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    Default Carven Homme - first impressions

    I was one of the ones that pulled the trigger on this one blindly when someone had mention this was on sale on eBay for like 20 bucks....when I first got it, I gotta say that I wasn't that impressed....it smelled quite dated to me and VERY strong....now ? After I've worn it for a whole day? I absolutely LOVE it ! It's a lush cedar, sandalwood tobacco-Vetiver scent infused with a vanilla sweetness that's just to die for....the longer this gem stays on your skin the better it gets....I love it better after about 6 hours on the skin....the sweet tobacco woods come out more....just amazing scent for the money and has easily became one of my top 10 scents and certainly at this price point blows some of my other NICHE fragrances out of the water that cost 4 or 5 times as much! Who knew ?

    Get ya some of this juice before it's gone.....word of caution, though....2-3 sprays is all you need to get well over 10-12 hours of longevity.....it's also a projection monster....give this one a chance because in the beginning it's VERY potent and pronounced....let it live on the skin for a while and then make your decision....you won't be sorry....trust me.
    CURRENT TOP TEN FOR SUMMER (HOT):
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    2.) Vetiver Fatal
    3.) Guerlain L'eau
    4.) Anat Fritz Tzora
    5.) Frank No. 2 L.A.
    6.) Dior Homme Eau
    7.) Invasion Barbare
    8.) Xerjoff Nio
    9.) Byredo Bal D'Afrique
    10.) Escentric 02

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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    You made a good decision IMO. It's a wonderful scent. Agree with your observations.
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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    Hednic, do you wear this one every now and then? I absolutely adore this one....had no idea what to expect
    CURRENT TOP TEN FOR SUMMER (HOT):
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    2.) Vetiver Fatal
    3.) Guerlain L'eau
    4.) Anat Fritz Tzora
    5.) Frank No. 2 L.A.
    6.) Dior Homme Eau
    7.) Invasion Barbare
    8.) Xerjoff Nio
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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by FSU92grad View Post
    Hednic, do you wear this one every now and then? I absolutely adore this one....had no idea what to expect
    Actually it's been a long time since I've worn it but when it was brought back to people's attention recently with that thread you mentioned, it reminded me of how nice it was when I got it and still really is.
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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    Congrats on your purchase.

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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Actually it's been a long time since I've worn it but when it was brought back to people's attention recently with that thread you mentioned, it reminded me of how nice it was when I got it and still really is.
    Honestly, Hednic, I don't know how you remember all the scents you have and how you keep them all straight...It has to be difficult .....just amazing to me....you must have a fantastic memory...lol
    CURRENT TOP TEN FOR SUMMER (HOT):
    1.) MFK Pluriel for him
    2.) Vetiver Fatal
    3.) Guerlain L'eau
    4.) Anat Fritz Tzora
    5.) Frank No. 2 L.A.
    6.) Dior Homme Eau
    7.) Invasion Barbare
    8.) Xerjoff Nio
    9.) Byredo Bal D'Afrique
    10.) Escentric 02

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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    You got yourself a bargain...I get a lovely smooth ride all the way with this one. I find many of these discontinued designer scents put to shame the average modern frag (designer and niche).
    He boiled for our sins.
    Currently wearing: Tsar by Van Cleef & Arpels

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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Congrats on your purchase.
    Thanks!
    CURRENT TOP TEN FOR SUMMER (HOT):
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    2.) Vetiver Fatal
    3.) Guerlain L'eau
    4.) Anat Fritz Tzora
    5.) Frank No. 2 L.A.
    6.) Dior Homme Eau
    7.) Invasion Barbare
    8.) Xerjoff Nio
    9.) Byredo Bal D'Afrique
    10.) Escentric 02

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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Marais View Post
    You got yourself a bargain...I get a lovely smooth ride all the way with this one. I find many of these discontinued designer scents put to shame the average modern frag (designer and niche).
    I was totally caught by surprised....it came in two plastic sleeves that literally squished the bottle in between them....packaging looked cheap and I was expecting something horribly synthetic and awful....what I got was something else
    CURRENT TOP TEN FOR SUMMER (HOT):
    1.) MFK Pluriel for him
    2.) Vetiver Fatal
    3.) Guerlain L'eau
    4.) Anat Fritz Tzora
    5.) Frank No. 2 L.A.
    6.) Dior Homme Eau
    7.) Invasion Barbare
    8.) Xerjoff Nio
    9.) Byredo Bal D'Afrique
    10.) Escentric 02

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    Quote Originally Posted by FSU92grad View Post
    I was totally caught by surprised....it came in two plastic sleeves that literally squished the bottle in between them....packaging looked cheap and I was expecting something horribly synthetic and awful....what I got was something else
    Yeah, they might have skimped on the packaging, but the juice is sheer quality.
    He boiled for our sins.
    Currently wearing: Tsar by Van Cleef & Arpels

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    It's a good one and I love the tobacco note in this.

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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    I used to have it. My initial reaction to it was quite similar to yours - I thought it was destined to become my top 10.

    After a couple of initial wearings however, it ended up sitting in my closet for months. I still thought that the scent was great, but I simply could not find time for it. I just sort of became indifferent to it.

    Eventually, my 50 ml bottle didnt make the weed out cut and was sold on Ebay.
    Current Favorites (In the last month):

    Terre D'Hermes (EDT)
    Bergamote 22 - Le Labo
    Cologne Indelebile - FM
    Rose 31 - Le Labo
    Memoir Man - Amouage
    Currently wearing: L'Humaniste by Frapin

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    I went ahead and ordered a bottle due to your impressions.

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    If you like Carven Homme, you should investigate Monsieur Carven. It was recommended to me by another member here and it is AMAZING! I would liken it to Equipage or Patou Pour Homme as the Carven fragrance shares some similar notes. Full bottles are quite expensive on Ebay, but you can pick up a small 5ml bottle for around $15.

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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by LeeroyDaBoy View Post
    I went ahead and ordered a bottle due to your impressions.
    This is how hypes get started

    Enjoy it!
    Current Favorites (In the last month):

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    Cologne Indelebile - FM
    Rose 31 - Le Labo
    Memoir Man - Amouage
    Currently wearing: L'Humaniste by Frapin

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    For $20, how could I pass it up? ALL ABOARD THE HYPE TRAIN! CHOO-CHOO!

    Plus, I am a sucker for vetiver tempered with a dash of sweetness. And some spice on top to boot? Yeah buddy!

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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    Hehe..

    But seriously though, its a great fragrance!
    Current Favorites (In the last month):

    Terre D'Hermes (EDT)
    Bergamote 22 - Le Labo
    Cologne Indelebile - FM
    Rose 31 - Le Labo
    Memoir Man - Amouage
    Currently wearing: L'Humaniste by Frapin

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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    I just did an order(?) for one on eBay, woohoo. Is it discontinued?
    (Formerly Jouho)

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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    Carven has not created many fragrances for men but they were all excellent. I own and love these three:

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    Currently wearing: Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford

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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by LeeroyDaBoy View Post
    For $20, how could I pass it up? ALL ABOARD THE HYPE TRAIN! CHOO-CHOO!

    Plus, I am a sucker for vetiver tempered with a dash of sweetness. And some spice on top to boot? Yeah buddy!
    Hope you like it as much as I have so far...Remember, first impressions may not be the best ones...Give it some time...
    CURRENT TOP TEN FOR SUMMER (HOT):
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    2.) Vetiver Fatal
    3.) Guerlain L'eau
    4.) Anat Fritz Tzora
    5.) Frank No. 2 L.A.
    6.) Dior Homme Eau
    7.) Invasion Barbare
    8.) Xerjoff Nio
    9.) Byredo Bal D'Afrique
    10.) Escentric 02

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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyP View Post
    This is how hypes get started

    Enjoy it!
    True dat !
    CURRENT TOP TEN FOR SUMMER (HOT):
    1.) MFK Pluriel for him
    2.) Vetiver Fatal
    3.) Guerlain L'eau
    4.) Anat Fritz Tzora
    5.) Frank No. 2 L.A.
    6.) Dior Homme Eau
    7.) Invasion Barbare
    8.) Xerjoff Nio
    9.) Byredo Bal D'Afrique
    10.) Escentric 02

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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by ILikePeeps View Post
    I just did an order(?) for one on eBay, woohoo. Is it discontinued?
    Not sure if it's been discontinued.....There was some dude on ebay that had many bottles going for about 20 bucks....I jumped at it because of BN and the positive comments....
    CURRENT TOP TEN FOR SUMMER (HOT):
    1.) MFK Pluriel for him
    2.) Vetiver Fatal
    3.) Guerlain L'eau
    4.) Anat Fritz Tzora
    5.) Frank No. 2 L.A.
    6.) Dior Homme Eau
    7.) Invasion Barbare
    8.) Xerjoff Nio
    9.) Byredo Bal D'Afrique
    10.) Escentric 02

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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    i bought a bottle as well. I like it a lot. Glad i have it now. Its very pleasant and super smooth. Its definitely similar to Envy.
    I probably won't wear it much, but its nice to know that i have a bottle. well worth the asking price.

    And yes, the packaging was very cheap!

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    I love it. It very much reminds me of Floris' Eau de Santal (which I also love). They have added just a very small amount of norlimbanol in the heart to give it a bit of a burnt woods aspect beyond Eau de Santal, but it is very well-done and the norlimbanol works here... Terrific value, and composition outright, IMO.
    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
    Currently wearing: Chromatics by Aramis

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    I bought this one blind as well based on the recommendation in here. Just got it today and I was very happy with it. Old school nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aphexacid View Post
    i bought a bottle as well. I like it a lot. Glad i have it now. Its very pleasant and super smooth. Its definitely similar to Envy.
    I probably won't wear it much, but its nice to know that i have a bottle. well worth the asking price.

    And yes, the packaging was very cheap!
    I prefer a "normal" box too but the bottle is very "heavy duty" and the cap is serviceable. LOL.

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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by aphexacid View Post
    i bought a bottle as well. I like it a lot. Glad i have it now. Its very pleasant and super smooth. Its definitely similar to Envy.
    I probably won't wear it much, but its nice to know that i have a bottle. well worth the asking price.

    And yes, the packaging was very cheap!
    Why wouldn't you wear it much? you should consider it....It's a good one to add to your rotation, IMHO
    CURRENT TOP TEN FOR SUMMER (HOT):
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    2.) Vetiver Fatal
    3.) Guerlain L'eau
    4.) Anat Fritz Tzora
    5.) Frank No. 2 L.A.
    6.) Dior Homme Eau
    7.) Invasion Barbare
    8.) Xerjoff Nio
    9.) Byredo Bal D'Afrique
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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    Ok, just bought into the hype and ordered a bottle!
    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: Carven Homme - first impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    Ok, just bought into the hype and ordered a bottle!
    Let me know what you think Dougczar....Not a huge investment but if it sucks you won't feel as bad...lol...

    But I don't think you will be disappointed....
    CURRENT TOP TEN FOR SUMMER (HOT):
    1.) MFK Pluriel for him
    2.) Vetiver Fatal
    3.) Guerlain L'eau
    4.) Anat Fritz Tzora
    5.) Frank No. 2 L.A.
    6.) Dior Homme Eau
    7.) Invasion Barbare
    8.) Xerjoff Nio
    9.) Byredo Bal D'Afrique
    10.) Escentric 02

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    Default Re: Carven Homme - first impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by FSU92grad View Post
    I....Who knew?....
    People who have a real passion for all kinds of fragrances and not just a narrow niche of fragrances. :-)

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