Originally Posted by NaTionS
Just getting into the fragrance game, Gucci Envy today.
RE: Black Orchid, that's a woman's perfume isn't it? Or is it unisex?
If you're getting into the game, FIRST thing is to disregard COMPLETELY whether a fragrance is marketed for men or women. Most all scents are created first as a scent, and many are then sold to companies, which then market them/position them where they want. For example, JC Ellena shopped his green tea scent around for ages before Bvlgari finally picked it up and marketed it as they did. But, the scent itself is just a scent. Many parfumers do that... they have scents sitting on the shelf for ages before they finally get picked up.
Try something like chanel no. 19 or Cuir de Russie, for example. both marketed to "women," and yet every bit as manly as a Guerlain Vetiver or Tom Ford scent.
Black Orchid is completely unisex. If you just try frags marketed to "men," you'll miss out on many, if not most, of the TRUE classics of parfumery.
Welcome to the Fragrance World and Gucci Envy is a good place to start.
Now, go sniff Black Orchid and fall in love.
If you live near a Barney's, also go sniff Malle's Portrait of a Lady. It's one that you'll say, "what a girly name!" and then absolutely be willing to give a kidney to buy a bottle.
To ThomSquared, I like LeLabo, but I think starting off with that one might be tough. It's definitely "perfume lover's perfume," IMHO. The Chanel les exclusifs line is quite nice, and you can sample them at the Chanel boutiques.
Tom Ford's Private Blend is perhaps what you are thinking, and some of those you might like. You might also like something like his regular line's Grey Vetiver, which is easily found at most major (decent) department stores.
I think you might also like Bond no. 9 Riverside Drive, if you are looking for a distinctive, but still very fresh, "normal" scent that isn't too weird. It's a really wonderful "gentlemanly" scent.