Any suggestions for fragrance by a Japanese House?

MonsieurChanel

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Oct 3, 2015
Hello folks,

I've always had an interest in Japan, the history, the architecture, the people, the automobiles, the culture. I have quite a few friends who live and work in Japan. I was just thinking, I'd like to add a fragrance from a Japanese house to my collection. I really don't know much about fragrances from Japan. I've only heard of a few brands. I have used Shiseido skin products in the past and really liked them. I checked out their few men's fragrances. Zen For Men sounds appealing to me.. going by the notes.. Could anyone give me some suggestions of good Japanese men's fragrances I should be looking at? Nothing extremely expensive or very difficult to find please. Just ones that aren't too hard to find and average prices. Open to both fragrances made in Japan and fragrances from Japanese houses made outside Japan..

Many thanks in advance,
 
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hednic

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Oct 25, 2007
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

Are you looking for a Japanese fragrance made in Japan or a fragrance from a Japanese house made outside of the country elsewhere?
 

MonsieurChanel

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Oct 3, 2015
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

Are you looking for a Japanese fragrance made in Japan or a fragrance from a Japanese house made outside of the country elsewhere?

Pretty much open to either, Hednic! :) Sorry, I forgot to clarify that bit. :)
 

cacio

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Nov 5, 2010
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

As tefg was saying, CDG are Japanese designers (though I suppose the perfumes themselves are done in Europe). Another one in the line would be Hinoki, which is supposed to smell like a traditional Japanese wooden spa (it does, to some extent). For the avantgarde aspect of Japanese fashion, instead I suggest their CDG 2011 edp.

cacio
 

Foustie

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Apr 1, 2010
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

The Miya Shimna range. She is French Japanese. She studied in Kyoto and Paris. So far so good?

Hana ( flower)
Tsuki (moon)
Kaze (wind)
Sakura (cherry blossom)
Feuillage Vert (green leaves)
Hinoki (japanese cypress)
Yuki (snow)
Mizu ( water)
Tachibana (orange flower)
Tsubaki (camelia)
 

anewtypedude

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Jul 29, 2012
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

The most obvious Japanese house is Issey Miyake.

L'eau D'Issey Pour Homme definitely gives me a Japanese vibe. Not so much with Nuit D'Issey tho.
 

CapriDog

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Mar 1, 2012
Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

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Masaki Matsushima mat; very male

Top notes: bergamot, aquatic accords and accords of the anise liqueur Sambuca.
Heart: lotus, bamboo and precious woody notes.
Base: patchouli, white cedar and licorice wood.

I think it's discontinued but can find it cheap on eBay.

I also dig Zen Original by Shiseido

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Top notes: bergamot, galbanum and orange blossom.

Heart: jasmine, rose, violet, narcissus, hyacinth, carnation, orris root and mimosas.

Base: sandalwood, cedar, oak moss, amber and musk.

Source: Fragrantica.
 
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anewtypedude

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Jul 29, 2012
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

The most obvious Japanese house is Issey Miyake.

L'eau D'Issey Pour Homme definitely gives me a Japanese vibe. Not so much with Nuit D'Issey tho.

Also Hanae Mori too.
 

Ken_Russell

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Jan 21, 2006
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

The designer houses of Kenzo and Issey could be good starting points for extensive testing and then gradually advancing to more exclusive offers (unfortunately, having no info about any Japanese houses in the niche or otherwise more limited edition market segments).
 

HackerX

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Oct 21, 2004
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

I think Shiseido Zen for men is good, not spectacular, but a good fresh summer scent that is just very pleasant.

Also check out Mat Male and Mat Very Male.
 

Darjeeling

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Oct 29, 2012
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

I'd have to say that Comme des Garçons' Kyoto is the most Japanese smelling scent I know.
Hinoki also has strong associations with Japanese cypress trees and hot springs/bath tubs using the wood of the tree.

Otherwise this http://parfum-satori.com/en/collection/irishomme.html interests me. Never smelled it but I know people speak highly of it.
Not sure whether it's available outside Japan.
 

MonsieurChanel

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Oct 3, 2015
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions!

I've bought Issey Miyake L'eau D'Issey Pour Homme and Shiseido Zen For Men. Two relatively cheap ones suggested in the thread.

Debating on CdG Kyoto. I see its a big incense one.. Unsure about that. From experience, incense dominant scents have never really been my favourites. Would like to sample first but it doesn't seem easy to obtain a sample..

Very intrigued by Shiseido Basala. But where do you even get this stuff?! I only can find one half used bottle for sale in the World! :lolk: How long has it been off the market? Does it come up often and how much would one expect to pay?

Thanks to all for the recommendations. I can't thank you all individually but I genuinely appreciate every post and suggestion and am researching all the ones mentioned above.
 

radix023

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Apr 4, 2006
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

I went on a similar quest years ago.. Culturally, from what I understand, fragrance is much less commonly worm in public in Japan. (not an expert, that's just my understanding) So finding a Japanese fragrance is really getting something from the borders of interaction between Japanese and Western culture: Japanese style houses that feel that they need fragrances to be a world-class style house (that is, they are completing internationally and include fragrance in the "expected range" in the markets they are competing in); and Western style houses trying to expand/open markets in Japan that have produced fragrance offerings they think will appeal to the Japanese consumer in their segment. (have you seen how different McDonald's is between the US and Japan? (ie http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/06/...-out-sandwiches-with-crimson-buns-and-cheese/)

So I went on a long quest to buy Basala, which was successful and I still have nearly all of that bottle (I get leather and incense, it's nice but not exceptional to me so rarely used). The other I would mention is Hanae Mori for men. That is a BN friendly sweet gourmand with some distinctive characteristics. I see Basala is by Japanese for the Japanese market, HM for international markets with definite Japanese characteristics. I have and like both L'Eau d'Issey and L'Eau d'Issey Intense but I don't see those as really trying to be Japanese or for the Japanese market as much as style house creating itself "de novo" and refusing to be bound by any conventions or expectations.

So you could say my Japanese initiative had mixed results. I have no regrets but didn't really find what I was looking for. Perhaps you will have better luck.
 
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MonsieurChanel

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Oct 3, 2015
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

Ended up buying Hanae Mori HM For Men also, after some debate I opted for the EdT version.. I done a bit of reading on it and it sounds like something I'd like. I've only tried the HIM (2012, I think) from Hanae Mori and it was quite a while ago, but from memory I think I found some kind of a similarity to 1 Million. I could be wrong. Probably just the sweetness and cinnamon. I much preferred the Hanae Mori though.
 

Kaern

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Apr 2, 2008
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

S-Perfume are Japanese I think

They produced S-ex of course, which I rather like
 

MonsieurChanel

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Oct 3, 2015
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

:thumbsup:

Glad to hear you enjoy this one Hednic! What is your take on the two variants? Is there a huge difference? I read a few online reviews and I debated for quite a while on EdT or EdP.. Both seem to get spoken highly of. I figured the EdT would be best to go for first and if I really like it I'll get the EdP also.

Thanks to other posters for the suggestions also. Will check those out.
 

nsamadi

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Jun 20, 2004
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

I could be wrong but from my knowledge based on having a few Japanese friends, typical the Japanese don't wear scent. Not sure if they even wear deodorant or anything scented for that matter. So, a truly Japanese scent would be nothing.

But if I were to suggest anything, something from the house of CdG wouldn't be bad. I'm leaning closer to CdG 2. I'd also check out Gaiac 10 by Le Labo.

Also, a lot of my Japanese friends wear Eau d'Orange Verte by Hermes interestingly enough. Nothing Japanese about it though. Also, a perfume shop owner once told me she sells the Penhaligon's line like crazy in Japan.

Smelt Basala years ago but really felt it was very strong, very dry, very spicy. Didn't really get a Japanese vibe.

EDIT: Just re-read your post and noticed you aren't looking for anything too pricey or hard-to-find so Gaiac 10 would be out of the equation. 2nd the Kyoto and Hinoki recommendations. I'll also add Sugi.
 
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Vinrambo09

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Jan 14, 2010
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

My favo Japanese style scents

Issey Miyake Pour Homme
Kenzo Tokyo
Masaki Matsushima MAT: Very Male
CDG Kyoto
 

Darjeeling

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Oct 29, 2012
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

I could be wrong but from my knowledge based on having a few Japanese friends, typical the Japanese don't wear scent. Not sure if they even wear deodorant or anything scented for that matter. So, a truly Japanese scent would be nothing.

But if I were to suggest anything, something from the house of CdG wouldn't be bad. I'm leaning closer to CdG 2. I'd also check out Gaiac 10 by Le Labo.

Also, a lot of my Japanese friends wear Eau d'Orange Verte by Hermes interestingly enough. Nothing Japanese about it though. Also, a perfume shop owner once told me she sells the Penhaligon's line like crazy in Japan.

Smelt Basala years ago but really felt it was very strong, very dry, very spicy. Didn't really get a Japanese vibe.

EDIT: Just re-read your post and noticed you aren't looking for anything too pricey or hard-to-find so Gaiac 10 would be out of the equation. 2nd the Kyoto and Hinoki recommendations. I'll also add Sugi.

It kind of boils down to the question of whether one wants something like the Japanese wear (almost never use perfume, although I smell the odd calone bomb aquatic), something by a Japanese house, or something in a style that one associates with a Japanese aesthetic. For the Japanese aesthetic, do you want something vaguely authentic or something stereotyped?
 

MonsieurChanel

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Oct 3, 2015
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

A few arrived today. All blind buys. Currently wearing the H.M. by Hanae Mori (EdT). Very pleased with this little beauty. Will be buying the EdP version immediately! :)
 

Jardanel

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Jul 3, 2008
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

Interesting to note that although oud-based fragrances (as far as I know) are not popular in Japan, the smell of oud is familiar to the culture, especially to older Japanese. There are several classic incense blends that are sandalwood/agarwood, plus the traditional sachets used for storing kimono have agarwood in them as well. A charming obaa-san (elderly woman) some years ago admired a fragrance I was wearing and correctly identified the major note as "jinko", the Japanese word for oud.
 

MonsieurChanel

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Oct 3, 2015
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

I tried the Issey Miyake.. very nice also. I tried Zen by Shiseido last night too. Probably my least favourite of the few I've bought so far. Strangely enough, I thought I'd really like it going by the notes. It's okay, I guess. The bottle is really cool. I think the Hanae Mori H.M. EdT is my current favourite so far. Very glad I got myself that one. I've since bought the EdP also. It hasn't arrived yet though.
 

Darjeeling

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Oct 29, 2012
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

Interesting to note that although oud-based fragrances (as far as I know) are not popular in Japan, the smell of oud is familiar to the culture, especially to older Japanese. There are several classic incense blends that are sandalwood/agarwood, plus the traditional sachets used for storing kimono have agarwood in them as well. A charming obaa-san (elderly woman) some years ago admired a fragrance I was wearing and correctly identified the major note as "jinko", the Japanese word for oud.

And you've identified the demographic right there as well. For various reasons those scents and incense using those ingredients is associated with the elderly.
 

MonsieurChanel

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Oct 3, 2015
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

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Masaki Matsushima mat; very male

All I could find available from Masaki Matsushima in my local stores was Aqua Platinum. I bought it right out.. Tried it last night and I quite like it! Pleasant, will be nice for casual Summer wear. Hanae Mori H.M. is still winning overall though. ;) Still looking for other suggestions. Japanese. Japanese houses but Made in France. Common in Japan (although from what I gather in this thread, wearing fragrances in Japan is not commonplace). The main this is that they're relatively easy to find. Alot of these scents are quite hard to come by in Europe, not to mention expensive. Mainly looking easy found cheapies like Hanae Mori, Issey Miyake, etc. Maybe some lesser known.
 

MonsieurChanel

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Oct 3, 2015
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

My Hanae Mori H.M. EdP arrived. I give it a wear two days ago.. I think I like it ever better than the EdT! :) I love both.. but I think I'd give the edge to the EdP.
 

MonsieurChanel

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Oct 3, 2015
Re: Any suggestions for a Japanese fragrance?

Anyone tried Annayake Bonheur for Him? Its another one that I've came across relatively easy to find and inexpensive. Unsure whether to buy or not, going by my wardrobe it might be quite similar to others I already own and I'm trying to avoid that! :p
 

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