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    Everybody has a scent that they deem as safe for the office or safe for a certain occasion or whatever..
    What happens if that scent is too safe..
    Something that you like but don't love and never reach for..
    It's so inoffensive that it makes you start to wonder..

    I wish it were this or that but it's still worthy..
    I am sure you have frag's like this unless you just love every bottle in your collection..

    Lalique L'Hommage

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    Flash Point by Jeanne Arthes. Like it but don't love it and almost never reach for it.

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    CK Be.....for when you want to "wear" something, but no one(yourself included)can smell it after an hour max....but for that hour you smell like a mild dryer sheet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony T View Post
    Everybody has a scent that they deem as safe for the office or safe for a certain occasion or whatever..
    What happens if that scent is too safe..
    Something that you like but don't love and never reach for..
    It's so inoffensive that it makes you start to wonder..

    I wish it were this or that but it's still worthy..
    I am sure you have frag's like this unless you just love every bottle in your collection..

    Lalique L'Hommage

    Wow, Tony. The second I saw the title of your post the first fragrance that came to mind was Lalique Hommage A L'Homme.


    Weird!


    I sampled this recently and my exact thought was that although it smelled nice, it was just too safe.


    I mean it really smells good, but there's just something so safe about it, I don't think it would call me in the way others do.


    A couple others I've had this experience with were Must de Cartier, Jil Sander Man, Bulgari Pour Homme, and YSL L'Homme Eau d'Ete.
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    One that comes to mind is Avant Garde. All-around good fragrance. Just never reach for it like I should.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    One that comes to mind is Avant Garde. All-around good fragrance. Just never reach for it like I should.
    Which one sjg? Micallef or Lanvin?

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    Most 90s male (but also unisex) aquatics smell, at least, in my opinion "too safe". Most of them are clean, fresh, crisp and airy, some of them even alluring, moderately classy and excellent for casual and even office wear, but generally too unsurprising and tame.

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    Hugo Boss Element
    Molecule 01

    But that's kinda what I like about them.

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    Zafar is quite safe :-)

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    The safest fragrance I own so far is Prada Infusion d'Homme. That said, I do find myself reaching for it quite frequently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caferacer View Post
    The safest fragrance I own so far is Prada Infusion d'Homme. That said, I do find myself reaching for it quite frequently.
    I am inclined to agree with you so I was rather surprised to see a rash of extremely negative comments towards it in a thread not so long ago.
    I can't work out what it has that anyone could really object to.

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    Obsession Night for Men

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    Gendarme. That said, I'm currently trying to acquire a bottle.

    As for L'hommage, I don't really think the scent itself is too safe (violet & tobacco), but it's so subtle and close to the skin that I can see where you're coming from.

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    My safe fragrance is TF White Patchouli. I like having it on hand for occasions when I don't want to stand out.

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    Lanvin Avant Garde I agree..
    Also Hugo Element..
    Gendarme is 1 I never liked..

    Obsession Night?

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by joe mcclaine View Post
    Obsession Night for Men
    This one I really dig, pear/vanilla/musk goodness....YUM!

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    I don't think there's such a thing as "too safe", the term you're looking for is "boring".

    A scent is either safe to wear in a given scenario, or it's not. As long as it's still interesting, you'll wear it.
    Mugler Cologne and Bulgari PH Extreme are both safe, but interesting enough to wear regularly in summer.

    I think we sometimes are too polite to call a fragrance what (in our opinion) it is. If you don't even like wearing a safe fragrance when you need something safe, it's a good chance it bores you.

    I mean, I think all of Lalique's mens frags are very interesting (barring White) but I think Bergamotto Marino and Vicky Tiel Ulysse are boring as batsh*t.

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    When I owned the following I kept wondering why I kept getting fired; then I realized I kept falling asleep at my desk with the help of:

    Armani Code
    Armani PH
    Bulgari Aqua PH
    Cavalli Man
    Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentrée
    L'Essence de Déclaration by Cartier

    Is that last one a D or an L?
    Ah, well. I'll stop the alphabet of yawn right there.

    Cheers.

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    Jil Sander Man (1998) +1 definitely and it was the reason I sold this. I even wrote a review on this frag mentioning all this 15 months ago:

    This is a good light woody spicy (a bit of pepper) scent that can be used at any occasion at any season but has for me one big drawback (and therefor I sold my bottle) and that is: This is TOO inoffensive and TOO safe after the fresh opening, that lasts 15 mins, to get a thumbs up. For me a fragrance must at least have something daring or contain an interesting part that makes it special. Can be a tiny 'part' but must be there in a frag for me. This frag lacks on that level and is therefor pretty boring in my opinion. This is one of the most perfect fragrances for people who only want to own one fragrance all year around and stick to that. Sillage and longevity are safe and average. Not for frag addicts! Neutral: Rated: 6-/10
    My Top 10 : (In no particular order)

    - Dolce & Gabbana: Pour Homme (vintage)
    - Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vintage)
    - Loewe: Esencia/Pour Homme
    - Guerlain: Homme L'Eau Boisee
    - Pal Zileri: Cuoio
    - MPG: Santal Noble
    - Guerlain: Vetiver
    - Amouage: Jubilation XXV
    - Dior: Homme Intense
    - YSL: Kouros (Fraicheur)

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    I have to agree with Hugo Boss Element. Man, I love the bottle (looks like a chemistry lecture bottle for gases), but I just could not work up the desire to buy it,
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    Good observation Tony. There are fragrances that I really like, the smell itself cannot be faulted, yet I never want to use a precious fragrant day using one of these. Allure Homme Edition Blanche is a prime example for me. One way of putting this is that these fragrances are "too safe". "Not very interesting" is probably more accurate. After all, there are some very safe fragrances in my wardrobe I still find interesting.

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    My Guerlain Hertiage

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony T View Post
    Obsession Night?
    Yes, compared to the rest of the stuff I own.

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    Lanvin
    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    Which one sjg? Micallef or Lanvin?

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    Allure homme

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    Cartier Declaration
    Guerlain Heritage
    D&G Pour Homme

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    The Body Shop White Musk for Men is not only very inexpensive, it is also very inoffensive IMHO.

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    DG Light Blue Pour Homme, very unoffensive.

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    Dolce and Gabbana The One
    Bleu de Chanel

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Flash Point by Jeanne Arthes. Like it but don't love it and almost never reach for it.

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    Interesting thread!

    For me, safe does not always mean boring. I think De Bachmakov by TdC is the among the most safe scents I've ever smelled, but the stuff is absolutely marvelous. It smells like a perfect spring morning. It's one I look forward to wearing. That being said, I did start a thread about De Bachmakov, asking if it was too nice. If it had a bit more edge to it, it could be a perfect ten for me, but even as is, it's at least a 9. I love it.

    On the other hand, there are definitely scents that bore me after a while and I find that I don't reach for them anymore. Just as you said in the original post: "Something that you like but don't love and never reach for.." Bois D'Argent. It's excellent, but for some reason, it's a like, not a love, and I never reach for it. It's been months and I haven't even finished a 2.5ml sample.
    In my swap list: Gucci Pour Homme (2003) BNIB.
    I'm looking for Reflection Man or Andy Warhol (silver bottle w/Andy's face)

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    Probably YSL L'homme....*Yawnfest*
    Looking for Byredo Pulp -

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Gendarme...
    Even though I absolutely love this frag, I have to agree with you. There is a reason so many politicians wear Gendarme. Almost smells like you aren't wearing a frag at all, but your clothes are freshly cleaned. But it's so affordable I can't see how it isn't in everyone's arsenal.


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    I'd say YSL L'homme or perhaps DG light blue. I like the both but they don't get reached for often.
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StinkinApe View Post
    it is also very inoffensive IMHO.
    Oh, it's plenty offensive.

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    I've culled out most of the 'uninteresting' bottles from my wardrobe. I don't hold back on most of what I wear in the office on a daily basis (though Knize 10 doesn't wear at work). Almost all of what I have left have something that I find interesting. That said, CdG Amazinggreen is pretty safe and I don't wear it much as I always reach for something more interesting.

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    Prada Amber pour Homme
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    SHL 777 Khol de Bahrein
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