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Reviewing inexpensive colognes

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Having been a casual Basenotes viewer over the last 4 years, I noticed a preponderance of praise for the more expensive colognes and a general disdain for inexpensive cologne. This pattern evidences itself often in reviews when the reviewer mentions the price, or offers comment along the line of "not bad for the price, or "not bad for a cheapie". The Creed fragrances are tiresomely mentioned daily in every thread as the best. The overall impression given by this pattern is one of expensive colognes being superior and inexpensive colognes being of generally inferior quality. I utterly and completely reject this notion. As a working man who refuses to pay more than $20-$30 for a cologne, I plan to use my blog to offer qualitative and unslanted reviews of the colognes that most of us can afford. As someone who purchased my entire cologne wardrobe (23 colognes) for less than the cost of a single Creed scent, I hope this will prove helpful to those of us who will neither the will nor the ability to ever purchase Creed.
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  1. Fragmeister's Avatar
    Brilliant! Look forward to your reviews! By the way, I slightly like Creed Royal oud and think that the rest of them are completely average–smelling fragrances.
  2. numberz's Avatar
    I've always judged a cologne by what it did to me, how it made me feel, what it made me think about. Of course there are some horribly made scents out there that smell as if they were composed of some cheap alcohol etc., but I definitely give credit to many that just seemed to make me happy. I mean, isn't that the point really?

    For instance, I like some of the Demeter products for what they are capable of doing...causing a reaction. I react when I smell things that remind me of life's moments.

    And of course i think everyone can agree that there are some horrid scents out there that are very costly.

    I often wondered if the rich had a special gene in them that causes them to love caviar, lol.
  3. voodoodanny's Avatar
    Fantastic! A man after my own heart! I'll be interested to hear your views on Aspen by Coty amongst others.

    I'm all for championing quality smells at sensible prices and my wardrobe will probably provide you with plenty of evidence of that. I don't give the likes of Creed half the credit most do either.

    Hats off to you, sir.
  4. bloodhound.md's Avatar
    I wore aspen back in highschool . Not a fave of mine . If your gonna go cheap check out perfumania they have really good deals on designer fragrences. Walmart sells kenith coal black shaun john unforgiveable . And azurro chrome wich smells awesome in the heat . Trust your nose not snobs . Also to add as much as i hate to admit lemale does smell really good to women and can be found sorta cheap . Ive also seen bottles of diour fahrenheit at walmart . Should have grabed some .
  5. dreese's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by voodoodanny
    Fantastic! A man after my own heart! I'll be interested to hear your views on Aspen by Coty amongst others.

    I'm all for championing quality smells at sensible prices and my wardrobe will probably provide you with plenty of evidence of that. I don't give the likes of Creed half the credit most do either.

    Hats off to you, sir.
    If you enjoy the cedar-based fragraces, Aspen is just wonderful. Some other scents that make a nice combination of cedar with floral touches are Avon's Black Suede Leather and Michael Jordan.
  6. tjarksd's Avatar
    See you're starting to do a few reviews. Great idea. I'm in the same boat. Three kids, divorced, and have a limited budget. I buy a lot off of eBay to save money, but am always looking for those hidden gems that only cost a few bucks. Lucky You smells really good on me (like Irish Spring soap), but many other don't have the same experience. Bogart pour Homme is another little gem I like...smells like cheery pipe tobacco...very sweet and linear, it projects, and I like the smell. There's quite a few inexpensive fragrances out there that are not often discussed that are pretty good. For Spring I'm a Halston 1-12 guy...I prefer it over Z-14. It's less musky to me and more "fresh".
  7. dreese's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tjarksd
    See you're starting to do a few reviews. Great idea. I'm in the same boat. Three kids, divorced, and have a limited budget. I buy a lot off of eBay to save money, but am always looking for those hidden gems that only cost a few bucks. Lucky You smells really good on me (like Irish Spring soap), but many other don't have the same experience. Bogart pour Homme is another little gem I like...smells like cheery pipe tobacco...very sweet and linear, it projects, and I like the smell. There's quite a few inexpensive fragrances out there that are not often discussed that are pretty good. For Spring I'm a Halston 1-12 guy...I prefer it over Z-14. It's less musky to me and more "fresh".
    I love Halston 1-12! Even though it has been discontinued, I still find it on Amazon for around $10 and it lives well in the bottle without becoming concentrated. I have never tried Bogart pour Homme, but have been a big fan of One Man Show that is also a Bogart scent (I think). I agree Lucky You is really enjoyable. As Summer approaches, I have loaded up on fresh and aquatic scents to try during the season. I have to say that my most pleasant surprise since I got into sampling more fragrances has been how utterly pleasing the Samba scents have been. My favorite summer fragrance for the last year has been Samba Ice. Now that I have almost finished trying all of the Yacht Man fragrances, I plan to purchase all of the Sambas now.

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