Geoffrey Beene GREY FLANNEL (nose: André Fromentin, 1975). Green/Floral/Mossy.
There is a YouTube video of teenaged boys applying this scent.. then exaggeratedly gagging and guffawing at how "bad" it smells. This is most unfortunate, as GREY FLANNEL is one of the most daring, unique mainstream men's scents there is... dating from that great decade of perfumery, the 1970's, when department-store tier fragrances still took bold risks to create novel, impressive numbers unlike anybody else's. One of the few true men's florals out there, more akin now to a modern Pierre Guillaume niche oddity than a department store staple, GREY FLANNEL sails in on notes of transparent bergamot, lime, spacious grassy lawns, neroli, carnation, rose, cold March jonquils, and its distinctive signature note: violets... quite rare for any modern "men's" scent. Dry, not candied, the violets lend a crepuscular, ultra-suave, milled-soap "old English" feeling to this scent. Undergirding the green floralcy is a base of dense oakmoss; one applies GREY FLANNEL with a light hand, as that mossy base is opaque, glowering and very tenacious indeed. Today, GREY FLANNEL is mostly found for a song in drugstores and Wal-Marts, having lost its Disco-era high chic... again, unfortunate; its green-gray, wine-shaped flacon no longer comes in its chic flannel drawstring sack, nor does the scent appear anymore in its myriad of accessories, like soaps, deodorants, powders, etc. But GREY FLANNEL hasn't been "freshened" over the years, happily --- it's still the purply/dense exercise in rich botanicals it always was. Highly recommended.
I love this cologne, drives me wild! My husband used to wear this when we were dating..loved it so much. Smells so good. It's my all time favorite mens cologne. These days I have turned him on to more natural cologne's for day to day..though he still wears this here and there for me, because I love it.
My husband requested I get this for him several Christmas's ago. I did and OMG did I regret it! It literally smells like sharp cat pee. It's DISGUSTING.
This has got to be the nicest cleanest mens cologne ever made..its floral but not sweet floral..its fresh clean love it!..it reminds me of expensive shaving soap ...if hubby dosent wear this fussy thing that he is...then I'm claiming it for myself as it also reminds me of expensive Estee Lauder perfumes...
Edit..this delicous fragrance lasted 10 hours on my skin & that was just a teeny dab...If Prada or Estee Lauder brought this out as a womans perfume it would be a worldwide No.1 seller...its abs gorgeous ....I have a collection of fragrances going back well over 20 years..from Amouge to Avon...this is one of the most well balanced..beautiful fragrances I have smelt...I going to stock pile it by the bucket full .....divine continued >>
Just the most gorgeous green scent. A huge blast of galbanum drying down into a violet leaf floral that is never too sweet or sickly. Great staying power and tremendous sillage. I love this and have stockpilled huge bottles. It is amazingly cheap online and if you like green scents this is one of hte best.
On me, this smells like a sappy tree branch plus a teeny bit of tonka bean. On my husband, it sweetens considerably.
Years ago I got this for my husband and it wasn't to his taste...it was before I was exploring the world of perfume and just returned it without trying it myself...after trying it later in a department store, fell in love with its beautiful, rooty violet-leaf aspect and cuddly drydown. Easily obtained for $8 at Winners, it is comforting, cleanly sweet (not sugary) and very elegant - love it!
Nicely citrus scent with greens and non-feminine florals. It blends down to the basenotes with a musky feeling, very smooth. Kenneth Cole for men is very similar to this. Fresh without being quite aquatic, musky warm undertones that remind of warm skin, but clean at the same time. I like this one a lot, and might even let my husband try it out.
This is part of my top 5 favorites in the retro mens cologne category. There's something about it that's soooo intoxicatiing. I've always had the urge to spray some on but decided against it due to the risk of smelling 'manly'. My step-brother used to own a bottle and I'd always sneak in his room to get a whiff when he was away. I couldn't help it! This cologne is sophisticated and classic.
I just sprayed this on again since the 80s! I didn't like it then but I love it now!...for myself! ;) I'm looking for something for my husband right so I sprayed it on my hand and I asked him later what he thought because I was thinking it smelled great but not for a MAN! HA! So he smelled it and said "that's nice" and I asked him if it smelled like it was for men and he said NO! To me this smells like cosmetics before they started taking the scent out of everything. Remember when powder and foundation smelled so good but irritated your skin...heehee...that's what this smells like! I'm going to buy a bottle for me as soon as Christmas is over and I can get it cheap on ebay again! All the sellers have their prices all jacked up right now!