Newbie needs introduction to the World of Men Fragrances (cologne advise)

    Newbie needs introduction to the World of Men Fragrances (cologne advise)

    post #1 of 17
    Thread Starter 

    Hello all!

    This is my very first message in the forum. 

    I am usually a concious consumer, but when it comes to the colognes I can't say the same. I don't know about the specifics of fragrances. Projectivity, versatility, longevity etc... 

    In the past I have used Issey Miyake, Acqua di Gio, and Fahrenheit. I was pretty happy with them, but none of them felt like a "keeper". I have been wearing uomo Moschino for a while. It's a good everyday perfume, but not very special.

     

    I am looking for a change. I have tested a lot of perfumes recently. And, I liked Burberry Brit among them. I think it fits my skin, and it last more than 4 hours. I also like Burberry London, but it barely lasted an hour. (The other perfumes were Armani Code, 212 Carolina Herrera, Hugo Boss Red, Tom Ford)

    I had John Varvatos in mind, but I couldn't find them in Turkey. I have no clue how it smells. 

    I would like to test Yves Saint Laurent L'homme, Hanae Mori, Rochas Man

    I need two different perfumes for two different purposes. I need an everyday perfume for work and school, and I need a perfume for weekends and night outs.

    I would like to get an original cologne which will be noticed and complimented (mostly by women). 

    Could you recommend me some perfumes, please?


    Thanks in advance! 



     


    Edited by ozz89 - 8/12/13 at 4:32am
    post #2 of 17
    Thread Starter 

    I forgot to write my age. I am a 23 yo male. And my price range is around 50$ for each bottle. I might go a bit higher.

    post #3 of 17

    You may want to seek out Costume National Homme as an excellent alternative to Burberry London IMO with much better performance metrics.  It has a street price about $5 to $10 outside your $50 price range, but a little goes a long way so you may want to consider the budget stretch...

    post #4 of 17

    If you didn't really like the style Acqua di Gio and Issey Miyake, stay away from "citrus/aquatic." I personally feel rather ambivalent about that style, but they are crowd pleasers.

     

    A good day scent would be L'homme, for sure. It's sweeter than most citruses, and not as astringent. Definitely not original though. A few other great ones that you could check out would be Gucci Pour Homme ii, Dior Homme, Bvlgari Aqua, Prada Amber Pour Homme, Chanel Allure Homme. If you decide you still like citrus, Dior Homme sport, Allure Homme Sport, and Bleu de Chanel are commonly recommended. They're all quite pricey, but you can either get one for 50 ml or just buy one on ebay. Be careful of fakes though, always buy from someone with the feedback. And know that you can always return it guaranteed if you realize its a fake, ebay protects its buyers.

     

    Night scents would be sharper, spicier, and more bold. Try Dior Homme Intense, La Nuit de L'homme, Pure Malt, Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense, Armani Diamonds, D&G the one. I'm not a huge night scent guy.

    post #5 of 17

    Welcome!

     

    First, regarding longevity, remember to ask a friend if he smells something. Our nose blocks out smells after a while, so it may appear that there's no perfume while in reality there is still some.

     

    As for other choices, you can also check Bulgari Black for something interesting and deep, perhaps more night than day.

     

    cacio

    post #6 of 17
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by drseid View Post

    You may want to seek out Costume National Homme as an excellent alternative to Burberry London IMO with much better performance metrics.  It has a street price about $5 to $10 outside your $50 price range, but a little goes a long way so you may want to consider the budget stretch...

     

    Actually I have a friend in VA Beach who will bring the perfume to me. I'd appreciate if you could tell me where to find Costume National Homme in VA or reliable online shops. 

    I really care about the longevity of the cologne, and then projection. I was really disappointed with London. It didn't last at all. So I assume C.N.H. is also better than the Brit?

    I can extend the budget a bit more for money's worth. I am not rich enough to buy cheap :) Thank you! 

    post #7 of 17
    Bleu de Chanel perhaps
    post #8 of 17
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ijoshjosh View Post

    If you didn't really like the style Acqua di Gio and Issey Miyake, stay away from "citrus/aquatic." I personally feel rather ambivalent about that style, but they are crowd pleasers.

     

    A good day scent would be L'homme, for sure. It's sweeter than most citruses, and not as astringent. Definitely not original though. A few other great ones that you could check out would be Gucci Pour Homme ii, Dior Homme, Bvlgari Aqua, Prada Amber Pour Homme, Chanel Allure Homme. If you decide you still like citrus, Dior Homme sport, Allure Homme Sport, and Bleu de Chanel are commonly recommended. They're all quite pricey, but you can either get one for 50 ml or just buy one on ebay. Be careful of fakes though, always buy from someone with the feedback. And know that you can always return it guaranteed if you realize its a fake, ebay protects its buyers.

     

    Night scents would be sharper, spicier, and more bold. Try Dior Homme Intense, La Nuit de L'homme, Pure Malt, Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense, Armani Diamonds, D&G the one. I'm not a huge night scent guy.

     

    I really like Acqua di Gio and Issey Miyake, but the thing is there are a lot of people wearing it. I'd prefer having a unique smell, at least not very common. I am not into fruity or sweet scents. The kind of perfumes that you might even mistake it with a women perfume. God forbid! :D I like a bit more masculine scents.
     
    I am really concerned about longevity. I expect it to last at least 3-4 hours. Am I asking too much? Projectivity is also very important. 

    Do you think YSL L'Homme lasts a good time? And projects enough so people would notice it? 

    An American friend of mine is going to get the perfumes for me. I'd appreciate if you guide me about buying a cologne from the store or online!

    I thought Marshall's, TJ Maxx or Ross would be a good place to start looking.

    Thanks a lot! Your comment was very helpful!

    post #9 of 17
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cacio View Post

    Welcome!

     

    First, regarding longevity, remember to ask a friend if he smells something. Our nose blocks out smells after a while, so it may appear that there's no perfume while in reality there is still some.

     

    As for other choices, you can also check Bulgari Black for something interesting and deep, perhaps more night than day.

     

    cacio

     

    That's so true. After sniffing like 5 perfumes in a row my nose shut itself down :) I was like " I smell nothing!" 

    I'll try to check with the local stores in Ankara. The problem is they don't have variety. They usually have a couple popular/trending mid-class brands like Davidoff coolwater, Fahrenheit, 212, Joop etc...

     

    I have tried to test a John Varvatos which I was very curious about... Seems nobody has it. But I'll try my best to try your recommendations. Especially with a friend!

    Thanks a lot!

    post #10 of 17

    For the most part, I divide my main two needs the same as you, kinda.  My first is "I want to smell nice but not necessarily female-focused" -- work, hanging out with my buddies playing pool, watching the fights.  Could be day or night, point is, I want to smell good but don't need to smell dead sexy.  For me, my frontrunners are: Dior Homme Sport, Bvlgari Aqva.  Gucci Pour Homme II is right there also, though may be a tad too sexy sometimes.  Runners up include Channel Allure Homme Sport, Prada Infusion d'homme

     

    The other main category is "there's women around and I want them".  Doesn't matter if it's day or night, could be more casual or a date.  Frontrunners for me are YSL La Nuit de l'Homme, D&G The One for Men, Gucci Pour Homme II (versatile enough to fit in both places!), L'instant de Guerlain, Dior Homme Sport 2012 (2012 version is sexier, not really "sporty", and belongs here.  Original version is up above in the other category). I don't go clubbing so these are not big clubbing or pimp-daddy scents, I stick with subtley romantic scents that just smell great.

     

    One ironic thing to note: I get more female compliments and female-noses-buried-in-my-neck moments from the first category -- lighter sporty or aquatics -- than I do from the second category.  Many BNers eschew sport or aquatic scents, but chicks dig them.  I have been pondering that ironic state of affairs for a few weeks now.

     

    Edit: of the ones I mentioned, neither GPH II nor The One have great longevity, so scratch those off.  A few of the ones I mentioned are well above $50/bottle, but frankly, I'd say if you sample and like the fragrance, since you are a beginner maybe going with $10-$20 10ml decants is the way to go.  It's a bit more per ml than a full bottle, but way less overall, and as a raw beginner your tastes are going to change rapidly, so this will be way cheaper in the long run, most likely
     


    Edited by Uvalde - 8/12/13 at 10:09am
    post #11 of 17

    everyday- Bvlgari Pour Homme

    Nights- Jean Paul Le Male- Givenchy Pi- YSL La Nuit

    post #12 of 17

    Try some of the Michael Jordans - I like them all to be honest and get compliments from women on them they are all very affordable and well under your 50 dollar price range - also try some of the Burberrys my faves are Brit and London - Weekend is ok too.  Versace Dreamer is another one that I like and other women seem to as well and in my experience many women love Azzaro Chrome all the ones I mentioned come in for under 50 bucks pretty much anywhere and are easy to find

    post #13 of 17

    If your budget is 50 box, and you don't wanna make differences on winter/summer, I'd say:

     

    - Everyday, all round year, usually unexpensive and with good longevity: CH 212 Men, Hanae Mori HM, Solo Loewe, Eau des Baux, Joop Nightflight, Mont Blanc individuel

    - Nights and clubbing with projection beast: 1 Million, Le Male

    - Nights and clubbing more romantic: Rochas Man, La Nuit

    post #14 of 17

    I think Thallium is a good bet. Some women seem to like the DNA of this fragrnce and it's dirt cheap. Good bang for the buck.happy.gif

    post #15 of 17
    Thread Starter 

    Hello again folks!

    I would like to say thank you to each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. For being very friendly, informative, and responsive. I am registered to many forums, but this is by far the best experience I have ever had. I feel like being helped by people who know what they're doing. 

    I have been to a shopping center during my lunch break. I have tried: Gucci Guilty, Dior Pour Homme Intense, Azzaro Pour Homme, EsteĆ© Lauder Pleasures, EsteĆ© Lauder Intuition.

    Here comes a funny story with couple of awkward moments.

    I entered the store, and I didn't see any male perfumes. There were a lot of blonde women (Turks aren't usually blonde) with tons of make-up. I mean TONS! Then, I decided to ask one of them where I could find men fragrances. A girl in front of the EsteĆ© Lauder stand... She immediately said they had male perfumes, and made me try it. First, the pleasure, and then the intuition. 

    She represented "Pleasures" as a light-fresh everyday perfume. She spoke of ingredients. She was kind enough to translate what "pleasure" means :) For those who wonder what it means in Turkish. "Pleasure: Zevk"

    Then, she started to talk about Intuitions. She said that "this one is a bit fancy." :) This is more than an everyday perfume.  This is for more intimate purposes... (She pauses for a moment)... For action...  This will bring you some ;)

    She actually said (ekşın) which is the sound of "action" in Turkish :) So she just went ahead and said "action". By action she means sex! She actually used the word "sexy" at some point. I was trying not the laugh...

    She kept saying action again and again. Then, I said "Hopefully, this will bring me some action to me"  and she replied "there is no doubt about it!"

    Then, she took me to the Dior stand, and I tried Dior Homme Intense. I was asking about its longevity and projection. Guess what happened? She translated "intense" for me, again! :) And, I was like "Oh really! Cool!" :) Also she explained what EDP means. 

    They were not very enthusiastic to help me out. The crew had that attitude "This is an expensive store. Not everybody can shop here." Which drove me crazy! Yet, I didn't correct their broken english, and I acted like I were being helped. That's one of the moments you feel like you hate your countrymen/women guts! 

    What are your thoughts on EsteƩ Lauder perfumes? Any user comments?
    What are your thoughts on the girl? What do you think she were trying to do??


    So far it's Burberry Brit and Dior Homme for me. Azzaro Homme is not my style (They didn't have testers for Azzaro Chrome)

    She put EsteƩ Lauder on my wrists and I had to wash my hands, and I was kinda sweaty. Still, I can smell it. Gucci Guilty was put on back of my hand. I washed it twice it's still there.

    Dior Homme Intense and Azzaro Homme has passed my longevity test.  


    p.s. It's been more than 5 hours since I sprayed them. Just to give you an idea of longevity.

    post #16 of 17




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