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    Question Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    Hello all,

    First post. After a recent breakup (3 months is recent, right? ), I've started redefining and refining myself by learning to dress well, learning to cook, reading more, being more social, etc etc. Now I've got to smell good. Trying different colognes out I've discovered the notes I like on me, but haven't yet found the perfect combination. I've looked through various threads and even used the BaseNotes fragrance finder, but to no avail.

    Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille sounds too tabacco-y for me. If it has to be smoky, then I prefer a subtle smoky, like hints of a fireplace breathed into my clothes, not projecting a sophisticated night out at a Scotch and cigar bar.

    More specifically, I'm looking for a long lasting blend of vanilla and leather, perhaps even wood and citrus thrown in. The vanilla because it's playful, comforting, and therefore draws you in, and the leather because it roots the perfume with a naturally masculine smell. I'm not a fan of strong spice, so oriental seems out of the question. I don't like mint. I'd prefer to stay way from anything metallic and synthetic and too aquatic and aromatic. I'd like it to smell like a natural blend, and still smell manly and alluring. I do love citrus smells, so a citrus opening or heart is fine with me.

    I'm stateside, and prefer to not have to hunt on eBay for obscure perfumes (I'm not opposed to it, if someone does know there's a perfect blend for me).

    Anyone have suggestions?

    Thanks in advance, and happy holidays!
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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    I think you should try

    Bulgari Black - leather/rubber vanilla
    Knize Ten - leather, amber
    Hermes Bel Ami: citrus, leather, vanilla

    By the way, Tobacco Vanille isn't smoky tobacco. It's unburned tobacco. You may want to try it if you get a chance.
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    Hey, thanks for the suggestions.

    Hermes Bel Ami seems to be getting some love through the reviews, so I'll look for a place to sample it, or order a sample along with the Tom Ford.

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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    Bulgari black on the kind of semi-strong side and the super-soft side Mip edp
    "Thank GOD for the nose, for without it we would not be enjoying these beautiful created Scents" also Remember "Balance is everything and the key to appreciating "

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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    What is Mip EDP?

    I'm reading throuhg Black reviews now, and there's a lot of love for it. It sounds like a step-above-safe, but not-quite-a-night-out-fragrance. True?

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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    Another for Bel Ami

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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    MIP is Midnight in Paris
    No leather-you don't want it

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    L.T. Piver Cuir

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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    Quote Originally Posted by Lyuba View Post
    L.T. Piver Cuir
    I don't see that in the list of fragrances?

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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    Patchouli 24

    It's not typically leathery nor vanilla prominent but it's worth trying.
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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    Quote Originally Posted by PungentPuncher View Post
    I don't see that in the list of fragrances?
    Think it's this one, re-named?
    http://www.basenotes.net/ID26122044.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    Think it's this one, re-named?
    http://www.basenotes.net/ID26122044.html
    Yes, it is!!!!
    Beautiful leather in it, my next buy!!
    http://www.escentual.com/lt-piver/lt...FUUOwwodPCYApA

    I know you after leather but what u have wrote about yourself and your likes 0 try L.T.Piver Cedre as well!
    It soothes spirit and senses, honestly! I Am totally out to cuckoo land with my today's discovery about this brand. Never been so excited)
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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    Awesome, I'm taking notes and making lists!

    Can I just say you guys are awesome! I've frequented all sorts of message boards --fashion, fitness, technical, hobby, sport-- and you guys are super friendly. The fact that no one is "go serch 4 it bro" or linking me to four threads with outdated information... BaseNote forums is --so far-- a great community.

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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    Quote Originally Posted by PungentPuncher View Post
    Awesome, I'm taking notes and making lists!

    Can I just say you guys are awesome! I've frequented all sorts of message boards --fashion, fitness, technical, hobby, sport-- and you guys are super friendly. The fact that no one is "go serch 4 it bro" or linking me to four threads with outdated information... BaseNote forums is --so far-- a great community.
    It's The Holiday Season..
    Everyone is in a good mood!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony T View Post
    It's The Holiday Season..
    Everyone is in a good mood!!!
    In that case I better squeeze as much info out of you guys as I can before the New Year!

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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    Givenchy Pi is something I would recommend highly. Vanilla leather that lasts forever.
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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    One hard-to-get: Le Labo Vanille 44,
    and one classic more citrus than leather but some vanilla: Guerlain Mouchoir de Monsieur.
    "Wonderfully wild, eminently civilized" - Derby by Guerlain

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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    Quote Originally Posted by pelle View Post
    and one classic more citrus than leather but some vanilla: Guerlain Mouchoir de Monsieur.
    I have and love this one but I don't think I have ever picked up on any leather from this one. Guess too subtle for my nose. Vanilla yes.
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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    As others have noted, Tobacco Vanille is not a heavy tobacco scent (despite the name). A must try IMO.

    Also, i would suggest Armani Privé Cuir Noir.

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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    Guerlain's Cuir Beluga seems like it could be a good fit.
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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    Quote Originally Posted by danho View Post
    Givenchy Pi is something I would recommend highly. Vanilla leather that lasts forever.
    No leather in Givenchy Pi

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post

    Also, i would suggest Armani Privé Cuir Noir.
    This is so new in my collection it didn't even dawn on me. Tahitian Vanilla as a strong base and prominent leather at the top. I might as well cast my Bel Ami vote up above to the wind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony T View Post
    MIP is Midnight in Paris
    No leather-you don't want it
    Huh? On fragrantica, leather has the most votes for 'Main Notes According to Your Votes' (http://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/V...aris-9685.html).

    MIP EDP would be a great option IMO. And you can get it for super cheap ($38.55/4.2oz bottle) from fragrancenet (http://www.fragrancenet.com/midnight...mf/en_US/21724).

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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    I suggest Jil Sander Man. Created by Thierry Wasser and Annick Menardo. Top notes are lavender, violet and bergamot; middle notes are sage and vetiver; base notes are cedar, myrrh and russian leather. Vanilla is unlisted but easily detectable.
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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    Quote Originally Posted by PungentPuncher View Post
    Awesome, I'm taking notes and making lists!

    Can I just say you guys are awesome! I've frequented all sorts of message boards --fashion, fitness, technical, hobby, sport-- and you guys are super friendly. The fact that no one is "go serch 4 it bro" or linking me to four threads with outdated information... BaseNote forums is --so far-- a great community.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PungentPuncher View Post
    In that case I better squeeze as much info out of you guys as I can before the New Year!
    LOL! But it really is a great community!

    (Although g0srch4itBreau is just off on a body-building forum until he gets bored and comes back here to troll. )

    Quote Originally Posted by Marais View Post
    I suggest Jil Sander Man. Created by Thierry Wasser and Annick Menardo. Top notes are lavender, violet and bergamot; middle notes are sage and vetiver; base notes are cedar, myrrh and russian leather. Vanilla is unlisted but easily detectable.
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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    Seconding Mouchoir de Monsieur. Also from Guerlain, perhaps Heritage may be worth trying- heavier on the vanilla, but still some leather in the background.
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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    Thierry Mugler's Pure Leather is one you might want to sample. Synthetic leather and vanilla drydown.
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    Default Re: Looking for a leathery vanilla for masculinity and playfulness

    Quote Originally Posted by magnus611 View Post
    Bulgari black on the kind of semi-strong side and the super-soft side Mip edp
    Yep, MiP and Bulgari Black were the first things I thought of based on your description, with the vanilla combination. Agree also with Kagey that Tobacco Vanille has to be on your sample list as well, it's more vanilla than tobacco and just delicious. Don't let the prospect of smoke chase you off, I don't think I even get smoke of any kind from TV.

    I love Bel Ami, but be forewarned that it is a spicy leather, with little to no vanilla at all. If you're dead-set on that leather/vanilla combination, then it may not be your hot ticket.

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    Vanilla and leather?

    M. Micallef Vanille Cuir ​is worth checking out.

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    Thierry Mugler Pure Leather
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