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    Default What Cologne Do You Hate to Admit You Like?

    OK...a lot of colognes around here seem to get a bad wrap although they are popular with the public.

    So, what cologne do you hate to admit that you really like?

    For me, it's Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger - I'm 47, it's a younger man's cologne, it's way too popular, it's way too cheap - but yet I like the fragrance throughout and it can last up to 10 hours on me!

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    By Kilian Flower of Immortality. The whole Asian Tales line gets a lot of flack on Basenotes, but this one gets a bunch of it.

    Other people may see it as "extremely overpriced" and "weak". My nose smells a great light peach fragrance with very good longevity that's perfect for warmer weather and when you don't want a potent fragrance.
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    I am a big fan of these:

    Kenneth Cole - Black
    Kenneth Cole - Reaction
    PR - 1 Million
    Seasonal favorites:

    1. Creed - Spice & Wood
    2. Creed - Aventus
    3. Dior - Vetiver
    4. by Kilian - Incense Oud
    5. Puredistance - Black
    6. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions
    7. Armani Privé - Oud Royal
    8. Brückner - Aoud 1
    9. Creed - Royal English Leather
    10. House of Matriarch - Blackbird

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    Jovan Musk for me. I have always loved this fragrance and still do.

    I think you can buy it at your local drug store for around $16 for 5000ml.

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    1 Million Intense

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    Baie de Genievre. It's pretty much the anti-thesis of everything I like in a scent yet it just pulls me in. On the less expensive side, it's gotta be Kenneth Cole Reaction T-Shirt. It's so damn light but the yuzu and fresh linen smell is comforting to me.

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    I'll only tell my therapist.

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    1 Million.

    The bottle is juvenile to the point of being embarrassingly tacky, and the sprayer is worse. Whoever designed that awful sprayer needs to be given their 2 week notice of termination, and whoever approved the sprayer's design needs to be fired immediately, escorted out of the building and blacklisted out of the perfume industry. The sprayer is inexcusably bad. That being said... the scent forced me to eat some crow, metaphorically speaking of course. I thought 1 Million was trash because each time I'd smelled it, it was being worn too heavily by one of those idiots who thinks a fragrance should be an olfactory bullhorn that shouts "HEY BAYBEEE!!! HEY EVRAHBUDDY!!!! LOOK'A ME!!!!" My god, it always smelled so bad. So Bad. SO BAD!!! ...however... One day, I smelled something very nice being worn by an older gentleman, and my jaw dropped the next day when I was at Sephora and I realized the man had been wearing... 1 Million?!?!? WOW! 1 Million is a scent that, if worn heavily, can be downright sickening... but that's not a fair way to judge. I love Tabasco, but dumping a whole bottle of Tabasco on something would be painful. A glass of wine is delicious. Another is tasty too. But if you've pounded your way through two bottles, you're probably going to be sick. 2 sprays of 1 Million is more than plenty. 5 sprays or more is one big yuuuuuuuuuuuuck.
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    Enchanted Forest got quite a bit of hate on BN when it first came out, but I really like it. In fact, it might be time for me to revisit that one.

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    Tim McGraw Southern Gentleman and some of the Antonio Banderas frags
    My top ten, in no particular order:
    Eau Des Baux
    Spicebomb
    Hanae Mori HiM
    Polo
    Halston Man Amber
    Mugler Pure Havane
    24 Gold
    L'eau Bleue D'issey Pour Homme
    Kenzo Jungle Homme
    Terre D'Hermes

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    Not any, really. A lot of budget fragrances have great ideas that just aren't quite executed well enough ( Dana's Tabu is just a decent budget away from greatness ), and the budget colognes I like are just that, colognes ( e.g. 4711 or Florida Water ), that do a brief refreshment quite well enough.

    If a cheapo scent was a symphonic masterpiece I would be as happy as anyone and broadcast it to the world.

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    Mmmm. Maybe because of this site...

    Aventus

    TF Noir yes I like being a baby who smells like powder.

    Amouage Gold ok now I am an old man???
    Last edited by TLS; 11th August 2014 at 07:57 AM.

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    Aventus.
















































































    Just kidding, I still think it's shit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke Hunt View Post
    Aventus.
















































































    Just kidding, I still think it's shit.
    Nice!

    Still I never describe fragrances as "shit". I guess we don't use the same vocabulary in the same circumstances.

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    Oh man, sooooooo many!lol But I'll just say most of the Ed Hardy scents for men and just leave it at that!

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    Apart from seconding the Ed Hardy scents, One Million and its Intense flanker, also occasionally into Drakkar Noir, as well as affordable fragrances along the lines of 4711.

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    Another vote for 1 Million Intense. (Don't like the original, however - the mint note ruins it for me.)

    Looking forward to wearing it again in cold weather.

    EDIT: After posting this, I decided to wear it today (August, shmaugust...). Now that it's dried down, I remember what's so delicious about this frag - the strong leather note!
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    Since the fragrance house of Jacques Bogart was mentioned within another thread: One Man Show (not popular on BN, but still good in my strictly personal opinion).

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    Azzaro Chrome and CK Eternity for Men.
    My all time favorite:

    Dior Fahrenheit

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    Some of the fragrances in the Victoria's Secret line.

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    Tom Fords Black Orchid.

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    Probably Gucci by Gucci Sport

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    Sometimes, you'll have a member that's being real obnoxious in professing their love for a fragrance. I'd love to say "that fragrance sucks," but sometimes I actually like the fragrance and I don't wanna be disingenuous. Some of those fragrances:
    1Million
    Dior Homme
    Any oud fragrance
    Any vintage fragrance
    Seasonal rotation:

    Original Santal
    Apple Brandy
    Tuscan Leather
    Silver Mountain Water
    Lyric Man

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    Dunhill Desire. It's tacky and incredibly synthetic but I like it on cool nights.
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    Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger is great to my nose. I last wore it in 1992 though!! Still, cheap as chips and very nice scent overall. It's not popular at all this side of the pond.

    Aramis by Aramis isn't bad either. As is 1881 by Cerruti. Jacques Bogart as well.

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    YSL L'Homme Libre

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    I'm not embarrassed about liking the my guilty pleasures (Acqua di Gio, Cool Water, most Kenneth Cole fragrances, or even Aventus). The one and only fragrance that I'm sometimes ashamed to wear is Moon Sparkle for Men by Escada, but only because of the name. About 6 or 7 years ago, a female colleague ask me what I was wearing, and I told her the name. She died laughing and went on for what felt like hours about how "no man should ever wear something called Moon Sparke!" She still jokes about it even today! Now when I wear it and get a compliment, I just say, "Escada."

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    EROS

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    Chanel Allure Sport Extreme.
    It just smells good to me. Also garners many compliments.

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    Rose 31....No go here!
    "Thank GOD for the nose, for without it we would not be enjoying these beautiful created Scents" also Remember "Balance is everything and the key to appreciating "

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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    1 Million.

    The bottle is juvenile to the point of being embarrassingly tacky, and the sprayer is worse. Whoever designed that awful sprayer needs to be given their 2 week notice of termination, and whoever approved the sprayer's design needs to be fired immediately, escorted out of the building and blacklisted out of the perfume industry. The sprayer is inexcusably bad. That being said... the scent forced me to eat some crow, metaphorically speaking of course. I thought 1 Million was trash because each time I'd smelled it, it was being worn too heavily by one of those idiots who thinks a fragrance should be an olfactory bullhorn that shouts "HEY BAYBEEE!!! HEY EVRAHBUDDY!!!! LOOK'A ME!!!!" My god, it always smelled so bad. So Bad. SO BAD!!! ...however... One day, I smelled something very nice being worn by an older gentleman, and my jaw dropped the next day when I was at Sephora and I realized the man had been wearing... 1 Million?!?!? WOW! 1 Million is a scent that, if worn heavily, can be downright sickening... but that's not a fair way to judge. I love Tabasco, but dumping a whole bottle of Tabasco on something would be painful. A glass of wine is delicious. Another is tasty too. But if you've pounded your way through two bottles, you're probably going to be sick. 2 sprays of 1 Million is more than plenty. 5 sprays or more is one big yuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

    LOL @ your entire reply

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    A gift from a past gf, I've actually tossed the bottle since then. But.....Paris Hilton For Men. Like it, but it looked odd sitting next to Creeds and Amouages.
    Current top 5:
    1) MDCI Invasion Barbare
    2) Imaginary Authors The Cobra and The Canary
    3) Guerlain Vetiver
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    Loreste Pour Homme
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    CK One because it reminds me of college.

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    CK One. The first fragrance my wife bought me a few years ago to go alone with my ancient bottle of Polo

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRM85282 View Post
    I'm not embarrassed about liking the my guilty pleasures (Acqua di Gio, Cool Water, most Kenneth Cole fragrances, or even Aventus). The one and only fragrance that I'm sometimes ashamed to wear is Moon Sparkle for Men by Escada, but only because of the name. About 6 or 7 years ago, a female colleague ask me what I was wearing, and I told her the name. She died laughing and went on for what felt like hours about how "no man should ever wear something called Moon Sparke!" She still jokes about it even today! Now when I wear it and get a compliment, I just say, "Escada."
    OK, I am ordering it NOW, just for the name . And yes, I am serious.

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    Womanity Les Parfums de Cuir

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    I would not have considered owning Le Male if it hadn't been given to me as a present.

    Otherwise all the sweet stuff is a guilty pleasure for me from Body Kouros to LL au Masculine, A*men, Rochas Man Intense, Pi..
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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    I am a big fan of these:

    Kenneth Cole - Black
    Kenneth Cole - Reaction
    PR - 1 Million
    Me too, all three of these are great!(wished Reaction lasted longer though, hands down the poorest longevity of all the frags I own:/ )

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    I think a few of Kurkdjian's mainstream hits are actually pretty good. Particularly Fleur du Male. Since I'm typically into heavy orientals it's hard to admit liking soft florals I suppose, but not really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaern View Post
    EROS
    lol. Yep, this one immediately came to mind as well...REALLY like this also!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRM85282 View Post
    I'm not embarrassed about liking the my guilty pleasures (Acqua di Gio, Cool Water, most Kenneth Cole fragrances, or even Aventus). The one and only fragrance that I'm sometimes ashamed to wear is Moon Sparkle for Men by Escada, but only because of the name. About 6 or 7 years ago, a female colleague ask me what I was wearing, and I told her the name. She died laughing and went on for what felt like hours about how "no man should ever wear something called Moon Sparke!" She still jokes about it even today! Now when I wear it and get a compliment, I just say, "Escada."
    HA! Yeah... I got a comment once while wearing a sample of PoaL. I'm not sure if it was a genuine compliment or more of a comment out of curiosity... but I'll be the first to admit that I did NOT say I was wearing Portrait Of A Lady. I said I was wearing Poal... and then I realized how ridiculous it must have sounded ("Pole").

    Moon Sparkle. LOL! I'd call it Escada too!

    Names are so weird to say. I got asked about Epic Man once. I had a date and she loved the smell. She asked what it was and I said it's called Epic Man. My date gave me an eye-roll THIS BIG... and I was thinking "Oh, come on! It's just a name, and that's not even a particularly bad one!" Maybe I'd have been better off if I'd lied and said it was called MOON SPARKLE!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAntagonist View Post
    A gift from a past gf, I've actually tossed the bottle since then. But.....Paris Hilton For Men. Like it, but it looked odd sitting next to Creeds and Amouages.
    I wore For Men last week and am wearing Just Me as my SOTD....yes, it's embarrassing to say "I'm wearing Paris Hilton"!lol But these two scents really are quite good, even before factoring in the price and who's name is attached to them. Awesome cheapies!

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    Black XS. I'm in my 40's

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    The One Sport. Actually I don't hate to admit it, but I have noticed that most people on the fragrance discussion sites don't seem to like it. Oh well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzzley View Post
    The One Sport. Actually I don't hate to admit it, but I have noticed that most people on the fragrance discussion sites don't seem to like it. Oh well.
    +1. Wear it about once / year. Wore it last week. It's really pretty nice IMO. Not a personal favorite, but a very good summer scent.
    Seasonal favorites:

    1. Creed - Spice & Wood
    2. Creed - Aventus
    3. Dior - Vetiver
    4. by Kilian - Incense Oud
    5. Puredistance - Black
    6. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions
    7. Armani Privé - Oud Royal
    8. Brückner - Aoud 1
    9. Creed - Royal English Leather
    10. House of Matriarch - Blackbird

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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    HA! Yeah... I got a comment once while wearing a sample of PoaL. I'm not sure if it was a genuine compliment or more of a comment out of curiosity... but I'll be the first to admit that I did NOT say I was wearing Portrait Of A Lady. I said I was wearing Poal... and then I realized how ridiculous it must have sounded ("Pole").

    Moon Sparkle. LOL! I'd call it Escada too!

    Names are so weird to say. I got asked about Epic Man once. I had a date and she loved the smell. She asked what it was and I said it's called Epic Man. My date gave me an eye-roll THIS BIG... and I was thinking "Oh, come on! It's just a name, and that's not even a particularly bad one!" Maybe I'd have been better off if I'd lied and said it was called MOON SPARKLE!!!
    I have to admit that I was reading this forum a while back and somebody mentioned Portrait of a Lady. My first thought was to investigate, but then quickly I played out a hypothetical scenario in my mind, where one of my macho friends asks me "Hey Bro, nice cologne, what is it?" and I respond "Portrait of a Lady" and that instantly ended any thoughts of ever wearing it...

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    A*Men

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    DHI & Midnight in Paris

    Touted as feminine, I think they're both pretty awesome, unisex leaning masculine.
    I prefer Midnight in Paris over DHI, im in the minority on that one.
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    Jovan White Musk

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpanishFly View Post
    Jovan White Musk
    ha to give it away it gave me bad headaches
    back on topic..Aventus!

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    I'm pretty comfortable with my sexuperfumity.

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    Paco Rabanne 1 Million
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    Bond. no9's Signature/Perfume Oud.

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    I guess I missed the boat in 1995. I sometimes show up late for the party.
    JPG Le Male

    I was too old for this in '95, what the hell am I doing with it now?
    It makes me happy.

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    Aqua Di Gio. I went through high school and college in the 90's, got into the club scene in the late 90's - mid aughts...This entire time I have never once bought a bottle of ADG. I always thought it was way to hyped and i'm not going to be one of those guys wearing it...But secretly all this time I really respect the scent and find it very pleasing. I may buy a bottle next summer

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    There is a watery Trump that I can't believe I liked.

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