The Beefcake Thread: Scent a Favorite Man

Cook.bot

Common Lackey
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Jan 6, 2012
Ladies of Basenotes, how about a little fun picking a scent we'd like to imagine on some of our favorite public men? (Keeping it SFW, of course.)

My choices in men have always tended toward the gangly and offbeat, with extra points for prominent noses and jawlines. A lifelong crush of mine has been Jeff Goldblum; I liked him in both his young and long-haired days...

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...and like him even better now that he's grizzled and gray:

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In either incarnation, I like to imagine him wearing Encre Noir a L'Extreme. 💓

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ClockworkAlice

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Jan 3, 2019
My choices in men have always tended toward the gangly and offbeat, with extra points for prominent noses and jawlines.
Our tastes for perfumes might be miles apart, but our tastes for men are quite similar! :D
I also give lots of points for long-ish hair, slim figure and overall boyish demeanour. Fuller, kissable lips and dreamy eyes is also a plus. I also notice that "looks a bit like Jesus" is also very much my type (again: prominent nose, long face, slim, long hair). This baffles me as I'm not very religious, but what can a girl do?

My latest celebrity crush is Timothée Chalamet (Dune, Call Me By Your Name, Little Women). I love his acting and watching his interviews is just so refreshing - he's an oddball in a very charming way. His nose is not very prominent but I'll give him that!
(I'm not very good at assigning scents for other people so I'll probably just sit and watch. Although I can imagine him wearing something unisex and woody or citrus, so let's say maybe Tam Dao by Diptyque or Citrus Noir by Molinard.)

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Cook.bot

Common Lackey
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Jan 6, 2012
Our tastes for perfumes might be miles apart, but our tastes for men are quite similar! :D

:ROFLMAO:

My latest celebrity crush is Timothée Chalamet
I think if I were your age, I'd be right there with you. But from my vantage point, he looks too much like a kid for me to be having lascivious thoughts about him! I also think he's got one of those faces that's going to get more handsome as it ages.

And you need to pick a scent for Timothée! (He looks like a Jean-Claude Ellena type to me.)
 

ClockworkAlice

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Jan 3, 2019
:ROFLMAO:


I think if I were your age, I'd be right there with you. But from my vantage point, he looks too much like a kid for me to be having lascivious thoughts about him!

And you need to pick a scent for Timothée! (He looks like a Jean-Claude Ellena type to me.)
Haha, yeah, I can see that!
I edited my post to add a few scents for him, but yeah, I agree he would rock the Hermes Un Jardin... series scents by Jean-Claude Ellena and many of his other creations (including the colognes from Le Couvent des Minimes) very well, too.
Maybe Byredo, too (but I haven't tried their line extensively to really tell) as unisex and understated should fit him well.
 

Cook.bot

Common Lackey
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Jan 6, 2012
I think I'm going to always associate Timothée Chalamet with that gorgeous Italian scenery in 'Call Me By Your Name', so I'd like to pick an Italian scent for him, something androgynous and earthy: Romanza by Masque Milano.

As reviewer JTD says: "Romanza is based on the attraction of opposites. Bitter angelica accentuates narcissus's sweet vitality and from the very topnotes Romanza is filled with shadow and texture." I think Timothée himself has a bittersweet and shadowy quality.
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Cook.bot

Common Lackey
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Jan 6, 2012
My choice, Sean Connery at his older age with the white hair. I'm sure he wore Aramis!
In all honesty, any guy wearing Aramis has my full attention!

I could see that, but I've always thought of Sir Sean as a Yatagan man:

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I'll be pretty pissed off if you don't link me with Eau D'Hermes :D

I intended it to refer only to "public figures" to avoid any libel or slander issues. :)

TBH, I've been trying to think of any public men who deserved the honor of being christened with the Mighty Eau d'Hermes, and it's hard to think of anyone worthy enough! (Also hard to keep that one SFW.) But if I come up with anyone, I'll include you honorarily!
 

RHM

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Oct 18, 2005

MICHAEL TALBOT​

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Author biography:

Michael Talbot was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1953. As a young man, he moved to New York City, where he pursued a career as a freelance writer, publishing articles in Omni, The Village Voice, and others, often exploring the confluence between science and the spiritual.

But despite the popularity of his fiction among horror fans, it was for his nonfiction that Talbot was best known, much of it focusing on new age concepts, mysticism, and the paranormal. Arguably his most famous and most significant is The Holographic Universe(1991), which examines the increasingly accepted theory that the entire universe is a hologram; the book remains in print and highly discussed today.

Michael Talbot died of leukemia in 1992 at age 38.

His Holographic Universe has had a tremendous impact on me.
I would scent him with a lavender centric fragrance: Pour Un Homme De Caron or Geo F. Trumper Lavender Water Cologne
 

Quarry

Doing the BN salute
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Aug 9, 2005
My cousin asked me, a couple years ago, if I still have a thing for David McCallum (he's now 88 years old). As a teen, he was my first celeb crush in his role on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. I confessed, I still had a bit of a reaction seeing him on NCIS. As an adult, I thought Spike on Buffy had perfected the bad boy with underneath romantic thing.
McCallum would wear a predictable classic like Hermes Bel Ami. Spike, hmmm. I think old Brute.
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I should point out that the man I love and married is nothing like these characters.
 

Cook.bot

Common Lackey
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Jan 6, 2012
McCallum was an adolescent crush of mine, too. He seemed so exotic at the time. I can easily see him as a Bel Ami man.

At the same time I was also in love with Rudolf Nureyev and the matador El Cordobés. If it had been available at the time, I'd have scented him with Or Black by Pascal Morabito.

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When my girlfriends had posters of musicians and singers on their bedrooms walls, I had posters of bullfighters and dancers.
 

teardrop

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Sep 1, 2010
My first & all-time greatest crush is Harrison Ford, particularly in the role of Han Solo:

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Always a very handsome man, he had that sexy bad boy thing going on, as well as a mischevious sense of humour. And his voice has only got more gravelly & sexy with age. 🥰

l'd have to scent him with my favourite "manly" masculine, Kouros.
 

Wingie

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Dec 2, 2009
I've only smelled a handful of classic masculine frags so am a bit hampered when it comes to scenting handsome men, but that's not going to stop me from posting pics of a young Paul Newman. Some of the below pics, IMO, could have totally been fragrance adverts.

Maybe I'll suggest vintage Derby for him, just because I really like that one. Or Caron Le 3ème Homme.


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Cook.bot

Common Lackey
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Jan 6, 2012
And this is Marat Safin. I'll put him in Bandit.

That Safin guy is a knockout! What a great grin. I don't even like Bandit, but I'm thinking I'd LOVE it on him. I know nothing about rock musicians; is he in a band I should know the name of?

Maybe I'll suggest vintage Derby for him, just because I really like that one. Or Caron Le 3ème Homme.

I never EVER get tired of looking at Paul Newman. He was gorgeous when he was young, gorgeous when he was old, and lived his life in a most admirable way. Plus he and Joanne Woodward were one of the great love stories. Le 3ème Homme would suit him fine, and I could also see him in an American classic like Halston Z-14 (plus it has auto racing associations, which he'd love.)

What a winner he was on every front. I've never cared for blue eyes and fair hair on men, but I could have made an exception in Paul's case. One of my favorite pics of Mr. Newman:
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Evangeline

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Oct 31, 2009
That Safin guy is a knockout! What a great grin. I don't even like Bandit, but I'm thinking I'd LOVE it on him. I know nothing about rock musicians; is he in a band I should know the name of?
No, the rock stars are too many to list. Marat was a pro tennis player. You can go ahead and change him out of that Bandit, if you like. I approve of those two in anything...or nothing at all. 😋
 

ExtremeK

Some of my paths in life are dirt
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Jul 5, 2010
I never EVER get tired of looking at Paul Newman. He was gorgeous when he was young, gorgeous when he was old, and lived his life in a most admirable way. Plus he and Joanne Woodward were one of the great love stories. Le 3ème Homme would suit him fine, and I could also see him in an American classic like Halston Z-14 (plus it has auto racing associations, which he'd love.)

What a winner he was on every front. I've never cared for blue eyes and fair hair on men, but I could have made an exception in Paul's case. One of my favorite pics of Mr. Newman:
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This is so funny. I was totally going to include Paul Newman (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, anyone?) and put him in Z-14.

We seem tracking in quite similar ways, Cook.bot.

I'm also a big fan of:
Daniel Craig (something green, a little prickly, and more than a tad dangerous -- Judy Dench's "blunt instrument" line in Casino Royale was one of the all-time great descriptions of Bond);
Clive Owen (something untamed spicy, rougher than Hermes Bel Ami);
George Clooney (especially Ocean's 11 -- I'm thinking Puredistance M; the smoothness of that leather and the smoothness of that voice!); and one not mentioned yet:

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Tom Hiddleston -- I'm thinking something with lavender (maybe Caron Pour Un Homme?) or Voyage d'Hermes EDT.
 

Cook.bot

Common Lackey
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Jan 6, 2012
Stanley Tucci
Gianfranco Ferre for Men

I swear to God, I was just considering adding that exact photo of Tucci to this thread. I don't think I've ever been so turned on by a suit, but I already loved Tucci anyway ("Big Night" forever!) and that man is wearing the hell out of that suit.

Clive Owen (something untamed spicy, rougher than Hermes Bel Ami);

Oh yes yes YES to Clive. Maybe Masque Milano?

George Clooney (especially Ocean's 11 -- I'm thinking Puredistance M; the smoothness of that leather and the smoothness of that voice!

I tend to like the "bad" Clooney ("Confessions of a Dangerous Mind", "Michael Clayton"), but that voice could justify having its own dedicated Puredistance scent.
 
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ExtremeK

Some of my paths in life are dirt
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Jul 5, 2010
I'm also a big fan of:
Daniel Craig (something green, a little prickly, and more than a tad dangerous -- Judy Dench's "blunt instrument" line in Casino Royale was one of the all-time great descriptions of Bond)

Oh, I think I've thought of a good one for *my* version of Daniel Craig: vintage Drakkar Noir.

CB, I struggle with Masque Milano fragrances. There's a burned woody AC they use that I'm super sensitive to, even in small doses, so that tends to be all I smell. I'll think some more on Clive.

I really liked Clooney in Michael Clayton ... but he does that funny, smart, self-deprecating thing so well. Oceans 11 & 13 just tickle me. In fact, the unholy trio is wonderful in those: Clooney, Pitt & Damon.
 

Cook.bot

Common Lackey
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Jan 6, 2012
Speaking of suits... a man I think always looks fabulous, and have come to think of in terms of fashion even more than of music:

Andre Benjamin:

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I like him best in preppy clothes, and I think Mr. Benjamin would be best served by a very fine vetiver scent, so I'm going to do him the honor of perfuming him with my favorite of all time, Chanel Sycomore.
 

Andyjreid

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Oct 27, 2008
I remember some time ago someone saying in either a forum post or review that they could imagine Le Chiffre, played by Mads Mikkelsen, in Casino Royale wearing Black Musk by Montale.

Now whenever I see Mads Mikkelsen I automatically think of Black Musk.
 

Bal a Versailles

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Feb 15, 2012
My crush is Sam Heughan from Outlander. He's somewhat like Popeye, wears kilt and looks much bigger than his off screen reality. In his real world what does Sam wear? Terre d'Hermes?
 
Aug 17, 2011
For MANY years, I have loved vintage Chanel for Men (of course, it wasn’t vintage when I started out loving it ). I scoured eBay for it. It’s warm and perfect, just under the ear, near the nape, for inhaling in magnificent man. The love of my life passed away in April. I will keep every single bottle. The scent on his clothes is soothing and a subtle reminder of how amazing he was. It smells wonderful.
 

Kotori

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Aug 17, 2006
For MANY years, I have loved vintage Chanel for Men (of course, it wasn’t vintage when I started out loving it ). I scoured eBay for it. It’s warm and perfect, just under the ear, near the nape, for inhaling in magnificent man. The love of my life passed away in April. I will keep every single bottle. The scent on his clothes is soothing and a subtle reminder of how amazing he was. It smells wonderful.
So deeply sorry for your loss. I hope you can find comfort in his memory. Fragrance is good for that, I find.
 

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