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Thread: Best QUALITY cologne?
So the past six years I've been using Armani's Aqua di Gio, Attiude, Viktor & Rolf's Spice Bomb and slowly went to Jo Malone.
However, I recently discovered Tom Ford (Private Collection) and bought the Vanille Tobacco this year. It's been almost a year since I've purchased it and I'm still in love with it. I still get compliments every time I use it, and the longevity of it is crazy. I only spray it once and not more than once (it's way too expensive to spray more than once!). I usually spray once on my hand, and pat my neck and ears and it will last me from morning to night. My friend, ALL THE TIME, every time I see him Friday night after work, he tells me to "stop spraying the whole bottle of Tom Ford on myself because it's so strong". I tell him I only spray once, and I sprayed it twelve hours ago. The fact that the cologne can last so long makes me satisfied that the $400 purchase for the small size was worth it.
I'm not use to spending more than $150 on a bottle of cologne, Jo Malone was the only cologne (its unisex, from the UK) that's ever cost me over the $100 mark (Armani usually cost $110 max or less), but the longevity of the previous colognes I've used has never lasted long. I have a travel-o (the mini bottles to carry your cologne in) and I always have to bring it with me since my colognes would last a couple of hours. With Tom Ford, I don't need to carry my travel-o.
I'm new to the "cologne" scene and was wondering if someone can recommend me any other QUALITY cologne brand. From there, I will start looking researching their scents, but as of now I'm looking for quality first!
If anyone can help me that would be awesome
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Hope you aren't in the US, because $400 for the small size is about double the full retail price. Anyway, I haven't tried any yet, but from what I gather here, Montale's seem to have the longevity you're talking about.
Perhaps check out the Armani Prive line or Parfums de Marly line.
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Just keep in mind that longevity doesn't have any bearing on quality. Jupe! is as strong as Tobacco Vanille and can be found in many a Wal Mart discount bin
For quality of the raw materials involved:
Mona di Orio
Perhaps also Knize, Acqua di Parma, Penhaligons in the niche segment, as well as the exclusive lines of Armani, Dior, Lancome etc.
If "quality" is what you seek, then I would look at the offerings from EdP Frédéric Malle. The Dominique Ropion creations are a good starting point with Portrait of a Lady being my favorite. Since projection and longevity appear to be important to you, for reference one spray of PoaL will project *extremely* well and last all day and then some.
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
Creed and Amouage
Great perfumes require far more than good ingredients. Many of the best ones don’t contain the best ingredients.
Edit: No matter how much bullshit fantasy they sell or how much ridiculous Basenotes hype is generated, most niche houses don't even have access to all of the best ingredients. The fragrance can be total dreck, but as long as it's from a goddamn so-called "niche" house, people think it contains the best ingredients. Wrong! Not even close. In their best fragrances that still the domain for people like Guerlain and Chanel.
"Niche" means only one thing: the fragrances are sold in fewer shops. That's it.
Last edited by pluran; 23rd December 2013 at 03:43 AM.
Guerlain exclusive line (tonka imperial)
Dior private line (ambre nuit)
If you like the scent, then it is quality. But if you equate longevity with quality, then:
+1 Armani Privé line
All Neela Vermeire Creations
Most all Bond No. 9 Fragrances
Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain
Robert Piguet Oud
Only 2 things will survive World War III. Cockroaches and the smell of the Dior Oud Isphian I sprayed on my shirt the other day.
As for quality houses: Throw Nicolai in the list - and their fragrances aren't obscenely priced, either.
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From your post, project and longevity is important to you. There are tons of such scent around. Expensive scent does not equal to projection and longevity. From your pervious owned colognes, versatile is also a important factor in your next purchase. Search under longevity and tons of answers will appear. Hope your next purchase don't cost you a bomb.
Last edited by iMac; 22nd December 2013 at 02:56 PM.
MDCI, Creed, Amouage, Dior.
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