I have to say this to your Pure Malt:
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I have to say this to your Pure Malt:
First off, my apologies for not posting as often. I'm back in college full-time to finish a marketing degree and find little time to post here, though I still lurk here. That said, I did use...
I have gone through five phases of my life where I used cologne.
High school (1999-2004): Acqua di Gio, Emporio Armani He, and Bvlgari The Vert.
First college I went to (2004-05): Mugler...
Shocked at all the Aramis and (especially) Encre Noire mentions. The former made men's fragrance what it is today, and the latter is the biggest fragrance bargain I have ever bought.
Straight to Heaven, hands down.
-A*Men Pure Malt
-Tommy Bahama St. Barts
Has there ever been an otherwise-amazing fragrance that was ruined by just one note for you?
For me, it was Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin. The heavy anise ruined what was otherwise a splendid...
Underrated: Nicolai, Michel Germain, Azzaro, CdG, Mont Blanc, Parfumerie Generale
Overrated: Bvlgari, Bond No. 9, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Gucci (recent releases)
I believe the honor for most disgusting frag goes to the Gucci Guilty series.
That said, I would have to say Acqua di Gio or Bleu de Chanel for designer frags that don't suck from our time. Both...
Three come to mind. Two were such bargains that they were later sold at a profit on the Basenotes sale/swap boards. The last is still in my collection.
-Armani Prive Ambre Soie (bought for $30 at...
Bleu de Chanel
First day of classes at school again to finish up where I left off three years ago after months of preparation.
Wearing my good luck scent - By Kilian's Straight to Heaven.
Carlos Santana for Men
Thierry Mugler B*Men
Jean Paul Gaultier Fleur du Male
L'Eau Bleue d'Issey Pour Homme
M7 Oud Absolu
Le Male for me, too. Was feeling sick, so I needed something comforting.
Haven't tried the other two, but Back to Black is an absolute masterpiece. So it gets my vote ;)
Same at the Macy's here in Fort Wayne (interestingly enough, it got Lush long before the Indy stores did). Small space, full line.
Only Lush frag that I've tried is Breath of God, which I liked a...
Back to Black
Just so you don't search in the wrong places, it will be a Macy's exclusive in the US.
Inverse for me: tough day. But same fragrance. :)
My first scent of 2014: Encre Noire, which is fitting, as I'm returning to school in a few weeks and want my grades to be black ink.
-A*Men metal flask (high-tech look)
-Spicebomb (fits the name)
-Bleu de Chanel (fits the Chanel brand image to a T)
-Gaultier2 (magnetic - need I say more?)
-Terre d'Hermes (love the...
A new coworker recently entered our offices. He's a great, smart guy. But he has a bit of a cologne crisis: Kenneth Cole Signature, his favorite fragrance, was recently discontinued after Kenneth...
M7 Oud Absolu
The first one was a Christmas gift for me from my mom. The others were Christmas gifts for my mom from me.
Creed Millesime Imperial
Like with Terre d'Hermes and M7 in the past year,...
Bond No. 9:
1) Wall Street
4) Gramercy Park (extremely underrated)
1) Millesime Imperial
Last Christmas, I got M7 Oud Absolu. My family knows that I love the smelly stuff.
Hoping for a bottle of Millesime Imperial this Christmas. But regardless of what I get (by now, it's basically a...
I'd go for the Fan di Fendi, John Varvatos, A*Men Pure Leather, or Bvlgari Black suggestions as well.
I'll also throw in 1 Million if he tends to like a sweeter scent - there's leather in there,...
For people in my age bracket (20s to 30s) in the US:
Acqua di Gio
Any Polo (even Green)
YSL L'Homme and flankers
Armani Code (though fewer are wearing it these days)...
Question 1: Old Spice ($5-7 at any drugstore)... there's a reason why it's still being made
Question 2: Bond No. 9 Little Italy... a potent scrubber, and I happen to like a lot of Bond No. 9...
Thought it was only appropriate to wear Straight to Heaven today.
As for quality houses: Throw Nicolai in the list - and their fragrances aren't obscenely priced, either.
Though I am interested in trying the new flanker that's launching next month.
I prefer A*Men.
But Joop! is a great fragrance on the right skin type - Joop! has more inconsistency between skin types than A*Men. On some people, Joop! smells amazing, rich, woody, and spicy....
First day in a while where I could take a full shower and put on some cologne.
That said, it was Straight to Heaven for me today to celebrate, followed by going out to see Anchorman 2. (And yes,...
Same juice, different bottles.
I've smelled them, and they all smell like the Le Male that you either love or hate.
I would have to pick Ralph Lauren as well. They make the best polo shirts in the business that are worth the extra $$ over other brands. But apart from Polo Blue and maybe Safari, none of their...
I'd pick one of these six. All are readily available at most department stores:
Bleu de Chanel
Acqua di Gio (original or Essenza)
Bvlgari Aqva Marine
Coming from an adman's perspective: Ruehl was Abercrombie & Fitch's attempt to introduce an even pricier brand than A&F that was along the lines of Express, but more expensive and a little...
By Kilian's Amber Oud seems to have a similar vibe to vintage M7, albeit at a price tag pretty darn close to vintage M7.
I would personally buy a bottle of M7 Oud Absolu - though it's weaker than...
Still available at Von Maur and a newly-opened Carson's here.
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I have to give the nod to Straight to Heaven, but I also am a huge fan of Back to Black. Decisions, decisions.
Straight to Heaven is absolutely amazing, especially in cold weather. When Kilian...
For me, it's a bottle of MI before I return to college. No other frags for the moment, as I need to buy a few more dorm supplies.
The daughter of one of my friends started out in fragrances late in middle school. Her first scent was age-appropriate as well: Pink Sugar. I also started out in fragrances around the same time she...
I do a lot of skin tests of fragrances period regardless of store. It doesn't matter whether it's a regular department store like Macy's or Carson's, a cosmetics store like Sephora or Ulta, or a...
Emporio Armani Diamonds for Men is so sweet, it rots your teeth out as you wear it. No amount of Colgate Total can stop it. :laugh:
And this is coming from a man who loves Le Male, A*Men, Back to...
In case you're looking for a place to buy it locally, many Walmart stores have Joop! Homme Wild, and at a great price too.
On the Wally World shelves, look for it next to regular Joop! Homme.
Hypnotic Poison? Say it ain't so... it's one of my absolute all-time favorite feminines, designer or niche. :(
But here's my picks for repulsive fragrances:
-Emporio Armani Diamonds for Men...
It's only 45 days until move-in day for college. And I'm looking forward to every second of it. I'm going to a smaller private college to finish my degree in marketing. I have big plans for when I...
Back to Black
John Varvatos Vintage
Gourmand: Straight to Heaven, A*Men, Hanae Mori HM EdP
Spicy: Eau de Baux, Gucci Pour Homme II, YSL Nu EdP
Woody: Terre d'Hermes, Bois du Portugal
Mossy: PdN New York, Red for Men, Aramis
PdN New York
Same here. Let's turn this thing electric.
VIW is great, but I have to give the nod to a fragrance that no one here has mentioned: L'Artisan's sadly-now-discontinued Ananas Fizz with its pineapple/coconut combo.
I knew that line was coming. Didn't have time to check the batch code.
Before you say "not another Aventus thread", I had to test Aventus for a third time yesterday when I was in Indianapolis because of all the Basenotes hype. I have to say that it is a very good...
I was at the L'Occitane store at the Fashion Mall in Indy yesterday. Plenty of Eau de Baux on the shelves, and the SA had heard zero news regarding discontinuation.
Let's hope it's only being...
FragranceX.com has exclusive official online sales rights to it in the US.
Perfect for Straight to Heaven.
I have a close friend that is a 24 and Jack Bauer fanatic, so I got him a bottle of 24 Gold for his birthday. He loves it, he's gotten compliments on it, and I like it too.
I've thought about...
Prior to a recent reformulation from a dark brown juice to clear juice (with their signature lion on the bottle), Express Reserve had this warning.
And to be honest, Express Reserve is not a bad...
A*Men: Great scent, but too strong and overpowering for everyday use. Just two sprays of this will make the haters in public hold their nose.
1 Million: Not as potent, smoother, and gets me more...
Worth every penny at any price.
But if you think the full packaging setup is too expensive, you can spend $90 less on the refill (which also comes with a small atomizer).
A third vote for Aramis - a classic for a reason.
Case study number one from 2005 is actually L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme. I loved it at first, but someone in the same dorm from Africa started wearing it in 20-spray...
I have not tried Eau de Baux, as there isn't a L'Occitane store here. But I have tried Spicebomb and HiM, and they are among the top sellers at the local Von Maur.
And to be honest, I hate both...
If it absolutely has to be under $130, I'd pick New York by Parfums de Nicolai or CdG 2 MAN, both of which can be had in multiple sizes for that price or less.
But do you have an extra $15 to...
I have never sniffed Noir de Noir, but you cannot go wrong with Back to Black in a situation like this.
These three fragrances have earned permanent places in my collection for as long as they are made (and then some): Straight to Heaven, Encre Noire, and Back to Black.
If I run out of any of those...
Most-loved: A*Men, M7, Aramis, Azzaro Pour Homme, Kouros
(oddly enough, the first two are also the only fragrances that I get both compliments and complaints on)
1) M7 (honestly, any of the formulations will do)
2) L'Homme (mass meets class)
3) Kouros (a legend in perfumery)
My favorite is probably Encre Noire, followed by Grey Vetiver and the classic Guerlain. Didn't care much for...
Had to reach for my all-time favorite: Straight to Heaven.
I like (well, more like love) big powerful orientals like A*Men, Le Male, LIDG, Aventus, and my favorite Straight to Heaven. Even Fan di Fendi PH, which gets grilled on here, works great on me. But I...
Attention travelers: For those of you in the US, Walmart sells half-ounce travel sprays of Chrome for $15. (And for those of you who prefer traveling with old-school fougeres, some Walmarts also have...
M7 (current formulation)
Another vote for "other" thanks to Back to Black.
But the honey accords in Pure Havane and Kouros ain't bad either.
A lot of vetiver wearers today, but no Encre Noire in sight?
Well, I fixed that.
Flashback Monday... so Acqua di Gio (from a sample) for me today.
I can see why this was a game-changer when it came out.
This one's easy: Straight to Heaven.
Not only is it my most-complimented niche, but it's my most-complimented fragrance of all time period.
Love both, but prefer the parfum.
And I've owned both. The EdT has more of a light mineral feel to it, while the parfum is richer and more complex. Still, one cannot go wrong with either the EdT...
Haven't tried Dior Homme Intense, but I did wear Dior Homme shortly after it came out when I was 22. And I got complimented on it regularly.
Go for it.
I've noticed a dramatic growth in the number of eau de parfums and pure parfums for men since I joined Basenotes, in both the designer and niche sectors.
Heck, even Acqua di Gio, the last...
Quite a few from my years of testing, actually.
Giorgio for Men
Red for Men
Platinum Egoiste on both.
On a related note, my parents remember the days when Abercrombie & Fitch sold very nice suits, not pre-ripped jeans. During the same time period as A&F's transformation...
We have two mega-sillage cologne wearers at our ad agency. Neither wear Kouros, but one wears another power scent that's also notorious here on Basenotes.
That man in question wears famously...
In the thirteen years that I've been collecting fragrances, I haven't lost a single bottle. Sure, I broke a giant sample vial of Bond No. 9 Brooklyn, but Bond sent it to me free. But other than that,...
PdN New York
Great to be back!
SOTD: Back to Black (to go with my black polo at work)
SOTE: Mugler Cologne (because it got to 80+ degrees F here)
M7 (for the extreme cold)
Terre d'Hermés (for normal use)
Dior Homme (for work)
Encre Noire (for the times between cold and hot)
Mugler Cologne (for the extreme heat)
Or do what I did - buy the travel spray and refills (4x .25 oz for a total of 1 oz) for $145 if you like both the scent and the packaging.
M7, a favorite of both me and my mom this Mother's Day.
Yesterday, I applied two spritzes of Back to Black around 1:30 PM after taking my late shower.
After dinner out, relaxing, a good night's sleep, waking up, getting lunch, and working out, I could...
Must be why I own and love both ;)
A few days ago, I bought 24 Gold by Scentstory for a longtime friend of mine from FragranceX. I ordered it and it came in the mail earlier in the week, but I didn't want to post about it in this...
Rediscovering Dior Homme (current formulation), from a sample I got at Sephora yesterday.
So what if this is a designer fragrance that's sold at Sephora? This readily-available and reasonably...
SOTD: Back to Black
SOTE: Le Male
Yup, it's a "plain vanilla" day here.