Affordable Summer Fragrances

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    5/28/13 at 12:03pm

    thirdeye_navigator said:



    Hey guys, so I'm one of those guys that doesn't have a big collection and so sure enough the time has come to get a summer fragrance; I am all out of anything decent. I'm going to California this weekend and I wanted to purchase a good versatile summer fragrance for the trip AND the remainder of the summer. Currently I am holding two fragrances at my work; Acqua di Gio and L'eu Bleu de Issey (I think that's the name, blue bottle chrome cap). The ADG is a 1.7 for 29.99. The Issey is the 2.5 for 39.99. If I could only pick one (I have other expenses to make) which should I pick? I do have concerns about the popularity of ADG, but it's not a deal breaker if it is versatile and well complemented. The Issey has the unique factor, but I'm afraid it might be too mature for me (20 years old), and I asked a few girls at work if they liked it and the overall reaction was "meh". So compliments are important to me. I'm just afraid ADG will smell cheap or overdone (which it is the latter) as well as too "sporty". I have not smelled it (knowingly anyways). I will sample it soon, maybe that will answer my question, just wanted other opinions.

    5/28/13 at 12:12pm

    FISS80 said:



    Versace Eau Fraiche

    Chanel Allure Homme Sport

    Dior Homme Sport

    Sean Jean Unforgiveable

    Ed Hardy Love & Luck

    Guerlain Homme

    These are all excellent affordable summer fragrances. Good Luck!

    5/28/13 at 12:12pm

    FISS80 said:



    Versace Eau Fraiche

    Chanel Allure Homme Sport

    Dior Homme Sport

    Sean Jean Unforgiveable

    Ed Hardy Love & Luck

    Guerlain Homme

    These are all excellent affordable summer fragrances. Good Luck!

    5/28/13 at 12:15pm

    JiveHippo said:



    Prada's new one Luna Rossa is a very nice summery fragrance. Of the two you mentioned, If you're looking for compliments I'd go with AdG, It's a proven compliment getter.

    5/28/13 at 12:17pm

    -40 deg said:



    Try Glen Perri. They're available quite cheaply on Amazon. Good bang for the buck for what they are. For example: Glenn Perri Unpredictable Night.

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    5/28/13 at 12:23pm

    JourneymanDave said:



    OP, taking "Summer", "cheap" and "compliments" into consideration, the first thing that comes to mind would be Nautica Voyage.  

     

    Local to Houston, I've picked up a Voyage 3.4oz for right at $20 at Marshall's.  If you go this route, make sure it's Voyage, and not the other Nauticas, which are mediocre to meh.  Voyage is very clean and fresh, turning to a light woody scent in drydown.  

     

    For a little bit more, I'd also take a run at Cartier Declaration; the original, not one of the flankers.  Super clean, crisp and pretty linear all the way through.  I see a 1.6oz online right now for $38.  

     

    Longevity is good to very good on both of the above, in the all-day range for me even in Houston heat.  If you're going to get a chance to try before you buy, I'd try both, with a suspicion that you may prefer Declaration.  

     

    If this becomes a blind buy, I'd get the Voyage, given how much you're getting for the price.  It'd be really hard to go wrong with it.

     

    Your mileage may vary, of course, but these are two of my Summer favorites in the "bang-for-the-buck" category.  

    5/28/13 at 12:32pm

    romeocasido said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JourneymanDave View Post

    OP, taking "Summer", "cheap" and "compliments" into consideration, the first thing that comes to mind would be Nautica Voyage.  

     

    Local to Houston, I've picked up a Voyage 3.4oz for right at $20 at Marshall's.  If you go this route, make sure it's Voyage, and not the other Nauticas, which are mediocre to meh.  Voyage is very clean and fresh, turning to a light woody scent in drydown.  

     

    For a little bit more, I'd also take a run at Cartier Declaration; the original, not one of the flankers.  Super clean, crisp and pretty linear all the way through.  I see a 1.6oz online right now for $38.  

     

    Longevity is good to very good on both of the above, in the all-day range for me even in Houston heat.  If you're going to get a chance to try before you buy, I'd try both, with a suspicion that you may prefer Declaration.  

     

    If this becomes a blind buy, I'd get the Voyage, given how much you're getting for the price.  It'd be really hard to go wrong with it.

     

    Your mileage may vary, of course, but these are two of my Summer favorites in the "bang-for-the-buck" category.  

    I agree. Voyage = Cheap, summer, and compliments.

    5/28/13 at 1:01pm

    thirdeye_navigator said:



    Thanks for the feedback guys! I have smelled Voyage before, a while back, and will need to give it another chance. I have read excellent reviews on it here so I will have to try it. Is ADG similar to Voyage? Or is it different from most aquatics? Is there anything special about it? How about the Bleu de Issey, what do you guys think of that?

    5/28/13 at 1:12pm

    FISS80 said:



    Bleu d' issey is definitely not your typical summer fragrance. It is different in a good way! It is definitely a try before buy kind of fragrance though. To me it is very green, and IMO, could possibly be very cloying in the summertime. Voyage is much lighter than ADG, and smells like clean sheets to me. It is very light and inoffensive, and certainly fits the description of an aquatic.

    5/28/13 at 1:24pm

    hednic said:



    Either Chanel Allure Homme Sport or Dior Homme Sport IMO

    5/28/13 at 1:38pm

    mjones602 said:



    I just got Tommy Bahama St. Bart's, which is pretty inexpensive online. (~$30 for a 3.4oz)  It smells like margaritas on a tropical beach, can't get a lot more summer than that :)

    5/28/13 at 2:15pm

    rynegne said:



    I think ADG isn't the most popular out there anymore and you don't really smell it like you used to IMO. Also, you may want to note there is a new version out of ADG "Essenza," I like it considerably more. That's an option for you to consider.

     

    Here are a few other suggestions:

     

    Chanel Bleu de Chanel

    Dsquared He Wood Ocean Wet Wood

    Comme des Garcons Vettiveru

    Armani Code Sport - people hate it here...but it's clean smelling and always gets tons of compliments...very easy for a younger person to pull off

     

    I'll +1 Set Sail St. Bart's and Chanel's Allure Homme Sport

    5/28/13 at 8:15pm

    thirdeye_navigator said:



    Thanks for all the feedback guys! So first I decided not to do the Issey... then I took some of the advice on here and got excited and ordered St. Barts! I think I might have overpaid due to my urgency and need for fast shipping, but that's ok if I bargain bin shop and find one cheaper, I'll just ship it back. I am still tempted in purchasing the ADG though...

    5/28/13 at 8:37pm

    Rev320 said:



    Cartier Declaration is a good suggestion.

    If you're trying to stay around $40 or $50 you can find a large selection of choices from discounters like Fragrancenet, Lilydirect, and Beautyencounter.