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    Default Some must have cheapies

    Hey guys, I'm going to buy some cheapies from strawberrynet, so hopefully all suggestions are in stock over there. So far my list consists of

    Cuba red which I've heard smells like burberry london

    Magnum Gold by cuba which I've been told smells like lemale

    I'm not a fan of le male, I think it's the minty note that pisses me off, not sure. but definitely a big fan of london.

    Any others that I should add to my list? Keep in mind that I am 20 and in college right now

    Thanks guys!

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    I have Cuba Red and it does NOT smell like Burberry London. Unless by "Burberry London" you mean insect repellent and pipe tobacco. I'm not exaggerating either, it smells pretty bad. Cuba Orange smells just like Dunhill Desire if you're into super sweet smelling colognes.

    Cuba Gold does smell like Le Male, but less potent. It's like a tamer version of Le Male but def smells like it. No minty note in Cuba Gold either, just vanilla goodness.

    I recommend Aspen by Coty b/c it's very cheap and smells pretty pretty darn similar to GIT and CW.
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    Awesome, I already have cool water but I didnt realise that cuba red was that bad, okay orange is on the list and I guess red is out... Anyone tried Nikos sculpture, some of the reviews say it's similar to le male, which means I prob dont need it if I am getting cuba gold...

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    How cheap?
    <$40s?
    Lanvin L'Homme
    YSL Opium
    Halston z-14

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    I do believe that Cuba Gold is the closest you can get to Le Male without buying Le Male. I've smelled Perry Ellis 360 White and it was also very similar, but Cuba Gold is almost a twin to Le Male. And depending on how cheap you're going, you could get The Dreamer by Versace off of Amazon for around $35. It smells like Le Male and D&G pour homme got it on and had a sexy baby.
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    Sounds like you want "super-cheapos." Everlast Original 1910 would be my first choice, but it depends upon what you're seeking. I happen to like McGraw and Cuba Orange among this group, for example, but a lot of people like Cuba Red and Gold, which I don't like. Cuba Red only smells like London after a few hours, and even then it's not exactly the same. I would suggest Ikon before Cuba Red (Ikon also smells a bit like Cuba Red after a while). Mustang by Estee Lauder is another one you might be able to get really cheaply, and I also like 101 Men by Valenti, which is usually less than $20 total for 100 ml somewhere (check ebay and scentedmonkey.com first). The best deals are on vintage frags on ebay, but you have to know exactly what you're looking for, or else you will likely get the new versions. Others worth considering are Witness, Cadillac (which has a drydown similar to Magnetism for Men), and Horizon, but again, you might hate them, no matter how "objectively" good they are. If you can go to $20 total you should be able to get 125 ml of Montana Parfum d'Homme, which is the one I'd get first if that is your limit (leaving aside the vintage ones that sometimes "fly under the radar" on ebay).

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    Pino Silvestre
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    Ah yes, Pino Silvestre. I wore that the other day and was thinking that it was quite good for its "drugstore" price, and could be marketed as designer. I guess the problem is that it's so old and well-known that it's best to sell it at a lower profit margin and not compete against the new designer frags. I'd still try for Montana Parfum d'Homme first, since it will likely become scare soon (though I have no idea when), whereas PS isn't going anywhere and isn't likely to get more expensive any time soon. For $3-4 per 35 ml, Cuba Orange gets my vote for those who need a "super-duper-cheapo," though. LOL.

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    Versace Blue Jeans - 90's vibe
    likewise Versace Dreamer (Tobacco accord)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonoanimoes View Post
    Versace Blue Jeans - 90's vibe
    likewise Versace Dreamer (Tobacco accord)
    +1 on Blue Jeans. I forgot how cheap it is now. That and the Dreamer are both excellent fragrances.
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    Cuba Red is very spicy, one of the spiciest fragrances I have come across. I see a little bit of Burberry London in it, when comparing their dry downs; but in terms of a direct comparison, they are world's apart, in my eyes. I do like the smell of Cuba Red, but only once in a while, and not on my skin. VERY spicy!

    I dunno if Magnum Gold is the same as Cuba Gold, from what I hear it is. If that's the case, and you dislike the synthetic mint note in Le Male, I think you will adore Cuba Gold. Since I get no mint from it at all. Other than that, they are very similar. I even prefer Gold to LM. Gold is pretty strong on the lavender, and has a slight barbershop vibe to it.

    I have Cuba Hollywood which is not bad. The dry down is very nice, a sweet ambery musk, which strongly reminds me of Musc Raveguer's dry down.

    Cuba Black would be the only other one I have tried, and reluctantly. I owned a 3.3 oz bottle which has been given away. I get Azzaro pH's middle notes from it, amped way the F up, projecting like a monster, one spray is enough to knock out everybody in the room. I don't think it smells bad, but it doesn't transition really, and just projects forever. Very 80's too. Black in terms of dark? I would say so..

    Other suggestions: You're 20.. and in college. Cheapies are really one of my favorites, although cheapies here on BN aren't really cheap.. You're talking stuff in the under 15 dollar price range, I am sure. That's one of my specialties, as I thrive to find good cheap hidden gems.

    Samba Kiss Me always comes to mind first. It's a creamy lemon gourmand, vanilla, high quality, projects nicely, lasts a while. Best of all, nothing really smells like it. Maybe if ya took the creamy lemon accord from Allure Homme Sport, and amped up the vanilla.. I would see it.

    50 Cent Power. Not my favorite, by any means. Green, sweet, spicy, sour, very different and intriguing. You can pick up a 3.4 oz at TJ Maxx probably.

    Daddy Yankee. An excellent celebrity scent, probably one of the best. Keep in mind, for the most part, celeb frags will always clutter the shelves at discounters, they are always in rotation, and have tons of flankers.. so they gotta go somewhere when nobody buys them. And, just because nobody buys them and they go for low prices at discounters, doesn't mean they are bad.. it usually means they weren't marketed well. With that said.. I believe Daddy Yankee has some reviews here on BN, which you can check out for more details. A 1.7 oz bottle costs 12.99 @ TJ Maxx.

    Nautica Voyage. Excellent aquatic.. long lasting, more interesting than most. The result when you put an experienced perfumer behind a designer fragrance with a low budget.. Miracles do happen

    I could name a lot more, but it would be easiest if you knew EXACTLY what you were looking for. What notes do you like? Do ya want something spicy, sweet, fruity, woodsy, fresh, etc, etc, etc.

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    Horizon by Guy Laroche
    Boss Elements Aqua

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    Celine Fever, though it's on its way out of the market I think.
    Great fragrance, can be found on the net, £4.99
    Cadillac
    Pino Silvestre (you must like pine)
    Avon Ironman
    Ungaro III (a bit more expensive)
    and not to forget
    Quorum Silver

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    Some excellent recommendations so far.

    It's easy to think of good, cheap frags, but much harder to come up with any that could be called must haves. It may not be in a style that you are looking for, but Tabac Original Cologne is one that I would put in that group.
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    some of my favourites, a*men, la nuit, DHI, used to like joop homme but now I'm sick of it, love and luck, D&G pour homme - that was my first love, l'eau d'issey. The others I've got are so so, I want to have a decent rotation for summer and winter, I think my summer is okay.

    As always projection and longevity are going to be important, but I guess if it doesnt, I can resort to spraying on clothes... if I spray on clothes should I just spray the same amount as people do on skin? On the chest area?

    Thanks so much for everyone's suggestions. I live in Australia, so unfortunately I dont have tj maxx over here The cheapest store is nautica.

    I generally like sweet fragrances, but I guess I want some that aren't as sweet in my rotation, I like citrusy like d&g and I know people here probably dont like the dkny be delicious ones but I do

    I'm just buying everything from strawberrynet

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    They have the 3.4 oz Dirty English for $35 which is a good and discontinued scent.
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    Geoffrey Beene - Grey Flannel

    Michael Kors - Michael for Men

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    + 1 for Michael Kors For Men and Dirty English. And if you like A*Men, don't forget Animale Animale For Men, a really pleasing gourmand on which A*Men was apparently based when it was created.
    Also nice would be Tommy Bahama Man and Tommy Bahama Set Sails St. Barts. You can also get the men's Carons pretty cheap, and they're definitely worth it, although maybe more serious/complex than what you are looking for...

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    Encre noire. Cost $~40 but smells like $100.
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    Set Sail St Barts is an awesome fragrance for around $20. It is very pleasing and reminds me of being in a tiki bar back in Hawaii, drinking margaritas and watching the sunset with the smell of my sunscreen from earlier still lingering.
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    Bogart pour homme.
    It is very cheap it smells good and it has great sillage and longevity.

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    Clive Christian "X".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Horizon by Guy Laroche
    Is a really nice cheapie.

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    Rykiel Homme - Fresh like putting on a new T-shirt.
    Zirh Ikon or Corduroy - Ikon is incense and Corduroy is spicy.
    Lucky No 6 - Smells like cherries.
    Jacomo Rouge - Spicy and better than Le Male.
    Daddy Yankee - Great celebrity fragrance.
    Stetson Sierra - Refreshing and outdoorsy.
    Coty Aspen - Piney and fresh.
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    The Cuba cigar scents (including the black, the blue and I think the Miami one) are good value in that they are inexpensive and they have good lasting power, and I like all of them. In fact they have better lasting power than quite a few designer scents. And scent-wise, they are usually a cut above most cheap scents (i.e. scents made cheaply and meant to be sold cheaply, rather than heavily discounted designer scents).

    That said, with the possible exception of Gold, I think that scent-wise, they're a cut below most designer scents. If you can find heavily discounted designer scents where you live, at near the price of the Cuba scents, I think you are better off going for them instead.

    On the other hand, the 30ml Cuba scents, in their aluminium containers, are very handy both as travel scents and as school scents. My nephews love them, they put them in their pen/ pencil containers.
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    -Perry Ellis 360 Red-- smells like an intense, longer lasting version of Acqua Di Gio.
    -Perry Ellis 360 White-- best & closest copy of Le Male I've smelled.
    -Usher UR for Men (silver bottle)-- it's sweet, smooth & green. Almost like a bubblegum sweet green scent on top of a silky smooth Cashmere base. One of my favorite cheapies.
    -50 Cent Power-- sweet tarts note on top of super mossy, musky, enchanted forest type smell. Smells incredible on cool, rainy days.
    -Tommy Bahama Very Cool-- nice orange & ginger fresh scent.
    -Cool Water Summer Fizz-- more mossy and musky than original CW. One of my favorites.
    -Swiss Army Classic-- Nice sweet minty, cool scent. Very refreshing.
    -Live Jazz-- what else can be said.. wonderful, unique, green scent with spearmint, rhubarb, cilantro, & lemon that dries down to a nice sparkly ambergris/vanilla base.
    Currently wearing: AB Spirit Silver by Lomani

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    Habanita de Molinard. You can find this at many discounters for very low prices.

    A great powdery tobacco with vetiver sold as a feminine.

    This is an EDT but is long-lasting and has great sillage.

    A word of advice. Don't limit yourself to age when it comes to fragrance. A man who is his own self will wear what he likes regardless of the gender or the marketing.
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    You should try Quartz Pour Homme by Molyneaux. On me it smells like a cross between a toned-down Yatagan by Caron (which I absolutely love) and Dior's Eau Sauvage. It's strong but not loud and, in my opinion, exudes quality. I picked up a 3.4 tester for under $17 a few months ago.

    I also like Tommy Bahama EDC, Royall Vetyver and Royall Spice, Vetyver by Malizia. If you like smoky, tobacco-y, rich scents like the original Zino Davidoff, Vermeil Pour Homme is great and dirt cheap (<$15 for 3.4 EDT spray). You may also consider Acqua Di Selva. You'd have to like green smells, but, if you do, a 3.4 EDC could be had for < $20.

    Best wishes.

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    Guys a quick question, seeing as cheapies don't project well, I would love to hear everyones opinions on this. If I would normally spray this scent 3 times. If I sprayed on clothing, would I spray the same or would I have to spray more to get the same amount of projection? I am pretty sure longevity would improve, just not projection. Also so I guess I am asking two questions but if you're going to be wearing a jacket, if I sprayed it on my shirt underneath, how much would that hinder projection, would I have to spray more in that case. Thanks.

    I've come up with a list. I would love to hear what you guys think???

    Cuba Variety - so I can test out all 4 of them and see what I like
    Cuba magnum gold
    diesel zero plus
    Legend by Michael Jordan
    paris hilton man
    lucky number 6
    tommy bahama set sail saint barts
    animale animale

    Even for cheapies this is going to set me back a bit, so far shipping is 40 bucks lol
    Last edited by Regrett; 10th October 2011 at 10:52 PM.

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    Those sound like good choices to me. Cuba Gold projection is pretty good so 3-4 sprays is fine. Of the Cuba Line, gold and orange are my two favorites. Lucky #6 smells really good but longevity isn't the best so you can go 4-5 sprays on that one. Set Sail St Barts...you can go to town with that sprayer. I spray it at LEAST 5 times..maybe 6 or 7 b/c it's so light and smells amazing.
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