We have another Monday Mail request. Chris wants our help deciding on his first "serious" fragrance purchase — he's willing to invest some money and time to find the right scent — and he'd like to explore more niche lines. He's looking for a day-wear signature scent, something that makes him feel good. While it doesn't necessarily have to be entirely office-safe, it should be something that isn't offensive to others. Chris lives near a big city so has good access to stores, and he can spend up to $300. Here is what we know about Chris:
Chris is in his early 30s and lives in the US.
In his free time, he likes hiking, swimming, standup comedy, technology and golf.
His perfect fragrance would be uplifting, masculine, and would stand out to some degree. He'd also like something with decent longevity.
Chris thinks he likes green notes, vetiver, woods, citrus, tea, and pepper notes. He also likes dry and bitter fragrances, and earthy notes.
Chris doesn't like sweet fragrances, and he's not a big fan of incense or oud notes.
Here are some of the fragrances Chris has sampled or owned:
Frédéric Malle Bois D'Orage (French Lover): Very close to what he's looking for. He likes its dry, woody nature, and the vetiver. He doesn't always like the cumin-type aspect.
Frédéric Malle Vétiver Extraordinaire: he liked it but preferred the Bois d'Orage.
Atelier Colognes Cedrat Enivrant: It's also in the running, but it doesn't have much longevity and he's not sure it would work well in colder weather.
Atelier Cologne Vetiver Fatal: He wouldn't buy it due to the incense/oud notes. He finds that the oud overpowers the other notes.
Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche: He owned it in the past but doesn't like it as much now, maybe he doesn't want that much lemon/vanilla/leather?
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver and Terre de Hermes: He likes both of them, prefers the Tom Ford, but a lot of people wear it and he'd like something more niche. He also thinks he'd get bored of the Tom Ford.
Bulgari Pour Homme: He owns it and likes it, and will still wear it when he wants to be "covert", but would like something more forward / less transparent.
Creed Original Vetiver: He likes it, but he likes the opening (green notes) more than the ending (soapy).
Creed Green Irish Tweed: This one is also in the running. It seems more universally appealing and classic than the Bois d'Orage, but he's more drawn to the Bois d'Orage.
Gucci Pour Hommme II: He likes it, but it has poor longevity.
What say you?