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    Default Wardrobe Death Match: There Can Only Be One (Now Complete)

    I've hit an expected "lull" in my fragrance journey.

    I joined Basenotes earlier this year as part of a way to intensify my fragrance hunting and find some obscure gems (targeting certain subcategories I already enjoyed), and it essentially succeeded. My collection evolved a lot in 2019, with decants galore and plenty of bottles that have come in and gone back out again (and sometimes, back in, and then back out again). I'll be taking a break from Basenotes in the New Year, seeing as I've mostly "settled" on a rotation that covers my tastes well enough for my satisfaction.

    As a way to summarize where I'm at these days, I thought it might be fun to take my 30-bottle collection and pit 'em all against each other in a deathmatch and see which ones make it to the end. I'll do different "rounds" over the course of a week or so (I won't give a strict timeline because it'll be an "as I have time" thing). I've tried to pit fragrances with some underlining similarity against one another; I think it's more fun that way. I've been surprised by some of my choices!

    IN THE END, THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE.



    ROUND ONE


    1) Bvlgari pour Homme Soir (2006) versus West Third Brand Amérique (201?)

    A battle between two "contemporary" green scents (I use the word "contemporary" lightly, since the Bvlgari's initial opening does feel very suggestive to me of its decade rather than our current moment, though once the first few minutes have passed it feels very timeless to me in the way that most minimalist scents do). The Bvlgari was the last flanker in a line of green, citrus-y releases, and it's the most direct and forcused of them: it's essentially a green tea scent with a cool, vegetal ambiance. It's the tea note that brings me back to it: I just haven't found anything that gives that tea note such prominent presentation, and it's the clarity with which the note is presented that makes be prefer Soir to the other scents in in the Bvlgari pour Homme series.

    Amérique comes from the American quasi-artisanal house West Third Brand, which I think represents a really good given the modest pricing of their offerings. This is a minimalist, cleaned-up take on the "classic green" masculine, almost like a Fougère Royale that had the lavender stripped out and had the remaining elements rebalanced. Very wearable and youthful.

    Winner: Bvlgari pour Homme Soir (2006) - The green tea makes Bvlgari PH Soir an interesting scent regardless of value. Amérique is a nice wear, and it's a distinctive offering at its price point, but if your remove price from the equation, it's outclassed, and I probably wouldn't be inclined to pick up a subsequent bottle once I use it up.



    2) Aramis Special Blend (2019) vs Bentley for Men Intense (2013)

    Two very different takes on the "boozy" masculine, one an almost sour, fizzy take on a whiskey and wood from a house known for its old-school style, and a boozy rum-incense-vanilla gourmand from a designer house with a "niche" scent profile. It's hard to say which is the real winner here; I think the Bentley is justly hyped, if a bit controversial, and the more I get to know it, the more intelligently it seems to have been created. But the Aramis here is also pretty intriguing, a rustic take on whiskey and wood that doesn't try to pander to "sweet tooth" contemporary tastes at all (the drydown is a touch sweet/warm, but not in a foody way; it's the drydown I kinda wish Amouage Journey Man had). It's my kind of woody.

    Winner: Aramis Special Blend (2019) - I'd miss the Aramis more than I'd miss the Bentley. The Bentley is rich and loud enough that it can be tough to wear outside of cold weather, and, in addition, while it's a great scent in its own right, there are many warm, spicy, sweet incense fragrances in the world. The Aramis Special Blend is a simpler composition in some ways, but it marches to the beat of its own drum.



    3) Bvlgari Man Black Orient (2016) vs Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    Both of these are spicy oud-leather scents, each very commendable and strong. Black Orient is a surprisingly terrific, smooth blend built around an appealingly dry Taif rose note (I typically don't like the rose notes that get paired with oud, but this one is very unusual) that blends neatly into the leather. For those who like sleek, contemporary style, this one is a winner.

    Unlike the Bvlgari, Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah isn't built around the luxe-niche aesthetic, and feels more purely intended for its Middle Eastern clientele, with a three-dimensional oud, a terrific woodsmoke note, and spiced honey, which mellows into a delectable drydown. The Rasasi is richer, deeper, more distinct.

    Winner: Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011) - I find Black Orient splendid, but the Rasasi is the richer, deeper, more distinct scent.



    4) Aramis Tuscany per Uomo (1984) vs Dior Eau Sauvage (1966)

    Battle of the old-school classics. I've sampled the vintage of each, but I only own proper, full-size bottles of the current versions, so this comparison will be between current formulations.

    Aramis Tuscany is perhaps my favorite variation on the aromatic fougere. It captures the landscape suggested by its name near perfectly, with a richly herbal composition (I love herbal notes), with a delightfully prominent aniseed. I find it more interesting than its more classic cousin, Azzaro pour Homme, in part because of how prominent the herbal elements are. It's classic, but it doesn't feel fusty.

    Dior Eau Sauvage needs no introduction. In its "reduced oakmoss" form, it's a bit like a lemony eau de cologne with, again, a richly herbal heart. I don't think there's a more wearable scent in existence; Eau Sauvage is always appropriate.

    Winner: Aramis Tuscany per Uomo (1984) - Eau Sauvage might be more versatile, but it's also the case that I can easily identify satisfactory alternatives (Hermès Eau d'Orange Verte Concentré, for example). I haven't tried anything that could take Tuscany's place in my heart.



    5) Lalique Encre Noire à l'Extrême (2015) vs Tom Ford Noir Anthracite (2017)

    Two dark, woodsy, very modern (at least in materials) scents. The Lalique is the most satisfying, as far as I'm concerned, of its series, a full-bodied smoky vetiver with some nice incense. It evokes crisp leaves in autumn. Noir Anthracite is Tom Ford's nod back to 1980s powerhouses, but the composition itself is entirely contemporary with its dark synthwoods and spicy Sichuan pepper opening. Both, I think, rank among the top releases from each house.

    Winner: Tom Ford Noir Anthracite (2017) - It's a close call, but that Sichuan pepper-and-graphite opening is irresistible to me, and I prefer its woodsy drydown to the very intense drydown of Encre Noire.



    6) Cartier L'Envol (2016) vs Hermès Eau des Merveilles (2004)

    Two unusually structured designer scents that have an atypically "transparent" quality. L'Envol is a polarizing fragrance (honey and violet, both controversial notes, are featured prominently here), with luminous, shimmering quality. Eau des Merveilles offers a truly clever take on a citrus-infused amber and woods; it's salty and woodsy and breezy, with a gorgeous orange opening, like sunlight on a woody beach.

    Winner: Cartier L'Envol (2016) - In this case, versatility wins out. As brilliant as I think it is, Eau des Merveilles only really shines for me in the midst of summer, while L'Envol works for at least three of the four seasons.



    7) Dunhill Icon (2015) vs Michael Kors Extreme Speed (2018)

    These two might not really deserve to be paired against one another, since they're not really all that similar beyond being atypical designer scents with a "dark" edge (or at least I perceive Dunhill Icon as being dark, due to the oud, though I know it's essentially a freshie). Dunhill Icon is a neroli eau de cologne with a synthoud base, and Michael Kors Extreme Speed is a dark take on violet with a very spicy opening.

    Winner: Dunhill Icon - It's cleverer and more dynamic than Extreme Speed, which I still quite enjoy but does have the kind of simplicity and directness you'd expect from Tom Ford.



    8) Odori Tabacco (2008) vs Perfumes of the Desert Piñón (date unknown)

    These are two relatively obscure niche/artisan scents that seek to conjure up aromatic landscapes. Both have a cinnamon throughline, though I don't think of either as particularly "sweet" or gourmand-ish. Odori Tabacco seeks to evoke tobacco fields at harvest time, and does so breathtakingly well. It's powdery and dry, with a lot of nuance (vaguely Chergui-esque, but not sweet) and a true-blue tobacco leaf note at the heart.

    Piñón, from Perfumes of the Desert, seeks to evoke the pine in the midst of the desert of the American southwest. It's rich, warm, spicy, with some floral notes that help evoke the aromatic landscape of sand and the greenery that grows there. It's simple, but I haven't smelled a better interpretation of pine.

    Winner: Odori Tabacco (2008) - Not really "better" than Piñón, but tobacco is my favorite note.



    9) Aramis Havana (1994) vs Rémy Latour Cigar (1996)

    Two tropical, boozy takes on the tobacco masculine, released at roughly the same time period. Aramis Havana is richly green and shadowy, transitioning into a warm-spicy drydown (shadows of a rum-and-coke throughout). Latour Cigar is a kind of drugstore classic, but the drydown is killer (a drydown that Burberry London essentially lifted, but London's version of it is less satisfying, in my humble opinion, though London has a better opening than the current Latour Cigar).

    Winner: Aramis Havana (1994) - It's not much of a competition. Havana is the richer, more dynamic fragrance.



    10) L'Erbolario Méharées (date unknown) vs L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme (2004)

    Two atypical gourmands. Méharées is a dry vanilla with dates-and-spices potpourri ornamentation, often compared to Musc Ravageur (though it may have existed before Musc Ravageur). L'Instant (we're talking about the original EDT here, not the Extreme/EDP) brought the house of Guerlain in line with the rich, quasi-gourmand masculines of the 00s, suspending its cacao note in the midst of a citrus-floral bouquet.

    Winner: L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme (2004) - More complex than Méharées, which is a bit more straight-forward in structure. L'Instant's floating cacao note is no minor accomplishment.



    11) Guerlain Héritage Eau de Toilette (1992) vs Lalique pour Homme (1997)

    Two 1990s interpretations of the classic, formal masculine, one reinterpreting an entire history of the Guerlain house, one establishing Lalique as a new player in the masculine fragrance market. Guerlain Héritage is a truly rich, spicy, warm creation, with a delicious sandalwood/patchouli/vanilla drydown. The Lalique is a bit stiffer, with a dry, powdery take on lavender and cedar that opens with a burst of grapefruit.

    Winner: Guerlain Héritage Eau de Toilette (1992) - The Lalique is very good, but it's got nothing on the complexity of Héritage.



    12) Floris Leather Oud (2014) vs Tom Ford Ombré Leather 16 (2016)

    Two floral, formal leather scents. Those who only know Ombré Leather's 2018 form may raise their eyebrows at the "formal" descriptor, but the 2018 scent is drier and more direct than the 2016 Private Blend release, which has a softer version of the leather accord that fades into dark floral notes of violet and jasmine (vaguely reminiscent of the dark floral notes found in Tom Ford Noir Extreme). It might not be appropriate for a business occasion, but it's definitely dressed-up.

    Leather Oud was part of a pair, released alongside the sweeter, warmer Honey Oud. If the Tom Ford is a nighttime scent, this one is a daytime scent, with a nice, clean leather laid upon a bed of geranium and a synthoud base. I find it like sitting in new leather chair in the midst of a solarium. It has Floris' trademark "crispness" about it.

    Winner: Floris Leather Oud (2014) - I think Leather Oud ultimately strikes the more interesting compositional balance, finding an intriguing contrast between "masculine" and "feminine" notes (the leather is prominent enough that it veers undeniably masculine, for those who are curious).



    13) Michael Kors Michael for Men (2001) vs Tom Ford Extreme (2007)

    Boozy masculines with dirty elements alongside gourmand elements were all the rage in the early 2000s, a trend that reached its most commercial form with the debut of the super-smooth, mass-appealing D&G The One. These two are both a bit edgier. Michael for Men has that dirty, borderline animalic tobacco alongside its rich dried fruits, and Tom Ford Extreme mingles jammy fig with earthy truffle.

    Winner: Tom Ford Extreme (2007) - Michael Kors may be my signature scent, but the Tom Ford is undeniably more impressive. I'd venture as far as to say that it might be the best masculine Tom Ford ever released, with a complex, rich composition that boasts some real development (it gets nicely Amouage-y as you hit the drydown).



    14) M.A.C Shadescents Velvet Teddy (2016) vs Robert Graham Fortitude (2016)

    Two honeyed tobacco scents, both from relatively obscure fragrance lines. Velvet Teddy is a kind of reinvented Tobacco Vanille, ditching the "Christmas candle" aspect for a more natural, wild honey composition with supporting floral notes (iris among them), while dirty tobacco hangs out in the base. Robert Graham Fortitude is a kind of minimalistic tonkabacco with a boozy opening and a hazelnutty tonka drydown.

    Winner: M.A.C. Shadescents Velvet Teddy (2016) - This is a more complex creation than Fortitude (or even Tobacco Vanille, for that matter), and the dirty honey accord at its heart is frankly gorgeous. Leans slightly feminine due to the presence of floral notes but has more than enough dirtiness to be worn as a masculine by contemporary standards.



    15) West Third Brand Tobacco 1812 (201?) vs Gucci pour Homme II (2007)

    Light EDT performance with a combination of green-tinged, warm spiciness. Neither are quite gourmands, but both have gourmand elements and tobacco notes. Tobacco 1812 is an earthy, green take on the sweet tobacco scent, with a bit of honeyed sweetness and mint in the opening and a unrefined take on cacao in the base. Gucci pour Homme II has a kind of "spiced black tea" feel, but there's something smooth and clean about it, too, almost streamlined.

    Winner: West Third Brand Tobacco 1812 (201?) - Performance is light, but I really enjoy the mint note here. Gucci pour Homme II has its moments (I really like its late drydown, faint as it is), but I've come to find that I hardly reach for it.
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    Interesting thread. I'm of a similar mindset.

    What is the 'working' to get where you are. What's the criteria etc.? I take it youre not really looking for external input...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by slpfrsly View Post
    Interesting thread. I'm of a similar mindset.

    What is the 'working' to get where you are. What's the criteria etc.? I take it youre not really looking for external input...?
    If folks have thoughts (disagreements, affirmations, questions, or recommendations) they should feel free to share!

    I'm mainly just going with the "What would I save from the fire?" methodology of determining which fragrances "win" these matches.

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    Nice read, and I agree with your picks, where I have smelled both fragrances mentioned.

    Fun approach to wardrobe pruning, if that's the goal. Are you downsizing further based on this, or is it just a fun exercise? I wasn't clear on that from your summary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    Fun approach to wardrobe pruning, if that's the goal. Are you downsizing further based on this, or is it just a fun exercise? I wasn't clear on that from your summary.
    Undecided!

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    Fun idea, Brooks! You should have made it a bracket tournament!
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    This will be entertaining as the list narrows down. I do have a few that I'd like to see make it to the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    Nice read, and I agree with your picks, where I have smelled both fragrances mentioned.

    Fun approach to wardrobe pruning, if that's the goal. Are you downsizing further based on this, or is it just a fun exercise? I wasn't clear on that from your summary.
    Me, too - I kept rooting for what turned out to be the winner. Great test of taste correlation.
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    Hey, fun thread! Thank you for the blow-by-blow account of these match ups. Enjoyed the analysis and personally would have made some very similar decisions. Would have picked Michael for Men and Gucci pour Homme II though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    Fun idea, Brooks! You should have made it a bracket tournament!
    There are too many relatively obscure fragrances to probably put it to a vote, alas.

    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    This will be entertaining as the list narrows down. I do have a few that I'd like to see make it to the end.
    I have no idea what will survive.

    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    Me, too - I kept rooting for what turned out to be the winner. Great test of taste correlation.
    Great minds...

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Hey, fun thread! Thank you for the blow-by-blow account of these match ups. Enjoyed the analysis and personally would have made some very similar decisions. Would have picked Michael for Men and Gucci pour Homme II though.
    It killed me to say farewell to Michael for Men, which I wear often.

    I wish I could say the same for GPHII but I'm really falling out of love with it. Whenever I've worn it this year, I've felt that its weakest elements were prominent and its best were kept out of the spotlight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    It killed me to say farewell to Michael for Men, which I wear often.
    I can't believe what I'm hearing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    I can't believe what I'm hearing!
    Tom Ford for Men Extreme is the better fragrance! More complex, fascinating composition with a more dynamic shift from opening to drydown.

    But Michael is still great. They're both top-tier dirty, fruity gourmands.

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    Disagree with a few of them, but interesting reading to see how others appreciate different fragrances.
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    I guess one exception to my agreement is Tuscany winning over Eau Sauvage, but then I'd be judging the vintage versions of both scents, and you were judging modern. And it would be fairly close.

    I'm not very familiar with modern Eau Sauvage, so it might very well lose to Tuscany if it truly wears like a super light citrus EDC, without the vintage's backbone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    Tom Ford for Men Extreme is the better fragrance! More complex, fascinating composition with a more dynamic shift from opening to drydown.

    But Michael is still great. They're both top-tier dirty, fruity gourmands.
    I agree with that. But you're getting rid of it or just saying that for the Death Match?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    I guess one exception to my agreement is Tuscany winning over Eau Sauvage, but then I'd be judging the vintage versions of both scents, and you were judging modern. And it would be fairly close.

    I'm not very familiar with modern Eau Sauvage, so it might very well lose to Tuscany if it truly wears like a super light citrus EDC, without the vintage's backbone.
    Current Eau Sauvage doesn't wear super light (the herbal elements are still very prominent, even though the oakmoss/muskiness is dialed down from the vintage) and I get eight hours of longevity, albeit mostly as a skin scent.

    I love both scents, and it was a close call. But I'd miss Tuscany more than I'd miss Eau Sauvage EDT.

    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    I agree with that. But you're getting rid of it or just saying that for the Death Match?
    I'm not getting rid of Michael for Men! This is all just a fun exercise.

    There are some fragrances I'd consider ditching (GPHII), but my wife likes wearing them enough I have to keep 'em.

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    I finally get somewhat Eau Sauvage Parfum (2017) - I was burning myrh resin and the penny dropped!
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    Thank you for the impressions shared on this thread based on a very fascinating idea.

    Would personally have a quite difficult if not even impossible task to decide in favor of one out of selection of two or more fragrances from the personal lineup, simply due to liking and enjoying to wear each too much - even among the ones with similar notes, house (s), price category etc., where in theory it would be easier to only keep one and eliminate others, based on compared performance (s), value for money etc.
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    ROUND TWO

    Bvlgari pour Homme Soir (2006) will sit this one out, since I've been left with an odd number of fragrances.


    1) Aramis Havana (1994) vs Odori Tabacco (2008)

    Two all-timer tobacco scents (one a niche masterpiece, and the other a designer masterpiece) that don't really skew in the gourmand direction (there are sweet, spicy elements in both, but not in a foody way). One is a robust masculine with a green tinge designed to evoke nostalgic fantasy, the other is dusty and autumnal, conjuring the ambience of harvest.

    Winner: Aramis Havana (1994) - Odori Tabacco's linearity is its downfall when it goes up against Havana, which has the most dramatic and compelling evolution of any scent I know.



    2) Aramis Special Blend (2019) vs Dunhill Icon (2015)

    Two established designer houses release modern fragrances that seek to bring the past into our modern moment. Icon seeks to marry the classic neroli eau de cologne with an oud base, while Special Blend tries to bring a feeling of 1980s masculinity to a spiced whiskey and wood scent.

    Winner: Aramis Special Blend (2019) - Dunhill Icon has the cleverer structure, but it's ultimately handicapped by using common-grade materials (especially in the synthoud drydown, which isn't scratchy but is thinner than it should be). Aramis Special Blend doesn't suffer in that way.



    3) Cartier L'Envol (2016) vs L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme (2004)

    Two contemporary, unisex-skewing masculines that gorgeously suspend their central accords over a sweet, floral base.

    Winner: Cartier L'Envol (2016) - The intriguing translucent effect of L'Envol's composition is the kind of achievement that makes me marvel, and it's the kind of composition that could only be achieved using modern materials, which doubly endears it to me because it embodies the way in which contemporary perfumery can do things "classic" perfumery couldn't achieve.



    4) Aramis Tuscany per Uomo (1984) vs Tom Ford Noir Anthracite (2017)

    A classic 1980s masculine duels against a reinvention of 1980s powerhouse style. To frame it another way, this is spicy-dark, Asian-inflected synthwood take on a Gothic masculine vs a richly herbal aromatic fougere with European ambiance. It's not exactly the closest match, but they both wear dry and woodsy.

    Winner: Aramis Tuscany per Uomo (1984) - Noir Anthracite is a stunner, but its Sichuan-pepper-cooking-on-coals vibe doesn't make my heart sing the way Tuscany's Italian-fields-in-autumn does.



    5) M.A.C. Shadescents Velvet Teddy (2016) vs West Third Brand Tobacco 1812 (201?)

    The surviving honeyed tobaccos now square off. Velvet Teddy emphasizes wild honey and floral notes, while Tobacco 1812 emphasizes mint and earthy tobacco. There's a significant gap in performance between them. Velvet Teddy is persistent and strong. 1812 is an EDT with decent longevity but very light projection.

    Winner: M.A.C. Shadescents Velvet Teddy (2016) - Velvet Teddy wins by virtue of complexity and performance. It offers an intricately structured composition that makes Tobacco 1812 look a bit rudimentary in comparison.



    6) Floris Leather Oud (2014) vs Rasasi Dhanal Oudh Nashwah (2011)

    A battle of oud-leather scents. The Floris is a model example of Western perfumery, with a clean oud and clean leather and precisely defined nuances. The Rasasi is styled in a more rustic fashion, with a three-dimensional oud that skirts barnyard territory and a good dose of realistic woodsmoke.

    Winner: Floris Leather Oud (2014) - I value when a fragrance can balance clarity with nuance, and the Floris does that. There's nothing delicate about the Rasasi.



    7) Guerlain Héritage Eau de Toilette (1992) vs Tom Ford for Men Extreme (2007)

    One of the all-time great elegant masculines from one of the all-time great houses against an elegant-but-playfully-dirty from a designer house that could have been said do define the decade (though Tom Ford for Men Extreme is a bit of a stylistic outlier in the Tom Ford lineup).

    I've paired them because of their richness, their warmth, and their dense, intricate compositions.

    Winner: Tom Ford for Men Extreme (2007) - It's hard to topple a scent like Héritage, which is so tremendously versatile and so sublimely elegant. But this is the current version of Héritage we're discussing, not vintage, and it doesn't have the razzle dazzle of the current version of the Tom Ford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Thank you for the impressions shared on this thread based on a very fascinating idea.

    Would personally have a quite difficult if not even impossible task to decide in favor of one out of selection of two or more fragrances from the personal lineup, simply due to liking and enjoying to wear each too much - even among the ones with similar notes, house (s), price category etc., where in theory it would be easier to only keep one and eliminate others, based on compared performance (s), value for money etc.
    It's very hard. I just have to go with my gut. And my gut's decisions are honestly surprising me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    It's very hard. I just have to go with my gut. And my gut's decisions are honestly surprising me.
    The ones that I was hoping for got wiped out.
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    For me it is useless to contrast one perfume to another: I'd rather judge them separately as good or not good...

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    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    The ones that I was hoping for got wiped out.
    Alas.

    The heart wants what it wants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trauerkraut View Post
    For me it is useless to contrast one perfume to another: I'd rather judge them separately as good or not good...
    These are Brooks' favorite types of comments. Haha

    I tend to agree in some degree with Trauer, but hypothetical contests can be fun.
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    It's all in fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    It's very hard. I just have to go with my gut. And my gut's decisions are honestly surprising me.
    Sometimes it's useful (and fun) to mostly remove thinking and go with your first instinct. It can be easy to fall into Basenotes groupthink traps without even realizing it, and it's nice to take few steps back and really ask, "which do I like" the most? This is a big reason I like blind sampling.
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    Brooks, I take it you mean Havana vintage in the tall blue bottle? You surely can't be talking about the current version in the square bottle?

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    Didn't I once hear you comparing Tuscany to ....was it Azzaro ? Or Havana?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Kilroy View Post
    Brooks, I take it you mean Havana vintage in the tall blue bottle? You surely can't be talking about the current version in the square bottle?
    I'm talking about the current Havana, but I don't think current and vintage are very different. They're very, very close.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Kilroy View Post
    Didn't I once hear you comparing Tuscany to ....was it Azzaro ? Or Havana?
    Tuscany is often compared to Azzaro PH, though I think the prominent herbal component of Tuscany differentiates it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    I'm talking about the current Havana, but I don't think current and vintage is very different. They're very, very close.


    Tuscany is often compared to Azzaro PH, though I think the prominent herbal component of Tuscany differentiates it.


    I'll have to try my Havana again soon. Better luck this time.




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