10 (Extra) Basic Fragrances for Gents Reviewed & Examined

published on July 2, 2020

Welcome back to the Gentleman's Gazette
and part two of classic men's fragrances

If you're interested in part one, you can
check it out here but today, we look at

ten more fragrances to see how they've
stood the test of time

Scents are deeply personal and some men would never
think about leaving the house without one

whereas others, never use one in the
first place Personally, I agree with G

Bruce Boyer who advocates that a man
should have a wardrobe of fragrances so

he can choose the right one for the
right outfit and the right occasion

That being said, experimenting with
fragrances can be quite expensive

because once you open it, you can't
return it Even though there are

thousands of fragrances out there, we
wanted to focus specifically on the

classic ones have been around for a
while because there's a lot of marketing

hype and marketing dollars in the game
but we wanted something that was truly

classic and gentlemanly Just like in
part one of this series, we only

considered scents there for 30 years or
older So without further ado, let's jump

right it We'll talk about the cost of
bottle, the fragrance notes, the history

of the cologne as well as our personal
review The first fragrance is 4711 or in

german, "sieben und vierzig elf"; it is now at
Mäurer & Wirtz but it used to be

from Mülhens It was originally created
in 1792 as an health elixir These days

though, it's only used for external
application Like when a fragrance is

this old, this was made from men and
women It is a classic citrus fragrance

and it doesn't have an atomizer, so you
have to apply directly to your skin

Overall, you can get this fragrance
project more if you add a spray head or

if you decant it In my experience, it's a
weak longevity but it's relatively

inexpensive so you can reapply it many
times Some people in Germany like to add

it to their guest bathroom Personally,
I'm not a huge fan of that Top notes are

orange oil, peach, basil, bergamot, and
definitely lemon In a heart note, people

could smell lily and melon Personally, I
smell more of the rose and jasmine

In the base notes, get some patchouli,
vetiver, and musk,

as well as oakmoss and sandalwood Some
people also smell cedar

So what's our review? We had four people
on our team test this cologne just so we

get a more well-rounded review rather
than just my personal opinion So what

did our team of four think about this
cologne? Well personally, I think it

smells like the classic unisex cologne
or perfume for grandparents Maybe I'm

biased because I grew up in Germany but
at the end of the day it's old people's

stuff It's great beyond your 70s
or older Personally, I would not wear it

That being said, our team liked it more
than denied it but they didn't grow up with

it It's far as the $22 for a hundred
milliliters which is quite inexpensive

in the fragrance world but I would rate
it at a 2 or 2 and a half at most

and it's just not something I'd wear
Next up, let's look at Aramis, which was

created in 1966 and is undoubtedly a very
masculine scent Aramis is a member of

the Chypre fragrance family which is
built around citrus, oakmoss, spices and

woods It's considered by many to be one
of the first fragrances to combine

citrus notes with a more masculine sense
It's also one of the few fragrances

where leather is a very strong
detectable note and on a top note, I can

smell cinnamon, I can smell some bergamot,
and something flowery; some people call

it gardenia In a heart note, I can
definitely smell some sandalwood, vetiver,

and patchouli The base notes for me
are leathery, there's some oakmoss

and some people could smell amber, I
couldn't In my mind, it's definitely

heavier in the 4711 but it still has
that citrus note It's a great masculine

cologne and personally, I'd rather wear
it in the fall winter season than in the

spring summer season It's definitely a
scent with a strong presence and because

of that, I think it's better suited for
evening occasions, not so much for the

office because some people may just
think it's too strong To learn more

about the proper office etiquette, please
check out this video here At a price of $25

for 110 milliliters, Aramis is definitely
on the lower end of the fragrance scale

Our team rated it unanimously at about
3 out of 5 stars

Number threeis Dr Harris Classic cologne
which was developed in London in the

late 1800s in one of the oldest
pharmacies there It has been on

St James Street for over 200 years and they
hold the Royal Warrant from Prince

Charles It is characterized as an aromatic
fougere scent with a citrus-forward

note While some people can smell some
lemongrass, rosemary, and rose water into

hardened base notes, I could just smell
the lime in its hop note because it's

the dominant scent In my mind, this was a
citrus all the way and it smelled more

like a tub cleaning product to me than a
high-end cologne It's like for me a

lighter, fresher summery scent which is
great for day wear and it's definitely a

unisex Our team really likes the fruity and
spicy and citrus for a profile Personally,

I don't want to smell like a cleaning
product, so I would not wear that one My

rating is 1 and a half out of 5, our
team rated at 3 and a half out of

5 The price is $60 for a 100
milliliters, it is not super expensive

but somewhere in the middle Number four
is Geo F Trumper Extract of West Indian

Limes, was created in 1880 by George
Francis Trumper who was a master barber

and the name says it all This one is all
about lime It's one of the brand's most

favorite colognes and as a brand
describes it, it is the essence of those

West Indian limes When I smelled it, it's
very clear, direct, limey There's not much

else there When I smell it for the first
time, I instantly thought of Caipirinha

and because of that, it's a very beachy
summary scent It's not just unisex, but it's

also priced at $60 for just 50
milliliters of cologne and frankly, I was

wondering if I could just put some lime
on my skin, I would probably smell

exactly the same On our team, people liked that
it was unisex but they complained that it

was actually not long-lasting Preston
and Kyle thought it was the favorite

cologne in the lineup So my rating would
be just 2 out of 5 stars, their rating

would be 4 out of 5 The fifth
scent is Dunhill for Men which was

created in 1934 by Alfred Dunhill, the
son of the founder of Alfred Dunhill

Limited which was a well-known London
luxury goods maker specializing in

tobacco and leather goods Very much in
line with their brand cachet, they create

a fragrance that was heavy and manly On the
top note, I can smell some lavender and a

nutmeg, some people could smell geranium
I thought there was also a bit of a

lemon The strongest heart notes for me
were woods and a smell of a fresh cut

carnation Other people could also smell
iris, rose and jasmine The bass note was

definitely leather, vetiver and
sandalwood and it was something else

Looking through our people's notes, it
seems to me the tonka bean because the

oakmoss and the cedar was there but the
characteristic part was a tonka bean

that just made it smell different
Price is $46 for 100 milliliters It's

definitely somewhere in the middle
Frankly for my first sniff, I came too

close and was just overpowering and
overwhelming At that point, I would have

given it a negative 1 out of 5 After the
initial shock, I could smell some

lavender and it made me think of a
1950's women's powder room not a London

gentlemen's club On men test scents,
we always smell them very close in our

skin and I think sometimes that's not
quite realistic because other people

will smell you from much further away
and the scents really smell differently

Because of that, I gave it more chances I
wore it in regular days and try to

experience what it felt like, and I liked
it more than I initially did I would

definitely still call it an old-school
scent,

some people may call it dated, others may
call it just serious Overall, it's a

mixed bag So the team rated it at 2 out of
5 stars, I probably would give it a 3 out

of 5 now that I've worn it a little
more often Scent number six is Chanel

Pour Monsieuryou, it was created in 1955 by
Chanel's second chief perfumer, Henri Robert

It was announced first fragrance
for men and is such a novelty On top

note, you can smell some lemon, verbena and
orange The heart note have some ginger,

cardamom, and coriander
On the base note, there's definitely some cedar and

oakmoss Overall, it felt like a very
round elegant scent Personally, I like

anything related to verbena or
lemongrass, but this Chanel cologne

wasn't overpowering It was very elegant and
not as much in your face as a Geo F

Trumper or a DR Harris Smelling it, I
could tell it was designed for the

Parisian gentleman not for the American
cowboy Why? Well, it's not this distinct

heavy men's cologne like the Alfred
Dunhill, it's just a bit more rounded but

it's also not female I think the Chanel
Pour Monsieur could be worn in the

evening but
also at the office Personally, I gave it

a 35 out of 5 Some
people in our team hated it, others

really liked it
Price at $98 for 100 milliliters It's

definitely more in the upper echelon of
men's colognes

that are quietly available Number seven
is Caron Pour Un Homme De Caron, created in

1934 just like the Dunhill for Men This
scent was one of the first ones that was

specifically marketed towards men The
two founders of Caron individually liked

the vanilla and lavender so they just
combined those two in this scent It was

a known favorite of James Dean and the
current owner of Caron says that the

formulation has never changed The
top note for me was very lavender heavy,

it was maybe a bit of rosemary, some
people say bergamot but to me it was

just lavender In the heart note, there
was maybe a bit of sandalwood, some

people say sage but definitely a strong
vanilla and as the lavender evaporated

the vanilla was still lingering Base
notes had some musk and oakmoss and

again that's something special, I think
it's a tonka bean While someone on our

team called it understated, personally, it
felt like an assault to my nose At first, I

smelled it too up close and
it was just strong lavender and

especially vanilla and personally, I
really disliked vanilla colognes or

scents It's just not my type of thing
It reminds me of a woman's hair salon

in 1950s and the closer you get to it
the stronger the vanilla gets Frankly in

my mind, it's a lavender vanilla balm and
I can see it being used for a milkshake

flavor, maybe a chocolate flavor or ice
cream, but not for a men's cologne People

on our team said it's not like candy
with a licorice note, in my mind it was a

straight 0 out of 5 I would never
ever wear this Our team on the other

hand, gave it a 2 out of 5 with a caveat
that they wouldn't wear anything below a

3 Even though it's just priced at $30 for 180 milliliters, this is a

solid NO for everyone on our team
Number eight is Old Spice and even

though this seems to be the classic
grandpa cologne in the last 50 years, it

was actually invented much earlier in
1937 At that time, it was created by Shulton

Inc In 1970s
Old Spice pivoted from just an old school

shaving, more on to fragrances and so
eventually, it was bought by Proctor and

Gamble The true original formula of Old
Spice is no longer available because

Proctor & Gamble reformulated it in 2016
to comply with current regulations If

you grew up in the US, Old Spice is
probably a scent that you're familiar with

because your dad might have used it or your
grandpa and it was just a very

commonplace aftershave Because of that,
many will probably associate an

old-school vibe with it and nostalgia On
the top notes, I could definitely smell

some nutmeg and citrusy, maybe lemon or
orange and some star anise On heart and

base notes, people could smell all kinds
of things from carnations to Jasmine to

vanilla, personally, I thought it wasn't
such a strong sense It was hard for me

to pick a specific sense Not having grown
up in the US, I wasn't really exposed

to Old Spice, and I just know it from
advertisements, for cheap men's grooming

products basically So frankly when I
smelled it, I thought it was surprisingly

good Of course, when you look at the
flacon and anything else,

it looks really cheap because in fact, it
is $8 for 120 milliliters is

hard to beat It's definitely more subtle
scent, it won't last long and it's not

too extreme in any way so it's kind of a
crowd-pleaser

In that sense, it reminded me a bit of
Acqua Di Gio because it is just something

that most people will be okay with or
somewhat like no one will love it, no one

will hate it In my mind, Old Spice is a
lot better than 4711 and I would give

it a 35 out of 5
Everyone on our team liked it and it

made people feel very nostalgic Number
nine is Habit Rouge from Guerlain The

brand was founded in 1828 and is now
known as a more high-end skin care

cosmetics and perfume producer They have
a rich history because they created

sense for Napoleon and Queen Victoria
Habit Rouge was created in 1965 by one of the

last family members in the company It's
considered by many to be an oriental

woody fragrance The top notes contain a
lot of citrus such as tangerine, lemon

lime and orange, some bergamot, it's
pleasing The heart note,

I could smell some flowers and
sandalwood Some say they could smell

some vanilla on the base note but frankly
by no means, it is as strong as a Caron

Pour Un Homme At first, I thought it was an
interesting scent, it was not too much in

your face and so more pleasant to wear
Nevertheless, it was distinctly masculine

and so I thought it was a great office
cologne I also didn't think it was

particularly seasonal so it's a good
year-round thing, maybe something would

bring for business travel The team only
gave it a 2 out of 5,

personally, I gave it a 3 out of 5 It's
far as a $40 for a 100 milliliters which puts

it somewhere in the middle Last but not
least, we looked at Paco Rabanne

Pour Homme Paco Rabanne is a pseudonym for
Francisco Rabaneda y Cuervo He was a

Spanish fashion designer for the Basque
region who made a name for himself

because of his avant-garde designs in
the 1960s Because of his success, he

eventually opened a fashion house and in
1973, introduced fragrances The scent is

characterized as an aromatic
fougere fragrance Top notes include

rosemary, sage and rosewood Heart notes
have some lavender and tonka bean The

base notes, I could smell a bit of
sweetness musk and oakmoss Overall, it's

not very manly mossy and bold to me
Because of that, I'd associate it with maybe

velvet dinner jacket or something
but even then, it was too much for my

nose and I would just give it a 1 out of
5 The team, on the other hand, rated it a 3

out of 5 If you want to go for it paired
with sumptuous fabrics such as silk or

brocade or velvet and then you can wear
it maybe during the colder months of the

year Price of $29 for 100 milliliters, it's
definitely not expensive but again price

alone should not be an indicator whether
you should buy a cologne or not If at all

possible
maybe a little sample or try it on your

skin because on a tester, it will just
smell very different than on your

personal skin And with some scents, you
just need to try them a little more

often to just get an idea of whether you
like it or not So out of all the

fragrances, our favorites were probably
the Chanel Pour Monsieur,

surprisingly Old Spice,
and then Geo F Trumpers West Indian Limes

So today's video, I'm wearing a three-piece suit
with a double-breasted waistcoat and I

felt like the Chanel Pour Monsieur
or maybe the Old Spice could have both

worked with it It's a grayish Brown with
kind of a very faint orange stripe which

is somewhat of vintage-inspired I'm
picking up the orange tones of this suit

in this pale peach dress shirt with
French cuffs and a very wide open cut

collar In order to accommodate such a
collar, you need a very big tie knot,

I went for a Half Windsor because I'm
not a fan of the Full Windsor The tie is

a jacquard woven silk printed with a
diamond pattern in turquoise and orange

picking up the color of the stripe on
the outside but also the lining on the

inside
It's from Fort Belvedere and you can

find it in a shop just like my pocket
square which is wool silk and orange

with some paisley patterns on it Because of
the warm tones in my outfit,

I went with a gold pair of monkey
fists knot cufflinks also from Fort

Belvedere and I tied together the outfit
with a pair of burgundy shoes by Meermin

and with the socks, I could have gone
with something shadow stripe but I kept

it a bit more muted with just a pair of
gray socks with clocks on the side that

had red and white that pick up the rest
of the color in the outfit Last but not the

least, a little pinky ring with a
bloodstone that is greenish and red

which picks up the color of the tie and
brings it all together

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