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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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    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.
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    Welcome to the forum Diabolkul

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    Default Re: New guy looking for suggestions

    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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