I am seeking some advice about some cologne names that I am go out and test on my skin in the next couple weeks. It is so much easier to have your professional help into narrowing down the field and save my nose some time.
I work as a Design Consultant/Sales Person for a mid-upscale Tile Dealer. We deal mostly in Natural Stone, Porcelain, and known for our awesome accents and service. The main problem with the job is 2 fold.
1) I am 22 years old, and even though I am an As. Manager it is often hard to overcome a natural stygma that a decent amount of people intially have regarding my backround in TileSetting and Design. So I am searching for a cologne that will "make me seem older and wiser" if that makes any sense. I've already caved into my fiancee to get the glasses I needed just for this.
2) Despite the dress attire of press'ed dress shirt and pants, at least 2-3 times a day I do have to do some lifting of Tile Boxes. So I am looking for a cologne that is LONG LASTING, and potent enough to help mask any rancor that comes from this.
So here is basically what i am seeking:
Long Lastings (9 - 12 Hours)
NOT a "Love it or Hate it", Inoffensive (but not so much that without charactor)
Preferably a DESIGNER fragrance that I am find at a cookie cutter Depart store so I can test it out. I do know of a perfumania around town somewhere that I COULD goto if looking for something more Niche, but im not sure exactly what they carry.
One other thing, I tend to spray VERY lightly. Usually One spritz on my chest , occasionaly a second behind the knees. I find this lets you use stronger cologne that typically wouldnt be smelt at work because of the suttleness of them.
I currently Own:
Issey Miyake L'eau (I think its great, long lasting, potent enough, one spritz is plenty, I can see ppl hating it though)
Dolce & Gabana (Not a typical work cologne but it works great for me, again in VERY small doeses, under dress.
Cool Water ( My old teenage cologne, I keep a bottle around for after working out and such. Sometimes will wear it on short shifts due to the longevity issue. )
ADG ( Fiancee bought it for me, I only wear it on date nights with her or too her mom/grandma's place, where they dont realize that everyone wears it)
Chrome (Acceptable duration I think, could be more. Fantastic work scent, but perhaps to childish for wanting to make me look older
Givenchy PI - ( I only spray a half spritz under clothes, and only on very cold days (Live in northern climate). Sorta cloying if over-applied. I find I smell more woodiness then the heavy vanilla i pickup when its on my wrists or neck. Not sure bout wearing this one too much at work, but I still do cause I do like it when applied lightly and not so sugarey.
The ones already suggested are great, but a few won't be available in those garden variety dept. stores you prefered as a condition. I'll throw in Black Code, Gendarme and John Varvatos as possibles. I get fantastic mileage out of each, but you'll have the opportunity to sample, test and see for yourself. Herrera may also fill your need.
Geirs website shows that a Nordstrom nearby carries thier product. Also I believe they carry many of the Gueleins. This is fantastic, i'll be able to cruise in and not get system shock of the nose by smelling everything.
By reading reviews Geir definately sounds like the frontrunner. Hopefully its not TOO fresh or aquatic. Reviews are just a meer guide though, they usually go against what I feel anywho.
I think Visit is an excellent choice for cooler weather. However, it is quite sweet in my opinion (not more so than Pi though) and probably would not be as excellent mixed with warm/hot weather and sweat. IMO, this goes for Tuscany too.
Geirs website shows that a Nordstrom nearby carries thier product. *Also I believe they carry many of the Gueleins. *This is fantastic, i'll be able to cruise in and not get system shock of the nose by smelling everything.
By reading reviews Geir definately sounds like the frontrunner. *Hopefully its not TOO fresh or aquatic. *Reviews are just a meer guide though, they usually go against what I feel anywho.
Would Azzaro Visit be acceptable?
The one thing I would caution you about with regard to Geir is its potency. As many have noted elsewhere, it seems to grow in strength as the day goes on, and if you break a sweat lugging those tiles, it could "blossom" and become overpowering. Given your preference for light scent (not light scents, but low concentration application), Id be caseful. APPLY LIGHTLY. don't spray, dab (with a q-tip). That said, its gorgeous and not terribly common outside of circles such as this one.
a safer bet for a workplace would be Gendarme or some variation on Vetiver.
Salvatore Ferragamo Pour Homme - The perfect blend of vetiver, fig and grapefruit. It seemed to be popular it's first few years (introduced 1999) but now it's rarely smelled. Two spritzes, one on top of another, on your chest and your set for all day. Also, you can find some excellent deals on this singular fragrance.
I can highly recommend Boss Baldessarini. It's my all-time favourite scent and has become somewhat my signature fragrance. Try and get the Eu de Cologne Concentrée version while you're at it.
It's mature but not so much "out there" like the classics. I believe a 22 year-old can easily pull this one off. Some people have claimed that it initially smells a bit like bubble gum, yet when each ingredient falls into its place there is no better scent in the world for me.
It's one of those scents that you smell on the shirt the next morning, baffled by the wonderful drydown and wonder which scent that was you had been wearing the day before... 8-)
Don't think too much that it's Boss. If it had been issued by a French company like Guerlain it would get higher marks here on Basenotes...