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    Default Can You Name at Least 10 Really Good, Underrated, Designer Fragrances That Are a Must Try?

    I am not a niche kinda of guy. Can You Name at least 10 Really Good, Underrated, Designer Fragrances That Are a Must Try?
    I'm not OLD...I'm VINTAGE!
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    Default Re: Can You Name at Least 10 Really Good, Underrated, Designer Fragrances That Are a Must Try?

    Highly subjective. I'll name one: Jules by Dior

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    Default Re: Can You Name at Least 10 Really Good, Underrated, Designer Fragrances That Are a Must Try?

    Kenneth Cole. KC Black is one of my favorites - not much love on Basenotes, but Black, Vintage Black, and Reaction are all fresh great compliment getters that put me in a good mood when I wear them.

    Perry Ellis also has some really good fragrances that you can pick up for dirt cheap.

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    Default Re: Can You Name at Least 10 Really Good, Underrated, Designer Fragrances That Are a Must Try?

    Declaration by Cartier
    Currently wearing: Original Cologne by Creed

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    I'll give it a try..

    Azzaro Acteur
    Dior Dune
    Lalique Pour Homme
    Viktor & Rolf Antidote
    Boucheron Jaipur
    Michael Kors For Men
    Ferre Bergamotto Marino
    Hermes Rocabar
    Jil Sander Man
    Must de Cartier PH

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    Brooks Brothers New York for Gentlemen

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    Escada Magnetism
    Ben Sherman
    Jil Sander Man
    Lacoste Elegance
    Lalique White
    CH Men
    Lanvin Avant Garde
    Arman Basi Homme
    Dsquared Rocky Mountain
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    Currently on my Rotation:
    1. Cartier D'un Soir
    2. Loewe Essencia
    3. Bergamotto Marino
    4. Herb Alpert Listen
    5. Artisan
    6. Bang
    7. GIT
    8. Pal Zileri No 18
    9. TdH
    0. Kenzo Homme

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    Lalique White
    Dior Homme Intense
    Dior Dune
    Dior Homme Sport
    Dior Eau Sauvage, edp
    Boucheron Jaipur
    Gucci Pour Homme I
    Acqu Di Gio Essenza, edp

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    Cartier Declaration
    Jil Sander For Men
    ST Dupont Essence Pure
    Azzaro Chrome
    Givenchy Xeryus Rouge
    Bvlgari Aqua Pour Homme
    YSL L'Homme
    Aigner Man2
    Carlos Santana for Men
    Versace Pour Homme
    Currently wearing: 7 Loewe Natural by Loewe

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    Cartier Roadster
    Chanel Allure Homme
    Xeryus Rouge
    Givenchy Very Irresistible
    Kenzo Homme Sport
    Armani Attitude
    Chanel Platinum Egoiste
    Givenchy Play Sport
    Z Zegna
    Fleur du Male
    Currently wearing: Allure Homme by Chanel

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    Default Re: Can You Name at Least 10 Really Good, Underrated, Designer Fragrances That Are a Must Try?

    Quote Originally Posted by southerngardens View Post
    I am not a niche kinda of guy. Can You Name at least 10 Really Good, Underrated, Designer Fragrances That Are a Must Try?
    Ten?!? Dang, sg, why not ask for 35?

    So I went to Nordstrom.com, and searched their fragrances, noting each one I thought was pretty good. Here's why I got:

    1) Dolce & Gabbana The One -- I like it, what can I say. Warm, slightly oriental, "date night" -- nice!
    2) Cartier Declaration Cologne -- For me, the original is just too . . . pot-pourri? European? I don't know. But the Cologne tones it down enough that I can relax, and enjoy it.
    3) Bulgari Pour Homme -- Maybe not underrated. But subtle enough that you can miss how nice it is if you're not careful.
    4) Mugler Cologne -- Also not underrated. But available, not expensive, . . . and really, really nice. Invigorating. Makes me smile.
    5) Kiehl's oils -- Pick one. Cheap. Interesting!
    6) Dior Homme Sport
    7) Marc Jacobs Men

    I'm conceding, I can't get 10. Fun exercise, though.
    Currently wearing: Sel Marin by Heeley

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    Just to name a few on the "for Men" side of things. There are a lot of them. And I'm not counting the ones from Mugler since they're all sniff worthy as well as the "for Woman" masterpieces
    Fleur du Male - Jean-Paul Gaultier
    La Cologne Fleur du Male - Jean-Paul Gaultier (smell completely different from the original)
    Gaultier2 - Jean-Paul Gaultier
    Kenzo Power Cologne - Kenzo
    L'eau par Kenzo - Kenzo
    Declaration - Cartier
    Pi - Givenchy
    La Rue de la Fortune - D&G
    Guerlain Homme - Guerlain
    Body Kouros - YSL
    Lolita Lempicka au Masculin/L'eau Masculin - Lolita Lempicka

    And the list goes on...

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    I'd say these houses deserve exploration:
    Aramis
    Jacomo
    Salvador Dali
    All are inexpensive and easy to find.
    As always, I'd also like to recommend Roberto Cavalli Man.

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    Default Re: Can You Name at Least 10 Really Good, Underrated, Designer Fragrances That Are a Must Try?

    If we include discontinued/vintage designer scents it gets much easier (and this is just a random 10 of so many more)...

    Giorgio for Men (vintage) by Giorgio Beverly Hills
    Captain by Molyneux
    Richard James edt by Richard James
    Bijan for Men (vintage) by Bijan
    JHL (vintage) by Aramis
    Nemo by Cacharel
    Eau de Patou by Jean Patou
    KL Homme by Lagerfeld
    Ocean Rain by Mario Valentino
    Cacharel pour L'Homme by Cacharel
    Current Top Favorites:
    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)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6)
    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    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
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
    Currently wearing: Tsar by Van Cleef & Arpels

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    Default Re: Can You Name at Least 10 Really Good, Underrated, Designer Fragrances That Are a Must Try?

    Quote Originally Posted by danho View Post
    Cartier Roadster
    Chanel Allure Homme
    Xeryus Rouge
    Givenchy Very Irresistible
    Kenzo Homme Sport
    Armani Attitude
    Chanel Platinum Egoiste
    Givenchy Play Sport
    Z Zegna
    Fleur du Male

    That seems like a pretty good list to me.
    I'd substitute Cacharel Pour Homme and Laura Biagotti Roma for one or two of those mentioned.

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    Ysl M7
    Dior Homme
    Ysl Kouros
    Ysl Rive Gauche
    Ysl L'Homme
    Terre D'Hermes
    Pal Zileri Collezione privata viagio africa
    Gucci II
    Guci Envy
    Chanel Allure
    Chanel Platinum Egoiste
    Gucci Envy
    Ysl Body Kouros
    Lalique Encre Noire
    Halston Man Amber
    Tom Ford for men Extreme
    Tom Ford Black Orchid
    Emanuel Ungaro 1 AND 2
    Jil Sander man absolute
    Animale animale
    Guerlain habit rouge Edp


    Pick any 10 at random

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    Default Re: Can You Name at Least 10 Really Good, Underrated, Designer Fragrances That Are a Must Try?

    Quote Originally Posted by Granola View Post
    Ysl M7
    Dior Homme
    Ysl Kouros
    Ysl Rive Gauche
    Ysl L'Homme
    Terre D'Hermes
    Pal Zileri Collezione privata viagio africa
    Gucci II
    Guci Envy
    Chanel Allure
    Chanel Platinum Egoiste
    Gucci Envy
    Ysl Body Kouros
    Lalique Encre Noire
    Halston Man Amber
    Tom Ford for men Extreme
    Tom Ford Black Orchid
    Emanuel Ungaro 1 AND 2
    Jil Sander man absolute
    Animale animale
    Guerlain habit rouge Edp


    Pick any 10 at random
    Apart from the first fourteen which aren't underrated (except maybe Pal Zileri)

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinijo View Post
    Apart from the first fourteen which aren't underrated (except maybe Pal Zileri)

    I skipped the underrated part. Lol

    Pal Zileri Collezione privata viagio africa
    Halston Man Amber
    24 Gold by scent story
    Lalique hommage
    Michael Jordan legend
    Costume National Homme
    Eau des baux l'occitane
    L'occitane vetiver
    Amber Oud by the body shop
    Rose Oud by the body shop

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    Burberry The beat
    Burberry Brit
    Moschino uomo?
    Kenzo Power
    Carolina Herrera Chic
    Marc Jakobs bang bang
    YSL lhomme libre
    Bvlgari Black

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    Midnight in Paris
    Body Kouros

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    Costume National Scent Intense
    Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme Intense - the new less watery, more spicey version
    Comme de Garcons 2Man
    Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne - the big, clear bottle that's more lemon than orange
    Michael Kors MICHAEL
    Lalique Equus
    Ralph Lauren Purple Label

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinijo View Post
    Apart from the first fourteen which aren't underrated (except maybe Pal Zileri)
    Quote Originally Posted by Granola View Post
    I skipped the underrated part. Lol
    LOOOL! I was about to make my own witty comment!

    My list consists of not so much underrated as neglected frags.
    Most enjoys great respect from the people who knows them.

    Dune pour Homme - Dior
    Jules - Dior
    Lagerfeld Cologne
    Cristobal pour Homme- Balenciaga
    Xeryus - Givenchy
    Miracle Homme - Lancôme
    Gaultier²
    Insensé - Givenchy
    Carbone - Balmain
    Joop! Homme

    I always prefer vintage formulations, Imma snob like that, but
    most of these have decent formulations right now.
    With Lagerfeld, though, only vintage cologne will do. Avoid the
    modern Lagerfeld Classic like the plague.

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    Default Re: Can You Name at Least 10 Really Good, Underrated, Designer Fragrances That Are a Must Try?

    Midnight In Paris
    Bergamatto Marino
    Ted Lapidus Altamir
    Sonia Rykiel Man
    Carbone de Balmain
    Fahrenheit Aqua
    Lalique Pour Home
    Ferragamo Black
    Ted Lapidus Pour Lui
    Avant Garde
    You Should be able to get each one of these for $50 or less!
    Last edited by sjg3839; 4th February 2013 at 06:18 PM.
    Currently wearing: Memoir Man by Amouage

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    Default Re: Can You Name at Least 10 Really Good, Underrated, Designer Fragrances That Are a Must Try?

    How do Halston Man Amber and 24 Gold compare? Im debating between these two for a cheap amber. Let me know

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    Default Re: Can You Name at Least 10 Really Good, Underrated, Designer Fragrances That Are a Must Try?

    Lacoste pour Homme
    Clinique Happy for Men
    Armani Code Sport

    Those are the only ones I can think of that are rarely mentioned.

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    Default Re: Can You Name at Least 10 Really Good, Underrated, Designer Fragrances That Are a Must Try?

    This,

    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    If we include discontinued/vintage designer scents it gets much easier (and this is just a random 10 of so many more)...

    Giorgio for Men (vintage) by Giorgio Beverly Hills
    Captain by Molyneux
    Richard James edt by Richard James
    Bijan for Men (vintage) by Bijan
    JHL (vintage) by Aramis
    Nemo by Cacharel
    Eau de Patou by Jean Patou
    KL Homme by Lagerfeld
    Ocean Rain by Mario Valentino
    Cacharel pour L'Homme by Cacharel

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    Default Re: Can You Name at Least 10 Really Good, Underrated, Designer Fragrances That Are a Must Try?

    I've been enjoying H.M. by Hanae Mori quite a lot lately. Cheap as borscht.
    Currently wearing: H.M. by Hanae Mori

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    John Varvatos 10th anniversary and Lanvin Avant Garde.

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    Hanae Mori HM
    Midnight in Paris

    Both I agree with and came to mind when I read the thread title.

    CK One Shock for Him

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    Dune Pour Homme
    Bronze Goddess
    Bulgari Black
    Narciso Rodriguez Musc
    Bulgari Au The Vert Extreme
    Live Jazz
    John Varvatos
    Bulgari Soir

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