Body Kouros, Endymion - two of my favs.
Well I bought Armani Code and I'm enjoying its sweet and sexy qualities. I think this is the kind of cologne I like best. I want one more to add variety to my wardrobe, and would appreciate suggestions. I don't want anything niche, but I'm open to any designer suggestions you might have.
One requirement: it must be liked by women.
I should add that I have very little experience with gourmands and orientals, and I'm willing to experiment. I don't go to the clubs, so it should be something wearable.
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Body Kouros, Endymion - two of my favs.
You will never find a fragrance that will be liked by all women. Doesn't exist. Sorry to break it to you. How about this? Find something sweet & sexy that you like? Then when you're walking around feeling wonderful because you're enjoying your fragrance so much, the confidence you are exuding might be 'liked by women'.
As far as a sweet and sexy suggestion: How about The One for Man by Dolce & Gabanna?
Body Kouros (which smells NOTHING like it's namesake) and L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme.
I haven't tried Endymion but I read lots of good things about it.
None of these are particularly loud either.
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Le Male, Varvatos classic, 1 Million, JOOP! Homme
Valentino V...Sweet with a kick of spice (almost like a modern rendition of Opium or something)
I shouldn't answer for Vulcan, but I couldn't resist. I don't see him as the A*Men type...
you can get it super cheap online and its often at Marshalls or TJ Maxx. i'd recommend testing it first though, ive heard some people say its a "medicinal cherry" smell but i never got that vibe
in response to the A*Men comments...id try it first. stuff gave me a horrible headache the first try but needless to say i love the stuff now. id wear it daily if i didnt own my other gourmands. DEFINITELY dont recommend blind buying it
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Le Male, A Men, The One, Body Heat (very underrated)
Le Male getting the most compliments out of the 2
Where's Le Grand Duc?! It would be about time for him to suggest: DIOR HOMME
The other fragrance that has not yet been suggested is: Jaipur pour Homme.
There are a lot more great orientals, but most of them are niche and unisex, so probably won't be suitable for you.
Jaipur pH, Dior Homme Intense, Chanel Antaeus (Manly but the beeswax keeps a sweetness to it), Lolita Lempicka au Masculin are all worth a shot if you like Code. Also Andy Tauer l'au Desert Marocain would be a perfect fit, although its niche.
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I must recommend to you Daddy Yankee, don't let the name fool you, it is sex in a bottle. It smells very much like Perry Ellis in the opening, but takes more twists and turns while on your skin. I did a review on it which I'd like to think is one of my more accurate reviews. Best of all, it can always be found at TJ Maxx or Marshall's and comes with a low price tag.
When looking for something sweet and sexy, I know first hand that it can be confused with gourmand; while I do enjoy many gourmands, there's definitley a huge difference between gourmand and sweet. Gourmands emphasize on the sweet foods, while sweet fragrances just add that little sweetness that differentiates it from a gourmand, or from even a spicy fragrance. I think if you like Code, Daddy Yankee may be but what you're looking for, I can use another bottle myself. It also projects much better than Code, which to me sits pretty close to the skin.
Opium pour Homme
You can pick it up at Walmart rather cheap and it's a great scent.
Bogart Pour Homme
Arpege Pour Homme
A*men & JPG Le Male ?
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My suggestion is YSL La Nuit De L´Homme
JPG Le Male, LB Roma Uomo, YSL Body Kouros, Chanel Allure pour homme, Versace the Dreamer
You should give Givenchy Xeryus Rouge a try
I am surprised no one has mentioned Rochas Man! This one is definitely a nice creamy blended sweet fragrance, mocha, vanilla, slight floral notes, extremely well-blended and well done! Definitely a compliment getter!
I also recommend Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin, on a nice cold day, the Liquorice/Anise notes really project itself as REFRESHING! The dry down comes down to a nice sweet Liqorice/Anise smell after, with a hint of vanilla. Very well done fragrance as well.
Escada - Escada pour Homme
Lanvin - Arpege pour Homme
Body kouros is not discontinued in Europe, dont know about Canada. One thing to be mindful of, the YSL concessions counter in most department stores will only usually have L'Homme, La Nuit De L´Homme, Rive Gauche PH, Kouros and the Jazzes on display (and maybe also Opium PH). You have to ask the sales assistant on the counter if they have any BK in a drawer under the counter.
But as others have said, BK has got 'sweet and sexy' completely nailed.
Armani Attitude Extreme is another idea, but might be too close to Code that you have already, try it anyway. Duhill Desire Red if you try Joop Homme and find it too much of everything
I second Marshmellow's suggestion for Rochas Man. It got some love on the most complimented by
female message board. I got a mini. It blows away Givenchy Pi and A*Men IMO.
Gaultier 2 unisex, but erotic, Pi - tad bit more masculine, very strong, one spray; Joop! Homme - sexy but I don't need to say 1 light spritz only; Zino by Davidoff - not quite sweet, but erotic; JPG Le Male - yeah, mentioned zillion times, but most of girls drool over this one; Body Kouros -same vibe like Le Male, but different; Hugo Boss Dark Blue - underrated, very appealing, not weak two sprays allowed; Cerruti 1881 Black - underrated, strong - marzipan-ish; Gucci Envy for men - spicy, sexy; CK Obsession for men - great, strong,sweet, light application; Prada Amber Man - elegant, Le Male vibe, but more soapy, lovable; Moschino Uomo? - elegant, spicy sweet; Givenchy Xeryus Rouge - unique, different, sweet, not warm but cold; Cerruti PH - Joop Jump vibe, but more elegant, underrated - compliment getter with no doubt.
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I will simply give my 2 cents based on a few of the suggestions that others have given.
D&G The One - My wife likes this, to me it smells a lot like many others (Similar to Pi and maybe even a bit of Musc Ravageur)
Musc Ravageur - Well, you don't want niche so I guess this one is out. Seriously smells like a box of band-aids at first. Weird.
Pi - Nice, masculine & warm. Received well by others around me.
John Varvatos - Awesome designer fragrance. Too bad that on myself and many others it doesn't last more than a couple hours.
Penhaligon Endymion - Well, barely has much of a smell at all and definitely doesn't last long whatsoever. Penhaligon Castile however is amazing!!
Dior Homme - Completely horrible for me. One of the colognes that I have actually had multiple females complain about. (old lady smell)
Joop! - As they say, it can be very good, but too much can be completely disgusting. It's all in the amount used.
Aigner Black for Men - Etienne Aigner (John Varvatos much improved)
Fleur de Male - JPG
Cristobal pour Homme - Balenciaga
Nikos Homme - Nikos
Apparition Homme Intense - Ungaro
Emporio Armani Night He
Gaultier2 - JPG
Burberry Touch for Men
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Wow, I'm getting a lot of feedback here. Thank you all. There are a few suggestions here that especially intrigue me.
Rochas Man: It sounds like the kind of thing I might like, but I don't want anything too overwhelming. I tried A*Men and it's just too much. Do you think Rochas Man is something I could wear casually? Or on a first date? How "out there" is it compared to Code?
Body Kouros: This sounds like a blast! I want to try it, but I would have to blind buy to do so because I can't find it here in Canada. I know it's strong, but maybe I'm ready to grow a pair and have something daring in my wardrobe. Considering that I don't go to clubs, what kinds of situations could you see someone using this?
Givenchy Play Intense
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At first I hated it, simply because of the top-notes. I received it as a gift, and it took about 2-3 full wears to understand and appreciate it, so if you will buy it blind don't get disappointed if the start fails to amaze you, because you'll eventually understand all the good things that are been said about this awesome juice.
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Rochas man is nowhere near as intense as A*Men, and it has a different, more refined vibe to me. It is very "foody." I recall once I was wearing it around the house once and hadn't eaten and suddenly noticed I was ravenous. LOL. I don't know how to compare it to Code. Very different scents. Code is pretty conventional to me. It's a nice scent and I'm not knocking it, but Rochas Man is much more distinctive and doesn't smell like a lot of other scents. It's quite sweet. It is certainly more of a casual frag to me. I would feel silly wearing it with a suit.
Vulcan, my sense of you so far from prior posts is that you're probably young, but a bit more mature in demeanor than many your age. I do think you should sample L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme at some point. It is not an "old guy" scent. But it is very refined and a bit on the sweet side. Mostly considered an oriental I think, with just a touch of gourmand. It doesn't bludgeon women like A*Men or Le Male, but sort of quietly invites them to get closer.
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a few that cometo mind while I am sitting here at a perfume store:
Lagerfeld Kapsule Floriental
La Nuit de l'Homme YSL
Nino Cerruti Si
I'm a bit confused about BK's strength. Some people here are saying it's not that strong, while some of the reviews call it a sillage monster. How would you rank it compared to other well known designers?
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Bond No 9 So NY.....It is really great....better than New Haarlem IMO
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I second New Harlem, Bond No 9 with the caveat that a few ladies might not like it. I have found lately that Silver Mountain Water, Creed seems sweet. SMW is definitely a panty dropper for most.
Pi, Amen, Opium, LeMale, Boss Bottled or Bvlgari Black.
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Last edited by Zgb; 26th June 2010 at 08:33 AM.
Try Hypnotic Poison by Dior. I know many women LOVE it.
Also add my vote to Arpege pour Homme by Lanvin.
Jacomo de Jacomo Rouge is a combination of Le Male and Xeryus Rouge but rather more subtle. It has a seductive vibe and is not too expensive either.
Hypnose by Lancome
La Nuit de l´homme YSL
Very irresistible fresh attitude by Givenchy
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Its somewhat similar to lancome hypnose just without that grassy note