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Thread: something new
First of all... let's start with saying that I don't have the best nose/smell, so if my description of what I smell doesn't sound familiar, I apologize in advance.
My question is... I would like to find a new and nice fragrance for myself.
The 2 fragrances I like very much are:
1) Boss Bottled.
I like this fragrance for many years, because to me it is a nice, sweet (but not too sweet) and elegant/classy fragrance. I also feel it is a (excuse me for the weird description) "thick", "woolly" fragrance. I truly wonder if anyone understands what I mean by that :-/ But I hope someone does.
2) Boucheron, Jaipur Homme (EdP).
I found this one last year. What I like about this fragrance is that it is a bit spicy. While Boss Bottled to me smells as 1 fragrance, Jaipur Homme has more "layers" to it. Some tones in the background and one "sharp" sort of spicy smell that really stands out. What I like about this fragrance is that I can always smell it on myself (although that sounds quite awkard when I write it like this). This sharp smell is pleasant to my nose, and I enjoy it when I smell it.
If I would describe the difference between Boss Bottled and Jaipur Homme, then I would say the first one is kind of "decent" and classy... or maybe "romantic", while the second one is, though elegant, more "bold" and "daring".
So, what I am looking for is a new fragrance which has a bit of both. I would like to find a fragrance with the warm and classy, romantic smell of Boss Bottled, combined with some more daring spicy notes (which stand out) as can be found in Jaipur Homme.
I truly have no idea if such a fragrance would exist, but I would really like to hear your suggestions.
Many thanks in advance for taking the time to reply.
Eau des Baux
My Ultimate Top 5:
Paul Smith Man (2009)
Burberry London (2006)
Prada Amber pour Homme (2006)
Arpege pour Homme (2005)
Gucci Pour Homme II, maybe?
Slightly different direction but - Fahrenheit Absolute might add a new dimension to what you are looking for
Emir by Micallef perhaps
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Spicebomb for sure
Good choice with Boss Bottled, BTW. Other good choices IMO would include:
Gucci Pour Homme II
L'Occitane Eav des Bavx
Paco Rabanne 1 Million
Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb
Last edited by The Colognnoisseur; 9th February 2014 at 09:55 AM.
Thanks Colognnoisseur. The Spicebomb and 1 Million like you suggested, to me smell too much like candy. That's not what I like. YSL La Nuit i've tried once, but eventually I ended up not liking it.
So I've heard these 3 mentioned more than once:
Gucci Pour Homme II
Eau des Baux
So these 3 fragrances should fit my description... warm, elegant, classy with a spice daring touch?
Does one of these 3 fragrances stand out in terms of quality? Or are they all equal?
I hope I find a store where I can sample them. Probably not all fragrances will be available in the stores where I live, so more suggestions are still welcome. Thanks!!
These are somewhat similar to the two fragrances that you've posted and they're not going to be very hard on the wallet: Obsession Night for Men and Acqua di Gio: Essenza.
Obsession Night does invoke the same feeling of night as Bottled Night does bit it's a bit sweeter with a smooth, dark musk effect. Acqua di Gio: Essenza is a citrus blend flanker with a grapefruit note in it that gives it somewhat of a sour citrus smell.
Bleu de Chanel?
Beauty is in the nose of the beholder.
Mazzolari Vetyver or Mazzolari-Mazzolari. Both are stunningly good. You can order samples from LuckyScent. The nice thing is you can go to 'fragrances' and search for a type- 'woody' for instance, and see recommendations. The reviews are helpful, too.
Allright, thanks! Then I'll add them to the list
Well, so far I've got some fragrances to try... well if I can find them that is...
Thanks for the replies and if you who's reading this has got another good suggestion that fits my description as mentioned in my first post, please let me know!
chanel egoiste - spicy - woody - sweet
dior dune - sandy - woody
locitanne eau d bavx +1 - sweet - warm
Thanks! Added to my list!
+1 for Eau des Baux
Well, a little update...
I was able to get some samples based on your suggestions. I was very lucky to find a random very friendly perfumery who send me a sample of Eau des Baux by mail.
Besides Eau des Baux I went to 2 stores and was able to find samples of Chanel Egoiste and Dior Dune. And after in one store I was told Fahrenheit Absolute was discontinued, I was able to find it in another store. Can anybody tell me if it is discontinued?
Anyhow, after I explained in the stores what I was looking for, I also got a sample of Dior Homme Intense and Dolce Gabana The One.
So my list of samples is:
- Dior Dune
- Dior Homme Intense
- Dolce Gabana The One
- Fahrenheit Absolute
- Chanel Egoiste
- Eau des Baux
So tonight I tried Dior Dune and Dior Homme Intense. Dior Dune has some nice soft sugary sweetness in it, but I would not describe it as spicy. It doesn't smell strong either. It's more of a body scent. Well, then time to test Dior Homme Intense. My expectations were quite high after reading and viewing some (video)reviews, where it was described as the best fragrance ever and as a "babe magnet". But damn... this thing smells strongs... I'm not exactly sure what is in this fragrance, but it gives me a sort of headache feeling... some strange note which I can't define, is causing this... When I smelled it on a piece of paper in the store it actually smelled quite nice, but now that I have it on my skin... ooooh, I don't like it! This weird note is not good for me.... I think you could daze someone with it :-/ Does anyone else recognize what I'm saying?
Well, I thougt it would be nice to share my experiences so far... Hope you enjoy it
All this effort to keep you guys updated.. and not 1 reply
Glad you're enjoying a sampling adventure. That's one the best (or most fun) parts of the whole fragrance hobby, in my experience.
I wanted to strongly recommend you check out Dior Homme (the original EdT, not the Sport or Eau for Men flankers). Based on what you've already enjoyed, and the combination of classy-but-easygoing that you're looking for, I think it'd be perfect. Note that it's the same perfumer (originally) who later created Spicebomb, so there's some family resemblance, but Dior Homme does not go into the very sweet "candy" direction that Spicebomb does; the dry lavender and iris cut the sweetness of the cacao base. It's fantastic stuff.
Enjoy all your sniffing.
Do you mean the "normal" Dior Homme, or Dior Homme II?
Dior Homme II I can't find anywhere around here
And is the Dior Homme you are talking about also a bit spicy? I like the spicy smell of my Jaipur Homme EdP and it would be great if I could find it in another fragrance, combined with the warmth and freshness as in Boss Bottled...
I'd try No. 032 Bay Rum by C O Bigelow and Opium pour Homme by YSL, ideally in the EdP. Both spicy and somewhat sweet but not sickeningly so.
Thanks for the tip. I'll add it to my list
There's no Dior Homme II (are you thinking of Gucci Pour Homme II?) but it's had a number of flankers, like Sport, Intense, Cologne, and Eau for Men. My recommendation is the original. You should be able to find it at Sephora.