Current Top Ten:
1) Polo Crest
2) Chypre Palatin
3) 34 Boulevard Saint Germain
4) One Man Show Gold Edition
5) Kouros (Vintage)
7) Tobacco Vanille
8) Interlude Man
9) More than Words
10) Ungaro II (Vintage)
Seems like a bit of a stretch, but I think I see where you're coming from as I'm wearing a bit of Chergui right now and some of the balminess is there.
The closest I've seen is Tokyo Milk's "Honey and the Moon," but even then, it's not that close (and much lower quality). I align it within a similar headspace as Tobacco Vanille in that they both seem to have similar aesthetics in mind. However, I don't think they smell that close at all as whereas I love B2B's richness, I absolutely despise everything about TV.
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Originally Posted by Brian_Towers
Absolue pour le Soir and Leather Oud are very similar, both better.
I think B2B really has different effects on different people. Some get a lot of the tobacco/berry component, whereas I get mainly honey. I find both AplS and LO to be HIGHLY animalic scents -- which B2B certainly isn't. (I love all three, but for different reasons.)
Brecourt Haram (Farah) shares a similar vibe, and it is more potent...
Again, I think this speaks to the difference in the way perfumes work on people's skin. I get cinnamon buns from the Brecourt that are gone within 20 mins. B2B lasts and projects on me for 6+ hours without fail.
A*men pure Havane has a very similar vibe, but they're take different approaches to tobacco and honey. To me, B2B smells more expensive, more put together and more complex, with Havane being sweeter in a more synthetic way (to me, at least). Still, Havane is pretty damn good as well, but B2B is the goddamn KING when it comes to that honey tobacco.
I have yet to come across anything that could serve as a Back to Black substitute. Nice scent, even though it is not an end all be all scent to me. Perhaps I should revisit this one, as I haven't smelled it for a more than a year, it might change my view on it.
Another one worth sniffing is SoOud's Asmar. It's a different honey vibe, and more woody overall, with a much stronger tobacco note. It also has more amber present, but it is still in the same general ball park, and is a damn good gourmand/oriental.