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    Default Can women really distinguish expensive cologne?

    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.

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    It's always hard to know what women will like, plus taste differ. Price doesn't necessarily mean better. Still, sometimes though you get more longevity and a perfume that doesn't fall apart after 5 minutes - often, the top of a perfume smells good, and then after 5 minutes, when the top notes have evaporated, the rest does not.

    So if you like La Nuit, you should go ahead. Perfumes can last a long time, so if you think it's really not a big expense per wearing.

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    Yes, anyone can smell something is more luxurious - but personal prefences differ.

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    You'll get a lot more compliments with designer fragrances. They're more accessible and most of their formulas rely on past successes (flankers) so they're familiar to the nose. The more expensive fragrances are for the trained nose and that would only represent way less than 1% of the population. It's more about appreciating the complexities of the fragrance as opposed to whether it smells good. There's a few stinker's, but 99% of what's released "smells nice or good." With that being said there's also cheap fragrances that smell more like alcohol and last all of 2 hours. Spend the money on a quality designer fragrance that lasts and doesn't smell like moonshine. La Nuit is a quality designer that will last, get compliment's, and will be money well spent.

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    I don't think the ability to perceive quality of fragrances, let along the individual notes is a matter of gender, but rather an issue of experience. To most women, if the waft is a light and pleasant scent, they are good to go as most don't put much thought into it. I could be wrong.
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    I think that some women with a sharp nose can definitely tell the difference between a quality scent and and a poorly crafted one on a man's skin. High price doesn't always equate to quality though.
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    You can get compliments from stick deodorant if it projects enough. I was complimented once while wearing Old Spice Showtime and a friend of mine is frequently complimented on Old Spice Swagger. If you're interested in smelling nice to other people, there's no need to spend the big bucks. I agree with Cacio's comment that longevity is important. Also projection. This excludes perfumistas, of course; they can obviously tell the difference.

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    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.

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    Imo no they cannot but put them in a expensive jewellery store and they sure can tell what is the most expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I think that some women with a sharp nose can definitely tell the difference between a quality scent and and a poorly crafted one on a man's skin. High price doesn't always equate to quality though.
    Total agreement. My wife has a great nose - I use her as a test subject. It's remarkable to see what she likes and what she doesn't like. One of her internal metrics for fragrance is "cheap" versus "sophisticated", which actually correlates surprisingly well with real price. She is definitely able to smell the difference between a quick-to-market mass market scent and one using pricier ingredients and more expensive perfumery and development.
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    Everyone likes different things, but Designer fragrances are more likely to get compliments.

    Many Basenoters scoff at things that are worn by 16 year old kids. But the reality is higher cost doesn't mean "better". "Niche" doesn't mean "better". Often, the cost is higher simply because they are not able to take advantage of economies of scale. Often they cannot take advantage of economies of scale because they are not very widely liked. Often they are not very widely liked because they are not that good (to the vast majority of people).

    cost <> compliments
    cost <> quality
    cost <> better

    The majority of my collection is composed of fragrances that most people would consider "expensive" or even "crazy". I pay that because I like the scent. As far as compliments from females, I don't see a cost correlation - Nautica Voyage and Kenneth Cole Black get more compliments than Armani Privé Myrrh Imperiale or Amouage Jubilation XXV. But Bond No. 9 Bleecker Street and Creed Aventus trump all in terms of grabbing attention...

    So, wear what YOU like, and pay what YOU feel comfortable paying. If you think you smell good, chances are others will too.

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    Now you guys really confused me

    Anyways, gonna buy one expensive, considering that I will wear it only on occasions so it will last me long time (2+ years hopefully).

    Considering that spring and summer comming, will I be able to wear La Nuit, because it's supposed to be for winter. And also, will it be fine to wear on sometimes on daytime?

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    If you want something that smells luxurious, something you cannot wear daily, something that is sensual as hell, and smells amazing - Tom Ford Noir de Noir. TRUST ME, women notice a unique smelling man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smelliott View Post
    ...and a friend of mine is frequently complimented on Old Spice Swagger...
    Just popped in to agree. For such things, it's a good one.
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    Yes, women can really distinguish expensive cologne, but also can smell traces of trite and cheap stereotypes! And I guess most women and men can do better and smell who is beyond the expensive cologne....
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    [QUOTE=estranged;3078374]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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iodine View Post
    Yes, women can really distinguish expensive cologne, but also can smell traces of trite and cheap stereotypes! And I guess most women and men can do better and smell who is beyond the expensive cologne....
    Agreed - I would NOT want to be with someone who made judgments about a person based on how expensive their cologne was - there are plenty of things that smell nice in every price range anyway 'Oh s/he's a really nice person, nice looking, kind to animals, and is very honest and loyal BUT I simply can NOT be with someone who wears cheap cologne" oh well too bad - that's THEIR loss - Fortunately there are not too many people out there like that - but, there ARE a few.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    No comment.
    Absolutely, categorically, no comment.
    Ha!!

    OP, the answer is that there's zero correlation to what you really seem to be asking (will I get more compliments if I spend more money). Some of the best "niche" (a largely debunked term) can be had these days for under $50, so cost really doesn't factor into it at all. If your main goal is to get compliments, just buy whatever is popular -- Aqcua di Gio or that popular Chanel one or whatever. This is undoubtably a philistine approach, though. The wise move would be to cultivate your own taste and express that. If you happen to personally enjoy the popular chemical aquatic scents, wear them! If you happen to enjoy discount bin Wal-Mart stuff, wear it! If you happen to enjoy a $1000 Roja Dove opulence bomb, wear it! If you find that you personally prefer the most pungent musks on the market, wear them! This way, what you're presenting to a prospective complimentee is your own, unique taste rather than what you're told your taste should be by people whose opinions have no bearing on the situation.

    But to further answer your question: Some women like the smell of some fragrances, while some like the smell of other fragrances, some women like the smell of no fragrance at all. Women are very complicated in that you'll find they're quite different from one another -- it's almost as if they're autonomous beings with individual tastes and preferences as opposed to a single collective mass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katana View Post
    Agreed - I would NOT want to be with someone who made judgments about a person based on how expensive their cologne was - there are plenty of things that smell nice in every price range anyway 'Oh s/he's a really nice person, nice looking, kind to animals, and is very honest and loyal BUT I simply can NOT be with someone who wears cheap cologne" oh well too bad - that's THEIR loss - Fortunately there are not too many people out there like that - but, there ARE a few.
    I didn't mean it this way, I was asking more if expensive cologne is really much better and distinguishable from cheap one. I don't care if someone wears cheap cologne as long it smells good, and that's the whole point of my question

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    I have smelled niche scents that were not to my liking and could be considered "cheap" in that they are harsh and overbearing. There is absolutely no way to tell how much money was spent on a fragrance. If that is your primary concern and reason for wearing fragrance, it would seem you are barking up the wrong tree. There are issues of self-confidence here. You should only wear what smells good to your nose. The rest will follow naturally. Try to be yourself- not some artificial ideal created by advertisers who want to sell you their products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    Ha!!

    OP, the answer is that there's zero correlation to what you really seem to be asking (will I get more compliments if I spend more money). Some of the best "niche" (a largely debunked term) can be had these days for under $50, so cost really doesn't factor into it at all. If your main goal is to get compliments, just buy whatever is popular -- Aqcua di Gio or that popular Chanel one or whatever. This is undoubtably a philistine approach, though. The wise move would be to cultivate your own taste and express that. If you happen to personally enjoy the popular chemical aquatic scents, wear them! If you happen to enjoy discount bin Wal-Mart stuff, wear it! If you happen to enjoy a $1000 Roja Dove opulence bomb, wear it! If you find that you personally prefer the most pungent musks on the market, wear them! This way, what you're presenting to a prospective complimentee is your own, unique taste rather than what you're told your taste should be by people who's opinions have no bearing on the situation.

    But to further answer your question: Some women like the smell of some fragrances, while some like the smell of other fragrances, some women like the smell of no fragrance at all. Women are very complicated in that you'll find they're quite different from one another -- it's almost as if they're autonomous beings with individual tastes and preferences as opposed to a single collective mass.
    I know, but since I only have now 2 cheap colognes I have no idea what I want, especially considering how hard is to go to store and distinguish between several (out of hundreds or thousands) colognes on paper stick. I don't have money to buy and try different tastes that's why I just want to buy best possible scent which I can buy. Of course I am not choosing only by popularity, but which one I enjoy as well, for example I don't really like Acqua di gio, at least on a paper stick. That said La Nuit seems like good option
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    Quote Originally Posted by estranged View Post
    I didn't mean it this way, I was asking more if expensive cologne is really much better and distinguishable from cheap one. I don't care if someone wears cheap cologne as long it smells good, and that's the whole point of my question
    Oh I know you didn't - and in answer, yes, I think some people can tell cheap from expensive but even they can be fooled sometimes either way if it is a blind "sniff test". Wear what you like, and what significant people in your life like - when they coincide it's a win-win. Some people care naught for what brand or what cost they just like "smell nice" - my g/f is a prime example she likes Adidas Moves as much as she likes Endymion and they are vastly separate creations in price and quality, BUT they both "smell nice" to her, and she DOES know "quality stuff".

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    I have smelled niche scents that were not to my liking and could be considered "cheap" in that they are harsh and overbearing. There is absolutely no way to tell how much money was spent on a fragrance. If that is your primary concern and reason for wearing fragrance, it would seem you are barking up the wrong tree. There are issues of self-confidence here. You should only wear what smells good to your nose. The rest will follow naturally. Try to be yourself- not some artificial ideal created by advertisers who want to sell you their products.
    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.

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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.
    That's probably true, but check the WARDROBES of most members here, and you'll see that most of them consist of expensive colognes (rather than any "cheapies"). It's the law of percentages at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SportsFan View Post
    That's probably true, but check the WARDROBES of most members here, and you'll see that most of them consist of expensive colognes (rather than any "cheapies"). It's the law of percentages at work.
    Exactly, that's why I am asking

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    I would say, truthfully, yes, more expensive stuff tends to be better quality, in general. That said- sometimes you can get good deals, but you have to know what to look for. You are just starting out and don't know what to try (I gather). There are no short-cuts. You simply have to try lots of scents- ON YOUR SKIN. Don't be in a hurry. That wastes money. Select carefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by estranged View Post
    I know, but since I only have now 2 cheap colognes I have no idea what I want, especially considering how hard is to go to store and distinguish between several (out of hundreds or thousands) colognes on paper stick. I don't have money to buy and try different tastes that's why I just want to buy best possible scent which I can buy.
    This makes perfect sense But really there is a lot of personal discovery involved, too. After all, fragrance, like fashion, is an expression. I'm curious to see if you've tried L'Occitane's Eau des Baux? It's a nice scent that's inexpensive, very well made, relatively safe and likeable, and yet has yet to become a massive mainstream hit. It's cypress and incense over a bed of vanilla, and it might be worth taking a look at if you have access to a L'Occitane store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    Ha!!

    OP, the answer is that there's zero correlation to what you really seem to be asking (will I get more compliments if I spend more money). Some of the best "niche" (a largely debunked term) can be had these days for under $50, so cost really doesn't factor into it at all. If your main goal is to get compliments, just buy whatever is popular -- Aqcua di Gio or that popular Chanel one or whatever. This is undoubtably a philistine approach, though. The wise move would be to cultivate your own taste and express that.

    But to further answer your question: Some women like the smell of some fragrances, while some like the smell of other fragrances, some women like the smell of no fragrance at all. Women are very complicated in that you'll find they're quite different from one another -- it's almost as if they're autonomous beings with individual tastes and preferences as opposed to a single collective mass.
    So true. We women are like snowflakes- no two are alike!

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    If you're trying to find a partner, the good news is, you only need to find one. So whatever you decide, it doesn't need to appeal to the masses, only one special person need apply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    I would say, truthfully, yes, more expensive stuff tends to be better quality, in general. That said- sometimes you can get good deals, but you have to know what to look for. You are just starting out and don't know what to try (I gather). There are no short-cuts. You simply have to try lots of scents- ON YOUR SKIN. Don't be in a hurry. That wastes money. Select carefully.
    That's too much work to try on my own skin I would need to go everyday to the store, put 1 cologne on one wrist, and 1 on another, and do that everyday.

    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    This makes perfect sense But really there is a lot of personal discovery involved, too. After all, fragrance, like fashion, is an expression. I'm curious to see if you've tried L'Occitane's Eau des Baux? It's a nice scent that's inexpensive, very well made, relatively safe and likeable, and yet has yet to become a massive mainstream hit. It's cypress and incense over a bed of vanilla, and it might be worth taking a look at if you have access to a L'Occitane store.
    Just checked, and there is no L'Occitane store in my city, and perfume stores do not even have Eau des Baux unfortunately.

    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    If you're trying to find a partner, the good news is, you only need to find one. So whatever you decide, it doesn't need to appeal to the masses, only one special person need apply.
    But the better overall "rating" cologne has, the more chances that partner enjoy it more, right?

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