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    Default A first world Christmas dillema...

    So my wife is going to buy me a new scent for Christmas. My price range is $100-$200. I was considering Bottega Venetta, Tom Ford Noir and even Patou Pour Homme (more at $255), but the reviews on these have not been encouraging.

    We will be in Atlanta next week to do some Christmas shopping, so I will have access to Neiman Marcus and Saks, Nordstrom.

    Any ideas of scents that are in that ballpark? Don't really want a Bond.

    Thought about APOM, Lumiere, and the like. Don't like feminine scents.

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    Default Re: A first world Christmas dillema...

    Perhaps Vetyver Babylone by Armani Prive if you like vetiver scents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Perhaps Vetyver Babylone by Armani Prive if you like vetiver scents.
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    The only vetiver I can tolerate is Creed OV.

    After looking a little closer at the Kurkdjian line, I think I may go that route. I've never owned one of those. Are they potent? I loathe skin scents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    The only vetiver I can tolerate is Creed OV.

    After looking a little closer at the Kurkdjian line, I think I may go that route. I've never owned one of those. Are they potent? I loathe skin scents.
    i have 8 of them in my collection and they're all excellent IMO. As for potency, more so than other houses. well crafted and some are quite unique.
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    I actually really like TF Noir. Have you smelled it yourself? Suggest doing that and then deciding, rather than relying on reviews here.

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    Default Re: A first world Christmas dillema...

    I recently relocated from Atlanta - lived there for 6 years. I always thought the SAs at Saks in Phipps Plaza were pretty knowledgeable and really helpful (the SAs at Neiman in Lenox are okay too). They might be able to guide you toward something you hadn't considered?

    The men's fragrance section at Nordstrom is tucked away in the corner, and has a bin of empty atomizers. I've always helped myself to two or three samples, or just asked the SA for a few when the section was attended. Their selection isn't as good at Neiman or Saks, but you can sample whatever they've got.

    If I had to go with one of your three choices, I'd probably go with Tom Ford Noir. Just my opinion.
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    Thanks all for the excellent advice. Lenox and Phipps are exactly where we are planning to go.

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    Default Re: A first world Christmas dillema...

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    Thanks all for the excellent advice. Lenox and Phipps are exactly where we are planning to go.
    Good luck and have fun! I miss places like Lenox and Phipps - there isn't much in the way of high-end fragrance retailers where I live now, so I'm jealous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petrichor View Post
    Good luck and have fun! I miss places like Lenox and Phipps - there isn't much in the way of high-end fragrance retailers where I live now, so I'm jealous.
    I dunno, Southpark Mall is pretty awesome. They have a NM, right?

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    Check out Tom Ford Noir D Noir.

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    Default Re: A first world Christmas dillema...

    Noir De Noir would be my choice..
    Also Atelier has a solid range of scents

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    Try Guerlain Derby at NM if you haven't already.

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    Lumiere Noir is fantastic. I certainly do not find it feminine (not sure what that even means), but if you associate Rose with femininity, you should try first.
    Last edited by RichNTacoma; 6th December 2013 at 06:53 PM.

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    These suggestions are great! I will be developing my short list.

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    Don't like Noir at all but do like Noir de Noir.

    Bottega isn't bad, I don't think..it's just a bit diluted smelling..which would keep me from buying an FB I think.
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    You're considering the wrong Tom Ford Noir, Sahara Noir is where it's at!

    Bottega Veneta smells wonderful, but I decided that its too subtle to be worthy of a fb. Make sure you wear that one before you decide on it.

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    I've heard good things about that Sahara..may have to sniff that one.
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    Try Atelier Gold Leather .

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    Kalli, if you like frankincense, it's a must try!

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    Default Re: A first world Christmas dillema...

    Agree with both comments about TF. Noir is a bit muddled and hard for me to really enjoy. Sahara Noir is great, as is Noir de Noir (one of my favorites).

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    Jivehippo, I think I only like incense when it's used lightly or when it's not the main note I get from the scent. That one looks like it has too much incense in there for me. Thanks though!
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    I might toss Hemingway on my list as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    These suggestions are great! I will be developing my short list.
    Also be sure to try MFK's Absolue pour le Soir (APLS in BaseNoter lingo).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    I dunno, Southpark Mall is pretty awesome. They have a NM, right?
    All designer stuff, the only exception being some of the Bond line.

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    Do they carry Heeley?

    If they do you could take a look at Sel Marin and Cuir Pleine Fleur.

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    I might toss Hemingway on my list as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    The only vetiver I can tolerate is Creed OV.

    After looking a little closer at the Kurkdjian line, I think I may go that route. I've never owned one of those. Are they potent? I loathe skin scents.
    Lumiere Noire pour Homme is excellent but turns into a skin scent a couple hours into it.

    Absolue pour le Soir a isn'tskin scent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Lumiere Noire pour Homme is excellent but turns into a skin scent a couple hours into it.

    Absolue pour le Soir a isn'tskin scent.
    I like both of them very much but have the same take as hedonist222. One is a skin scent on me, the other is quite the opposite.

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    Default Re: A first world Christmas dillema...

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    So my wife is going to buy me a new scent for Christmas. My price range is $100-$200. I was considering Bottega Venetta, Tom Ford Noir and even Patou Pour Homme (more at $255), but the reviews on these have not been encouraging.

    We will be in Atlanta next week to do some Christmas shopping, so I will have access to Neiman Marcus and Saks, Nordstrom.

    Any ideas of scents that are in that ballpark? Don't really want a Bond.

    Thought about APOM, Lumiere, and the like. Don't like feminine scents.
    Hopefully the Neimans there will have the MFK ouds. Silk Mood is amazing but I think its about twice your budget. Some Neimans also have the full Armani Prive line. The amber and oud ones in that line are great.

    Bottega Venetta has gotten some bad reviews here but to me it is a new take on Bel Ami. A sharp, modern leather.

    TF Noir-meh.

    The other MFKs seem to be upscale redos of popular designers frags.

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    I'd go with something from Tom Ford. So many excellent fragrances.

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    After much fun sampling today, I went with Tom Ford Noir de Noir. Big fat 3.4 OZ bottle for Christmas! I'll get it from my wife in a few days.

    It reminds me so much of a scent I love from the past that I fell for by accident: the original Perry Ellis for Women! I wore a sample vial of it back in the eighties and I loved it. Come to find out, it was the women's! I was aghast. I could never bring myself to wear it.

    Now my search is over. I have a true unisex that is comparable to it. My wife loves it on me.

    I also loved the Plum Japonaise. The Tom Fords are awesome. I smelled Derby, too, for the first time. Great scent.

    We have a great time in Atlanta. Saw the new Hobbit movie with my family, too! And to top it off, got home and my son got accepted into another college (University of South Carolina).

    God has truly blessed us!

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