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    Default Lemon Line alternative?

    I really enjoy the opening of this one, but the lavender dry down smells like a dirty old diaper, and I can't stand it.

    Does anyone know a suitable alternative with a better dry down. I'm not particularly fond of lavender dry downs. I don't mind them in top notes sometimes, but in dry downs they tend to smell dirty, with exceptions of the clean variety of lavender like Cool Water and Le Male. Clean lavender is ok, dirty is not. All together I'd rather avoid the note, and would prefer a woody or musky dry down. I love the top notes in Lemon Line, starting off as a fresh squeezed lemon then becoming sweeter and more sugary, but once the lavender takes over, it's a scrubber for me.

    Not I already own Monsieur Balmain, and although it does have lemon, I don't consider it a real lemon dominated opening.
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    Default Lemon Line alternative?

    I’m kind of surprised you haven’t started receiving recommendations for Edition Blanche, DHC 2013, Aqua Viva, etc. already. Or maybe folks are getting stuck with the concept of trying to nail down a Lemon Line alternative in a more strict sense. I’ll erase Lemon Line from my mind and instead give you one I think is a nice lemon focused alternative:

    -Comme de Garçons Energy C Lemon: lemon is the focal point here, as the name would suggest. Has a bit of an herbal zing due to cardamom and angelica, and that plays faintly in the background. A soft musky base helps the overall longevity of the composition. Easy to wear and simply pleasurable. No lavender in sight.



    As a side note, have you tried?: Eau de Rochas Pour Homme, L’Humaniste, Art of Shaving Lemon, Colonia Assoluta, or Sport de Paco Rabanne. (While I feel the CdG is more in line with what you’re really looking for, I also feel these feature a nice lemon note.)

    If something better than the CdG occurs to me, I’ll update. Good luck!
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    Default Re: Lemon Line alternative?

    +1 for L'Humaniste.
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    Default Re: Lemon Line alternative?

    Surely not what you are looking for, but the best 'lemon & more' scent I've tried is the 2nd formulation of Versace L'Homme.

    I don't like Lemon Line that much either, I'm ok with the lavender but I find the dry down very monotonous and rather synthetic.

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    Default Re: Lemon Line alternative?

    First that came to my mind was Allure EB. L'Humaniste is another good recommendation. Maybe even Nio? Might be a stretch on that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by speedracer View Post
    Maybe even Nio?
    Nio is just bergamot, hardly any lemon.

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    Default Re: Lemon Line alternative?

    Maybe Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne (clear bottle).

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    Default Re: Lemon Line alternative?

    aos lemon
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    Almost Transparent Blue, sweet and fizzy all the way through

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    Default Re: Lemon Line alternative?

    Acqua viva is the lemon king
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    I didn't like Lemon Line and sold it pretty quick.
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    You owe it to yourself to sample L'Humaniste.

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    Default Re: Lemon Line alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by Diddy View Post
    I’m kind of surprised you haven’t started receiving recommendations for Edition Blanche, DHC 2013, Aqua Viva, etc. already. Or maybe folks are getting stuck with the concept of trying to nail down a Lemon Line alternative in a more strict sense. I’ll erase Lemon Line from my mind and instead give you one I think is a nice lemon focused alternative:

    -Comme de Garçons Energy C Lemon: lemon is the focal point here, as the name would suggest. Has a bit of an herbal zing due to cardamom and angelica, and that plays faintly in the background. A soft musky base helps the overall longevity of the composition. Easy to wear and simply pleasurable. No lavender in sight.



    As a side note, have you tried?: Eau de Rochas Pour Homme, L’Humaniste, Art of Shaving Lemon, Colonia Assoluta, or Sport de Paco Rabanne. (While I feel the CdG is more in line with what you’re really looking for, I also feel these feature a nice lemon note.)

    If something better than the CdG occurs to me, I’ll update. Good luck!
    Thank you for the recommendations. I have tried Edition Blanche, and don't find it similar. Energy C sounds interesting.. I will for sure look into it. L'Humaniste I will hopefully be trying soon, but I hear Frapin has very poor longevity on all their frags.

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
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    Interesting, never heard of it, or seen this bottle. I will look into it, thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by speckmann0706 View Post
    Maybe Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne (clear bottle).
    Never tried this one, thank you, I will do some more research.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dry_Martini View Post
    aos lemon
    AoS = Art of Shaving? Isn't this one discontinued?

    Quote Originally Posted by wilfred View Post
    Almost Transparent Blue, sweet and fizzy all the way through
    Already have this, but it's not lemon heavy enough. though an excellent underrated fragrance, that is as the name says very transparent, and surprisingly with stellar performance.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    I didn't like Lemon Line and sold it pretty quick.
    Likewise! The dry down is horrid imo. I love the opening.
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    Default Re: Lemon Line alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    I didn't like Lemon Line and sold it pretty quick.
    I didn’t like it when I sniffed it recently.
    Don’t have an alternative tho.

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    Default Re: Lemon Line alternative?

    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    Surely not what you are looking for, but the best 'lemon & more' scent I've tried is the 2nd formulation of Versace L'Homme.

    I don't like Lemon Line that much either, I'm ok with the lavender but I find the dry down very monotonous and rather synthetic.
    I also have this in its current formulation, and it's a fantastic old school fragrance. I would see this as being modern for that era, unless the current formula has changed a lot. I also love fragrances like this.
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    Default Re: Lemon Line alternative?

    Sorry if I missed replying to any comments, but I read them all and am following up on the recommendations.

    For reference.. as many of you know me by now. I will not sample fragrances I know I can't afford, because in the event I like them, I'm stuck with wanting it so badly. Self control is hard in this hobby, and in this world in general. If splits are available they're usually on the more well known brands, so I just avoid certain frags that I know I can't afford and that don't get split.

    Typically I aim for designer, or lower priced niche stuff, like under 100 bucks. Price doesn't always reflect quality, as I have or smelled $10 scents that smell like $200 ones, and vice versa.
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    Also very tempted to try Replica: Under the Lemon Trees. but I hear the longevity is less than 2 hours. the name sounds enticing though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweetstench408 View Post
    Acqua viva is the lemon king
    this has to be the one then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    +1 for L'Humaniste.
    This would be a good alternative.
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    Taylor of Old Bond Street - Collection No.74 - Victorian Lime Fragrance is such a good lime fragrance. It's fairly cheaply priced but everytime I smell it, I feel reminded of old Creeds. Fairly longlasting for a lime fragrance too.

    Edit: Ok, I guess I'll missed the mark somewhat... I thought this was about Lemon Lime fragrances...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diddy View Post
    I’m kind of surprised you haven’t started receiving recommendations for Edition Blanche, DHC 2013, Aqua Viva, etc. already. Or maybe folks are getting stuck with the concept of trying to nail down a Lemon Line alternative in a more strict sense. I’ll erase Lemon Line from my mind and instead give you one I think is a nice lemon focused alternative:

    -Comme de Garçons Energy C Lemon: lemon is the focal point here, as the name would suggest. Has a bit of an herbal zing due to cardamom and angelica, and that plays faintly in the background. A soft musky base helps the overall longevity of the composition. Easy to wear and simply pleasurable. No lavender in sight.



    As a side note, have you tried?: Eau de Rochas Pour Homme, L’Humaniste, Art of Shaving Lemon, Colonia Assoluta, or Sport de Paco Rabanne. (While I feel the CdG is more in line with what you’re really looking for, I also feel these feature a nice lemon note.)

    If something better than the CdG occurs to me, I’ll update. Good luck!
    Great post and all spot on (as usual!)

    I’d add Eau de Hadrien by Goutal. If you can snag a bottle of the discontinued Eau de Hadrien Absolu, go for it.., It’s a great fragrance and has legs like concrete though it’s a citrus/lemon-centric fragrance.
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