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    Default Best Cheapo/Drugstore scents

    We're talking those scents in and amongst the deodorant cans, the aftershaves/EDTs that are usually under a fiver and not considered swankiy enough to be included in the designer frangrance sections.

    Out of all the current available ones, I like quite a few and think they are up there with some of the designer frags but a fraction of the cost!

    I'm a fan of Brut (obviously) and think it has it's charms, as does Brut Musk, and Brut Oceans. You can get these for easily under £5 although, they are an acquired taste.

    Other ones I found that are actually very good, are Adidas Victory League (Got 3 bottles of this on Saturday at £1.49 a 50ml bottle... I think they might be getting discontinued since all the other Adidas frags were nearly £5 each), Lynx Africa, Lynx Instinct and Umbro Skill. They all last pretty well and smell very pleasing.

    I don't mind Mandate, but it is a bit overpowering and I personally wouldn't buy it.

    I did try on a variety on Saturday but was amazed at how expensive some of the 'cheapo scents' are. Jovan Musk, Old Spice, Old Spice Whitewater and Tabac Original were all nearer the £10 mark, with TO actually nearer £14!!! For that you could get a lower end designer like Versace Blue Jeans or CK1 and they are infinitely better scents IMHO. I really didn't like any of the ones I tried on Saturday, other than Victory League. Tabac was the worst one and the most expensive!!!

    It's a big shame they no longer make/sell Addiction Spice Fire or the other Addiction scents from the 90s... they were actually VERY nice scents.

    Seems they like discontinuing the good scents (old Lynx, Addiction etc.) but the vile ones (Tabac, Old Spice) live on.

    FAIL.
    My Current 5 stars..... Brut, Lynx Java, Lynx Oriental, Lynx Musk, Lynx Inca, Lynx Fever, Addiction Spice Fire, Hugo Energise, Sean Jean Unforgivable, Burberry Touch, Jean Paul Gaultier Le Mâle, cKBe & cK1

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    cheapsmells.com and extrascents have good value and very cheaper for your favourite brand frag im sure.

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    You can get a 125ml bottle of Iceberg Twice Homme for about £5 in any supermarket and that's supposed to be quite a nice scent.

    Versus Blue Jeans is another just under £10. I think Diesel Zero Plus was also cheap but has been discontinued.

    I think a lot of fragrances get reduced in price, some by quite a margin, around special occasions such as fathers day, valentines day, christmas etc, and I managed to snag a bottle of Emporio Armani He for just over £15.
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    Default Re: Best Cheapo/Drugstore scents

    Cusson's Imperial Leather, though only available now in soap form, hss a great, classic scent (and it is cheap).
    Currently wearing: JF by Floris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbo1979 View Post
    Seems they like discontinuing the good scents (old Lynx, Addiction etc.) but the vile ones (Tabac, Old Spice) live on.
    Yes, the vile ones are like the un-dead. Impossible to kill.
    Seriously, beyond Brut and Old Spice and perhaps the Pinauds, the US doesn't have a great tradition of 'drug store' brands like Europe and the UK. I once tried Sir Irisch Moos in Germany and loved it for what it is.

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    Default Re: Best Cheapo/Drugstore scents

    Give Avon a chance, you might find a surprise.

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    Default Re: Best Cheapo/Drugstore scents

    Bigsly, please pick up the white courtesy phone...

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    Default Re: Best Cheapo/Drugstore scents

    Quote Originally Posted by KMF View Post
    Bigsly, please pick up the white courtesy phone...
    LOL!

    I would suggest Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve.
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    Default Re: Best Cheapo/Drugstore scents

    Ones I was able to get very cheap and I really like: Samba Heat for men, Samba Kiss Me for men, Jacomo Silver for men (tester was $12 for 100 ml), Rouge Royal (same price for tester), Francesco Smalto ($8 for 100 ml), Cuba Red ($12 for 125 ml), Escada's original for men should be cheap (40 ml), Jacomo Rouge ($12 or less for 100 ml tester), 101 by Giorgio Valenti (men's), FUBU Plush for men used to be cheap but is getting rare, so grab one if you can find one for $15 per 100 ml or so.

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    Smile Re: Best Cheapo/Drugstore scents

    What about the prestigious (LOL) Addias Victory League? Not a masterpiece but, not bad for under $10.00 for 3.4oz. For less than $100.00 you could buy a Liters worth, enough for a lifetime.

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    Default Re: Best Cheapo/Drugstore scents

    If you can find it in a store, Jade East is still a very good old-school aromatic fougere. Easy to find online too. I bought a 4 oz. splash bottle a couple of years ago in a drugstore for $8.00. I really like it, particularly for its excellent drydown (top notes are a bit harsh, though).

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    Default Re: Best Cheapo/Drugstore scents

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    LOL!

    I would suggest Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve.

    I'd second that, particularly if you like old-school barbershop-style fougeres.

    Careful with some of the Pinauds, though. They make this totally disgusting brew called "Lilac Vegetal" which is the worst fragrance I have ever smelled. To quote a fellow BN'er, it smells like an abandoned gas station toilet with old piss encrusted on the side walls - with a bucket of old boiled corned beef and cabbage poured down the shitter.

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    Nautica Original! I found it at Walmart for $12.00 for a 3.4 oz bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamu1 View Post
    To quote a fellow BN'er, it smells like an abandoned gas station toilet with old piss encrusted on the side walls - with a bucket of old boiled corned beef and cabbage poured down the shitter.
    That's VIVID!

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    Default Re: Best Cheapo/Drugstore scents

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggles View Post
    That's VIVID!

    You'd know that it's also ACCURATE, if you've ever smelled Lilac Vegetal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamu1 View Post
    You'd know that it's also ACCURATE, if you've ever smelled Lilac Vegetal.
    That's assuming I have experienced a corned beef enriched men's room.
    Last edited by Kevin Guyer; 21st May 2009 at 02:55 AM.

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    Default Re: Best Cheapo/Drugstore scents

    Also, Witness, Horizon, One Man Show, and Everlast Original 1910.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamu1 View Post
    You'd know that it's also ACCURATE, if you've ever smelled Lilac Vegetal.
    Agree, it's total freekin' road kill rotting on searing blacktop on a blistering summer day. Buzzards even pass on this one.

    To be fair, Pinaud classic original is very nice, on the lines of Canoe and Brut but slightly better with EDT longevity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    LOL!

    I would suggest Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve.
    AND Pinaud's Bay Rum. Posssibly the best of the Bay Rum's.
    Last edited by richard d; 21st May 2009 at 05:36 PM.

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    Default Re: Best Cheapo/Drugstore scents

    Quote Originally Posted by Markymark View Post
    Agree, it's total freekin' road kill rotting on searing blacktop on a blistering summer day. Buzzards even pass on this one.

    To be fair, Pinaud classic original is very nice, on the lines of Canoe and Brut but slightly better with EDT longevity.

    I don't agree with the "searing blacktop" comment - I think that a searing blacktop top note would make Lilac Vegetal more appealing. It would be nice complement to the pee pee heart note and the corned beef and cabbage base notes.

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    Default Re: Best Cheapo/Drugstore scents

    Jovan White Musk for Men - Very classy for a drugstore fragrance.
    Royal Copenhagen - My father swears by this -- he absolutely loves it.

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    Personally I'm always amazed what you can get on ebay for not many dollars/pounds/euros. Surely there's no need to go down the Lynx route?

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    Default Re: Best Cheapo/Drugstore scents

    Quote Originally Posted by atrac View Post
    Jovan White Musk for Men - Very classy for a drugstore fragrance.
    Royal Copenhagen - My father swears by this -- he absolutely loves it.

    I agree that Royal Copenhagen is a great one. Very underrated floral musk, in a similar vein as Caron's Troisieme Homme.

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    I actually rather like Murray & Lanman's Florida Water for under $5.
    - E.J.

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    So now I have to go out and try all the Adidas offerings? I'm going to save this outing for a rainy day.

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    Default Re: Best Cheapo/Drugstore scents

    I have to repeat on blue jeans - one of the cheapest and best designer frags out there....

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    Adidas Moves,
    Old Spice Fraiche. I find this one to be quite special and I would have to go to niche brands to find something similar.
    Ungaro III
    A couple of the Beckham scents.
    Carlos Santana.
    Aqua Velva and AV Musk are nice and the two best alcohol based AS out there.
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    One of my favorite summer frags is Adidas Moves, so that gets my vote. Hvent tried Victory League yet, will try to do so soon. Brut isnt bad as well.

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    Default Re: Best Cheapo/Drugstore scents

    I find notes in common between Avon's Black Suede and Dunhill for Men: the last one being more citrous-- like in the top notes and leatherish in the dry down. Black Suede is subtler, not so long lasting and lesser sillage.
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    Default Re: Best Cheapo/Drugstore scents

    Quote Originally Posted by dazhel View Post
    Personally I'm always amazed what you can get on ebay for not many dollars/pounds/euros. Surely there's no need to go down the Lynx route?
    Well some people may actually *like* the Lynx scents. I for one like the older Lynx scents, and the current crop isn't too bad either. Instinct is a grower, and Africa is a classic. Lynx did go real bad between 2000 and 2007 though IMHO.
    My Current 5 stars..... Brut, Lynx Java, Lynx Oriental, Lynx Musk, Lynx Inca, Lynx Fever, Addiction Spice Fire, Hugo Energise, Sean Jean Unforgivable, Burberry Touch, Jean Paul Gaultier Le Mâle, cKBe & cK1

    I like what I like, so sue me!

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