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    Default Fresh Scent. Lasts 12 hours. Under $40 for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    I didn't want to bother you guys with a fresh scent question, but I'm seriously stumped. I checked the archives and people recommend Geir and Creeds...in case some of you don't know, I'm a cheapskate.

    I prefer citrus but aquatic is okay, too. Classes are starting soon, and I want a fresh scent that lasts 12 hours.

    Here are some I have with which I'm dissatisfied:

    1. Issey and Acqua and Aqva (too sour/salty)
    2. Rive Gauche (great, but people don't notice it after 2 hours)
    3. Chrome and Cool Water (good longevity but way too synthetic)
    4. 212 Men (nice, but I want something less green)
    5. Monsieur Balmain (Beautiful, but the lemony top becomes too formal with the wood)
    6. Burberry Summer (way too sweet)

    I'll greatly appreciate any help.

    Edit: LIVE JAZZ ROCKS! Thank you for helping me find it!

    Last edited by Spray; 24th February 2010 at 06:34 AM.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    High quality fresh scents that don't have a huge synthetic component to them are not going to be very long-lasting. You may want to bring some with you to refresh throughout the day.

    Having said that, do you want citrus, green, aquatic,...???

    Do you like Eau Sauvage, CERRUTI 1881??
    Last edited by mrclmind; 27th January 2010 at 04:37 AM.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    I love citrus. Aquatic is okay. I don't want something green. I didn't like the dirty notes in Sauvage and Kouros. I don't know Cerruti or 1881. I'll check out their review pages. Thanks.
    Last edited by Spray; 27th January 2010 at 05:00 AM.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Cerruti and 1881 seem too green from the reviews I've read. Thanks for the lead, though.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    OK if you like citrus, you may have a hard time getting the longevity you desire. For aquatics, you may want to look toward Bulgari Aqua.

    Have you tried regular Bulgari pour Homme?

    How about Boucheron pour Homme?
    Last edited by mrclmind; 27th January 2010 at 05:08 AM.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    CK One or Hugo XY.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Aqua de Geo?

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    I thought you wrote "Cerruti and 1881". So I checked out Cerruti by Cerruti and 1881 by Cerruti. I have Aqva - it's too sour/salty for what I want right now. Boucheron is actually my first basenotes blind buy. One supporter's review was so great that I thought it was exactly what I wanted. I shelled out 50 for the EDP! Now I have my 40 dollar shield so I don't get my wallet and heart broken again. Luckily it sold on eBay three days later. It turned out to be incredibly soapy/powdery - like something for more mature gentlemen.

    I've heard about the original Bvlgari. I'll give it a sniff at Sephora or Perfumania tomorrow.
    Last edited by Spray; 27th January 2010 at 04:54 PM.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Quote Originally Posted by matthewfoo View Post
    CK One or Hugo XY.
    CK1 smells kind of like Chrome, which I already have. Hugo XY sounds interesting I'll check out the reviews.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    Aqua de Geo?
    I have it - it's too sour for my tastes now.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Save your money if you can't decide.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    I wouldn't go just by reviews....I'd go to a good fragrance counter and smell for yourself. You may miss out on a fragrance you really like, because you didn't smell for yourself.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    one word: Live Jazz

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Quote Originally Posted by kxe003 View Post
    one word: Live Jazz
    Love it. You may like "Jazz" too.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    I wouldn't go just by reviews....I'd go to a good fragrance counter and smell for yourself. You may miss out on a fragrance you really like, because you didn't smell for yourself.
    I get so overwhelmed at fragrance stores. Last year, I almost bought Chanel Allure because of the incredible top notes! I'm so happy I decided to go home and see how it developed. It was just average.

    I've found my best strategy is to go in with two scents in mind. I'm going to try the original Bvlgari pour Homme you recommended on one wrist and something else on the other.
    Last edited by Spray; 27th January 2010 at 05:30 AM.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Try one of the Jazz scents from YSL. They're both very good.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    I love both YSL scents I have (Opium and Rive). Maybe I should keep it in the family. I don't know where to test either Jazz.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Quote Originally Posted by SirSlarty View Post
    Save your money if you can't decide.
    LOL - You're damn right! I'll just wear my John Varvatos if I can't find what I'm looking for.
    Last edited by Spray; 27th January 2010 at 05:34 AM.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Some of my favorite fresh scents are:

    Gendarme
    Colonia Assoluta
    L' Essence de Declaration
    CdG Peppermint

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Yes try both Jazzes, I think both are great as well. I would have also recommended Bvlgari Pour Homme, but it doesn't exactly last very long on me. I get more freshness and longevity from Bvlgari Extreme Pour homme, but I find the grapefruit note a little too citrusy, a little sharp and stays on too long for my liking on the whole. Still Bvlgari Pour homme is a good one, albeit more a skin scent.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Some of my favorite fresh scents are:

    Gendarme
    Colonia Assoluta
    L' Essence de Declaration
    CdG Peppermint
    Buzzlepuff, how do you say "expensive" in French?
    Thanks for the Gendarme recommendation, I just saw it for 40 on Amazon.
    Last edited by Spray; 27th January 2010 at 05:47 AM.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Quote Originally Posted by matthewfoo View Post
    Yes try both Jazzes, I think both are great as well. I would have also recommended Bvlgari Pour Homme, but it doesn't exactly last very long on me. I get more freshness and longevity from Bvlgari Extreme Pour homme, but I find the grapefruit note a little too citrusy, a little sharp and stays on too long for my liking on the whole. Still Bvlgari Pour homme is a good one, albeit more a skin scent.
    I get nervous whenever I see "skin scent". I love it when random people get a whiff, not just the one I'm with. I'll be sure to test the Extreme version as well.
    Last edited by Spray; 27th January 2010 at 05:43 AM.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Adidas Sport Field. Your wallet will thank you !

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Versace PH without question.
    ***For sale:

    Iris Pallida 50ml

    Ungaro I 75ml

    and more!
    - http://www.basenotes.net/threads/301...n-Man-and-more

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    Adidas Sport Field. Your wallet will thank you !
    LOL $6 wow. I never thought I'd stoop so low. Does it last long?
    Last edited by Spray; 27th January 2010 at 05:51 AM.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Test it yourself. Different fragrances react differently on different people

    Fresh scents often start out nice and loud and settle down to skin scents fairly rapidly. This is especially true if the freshness is mainly citrus, and there are few synthetic elements adding to the longevity. There are some exceptions obviously. Most of us who like great citrus scents understand that we will have to reapply more frequently.

    BTW, have you tried Concentre Orange Verte by Hermes? (You probably won't find it for under $40, but you should test it).
    Last edited by mrclmind; 27th January 2010 at 05:52 AM.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Versace PH without question.
    That bottle is so sexy! Thanks for the recommendation.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    Test it yourself. Different fragrances react differently on different people

    Fresh scents often start out nice and loud and settle down to skin scents fairly rapidly. This is especially true if the freshness is mainly citrus, and there are few synthetic elements adding to the longevity. There are some exceptions obviously. Most of us who like great citrus scents understand that we will have to reapply more frequently.

    BTW, have you tried Concentre Orange Verte by Hermes? (You probably won't find it for under $40, but you should test it).
    I tried the original Orange Verte at Sephora. It smells great, but reapplying isn't for me. I just saw the Concentre on "sale" for $88 down from 124. That thing better be made by THE Hermes himself. I'll be honest, 2 years ago I spent over $100 on Arancia di Capri. Thank God for Sephora's return policy. That stuff lasted less than 2 hours on my skin.
    Last edited by Spray; 27th January 2010 at 06:01 AM.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Versace PH without question.
    But he doesn't like synthetics... This one is pretty synthetic if you ask me.... Allure Sport is less synthetic and similar to my nose.
    Last edited by mrclmind; 27th January 2010 at 06:01 AM.

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    Default Re: Fresh Scent. 12 hours. Under 40 dollars for a 3.4 bottle. Please help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Spray View Post
    That bottle is so sexy! Thanks for the recommendation.
    Versace PH is like the older, more mature brother to AdG. It is in some ways simultaneously sweeter and woodier. There is a wonderful cedar note in the heart and also a dry oud note in the dry down alongside some ambergris and mineral notes along with a smattering of sweet tonka. The heart is full of clary sage and some slightly sweet floral notes (neroli for sure) that make it smell something like the taste you'd have in your mouth if you ate an orange sweet tart while drinking some 7-Up. The opening is a wonderful citrus blast. The whole thing lasts inordinately long on me. Once as I was coming to bed my girlfriend asked if I had just put some more on as she thought it seemed rather strong and it had been at least 7 hours since application - a mere two spritzes.
    ***For sale:

    Iris Pallida 50ml

    Ungaro I 75ml

    and more!
    - http://www.basenotes.net/threads/301...n-Man-and-more

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