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    Default New to colognes, blind buy.

    Hello! I'm 17 and started getting interested in colognes. I have a bottle of Versace eau fraiche and pour homme that I blind bought at Ross, and they smell great. I'm running out and I'm searching for a different one. I've spotted Kenneth Cole black, Bulgari black, Ck in2u and euphoria, USHER, Nautica voyage. Which do you think would be a good buy?

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    I would recommend going to a few local stores and smell the fragrances, try to get some samples that you can take home with you, wear it a few times and if you like it go ahead and purchase a full bottle! With blind buying you run the risk of getting something you won't like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danatru View Post
    I would recommend going to a few local stores and smell the fragrances, try to get some samples that you can take home with you, wear it a few times and if you like it go ahead and purchase a full bottle! With blind buying you run the risk of getting something you won't like.
    +1

    We can only recommend fragrances for you to try out.

    Give Bleu de Chanel and Givenchy Pi a shot.. both are easy to wear and are, for the most part, crowd pleasers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1280adam View Post
    +1

    We can only recommend fragrances for you to try out.

    In that case...give Bleu de Chanel and Givenchy Pi a shot.. both are easy to wear and are, for the most part, crowd pleasers.
    Good suggestions.

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    Default Re: New to colognes, blind buy.

    +2 on the suggestions. I wish these fragrances had been available when I was your age. I'm certain that you will enjoy them. Welcome to Basenotes JHanSolo. May your always be fragrant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1280adam View Post
    +1

    We can only recommend fragrances for you to try out.

    Give Bleu de Chanel and Givenchy Pi a shot.. both are easy to wear and are, for the most part, crowd pleasers.
    I do not like Blue de Chanel, I love Pi, heavy on the vanila. You mentioned Euphoria, good scent (my first frag), imo the intense version is better

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    of the ones you listed, i would go with nautica voyage. it's a nice fresh scent. however, as others have recommended, go to a store (sephora is usually good with samples) to smell the fragrances on a strip of paper first, then ask for a sample you can take home to try on your skin a few times before committing to buying it.

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    Default Re: New to colognes, blind buy.

    Thanks everyone And yes I wasntt sure if Nordstrom had those fragrances but as you said, there's a sephora nearby and I will head there. looking at reviews I'm leaning more on the nautica voyage. Or I might find something else there, I enjoy a fresh and fruity(?) smell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHanSolo View Post
    Thanks everyone And yes I wasntt sure if Nordstrom had those fragrances but as you said, there's a sephora nearby and I will head there. looking at reviews I'm leaning more on the nautica voyage. Or I might find something else there, I enjoy a fresh and fruity(?) smell.
    Give Diesel Only the Brave Tattoo a shot.

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    Default Re: New to colognes, blind buy.

    Get the Nautica Voyage. You will be very happy and only 20 bucks so you cant go wrong.

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    Default Re: New to colognes, blind buy.

    Bulgari Black is the only one you mentioned that I personally like. That said, while I find it easy to wear, it is probably not the best option for a blind buy...
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    Since you have a Sephora nearby I think a great option for you would be their sampler pack. It would be a great way for you to try some frags and see which one you like. For $50 you get a voucher and 12 samples that you try out for awhile, then decide which one you like best. Then take the voucher back to the store and you get a free bottle of the one you like. This years offerings are:
    - Dolce & Gabbana The One Sport – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
    - Giorgio Armani Acqua di Giò – redeems to a 1.7 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
    - Givenchy Play – redeems to a 1.7 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
    - Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme– redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
    - Hanae Mori HM – redeems to a 1.7 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
    - Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme – redeems to a 1.7 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
    - Jean Paul Gaultier LE MALE – redeems to a 1.3 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
    - John Varvatos Artisan – redeems to a 2.5 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
    - Lacoste Eau de Lacoste – redeems to a 3.4 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
    - Paco Rabanne 1 Million – redeems to a 1.7 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
    - Versace Pour Homme – redeems to a 1 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
    - Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme– redeems to a 1.3 oz Eau de Toilette Spray

    It has some great "starter" frags and some that may or may not test your nose Plus make sure you hit them up to make some samples for you! Some of the ones you mentioned will be there and you can spray them yourself, see what you like then pick a few for them to make samples for you. (if you're buying the sampler that day and are nice I would hit them up for around 3 samples)
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    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    Bulgari Black is the only one you mentioned that I personally like. That said, while I find it easy to wear, it is probably not the best option for a blind buy...
    This is a great suggestion.

    I just bought some from FragranceX for $35. I've always looked passed this one due to the "rubber" note, but it's very unique and for some reason alluring!

    Speaking of alluring.. give Chanel Allure Sport (silver opaque bottle) and Polo Double Black a try as well. Those were my biggest compliment getters my first few years of college.

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    - RL Big Pony #1
    - RL Big Pony #2
    - RL Big Pony #3
    - RL Big Pony #4
    - Lacoste Eau Blanc
    - Bvlgari Black

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    Default Re: New to colognes, blind buy.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1280adam View Post
    This is a great suggestion.

    I just bought some from FragranceX for $35. I've always looked passed this one due to the "rubber" note, but it's very unique and for some reason alluring!

    Speaking of alluring.. give Chanel Allure Sport (silver opaque bottle) and Polo Double Black a try as well. Those were my biggest compliment getters my first few years of college.
    I've always seen great prices online, and coupons available. Would you trust fragrance.net? I have read reviews and there are a lot negative but also positive reviews. Also I have smelled Polo Black on my skin and I liked it, does Polo Double Black smell similar? o:

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    Also thanks everyone for such a warm welcoming, I have been on this website a lot to always read comments about colognes I'm interested in. You guys are of great help. I'll be sure to check out sephoras deals when I save up some money ^^..my budget is low ><.

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    I find Nautica Voyage to be a very pleasant sent, and is it dirt cheap.

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    Of those, Voyage or Black.
    Overall, Boss Bottled (6) seems to fit the bill.

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