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    Lightbulb Help a lady find her beloved man a perfect fragrance as a gift!

    Hello gentlemen,

    I come to you with a very special request, as a damsel in distress!
    I am looking for recommendations of a male fragrance to gift my long-term boyfriend
    and the love of my life. His birthday is coming up in December! It will be the first one
    we spend together (long-distance relationship for two years prior).
    I will try to provide you with as much information as possible.
    I hope what I will share will come in handy.

    He is an Australian man of approximatively 28-30 years old (long story...), and I am a 26 years old French woman.
    We live in Sydney. I believe that will be helpful in terms of choosing a good perfume for a hot and humid climate.
    He works in a physical labor field, so he must require a scent that will overpower sweat, and last a while.
    His character is that of a funny, witty man who appears reserved on first encounters. He is very sweet to all, and especially charming to me.
    He has a youthful personality, very childlike sense of wonder, but he is also very smart in a wise kind of way, as opposed to book smart.
    His appearance is tall, handsome, built and he has fair hair and green-hazel eyes.
    He dresses casual, alike to most men his age, most of the time, but has a sharp sense of fashion that he displays when going out.

    Now he hasn't mentioned scents he likes to me very much, but I can maybe tell you what I wear and like, if that matters since we are a couple and could coordinate that way?
    I wear Dior's Hypnotic Poison Eau de Toilette, and really like the jasmine and vanilla, marzipan notes. It reminds me of my oriental origins (I am middle eastern of origins).
    It has been my one and only perfume ever since I became an adult.
    I have very little experience in men perfume, the notes and all, but I can tell you that I don't really like citrus, sandal and most florals on men except jasmine.
    I would love to smell on him, an animalistic, metallic perhaps, sweet and rich perfume, with jasmine to compliment my own scent.
    From the research I did on the forum, I have found that Serge Lutens' Sarrasins seems to fit the scent profile I would like.
    I want something that enhances the desire that is burning in me for him, something that will make us smell good together, as in complimenting each other.
    I also want something that makes him feel handsome, desired, loved and also well instated as The Man.

    I'd like other similar recommendations in perhaps a less expensive budget. I guess my budget limit would be 250 AUD for >50ml.
    He doesnt wear perfume, only deodorant as of now.

    Thank you for your help, I'd be happy to answer any questions that could help circle down on a specific fragrance.

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    Buy Creed (but only from a trusted vendor).

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    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
    Chanel Bleu De Chanel EDT
    Chanel Allure Homme Sport
    Prada L’Homme
    Christian Dior Dior Homme
    Christian Dior Dior Homme Eau
    Chanel Pour Monsieur EDT
    Chanel Allure Homme
    Hermes Terre D’Hermes EDT
    Creed Aventus

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    Welcome!

    Also adding Chergui by Serge Lutens, Eau des Baux, Eau Sauvage Parfum, Caron pour un Homme, Guerlain Derby-only some of these contain jasmine, but all are very classy, complex, timelessly elegant, while remaining on budget and still appropriate for various occasions while not mainstream.

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    Default Re: Help a lady find her beloved man a perfect fragrance as a gift!

    Perhaps Burberry London might work.
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    Post removed since you don’t like citrus

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    I liked your post, Maline (ça me plaît). L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme edt and Chanel Antaeus are a couple options that spring to mind for your hunky beau.

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    Lutens Fumerie Turque and Muscs Koublai Khan, Antaeus, Leather Oud, Rive Gauche, Bel Ami. All them work in the heat if carefully sprayed.

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    Mitsouko Parfum de Toilette fits the scent profile but it’s a feminine marketed fragrance. So, I would suggest Amouage Gold for Men.

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    Welcome!

    The classic fresh material for men, other than citrus, is vetiver. Vetiver smells fresh, a bit green, a bit woody, and lasts a long time. The classic French vetivers were the Guerlain, the Carven, and the Givenchy Vetiver. All good. The Guerlain one is very easy to find, not sure about the Carven and the Givenchy. Chanel also has a good one, called Sycomore, but it's in the expensive line so it's probably above the price limit.

    Sarrasins is indeed gorgeous, jasmine,leather, a touch of fruit. But it's really overkill for physical activity. Also, it's in the Paris exclusive line, so I don't know if it's available in Australia. In Paris, it costs around $200, so it might be above the price point too.

    cacio

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    Default Re: Help a lady find her beloved man a perfect fragrance as a gift!

    Quote Originally Posted by Maline View Post
    His appearance is tall, handsome, built and he has fair hair and green-hazel eyes.
    I think for his birthday you should buy him a ticket to the U.S.A. and I will personally take him shopping to find the perfect fragrance for him.

    I promise to send him back, only slightly the worse for wear.

    (But seriously, listen to Cacio. The classic Vetiver by Guerlain or Sycomore by Chanel are what your sweetheart needs. And Sycomore can definitely be found within your budget for 50mls.)

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    I think 'Sarrasins' is a nice choice...you also might consider 'La Réligieuse' by Lutens
    Currently wearing: Bracken Man by Amouage

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    Default Re: Help a lady find her beloved man a perfect fragrance as a gift!

    Buy him Kouros.
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    Default Re: Help a lady find her beloved man a perfect fragrance as a gift!

    Quote Originally Posted by calzim View Post
    Buy him Kouros.
    +1! He sounds like he's man enough to pull it off.

    Welcome to basenotes Maline, & thanks for a wonderful first post! Good luck in your search, & do report back on what you find.
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    Sarrasins is an incredible scent, and I would urge you to sample it. If that's a bit too floral, try Serge Lutens Daim Blond, which has a similar delicate leather note but with a dried apricot feel.

    Otherwise, I agree with cacio that vetiver is a great ingredient if you want fresh without citrus. Guerlain's Homme L'Eau Boisee is great, but not sure how suitable it would be for the heat of the Australian summer.

    However, if you want something truly versatile, try Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent. It performs in 10 degrees as well as in 38 degrees, and its a stunning scent to boot. If you want something with a little more 'lift', you can also try Armani Prive's Vetiver d'Hiver.

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    For something"sweet and rich" , you could try Fahrenheit Parfum. I'd also suggest Oud for Love by The Different Company and Guerlain L'homme Ideal (it has a cherry/marzipan feel)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nastka View Post
    Sarrasins is an incredible scent, and I would urge you to sample it. If that's a bit too floral, try Serge Lutens Daim Blond, which has a similar delicate leather note but with a dried apricot feel.

    Otherwise, I agree with cacio that vetiver is a great ingredient if you want fresh without citrus. Guerlain's Homme L'Eau Boisee is great, but not sure how suitable it would be for the heat of the Australian summer.

    However, if you want something truly versatile, try Miller Harris Vetiver Insolent. It performs in 10 degrees as well as in 38 degrees, and its a stunning scent to boot. If you want something with a little more 'lift', you can also try Armani Prive's Vetiver d'Hiver.
    l’Eau Boisee will more than hold up in the Sydney summer. It’s not especially hot or humid. Certainly compared to Tokyo. It’s not like they’re in Queensland.

    To be honest, it sounds like there is a lot of projecting her fantasies for a scent onto him, and those wishes don’t really align with something to be worn casually or while doing manual labor. It might be worthwhile sampling things together to find something he likes that also satisfies her desires. I realize that this may prevent the purchase from being a surprise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maline View Post

    He doesnt wear perfume.....
    maybe another gift

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    Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme
    Versace Pour Homme

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maline View Post
    Hello gentlemen,


    He is an Australian man of approximatively 28-30 years old (long story...), and I am a 26 years old French woman.
    I'm so curious I can barely read the following. You don't know how old the love of your life is?


    For what it's worth. Given the climate I think many of the recommendations are way too heavy, but on the other hand you tend to like them that way. But if he's not even into fragrances you might want to start lighter.

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    I see lots of fragrances with strong citrus notes above. She doesn't like citrus.

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    I would suggest Amouage Reflection Man or By Kilian Intoxicated

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    I recommend Royal Oud.
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    I've worn Tuscan Leather in the heat and it's worked; just go easy on the sprayer. There is jasmine, sandalwood and fruit note (Raspberry) that would compliment similar notes in Hypnotic Poison.
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    Hello everyone!
    Thank you all very much for your comments and recommendations!
    I couldn't get to responding any sooner due to my work schedule, and the fact I had to spend
    time with my loving boyfriend, and couldn't give away the surprise element by browsing this website!
    He's fast asleep on the couch next to me right now, we've had a long white night!
    I'll respond to all of you personally.

    @Cameron
    Thanks for your recommendation, I'll read about this fragrance, and watch reviews if I can find them.
    I appreciate the advice to buy from a serious vendor, will remember that!

    @speckmann0706
    What a list! I'll go through it one by one. Thank you so much for this lenghty selection, which I trust
    is very sensible!

    @Ken_Russell
    Oh thank you,Ken, for this extensive selection. I must admit the way you embodied the scent profiles in your
    careful words really tinkled my interest! Will definitely do some research on each and every one of these!

    @Hednic
    Thank you for the recommendation, Hednic! I will read up on it.

    @Bavard
    Merci mon bel ami bavard! Yeah, you could say I like to be as sly as a fox, but it is also a reference to my
    favorite dog breed, the Belgian Malinois! Thank you for the advice, I will definitely put my attention on these
    recommended fragrances!

    @Beck
    Oh, these names are very dreamy...I myself have lived most of my youth on the Rive Gauche, by the docks of the Seine.
    Interestingly, Bel Ami by Maupassant was also one of my favorite books to read as a young girl. I will look very closely
    into these, although...what's in a name?

    @Tradition
    That is a very interesting piece of information, Tradition! I will probably consider getting Mitsouko Parfum de Toilette
    for myself, then. Very glad you shared this bit of knowledge with me! I'll research Amouage Gold for my man, thanks for the
    suggestion!

    @Cacio
    Hello! Thanks for your welcoming words, it's really appreciated! I really appreciate as well that you took the time to kindly
    educate me on the fragrant properties of vetiver, which I had not heard of before. I will try to sample some of these at a retailer,
    to get an idea on what it makes me feel. I am very happy that you may have opened up a world of sensation for me! Many thanks!

    @Cook.Bot
    Oh well, he did mention wanting to travel to Las Vegas! He really likes poker, and plays it often!
    But seriously, thank you for corroborating what Cacio has advised. I will consider it with extra care, since it has been
    suggested by the both of you. I'll find out what vetiver smells like, and let you know what I think!

    @Trauerkraut
    Ooh, another Serge Lutens! To be honest, ever since reading the note profile of Sarrasins, I've been curious what Lutens'
    brilliant mind of alliances has come up with as well. I haven't scratched the surface yet. I'll take a closer look at
    La Religieuse! Thanks very much!

    @Calzim
    Thanks for your recommendation, very concise, though I am easily intrigued and curious to know more!

    @Teardrop
    Thank you for giving me even more reason to check out Kouros! It seems even more mysterious and interesting!
    I am really grateful for your kind welcome, I really appreciate the nice company and sweet help of you all!

    @Natska
    Hmm, I must thank you for your very detailed and precise commentary on these fragrances. It gives me a definite
    idea of range in the notes such as floral, fruity and what to expect in terms of arrangement in each bottle.
    I will definitely look closely into Daim Blond, as I must say I really like the idea of a good execution of
    a dried apricot feel mixed with leather! I definitely want to know more, and smell it!

    @MidsBloke
    Oh la la! Cherry and Marzipan? It sounds to die for! I will absolutely go and review it myself in store, I need to know
    what it smells like. I will check out the others too, but you definitely hit the sweet spot on this one!

    @Darjeeling
    Thank you for your considerate advice, Darjeeling. To be honest, the Sydney weather has given me the impression of
    being humid and hot, because I believe it was my relative experience, coming from a European Continental climate.
    Thanks for advising that Eau Boisee might actually hold up to it's intended use in this Australian climate. It is
    good to know, and I will not dismiss it before trying it, as it has been mentioned, although unsurely.
    To be honest with you, I do agree that to some extent I am trying to satisfy some of my desires through the choice
    of the perfume, mainly in the different notes I have mentioned to have a special liking in, but can you (impersonal)
    really reproach a woman to want to smell the most exquisite of her tastes in smell, worn by the man she loves?
    It is indeed like fulfilling a sensual fantasy, but I also would argue it is not entirely selfish. I think it can
    be done as well as an act of love.
    Your argument on what corresponds to my taste, as opposed to what should be realistic in a labor/casual environment
    is understandable, although to my personal opinion, very much based on...well, personal opinions? I agree, and I plead
    guilty to the fact that, there is indeed an etiquette on wearing fragrance, and I highly value the aesthetics as a
    sensual artform of setting a set of rules, much like the dots are to the expressionists, or the fuzzy blur of warmness to
    the romantics, yet I believe it is also important to set your own, and experiment with the tones, the notes, the tastes.
    If I had known what his tastes in fragrances were, you can rest assured that I would provide you with those clues, to help
    me pick something he will feel a warm feeling of wholesomeness from. He does though compliment me on my fragrance regularly,
    and even inquired what it was made of, a few times. I will agree it is not reason to attribute him such smells. What can
    I do? Anyways, thank you again for your concerned remarks, I completely understand where you are coming from, and I appreciate
    your input from a detached and neutral standpoint.

    @Kaern
    I should have been a bit clearer, in my explanation here. I am going to say something that may shock some of you,
    but please, keep an open mind! He does indeed wear scents, in the form of deodorants which he sprays generously
    on his body, his chest...and his work clothes! I am not sure whether this is common practice amongst men,
    but that does seem to indicate that he is not impervious to smelling nice. I think this could jumpstart his interest
    on buying a specific item, a fragrance, in order to satisfy that need. He is not a lost cause at all!
    Thank you for your advice, though. I appreciate someone trying to help me avoid a disappointment on his part, from
    this particular birthday gift. I am getting him other gifts as well!

    @Maxtesti
    Thanks for those suggestions! It's added to my list of perfumes to investigate!

    @H_West
    Alright, I'll ease your curiosity a little. It is not a very complicated story, as matter of fact,
    although the implications are really deep in the past. So, when I asked him what age he was, he
    explained to me that he was going to be either 28 or 30 this year, because of conflicting stories
    told on his birth documentations, and his parents. Apparently, on paper, he is two years younger
    than what his mother claims he is. The possibilities on how to explain it are vast, but my best
    bet is that he either went unreported until two years after birth, or there were some mishandling
    of birth documents at their creation. Funny enough, my parents who immigrated in France in the eighties
    have a similar story as to why their nationalization papers give them birth dates of 01/01/XX rather
    than their correct birth dates.
    Thanks for the tip, on considering a lighter fragrance. I was thinking he wouldn't mind a strong
    one because he likes to wear his deodorant extensively, as mentioned above, and also because he works
    long hours, with excessive sweat due to physical work. I wouldn't mind finding him something light and
    elegant, though!

    @Beck
    Oh, thanks for letting me know!Don't worry, I will sift through them to reveal the damned masked lemons!

    @Vitaman
    Thank you very much for these suggestions, I will make sure to read up on them! I've seen Amouage mentioned
    before, so it must really be a reliable brand!

    @sjg3839
    Oh, an Oud? As in the arabic word for wood, which indicates it might be an oriental wood based scent?
    I will check it out, although for some reason, as a middle-eastern woman from my origins, I have this weird
    love-hate relationship with oriental scents based on wood. It is almost intoxicatingly nauseating to me,
    in a weird inebriated delight.

    @The Bark
    Hhhm, now that sounds right up my alley. As you may not know, raspberry is my favorite fruit. I can't
    imagine what bliss it must smell like next to jasmine. I am a bit concerned about the sandalwood, but
    will definitely come at it with an open mind! Thank you very much with this sharp suggestion!



    Alright, thank you everyone for sharing your recommendations, advice, concerns and wit! I will update you
    on my research in a few days, and let you know how the process is going on. I have about two months, so
    I am not very rushed! I really appreciate the time you took to help me out, may you all have blessed days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by H_West View Post
    I'm so curious I can barely read the following. You don't know how old the love of your life is?


    For what it's worth. Given the climate I think many of the recommendations are way too heavy, but on the other hand you tend to like them that way. But if he's not even into fragrances you might want to start lighter.
    wearable in winter or at night, but generally leaning a bit heavy, especially for a beginner or to wear in the heat of the day.
    Unfortunately choosing a fragrance for someone can be very tricky as tastes are so personal. It’s even hit and miss when choosing for a fragrance enthusiast who can give a very detailed brief on the scent they want.
    1. No, never blind buy (I do, but do as I say, not as I do. I'm taking no responsibility for your fragrance gambling).
    2. Get them both. You're a Basenoter and you know you're going to end up purchasing them both eventually.
    3. Yes, it has been reformulated.
    4. Looking for a signature scent? You've come to the wrong place.

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    As a brand, definitely look into Amouage!

    For this specific idea....
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