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    Default Spicebomb without the sweetness?

    I’m curious if there are any strong scents that have a similar vibe as Spicebomb minus the sweetness of it. Something in the space of that and maybe Royal Oud?

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    I feel like sweetness is central. Not muxh left after its gone. Tobacco and cinamin. Actually sounds like a better fragrance imo. Maybe try Costume National Homme. It doesnt have tobacco though.
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    Tobacco and cinnamon? Well, that describes Acqua di Cuba, but I don't think someone looking for a less sweet Spicebomb would see that as a good option.
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    Huh??? That's literally the whole point of Spicebomb.
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    Default Re: Spicebomb without the sweetness?

    Quote Originally Posted by notspendingamillion View Post
    I feel like sweetness is central.
    Pretty much.
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    1899 by HDP
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    Haven't smelled it myself but maybe Hemingway 1899 would be worth checking out.
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    Haven't smelled it myself but maybe Hemingway 1899 would be worth checking out.
    It's still a sweet gourmand, though.
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    The reason for the question is because in the dry down, I feel like if the sweetness was removed it reminds me a bit of Gucci Pour Homme 2, which I find has longevity issues.

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    I'd say Parfums de Marly Kalan, but it's pricey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bonose View Post
    The reason for the question is because in the dry down, I feel like if the sweetness was removed it reminds me a bit of Gucci Pour Homme 2, which I find has longevity issues.
    If that's what you want, try Hanae Mori HiM EDP, which is a cross between Spicebomb and GPHII. Strong performance.
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    Eau Lente, and my SOTE Maharadjah (thought this one is discontinued).

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    Comme des Garçons edp is a very deep spice scent without much sweetness.
    Artist by Phuong Dong is an incense spice - super good.
    Rasasi Satoor Waaw edp is a nicely blended chai spice masculine with little sweetness.
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    Tobacco Oud

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    Givenchy Gentlemen Only Absolute - more depth, mature and a bit less sweet.


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    Default Re: Spicebomb without the sweetness?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzlepuff View Post
    Comme des Garçons edp is a very deep spice scent without much sweetness.
    This is a great suggestion.

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    Huh??? That's literally the whole point of Spicebomb.
    Hehe, for me that is why I love it. It is so delicious.

    But, I have no suggestion I'm afraid. I like the sweet tobaccos...

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    definitely Bvlgari Man in Black..

    I have both, for me BMIB = spicebomb - sweetness

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    Quote Originally Posted by ifanmartin View Post
    definitely Bvlgari Man in Black..

    I have both, for me BMIB = spicebomb - sweetness
    This I concur!

    Also, a frag I didn't try, but a member wrote a review for Spicebomb Extreme and compared it to CH Mystery Tobacco. He decribes it as sort of a less sweet and more dry version of Spicebomb.

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    Mercedes Infinite Spicy is your answer.
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    You can try Bvlgari Orient, its pretty much the only version of MIB I enjoy since it doesn't have that sweet cloying dry down. I get a tea note similar to GPH II in there somewhere as well. Its the most mature one of them all.
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    Default Re: Spicebomb without the sweetness?

    Quote Originally Posted by ifanmartin View Post
    definitely Bvlgari Man in Black..

    I have both, for me BMIB = spicebomb - sweetness
    The original MIB is cloying and sweet as well with all that tonka.
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    Spicebomb is such a fuzzy scent (vanilla/tonka wh spices and tobacco) that it functions kinda like a Rorschach blot. Everybody connects it to everything else, even if it really isn't all that close, just because so many other scents use tonka and spices.

    Bvlgari Man in Black and Bvlgari Man Black Orient are fairly different in character from Spicebomb, IMO. The former is a kind of boozy-leather-floral-tobacco thing and the latter is an intriguingly dry leather-rose-oud.

    If it's the GPHII element you like in Spicebomb, I stand by Hanae Mori EDP. If it's the vanillic stuff you like, look at HdP 1899. If it's woods and tobacco you enjoy, try Jazz Club.

    If you want something altogether heavier on the spicy/potpourri qualities, try Eau des Baux or Meharees.
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    To my nose, HdP 1899 is not as sweet as Spicebomb although they smell similar. I find 1899 a bit less synthetic but, at the same time, lighter and more linear. In Spicebomb, the transition to the tobacco & leather base adds an extra phase not present in 1899 which is spicy vanilla almost all the time. I would choose 1899 from the two (little better smell). Both are great fragrances though.

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    Givenchy Gentlemen Only Absolute - more depth, mature and a bit less sweet.

    I was going to post the exact same thing.
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    And the new Aqua Di Gio Absolut Instinct reminds me of this a little bit.
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    Default Re: Spicebomb without the sweetness?

    Quote Originally Posted by bonose View Post
    I’m curious if there are any strong scents that have a similar vibe as Spicebomb minus the sweetness of it. Something in the space of that and maybe Royal Oud?
    I can’t even begin to understand what “Spicebomb without the sweetness” would smell like.

    It’s like asking for Knize Ten without the leather.

    Both 1899 and the Givenchy smell like Spicebomb exactly because they possess the same sweetness. They’re great Spicebomb alternatives, as is Initio Rehab, but they do not lack sweetness.

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    Possibly also Jaipur Homme EDP and/or Eau des Baux with some but with definitely not so much sweetness, on an even more elaborate level although not at much higher price point and/or thus with a fairly good value for money, quite a few of male and/or unisex EDPs by houses like Serge Lutens and Lubin - these latter two houses being well stocked, experienced, knowledgeable, diverse and timeless at spicy fragrances with or without sweetness
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