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Fragrance Top 10

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by rach2jlc, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    No love for Penhaligon's excellent Blenheim Bouquet [​IMG]
    A favorite on the shaving forums but I never found it to be long lasting or uniquely smelling. Never really fell for any of the Penn's.
     
  2. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A favorite on the shaving forums but I never found it to be long lasting or uniquely smelling. Never really fell for any of the Penn's.

    I agree... it's nice, but not so nice that I'd really want to spend the time hunting down a bottle.
     
  3. slycedbred

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    I'm probably going to get flak for this, but I like FCUK Him...It doesn't last long and it isn't very original, but what is when there are thousands of scents out there? Wearing this scent, I've gotten compliments from complete strangers on a regular basis...Everyone I compliments me as well...It just seems to attract everyone...I think that's what cologne is for...
     
  4. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm probably going to get flak for this, but I like FCUK Him....

    Just because it is a mainstream scent doesn't mean it isn't good. I haven't smelled FCUK in particular, but there are a lot of mid-range scents that I like a lot. For example, Emporio Armani He WHITE is one that I really enjoy in the summer, even though it isn't all that innovative. YSL Body Kouros, regular Kouros, Halston Z-14, and Versace Dreamer are a few others.

    Niche scents are neat, but what they make up in originality they often lack in versatility (or, as drizz mentioned above, accessibility). Often they aren't interested in smelling "good" as much as making a statement or creating a mood, so often you'll have scents that aren't going to please many beyond the wearer himself/herself. So, whereas as a bottle of FCUK might find uses as a daily scent, a $200 bottle of Frederic Malle or Amouage might only be usable for specific, certain occasions, something like Corthay shoes vs. Alden or Loake.
     
  5. slycedbred

    slycedbred Senior member

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    I know what you're saying...After hearing about some of these niche scents, I ordered some samples from luckyscent...I got cdg (anbar and vetiver), cedre blanc by someone or another, Mark Birley and Divine l'homme sage...cedre blanc made me gag every time I smelled it, I liked Mark Birley, but it was just like any other generic scent to me. I loved Divine sooo much, but no one else liked it. I desperately wanted to like the cdg's and they did eventually grow on me...But for my purposes it just wasnt practical...and about making a "statement", I'm not so sure because even in the niche market it seems theres just a lot of "copycating" with not much originality. Every comment I see on luckyscent about a certain scent, someone else will be like OMG ____ is just like ____ except worse/better!!!11 And anyways, I don't adhere to the belief that different for the sake of difference is not always (if ever) better...

    My conclusion, MOST niche fragrances are like women's "fashion"

    *edit* what's with the women on luckyscent buying men's fragrances then complaining that they're just too manly??
     
  6. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    You know, just when I think I've found a scent my wife hates above all others, I find a niche scent (Ormonde Man, L'Autre, etc) that reveals a new depth of her hatred. Only niche scents seem to inspire such a response.
     
  7. designprofessor

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    No love for Penhaligon's excellent Blenheim Bouquet [​IMG]

    I'm in.
     
  8. Dmax

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    I know what you're saying...After hearing about some of these niche scents, I ordered some samples from luckyscent...I got cdg (anbar and vetiver), cedre blanc by someone or another, Mark Birley and Divine l'homme sage...cedre blanc made me gag every time I smelled it, I liked Mark Birley, but it was just like any other generic scent to me. I loved Divine sooo much, but no one else liked it. I desperately wanted to like the cdg's and they did eventually grow on me...But for my purposes it just wasnt practical...and about making a "statement", I'm not so sure because even in the niche market it seems theres just a lot of "copycating" with not much originality. Every comment I see on luckyscent about a certain scent, someone else will be like OMG ____ is just like ____ except worse/better!!!11 And anyways, I don't adhere to the belief that different for the sake of difference is not always (if ever) better...

    My conclusion, MOST niche fragrances are like women's "fashion"
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    I disagree. I don't think you should give up on niche fragnances all together after smelling only 5 and then not even the 5 better known as the representatives of typical niche. Your wallet will be happier though. [​IMG]



    Some "niche" (the definition is not clear cut BTW) houses like Creed have been producing the same fragnance for decades or even centuries (with some reformulations I am sure) and they certainly qualify as classic as opposed to fashionable. Creed has cought some flak lately for promoting their association with celebrities but the celebrities in question are usually long dead and usually the "classier" type.

    I think it is the mainstream fragances that are most like "women's fashion". Each celebrity of the moment (Britney Spears, Sarah Jessica Parker, Paris Hilton, Gwen Stephani, Orange County Choppers!!, etc..) feels entitled to license their name to one or more fragnances developed by one of the big cosmetic companies. There are about 200 new fragnaces released each year and most of them just re-hash the same old themes designed to elicit "nice" comments from majority of the population and not offend anyone.

    Smaller, "niche" fragance companies can afford to take chances and let their parfumers really go all out. Some people may hate them but noone is left feeling indiffferent. Parfumes Frederic Malle is one example of such a company.
     
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    Dmax Senior member

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    As a follow up, if you have never tried a niche, boutique, artisanal, independent or however you call it scent, try a sample of Creed Bois du Portugal and Creed Green Irish Tweed and let me know if you are still not impressed.
     
  10. Eustace Tilley

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    A favorite on the shaving forums but I never found it to be long lasting or uniquely smelling. Never really fell for any of the Penn's.

    I have actually found the Pen's to be incredibly long-lasting (I have the Racquets and Quercus as well). Certainly longer than my Acqua di Parma, Floris and Bond No.9. Perhaps only Creed's GIT tops the Blenheim in longevity.

    Naturally, the effectiveness of scents vary greatly person-to-person, so your experience may be different.

    ET
     
  11. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I've had fair longevity with the Blenheim, but nothing extraordinary. Bond, on the other hand, tends to do well with me, especially HOT Always, Little Italy, West Broadway, Nuits de Noho and Riverside Drive. Hamptons was really boring and didn't last well on me, neither really did Great Jones (but I didn't like the scent much, so maybe I was just trying to "block" it from my nose).

    Creeds are across the board with me... Royal Water, Neroli Sauvage, Bois de Cedrat, and MI never really last on me, but others like Tabarome, SMW, Aubepine Acacia, and especially Himalaya seem to last very well.

    I LOVE many of L'artisans scents, but I tend to get fairly poor longevity out of them, especially with Voleur de Rose, L'eau ne Navegar and L'eau de L'artisan, which bothers me because I really adore the scents. Timbuktu and Dzongkha, though, last well for me.

    The poorest longevity on a scent I liked, though, is Hermes Eau d'orange verte. I haven't tried the Concentree, but I can literally bathe in the original and it just disappears in minutes.
     
  12. Omega Man

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    The poorest longevity on a scent I liked, though, is Hermes Eau d'orange verte. I haven't tried the Concentree, but I can literally bathe in the original and it just disappears in minutes.

    I agree with you on that. I have tried both in Sephora and I couldn't detect a scent after an hour! I guess it really depends on the skin.
     
  13. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I agree with you on that. I have tried both in Sephora and I couldn't detect a scent after an hour! I guess it really depends on the skin.

    Agreed. I use a number of unscented skin moisturizers daily, which has really helped longevity with most fragrances (I've even been able to get Royal Water to hang around a BIT longer), but not with the Hermes. It still disappears not too long after it dries.

    Has anybody tried the "Concentree" version? I wonder if it lasts any longer?
     
  14. Thomas

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    Has anybody tried the "Concentree" version? I wonder if it lasts any longer?

    I sampled the original and liked it so much I mistakenly bought the concentree. I don't care for the concentree much, seems more bitter and turns green quicker than the original. It may last a wee bit longer, but I wish it didn't. I haven't sprayed it in ages, now that I think of it, and the only think I might do someday is layer it with Rocabar. Glad I bought a really small bottle.
     
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    Ones that I own that I love (unranked)
    Bond no. 9 - Wall Street
    Hermes - Concentree d'Orange Verte
    Hermes - Terre d'Hermes (my hands down favorite fall/winter)
    Lacoste - Essential (my hands down favorite spring/summer)

    Others that I have tried and liked enough to remember:
    Bond no. 9 - West Side
    Bond no. 9 - Saks Fifth Avenue (Male)
    Clive Christian - X (i know...)
    Creed - Virgin Island Water (this lasted all of 3 seconds on me though. :-/)
    Diesel - Fuel for Life (this is surprisingly awesome. The female one is great on the g/f too. Hated the other Diesel offerings.)
    Hermes - Un Jardin Sur De Nil
    Salvatore Ferragamo - Subtil
     
  16. Thomas

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    Must add John Varvatos to the list. I tried it and was completely underwhelmed at first whiff. Same with second whiff, but eventually it was worth it. Once the decant runs out I will certainly waffle about as to whether I shall buy a bottle or no. Good thing it's not outrageously expensive.
     
  17. Gucci Uomo

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    No special order, the stuff to look at first:

    Gucci Pour Homme 2003 - notes in my signature (My personal favourite)
    Gucci Envy For Men - contemporary in a late 90's sence of the word
    Yves Saint Laurent pour homme - classic
    Yves Saint Laurent Kouros - a walking contradiction, you either love it or hate it (I haven't decided yet)
    Yves Saint Laurent M7 - sensual, the most pleasant and addictive scent in the list
    Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche - barber shop
    Christian Dior Eau Savage - fresh, bitter, ashy
    Armani Eau Pour Homme - fresh, eighties, Armani
    Ungaro III - dark, geranium
    Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme - tobacco, vulgar, but wearable
    I would add a few other classic colognes like Gucci pour Homme 1976, but It's discontinued. I don't think that people are interested in stuff like Yatagan anymore.
     
  18. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    No love for Penhaligon's excellent Blenheim Bouquet [​IMG]

    A favorite on the shaving forums but I never found it to be long lasting or uniquely smelling. Never really fell for any of the Penn's.

    I'm in.

    I have actually found the Pen's to be incredibly long-lasting (I have the Racquets and Quercus as well). Certainly longer than my Acqua di Parma, Floris and Bond No.9. Perhaps only Creed's GIT tops the Blenheim in longevity.

    Naturally, the effectiveness of scents vary greatly person-to-person, so your experience may be different.

    ET


    I like Blenheim Bouquet very much (and it is a hit at home, which is a plus). I find that the initial scent is not long lasting, but there is an undertone detectable at close quarters that remains all day.

    I haven't spent time with many of the other Penhaligon scents, though I do have their small sampler "library".
     
  19. WorkingTitle

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    I reccomend checking out Giorgio Armani: Attitude.
     
  20. redgrail

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    Wow. Brought back from the grave eh?

    Is there still interest for an exchange/trade/decant thread?
     

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