When I stop and think about it I am a collector of many things. Scents are another thing I’m into. For me it started in college. I always wanted unique scents and many of them. I wanted to smell different depending on how I was feeling. Cats back then were mainly rocking Eternity by Calvin Klein, Cool Water by Davidoff and even Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche. Not the kid…I was rocking Jazz by YSL, New West by Aramis and Bijan to name a few.
Class in a bottle. My favorite release of 2015. This is an uplifting fragrance that sparkles with a hint of sweetness. The bottle looks a classic microphone and feels very solid. The presentation matches the fragrance. Highly recommended!
Terre D’ Hermes “Eau Tres Fraiche”
Categorized as a woody aromatic this fragrance is perfect for the summer, In my opinion this is an all purpose work horse you need in your fragrance tool box! It is primarily orange/citrus and woody notes.
“Amber Man” by Halston
Very nice fragrance that I highly recommend. You get Amber, Myrrh, Cedar and Musk. This is a cozy luxurious fragrance that is very slept on! If you love Amber based fragrances you need to check this out.
Dsquared2 Potion “Royal Black”
Niche quality in a designer fragrance. A Rose based fragrance with notes of Incense, Leather and Tobacco. If you are a lover of Rose based fragrances put your nose on this one.
“Roadster” by Cartier
Released 2008. Fragrancer; Mathilde Laurent. The fragrance features French Labdanum, Patchouli, Vanilla, Bergamot, Mint and Vetiver. This could be your signature scent? It has a strong clean mint smell in a very good way. I enjoy wearing this at work and seems to give me a boost. Overall good performer and is pretty versatile. Plus comes in a very nice glass container with a magnetic top!
SUMMER 2015 FRAGRANCES
“Encre Noir Sport” by Lalique
This is a much more wearable version of the original Encre Noire which was primarily an Inky, Dirty Vetiver fragrance. This one tones down the Inky vibe and adds Citrus and Watery notes to give it a very clean invigorating feel that works.
“Lalique White” by Lalique
Released 2008. Perfumer; Christine Nagel. Top notes: Tamarind, Lemon Leaf, Bergamot and Elemi. The middle notes: Nutmeg, White Pepper, Violet and Cardamom. Base notes; Amber, Musk, Cedar and Oakmoss. When I smell this I get Lemon and Pepper. This is clean with a pop! In my humble opinion this is a timeless scent and would always be in demand. For me this has “signature scent” potential.
“Geir” by Geir Ness
This fragrance lists five notes, Green, Spicy, Woody, Citrus and Floral. It does not get into specifics and that’s cool. What I do know is this is a very well made fragrance that smells great. Now it does kinda have a floral vibe to it but don’t let that scare you. The other notes shine equally and work to balance each other out.
“Opus Homme” by Armaf
This was initially tagged as a copy of Channel Allure Edition Blanche. Smelling them side by side however I can say this one has a grape soda vibe where Channel Allure Edition Blanche has more of a Lemon Pie vibe. Performance is where Channel Allure Edition Blanche fails and this one excels. This may baffle some but I prefer Opus Homme…for me at the end of the day it’s about the juice and not the name on the juice.
“Meharees di Oasi in Oasi” by L’ERBOLARIO
Cinnamon, Amber, Vanilla and Sandlewood are the primary notes in my opinion. A pretty good performing fragrance with moderate projection and is smooth like butter. A definite compliment getter!
“Infusion D’Homme” by Prada
I lived in Vegas for a number of years and would DJ at many of the Luxury Hotels. If you have ever been in a Luxury Hotel and checked out the bathrooms they all seem to smell of very expensive soap? That is what this fragrance reminds me of. No need to list the notes just think expensive soap. If you like fragrances that have that soapy vibe here you go.
L’Instant De Guerlain Pour Homme
Released 2004. The perfumer is Beatrice Piquet. Notes are Citrus, Anise, Jasmine, Patchouli, Cedar, Sandalwood, Lapsang, Cocoa Beans, Lavender, Hibiscus Seed and Musk. This has got a classic feeling to it without smelling dated. Smells like a cool blending of Orange and Chocolate. It smells wonderful on my skin but has a distinct classy vibe that may not translate to all age groups. Put your nose on it before you purchase.
“Kokorico” by Jean Paul Gaultier
Released 2011. Perfumer: Olivier Cresp & Annick Menardo. If you read the reviews this one garners that love/hate type response? This is all because of the opening. The very green Fig Leaf note for some people is off putting. I however must say it only lasts about 5 minutes and then the scent makes a u-turn and smells like fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. Well that’s what it smells like on me. Weird right? But it works, is off the radar and I like it! Notes: Cacao, Patchouli, Fig Leaf, Vetiver and Virginia Cedar.
“Kiton Men” by Kiton
Released 1996. Classy and Sophisticated. Great longevity and projection. You will stand out in the crowd. Notes are Violet, Lily of the Valley, Pineapple, Musk, Tonka Bean and Bergamot. A little bonus to consider, this reminds me a lot of “Green Irish Tweed” by Creed. GIT as it is called by many is $175 – $350 retail. Not saying this is a copy because they are different but have certain similarities.This is a great fragrance in its own right and a confirmed lady killer.
“Kiton Black” by Kiton
Released in 2007. Listed notes; Bergamot, Violet Leaf, Lemon, Red Berries, Cyclamen, Cedar, Cardamom, Leather, Tonka Bean, Amber and Vetiver. Versatile classy fragrance. Put your nose on it and see if you like it.
“Antidote” by Viktor & Rolf
Released 2006. Now discontinued. Perfumer Alienor Massenet & Pierre Wargnye. So many notes are listed but these are the ones that stand out in my opinion; Bergamot, Mandarin, Bitter Grapefruit, Mint, Jasmine, Lavender, Violet, Musk, Amber and Incense. This smells a lot like “Romeo Gigli Uomo” that came out in 1991. I give this one the slight edge. This is a great fragrance and it won the FIFI award in 2007 for “Best Male Niche Fragrance”. A versatile fragrance that can be worn all year. This is definitely one you should check for and soon!!! It’s becoming hard to find for a reasonable price.
“Bvlgari Black” by Bvlgari
Released in 1998. Perfumer: Annick Menardo. This is the infamous hockey puck /rubber tire bottle design. I don’t know how but this smells like a rubber tire. What? Yup I said rubber tire. This made me realize that creating fragrances is an art! The rubber note last throughout but gradually fades. As it fades a smokey vanilla and tea note moves to the front. You will either love it or hate it. This was made to be worn by the man living in a highly populated metropolitan area.
“Eau Sauvage Parfum” by Christian Dior
Released 2011. Perfumer Francois Demachy. Listed notes are Bergamot, Vetiver and Myrrh. It is a Parfum and has a very warm, creamy vibe…it’s an updated version of the 1966 Eau Sauvage edt. Yet something about it reminds me of Dior Homme? It lasts all day and almost has a barbershop feel but not in a bad way. It’s actually very classy with an upscale feel. Great for formal events but could also work in the office and some casual situations. It’s not a crowd pleaser in my opinion. You rock this because you love it! A definite signature scent.
“Man in Black” by Bvlgari
Released in 2014. This has got that warm leather and amber vibe. Plus a boozy/spicy note to it. This is a great late night out/date scent.
“Pure Havane” by Thierry Mugler
Another modern day legend. Released 2011. Perfumer: Jacques Huclier. It’s got that tobacco, honey, patchouli, vanilla and bitter cocoa vibe. You very rarely meet someone that doesn’t like this one. Don’t take my word for it…put your nose on it.
“Chic” by Carolina Herrera
Perfumer: Jean Marc Chaillan, Carlos Benaim and Ann Gottlieb. This has a really nice watermelon note with some nice citrus notes. In the dry down you get the tonka bean, amber and sandalwood. This is one for the arsenal that every one won’t have!
“Dior Homme” & “Dior Homme Intense” by Christian Dior
Released 2007. Two modern day legends! You can’t go wrong with either one. They have that make up bag, almost waxy iris note that everyone talks about! Dior Homme is the people pleaser and Dior Homme Intense for the individual that wears the fragrance for themself. It is a masculine fragrance but some argue not masculine enough? You have been warned…It also has the title of lady killer! Let your lady decide?
“Men” by Marc Jacobs
Released 2002. Perfumer; Ralph Schwieger. Notes: Italian Bergamot, Tuscan Cypress, Cumin, Cardamom, Ginger, Fig Leaves, Rose de Mai, Cyclamen, Tonka Bean, Cedarwood, Nirvanolide Musk, Provence Fig, Indonesian Patchouli, Musk.
“L’Homme Libre” by Yves Saint Laurent
Released 2006. Perfumer; Olivier Polge and Carlos Benaim. A recent addition to my collection. I wasn’t up on this one until 2010. I think you can wear this for dress up/night out, office and even casual. This is a woody/fresh scent. Notes: Calabrian Bergamot, Violet Leaves, Basil, Patchouli, Vetiver. Star Anise, Nutmeg, Pink Pepper, Leather Accord. Great smelling scent that last all day.
“Armani Eau Pour Homme” by Giorgio Armani
Released 1984. Perfumer; Roger Pellegrino. Timeless classic. This is a staple in my collection and I will own it as long as they make it. Top notes; sicilian mandarin, californian green lemon, bergamot, citrus leaf, orange blossom, jasmine, lavender, nut, coriander, cinnamon and clove. The base; sandalwood, cedar, vetiver, oakmoss and patchouli.
“Romeo Gigli Uomo” by Romeo Gigli
Released 1991. This has been discontinued but can still be found. Notes; Grapefruit, Clove, Rosewood, Ginger Patchouli and Sandlewood. I first bought this one back in 95. I have picked up a few bottles since then. It is now out of production. What comes around goes around…I recently picked up samples of “Antidote” by Viktor & Rolf and personally believe it is a copy of this one? It also is now out of production. This scent lasts all day and is great for work or casual occasions.
“Joseph Abboud” by Joseph Abboud
Released in 1993. I picked this one up at Marshall Fields back in the day. I had totally forgotten about this one until I saw an add for Joseph Abboud. This is a very slept on vintage fragrance. I think I first got up on this at “Mark Shale” in Oakbrook Mall in IL. It’s a combination of citrus, woods and musk. It didn’t smell like anything else when it was released and still smells very modern. No matter what negative reviews you may read from the fragrance snobs I say “put your nose on it”.
“Body Kouros” by Yves Saint Laurent
Released 2000. Perfumer; Annick Menardo. One of my all time favorites! I first picked it up in Cancun Mexico in 2000. Notes; Camphor wood, Benzoin, Cedar, Sage, Incense and Eucalyptus. The Incense and Eucalyptus come through but not in a bad way. People notice this one. Note: Try to get the bottle in this picture. The fragrance has been reformulated and the new version is weaker than the original.
Aficionado by Cigar
Released 1997. My sister bought this for me some years ago and I just found another bottle last year. I remember this dropped around the time when Cigar Bars were the rage and popping up all over the place. This is Tobacco done well in a fragrance! It is hard to find…so more than likely when you see it, it’s going to be the aftershave. So know if you run across the cologne, snatch it!!! Notes; Patchouli, Tobacco, Chocolate and Amber. This one performs well and projects so easy on the sprayer. I recommend this for night wear but you decide?
“Feeling Man” by Jil Sander
Released 1989. Notes; Top notes are fruity notes, lavender, green notes, tarragon, anise and bergamot; middle notes are cyclamen, raspberry, balsam fir, orris root, jasmine and geranium; base notes are sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, patchouli, musk, oakmoss, cedar and tobacco.. This is a great casual scent.
“DKMen Unleaded” by Donna Karen
Released 1995. In my humble opinion this is the modern day originator of the Tobacco/Leather note fragrances. Notes; Basil, Cardamom, Suede and Tobacco. This one has been discontinued and I really don’t understand why? It can still be found but you will pay loot for it. Wear this one anytime. One of my all time favorites.
“Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme” by Dolce & Gabbana
Released 1994. This is a classic and you should have it in your collection. This one projects…so be easy when you put it on. Notes; Lavender, Orange, Lemon, Cedar, Tobacco and Sage. This is a dress up or night out scent. If possible grab the bottle with the sticker, that is the original version of this fragrance. I say that because it has been reformulated and is a little different from the original. You may have to get it on ebay?
“Platinum Edition” by John Varvatos
I got this one recently for my birthday. It is already one of my favorites. I was dragging my feet on picking up “Vintage” or “Artisan”. I chose this one instead. Notes; Woods, Citrus, Black Leather and Amber. This is for leaders and not followers. I don’t really believe it has mass appeal but will become popular for those in the know…
“Xeryus Rouge” by Givenchy
Released 1995. Perfumer; Annick Menardo. Notes; Sandalwood, Cedar, White Musk, Pimento, African Geranium, Chinese Orange, Cactus and Tarragon. Projection on this one is beast mode so go easy on the sprayer. This smells so good!
“Le Male” by Jean Paul Gaultier
Released 1995. Perfumer; Francis Kurkdjian. This is a classic and an essential for your collection. You can wear this one anytime for any occasion. Notes; Mint, Artemesia, Cardamom, Bergamot, Lavender, Orange Blossom, Cinnamon, Cuman, Sandlewood, Vanilla, Cedar, Tonka Bean, Amber.
“Dunhill for Men” by Alfred Dunhill
Released 2003. Perfumer; Michel Almairac. Notes: Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Moss, Musk, Orris, Cedarwood, Lemon, Geranium. Great smelling casual scent.
“Iquitos” by Alain Delon
Released 1987. Very unique scent…very complex scent. This is not a scent for everyone. I haven’t really smelled anything that smells like it and struggle on giving examples of what it smells like? To me that’s a good thing! Notes; Coriander, Mandarin orange, Nutmeg, Lemon, Honey, Ginger, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-valley, Rose, Cardamom, Leather, Sandalwood, Amber, Patchouli, Musk, Coconut, Civet, Oakmoss, Vanilla, Vetiver and Cedar. I just recently ran out of my latest 3.4 oz bottle. I have over 30 bottles of colognes so that speaks volumes on how much I like it. I even managed to pick this up twice at “Marshalls” for about $30.00. Biggest steal for a designer scent that is “Niche” quality. First time I found this it was in “96”. It has been discontinued but can be found for a small mint 😉
“Man Eau Fraiche” by Versace
Released 2006. Perfumer; Olivier Cresp. Notes; Lemon, Rosewood, Carambola, Cedar Leaves, Tarragon, Sage, Musk, Amber and Sycamore Wood. This is my new go to clean scent. For me it’s that “fresh cut, jeans, t- shirt and new pair of kicks” scent. It won’t knock your socks off…but you don’t always need that! Sometimes a really fresh clean scent is enough!
“Kenzo Pour Homme” by Kenzo
Released 1991. Perfumer; Christian Mathieu. Top notes are mahogany, sage, bergamot, lemon and sea notes; middle notes are nutmeg, carnation, juniper berries, orris root, peach, jasmine, caraway, lily-of-the-valley, rose and pine; base notes are sandalwood, amber, musk, balsam fir, oakmoss, vetiver, cedar and labdanum.
“Hollywood” by Fred Hayman
Released 1998. The fragrance features rosemary, carnation, leather, lavender, green leaves, sage, cedar, bergamot, tobacco, amber, lemon, orange, sandalwood, musk and patchouli. This is so slept on. Another scent my sister got me for Christmas. Nice smelling scent and versatile. I wear it often and is one of my go to scents. Note: this fragrance has been reformulated. The newer version is weaker. You want the bottom to say Parlux Fragrances.
“1881” by Nino Cerutti
Released 1990. Perfumer; Martin Gras. Top notes are lavender, carnation, galbanum, bergamot, juniper, cypress and elemi resin. Middle notes are vetiver, ylang-ylang, rose, lily-of-the-valley and cassia; base notes are musk, sandalwood, patchouli, oakmoss, cedar, pepper and pine tree. This was my signature scent from about 96 – 99! Just bought a new bottle for $20.00. Smells just the way I remember. It is a clean, fresh, classy scent with a hint of pine. If you been sleeping check it out.
“PI” by Givenchy
Released 1998. Perfumer; Alberto Morillas. Notes: Opens with aromas of basil, rosemary, tarragon and mandarin. A heart encompasses neroli, geranium, lily of the valley and anise, while base notes include: vanilla, tonka, cedar, benzoin, almond and yellow sugar.
“Quasar” by Jesus Del Pozo
Released 1994. Perfumer; Christopher Sheldrake. Top notes; banana leaf, fruity notes and banana. Middle notes; rosemary, lavender, sage and geranium. Base notes; sandalwood, patchouli, oakmoss and cedar. I picked this up in late 1995 at Marshal Fields. For those that don’t know that was a Chicago staple before being purchased by Macy’s. Macy’s will never be Fields! Just saying…Anyway this dropped in my opinion right around the time everyone jumped on the “Sport” bandwagon. It’s funny for years I have worn this and could never tell what I smelled in the opening until now. Banana Leaf! This is a unique sport like scent but is not labeled as one. There is to this day nothing exactly like it. When you spray it give it time to dry down.
“Jungle Pour Homme” by Kenzo
Released in 1998. There are a lot of notes listed for this one. However what I get is cedar, a hint of nutmeg and cardamon. This is a very fresh woody scent. I highly recommend it.
Scent details from Fragrantica.com