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    Default Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    I'm looking for something a bit lighter for the summer, but I really don't like a lot of the traditional summer notes. Not a massive citrus fan, hate aquatics, find the traditional Eau de Cologne too stifling. Is there such a thing as a summer amber or a light vetiver? Has to be niche, not designer...

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    Ambre Muscadin by LM Parfums might work.

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    Le Labo Vetiver 46.
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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    Since you like Memoir Man have you tried Amouage Ciel Man or Silver?

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rev320 View Post
    Since you like Memoir Man have you tried Amouage Ciel Man or Silver?
    No. I'll hunt out some Ciel, because I'm definitely on a big frankincense kick at the moment. Actually, the lighter, lemony side of frankincense would be just what I'm looking for.

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    Lime oud (the older the better, new batch is 5 shades lighter), Opus VI

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    Quote Originally Posted by outline View Post
    Lime oud (the older the better, new batch is 5 shades lighter), Opus VI
    I'm experimenting with Aoud Lime and Black Aoud at the moment - wife likes Lime and I like Black so far but it probably didn't help matters that I spilled most of the Lime sample on myself and my desk. Still, pretty wonderful, both scents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Ambre Muscadin by LM Parfums might work.
    Interesting: summer animalics. Which reminds me: must get a bottle of Mouchoir de Monsieur...

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    Turtle Vetiver Back by LesNez
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    gucci pour homme ii

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    Original Vetiver

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    Geranium pour Monsieur.
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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    L'Artisan Timbuktu
    CdG Vettiveru
    CdG Hinoki
    Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Frederic Malle Geranium pour Monsieur

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    I share your dislikes.

    CdG 2Man (technically designer)
    Nasomatto Hindu Grass
    Byredo Gypsy Water
    Slumberhouse Grev
    TF Amber Absolute (may be cloying; also designer, technically)
    Heeley Cardinals
    Lush Breath of God (cheap!)
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    Diptyque Philosykos

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    Timbuktu is an interesting idea from ontheline. In a somewhat similar vein, IMO, you might enjoy Montale Red Vetyver.

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    After Midnight (The Different Cie): A gourmand Cologne for summer!

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    Eight and Bob
    Mona di Orio vetyver

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    L'Artisan Parfumeur Dzongkha maybe, as an alternative to Timbuktu.

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    +1 Eight & Bob

    A lot of nice light vetivers out there, but the 4 best ones that come to mind are all from designer houses.

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    I second the recommendations for Timbuktu and Dzongkha, and would like to add Serge Lutens L'Eau Froide. It is a fresh cool incense.

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    Diptyque Philosykos or 34 Boulevard Saint Germain
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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    In sparse quantities, the somewhat lighter gourmand Endymion by Penhaligons might work, especially during summer evenings.

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    Lorenzo villoresi Vetiver is lovely.

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    +another on L'Eau Froide (although it does contain a citrus element) and Endymion.

    Others: Dia Man by Amouage (non-cloying amber); Vetiver Oriental by Lutens (odd sweetish gaiac wood/vetiver hybrid); L'Homme de Coeur by Divine (soft woody iris).

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    Great suggestions - thank you! Lots of good vetiver ideas and some other intriguing ones as well. Timbuktu is on my list already and so are Geranium pour Monsieur and Cardinal. I've tried Endymion and wasn't entirely sold, though the family liked it! Vetiver Extraordinaire is great but a bit dense for warm weather, maybe? Meanwhile, plenty of stuff to feed the new obsession...

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    Why does it have to be niche, non designer? A good frag is a good frag. I have gotten many compliments from Oscar for men and lanvin homme sport as any of my frags costing two or three times the price. I wasnt sure about oscar til the weather warmed up and now is one of my favs. I also wear and get compliments on Musgo Real #2 oakmoss which is a fantastic frag when the weather warms up. I know that is not a designer but at $30 for 100 ml its not probably what you consider niche.

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    The new Lubins are quite excellent vetivers with some good oomph but light enough for Summer

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    I second L'Homme de Coeur.
    Philosykos is a good choice as well.
    "You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality." - Ayn Rand

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    Already mentioned:

    Timbuktu
    is always great. Rich dry woods but it works fairly well in heat.

    I initially wrote it off but Geranium pour Monsieur is as fresh, salubrious, energetic and bracing as they come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smoothie72 View Post
    Why does it have to be niche, non designer? A good frag is a good frag. I have gotten many compliments from Oscar for men and lanvin homme sport as any of my frags costing two or three times the price. I wasnt sure about oscar til the weather warmed up and now is one of my favs. I also wear and get compliments on Musgo Real #2 oakmoss which is a fantastic frag when the weather warms up. I know that is not a designer but at $30 for 100 ml its not probably what you consider niche.
    It's not the price point: nothing wrong with Old Spice! I'll definitely give the Musgo a sniff. I just find that a lot of designer scents do things that I don't like. Men's fragrances, that is. Women still seem to smell interesting in them. It's the (maybe just perceived) creativity of niche that appeals to me, plus I'm a collector by nature. I like things to be obscure and challenging to find, even if they end up smelling bizarre. You've got to keep yourself entertained in this life...

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    Default Re: Niche Summer Fragrance: no citrus, no cologne, no barbershop!

    Second Geranium pour Monsieur and Turtle Vetiver Back.
    Sans parfum, la peau est muette.

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