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    Default New guy looking for suggestions

    Hello all! My first post here.

    My name is Carl, I'm 34 and I live in Tampa, FL. I've been working in a professional environment for many years but I recently made the jump to senior level management for a largish multi-national corporation.

    This new job has afforded me several luxuries. One of my favorites is my new found ability to step up my game in the personal expression department. I've purchased a whole new wardrobe of clothing to include suits, nice blazers, trousers, nicer casual wear, etc.

    I've been trying to set my self apart from my peers but doing this such as reviving the lost art of pocket squares. In addition, I'm looking in to fragrances.

    I'm a total noob when it comes to colognes. My past stable has included mostly mainstream rather inexpensive colognes. I'm now in a position to spend a little more money on the good stuff and looking for some help.

    Here's what is currently on my counter:

    Obsession for Men - an old favorite of mine, but sometimes people find it cliche - as in, everyone my age wore it in high school. But I have a rather large bottle of it.

    CKFree - bought it a while back because it was inexpensive and popular. However, I find it rather sporty and somewhat generic. I don't wear it much at all.

    My 2 most recent purchases:

    True Religion for Men - I like this scent.

    Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme - a newer scent to the market and seems a little more refined and elegant.

    My goal would be to find something that not everyone is wearing, that is classic, classy, luxurious and desirable. I'd like to find a couple of different fragrances that I could

    1) Wear to the office daily or every few days (so maybe not the most expensive, not the cheapest, but still meets the above criteria;

    2) Wear to the home office for executive meetings;

    3) Wear to a nice dinner in an upscale steakhouse;

    4) Wear to a pub/bar/club.

    Perhaps that means 2 fragrances, or maybe it is 4.

    I'm afraid, however, that what I'm looking for could be rather expensive and that after purchasing a bottle I might find I don't like it. I've checked the local department stores (Macy's, Dillards, etc) as well as the local Ulta and none of these have many samples to pass out.

    There's a Nordstroms and a Saks in town that I could go to.

    I've heard a lot about the new Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, but at $80 for a 1.7 oz bottle, it's a bit expensive to try out and not like.

    I'm not opposed to having many fragrances to choose from, but I'm also not rich so I need to make some good choices and build up my collection.

    I'm a total fragrance newbie and can't tell you the different between jackfruit and bergamot (at least not yet).

    Perhaps you fine folks could help me find some good colognes and give me tips on where I can get samples?

    I'm really looking forward to participating in your forums, although since I don't have a tuned nose yet I'm not sure how much help I can be.

    Thanks in advance for any assistance rendered.

    Best Wishes for a wonderful 2010,

    Carl

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    Go everywhere and test everything, but especially check the Nordstroms and Saks as their selection is a little more discerning and somewhat less common. Does your Saks Carry Creed?
    Last edited by DULLAH; 30th December 2009 at 05:01 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    Go everywhere and test everything, but especially check the Nordstroms and Saks as their selection is a little more discerning and somewhat less common. Does your Saks Carry Creed?
    I'm not certain if they do or not. I had not heard of Creed until this evening after reading some of the posts on this board. I plan to go to Saks this week after work since it isn't far from the office. I can report back!

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    Neiman marcus - tampa
    2223 north west shore blvd.
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    813.877.5700

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    Givenchy Gentlemen... I have obtained it recently and i love it. I would wear it to work. But idk if you would wear it.

    Or just opt for Green Irish Tweed... amazing stuff here. you can get it for under 150 for a 4 oz. This would last you about 2 years with careful application (2 to 3 sprays).

    Rive Gauche might be up your ally for work. And it is inexpensive (notice it is not "cheap" (cheap is crap)). Mighty great stuff.

    And btw don't look to the reviews. You will have expectations then. Just go to a store that sells em and test em out. and if u can't find Green Irish Tweed, try cool water and if you like that for work blind buy GIT lol.

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    Actually GIT covers all of what is asked. But throw in A*Men and you got some variety. GIT and A*Men, Drastically different and both could cover all you need. A*Men has you on a romantic dinner. or evening in with your wife/gf ect. and GIT has you everywhere else

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    Welcome to Basenotes and Congratulations on the Promotion!

    I will reserve the right to edit or update this later as it is getting late. However, to get you started, I would suggest sampling the following and then determine which ones meet your preferences. Always remember to give a fragrance a couple of wears as what some may love you may hate and vice versa.

    At this point in this hobby, I cannot overstate the importance of careful sampling.

    1) Everyday Office Scents:
    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
    Hermes Terre d Hermes EDT

    2) Home Office Executive Meetings:
    Creed Green Irish Tweed (Year round)
    Creed Millesime Imperial (Very nice for summers in Tampa)

    3) Nice Steakhouse:
    Really any of the above would be appropriate

    4) Pub/Bar/Club:
    Le Labo Rose 31 (a very provocative rose, not what some would consider "feminine".
    Gucci Pour Homme (an all time classic, but really more appropriate in cooler months)
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan (a beautifully constructed amber oriental, I love it)
    Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille (Perhaps Tom Ford's best. A beautiful juxtaposition of tobacco and vanilla.)

    Remember to sample carefully!

    Best,

    TJ

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    Check out the Acqua di Parma Colonia's if you get the chance.

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    u need to try allure homme by chanel..

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    I second especially the Rive Gauche and the Acqua di Parma suggestions, since both tend to be suitable for all or most of the
    4 occasions.

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    I agree with all the YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme suggestions. It's quite hard to go wrong with a versatile scent like Rive Gauche...plus its affordable and easily available.
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    Welcome Carl!

    Sample, sample, sample!

    Sephora (International Plaza) will make you samples of any of their fragrances. You just have to ask one of the SAs. I would only ask for 2-3 samples at a time though. Nordstrom and Saks are usually good about making up samples for you also.

    Here are just a few sampling suggestions based on what is readily available in Tampa area stores:

    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
    Tom Ford for Men
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Guerlain Habit Rouge
    Hermes Terre d'Hermes (EDT and Parfum)
    Narciso Rodriguez for Him
    Acqua di Parma (Colonia, Asoluta, Intensa)
    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Creed Bois di Portugal
    Mugler Cologne
    Thierry Mugler A*Men
    Chanel Egoiste
    Tiffany for Men
    Burberry Brit for Men
    Burberry London for Men
    Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
    Bulgari Aqua
    Dior Homme
    Eau de Cartier and Eau de Cartier Concentree
    Cartier Declaration and L'Essence de Declaration
    Aramis
    Aramis JHL
    Prada Amber pour Homme
    Prada Infusion d'Homme
    YSL Kouros
    Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme
    Halston Man
    Hanae Mori (EDT and EDP)
    Rochas Man
    Gucci pour Homme
    Gucci pour Homme II

    You can also order samples on-line of harder to find fragrances from places like The Perfumed Court and Luckyscent. I would also check the Basenotes Marketplace.

    Good luck!
    Last edited by petruccijc; 30th December 2009 at 10:31 AM.
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    Wow, thanks guys! That's a lot to take in, but I'm kind of excited to try out some new fragrances. I appreciate the suggestions and I see a few brands come up over and over again, so I'll probably start with those (Rive Gauche, Ford Grey Vetiver, Green Irish Tweed, etc.)

    I'm thrilled to hear that the malls near me will mix up some samples. I think I'll head over to International Mall at lunch and see if I can pick up a couple samples of the popular names thrown out so far.

    I'll start with 2 and go from there.

    Thanks again, all, and I'll keep this thread updated with my experiences on the scents that I do sample.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeB View Post
    Actually GIT covers all of what is asked. But throw in A*Men and you got some variety. GIT and A*Men, Drastically different and both could cover all you need. A*Men has you on a romantic dinner. or evening in with your wife/gf ect. and GIT has you everywhere else
    I'm fully on board with the GIT, but I'm not sure Angel could work in Florida.

    PS-One day I hope to sport pocket squares. Very dashing. Not sure I could fold them right.
    Last edited by Xephon23; 30th December 2009 at 03:43 PM.

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    Be sure to sample before You purchase.....this can save You time and money for sure.....Welcome to Basenotes.
    Gary

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    Has anyone mentioned theperfumedcourt.com as a source of samples?

    Always sample before you buy.

    My recommendations: Terre d'Hermes, Acqua di Parma Colonia (or Assoluta), Lorenzo Villoresi Uomo

    Beware though, many (most?) of the fragrances discussed here are probably a bit more expensive than you are used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xephon23 View Post
    PS-One day I hope to sport pocket squares. Very dashing. Not sure I could fold them right.
    Sitting in the board room last month with the CEO, EVP's, SVP's and I'm pretty much the lowest ranking member in the room and the only one with a pocket square. It's a nice touch and one that I received many compliments on (mostly from ladies). If you can't fold them yourself, you can purchase any variety of square at a place like Men's Wearhouse and ask that they "tack them down". Then they will fold it how you want and put a stitch through them. This makes the fold pretty much permanent, but you also don't have to worry about folding them every time. Men's Wearhouse though the last time I went was only carrying solid colors. But that is OK because if you do a pocket square today it's OK to match to your shirts rather than your ties if need be.

    Quote Originally Posted by JonB View Post
    Beware though, many (most?) of the fragrances discussed here are probably a bit more expensive than you are used to.
    No kidding! That Green Irish Tweed is $250 for a large bottle although the specialist at Neiman Marcus said you only needed a spray or two and if you are using other fragrances a large bottle will last for quite a while (thus negating the high upfront cost).

    So I picked up a sample of the Green Irish Tweed, Bois de Cedrat, AngelMen and Tom Ford Grey Vetiver. I wasn't really digging the Aqua di Parma and they had no samples so I'll come back to that one later.

    I couldn't find any samples of the Rive Gauche. I may have to go to Sephora or Ulta for that.

    These 4 samples should last me a couple of weeks so that I could make a decision.

    I'll say right off the bat that I definitely liked the tester of Green Irish Tweed so I'll see how that smells on me.

    The Tom Ford Grey Vetiver - is this what vetiver is like? It's complex, masculine and woodsy. I was surprised. It's a totally different type of scent than the popular "fresh and sporty" type colognes. I like it, so I'm interested to see how it wears on me.

    Thanks again for all the suggestions and I'll post up my observations as I test these out.

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    Carl:

    We forgot to tell you that paying retail unless it is absolutely necessary is not the thing to do.

    Be sure to watch the Basenotes sales board. I purchased a back up bottle of Green Irish Tweed 120 mls from another Basenoter at a very generous discount. You do not have to pay Neiman's retail for the Creeds.

    There are also many reliable online sources for these fragrances. Some have complained about Fragrancenet.com, however I have never had any issues with them. Outfits like these live and die by their reputation. If they screw up, which sometimes they do, they will usually make you whole again.

    Sephora.com sometimes has discounts. Watch the Basenotes coupon board lower down on the page for online discount codes. I purchased Grey Vetiver from Sephora with a 20% discount and free shipping for $73.61 USD rather than $85.00 USD plus sales tax.

    Also look for reliable sellers on eBay. One eBay seller is currently offering Grey Vetiver NIB and SEALED for $70.87 USD shipped.

    Terre d' Hermes EDT 100 mls is currently offered on Fragrancenet.com for $65.62 shipped when you use the BASENOTES 15% coupon code.

    Perhaps some other members could suggest other sites to acquire the fragrances you desire at discount.

    Best,

    TJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeB View Post
    Actually GIT covers all of what is asked. But throw in A*Men and you got some variety. GIT and A*Men, Drastically different and both could cover all you need. A*Men has you on a romantic dinner. or evening in with your wife/gf ect. and GIT has you everywhere else
    No A*MEN for office! That's one of the most polarizing scents going. Might be nice for dates, dinner with wife, etc. Lots of people hate it in office environments. Acutally, lots of people hate it. Check the frangrance directory for reviews...30% negative.

    Green Irish Tweed is good work scent. YSL Rive Gauche. Terre D'Hermes. There are a lot of them.

    I kind of like it, but A*Men is real try before you buy stuff.
    Last edited by StylinLA; 30th December 2009 at 08:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TigerJuice View Post
    Carl:

    We forgot to tell you that paying retail unless it is absolutely necessary is not the thing to do.

    Be sure to watch the Basenotes sales board. I purchased a back up bottle of Green Irish Tweed 120 mls from another Basenoter at a very generous discount. You do not have to pay Neiman's retail for the Creeds.

    There are also many reliable online sources for these fragrances. Some have complained about Fragrancenet.com, however I have never had any issues with them. Outfits like these live and die by their reputation. If they screw up, which sometimes they do, they will usually make you whole again.

    Sephora.com sometimes has discounts. Watch the Basenotes coupon board lower down on the page for online discount codes. I purchased Grey Vetiver from Sephora with a 20% discount and free shipping for $73.61 USD rather than $85.00 USD plus sales tax.

    Also look for reliable sellers on eBay. One eBay seller is currently offering Grey Vetiver NIB and SEALED for $70.87 USD shipped.

    Terre d' Hermes EDT 100 mls is currently offered on Fragrancenet.com for $65.62 shipped when you use the BASENOTES 15% coupon code.

    Perhaps some other members could suggest other sites to acquire the fragrances you desire at discount.

    Best,

    TJ
    Well that's great news on the discounts. I'll keep an eye open for the Creed sales on the Basenote sales forum. That's not completely out of my price range at retail, but if I can get it for less I'm certainly more apt to do so. Is eBay reliable for fragrances like that? Scared to drop even $120 only to get a fake.

    I'll have a look at some of the sites you posted. Thanks for sharing.

    Carl

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    I don't know what happened to my follow up post here. It just disappeared in to the nothingness of the net.

    I was asking if purchasing product off a certain auction site (perhaps its proper name triggered a filter?) was reliable? I don't want to purchase an expensive fake. Although I see that fragrancenet.com has a substantial discount on the Creed products anyway.

    Today I'm wearing a sample of the Tom Ford Grey Vetiver. It started out strong this morning - I used 3 sprays. 1 to my wrist, 1 to neck, 1 to chest. It's about 3 hours later and the fragrance is much less noticeable. Is longevity an issue with this product or do I just need to use more of it?

    I like the scent so far... seems wintery though. Could Grey Vetiver be pulled off in the 90+ degree, 90% humidity predominant throughout most of the year in Tampa?

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    Good recommendations, folks!

    As for what's currently in your wardrobe, D - some thoughts.

    Obsession - hang onto your bottle. Nice for bringing back the memories, and if it's old, it may now be or will be approaching vintage status.

    CK Free - maybe you can trade it...

    True Religion - you like it? Keep it. Very inoffensive - perfect for working shoulder-to-shoulder with those powerful folks when one or more has issues with fragrance. I agree that good cologne is a great thing for you now, but as you make this quantum leap in taste, others may not be going along for the ride, and nobody is to blame. Restraint is good, and True Religion does restraint nicely.

    YSL L'Homme - I like this one, and lots of other people in the outside world do, too, but it's not popular around here. Nevertheless, I find it excellent for office wear when I want something a little more out there but still inoffensive to most and likable to many.

    One of my faves is Terre d'Hermès, which TJ mentioned (at a good price, too). Make sure you manage to get a sample of that one. Very nice for the office or a night out. And Tom Fords are just good. Creeds are very nice. You could throw darts at the scents listed above and pick good ones.

    StylinLA is quite right about those polarizing fragrances like A*Men. All your hard work in picking nice scents goes down the tubes if you wear something like that to one of your board meetings, and it forces some innocent person to switch chairs or flee the room. My beloved Kouros falls in that category, too. However, those are the same fragrances that get strangers to turn around and ask you what you're wearing because it's so good, they just HAVE to know. Don't be scared about owning one or two of those, but treat them with respect, and keep them out of situations where people can't move away discreetly if they hate it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diabolikul View Post
    Is eBay reliable for fragrances like that? Scared to drop even $120 only to get a fake.
    My personal advice is to avoid eBay until you're ready to deal with the uncertainty. The tools for doing that include a nose which is familiar enough with fragrances to spot a fake, and knowledge of the ins and outs of eBay, including a "nose" for sellers using things like toolhaus. What you DON'T want to be is one of those people who buy a $60 4-oz. Creed and then discover it got shipped from some unexpected place and smells nothing like the sample you got in Saks.

    Fragrancenet.com is good, but their packaging sucks. You can trust the authenticity. Some stock is old, but it means you can pick up some nice older formulations, too. A mixed blessing. They will make good on broken merch, but it's annoying.

    Quote Originally Posted by Diabolikul View Post
    Today I'm wearing a sample of the Tom Ford Grey Vetiver. It started out strong this morning - I used 3 sprays. 1 to my wrist, 1 to neck, 1 to chest. It's about 3 hours later and the fragrance is much less noticeable. Is longevity an issue with this product or do I just need to use more of it?

    I like the scent so far... seems wintery though. Could Grey Vetiver be pulled off in the 90+ degree, 90% humidity predominant throughout most of the year in Tampa?
    I tried Grey Vetiver in 80-degree weather, and also with strenuous exertion, and it was fine. Other vetivers can get very earthy with sweat, like you've been digging in the garden, but Grey Vetiver stays smooth and cool for me.

    Grey Vetiver does die off a bit, but the overall longevity is very good - way better than 3 hours. Your result MAY be due, at least in part, to olfactory fatigue. That is always a problem for me until my nose is well-trained to a fragrance. Be careful about overloading. Your 3 sprays is nice with GV, but you could add one or two (e.g., under the arms with unscented deo) and you will get more and longer projection (in which case you may want to be careful, since under the arm can "bloom" during meetings if the room temp goes up unexpectedly, turning you into a very fragrant point around the table! )
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    +1 on EBay....there are I'm sure very valid offerings at good prices. But the ease with which someone can sell you fake juice is just too simple. And what's your recourse if you get it and think it's fake or someone has just refilled a bottle?

    Frangrance.net seems indeed to sell the legit juice, but as many will point out, their packaging is just dumb. They seem to make good if contents are damaged, but it seems really asinine that some one shipping bottles for a living would be so apathetic. They shipped me a 1oz Creed MI in a box big enough for a pair of shoes...with very little internal padding.

    I think their inventory is pretty "fresh" on the fast moving popular scents, but a bit dicey on stuff that doesn't move so much. (But that's going to be true with anyone to a degree- stores and web sites).

    With frags, especially the very well know and expensive ones, things that look too good to be true usually are.
    Last edited by StylinLA; 1st January 2010 at 04:40 PM.

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    Welcome aboard. happy Hunting Diabolikul

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    Thank you all for the suggestions and tips. Already appreciate this community. It seems like a good bunch of folks.

    I've finished my sample of Tom Ford Grey Vetiver. I'm undecided on this one. It isn't an instant buy for me; it's just a "maybe some day".

    On to the Burberry London.

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    There's a lot here that will be helpful to other people just getting started, so I'm moving it over to the Just Starting Out forum so it can help folks there.
    I'm a colognosaurus. Rawr!

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    If you want to set yourself apart from your peers try to sample some classic French fragrances. I higly recommend the fragrances of Caron and Guerlain.
    You can´t go wrong with Pour un Homme and Le troisieme Homme by Caron.
    Knize Ten !

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    For number 1, I'd go for Everlast Original 1910 (but not if you don't like leather notes) or M; Men (a nice blend with a clear vetiver note that isn't too strong).

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    I have been wearing cologne for a many years, but due to my lack of olfactory sophistication, I consider myself a neophyte also. With that disclaimer, the scents which have worked for me are:

    Every day use in the workplace – YSL Eau Savage (light, crisp and un-offensive, but limited in duration)

    Every day alternatives - Hermes Orange Verte, Hermes Un Jardin Le Sur Le Nil, Aqua di Parma Cipresso di Toscanna

    Evening use – Tiffany for Men, Terre d’Hermes

    I too appreciate all the suggestions by those much more knowledgeable than I am and look forward to sampling the many quality recommendations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    For number 1, I'd go for Everlast Original 1910 (but not if you don't like leather notes) or M; Men (a nice blend with a clear vetiver note that isn't too strong).
    m;men is really nice for daily wear, also YSL M7 is well suited to office work

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    Bois Du Portugal by Creed is: refined, classy, luxurious, ect ect ect. Give it a try.

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    I'm a newbie too but none other fragrance in my arsenal has gotten me more compliments than Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin for clubbing/going to bars. On initial blast on my skin, it smells like straight candy licorice and then dries down to a nice spicy vanilla scent. I get great sillage, about 7-8 hours longevity, very nice for the aforementioned settings.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions thus far! I'll go broke trying them all. HA!

    Rive Gauche came in the mail today. I'll wear it tomorrow, but spraying a test strip, it invokes "Brut" at first wiff. Anyone else feel that way the first time they smelled it?

    I tried some John Varvatos today. It's really a little more feminine and powdery that I'm looking for. Think that'll be a gift to a less well off buddy of mine to try out. Sort of syrupy in a way and didn't really last all day long. Started fading about 5 hours in to the day and dropped off fast after that. There's some more masculine notes in the finish, but I don't think this one is for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedster View Post
    Check out the Acqua di Parma Colonia's if you get the chance.
    I picked up a 1.7 oz bottle of this on a sale thread for an awesome discount.

    This was an excellent suggestion although somewhat of a blind buy. I sprayed some on a test strip an Neiman Marcus and wasn't really impressed. But since I'd read so many great reviews I ordered a bottle from a member here.

    What an amazing cologne! At first I thought I'd be put off by the lemony orangy scent, but after wearing it today I really enjoy this fragrance. It tapers off to a floral note and finishes with a woody scent.

    There's just 2 things:

    It doesn't seem to last very long on me. And the price is rather high for something that doesn't last so long. I could see myself going through this rather quickly unless I used it on more special type occasions. That said, I definitely can see this on my counter as a permanent addition. It just smells THAT good to me. It smells like quality, too, and not a lot of synthetic (if any at all).

    Does the Assoluta or Intensa have this same smell with more longevity? If so, I'm definitely in...

    Have to say that I'm really enjoying this fragrance journey.

    But....

    There are SOOO many to try. I wonder how I can possibly have enough time and money to try even just what is on this thread.

    Speaking of longevity - can someone frame up what is average? What is below average? and what is long lasting in terms of hours worn?

    For instance - my sample of GIT lasts dang near 8 hours on me. The Rive Gauche is good for about 6. The AdP Colonia was about 4. My YSL L'Homme seems good for nearly 8 hours depending on how much I use. Obsession goes all day for me and well in to the evening.

    I have some Opium en route from Canada and I think I am going to buy some decants of M7 and Tiffany for Men to test out.

    So many fragrances, so little time!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diabolikul View Post
    It doesn't seem to last very long on me. And the price is rather high for something that doesn't la
    Speaking of longevity - can someone frame up what is average? What is below average? and what is long lasting in terms of hours worn?
    That's the problem I have with AdP.

    On longevity, welcome to our world. Wish there was a good, short answer. Scents longevity can vary from person to person. That's in no small part why we're so big on sampling. Some scents I've seen people rave about lasting all day and night, get sucked up by my skin in an hour or so.

    You also have to watch out for "olfactory fatigue." i.e. Your nose gets so used to the scent it feels like it's gone. May not be true for others around you, especially women. It's frustrating, but that's a fact.

    It's an oft discussed topic. Look at some threads and/or do some searches.
    Last edited by StylinLA; 10th January 2010 at 03:19 AM.

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    Welcome to the forum Diabolkul


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    Quote Originally Posted by TigerJuice View Post
    Welcome to Basenotes and Congratulations on the Promotion!

    I will reserve the right to edit or update this later as it is getting late. However, to get you started, I would suggest sampling the following and then determine which ones meet your preferences. Always remember to give a fragrance a couple of wears as what some may love you may hate and vice versa.


    4) Pub/Bar/Club:
    Le Labo Rose 31 (a very provocative rose, not what some would consider "feminine".
    Gucci Pour Homme (an all time classic, but really more appropriate in cooler months)
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan (a beautifully constructed amber oriental, I love it)
    Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille (Perhaps Tom Ford's best. A beautiful juxtaposition of tobacco and vanilla.)

    Remember to sample carefully!

    Best,

    TJ
    I'd also throw in Montale Black Aoud for the club scene

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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    Welcome Carl!

    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver
    Tom Ford for Men
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Guerlain Habit Rouge
    Hermes Terre d'Hermes (EDT and Parfum)
    Narciso Rodriguez for Him
    Acqua di Parma (Colonia, Asoluta, Intensa)
    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Creed Bois di Portugal
    Mugler Cologne
    Thierry Mugler A*Men
    Chanel Egoiste
    Tiffany for Men
    Burberry Brit for Men
    Burberry London for Men
    Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
    Bulgari Aqua
    Dior Homme
    Eau de Cartier and Eau de Cartier Concentree
    Cartier Declaration and L'Essence de Declaration
    Aramis
    Aramis JHL
    Prada Amber pour Homme
    Prada Infusion d'Homme
    YSL Kouros
    Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme
    Halston Man
    Hanae Mori (EDT and EDP)
    Rochas Man
    Gucci pour Homme
    Gucci pour Homme II



    Good luck!
    Just a few Joe???? Dang, we should take him on one of our Fragathons

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    Wow with all the suggestions already mentioned in this thread I doubt I need to chime in here... lol

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    Wow! +1 to most of the rec's above. anything from Rive Gauche to Terre D'Hermes might be good. I'm glad to hear you're trying Opium, it's actually the first one I thought of when I read this thread, certainly something "different"

    First, welcome!

    Second, as a newbie myself I'd say take it easy there and slow down a little... this is meant to be a fun journey, so savor it. Getting acquainted with all these scents takes a long long time. It sounds like you're being a little impatient to just "smell a bunch and buy something quickly so you can move on with life". if that's the case, ok, fine, but I'd encourage you to:

    Third, stick around here and read a lot and this will come to you. Sample sample and sample. I've found that the ones I really like I often know right away and I keep coming back to them because I like them so much, but there are also others that grow on me and others that I thought I liked but then grew bored of or just never used... bottles generally last a LONG time, so make sure you really like them before buying, or I often will just buy a 30ml which isn't the most cost effective but it lets me basically give anything a very thorough testing and if I still love it after all that I can always buy more.

    Anyway, good luck and keep us updated.
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    Well, it's funny. People don't really wear many of the classics anymore. So frags like Kouros, Eau Sauvage and Polo Green Aren't commonly worn near my area anymore. A luxurious fragrance that comes to mind is probably a good creed fragrance, considering
    you mentioned that you'd like to start purchasing more expensive frags, Possibly Creed's GIT and Royal English Leather are great for someone like you. Both luxurious and contain hints of leather.

    Masculine and concise, yet considerate of evolution. Suitable for a majority of climates *In my opinion*.
    Do sample these if you can before you buy. They're opulent in price and can be of peculiar taste.

    Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverbullet View Post
    Just a few Joe???? Dang, we should take him on one of our Fragathons
    I met Joe on Sunday at International and we spent the better part of 3 hours spraying stuff on test strips and smelling a lot of these recommended fragrances.

    Quote Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post
    Second, as a newbie myself I'd say take it easy there and slow down a little... this is meant to be a fun journey, so savor it. Getting acquainted with all these scents takes a long long time. It sounds like you're being a little impatient to just "smell a bunch and buy something quickly so you can move on with life". if that's the case, ok, fine, but I'd encourage you to:
    Well advised. As an analytical sort of person I'm more or less trained to tackle a problem and find a solution. That is my ultimate goal here. To find several colognes (5-8 tops) that I like and can rely on. Then as each dwindles to either repurchase the same scent or to find another to try. I'm aware that the fragrance world is a massive undertaking and I hope to get a proper respect for the diversity out there while training to maintain my overall goal. I appreciate the suggestions.

    I don't think I'm rushing to buy something quickly. I think I'm more interested in smelling lots of stuff so that I get a sense for what I do like and don't like and build upon the repertoire in selecting my "final picks", if you will.

    I will say, though, that when I tackle something I tend to go all-in. I've read lots of the forum posts here, lots of the reviews, lots of the banter. My tendency will be to digest as much of the information as possible and curiosity will dictate that I have the opportunity to sample many of the suggestions in this thread and elsewhere on the board.

    And I did spend 3 hours with a basenotes member this weekend listening to his points of view, commentary on different scents, etc.

    But, thanks for the advice and welcome! Much appreciated.

    Finding this to be a pretty interesting and helpful community.

    Regards!

    Carl

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    Finished my sample of Chanel Egoiste:

    Really liked this one at first. It starts out crisp and spicy and after an hour or so calms down to a light floral scent. It lasted all day and into the evening for me. But that was a problem. After about 8 hours the fragrance got weird on me. I couldn't place the smell until I visited my nieces and nephew last night and that's when I realized Egoiste after 8 hours was smelling like a baby wipe on my skin - a smell I just can not stand! Too bad, because this one had the longevity and the first 8 hours were pleasing to me.

    Next up: Zino Davidoff

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    Amazing next choice! Zino is far superior! vast quality! loving it's mentality of vanilla,lavender,pine,rich woods and minor florals! do try!
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    Sounds like you're having fun. Good choice on the Aqua di Parma. Classic and classy. (Sidenote: The city of Parma is well known for its wonderful meats. A friend of mine and I used to joke that Aqua di Parma must smell like bottled ham. ha. Thankfully it smells much more wonderful than that.)

    You've gotten many great suggestions, but I'll add a +1 to Gucci pour homme II. It's my current favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortino View Post
    You've gotten many great suggestions, but I'll add a +1 to Gucci pour homme II. It's my current favorite.
    When I was out sampling with another member here, I liked this enough to have the store make me a sample to check out. I'll let you know how I like it when I wear it.

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    So, finish my sample of Zino Davidoff. This one is, to my untrained sniffer, along the same lines as the Egoiste. At least as far as the woody and floral scents are concerned. Zino is imminently more wearable on my skin than the Egoiste was though. It is stronger and seems to project better for me. Some folks say it is very potent, but it seems to sit close to my skin, though not as close as the Egoiste did.

    This one is definitely wearable. However, I've got a bunch more samples to go through and it seems to me that there are an awful lot of scents in the wood/floral arena out there as this is at least the 2nd one in 10 days that I've tried which exhibit those qualities. Taking that in to consideration, I must try a few more to get a good feel for the differences between them all and my tastes go. As a newbie, this is the fun part to me.

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    Two corner office, chairman of the board suggestions:

    Creed Bois du Portugal (Portuguese wood) - Worn by Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman. Clean. Elegant. Commands attention and respect. Very versatile: work to evening wear. Extremely long lasting. (Nordstrom now carries Creed.)

    Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree - The concentree version makes an excellent impression of refined good taste. Light and slightly lemony with a smooth vanilla and sandalwood base. Great boardroom scent. Refreshing in Florida heat.

    Congratulations on the promotion -- and happy shopping!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MysteryBuff40 View Post
    Creed Bois du Portugal (Portuguese wood)

    Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree
    Congratulations on the promotion -- and happy shopping!
    I got a sample of that Portugal at Neiman Marcus when I was there last. Haven't tried it yet. I'll put that Chanel on my "to sample" list. Thanks!

    Thanks for the congrats - it appears I'll be getting promoted again in February if I accept a new position. Good stuff!

    I tried Angel Men yesterday. WHOA! This is a really intense fragrance. It starts out hard and spicy - almost powdery to me. I didn't think I was going to like it, but after it calms down it because almost like chocolate and vanilla. Really interesting. I quite liked it. I guess this is what they call a "gourmand"? I sampled a few types of these when I was out with Joe. They make me think my wife will want to come nibble on me - which isn't a bad thing!

    How does Angel Men stack up against Givenchy Play Intense? When I tested Intense at the store I kind of remember it being similar to the way Angel Men smelled to me yesterday. Are they even close?

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    You'll have to excuse my ignorance in not being able to yet pick out specific notes on a fragrance. Having said that:

    I've finished my sample of Tiffany for Men. Of the scents listed above, so far this is my favorite. It starts out floral and spicy and later finishes out with a woodsy scent. I find it to be a quality fragrance and lasts all day on me. My wife likes it on me, too, which is a bonus.

    There's something subtle but powerful about this one. It doesn't overpower you with any single note; they all blend together well. It forms itself nicely throughout the day and has a distinguishable progression. The finish is probably my most favorite part - that light but noticeable woody note lingers on me for hours and hours. All day and well in to the evening.

    Really enjoying this one. Can anyone suggest for me something that has an even more pronounced woody finish? Not overwhelming, but perhaps more crisp, that is also of high quality? I'd like to compare the finish with something that has a different opening. I'm not sure what type of cologne that is as I'm still trying to understand the differences between florals, spices, powders, fougeres and the like.

    Thanks in advance.

    Carl

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diabolikul View Post
    ...Can anyone suggest for me something that has an even more pronounced woody finish? Not overwhelming, but perhaps more crisp, that is also of high quality? I'd like to compare the finish with something that has a different opening....
    Somehow, Guerlain's Coriolan comes to mind. Has a woody dry-down which reminds me so much of Tiffany for Men. It is actually discontinued, but i got mine at an Atlanta mall last summer, so it should still be available in outlets that sell hard-to-find and clasic frags.

    The closest frag to Tiffany for Men, IMO, is Chanel pour Homme Concentree, but it may be redundant in your wardrobe.

    You may also want to try the revered Dunhill for Men (1934) - a really "professional" frag if there ever was one.

    L'Occitane's Eau des Baux is a long-lasting vanillic woody frag. Recommended.

    Going in another woody direction, you can try Cacharel pour Homme - nutmeg woody goodness.

    Regarding the longevity issues with Aqua di Parma, the solution IMO is the Colonia Assoluta. Last a whole work day and more on me.

    Sorry for the short list which i have limited to what i have in my wardrobe.
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