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    Default What's That One Mainstream Fragrance That You Love

    So, I didn't see the thread when I searched, but it might already exist, but I want to know what that one mainstream fragrance that gets a lot of hate or just bland reviews is that you actually love. Fragrances like 1 Million and Le Male come to mind in terms of that they're best sellers, but seem to get a lot of negativity or just blandness in terms of actual reviews. For me, this fragrance is Polo Black. I absolutely adore this fragrance, but it often gets overlooked and simply okay reviews. I believe MyMickers is the only Youtube review I found that calls this thing a gem, and many reviews like the Fragrance Bros called this Polo Blah (I absolutely love them as reviewers and this has to be the first fragrance I've intensely disagreed with them on). So, what's that mainstream fragrance that might get overlooked or hated that you actually love?

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    I don't love but I like Bulgari Pour Homme Soir. It doesn't get much love or even likes around here but I find it pleasant to wear from time to time.

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    Polo Double Black or Polo Blue... kind of a sucker for Kenneth Cole Vintage Black as well even though it doesn't get rave reviews.

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    Gucci PH II
    I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S.

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    Vince Camuto. Even though I don't consider this main stream, necessarily, I won't every be without Chanel Platinum Egoiste or Fahrenheit. Did I cheat?
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Fahrenheit

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    Since mainstream is about all I buy, there are a lot! However, probably YSL L'Homme more than most....this stuff is just so versatile and can be worn whenever.(even though the longevity pisses me off every time I wear it!lol) And the dark horse scent that I just love is Born Wild from Ed Hardy....i just can't get enough of that dirty/spicy orange and woody smell, delicious!!!

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    I love a lot of mainstream fragrances. But one I love that gets very little credit on Basenotes is Kenneth Cole Black.

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    YSL L'homme

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    Aramis Bermuda Tonic

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    + 1 on Kenneth Cole Black

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    Bulgari Black
    Guerlain Homme

    Black actually gets a lot of BN love, people are split on Guerlain Homme.

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    Chanel Egoiste
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    Aqua di Gio! I LOVE that stuff! Man! It comes gushing out of the sprayer in a cold, forceful rush i see why the sillage is so astonishing! Can't wait until spring!
    My Starting Lineup: MI, Pure Malt, GIT, LIDGE, Clive Christian C, LaNuit, Royal Oud, Aventus, Gucci II, Guerlain Homme Intense, L'Humaniste, VIW, D & G PH, Dior Homme Sport, DHI, Allure Edition Blanche, Bentley Intense, Bois du Portugal. Signature Scent: Bergamote 22/Verdon Au Toilette.

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    Armani Mania. It doesn't get any real hate but is often commented on as being bland or lacking something. For me, it's my favorite Armani fragrance. Very refined and balanced to my nose as well a being extremely versatile, clean and masculine.

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    I have a few mainstream fragrances that I absolutely love:

    1. Dior Fahrenheit. It's been in my collection for some 20 years. Reformulations aside, it's still an awesome fragrance.

    2. Cartier Declaration d'Un Soir. It's such an under the radar fragrance, but it's sooooooo nice. I do not like any of the other Declaration flankers, or even the original. d'Un Soir though, is just beautiful. The delicate rose + sandalwood combination plays very well here. It's soft and airy, yet it can fill a room with its freshness. It's amazing how such airy fragrance can stick to skin for 10+ hours, and 5+ days on clothes.

    3. Chanel Egoiste / Egoiste Cologne Concentree. One of the best masculine sandalwoods out there, regardless of the price. I never get tired of this one. If Cologne Concentree wasn't discontinued and so hard to get, I'd wear it a lot more frequently, alas I'm rationing my 100ml bottle to last me a while...

    EDIT: I re-read the OP's question... oops, sorry. None of the above are really "hated". I was too concentrated on the subject... "What's That One Mainstream Fragrance That You Love" and posted my three faves.

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    Sauvage Extreme!

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    I love Bvlgari Blv Homme. Im surprised it doesn't get more love. I guess it's a love it or hate it scent. Powdery ginger. Great longevity, and perfect projection. Super versatile also!

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    Dior Homme line - DH, DHI, DHS 2012

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    I'm a CHANEL fan.

    Antaeus
    Egoiste
    Pour Monsieur
    Bleu de Chanel

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    Fahrenheit.
    My 3 Signature Scents:

    Rive Gauche Light (2004)
    Fahrenheit (1988)
    Paul Smith Man (2009)

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    These days, what's not mainstream? :P

    Versace PH
    Hugo Dark Blue
    Body Kouros
    Brit New Year Edition 2010.

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    I really like the original Declaration EDT and think it's really good. It gets a lot of knocks for that sweaty cumin note but I think it works great in this.

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    Not sure what you're asking. They have to be less well thought of by ? who knows or who cares ?

    I consider these mainstream. I don't really follow what people say about them. Some are discontinued, many are still good but they're usually a lot better in vintage formulations:

    Bel Ami
    Balenciaga pour Homme
    Egoiste
    Pour Monsieur
    Yohji Homme
    Habit Rouge edt
    Sagamore
    Live Jazz
    Ungaro 1
    Zino Davidoff
    Eau de Rochas Homme
    Third Man
    Yatagan
    Nino Cerruti pour Homme (1979)
    Jules
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Rive Gauche pour Homme
    Eau d’Hermes
    Kouros Fraicheur
    Captain Molyneux
    Fahrenheit
    Coriolan
    Heritage
    Azzaro pour Homme
    Montana Parfum d’Homme
    Givenchy Vetyver
    Monsieur de Givenchy
    Eau Sauvage edt

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    Too many to list, but my favorite is Giorgio for Men (vintage) by Giorgio Beverly Hills
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage (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 Jack Hunter View Post
    I really like the original Declaration EDT and think it's really good. It gets a lot of knocks for that sweaty cumin note but I think it works great in this.
    Yes great scent. Seems to get a lot of flack here. I'm wearing it now, it's superb in the heat for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
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    Not sure how this can be considered mainstream, it seems to be very difficult to find.


    I choose Dior Homme, although I'm not even sure if that qualifies.

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    YSL L'Homme, masterpiece ... not much chatter in these boards about it but I'm big fan. As BigBz stated, its longevity is suspect

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    Guerlain Homme took a beating but I loved it on first smell and is a regular in my summer rotation.

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    Kenneth Cole Black!.

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    Spicebomb. My wife and I are big fans.

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    Shalimar, Mitsouko, L'Heure Bleue, etc.

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    Among others: Rive Gauche, Eau Sauvage, TDH Parfum, YSL La Nuit EDP, Versace l'Homme, Chanel pour Monsieur, Caron pour un Homme, YSL pour Homme and the list may go on.

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    Givenchy Play Intense

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    Dior Homme
    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Guerlain Vetiver, Shalimar, L'heure bleue, Mitsouko, VOl de Nuit
    Fahrenheit
    Belami
    M7 vintage
    24 Faubourg
    Antaeus
    Egoiste vintage

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    There are many out there but for me (and right now) it has to be Aramis by Aramis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taint it sweet View Post
    Fahrenheit
    Yes✔️a masterPiece that transcends time,age and so much more...hard to find scents with innovative and majestic aroma that stay in your heart like this one.....I have a few in my collection but this one SETS the bar ....far and in between amongst so many frags are the great ones ...Voila!
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    Armani Code Pour Homme and Code Ultimate... Spice Bomb by Viktor and Rolf... Purple Label by RL... One Million by Paco Rabanne!!! YSL L'Homme , La Nuit and Libre!!! I also like L'Homme Intense Parfum!!! D&G The One and The One Gentlemen!!! Armani Gio Essenza!!! Le Male Jean Paul Gaultier!!!

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    Hanae Mori HM - wore it for years, garnered many compliments, and I still like it. The new HiM version is nice as well, I own a full bottle of the EDP.

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    Gph ii

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preston H View Post
    YSL L'homme
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    Current favorites_____Black Tourmaline_____Gucci Pour Homme II_____Armani Prive Oud Royale_____Memoir Man_____Tuscan Leather______Montale Aoud Musk______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

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    Dior Homme

    Though I think most of us aren't really answering the OP's question. As far as big, (currently) widely popular mainstream frags, there aren't any that I love.

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    Bang by Marc Jacobs
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    Sorry, but I consider "mainstream" as something that is still selling in major department stores, and retail stores. Where most people can access it, and it is still in production. Ex: Fahrenheit, Platinum Egoiste, Allure Homme Sport, Cool Water, L'Homme, Polo Double Black, Azzaro pH, Light Blue, AdG, The One, etc.

    These are not available at most department stores: Bang, Gucci pH II, HM, Lancome Balafre, most of Pluran's list, Hugo Dark Blue, Body Kouros, Brit New Year Edition 2010, Bvlgari pH Soir, Aramis Bermuda Tonic.
    My 3 Signature Scents:

    Rive Gauche Light (2004)
    Fahrenheit (1988)
    Paul Smith Man (2009)

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    Gucci PH 2 is widely available from Sephora.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unadan View Post
    Gucci PH 2 is widely available from Sephora.
    Sephora is one store, and actually it isn't because I was just at Sephora yesterday looking for a sample of it, and they didn't have it, and told me the fragrance was discontinued.
    My 3 Signature Scents:

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    Paul Smith Man (2009)

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    Versace Pour Homme for me. I also agree that Polo Black smells really good, and it's quite a laster.

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    Whether its discontinued or not, GpH II is very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imaberealreal View Post
    Polo Double Black or Polo Blue... kind of a sucker for Kenneth Cole Vintage Black as well even though it doesn't get rave reviews.
    +1 on KCVB. For the type of fragrance that it is it's sillage and longevity aren't terrible. I use the body wash and shaving balm to boost it a bit.

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    This is tough but I'd say Dior Homme
    I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unadan View Post
    Gucci PH 2 is widely available from Sephora.
    I also saw it at Dillards over Christmas.

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    Chanel:
    Antaeus, Egoist
    Guerlain:
    Vetiver, Mouchior de Monsieur
    Dior
    Eau Sauvage
    Tabac Origninal
    YSL
    Rive Gauche shaving can, Kouros
    Hermes
    Terre de Hermes

    I think these all qualify for mainstream.

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    Dior homme
    Fahrenheit
    Narciso Rodriguez
    Egoiste
    Guerlain vetiver
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonghpafu View Post
    I don't love but I like Bulgari Pour Homme Soir. It doesn't get much love or even likes around here but I find it pleasant to wear from time to time.
    Agreed...I sold mine but I did ENJOY it...
    Current Faves:
    L'Occitane Eau Des Baux
    MFK Oud, Amyris, CPLS
    M7 Fresh
    The Different Company South Bay
    Creed Aventus, MI and GIT
    VE
    Sycomore
    Gengis Khan
    Zerjoff Nio
    Acqua Viva
    Divine L' homme Sage
    Sartorial
    Gucci Pour Homme II
    Armani Code Sport
    Philosykos
    Frank no. 2 Los Angeles
    Declaration Essence

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    Fahrenheit, despite the reformulations. There are quite a few others, of course.

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    If Romance Silver Ralph Lauren counts as mainstream, then I'd like to add that to the list.

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    D&G "The One" and "The One Gentleman". I love them both, though I wished they lasted longer.

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    Plenty, actually:

    A*Men
    Fahrenheit
    1 Million
    Eau Sauvage
    Aramis
    AdG
    Bleu de Chanel
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Versace Man Eau Fraiche
    Le Male
    Platinum Egoiste
    Boucheron Pour Homme
    John Varvatos Vintage
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    Mine is definitely Armani Code Sport, some of these are a little too obvious +1's for me.

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