I’d like to hear your choices of the best mainstream perfumes currently available. I don’t want to get bogged down with definitions so let’s just say mainstream in this case means anything that isn’t niche, high-end exclusive or in very limited distribution. They don’t have to be perfumes you personally wear; they can just be those fragrances which you think are good examples of modern mainstream perfumery.
An everyday Shalimar with the smoke toned down and the iris amped up.
L’Eau d’Ambrée, Prada
An easy to wear, lightweight amber that can be worn all year-round.
A plummy modern chypre with a touch of suede.
Voyage d’Hermes and Terre d’Hermes, Hermes
Both by Jean-Claude Ellena, these are simply two of the best mainstream masculines around.
I know there are more mainstream gems out there, so please share your picks.