I'm starting my clinical practice as a dentist in Europe. I'm looking for a fragrance that respects the space between me and the patient. However, I want the fragrance to be classy and appropriate to a man in his middle twenties. I'll keep Dior Homme Intense to wear when I go out with friends :) What do you suggest?
Rui, I'm very impressed by your sensitivity in not wanting to add to your patients' discomfort with olfactory overstimulation. You can't go wrong with a modern take on the classic cologne recipe of citrus and aromatic herbs. Something along the lines of Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta, Chanel Eau de Cologne or Voyage d'Hermès would appeal as fresh, clean and wholesome. Consider also Creed Original Vetiver, which starts in cologne territory with bergamot and lemon, but dries down to subtle sandalwood with a smidge of musk. Applied lightly, it's an amplified skin scent.
Moving deeper into the woods, I might suggest Escentric Molecules Molecule 01, a faux bois scenario that is pleasing without being demanding. It seems to be universally enjoyed by those who smell it, although personally I find it too linear and sterile to sustain interest. (I require my perfumes to be pervier.)
|Molecule 01: not pervy.|
But “pleasing, linear and sterile” sounds like just what the doctor ordered when it comes to the delicate work of digging around inside people's tender mouths. And as an added bonus, many find Molecule 01 absolutely irresistible (as in “running down the street after the wearer to demand WHAT IS THAT AMAZING FRAGRANCE YOU'RE WEARING?” irresistible), so you may end up with lots of repeat visits in the form of spurious check-ups and phantom toothaches from besotted patients angling to smell you again. Could be good for business.
|"Ooh nell ood!"|
Given your love of Dior Homme Intense with its focus on iris, I think my favorite direction for you is Terre d'Iris by Miller Harris. It kicks off with a recognizably cologne-y flourish (bitter orange, clary sage and rosemary), before turning into a sophisti-cat iris root scent underpinned with moss and patchouli. There's an echo of the cocoa woodsy warmth of Dior Homme, but leavened with citrus and herbs. Terre d'Iris is low-key and classy with the added bonus of being under the radar, so your patients won't have built up negative associations with it.
(Note: Miller Harris will be moving Terre d'Iris from its limited edition line to its permanent collection in the autumn.)
Fumies, please help Rui make his new dental practice a nice place to be. What would you love to smell on your dentist?