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    Default I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    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:

    claiborne curve
    bvlgari ph soir
    a&f fierce
    versace ph
    acqua di gio
    le male
    Rive gauche ph
    YSL body kouros

    and was neutral or disliked:

    angel men
    vc&a midnight in paris, vc&a pour homme
    burberry london
    dior homme intense
    dirty english
    carolina herrera chic men
    d&G the one
    azzaro ph
    issey miyake ph
    kouros YSL

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    At times like this.... there's only one fragrance that stands alone:

    AVENTUS
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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    Designer has failed you. Time to go niche. And don't go timidly; go straight to Knize Ten or Dzing!

    Kidding.

    Sort of.

    ...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.

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    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.

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    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.

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    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.

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    Mant to try from Creed, Chanel and Bond No. 9.

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    keep trying....
    Want to trade - Chanel Platinum Egoiste for Dior Eau Sauvage...
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/394...82#post3308582

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    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
    Terre d'Hermes
    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.

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    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.

    Try these:

    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.

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    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.

    cacio

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    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.
    Regards,
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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    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

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    Quote Originally Posted by andylama View Post
    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.
    I'm not sure that the OP is looking at this as a "hobby". I think he is trying to find a "signature scent", and is being somewhat picky about it (which he has the right to do).

    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).....

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    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

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    You need something with a WOW factor. Here's some that have done it for me:

    Creed Aventus
    Cereus No.7
    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
    YSL M7
    Creed Virgin Island Water
    MDCI Parfums Invasion Barbare
    Nasomatto Black Afgano
    Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
    Frederic Malle Geranium Pour Monsieur
    Frederic MalleMusc Ravageur
    Chanel No.22
    Ralph Lauren Polo (original)
    Chanel No.5
    Hermes Terre d'Hermes
    Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille
    Hermes Ambre Narguile
    Hermes Vetiver Tonka
    Amouage Reflection
    Comme des Garcons 2 Man
    Currently wearing: Supremacy Silver by Afnan

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    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.

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    Keep sampling..thats the fun part. After that it gets serious...

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    You're bound to find one you truly like sooner or later.

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    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
    3. Fahrenheit
    4. Tonka Imperiale
    5. Spiritueuse Double Vanille

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    Quote Originally Posted by andylama View Post
    Designer has failed you. Time to go niche. And don't go timidly; go straight to Knize Ten or Dzing!

    Kidding.

    Sort of.

    ...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.

    I agree with this. Step up in class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eggy View Post
    At times like this.... there's only one fragrance that stands alone:

    AVENTUS
    Come on now. Give the poor guy a chance.

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    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.

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    Easy cure...here is the prescription....get terre, wear for 3 days straight. On 3rd day come back here and thank me.

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    How old are you and what's your budget?

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    Quote Originally Posted by 10dadeo View Post
    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.
    Here's what works for me: I seek out similarities. For example, I love Gucci Pour Homme II and Fahrenheit. When I gave it some thought, I realized there's something in both that I adore: Violet leaf. For me, this means I need to try DSquared Rocky Mountain Wood to see if violet does something for me too, which I kind of suspect it does. As you find things you like or dislike, try to figure out why. Eventually, things will start to click as similarities start popping up. Go through your lists of yesses maybes and nos, and see if there are any patterns. This probably means going back and sniffing those again to seek out specific notes. Doing that has helped me a lot.

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    Order a bunch of samples from luckyscent.

    I also can't find much of interest at local dept stores.

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    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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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    Here's what works for me: I seek out similarities. For example, I love Gucci Pour Homme II and Fahrenheit. When I gave it some thought, I realized there's something in both that I adore: Violet leaf. For me, this means I need to try DSquared Rocky Mountain Wood to see if violet does something for me too, which I kind of suspect it does. As you find things you like or dislike, try to figure out why. Eventually, things will start to click as similarities start popping up. Go through your lists of yesses maybes and nos, and see if there are any patterns. This probably means going back and sniffing those again to seek out specific notes. Doing that has helped me a lot.
    One of my favorite notes, too. I haven't tried Rocky Mountain Wood yet but do like the other two aforementioned scents. I like the combo of it with pink pepper in l'homme libre as well. Have you tried that?

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    Chanel Egoiste
    Guerlain Habit Rouge

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    Default Re: I can't find a cologne I like for the life of me, help!

    Quote Originally Posted by Winterbourne View Post
    One of my favorite notes, too. I haven't tried Rocky Mountain Wood yet but do like the other two aforementioned scents. I like the combo of it with pink pepper in l'homme libre as well. Have you tried that?
    Guess what just jumped to the top of my Must Try list

    UPDATE: Oof. Nope. Tried it over lunch. No can do.
    Last edited by L'Homme Blanc Individuel; 10th July 2012 at 10:48 PM.

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