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Yeah, I'm glad I got a bottle of it. It's a perfect scent for a Fall day.
This evening I'm wearing Bel Ami.

That's a good follow-up. BelAmi, Halston, Caron Yatagan, Giorgio for Men, Bijan, Balenciaga Pour Homme (the original one), Givenchy Gentleman... are all inspirations for the original Gucci PH. IIRC, TF wanted one that was a great throwback to those vintage, masculine spicy scents of the 70's/80's that by the early 2000's had been turned into aquatic nightmares (Aqua di Gio, oh my!)
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Originally Posted by HORNS View Post

Yeah, I'm glad I got a bottle of it. It's a perfect scent for a Fall day.
This evening I'm wearing Bel Ami.

That's a good follow-up. BelAmi, Halston, Caron Yatagan, Giorgio for Men, Bijan, Balenciaga Pour Homme (the original one), Givenchy Gentleman... are all inspirations for the original Gucci PH. IIRC, TF wanted one that was a great throwback to those vintage, masculine spicy scents of the 70's/80's that by the early 2000's had been turned into aquatic nightmares (Aqua di Gio, oh my!)

His Rive Gauche Pour Homme is a glaring example of that footing in the world and history that preceded current fragrances and really shows how solid of a designer he is.
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It's been a long 4 days so I thought I could reward myself and use up a tiny bit of my most precious sample: Eau de Vetyver, the original, by Givenchy. It is confirmed as my favourite fragrance ever.

 

Good luck getting hold of the thing, though, if you want to try it. I'm not alone in my opinion.

 

Still looking for a modern vetiver that gets even 20% of the way there. No, Malle was not it.

post #25294 of 25872
Today I am wearing 1740 - Marquis de Sade. Probably the most amazing immortelle fragrance I've ever tried.
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Originally Posted by crdb View Post

It's been a long 4 days so I thought I could reward myself and use up a tiny bit of my most precious sample: Eau de Vetyver, the original, by Givenchy. It is confirmed as my favourite fragrance ever.

Good luck getting hold of the thing, though, if you want to try it. I'm not alone in my opinion.

Still looking for a modern vetiver that gets even 20% of the way there. No, Malle was not it.

Parfums Givenchy is one that truly, truly suffered when Hubert himself sold his cosmetics business in the 90's. LVMH pretty much gutted the existing ones, and never really created anything new worth trying. Gentleman is pissy water with some patchouli compared to its old self. Vetiver is no more. L'interdit was gutted. Monsieur and Eau de Givenchy lost their kick as well. And Givenchy III (one of the great chypres) is gone, too.

Givenchy really kept up with Dior in creating truly fascinating fragrances throughout the 1950's-70's. Between the two of them, they pretty much defined an entire era and covered all the bases.

Speaking of, I think I'll dip into my coveted (small) supply of the original L'interdit. It's definitely too classically feminine for most guys to wear (it's a floral aldehyde like Chanel no. 5). But unlike the Chanel, which always has a cold, crisp feel... this is very soft and warm. If the Chanel is like a black/white tweed jacket, L'interdit is like a pink cashmere sweater.
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Parfums Givenchy is one that truly, truly suffered when Hubert himself sold his cosmetics business in the 90's. LVMH pretty much gutted the existing ones, and never really created anything new worth trying. Gentleman is pissy water with some patchouli compared to its old self. Vetiver is no more. L'interdit was gutted. Monsieur and Eau de Givenchy lost their kick as well. And Givenchy III (one of the great chypres) is gone, too.

Givenchy really kept up with Dior in creating truly fascinating fragrances throughout the 1950's-70's. Between the two of them, they pretty much defined an entire era and covered all the bases.

Speaking of, I think I'll dip into my coveted (small) supply of the original L'interdit. It's definitely too classically feminine for most guys to wear (it's a floral aldehyde like Chanel no. 5). But unlike the Chanel, which always has a cold, crisp feel... this is very soft and warm. If the Chanel is like a black/white tweed jacket, L'interdit is like a pink cashmere sweater.

I wouldn't say Monsieur packs a "punch" per se... it's more subtle than that. I've found myself reaching for my bottle of the original vintage over and over again these past few weeks (hence not really posting on the thread). I look at my collection, I wonder what I feel like and it always, systematically wins.

 

The key is that it is virtually perfect, in great taste and really well made, but completely understated and not making any specific "point" that could be quoted in the marketing brochure. It is the Beethoven 3 of perfumes. Reliable, still somehow really interesting, understated by modern standards but with the structure and proportions of a classical cathedral. 

 

I do have some Gentleman as well but I can't get past the patchouli. It gives it a dated feel and it is too strong to feel understated. I can't find the objective beauty (to quote Roudnitska) that would define a masterpiece that is so present in the almost invisible Monsieur.

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Could you help me find something low profile and good for morning that smells "just clean & fresh"? I am thinking maybe something smells like baby powder/ soap/ shower stuff etc

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Could you help me find something low profile and good for morning that smells "just clean & fresh"? I am thinking maybe something smells like baby powder/ soap/ shower stuff etc

As for what smells like soap, it depends what you are used to. Americans have synthetic musks in their soaps for example, so something with musk (or rather, muscones?) would smell "soapy clean" to an American and almost animalic to the French.

 

From a European POV, I'd look into Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur if you'd like something more leathery (but still light and pleasant), the scent is similar to Imperial Leather soap, refined and better balanced. Hermes Equipage (vintage, not the new stuff) also fits the bill, although it is much colder and more formal. If you spent time in Provence, and like lavender soap, Yohji Homme although we're getting closer to fougere territory, later in the morning (but it does not have the same astringent pungency as modern fougeres). I personally think Aramis (or the softer, more complex Cabochard de Gres, by the same perfumer) also fit the bill, but the oakmoss might disqualify them in warm weather.

 

If you want to smell completely dry and clean, MFK Aqua Vitae and Aqua Universalis (both Forte, or not) might work. Think orange blossom, white florals, a bit of spice to balance the whole thing. I personally find them too vibrant and too lacking in warmth.

 

I shave often with vetiver scented cream, so to me a clean vetiver - like aforementioned Eau de Vetyver vintage by Givenchy, if you can find it; Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire if not - is a nice clean morning scent. I've been recommended to buy aged vetiver from the producer. 

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Could you help me find something low profile and good for morning that smells "just clean & fresh"? I am thinking maybe something smells like baby powder/ soap/ shower stuff etc

I recommend a classic EDC style scent. I own and like Tom Ford Private Blend Neroli Portofino. Frederic Malle Cologne Indelebile is also good.
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Looks like we're all on the same page. My first two thoughts were exactly something from MfK's line like APOM or Universalis etc and some sort of EdC like TF NP or Indelible etc.
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Had a discussion with someone who suggested the reason Eau de Vetyver is so good is that it is old, and has aged well in the bottle. 

 

As such I'm in the market for aged vetiver oil. Any ideas for suppliers, cost? The only suggestion I could find on Basenotes was to buy some off somewhere like edenbotanicals and age it myself. 

post #25303 of 25872
The image of L'Interdit as pink cashmere sweater is perfect, IMO. I've got the vintage version, but I've never tried the updated version.

SOTD: TF Noir de Noir. I've always been a big fan. I get a dark, chocolaty rose. It smells like something I would want to drink.
SOTE: ELDO Sécrétions Magnifiques. It's a very metallic, bright floral. There are supposed to be milky notes, but I don't get them. An ex-girlfriend did get those notes, though, and almost vomited when she smelled it. (She did ask me to let her smell it, by the way. She had been warned!) I've actually received compliments on this.
post #25304 of 25872
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Originally Posted by FineMoment View Post

Could you help me find something low profile and good for morning that smells "just clean & fresh"? I am thinking maybe something smells like baby powder/ soap/ shower stuff etc

@Ambulance Chaser rec of a classic EdC is a good one. This will keep you from getting too far into the marine/aquatics category (eg Aqua di Gio)... which are very, very popular, "fresh and clean," and generally as interesting as watching paint dry.

Along those lines... while fresh and clean aren't my stock in trade, I do like Comme des Garcons Series 4 Colognes (Vettiveru, Ambar, and Citrico). Vettiveru is my favorite, but Citrico is nice as well. They used to only come in gigantic bottles, but I believe now you can get them in smaller sizes. You can get them on Luckyscent.

L'eau de l'artisan by L'artisan Parfumeur or Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte might also be two unexpected, but fresh and interesting, scents. Not much soap/shower gel there... but citrus and green.

In my "light and nice, at twice the price!" category... one could do worse than Creed Neroli Sauvage or Millesime Imperial. I'm not a big Creed fan (okay, not at ALL!), but they might be worth a sniff.
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