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    Default The perfect 10 scent wardrobe???

    OK, true story. I get many compliments (and a few eye rolls) at work from virtually all females. Yesterday, one of my male co workers (a manager higher than me) says to me ... "Hey, you smell different every day and I didn't want to say anything before but I like just about everything you wear". After I told him I own over 200 scents, he says (after the "HOLY SHIT"), "My wife would kill me if I bought even close to that many, but I was wondering if you could give me 10 that would make a well rounded collection that covered just about any occasion". He said money isn't really an object but he didn't want to spend over $200 for just one. I stopped for a second and told him sure, but I would have to think about it. The only one I suggested he definitely purchase based on my own personal experience, especially at work, was Cedrat Boise from Mancera.

    So here's a test and I'm really looking for some help. My wardrobe is SO not up to date so don't go by what I have listed. But considering we live in Jersey where there are four solid changes of season, What ten (actually 9 but you can take the Mancera out if you like) scents would YOU suggest for a relative newbie that would cover the broadest spectrum of situations (formal,casual,weddings,etc.) and weather?

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    Default Re: The perfect 10 scent wardrobe???

    For me, I think I could live with the following 10 from my collection - whether or not this would work for your guy at work is hard to say

    Cedrat Boise/Aventus - I know they are not the same but they are similar enough to take one from two
    Invasion Barbare
    Interlude Man
    Chergui
    Oud Wood
    Red Aoud
    Dark Aoud
    Encre Noire
    Mugler Cologne
    Green Irish Tweed

    Sorry - missed the $200 bit
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    Default Re: The perfect 10 scent wardrobe???

    Formal - Dior Homme

    Wedding - Frapin - L'Humaniste

    Spring - Allure Homme Sport / L'Homme

    Summer - Creed MI / Allure Homme Sport

    Fall - D&G The One / Gucci Pour Homme ii

    Winter - A*Men / Creed Royal Oud

    Aventus would be on this list if you had not said under $200, but it can not be found that low.

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    Here's my suggsted nine:

    Tom Ford Extreme.
    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver.
    Eau Sauvage.
    Creed Green Irish Tweed.
    Creed Aventus.
    Penhaligon Sartorial.
    Dior Vetiver.
    Chanel Sycomore.
    Costes No1.

    Nine isn't enough really! I could go on and on.....

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    Hmmm. Keeping in mind the $200 limit and that your coworker is new to this and probably doesn't want anything too difficult, I came up with this:

    L'Air du Desert Marocain
    Encre Noire or Sycomore
    New York
    Timbuktu
    L'Humaniste
    Dior Vetiver
    Bel Ami
    CDG 2 Man
    Dark Aoud
    DHI and/or LIDGE
    My favorites in no particular order:

    Vintage Antaeus,Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain, MDCI Invasion Barbare, Amouage Jubilation XXV, Morabito Or Black, House of Matriarch Blackbird, Puredistance M, Turtle Vetiver Back, CDG 2 Man, Vintage Bel Ami, YSL M7, Vetiver Extraordinaire, Bois d'Encens, Vintage Fahrenheit, Knize 10, Chanel Cuir de Russie, Gucci Pour Homme I

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    Aventus (of course)
    Dior Homme Intense
    Tabac Rouge
    GIT
    Millesime Imperial
    Cedrat Boise
    Bergamatto Marino
    Ambre 114
    LADDM
    Memoirs of a Tresspasser

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    Default Re: The perfect 10 scent wardrobe???

    Winter, casual - Thierry Mugler A Men Pure Havane
    Winter, dressy - Bulgari Black
    Winter, expensive - Kilian Back to Black

    Spring, daytime or casual - Hermes Mandarine Ambree
    Spring, dressy - Cartier Pasha

    Summer, daytime, office or picnics - Bulgari Eau Parfumee au The Vert (shampoo or shower gel much better that the edt)(the bath products were offered for years as the bathroom amenities in Four Seasons hotels, so plenty of men have been wearing this for years)
    Summer, somewhat more dressy - Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
    Summer, all-purpose - Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien

    Fall, office, daytime - Prada Infusion d'Homme
    Fall, dressy - Tom Ford Oud Wood

    Nine months (all but summer) splurge, indulgence, fun/expensive #11 - Amouage Reflection Man

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    < $200 / each:

    Mancera Cedrat Boise

    Chanel Egoiste
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche
    by Kilian Straight to Heaven
    by Kilian Incense Oud
    Diptyque Tam Dao
    Gucci Pour Homme II
    Dior Homme Sport
    Dior Cuir Cannage
    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
    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 Privé - Oud Royal
    8. Brückner - Aoud 1
    9. Creed - Royal English Leather
    10. House of Matriarch - Blackbird

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    A vetiver for warm weather (don't know about the price point, but Sycomore, Goutal Vetiver, or Lubin vetiver)
    Egoiste for cold weather.
    Something a bit avantgarde for the random occasion: CDG2 man.
    A classic: Knize Ten

    cacio

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    If I were recommending a wardrobe for someone else, these would be my ten, with reasons why:

    Millesime Imperial - it's a summer masterpiece.
    Dior Homme Sport - another perfect summer pick.
    Varvatos Original (or, better yet, Vintage) - spring and fall, rainy days. Excellent.
    Tom Ford Extreme - it's a manly winter wonder of a scent.
    Terre d'Hermes Parfum - perfect for work and after work too.
    Hanae Mori HM (EdT) - great for dates.
    Gendarme - because it's quite possibly the most likable scent ever.
    Dior Homme - because it's pure class.
    Gucci Pour Homme II - because it's so charming.
    Fahrenheit - because it's MANLY!!!
    "Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam

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    Default Re: The perfect 10 scent wardrobe???

    A few suggestions, some come over the $200 mark however make up for it in quality.

    Creed Aventus
    Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet
    Xerjoff Nio
    MFK Aqua Universalis Forte
    Lutens Chergui
    Tauer L`Air du Desert Marocain
    April Aromatics Precious Woods
    Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Malle POAL
    Malle Musc Ravageur

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    Default Re: The perfect 10 scent wardrobe???

    My cherished five:

    Gengis Khan
    Siecle
    Gatsby
    Balafre
    Formidabe Homme
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    Default Re: The perfect 10 scent wardrobe???

    Guerlain: Vetiver, Habit Rouge, Heritage

    YSL: Kouros, Rive Gauche

    Chanel: Antaeus, Egöiste

    Hermes: Equipage, Bel Ami

    Givenchy: Gentleman (Monsieur)

    Others? Fueguia's Caoba and Otro Poema de los Dones, Dior's Eau Sauvage

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    My other 9:

    Green Irish Tweed
    Dior Homme Sport
    Midnight in Paris
    Allure Homme Sport
    Millesime Imperial
    Dior Homme Intense
    Bleu de Chanel
    The One
    Mont Blanc Legend

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    For me, it would depend on where in the world the person is from. I'm going to give a different list to someone from Miami than someone from Toronto.

    If they are from near where I am, London, then I'd say:

    Armani Eau Pour Homme
    Declaration Cologne
    Love & Luck
    Caron Pour Un Homme
    Fahrenheit
    Equipage
    Egoiste
    Body Kouros
    Pure Havane
    Individuel

    I think that would give a good balanced wardrobe, and yes I own most of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mixerscent View Post
    A few suggestions, some come over the $200 mark however make up for it in quality.

    Creed Aventus
    Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet
    Xerjoff Nio
    MFK Aqua Universalis Forte
    Lutens Chergui
    Tauer L`Air du Desert Marocain
    April Aromatics Precious Woods
    Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Malle POAL
    Malle Musc Ravageur
    With a couple of exceptions that are simply not to my taste (though still of extraordinary quality), you have a list that I would recognize as a perfect 10 wardrobe. Nice!

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    Egoiste
    Czech & Speake No. 88
    Terre d'Hermes
    Eau de Guerlain
    Vetiverru
    Rive Gauche
    M7 or M7 Absolue
    Mugler Cologne
    Pour Un Homme

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    See signature below
    My Top 10

    1. Amouage Homage Attar
    2. Serge Lutens - Muscs Koublai Khan
    3. YSL M7
    4. Serge Lutens - Ambre Sultan
    5. Chanel Egoiste
    6. 24 Gold by Scentstory
    7. Amouage Epic Man
    8. Amouage Jubilation XXV
    9. Bond No. 9 New York Oud
    10. Serge Lutens - Chergui



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    In particular order:

    Ungaro III
    Rive Gauche PH
    Mugler Cologne
    CK One Shock
    Gucci PH II
    Ferre Bergamotto Marino
    YSL La Nuit EDT
    TDH EDT
    Yardley Citrus&Wood

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    Here's another thought to consider about building a perfect 10 scent wardrobe:

    Start with a scent for each season. Then, add six more.
    - A scent for work.
    - A scent for formal events or more dressy nights out.
    - A scent for first dates, assuming one is single. Something charming but not too overtly sexual.
    - A scent for romantic nights. Something sexy.
    - A scent that is bold and brash. I think every man should own one.
    - A scent for yourself. Something that feels like an indulgence.
    "Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam

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    Well, since he said money was no problem, here goes my suggestion:

    Note: I´ll make 50/50, that is, five for Spring/Summer and the other for Fall/Winter

    Wardrobe 1

    Spring/Summer
    - Le Labo Bergamote 22
    - Amouage Reflection Man
    - Maison Francis Kurkdjian Acqua Universalis
    - Creed Millesime Imperial
    - Creed Green Irish Tweed

    Fall/Winter
    - Amouage Memoir Man
    - By Kilian Back to Black
    - Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
    - Creed Aventus (I really prefer it during Fall)
    - Serge Lutens Chergui


    Wardrobe 2

    Spring/Summer
    - Creed Jardin D´Amalfi (expensive...)
    - Amouage Lyric Man
    - Heeley Sel Marin
    - Creed Silver Mountain Water
    - Creed Virgin Island Water

    Fall/Winter
    - Creed Royal Oud
    - By Kilian Straight to Heaven
    - Hermes Hermessence Ambrè Narguille
    - Tauer L´Air du Desert Maroican
    - Bond No 9 New Haarlem

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    antico caruso
    penhaligons racquets
    creed bayrhum vetiver
    domenico caraceni
    jean pascal homme
    castle forbes 1445
    floris nº 89
    geo trumper wild fern
    bond nº 9 great jones
    invasion barbarie/casanova
    #TOP 5#: Polo Crest, Romeo Gigli,Jockey Club C&M, Jean Pascal Homme,Floris N 89

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    I'd split it evenly between 5 niche and designer fragrances.

    The 5 niches:
    -By Kilian Straight to Heaven (if you get the travel spray set, it can be had for under $200)
    -By Kilian Back to Black (ditto)
    -Creed Millesime Imperial (can be bought online at a good price, and even at full retail, a 1 oz is less than $200)
    -Creed Aventus (which will be my next purchase; see MI for pricing)
    -Frapin L'Humaniste (a big 3.3 oz bottle is still a great value per ounce in the world of niche)

    The 5 designers:
    -YSL M7 (either the vintage or the new Oud Absolu would fit the bill - both are great)
    -Lalique Encre Noire (an absolute bargain)
    -Mugler Cologne (if bought in 10.2 oz, it can't be beat in the cost-per-ounce department)
    -Terre d'Hermes (preferably parfum, but EdT is also amazing)
    -John Varvatos Vintage (probably the best mainstream designer leather out there)
    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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    Here are my picks:

    Fall:
    1 - Leather Oud or Oud Ispahan - have your boss join a split here on BN to keep it under 200
    2 - vintage Hermes Bel Ami (or Slumberhouse Norne).

    Winter:
    1 - Norma Kamali Incense (with the difficulty to acquire this, he might want to instead go with Tauer's LDDM or Lonestar Memories).
    2 - Slumberhouse Baque (or Vikt).

    Spring:
    1 - Amouage Lyric (get it off Fragrancenet - will fall under 200).
    2 - Morabito's Or Black.

    Summer:
    1 - Acqua Viva by Profumum - again, he has to join split here on BN to keep it under 200.
    2 - Chanel Pour Monsieur vtg or Annick Goutal's Vetyver.

    Year round:
    1 - Dior Eau Sauvage edt (better in vintage)
    2 - Gucci Nobile.

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    Sartorial
    Aventus
    Bentley Intense
    Xerjoff Nio
    Gengis Khan
    Gucci Pour Homme II
    Lubin's Itasca
    Lush Dirty
    Sycomore
    L'occitane Eau Des Baux
    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

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    Default Re: The perfect 10 scent wardrobe???

    Not into perfect wardrobes or perfect anything else, but here's 20 that I like. :-)

    Yatagan
    Songe d'un Bois dEte
    Sycomore
    Habit Rouge
    Leather Oud
    Bel Ami
    Sagamore
    Derby
    Kouros (vintage)
    Pour un Homme
    Eau de Guerlain
    Yohji Homme (vintage)
    Balenciaga pour Homme
    New York (de Nicolai)
    Egoiste (vintage)
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Rive Gauche pour Homme (vintage)
    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Chypre Palatin
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    1. Egoiste
    2. Guerlain Vetiver
    3. Green Irish Tweed
    4. Caron Pour Un Homme
    5. Chanel Pour Monsieur
    6. Bois Du Portugal
    7. Habit Rouge
    8. Mona Di Orio Vetyver
    9. Rive Gauche
    10. Lumiere Noire

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    ...my most worn...

    01. Timbuktu by L'Artisan Parfumeur
    02. Heritage by Guerlain (EDT&EDP)
    03. Eau de Rochas Homme by Rochas
    04. L'Essence de Must de Cartier by Cartier
    05. Dzongkha by l'Artisan Parfumeur
    06. Habit Rouge by Guerlain (EDT&EDP)
    07. L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme by Guerlain (EDT&EDP)
    08. Terre d'Hermès by Hermès
    09. Oud Immortel by Byredo
    10. Ambre Précieux by Maître Parfumeur et Gantier

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    Thanks for the many replies people! Something that really caught me off guard is that many of you are into the classics (Habit Rouge, C&S 88, Caron PH, Rive Gauche, Heritage, etc .. ). Funny, but in my collection I have none of these simply because I try my best to be "unique" and shy away from the more popular or classic ones, as good as they may be. I try to be more modern. One that popped up a few times I would really like to recommend to him is Gengis Khan but it's near impossible to find. There was a scent back in the day I used to love called "Pancaldi" that I thought was in the same class as Gengis but that really is impossible to find except for those little triangular sample bottles.

    I'm definitely taking a few to add to my recommendation list for him. Although I've never sampled it and it's above his "$200 for one" limit, Nio seems to be another one mentioned a few times and the reviews have been very good. That and Cedrat Boise pretty much cover summer. I'm also going to add Eav des Bavx because I personally think it's got a really great "bang for the buck" and is versatile for any season. I took EdB to Vegas with me last year and it worked wonderfully in 100+ degree weather, but also works well in the dead of winter. As far as formal, wedding, etc., I'm pretty comfortable recommending Invasion Barbare .. also out of his price comfort zone.

    My next task it recommending him a vetiver. I've really grown to dislike Mona di Orio's offering recently as it has a signature note that doesn't agree with my skin. Right now, Tom Ford's Grey Vetiver and Hermes Vetiver Tonka get the most use. Not bad considering I used to hate vetiver.

    So that's what I've got so far:

    Mancera Cedrat Boise
    Xerjoff Nio
    L'Occitane Eav des Bavx
    MDCI Invasion Barbare

    Next will look for that vetiver ... and maybe an incense and a leather. (would still love to find Gengis Khan although I'd probably keep it for myself).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziffy321 View Post
    and maybe an incense and a leather. (would still love to find Gengis Khan although I'd probably keep it for myself).
    On incense, the best value for your $ are SSS incense pure, Tauer incense rose, TF Sahara Noir & Bentley for men intense.

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    Epic Man by Amouage could be in there for incense (and a ton of other stuff!). I think you could probably get a bottle of this bohemoth for under $200.

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    Default Re: The perfect 10 scent wardrobe???

    No "perfect 10" wardrobe would be complete without including a few "classics". Love unique fragrances? How many people wear Egoiste or Heritage nowdays? I don't know anybody, myself not included:-)

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    OP, perhaps you should recommend to him 15, or even 20 fragrances? You can order the list however you like, but it might be prudent to plan for a few of them not working on his skin, etc.

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    1) creed aventus
    2) creed SMW
    3) bond bleecker st.
    4) terry D'Hermes
    5) mancera wild flowers
    5) mancera black line
    6) Bvlgari Aqva
    7) Heeley menthe fraiche
    8) Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
    9) creed original vetiver
    10) creed Jardin Di amalfi

    Pretty much these 10 in wardrobe takes care of:: afternoon scent, evening scent, date scent, covers every season or occasion.
    Some even crossover , example: I use Aventus for datenight, occasions, spring and summer
    Jardin Di Analfi or bleecker st you can wear on a warm day having brunch, or sunny day by the water or beach or having a picknick somewhere with a scenic view

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