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    Default Anything aside from Spicebomb?!

    Hi all,

    First post on here, so be nice! Essentially, I've been a bit awful at male fragrances prior to now. Not saying that I stink or anything, but I was always content with Black XS in the past for when I wore aftershave.

    I still love Black XS, but there's a time and a place for the smell, and it's too sweet to wear every day. The other fragrance I like is Spicebomb, which I'm tempted to buy, but that still doesn't leave me with much of a repertoire.

    In light of this, I've tried to branch out more and sample more EDTs, but without much luck. So far I've tried:

    Armani Code
    JPG Le Male
    Paco Rabanne 1 Million
    Terre Hermes
    CK In 2 You

    And the girlfriend was unimpressed by all of them (less so by 1 Million). She thought Hermes was rancid . So I was wondering, based on the fact that she likes Spicebomb and Black XS a lot, which other fragrances are similar to these that I might try?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Anything aside from Spicebomb?!

    eau d baux from l'occitane is also spicy but a bit less sweet than spicybomb

    Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casts_by_fly View Post
    eau d baux from l'occitane is also spicy but a bit less sweet than spicybomb

    Rick
    I was tempted by that, and it's considerably cheaper too haha. Looked into EDB more got me onto Tonka Imperiale by Guerlain too - which looks appealing since it apparently has an almond note to it. I don't suppose there are many other fragrances out there which also have a almond/marzipan note in? *

    * Without being too feminine!

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    Default Re: Anything aside from Spicebomb?!

    Perhaps you might want to give Montale Amandes Orientales a try. It might not be too feminine for you.
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    Default Re: Anything aside from Spicebomb?!

    Welcome!

    You could try Chanel Egoiste (the regular Egoiste, not platinum egoiste), which is smooth, slightly sweetish, woody and spicy.

    Terre d'hermes as rancid is a strange reaction, but of course, everybody has his or her own preferences.

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    Default Re: Anything aside from Spicebomb?!

    1899 Ernest Hemingway has been compaired to Spicebomb... Not sure I know Spicebomb well enough to make the comparison myself, but I can say 1899 is an amazing scent.
    Current favorites:
    1. Invasion Barbare by MDCI
    2. M by Puredistance
    3. Epic Man by Amouage
    4. Jeke by Slumberhouse
    5. Hard Leather by LM Parfums
    6. Portrait of a Lady by Frederic Malle
    7. Tribute Attar by Amouage

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    Default Re: Anything aside from Spicebomb?!

    +1 for Eau des Baux

    Gucci Pour Homme II - Sweet but not too sweet. Great cinnamon note.

    Givenchy Pi - The almond and vanilla mix well together in this one. Not as sweet as Spicebomb, imo.

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    You could also check out Dirty English from Juicy Couture. Not very expensive either.

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    Dirty English is a nice one also try a sample of Five O'Clock Au Gingembre by Serge Lutens

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    Default Re: Anything aside from Spicebomb?!

    Zegna forte
    F by Ferragamo Black
    Bleu de Chanel
    YSL l'Homme Nuit

    Try Egoiste, sure, then realize it smells dank and heavy and unappealing, and give the better scent a try, platinum egoiste.

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    Default Re: Anything aside from Spicebomb?!

    Quote Originally Posted by skepta View Post
    I was tempted by that, and it's considerably cheaper too haha. Looked into EDB more got me onto Tonka Imperiale by Guerlain too - which looks appealing since it apparently has an almond note to it. I don't suppose there are many other fragrances out there which also have a almond/marzipan note in? *

    * Without being too feminine!
    Almond/marzipan: Acqua Di Parma- Blu Mediterraneo Mandorlo Di Sicilia

    Very much almond/marzipan/vanilla and completely not what I thought it was. I got a sample from someone randomly and I thought it said mandarin di sicilia, not mandorlo. Big difference.

    rick

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    Hanae Mori HiM
    Hanae Mori HM

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    Tonka Imperiale is a great fragrance. Because of the price, it would be good to sample first.

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    Thanks all for the advice so far! I'm planning a trip to Selfridges after my university work is out the way, so will start compiling a list and then get my hands on all the samples out on offer

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    Try the new one from Valentino - Uomo. It's rather good.

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    Managed to get a quick sample of Acqua di Gio, La Nuit De L'Homme and Le Male yesterday while picking up some deodorant; Le Male definitely went down best with the housemates, but they were all, particularly YSL, criticised for being overly-feminine. Is this something users on here would agree with? I didn't think eiher of them were particularly masculine - not that I consider that a criticism - but I wouldn't have said they actively smelt girly!

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    Default Re: Anything aside from Spicebomb?!

    I wouldn't call them feminine, but they also aren't butch fragrances either. All 3 could be worn by women. Citrus fragrances are easy to be unisex (AdG). LeMale is very vanilla which is often fairly unisex as a note. La Nuit is what I'd call a 'soft' fragrance. The notes are sweet, creamy, and soft.

    If you want a stereotypically male fragrance that your housemates won't mistake for being feminie, grab some Brut, Stetson, Paco rabane PH, or even Eau Savage. Not sure I want to meet the women who can pull those off.

    rick

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