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    Default Help choosing a new fragrance!

    Hi guys,
    This is my first post and I'm excited about getting some feedback in choosing a new scent. I currently own Vera Wang, Gucci Envy, Polo Blue, Polo(Green Bottle), CK Truth, and Emporio Armani He. I have never purchased a cologne, they were all given to me as presents. I'm a 21 year old male and I live in Atlanta(relatively warm) if that also helps.

    Out of the colognes I own, I would say my favorities are the Armani He and both of the polo's. I don't like the Envy(despite the great reviews it gets) because I don't like the vanilla in it(I feel like there is a lot, but I've only used it a couple of times, so I'll give it another shot). I like the Vera Wang, but I feel it isn't strong enough and I'm not a huge fan of the CK Truth.

    The only problem I have with the Armani He and the Polo Blue is I feel like it doesn't last too long.
    I would wear the Polo Green daily but my dad does and even though I love the smell, I don't want to always smell the same.

    I hear the ladies really like the Gucci Envy so I'm willing to try it some more, but I'm looking for a cologne that I can wear every day(a signature scent?) during the day and something that will get slightly noticed/compliments. Thanks a lot for the help!

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    It's good to see someone so young, able to handle a classic like Polo. I'd recommend Azzaro PH then or Gucci PH.

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    I think L'instant pH is the thing for you

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    Thanks for those ideas. Also, I was looking into Armani Code(but I heard it has longevity problems) as well as Le Male. Any comments on those when considering the colognes I like/dislike? Basically I want something that smells good to me, females, and stays on me for some time that I can use as a signature scent...

    I read the reviews on L'instant and it seems that a few people complained about the staying power of this one as well, but otherwise it sounds like I would like it.

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    I guess what you need is Equipage by Hermes. Earthy and sweet at the same time.
    "Whereof one cannot speak, one must remain silent thereof." --Wittgenstein

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    Any ideas on if I would like Fahrenheit considering I like the Polo Green/Blue and Armani He?
    I've heard it is good but people are divided on it.

    Also any comments on Armani Mania?
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    Hi,
    I suggest leaving the Envy for night time use when you go out.

    Given your weather, consider something citrusy or aquatic or marine ambery or fresh aldehydic for day time use - like Azzaro Chrome, Halston Unbound, Laguna by Salvadore Dali or Tommy T. (Chrome never lets you down!)

    Or think about Burberry Weekend or Eau de Rochas for something a bit classier.

    Or Benetton Sport or Zipped Sport (Perfumers Workshop) for something citrusy, long lasting and inexpensive (which still smell pretty good).

    One of my classy warm weather favourites is Michael Jordan Cologne - but nearly everyone dislikes it around here.

    I get excellent staying power out of all the above except for the Eau de Rochas. However, Eau de Rochas is probably the longest lasting of the citrus scents with the word "Eau" in their name.
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    Default Re: Help choosing a new fragrance!

    Quote Originally Posted by georgiatechboy
    Thanks for those ideas. Also, I was looking into Armani Code(but I heard it has longevity problems) as well as Le Male. Any comments on those when considering the colognes I like/dislike? Basically I want something that smells good to me, females, and stays on me for some time that I can use as a signature scent...

    I read the reviews on L'instant and it seems that a few people complained about the staying power of this one as well, but otherwise it sounds like I would like it.
    Code and Le Male are very vanillic scents. If you didn't like the vanilla in Envy, you probably wouldn't like them. To me, L'instant has great longevity! Lasts at least 10 hours for me. You'll have to try it on your skin to know.
    Oh yes, do try out Guerlain Vetiver!

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgiatechboy
    Any ideas on if I would like Fahrenheit considering I like the Polo Green/Blue and Armani He?
    I've heard it is good but people are divided on it.

    Also any comments on Armani Mania?
    If you like the green mossy Armani he, you ought to like the green mossy Fahrenheit (and 212, Paul Smith, Kiton too).
    Renato

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    I second guerlain vetiver. Also recommend you try creed's original vetiver. For some reason I think you need vetiver
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    Thanks for all of the help!!

    I think the Vetiver and Fahrenheit sound really good to me.
    I'm leaning more towards the Fahrenheit though because it seems like it would be something I could wear in the summer/winter while the Vetiver sounds more suited for summer wear.

    I've heard a lot about Kouros but never tried it...
    Last edited by georgiatechboy; 8th July 2006 at 05:33 PM.

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    Hi and welcome,
    Guerlain Vetiver is my favorite vetiver scent, one of my fave scents overall and imho one of the most artistically successfull fragrances of all time. I will say however that I'm not sure if it's the best beginner vetiver scent. If you're looking for a clean grassy cool vetiver I would suggest CDG Vettiveru. A sweeter one would be OV by Creed. My other recs for a clean universally pleasing scent would by Philosykos and Kiton. For night-time and something the girlies seem to love try HM by Hanae Mori. It's also totally wearable year round.
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    I think you should also try Platinum Egoiste and Miracle L'Aquatonic. Guerlain Vetiver is good for winter too; although it has a very fresh-citrusy opening it settles to a very warm tobacco-spicy basenote...

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    Thanks everyone! I went ahead and placed an order for the Guerlain Vetiver. Hope I like it as much as everyone else seems to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgiatechboy
    Thanks everyone! I went ahead and placed an order for the Guerlain Vetiver. Hope I like it as much as everyone else seems to.
    I was about to post earlier that we always make a LOT of recommendations, but never hear back from the people who are after the recommendations are supposed to go out and try to find at least one of the mentioned fragrances. I was just about to start a small rant about how I can't even recall anyone reporting back on how it actually went with the test drive. But here you have already placed an order! Way to go, I have high hopes on you now!

    Welcome to the Basenotes club my friend.

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    You could also get Polo Black. It smells great on warm, hot days and is fruity in scent. Burberry Touch is another one you could try out that I love and get compliments from. ANything from the Bvlgari line would be good too. I know Bvlgari Blv feels great on me when it's warm out. It's fresh, but spicy. Could be used for day and evening wear. Also Bvlgari Aqva too. Just go to Dept. stores and try out fragrances. Oh I almost forgot, Mugler's cologne is great when it's hot out too.

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    Lol, thanks.

    I already placed the order, but am now second guessing myself. I just read that the Vetiver was redesigned around year 2000 but supposedly has the same exact scent. A lot of the reviews seem to disagree with that however. Do you think I will be happy with the new, reformulated version, or should I cancel my order and go with something else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgiatechboy
    Lol, thanks.

    I already placed the order, but am now second guessing myself. I just read that the Vetiver was redesigned around year 2000 but supposedly has the same exact scent. A lot of the reviews seem to disagree with that however. Do you think I will be happy with the new, reformulated version, or should I cancel my order and go with something else?
    I'm no big fan of vetiver fragrances, so I'm really not the person to answer this I guess, but I have only smelled the reformulated Vetiver and I think it is pretty good. I wouldn't worry about canceling that order.

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    They seem to have made it just a little more fresh in the opening to suit better the younger crowd. It is still a very original scent; at least I havent tried yet anything that smells like it...

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    Considering you like Polo green, you could try Azzaro pour homme, which is another strong sillage fragrance! And lasts forever... Or maybe Tuscany, a lighter Azzaro. Tsar is also a nice green scent. Try it!
    Well, you like Polo Blue, so you should try some aquatic/marine/fresh scents as Bvlgari Aqva, herrera Aqua, Polo Black, Davidoff Echo and Paris Hilton. As Renato said, Azzaro Chrome and Halston Unbound are also nice.
    Currently wearing: Echo by Davidoff

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    I have several formulations of G vetiver. There are differences between all of them and it's purely a difference of personal opinion. The reformulations of many classic guerlains were designed to bring the fragrances into compliance with silly ingredient guidelines. Advancements in aromachemicals however have made the differences nearly meaningless. I feel the difference is negligable unless you have a very discerning nose and have smelled the original. I personally feel that the difference between the edc and edt are greater than between the old and new formula. The presentation and structure of the vetiver note is the same the difference is in the balance of the surrounding notes. The long and short is that the new formulation is in no way inferior just different and even then only slightly so. I feel that in all its incarnations this is one of the finest men's fragrances ever created and you will be extremely happy to own it. It may be a bit challenging but is exponentially as rewarding.
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    Thanks so much for the opinions!
    Definately helps a lot.

    Also, I was trying to post on the For Sale/For Trade forums because I had a couple of things I don't really like that much but for some reason it isn't letting me post. I guess I'll just list them here until I can figure it out? I wanted to either sell them or trade them. I am very interested in Azzaro Pour Homme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantagarow
    I guess what you need is Equipage by Hermes. Earthy and sweet at the same time.
    I'm 46, so for me it would be perfect. Our young friend in my opinion would need something younger-feeling scent. For example Loewe Solo, or Laguna Homme would do.

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    how bout polo black, not a bad fragrance, but it doesn't last that long, vera wang is a good one, i never had a problem with longevity......

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    Yeah,
    I liked Polo Black when I tried it at the store, but I've heard a lot of problems about longevity. I kind of want something that will last at least 5-6 hours. I just think Vera Wang is a little too faint for my taste.

    I went ahead and ordered the Vetiver though, so I'm looking forward to that. What about Kouros?
    I've heard so many mixed opinions, but maybe when taking into consideration that I like Polo Green, Blue, Armani He might influence a recommendation?

    I am seriously thinking about going ahead and ordered Azzaro PH after reading such good reviews...

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    Hey georgiatechboy, welcome to Basenotes!

    It's interesting that so many people recommended Guerlain Vetiver to you, because, after reading your first post, I also immediately thought of recommending Guerlain Vetiver.

    I think you will like Guerlain Vetiver. Let us know what you think of it after you have given it several wearings.

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    I will definately do that. Thanks so much for the recommendations and I hope I love the new scent!

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    One of my first post basenotes purchases was G. Vetiver. I liked it at first spray, but after a few wearings I LOVED it...another one that just really grows on you...you will not be dissapointed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRBRT33
    One of my first post basenotes purchases was G. Vetiver. I liked it at first spray, but after a few wearings I LOVED it...another one that just really grows on you...you will not be dissapointed!
    That's a brave statement. Let's hope you're correct.

    I recollect quite a few people here over the years wondering why on earth they bought Guerlain's Vetiver blind - with comments about "old man's scent".

    I like it a lot, the newer one being more long lasting than the older one.
    But I've never thought it a warm weather scent.
    Renato

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    I really do hope I like it!

    A female friend of mine commented that Azzaro PH reminded her too much of her dad's old spice and that Polo Green smelled a little "old" to her as well.

    Her favorite cologne of mine is the Polo Blue and I'm hoping the Vetiver will smell good as well...

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