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    Default My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    I came to basenotes many years ago in search of the perfect scent. I collected a good dozen bottles of my favorites, I then made the decision to use what I have and revisit in 10 years. This morning getting ready for some hiking and fishing by the river. I decided to wear my OLD pre-wife bottle of Acqu Di Gio. She walks in the room, puts her arms around me, gives me a kiss, stops, leans in, breathes in, smiles and says "You smell nice".

    Ive worn cologne everyday since I met her. She has told me many she hates rive gauche, d&g ph, gucci pour homme, visit. She has never actually commented positively until today, one that I have never worn in her presence. I think its time to find an alternative to make her smile, Di Gio brings me back to a time that has passed and not need of remind.

    Heres where I need help from the basenotes community. I want to try some scents along the acqo di gio vien, a section of scents i have NEVER dablled in besides a sample of Issey Miyake. I live in MN and have little access to niche scents and little desire to spend time testing them over the mail. Anything new in the last 5, or any old classics the wife might enjoy?

    Thanks in advanc for any help.

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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    Just buy Creed Millesime Imperial online, done deal.

    I guess if you don't feel safe doing that, Bvlgari Aqva Marine, Ed Hardy Love and Luck, Versace Pour Homme 2008, Chanel Allure Homme Sport, or even Kenneth Cole Reaction.

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    Bleu de Chanel. And have a talk with your wife about how it took five years to get one compliment out of her.

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    Creed Millesime Imperial
    Creed Erolfa
    Bvlgari Aqva
    Bvgari Aqva Marine

    The best in the aquatic genre imo.

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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    Time to get a mistress but if that fails then you could give Live Jazz or Mugler Cologne as well as the ones mentioned above a try.

    If all else fails then I recommend the divorce courts.lol

    Good Luck.
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    Guerlain Homme L'Eau.


    You will like it. She'll like it.

    But if you can't find that in a store nearby and don't want to risk blind buying it (though I recommend it wholeheartedly), then my next recommendation would be Bleu de Chanel.

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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    hmmm... you might want to take her with you to the mall and let her smell them too. I know there can be negatives to that but it will certainly take the "Hit or Miss" out of the equation and probably save you a lot of money.

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    A sweet story - thanks for sharing! I would also go with Creed MI. I recently got this online and have only now started appreciating this genre of fragrance.

    I used to own AdG when it first came out and got told i smelt of "grass", so never bought a bottle since. It's too synthetic and unnatural to my nose. MI by Creed (2011 batch I might add) is very fruity, yet still aquatic and surprisingly long lasting on my skin.

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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    I think you should ignore all these suggestions and just go with Kouros.

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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    It's nice to get a compliment, really.

    My girlfriend isn't really consistent with what she likes me to wear. She definitely doesn't like Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford. At the same time, she literally yelled to me when I was sampling Tobacco Vanille. "You smell like a sauna, get OUT!" she told me Hilarious, to be honest.

    Seems some women prefer ... let's call them "simpler" creations, and not always what YOU prefer yourself. Then again, my girlfriend convinced me to buy Creeds Royal Oud - and I'm glad she did. She loved it at first sniff, I was unsure, but it's grown on me and I really like it now. Also, I get very good feedback on it.

    As something "similar" to AdG I'd say Millesime Imperial, but do try Green Irish Tweed as well.

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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    Since she seemed to like AdG...

    Gucci Pour Homme II, D&G Light Blue, Cartier Roadster Sport..

    But also, have you given Green Irish Tweed or Millesime Imperial a test around her? Aventus also has been a highly accept and complimented scent.

    I'd definitely have a conversation aside from all of this as to why it took her so long to compliment you given she is your wife.. I know with me, fragrances and scents are a huge part of me and is something I need to share with my s/o..

    Good luck!

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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    Another vote here for Bleu de Chanel, Green Irish Tweed and Millesime Imperial. Aventus tends to gather compliments in bunches, but it smells fairly dissimilar to ADG, so you may want to test that first.

    Other scents that are similar to ADG she may like are some Dior Homme Sport or Tous Man Sport. The Tous is my current go-to casual summer scent, and it can be found quite cheaply (under $40) at online discounters.

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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    Millesime Imperial

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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    try:

    Bulgari Aqua pour Homme Marine by Bulgari - Initially, one is slapped with a bitter citrus, provided by the sharp grapefruit and sour neroli brigarade, slowy tempered by the fruitiness of sweet melons and somewhat medicinal cucumber. From afar, a sprinkling of saltiness beckons the invigorating opening to its waiting middle. Here, in the heart, a magnificent stew brews with the pine-like, tangy rosemary flower, coupled with what I venture to say is calone with its watery, marine and ozone accord as well as posidonia, with its sea grass, vegetal highlight and oceanic spiciness, to furnish a delightful, fresh, seashore apparition. Transitioning to its untroubled base, white cedarwood with its crisp, dry and clean woodiness carries the piece to its comforting drydown. This unique, brine composition, a treat to be enjoyed in the warm weather of spring and summer, has good projection and average longevity.

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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    I will add on to the many counts of Millesime Imperial
    Current Top 5:
    1. Frederic Malle L'eau d'Hiver
    2. Tom Ford Noir de Noir
    3. Dior Homme / Dior Homme Intense
    4. Thierry Mugler A*Men Pure Havane / Pure Malt
    5. Creed Aventus / Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    Time to get a mistress but if that fails then you could give Live Jazz or Mugler Cologne as well as the ones mentioned above a try.

    If all else fails then I recommend the divorce courts.lol

    Good Luck.
    +1 totally agree lol

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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    Thanks for the suggestions everyone, Ive always wanted to try some Creed. Does anyone know any dealers in MN.

    The wife has never complimented my scent, not never complemented ever. She is fantastic and I definitely "out punted my coverage".


    "I think you should ignore all these suggestions and just go with Kouros." - the more things change the more they stay the same.

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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    Women really love Bleu de Channel
    Try Legend by Mont Blanc as well.

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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    Is she into perfumes ? Does she have a good understanding, like a Perfumista ? Why did it take sooo long to get any compliment ?
    This is something you two - together - can share. You go perfume hunting for yourself, and buy something for her, also.
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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    Yeah, I think you should try Bleu by Chanel. Or just wear Acqua di Gio...it's not a bad scent and you know she already likes it.

    Still, whatever you wear, make sure you like it too. IMO wearing a scent solely for someone else's benefit is a bit limiting.
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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    Change your wife and you'll get compliments more often
    Right now I think that I have all the fragrances that I want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawkins View Post
    Di Gio brings me back to a time that has passed and not need of remind.
    This says loads both about the power of scent memory and how much you love your wife.

    Quote Originally Posted by hreple View Post
    My girlfriend isn't really consistent with what she likes me to wear. She definitely doesn't like Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford. At the same time, she literally yelled to me when I was sampling Tobacco Vanille. "You smell like a sauna, get OUT!" she told me
    I like your girlfriend. My partner will smell me and say things like "chewed up gum" or "horrible bug spray." The two of them together could terrorize this whole forum.

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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    L'Eau D'Issey and Kenzo Pour Homme.

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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    Not to belabor the obvious here, but if your wife hasn't complimented you in 5 years after wearing numerous fragrances, and then one day she lights up over Acqua di Gio, why wouldn't you just stick with AdG??? She has vocally expressed liking how it smells on you. She's obviously hard to please. Run with it, buddy. Don't bother going through the headache of finding something "similar." It's a subjective idea at best and with AdG you're guaranteed to please, so the whole "smells like ____" idea is pointless.

    If you don't like the past associations AdG elicits for you, give it a chance to help you form new ones. Nothing is forever.

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    Congratulations on the compliment.....I would stick with the one that received attention.....My Wife Loves Armani Code Pour Homme.....This is worth a try!!!
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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    If she likes AdG, she would probably like:

    Cool Water (smells pretty much the same as Green Irish Tweed)
    Guerlain Homme
    Blue de Chanel
    Gucci pour Homme II (not a citrus/aquatic like AdG, but very fresh and projects well)

    If you go for Millesime Imperial, I would recommend spending the extra cash and getting it from an authorized dealer. Buying Creeds from online discounters seems to be a hit or miss affair.
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    1. L'Artisan Dzing!
    2. Lorenzo Villoresi Yerbamate
    3. Guerlain Bois d'Armenie
    4. L'Artisan Al Oudh
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    6. Parfumerie Generale Bois Blond
    7. Andy Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain
    8. Guerlain Derby
    9. Geo F Trumper Eucris
    10. Parfum d'Empire Ambre Russe
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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    So, have you figured out yet what she bought that day?

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    Default Re: My wife gave me a compliment for the first time in 5 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by duke hunt View Post
    i think you should ignore all these suggestions and just go with kouros.
    lol.....ok.

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    Buy Acqua Di Gio Essenza when it comes out. It's the only thing that will smell like Acqua Di Gio.
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    Try Noir de Noir by Tom Ford. That's got to get a compliment!
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