Yes try Ouarzazate.
I really love the warm light incense of 2 Man that plays behind the light smoke, beautiful candle wax and frankincense. That mixture really evoked thoughts of a cold desert night near a campfire outside of a city in the Middle East.
I have done some research and found users that say Le Labo Vetiver 46 smells similar, I will be sampling it this weekend at the Barney's in Vegas.
Can anyone speak to Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain having a similar smell? I have read there are some similarities.
Also, are there any others within the CDG line that have a warmer kind of incense? The only incense series I've tried from CDG was Avignon, which I found too wet, sharp and cold for my liking. From picking notes, I would think Ouarzazate would be the one to try, but not much on it here.
Thanks in Advanced for all the help!
Last edited by rynegne; 4th April 2013 at 06:47 PM.
Yes try Ouarzazate.
I love LADDM, but it the only similarity is that they have incense. Other than that, the feel is very different. The CDG is light, ethereal, snuffed candles, cold church. LADDM is very stark, spicy-resinous, and sweet ambery, with a spicy carnation and dusty feel. If you will, CDG feels cold, LADDM warm. Interestingly, I seem to have a different impression of CDG2 from you. I don't get any campfire feeling from CDG (not even at night), but I do get a campfire feel from LADDM (but a campfire in the day). In any case, worth trying if you have the chance.
As for the CDG incenses, they are all more straightforward and churchy than CDG2. Even Ouarzazate and Kyoto, which are spicier, dustier, and woodier than the catholic Avignon, are much closer to Avignon than to CDG2.
Thanks much for the input, both of you guys make such great contributions to this board. I do enjoy warmer and spicier scents, so I do think a testing of Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain and Ouarzazate is in order. As you said, cacio, Avignon to me is a cold Catholic or Orthodox church. Not my cup of tea. But I can definitely appreciate spice, dust and wood even without the light candle smoke of CDG 2 Man. Thanks for delving into the CDG incense line for me, I'm relatively new to the fragrance world and totally new to the line, which gets confusing in the marketing of their fragrances.
Vetiver 46 is quite similar to my nose, perhaps a bit more green. Another one that is similar is Gucci PH I, but its been discontinued and tough to find at a decent price. I dont see LDDM as having much in common with these 3, but definitely sniff it out anyways, its great stuff. Another CdG to try is Kyoto, and while you're at Barney's this weekend, do try Le Labo Patchouli 24, that stuff is campfire bottled.
Thanks JiveHippo, I will most definitely try the Le Labo's while at Barneys. I have heard PH I is similar, as you stated it's insanely priced since the discontinuation. I'm hoping the SAs in Vegas are generous as I'll definitely be doing more fragrance purchasing than gambling while in town!
Le Labo Patch is wonderful, but it's a potent chemical fire. Do not smell it first at the store, or your nose will be unable to smell anything else. Keep it for last.
Noted, hopefully not as much of a chemical mess as Rose 31. I found the synthetic rose vibe of it to be off-putting. But I'm definitely will to give the others in the line a try. I'll save the Patchouli for last as I'm guessing it's not a smooth Coromanel-esque Patchouli fragrance from your description.
And as long as you're going to be smelling Ouarzazate give Jaisalmer a sniff. They're my two favorites from the incense series and they will have them at Barney's in Vegas.. Regardless of what LDDM might be similar to it is worth a sniff. Good stuff.
I revisited a test vial of Marc Jacobs Bang recently. The opening of Marc Jacobs Bang seems to share similarities in CDG 2 Man in it's dry-down.
Funny you should ask this question cause I am also looking for a incense frag that is a little easier to obtain than commes de garcons. I've realized that finding it from a designer house is going to be almost impossible because it is more of a niche smell but if someone knows of any, I'd love to know too!
I will say the people who said Kouros was an incense frag.......... uhhh no. lol
While both CgG2 and LDDM are very good, both are very apart.
LDDM IMO is much better of the 2, projects very well and women follow it (& u)...
My mom was an incense stick addict (for religious reasons) and I grew up smelling wonderful expensive, Indian made incenses. To me Avignon & Kyoto of CdG Series 3 are the best of their house.
Do try these 5:
1 - Norma Kamali Incense (if u can get it - linear of all all other incense frags I've tried but it has Montale's projection & longevity)
2 - By Kilian's Incense Oud
3 - Sonoma Scents - Incense Pure
4 - Amouage's Epic & Interlude
I am not really looking for a predominant and overpowering incense fragrance. For example, Avignon I am not a fan of. It's far too cold, bitter and sharp for me. I have tried both incense fragrances from Sonoma Scents studio, Fireside and Pure which are both quite nice. Sheppy99, you may want to check those out as I don't know where you "designer" search for a good quality incense will lead you.
What I am seeking in something like CDG 2 Man is a light woody fragrance, with possibly the snuffed candle accord or warm incense that are very much in the background.
If you want something similar to CDG 2 Man, the only real option is Vetiver 46, which is almost like an EdP version of it.
The frankincense note in Gucci Pour Homme I is similar to the one in 2 Man, which is why many folks associate the two, but really, they're different overall fragrances.
If you're looking for a similar incensed lightness, rather than the same actual smell, try L'Artisan Timbuktu (a crisp radiant cedar/incense/green mango/vetiver composition -- fantastic). If you're willing to ditch the incense, CdG's Vettiveru is a fantastic light, woody fragrance. It would sit well as a fresh, less avant-garde cousin to CdG 2 Man.
I am contemplating purchasing Vetiver 46 after reading up on here. Would it be redundant to have both CDG 2 Man and V46? Of course, I am looking for something similar in composition but not exactly the same.
Thanks onthinline. I was contemplating a blind buy, but I think I'll pick up a sample during the next LuckyScent purchase. I would indeed like something that shares similarities w/ 2 Man and carries some more power behind it. 2 Man is more seductive and sensual but it is indeed missing more robust qualities.
I haven't really run across anything quite like 2 Man, but given your take on Avignon, the new Tom Ford incense one feels a bit warmer. You should certainly try the Tauer as it has become somewhat of a contemporary staple scent. Personally, I don't like it nearly as much, but it's certainly warmer and heading a little more in the direction of Interlude Man to my nose.
I have only tried CdG 2 Man once. I think Tauer L'Air settles much warmer and slightly sweeter, although it is a gorgeous scent on its own, one I would perhaps prefer over 2Man. Other than that, "Kyoto" settles pretty dry.
I'd suggest also checking out Aedes de Venustas Eau de Parfum (for L'Artisan) by B.Duchaufour.
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Amouage Interlute Man gives me a similar vibe but it's much much much more potent. Also much much much more expensive. Gucci PH1 gets compared to 2 Man but there's only a slight similarity.
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I agree. There's a lot of people here that say they smell exactly the same and that GPH 1 evolves more over the life of the fragrance. However, I believe that to be true of 2 Man, not GPH 1. I found GPH 1 to be rather linear to be honest, mostly cedar and light incense...smells somewhat like Dr. Pepper actually. CDG 2 Man has the candle smoke and lemony incense that waft around after an hour of so, which is simply stunning. I haven't tried Interlute Man, I'll have to give it a sniff.
I'm getting Timbuktu in a swap. How similar are CDG 2 Man and Timbuktu, if at all related?
L'Air does not smell much like CdG2; L'Air is more of a spicy oriental, and an incredible one at that. Zagorsk is a nice incense by CdG.
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