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    Not every fragrance I have purchased has worked for me, which is why I joined Basenotes to find scents more to my liking. I have gradually, eventually picked five favorites (for now). Subject to change over time, the list should debut in my signature with this post.

    1. Platinum Egoiste - I love this one on a Monday morning, or any morning. I like to wear it to the office.
    2. Dior Homme Intense - This can be a one-spray wonder, and I like the three note harmony of iris, chocolate, and vanilla, especially the iris. This is one for hanging out with the family. The kids like it.
    3. La Nuit de L'Homme - I get a cedar smell, at least I imagine one, and warmth from this one.
    4. Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme - I like the sweetness mixed with the Allure Homme and Allure Homme Sport DNA. This is another one I like to wear to the office.
    5. Dior Fahrenhiet - A classic I've enjoyed over the years.

    Other than Fahrenheit, I've discovered these scents in the last year. These are fragrances I enjoy wearing and that seem to work for the people around me (as long as I don't over apply). I've been sampling some more expensive niche, but these designer fragrances have been more to my taste. Coromandel from the Chanel exclusive line has been my favorite from the more expensive scents I have tried.

    I could call my work here on Basenotes complete at this point, but I probably won't. I like trying samples and discussing them.
    Favorites
    1. Chanel Platinum Egoiste, 1993
    2. Dior Homme Intense, 2007
    3.
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche, 2008
    4. Dior Fahrenheit, 1988
    5. Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme, 2012
    6. Chanel Coromandel, 2007
    7. Chanel Allure Homme, 1999

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    Default Re: Picking favorites

    glad to hear you have found your favorites frags. Wish I got a cedar smell from La Nuit like you do tho lol

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    To the OP: I like your five picks!
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    I feel ya on the Fahrenheit. A timeless classic.
    Currently wearing: Invictus by Paco Rabanne

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    To the OP: I like your five picks!
    Hednic, thank you, and I have four or more on my list to sample that you've recommended: Burberry London, Gucci Pour Homme II, Carbone de Balmain, and Genghis Khan. Should I be looking for edt or edp on the last one?
    Favorites
    1. Chanel Platinum Egoiste, 1993
    2. Dior Homme Intense, 2007
    3.
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche, 2008
    4. Dior Fahrenheit, 1988
    5. Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme, 2012
    6. Chanel Coromandel, 2007
    7. Chanel Allure Homme, 1999

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chanel1 View Post
    Hednic, thank you, and I have four or more on my list to sample that you've recommended: Burberry London, Gucci Pour Homme II, Carbone de Balmain, and Genghis Khan. Should I be looking for edt or edp on the last one?
    Don't think you're going to find the EDT other than in a miniature but you might. The EDP is fine and worthy IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poohdini View Post
    glad to hear you have found your favorites frags. Wish I got a cedar smell from La Nuit like you do tho lol
    I just checked the YSL website and saw cedar listed as a note! I love any indication I'm not crazy!

    I also checked the websites for Chanel and Dior in the US and France and included the notes they listed in my updated list below.

    At number 5, Fahrenheit has been replaced by Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche.

    Maybe we can blame the reformulation for Fahrenheit's decline. I'm not getting enough joy from it. Maybe it's too dated, or too subtle compared to the direction my tastes have been going.
    Favorites
    1. Chanel Platinum Egoiste, 1993
    2. Dior Homme Intense, 2007
    3.
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche, 2008
    4. Dior Fahrenheit, 1988
    5. Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme, 2012
    6. Chanel Coromandel, 2007
    7. Chanel Allure Homme, 1999

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chanel1 View Post
    5. Dior Fahrenhiet - A classic I've enjoyed over the years.
    I remember my college days when all the boys are using this scent, it smells sexy

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    Quote Originally Posted by afraidstrengthen View Post
    I remember my college days when all the boys are using this scent, it smells sexy
    Thank you for that! I'll break it out again shortly!
    Favorites
    1. Chanel Platinum Egoiste, 1993
    2. Dior Homme Intense, 2007
    3.
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche, 2008
    4. Dior Fahrenheit, 1988
    5. Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme, 2012
    6. Chanel Coromandel, 2007
    7. Chanel Allure Homme, 1999

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    I tried to update my signature, but failed.

    Maybe it's for the best.

    The point was, I appreciate threads that point out fragrances to avoid as much threads about fragrances to try, so having just sampled Amouage Lyric Man, I thought it was bad enough to announce in my signature; and it is; but fate and/or karma intervened.
    Last edited by Chanel1; 19th March 2015 at 01:50 AM.
    Favorites
    1. Chanel Platinum Egoiste, 1993
    2. Dior Homme Intense, 2007
    3.
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche, 2008
    4. Dior Fahrenheit, 1988
    5. Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme, 2012
    6. Chanel Coromandel, 2007
    7. Chanel Allure Homme, 1999

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    Every since I updated my favorites to have Edition Blanche in the top five instead of Fahrenheit, I've been wearing Fahrenheit more than anything else, so I'm telling myself to put it back on the list. I've just expanded the list to six.

    Best sampling experiences recently: Dior Ambre Nuit (although the base might not be holding up on my skin) and Parfums de Marly Herod (although I need to wear it again). I'm still on the lookout for scents better than my favorites.
    Favorites
    1. Chanel Platinum Egoiste, 1993
    2. Dior Homme Intense, 2007
    3.
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche, 2008
    4. Dior Fahrenheit, 1988
    5. Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme, 2012
    6. Chanel Coromandel, 2007
    7. Chanel Allure Homme, 1999

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    The list is at seven, and that's the point when I've assigned them to days of the week:

    Monday: Chanel Platinum Egoiste (To start the week off right.)
    Tuesday: Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme (More Chanel!)
    Wednesday: Dior Fahrenheit (An old favorite.)
    Thursday: Chanel Coromandel (It's almost the weekend, relax a little.)
    Friday: YSL La Nuit de L'Homme (End of week meetings, I'm getting nothing done. How about a beer later?)
    Saturday: Dior Homme Intense (Look sharp, we're going out!)
    Sunday: Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche (Ethereal Sundays!)

    This is gold for my bank balance. Thank you days of the week! And thank you to my own limited channel capacity that often limits me to lists of seven! I'm in a good place here.
    Last edited by Chanel1; 4th May 2015 at 05:53 PM.
    Favorites
    1. Chanel Platinum Egoiste, 1993
    2. Dior Homme Intense, 2007
    3.
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche, 2008
    4. Dior Fahrenheit, 1988
    5. Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme, 2012
    6. Chanel Coromandel, 2007
    7. Chanel Allure Homme, 1999

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    For me I always love JOY!

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    That's interesting. I smelled Farenheit 32 and much prefer that to Farenheit. I personally don't like Chanel. Nothing wows me. A cute girl from the department store I got Ultra Zest recommended (and gave me samples of) Chanel Allure Homme Sport and Dior Homme. The Chanel just smells like generic cologne to me - some might even say Bologna cologne-y

    For those who like soapy scents - Infusion D'Homme vs Mugler Cologne. I'm sampling Mugler and it smells greener (so far I like Prada more)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kassmaw View Post
    That's interesting. I smelled Farenheit 32 and much prefer that to Farenheit. I personally don't like Chanel. Nothing wows me. A cute girl from the department store I got Ultra Zest recommended (and gave me samples of) Chanel Allure Homme Sport and Dior Homme. The Chanel just smells like generic cologne to me - some might even say Bologna cologne-y

    For those who like soapy scents - Infusion D'Homme vs Mugler Cologne. I'm sampling Mugler and it smells greener (so far I like Prada more)
    It sounds like you're finding a style preference. For me, Chanel and Dior are safe, balanced, wearable - arguably boring as you implied. I'd love to meet the cute girl who recommended Chanel, she sounds nice.
    Favorites
    1. Chanel Platinum Egoiste, 1993
    2. Dior Homme Intense, 2007
    3.
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche, 2008
    4. Dior Fahrenheit, 1988
    5. Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme, 2012
    6. Chanel Coromandel, 2007
    7. Chanel Allure Homme, 1999

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    Quote Originally Posted by joyperfume View Post
    For me I always love JOY!
    Me too. Almost by definition.
    Favorites
    1. Chanel Platinum Egoiste, 1993
    2. Dior Homme Intense, 2007
    3.
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche, 2008
    4. Dior Fahrenheit, 1988
    5. Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme, 2012
    6. Chanel Coromandel, 2007
    7. Chanel Allure Homme, 1999

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    You have got 7 classics there.

    Sometimes 7 is enough.
    A true Cyprus lover but not there at the moment.

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    I'm glad that there are other people who have difficulties with niche fragrances. The only niche fragrance I like so far is Insurrection II Pure LOL. Well and Aventus, but I have Pure so why bother with Aventus.

    I also like Musc Ravageur but I don't think it's worth so much more than a designer fragrance. I'll probably go for the $50 10ml travel spray when I'm ready for that, but I have at least a dozen fragrances I'd like to buy before that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickyDot View Post
    I'm glad that there are other people who have difficulties with niche fragrances. The only niche fragrance I like so far is Insurrection II Pure LOL. Well and Aventus, but I have Pure so why bother with Aventus.

    I also like Musc Ravageur but I don't think it's worth so much more than a designer fragrance. I'll probably go for the $50 10ml travel spray when I'm ready for that, but I have at least a dozen fragrances I'd like to buy before that one.
    A few of those 10 ml travel sprays add up fast, so that's all you usually need.
    Favorites
    1. Chanel Platinum Egoiste, 1993
    2. Dior Homme Intense, 2007
    3.
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche, 2008
    4. Dior Fahrenheit, 1988
    5. Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme, 2012
    6. Chanel Coromandel, 2007
    7. Chanel Allure Homme, 1999

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    It's interesting, isn't it? The fragrances I started the year with started my ball game off differently. A lot of scents, L'eau D'issey & the Chanel line, didn't smell ANTYTHING like I thought they would. It's interesting to see different tastes with something as unique as fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kassmaw View Post
    It's interesting, isn't it? The fragrances I started the year with started my ball game off differently. A lot of scents, L'eau D'issey & the Chanel line, didn't smell ANTYTHING like I thought they would. It's interesting to see different tastes with something as unique as fragrance.
    I got into Chanel from smelling it on women. When I started sampling more, I got more and more into Chanel. Samples from other houses will often smell off to me, especially during a full wearing.
    Favorites
    1. Chanel Platinum Egoiste, 1993
    2. Dior Homme Intense, 2007
    3.
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche, 2008
    4. Dior Fahrenheit, 1988
    5. Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme, 2012
    6. Chanel Coromandel, 2007
    7. Chanel Allure Homme, 1999

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    I just bought a bottle of the original Allure Homme. Wow. That's a nice one.

    La Nuit has been struggling to keep in the rotation with Chanel and Dior, so I'm going to take it out of the spotlight.

    Updated favorites:

    1. Chanel Platinum Egoiste
    2. Dior Homme Intense
    3. Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche
    4. Dior Fahrenheit
    5. Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme
    6. Chanel Coromandel
    7. Chanel Allure Homme
    Favorites
    1. Chanel Platinum Egoiste, 1993
    2. Dior Homme Intense, 2007
    3.
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche, 2008
    4. Dior Fahrenheit, 1988
    5. Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme, 2012
    6. Chanel Coromandel, 2007
    7. Chanel Allure Homme, 1999

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    I'm glad you've found some fragrances that you enjoy wearing based on recommendations you've receive on basenotes.
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    If you fancy branching out you could do worse than give Annick Goutal, Hermes and Serge Lutens a try, maybe some samples. They are fairly mainstream but just give something different.

    Or .........

    How about giving Guerlain a try?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chanel1 View Post
    The list is at seven, and that's the point when I've assigned them to days of the week:

    Monday: Chanel Platinum Egoiste (To start the week off right.)
    Tuesday: Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme (More Chanel!)
    Wednesday: Dior Fahrenheit (An old favorite.)
    Thursday: Chanel Coromandel (It's almost the weekend, relax a little.)
    Friday: YSL La Nuit de L'Homme (End of week meetings, I'm getting nothing done. How about a beer later?)
    Saturday: Dior Homme Intense (Look sharp, we're going out!)
    Sunday: Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche (Ethereal Sundays!)

    This is gold for my bank balance. Thank you days of the week! And thank you to my own limited channel capacity that often limits me to lists of seven! I'm in a good place here.
    It's a very good line up. Fahrenheit and Dior Homme Intense are top favourites. I like the Edition Blanche, need to sample it more. I'm curious to try Coromandel. Not a fan of the other Chanels you mention here or La Nuit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chanel1 View Post
    It sounds like you're finding a style preference. For me, Chanel and Dior are safe, balanced, wearable - arguably boring as you implied.
    I would politely disagree to an extent. Definitely agree with Chanel being as you described, but feel Dior is much more daring in their men's offerings.
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