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    Default Compiled list of so called (old man) scents.

    Hello I am not new to the forum, i just retired my old username that i don't use anymore.
    I have had this question on my mind for many days and I'm mostly into retro scents, and a few modern.

    See sometimes the term old man scent comes up every so often, and to be honest a lot of the perfumes i have would qualify as old man smelling.

    examples of old
    Antaeus
    jazz
    Gucci noble
    Givenchy Gentleman(vintage)

    examples of new
    Mr. Blass Bill Blass
    Givenchy Gentleman(modern)
    terre d'hermes

    I just wanted a list of colognes from retro to modern that many would call (old man) smelling as i like these types of perfumes.

    If u want u can list 2 or 50 scents.
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    Default Re: Compiled list of so called (old man) scents.

    I probably like the same kinds of fragrances you do, but I would not classify any of them as "old man smelling" so I can't be of any help.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)

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    Guerlain Vetiver
    Dior Eau Sauvage

    BTW I would call these timeless classics!

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    Mostly modern i guess u can say im looking into since i have a lot of perfumes.

    I do have Eau Sauvage vintage but not the Eau de Parfume.

    Guerlain Vetiver vintage i also have, but this versionnd.69.jpg of it im not too sure i get old man from it

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    Guerlain Derby
    Guerlain Heritage

    No doubt about it for me.
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    I own Bond no 9's Great Jones. To me, that's "old school".

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    Aventus
    Dior Homme Sport
    Fierce

    Why not as scents are in the nose of the beholder.lol

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    Azzaro pour homme
    Azzaro onyx even though it's a fresh scent

    Maybe i am wrong but Amen pure havane

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    De la Renta Pour Lui vintage

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    What was older then is now new again. Times are a changin. Lots of old scents that were from the 1960's - fougere types or eau de cologne types might be considered old man scents. Problem is they are mostly worn by younger men now (under 60) so although these might be called "old man" scents because they were worn by older men when they were young, thye were young when they wore them and today they are mostly worn by younger guys who are enjoying the new found retro scents that the old guys used to wear. The old men who used to wear these older fragrances from the 1960's, 70's, 80's etc. (when they were young) have now moved on, been there - done that, and are trying newer things now - stuff you only hear about on Basenotes etc. To me the new "old man" fragrances are things that were built from the chemistry revolution of fresh/aquatic aroma chemicals of the '90's starting with Creed Millisime Imperiale (todays version), Calvin Klein Eternity, Azzaro Chrome, moving through to Aqua di Gio. These fragrances are very prolific and are built around Calone and/or dihydromyrcenol and have that characteristic synthetic citrus cleaning fluid fresh scent - these are the real old man fragrances today because they are still being worn by guys who started wearing them 10 to 15 years ago.

    As you can tell, I don't really believe in the concept of "old man" fragrances. It is too much a moving target to be relevant in the fragrance world.

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    TSAR by van cleef
    Salvador Dali PH
    MPG Santal Noble
    +1 on Jazz.

    To the OP: People on these forums might take offense with your classification with that age implication. I would simply call these scents... (Out)dated. And, by most common modern day standard, they definitely are.

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    Subjective to own experience be it a good or a bad one : designating because of a connotation to a past experience that I or others didn't come across to can lead to this statement....

    -Paco Rabanne pour homme
    -Pierre Cardin
    -Aramis by Aramis
    -Drakkar

    why these? Because I relate them to a person in his mid-70's that has worn them and that I first encountered on and not per say that it gives an old man vibe is just were I first smelled a specific scent on. Btw, old man smell is down right nasty and basically connotates a foul smell not per say a cologne regardless if strong , pungent or not for colognes are aromatic....so basically old man vibe to me is not showering, and exuding natural body odors condense in an older person that has not taken care of themselves hygienically , so in other words a Hippie which in fact could be young or old......Voila!
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    Rive Gauche

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    People used to tell me that Aramis smelled like their grandfather. I'm sure it's generational, what's considered old smelling--for my generation, old man scents were usually ones heavy on the oakmoss. And I'm not sure those smell as they once did. Aramis seems to be less of what it was, possibly due to oakmoss restrictions, but who knows. "Old lady" scents, on the other hand, seem to be those with lots of overtly powdery and aldehydic notes.

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    Was not my intent to offend anyone.
    Maybe i should have used the word outdated. Retro was used along side old man well because most of what i read
    it's the term old man or old smelling and even outdated.

    I would also ask if the term barbershop scent is similar to term old man smelling since most if not all
    the scents of yesteryear had this vibe.

    A barbershop scent IMHO would be royal copenhagen with it's powdery feel, but i don't necessarily see it as old man smelling, while Azzaro pour homme and Rive gauche both give off the just been to a barbershop.

    Unless u see baby powder as smelling like an old man
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    Creed Bois du Portugal

    Sooo old man.

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    While I love and own large bottles of all three, Chanel Pour Homme, Habit Rouge, and Eau Sauvage are often considered to have that "old man" smell. In fact, when I first tried Eau Sauvage, I immediately thought it should be called "Eau Old Man!" Of course, that's what I like best about them now! Then again, these were all first created in the 1960s.

    I sometimes wonder if my kids and grandchildren will ever think something like Acqua di Gio will be "old man" to them...

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    When i go out and about i don't expect compliment, but when i do i want people to say that is a very mature scent.

    I remember a young girl(younger than me) told me she loves when a man wears grey flannel.

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    Aramis !!

    And if this is old man or retro - then I am Retro!!!

    In a time of youth is everything - we could call them classics, time proven, ideals...?

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    Original Polo (green) and Cartier Pasha.

    Hate them with a passion.

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    Quorum
    Rive Gauche

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    Among others:

    Tabac Original
    Fendi Uomo
    Marbert Man
    Francesco Smalto PH
    Worth pour Homme
    Loewe para Hombre
    vintage Cartier Santos
    YSL PH Haute Concentration
    Preferred Stock
    Capucci PH

    are among the ones that immediately come to my mind. Yet, like in some of the aforementioned posts, would not call them so much antiquated or old-fashioned, far more, with a timelessness, vision and sense of style not the most popular nowadays (on the other hand, considering that the fashion, trendiness and social acceptability of vintage, is far more recurrent, non-linear and/or repetitive than expected, it would be interesting to see if and when these fragrances may enjoy a comeback even outside the preferences, collections, interactions and members of BN).

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    These are the scents that seem most dated (aka "old man") to me:

    Chanel Antaeus
    Guerlain Heritage
    Hermes Equipage
    Hugo Boss Number One
    Givenchy Gentleman
    Creed Baie de Genievre
    Casewell Massey Sandalwood
    Seasonal favorites:

    1. Creed - Pure White Cologne
    2. Creed - Aventus
    3. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    4.
    by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
    5. Clive Christian - 1872
    6. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    7. Xerjoff - Nio
    8. Neela Vermeire - Bombay Bling
    9. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
    10. Chanel - Allure Homme Edition Blanche

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    My favorite "dated" "masculine" scents, in no order:

    Habit Rouge
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Creed Orange Spice
    Guerlain Derby
    Parfums de Nicolai New York
    Behemoth cut a slice of pineapple, salted it, peppered it, ate it, and then tossed off a second glass of alcohol so dashingly that everyone applauded.

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    old GIT

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    I am an old man so if I wear (say) Dior Homme does that make it old man? Or is it like fashion so I should know better? As one or two others have said it's all relative. When I was young the young wore loud stuff - Brut, Halston, Azzaro etc. if you wanted to be cool you went for the "classics" to be "discrete" which in 197n meant, oh yeah, Caron PuH, Chanel PM, Eau Sauvage. But now that's old man too so is there old man and older man? Speaking as an old man I have to admit that there is stuff I'd consider too young, but probably not too old.

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    Lapidus Pour Homme
    Midnight In Paris (the powder vibe)

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    There are hundreds, maybe even over a grand of old smelling male fragrances, though, admittedly, many smell like old women, so that doesn't fit your category here.

    Add old woman and juvenile and I've found it extremely hard to find anything that isn't one of the above.

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    I'll bookmark this as my AVOID reference.
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    This is so subjective. For me anything with prominent oak moss has that effect. For others any sort of powdery feeling seems old, like Guerlain Homme which feels thoroughly modern to me. I've heard the same about patchouli and seen many refer to LIDGE and even Aventus as old man scents.

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    +1 for Drakkar and Rive Gauche

    Also Old Spice, Brut and Halston Catalyst

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcelopcr View Post
    Rive Gauche
    +1!

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    OK I'll play though it is very subjective though I agree with many of the previous posters. I'll put an X next to the ones I still like and wear now and then
    Brut X - rarely but EVERY now and then
    British Sterling
    Canoe X
    Varon Dandy X - very rarely but will
    Habit Rouge
    Several Bay Rums - don't have any currently but may get one because I love it and used to wear it now and then
    Quorum X
    Tabac
    Old Spice X - VERY rarely but it is a nice scent on many people
    Agua Lavanda X - now and then
    English Leather X - I have it have worn it maybe 2 times in 2 years - my dad wore it and one of my older students who died suddenly (at 57) used to wear it and it smelled great on them - it smells horrid on me though (at least I think it does)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
    This is so subjective. For me anything with prominent oak moss has that effect. For others any sort of powdery feeling seems old, like Guerlain Homme which feels thoroughly modern to me. I've heard the same about patchouli and seen many refer to LIDGE and even Aventus as old man scents.
    Yup, major oakmoss is a HUGE offender

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    Dana English Leather is the "oldest" smelling one I've come across.
    It makes the even older Dana Canoe seem young and perky.
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    Unfortunately I do get an overly mature vibe from LIDGE, though I still like it.
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    Many i recognize as elegant rather than old. But i don't enjoy strong tobacco and menthe notes and that is the line for me. Givenchy gentleman is one i don't like.

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    Hugely subjective. I get an old man vibe from Invasion Barbare, for whatever reason. Sartorial and Bois du Portugal would be high on my list as well.

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    To mention one: current formulation of Halston Z-14
    My Top '10' : (In no particular order)

    - Dolce & Gabbana: Pour Homme (vintage)
    - Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vintage)
    - Loewe: Esencia/Pour Homme/Solo/7
    - 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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    Oh boy so many. And I guess the term "old" can mean so many diff things. Ill take old as in a negative perspective,. Like dated. And just sorta how sometimes when you smell someone it reminds of you of being a kid and someone wearing cologne and being smelly. Not in a bad way mind you just not in a .. good way lol. and not old as in a "older" or more "manly" sorta smell. Anyway to many to name but oldest thing ive smelled more recently was cartier declaration

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    "Salvador Dali pour Homme" smells not only like an old man but like an evil old man! It's like finding out that your grandpa is a serial killer!
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    My daughter said Aramis was an old man smell.
    I think Lapidus PH and Costume National Homme both have a "musty" quality that could be old man, or inside an old person's home.
    And even my beloved VanCleef and Arpels PH... I can see it being interpreted as having an older man vibe. Not one for the younger crowd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MegaMav View Post
    I'll bookmark this as my AVOID reference.
    LOL was thinking the same thing!

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