Lacoste is maybe the worst I know - To me Lacoste Elegance is the only one from their offerings that is worth a spray...
Armani & Calvin Klein are both horrible and wide spread.
Would say CK is worse though.
YOU are a Bulgari Fan, right?
It's hard to say because most of them have at least something I like and others I don't. I guess Ralph Lauren has the most fragrances I don't like.
There are several but Lacoste really sucks for the most part.
Current favorites_____Black Tourmaline_____Gucci Pour Homme II_____Memoir Man_____Tuscan Leather______Montale Aoud and Pine_____Sel Marin_____Invasion Barbare_____Tonka Imperial____Dior Homme Intense_____L'Humaniste____Santal 33_____Bois d'Argent_____Nio_____MFK Oud_____Lumiere Noire_____Bois d'Encens_____Cuir Ottoman
Thank you Frida.
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they all crap
Lacoste and Ralph Lauren ( nothing unique the last few years)
Gucci pour Homme....or ANY fragrance during the early Tom Ford era. Too intense!
Definitely Kenneth Cole and Zegna.
Boss, Lacoste and CK. I believe they are ruining their own images by their sloppy fragrances. Am I the only one who finds Versace decent?
In response to timdoeswell's request, allow me to explain what I meant earlier by Bulgari's consistency in keeping with their house aesthetics. By and large this house has stuck with their style revolving around tasteful (imo) interpretations of tea notes ( Black, pour Homme + flankers) or transparent watery florals (Omnia & flankers, Jasmine Noir flankers, etc).
While this is indeed the Male Fragrance Discussion Board, I feel it's rather unfair to summarily dismiss a house without sampling at least 50% of their line, incl. those marketed to women. To do otherwise would raise some credibility issues, wouldn't it? I could have just as easily included Ed Hardy in this list but (i) I have not tried many of their fragrances, and (ii) the brand is not that famous.
I'll go with Ralph Lauren
In this order...
Versace (the only nice frag they released was Black Jeans IMO and they discontinued it!)
CK and Bulgari
@ Diamondflame - imo the few female Bvlgari ones that I still know are actually quite good value for youngish users, even if less good than originally - when I thought that they were lovely (especially the very first one).
My daughter has a couple (Rose Essentielle & Femme) which compare well with more costly offerings such as Kelly Caleche.
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Kenzo and Hugo Boss,
No originality and lacking quality, not either crowd-pleasing anymore!
My all time favorite:
I found the Chandler Burr quote regarding Hugo Boss...Hugo Boss is one of the top-selling brands of perfume in the world. It is utterly antithetical to any sort of innovation, beauty, originality or human life.
Seeking: Bottles/decants : of Feeling Man, Gucci pour Homme, Essence of John Galliano, Nicole Miller (vintage), Opium pour Homme, Oxford & Cambridge, Concentré D'Orange Verte...etc.
Seeking decant/sample of Jil Sander Feeling Man, Cacharel Nemo, Bijan for Men EDC, Lanvin for Men, Giorgio VIP, Il Lancetti and other old school frags ....etc. I have samples to swap.
Please PM me !
Marc Jacobs, Versace, and Prada.
I'd like to swap:
Tauer - Lonestar memories
Guerlain - Jicky EdT
I'd like to think I can tell what I like and what I don't like after having tried half a dozen frags from a house - particularly when you can use resources such as BN to seek out the frags that sound most appealing to you (and the ones that are most praised). I'm not going to refuse to try any fragrances in the future if I spot them, but I'm also not going to buy samples or decants from houses that are yet to really wow me.
If the majority of their mens frags revolve around a note that I don't especially like (again, save for PH Extreme), they're going to slip down my list of frags to try. At least the new Bulgari Man isn't a tea fragrance. Maybe there is hope.
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Ahem, all crap designer frags bow to the atrocities put out by Versace
Seriously though, if you removed the name Gucci and any memory of their actual good fragrances, you would be left with a line of fragrances that are absolutely uninspired, generic, boring, etc. etc.
It really is sad to see how far Gucci has fallen.
Summer 2013 Top 10 :
1. Creed Aventus
2. Dior Homme Sport (2012)
3. L'Eau Bleue D'Issey
4. Bleu de Chanel
5. Acqua dio Gio Essenza
6. Strange Invisible Perfumes - Peloponnesian
7. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
8. Diesel Green Masculine
9. Terre d'Hermes
10. Guerlain Homme
Good God, I just read Frida Giannini's Gucci bio linked above. Even compared to other puff bios that appear on company websites, it's got to be the most self-congratulatory, vapid, offensive piece of masturbatory prose I've read in years. Oh, wait, I misspoke: she's gotten the powerhouse trio of James Franco, Evan Rachel Wood, and Chris Evans to shill for Gucci scents. This is supposed to be an accomplishment?
Tom Ford's reputation only grows when you compare Gucci's fortunes before, during, and after his tenure there.
Current Top Five:
1. Creed Green Irish Tweed
2. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
3. Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
4. Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
5. Creed Original Vetiver
I know, right?
Tom Ford seems to be more innovative when he's working for established designers than his own brand, for some reason. I think the work he did in fragrance for Gucci and YSL is far more distinctive and better than the fragrances that bear his own name. All the TFs seem simple or derivative compared to Envy for Men, Rive Gauche PH, Rush, and others.
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Lacoste for sure. Have tried most of the line, and found only Elegance to be bottle worthy, possibly Booster too.
Guess. Everything I have tried has been bad except for Marciano.
My 3 Signature Scents:
Rive Gauche Light (2004)
Paul Smith Man (2009)
Gucci is on the ground, YSL is falling fast because of L'Oréal. There are many others of course but YSL fragrances used to be legendary before the L'Oréal reformulations.
Karen Low. Because i dont even know who is she.
Yeah I know how you feel, I have been in same frustration after my acquisition of their Cut Cigar, a nice vanillic/tobacco cheapie: that "woman" was like a ghost or a mystery in the industry!
And I'm in agreement on Versace: I think they lined up a number of really good fragrances, especially Versace for men, Versense for women and quite a number of others. Yes, Eros is embarassing, but there you go...
À l'air libre les oiseaux ont eux aussi le vertige (camille)
Gucci - by far...
My all time favorite:
I dislike recent offerings from Versace.... chemical meh...
Well, it's cheaper than therapy... edit: No it's not...
ralph lauren ..
Lacoste and Ralph Lauren...
I've got to defend Bulgari here. Black, Aqua, Jasmine Noir, PH, PH Extreme are all very good fragrances, compared to the rubbish that the likes of Calvin Klein, Gucci, Hugo Boss have been producing the last few years.
Adidas, Lacoste and Puma.