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    Default For Beginners: Men + Women: Your Complete and Versatile EIGHT Bottle Wardrobe for $200 Or Less

    Welcome, beginners! This a fun and interesting hobby that you may have already found yourself becoming quickly and deeply immersed in. You may be feeling the need lately to beef up your wardrobe and really get a solid foundation going around which you can continue to build and explore your new passion. What I've put together here is a wardrobe that does just that--gives you a solid and versatile foundation--without having to spend a fortune. For anywhere between $160 and $220 (depending on which options you choose) you can create a versatile, 8 bottle wardrobe that spans what I believe are 8 of the most commonly used/needed categories of fragrances. You can use this thread to find a bottle or two that may interest you, or you could try to build an 8 bottle wardrobe around it. It's up to you of course.

    For each category, I've provided my #1 recommendation, along with other alternatives. The alternatives are also scents that I stand by and enjoy, they're just there to provide you with more options, different price points if you want to spend a little more or less on a certain category, and some different smells so you can really find something that you like.

    All of the fragrances I recommend in this thread I stand behind 100%. I either own them and wear them currently, or have owned them and worn them in the past. The majority of them also receive high marks from the fragrance community in general, though there may be some more personal recommendations as well. What's important to remember here is that your'e getting good value for your dollar. Everything here is under $30 for a large bottle, with the exception of maybe two or three choices. The purpose of me making this was to create a versatile wardrobe for under $200. I've largely pulled the prices from what Fragrancenet is currently selling bottles for.


    *****Furthermore, if you are woman looking to do the same, Please see reply #28, as Basenotes member, Kotori has compiled a complete Eight Bottle Wardrobe for Women for Under $200 as well. She will be able to help you with any questions or inquiries you may have regarding her list. Enjoy!****


    Anyway, without further ado, here's your $200 Eight Bottle Versatile Wardrobe for Men Enjoy!!!




    PURE GOURMAND: These are sweet, foody scents. You may not wear them very often, but when the mood calls, they're nice to have around.

    Rochas Man: For $22 at Fragrancenet you can buy what's consistently been one of the best men's pure gourmands on the designer market for the past 10 years. Coffee, vanilla, hints of raspberry structured around a woody lavender foundation. Its niche counterpart can be found in Bond No. 9 New Haarlem for $150. Rochas Man is better.



    Alternatives:

    Michael Jordan Legend: $15: This smells quite similar to Rochas Man though it has a bit more of an anisic kick. It's surprisingly good.

    Calvin Klein CK One Shock for Him: Big bottle = $20. Rochas Man is on the lighter side of the gourmand spectrum--it doesn't have a lot of dark, heavy notes (as it's mostly coffee, vanilla, raspberry, and lavender). If you're looking for something a little darker, Shock is a good way to go. In the opening there's a dark cherry accord, and it's laid over a very sweet tobacco note and warm, enveloping amber. There's a bit of spiciness going on as well. Youthful and energetic with its unabashedly sweet, lively tobacco, Shock is a happy, joyful gourmand, and one of the great bargains that's still widely available.


    MODERN FRESH-SWEET-SPICY-METRO: This category is based on a style that is very popular as of now, in 2019. These fragrance are fresh, but they're also sort of dressed up and elegant and modern. A lot of the fragrances on the Macy's counter fall into this group.

    Gianfranco Ferre L'Uomo: This is an overlooked scent that embodies a very popular style of modern men's fragrances--The blended, semi-sweet, fresh, woody aromatic with a metrosexual powdery elegance and some fruity/tangy/watery qualities up top. It fits right in with fragrances like YSL L'Homme, D&G The One, Invictus, and the more recent Y! The thing is, this out performs all of them. It projects incredibly well and lasts a good 10 to 12 hours. This one achieves its intent through violet, which provides a fresh, uplifting and semi-fruity accord. L'Uomo is also smooth and polished with a sandalwood base that is very well done, lacking the annoying scratchy chemical qualities of a lot of modern woody fragrances. For $22 it's a bargain, and a great addition to a beginner's wardrobe that fits right in with the times. One final note, the bottle is super nice, a shaded gradient of dark dark blue that looks fantastic in the right light.




    Alternatives:

    English Laundry Riviera: This is English Laundry doing their version of what's become the popular mainstream men's fresh ambroxan-related scents and it's often described as YSL's L'Homme meets Allure Homme Sport (but not really as good as either). It's a spicy-fresh woody fragrance with some citrus notes and a light aquatic feeling at times. I'm not 100% behind this as an alternative, but it works if need be. A pretty good buy at $23.



    ORIENTAL FOUGERE....OFFICE FRIENDLY: This category is for office-friendly scents that are more than just your standard clean woody-citruses. Those can be boring after a while, this category is a bit more interesting.

    Montblanc Individuel: Creed's Original Santal retails for $200 and up and this is probably a better version of Original Santal. It's very hard to describe the smell of Individuel (if you haven't smelled OS) because it is such a blended composition that it really smells like its own, big, unique accord. But here's the thing with Individuel--it manages to smell both really sweet and exceptionally crisp and clean at the same time. This is rare in the fragrance world, as very sweet fragrances often feel sticky or thick and cloying, and super-clean fragrances often rely on sharp citruses and very white sorts of musks and florals. Individuel eludes all of that and leaves you with something that smells like the blended result of raspberry, cinnamon, lavender, pineapple, sandalwood, and chocolate....and really like none of those. It smells like Individuel, which I'd describe as a futuristic leaning oriental that's aromatically crisp and brisk while managing to sneak in a good dose of sugar. Its performance is stellar, and for $23 it's one of the best bargains out there. Period.





    Alternatives:

    JOOP! Homme Wild: Not as crispy clean as Individuel, but also quite unique and a good take on a fresh, oriental fougere, Homme Wild combines a very nice, fresh-spicy rum accord with pink pepper and creates a fragrance that is fun, uplifting, and downright good. It's sweet without going overboard and youthful without feeling juvenile. While there may be a loose connection to the original JOOP!, I find Wild Homme much more appealing and not nearly as well known. $20




    ELEGANT GENTLEMEN'S SCENT
    : These fragrances feel mature and dapper. They're good for getting dressed up, or when you're in that gentlemanly kind of mood.


    Caron The Third Man: While this may be a little overwhelming for the beginner, it is 100% worth becoming accustomed to as it is one of the best classic men's fragrances still on the market and available for a bargain. It's a beautiful complex blend of lavender, cloves/spices, and citrus notes that manages to feel both supremely elegant, but also daring and avant garde at the same time. A very accurate description that I found of it while looking online was this: "it's like a high quality bay rum blended with expensive soap, and a touch of powder." (Bay rum is a spicy, clove-like leaf used in many classic aftershaves.) Another person remarked, "It is classic barbershop, but the sweetness/creaminess make it more current. I think The Third Man is unusual and alluring, but very easy to wear." This is what is so great about The 3rd Man. It has these alluring, imaginative, complex qualities which result in something that is simply elegant. I originally was going to put this in the "ALTERNATIVE" group below, but the more I thought about, the more I realized that would be a disservice. For $27, there are very very few, if any, fragrances in the same ballpark as good as The Third Man.




    Alternatives


    Lalique Hommage a L'Homme: When you smell this and then see its price you're likely to scrunch your brow, bulge your eyes a little bit, and exclaim, "Really!?" Hommage a L'Homme is an incredibly unique, sophisticated, relaxed and understatedly elegant gentlemen's scent. It's built around a purplish violet, clean spicy saffron, and woody oud. It's a bit powdery, and the saffron lends its unique fragrant signature that keeps this one interesting and just a touch exotic. It's about as far from a sports fragrance as you can get, and is perfect for days when you are relaxed, reposed, and doing something mildly contemplative. It's also an excellent office fragrance for a quiet, low-key day. It's $24 right now...which is ridiculous.




    Boucheron Jaipur Homme EDT or EDP: This requires a certain taste, but if you've found it matches yours, you've discovered an absolute treasure. Jaipur Homme is the quintessential oriental. A powdery, spicy-floral composition with a big dose of vanilla that seems born in a different era and culture altogether. Simply put, it is aristocratic, opulent, and downright dandyish. It features a large bouquet of rich florals (rose, carnation, jasmine) deftly spiced with a piquant cinnamon accord and placed over a base of rich vanilla. The EDT is more spicy and there's more complexity and interplay among the notes. The EDP features a much richer, deeper vanilla, though in some ways it is less interesting. Both versions are excellent, and one of the fragrance world's best kept secret bargains. You can find the EDT for $23 online, and the EDP for about $5 more. If it sounds like your style, or you're feeling adventurous, give it a shot. Just be careful as a beginner though, as this probably smells like NOTHING else you have smelled before and you may be inclined to label it feminine or too old-school to wear due to the big floral accords and the super-powdery nature of the vanilla.

    Caron Pour Un Homme: While Jaipur Homme flaunts its foppish ways with flamboyant, unbridled enthusiasm, Caron Pour Un Homme (CPUH) reposes in a comfortable armchair and chuckles dryly, eyes never leaving the front page of the Wall Street Journal. CPUH is a gentlemen at ease. Relaxed. Calm and serene. It wears like a comfortable sweater and favorite pair of jeans, or your weekend pajamas when you're lounging around the house content to loaf. This is what it smells like: A wildly astringent nostril piercing flash of herbal-green lavender followed by a mellow transition to a much softer, more approachable herbal-green lavender supported by gentle notes of barbershop vanilla. The first one or two times I smelled CPUH's opening I thought it was nasty....but I loved the rest of the scent. Now that rough opening is my favorite part about the scent. I crave it. You will too, trust me. It lasts just long enough to really command your attention and challenge you (about 5 minutes total) before it purrs like a cat and becomes your best friend. CPUH can be worn anywhere and at any time. It's a great, mellow "dumb-reach" and while it was created quite a long time ago, its appeal is timeless. $28 for a large, nice-looking bottle (and it's 4.2oz. versus the standard 3.4).

    Old Spice Original: You can't beat this for $10. There's a reason this is probably the most popular aftershave in the history of men's fragrances, and that's because not only does it smell great but it carries an air of nostalgia wherever it goes. Nearly everybody has known someone who's worn Old Spice at some point in their life. Most often it's our father figures and uncles, grandfathers or friends growing up. This is a spicy barbershop oriental, immediately brisk and refreshing but also soft, and gentleman-like. If the "elegant gentlemen's scent" is a category you're not 100% sold on yet, go with this and take it from there. It's a great "gateway" scent to more modern gentlemen's fragrances.




    WOODY-SPICY AUTUMN HOLIDAY : The best time of year to wear fragrances. You'll want to have something for this season.

    Burberry London: At $32 this is probably the priciest fragrance in this wardrobe, but it's here for a reason. One of the best times of the year to wear fragrances are those 3 special autumn months when the air becomes cool and crisp, the holidays and all its related aromas ensue, and family and friends gather to celebrate during needed vacations from work. Burberry London is the fall in a bottle. It's a wonderful spicy woods fragrance with one of the most memorable and unique openings of any fragrance. To this day, after sampling probably 1500 different fragrances, I still hold the opening cherry-tobacco accord of Burberry London the highest regard, easily within my top-5 openings of all-time. Wear it during the holidays and you'll be hooked, and the wonderful opening will attach itself to your memory and this special time of year for many days to come.





    Alternatives:


    Bentley for Men Intense: I smelled this for the first time a couple years after I really started to get into the hobby and it still smelled interesting, complex, and expensive. Turns out, it was only two of those things, as a big bottle could (and still can) be had for $28. Bentley is a big, spicy, boozy, woods fragrance composed by the talented and prolific, Nathalie Lorson. Here, she's created a fragrance which is deep, powerful, manly and ultimately pleasant and easy to enjoy. If you like rum, this is a must try.

    DSquared Potion EDP for Men: $35: Of course it lacks the great opening of London, but this one might have a better second half as a deeper, more substantial woody heart emerges alongside cinnamon and pepper. Some dark smokiness makes this one especially enjoyable when the cold weather sets in.

    Jacques Fath Pour L'Homme: This is probably the best alternative to London, though it doesn't smell like it. This is an oriental woody fragrance with a very distinct, sweet raspberry note in the opening. It's surrounded by woods and spices and an enveloping cloud of sweet amber. Like London, it suits the holidays and is best when it starts to get a little cold. Some find it cloying, but I do not. Fath Pour L'Homme is not very well-known, surprisingly, as it's really an excellent sweet woody fragrance with its own great opening as well. Several months ago, it was $25, and while I'm pretty sure it still can be found at this price, it looks like it's becoming harder to find and that its price is rising as a result.


    CASUAL, FRESH, and FUN...CITRUS: This is a great category as there are a lot of options. My favorite is my first suggestion, but the others that follow are right on its heels. All of these fragrances smell good and they're fun and easy to wear. They're also cheap.


    Sean John I Am King: Speaking of great openings...I Am King is the perfect casual, fresh and lightweight fragrance in my opinion. It's opening is a brilliantly tart cranberry note that catches the air in just the right way to bring in all kinds of compliments and positive reactions. It's citrusy, a little bit aquatic, fruity, and so easy to wear anywhere at any time. You can spray it with reckless abandon too. I usually go about 8 to 10 sprays and it really gets it going. It's light, and though it's obviously synthetic, it's not harsh or anything, so you can go heavy on it. You'll want to too, to stretch out that opening as long as you can. While longevity is not its strong suit, I at least get a solid 4 hours before I need to reapply. $23 and super easy to find.





    Alternatives


    Nautica Voyage: Here's your go-to daily wear choice for the summer. A bright, citrusy, floral aquatic. When you catch the lotus blossom note at the right moment it's fantastic. And while the bottle and color of the juice may scream, "generic aquatic!" it's not. Voyage is unique and very pleasant, and easily worth the $13.22 at which Fragrancenet is currently selling 100ml bottles.

    Hanae Mori HM Eau de Toilette: This is a truly unique scent. A bright candied lemon and black currant accord embellished with light, uplifting, subtle floral notes over a base of vanilla, lavender, sandalwood and chocolate. What? There's a lot going on in this little gem of an EDT that was released in 1997. But although it's complex, it's an easy breeze to wear and has a very fun, playful attitude. It's rare in the sense that it's a spring and summer gourmand--a fresh fragrance built around sweet food notes that feels light and airy while still remaining true to the note pyramid. And it smells so good! The trick here is to buy the EDT and NOT the EDP, which is much heavier and not as fun or easy to wear. HM (and not HiM, which is their other popular men's fragrance) sells for anywhere between $20 and $25 for a large bottle. If you're looking for something fun and fresh, you can't go wrong with it.


    Ed Hardy's Love & Luck: A big bottle costs under $20, and for that, you get a solid, fresh violet and citrus fragrance that resembles Creed's $200 popular classic, Millesime Imperial. Though I wouldn't say it's on the same level as Millesime Imperial, it does a good job of approximating it. The fresh violet and citrus blend creates a scent that is watery, a touch sweet, woody, and marked by a bit of a metallic sparkle that really provides a nice, uplifting energy while wearing it. Aside from the fragrances it resembles most (Millesime Imperial, and by extension, Sean John Unforgivable), it's fairly distinct and different from most of what's out there today. Furthermore, there's nothing offensive about this scent at all, and while you may out-grow it eventually, for now it's a great fragrance to have on hand. A dumb-reach that fits a variety of situations and doesn't ask too much from you or your audience. Chances are you'll enjoy it.

    B]Perry Ellis Red 360 Men:[/B] $18: 466 people on Fragrantica think this smells similar to Acqua di Gio. In many ways, it does, although it's spicier with a notable cinnamon presence. Either way, it's a solid choice that smells better than the price tag would suggest.

    Tommy Bahama Set Sail St. Barts: Because Creed's Virgin Island Water costs about what a trip to the Virgin Islands might cost, people are often looking for a good substitute for it. Want to guess the Number One recommendation? Tommy Bahama's Set Sail St. Barts. This is a great little tropical scent you can easily find at your local TJ Maxx or Marshall's for about $22. While I don't think it smell like Creed VIW, I do agree that it's a great cheap replacement for it. And you might even find it more interesting. With tequila, salt, lime, guava, and the honey-like nectar agave in the mix, this is a cool tropical cocktail that won't have you smelling like you spilled one on your shirt (there are plenty of those out there too...they don't wear well). Set Sail St. Barts is a great fragrance to pick up if you're headed off on a brief stint to a tropical location...or if you're parked in front of your a.c. and an episode of Survivor in the middle of July.


    CRISP AND CLEAN, OFFICE OR PLAY, DRESSED UP OR DOWN:
    This category is one you'll go to often. When picking out a scent for work or for a quick run out, you usually want something that smells clean, composed, and suitable for both indoors and out, casual or a little more dressed up. These fragrances fit that criteria.

    Carven L'Eau Intense: I needed to get this on the list because I think it's so damn good and versatile and I also think it has the kind of immediate, likable appeal that suits beginners and doesn't present them with anything too challenging or unusual. So I'm going to cheat a little and tell you to buy a TESTER of this, as there are hundreds of them available on eBay and at discounters for no more than $30 for a 100ml bottle. Carven L'Eau Intense is an extremely fresh, long-lasting, crisp, clean, and pleasantly sweet mint and lavender composition for men. It smells wonderful, taking freshness to an extreme but never coming across sharp or abrasive at any time. It has excellent, consistent projection and lasts a solid 8 hours without fail. The mint and lavender give it enough class to make it suitable for dressy occasions, like a wedding or graduation party, and its sweet side bring it down just enough to make it very comfortable to wear and suited for casual situations as well. But the real reason I'm recommending this is just that it smells so good, and it's so easy to like. I reach for L'Eau Intense more than any other scent in my wardrobe. That's saying a lot.



    ALTERNATIVES

    Salvatore Ferragamo Acqua Essenziale: "Bleu de Chanel Light," would be a better name. It smells quite similar, like Bleu with the heavier elements removed. It also lacks that scratchy, harsh note that's in Bleu's opening and replaces it with a crisp mint and sweet basil accord. I really think this fragrance gets overlooked and unfairly criticized at times. People want to call it generic, and while it has certain common qualities, like its woody-aquatic grouping, there's really not a lot of other scents that smell like it, save for Bleu de Chanel. With Acqua Essenziale you are getting a crisp, clean fragrance with sweet, aromatic herbal notes, mint, and a breezy, aquatic texture. It leaves a very nice scent trail and isn't too strong, making it perfect for the office. $25

    Versace Pour Homme: This is such a useful category to own something in, I'm willing to go a little more expensive than usual. As the Carven can you about $30, this release by Versace should run you about $32 for a new, large bottle. That's actually a very fair price as this is probably the best "aromatic blue fougere" on the market. It is a citrus floral fragrance, with a complex blend of citrus notes and floral notes working with a base of tonka and musk, that ultimately creates a great men's fragrance. What's amazing about VPH is how it catches the air. It's big and breezy, the florals deftly swirling around in an aura of a watery-blue aquatic texture. While it does not smell marine, it feels marine, aqueous, shimmering and light. It's musky base and tonka accord give it a dry down that blends perfectly with the skin. This is a scent that smells immediately masculine, dapper, and modern. While it may be a familiar smell (this was a popular fragrance at one point, and so is its clone, Allure Homme Sport), it's a good one. It's also ideal in a professional setting, as it's clean, composed, and lacking any offensive or off-putting qualities.

    John Varvatos Artisan Blu: Simply put, this is an exceptionally crisp and clean citrus fragrance. It begins normally, kind of smelling like a soapy version of Sprite, enjoyable, and kind of a nice way to start things out, but the dry down is where it goes from being a good fragrance, to a very good one. The dry down is a bit aromatic, herbal and old school. Pine and cedar kick in, giving it a bit of a traditional masculine finish. In the end your left with a sort of oceanic, mineralic, woodiness. If you could imagine driftwood as a fragrance, it might smell something like the dry down of Artisan Blu. The blue-netted bottle is really cool too. Whenever I see it I imagine it on the dresser of someone's summer home in a classically nautical location like Martha's Vineyard or the Florida Keys. $22 for a Four Point Two Ouncer. That's 125ml's. Spray away.


    DATE NIGHT: We all need something for closer, more intimate moments. The ideal date fragrance is something that's widely appealing, but a bit on the dark, sensual side as opposed to the bright, citrusy side. You don't want it to contain potentially offensive notes, but a little bit of daring should be present.


    Calvin Klein Obsession for Men: It doesn't get more "woody oriental" than this. Obsession features alluring oriental spices like cinnamon and nutmeg over a complex woody backdrop of sandalwood, a variety of florals, lavender, vanilla, and amber. It is warm and inviting, comfortable but also interesting. It's the ideal date fragrance because it provides a quality that is both cozy and intriguing. It can be had for pennies these days, as it's largely fallen out of style. That doesn't mean it's not good. Currently selling for $17 for a large, 100ml bottle.




    Lalique Encre Noir Extreme: While Encre Noire would probably be the last thing I'd recommend for a date, Encre Noire Extreme is very different. To begin, it dilutes the vetiver accord to about 25% of the original, making it a nice, dark, palatable woody structure for the rest of the notes. Then it adds a mysterious smokiness, and smooths it out with a soft, immediately pleasing amber and vanilla accord that gives the entire fragrance a dark-and-sweet personality. It projects softly, but with a firm presence and lasts a good 8 hours. This is the kind of scent that would be enjoyed up close, especially during the cooler months. It's going for $28 these days, which is a bargain.



    Bvlgari Man in Black I'm not a huge fan of Bvlgari because I mostly find their fragrances boring. But this one's pretty interesting and for $30 it's a great date fragrances that provides warmth and comfort along with some intriguing notes that you want to get in closer to smell. There's rum and suede and pink pepper, a dark tobacco note and smoky guaiac wood, and a dark, toasty-tonka accord in the base. Most importantly, it smells good. While there's other fragrances out there in the same ballpark (CH Men Prive and Armani Code Profumo for example), this one is the cheapest at $30 and it also smells better than most of the others. If a date fragrance is important for you, it might be worth it to spend the $30 on this and save some money elsewhere in another category.
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    An excellent idea and very helpful to those starting out with fragrances.
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    This is great and very informative. I hope this helps beginners who are on a budget and looking for a place to get started.
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    A wonderful presentation! Great work!
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    Very interesting post! Simple and straight to the point!
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    Nice list BB
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    What an admirable public service, BuysBlind. Not only in the way you researched and presented the fragrances, but also in the way you categorized them by occasion.

    Fine work.

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    Impressive and thoughtful.


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    Great. Before I read your post, I'm going make myself a cup of tea, so that I can read while sipping.
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    Awesome post! I'll play. All big bottles, no testers. All fragrancenet.

    1. Perry Ellis 360 - 18.26
    Summer
    2. Azzaro Wanted - 34.64
    Sweet current trend
    3. Club de Nuit Intense Man - 27.71
    Aventus clone
    4. Cool Water - 21.41
    Everyday clean aquatic
    5. CK Shock - 17.00
    Tobacco
    6. Caron Yatagan - 30.11
    Animalic
    7. Bentley for Man Intense - 25.19
    Oriental
    8. Encre Noir - 23.30
    Vetiver

    Total - 198.40


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    Honorable Mention:
    Monte Blanc Idividuel - 22.09
    Monte Blanc Legend - 31.49
    Guerlain Vetiver - 30.23
    Aramis - 22.67
    Caron 3rd Man - 27.08
    Guerlain Habit Rouge - 30.23
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    Default Re: For Beginners: Your Complete and Versatile EIGHT Bottle Wardrobe for $200 Or Less

    Nice work, Buysblind!

    I’ll play along.

    Beginner wardrobe men:

    1. Bvlgari Black-$22.04
    Vanilla

    2. John Varvatos Artisan Blu-$22.67
    Aquatic

    3. Azzaro Pour Homme-$23.93
    Fougere

    4. Caron Pour Un Homme-$27.08/4oz
    Lavender

    5. Tommy Bahama Set Sail St. Bart’s-$21.41
    Citrus/Fresh

    6. L’Instant de Guerlain Homme-$27.08
    Gourmand

    7. Davidoff The Game-$20.15
    Club

    8. Versace Pour Homme-$31.49
    Office

    Total: $195.85
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    I got to give it to you for such a great thoughtful write up. Should be pinned maybe.
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    Great post. A very interesting and enjoyable read.

    Thanks.

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    Thank you for sharing and for the multiple extensive descriptions and explanations, (including alternatives) can particularly relate to Rochas Man, Burberry London, Jaipur Homme, Old Spice, Hommage a'l Homme from your list

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    Very thoughtful of you, Buysblind. But you forgot one more category: scents to wear when taking Grandma to fight nights.

    Unfortunately many beginners are far more likely to post a new thread asking for recommendations than actually searching and reading these. I think this deserve to be stickied (and again totally ignored by beginners... ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Very thoughtful of you, Buysblind. But you forgot one more category: scents to wear when taking Grandma to fight nights.

    Unfortunately many beginners are far more likely to post a new thread asking for recommendations than actually searching and reading these. I think this deserve to be stickied (and again totally ignored by beginners... ).

    *D'oh! I forgot about that one. And also, "what to wear while taking a taxi in Beijing."

    Yes, this is something I've been working on over the past week or so, adding a fragrance here or there throughout the week. I see so many questions for recommendations, and a lot of the times even after you answer them there's never any kind of response, so I kind of wanted to put all my recommendations in one place so that beginners could find them and read about them whenever they wanted (at least as far as recommendations for inexpensive wardrobe-building scents goes).

    I did something similar to this before, and you're right--it largely goes ignored by beginners and disappears. Even now, most of the responses here seem to be from veterans! (Which I appreciate greatly, by the way, thank you all ) It would be cool if a sticky could be made with these types of threads linked within the sticky so they'd be easier to find after they sink and disappear. But I don't know how those things work.

    I know a lot of beginners are looking to beef up their wardrobes and get a nice versatile rotation going, so that's why this was made, but your'e right, certain issues may the thread irrelevant in a matter of days. Lol. I guess I could bump it every other week or so, but that seems so pretentious. I don't know....it was fun to make at least!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    I see so many questions for recommendations, and a lot of the times even after you answer them there's never any kind of response, so I kind of wanted to put all my recommendations in one place so that beginners could find them and read about them whenever they wanted
    Hardly anyone wants to read or research anymore.

    It would be cool if a sticky could be made with these types of threads linked within the sticky so they'd be easier to find after they sink and disappear. But I don't know how those things work.
    Why couldn't that be done? This thread, plus some of ClaireV's excellent "best of" tutorials for learning about scent categories. There's a sticky for "resource archive for self-education" that gives exterior links, but not one that that aggregates internal Basenotes references.

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    I wish I'd had this when I first started. You've listed quite a few that I've come to love. Just took me a while to find them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notspendingamillion View Post
    Awesome post! I'll play. All big bottles, no testers. All fragrancenet.

    1. Perry Ellis 360 - 18.26
    Summer
    2. Azzaro Wanted - 34.64
    Sweet current trend
    3. Club de Nuit Intense Man - 27.71
    Aventus clone
    4. Cool Water - 21.41
    Everyday clean aquatic
    5. CK Shock - 17.00
    Tobacco
    6. Caron Yatagan - 30.11
    Animalic
    7. Bentley for Man Intense - 25.19
    Oriental
    8. Encre Noir - 23.30
    Vetiver

    Total - 198.40


    -------------------------
    Honorable Mention:
    Monte Blanc Idividuel - 22.09
    Monte Blanc Legend - 31.49
    Guerlain Vetiver - 30.23
    Aramis - 22.67
    Caron 3rd Man - 27.08
    Guerlain Habit Rouge - 30.23
    Nice choices!

    I like the Bentley and CK Shock recommendations in particular. I may update my thread and add those into it if you don't mind. I forgot all about the Bentley.


    I also think Encre Noire is an incredible fragrance and maybe the best deal period that's out there. But I didn't want to add it on to a beginner's list as it's a lot for a beginner to digest. If I made "Part Two: A Year Later" list, Encre Noire would definitely be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kotori View Post
    Nice work, Buysblind!

    I’ll play along.

    Beginner wardrobe men:

    1. Bvlgari Black-$22.04
    Vanilla

    2. John Varvatos Artisan Blu-$22.67
    Aquatic

    3. Azzaro Pour Homme-$23.93
    Fougere

    4. Caron Pour Un Homme-$27.08/4oz
    Lavender

    5. Tommy Bahama Set Sail St. Bart’s-$21.41
    Citrus/Fresh

    6. L’Instant de Guerlain Homme-$27.08
    Gourmand

    7. Davidoff The Game-$20.15
    Club

    8. Versace Pour Homme-$31.49
    Office

    Total: $195.85

    Great list, Kotori!

    I wasn't aware that Bvlgari Black was still available at such a low price. I should get in on that myself while it's still available. Artisan Blu and Set Sail St. Barts at $22 are a really nice choices, I might add them into my original thread if you don't mind, under the "Fresh, Fun, Citrus" group. And I think I had intended to put CPUH on the list and just forgot about it. I definitely need to add that in. I'll put it in the "office friendly oriental fougere" grouping. Thanks for reminding me!

    The only one I've never tried from your list is Davidoff The Game. I remember when that was released as I found the poker chip bottle really funny, but that's the last I knew about it. I'll have to look into it.

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    Default Re: For Beginners: Your Complete and Versatile EIGHT Bottle Wardrobe for $200 Or Less

    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot
    Hardly anyone wants to read or research anymore.
    Kids these days. Research was *all I did* when I first found Basenotes. I bought probably my first ten or fifteen perfumes before I posed a single question on the boards. In the day of the google and Wikipedia, instant "knowledge" is just expected, but it's not quite so simple.

    Most deep disciplines require a body of knowledge and you can't get that in a handful of mini-articles.

    /Acey

    p.s. Kotori's list is excellent
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    I may update my thread and add those into it if you don't mind.
    Flattered. Thank you! Seriously, maybe best begginer post Ive read. Right there with those claire v articles.
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    This is a very interesting and great thread indeed! Also, a nice read.
    As a beginner, I'd love to see a beginner's wardrobe version for women someday. I highly doubt I would use it as intended (asking others what should I choose to wear is very not me, I enjoy the part of trial and error, and also reading, googling and researching before asking where it's possible), but more as a pointer of where to look at and what to test and see if I like it at all.
    Also, I'm pretty sure beginner's version for women would have Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea somewhere in it, as it's really a lot of bang for the buck and quite universally liked, but this one is sooooo much not my cup of tea () I shudder even thinking about it!

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    Great, great post!

    Got me interested in Caron The Third Man and the Lalique Hommage a L'Homme

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    Great list, Kotori!

    I wasn't aware that Bvlgari Black was still available at such a low price. I should get in on that myself while it's still available. Artisan Blu and Set Sail St. Barts at $22 are a really nice choices, I might add them into my original thread if you don't mind, under the "Fresh, Fun, Citrus" group. And I think I had intended to put CPUH on the list and just forgot about it. I definitely need to add that in. I'll put it in the "office friendly oriental fougere" grouping. Thanks for reminding me!

    The only one I've never tried from your list is Davidoff The Game. I remember when that was released as I found the poker chip bottle really funny, but that's the last I knew about it. I'll have to look into it.
    Thanks! Feel free to use them! The SSSB is a tester, btw.

    The Game... My kiddo bought that on our cruise last year. It’s really potent! Kind of a fresh-woody perfect for the loud and proud crowd. I tell him only one spray. Lots of bang for your buck. And who doesn’t like a gimmicky bottle?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClockworkAlice View Post
    This is a very interesting and great thread indeed! Also, a nice read.
    As a beginner, I'd love to see a beginner's wardrobe version for women someday. I highly doubt I would use it as intended (asking others what should I choose to wear is very not me, I enjoy the part of trial and error, and also reading, googling and researching before asking where it's possible), but more as a pointer of where to look at and what to test and see if I like it at all.
    Also, I'm pretty sure beginner's version for women would have Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea somewhere in it, as it's really a lot of bang for the buck and quite universally liked, but this one is sooooo much not my cup of tea () I shudder even thinking about it!
    I was actually working on a women’s list. Is this the wrong place to post it, Buysblind?
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    Oh I love this thread. And I'd love to see a list of recommendations for women. !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClockworkAlice View Post
    This is a very interesting and great thread indeed! Also, a nice read.
    As a beginner, I'd love to see a beginner's wardrobe version for women someday. I highly doubt I would use it as intended (asking others what should I choose to wear is very not me, I enjoy the part of trial and error, and also reading, googling and researching before asking where it's possible), but more as a pointer of where to look at and what to test and see if I like it at all.
    Also, I'm pretty sure beginner's version for women would have Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea somewhere in it, as it's really a lot of bang for the buck and quite universally liked, but this one is sooooo much not my cup of tea () I shudder even thinking about it!
    Quote Originally Posted by Hazel5 View Post
    Oh I love this thread. And I'd love to see a list of recommendations for women. !!!
    Preferring to ask forgiveness rather than permission, here is one possible list:

    Beginner Wardrobe Women:

    1. Elizabeth Taylor Gardenia—$14.48
    White Floral

    2. Estée Lauder Pleasures—$26.45
    Green Floral

    3. Tocade-$25.19
    Rose Vanilla

    4. Dali Laguna-$19.52
    Salty Ambery Marine

    5. Cheap & Chic I Love Love— $20.15
    Grapefruit Fizz

    6. Gieffeffe by Gianfranco Ferre—$20.78
    Aromatic Office Friendly

    7. Hanae by Hanae Mori-$18.89
    Fruitchouli

    8. Shalimar— $30.29
    Oriental

    TOTAL: $175.75
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiton View Post
    Great, great post!

    Got me interested in Caron The Third Man and the Lalique Hommage a L'Homme
    You can't go wrong with either, in my opinion...or both. But if I had to choose one I think the Caron is maybe the better of the two.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotori View Post
    I was actually working on a women’s list. Is this the wrong place to post it, Buysblind?
    Thanks for your contribution, Kotori. The thread has been adjusted accordingly!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hazel5 View Post
    Oh I love this thread. And I'd love to see a list of recommendations for women. !!!
    That would be great. I think the knowledgable Kotori is on it already! (see reply #28)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiton View Post
    Great, great post!

    Got me interested in Caron The Third Man
    Me too! Totally just dug our my sample of Caron The Third Man and dabbed it on. This is some really good stuff! Dang! Don’t remember it being this good during the Turin Sanchez quest. Great rec!
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