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    Yatagan
    Knize Ten
    Kouros
    Caron Pour Un Homme
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    Default Re: Pick Top 5 Most Masculine Fragrances You Have Smelled?

    I could easily do more than five, but these come to mind:

    Bois du Portugal
    Patchouli Intense (Nicolai)
    Kouros
    Paco Rabanne PH
    Z-14

    I consider all of these to be very masculine and absolutely fantastic fragrances.

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    Antaeus
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    Yatagan
    Vermeil pour Homme
    Derby
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    Knize ten Golden Edition.
    Charrington Maturations Christopher Street.
    Thameen Imperial Crown.
    Bentley Absolute.
    Gucci Intense Oud.

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    First thoughts ...

    Boss No.1

    Bel Ami

    Kouros

    Quorum

    YSL pH


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    Tyrannosaurus Rex
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    Knize Ten
    GIT
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    Vintage Bel Ami by Hermes
    Vintage Azzaro Pour Homme
    Vintage Polo by RL
    The Original Calvin by CK
    Krizia Uomo
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    - Kouros
    - Francesco Smalto pour homme
    - Quorum
    - Knize Ten
    - Azzaro pour homme/Antaeus

    all vtg…..

    To add: List cannot be complete of course without the original Davidoff by Davidoff (1984)
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    My Top '11' :

    - Dolce & Gabbana: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - Azzaro: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - Tom Ford: Ombré Leather
    - Guerlain: Héritage (vtg)
    - Mancera: Red Tobacco
    - YSL: Kouros (Fraîcheur)
    - Armani: Acqua di Gio Profumo
    - MPG: Santal Noble
    - Hermes: Terre d'Hermes
    - Amouage: Interlude

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    Five examples

    YSL Kouros
    Guerlain Derby
    Chanel Antaeus
    Dior Fahrenheit
    Hermes Bel Ami
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    Quote Originally Posted by slpfrsly View Post
    Lalique Encre Noire - purely for the dirt and depth of this fragrance, it's the empitome of an aspect of masculinity. No idea how some women say they wear this. Apparently reformulated to be much brighter but the bottle I owned was dank, dark, and dirty-soily woods. Nothing feminine about that whatsoever.
    My mother wears this and she's 72, ha! I don't find it masculine at all even though I love it. I think Its flankers, both the Extreme and Sport version, would probably lean more masculine in my opinion - the Extreme because it's more rooty to me, and the Sport because of the subdued lavender note.

    It's mentioned a lot above but I don't see Fahrenheit as being masculine, either. Violet, honeysuckle and leather? Great perfume, and an all-time favourite of mine but unisex to my nose. My opinion might be slanted because I'm pretty fluid about what I wear but even with an objective head on I couldn't say Fahrenheit was masculine.

    I tried to think of what I own and which ones my women friends would say were too masculine for them and came up with these amongst others:

    Polo
    Kouros
    Gucci Guilty Absolute
    Eau Sauvage Parfum 2012 (love the 2017 version but the earlier one owns it in this area, being all vetiver and myrrh and very little else)
    Eau Sauvage Extreme (because of the lavender. I think the original ES could be pretty unisex)

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    1) Dior Fahrenheit
    2) Aramis
    3) Ralph Lauren Polo
    4) Gucci Guilty Absolute
    5) Quorum

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    Good choices, everyone!

    With my limited experiences, I'm going with:
    1. POLO
    2. Fahrenheit
    3. Gucci Guilty Absolute
    4. Aqua Di Gio Profumo
    5. Aramis

    Special recognition to Brut and Old Spice! Those should always be mentioned when talking masculine fragrances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashtestbrummie View Post
    My mother wears this and she's 72, ha! I don't find it masculine at all even though I love it. I think Its flankers, both the Extreme and Sport version, would probably lean more masculine in my opinion - the Extreme because it's more rooty to me, and the Sport because of the subdued lavender note.

    It's mentioned a lot above but I don't see Fahrenheit as being masculine, either. Violet, honeysuckle and leather? Great perfume, and an all-time favourite of mine but unisex to my nose. My opinion might be slanted because I'm pretty fluid about what I wear but even with an objective head on I couldn't say Fahrenheit was masculine.

    I tried to think of what I own and which ones my women friends would say were too masculine for them and came up with these amongst others:

    Polo
    Kouros
    Gucci Guilty Absolute
    Eau Sauvage Parfum 2012 (love the 2017 version but the earlier one owns it in this area, being all vetiver and myrrh and very little else)
    Eau Sauvage Extreme (because of the lavender. I think the original ES could be pretty unisex)
    Who made the conventions such as fougeres are masculine, florals are feminine?

    And none of it really makes any sense as it is simply not so. This is just having fun here, and as you point out, there is nothing that we will all agree on, LOL.

    Maybe T Rex is masculine because it's got tons of cade oil, but what about Gois d'Ascèse by Naomi Goodsir? It leans more feminine than T Rex but is also very smoky...

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    Carthusia Uomo
    Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum
    Creed Bois du Portugal
    Creed Viking
    Houbigant Fougere Royale

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashtestbrummie View Post
    My mother wears this and she's 72, ha! I don't find it masculine at all even though I love it.
    There must have been some big reformulation or change since I owned and sold my bottle. It smelt like freshly turned over damp soil covered in a layer of rotting greenery, obviously with vetiver as well. Not suitable for a mother of any age, unless they're totally idiosyncratic.

    I tried the two flankers late last year and not only was the original more potent, it was also hugely more masculine (sold both flankers as well, decent, by didn't have a patch on the original). I sold my bottle less than a year ago with the understanding I could always replace it for cheap.

    Hearing this makes me hugely disappointed as, frankly, it sounds like it's simply not the same scent anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slpfrsly View Post
    There must have been some big reformulation or change since I owned and sold my bottle. It smelt like freshly turned over damp soil covered in a layer of rotting greenery, obviously with vetiver as well. Not suitable for a mother of any age, unless they're totally idiosyncratic.

    I tried the two flankers late last year and not only was the original more potent, it was also hugely more masculine (sold both flankers as well, decent, by didn't have a patch on the original). I sold my bottle less than a year ago with the understanding I could always replace it for cheap.

    Hearing this makes me hugely disappointed as, frankly, it sounds like it's simply not the same scent anymore.
    Lalique Encre Noire is still very much itself. And, yes, it's very masculine, if, in your mind, "earthy" scents read as "masculine." It's got that biomechanical ink accord mixed in with damp leaves and earth.

    My wife likes to wear it much more than I do, but my wife loves to wear masculine-leaning scents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thrilledchilled View Post
    Who made the conventions such as fougeres are masculine, florals are feminine?

    And none of it really makes any sense as it is simply not so. This is just having fun here, and as you point out, there is nothing that we will all agree on, LOL.

    Maybe T Rex is masculine because it's got tons of cade oil, but what about Gois d'Ascèse by Naomi Goodsir? It leans more feminine than T Rex but is also very smoky...
    Good points.

    I tried to select a mix of traditional masculine perfumery - which would include florals and other notes that, alone, could be deemed feminine, but when combined become masculine - and then 'real' things that smell masculine in the wider, non-fragrance sense. That's where Encre Noire came in.

    For me, leather is a feminine note, particularly when it's a 'new' leather, but others might disagree, and no doubt it's used in plenty of masculine scents as well, past and present.

    I still maintain that there's a lack of definitive masculinity in both the current state of the world and, by extension, perfumery. If we're talking masculine as separate from what is feminine, and therefore deliberately suited to women, Sauvage would probably come out on top as I simply do not see any sort of woman pull that off without it smelling like aromatic cross-dressing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    Lalique Encre Noire is still very much itself..
    Was just thinking this recently - Lalique doesnt change its stuff up? Never see and threads of damnation of Lalique re-forms.Way to go Lalique.
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    Guerlain Vetiver
    Chanel Antaeus
    Houbigant Duc de Vervins L'Extrême
    Gianfranco Ferré for Man
    Aramis Havana

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    Kouros
    Fahrenheit
    Polo
    Bois Du Portugal
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    Vintage Fahrenheit - Dior
    Aventus - Creed
    Bois du Portugal - Creed
    Green Irish Tweed - Creed
    Original Santal - Creed
    Royal Oud - Creed
    Halfeti - Penhaligon's
    Heritage (edt) - Guerlain
    Mousse Illuminee - Rouge Perfumery
    L'Air Du Desert Marocain - Tauer
    Baccarat Rouge 540 - MFK
    Uomo Intense - Valentino

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    Invasion Barbare - MDCI
    M - Pure Distance
    Royal Oud - Creed
    Green Irish Tweed - Creed
    Al Oudh - L’Artisan

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    Quote Originally Posted by slpfrsly View Post
    There must have been some big reformulation or change since I owned and sold my bottle. It smelt like freshly turned over damp soil covered in a layer of rotting greenery, obviously with vetiver as well. Not suitable for a mother of any age, unless they're totally idiosyncratic.

    I tried the two flankers late last year and not only was the original more potent, it was also hugely more masculine (sold both flankers as well, decent, by didn't have a patch on the original). I sold my bottle less than a year ago with the understanding I could always replace it for cheap.

    Hearing this makes me hugely disappointed as, frankly, it sounds like it's simply not the same scent anymore.
    As said above, I don't think it's changed. It's still a modern classic to me: a sheer veil of smoky, rooty vetiver over musk. I find Encre Noire to be pretty versatile and it shines on warmer days too. And it gets compliments, on me and my mother at least. It could be interesting to read Victoria's review on Bois De Jasmin to get her take on it and maybe try and see it from a different perspective (and a lot of the comments are from women, too).
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