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    Default Are there really any good cheapies?

    Maybe it's just me, but I don't think there is one "amazing" cologne worth 4-5 stars that's cheap. When I say cheap, I'm not talking "I found Polo Blue at Marshall's for 15 bucks" -- I'm talking colognes with a cheap retail price. Avatar, Aspen, Adidas, Gravity, Preferred Stock, Old Spice, Brut, so on and so forth. While all of those have their buyers and fan bases.. I'm talking about the new buyer, trying it for the first time who doesn't have an acquired taste for it.

    For example, I'm a long time wearer of Raw Vanilla which is a cheapy.. I enjoy it so much that its negatives don't affect its overall performance to me. Where as the new buyer who's just trying it and searching for a cologne with all of the right things -- initial attraction, notes, longevity, sillage - may end up crossing it off his/her list then and there.

    It may seem stereotypical to the type who's not aware of higher end fragrances too, for us to immediately write off stuff from say Coty, Dana, Avon, Brut, Old Spice etc. based on the fact that we are simply just used to better ingredients, better concoctions, less chemicals etc.

    I've had so many people on BN message me and say "Well all of the basenoters hate the low end fragrances" But, what they fail to realize is that we know what's out there. We don't dislike them because they're low end, we dislike them because they don't perform well.

    Now even as much as I know about colognes, there's still a world of stuff i haven't come close to, are there really any low end fragrances that perform like higher end ones? I'm talking about stuff that's limited to Walmart and Kmart and stores like that. I know I'm gonna hear it.. they sell some of the higher end ones at Walmart, but they didn't 10-15 years ago. I'm talking about the stuff that was meant to stay on the shelves at Walmart, Kmart and be no where else (except maybe online)

    Comment please.

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    Santa Fe by Aladdin Fragrances
    Clubman by Pinaud
    Clubman Special Reserve by Pinaud
    1776 Russian Leather by Elsha
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    Default Re: Are there really any good cheapies?

    ^^ Out of those I've tried Santa Fe. I agree with you it's not as "cheap" but it's not my taste either, I refer to Santa Fe as the poor mans Desire.

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    I think Z-14 is a great buy, but you have to like it, as you said about Sante Fe. Thus, you would need to be more specific. And as I mentioned before, you can just buy from BNers rather than pay even a low retail price. For example, I bought a lot of Everlast Original 1910, so I can sell them cheaply, but it is a high quality frag. Some of the Samba frags are very good. Nova for men is great but has too much lavender for me. I like Heat as well. I don't think much of what I consider "drug store" stuff, such as Brut, but many of these have been cheapened over the years, so that should be taken into account. And let's not forget the Cuba line. Green, Orange, and Red are all great buys. Those frags are at least decent quality. Many like Gold and think it's the best, but I just don't happen to like the notes. Adidas Victory League has a real nice base, similar to Brit and Polo Explorer, for instance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    I think Z-14 is a great buy, but you have to like it, as you said about Sante Fe. Thus, you would need to be more specific. And as I mentioned before, you can just buy from BNers rather than pay even a low retail price. For example, I bought a lot of Everlast Original 1910, so I can sell them cheaply, but it is a high quality frag. Some of the Samba frags are very good. Nova for men is great but has too much lavender for me. I like Heat as well. I don't think much of what I consider "drug store" stuff, such as Brut, but many of these have been cheapened over the years, so that should be taken into account. And let's not forget the Cuba line. Green, Orange, and Red are all great buys. Those frags are at least decent quality. Many like Gold and think it's the best, but I just don't happen to like the notes. Adidas Victory League has a real nice base, similar to Brit and Polo Explorer, for instance.
    All Halston, Cuba, Samba, Adidas, and many other fragrances -- I know where to get all of these for very very cheap, brand new, and reputable. The only Cuba I like is gold. The only Halston I like is Unbound, and from what I've noticed with Adidas frags, they're mostly similar to each other with poor longevity. Though Samba -- I have yet to try any of those, I hear from some that they are actually very well made, while others say they are generic and boring.

    To shed some light on the reason for this thread.. I think ultimately it'll help the more common Walmart shopper who browses this forum and is looking for a high quality fragrance with a low retail price.

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    I like Roger Gallet Extra Vielle. You can find it for around $30 online. Maybe that's outside the range of what you consider cheap -- but it's really great stuff for the money. A classic fragrance, 200+ years old. Love it.

    Halston 1-12 is better than Z-14, IMO. I saw a bottle in a fragrance shop for around $25. More versatile than Z-14. Z-14 always strikes me as heavy-piney, like only for cold, snowy weather. Good stuff, but I wouldn't wear it in warm weather. 1-12 is more season-less.

    If you want good stuff for cheap, you can try samples. Buy them at fragrance stores, or online at The Perfumed Court, or just bum them from the sales associates at department stores. I've often found that a sample is enough to last me for several wearings; by then I know if I actually want to purchase it. A sample of Jaipur Homme EDP last weekend saved me from making an $80 mistake. Smelled good in the store, smelled good on me, but later I got a bad allergic reaction. Glad I didn't spring for the whole bottle.

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    The Sambas are a real mixed bag, so I can understand the comments. Some people probably tried one or two of the boring ones, so it makes sense why they wouldn't like those. However, some of them are not generic or boring at all. As I said, Nova and Heat are innovative and technically sound. Sexy won a FiFi award and is competent, but I'd call it borderline generic. Red is very good/technically sound, but doesn't really have a strong base note that I like (or any, for that matter!), so that is the only reservation I have about it. Kiss Me begins with strong lime, and then dries down to a woody/vanillic type base. It's like a more modern version of the Baby Blue Jeans/Lalique Pour Homme idea.
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    Default Re: Are there really any good cheapies?

    Jacomo Rouge, Jacomo Deep Blue, Aqua di Selva, Aqua Quorum and Romeo Gigli Man are cheap and good fragrances

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    Default Re: Are there really any good cheapies?

    Jacques Bogart Witness
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    L'Occitane Vetiver and Eaux des Baux.

    A fresh vetiver EDT, with the Eaux des Baux an incense/cypress scent with sweet tone.

    Both under $50.
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    Lynx (Axe) Instinct is actually very good, a sweet leather, women seem to like it on a man. If only they'd do an EDP...
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    Some of the Pacifica fragrances are pretty nice (Tuscan Blood Orange is by far my favorite of the line), and they're pretty cheap - about $20 for a one ounce bottle and $10 for a solid tin. I'm not clear, though, on whether they're generally considered unisex.

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    Pierre Cardin

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    Quote Originally Posted by leto View Post
    Jacomo Rouge, Jacomo Deep Blue, Aqua di Selva, Aqua Quorum and Romeo Gigli Man are cheap and good fragrances
    I've never seen any of those in Walmart or Kmart. Yes they are "cheaper" but they're not distributed only to Walmart or to Kmart, or some drug stores. All of those as well have retail stickers of over 35 dollars. I'm talking about your Aspen's, your Brut's, your Old Spices.

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    YSL Live Jazz is a steal
    Looking for: Andy Tauer - L'air du Desert Morocain & Incense Extreme

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    I love cheapie discussions. One of my favorites is Mustang. There are two different fragrance lines with that name, but the one I'm talking about is marketed by a company called Blossom Concepts, is made in Greece, and comes in a metal box with the Ford Mustang logo on it. It smells really good for something you can pick up for 20-odd dollars, and it's available at most discount stores of the type you mention.

    I like Antonio Banderas Blue Seduction as well, which is also widely available at the usual suspects. If you are looking for a fruity aquatic cheapie, you might want to check that one out.

    Of course, there is always Canoe.

    I noticed that my local KMarts are now selling Burberry London, so it seems that the discount stores are moving a bit more up-market in their fragrance selections, as you mentioned.

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    Default Re: Are there really any good cheapies?

    Some cheapies i really like:

    $5 -
    Master Bay Rum
    Master Lilac Vegetal

    $10 -
    Geoffrey Beene Bowling Green
    Aspen
    4711

    $15 -
    Bogart Pour Homme

    $25 -
    Caron L'Anarchiste
    JacquesFfath Green Water
    Roger & Gallet Extra Vieille



    On this topic, what is the comparitive scent to Montanta pour Homme (citrus/new blue box) ?
    That's a dirt cheap one I've been scoping...

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    There was recently a thread with a lot of (justified) praise for Brut. It's a really good cheapie.

    I've worn Sex Appeal and Musk by Jovan, and there's nothing wrong with them as things to smell, but I find them boring through a day.
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    As mentioned, Halston Z-14 is a good one.

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    I think Canoe is an outstanding pure fougere scent, and it's priced as an el-cheapo drug store scent. I used to hate it, but my tastes have changed since then, and now I think it's one of the best pure fougeres I know of.

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    Jovan Musk for Men has a certain slutty appeal. Cheap, in more ways than one. Give it a try, but go very slow on the trigger.

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    Stetson is also an awesome el-cheapo drug store scent. Ignore Tania Sanchez' cutesy jokes about it being a feminine scent with cowboy boots. It's a floral, and it's damn masculine smelling.

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    Oops! I should've mentioned Pino Silvestre and Mustang by Dorall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoRoads View Post
    Santa Fe by Aladdin Fragrances
    Clubman by Pinaud
    Clubman Special Reserve by Pinaud
    1776 Russian Leather by Elsha
    Haven't tried Sante Fe.

    Clubman Special Reserve is an amazing leather scent for the money. $5 + shipping for 6 oz.

    Elsha 1776 Russian Leather sells for $38 + shipping, but you get 8 oz. One of my favorites.

    Both of these are splash, but I put them in atomizers.

    Pinaud Clubman is a classic fougere and very similar to Canoe. I don't care for these cheapos as much as I do vintage Shulton Old Spice cologne. You can find it in 4.2 oz size for $16 + shipping.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-OLD-SPIC...item4839ddd807

    If I ever completely busted myself, I could happily live on Clubman Special Reserve and vintage Shulton Old Spice cologne.
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    Whata about Cerruti's 1881, issen't that cheap?!
    I looove it ... but haven't owned it in years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzzley View Post
    I love cheapie discussions. One of my favorites is Mustang. There are two different fragrance lines with that name, but the one I'm talking about is marketed by a company called Blossom Concepts, is made in Greece, and comes in a metal box with the Ford Mustang logo on it. It smells really good for something you can pick up for 20-odd dollars, and it's available at most discount stores of the type you mention.

    I like Antonio Banderas Blue Seduction as well, which is also widely available at the usual suspects. If you are looking for a fruity aquatic cheapie, you might want to check that one out.

    Of course, there is always Canoe.

    I noticed that my local KMarts are now selling Burberry London, so it seems that the discount stores are moving a bit more up-market in their fragrance selections, as you mentioned.
    Oh ya, I wanna try the original Mustang. Ironically I just picked up Mustang blue in a 1.7 oz at TJ Maxx tonight for 5.99! Unbeatable.. I bought it blind, it's not bad at all, coming off as a melon/floral synthetic. I may wear it tomorrow to see where it gets me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shamu1 View Post
    Stetson is also an awesome el-cheapo drug store scent. Ignore Tania Sanchez' cutesy jokes about it being a feminine scent with cowboy boots. It's a floral, and it's damn masculine smelling.
    I also find Stetson to be a very nice, 'low rent' fragrance. Everlast Original 1910 by Everlast is definitely my favorite of the cheap ones. This is a very well designed oriental, which smells infinitely more expensive (to me) than its $9.99 USD (for 50 ml) price tag would imply. The fact that it was designed by Antoine Lie of Givaudan probably has something to do with that! http://www.basenotes.net/fragrancedi...er=antoine+lie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moneysuckle View Post

    Elsha 1776 Russian Leather sells for $38 + shipping, but you get 8 oz. One of my favorites.

    Elsha 1776 Russian Leather IS G O O D. Smells more expensive than it costs to buy.

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    Mesmerize for Men by Avon is another of the really good super-cheapos. If you like Burberry London/Messe de Minuit kinds of frags, it's a must have at the $10 or less ebay prices.

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    Nothing less than $200 is even worth sniffing.
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    All of the following are easily found for under 15 bucks.

    Everlast Original 1910
    Cuba Gold/Red
    BOD Body Heat
    Zirh Corduroy
    IZOD for men
    Perry Ellis m
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    Grey Flannel
    Tabac Original
    Daniel Hechter Caractere

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    Bruno Banani Magic Man - cheap, but doesn't smell cheap at all, very good evening fragrance.

    Oriflame Soul - nice copy of Hugo by Hugo Boss

    Oriflame Ascendant - never tried it, but heard very positive opinions about this one.

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    Most cheap fragrances are not good. Because they are cheap, they have cheap ingredients too.
    But there are exceptions like:
    The original Old Spice (vintage)
    The original Brut
    Axe Dark Temptation (the only Axe I like)
    Many basenoters consider Yves Saint Laurent fragrances cheap, but they are VERY well made, and last at least 8 hours.
    That's all, for now.

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    I think the three fragrances which smell much more expensive than they cost and are worthy of 5-Stars are Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel - quite linear but so distinctive, fresh and green with bags of staying power. Puig Quorum - wearing it now! Great aromatic, mossy old-school fougere - apply sparingly and it's wonderful! Last but certainly not least - Giorgio Beverly Hills Men - wow! Beautiful, warm, comforting and luxurious with unrivalled sillage and longevity from 1 or 2 sprays - happiness in a bottle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derbyman View Post
    I think the three fragrances which smell much more expensive than they cost and are worthy of 5-Stars are Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel - quite linear but so distinctive, fresh and green with bags of staying power. Puig Quorum - wearing it now! Great aromatic, mossy old-school fougere - apply sparingly and it's wonderful! Last but certainly not least - Giorgio Beverly Hills Men - wow! Beautiful, warm, comforting and luxurious with unrivalled sillage and longevity from 1 or 2 sprays - happiness in a bottle!
    All very good suggestions. Right on!

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    Cool Water by Davidoff is pretty cheap
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    Another vote for the two Beene frags, and the old Faberge Brut. The current one is okay, but closer to vintage Brut 33 than regular Brut. I'll also add Tabac to the list. It's on the more expensive side of cheap, but still cheap in the grand scheme of things.

    Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur gets lots of love round these parts, and it can be had for silly money on the 'Bay. I'm still not entirely convinced on it yet, but my relationship with it is in very early days, having only worn it once.

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    Along with all the great frags mentioned in this Post, Agua Brava and Agua Lavanda. 2 Classics by Puig

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