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    Default My nose, my samples, my taste, which is it?

    One of my absolute favourite cheap aftershaves is Superdrug 'Forest Fresh' from the UK. Classic green masculine scent. The problem is, like any cheap aftershave, it dies almost instantly. I asked some of the wet shaves here some EdT recommendations with similar scents and the 2 I was given were Jazz and Tsar.

    I got samples and found them almost identical in the worst way - both opening with an awful pungent smell which lingered. After drying down yes there were similarities to Forest Fresh, but that initial small didn't go and therefore I decided not to get either.

    Firstly, as I am new to this, I am full open to the suggestion that my nose is just not sophisticated enough to appreciate these fragrances (I am a fan of the powerhouses like Qourom, Drakkar Noir, Aramis etc.. however). Or, do decanted samples not store very well?

    I'm going to a larger town next week and hopefully they have these I can sample right from the bottle to compare, but am open to comments, and suggestions if anyone knows the Forest Fresh A/S I mentioned.

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    Default Re: My nose, my samples, my taste, which is it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Battlestations View Post
    I'm going to a larger town next week and hopefully they have these I can sample right from the bottle to compare
    This should give you a much better idea and indication.
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    Default Re: My nose, my samples, my taste, which is it?

    Here are a few to get you started and all are green in some fashion-

    Ralph Lauren Polo - Classic that will fit in with ones you have already mentioned but better IMO
    Creed Green Irish Tweed - Clean green masculine with a fresh opening and gets smoother as it dries down. It pops
    YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme - A non-green aromatic fougere with a big dose of anise, tonka, lavender, moss and real shaving cream
    Fragrances of Ireland Patrick - A quality green soapy fougere that hits far above its price point

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    Default Re: My nose, my samples, my taste, which is it?

    Also adding a few more possible choices for scents quite similar to these mentioned categories, in no particular order:

    Agua Brava (by the same brand as Quorum), Guy Laroche Horizon, Lomani, Duc de Vervins, Sir Irisch Moos, Knize Forest, Felci EDP by l'Erbolario, Loewe para Hombre and Esencia Loewe, to name only a few
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    Default Re: My nose, my samples, my taste, which is it?

    Tried Tsar today out of the bottle. Definitely don't like it.

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    Default Re: My nose, my samples, my taste, which is it?

    Something you might want to try is Abercrombie and Fitch woods.
    A really soapy Fougere that smells very clean and aftershave like with no off notes.

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    Default Re: My nose, my samples, my taste, which is it?

    I think that perhaps you're not accustomed to heavier or more intense smelling scents.

    Just speculating: if the scent is you mentioned is fleeting, that means that it hasn't got the base that anchors it down and allows it to last longer, whereas most branded scents use different chemical and natural ingredients that allow the scent to linger a bit longer. I think you simply may not be used to the base materials or their amounts used.

    I'd probably concentrate on fragrances that are either in Eau de Cologne concentration or at least in the style of an EdC, before moving onto EdTs and EdPs (which are higher in concentration in terms of perfume extract to alcohol ratio).




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