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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

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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
    Currently wearing: L'Humaniste by Frapin

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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
    Currently wearing: Bergamote 22 by Le Labo

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    Lancome Balafre

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    Bulgari Black
    Guerlain Homme

    Black actually gets a lot of BN love, people are split on Guerlain Homme.
    Currently wearing: Aventus by Creed

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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 Colder Weather Lineup: Spice & Wood, Royal Mayfair, Duro, Roja Dove Enigma, Royal Oud, Jubilation XXV, CHAMBRE NOIRE, AVENTUS, GIT, Clive Christian C and X, Herod, L'instant Extreme, DHI, DH Parfum, Chergui, Man In Black, Tuscan Leather, Tobacco Vanille, Pure Malt/Havane

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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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    Default Re: What's That One Mainstream Fragrance That You Love

    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.
    Currently wearing: Furyo by Jacques Bogart

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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 Ultimate Top 5:

    Fahrenheit (1988)
    24 Platinum (2012)
    Burberry London (2006)
    Eau des Baux (2006)
    Arpege pour Homme (2005)

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    Default Re: What's That One Mainstream Fragrance That You Love

    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 original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
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    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

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    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) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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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.
    Currently wearing: Bergamote 22 by Le Labo

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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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