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    Hey guys,

    So I very recently got into fragrances and as I normally do when I get into a new hobby I've kind of went overboard and already bought quite a few bottles.

    A few of them I've actually tested in stores but most were blind buys. I should've made sure to branch out more, I ended up with a lot that I feel kind of overlap each other so I don't have a good idea of all the different genres there are.

    Just for some very basic background on me, I'm a 30 year old and live in a warmer part of the US. I dress casual generally and my work environment is very casual as well. I'm going to avoid cologne mostly at the office unless it's just a really great/inoffensive cologne but I work from home half of the days so it's not a concern on those days.

    Here's what I already have and some of my hopefully not too controversial newbie thoughts on them:

    • Bvlgari Aqva (Homme, Amara, Marine, and Atlantiqve) - These are ok, but I'm still getting used to the saltiness. Don't ask how I ended up with all of the flankers without 100% loving the DNA. Stupid beginner mistake/going overboard, hoping the saltiness grows on me over time.
    • Creed Aventus 19P11 25ML Decant - This is good, want to try things that are different though. Too expensive to wear every day for me.
    • Davidoff Cool Water - I like this, wish it was a tad less synthetic smelling though.
    • ADG Profumo - Only wore it once so far. Hard to tell what the sillage smells like on this compared to what I'm smelling. Wasn't bad but struck me more of a night scent. Kind of wish I had gotten something more energizing/uplifting.
    • Montblanc Individuel - This one is great. I think I like the idea of colognes that just make you smell fresh/clean, for Summer especially.
    • Prada Luna Rossa Carbon - This was my first buy, decided I wanted it after testing everything in a Sephora sampler kit. Not bad, ambroxan for during the day imo.
    • Versace Dylan Blue - Ambroxan for during the night, but could be during day too. I like this more than Carbon and Atlantiqve. I think I'm good on ambroxan frags for a good while, already have too many imo. Not a huge fan of Ambroxan anymore in anything more than 1 spray after having worn Carbon and VDB the most out of all my frags so far.
    • Thierry Mugler Cologne - Need to wear this, still haven't had a chance. Like the smell though.
    • Amouge Reflection Man - Got from Scentbird. I like it but don't love it. Seems more Spring than Summer.
    • F by Ferragamo Black - Seems more cold weathery, could see how it'd be nice for a casual grocery store run during the fall/winter. Liked that it smelled more natural or something, can't put my finger on it.
    • Carolina Herrera Men Privé - Love this one, can't wait for fall/winter for these kinds of colognes to make sense.
    • Dolce & Gabbana The One EDP - Love this one, can't wait for fall/winter for these kinds of colognes to make sense.

    Quick side note: I really love Men Prive and The One a lot more than the other fragrances that were more for Spring/Summer. This is almost making me wonder if for me I should just stick to wearing cologne in the colder months only? It could also just be that I haven't brought the right types of Spring/Summer frags so far.

    My thoughts at the moment is I need some summer frags that are brighter/fresher/cleaner/uplifting/not-too-cloying. I have enough ambrox and aqua scents I think. I have a cart on fragrancex ready to go and want any feedback on better alternatives or if anything is redundant with something I already have or something else in the cart. Here they are:

    • Versace Man Eau Fraiche
    • Ferrari Bright Neroli
    • A&F First Instinct
    • Guerlain L'homme Ideal Cologne
    • Dior Homme Cologne
    • Tom Ford Grey Vetiver

    Anything you guys think I should add or swap out? Any advice at all is appreciated.

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    Firstly, welcome!

    Secondly, as you're in the US there should be a means of you sampling fragrances for relatively cheaply. What you've done is typical of all 'newbies' in that you buy more than you can conceivably wear, find that you like some over others (e.g. there's clearly a huge distinction between The One EdP and any of the Bvlgari's) and keep hold of those ones you seldom wear 'just in case'. As a result, it's more difficult to justify spending on other fragrances, even ones which work out as a similar price per mL, and limit yourself in that respect.

    Don't worry, we've all done it. Myself very, very much included. Recently, I've sold off the majority of ones I seldom wear and consolidated my funds separate to my main bank account so I have 'fragrance spending money'. As long as I don't go over that sum, I'm happy!

    Another thing worth trying is dispelling with the mindset of 'summer' and 'winter' fragrances. Trying the warmer, cosier scents in summer can change their effective profile, sometimes for the better, so you have a different feeling fragrance in different conditions. Dior Homme Parfum really sings to me with the Iris and leather notes in the summer, and has more of a cacao-leather facet in the winter. Similarly, Midnight in Paris EdP by Van Cleef & Arpels comes across sweet, and tonka-filled on cooler, drab, damp days and considerably more floral on the brighter, warmer climbs.

    From your list, and given you're not a fan of Reflection, Ferrari Bright Neroli might not be for you - however, it is cheap.
    Grey Vetiver is great and another to consider in this realm is Encre Noire Sport.
    Guerlain Ideal Cologne is also nice, but fairly fleeting. If you want more power from a similar scent, consider Mancera Aoud Lemon Mint. It's not minty, contrary to the name, and has a similar almond aspect.
    Dior Homme Cologne is worth a try.

    Chanel Allure Edition Blanche might be worthwhile trying - it has a sweet lemon 'head' to it, and is quite meringue-like in its base. It is quite easy to wear, and can be oversprayed or undersprayed as you see fit.
    If you want to try Cool Water with fewer synthetic aspects, might be worth looking at a decant of Creed's Green Irish Tweed. The latter is more sparkling and sharper up top, but has a definite quality advantage over the former. Similarly, it might be worth looking at some fougere fragrances for something woody, grassy, mossy without being warm or too sweet. Fragrances of Ireland - Patrick springs to mind. For a more formal approach, perhaps Dior - Eau Sauvage (not the Johnny Depp one) or their Eau Sauvage Parfum are both fantastic fragrances.

    As above though, look to sample! It's a far cheaper method of trial and error than buying bottles, only to find you don't like them, sell them on at a hit and pay postage on top of said hit!

    Good luck.

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    I recommend grey vetiver for the office. Edt is brighter than the edp but the latter is more substantial and more mature smelling.

    Not a recommendation but just received a bottle of parfum de marly Ispazon this is highly underrated. It is in the same vein of green Irish tweed i suppose but it is a bit different as it has an aromatic factor to it that twists it up. I didn't like it at first but now i can't stop dousing myself w this cologne. It is for the older gentleman and it is great for summer or warmer days.
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    If you have scentbird maybe try costume national homme. It has some fallish aspects topped with a juicy grapefruit and dry clove which would be suitable for the summer.
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    Chanel Allure Homme Editon Blanche and Creed Green Irish Tweed would be my recommendations as well.

    I would also suggest sniffing Creed Millesime Imperial and Virgin Island Water.
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    Welcome to you juston! Enjoy your time here at Basenotes. perhaps Terre D'Hermes is one you might try and see how you feel.
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    You can do better than Ferrari Bright Neroli, either by going more "classic" (4711 or Cologne Sologne) or by more modern (Dunhill Icon).
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    From your list, especially recommending TF Grey Vetiver, DHC, l'Homme Ideal Cologne,

    while also adding to a (re) testing list based on your preferences:
    Hugh Parsons Blue, Insense Ultramarine, GFF Bergamotto Marino, Cerruti 1881 Edition Blanche, Best of Chevignon, YSL l'Homme Cologne and Cologne Gingembre, TDH Eau Tres Fraiche and/or Voyage d'Hermes Parfum

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    Chanel Platinum Egoiste
    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver EDP
    Guerlain Homme L’Eau Boisee
    Guerlain Heritage EDT
    Azzaro Pour Homme
    Nicolia New York Intense
    Lalique Encre Noir Sport
    Cartier Declaration Parfum
    Acqua Di Parma Colonia Intensa
    Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche EDP
    Chanel Allure Homme

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    Bright Neroli, Dior Homme Cologne and Versace Man Eau Fraiche stand out!
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    Welcome!

    I think that vetivers do very well in warm and humid weather. So in your list the TF, but also other vetivers from various brands, like guerlain vetiver or CDG Vetiveru.

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    get something with dominant vetiver: sycomore, encre noir, guerlain vetiver, or the grey vetiver on your list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    Welcome!

    I think that vetivers do very well in warm and humid weather. So in your list the TF, but also other vetivers from various brands, like guerlain vetiver or CDG Vetiveru.
    This.

    Plus, consider some florals or musks. I'd suggest Kiehl's Musk, which is sort of the best of both worlds.
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    Creed Virgin Island Water is a perfect summer fragrance

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    If you like TF Grey Vetiver you may want to consider some of the other options mentioned above as similar and cheaper. I will also add Elie Saab Vetiver, which is a bit more dark and earthy than Grey Vetiver, but not as harsh and jet-black as Encre Noire. Can be found for very good price on discounters.

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    From among what I've been wearing this summer, I'd recommend these -

    Guerlain Homme L'eau Boisee
    Un Jardin Sur Le Nil
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryogee View Post
    get something with dominant vetiver
    There are many good ones to choose from.
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    Grey vet is not a good summer frag per se but rather a good spring summer scent to wear indoors like the office.
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    If you want a refreshing green scent that isn't vetiver-driven, there's the Bvlgari Pour Homme line (I'm quite fond of Soir).
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    Quote Originally Posted by juston View Post

    My thoughts at the moment is I need some summer frags that are brighter/fresher/cleaner/uplifting/not-too-cloying.
    Can't far wrong with Polo Blue - clean and smooth - EDP although not as spritely as EDT, doesn't cloy. Effortlessly says the summer is here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ifti View Post
    Can't far wrong with Polo Blue - clean and smooth - EDP although not as spritely as EDT, doesn't cloy. Effortlessly says the summer is here!
    Can you elaborate a bit on this....I almost bought a bottle of Blue EDT last night but held off because I'm thinking of getting the Blue EDP.
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    OP, I would establish whether you like in your face green frags before you potentially waste money on anything like Green Irish Tweed (as you don't have any greens in your list and who knows if it will be your thing).

    Out of your basket Versace Man Eau Fraiche is hard not to like, it does that hot weather clean thing very well.

    Guerlain L'Homme Ideal Cologne is not worth buying without testing, it is quite polarising as it is a bit odd. I personally wouldn't wear it if I was paid to.

    Dior Homme Cologne - again you have nothing like this, it is citrus and sharp, see if you like it by trying it first, then it opens up a whole class of 100s of citrus summer frags or closes the door on them.

    If I was you I'd get your nose on some aquatics too, see if they are your thing.

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    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. Tons of great advice, I really appreciate everybody.

    I have a huge list that I’ll try testing now over the next week or so, I’ll post an update in this thread with what I end up going with!




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