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    Default Help a 15yo High School Sophomore Find a New Fragrance!

    Hey guys,

    Firstly, I'm new here on basenotes. I'm also new to the world of fragrances. My name is Laurence, I'm 15, and a sophomore in high school. About 2 months ago I purchased my first fragrance. In order of purchase, here are the colognes I have:

    - Cool Water - Davidoff
    - Burberry London
    - Obsession - Calvin Klein
    - Ungaro III

    These were all blind buys that I made after some good research. I'm pretty happy with all of them. Obsession is a little spicy but it's good in colder weather. I think that I probably wear Cool Water the most. I've done a lot of research on fragrances but there are still so many out there that I've either read about but haven't tried or just haven't heard about at all.

    Right now it's winter but in school I can wear something that might be considered a summer fragrance or really any season. What do you guys think I should purchase next? I'm trying to find another fragrance. As you can guess I want to impress girls and smell nice... (don't worry I already play the guitar haha) I really have no idea what I want to go for - I might even purchase 2 - maybe an aquatic and a woody oriental? Any recommendation goes really.

    I dress pretty normally, maybe a little bit on the preppy side (V neck sweaters, collared shirts etc.) I have a part time job so my price range can go beyond the 20-50 range that my previous buys were, but I don't think I want to go too high simply because I'm a little wary of investing too much money in any scent.

    I have a small list of colognes I've been looking at and considering but these are by no means constraints:

    Rochas Man
    Bvlgari Aqua
    Calvin Klein Man
    Aramis Devin
    Habit Rouge
    Chrome
    and a lot more I can't remember...

    so what do you guys think? Thanks for helping by the way!

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    dude. please get Chanel Allure Homme Sport EDT.

    /thread

    that is perfect for a dude your age

    CHANEL ALLURE HOMME SPORT

    and make sure its the EDT

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    LAU4ENC3,

    I remember 10th grade fondly - it was around that time my fragrance "hobby" became an obsession.

    For the collection you've established so far, you've made some good choices. Ungaro III is a bold move for someone new to the fragrance world (nowhere near as bold as the original formulation, but....).

    Out of the ones you're considering, I'd start with Bulgari Aqua. Unless you've smelled Habit Rouge and Devin and enjoy them, then by all means go for them - they're classics and you definitely won't smell like anyone else in your school.

    For someone your age, I would recommend also Dune Pour Homme by Christian Dior or Lolita Lempicka au Masculin. Dune you can find at Perfumania and other stores of that type; same thing with Lolita, although you can also now find Lolita at TJ Maxx and Marshall's.

    Oh, and, welcome to Basenotes!

    Forgot to mention - you might also want to try Gucci Pour Homme II and Bulgari Pour Homme (not Bulgari Man, although that one isn't bad either).
    SEEKING BOTTLES OF:

    Aramis New West (preferably old bottle)
    Patrick by Fragrances of Ireland
    Azzaro Aqua
    Gloria by Cacharel

    PM me if you have bottles that you're willing to sell or trade!

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    Tobacco Vanille. Jk, Versace Pour Homme > Chanel Allure Sport! You might also want to add Le Male to your consideration list. Ask Jonny he knows, its his #1.

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    Default Re: Help a 15yo High School Sophomore Find a New Fragrance!

    Or, for an even cheaper version of Le Male with tobacco added, Cuba Gold
    SEEKING BOTTLES OF:

    Aramis New West (preferably old bottle)
    Patrick by Fragrances of Ireland
    Azzaro Aqua
    Gloria by Cacharel

    PM me if you have bottles that you're willing to sell or trade!

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    Quote Originally Posted by remixx View Post
    Tobacco Vanille. Jk, Versace Pour Homme > Chanel Allure Sport! You might also want to add Le Male to your consideration list. Ask Jonny he knows, its his #1.
    ok ok fine ahhaha. i didnt recommend it because starting off hes prolly ogoing o want to wear it to class which is fine, but buddy if you choose to go with Le Male...ONE spray when going to class. One on the neck, and thats it. If your going out, 2 sprays. one on the neck and one of the chest.

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    First of all, thanks so much for the recommendations so far! Allure Homme Sport sounds pretty good from what I've read, though I'll definitely want to smell it considering the price tag. I definitely think that from now on I shouldn't blind buy too much, if ever at all. I'm very intrigued by au Masculin. From what I've read, it seems like a cool gourmand that's not overpowering. It's also inexpensive and not too much of a commitment. Le Male I'm not sure about. I mean I definitely want to try testing it (I want to test all of these haha) but I'm not sure if I like the powdery concept/if it's for me. I'm also starting to consider just throwing out the original list I had. Please keep the recommendations coming - I love learning about all these and trying to narrow my scope!

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    Another great one you should think about it YSL L'homme. I would recommend YSL La Nuit de L'homme, but at 15 I think L'Homme would work just a tad bit better.


    Also, L'eau D'issey by Issey Miyake. Its a great compliment getter, projects great, lasts forever.

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    Paco Rabanne Black XS

    Most of the negative comments I see on basenotes say that its too young so 15 is great

    Edit - It Smells like Strawberries =]

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    Bois Du Portugal. All the little girls at school will think you smell like a rich old man. And chicks like old men.

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    Default Re: Help a 15yo High School Sophomore Find a New Fragrance!

    Quote Originally Posted by G Man View Post
    Bois Du Portugal. All the little girls at school will think you smell like a rich old man. And chicks like old men.
    "You smell like my dad!"
    SEEKING BOTTLES OF:

    Aramis New West (preferably old bottle)
    Patrick by Fragrances of Ireland
    Azzaro Aqua
    Gloria by Cacharel

    PM me if you have bottles that you're willing to sell or trade!

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    Givenchy Play Intense

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    Quote Originally Posted by G Man View Post
    Bois Du Portugal. All the little girls at school will think you smell like a rich old man. And chicks like old men.
    hes joking, LAU4ENC3.

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    givenchy play intense, compare it to rochas man and see which one you like better. both are very similar
    Currently wearing: Green Irish Tweed by Creed

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    Quote Originally Posted by remixx View Post
    Paco Rabanne Black XS

    Most of the negative comments I see on basenotes say that its too young so 15 is great

    Edit - It Smells like Strawberries =]

    How can one hate on strawberries?

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    YSL L'homme

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleMonkey View Post
    How can one hate on strawberries?
    my thoughts exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuddleMonkey View Post
    How can one hate on strawberries?
    http://www.hasbro.com/strawberryshortcake/en_US/

    That's all I have to say.

    Regarding OPs post, welcome to Basenotes. At this stage in your developing fragrance discovering I just recommend that you sample a lot. Sample everything. Look up the thread here about ordering free samples from companies. Wrangle free samples from stores whenever you can. PM folks you meet here and pester them for samples. Post a sample wishlist.
    Smell everything. Buy few.

    PM me your address (assuming you live in the US) and I'll send you a few goodies from this huge box I have in a drawer...

    -Slim

    edit: Here is a huge thread about what companies to email for free samples:
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimPickins View Post
    PM folks you meet here and pester them for samples.
    that works?

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    Bvlgari Man

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    Terre d'hermes

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    Default Re: Help a 15yo High School Sophomore Find a New Fragrance!

    First of all, Welcome to Basenotes. Second of all, I have to compliment you that you sound really well spoken for 15. And third, you are already off to a really good start with fragrances. Cool Water was one of my first fragrances too, and I rocked it throughout High School. I even still wear it occasionally as a matter of fact.

    Anyway, for recommendations. First, sample, sample, sample. If you are on a limited budget, you will want to take more time to make purchase decisions. And when you make those decisions, you should trust your own nose (i.e. sampling). Reviews are great to point you in a direction, but the reviewers' opinions will not always be your opinion. And that's okay.

    As far as fragrances I think you should try:

    On the aquatic side, you've already named the first one. Start with Bvlgari Aqva. I've worn many aquatics, and Aqva is still the best in my opinion. Others aquatics to look into: Versace Pour Homme (which I like to call the mature Acqua di Gio), L'eau D'Issey, Versace Man Eau Fraiche, L'eau par Kenzo, and finally Bleu de Chanel.

    Orientals and Gourmands are not my thing, so others will have to give you those recommendations.

    I have been on a kick lately of fragrances that cross the fresh/aromatic/woody/semi-sweet lines though. You've already been recommended Allure Homme Sport, but in my opinion Allure Homme Edition Blanche is much better. Check them both out and judge for yourself. The YSL L'Homme recommendation was a good one. It would be great for daily wear to school. L'Instant De Guerlain may be another good choice. It is semi-sweet cocoa over a beautiful cedar. Finally, check out Boss Bottled. It has a great spiced apple vibe, that I'm just really loving in the cool weather.

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    A*Men
    If it works on your skin and you don't tweak out over the top like a lot of people do, it's amazing. I started wearing it my junior year of high school, and still will. I actually just wore it for a week straight in classes of 30 people. The key is to spray it under your shirt, not on exposed skin. That way it radiates out instead of erupting out haha.

    Le Male
    Enough said, it's a best seller. It works differently on people's skin (on mine it goes raunchy and cloying) so you'll just have to try it.

    Rochas Man
    Excellent date scent, not so much for classes, so if you go on dates, have a significant other or trying to, this would be a great fragrance. It's very, very sensual in terms of notes and the feel it gives.

    Hanae Mori
    Kind of like Rochas Man (they both rely on a very potent and unique amber base note) but a little more casual and school friendly. The one guarantee I can give with this is that you're gunna be the only guy wearing it, plus it's found very cheap online

    1 Million
    SUPPOSEDLY popular, I've found it to be just the opposite. This stuff is the lady killer for me, every time I wear it my girlfriend compliments me multiple times during the day, something she won't do unless she loves what I'm wearing.

    Mugler Cologne
    Same deal as with 1 Million actually, my girlfriend loves it, says it's very sexy and fresh. I personally get absurd longevity, especially on clothes. I've had it last over 24 hours! Not to mention this stuff will offend NO ONE.

    SIDENOTE: Don't over spray anything by Thierry Mugler (and 1 Million). I once wore 5 sprays of Mugler Cologne and a friend of mine was almost knocked over when I walked by her

    Fierce
    Looking to have girls practically jump on you? (Well as long as you're already somewhat close to them, relationship wise, haha) Fierce has this odd effect. I'm very much against people reviewing stuff like "Oh, this stuff got me 12 chicks lawls!"...you know the type...but this stuff ACTUALLY tends to do that. I've had close friends who are girls literally bury their faces in my clothes, or steal my neck tie to smell it. I've gotten more compliments than I ever would imagine from people I barely knew, and my girlfriend drools over this stuff. Ironically I avoid wearing it, mostly because I'm into niche fragrances and Fierce seems childish or generic. All I know is this stuff is magical in High School. Irrelevant of what you end up buying, try to get a 30mL of this stuff, its awesome!

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    Hi and welcome to Basenotes

    From your list, I would choose Bvlgari Aqva, very fresh sea wind in a bottle. Although I'm not a fan of aquatic at all and almost regretted the buy at first, this one kept me intrigued since I have it.

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    One thing I forgot to mention:

    I bought a little mini vial of Burberry Weekend for a dollar or two at the same time as I bought Cool Water. I thought it was pretty good. Should I add it to my list of consideration for a full buy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAU4ENC3 View Post
    One thing I forgot to mention:

    I bought a little mini vial of Burberry Weekend for a dollar or two at the same time as I bought Cool Water. I thought it was pretty good. Should I add it to my list of consideration for a full buy?
    no. for the love of god please dont hahah

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    For your age, I'd recommend Joop! Jump for warm weather and Rochas Man for cold weather. You can get each for around $25.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAU4ENC3 View Post
    One thing I forgot to mention:

    I bought a little mini vial of Burberry Weekend for a dollar or two at the same time as I bought Cool Water. I thought it was pretty good. Should I add it to my list of consideration for a full buy?
    London instead of weekend =] London is only like $30 or $40 for the 3.3 oz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neurosis View Post
    Fierce
    Irrelevant of what you end up buying, try to get a 30mL of this stuff, its awesome!
    It is indeed, and you'll be one of the handful of people in Oz who'll have a bottle.

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    Do a favor for yourself:

    Try Le Male.

    Also i recommend 1 Million.

    All youthfull enough for your age, and longevity masters.

    And try Blue Jeans in the last case, blue jeans is very youth too.

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