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    Default Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    Not that it's a bad thing that the same fragrances are mentioned over and over in practically every thread...but, in a world full of thousands of fragrances are there really only the same few that are amazing enough to be mentioned? I mean, every time someone asks for suggestions on their next frag, no matter what their criteria is, the same frags a mentioned over, and over......and over. So...let's think out of the box a little on this thread...let's mention some different frags...even if you aren't a huge fan of them, but fragrances that are different, unique, strange, cool, weird, underrated, terrific, etc...just not the same things mentioned over and over and over. Just pick a random one for those of us who are looking for something truly different...different by basenotes standards...and then, please tell us why it's different.

    These are off limits:

    Aventus
    GIT
    LDDM
    LIDGE
    Terre d'Hermes
    Fahrenheit
    Tobacco Vanille
    New Haarlem
    Avignon
    Neroli Portofino
    and...well, you know the one's you hear about int every thread.

    I'll start
    MCMC Hunter- This is an awesome frag. It's got a lot of fir and tobacco mixed with a bit of bourbon vanilla to sweeten if up a bit. I wouldn't classify this as a sweet frag, but it does have a nice balance to it. I'm not good at describing frags, but it's very unique and it lasts all day on me...not a powerhouse, but great longevity all the same. Definitely unisex, but leans masculine.

    Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilee- There isn't a lot mentioned about this frag. I am a huge mint frag nut...I love mint! Nuit Etoilee is one of the best of the best mint frags in my opinion. It's the fresh mint leaf kind which is my favorite. It is a very unique fresh fragrance that I can't get enough of. Again, it's got great longevity...although, again, not a powerhouse. I consider it straight down the line unisex.

    Ok people, go ahead, share something new. Thanks

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    Lol yeah I notice that too. Not a lot of people have tried an extensive amount more than those though. They are just general crowd pleasers that people generally like.

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    Nuit de Tubereuse by L'Artisan Parfumeur - peppery, woody, musky tuberose - unisex
    It's new to me.

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    Royal Oud (Not the Creed) by La Maison de La Vanille - a wonderful oud - sandalwood -patchouli scent blended very nicely with vanilla absolue that has very nice longevity and can be worn by either gender easily. An EDP but not overpowering or cloying with its characteristic vanilla.

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    haha..... can't escape from aventus... will haunt you like a ghost forever.... and so will creed and tom ford, dior and mugler
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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    That list of perfumes up there are some real modern masterpieces. They get mentioned frequently because theyre very good.

    There are however many many amazing fragrances that don't get talked about a lot.

    Having said that, I think more people should get out there and discover things on their own, and stop asking for so much advice. Figure it out on your own sometimes.

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    Okay, something not so often talked about but I feel should be: Eau d'Hadrien by Annick Goutal. I feel this is quite a nice option for those who love Selection Verte but get crap longevity from it (I do fine personally, but I still own EdH and not SV).

    Oh, and I know I mentioned this recently, but Tokyo Milk Bulletproof is a very solid cheapy with ebony wood and tea.

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    Ineke Derring Do and L'Artisan Batucada. Two very well made aquatics that are a pleasure to wear in the sweltering heat. They're never mentioned.
    Currently wearing: Vol de Nuit by Guerlain

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    Quote Originally Posted by Willanhanyard View Post
    Lol yeah I notice that too. Not a lot of people have tried an extensive amount more than those though. They are just general crowd pleasers that people generally like.
    And crowd pleasers can be a good thing...I just think they shouldn't be the only thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Royal Oud (Not the Creed) by La Maison de La Vanille - a wonderful oud - sandalwood -patchouli scent blended very nicely with vanilla absolue that has very nice longevity and can be worn by either gender easily. An EDP but not overpowering or cloying with its characteristic vanilla.
    Thanks Hednic. You should have tons of frags that aren't spoken of a lot on here.

    Quote Originally Posted by mspa View Post
    haha..... can't escape from aventus... will haunt you like a ghost forever.... and so will creed and tom ford, dior and mugler
    I know right...which isn't bad, just mentioned TOOOOO much.
    Quote Originally Posted by aphexacid View Post
    That list of perfumes up there are some real modern masterpieces. They get mentioned frequently because theyre very good.

    There are however many many amazing fragrances that don't get talked about a lot.

    Having said that, I think more people should get out there and discover things on their own, and stop asking for so much advice. Figure it out on your own sometimes.
    I totally agree that people need to get out and experience more. When I joined basenotes, I was on my quest to sniff out all the much hailed and much hyped frags...as I started down that path I quickly discovered that most of them were not my style at all...so I started out on my quest to find ones that had notes that specifically interested me, and, if in my quest I stumbled upon the much hailed and much hyped, I would sniff them out. I have found some awesome, not-so-popular frags that I love much more than those populars. But, having said that, I think it's great to steer people toward frags that you personally think are great, and then they can decide if they want to experience them or not. I would just love a list of frags that are not the mentioned in every thread frags to try something unique and new.

    Quote Originally Posted by OctaVariuM View Post
    Okay, something not so often talked about but I feel should be: Eau d'Hadrien by Annick Goutal. I feel this is quite a nice option for those who love Selection Verte but get crap longevity from it (I do fine personally, but I still own EdH and not SV).

    Oh, and I know I mentioned this recently, but Tokyo Milk Bulletproof is a very solid cheapy with ebony wood and tea.
    I've heard great things about this Eau d'Hadrien...I need to sniff it out. I've heard that it's similar to Aqua Viva also. Thanks.
    And I agree with Bulletproof...it's amazingly good for such a great price!!

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    Quote Originally Posted by CapriDog View Post
    Nuit de Tubereuse by L'Artisan Parfumeur - peppery, woody, musky tuberose - unisex
    It's new to me.
    Thanks...I have to try out more frags with tuberose...I don't know if I know exactly what it smells like.

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    It's natural selection - knowledgeable people favor particular fragrances, tell others about them, others follow, and when they become knowledgeable they recommend their own favorites. Keeps reinforcing itself, but I wonder what the conversation would be like if the industry didn't produce 10,000 new fragrances every week.

    I think there's a wide selection of houses getting talked about here, but people tend to talk about only a few "stars" from each house. Who ever mentions Knize Forest? Miller Harris Citron Citron? L'Artisan Parfumeur Poivre Piquant? Is it because they're not good or because they don't have the BN stamp of approval? I notice that Nuit de Tubereuse, mentioned above, gets a lot of love in other perfume forums.

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    You're right. All the talk of the same fragrances actually make their value go down. That scent is less exclusive and special, due to more people wearing it and all the copycat fragrances.

    With this in mind, is it best to keep ones most prized fragrances a secret? or Is that just lame?

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    Eau d'Hadrien has been mentioned here (and rightfully so). I would like to mention it's lesser-known flanker Les Nuits d'Hadrien.

    It is one of the most amazing citrus scents in the beginning, then one of the best transformations I have encountered. It doesn't just fade to nothingness, it slowly transforms into a completely different fragrance. What starts as a wonderful lemon citrus scent, finishes as an amazing amber/patchouli one. Beautiful stuff. And pretty long lasting.
    Seasonal favorites:

    1. Xerjoff - Nio
    2. Creed - Aventus
    3. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    4. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
    5. Dior - Homme Sport 2008
    6. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    7. Creed - Virgin Island Water
    8. by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
    9. Creed - Original Cologne
    10. Clive Christian - 1872 for Men

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    Here are some of my choices:

    Amouage Asrar attar - seriously, how many times have u heard it being mentioned?? We hear always about Homage & Tribute...

    Davidoff by Davidoff

    Bogart Furyo

    Hilfiger Athletics

    Scottish Fine Soaps Classic Male Grooming edt

    Maubossin Pour homme edp

    St. James of London Founders Reserve Post Shave Cologne Soothing Cedarwood & Clary Sage
    Currently wearing: Ho Hang by Balenciaga

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    Here's a few selections of perfume that i like and rarely get mentions here

    DS Durga Boston Ivy - Green and refreshing

    Rodin olio Lusso - Simple Jasmine and floral scent but quite comforting

    Byredo Blanche - Clean Scent not offensive

    Byredo 1996 - My friends hated it but I like this dark Iris perfume

    Arquiste Fleur De Louis - Simple powdery and wood smell

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    I've noticed this a lot.

    Two types of perfumes get talked, whatever is hot at the moment & the hyped classic.

    I remember when Rose 31 was talked about no end (deservedly).
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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    Feedback loops.

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    I think this happens most when people with smaller collections/less experience ask, so naturally the suggestions lean towards crowned pleasers and more easily accessible scents. Some of these scents get suggested for very good reasons.

    Conversely the more experienced members hardly ever throw out a really broad request for scent suggestions. I think 2 Man by CdG can be added to the list of scents that are consistently suggested. I know I'm guilty of that

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    Would include among the perhaps less mentioned- but still unexpectedly good- among others:

    Loewe para Hombre
    Gucci Nobile
    Fendi Theorema Uomo and Life Essence
    most Marbert fragrances, especially Gentleman
    Lagerfeld Photo
    Davidoff Relax
    most Faconnable scents
    Knize Forest and Ten Golden Edition
    Hermes Rocabar
    Yardley Citrus&Wood
    Chopard Noble Vetiver

    quite a few more among these generally understated, underrated but still altogether rewarding scents.

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    Experience has s lot to do with it.

    If you're only familiar with 3 types of rose perfumes, 4 vetiver & 2 tobacco - that's all you're going be able to suggest, right?
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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    Unique and rarely talked about, eh... Here are three that immediately come to mind:

    Supercilium by O'driù -- a unique (and outstanding) take on Vetiver. That said, you could add just about any of the O'driù releases as they all are unique...

    Captain (vintage) by Molyneux -- probably the finest implementation of oakmoss I have encountered to date. Many powerhouse characteristics without being a powerhouse. Quite unique and absolutely incredible smelling.

    Red for Men (vintage) by Giorgio Beverly Hills -- extremely difficult to describe as it contains so many well-blended ingredients, picking out individual notes is near impossible. Also it is near impossible to find anything that smells like it, past or present. Truly great.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
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    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

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    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    They're called crowdpleasers. Problem is that most of the time, people want to smell like other people. Curiosity and open-mindedness is the key...


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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    I must say I have noticed what the OP is talking about, and specifically on the men's fragrance discussion board. I think men get totally shafted when it comes to the sheer range and diversity of notes that women are offered in their fragrances - your choice seems to be a lot more limited. It's a shame, really. But I also think that men tend to limit themselves to the men's aisle too much. I can think of loads of "female" and unisex scents that would be devastating on a man, if you would only allow yourselves to explore a bit.

    Why is vanilla considered a female note, for example? Look at Shalimar - it is almost disturbing how leathery, smoky, and animalic that vanilla is. I would love to smell it on more men. I bet it would work better with your chemistry than with mine! I would swoon if I smelled it on a guy.

    Why do your vetivers always have to be so harsh and astringent (Encre Noir anyone?) - a friendly, warm incense vetiver like Etro's Shaal Nur would be bloody gorgeous on a man. I would take a bite out of your neck if more of you wore something like this. Shaal Nur doesn't get talked about too much, which is a pity, because it is gorgeous and easily wearable by a man or a woman. I sprayed Guerlain's Vetiver on my arm the other day and thought it smelled repulsively old school, like something my dad would splash on coming out of the squash club in the seventies.

    I am wearing Coze today - wonderful scent, and although people are generally positive about it in reviews on BN, it never gets mentioned as a viable masculine on the boards here. It smells like the sexiest lumberjack ever, who has a cup of coffee in one hand and a joint in the other, and is wearing an ancient, soft checked shirt that smells of patchouli oil rubbed into the collar eons ago. Real, attractive men who work with their hands smell like this.

    You know, I always found it funny in the Guide, that Luca Turin would bemoan the lack of thought put into masculines by the perfume industry, but then turn around and recommend a feminine whose values had been degraded through reformulation as now being "suitable for a man", as if the inferior version of a once great perfume was now only fit for dogs, er, I mean, men. For example, he talks about how all the richness has been stripped away from the once great Parfum Sacre, and then dismissively says, "It would make a great masculine though", as if you guys are deserving only of the weaker, less good version! Come on, we can all do better than that! Parfum Sacre is still excellent, by the way, a milky/rosy/incense wood that is a riff on Bois des Iles and would be devastatingly attractive on a man.

    I have probably strayed way off topic here, and I apologize. But I do think men should think past all the usual suspects (Aventus, Gucci pour Homme II, etc.) and venture further afield. Speaking as a woman - we have FAR too many perfumes over here on our side of the aisle, come on over and help us out, would ya?

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    I know I've said this before, but Deeply by MariaLux is worthy of discussion...

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kybid View Post

    Aventus
    GIT
    LDDM
    LIDGE
    Terre d'Hermes
    Fahrenheit
    Tobacco Vanille
    New Haarlem
    Avignon
    Neroli Portofino
    GIT and Fahrenheit have been recommended here since the beginning of Basenotes.

    It will be interesting to see if the others get the same mileage.
    I remember when Casran, Yang and anything from Villoresi, L'Artisan and Caron used to be mentioned in just about every recommendation thread. But they fell totally out of favour.

    Beats me why 1 Million is rarely recommended here. Or Paris Hilton For Men.
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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    Quote Originally Posted by ClaireV View Post

    Why do your vetivers always have to be so harsh and astringent (Encre Noir anyone?) - a friendly, warm incense vetiver like Etro's Shaal Nur would be bloody gorgeous on a man. I would take a bite out of your neck if more of you wore something like this. Shaal Nur doesn't get talked about too much, which is a pity, because it is gorgeous and easily wearable by a man or a woman.
    Actually, Shaal Nur was flavour of the half year back in the mid 2000s - it just kept popping up in thread after thread.

    However, it has fallen so out of favour in the popularity stakes, that until you mentioned it, I'd forgotten that I owned it.
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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    I wanna throw in

    Imaginary Authors :
    Memoirs of a Trespasser
    Cape Heartache

    Rania J. :
    Ambre Loup
    Lavande 44
    Oud Assam
    Jasmin Kama

    and I will always recommend HdP 1725 Casanova over MDCI IB everyday
    My current top 10 fragrances :
    1. Amouage Jubilation XXV
    2. A Lab on Fire Almost Transparent Blue
    3. YSL L'Homme Libre
    4. Tauer Perfumes L'Air du Desert Marocain
    5. Rania J. Ambre Loup
    6. Atelier Cologne Cedrat Enivrant
    7. Parfum MDCI Ambre Topkapi
    8. Imaginary Authors Memoirs of a Trespasser
    9. Heeley Sel Marin
    10. by Kilian Back to Black

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    They're called crowdpleasers. Problem is that most of the time, people want to smell like other people. Curiosity and open-mindedness is the key...
    You are right Alfa, agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    They're called crowdpleasers. Problem is that most of the time, people want to smell like other people. Curiosity and open-mindedness is the key...
    Dead right.

    When SA's tell me that this is their 'best seller' it's a turn off for me.

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    Default Re: Have you noticed it's always the same fragrances that are mentioned in every thread?

    Highly agree with HDP 1725 Casanova. SOTD for me.
    Quote Originally Posted by SpentaZ View Post
    I wanna throw in

    Imaginary Authors :
    Memoirs of a Trespasser
    Cape Heartache

    Rania J. :
    Ambre Loup
    Lavande 44
    Oud Assam
    Jasmin Kama

    and I will always recommend HdP 1725 Casanova over MDCI IB everyday

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