At times like this.... there's only one fragrance that stands alone:
I've probably tried about 30 different fragrances with extended periods of wear over the past year, yet I haven't found one that I like enough to hang on to. Going to sephora or macy's I honestly do not find a single one anymore that I like enough to buy, thus I usually end up blind buying or sampling ones that aren't available in retail thinking I will like them based on what I've read but with no great luck so far.
So far I've liked, but not enough to keep:
bvlgari ph soir
acqua di gio
Rive gauche ph
YSL body kouros
and was neutral or disliked:
vc&a midnight in paris, vc&a pour homme
dior homme intense
carolina herrera chic men
d&G the one
issey miyake ph
At times like this.... there's only one fragrance that stands alone:
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Designer has failed you. Time to go niche. And don't go timidly; go straight to Knize Ten or Dzing!
...no, I'm really not. Time so step away from 'safe' and from Sephora and Macy's.
If that doesn't net some different results, maybe fragrance isn't a hobby for you.
There is plenty more to try of course. I'd start with a bunch of samples of popular scents you see mentioned here on basenotes, and just work from there. Good Luck, I hope you find something you really like.
I agree with the above poster about maybe starting to explore niche frags too. leave the designer world behind for a little while.
Last edited by autumngleeman; 10th July 2012 at 12:20 AM.
Have you tried any from the Chanel or Prada line? Also it can't hurt to try some more from YSL.
If you want to look into niche, luckyscent has many frags that can be sampled very affordably.
I dislike all the scents you mention.
Meanwhile, I have amassed a collection of nearly 60 bottles.
Time to go off the beaten path and try some more unique fragrances.
Mant to try from Creed, Chanel and Bond No. 9.
Want to trade - Chanel Platinum Egoiste for Dior Eau Sauvage...
I'm just going off of whats available at Sephora and Macys that isn't on your tried list:
Prada ambre pour homme
Tom Ford Extreme
1 Million Paco Rabanne
YSL L'Homme and La Nuit
Givenchy Play Intense
Dior Eau Sauvage EDP
I forgot Sephora has Dior Homme Sport until I read it in cacio's response. I luv the Dior Homme Sport.
Last edited by Shiny Beast; 10th July 2012 at 02:11 AM.
I think it's fine to stay at Sephora / Nordstrom / Macy's. Sure there are great niche options. I bought Aventus today. But you should only go that route if you smell it, wear it for a few days and love it. The real trick is to seek unique options and sniff around rather than getting burnt out on more stuff that smells just like everything else.
Gucci Pour Homme II -- masculine tea frag. Believe it or not, it's superb. And a compliment catcher.
Fahrenheit -- you need to spray this one on your skin and live with it for a few hours. Totally unique.
Dior Eau Sauvage -- CLEAN!
Terre D'hermes -- woodsy. Manly. It'll either be a big no or a big yes.
Prada Amber -- One sniff and you'll know if you love it or hate it.
YSL l'homme -- can't go wrong there.
Chanel Allure? Chanel Bleu?
John Varvatos -- this isn't exactly a summer pick, but it's great. Leather/fruit/spicy. If you like it but want more of a kick, try Varvatos Vintage. I prefer and own the original.
The choice at Sephora or Macy is limited. If niche is not an option, there are a few more things you could try there. You seem to like fresher things. More intense marine (much more intense than Aqua di Gio) are Eau d'Issey and Light blue, which I strongly dislike, but intense marine they deliver. Cool water is also on the fresh side, as is New West and Dior Homme Sport.
It could be that scents just don't grab you.
Fragrance isn't everybody's thing.
Just pick some that you know are compliment getters, and use them as a tool. No one says you have to really like them. I have a few like that - Rive Gauche, for example.
You can try niche. I was underwhelmed by a lot of them, and have never had a positive comment from wearing them.
So hard to know how another person will perceive a fragrance. Like others have mentioned, maybe it is time to try some niche, starting with some safer bets like Aventus, Green Irish Tweed, Molecule 01, or Riverside Drive. But there most likely are some great ones in the designer market that may blow your mind. Marc Jacobs for Men, Polo Blue, He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood..... who knows, maybe even something as obvious as Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger could be the one that floats your boat. The more you try, the more likely it will be you will find it. Keep hitting some of the notes that maybe you are missing.. perhaps vetivers, different citrus notes, different woods.... good starting points are usually top ten lists found all over the internet and Youtube. Keep searching and when you find your favorite, maybe we can help you find something even better
That said, I didn't see any Chanel, Dior (other than Homme Intense) or Givenchy fragrances listed from the choices he has sampled.....so I wouldn't automatically rule out designer scents and blindly suggest niche brands. Niche isn't necessarily better....they're just more difficult to find, harder to sample before buying, and carry a heftier price tag.
My advice would be to check out the brands I mentioned (Chanel, Dior, Givenchy) and see if there might be something from on of those lines that capture his attention, but to definitely keep looking (personally....Platinum Egoiste would be my choice for one to look at and seriously consider).....
You can give Platinum Egoist a try. My wife looovvves this on me. Also, Givenchy play is one of my favorites gets me compliments all the time or give calvin klein's man a try i havent been a fan of theirs in along time but Man is a really nice masculine fragrance. I'm actually thinking of picking up a bottle. hope this helps
You need something with a WOW factor. Here's some that have done it for me:
He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood or Narcisso Rodriguez for Him (Major violet leaf in both of these)
A vintage bottle of Fahrenheit
By Killian Back to Black
Creed Virgin Island Water
MDCI Parfums Invasion Barbare
Nasomatto Black Afgano
Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
Frederic Malle Geranium Pour Monsieur
Frederic MalleMusc Ravageur
Ralph Lauren Polo (original)
Hermes Terre d'Hermes
Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille
Hermes Ambre Narguile
Hermes Vetiver Tonka
Comme des Garcons 2 Man
thanks for all the responses guys. I've tried way more than I listed up there but those were less memorable and not ones I wore multiple times (including chanels, hermes etc.) I am looking for a signature, or at least something versatile enough for me to wear on 75% of occasions.
Keep sampling..thats the fun part. After that it gets serious...
You're bound to find one you truly like sooner or later.
I've done my fair share of sampling since I started getting into the fragrance game. I've tried all of the designer fragrances from Sephora, Macys, etc. and I've tried many niche fragrances. At the end of the day, my 5 favorites consist of:
1. Prada Amber Pour Homme
2. Green Irish Tweed
4. Tonka Imperiale
5. Spiritueuse Double Vanille
Congratulations. I too have grown out of Macy's and Sephora. That is a good sign. At this point you should ask yourself what type of fragrances are you going after. Narrow it down by groups or by notes then research the best of each category and order samples. You should also consider raising your budget just a little bit. I will go up to $120 for 100ml. That isn't a lot but there are some quality options out there for that price. It depends on your taste.
Again I see this as a positive. Enjoy your quest.
Easy cure...here is the prescription....get terre, wear for 3 days straight. On 3rd day come back here and thank me.
Order a bunch of samples from luckyscent.
I also can't find much of interest at local dept stores.
I agree with Andylama, seems like designer may not be your thing. Try something like Geo F Trumper or Castle Forbes , these two are experts in mens .. EVERYTHING they have a shaving line which includes uniquely scented and really nicely packaged colognes.
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