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    Default Which two winter scents?

    Hello again.

    The Trussardi Riflesso and Pino Silvestre Original I purchased several days ago did not scratch my itch completely.
    The former isn't bad, and perhaps I need to warm up to it, so I'm keeping it. I'm not sure if it's the tonka bean or the apple, or the combination of both, that is throwing me off.
    The latter is as I expected -- I find it too dated. It reminded me a lot of Azzaro pour Homme, which I really disliked. Too old-school for me. With these two, I'm not sure what common note is causing the issue. Probably the lavender. Anyway, that's why I will most likely give the Pino Silvestre Original away, as I did with ApH.

    Now I'm on the lookout for a couple of fragrances for the colder months
    One for more everyday wear (including at the office), and one that is suited for an evening out with friends at a bar or restaurant. Of course, if one or both of them fit both usage scenarios, that's fine.
    Nothing formal. More on the casual side, but not too much.
    I think the evening fragrance should be something cozy, warm, and pleasant. Something that would be noticeable by the ladies as sensual, inviting, and maybe a bit romantic, but nothing loud or in-your-face. I'm not looking for a "panty dropper" or a "lady killer", as I don't go clubbing, and I'm far from a ladies man. I'm not that age either. I'm 34, if it matters.

    So far these are my main considerations:
    - Baldessarini Ultimate
    - Bentley for Men Absolute

    My secondary considerations (for which I have some reservations) are:
    - Bentley for Men Intense (I'm mentioning this mainly because I already mentioned Absolute, and surely people will recommend this instead, but I fear it may be too loud and aggressive for my needs and personality)
    - Armani Code (not sure if this isn't a bit too formal, and I am worried about the tobacco, as I absolutely hate the smell of cigars and cigarettes; perhaps that is why Burberry London wasn't my thing, in addition to the nonexistent longevity and projection)
    - Body Kouros (here I'm worried it might be too sweet and/or flirty)
    - Bvlgari Black (with this I'm worried if it wouldn't be a tad too unorthodox,.. or too sweet)
    - Man in Black (this is strange, as most of the notes worry me somewhat, but I've owned several Bvlgari fragrances, and I've come to trust them to keep things under control).

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    Default Re: Which two winter scents?

    How do you feel about Burberry London? Bentley For men Absolute is a good option IMO.
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    Default Re: Which two winter scents?

    Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Extreme would easily be my first recommendation

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    How do you feel about Burberry London? Bentley For men Absolute is a good option IMO.
    I mentioned it briefly in the first post. Had it. Gave it away. Didn't hate it, but liked nothing about it either. It was like the color gray. And performance seemed to be horrible.

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    Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Extreme would easily be my first recommendation
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    Guerlain Heritage - casual/cozy
    Serge Lutens La Fille en Aiguilles - statement/special occasion
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trilby Lark View Post
    Guerlain Heritage - casual/cozy
    I know it isn't an old scent, but I'm still worried it would be too mature for me, and smell dated to my nose, at least based on everything I've read about it, and since I cannot sample it, I would rather not risk it.

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    Guerlain Heritage - casual/cozy
    Serge Lutens La Fille en Aiguilles - statement/special occasion
    Unavailable, and possibly above my budget, if it were available.

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    Armani Mania and Emporio Armani He.
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    I would recommend looking into Thierry Mugler Pure Malt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AliveNoMore View Post
    Hello again.

    The Trussardi Riflesso and Pino Silvestre Original I purchased several days ago did not scratch my itch completely.
    The former isn't bad, and perhaps I need to warm up to it, so I'm keeping it. I'm not sure if it's the tonka bean or the apple, or the combination of both, that is throwing me off.
    The latter is as I expected -- I find it too dated. It reminded me a lot of Azzaro pour Homme, which I really disliked. Too old-school for me. With these two, I'm not sure what common note is causing the issue. Probably the lavender. Anyway, that's why I will most likely give the Pino Silvestre Original away, as I did with ApH.

    Now I'm on the lookout for a couple of fragrances for the colder months
    One for more everyday wear (including at the office), and one that is suited for an evening out with friends at a bar or restaurant. Of course, if one or both of them fit both usage scenarios, that's fine.
    Nothing formal. More on the casual side, but not too much.
    I think the evening fragrance should be something cozy, warm, and pleasant. Something that would be noticeable by the ladies as sensual, inviting, and maybe a bit romantic, but nothing loud or in-your-face. I'm not looking for a "panty dropper" or a "lady killer", as I don't go clubbing, and I'm far from a ladies man. I'm not that age either. I'm 34, if it matters.

    So far these are my main considerations:
    - Baldessarini Ultimate
    - Bentley for Men Absolute

    My secondary considerations (for which I have some reservations) are:
    - Bentley for Men Intense (I'm mentioning this mainly because I already mentioned Absolute, and surely people will recommend this instead, but I fear it may be too loud and aggressive for my needs and personality)
    - Armani Code (not sure if this isn't a bit too formal, and I am worried about the tobacco, as I absolutely hate the smell of cigars and cigarettes; perhaps that is why Burberry London wasn't my thing, in addition to the nonexistent longevity and projection)
    - Body Kouros (here I'm worried it might be too sweet and/or flirty)
    - Bvlgari Black (with this I'm worried if it wouldn't be a tad too unorthodox,.. or too sweet)
    - Man in Black (this is strange, as most of the notes worry me somewhat, but I've owned several Bvlgari fragrances, and I've come to trust them to keep things under control).
    Bvlgari Black and Bentley for Men Intense are excellent, and would be great choices!
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    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    I would recommend looking into Thierry Mugler Pure Malt.
    Not sure if that would be my style. I dislike gourmands, and Pure Malt is in that area if I'm not mistaken. Otherwise I'm sure it's top notch.

    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    Bvlgari Black and Bentley for Men Intense are excellent, and would be great choices!
    Aren't both of these a bit too much for everyday wear?

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    Own and enjoy Bentley for Men Absolute. Woody and slightly spiced gem. If you ever tried Gucci Pour Homme, and liked it, you should enjoy Bentley Absolute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Own and enjoy Bentley for Men Absolute. Woody and slightly spiced gem. If you ever tried Gucci Pour Homme, and liked it, you should enjoy Bentley Absolute.
    Unfortunately, I've not smelled Gucci Pour Homme. I'm kind of late to the perfume party.

    Let's try this: from my list, are there any two scents that are similar enough, so that I can eliminate one of them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliveNoMore View Post

    So far these are my main considerations:
    - Baldessarini Ultimate
    - Bentley for Men Absolute

    My secondary considerations (for which I have some reservations) are:
    - Bentley for Men Intense (I'm mentioning this mainly because I already mentioned Absolute, and surely people will recommend this instead, but I fear it may be too loud and aggressive for my needs and personality)
    - Armani Code (not sure if this isn't a bit too formal, and I am worried about the tobacco, as I absolutely hate the smell of cigars and cigarettes; perhaps that is why Burberry London wasn't my thing, in addition to the nonexistent longevity and projection)
    - Body Kouros (here I'm worried it might be too sweet and/or flirty)
    - Bvlgari Black (with this I'm worried if it wouldn't be a tad too unorthodox,.. or too sweet)
    - Man in Black (this is strange, as most of the notes worry me somewhat, but I've owned several Bvlgari fragrances, and I've come to trust them to keep things under control).
    For me, the Bentley Absolute is better than the Intense, but both pretty good.
    Bvlgari Man in Black is far superior to Black, IMO.
    Code has a tobacco note but it's not the main attraction. Code isn't overpowering anyway, on me anyways.
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    Alright, I'm feeling somewhat generous. If we remove Body Kouros, as it is the most expensive of the bunch (the rest all have smaller bottles), and told you that I'm open to purchasing three or even four (depending on the total price) of the fragrances, which 3/4 of them would you guys say make the most well-rounded group?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliveNoMore View Post
    Unfortunately, I've not smelled Gucci Pour Homme. I'm kind of late to the perfume party.

    Let's try this: from my list, are there any two scents that are similar enough, so that I can eliminate one of them?
    To narrow it down, my choices would be Bentley for Men Intense and then Man in Black.
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    Gucci Envy for Men would be one to consider.
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    Hey, guys!

    I went with the Baldessarini Ultimate + both Bentley's. For now. Bvlgari Black seems like a bit more eccentric and unorthodox scent that is a riskier blind buy. My tastes may not be as sophisticated to appreciate it. I will still think about it, and may get it in the near future, but no promises.

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    Owning and loving both Pino Silvestre and Trussari Riflesso, might add and consider to a further owning and/or testing list especially Baldessarini Ultimate, but also Bentley Absolute/Intense, Bvlgari Balck and/or Body Kouros

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    Already gave away my Pino Silvestre Original. Not my cup of tea.
    Wore Riflesso once. Thus far, decent scent. Performance, however, seemed to be unimpressive. I could not smell it much on myself. Needs more testing, though.

    I will share my impressions of the ones I purchased.

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    Hey,

    Received my fragrances. My impressions are below. I hope you will forgive my inability to discern individual notes and overall inexperience in describing perfumes.

    Baldessarini Ultimate is quite leathery to my nose. Not bad. It actually reminded me of Dunhill Icon, I got the same overall vibe, the difference being that Icon feels fresher, more youthful, and more playful, whereas Baldessarini Ultimate feels a bit more serious and grown up.

    Bentley Absolute was also quite decent. Perhaps just a tad too strong on the frankincense but still overall good. I guess my nose is more sensitive to incense in general, as I get quite a bit of that from Azzaro's Visit. The strange part was that one time I would get a whiff of frankincense, and another time I would get a whiff of something else I cannot describe but find weirdly pleasing.

    Also sprayed Bentley Intense on my arm a about an hour ago. The first 30 seconds were like some kind of brown alcohol (rum/whiskey/etc.)! Oh dear, I can't wear this! Then, almost instantly, all that booziness disappeared. Now I basically get woods and earthiness. Can't say that I love this, but it's alright. Perhaps a bit more mature for my personality than optimal. It actually reminds me of Zino by Davidoff, which I sampled several months ago, and remember disliking it rather strongly -- it was just too woody, earthy, and dark. This feels the same style to my nose but more wearable, although perhaps not every day, not for me at least.

    Overall, all three fragrances are a "like", not "love". Actual scents aside, all three seem to be pretty good deals in terms of quality and presentation (especially the Bentleys), so while I'm not jumping for joy from my choices, I'm not disappointed either.

    Who knows, maybe one or more of them would grow on me after more wearings. :-)




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