The last couple of years I've been a bit of a fragrance junky of sorts, on a limited budget. I order lots of samplers and have tried alot of designer fragrances in small amounts. My day to day fragrances tend to be cheap stuff, but I always tried new things. Some things I loved, some things I hated.
Recently in the last couple of months I've gotten interested in human pheromones and aromatherapy. Laugh at it you want, but they do work. Just not in the way many people think (an Axe commercial- this has never happened to me), pheromones in particular take a certain familiarity and skill to use. IMO they will never be successful mass-market products because you have to take the Red Pill and start opening your eyes to the subtleties in life that are all around us, and that most people ignore. 90 percent of all people will try a pheromone and say "it did nothing... nobody came up to me and talked to me/mobbed me/jumped my bones, etc.". Truth is learning what works takes time, money and energy, and it doesn't do all the work for you. And most of the products out there are garbage (and it's my little secret as to which ones work).
With my experiences with pheromones I've come to the conclusion that "natural chemistry" is greatly overlooked- you know, the natural funk that most people made in the years before the victorians introduced widespread hygene. Last week I got a compliment from a man wearing some pheromones and English Leather. He complimented my choice of colognes and asked what it was, and seemed a bit shocked when I told him what I was wearing, as if somebody like myself should be wearing something better. I've had similar experiences wearing drugstore fragrances, or even just simple essential oil blends. All combined with pheromones (BTW, this is not an add, or a promotion of pheromones in general, just an observation).
I've had another interesting experience with Drakkar Noir. I used to detest the stuff, but it smells totally different when wearing pheromones. It used to smell dry and dead, with pheromones it smells zippy. Same thing with Aramis, it is transformed from a dank 70's hotel room, or pencil shavings, into something sensuous.
In fact, it's gotten to the point I don't care about individual fragrances so much. In fact I think the strategy of trying to find a "cool" trendy fragrance is backwards. I actually want to find something bizarre or mysterious that grabs peoples attention. I'm actually thinking of trying out something infamous, maybe Jade East or something along those lines. Something that could be a "pickup line" or conversation starter (and BTW, in real life I never disclose my interest in pheromones to anybody). Any suggestions for an unusual men's fragrance that isn't too pricey?
Hmm, very interesting read indeed. On the topic- you should try Salvador Dali pour Homme - a vey unusual and dark fragrance that I assume is rather cheap. Another suggestion would be Chanel Antaeus but I don't know if you will able to find it cheap.