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    I always enjoy "if you like X, try Y" threads. They can help beginners get a feel for similarities in fragrances and they can help those with more experience find new fragrances to try. The inspiration for this thread came as I was wearing Bel Ami the other day, and kept thinking "gosh, this wears a lot like something I already own" (spoiler: it was Third Man).

    So, here's my ask: pick a favorite fragrance or two and share two others you find occupy a similar style, ranking them from good to better to best. I'm not looking for "dupes," just fragrances which share a similar space in your wardrobe. There are already a ton of "clone" or "find me something similar" threads, so I'd appreciate responses which don't cover tried-and-true comparisons (think Original Santal / Individual / Joop or Green Irish Tweed / Cool Water / Aspen or *shudder* Aventus / Explorer / Whatever). Basically, don't make this a "favorite clones" thread, please.

    To add an extra wrinkle, I think it would be interesting to limit the trio to one from each price category of low-, mid-, and high-tier (don't bother setting arbitrary price tiers...use your own experience/judgement).

    I'll start, to give an idea of how this might work:

    Good: Hermes Bel Ami (mid-tier)

    Better: Caron Third Man (low-tier)

    Best: Frederic Malle Noir Epices (high-tier)

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    Nice thread idea! Subcribed!
    Current Top 5

    Azzaro Azzaro Pour Homme
    Ralph Lauren Polo
    Guerlain Heritage EDT
    Chanel Egoiste
    Chanel Allure Homme

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    Lower tier: Le Male

    Middle Tier: Penhaligon’s Sartorial

    Upper tier: Invasion Barbare

    Order ascends in terms of price and quality.
    *My current wardrobe is up to date as of: 7/29/20

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    Default Re: Good / Better / Best

    Yep, great idea for a thread.

    Good: Armani Lui
    Better: Gucci Rush (pre discontinuation prices)
    Best: YSL Rue 24

    Good: 4711
    Better: Villoresi Acqua di Colonia
    Best: Heeley Oranges & Lemons

    Good: Brut (in vintage form)
    Better: Gucci Nobile (pre discontinuation prices)
    Best: YSL Rive Gauche

    Good: CdG Avignon
    Better: Montale Full Incense
    Best: Heeley Cardinal

    Good: Bvlgari Aqua
    Better: Heeley Sel Marin
    Best: Tom Ford Oud Minerale

    Good: Gucci Intense Oud
    Better: YSL M7
    Best: MFK Oud Extrait

    There are so many I could do here. Great thread.
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    Currently wearing: Aventus by Creed

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    For anyone looking at purchasing Ensar Parfums, these are essentially the best you can get as they are all flankers of EO1 which is a pure leathery/Oud masterpiece.

    Good: Crime and Punishment
    Better: Tigerlust
    Best: EO1

    For thick, complex and heavy pipe/cigar tobacco Attars or parfums

    Good: Sultan Pasha’s Tabac Grande
    Better: Elixir Attar’s Mythique
    Best: Slumberhouse Baque

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    Default Re: Good / Better / Best

    Soapy:

    Good: Bond No. 9 Great Jones
    Better: Odori Cuoio
    Best: Hermes Equipage

    Oriental Fougeres:

    Good: Lalique Pour Homme
    Better: Nicolai Parfumeur New York Intense
    Best: Carven Homme

    Sharp Suederal Leathers:

    Good: Charriol Royal Leather
    Better: Parfums de Marly Godolphin
    Best: Acqua di Parma Colonia Leather

    Soft/Sweet Suederal Leathers:

    Good: Monotheme Leather
    Better: Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
    Best: BOIS 1920 Oro

    Tobacco:

    Good: Ferre for Man (Cormano)
    Better: Odori Tabacco
    Best: Frapin Speakeasy

    Citrus Vetiver:

    Good: Guerlain Homme L'eau Boisee
    Better: Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Racine
    Best: Escentric Molecules Escentric 03

    Woody:

    Good: Gucci Pour Homme 2003
    Better: biehl parfumkunstwerke al03
    Best: Profumum Roma Arso

    Sports:

    Good: Aventus Cologne
    Better: Dior Homme Sport 2008
    Best: Caron Pour Un Homme Sport

    Purist Vetiver:

    Good: Guerlain Vetiver
    Better: Dior Vetiver
    Best: Lubin Le Vetiver
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    Default Re: Good / Better / Best

    Good: Osmanthe - Le Cercle Des Parfumeurs
    Better: Osmanthus Guilin by Brecourt
    Best: Absolute Osmanthus oil by Clive Christian
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    Straight to Heaven ✒️ Straight to Heaven Extreme ✒️ Ursa

    Comme des Garcons Tar ✒️ Rien ✒️ Rien Intense Incense

    NY ✒️ NY Intense ✒️ Derby

    L'Heure Bleue ✒️ Dragonfly ✒️ Profundis

    Salome ✒️ Montecristo ✒️ Hard Leather

    Cool Water ✒️ Green Irish Tweed ✒️ Fathom V

    Qourom ✒️ Polo Green ✒️ Opus VII

    Dior Homme Parfum ✒️ Dior Homme 2005 ✒️ Iris Nazarena

    La Nuit de l'Homme ✒️ Mortal Skin ✒️ Nabucco Parfum Fin

    Coco Mademoiselle ✒️ Allure Sensuelle ✒️ Coco Noir Extrait

    Jovan Musk ✒️ Montale Musk Aoud ✒️ Roja Dove Musk Aoud

    Fahrenheit ✒️ vintage Fahrenheit ✒️ Narciso Rodriguez for Him

    2Man ✒️ Tam Dao ✒️ Encre Noire A L'Extreme

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    Clean and Crisp Sparkling White citrus:

    Good: John Varvatos Artisan Blu

    Better: Dior Homme Cologne

    Best: Xerjoff Nio

    Price ascends with quality.



    Fresh Spicy Pepper

    Good: Infinite Spicy

    Better: Poivre Electrique

    Best: Poivre Samarcande


    Smoky-earthy Vetiver

    Decent: Encre Noire a L’Extreme

    Good: Sycomore (current stuff....OG was phenomenal)

    Better: MPG Route du Vetiver

    Best: Jovoy Private Label
    *My current wardrobe is up to date as of: 7/29/20

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    This might be controversial but vetiver is the only one I could think of where I have 3 that I could rank, and I've never smelled the cheaper vetiver options to put under Chanel so here goes:

    Vetiver:
    Good: Chanel Sycomore (EDP, it's been too long since I smelled EDT to remember)
    Better: D.S. and Durga Cowboy Grass (the dry down is almost the same as Chanel, but it is cheaper and a bit more complex and interesting to me)
    Best: Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire (it is so smooth, so modern and perfected I can wear it any day any season)

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    Default Re: Good / Better / Best

    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    Smoky-earthy Vetiver

    Decent: Encre Noire a L’Extreme

    Good: Sycomore (current stuff....OG was phenomenal)

    Better: MPG Route du Vetiver

    Best: Jovoy Private Label
    BB - MPG RdV isn't smoky; although Jovoy Private Label is amazing and will top the smoky vetiver's...
    Currently wearing: Cedrat Boise by Mancera

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    Among Vetiver's:

    Clean Vetiver:
    Best - Frederic Malle Vetiver Extrodinaire
    Better - Dior Prive - Vetiver
    Good - Guerlain Philtre d'Amour

    Dirty Vetiver's:
    Best - tie - Annick Goutal Vetiver & MPeG Route du Vetiver, both strictly in vintage versions
    Good - Etro Vetiver vintage

    Smoke Vetiver's:
    Best - Jovoy Private Label
    Better - Sycomore
    Good - Encre Noire
    Currently wearing: Cedrat Boise by Mancera

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    Default Re: Good / Better / Best

    Spicy-minty barbershop:

    Good: Diptyque L’eau

    Better: Caron L’Anarchiste

    Best: Creed Viking

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    Quote Originally Posted by badarun View Post
    BB - MPG RdV isn't smoky; although Jovoy Private Label is amazing and will top the smoky vetiver's...
    I don’t know.... I seem to remember it being very dark, earthy and smokey as it dried down, kind of like Sycomore but more raw, darker, and unpolished, though it was greener in the opening.

    It was a while ago however, so I could be confusing it for something else.
    *My current wardrobe is up to date as of: 7/29/20

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    Default Re: Good / Better / Best

    Fresh:

    Good: Aspen
    Better: Cool Water (script font)
    Best: GIT
    My Top '11':

    - Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - Antaeus (vtg)
    - Azzaro: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - Armani: AdG Profumo
    - Jacques Bogart: Furyo
    - Guerlain: Héritage (vtg)
    - Thierry Mugler: A*men
    - SA: Al Basel
    - D&G: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - YSL: Kouros (vtg)
    - VC&A: Pour Homme




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