That's a tough one. Almost all masculines have a floral component, but of course they wouldn't be classified as floral. Classics like Caron Third Man has a large dose of jasmine, but it is so well integrated that it would never be in that genre. Then there are those very, very few that are indeed masculine florals but have ended up failing commercially, like Givenchy's Insense, which smells like the inside of a florist shop where someone just went through and cut the stems on every damn flower in it. Insense is a strange fragrance.
Don't confuse certain notes with "floral" either, like some have done with Geranium Pour Monsieur. Yes, geranium is a flower, but the odor utilized in geranium-heavy concoctions comes from the leaf. I believe the same goes with many but not all violet fragrances.
That being said, I must say that Portrait of a Lady is, ironically, a masculine floral with its juicy rose.
Speaking of florals, I'm wearing Yoru no Ume, which is a lush plum blossom with what seems to be carnation.
Thanks for the recommendations and I get your points about what is and isn't florals. I'm coming off of years of wearing the same fragrance (and having no idea why I like it) and I've been trying many new samples and trying to figure out the different notes and what I like and don't like.
I will give my honest advice, but I will also note that I'm in a very, very small minority on this point: I would completely disregard the masculine / feminine distinction when it comes to perfumes. There are lots of wonderful florals that are marketed as feminine that men can wear.
That said, here's a list of some floral scents that lean masculine in the traditional sense:
Declaration d'un Soir by Cartier--spicy, woody rose
Noir de Noir by Tom Ford--a somewhat earthy, patchouli and rose
Rose Flash by Tauerville--big, resinous rose
Iquitos by Alain Delon--more old-school masculine, civety rose
Lyric Man by Amouage--bright rose with a wonderfully rendered lime note
Rose Nacrée du Désert by Guerlain--earthy rose and oud accord
Acteur by Azzaro--80's style masculine spicy rose
And of course Portrait of a Lady, as HORNS suggested. I honestly believe that everyone who enjoys fragrances should try this at least once.
Thanks for the recommendations. What you said about the masculine / feminine distinction is something that I was thinking about recently. It seems like a lot of the masculine scents are just stereotypical masculine. I don't really need to be limited by that. I'm not sure I want or need to be a stereotypical male. Floral scents (actual flowers) make my head spin but how that translates into cologne - I have no idea. I guess the fun will be trying to figure that out.
Whilst I agree in principle I think this, as well as dress code, is highly context specific.
For example, you'd never wear light brown shoes in a British investment bank. And German companies (talking from having worked with the German office of one of my previous employers) have this weird hierarchy of company cars, where it's very politically dangerous to drive a car too high for your status (and the mighty 911 is reserved for partners/C-levels). These things are not, by themselves, a deal breaker - indeed my Swiss boss used to wear green or brown supermarket suits, which he got away with because he was a star within the firm - but they can help build the wrong impression and this can have non negligible costs. People who have social capital can get away with spending it, like the Wall Street star traders rocking cow boy hats in the office, or Roja Dove, who famously wears (and indeed reconstructed and sold) classic feminines (is his favorite Mitsouko, Vol de Nuit or Shalimar?).
The same applies to perfume. The most extreme case is David Rose, a famous Silicon Valley angel (edit - duh, he's based in New York...), who actually has a negative impression of people wearing ANY fragrance at work: https://www.quora.com/What-perfume-can-I-wear-in-business-settings-to-come-across-as-confident-and-assertive-yet-not-too-girly-or-hoydenish/answer/David-S-Rose - so much for the West Coast being the headquarters of self-expression.
So, in such cases, either you wear something so subtle that it is not noticed (I'd classify classic colognes like AdP there), or it does not matter what you wear because whatever it is, it is wrong, in which case you might as well have fun with so called feminine fragrances, because it will be just as bad as an incense-rich, smoky Amouage which would be quintessentially masculine. In fact one of the historically significant feminines, Tabac Blonc, could count as a masculine by virtue of its titular ingredient and its leather... and I know many social circles where a quintessentially minimalist and banker-approved fragrance like Terre d'Hermes would be seen negatively.
Then you have location to take into account. Rose is a classically male scent in the Middle-East, but feminine to the point of being girly in many parts of Europe. Could you get away with something like Lyric Man? I'd have said yes, but my wife disagrees and immediately called it a feminine due to the dominating rose.
Personally, I play it safe-ish in business meetings with people I do not know well ("old man" scents - lavender, vetiver, etc.) and have fun on weekends and at home, or when I'm meeting people with whom I have a long business relationship already (and who know me better). I like Roja Dove's position, that perfume is first and foremost for your own enjoyment, so who cares what's on the label; I just think it's important to consider signalling as well.
Points taken and all good points. Middle Eastern scents are something that I'm very interested in and I LOVE rose. Luckily, I work in a VERY casual office so I don't need to have any constraints regarding my clothing or scent. And, unfortunately, I don't know nearly enough about scents to be able to distinguish between morning, noon, and evening or seasonal. Although, Reve en Cuir seemed like a wintry scent as I thought I smelled fir trees / evergreens in there somewhere.
SOTD - Lumiere Noire by Maison Francis Kurkdijan