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    Default Very interested high school student looking to start collection

    Hi, I'm a 17 year old junior in high school and I have just recently got involved in cologne. I've probably spent the last two weeks, head throbbing and eyes watering, at my local Macy's testing colognes that I hope to purchase next. I've had yves saint Laurent's l'homme and la nuit de l'homme for awhile now and just recently added bleu de chanel to it and I'm in love. I want a sweeter fragrance though because I'm going to have to replace my ysl l'homme soon. I'm open to all options, but I'd prefer a cheaper designer. I'd love to own a creed fragrance but with the budget of a high schooler I can't. Out of the colognes I sampled I liked prada amber poir homme and Armani code the most. I have yet to smell paco rabannes 1 million but I am waiting for the opportunity. All responses are welcome and listened to, I thank you for your help

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    Welcome!

    The Prada ambers are certainly very smooth and pleasant. But if you want something a little more striking, I'd suggest you try something more gourmand, that is, where the sweet notes recall more directly things like coffee, sweets and the like. For instance, Dior homme, which is a mix of iris (clean floral) and gourmand (coffee-chocolatey). Or, for an even stronger example, A*Men, both in the regular version and in the current flankers (A*Men Cuir), which is a little drier and stronger.

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    If you like sweet, do try 1 Million.

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    You'll probably like 1 Million.
    From the two you listed, Armani Code is a better choice, in my opinion.

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    Default Re: Very interested high school student looking to start collection

    Diesel fuel for life, Paco Rabanne black xs, givenchy pi, givenchy play intense(i have a bottle available for swap if anyone is interested), boss bottled night, hugo just different, ck one shock, boss orange, armani attitude, ysl opium, d&g pour homme(dark blue box), ck euphoria and john varvatos artisian, Any of these might fit into what you are looking for...

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    Armani Code is super classy. 1 Million is more for clubbing/parties in my opinion. Both are good, but I prefer code. It's not as loud as 1 Million.

    Reasonably priced scents you may like are Rochas Man, Animale Animale by Animale (smells like A*Men), and Boss Bottled (still an inexpensive designer scent, but it will run you more than the other two I mentioned).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeJ View Post
    You'll probably like 1 Million.
    From the two you listed, Armani Code is a better choice, in my opinion.
    Which of the Armani code line do you think is the best?

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    Prada Amber is nice. Have you tried the Intense version?

    For something sweeter/gourmand, I'd suggest Givenchy Play Intense.
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    Default Re: Very interested high school student looking to start collection

    Boucheron Jaipur Homme is worth a try if you'd like something sweet, spicy, and elegant, and it's not very expensive either.

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    For something sweeter, I'd have to echo the Dior Homme recommendation as it smells amazing to me and is very wearable on an everyday basis (just make sure it doesn't smell like lipstick to you for the first 30 minutes, as some have that complaint). 1 million is great, but I do agree that it is more of a loud night out scent...and it's almost too sweet at first for me.

    For something not-too-expensive, and a well-suited for high school / college, see if your local discounter has Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin (not to be confused with "L'Eau au Masculin" by the same designer) - it's basically a sweeter licorice-and-praline-tinged cologne and it's great for everyday wear - and it's not that commonly worn.

    Also, I just tried "Armani Code Ultimate" last night and it smelled super yummy - almost like a Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin with the volume turned up, and a dose of leather. Great stuff.

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    Hi, I am a junior in high school and I am looking to kick start a collection. I have 100 dollars to spend for a cologne and I do not know whether I should buy 1 good designer(YSL l'homme) that I trust and would buy again. Or take a leap and blind buy 4 cheaper highly recommended scents. The 4 I am looking at are Hanae Mori HM, Aquolina's Blue Sugar,Lolita Lempickas au masculine, and Animale Animale. It's evident that I am looking for more of a gourmand scent. Are any of these bad? or do you have any other recommendations to look at? I like this route more because I save about 20 dollars and I get 6 more ounces of random juices for me to test and hopefully find a favorite. All comments are accepted and appreciated. Thank you.

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    Going on the cheap is always a mistake in my experience. Test fragrances till you find one you love and buy it. Life is to short for mediocre.

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    Default Re: high school student needs help with cologne choices

    I'd go with your first thought - YSL l'homme

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    I would spend the money and get a good scent that you LOVE as oppposed getting a few that you think are good, but not excellent. I just started my fragrance journey a little over a month ago and I made the mistake of buying cheaper ones that I liked, but didn't love. Don't do that, I did and I regret it.

    One that you didn't list that is pretty well-liked by most people is Boss Bottled. It is a good designer scent, but still on the cheaper side. Don't go with any other Hugo Boss fragrance though...

    Also give La Nuit de L'homme a shot. L'homme didn't last more than about an hour on my skin, and even then it didn't project well at all. I tested l'homme and la nuit next to each other and every time I asked someone's opinion on what was better, 100% of the time they liked la nuit. They could actually smell it after an hour too

    You could also try A*Men Pure Malt.

    If you did go on the cheap side, check out animale animale by animale (yes, three "animale" total in the name). People say it shares similarities to some lots A*Men original, Pure Malt, and Pure Havane.

    Good luck and welcome to the community!

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    Default Re: high school student needs help with cologne choices

    Get l'homme or la nuit, and you should still be able to afford Jordan Legend.

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    Default Re: high school student needs help with cologne choices

    honestly. go with quality over quantity.

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    Default Re: high school student needs help with cologne choices

    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    honestly. go with quality over quantity.
    I agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    honestly. go with quality over quantity.
    This. Go with your first choice.

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    Default Re: high school student needs help with cologne choices

    La Nuit de L'Homme by YSL. You already know the quality of YSL, you like gourmands. Go for it.

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    I agree.
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    Default Re: high school student needs help with cologne choices

    Maybe you should take a look at this thread started yesterday :
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/321355-100-Wardrobe
    I would go and try various scents if you have access to a store with a reasonable choice. Don't pay any attention to the sales staff and try as many as you want till you find one you really like, or more than one.

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    I have nuit and I smelled paco rabanne today at Macy's.. And that made my decision for me. Great stuff.

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    Default Re: high school student needs help with cologne choices

    ^ if you mean 1 million, great choice!

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    Yes, it was perfect

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    Default Re: high school student needs help with cologne choices

    1 million is a good choice

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    Default Re: high school student needs help with cologne choices

    Good choice. I have/had a few of the ones you mentioned (blue sugar, animale animale, HM), 1 million beats them hands down.

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    $100 might net you three nice bottles from FragranceNet.com

    Use code DMPF2 and also get freeship over $70



    I just did two mock purchases

    This one came out to $94.00

    Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme 2.0oz
    Burberry London 1.7oz
    Davidoff Cool Water 2.5oz


    This one came out to $102.00

    Paco Rabanne One Million (gourmand)
    Burberry London (woody)
    Versace Pour Homme (aquatic)
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    +1 on One Million being a great choice for you. So what else do you have in your wardrobe?
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    I have nuit de l'homme, chic for men, bleu de chanel, and ysl l'homme. Bleu de chanel is my daily use, but I like it more for special events and want to have more of a unique rotation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bgarce View Post
    I have nuit de l'homme, chic for men, bleu de chanel, and ysl l'homme. Bleu de chanel is my daily use, but I like it more for special events and want to have more of a unique rotation.
    That's a nice collection especially for being in HS. A few others I would suggest are Terre d'Hermes, Dior Homme and Hanae Mori HiM. On the cheap end I would recommend CK One Shock ~$30/6.7oz, Paco Rabanne Black XS ~40/3.4oz, and really cheap Michel Germain Tattoo which can be had for $10 for a 3.4oz bottle.
    -Cologne is the only fashionable thing that fits me! (Me, circa 1997-present)
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