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    Default Newbie looking for fragrance recommendations with specific criteria

    Let me describe my "dream fragrance." I love woody fragrances but not just any kind. I am from the Northwest United States where we have a lot of evergreen forest... there is no scent more clean, fresh and, in my opinion, masculine than the smell of freshly sawn lumber or firewood. The ripped bark, wood chips and scent of sap just fills the air and is amazing. Of course, a good fragrance doesn't consist of a single note and evergreen scents very easily cross into that unbearable "Pine-Sol" territory. I recently blind-bought Grey Flannel and regretted it immediately... I would describe it as "tincture of Christmas tree and baby powder" with Methusaleh longevity and the hitting power of Muhammed Ali. So, with that background, here's what I'm looking for:

    - Woody base, with a gently evergreen coloring... more like a raw fir or pine floor than like a Christmas tree...
    - A fresh, gently soapy or powdery heart... sorry, the powder-party of GF almost caused me to dessicate into an Egyptian mummy on contact
    - An earthy or "dark" element is also welcome... reminds me of the scent of walking down a forest trail right after it has rained
    - Leather is welcome as long as it is really, really well done. John Varvatos (original) or TF Ombre Leather are examples of fragrances with good quality leather notes.
    - Spices/herbs/incense/sandalwood etc. are fine just as long as they don't cross over into old-lady-perfume territory
    - Reasonably affordable... sorry, I don't have the budget for a bespoke Paris parfum

    I welcome any suggestions or pointers as I'm pretty new at this and I am looking forward to exploring... Thanks!

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    I do enjoy wearing Dunhill Icon at this time of treat because the citrus elements take a backseat in the cold and the juniper comes to the forefront, giving it a pine/evergreen quality on top of an earthy, woody base. It reminds me of cool, crisp winter air.

    But if you can stretch your budget, try Amouage Journey Man. It feels like it fits your wish list to a tee (and it's terrific).

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    Certain Comme des Garcons e.g Artek Standard or Sugi

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    I don't know what "reasonably affordable" means to you. If it's not something you plan on wearing daily, then get a travel spray of Profumum Roma Arso. You should be able to find that for less than $100. No soapy heart, but it's everything else on your list.
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    Comme des Garcons Wonderwood or Wonderoud.
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    Default Re: Newbie looking for fragrance recommendations with specific criteria

    Quote Originally Posted by ultravisitor View Post
    If it's not something you plan on wearing daily, then get a travel spray of Profumum Roma Arso.
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    Itasca by Lubin
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    Comme des Garcons Zagorsk
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    Default Re: Newbie looking for fragrance recommendations with specific criteria

    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Itasca by Lubin
    Another vote for Itasca.

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    Thanks everyone! Unfortunately, I don't have edit privileges on OP, so here's the summary:

    Dunhill Icon
    Amouage Journey Man
    Comme des Garçons
    - Artek Standard
    - Monocle Scent Three: Sugi
    - Wonderwood
    - Wonderoud
    - Zagorsk
    Profumum Roma Arso+
    Itasca by Lubin+
    Lacoste Style in Play (Red)

    I notice a ton of CdG recommends. Will have to send out for some samples. Thanks again!

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    I don't think CdG Hinoki got mentioned yet. That's another good one. Also would add Bottega Veneta Pour Homme and/or its Extreme flanker. The performance is a bit subtle (read:underwhelming), but it's got a great pine and soft suede combo. The leather element is pretty subtle, it's mostly a smooth, clean pine. I grew up in Seattle and when I lived in California this was a nice olfactory escape to the PNW's foresty landscape.
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    JSP Burvuvu. Cedar, Lichen and Rose.

    John Biebel starts with a base of his Treebuoy and messes it up with Rose and Leathery Castoreum.

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    I recommend Rouge Perfumery Mousse Illuminee
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    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    I recommend Rouge Perfumery Mousse Illuminee
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    Perhaps at the upper budget limit a small (er) bottle of either these affordable niche fragrances (not really more expensive than the upper end of designer scent pricing), all by the traditional British house of Penhaligon's might work: Blenheim Bouquet, Opus 1870 and/or Sartorial.

    There is quite a series of advantages about these fragrances, including but not limited to:

    - the aforementioned cost factor, while still niche priced significantly below bespoke Paris niche and often even more affordable if bought from online discounters and/or chain stores like TJ Maxx/TK Maxx that do mostly have this in stock,

    - relatively good and widespread availability,

    - a certain similarity not so with the actual scent as much as the concept and style behind Grey Flannel, even if by two entirely different houses,

    - moderate and fairly restrained but still persistent, lasting performance, with almost ideal appropriateness in cooler, even cold temperatures

    - successful rendition of most required notes, particularly pine and/or fir in Blenheim Bouquet, but not stingy on the earthy, patchouli, sandalwood and/or more generally woody notes, spices and herbs also not missing, while newer becoming powdery in an offensive way

    - soapiness present again in all three, this time especially in the barbershop style clean, crisp, almost linear no-nonsense, functionally elegant Sartorial

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    Default Re: Newbie looking for fragrance recommendations with specific criteria

    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    I recommend Rouge Perfumery Mousse Illuminee
    I’m going to smell my sample of this this evening! I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s all about, nothing but praise for this one.

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    If you want very natural authentic forest wood type colognes, try Juniper Ridge. They have a very nice selection, and their stuff is the real thing.

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    Hinoki and Dior Granville if you can find some.
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    Bracken Man by Amouage or Patrick by Fragrances from Ireland
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    With the description in the OP, and no one mentions Polo? What, did you just assume I would come in here and do it?
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    Default Re: Newbie looking for fragrance recommendations with specific criteria

    Woody cologne to me be like Devin Aramis or Woody n piney would be polo green , Santos cartier , from what I own , I also own vintages that are no longer available, also Caron Yatagan also read is very similar to Devin but better
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