enjoy it.
Cereus #4-Awesome green apple with papyrus, smooth and slightly sour.
Pulp-I love the stuff, but it is probably too sweet for you, but it's a very authentic fruit smell...very potent stuff.
Bond no.9 Riverside Drive.
terre d hermes. orangey and sephora has it.
I am not sure if 1270 is too sweet for you but that candied raisin smell is amazing on my skin.
My current top ten:
1. Spice and Wood
2. Epic Man
3. Tonka Imperiale
4. Noir de Noir
5. Bois d'Argent
6. Musc Ravageur
7. Apple Brandy
8. Dior Homme Intense
9. Aoud 1
Maybe check out Style in Play by Lacoste. A nice, fresh apple opening with a light, white musk and leather drydown. It's slightly sweet and wears a little "young," but it's very enjoyable in warmer weather with decent sillage and lasting powe.r