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    Default What is the most melancholy fragrance you can think of?

    I'm looking for a scent that brings to mind mourners in black, standing over flower-laden graves, in heavy rain. Any ideas?

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    Narciso Rodriguez For Him IMO
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    Default Re: What is the most melancholy fragrance you can think of?

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    Agreed

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    The wormwood in Amouage Memoir reminds me of when I did absinthe in a cemetery in Leeds.

    But I'd say the Czech and Speake No. 88 nails it with the roses and dulled bergamot. It's like parts of it are dying, but remains a beautiful composition. Much like roses on a grave.

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    Encre Noire
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    Memoir Man, Norma Kamali Incense, Norne, O Hira, Montecristo could work. They're all quite cerebral and certainly not buoyant.

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    Very good ones mentioned already. I would add:

    Frederic Malle - Noir Epices -- Cold and sharp. Gives that vibe to me also. Unlike the others mentioned however, I don't find this one pleasant.
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    Default Re: What is the most melancholy fragrance you can think of?

    Quote Originally Posted by magnus611 View Post
    Narciso Rodriguez For Him IMO

    This was also the first fragrance that I thought of as well. People always talk about Encre Noire as being brooding, smoldering, dark, etc. I don't get that at all with EN, it's more of a very deep green to me. But Narciso Rodriguez is definitely dark and damp IMO.

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    Interesting thread! As a funeral director I will be sure to avoid these suggestions. I love dark, woody, incensey fragrances but melancholy scents might not be a good idea for me.

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    Reflection Man. Depressing stuff.

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    Iris Silver Mist
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    I find that incense based fragrances tend to put me in a melancholic mood (maybe because of the association with churches, temples, funerals, etc?). To that end, CdG Avignon and Tom Ford Sahara Noir would be my suggestions. For a couple more that aren't necessarily incense based: Fahrenheit Absolute, +1 Narciso Rodriguez for Him and +1 Memoir Man.

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    Also any scent with an earthy patchouli note, or seaweed note does it to me.

    Any scent that makes you guys moody for no apparent reason, lol?


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    Default Re: What is the most melancholy fragrance you can think of?

    +1 Narciso Rodriguez for Men (wet cement and somber) and NK Incense (more apocalyptic and dark)

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    Apres l'Ondee by Guerlain
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    +1 memoir man
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    Ooh, De Profundis as well. With or without the Wilde connection, it's deliciously morose.

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    Default Re: What is the most melancholy fragrance you can think of?

    Salvador Dali Pour Homme to me is not only melancholy, it is darned near depressing.
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    Yes, this one. My imagination had your funeral in it, with everyone around the grave standing in still wet cement, waiting for it to solidify.

    This one is as morbid and unpleasant as it gets. I hated it, gave away my bottle the day after I got it, for free, did not even want it in the house.
    I was a bit let down by NR. It seemed that most people found it to be morbid and unusual (big pluses in my book), but to me it was just lifeless more than anything. A dreary violet leaf with very little to offer—like a monochromatic mall scent or something. I still have it, but it doesn't move me enough to ever wear it. It feels more like an accord than a perfume.

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    Default Re: What is the most melancholy fragrance you can think of?

    I was tempted to suggest Memoir Man, but I don't find it melancholy, but rather brooding and introspective without the depressive connotation. Certainly not funereal. It's got too much of a fresh edge the whole time.

    I can certainly see why people are mentioning Narciso Rodriguez, though. And De Profundis seems right, though I haven't ever been to a funeral, and have never created funereal flower associations.

    Something very mossy and forest-like (but not overly fresh) would come across as melancholy to me. To some extent, Coriolan creates that effect.

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    I suddenly feel like I have to buy a bottle of Narciso Rodriguez for Him.
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    Ooh, De Profundis as well.
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    This! Very very sombre and bleak.

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