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    I'll kick it off. Versace Blue Jeans, gorgeous.

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    Bergamotto Marino
    Acteur
    Monsieur Balmain

    You could also do a search, I think this topic has been discussed already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Bergamotto Marino
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    You could also do a search, I think this topic has been discussed already.
    Probably has mate! Might as well get 'updated' opinions if you will.

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    Solara Man by Lomani

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    Way too many to mention but here are some of my favorites in no particular order except the first couple that have street prices of $50 or less (give or take). Many are discontinued/reformulated but still available in their original formulas on eBay, etc...

    Giorgio for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills (vintage)
    Captain by Molyneux (vintage)
    Aramis 900 by Aramis (vintage)
    Bellagio for Men by Parlux
    Azzaro pour Homme by Azzaro (vintage)
    Bogart pour Homme by Jacques Bogart
    Cool Water by Davidoff (vintage)
    Encre Noir by Lalique
    Green Water by Jacques Fath (vintage)
    Homme de Gres by Gres
    He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood by DSquared2
    JHL by Aramis (vintage)
    Leonard pour Homme by Leonard (vintage)
    Moods Uomo by Krizia
    Nemo by Cacharel
    New West for Him by Aramis
    Ocean Rain by Mario Valentino
    Patrick by Fragrances of Ireland
    Quorum by Puig (vintage)
    Red for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills (vintage)
    Tenere by Paco Rabanne
    Vendetta pour Homme by Mario Valentino
    Halston Z-14 by Halston (vintage)
    YSL pour Homme by YSL (vintage)
    Havana by Aramis
    Grey Flannel by Geoffrey Beene (vintage)
    KL Homme by Lagerfeld
    Photo by Lagerfeld (vintage)
    Maxims pour Homme by Maxims
    Gianfranco Ferre for Man by Ferre
    Bergamotto Marino by Ferre
    Last edited by drseid; 16th April 2013 at 11:11 PM.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmellyKid View Post
    Probably has mate! Might as well get 'updated' opinions if you will.
    Well here you are anyways..

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/320817-Top-10-Cheapies!

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    I prefer to experience that peacefully indulgent feeling that I'm wearing something expensive.

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    Here's my contribution: Under

    Bogart Pour Homme <$20
    Animale Animale <$20
    Horizon <$10
    Kenneth Cole Black <$25
    Kenneth Cole Reaction Connect <$30
    R by Revillion <$15
    Bergamotto Marino <$25
    CK One Shock <$30
    Lush Dirty Body Spray <$20
    Tommy Hilfiger <$20
    Curve <$15
    Live Jazz <$30
    True Religion <$25

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Thank you.

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    Nautica Voyage
    Perry Ellis 360 Red
    Dirty English

    And wearing right now for the 1st time: Zirh Ikon

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    Michael Jordan Legend
    cK One Shock

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    Ted Lapidus Pour Lui

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmellyKid View Post
    I'll kick it off. Versace Blue Jeans, gorgeous.
    There are actually a ton of threads on this including one dedicated to the latest great finds at discount retailers, plus the best scents under $50, under$30, building an entire wardrobe out of around $150 (or was it $100?) etc etc etc. Those threads are pretty recent too. I especially enjoyed the one about building an entire wardrobe from not much money since it limited responses to the best of the best rather than long lists of anything they like.

    Cheapies but goodies doesn't give enough of a starting point to be answerable. Interlude Man is amazing but costs $225 for 50ml. Fahrenheit is amazing and costs $75 for 100ml. By comparison, that's cheap.

    What's your price point for cheap?
    "Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam

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    Dirty English...c'mon

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    Perry Ellis 360 Red
    Perry Ellis 360 Black
    Perry Ellis 360 White
    Perry Ellis Portfolio Green
    Ted Lapidus Black Soul
    YSL Live Jazz
    Cuba Royal
    Versace Dreamer
    Paris Hilton Just Me
    Tommy Bahama Very Cool
    Izod
    Jacomo de Jacomo Deep Blue
    50 Cent Power
    Aqualina Blue Sugar
    Cuba Grey
    Usher Ur for men
    Last edited by BrianH1016; 17th April 2013 at 01:33 AM.

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    Caron Yatagan, Aigner Black, Roma by Laura Bigiotti / Maubossin homme - all fall in 25-45 range. Almost all others I know are already listed above by prev BN...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fragrance123 View Post
    Dirty English...c'mon
    You would be amazed how many glowing posts about Dirty English there were here when it first came out, and how many times it was recommended to newbies at the time.

    Seems to have died a bit of a death since, though.
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    Maurer & Wirtz (4711) introduced a range of eau de cologne a few years back that based on fruits and herbs. Have only tired a couple of them but quite impressed for what it is.

    Blood Orange & Basil
    Lemon & Ginger
    Royal Riesling (white grapes cologne sounds something new and am thinking to try this for the coming summer months)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renato View Post
    You would be amazed how many glowing posts about Dirty English there were here when it first came out, and how many times it was recommended to newbies at the time.

    Seems to have died a bit of a death since, though.
    Regards,
    Renato
    Being discontinued will do that....

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    Widely available cheapies (by which I mean, ones you can even get in a rural town here in Australia), and I mean cheapies...:

    1. Lagerfeld Classic. Not nearly as good as it used to be, but its not the stanky mess people make it out to be. Just more powdery before, with a soapy-coppery note that school of fragrances tends to develop with reformulation. Sadly. But still OK. Smells like dad in the 90s.

    2. Don't hate. British Sterling. That stuff has been pretty good to me. I notice so far with Dana productions, they all vary from batch-to-batch which is a massive pain the behind. First batch of British was weak and coppery. Second, intense, potent, rich, excellent. Third somewhere in between. Look out for the 170 ml cologne splash with the silver covering at the top of the bottle.

    3. Zizanie. Even after its mangling several times in the past 20 years, it is still an essay on masculine powder, sandalwood, and jasmine. Jasmine doesn't jump right out at you, but the fleshy, indolic, rich nature of the fragrance tells me there's a fair bit of Grandiflorum in there.

    4. Was tempted to say Royal Copenhagen, which was always a sort of aldehydic, Americanised, soapy, and white-powder version of Zizanie to me, but what they're selling as RC now is gut-wrenching, literally. Opens up like Zizanie, dries down to a cheap air freshener called 'Alpine Air'. Awful. So I'll just second myself on Zizanie here.

    5. English Leather cologne. Aftershave sux, but the cologne is a nice dry leather-light-wood-crisp dry citrus. I prefer the modern cologne to the older; it has a nice classic "aftershave-y" aura without being stanky.

    6. Cool Water. It just smells good. Every reformulation has smelled good.

    7. CK One. Same. Just smells good. You smell it on someone, know instantly that they're wearing CK One, but it just smells good. 200 ml for $25.

    8. Mauboussin Homme EdP. Got 100 ml for $19 when it was still fairly new. People compare it to Le Male, which I think is wrong. They have a similar sweetness, similar richness, similar aura, but MH EdP is more mature and tasteful. Not as smooth, with stronger and almost grittier, earthier lavender, bergamot, and patchouli notes. Actually smells much more natural than Le Male, too, and more expensive than the under $20 price tag suggested. Much more.

    9. Moustache Concentree. Really not as pissy or animalic as some people lead me to believe. Got a 100 ml "columnar" bottle last time I went back down home to Sydney for $45. That's between $12 and $23 AUD more expensive than I've seen it online, but it is the type of fragrance I was shocked and excited to see in an urban Australian perfume shop. Powdery, floral, mossy, woody, PATENTLY classic Roudnitska citrus-Chypre.

    10. 4711. Weaker and more antiseptic than it used to be, but with more neroli than I can ever recall. 10 oz bottle for 20, splash with reckless abandon in the height of summer. Just smells good.

    11. I'm not the type to wear women's fragrances because simply put, I don't play for one moment into the whole business of 'its just a social construction!' garbage. Wear what you want, totally 100% cool with that, but I feel women's fragrances are often specifically designed for women, and should be used by women. Until I cam across one of those 7.75 oz splashes of Chantilly for $25. I'll make one exception. It has a distinct steamy, almost starchy, thick shaving foam note to it. I bought for my gf. She said 'nope definitely not feminine, smells like sweet warm old fashion cologne from Japan (she's Jap).

    I've never smelled that in Chantilly before, but others have confirmed a similar splash bottle batch smells the same. I get endless compliments and enjoy it.

    12. Michael Kors for Men. Been seeing bottles around for about $40, made me think its being discontinued. Its not, just re-issued, and a little lighter and less stodgy. Picked up a 75 ml for $35.

    - - - Updated - - -

    I'll add Grey Flannel to the list too. I got a visit from my best mate not so long ago. Had no idea he was wearing GF, but it smelled so classy, understated, wonderful on him. Which is the opposite of his actual image...

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    Michael Jordan Legend
    Nautica Voyage
    Rochas Man
    CK One Shock for Him
    Cuba Gold
    Chrome Azzaro
    Al-Rehab Silver

    All can be had for around $25. Al-Rehab (35mL) and Cuba Gold (100mL) can be had for about 8 bucks tops.

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    I could recommend loads but there's one that REALLY deserves your attention, plus I don't think anyone else has/will mention this: Yardley Citrus and Wood. I picked up 50ml online for about £7 and it's probably the best 'bang for buck' I've found. It's verey similar to Terre d'Hermes and with great projection and longevity too.

    Actually, I've thought of another you should hunt down: Oscar for Men by Oscar de la Renta. It's usually less than £20 for 100ml and is one of my all time favourites. Lots of citrus, black pepper, fern and vetiver. Wonderful stuff (and I've just decided it's going to be my SOTD).
    Smelling good on a budget!

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    Mauboussin M Generation ($25)
    Tommy Bahama Set Sail St. Barts (Under $30)
    Yves St. Laurent Body Kouros ($30 on Amazon)
    Encre Noir - probably my favorite cheapie
    Last edited by rynegne; 17th April 2013 at 05:04 PM.

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    Eau de Menton

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    Both Aspen and Wild Woods by Coty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BooRad859 View Post
    Both Aspen and Wild Woods by Coty.
    Oh God, I totally forgot Aspen! +++1! Sounds like I need to try Wild Woods...
    Smelling good on a budget!

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    Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin

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    Among many others:

    Caron pour un Homme
    Caractere and other fragrances by Daniel Hechter
    Most fragrances (not just male, also the unisex offerings) by Tesori d'Oriente

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    Invest some time on ebay, have the correct search terms, and you will get a lot cheap.

    10ml Decants will honestly be worth your time and money. If your here like the rest of us, wanting more will never end

    Jaipur Homme is excellent, you will notice that it does smell expensive from the 1st sniff.

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    My choice would be Yatagan, this is a fantastic scent for the money.

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    My post from another thread:


    1. Rive Gauche Pour Homme by YSL ($25-$30)
    2. Quorum by Antonio Puig (< $20)
    3. Animale Animale for Men by Animal Parfums (< $20)
    4. CK One Shock for Men by CK (around $30)
    5. Bogart Pour Homme by Jacques Bogart (< $20)
    6. Guess by Marciano for Men by Guess (< $25)
    7. Live Jazz by YSL (< $30)
    8. Jovan Musk for Men by Jovan (< $12)
    9. Colors for Men by Benetton (< $20)
    10. Zirh Ikon by Zirh (< $12)



    Hon. Mention: Blue Jeans by Versace (only comes in 2.5 oz, $25)

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    Nautica Voyage

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    Dirty english is sold at 74 euros here at Douglas!!!!

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    Seems like at some point the title became, "What's your favorite non-niche scent?" LOL.

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    Lush's Breath of God $15 for the spritzer size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    Seems like at some point the title became, "What's your favorite non-niche scent?" LOL.

    As always!

    Anyway I offer two genuine cheapies I really like: Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve (cost me £10 but can be had for under $6 stateside) and Cella Colonia Classica (I paid under £5 for 250ml).

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    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    Way too many to mention but here are some of my favorites in no particular order except the first couple that have street prices of $50 or less (give or take). Many are discontinued/reformulated but still available in their original formulas on eBay, etc...

    Giorgio for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills (vintage)
    Captain by Molyneux (vintage)
    Aramis 900 by Aramis (vintage)
    Bellagio for Men by Parlux
    Azzaro pour Homme by Azzaro (vintage)
    Bogart pour Homme by Jacques Bogart
    Cool Water by Davidoff (vintage)
    Encre Noir by Lalique
    Green Water by Jacques Fath (vintage)
    Homme de Gres by Gres
    He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood by DSquared2
    JHL by Aramis (vintage)
    Leonard pour Homme by Leonard (vintage)
    Moods Uomo by Krizia
    Nemo by Cacharel
    New West for Him by Aramis
    Ocean Rain by Mario Valentino
    Patrick by Fragrances of Ireland
    Quorum by Puig (vintage)
    Red for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills (vintage)
    Tenere by Paco Rabanne
    Vendetta pour Homme by Mario Valentino
    Halston Z-14 by Halston (vintage)
    YSL pour Homme by YSL (vintage)
    Havana by Aramis
    Grey Flannel by Geoffrey Beene (vintage)
    KL Homme by Lagerfeld
    Photo by Lagerfeld (vintage)
    Maxims pour Homme by Maxims
    Gianfranco Ferre for Man by Ferre
    Bergamotto Marino by Ferre
    Tenere? KL Homme?? Where???

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    Lapidus pour homme and bogart one man show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wanderSIN View Post
    Tenere? KL Homme?? Where???
    EBay. Both I picked up for under $50 each in the the past three months or so...
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    And wearing right now for the 1st time: Zirh Ikon
    +1 for Ikon. One of my favorite cheapies and very underrated.

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    Visit by Azzaro . . . distinct, reasonably priced and everyone is not wearing it.

    Read Basenotes reviews here: http://www.basenotes.net/ID26121334.html

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    Eau des Baux is my current favorite cheapie. Think I spent less than $35.00 on it.
    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

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    Noone for Tabac edc??
    My Top '10' : (In no particular order)

    - Dolce & Gabbana: Pour Homme (vintage)
    - Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vintage)
    - Loewe: Esencia/Pour Homme/Solo/7
    - Guerlain: Homme L'Eau Boisee
    - Pal Zileri: Cuoio
    - MPG: Santal Noble
    - Guerlain: Vetiver
    - Amouage: Jubilation XXV
    - Dior: Homme Intense
    - YSL: Kouros (Fraicheur)

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    Quote Originally Posted by barclaydetolly View Post
    Eau des Baux is my current favorite cheapie. Think I spent less than $35.00 on it.
    ^ Pretty good deal on EdB. FragranceNet has it for $40.50 as of this writing, without a coupon.


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    I cannot believe that this has not been covered, but you should douse yourself like a teenager in Axe Body Spray!!!

    Seriously, what these other people said...drseid has a list of an entire wardrobe for you and by all means, yes on Tabac!

    Remember to also shower or bathe , brush your teeth and wear underarm deodorant. Because no scent can hide terrible B.O. and bad breath will neutralize any scent you're wearing when you talk to someone face-to-face.

    I feel like singing the alphabet right now and playing hopscotch - this is elementary!!

    Cheers,

    ericrico
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    ― Charles Baudelaire, The Flowers of Evil & Paris Spleen

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    Eau des Baux

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    Eau de Rochas Homme
    Ungaro III
    Zino Davidoff
    Drakkar Noir
    Akthar Noir
    Axe/Lynx Vice
    Axe/Lynx Alaska
    Rochas Man
    Vermeil
    Van Cleef&Arpels Pour Homme
    Van Cleef&Arpels Tsar
    "Le parfum est la musique du corps"
    (Marcel Rochas)

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    Just picked two up. Giorgio for Men and Halston Z-14. Both amazing scents
    For Sale or Swap: Terre D'Hermes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granola View Post
    Just picked two up. Giorgio for Men and Halston Z-14. Both amazing scents
    Oh man yes.... can not beat the price of these two powerhouses

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