Originally Posted by Sub Zero
I have never actually. I live in the middle of no where when it comes to perfume. And the only way I can get my hands on them is if 1. Blind buy, 2. I travel, 3. Friends & family travel. I'm no expert when it comes to perfume so I can't really guess what a fragrance will smell like by looking at the composition. So this is just to get a feel of things. I don't want to pretend to be wearing something I'm not. I just want to change the way I buy and look at perfume. I don't want to walk into a duty free and ask what's the latest perfume, smell it and then buy it. I'd like to understand it a bit more. Thank you for your suggestions.
Got it. Kind of thought you didn't live near any place to test. Sorry to hear that. You will have to suck it up and pay for some samples through Perfumed Court or Lucky Scent. Your target list above is appx $1,500 worth of fragrance at the smallest bottle sizes available. You could sample all of them for appx $30 or so. But, if you sample the original and then purchase something that smells "like" it, you may be let down.
The Cool Water smells just GIT argument leads many to believe there is something out there that smells just as good as everything on your list for less money. I don't find that to be true personally.
But there are plenty of great fragrances for less. Keep poking around in here and reading. Two of my favorites which are fantastic and well regarded by folks other than me are YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme and Versace L'Homme. Both can be found quite inexpensively.
If you can afford one or two of the fragrances on your list, buy some samples to see which you really like enough to spend the bucks on. Be patient and look through more threads and the reviews for fragrances you might like that are not an arm and a leg if cost is an issue right now.