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    Default Top 5 Inexplicably Cheap yet Good Fragrances for Men

    I have been a frag head for over 2 decades and as such, I have come to understand certain truths about fragrance. One truth is that price and value are not always directly proportional. Over the years, I have discovered and encountered several jus that were ridiculously cheap yet beautiful. By beautiful I mean a fragrance that is what it is supposed to be: a wonderful aroma that intrigues, evoking feelings of delight and well being, encased in a bottle that is as nice to behold as it is to hold.

    Here are my top 5:

    1. Mr. Blass by Bill Blass
    Launched in 2009, Mr. Blass is a transparent combination of all things late 70's and early 80's. It comes across as a cologne strength or "legere" or "fraicheur" version of many well loved frags, lovingly dubbed Powerhouse scents here on BN. What you get is all the wonder of a powerhouse without losing any nose hairs while preserving the air quality of those around you. As of this writing, there are 9 reviews spanning 3 years, all thumbs up and all singing the praises of Mr. Blass; yet you can have this for less than $4 an ounce with shipping within the US included. That, is dirt cheap for this beauty.

    2. Blue Jeans by Versace
    The Versace Jeans line featured Blue, Baby Blue, Green, Black and Metal jeans for men. They were all quirky and very Italian: loud, but pleasantly so. They all became bargain basement for several years, following the death of Gianni. However, the others have started to climb steadily, leaving Blue and Baby Blue behind in the world of less than $5 an ounce. Blue is my favorite here, an oriental gourmand (sweetened grapefruit head and gooey cinnamon and vanilla heart) that has yet been bested by a mainstream designer. You simply can't beat the masculine warmth VBJ brings on a cold winter day, not to mention the ladies will not leave you alone. Caution: It is VERY strong, 2 sprays max is my prescription.

    3. R by Revillon
    This is one of those fragrances that, though uncomplicated and simple, conveys a natural aura of clean masculinity. If I wanted a house spray that did not smell like cologne/perfume, this fits like a snug glove. It smells like cardboard to me, the packaging variety that I used to sniff as a child. It works very well for an everyday office scent that is guaranteed to not offend. At $3 an ounce for a pour bottle of EdT, this is a bargain not to be missed. It's the cure for the too much cologne/perfume blues.

    4. Z-14 and 1-12 by Halston
    These are cheapies, probably the cheapest here, but considering the awful mess being launched today, it is hard to pass up the Halston brothers. They are similar, launched at the same time and sharing a lot of the same ingredients. I consider these skin scents, because of their musky nature and how close to the skin they lie. They are the non-abrasive darlings of the powerhouse era, and can still be rocked today. I always get positive comments when I wear these. Less than $4 an ounce.

    5. Iceberg Homme by Iceberg
    Icerberg as a fragrance house pretty much gets little to no respect, yet there are gems in their collection. Mt personal favorite is Icerberg Hommme. This is a fresh pepper scent; lots and lots of pepper yet it is fresh and a touch sweet. The jus is lux as well as energetic, with just a hint of an animalic note to keep you sniffing. I have sampled some others from Iceberg, most notably Twice, a masculine synthetic oriental for the serious faced man. There are several other offerings from Iceberg that are dirt cheap ($4 or less an ounce) and though I have not tried them all, I am intrigued.
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    Default Re: Top 5 Inexplicably Cheap yet Good Fragrances for Men

    ... and then his computer crashed (was going to say "he died while typing #3" but that's a bit too morbid).


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    Lol! Died and came back to life! My laptop is less than 6 months old and is displaying terrible behavior already. Good thing I got the warranty.

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    Quite the mystery.



    * NO LONGER A MYSTERY.
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    Carbone de Balmain
    Solara Homme
    Agate Homme
    Graphite
    Vertical Limit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrewthecologneguy View Post
    Lol! Died and came back to life!


    From your list, I've only ever tried Blue Jeans - but found it too synthetic. However, I just checked reviews for Mr.Blass here on BN and on fragrantica, and... I'm intrigued. No negative reviews, overall very highly rated (at or nearly at 5/5 stars), much higher than most other popular fragrances. Notes sound interesting. And price - oh my... around $15 for a big bottle. I think I'll just add it to my next Amazon order, just for the heck of it. Worst case scenario - bathroom spray. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrewthecologneguy View Post
    Lol! Died and came back to life! My laptop is less than 6 months old and is displaying terrible behavior already. Good thing I got the warranty.

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    Is this a message from beyond the grave?

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    Bergamatto Marino
    Michael Jordan Legend
    Ted Lapidus Altamir
    Rochas Man
    Thallium

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Graphite
    As in Graphite Montana? If so, I've been eyeing it for a while, just always afraid this cheapie would be low quality. But after checking it again, it was done by Nathalie Lorson, who has done fragrances for Lalique (like Encre Noir), Bentley for Men (regular and Intense) - which are all awesome fragrances. I think I shall order Graphite as well - it's been way too long on my to-buy list.

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    Well until we get the rest of Andrews list, here goes my list taking into account his criteria about bottle presentation/cost/feelings evoked/ect.:

    1-Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin
    Low price, with a very unique scent.(and bottle) Long lasting and have wonderful thoughts of winter when I wear it.

    2-Curruti Image
    Comforting, if not a little strange scent(Johnson and Johnson "no more tears" shampoo vibe) Fun sprayer mechanism to boot!

    3-L'elbolaro Meharees
    Very simple but elegantly old school bottle....sometimes you have to admire a minimalistic approach.(especially when it contains such a surprisingly fantastic juice!!!) Did not expect such a wonderfully complex and enchanting fragrance when I first opened, but after first spray I still remember the awe I was feeling!

    4-Thallium Black
    Awesome presentation(package and bottle)for dirt cheap! Frag also is unlike anything I've smelt, dark and spicing but lots of sweet apple at the same time. Longevity and projection on me are monstrous and for cold weather only with this linear badboy. Among with Burberry London, nothing else scream fall to me more. Sometimes though the syntheticness gets on my nerves after a few hours.

    5-5 way tie!lol Just SO many!
    Set Sail St Barts-beach party in a bottle
    Nautica Voyage-classy heavy bottle, wonderful long lasting summer scent
    Franck Olivier Sunrise-See above description
    Diesel Plus-plus-amazing scent, in a wonderfully weird but charming pill/old milk container
    Fraglux Bellagio-truly one of a kind unique bottle and probably cheapest on this list....but a sharp citrus/floral that doesn’t overstay its welcome is sometimes just what the doctor ordered!

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    Quote Originally Posted by remik View Post
    As in Graphite Montana?
    That's the one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Bergamatto Marino
    Michael Jordan Legend
    Ted Lapidus Altamir
    Rochas Man
    Thallium
    Yes Rochas Man!(damn, forgot about that one for my list!) Legend is awesome too!!!

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    Some of my favorites that can be found pretty cheap:

    1) Dirty English
    2) Perry Ellis 360° Red
    3) Nautica Voyage
    4) Burberry Weekend
    5) Chopard Noble Cedar
    6) Encre Noire
    7) Kenneth Cole Black

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    Azzaro Visit
    Cerutti Image Harmony
    Dunhill Desire Blue
    Guess Seductive
    Brooks Brothers Black Fleece (Red)
    Signature Rotation: A* Men, Pure Havane, Dunhill Pursuit, Varvatos Artisian, Guerlain Vetiver

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    Picked up 3x1.7oz bottles of Mandarina Duck Black for $9.99/each at Marshall's today. Completely blind, but based on the reviews, I'm hoping it will end up on this list.

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    Just opened one of them and sprayed it on paper... liking it a lot off the top! And the bottle is a thick, heavy glass... great presentation. For $9.99, this is already looking like a great buy. And they're still selling this size/fragrance at Barney's and Dillard's for $58. Might go back to Marshall's and get a few more lol.
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    All locals, many knock offs.

    Down here designer's scents mentioned are really expensive.

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    Wow! Lots of names I don't recognize (Graphite Montana for example).

    I second a bunch of these, especially Ferre's Bergamotto Marino, forgot about that one!

    I'll add Essenza del Tempo by Trussardi.
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    Silver Scent
    Bogart PH
    Ted Lapidus Black Extreme
    Ted Lapidus
    360 White-Black-Red

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony T View Post
    Silver Scent
    Bogart PH
    Ted Lapidus Black Extreme
    Ted Lapidus
    360 White-Black-Red
    This is a great list of options

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    Old Spice. I've been bingeing on it lately. Strangely, I actually prefer the latest EdC version to the vintage Shulton I purchased online. . . hmmmmm. . .

    Also a big fan of Tabac Original EdC. Hands down the best bang for the buck men's fragrance ever.

    Love Halston Z-14 and 1-12. You can't go wrong with them.

    Jovan Musk For Men / Jovan Sex Appeal - try to act like you don't love them. And wipe that smirk off your face right now.

    Mr. Bill Blass - bought it blind based on BN raves. The BNers are right again. Don't think, just buy. Amazing bang for the buck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjones602 View Post
    Picked up 3x1.7oz bottles of Mandarina Duck Black for $9.99/each at Marshall's today. Completely blind, but based on the reviews, I'm hoping it will end up on this list.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Just opened one of them and sprayed it on paper... liking it a lot off the top! And the bottle is a thick, heavy glass... great presentation. For $9.99, this is already looking like a great buy. And they're still selling this size/fragrance at Barney's and Dillard's for $58. Might go back to Marshall's and get a few more lol.
    Dude that is UNBELIEVEABLE! So jealous, been wanting to try this one for awhile and can't go wrong at that price!!! Have TJ MAXX and ROSS, but alas no Marshall's with in 100miles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony T View Post
    Silver Scent
    Bogart PH
    Ted Lapidus Black Extreme
    Ted Lapidus
    360 White-Black-Red
    Yes, awesome list Tony!!! Only one I haven't tried off it is Ted Lapidus, which I here has a nice pineapple note?(which sounds kind of unique and odd for such a old school frag?)

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    my top 5:
    Rochas Man
    Jacomo Rouge
    Perry Ellis M/360 Red
    Burberry London
    Cuba Gold/Red

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbz View Post
    Dude that is UNBELIEVEABLE! So jealous, been wanting to try this one for awhile and can't go wrong at that price!!! Have TJ MAXX and ROSS, but alas no Marshall's with in 100miles!
    You might want to check TJ Maxx, as I believe TJ Maxx/Marshalls are the same company.

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    Okay, these are some of my favorite threads!

    Here are Five great inexpensive frags (with two bonus picks since they are by the same makers) in no particular order.

    Beckham Homme/Signature
    Cuba Paris Red
    Caesars Man
    Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Red/White
    Pino Silvestre

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    Among my favourite cheapies:

    Cella Colonia Classica (a real bargain this)
    Bigelow Bay Rum
    Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood
    Crabtree & Evelyn West Indian Lime
    Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve
    Currently wearing: Bel Ami by Hermès

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    Giorgio for Men by Giorgio Beverly Hills
    Montana Parfum d'Homme (redbox) by Montana
    JHL by Aramis
    Gianfranco Ferre for Man by Gianfranco Ferre
    Caesars Man by Caesars World
    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

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    Just one for now:


    Sung Homme

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    In no particular order and a non-exhaustive (sort of) top five list of personal favorites:

    Caron pour un Homme
    Caractere by Daniel Hechter
    Preferred Stock by Coty
    Yardley Citrus&Wood
    Ungaro III
    Currently wearing: Citrus & Wood by Yardley

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    1-Quorum
    2-Cerruti 1881
    3-Versace Blue
    4-Diesel plus plus masculine
    5-Ck One

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    Many are the "nowadays cheap prices" good fragrances, for instance Nemo Cacharel, Paco by Paco Rabanne, Gianfranco Ferre for Men, La perla by La perla, Romeo Gigli Classic Pour Homme, Enrico Coveri Pour Homme, Quorum, Horizon Laroche, One Man Show Bogart, Ambre Noir Yves Rocher, David Beckham Instinct, Jacomo de Jacomo etc etc etc.
    Currently wearing: Eight & Bob by Eight & Bob

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