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    Talking The Best Cheap Fragrances Ever?

    NO CREEDS ALOUD!!

    Now, we are all currently on a site dedicated to fragrances.
    So be default we are not the most common of noses to even start.
    This means that of course we are mostly here for the nitty gritty,
    The Creeds, Amouges Bond No. 9s Frederic Malle etc.

    but what are the best CHEAP fragrances on the market today? stuff that is preferably under $30 - $50

    stuff that even though they can be considered cheap most definitely go over and above what they should be
    whether it be in performance practically or just the other all smell.

    the obvious one is Cool Water however for me it would be "Pole Position - David Coulthard":

    http://www.amazon.com/David-Coulthar...avid+coulthard

    Honestly i would love to see this fragrance get more praise. i'm sure it's a rip off of something but i haven't smelt what the inspiration to this fragrance is if you know, please tell. but it has a very special place in my heart and i am absolutely not ashamed to have it standing side by side a niche fragrance. It is very unique as a cheapy and is rather boosy (think whisky and gin) easily a perfect signature scent for winter and i feel uite daring for a cheap scent as i could see people not liking it. I think it's got enough sweetness to keep everybody happy but i think it truly has a charm which alot of other cheap fragrances lack greatly. the projection and longevity are above average for a cheapy i'd say a good 5 -6 hours on longev. and a pretty nice scent cloud with proj. It certainly does not stick to the skin.

    So are there any cheap fragrances that you are not ashamed to stick your hands up and declare your admiration for it?

    thanks, George
    Current Signature scent: Chanel Allure Home Sport

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    Giorgio for Men has unbeatable bang for buck - a timeless masterpiece for a pittance AND they even managed a decent reformulation.

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    That's an illusive category. In my humble opinion, it is all about finding a fragrance you like at a good price. I found 'Rive Gauche' for $42 today, Jil Sander is $33, Boadicea 'Reviving' $63 etc.

    A fragrance that's always cheap, but admirable... ...let's see... 'Body Kouros' is almost always under $35 (1.7oz ) and the scent is phenomenal.

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    Encre Noire

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    Christian lacroix Tumulte. This fragrance is a sheer masterpiece of floral, powdery, spices. It's gorgeous!!

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    Encre Noire

    The YSL Pour Homme.

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    Yardley Citrus and Wood.

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    Halston Z-14
    Many of Jaques Bogart line
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    Salvador Dali Pour Homme
    Zino Davidoff
    "Le parfum est la musique du corps"
    (Marcel Rochas)

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    Another vote for Rive Gauche, Z14 and Zino - for certain reasons, these scents are always giving the best "bang for the buck"

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    Quote Originally Posted by JON RODGERS View Post
    Giorgio for Men has unbeatable bang for buck - a timeless masterpiece for a pittance AND they even managed a decent reformulation.
    Absolutely agree! The only caveat is that some of the most recent of the reformulation bottles (that have light green juice) are not quite as good as the vintage and slightly older reissue bottles that have mossy green colored juice.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

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    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    rive gauche

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    Another vote for Davidoff Zino.
    Adding:
    Versace L'Homme
    Salvatore Ferragamo F Black
    A. Puig Quorum Silver
    Pal Zileri Sartoriale
    J.C. Dirty English
    "I love fragrances because they provide a sheer endless variety: there is a scent for every occasion, mood or feeling. Standing before my collection in the morning matching a perfume to my needs is one of the most enjoyable things in my day"..... I don't want to miss that

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    YSL M7 | LAP L'Eau du Navigateur | Guerlain Heritage | YSL M7 OA | T.Mugler Pure Havane | Terre d'Hermes | Armani Attitude | T.Mugler B*Men | Lancome Miracle Homme | T.Mugler Pure Wood |

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    Diesel Plus Plus
    Diesel Zero Plus
    Lanvin Arpege (Femme).
    Jesus Del Pozo In White.

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    Default Re: The Best Cheap Fragrances Ever?

    For men:

    Puig Agua Lavanda, very cheap. Absolutely sparkling, energizing yet calming, old-fashioned yet unique enough to be novel, lavender classic cologne. Re-bottled and sold at a higher price, few would object to paying extra in a blind smell test.

    Some would snobbishly disagree or perhaps just don't like the style, but most of the classic Aramis line is inexpensive but with enigmatic blends. Perfumer Bernard Chant's work for the brand is not to be missed! Aramis has been disserviced by associations with people's fathers and grandfathers and by it being a very strong fragrance. If one has no preconcieved notions and wears a late 70s Aramis comp applied sparingly (and that someone has style and confidence) hmm, worn in leather jacket perfection could result. Tougher and less nonsense than most niches that aspire to similar, and this one did it first!

    For women (comps men can also wear):

    Dana Tabu, pre-rootbeer reform: archtypal oriental with heady patchouli drydown that avoids the hippie cliche with a rebel booziness yet still in possession of a romantic floral intimation of desire.

    Gres Cabaret, rose and incense softer scent but with a very slight darkness: to me, close to a cheaper but longer lasting Voleur de Roses. There's a lightly paint-like opening to sit through, but the drydown is lightly woodsy and romantic.

    Repackage any of these, call them niche, and people would be raving. Their slight imperfections would be seen as daring quirks (Cabaret's paint opening, Aramis' roughness, Tabu's booze and sluttiness, Lavanda's fleeting linearity). I love and wear all of these often, except for the Aramis, whose feminine counterparts--the 70s Estee line I wear instead. Men could rock those too (Aliage, Azuree! Sorry but not so into White Linen, Pleasures, all of that stuff).

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    Agree on the Aramis (and Estee Lauder)...I'll add Comme Des Garcons Cologne Series (Vettiveru and Anbar being the standouts). Dirty by Lush (the body spry sells for something like 20 bucks and comes in a 300ml format)...Knize Ten sells around here for 50 euros (just saying...).Last but not least, at Mekkanische Rose in Berlin they sell most of their fragrances for ridiculously cheap and they're incredibly well done and natural smelling.


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    Under 40usd: Rive Gauche Pour Homme
    Under 30usd: Azzaro Pour Homme
    Under 20usd: Brut
    Under 10usd: Cuba Gold

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeenThereSmeltThat View Post
    NO CREEDS ALOUD!!
    How about some Girls Aloud though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightcutter View Post
    Diesel Plus Plus

    ahhh yes, this is an absolutely mighty fine fragrance!
    Current Signature scent: Chanel Allure Home Sport

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    Tabac Eau De Cologne (or After Shave) is pretty nice. Denim is decent too. Maybe Paco Rabanne pour homme?
    My current top 3:
    1. Fahrenheit - Christian Dior
    2. ROMA Uomo - Laura Biagiotti
    3. Polo Blue - Ralph Lauren

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rüssel View Post
    How about some Girls Aloud though?

    ahhhhh yes!

    Dyslexia caught me off guard there!
    Current Signature scent: Chanel Allure Home Sport

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    Fragonard

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    Nautica Voyage, I realize that almost anything Nautica is widely despised on BN, but I love the clean,fresh scent of Voyage. One of my most complimented colognes. And for like $20.

    Can't forget Azzaro Chrome. Another big compliment grabber.

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    I'm gonna go with two recent finds that are spectacular:

    Lolita Lempicka's Au Masculin
    L'Essence de Cerruti

    Both can be had for less that $20 shipped and they both smell fantastic!

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    Versace “The Dreamer”
    Comme des Garcons Series 4: Cologne Vettiveru
    Encre Noire
    Bogart Pour Homme
    Yardley Citrus and Wood
    Live Jazz
    Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin
    Hugh Parsons Traditional (EDP)
    Rive Gauche
    Iceberg Twice
    Burberry Brit
    Burberry London
    Nautica Voyage
    24 Gold by Scent Story
    Zino Davidoff




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    Tattoo - can be had for 9.99$ for a 3.3oz bottle, it is a very nice sweet spicy scent an absolute steal at that price.

    Cerruti Pour Homme - a fresh spicy citrus that can be found for 7$ (1.7oz), this one is also a steal.

    I also think the Mont Blanc house puts out some really nice fragrances for a rather cheap price.
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    This list will never be complete without these 2 stalwarts:

    Azzaro pour Homme
    Grey Flannel

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    Nautica Voyage
    Tommy Bahama
    Fragonard: Beau Gosse, Concerto, Desert

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    hugo by hugo boss

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rüssel View Post
    How about some Girls Aloud though?


    I would

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    Kenneth Cole Black
    Habit Rogue
    Nautica Voyage
    Perry Ellis 360 Red
    Dirty English
    Bvlgari Pour Homme
    Hugo Boss Element

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rüssel View Post
    How about some Girls Aloud though?
    Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
    Seasonal favorites:

    1. Creed - Spice & Wood
    2. Creed - Aventus
    3. Dior - Vetiver
    4. by Kilian - Incense Oud
    5. Puredistance - Black
    6. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions
    7. Armani Privé - Oud Royal
    8. Brückner - Aoud 1
    9. Creed - Royal English Leather
    10. House of Matriarch - Blackbird

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    Mont Blanc Individuel - 1.7oz $24.99 @ Ross right now
    +1 JC Dirty English - 3.3oz $19.99 @ Ross right now

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    Paul Smith by Paul Smith. Has a Melon/Violet leaf vibe, very clean and fresh. This one is never mentioned on BN and smells 1000X better than many of those thats do. Costs a few bucks a gallon.

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    Another vote for Azzaro and Nautica Voyage.

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    Lucky You by Lucky Brand

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    Carlo by Carlo Corinto. Paid 8$ New. 100ml

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    This one is an easy choice for me...YSL Rive Gauche. Pure and simple.

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    Murray & Lanman's Florida Water. Eau de cologne that only costs about a dollar an ounce at your local Mexican grocer. One of the best woody citrus scents ever created. Unfortunately it only lasts about an hour on the skin and then it's gone.

    Honorable Mention: Animale Animale

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    My answer to this question this week is Curve.

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    Habanita of course! Even its reformulations are good. Priced $20-30
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    I'll add two from the house of Al Rehab. Both available in the UK for around £3.00

    Khaliji: Rose/spice/oud combo, some say similar to Rose 31.
    Silver: Very much like Silver Mountain Water.

    Much of the Burberry line is also available in high street pharmacies for under £20 as well.
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    Lapidus PH
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    Come on, no one for Givenchy Gentleman ?

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    X Rocawear (an excellent Francis Kurkdjian-created SMW clone that's $30 at Walgreens)
    Giorgio for Men and Red for Men (great leather powerhouses that can easily be found for less than $30)
    Azzaro Pour Homme (Walmart sells travel sprays of this classic for $15, and full bottles can be had for a few bucks more)
    Azzaro Chrome Legend (another great Azzaro: under $30 at Perfumania, and a very good fresh scent)
    YSL L'Homme, La Nuit de L'Homme, and L'Homme Libre (Surprise! 1.3 oz bottles of each can be found at your local Sephora for under $45)

    Below the price range, but still as good as ever:
    Old Spice (as the package says, if your grandfather didn't wear this, you wouldn't exist... and $5 a bottle to boot)
    Top 5 for Winter:
    1) Straight to Heaven - By Kilian
    2) Back to Black - By Kilian
    3) Musk Oud - By Kilian
    4) Encre Noire - Lalique
    5)
    M7 (vintage or Oud Absolu) - YSL
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    lanvin l'homme sport

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    Quote Originally Posted by MFfan310 View Post

    Old Spice (as the package says, if your grandfather didn't wear this, you wouldn't exist... and $5 a bottle to boot)

    Post of the day

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpicyPepper View Post
    hugo by hugo boss
    I was going to say this. Also, dare I say Aqua De Gio?

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    Finally Someone who shares the love of this great frag Called Hugo by hugo boss
    Last edited by SpicyPepper; 6th August 2012 at 01:41 AM. Reason: wrong quote

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    Original penguin
    Dirty English
    My current obsessions for now
    Oud Wood , Noir de Noir , DHI , Mugler Cologne , Bond No.9 Bleeker St. ,
    Ramone Monegal Agar Musk & Umbra , Chanel Coromondel ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpicyPepper View Post
    Finally Someone who shares the love of this great frag Called Hugo by hugo boss
    It is very nice for a cheap fragrance. I admit, I don't have any and have only had a sample from a friend. But I'd buy it if I wanted to pick up something cheap.

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    My favorites in this price range:

    Azzaro PH
    Kouros
    Zino

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    Pecker!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rüssel View Post
    How about some Girls Aloud though?
    My Top 10

    1. Amouage Homage Attar
    2. Serge Lutens - Muscs Koublai Khan
    3. YSL M7
    4. Serge Lutens - Ambre Sultan
    5. Chanel Egoiste
    6. 24 Gold by Scentstory
    7. Amouage Epic Man
    8. Amouage Jubilation XXV
    9. Bond No. 9 New York Oud
    10. Serge Lutens - Chergui



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    Rive Gauche
    Giorgio for men by Giorgio Beverly Hills
    Animale Animale
    Body Kouros
    Encre Nior

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    I'm gonna go ahead and say the Caron triumvirate of Pour un Homme, Le 3eme and Yatagan are great buys for about 30 bucks for a 4.2 oz. bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awilson529 View Post
    It is very nice for a cheap fragrance. I admit, I don't have any and have only had a sample from a friend. But I'd buy it if I wanted to pick up something cheap.
    I always get complimented on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by change1 View Post
    Pecker!!!
    I don't even know her!!!

    +1 for these, all priced at $25 or less:
    - Dirty English. It's a steal at $20.
    - Nautica Voyage. Excellent summer bargain at $20.
    - Curve. It's a huge compliment getter for as little as $15!
    - Michel Germain Tattoo. $10!
    - Ed Hardy Love And Luck. Can be had for $20 to $25 in bargain bins. Villain is worth checking out too.

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    Yatagan is the best, cheapest masterpiece imo

    way below are these great values:
    Zirh Ikon
    Lomani pH
    Halston Z-14
    (pre-2011)
    Tsar

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    Vanderbilt.

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    Aramis, Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve (now that is brilliant value).

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    My best 'cheapy' is L'Occitane's Eau des Baux, hands down.

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    Hugo Boss Bottled and Givenchy Play Intense 3.3 fl oz. I acquired both (separately) on Amazon for under $46.

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