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    Default Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    I'm not very well acquainted with various notes so trying to find a good cologne or perfume to sample is getting more difficult than I thought.

    I'm looking for a cologne or unisex perfume that is mood-uplifting, citrusy, fresh, and not woody or musky.

    I absolutely love freshly cut smell of lemon, orange, or lime. I've been searching for some and many of them seem to have musk or woody or spice notes mixed in them. Although I do enjoy musk, woody, and spice notes, if I want to have a citrus-y fragrance, I think I would want it to be absolutely refreshing and clean.

    These caught my attention and they seem to be mentioned a few times:

    Eau Sauvage
    Terre d'Hermes
    Eau D' Hadrien

    Is there something that just make your nostrils open up when you smell it, and lifts up your mood?

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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    Two that come immediately to mind as fresh and uplifting are Hermes Concentré d'Orange Verte and Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria Pamplemousse. Both are delicious and zesty, excellent for the summer.

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    Terre D' Hermes grows on you. First time sampling it was put in the no way file. After giving it another shot, it jumped to my top 5. So called dirty orange peel vibe is addicting.
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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    Guerlain Homme L'Eau, if you can find it.

    Otherwise the various Verbena frags from L'Occitane always cheer me up, but with nothing much in the way of basenotes, they don't last much over an hour.


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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    A Lab on Fire Almost Transparent Blue

    a little musk in it but not musky by any means.

    Very uplifting for me.

    I need a second bottle.

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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    Quote Originally Posted by andym72 View Post
    Guerlain Homme L'Eau, if you can find it.
    Agree with this one, it's very clean and bright.

    My own favourite uplifting citrus is Eau d'Aviateur by Atelier Flou, but the sandalwood note may discount it for you.
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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    I recommend these:

    Almost Transparent Blue by A Lab on Fire

    Guerlain Homme L'Eau


    Dior Homme Sport


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    Wow, I didn't realize Guerlain Homme L'Eau and Almost Transparent Blue had both been recommended already. Nice! So....+2
    Last edited by Buysblind; 17th March 2014 at 09:39 AM.

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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    Guerlain Homme L'Eau looks the most interesting to me right now. Compared to Creed GIT, which one is more fresh?
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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    Eau du Sud by Annick Goutal
    Mandragore by Annick Goutal
    Eau de Campagne by Sisley
    Currently wearing: L'Eau de L'Eau by Diptyque

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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    For consideration - Guerlain Eau de Cologne Imperiale.
    Beauty is in the nose of the beholder.

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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    Vetiver Babylon always lifts me up... +1 for TdH too!

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    I think Diptyque is one of the best brands to look for citrusy/natural/ fresh fragrances. Their Eau de Tarocco is unbelievable.
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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    Some good ones already mentioned.

    I would add: Clinique Happy. It makes me that way every time I smell it.
    Current Summer Favorites:

    1. Creed - Original Cologne
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    3. Creed - Aventus
    4. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
    5. Dior - Homme Sport 2008
    6. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    7. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    8. Dior - Homme Sport 2012
    9. Creed - Virgin Island Water
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    L'Humaniste ✔️
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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    Many good ones already mentioned (I second among others the concentree d'orange vertes). Be aware that citruses are fleeting, so for most frags, either they go away and you have to reapply, or they move somewhere else (spicy, woody, etc).

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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    Quote Originally Posted by sinefine View Post
    Guerlain Homme L'Eau looks the most interesting to me right now. Compared to Creed GIT, which one is more fresh?
    Guerlain Homme L'Eau is much fresher then GIT.

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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    I would say my top "non-musky" citruses that are uplifting are:

    Selection Verte/Eau d'Hadrien (they have a similar note breakdown)
    Menthe Fraiche (very uplifting, super underrated)
    L'Humaniste
    Neroli Portofino
    Jardin D'Amalfi
    Last edited by OctaVariuM; 18th March 2014 at 02:07 PM.

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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    Heres a few:

    Eva Kant-O'Driu
    Vesrim-MadHat
    +1 Eau de Sud-Annick Goutal
    Oyedo-Diptyque

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    Yardley Citrus&Wood
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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    +1 for Clinique Happy

    Orange Sanguine is what I recommend....fits your description to a tee!

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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    Perhaps Neroli Portofino by Tom Ford.

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    I think these ones might be fine

    L'humaniste
    Almost transparent blue
    Cedrat enivrant

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    Versace Pour Homme

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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    Mexx energizing man is a recent release that I haven't tried yet but the notes make it worth a go.

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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    Most uplifting scent that comes to mind is definitely Creed Virgin Island Water. Lime, rum, coconut and sugar cane. Tropical vacation in a bottle. Minty frags also do the drink. Guerlain Homme Intense is a lime, rum, mint scent with a sweet touch... You might like it.

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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    Quote Originally Posted by thehighend View Post
    Most uplifting scent that comes to mind is definitely Creed Virgin Island Water. Lime, rum, coconut and sugar cane. Tropical vacation in a bottle. Minty frags also do the drink. Guerlain Homme Intense is a lime, rum, mint scent with a sweet touch... You might like it.
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    Default Re: Mood uplifting, citrusy, fresh, no musky cologne?

    Eau d'Hadrien, Jardin Sur le Nil, Bulgari green tea, possibly Ferragamo Tuscan Soul.
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    Lacoste L.12.12 White/Blanc
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    Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne Sport.

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