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    Default 45 Colognes To Try (recommendations for those starting out)

    For those starting out, I made a list of 45 designer colognes (for men) to try. I'm not including niche. Nearly all of these can be found for under $100, most of them under 75, half of them under 50. Most of these can be found somewhere in your local mall. Most of these have been well received or highly talked about on Basenotes. I didn't include discontinued colognes (sorry, M7). I even included ones that I didn't like at all, but respected as a work of art. This is not written in any particular order.

    1. Acqua Di Gio - best seller, very popular, citrus/berry/fresh scent
    2. Le Male - sweet, vanilla/lavendar/mint, great longevity/projection, women like it
    3. Cool Water - green aquatic, great projection and longevity, inexpensive
    4. The Dreamer - unique, tobacco/lilies/vanilla, controversial opening but dries down well
    5. Polo (green, original) - A classic, spicy, heavy, masculine, probably for older men
    6. Polo Blue - A melon-based aquatic, with some subtle undercurrents of the original Polo.
    7. Fahrenheit - honeysuckle/violet/bergamot, somewhat similar to gasoline and fresh-cut grass
    8. Kouros - controversial and not for everybody, but it's a strong, very unique, smoky floral
    9. Rive Gauche - lavendar/patchouli, subtle and distinct, very versatile, almost everyone here likes it
    10. Drakkar Noir - lemon/lavendar/patchouli, a loud woodsy scent, with some fresh ingredients
    11. Versace Eau Fraiche - lemon with some spicy/woody undercurrents, great for summer
    12. Love and Luck - blast of citrus that settles into a sweet/spicy/floral/woody drydown
    13. Unforgivable - Sean John's take on Millesime Imperial; darker and heavier
    14. Aramis - Strong, loud, boldly masculine, a pure woodsy fragrance
    15. Bulgari Aqua - versatile, oceanic/salty aquatic with a darker interesting drydown
    16. Hanae Mori - a fresh citrus scent, with some sweet gourmand vanilla/chocolate undercurrents
    17. Angel Men - a vanilla/chocolate gourmand, with tar and tobacco in the drydown
    18. Azzaro Chrome - some may think it's too synthetic, but it is sweet metallic and fresh
    19. 1 Million - sweet, fruity, like cotton candy or bubble gum, a popular clubbing scent
    20. Eternity - a green floral spicy lavender scent
    21. Leau D'Issey - a fresh citrus scent with a woody drydown
    22. Obsession - a heavy sweet mandarin woodsy scent
    23. Armani Code - a sweet fresh scent that younger people will like
    24. Terre D'Hermes - an earthy, spicy, sparkling fresh masterpeice, versatile and professional
    25. Antaeus - unapologetically loud and strong, pure woodsy, very masculine
    26. Egoiste - woodsy and sweet with vanilla
    27. Platinum Egoiste - a more modern and versatile version of Egoiste
    28. Allure Homme Sport - great for a hot summer day, a real quality frag, through and through
    29. Gucci Guilty - a sweet floral scent, consider it like Gucci Flora for men.
    30. Light Blue - a fresh citrus scent with a spicy/woody drydown
    31. Dior Homme/Intense - iris/lipstick, distinct, regular Homme is more bitter, Intense is more sweet
    32. Burberry London - a well acclaimed winter fragrance
    33. Armani Diamonds - a sweet almond woodsy scent, unique
    34. Usher - a decent fruity/pineapple opening
    35. Bulgari Black - rubber/asphalt and tea
    36. L'Homme - a sweet fresh safe and agreeable scent
    37. La Nuit - like L'Homme but with daring hot spicy notes
    38. 212 Men - a green/leafy fresh fragrance, tea and grass
    39. Body Kouros - sweet, eucalyptus/licorice/vanilla/sugar cane, great price
    40. Curve - you can get this fresh soapy green fragrance nearly anywhere, dirt cheap
    41. Live Jazz - mint/grapefruit/cilantro , a bright invigorating fresh scent, great price
    42. Hot Water - Davidoff's hot spicier antithesis to Cool Water
    43. Fierce - Abercrombie's fresh, subtly woodsy scent, good for a younger crowd
    44. Joop - sweet, spicy/floral, cherry scent
    45. Spicebomb - sweet cinnamon gourmand, like pumpkin pie, sold at Nordstrom

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    Great recommendations!
    Don't forget Dior Homme Sport with your Dior line!

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    Hey, cool! Congrats!

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    M7 isn't discontinued!

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    Default Re: 45 Colognes To Try (recommendations for those starting out)

    M7 isnt discontinued? What accounts for the huge price increase on the internet? Moreover what brick and mortar stores sell them?

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    Default Re: 45 Colognes To Try (recommendations for those starting out)

    Like many of your recommendations.

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    Default Re: 45 Colognes To Try (recommendations for those starting out)

    I just want to say, not only is this list nice and appreciated, but I love that you've made a few mentions of the general notes. This helps newbies like me immediately know what I'm smelling or what I may gravitate towards trying out. Love it!

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    I like this list as well, but does Usher really belong? Your descriptions of the others make most of them sound compelling, but if someone told me you must try this, it has "a decent fruity/pineapple opening" I probably wouldn't elevate it to the top of my list...

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    Default Re: 45 Colognes To Try (recommendations for those starting out)

    ^ Unless it were Aventus Hahahah!

    Seriously though, Usher does have one of the better openings of a celebrity scent that I smelled. If the drydown were as interesting, it would be a must-have in my opinion. But it is only $30.

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    I would add to your list:
    Versace pour Homme - (fresh/versatile/citrusy)
    Hugo Boss Bottled - (versatile day/night perfect of office or date night)
    Givenchy Play Intense - (get noticed mocha coffee effect similar to dark temptations from axe with better composition)
    He Wood Ocean Wet Wood - (fresh woody aquatic)
    Cartier Roadster Sport - (fresh/versatile/citrus/floral/modern/sweet/soft)

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    Default Re: 45 Colognes To Try (recommendations for those starting out)

    ^ nice additions!

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    Default Re: 45 Colognes To Try (recommendations for those starting out)

    great list my friend. You've covered a bit. But as always, people with be naysayers

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    Thanks noirdrakkar, wish this was available sooner
    Pure Malt is another great one that I'm sure all the newer members would love

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    Default Re: 45 Colognes To Try (recommendations for those starting out)

    Great list!! I've been putting together a "wish list" of scents that I'd like to sample, and many are here...so maybe I'm doing something right
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    Default Re: 45 Colognes To Try (recommendations for those starting out)

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeJ View Post
    Thanks noirdrakkar, wish this was available sooner
    Pure Malt is another great one that I'm sure all the newer members would love
    unfortunately it is discontinued (or at least in very short supply).

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    Selling samples, I'd say the most mentioned are Kouros, Body Kouros, Rive Gauche PH, Habanita, Fierce, Yatagan, Chanel PM original, GIT, M7 (original), and The Dreamer, but I don't offer all the ones you listed.

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    Bleu de chanel is a worth mention IMO as it is versatile easy to use and the average joe seems fond of it

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    good list

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