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    Default What scent did you wear in high school?

    High school was a good 10 1/2 years ago. Started in the fall of 1995 and graduated in the spring of 1999. I did wear cologne back then during my senior year when I received my very first bottle, it was Acqua Di Gio. I randomly thought back a moment ago, given the knowledge I know now with my own nose, what else would I have worn back then? To even further narrow it down, what would I have worn back then with the budget I had in high school? Back when I was a kid, I was mainly restricted to what's at Macy's. Therefore, it's not as if I could go out and hunt down bottles of Creed, Serge Lutens, Killian, Bond No. 9, and what not.

    So, I'm asking, given the budget you had whether it be a part-time job at the local pizza parlor, mowing lawns, or allowance or just simply starving yourself or packing your own lunch when your folks give you lunch money, what would you have worn knowing what you know now? The knowledge, at the very least, knowing what notes you like best. There was a thread a while back asking what could you have worn if you were back in high school again, but that was a wider range, and no budget restriction. My venues would be shopping malls (which have fragrance stores, kiosks, and department stores), Marshall's/Ross/TJMaxx, Target/Walmart/etc. My budget would be the $7.25 an hour I made working at K-Mart for 2-3 days a week in my junior and senior years. Prior to that, I would work for my dad once a month for $10 and I'd get birthday as well as Chinese New Year money.

    Despite the fact that my tastes currently aren't very pricey (although it could potentially be if my nose was subjected to niche), the list was pretty easy for me to come up with. I'd probably own 1-3 of these bottles or either I'd get 1-2 per year and still have a steady rotation that'll last me into college (of course, the jobs I had in college paid considerably more than Kmart did). I wasn't a heavy sprayer back then and I sure as hell am not nowadays. Although during my newbie days 2 years ago, I was fairly heavy on the trigger.

    Versace The Dreamer (1996)
    Acqua Di Gio (1996)
    Azzaro Chrome (1996)
    Cartier Declaration (1998)
    Hanae Mori (1997)
    Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male (1995)
    Joop! Nightflight (1992)
    Kenzo Pour Homme (1991)
    Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme (1994)
    Guerlain Vetiver (eons ago)


    These are the ones that barely missed the list because I wasn't sure when in 1999 they were released, but I'm pretty sure I would have owned all a couple of these.

    Rochas Man
    212 for Men
    L'eau Par Kenzo


    Basically these are the restrictions for the list:
    • They must be released or be available during the time you were in high school. So, no time skips here and post "Black Aloud" by Montale when you graduated in 1997 or something.
    • Whatever money you had back then, that's your budget. This is the hard part where you might have to dig deep for value picks or you're that good with penny pinching as a kid.
    Last edited by Hollandaze; 10th February 2010 at 09:09 PM. Reason: Titled revised by Spray because I'm too sleepy to word it correclty the first time.

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    Default Re: Knowing what you know now, what would you have worn in high school?

    Had I had the knowledge and money, I'd have worn:
    GIT instead of the imitation cool water
    Erolfa instead of imitation polo sport,
    Green Valley and L'Anarchiste instead of hugo
    and of course Millesime imperial.
    Probably Eau D'Orange Verte, also.

    I knew of none of these until 3-4 years ago.
    Last edited by DULLAH; 10th February 2010 at 06:03 AM.
    Currently wearing: Royal Mayfair by Creed

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    Default Re: Knowing what you know now, what would you have worn in high school?

    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    Had I had the knowledge and money, I'd have worn:
    GIT instead of the imitation cool water
    Erolfa instead of imitation polo sport,
    Green Valley and L'Anarchiste instead of hugo
    and of course Millesime imperial.
    Probably Eau D'Orange Verte, also.

    I knew of none of these until 3-4 years ago.
    Ah, but part of the requirement was what you know now, but with the money you had back then, and those had to be the only things available at the time you were in high school. That's the challenging part. I'm going to assume you weren't old enough that even Green Irish Tweed hasn't been released yet when you were in high school. LOL.
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    Default Re: Knowing what you know now, what would you have worn in high school?

    What a fun topic! I'd go to high school with you Rawk Lee, and if you were wearin' that stuff I'd say PeeUuu, here comes Rawk Lee again. (Naaaaa, just having fun.)

    In my high school days I wore Aramis, Eau Sauvage, Habit Rouge, Polo, Lagerfeld original, and nursed department store counter samples, especially when I could beg Guerlain's Vetiver.

    I don't know how I afforded them, but two or three ounce bottles were between $13 and $18.

    The others that I wanted were Antaeus, Kouros, JHL, Quorum, Jacomo de Jacomo, and Jacomo Eau Cendree. I would have bought Guerlain Vetiver if I'd had the money then too. The cool kids wore Kouros and/or Polo. One of my girlfriends said there was only one scent that a man should wear, and that was Aramis. Good enough for me.
    That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me.

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    Default Re: Knowing what you know now, what would you have worn in high school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rawk Lee View Post
    Ah, but part of the requirement was what you know now, but with the money you had back then, and those had to be the only things available at the time you were in high school. That's the challenging part. I'm going to assume you weren't old enough that even Green Irish Tweed hasn't been released yet when you were in high school. LOL.
    No, I understood that all the scents which we were to list had to be released when we were in HS. So my latest listed release was L'Anarchiste in 2000.
    Currently wearing: Royal Mayfair by Creed

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    Default Re: Knowing what you know now, what would you have worn in high school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rawk Lee View Post
    Ah, but part of the requirement was what you know now, but with the money you had back then.
    If i knew what i know now I would have quite easily chosen to earn more money just for the scents I listed LOL.
    Currently wearing: Royal Mayfair by Creed

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    Default Re: Knowing what you know now, what would you have worn in high school?

    This is a great thread!

    I had Preferred Stock and Acqua di Gio.
    I should have had The Dreamer and Monsieur Balmain.

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    Default Re: Knowing what you know now, what would you have worn in high school?

    This thread was actually inspired by folks in high school or even middle school getting into fragrances. They're the ones I've seen scouring around for YouTube reviews, online reviews, and Basenotes to post questions and learn. I was thinking, "Man, if only I had these kinds of resources on my trusty 56.6k modem and AOL account back then." Especially nowadays since the fragrance industry has boomed and a lot of people own at least one bottle of something. When I was in high school, there was a lot of fragrances available, but not the clusterfark of choices we have now (celebrity scents, flankers, mall clothing store fragrances).
    Last edited by Hollandaze; 10th February 2010 at 06:44 AM.

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    Default Re: Knowing what you know now, what would you have worn in high school?

    "you've got mail" lol

    To better help the kids currently in middle/high school the question might be:

    If you were in high school right now with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?
    Last edited by Spray; 10th February 2010 at 06:48 AM.

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    Default Re: Knowing what you know now, what would you have worn in high school?

    I forgot to add one to the list. Guerlain Vetiver. The Swiss Army knife of reasonably attainable fragrances.

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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    The girls I went to high school with wouldn't like Guerlain Vetiver (old tobacco smell)

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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spray View Post
    The girls I went to high school with wouldn't like Guerlain Vetiver (old tobacco smell)
    Same here, but I was the weird kid who watched anime shows and geek out on stuff like that. So I might as well. Hell, no one really knew I listened to hip-hop music except for a handful of people. I just didn't really look like the type. So I might as well wear something out of the ordinary like Guerlain Vetiver. To me, it smells smokey, but clean on me.
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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    I'll remember the judgments of girls you went to high school with.

    To answer the thread's question, I'd have gotten a bottle of Guerlain Vetiver and worn it back then.
    That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me.

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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    I wore mainly Santos and Antaeus. I would've explored the classic Chanels and Guerlains if I knew then what I know now.

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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rawk Lee View Post
    Same here, but I was the weird kid who watched anime shows and geek out on stuff like that. So I might as well. Hell, no one really knew I listened to hip-hop music except for a handful of people. I just didn't really look like the type. So I might as well wear something out of the ordinary like Guerlain Vetiver. To me, it smells smokey, but clean on me.
    I guess you were cooler than me cuz I was focused on wearing a scent that would get me noticed/laid quickly.

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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    If I'd live through the same experience all over again and on the same budget, I'll probably buy YSL Rive Gauche PH, one of the most affordable designer frags around.
    Currently wearing: Eau des Baux by L'Occitane

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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    You were in high school in 2003?

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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    Probably what I did wear - Adidas VS, simply because I just didnt have the money for anything else.
    In its range, its one darn good frag.

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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    From my own pocket, pretty much Brut and nothing else, though I usually got Boss Bottled for christmases and birthdays.

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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    I used Brut, some Playboy deos that I can't remember the names of, and Old Spice in high school


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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    Well.. high school for me was only 2 years ago. I had Candies for Men, Fierce, Le Male, and Eau Fraiche. What would have I bought? Probably the same scents I like now.. just not that often! Kenzo Power, Encre Noire, John Varvatos, etc.

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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    When I was a sophomore in high school I saved for months and bought a bottle of Chanel Egoiste.
    Nobody else in school was wearing it, or even knew what the hell it was. I thought it was such an amazing frag.
    Nowadays it's a fragrance I hardly reach for because I associate it with high school -I feel like a sophomore again wearing it!

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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    I'd get Rive Gauche by YSL which can be found for under $30 online. Great all around scent that gets a lot of compliments.
    Oriscent, AgarAura Pure Ouds, Creed, LIDGE, Patou Pour Homme, tons of niche and rare stuff for sale!
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/253...er-100-items!!

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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    adidas sports field
    nikos sculpture

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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Manuel View Post
    When I was a sophomore in high school I saved for months and bought a bottle of Chanel Egoiste.
    Nobody else in school was wearing it, or even knew what the hell it was. I thought it was such an amazing frag.
    Nowadays it's a fragrance I hardly reach for because I associate it with high school -I feel like a sophomore again wearing it!
    You should still reach for it. It isn't your fault that you were so classy in high school! Still, I understand what you mean. I don't like to wear CW or GIT because I used CW so much when I was younger.
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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    Versace Blue Jeans, without a doubt! It's such quality and underrated frag, which really is outstanding by almost all criteria...and it's also really cheap...

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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spray View Post
    You should still reach for it. It isn't your fault that you were so classy in high school! Still, I understand what you mean. I don't like to wear CW or GIT because I used CW so much when I was younger.
    My wife bought me a bottle of it about eleven years ago as a birthday present, and it still awaits me in the armoire, barely touched...
    Aww hell!! I'll give it a little spritz -for ol' times sake.
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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    High school-equivalent for me was around 1986-89, before I got drafted into the military. Internet as we know today did not exist then. I was a thrifty lad and could probably put together $100 for a quality frag, available at dept stores. Knowing what I know now but adjusting for my taste preference as a 17 year old, I'd probably have gone for:

    Mitsouko by Guerlain
    No.19 by Chanel
    Polo (classic) by Ralph Lauren
    Armani by Giorgio Armani (which I actually did buy in 1988 btw)
    Opium pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent

    Guess I was never much into fresh sporty scents, even then...
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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    I wore Cool Water every single day throughout High School.

    Today, for High School, I would be wearing Guerlain Vetiver for sure.

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    Default Re: Back when you were in high school with the budget you had back then, what would you buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    High school-equivalent for me was around 1986-89, before I got drafted into the military. Internet as we know today did not exist then. I was a thrifty lad and could probably put together $100 for a quality frag, available at dept stores. Knowing what I know now but adjusting for my taste preference as a 17 year old, I'd probably have gone for:

    Mitsouko by Guerlain
    No.19 by Chanel
    Polo (classic) by Ralph Lauren
    Armani by Giorgio Armani (which I actually did buy in 1988 btw)
    Opium pour Homme by Yves Saint Laurent

    Guess I was never much into fresh sporty scents, even then...
    That was smart. Some guys didn't consider their tastes back then.
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