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My March Madness 2010 Tournament of Champions: The New Signature Scent

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The history of my signature scent, the one I wear the most and what people around me associated it with ever since I started wearing cologne on a regular basis.

1998-2001: Armani Acqua Di Gio - I hate to be the guy that says, "I was into Lady Gaga when she was still Stefani Germanotta." It kinda was that sort of thing the first 2 years I wore it in high school and 1st year of art school, I suppose. I still think it's a solid fragrance, otherwise it would have been phased out eons ago. Now it's over worn by masses because most guys don't care to know what else is out there.

2007: Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male - Ah, my first bottle purchased by me, in case you didn't catch the dozens of times I've mentioned this. I wore this exclusively for a good two months before I bought anything else. Unfortunately, it was short lived as a signature scent. I loved the creamy, minty, vanilla dry down. I also felt damn sexy wearing it, oddly enough. Unfortunately, I think it was just me who felt that way about myself wearing Le Male. A bad overdose if it one night totally turned me off from ever wearing it again.

2008-2009: 212 for Men/Chanel Allure Edition Blanche - These two were co-signature fragrances. I wore both equally as much between those two years. When I went to work, it was either Allure Blanche or 212 for Men. I spent the first 2-3 months of 2008 flip flopping around with fragrances and wearing a different sample each time. This was a very big learning curve for me. 212 for Men departed from my wardrobe by the end of 2009. Also, as of last week though, Allure Edition Blanche has left my wardrobe. To this day, Allure Edition Blanche was the greatest blind buy I've ever made without ever smelling a single drop of it. I was tempted to buy a back up bottle, but knowing this world of fragrances is so huge and there's so much more to explore, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and venture onward.

Once again, I'm in the same decant/sampling phase I was in 2 years ago and searching for that signature scent. It's back to the drawing board. The purpose of this somewhat costly, but very fun learning experience is that outside of Mugler Cologne, I've never purchased anything that I've worn more than once or twice. When I started, I think I sprayed like crazy because at the time and only got 2 wearings out of 1.5ml. Take into account that I started in the WINTER time and my skin was rather dry since I was using one of those sporty Old Spice body washes without moisturizing my skin either.

During my testing, I'm going to give everything a fair chance because with fragrances, no matter the price tag, opinions are subjective. Just because you paid a little for a bottle of Everlast Original 1910 at TJMaxx doesn't mean it's bad, but at the same time, just because you forked over $200 for a Tom Ford Private Blend doesn't mean everyone should love it. This'll range from your run of the mill Macy's/Sephora offerings, lesser known designer offerings, and even niche. I'm going to dig as deep into this as my pocketbook will allow and hopefully one fragrance will declare victorious and the bottle will sit proudly in my drawer to accompany Bulgari Aqua, TM Cologne, and A*Men Pure Malt.

Here's an image of the bracketing.

The highlights in this tournament include 3 Creeds (Green Irish Tweed, Silver Mountain Water, Millesime Imperial), Acqua Di Parma Colonia, Chanel Platinum Egoiste, Dirty English, Carolina Herrera Chic For Men, Cologne du 68, Cartier Roadster and more.

The runner up in the finals will get a second chance to be bottle #5 against other niche and other mainstream fragrances I haven't tried yet once again. Now, the highlights of THAT tournament would include Tea for Two, Bois d'Iris, Musc Ravaguer, Divine L'Homme Sage, Rose 31, Infusion d'Homme, Encre Noire, Narciso Rodgriguez, etc.

Will one of the Creeds win? Will it be a bank breaking niche? Or will everything get it's ass kicked by one of the designer scents? Here goes nothing!

Updated 18th February 2010 at 02:50 AM by Hollandaze




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