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    Default Fresh, spicy, and easy to wear?

    I am looking for something new to put on in the coming months when the weather turns colder. Something fresh, spicy, and easy to wear. For reference, I own and love Endymion but I don’t have much else in that category and I don’t want to grow tired of my young adult British son.

    For further reference, I tend to like freshies from houses like Creed and MFK. I still haven’t graduated to more artistic, heavy, and interesting stuff. Don’t know if I ever will. For now at least, just something well made, easy on the nose, and widely appealing for me, thanks.

    I have tested (and re-tested) a bunch of stuff during the last couple of weeks but I haven’t found what I am looking for. A couple of examples. I like Viking but I am not sure I love it. The heavy handed pepper is a bit too much for me. I am also not completely sold on the old school vibe. I really enjoy the dry down though. Layton was a big miss. Way too heavy and medicinal (or herbal?) for my liking. It was also much too loud and quickly became cloying on my skin. Not a fan of the patchouli. From the reviews, I thought it would be a lot fresher. Spice and Wood, on the other hand, came a lot closer to hitting the mark. I really liked how airy and smooth it was. However, I think I overdosed on birch from Aventus. Also a bit expensive to me for an everyday scent. 1725 did not really jibe with me. I love licorice in candy and ice cream but I am not a fan of the note in here. Moreover, I guess I am not much for the traditional lavender and vanilla combo. A bit too heavy, I reckon – at least when both notes are upfront. Gentle Fluidity Silver, in contrast, showed a lot of promise. In particular, I really liked the juniper berries, nutmeg, and coriander. However, there is some dry synthetic woods in there that come through in the middle, which I really don’t like – at least not in that amount. A shame really, as I enjoyed the rest of the fragrance quite a bit.

    With the above in mind, where do you suggest I go from here?

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    I’m enjoying YSL Tuxedo at the moment. It’s fresh...(ish), spicey and as a designer led fragrance very much an easy dumb reach

    Very much worth sampling given your criteria


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    Default Re: Fresh, spicy, and easy to wear?

    Tan D'Epices perhaps.
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    Royal Oud fits the bill for me. Also, it can be had for cheaper than Aventus on the FB groups/gray market.
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    You sound quite particular which is fine.

    I would second the ROYAL OUD recommendation. Sample it.
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    1+ YSL Tuxedo. YSL La Nuit De L'Homme is still good, if you don't mind something which doesn't last.

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    Tuxedo and Royal Oud are both excellent for sure. Not sure if they are fresh enough however.

    Perhaps one of these?

    Ormonde Jayne - Ormonde Man
    Kenneth Cole - Mankind
    Gucci - Pour Homme II
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    6. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    7. Dior - Homme Sport 2008
    8. by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
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    I see you have access to Histoires de Parfums. The freshies of the house are in the This is not a blue bottle series, especially no 1. Fresh spicy, not too heavy or complex, but done well.

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    Amouage Beloved Man

    Chanel Egoiste

    Amouage Ciel Pour Homme

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    One of my great loves from the fresh, spicy quadrant is Dirty Ginger by Heretic Parfums. It is absolutely stunning. Fresh and effervescent from the ginger and lime with cumin added in just the right way to give it some kick. I can't stand cumin if it's over used, but in this fragrance it is used perfectly! I can't give this one a high enough recommendation based on my tastes, but perhaps you could try a sample to see what you think.

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    How about Serge Lutens Five O’Clock au Gingembre? I found it exactly fits the criteria word for word.

    Notes: bergamot, ginger, honey, patchouli, pepper, cocoa
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    +1 for Ormonde Man by Ormonde Jayne

    Also
    Platinum Egoiste by Chanel
    French Lover by Frederic Malle
    Lumiere Noire Pour Homme by MFK

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    1725 Casanova by Histoires de Parfums
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    Default Re: Fresh, spicy, and easy to wear?

    Another vote for Ormonde Man.

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    YSL Jazz

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    I would check out Initio Rehab.. it’s very fresh with a spicy feel.

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    ​The Cologne Cabinet “Top 7” for October -

    * Polo Green
    * Aramis Havana
    * Safari for Men
    * Azzaro Pour Homme
    * Michael Kors for Men
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    Default Re: Fresh, spicy, and easy to wear?

    A ridiculously expensive, but excellent fragrance that fits the title of this thread perfectly is Oud Vert Intense from Fragrance du Bois.

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    Eau d'Hermes is a perfect contender.

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    I would suggest either Chanel Egoiste or Guerlain Heritage
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    Default Re: Fresh, spicy, and easy to wear?

    Hanae Mori HiM: it’s Gucci PHII meets Spicebomb.

    Since you enjoyed Viking, perhaps give Caron L’Anarchiste a try.

    Finally, it may be too “old school”, but Aramis Havana is much more fresh than most reviews would lead one to believe.

    For what it’s worth (since it was mentioned three times), I don’t find Royal Oud fresh or easy to wear, but your mileage may vary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
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    Another excellent one.
    I don’t understand.It is so vast that surpasses all understanding.Understanding is always limited.But not understanding can have no boundaries.I feel like I'm much more complete when I don't understand.Not understanding,like I say,is a gift.Not understanding,but not as a simple-minded.The good thing is to be intelligent and not understand.It's a strange blessing, like having craziness without being crazy.It is a meek disinterest,it is a stupid sweetness.
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    Mentioned above Gucci Pour Homme II is great but getting hard to find for a fair price. Also, Cartier Declaration is fresh but kind of spicy. Also Declaration Essence.

    Some others that are fresh but spicy are:

    Dunhill Icon - a simple spice and light fresh woods - like this one.
    Dior Homme Sport - prefer the 2012 version but 2017 version fine as well.
    Comme des Garçons: Kyoto, Sequoia and Palisander (Red series) and also Oarzazate (Incense series) - unusual spice blends with freshness.
    Frapin L'Humaniste - freshness of a gin and tonic with emphasis on the juniper berries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzlepuff View Post
    . Also, Cartier Declaration is fresh but kind of spicy. Also Declaration Essence.

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    I would suggest Orris Noir or Ormonde Man by Ormonde Jayne


    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Schmo View Post
    I am looking for something new to put on in the coming months when the weather turns colder. Something fresh, spicy, and easy to wear. For reference, I own and love Endymion but I don’t have much else in that category and I don’t want to grow tired of my young adult British son.

    For further reference, I tend to like freshies from houses like Creed and MFK. I still haven’t graduated to more artistic, heavy, and interesting stuff. Don’t know if I ever will. For now at least, just something well made, easy on the nose, and widely appealing for me, thanks.

    I have tested (and re-tested) a bunch of stuff during the last couple of weeks but I haven’t found what I am looking for. A couple of examples. I like Viking but I am not sure I love it. The heavy handed pepper is a bit too much for me. I am also not completely sold on the old school vibe. I really enjoy the dry down though. Layton was a big miss. Way too heavy and medicinal (or herbal?) for my liking. It was also much too loud and quickly became cloying on my skin. Not a fan of the patchouli. From the reviews, I thought it would be a lot fresher. Spice and Wood, on the other hand, came a lot closer to hitting the mark. I really liked how airy and smooth it was. However, I think I overdosed on birch from Aventus. Also a bit expensive to me for an everyday scent. 1725 did not really jibe with me. I love licorice in candy and ice cream but I am not a fan of the note in here. Moreover, I guess I am not much for the traditional lavender and vanilla combo. A bit too heavy, I reckon – at least when both notes are upfront. Gentle Fluidity Silver, in contrast, showed a lot of promise. In particular, I really liked the juniper berries, nutmeg, and coriander. However, there is some dry synthetic woods in there that come through in the middle, which I really don’t like – at least not in that amount. A shame really, as I enjoyed the rest of the fragrance quite a bit.

    With the above in mind, where do you suggest I go from here?

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    YES
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    Default Re: Fresh, spicy, and easy to wear?

    Couldn’t disagree with the previously mentioned DHS, GPH II, HiM, La Nuit and Royal Oud. Perhaps Bavx, Bentley for Men Absolute, or Spicebomb?
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