I'd go with the Heeley from your list.
So I think I'm going to grab one more bottle before football season rolls around, and I do nothing but obsess over that, and fantasy football.
I am sitting on a 10ML decant of Reflection Man and Musc Ravageur, I also have 2.5ML spray samples of Amouage Epic / Dia / Interlude / Memoir. I also have a 10ML split of By Killian Apple Brandy coming to me shortly. So, I'm thinking I might have fall / winter under control, on top of the full bottles that are noted in my wardrobe, which is current.
1) Creed - Green Irish Tweed : Back up bottle of a 13T02 batch at a really good price ($120 shipped). I've been hearing really bad things about the 2014 stuff, so I'm up in the air about whether or not I should invest in a back up bottle. I already have a backup of Aventus, but I wear both of these A LOT.
2) Creed - Millesime Imperial - I have a 5ML decant that is growing on me. Fall is quickly approaching, but I'm starting to really fall for this one.
3) Creed - Original Santal - The sample I have is growing on me. I think it might be worth picking up a bottle.
4) Heeley - Sel Marin - Another great one I like a lot.
5) Tom Ford - Tuscan Leather - Would probably get a split/decant of this, not FB. I've tried it at Nordstroms a bit, and I really like the leather.
If there were a split on MDCI Invasion Barbare, this thread would not exist lol. I don't really feel a full bottle of Reflection Man is warranted, considering the decant I have.
I've also been debating going back to checking out the A*Men line, as I do not own any and I've sampled a few I thought were ok. Nothing really blew me away when sampling though. I'm also interested in possibly checking out the Dior Homme Eau for Men, as I haven't seen much about that one.
I'd go with the Heeley from your list.
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Check out Noir de Noir from Tom Ford. Good for the upcoming winter.
I'm also going to give my MDCI IB sample another spin tonight, and see how I feel about it.
Creed Original Santal. Much more versatile than expected.
You can't have too much GIT and getting backup that isn't 2014 batch is probably a good idea... But MI is fantastic and if you don't have a full bottle yet I'd say grab that first. You mentioned A*Men and as someone who doesn't enjoy any of the other Muglers, I do love Pure Havane. Always worth a sample there.
Have you tried Mont Blanc Individuel? I have a 10ml sample of Original Santal and stopped using it completely after getting the Mont Blanc. Wife and I both prefer Individuel and I got a FB for maybe $20-25. And I'm not one who would say get Cool Water over GIT or AB Silver over Aventus
A*Men I liked initially, then went back and sampled again and thought "meh". I smelled both that and Pure Malt the last time I was in Macy's and wasn't super impressed. With all of the love they get, I'll give it another chance before I close the door on them. I have not seen Pure Havane in a department store, unfortunately.
I had a bottle of MBI that I blind bought after initially liking Original Santal. I did not like it, at all. OS, to me, seems much smoother. I ended up selling MBI to a coworker, that actually tossed it in his truck seat on a 95 degree day and left it there for 8 hours. It blew up and his truck now reeks of MBI, with no end in sight. I also own Cool Water and GiT, and don't find them similar. I take "comparisons" of fragrances now with a grain of salt.
Some other great fragrances with sweetness, try Carner Barcelona D600 and Guerlain Habit Rouge EDP
I do want to give TL a spin tomorrow. I'll try and get a sample in nordstroms. Might even take one of my 5ML atomizer to make my own
Got back from my nordstrom visit this morning with 3x 4ML of neroli portifino, tuscan leather, and oud wood. Picked up a 4ML of cafe rose for my mom, and jo Malone velvet rose & oud for my gf. TF rep recognized me from meeting me once 2 months or so ago. Love her. She saw me across the store and had a couple samples ready for me when I walked up. I know someone mentioned a couple weeks back that TF don't give out samples, definitely not the case. Dumped them all in 5ml glass atomizers I have.
While looking at designer stuff, Hanae mori HM EDP caught my attention, great scent I'll definitely pick up. Also Hermes d'orange Verte concentree was very enjoyable. Might pick this up too if I can find a good price.
Hanae Mori HiM was too much like GPH2 imho, but with a twist I didn't care for. Spicebomb actually wasn't too bad.
Sat around with Sel Marin on my wrist when I got home from work yesterday, and around hour 5 it was starting to annoy me. Scratching this off my list, and TL now that I'm sitting on 4ML.
No A*men at all for some reason. They had it 2 weeks ago. Going to hit Sephora tomorrow.
Right now definitely leaning one of the 3 Creeds I have listed.
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I personally would NOT buy more GIT. You already own it. I'd buy something new instead.
Millesime Imperial would be my pick In fact, it was my pick for a new bottle a few months ago, and I enjoy it very much. Ebates is doing 6% cash back from fragrancenet, which brings the price of a 4oz bottle of MI down to around $130.
"Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam
Go with OS
Sel Marin is a scent I've had in my collection for a while...Its a fantastic scent and I need to wear it more for sure...
CURRENT TOP TEN FOR FALL/WINTER:
1.) Helmut Lang Cuiron (Vintage)
2.) Tiffany for men (Vintage)
3.) Bel Ami Vetiver
4.) New York Intense
5.) Nicolai Carre d'as
6.) Cartier Declaration Essence
7.) Frederick Malle's VE/Sycomore
8.) Houbigant Fougere Royale
9.) L'Homme Sage
10.) Bond no. 9 Scent of Peace
There's more to discover, I'm sure of. Just do what you're doing now... take your time, buy your absolute loves.
I'd go with Original Santal from your list. With football season approaching, it's the best of the bunch for the cooler and winter season ahead.
So I bought a back 13T02 bottle of Green Irish Tweed. With the price hike and the shoddy 2014 batches, I had to.
I bought Bond No.9 Bleecker St. Received my 5ML decant I ordered over the weekend and it's been on wrist for about 3 hours. Wow. Loving this scent. I hate the company, but love this scent. Not worth full retail, but easy buy for $150 imho.
Dig deep into your pocket and go for a simple presentation bottle of MDCI Invasion Barbare. You will not regret it!
With all due respect for your GF. She does not have a good nose IB is not barber shop talcum powder... Not even close!
still, as the saying goes, horses for courses
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It's the aftershave stuff. I thought it was Brut the last time I was there, but I didn't see Brut on the bottle and I didn't recognize it. It's quite similar, obviously not identical. Or, at least it was to my nose (and hers). I'll try and grab the name when I'm in there Saturday getting a shape up.
Where did you get your IB sample from?
If not direct from MDCI, it could have turned or worst, it could have been a nock off.
My IB (full presentation bottle) smells great and, is nothing like anything I have ever experienced in the many barber shops I have visited over the last 40 odd years!
IB smells expensive and masterfully blended from the word go! For me is a must have!
You thinking of that Pinaud clubman stuff?
Go for the Heeley.