29M collection so far and hopes for the New Year : fragrance

Whereas I’m a bit of bit behind the curve on this, I simply needed to put up my assortment now every week into 2021, and probably the place it’d go sooner or later. For reference I am 29, male, and primarily based within the UK. Admittedly, I’ve already posted this in a approach, however since I requested for a advice it was eliminated so I’m sorry if that is your second time studying this. However right here is an improved model with a picture for Present & Inform!

My assortment so far!.

Backstory:

This assortment has solely actually began in earnest since August/September 2020. For years I’ve been an enormous Hugo Boss fan with my first perfume at 16 being Boss In Movement Restricted Version (the black one). There may be nonetheless a bit of juice remaining in that bottle someplace at my dad and mom’ place. My signature for years from round age 18-25 was then Hugo Boss Bottled EDT. Lastly, my signature modified round 2015 when my then accomplice thought I ought to get one thing completely different and after a lot trial and error my signature grew to become Hugo Boss, The Scent Intense EDP. This was going to alter in November 2019 after I handed my PhD thesis and went to get a perfume extra becoming somebody who lectures in medieval historical past, and I received Comme des Garcons, Avignon. Nonetheless, my pricey ex snaffled that as her personal signature after having worn Ghost, Deep Evening for years – she too is a medievalist.

Nonetheless, in August 2020, after six years collectively and three years engaged, she broke issues off having met another person. As such, I launched into a quest to find a brand new signature scent. And this, that is the reckless assortment I’ve constructed over the previous couple of months in my hunt.

I shall caveat proper right here that the gathering does NOT reside on my window sill, nor above a radiator. I’ve bins for 95% of the gathering and so they reside of their bins, in my wardrobe.

Mini-Evaluations: As seen within the Imgur hyperlink, the gathering is roughly in three rows. I will go from left to proper, and from entrance to again.

Row One

  • Armani Prive, Bois D’Encens 50ml – My dad and mom received me to purchase myself one thing for Christmas and I had no thought what else to get inside price range. Since I actually loved my tester bottle of Bois (plus wasn’t 100% certain on its authenticity) I made a decision to get a legit bottle of this little magnificence from Debenham’s Black Friday gross sales. Since entering into this interest I’ve developed fairly a factor for incense fragrances. This can be a huge, brash, Gothic church full of incense, very a lot reminding me of Christmas companies with my ex at York Minster we used to attend.

  • Rouge Bunny Rouge, Embers, 50ml – This can be a stunning, peppery incense. It lasts endlessly on my pores and skin, and there have been instances I’ve sprayed it simply earlier than mattress to take pleasure in it, and I can nonetheless scent it projecting within the morning and even after a shower. That is maybe as near an precise signature scent from one thing incensey as I’ve probably discovered up to now.

  • Armani Prive, Bois D’Encens, 100ml (Tester from Ebay) – Effectively, I purchased myself some samples of Bois and Satin and liked each of them. So after I noticed a tester on Ebay at a ridiculously good value I simply needed to get it. It smells precisely just like the pattern and, extra importantly, precisely just like the precise 50ml bottle from Debenhams. So I’ll have this magnificence for a protracted whereas now!

  • Jovoy, La Liturgie des Heures, 100ml – I’ve described this elsewhere since entering into this subreddit, however to me, it is summed up as a medieval church in a forest throughout rain, with a leaky roof close to the place the incense is stored. It opens instantly with a scent akin to Pepsi-Max for me, after which settles into this stunning forest like incense. It is only a disgrace that this lasts a really quick time on my pores and skin, however it’s one I take pleasure in immensely.

  • Armani Prive, Encens Satin, 100ml – Much less York Minster at Christmas and extra refined. That is your typical parish church at Easter, maybe. The rougher edges of Bois are ironed out for one thing far smoother, maybe extra Japanese.

Row Two:

  • UNUM, Lavs (post-reformulation, from Ebay with out a field), 100ml – Effectively… Hmm, Lavs could be very attention-grabbing. In a bit you will see I’ve the pre-reformulation bottle too. That is mainly Avignon however barely extra artificial I really feel. There may be incense in there, however general I discover post-reformulation Lavs to be extra soapy than the rest. Whereas I’m questioning if maybe the official nature of the bottle I’ve is in query, the scent of soapy incense I get from this appears to concur with different impressions from Fragrantica and Basenotes. It is such a disgrace actually. The pre-reformulation Lavs might be my favorite perfume, and I might have stopped my hunt for a signature with that. However alas alac!

  • Frederic Malle, Noir Epices, 30ml – So, this was a blind purchase from a advice I obtained from somebody I purchased a frag from on Ebay. It’s an attention-grabbing one. I used to be delay for ages and tempted to get a refund as a result of after I scent the atomiser I can’t get the concept it smells of ‘previous woman’ out of my head. Nonetheless, the magic occurs on pores and skin. On me, the perfume transforms from soapy Rose into a gorgeous citrus and spice perfume, one clearly masculine. It’s a stunning darkish horse altering a lot between atomiser and pores and skin, however I do assume it will come into its personal in Spring time.

  • CDG, Avignon, 50ml – Effectively, it was going to be my signature in November 2019. My ex liked it too and made it her signature. Why did I purchase one other bottle you ask? Effectively, I do not fairly know. It is painful to have a look at, painful to scent, and but, I hope in the future I will be capable of put on it once more with out disappointment. I simply liked that it mainly smelled how I felt a medieval historian ought to scent, particularly since I deal with ecclesiastical historical past, crusades and pilgrimage.

  • Aramis, Tobacco Reserve, 50ml – I started falling in love with tobacco scents again in October time, particularly since I had simply stopped smoking once more (I discover cigarettes to be a helpful stress crutch). So, after I heard it was discontinued I needed to get it. It is a gorgeous cigar sort tobacco leaf. Feels very mature and refined. Typically I really feel as whether it is maybe nonetheless a bit too mature for me. Ultimately it will discover its groove I am certain.

  • Tom Ford, Tobacco Oud, 100ml – Effectively, I purchased samples of TO and TOI and I simply HAD to get them. Do not know why I am keen on them a lot however there are variations between the 2. Tobacco Oud lasts much less time on my pores and skin, is sweeter at first however turns into harsher later. The Whiskey notice provides it a gorgeous boozy night time out scent and the tobacco is refined. Not mass interesting in any respect, however I do like to put on it.

  • Tom Ford, Tobacco Oud Intense, 100ml – This feels the other of TO. The place TO is nice, TOI is tough, and the place TO is tough, TOI is nice. The castoreum opening could be very… attention-grabbing to say the least, however the drydown on TOI is classy. I get 10-12 hours out of it on my pores and skin, 5-6 hours of which it tasks a number of toes. It goes from this animalic, skanky sort of scent into essentially the most stunning tobacco and vanilla sort accord due to the tonka bean base.

  • UNUM, Lavs (pre-reformulation), 100ml – This bottle is just below half full now, and I want I had one other of this. The way in which I’ve described the scent to some individuals is that it smells just like the pope smoking a cigar. It is received the pomp and ceremony of a catholic mass, it has the smokiness of a bonfire or Cuban cigar, it has refinement and sophistication. This perfume, in my humble opinion, is in a category of its personal. Signature for me? If I had two different bottles of this darkish juice, then hell sure. Sadly, I’ll be nursing this for years to come back. I actually actually want Filippo Sorcinelli would put the magic again and convey this scent out as a flanker or restricted version. It’s the far superior Lavs.

  • Amouage, Reflection Man, 50ml – I wanted a summer season scent I felt. Again in December when the gathering grew once more I realised that almost all of my scents actually appear to use typically to autumn/winter, and probably a little bit of our chilly springs right here within the UK. Technically, the Amouages might be worn yr round, since they’re designed for Oman’s climate which is way hotter than the UK’s. Anyway, a number of individuals appear to say that this can be a extra refined JPG Le Male. Since I’ve by no means tried Le Male, I do not know, however it’s floral, lasts on garments very well, after which turns considerably soapy – a bit like sticking your head right into a field of Persil washing powder and sniffing. It is not a nasty scent in any respect, only a bit… Plain, which you want in summer season.

  • UNUM, Opus 1144, 100ml (pre-reformulation, Ebay, no field) – That is very a lot a summer season put on for me. It does, nonetheless, remind me lots of child talc and lipstick and leans maybe a bit female. So, if my ex ever does return I’ve no doubts she would possibly snaffle this one.

  • Dior, Sauvage EDT, 100ml – I used to be truly gifted this at Christmas by a stunning good friend who knew it was on my to purchase checklist. What can I say that hasn’t already been mentioned? I simply do not get the hate, however I can see why it is hyped. It is good, peppery, mass interesting, smells rattling good. It is an all climate scent for the UK for certain. Alternatively, maybe as a result of I have been investing in area of interest homes, it smells very ‘fundamental’ however that is why it really works I assume.

  • Hugo Boss, The Scent Intense EDP, 100ml – This was my signature for a very long time. A stunning fruity leather-based. My former accomplice liked this on me and would all the time give me a large hug and kiss saying I smelled “Intense”! Will I ever put on it once more? Dunno. It is mainly like CDG Avignon for me, there are recollections on this bottle that I do not need to uncork simply but.

  • Boss, Bottled Intense, EDP 50ml – I actually take pleasure in this, however primarily round Autumn/Winter. It does not really feel as versatile as The Scent Intense for day/night time/all yr. It is a easy spiced apple perfume actually.

  • Initio, Oud for Greatness, 90ml – This was a blind purchase primarily based on critiques that it was mainly Baccarat Rouge 540 however masculine. And whereas others with extra refined noses will argue that it’s nothing like BR540 (as on Fragrantica and Basenotes) to me… It’s BR540 however masculine. There is identical sweetness you discover, however this has a much more masculine edge. My pattern of BR540 wears much better on my feminine pals than me, however OFG wears higher on me than them. Plus, I get 12 odd hours of longevity out of it on my pores and skin and it tasks enormously! I take pleasure in it, and it will be in each my winter and spring rotations any longer!

Row Three Into the ultimate stretch now guys!!

  • Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier, Eau des Iles, 100ml (Ebay, no field) – Lovely espresso and incense notes. It truly is a incredible fragrance. I am not an excessive amount of of a gourmondy individual, however that is one thing else. It feels prefer it’s the scent of a church cafe, like All Saint’s in Hereford or Michaelhouse Centre in Cambridge.

  • Bentley, For Males Intense, 100ml – That is a kind of bottles the place the batches have been supposedly watered down, however oh properly. It is nonetheless a potent powerhouse of a boozy perfume. In the end, I discover it a really shut scent profile to my former signature of Boss, The Scent Intense, solely extra boozy and fewer fruity.

  • Mugler, A*Males Pure Havane, 100ml – Tobacco and vanilla, which is beautiful… However, contemplating what comes subsequent it’s disappointing. It’s primarily only a cheaper, watered down model of the subsequent perfume.

  • Parfums de Marly, Herod, 125ml – Tobacco and vanilla… Such a stunning scent! This has been my go-to perfume for this winter time, and it will get higher with each put on. I solely want it could last more and venture greater than it does… I’ve a sense I actually need to pay money for a bottle of TF Tobacco Vanille for that although.

  • Amouage, Interlude Man – 100ml – So begins the nice Amouage wall, the spine of my assortment. I mentioned I liked incense, and any time I looked for incense associated frags this home appeared. However what extra can I say in regards to the Blue Beast which has not already been mentioned? I put on this after I want a giant confidence enhance (which is rather a lot not too long ago). It is attractive, overstated, makes your presence recognized. Signature worthy? Probably. However that is in a league of its personal and will keep there as an occasional put on quite than each day driver.

  • Amouage, Memoir Man, 100ml – That is one other favorite from the home. Wormwood and mint, drying down into one of the crucial spectacular incense scents I’ve. Once more, not fairly a each day driver I feel. However, Memoir takes me on a gorgeous journey, beginning at a bar and ending up at a church… Or mainly what Jalou in York would scent like if somebody introduced incense in.

  • Amouage, Epic Man, 100ml – This has was my winter perfume of alternative now. I went on a giant spree of Amouage shopping for as I liked their incense bases. I feel this truly smells extraordinarily near The Scent Intense however I am going anosmic to it tremendous shortly. That is equal 1 with RBR Embers and Overture Man for changing into my signature in time.

  • Amouage, Jubilation XXV Man, 100ml – I’ll get the controversial(??) bit out of the way in which first. Jubilation XXV is a disappointment to me, particularly for the worth you typically pay for it. I imply, the primary Amouage I attempted was Interlude, which lasts simply 12-14 hours on my pores and skin and weeks on my garments; second was Memoir, which lasts size of time, evolving because it goes; Epic was subsequent however I am going anosmic, however after I walked into my room the subsequent day there was a 5ft aura round my tee with epic on it. So, on the subject of Jubilation, I would believed the hype and thought Amouage might do no mistaken. I have no idea if I simply go anosmic to Jubilation tremendous shortly or if it actually does not final on me however it simply appears to go tremendous fast on my pores and skin. Two or three days later, I can generally nearly scent it on my shirts and so on, however I want I might scent it throughout the day I am sporting it.

  • Amouage, Myths Man, 100ml – Myths is like Memoir, deep, darkish and brooding. I can see the place individuals get a form of public bathroom urinal block/cake scent of citrus at first, however after about 5/10 minutes that’s gone. The Chrysanthemums within the high give it a stark feeling, and the Ashes on the finish of the drydown are spectacular. Once more, not a each day put on. This, to me, is in the identical OTT class as Interlude. One thing I put on as a decide me up, after I need to be darkish and mysterious.

  • Amouage, Overture Man, 100ml – I purchased this actually on New Yr’s Eve through the Harrods web site and I’ve worn it for the final three days because it arrived on Monday. It’s a stunning scent, it lasts roughly 7 hours on my pores and skin. Some individuals consider it as a refined Interlude, and I can see that. However I feel it has one thing additional in it. You get an analogous journey to Memoir I discover, it begins off boozy then goes into this stunning shut incense sort scent. This can be a scent which I truly really feel I’ve been doing a disservice to since I’ve worn it with pjs or denims and a tee since we’re again in a nationwide lockdown. It will undoubtedly be my go-to scent for courting. It’s seductive and simply… Ooft.

  • Hugo Boss, Bottled Evening, 200ml – Purchased this a number of years again as a result of I needed one thing completely different to Boss Bottled. I barely put on this, nonetheless. Not that I do not prefer it, it is simply pretty boring to me. Usually that is the one perfume I’ve had unsolicited feedback on which have all the time been some variation of ‘What’s that you simply’re sporting? I swear my ex smelled similar to this!’

  • Hugo Boss, Bottled, 200ml – This was my signature for years till I met my former S/O. I do nonetheless have some left, however it leaves a lot to be desired by way of efficiency and longevity.

  • Membership de Nuit, Intense Man, 105ml – Effectively, I do know half of the individuals on right here will simply say to purchase Aventus since I’ve so many Amouage frags. I can solely hope that Aventus does certainly scent higher than this. CDNIM to me smells like a barely extra artificial opening of Inexperienced Irish Tweed. The stuff does venture and final for eons on my pores and skin and garments which is good, and it’s sometimes inoffensive if sprayed cautiously.

  • Creed, Inexperienced Irish Tweed, 120ml – This has turn out to be my spring scent. Contemporary, lemony (virtually chemically), but in addition a gorgeous reduce grass/dried hay notice in direction of the tip. Yr round? Certain. Me? Not fairly. This is identical for Amouage, Reflection actually. Although these two would be the principal gamers of their explicit season to shine inside a rotation.

To Purchase Listing

In order that rounds out the gathering above. I do have a brief checklist of fragrances I plan to purchase over the approaching yr if I can discover the funds to take action. My subsequent deliberate buy, at the moment, is Aventus, however we will see if the pattern pack I’ve ordered from Creed cements this resolution or not. I do really feel that now I’ve peered down the rabbit gap of fragrances that I want issues which might be thought of yr rounders or summer season fragrances. I really feel very autumn/winter heavy. However then once more, earlier than I received into this interest, I wore The Scent Intense yr spherical which appears to me now to be an autumn/winter scent.

  • Creed, Aventus – Effectively, I’ve a group with Amouage as my spine. Do I want Aventus with CDNIM? Probably not. Is it my sort of factor? Probably not… Do I want one thing that’s convention pleasant/mass interesting and good for the standard week of summer season which coincides with Leeds Worldwide Medieval Congress the place odd medievalists are packed into rooms in extra of 35 levels C? Sure. I do have a pattern pack from Creed coming which incorporates Aventus, Aventus Cologne, and Viking, so we’ll see whether or not or not I do bit the bullet.

  • Creed, Viking – Ready on the pattern set to come back, however from what I hear it in all probability is alongside the strains of what I take pleasure in!

  • Amouage, Journey Man – My largest query to myself proper now’s, do I want one other pepper or tobacco scent? Whereas I can discover Journey for an affordable £150 on Notino on occasion, do I actually need to hold including to my Amouage assortment when a summer season perfume like Sunshine or Seaside Hut is perhaps higher?

  • Chanel, Antaeus – Very leathery, very masculine, simply very me. Antaeus has the strongest probability up to now I consider changing The Scent Intense as my signature put on.

  • Chanel, Bleu de Chanel – Kinda simply really feel I want it in the summertime rotation. I will solely be springing for a 50ml bottle I dare say.

  • Chanel, Allue Homme Sport, Eau Excessive – Similar as above.

  • Armani, Acqua di Gio Profumo – Similar as above.

  • Victor & Rolf, Spicebomb Excessive – Kinda really feel like I simply want it for the Autumn/Winter rotation.

  • Boss, Bottled Oud – This is sort of a mixture of The Scent Intense and Tobacco Oud, solely watered down and mass interesting.

  • Boss, Bottled Oud Saffron – Merely chic every time I’ve smelled it. I’ll get it will definitely.

  • Heeley, Cardinal – Effectively, I really like my incense, so I want THE quintessential incense in my assortment proper?

  • PDM, Carlisle – Whereas I do not typically do gourmand fragrances, that is one thing particular. I actually take pleasure in and love Carlisle within the Autumn/Winter.

  • Naomi Goodsir, Bois d’Ascese – Perhaps I do not want this now I’ve Overture Man, however each time I examine this I really feel like I need to purchase it.

  • Tom Ford, Ombre Leather-based – A suggestion I had from a server at Debenhams together with Antaeus. Not too certain, although as I have not been capable of scent it on pores and skin.

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