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    Default Your holy grail of designer scents.

    If you had to pick three 5/5 (in your opinion) designer scents to be the only ones in your collection for the rest of your life what would you pick? I'm looking to drastically cut down my collection and have 3 "perfect scents" for me that I just refill when it runs out and use forever.

    I know one of mine would be

    1) La Nuit de L'Homme (love the powder)

    but I have to find 2 more.

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    Not counting private blends or exclusives:

    Pascal Morabito- Or Black
    Chanel- Egoiste
    YSL- Opium EDP


    I may have thrown Kouros or Fahrenheit in there, but reformulations have butchered them for the most part.

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    Here are a few IMO:

    Chanel Egoiste
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche
    Chanel Bleu de Chanel
    YSL M7
    Gucci Pour Homme II
    Hermes Terr d'Hermes
    Nautica Voyage
    Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio Essenza
    Scentstory - 24 Gold
    Pierre Balmain - Monsieur Balmain
    Seasonal favorites:

    1. Creed - Spice & Wood
    2. Creed - Aventus
    3. Dior - Vetiver
    4. by Kilian - Incense Oud
    5. Puredistance - Black
    6. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions
    7. Armani Priv - Oud Royal
    8. Brckner - Aoud 1
    9. Neela Vermeire - Trayee
    10. Creed - Royal Oud

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    Default Re: Your holy grail of designer scents.

    Balafre
    Sagamore
    Jules
    Or Black
    Macassar
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    Default Re: Your holy grail of designer scents.

    Speaking strictly of designer scents: Eau Sauvage EDT, Versace l'Homme, Very Valentino pour Homme (plus another bonus suggestion: my absolute favorite Armani Eau pour Homme).

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    Bel Ami (Current or Vintage)
    Egoiste
    Terre d'Hermes EDT
    Rive Gauche
    Narciso Rodriguez for Him (Original)

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    Giorgio for Men (vintage)
    Anat Fritz (original formula)
    Captain Molyneux (vintage)

    Honorable mention:

    Tzora

    Monsieur de Givenchy (vintage)
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frdric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'dri) - tie

    6)
    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 Sacr (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Priv (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    CdG 2 Man
    Dior Homme
    Anat Fritz Tzora
    Gucci pour Homme
    Tom Ford Sahara Noir
    Madhat Scents - My personal limited run artisan perfume project.

    *** NEW Lavhim (Lavender, Incense, Candle Wax, Clove, Fir Needles, Cognac & Green Leaves)*** / Jour et la Nuit (17/18th Century Style Chypre - Oakmoss/Resins/Musk/Vintage Civet Tincture.)

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    Bentley for Men Intense
    Potion Royal Black
    Gucci Pour Homme I
    Gucci Pour Homme II
    Dior Homme Intense

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    Fahrenheit (vintage) or not

    DH n DHI

    GV by TF

    L'eau D'issey

    "The one "

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    Default Re: Your holy grail of designer scents.

    PS London, Polo Modern Reserve and GPH II are perhaps my three favourite designer scents, of those that I've tried. That said, those three together probably don't add up to the most balanced trio, so if this was a real life choice I'd probably want to substitute in a summery citrus for one of the latter two.

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    Tiffany for Men
    Yohji Homme
    Or Black
    Imperiale Opoponax
    L'Heure Fougueuse
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    #1 would be easy: Dior Homme Intense as I would buy that even if it were a $250 niche fragrance.
    #2 Allure Homme Edition Blanche
    #3 Angel Men Pure Coffee
    Current favorites_____Black Tourmaline_____Gucci Pour Homme II_____Memoir Man_____Tuscan Leather______Montale Aoud and Pine_____Sel Marin_____Invasion Barbare_____Tonka Imperial____Dior Homme Intense_____L'Humaniste____Santal 33_____Bois d'Argent_____Nio_____MFK Oud_____Lumiere Noire_____Bois d'Encens_____Cuir Ottoman

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    Dior Homme
    Cartier Declaration
    Loewe Esencia

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    Dior Homme (Fall and Winter, formal scenarios and maybe causal. Possibly the most elegant designer fragrance ever.)
    Dior Homme Intense (Fall and Winter, great for nights out, dates, close quarters. In my opinion the most sexy, playful and elegant scent for that scenarios)
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche (Spring, Summer and Fall. Versatility at its best. Works perfect for every scenario. Masculine, refined, and it exudes some kind of "calmness" if that makes any sense, sort of GPH II)
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    Egoiste!

    Dior Homme, even though I don't wear it that much

    and........go ahead and laugh, but.......CK One Summer! What can I say, it's a guilty pleasure and I wear it a lot.

    Maybe Habit Rouge? Does that count as designer?

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    Fahrenheit

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    GPH II
    Chanel goste
    Fahrenheit

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    I wanna choose one from the Dior Exclusifs -- but is that 'designer'?

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    Hmmmm...only 5 designer fragrances. Here is what I'm thinking just off the top of my head'

    - Bleu de Chanel, as it works well in almost any situation in any season
    - Acqua di Gio, there is a reason this is one of the best selling men's fragrances of all time.
    - Dior Homme, this is another wonderful fragrance that works well almost anytime anywhere
    - Burberry London if I had to pick just one fall/winter holiday fragrance, it would be this one (or perhaps Eau des Baux)
    - Dolce and Gabbana The One, I don't care that the performance is so bad, I love this one

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    Or Black (2014, which I actually prefer)

    Rive Gauche Pour Homme ("tin can" version)

    Guerlain Vetiver

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    Vintage Zino Davidoff
    Vintage Dior Fahrenheit
    Vintage D&G Pour Homme
    Thierry Mugler A*men
    Current Faves:
    Clive Christian X
    Xerjoff Richwood
    Creed Aventus
    Creed Royal Oud
    Mona di Orio Oud
    Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
    Tom Ford Oud Wood
    Tom Ford Patchouli Absolu
    Tom Ford Plum Japonais
    Aqua di Parma Colonia Leather

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    YSL M7
    Azzaro pour homme (vintage)
    Givenchy Gentleman (vintage)
    Gucci pour homme I
    Armani Eau pour homme

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    Macassar
    Monsieur de Givenchy (vtg)
    Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme (vtg)
    "Le parfum est la musique du corps"
    (Marcel Rochas)

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    Default Re: Your holy grail of designer scents.

    They're a lot but if I had to pick 3:
    Gucci Rush ph
    Versace Blue Jeans
    Davidoff Cool Water
    Seasonal rotation:

    Original Santal
    Dior Homme
    Tuscan Leather
    Silver Mountain Water
    Lyric Man

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    Default Re: Your holy grail of designer scents.

    Totally agree with OP about La Nuit.

    I'll also add:
    The One
    Edition Blanche
    1 Million
    L'Homme

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    YSL L'Homme
    JPG Le Male
    Terre D'Hermes EDT
    Chanel Bleu De Chanel
    Chanel Allure Homme Sport
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    Midnight in Paris EDP
    Comme des Garcons Wonderwood
    Kiton Men

    I could live with those, easy.

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    Hermes Terre d'Hermes
    Gucci Pour Homme 2003
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    Dior Fahrenheit
    Chanel Egoiste
    Gucci Pour Homme II

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    DHI
    Anteaus
    Pour Monsieur Concentree
    Habit Rouge EDP
    Declaration

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    Default Re: Your holy grail of designer scents.

    GPH II
    La Nuit de l'homme
    Platinum Egoiste

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    My three:
    - Gendarme
    - Varvatos Vintage
    - Terre d'Hermes Parfum

    Bonus:
    - Hanae Mori HM, which I'd keep for wearing on dates.
    - Dior Homme Sport, which I'd keep for summer days.

    I'm not saying these are 5/5. I'm saying, if I had to limit my entire collection to just a few scents - all designers - these would probably be my picks. When limiting a collection, I think it's wise to think about your needs. Work? Dates? Weekends? Summer? Winter? Formal? Casual? ...? Think about all of the things you do, and make sure you've got your bases covered.

    Quote Originally Posted by tommygunz View Post
    If you had to pick three 5/5 (in your opinion) designer scents to be the only ones in your collection for the rest of your life what would you pick?
    Like I said, as odd as this may sound, I wouldn't pick 5/5 scents. DHI is probably a 5/5, but it isn't versatile enough for me to keep if I were only keeping a few scents.

    Since you said you're looking to drastically cut back your collection, here's my advice: Tonight, take every single bottle you own and put them all away in a big box. Tomorrow, pick one to pull out of the box to wear, and put it where you currently keep your favorite scents. Which did you pick? Each day, remove another from the box to wear, but ONLY if you need it more than one you've already pulled out of the box. And if you change your mind about one you pulled out previously, put it back in the box. After a while, you'll end up with a small collection of scents you get a lot of use out of, and you'll have a box of scents you don't need.
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    Eternity.
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Zino Davidoff

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    YSL L'Homme Libre
    Dior Homme
    CdG 2 Man
    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: Your holy grail of designer scents.

    Quote Originally Posted by tommygunz View Post
    If you had to pick three 5/5 (in your opinion) designer scents to be the only ones in your collection for the rest of your life what would you pick? .
    Do you mean currently available designer frags ?

    My currently available 5 would be .....
    Bill Blass
    Encre Noir
    Yatagan
    Bijan
    Havana



    Vintage designers >> To many to mention , see 100's of other threads

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    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/382...esigner-scents

    Derby - Guerlain
    Hritage (EDT/EDP) - Guerlain
    Habit Rouge (EDT/EDP) - Guerlain
    Knize Ten - Knize
    l'Essence de Must de Cartier - Cartier
    Antaeus - Chanel
    Sycomore - Chanel
    Opium pour Homme (EDP) - YSL
    Terre d'Herms - Herms
    Beyond Paradise for Men - Este Lauder
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    Loewe Esencia

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    Hmmm...only 3. That's a tough one esp for those of us who rarely wear the same scent on consecutive days. Here's my shot:

    Bleu de Chanel - need something versatile and suitable for just about any situation/climate. BdC fits that bill.

    Tiffany For Men - also fairly versatile for me, and somewhat unique regardless of all the comparisons to PMC, PdN NY, etc. Don't believe I would ever get tired of TFM.

    Kouros - I'd simply rather not be without it. I've yet to come across Orange Spice, but in my view *nothing* smells like Kouros. And of course I mean that in a good (no...GREAT) way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Loewe Esencia
    Love it also!
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Hermes - Bel Ami

    Chanel - Pour Monsieur

    Dior - Oud Ispahan




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    Versace Pour Homme

    Pure Malt

    Terre d'Hermes
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    Easy for me - Dior Homme Intense. I sniff the cap and am paralyzed. I love this scent.

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    CHANEL Pour Monsieur
    CHANEL Egoiste
    CHANEL Antaeus

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    Dior Leather Oud
    M7
    L'Eau D'Issey

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    I'm sticking with the classics:

    Dior's Eau Sauvage
    Armani Eau Pour Homme
    Halston Z-14

    Runners-up: Cacharel pour homme, Bijan for men, Pierre Cardin, Monsieur Balmain

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    I haven't tried that many yet, but so far it's definitely Fahrenheit. Love that sucker.

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    Default Re: Your holy grail of designer scents.

    I can't settle for 3... too few. Need at least a couple for warmer and cooler months.

    Hermes - Bel Ami (vintage)
    Chanel - Antaeus (vintage)
    Davidoff - Zino (vintage)
    Versace - L'Homme (vintage)
    Chanel - Pour Monsieur Concentree

    ^ If I had only these, I'd be happy... although I would still miss quite a few.

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    Terre d'Hermes
    M7
    John Varvatos Vintage
    Top 5 for Winter:
    1) Straight to Heaven - By Kilian
    2) Back to Black - By Kilian
    3) M7 (vintage or Oud Absolu) - YSL
    4) Aventus - Creed
    5) John Varvatos Vintage

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    Dior - Bois D'Argent
    Chanel - Bois Des Iles parfum
    Chanel - Cuir De Russie parfum
    Chanel - N5 parfum

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    Fahrenheit
    Terre d'Hermes
    Encre Noire

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    Chanel Sycomore
    Chanel Egoiste
    Aramis JHL

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    This is a toughie, but here goes.

    1. Yves Saint Laurent Pour Homme. Amazing lemon, wood, a little cigarette ash, and oakmoss. (This cologne is a timewarp back to 1973!)
    2. Paco Rabanne. Soapy, green, and oakmossy! (Another antideluvian survivor from when men and women were direct with each other and meant business! And any aqua fragrance that dared show its pale watery face at a cocktail party would have been laughed out of the room.)
    3. Dune Pour Homme. Fig leaf, moss, and a sweet flowery scent, jasmine maybe? (If Lawrence of Arabia wore a cologne, this would be it. This is a wind swept oasis full of date-filled palm trees and aromatic desert flowers. This is a tent in the middle of nowhere full of the finest furniture and wares that Victorian England could produce, under a star-filled sky and full moon casting its pale glow over snow-white dunes for as far as the eye can see.
    4. Burberry London. Sweet, dry, spicy, and very Christmassy. ( A chilly day, a warm trenchcoat, and a steaming cup of coffee.)
    5. Habit Rouge. Sweet, heady and refined. ( This is Simon Templar in "The Saint." This is the mid-sixties in a bottle. When I die, I want a bottle of Habit Rouge put into my coat pocket so that I can smell amazing in the afterlife.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Balafre
    Sagamore
    Jules
    Or Black
    Macassar
    No Gengis Khan?

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    1. Gucci Envy
    2. Dior Homme Intense
    3. Dolce and Gabbana Pour Homme

    IMO those 3 cover every season and occasion that you may encounter.

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    My 5/5 designers:
    Dior homme
    Gucci pour homme ii

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke Hunt View Post
    [...] YSL- Opium EDP [...]
    I got a sealed bottle of this a few weeks ago. Paid about 2$/ml.

    I still don't understand the hype behind it. It sorta smells like china town to me.

    Perhaps my nose will enjoy it some day? :\

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    Still to this day, one of my favorite designer fragrances is...

    Ralph Lauren - Safari for men

    Awesome, super masculine scent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tensor9 View Post
    Still to this day, one of my favorite designer fragrances is...

    Ralph Lauren - Safari for men

    Awesome, super masculine scent.
    Ah, I forgot about that one. I own it and you are right, it's a great cologne.

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    Fahrenheit
    DHI
    Paco Rabanne Pour Homme
    Pure Malt
    La Nuit

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