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    Any good frags under 20 dollars? budget stuff that dosnt smell cheap

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    Solara Homme by Lomani

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    There are some surprisingly good ones out there:

    - Worth PH. This is a fantastic cheapie for fans of Paco Rabanne, Antaeus et al. Very much an old school fragrance.

    - Nickel Eau Maximum. My SE Asia (hot, humid weather with rough travel conditions) travel fragrance. Lasts well, with a fresh, cooling scent, and the tough bottle makes it ideal for throwing in the dopp kit and not having to worry about it breaking.

    - Zirh Ikon. A very nice, albeit fairly linear, evening incense fragrance. A real steal, and light enough to not offend in close quarters.

    - Al-Rehab Silver (spray). People swear up and down that this either does or doesn't smell like SMW. I, for one, think it does, but regardless, I think it's an excellent fragrance that has whopping projection and longevity for a bottle that costs less than four quid for a 30mL spray.

    But the best bargain by far has to be Horizon by Guy LaRoche.
    I hear the 50mLs can be found in US dollar stores! That never ceases to amaze and irritate me. I'm still happy to pay $20 for it. Utterly unique and smells wonderfully fresh and herbaceous.

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    Animale Animale
    Halston Unbound
    Nautica Voyage

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    Michael Jordan Legend
    Perry Ellis 360 Red

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    Giorgio for Men (dark colored green juice re-release version), pre-reformulation Halston Z-14, Bogart pour Homme and vintage Quorum would top my list. If you prefer something lighter then Bellagio for Men is also a good one at a relatively low cost.
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    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) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz)
    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

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    Everlast Original 1910 if you like leather notes.

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    Red by Giorgio BH
    Quorum

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    Michael Jordan Legend

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    Brut

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    Halston Z-14

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    Many excellent suggestions so far. I'd add Jovan Sex Appeal as well as fragrances by Antonio Banderas.

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    +1 Quorum by Antonio Puig
    +1 Bogart Pour Homme by Jacques Bogart
    +1 Zirh Ikon by Zirh

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    Zirh Cordurory
    Cuba Gold
    Samba Kiss Me
    Nickel Eau Maximum
    Tim Mcgraw
    Tim Mcgraw Southern Blend
    IZOD
    Blue Seduction
    Seduction in Black
    Spirit (Antonio Banderas)
    My 3 Signature Scents:

    Rive Gauche Light (2004)
    Fahrenheit (1988)
    Paul Smith Man (2009)

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    'Ben Sherman', if you can get over there

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    Quote Originally Posted by timdoeswell View Post
    There are some surprisingly good ones out there:

    - Worth PH. This is a fantastic cheapie for fans of Paco Rabanne, Antaeus et al. Very much an old school fragrance.

    - Nickel Eau Maximum. My SE Asia (hot, humid weather with rough travel conditions) travel fragrance. Lasts well, with a fresh, cooling scent, and the tough bottle makes it ideal for throwing in the dopp kit and not having to worry about it breaking.

    - Zirh Ikon. A very nice, albeit fairly linear, evening incense fragrance. A real steal, and light enough to not offend in close quarters.

    - Al-Rehab Silver (spray). People swear up and down that this either does or doesn't smell like SMW. I, for one, think it does, but regardless, I think it's an excellent fragrance that has whopping projection and longevity for a bottle that costs less than four quid for a 30mL spray.

    But the best bargain by far has to be Horizon by Guy LaRoche.
    I hear the 50mLs can be found in US dollar stores! That never ceases to amaze and irritate me. I'm still happy to pay $20 for it. Utterly unique and smells wonderfully fresh and herbaceous.
    I agree with Zihr Ikon. Very "nichey" smelling stuff.

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    Rochas Man -- $19.99 at TJ Maxx/Marshalls/etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewHaarlem View Post
    Rochas Man -- $19.99 at TJ Maxx/Marshalls/etc.
    That's a honey, but I never see it there anymore.

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    PE 360 Red (+1)
    Michael Jordan Legend (+1)
    Nautica Voyage (+1)
    Cuba Gold (+1)
    Michel Germain - Tattoo

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    The only ones priced that low that I really like are PE 360 Red and Nautica Voyage (I paid $40 for my bottle of Voyage - but still worth it at that price IMO).
    Seasonal favorites:

    1. Creed - Spice & Wood
    2. Creed - Aventus
    3. Dior - Vetiver
    4.
    by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
    5. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions
    6. Puredistance - Black
    7. Brückner - Aoud 1
    8. Neela Vermeire - Trayee
    9. Creed - Royal Oud
    10. Chanel - Egoiste

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    That's a honey, but I never see it there anymore.
    They usually re-stock their fragrances around the beginning of the holidays season.

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    Quorum
    Azzaro pour homme
    Bogart pour homme
    Grey Flannel

    If you have access to a TJ Maxx , Marshall's, or Ross, those are good places to find quality frags for cheap. And if you aren't familiar with the ones you see there, write down a bunch of the names, take 'em home and read reviews here on Basenotes. Then determine which ones sound like they might be winners and "blind buy" them and try them out. Not a perfect way to do it, but at those stores there are no testers or ways to smell the frags without buying. But I gather the return policy is pretty easy if you buy one and don't like it.
    Last edited by bigsteve; 13th November 2012 at 10:56 PM.

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    Diesel Zero Plus Masculine. (love this in the winter!)

    Also, +1 for Cuba Gold, Perry Ellis 360 White, Perry Ellis 360 Red, Izod, and Cuba Royal.

    Also, I've seen Versace Dreamer & CK One Shock around that range lately, & they are certainly worth it).

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    Is Cuba Gold really a good fragrance? I'm hearing a lot of positive things about it while you can pick a 3.4 oz bottle for around 10 bucks

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    Iceberg Twice - Ebay
    Rocawear Evolution - Ross
    Juicy Dirty English - TJ Maxx

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    I can recommend Nautica Voyage by the way!

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    Nautica Voyage and Rochas Man are both good candidates. Both on Amazon for $20ish and both by Maurice Roucel

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    brut
    bogart
    lapidus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nafi View Post
    Is Cuba Gold really a good fragrance? I'm hearing a lot of positive things about it while you can pick a 3.4 oz bottle for around 10 bucks
    It's a fairly nice fragrance. If you take into account the price..it becomes an excellent fragrance. I keep a bottle of it on top of my dresser, and spray it whenever I'm in a rush and don't have any other fragrance in mind.

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    Already mentioned and all excellent scents and great value:
    Cuba Gold
    Quorum
    Worth PH
    Giorgio PH
    Everlast 1910


    Others worth considering:
    One Man Show
    Montana Red
    Lomani pour homme
    Lapidus pour homme

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    Rochas Man is a good deal at 20 if you can find it but that maybe more a case of a one-time fire sale than regular, rotating stock. Michael Jordan legend is a good alternative at $13 found fairly regularly. A bit more expensive but I have found Montblanc Individuel for $25, which most people feel is a dead ringer for the much more expensive Creed Original Santal. All three are sweet fragrances that hold up very well to more expensive alternatives with quality smelling ingredients (though MJL tends to lean a little on the synthentic/cheap side).

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    Rue 21 Metro Black, $9.99...love this stuff. CJ Black is supposed to be great also. Another vote for Nautica Voyage (was $14 on Amazon a while back).

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    [QUOTE=Cade321;2758193]Rue 21 Metro Black, $9.99...love this stuff. CJ Black is supposed to be great also. QUOTE]

    Took the words right out of my mouth. Both from rue 21 are great fragrances. I was at the gym the other day talking with the trainer and I noticed his fragrance and i'm not shy so I asked what he had on and he told me it was Cj black from rue 21. It smelled awesome.

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    +1 for Corduroy, by Zirh. Definitely worth checking out.
    "Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam

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    tabac original edc, montana d'homme red, besides the above mentioned giorgio, haslton z-14, grey flannel

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    Rochas Man, Michael Jordan Legend, IronMan by Avon ($9.00 a steal man for decent juice), Perry Ellis M, Nautica Voyage and Perry Ellis 360 Red.

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    Liz Claiborne Spark for men
    Alfred Sung Hei

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    Just ordered 'Metro Black' and 'CJ Black' from Rue 21... thanks for the recommendations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cade321 View Post
    Rue 21 Metro Black, $9.99...love this stuff. CJ Black is supposed to be great also. Another vote for Nautica Voyage (was $14 on Amazon a while back).
    I really like Metro Black too, as well as Revert Eco from the same store, which kind of mimics Aveda Pure-Formance for much less. I think the rue21 fragrances are very nice for the price.

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    Izod ..

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    Zirk Ikon
    Samba Kiss Me
    Seduction in Black
    Carlos Santana for Him
    Grey Flannel
    Quorum
    Timberline
    50 Cent Power
    Dirty English
    Animale Animale
    Jacomo De Jacomo
    Nicole Miller for Men

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    Everlast Original 1910 if you like leather notes.
    Great call! You can find 100ml for less than $10.00 USD.
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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