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    I'd hate to think I needed to buy a cologne in order to help me find a woman. No need to spend a lot of money. It's been my experience that women will complement you on damn near anything no matter how bad it is.The fragrance should always be right for you, not for the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pluran View Post
    I'd hate to think I needed to buy a cologne in order to help me find a woman.
    Alright, but I didn't say that's the reason why I am buying cologne

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    Trying perfume is the proper way to insure you are going to enjoy your full bottle purchase.
    I understand there are mail-order brides available for those who aren't choosy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by estranged View Post
    So before I buy my first expensive cologne (~50 eur), I would like to know, do women really like and compliment expensive colognes? Can they really tell the difference that cologne is expensive? I checked thread about women compliments, and as far as I can tell all the colognes in that thread are expensive.

    For example I am cologne beginner, and today I went to perfume store and tried YSL La Nuit De L'Homme, Acqua Di Gio and Allure home sport, but I would never tell the difference between them and some cheap cologne.

    I am currently thinking about buying La Nuit but wonder maybe I can just get some similar scent from cheap cologne, or it does not work that way? :P

    P.S. I enjoyed both La Nuit and Allure home sport equally. It's mostly for dates, clubs, special events.
    To answer your question, can women tell? 95 percent of the time no. Because it takes an experienced nose to learn the differences. You even kind of answered the question yourself when you said you're just getting into the game and can't tell the difference right now. As time goes on you'll be able too. When you meet women, they'll more then likely be like you were at the very beginning. "oh that smells nice but I don't know what he's wearing, only that it smells nice"

    I'm getting pretty good now to the point I can walk into the club and pick out exactly what I'm smelling. Like oh thats aqua di gio, or paco 1 million.

    Expensive colognes usually exceed in longevity and projection and that's what your paying for but that isn't always the case. I've paid a lot for some designer frags that aren't very good and I've also paid little for some reeeeal good juice.

    If you're just starting out and like aqua di gio. I'd recommend Perry Ellis red 360 or Paris Hilton Just me. Perry Ellis I'd give the edge too and some even like it better than Aqua di gio. It's cheap by comparison and is a very good clone. both are actually. Paris hilton you can get for like 15 bucks. Just tell people you're wearing aqua di gio. They'd never know lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    So true. We women are like snowflakes- no two are alike!
    Are you a lady?

    Quote Originally Posted by caferacer View Post
    My suggestion would be to buy and wear what you like. Everyone (yes, even women ) has their own taste and preferences. Attempting to figure out what and entire group of people will like is an exercise in futility.
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by estranged View Post
    Again you misunderstanding me. All I am asking if there is correlation between expensive cologne and how women like it. Check the men's forum thread about women's complements and you can see that pretty much whole top ranked list consists of expensive colognes.

    Don't pay attention to that thread, for Christ's sake

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    Quote Originally Posted by estranged View Post
    Exactly, that's why I am asking
    Long answer short....what I've noticed, and this is simply what I perceive to be the truth, and I do think the law of percentages will bare this out as well......is that (a majority of) men that frequent these forums and post here....could give a rat's ass less "what women like". I'm not saying or suggesting that they're gay, because many are married with kids or dating women, etc., but if you look at what is popular AMONG THE GUYS here, they are items that really aren't all that popular to women in general.

    Case and point....a lot of guys here will recommend Terre D'Hermes and Egoiste, and those are two that I (seriously) had multiple women tell me that they HATE when I wore them. I took Egoiste back and exchanged it for Pure Malt (I was deciding between the two when I bought Egoiste) largely because I wasn't all that crazy about it myself, but I had a good female friend (who has good taste in fragrances and whom I trust) told me that she hated it, and then an hour or so later the woman I was seeing at the time told me that she wasn't going out with me as long as I was "wearing 'that one' ". I see guys suggesting things here all the time that I know women aren't particularly fond of, and the ones that women do tend to like (ones like Prada Luna Rossa, for example) are often times ripped apart here. So I wouldn't look to the guys here for advice when it comes to fragrances "that women like", because they often times show again and again, that they really have no clue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by estranged View Post
    But the better overall "rating" cologne has, the more chances that partner enjoy it more, right?
    Not exactly. The better an overall rating the fragrance has probably speaks far more to how much of an advertising / distribution budget it had and has absolutely no bearing on projected enjoyment -- and certainly not on quality.

    Justin Bieber fragrances (or whatever this month's equivalent teen muppet is) will get tons of press, advertising, and therefore, enthusiastic reviews, whereas something like Masque's Montecristo or Matriarch's Blackbird will get next to none because they're not commercial products in the same sense.

    Honestly, the best suggestion is to follow your own nose and try what's available. You'll make mistakes along the way, but that's how you learn to discern. Certainly go after the stuff that gets popular reviews to get a sense of why that is, but it might not map onto your taste. I still sniff AdG or many of the other "popular" scents when I see them thinking that one day something will click, but it never has. Also, scents like Aventus that are genuinely enjoyed by many but are (like everything) subject to runaway hype, might do the job you want them to do, but you might not enjoy them yourself. Then what do you do?
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    It is very unlikely that wearing the perfect scent will have much bearing on attracting a woman. It is likely that wearing a scent that smells cheap to an individual woman, or just not to her taste, will cause her to avoid you because she will associate you with an unpleasant smell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheppy99 View Post
    To answer your question, can women tell? 95 percent of the time no. Because it takes an experienced nose to learn the differences. You even kind of answered the question yourself when you said you're just getting into the game and can't tell the difference right now. As time goes on you'll be able too. When you meet women, they'll more then likely be like you were at the very beginning. "oh that smells nice but I don't know what he's wearing, only that it smells nice"

    I'm getting pretty good now to the point I can walk into the club and pick out exactly what I'm smelling. Like oh thats aqua di gio, or paco 1 million.

    Expensive colognes usually exceed in longevity and projection and that's what your paying for but that isn't always the case. I've paid a lot for some designer frags that aren't very good and I've also paid little for some reeeeal good juice.

    If you're just starting out and like aqua di gio. I'd recommend Perry Ellis red 360 or Paris Hilton Just me. Perry Ellis I'd give the edge too and some even like it better than Aqua di gio. It's cheap by comparison and is a very good clone. both are actually. Paris hilton you can get for like 15 bucks. Just tell people you're wearing aqua di gio. They'd never know lol.
    No I don't really enjoy ADG scent to be honest, but all I have is paper stick, so hard to tell.

    Quote Originally Posted by SportsFan View Post
    Long answer short....what I've noticed, and this is simply what I perceive to be the truth, and I do think the law of percentages will bare this out as well......is that (a majority of) men that frequent these forums and post here....could give a rat's ass less "what women like". I'm not saying or suggesting that they're gay, because many are married with kids or dating women, etc., but if you look at what is popular AMONG THE GUYS here, they are items that really aren't all that popular to women in general.

    Case and point....a lot of guys here will recommend Terre D'Hermes and Egoiste, and those are two that I (seriously) had multiple women tell me that they HATE when I wore them. I took Egoiste back and exchanged it for Pure Malt (I was deciding between the two when I bought Egoiste) largely because I wasn't all that crazy about it myself, but I had a good female friend (who has good taste in fragrances and whom I trust) told me that she hated it, and then an hour or so later the woman I was seeing at the time told me that she wasn't going out with me as long as I was "wearing 'that one' ". I see guys suggesting things here all the time that I know women aren't particularly fond of, and the ones that women do tend to like (ones like Prada Luna Rossa, for example) are often times ripped apart here. So I wouldn't look to the guys here for advice when it comes to fragrances "that women like", because they often times show again and again, that they really have no clue.
    Yeah, you are right.

    I think this thread goes nowhere, now I don't even know if it's worth paying 50 eur for La Nuit or other expensive cologne, everyone tells different things

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    Not exactly. The better an overall rating the fragrance has probably speaks far more to how much of an advertising / distribution budget it had and has absolutely no bearing on projected enjoyment -- and certainly not on quality.

    Justin Bieber fragrances (or whatever this month's equivalent teen muppet is) will get tons of press, advertising, and therefore, enthusiastic reviews, whereas something like Masque's Montecristo or Matriarch's Blackbird will get next to none because they're not commercial products in the same sense.

    Honestly, the best suggestion is to follow your own nose and try what's available. You'll make mistakes along the way, but that's how you learn to discern. Certainly go after the stuff that gets popular reviews to get a sense of why that is, but it might not map onto your taste. I still sniff AdG or many of the other "popular" scents when I see them thinking that one day something will click, but it never has. Also, scents like Aventus that are genuinely enjoyed by many but are (like everything) subject to runaway hype, might do the job you want them to do, but you might not enjoy it yourself. Then what do you do?
    My nose can't even distinguish between 3 different scents correctly But I guess you are right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by estranged View Post
    I think this thread goes nowhere, now I don't even know if it's worth paying 50 eur for La Nuit or other expensive cologne, everyone tells different things
    Which is why most people will tell you to buy WHAT YOU LIKE. Because a lot of guys really don't know "what women like", often because they aren't ASKING for feedback, but kind of winging it and guessing. And besides, kumquat is right in the sense that women aren't robots, and what might be appealing to 90% of them might repel the other 10% (and the girl you're in to might be part of that 10%)

    If you really want to know what women like...ask them. They're not difficult, and they will tell you the truth. I have no problem asking for women's feedback on a cologne if I am interested in it....because they will give you an honest answer. And I'll usually ask as many as possible, to see if there is a consensus. But don't be shy, ask them.....they know better what they like than guys in these forums guessing what they think they like (LOL)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SportsFan View Post
    Long answer short....what I've noticed, and this is simply what I perceive to be the truth, and I do think the law of percentages will bare this out as well......is that (a majority of) men that frequent these forums and post here....could give a rat's ass less "what women like". I'm not saying or suggesting that they're gay, because many are married with kids or dating women, etc., but if you look at what is popular AMONG THE GUYS here, they are items that really aren't all that popular to women in general.

    Case and point....a lot of guys here will recommend Terre D'Hermes and Egoiste, and those are two that I (seriously) had multiple women tell me that they HATE when I wore them. I took Egoiste back and exchanged it for Pure Malt (I was deciding between the two when I bought Egoiste) largely because I wasn't all that crazy about it myself, but I had a good female friend (who has good taste in fragrances and whom I trust) told me that she hated it, and then an hour or so later the woman I was seeing at the time told me that she wasn't going out with me as long as I was "wearing 'that one' ". I see guys suggesting things here all the time that I know women aren't particularly fond of, and the ones that women do tend to like (ones like Prada Luna Rossa, for example) are often times ripped apart here. So I wouldn't look to the guys here for advice when it comes to fragrances "that women like", because they often times show again and again, that they really have no clue.
    That was the short answer?

    Op you can't generalize like this. Some women may prefer an expensive fragrance, while others may prefer Axe. Wear fragrance for yourself, and don't use it as a tool to pick up women.
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    Quote Originally Posted by estranged View Post
    No I don't really enjoy ADG scent to be honest, but all I have is paper stick, so hard to tell.
    To be honest, I don't really enjoy ADG that much either. I'm not really a fresh scent guy usually. That's why I bought the clone because I know it'll only get worn a handful of times in the summer which is good enough for me.

    I own Le Nuit d'homme and it's honestly too powerful for me and can sometimes be cloying. It's great quality but I don't really reach for it that much. It's more of a date night or clubbing scent I think. So if you're looking for that. It may work well for you.

    if you're looking for a signature scent you can wear every day. I think boss bottled or boss #6 is amazingly easy to wear and smells fantastic. It also shouldn't break the bank.

    If you like vanilla and tobacco notes, I find versace dreamer is really good quality for the price too. Usually can get it for 20-30 bucks USD/CAD

    If you get versace dreamer and say you're wearing versace, honestly most newbies who know nothing about frags will think you paid a lot of money for it anyway because of the name.

    I would check those two out though. They're easy to wear great smelling colognes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    That was the short answer?

    Op you can't generalize like this. Some women may prefer an expensive fragrance, while others may prefer Axe. Wear fragrance for yourself, and don't use it as a tool to pick up women.
    Exactly which is why I always say, you should wear something for you and not anyone else!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    That was the short answer?

    Op you can't generalize like this. Some women may prefer an expensive fragrance, while others may prefer Axe. Wear fragrance for yourself, and don't use it as a tool to pick up women.
    Good catch.

    OK, as far as brevity goes, you win. I expounded a bit more than was necessary

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    Sheppy99, thanks, I will check them out!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheppy99 View Post
    Exactly which is why I always say, you should wear something for you and not anyone else!
    It's just your opinion So what if I want to wear cologne so women can enjoy it? Is it something wrong with that?

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    Can men tell the difference between Hamburger Helper and filet mignon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by estranged View Post
    Sheppy99, thanks, I will check them out!



    It's just your opinion So what if I want to wear cologne so women can enjoy it? Is it something wrong with that?
    unfortunately women have different tastes so you won't be able to please them all anyway regardless of what you wear. You could wear the biggest hyped most loved fragrance on basenotes and find women that will not like it.

    It's just not something I'd be overly concerned with. But hey, each to their own.

    Most designer frags will get you compliments because they are made to appeal to the mass market so I think you're safe in most cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by estranged View Post
    I think this thread goes nowhere, now I don't even know if it's worth paying 50 eur for La Nuit or other expensive cologne, everyone tells different things
    Yeah, because everyone has their own taste and preferences. On top of that, what smells great on my skin may not work on your skin at all. So again, stop trying to make generalizations about women liking expensive vs. cheap fragrances. Some noses are developed and experienced enough to tell the difference, some aren't. Just figure out which fragrances you like and that work best on your skin and wear them. It's quite simple, really...

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    Quote Originally Posted by estranged View Post
    It's just your opinion So what if I want to wear cologne so women can enjoy it? Is it something wrong with that?
    Of course not. But it's just not something that everyone here will be interested in.

    Wine connoisseurs, for example, don't drink certain wines in order to be viewed by others while drinking them -- they drink them for the innate quality and taste they offer. People who visit art galleries don't figure out which painting they should be seen standing in front of while looking perplexed so that people will view them as "deep." Basenotes is a community of fragrance fanatics who tend to discuss fragrances in a similar manner of appreciation as wine enthusiasts. There's definitely a contingent here who don't care what the stuff smells like at all, rather how many "compliments" it can get them (or worse -- use your imagination), but the majority of BN-ers seem to be somewhere in the middle, leaning far more towards autonomous appreciation/criticism of the scent itself. There are probably better forums on the internet that will give you nefarious tips and tricks of baiting women (although I doubt you'll get much decent insight about fragrances).

    Obviously what you're here for is to be told what to buy in order to achieve a certain goal. That's pretty much impossible because nobody here knows you, your environment, or the people you're trying to attract (hopefully not bait). Read the site a little more -- be skeptical of what you see in the infamous "female compliments" thread, and do some research.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    Obviously what you're here for is to be told what to buy in order to achieve a certain goal. That's pretty much impossible because nobody here know you, your environment, or the people you're trying to attract (hopefully not bait). Read the site a little more -- be skeptical of what you see in the infamous "female compliments" thread, and do some research.
    Precisely!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
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    well said! +1

    Honestly if you're a newbie looking for guidance. Why not go watch a few robes08 videos on youtube where he lists top 20 designer summer/winter frags? That will give you a good starting point anyway and all of them will garner compliments but you cannot please everyone nor will you be able too.

    All I'm saying is since it's your money, please yourself first and the compliments that come is just an added bonus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    Can men tell the difference between Hamburger Helper and filet mignon?
    Oh god yes!!!

    Sorry, just had to respond. I know why you posted this question, and it's a good one, LOL!! :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    Can men tell the difference between Hamburger Helper and filet mignon?
    Quote Originally Posted by remik View Post
    Oh god yes!!!

    Sorry, just had to respond. I know why you posted this question, and it's a good one, LOL!! :-)
    Perhaps the question should have been, "Can men tell the difference between prime, choice and select?"

    I love me a good filet but, not gonna lie...sometimes Hamburger Helper really hits the spot. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by estranged View Post
    I would like to know, do women really like and compliment expensive colognes? Can they really tell the difference that cologne is expensive?
    That's not how it works.

    No one cares if you wear something expensive. People enjoy when you wear something that smells good. Just because something costs more, that doesn't mean it will smell better to you or to most other people. It might. And it might not. I get compliments on Interlude Man, which costs $275. I get compliments on Hanae Mori HM, which can be had for $20 on amazon.


    Quote Originally Posted by estranged View Post
    I am currently thinking about buying La Nuit but wonder maybe I can just get some similar scent from cheap cologne, or it does not work that way?
    Here's how it works: Find something that smells great to you. Wear it. If you think something isn't worth buying, don't buy it.
    I have a 100ml Gucci Pour Homme 2003 that I'll swap for Reflection Man or De Bachmakov. PM me if interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheppy99 View Post
    well said! +1

    Honestly if you're a newbie looking for guidance. Why not go watch a few robes08 videos on youtube where he lists top 20 designer summer/winter frags? That will give you a good starting point anyway and all of them will garner compliments but you cannot please everyone nor will you be able too.

    All I'm saying is since it's your money, please yourself first and the compliments that come is just an added bonus.
    Good advice. But I get the feeling the OP only wants one magic scent that will make dozens of women flock to him- without his bothering to check it out first. If anyone knows of such a scent, your Swiss bank account must be a joy to behold.
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    Can the general public tell the difference between a €10 bottle and a €50 bottle? Mostly, yes. Can the general public tell the difference between a €50 bottle and a €250 bottle? Mostly, no.

    So replacing these three with "some cheap cologne" probably isn't a good idea. I would say though that most fragrances from well known designer brands can be found for sale with heavy discounts, and so would be cheaper without being "some cheap cologne" - apart from three brands, Chanel, Dior and Armani. So while La Nuit De L'Homme can be found at discounted prices, the other two cannot. Since Acqua di Gio is such a huge seller, its style of fruity aquatic is very popular and you'll find a few from other brands (like Ed Hardy Love and Luck, Givenchy Blue Label, Versace Man Eau Fraiche).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    Can men tell the difference between Hamburger Helper and filet mignon?
    lmao

    Hamburger Helper = Designer
    Filet Mignon = Niche

    Joking

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    Good advice. But I get the feeling the OP only wants one magic scent that will make dozens of women flock to him- without his bothering to check it out first. If anyone knows of such a scent, your Swiss bank account must be a joy to behold.
    hahaha would be great wouldn't it. To my knowledge, anything available that guarantees that kind of success with the ladies generally isn't legal. LOL
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