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    Question Cologne Recommendations?

    Hello gentlemen,

    I've decided to start wearing colognes again after a long hiatus and could use your counsel.

    I quit wearing cologne in the early 2000s when I realized I didn't like my Acqua di Gio anymore. Perhaps they changed the formulation or my body chemistry changed?
    Around that time I moved to LA and I realized going without cologne really made no difference in my ability to meet women. That's mostly about you carry yourself and how good you are at talking to them. But now that I'm in my late 40s and not quite the head-turner I used to be, it wouldn't hurt if at least one of my new frags was femme-friendly ;-)

    I'm in my late 40s and live in West Los Angeles where the weather tends to be warm most of the year (especially lately).
    So I can see myself at least occasionally wearing something light and fun that suit the warm weather and brightens the mood.

    I know I love tobacco, leather, and musk, but I'm not sure how often I'll wear heavier or spicier scents in the warm weather.
    I might though: sometimes I wear a little essential oil as a de facto cologne -- usually Egyptian Musk, Cedar, Rosemary, or Sage.
    I burn incense at home regularly (usually Nag Champa or Sandalwood) and on rare occasions I might smoke a single American Spirit cigarette or a joint.

    At the moment I can't afford to spend a lot of money on blind buys for expensive colognes that I might wind up not liking.
    I suppose I need to go to Sephora or Nordstrom (we have both nearby) try some scents in person and simply pick my favorite, but I'm sure that will have me wanting to buy something expensive. So I'd love to hear your suggestions for budget colognes for purchasing now -- or better ones to check out when my finances pick up.

    I made two purchases online already since they only set me back $40 total. First I got Royal Copenhagen Musk since I wanted to try something old-fashioned and I liked the bright blue bottle. It's Clean and Powdery and reminds me of a barber shop. It might make a good aftershave -- or an air freshener -- but it's not much of a cologne IMO.
    I also ordered Varvatos Vintage since it sounded like an homage to old-fashioned man's colognes that hopefully isn't outdated. It arrives tomorrow and I hope I like it.

    Here are some Budget Colognes I'm interested in trying in case any of you want to recommend or disrecommend them:

    4711 by Muelhens
    Aramis
    Armaf Club de Nuit
    Armaf Club De Nuit Intense Man
    Armaf Hunter
    Armaf Tres Nuit Pour Homme
    Azzaro By Azzaro
    Azzaro Pour Homme L'Eau
    Bvlgari Black
    Chrome Legend By Loris Azzaro
    Cool Water By Davidoff
    Dali by Salvador Dali for Men
    Havana for Men By Aramis
    Kiehl's Original Musk Blend
    Nautica Voyage
    Quorum By Puig
    Tabac Original By Maurer & Wirtz
    Taylor of Old Bond Street Mr. Taylor's Cologne
    Yardley Of London Yardley Citrus and Wood
    Z Zegna By Ermenegildo Zegna For Men

    And here's a list of medium-to-high priced colognes I'm interested in trying at some point:

    Acqua Di Parma Colonia Leather
    Aqua By Bvlgari
    Chanel Egoiste
    Christian Dior Sauvage
    Christian Dior Homme
    Christian Dior Homme Intense
    Creed Aventus
    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Dolce and Gabbana The One
    Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior
    Giorgio Armani Aqua di Gio Profumo
    Guerlain L'instant De Guerlain Extreme
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Hermès Men's Terre d'Hermès
    Issey Miyake L'eau D' Issey
    Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male
    Mancera Cedrat Boise
    Narciso Rodriguez Him Bleu Noir
    Paco Rabanne By Paco Rabanne
    Prada Luna Rossa
    Thierry Mugler A*Men
    Varvatos Artisan
    Versace Eros
    Versace Pour Homme
    Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb
    Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme Ultime
    Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit De L'Homme
    YSL Kouros Body


    PS

    In addition to looking for something nice for myself to wear, I'm also looking for colognes as "character research" for a movie screenplay I'm working on.
    The Lead is for a Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") type actor who plays a combat veteran suffering from PTSD. At his best he's cool and confident but he's certainly not hip or trendy.
    He occasionally pines for his youthful memories of the 80s and 90s. So he might still wear an old 80s powerhouse or an even older-fashioned cologne like Aramis.
    Maybe that's too old-fashioned. Maybe he'll just wear Chanel Egoiste because his old girlfriend gifted it to him years ago. I'm not sure yet.

    I'm also looking for a frag for the Villain. He's a super-successful charming sociopath who I'm hoping will be played by the brilliant character actor Walton Goggins (I actually know Walton a little bit as we're practically neighbors). Maybe Aventus Creed would be good for him since I hear it makes people feel like they can conquer the world ;-)

    And I want something beautiful and sexy for the young Femme Fatale. She's a fashion model and an actress with an unusually impulsive and unstable personality.
    If you google the model-actress "Wallis Day" that will give you an idea of who I might like to cast for that role. I'm thinking she might be a Chanel girl, but I'm still deciding.

    Thanks so much for your thoughts...
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    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver EdT

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    Have you tried Joop!

    You’ll probably love it
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    Added to my list -- thanks!
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    Wow, great list, thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mos View Post
    Have you tried Joop!

    You’ll probably love it
    No I recall seeing it around back in the day but never tried it.

    I did wear more bright colors in the 90s than I do now but I think it's loud pink packaging might have put me off of giving it a chance, ha :-)

    There's actually a Sephora store within walking distance of me at Hollywood and Highland so I guess I'll have to go over there and start giving these the sniff test!
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    I'd recommend trying Guerlain Homme l'eau Boisee and Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trauerkraut View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by midsbloke View Post
    I'd recommend trying Guerlain Homme l'eau Boisee and Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche
    Thank you! I'm adding everyone's recommendations to my list, looking forward to trying them :-)
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    Welcome to Basenotes. Your lists are good, quite a few good ones. In my experience some spicy or heavy scents wear surprisingly well in warm weather. I particularly suggest you to try these -

    Aramis
    Azzaro By Azzaro
    Bvlgari Black
    Cool Water By Davidoff
    Havana for Men By Aramis
    Kiehl's Original Musk Blend
    Nautica Voyage
    Quorum By Puig
    Tabac Original By Maurer & Wirtz

    Acqua Di Parma Colonia Leather
    Aqua By Bvlgari
    Chanel Egoiste
    Christian Dior Homme
    Christian Dior Homme Intense
    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior
    Giorgio Armani Aqua di Gio Profumo
    Guerlain L'instant De Guerlain Extreme
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Hermès Men's Terre d'Hermès
    Issey Miyake L'eau D' Issey
    Paco Rabanne By Paco Rabanne
    Thierry Mugler A*Men
    YSL Kouros Body

    (Must-try's in bold font)

    I detest Versace Eros and Versace pour Homme, very mediocre IMO.

    A few other suggestions, keeping in mind your warm weather climate -

    Cologne Sologne (a high quality eau de cologne that's priced very reasonably)
    Mugler Cologne


    You might want to start a separate thread for the movie cast idea, as I don't see it getting much traction here.

    The Lead - Jazz
    Villain - Aventus
    Femme Fatale - Bandit
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    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    Welcome to Basenotes. Your lists are good, quite a few good ones. In my experience some spicy or heavy scents wear surprisingly well in warm weather. I particularly suggest you to try these -

    You might want to start a separate thread for the movie cast idea, as I don't see it getting much traction here.

    The Lead - Jazz
    Villain - Aventus
    Femme Fatale - Bandit
    Thank you very much sir! There are so many fragrances out there that it's very helpful to hear your specific recommendations.

    I'd actually never heard of "Jazz" but it sounds like it might suit the character, as I've written him listening to a lot of Classical and Jazz (esp. "Round Midnight" by Miles Davis).

    Btw, a dear friend of mine who I met film school is back home in Bombay at the moment (or Mumbai if that's what they call it now). How's India treating you? I hear it's booming.
    I lived in Tokyo for about three years back in my USAF days and it was amazing. I hope to live abroad again for at least one more year at some point.
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    Cologne Indelible is worth sampling
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    Quorum Silver is worth a shot for the price. Very nice spicy-ginger, woodsy blend. Inoffensive, long-lasting and cheap.
    Yardley Citrus and Wood is often reported to smell similar to Terre d'Hermes. If it does, it should smell great, fresh and (pretty) clean. A 'crowd pleaser' for sure.
    I'd personally go for Cool Water over Tres Nuit as the former lacks the violet note the latter has.

    As for the 'barbershop'/'oldschool' type approaches, you'll be hard-pressed to find anything better than Tabac or 4711, though the latter certainly lacks in performance. I'd say have a look at YSL Rive Gauche. It's what many-a-shaving cream is based upon and is fresh, soapy and clean start to finish. Well received back in the 80's so might well work for your character.

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    Also adding Zara Tobacco Collection Intense Dark Exclusive, Mystique Homme EDP by Al Haramain, Aramis Tuscany, L'Erbolario Ginepro Nero to a possible (re-) testing list, all of these covering most of the required basics and also quite inexpensive on the budget, but still with a good value for money/price-quality ranking
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    Walk in to Sephora and get you some samples of, for starters:

    Dior Sauvage
    Dior Homme Cologne
    Hermes Jardin Sur le Nil
    Hermes Voyage d'Hermes Parfum
    YSL Y
    Armani Stronger With You
    Fresh Cannabis Santal
    Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne
    Bulgari Pour Homme
    Bulgari Pour Homme Extreme
    Atelier (the whole line. Get a sample set.)

    After you spend time with some of those, we can wade out into deeper water.
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    Hermès Men's Terre d'Hermès is one to consider from your list of want to try.
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    Dior Homme Cologne -- it's a killer

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    Rive Gauche - YSL
    L'Occitan Eau de Toilette - L`Occitane

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    Quote Originally Posted by midsbloke View Post
    I'd recommend trying Guerlain Homme l'eau Boisee and Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche
    These two are also very good suggestions IMO.
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    +3 for Dior Homme Cologne. You won't regret it for a nice warm California day.
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    Great recommendations y'all, thank you very much :-)

    Interestingly enough I've discovered "Bandit" was worn by the Marlene Dietrich in Hollywood's Golden Era --
    I can recommend "Blue Angel" and "Touch of Evil" as two very different good movies to watch that she appears in.

    Well, hoping my Varvatos Vintage scent which arrives today is at least wearable...if not at least I have a much better idea of how to approach this now....
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    Check both men and women Carven.
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    CDNI Man

    Besides the first 20 minutes it a very nice similarity to Aventus, and for the price, it is WELL worth the purchase. I also think you will enjoy the JV Vintage.

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    Hmm,

    Although not a recognized 'mainstream' fragrance perfumer, Chris Cullen, owner of Catie's Bubbles, has been making his own scents for a few years now and I think he has some real talent. Here is an eau de cologne of his called "Le Piment de La Vie" and it's a really good winter offering for the money. $30 and I think it smells really good. It's a borderline-gourmand vanilla and tobacco scent. He also sells more expensive perfumes he makes, but this is one of his affordable, best-seller, creations. I enjoy the shave soap version of this scent on days that I use Creed's Royal Oud. I would not mess with anything that didn't smell really good, so I recommend trying this one. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

    https://www.maggardrazors.com/produc...cologne-2-5oz/

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    Quote Originally Posted by calitrav View Post
    Thank you very much sir! There are so many fragrances out there that it's very helpful to hear your specific recommendations.

    I'd actually never heard of "Jazz" but it sounds like it might suit the character, as I've written him listening to a lot of Classical and Jazz (esp. "Round Midnight" by Miles Davis).

    Btw, a dear friend of mine who I met film school is back home in Bombay at the moment (or Mumbai if that's what they call it now). How's India treating you? I hear it's booming.
    I lived in Tokyo for about three years back in my USAF days and it was amazing. I hope to live abroad again for at least one more year at some point.
    India's a little chaotic, but it's great to be with family and friends. I love Round Midnight (the Thelonious Monk composition), but have never heard it by Miles Davis. I think Jazz is very appropriately named as it's somewhat airy and rarefied, and doesn't easily resolve into any stereotypical accord but flirts with many.
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    Hi Cal,

    I personally would SKIP the lowest priced budget stuff altogether (save a very few choices) such as Bogart Signature, Caron 3rd. Man. You Sir are in THE BIZ! (I was once a SAG Actor) and in my humble opinion, the last thing you want to do is project some subpar fragrance. Also, since your are in your late forties, I would (personally) avoid most Gourmand (especially new "Designer" Fragrances) as I find them overly sweet/cloying and/or TOO popular. You don't want to smell like everyone else in Hollywood. Of your list, I like :

    CREED GIT
    Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Hermès Men's Terre d'Hermès
    Issey Miyake L'eau D' Issey (Bleue is also nice)
    Kouros Body

    At some point (when funds allow) I would investigate more Niche Fragrances from Houses such as :

    Creed, Santa Maria Novella, L'Artisan, Diptyque, Lorenzo Villoresi, Serge Lutens, Maitre Parfumer et Gantier, Montale, Etro, Mazzolari, I Profumio di Firernz and oooh, so many more!

    Best of luck,

    SixCats!

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    Hmm. Tobacco, Leather, Musk.

    But suitable for a hot climate.

    I would suggest you try out Tom Ford for Men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SixCats View Post
    Hi Cal,

    I personally would SKIP the lowest priced budget stuff altogether (save a very few choices) such as Bogart Signature, Caron 3rd. Man. You Sir are in THE BIZ! (I was once a SAG Actor) and in my humble opinion, the last thing you want to do is project some subpar fragrance. Also, since your are in your late forties, I would (personally) avoid most Gourmand (especially new "Designer" Fragrances) as I find them overly sweet/cloying and/or TOO popular. You don't want to smell like everyone else in Hollywood. Of your list, I like :
    Yes, exactly, the one advantage of having gone mostly-fragrance-free in LA is is that I don't smell like every other trendy dude in town ;-D

    Thanks for your recommendations: I'm noting everyone's :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by andym72 View Post
    Hmm. Tobacco, Leather, Musk.

    But suitable for a hot climate.

    I would suggest you try out Tom Ford for Men.

    http://www.basenotes.net/ID26128561.html
    Thanks, sounds worth a look. Tom Ford appears to be very popular here: he puts a lot of stylish billboards up on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.

    My one male friend who used to work in fashion (and also built the Iron Man suit for the first movie) is a big fan of his.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tspencer View Post
    Hmm,

    Although not a recognized 'mainstream' fragrance perfumer, Chris Cullen, owner of Catie's Bubbles, has been making his own scents for a few years now and I think he has some real talent. Here is an eau de cologne of his called "Le Piment de La Vie" and it's a really good winter offering for the money. $30 and I think it smells really good. It's a borderline-gourmand vanilla and tobacco scent. He also sells more expensive perfumes he makes, but this is one of his affordable, best-seller, creations. I enjoy the shave soap version of this scent on days that I use Creed's Royal Oud. I would not mess with anything that didn't smell really good, so I recommend trying this one. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

    https://www.maggardrazors.com/produc...cologne-2-5oz/
    Thank you, sounds like something I never would have run across on my own!
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