Originally Posted by FineMoment
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.