+1 for Michael for Men by Michael Kors - very masculine leather/tobacco/spice scent that is very potent, and not very expensive (@$33). Jaipur Homme is also a really good choice for a nice incense of vanilla fagrance - it is a quiet but strong type scent (@$38). 1776 by Elsha can be purchased online on their website for $38 for a huge 8 oz. bottle - nice honey amber leather fragrance.
If cheap, low price is important to you, check out the fragrances for sale on the Basenotes Marketplace. It is a great place to find excellent, slightly used fragrances for big discounts in price!
Dior Homme (EDT or EDP-intense version), Armani Code, Solo by Loewe and Gucci pour Homme II
A new addition that I actually just bought today -- Giorgio by Giorgio Beverly Hills, this was a blind buy and recommended to me when I asked somebody that I was looking for a powerhouse, but not too much of a powerhouse. This stuff really hits the spot in all categories, and is as manly as can be; and I already see compliments in the future. In fact here's what happened.. walked into TJ Maxx, bought this, walked out, put it on in the car (just one spray on the arm) and in my head I said "scoooore" this is exactly what I was looking for. Afterward I walked over to Ulta which is in the same plaza, and a lovely woman complimented me the moment I walked in. She worked there and was probably in her mid 30's. It's definitely a more mature fragrance.. and I got a 1.6 oz for 10 bucks, which is cheap in my book.
Anvers by Ulrich Lang
Now if I see a thread in which the OP seeks for luxurious niche recommendations, I'll probably introduce myself, say they are not worth the extra price and suggest something like One Man Show. It costs $9.99 and gets you positively noticed, why to empty your wallet after all???
With a huuuuge picture of it.
Carven Homme. Not easy to find, but not expensive. ALWAYS gets compliments.
My motto for life: "If you have to choose, choose BOTH."
Animale, Escada, YSL, The Baron, British Sterling, Chanel Pour Mr, Pino Silvestre are all affordable, masculine and have netted compliments from the ladies. It is not likely you will find other guys in the room wearing these, but they are all available in the US. Both Sears and Perfumania have some older masculine scents that you can sample in the store before you buy.
This one is too easy. Halston Z-14, Azzaro Pour Homme and YSL Rive Gauche. Buy all three for less than $75 and you have a great rotation.
Rive Gauche or M7 by yves st laurant
I have too many bottles to count right now. I will tell you over the years my Wife and many other women seem to love C&S #88 on me more than anything else in my collection. Just a tad over your budget at $115.00 but well worth. At Cambridge Chemists.
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A lady friend was viewing my collection last week and she told me that women like the following four types of fragrances on their men (this was her opinion, not mine):
My recommendation - Creed Millesime Imperial
Fragrances that remind them of their father (barbershop or shaving cream smelling)
My recommendation - YSL Rive Gauche
My recommendation - Dior Homme Intense
Clean "out of the shower"
My recommendation - Creed Original Vetiver
"Smell with your nose, not your ears."
AC'S FAVORITES - Xerjoff Nio, Creed Green Irish Tweed, Parfums de Marly Galloway, Le Labo Rose 31, Nabbieu Icarus, Costume National Homme, Serge Lutens Santal de Mysore, Montale Black Aoud, Montale Aoud Musk, Tiziana Terenzi Laudano Nero, Madini Ambergris, Le Labo Patchouli 24 & Amouage Interlude Man
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Rive Gauche,Michael Kors,Encre Noire
I also heartily endorse original Aramis, and Aramis Tuscany.
If you can find it: Chaps by Ralph Lauren. It avoids the ''cheap'' smell, is far from costly, and is as rare as hens teeth now. Georgio by Georgio Beverly Hills has been rereleased after a near 20 year absence and it's a boom-I'm-in-your-face nature at times unless the new company has diluted it. And Old Spice. Seriously.
As for the above $25/bottle: Burberry London since the autumn is upon us soon.
Im loving Baldessarini Ambre. Very masculine and inexpensive. My wife absolutely goes crazy when this is on me. it's a winner for me.
Baldessarini Ambre....to be found where?
Armani Eau Pour Homme
Santos De Cartier
Rive Gauche was the first thing that came to mind