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    Hello all,

    I'd like to preface by stating that I've spent the last few hours searching and reading many pages of many threads here in this incredible wealth of knowledge / community. I still need some help with this, however. I've always worn fragrances, but have never ventured past the basics you can find at any large name drug store. I'm interested in wearing something of higher quality. Of course I've come across names like Baccarat Rouge 540 and Aventus numerous times here but these are a bit out of my price range.

    What are some of your favorites in the $100-150 per 100ml price range? At the risk of sounding vein, I'm especially interested in fragrances that have had the tendency to attract compliments in your experience. At the moment I'm not an aficionado by any means - but I worry that could very quickly change subsequent to trying my first higher-end fragrance.

    Thanks in advance for you time and expertise!

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    Dior Sauvage EDP
    Tom Ford Noir Extreme - 120ish on frangrancenet if memory serves

    To be honest it seems to be a tough price range to hit. If you were to say under 100 Id have plenty of suggestions, and of course it's easy from 150-300. But specifically from the 100-150 dollar range, compliment monster, can't really think of any more.
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    Give Montale's Spicy Aoud a try - it's not a spicebomb as the name suggests, just a beautifully rounded fresh woody that I've often been complimented on. Many Montales can be a bit overbearing but this is pretty versatile and won't scare no horses if you don't overspray. It seems to have gone completely under the radar here on basenotes, which may be a good thing (in terms of how familiar it is to the world at large).

    Do sample first, of course. And remember - it's a bit oily, so let it dry properly on your skin before wearing clothing, otherwise it may stain.
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    Floris 1962 perhaps? Without knowing your taste in fragrances it’s hard to make great recommendations.

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    Have you tried Dior Homme? That's a fragrance I could wear everyday. I have a 150-ml bottle of the current version, which I think is great. I think we paid just under $100 to order it from FragranceNet or FragranceX.

    Chanel Antaeus is another one I really like and could wear every day.

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    You may even try Interlude Men from Amouage. I think is a great perfume for that price and you should attract pleny compliments.
    I don't know how expensive is in your country, but here is around 155$ a bottle.
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    Welcome to you RJ,! Enjoy your time here at Basenotes! Perhaps Burberry London might be an option.
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    I wear Bleu De Chanel EDP just about daily. Wife loves it. All the ladies at the office always say "you smell great" as well. If you are in the US I would say find a Sephora or something you can go and get some samples. Like stated above without knowing your preferences its hard to give advice.

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    Gucci Pour Homme II
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bavard View Post
    Have you tried Dior Homme? That's a fragrance I could wear everyday.
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    30 ml of Aventus?

    Might have to be Ebay now though -- should be about £115

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    Quote Originally Posted by gimmegreen View Post
    Give Montale's Spicy Aoud a try - it's not a spicebomb as the name suggests, just a beautifully rounded fresh woody that I've often been complimented on. Many Montales can be a bit overbearing but this is pretty versatile and won't scare no horses if you don't overspray. It seems to have gone completely under the radar here on basenotes, which may be a good thing (in terms of how familiar it is to the world at large).

    Do sample first, of course. And remember - it's a bit oily, so let it dry properly on your skin before wearing clothing, otherwise it may stain.
    +1 Montale Spicy Aoud
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    Timbuktu

    For sure is worthy of considering

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    Some very good suggestions in this thread. I'd add the following:

    Armani Prive Vetiver d'Hiver - might be a touch over your threshold but this is a highly versatile daily driver
    Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisee - another vetiver fragrance on a distinctive Guerlain base
    Armani Code Sport - a fresh crowd pleaser, but more suited for warmer weather
    Dolce & Gabbana The One - as above, but more suited for colder weather

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    Buy decants.

    You can easily get what you want at the price you want and that is always far better than accepting 2nd best or trying to do things on a budget.

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    Add Terre dHermes to the list of suggestions.
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    Welcome!

    Any preference for the style? I agree that in mainstream the Dior Homme line is one of the best.
    In niche, some brands do price themselves at a bit under $150/100ml. Among my favorites, Etat Libre d'Orange (classic with a twist), CDG (a bit avantgarde), and the classic Knize Ten (leather).

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    Quote Originally Posted by notspendingamillion View Post
    To be honest it seems to be a tough price range to hit. If you were to say under 100 Id have plenty of suggestions, and of course it's easy from 150-300.
    That's exactly what I noticed as well, and a major part of the reason I made this post. Can you (or anyone else) give your 1 or 2 best suggestions under $100? I won't be too upset if I end up spending less

    In terms of my preference, I guess that's what I'm trying to establish now. I don't know what the different notes of a fragrance smell like and what I like as a result. I wore Unforgivable by Sean John for a few years after it came out in 2005. I liked that and always received plenty of compliments. I inserted it's notes below according to basenotes. Unfortunately the brand was sold off years later, reformulated and became terrible, short-lasting and overall unwearable. I've worn many of the Polos, never being impressed by any of them and finally settling on Black for a bit even though I don't like it a lot. After a few hours I can't smell it at all anymore though.

    Unforgivable - Does this remind anyone of anything similar?
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    Thank you everyone for the recommendations. So far I have the following to look into, hoping to narrow it a little more and get some samples. Anyone willing to +1 or -1 any of these? I need something that will last throughout the day, 6 hours at the very least but preferably more.

    • Dior Homme +2
    • Montale Spicy Aoud +1
    • Burberry London
    • Armani Prive Vetiver d'Hiver
    • Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisee
    • Armani Code Sport
    • Dolce & Gabbana The One
    • Dior Sauvage EDP
    • Tom Ford Noir Extreme
    • Floris 1962
    • Amouage Interlude Men
    • Gucci Pour Homme II
    • Timbuktu
    • Terre dHermes

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    GPH2, BDC(Parfum), Prada Luna Rossa, Burbery Buberry, TDH to name a few ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palmolive View Post
    Buy decants.

    You can easily get what you want at the price you want and that is always far better than accepting 2nd best or trying to do things on a budget.
    This. A foolproof way of trying out different things without committing to a full bottle.

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    I feel like decants is good advice... but where would you find decants of mass-appealing fragrances under 150 dollars/100 ml? By this list we are talking about the likes of Terre de Hermes, GPH2, Bleu de Chanel, Dior Homme, and The One.
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    Welcome!

    Also adding Creed GIT (if discounted and/or a smaller bottle size), TDH Parfum, Lalique Homme EDP, Eau Sauvage Parfum, Knize Forest, Sartorial by Penhaligon's, Guerlain Homme Intense, Caron pour un Homme, YSL pour Homme to a (re) testing list with fragrances within the required budget.

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    Comme des GarÁons - 3 ---- I think it is really versatile and probably to this day at least a bit unique http://www.basenotes.net/ID26122200.html
    the only possible problem (as with anything containing significant citrus-type notes) is that it might remind you of some detergent or similar. To me I mostly imagine it being a concoction of basil, citrus and cedar, with background hints of ginko biloba and blackcurrant leaf. The overall impression is quite similar to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elderflower_cordial
    One of the fragrances I don't feel I have to be in the mood to enjoy, I just put it on and it feels fitting every single time.

    As far as compliments I can't really speak to that from experience when it comes to any fragrance, mainly because I don't generally put on 5+ sprays or wear super loud scents, and I suppose too people here in Sweden aren't that talkative about things like fragrance (or other intimate things) unless in very particular circumstance, and I'm in a bit of a basement dweller lifestyle in recent times as well. But citrus/Fresh scents are probably the most complimented I would think, or at the very least I find it hard to imagine someone disliking CDG 3 or various scents like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notspendingamillion View Post
    I feel like decants is good advice... but where would you find decants of mass-appealing fragrances under 150 dollars/100 ml? By this list we are talking about the likes of Terre de Hermes, GPH2, Bleu de Chanel, Dior Homme, and The One.
    Is the advise on decants more for niche frangrances? I mean when I bought my 150ML of BDC it was only $150 anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andymizunogolfer View Post
    Is the advise on decants more for niche frangrances? I mean when I bought my 150ML of BDC it was only $150 anyway.
    My decants reference was in response to the OP stating that Baccarat Rouge 540 and Aventus had his attention but were out of his price range at retail whereas in splitsville he could almost bathe in them if he wished for the price per ml you can get them at.

    Seen too many newcomers try to do this cost cutting approach again and again and its always a false economy when buying a clone/2nd best/"some youtube guy said this smells just like it" crap as nothing hits the spot like the real deal as they tend to outlay $50 then get the itch again a few months later and drop another $50 and so on by which point they could've just bought the real deal except dropping $200 in one go seemed to scary in contrast to the incremental spends.

    Decants for the win!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palmolive View Post
    My decants reference was in response to the OP stating that Baccarat Rouge 540 and Aventus had his attention but were out of his price range at retail whereas in splitsville he could almost bathe in them if he wished for the price per ml you can get them at.

    Seen too many newcomers try to do this cost cutting approach again and again and its always a false economy when buying a clone/2nd best/"some youtube guy said this smells just like it" crap as nothing hits the spot like the real deal as they tend to outlay $50 then get the itch again a few months later and drop another $50 and so on by which point they could've just bought the real deal except dropping $200 in one go seemed to scary in contrast to the incremental spends.

    Decants for the win!
    Gotcha that makes sense for niche stuff.

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    I can +1 these, own them and like them a lot, although TDH would bore me for a signature scent and I find GHLB rather short lived.

    Dior Homme never bores me, is super versatile, lasts long, all season, all weather and office friendly, so my choice for daily wear would be Dior Homme.

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    I could justify $200 for a bottle of Aventus. That's what I'd prefer to do. I have the same opinion as you Palmolive when buying anything. I always buy quality over budget. But these French sites being suggested to buy from either won't ship to the US or are trying to charge $80 postage. I know for a fact you can send a small box int'l for $15 to 30 at the upper end. I buy from many European countries frequently. And I'm not paying $435 for a fragrance that cost $200 elsewhere.

    Can anyone suggest a site where Aventus is available for a reasonable price that isn't eBay or some other marketplace? I don't want to have to worry whether it's genuine or not. I'm actually thinking about buying the 1000ml for $1,305. $130 for 100ml is a great price from what I understand. Anyone in the US want to split it with me and make our own 500ml decant?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palmolive View Post
    Decants for the win!
    What are some reputable sites for purchasing genuine decants? Would you recommend scentsplit?




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