I really enjoy Prada Amber. Its reasonably priced too.
I seem to be in a "soapy" phase right now. I can only afford to add one more frag: which should I get? Prada amber, mugler or gendarme. I have sampled them all and seem to like them equally. Any suggestions? Strong feelings? I can't make up my mind.
I really enjoy Prada Amber. Its reasonably priced too.
I bought Prada Amber pour Homme after a I smelled it for 2 hours but I already regreted it after the first full wearing. Way too soapy and kind of pungent for me. It turned out to be one of those headache inducing scents that I rather scrub than wear. I am going to sell my bottle rather sooner then later.
I have Mugler Cologne and a decant of Gendarme. Mugler is quite musty, it's not as clean cut or sharp as Gendarme. It's still soapy, but it's got an air of strange fuzziness...I dunno how to explain it.
Gendarme on the other hand is very much a clean, wet soap or freshly washed clothes.
I prefer Mugler overall more than either of those two, you could also check out Infusion d'Homme
I think Mugler is a nice soapy scent. I sampled the Gendarme series and Prada Amber as well. If I was gonna buy a full bottle though, I kinda like Gendarme Sky. It's a floral soapy scent that has some Magnolia in it. So, in a nutshell:
Mugler- green soapy kinda like Irish Spring
Prada Amber- smelled kinda starchy to me
Gendarme- most kinda smell like Prell Shampoo to me, but Sky was kinda nice with the floral
Actually, I think Tommy Hilfiger has a nice soapy feel as well, so I would maybe go with them.
Prada Amber is my favorite of those you mentioned.
I have and love both Mugler Cologne and Gendarme. Though they are both "clean", "soapy" scents I don't find them to be very similar at all. Depending upon the day you ask, I may like one over the other one, so it would be hard for me to choose between them.
Prada Amber on the other hand, I didn't like at all. I liked it after sampling, but after a full wearing I just can't see myself wearing it.
I have Mugler and decants of Gendarme and Infusion D'Homme and I enjoy all three. If I had to pick one... Mugler Cologne!
It must be because of the dash of vetiver!!
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Have you considered Prada Infusion D'Homme, Helmut Lang EDC or Vetiver Hombre?
I have yet to smell Prada Amber but Mugler Cologne is excellent. I do not like Gendarme though.
I am a big fan of Prada Amber PH. I find that the soapiness can be reduced by the lightness of your application. A walk-through application brings out the candied violets and purple Necco wafers (maybe I am influenced by the color of the juice). It is unique and intriguing, but not overpowering. For some reason, I don't get the starch/laundry notes at all.
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I own both Mugler Cologne and Gendarme EDP, both are great. It depends on what you want. If you want a neutral type, more mature soap smell, Gendarme. If you want a green, zippy, youthful soap, go with Mugler. Both are great and I always have a hard time deciding which one I want to wear when I'm in that soapy mood.
I like Gendarme, but I was stunned by longevity of Infusion d'Homme for a "soapy" scent.
1) Prada Amber
2) Mugler Cologne
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Prada Amber is the cleaner more soapy one. But I enjoy Mugler cologne more
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Mugler or Gendarme for me.....I am not a fan of anything Prada.....Gary
I'd go for Prada Amber pH if you're in the northern hemisphere and thus going into fall.
If I can make another "soapy" recommendation for you to sample at some point: Santa Maria Novella Peau d'Espagne. It's fantastic.
I've used Gendarme since the mid 1990's and am rarely without a bottle. What's so enjoyable about Gendarme is the cleanliness of it. Empty Bottle #6 or 7 just hit the garbage can a couple weeks ago. Of the two other fragrances you mention, I prefer the Prada Amber pour Homme as it's similar in some ways to Amouage Reflection Man, which is my current favorite fragrance.
Prada is more like barbershop soapy to me, while Cologne has a more contemporary clean/soapiness and that "hot steam hitting electrified metal" weirdness that I totally love. Gendarme is not at all my style. Happily both Prada and Cologne can be found at online retailers very well priced.
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I'd take Mugler Cologne simply because, to me, it's the most versatile
Prada Amber Pour Homme. But also sniff some Prada Infusion D'homme.
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For me it's Mugler all the way!
In addition to the clean freshness, there's also a sweet, sensuous musk countered nicely with a touch of vetyver.
Loads of compliments from ladies when i wear this ; )
Gendarme is also a beautiful fragrance in it's own right - a little softer, perhaps, but still formidable.
Although, i do like Prada Amber (I'm wearing it right now as I write this), the scent itself just isn't as pleasant and enjoyable as Mugler and doesn't seem to captivate the ladies, either. You might say it's my body chemistry, but i used to sell Prada and the general response was nowhere near as favorable compared to Mugler.
Do try them all on your skin and bring a nose of distinction with you, then make an informed decision.
In my humble opinion, Mugler gets the nod.