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    Default Name a surprisingly wonderful cheap fragrance

    Fun thread idea. What bargain/cheap frag. surprised you with it's wonderfullness? I'll start.
    I bought a bargain bin $9/ bottle frag called "CLASSIC" by Bath & Body Works. It starts out with a sweet bourbon/tobacco scent, that drys down to a spicy tobacco. A real treat at under $10. Next is Chesapeake Bay Spyce. by Coastal Fragrance company. It is marketed for tourists and sold at Beach shops and gift shops around the east coast of America. Inexpensive at $29 per 4oz bottle, it comes in a brown bottle with the Chesapeake Bay imprinted on it. The cap is Pewter with a Blue Crab embossed. The fragrance is warm and spicy. Bayberry, Pepper, spice, sage, and Bay Rum. A "splash" bottle and you can still smell it after 4 hrs.
    I have a TON of Full Bottles/Decants/Samples for trade/sale. Montale, Oud Oils, Amouage, Mancera, Penhaligon's
    Currently wearing: Green Irish Tweed by Creed

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    Yardley Citrus & Wood, among others, close to TDH and a very good quality composition for its price

    Rasasi Tasmeem- exotic EDP with an unexpected beauty way beyond its affordable going rate, combining both freshness and sweetness successfully, in a balanced and enjoyable way

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    Default Re: Name a surprisingly wonderful cheap fragrance

    Aviator Code - a very surprisingly nice and inexpensive cheapie $7. An aromatic fougere with pleasant amounts of pepper, incense, patchouli and geranium.
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    Carven Homme
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    Midnight in Paris is cheap and has awesome quality

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    No super cheap scents (say, under EUR/$10-15 a 50 ml bottle or so) ever surprised me that much.
    But "medium-cheap" stuff like Grey Flannel, all Montana's masculines, Hanae Mori HM, Revillon R, Reminiscence Noir, some L'Erbolario scents, Yves Rocher's Cuir Vetiver or the cheaper designer like most Van Cleef and Arpels and Boucheron's offerings for men are quite good for the money (the thing is that they've just a fair price for the quality; the rest being from moderately to vastly overpriced, they look like surprising "bangs for the buck").
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    Yes, Cuir Vetiver is great

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    OP, I would suggest you to check "Mahogany Woods by Bath & Body Works" also.

    According to my ratings....some of the cheap I love to have:

    - 24 Gold by ScentStory
    - Raghba by Lattafa
    - Avant Garde by Lanvin
    - Azzaro Legend
    + Rasasi
    --- Daarej pour Homme
    --- Tasmeem
    --- Yazan
    - Altamir by Ted Lapidus

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    L'Occitane Eau des Baux.

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    Default Re: Name a surprisingly wonderful cheap fragrance

    My favorite cheap scent is Adolfo Dominguez Vetiver Hombre. At less than $30 a bottle, it is one of the best smelling vetivers in my collection.

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    Horizon - Guy Laroche

    50ml for $6

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    Florida Water...haha. Yes, I was enticed by the packaging, but I was surprised by how pleasant it smells; warm, citrus and spicy (for only £3 ($5) delivered.)
    Currently wearing: Eau de Campagne by Sisley

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    Quote Originally Posted by bejahu View Post
    My favorite cheap scent is Adolfo Dominguez Vetiver Hombre. At less than $30 a bottle, it is one of the best smelling vetivers in my collection.
    Immaculate perfume
    Currently wearing: Silver Cologne by Amouage

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    Nautica Voyage

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    Default Re: Name a surprisingly wonderful cheap fragrance

    Local TJ Maxx, Marshalls, etc pickups...

    Versace - The Dreamer
    Alfred Sung - Sung Homme
    Halston - Z14
    Giorgio Beverly Hills - Giorgio For Men
    Calvin Klien - CK One Shock For Him
    Jovan - Sex Appeal, Musk For Men, White Musk For Men
    Mustang - Mustang and Mustang Sport For Men

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    Default Re: Name a surprisingly wonderful cheap fragrance

    Too many to mention but here a few:

    - Lalique L'Hommage a L'Homme
    - Revillon R
    - Tabac edc
    - Van Cleef & Arpels ph
    - Nautica Voyage
    - Chrome

    For many more, check this last month thread:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/421571-best-cheapies
    My Top '10' : (In no particular order)

    - Dolce & Gabbana: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - Paco Rabanne pour homme (vtg)
    - Armani: Acqua di Gio Profumo
    - Davidoff: Leather Blend Edp
    - Ferrari: Essence Oud Edp
    - Dior: Fahrenheit (vtg)
    - YSL: Kouros (Fraîcheur)
    - Mancera: Cedrat Boise
    - MPG: Santal Noble
    - Knize Ten

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    The Banana Republic range isn't half bad

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    Knize Ten (30ml)
    Currently wearing: Patchouly by Etro

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    Default Re: Name a surprisingly wonderful cheap fragrance

    Some of my favorites have been listed. Consider also Avon Musk Marine for around $5. Don't be put off by the name or color; there is no colone in the formula from what I can tell. Just clean white musk with the smallest touch of mint, ginger and citrus. Synthetic to be sure, but what musk isn't? The saving grace is that there is no attempt to push the synthetics beyond their limit, creating a lot of chemical distortion. The result is nearer to Acca Kappa's minimalist Muschio Bianco (available at ~ 20X the price).

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    Keith Urban Phoenix
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    Ferrari Uomo
    Avant Garde
    Bogart PH
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    Default Re: Name a surprisingly wonderful cheap fragrance

    Another excellent one is Montblanc Exceptionnel. A masculine coffee, orange, oakwood combination. Not too sweet, quite classy.

    i have 2 back-ups because it is so obscure and seems to be available only online.
    Currently wearing: Phoenicia by Heeley

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    Default Re: Name a surprisingly wonderful cheap fragrance

    Another excellent one is Montblanc Exceptionnel. A masculine coffee, orange, oakwood combination. Not too sweet, quite classy.

    i have 2 back-ups because it is so obscure and seems to be available only online.
    Currently wearing: Phoenicia by Heeley

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    Jacques Bogart Pour Homme
    Pal Zileri Cuoio
    Pal Zileri Colonia Purissima
    CK one shock
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickZee View Post
    Another excellent one is Montblanc Exceptionnel. A masculine coffee, orange, oakwood combination. Not too sweet, quite classy.

    i have 2 back-ups because it is so obscure and seems to be available only online.
    They sell these in Montblanc stores. I've seen/smelled it with my own eyes and nose. No need for backups.

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    Default Re: Name a surprisingly wonderful cheap fragrance

    Silver by Al Rehab, Bogart Pour Homme, Azzaro Pour Homme

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    Default Re: Name a surprisingly wonderful cheap fragrance

    Florida Water, 4711, Al Rehab Silver, Guess Man (green bottle), Cuba Gold all come to mind as really cheap fragrances that were surprisingly good for the price.

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    Lalique Pour Homme. I think you can find this for around $20.

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    Default Re: Name a surprisingly wonderful cheap fragrance

    Forgot about Mustang and Mustang Sport for Men. Two nice cheapies as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by MattJP View Post
    Local TJ Maxx, Marshalls, etc pickups...

    Versace - The Dreamer
    Alfred Sung - Sung Homme
    Halston - Z14
    Giorgio Beverly Hills - Giorgio For Men
    Calvin Klien - CK One Shock For Him
    Jovan - Sex Appeal, Musk For Men, White Musk For Men
    Mustang - Mustang and Mustang Sport For Men

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Nautica Voyage
    I happen to love Voyage its one of my top scents ever.
    my top 10:
    M. Micallef Gaiac
    Ck One Shock
    Ralph Lauren Polo Green
    Creed Bois du Portugal
    M. Micallef Emir
    Serge Lutens Chergui
    Guerlain LIDGE
    Slumberhouse Ore
    Yatagan by Caron
    Tom Ford Oud Wood
    Annick goutal Ninfeo Mio
    Currently wearing: Oud Wood by Tom Ford

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