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  • AcQua di Gio

    17 10.24%
  • Curve

    6 3.61%
  • Abercrombie Fierce

    6 3.61%
  • Armani Black Code

    17 10.24%
  • L'eau D'Issey

    15 9.04%
  • A*Men

    22 13.25%
  • Very Sexy For Him

    5 3.01%
  • Bvlgari Black

    30 18.07%
  • YSL M7 or M7 Fresh

    38 22.89%
  • Clinique Happy

    8 4.82%
  • Paco Black XS

    8 4.82%
  • YSL Body Kouros

    24 14.46%
  • Rochas Man

    15 9.04%
  • Escada Magnetism

    5 3.01%
  • JPG Le Male

    15 9.04%
  • Unforgivable

    14 8.43%
  • H.M. Hanae Mori

    12 7.23%
  • Versace The Dreamer

    24 14.46%
  • Chanel Platinum Egoiste

    20 12.05%
  • OTHER (post them!)

    45 27.11%
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    Default Re: Poll: Favourite Designer & Non-Niche Scents for Men

    One thing I will say as far as the 'snob' factor; whether a fragrance costs $5 or $500, if it smells like a**, it smells like a**.
    My little vintage 50 cent bottle of Chantilly (yay for consignment shops) smells better on me, than any of the Malle scents. So which is better; the one that smells great, or the one I could say cost sooo much.
    I buy scent to smell lovely, I do not buy prestige.
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    Default Re: Poll: Favourite Designer & Non-Niche Scents for Men

    Some of my favorites, in approximate order of preference:

    Annick Goutal Les Nuits d'Hadrien
    Tom Ford Oud Wood (probably considered a niche fragrance ...)
    Ermenegildo Zegna Zegna Extreme
    Gucci Envy
    Michael Kors Michael For Men
    Bvlgari Blv Notte
    Giorgio Armani Attitude
    Bvlgari Black
    Tom Ford For Men
    Ralph Lauren Polo Sport
    Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme
    Ermenegildo Zegna Essenza di Zegna
    Hugo Boss Hugo
    Hermès Terre d'Hermès
    Ralph Lauren Polo Black
    Burberry London
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbc View Post
    Do you believe that certain scents are more popular than others because they are better than other scents?
    Not at all. It's important to keep in mind that fashion design houses are selling an image every bit as much as they are selling a fragrance. That's why they spend millions of dollars on marketing campaigns, and those campaigns work because we are all social animals, care what our peers think of us, and most of us are just too damned weak to resist. (Now don't go getting pissy; we've all been there and you know it.)

    I don't care how many backwards-baseball-cap-wearing-pants-crotch-down-at-their-knees college freshmen flea-dip themselves in Acqua di Giò before chasing skirts around the campus. It's still an amazing fragrance and nothing will change that. Go read the negative comments about Acqua di Giò and see how many of them directly address the extreme popularity of the fragrance as a reason to avoid it. It's important to remember that ultimately all we should really care about is ... does this juice smell good???

    Also, just because something is popular doesn't mean it is necessarily more desirable. In a market economy, you can expect that the most desirable items will cost more, which will push them far enough out of reach for the masses that they can no longer be considered popular. It doesn't mean people wouldn't buy them if they had the chance.

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    Aside from Bulgari Black, I also have 212 for Men, Mugler Cologne, and Bulgari Aqua as my favorites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astaroth View Post
    Not at all. It's important to keep in mind that fashion design houses are selling an image every bit as much as they are selling a fragrance. That's why they spend millions of dollars on marketing campaigns, and those campaigns work because we are all social animals, care what our peers think of us, and most of us are just too damned weak to resist. (Now don't go getting pissy; we've all been there and you know it.)

    I don't care how many backwards-baseball-cap-wearing-pants-crotch-down-at-their-knees college freshmen flea-dip themselves in Acqua di Giò before chasing skirts around the campus. It's still an amazing fragrance and nothing will change that. Go read the negative comments about Acqua di Giò and see how many of them directly address the extreme popularity of the fragrance as a reason to avoid it. It's important to remember that ultimately all we should really care about is ... does this juice smell good???

    Also, just because something is popular doesn't mean it is necessarily more desirable. In a market economy, you can expect that the most desirable items will cost more, which will push them far enough out of reach for the masses that they can no longer be considered popular. It doesn't mean people wouldn't buy them if they had the chance.

    Well said intelligent comment ! Although to be honest, I don't think Aqua di Gio is that great of a scent. This is what really confuses me. It may very well be that I'm in a colder climate, in which this scent works best in hot weather. It does give a refreshing feeling in some sense.

    I mostly wear the designer and non-niche scents, as there are many that are great. Astaroth has listed many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfacing View Post
    Although to be honest, I don't think Acqua di Giò is that great of a scent. This is what really confuses me. It may very well be that I'm in a colder climate, in which this scent works best in hot weather. It does give a refreshing feeling in some sense.
    I don't actually own Acqua di Giò, but that's probably only because I own so many other colognes that I can't really justify buying a new one unless it is either really outstanding or different in some way. And I have plenty of aquatics already. But if I didn't, I would have bought it.

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    That is fair. Plenty of aquatics in your wardrobe does not warrent another aquatic purchase.It is like having Aqua Motu, Nautica Latitude, Polo Blue and Polo Sport all at the same time....I had this last Fall. It left me with an empty wallet, angry and I neglected discovering other frags because I was obsessed with Aquatics.

    AdG does wear well on the skin, so it is a good quality made product, which is more than I could say about a lot of Frags ( Polo Blue, Varvatos, Romance, Polo Sport, Code.........etc)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfacing View Post
    AdG does wear well on the skin, so it is a good quality made product, which is more than I could say about a lot of Frags (Polo Blue, Varvatos, Romance, Polo Sport, Code.........etc)
    It just goes to show how people have different tastes. Polo Blue, to me, has a really beautiful smell to it. And Polo Sport is one of my favorite fragrances. I don't know if Ralph Lauren has a regular perfumer working for his house or not, but he does deliver good fragrances on a regular basis (except for Explorer ).

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    Astaroth, i should clarify a bit. I like Polo Blue a lot. Its a really good smell. I've got compliments from strangers, which is odd but nice . But I guess I can't "feel" it on me like I can with other scents. I'm not sure if it lasts after 4 hours? I went through 2 straight bottles 4 years ago, so perhaps I should give it another go around. I also believe I should take advantage of Basenotes and try something different ( but that gave me Nightflight, which never worked out). I'll have to really consider a new bottle of Blue now.....

    Polo Sport, OK, but did you get the "sweat" smell in yours ? I'm serious, I would not joke around with one of your favs now. It could be my bottle, I did buy it online from an Ebay seller ( ??). It was just odd, it is a sweet- minty and youthful smell. But the sweat, I got kinda scared man !

    Oh, and on Ralph Lauren, you are gonna have to stick up for him more often, he gets a bad reputation here. I'm kinda considering Back and Double Black ( because they are on sale cheap where I am).

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    My new designer faves are Bulgari Aqua, Black, and Pour Homme, Terre d'Hermès, and probably soon will be Un Jardin en Mediterranee (I fell in love with a store shot to the wrist). I'm liking Kenzo scents quite a bit, too.

    I like BN for introducing me to many exotic and beautiful frags that are not "safe" like AdG, etc. But those safe frags have their own beauty, too. A couple of years ago, I was in a hot city on a summer trip with only AdG (wife gift) and Gucci Envy. AdG was so great on me, and so cool and refreshing, I was kissing the bottle. My wife thought I'd gone completely bonkers. I think that part of their popularity is that they simply don't offend anybody - sort of the fragrance equivalent of PC. Not too left, not too right, kind of quiet... Sometimes that sort of thing is nice, like when you're walking through the religious art exhibit. But sometimes I want a fragrance that raises a bottle, wolf-whistles at the ladies, and maybe even starts a barroom brawl (Kouros?)! Not to mention the extremely interesting territory of everything in between.

    Double Black is a nice, light frag, too. Wife loves it. And happy wives let husbands buy more frags!

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    voted for Body Kouros

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    Chanel PM 1955
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Guerlain Habit Rouge
    Caron Yatagan
    Last edited by wildcat; 6th June 2008 at 11:45 PM.
    - A spritz of Caron may be quite continental, but (a flacon of) Guerlain is a perfumisto's best friend...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfacing View Post
    Astaroth, i should clarify a bit. I like Polo Blue a lot. Its a really good smell. I've got compliments from strangers, which is odd but nice .
    I went to a wedding a couple of years ago wearing Polo Blue, and probably too damned much of it. At the reception one of the women in the wedding party followed me around just to smell it. I'm not sure it would have happened if she had been sober that night. I do know that my girlfriend almost slugged her, and I gave Ralph Lauren most of both the blame and credit for it all.

    Quote Originally Posted by Surfacing View Post
    Polo Sport, OK, but did you get the "sweat" smell in yours ? I'm serious, I would not joke around with one of your favs now. It could be my bottle, I did buy it online from an Ebay seller ( ??). It was just odd, it is a sweet- minty and youthful smell. But the sweat, I got kinda scared man !
    I'm not sure what was going on with that. Polo Sport has a very interesting smell to it, and it can occasionally only slightly border on weirdly unpleasant. I've never associated sweat with it, however. It does last a while, so if it starts to smell bad, it's time to scrub it off.

    Don't worry about dissing my favorites. That's like someone making fun of me because I like eating tiny black fish eggs. "That's cool, I'll just be over here chowing on the caviar ..."

    Quote Originally Posted by Surfacing View Post
    Oh, and on Ralph Lauren, you are gonna have to stick up for him more often, he gets a bad reputation here. I'm kinda considering Black and Double Black (because they are on sale cheap where I am).
    I love Polo Black. Smells great, and lasts a long time. Can't ask for more than that. I don't see Double Black being a huge improvement over it, however.

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    Kouros is the greatest masculine of all time, in my opinion.

    There are plenty of designer masculines that don't get any love because of overexposure. The original Polo is still STUNNING and smells of ashtrays and class, but it's hard to separate it from the masses of sleazy, moustached men I've smelled it on.

    Fahrenheit is probably my second favorite. The gasoline and violets concept must have been shocking when it came out, and though everyone bitches about reformulations I think it still smells terrific, more or less the same. The ad campaigns are also positively HAUNTING, some of the best I've seen, and peculiarly have nothing to do with sex- they're just of one man in a barren, vaguely apocalyptic-looking environment with red clouds and desert and beached ships. That David Lynch directed commercial with the elevator countdown is so wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnaea View Post
    Burberry London!
    +Bvlgari Black

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    Polo original
    Ricci Club
    Gucci Nobile (discontinued)
    Chevignon brand
    Chanel Pour monsieur
    Chanel Allure
    Guerlain Habit Rouge
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Ysl Opium pour homme
    Prada Infusion d´homme

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    I voted Fierce, Le Male and Other with the others being La Nuit de L'Homme and Fahrenheit Absolute.
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    Currently, Vetiver by Guerlain.

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    From this list, Rochas Man comes quite close to being a favorite of mine

    Other designer scents I truly enjoy and which rank highly among my faves include, but without being limited to: Burberry London for Men, Very Valentino for Men, Chanel pour Monsieur, Armani Eau pour Homme, Versace l'Homme, YSL Rive Gauche PH, Boucheron pour Homme, Zino Davidoff, Ungaro III, Trussardi Uomo, Eau Sauvage and more

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    One that should be in that list and is criminally under rated IMO is bang by Marc Jacobs. Love that sucka!
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    From this list: Curve For Men, Bulgari Black, Rochas Man
    Other: Must De Cartier PH, Gucci Envy, Safari For Men, Drakkar Noir,...
    Last edited by DeepSilence; 18th February 2011 at 05:25 AM.

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    There's lot's of contenders but it's M7 for me from those listed.

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    Lancome - Balafre

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    from your list: platinum egoiste

    but i also like terre d'hermes, chanel allure edition blanche and dior homme (not the intense and the sport version though)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mervin View Post
    I voted Fierce, Le Male and Other with the others being La Nuit de L'Homme and Fahrenheit Absolute.
    I agree with most of this although I just cant get with Le Male. Fierce and La Nuit de L'Homme are great though.

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    I'm pretty inexperienced with designer fragrances so I've got a really limited pool to choose from. I chose Bvlgari Black, but the frag I've been wearing most this winter is He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood. Love that scent...to bad it doesn't last longer on my skin.

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    I'm somewhat of a novice when it comes to men's colonge and discussion
    so i'll pick Azzaro pour Homme, for it's fresh and spicy fougerge
    Y.S.L l' Nuit d'Homme dark and spicy
    and dime store classics like
    Dana English Leather and Faberge Brut

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    i voted for ysl body kouros which i love but my most favourite frags include animale animale ph, dior homme intense, and new york by patricia de nicolai.

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    Terre d'Hermes

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    I voted other for Roadster, by Cartier

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