The problem with some of these suggestion is that, in my humble opinion, none of them are nearly as good as Issey. KC New York, for example, is very synthetic and has a cheap, chemical, woody note that can be irritating. Versace Man Fraiche and L'eau Par Kenzo don't have the potency or longevity of Issey. Sometimes, its best to live with the popular brand and get what you want rather than trying to find a substitute. Just my thoughts - hope they were helpful.