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    Default Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Of course you all know I have to bring the Avon, because nobody else will mention it, so I insert my all-time favorite into this thread:

    Avon Black Suede (1980)

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    This is has an isobutyl quinoline "tannery" leather base like classics such as Knize 10, Bandit, Aramis, and Lagerfeld but sweetened and smoothed to perfection with Avon's house amber and a lovely rounded mandarin top spiced just right. This is comfort and class in a bottle. If nobody told you what this was when you smelled it, you would not suspect Avon. Easily goes toe to toe with Habit Rouge or Bois du Portugal in this category, but just more in a leathery direction as per the name than in a woodsy or mossy one. All for under $20 Granted, not the best for hot weather, so I also suggest:

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    Boucheron Pour Homme (1991)

    If you want to smell like a million dollars, this is for you. A brilliant citrus and woods floral chypre with a rose core (and red flakes of rose in the juice). Once this was sold as a high-end scent but has since come down in discounters, but is an absolute stunner for $25.
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    Default Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Lalique White
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    Of course you all know I have to bring the Avon, because nobody else will mention it, so I insert my all-time favorite into this thread:

    Avon Black Suede (1980)

    This is has an isobutyl quinoline "tannery" leather base like classics such as Knize 10, Bandit, Aramis, and Lagerfeld but sweetened and smoothed to perfection with Avon's house amber and a lovely rounded mandarin top spiced just right. This is comfort and class in a bottle. If nobody told you what this was when you smelled it, you would not suspect Avon. Easily goes toe to toe with Habit Rouge or Bois du Portugal in this category, but just more in a leathery direction as per the name than in a woodsy or mossy one. All for under $20
    Yours is clearly a vintage bottle. Is the current (https://www.avon.com/product/black-s...toilette-60156) any good?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    Boucheron Pour Homme (1991)

    If you want to smell like a million dollars, this is for you. A brilliant citrus and woods floral chypre with a rose core (and red flakes of rose in the juice). Once this was sold as a high-end scent but has since come down in discounters, but is an absolute stunner for $25.
    You're getting me very excited for when this arrives in my mailbox later this week.
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    Default Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post

    Boucheron Pour Homme (1991)


    If you want to smell like a million dollars, this is for you. A brilliant citrus and woods floral chypre with a rose core (and red flakes of rose in the juice). Once this was sold as a high-end scent but has since come down in discounters, but is an absolute stunner for $25.
    I used to buy this for my boyfriend when it first came out, and I think paid like $70-80 for it then (~$130 today?). I had no idea it had gotten so cheap; I should give it another spin to see how it's fared over the years.

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    Default Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Some fragrances are tremendous values.

    For instance, Guerlain Heritage. Or Caron Pour Un Homme. Knize Ten. They are all IMHO really good and super cheap considering the quality.

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    +1 Perry Ellis 360 Red.

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    Default Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    Yours is clearly a vintage bottle. Is the current (https://www.avon.com/product/black-s...toilette-60156) any good?




    You're getting me very excited for when this arrives in my mailbox later this week.
    I've sniffed it and it smells the same to me, I just prefer the older bottle design. Avon ignores IFRA where they can because they sell direct so they don't need to worry about liability as much, however reformulations for ingredient availability, economy or style do happen (like with Wild Country). European Avon follows EU regulations so I gather over there this may not smell the same or even be sold. US, Mexico, and Canada is where you find this stuff most. Vintage should also be a steal on eBay if you're worried, but maybe not as cheap as their 2 for $20 deals for new stock.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    I used to buy this for my boyfriend when it first came out, and I think paid like $70-80 for it then (~$130 today?). I had no idea it had gotten so cheap; I should give it another spin to see how it's fared over the years.
    I love it and need to wear it more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donkeyface View Post
    Uomo moschino is a great winter fragrance spoilt by the horribly poor longevity. Have gone through 3 bottles of it over the years, but gave the last one away to my nephew.
    Maybe you should try it in the summer
    I get reasonable performance from it.

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    Default Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Tom Ford Tuscan Leather. Expensive? Yes. Good value? For me, it's also a yes.

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    Great read!! One of the best in a long time!! Agree with the following:
    Lalique
    Bogart
    Dreamer
    Lauren Safari
    Guerlain (anything)
    Capucci.
    There's so many!
    Encre Noire.....and

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Prince View Post
    Tom Ford Tuscan Leather. Expensive? Yes. Good value? For me, it's also a yes.
    IDK about that man. Its one of my favorite frags too, but value-for-dollar??? not sure how you're doing the math on that, but I'd say its a hard NO
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Joe View Post
    IDK about that man. Its one of my favorite frags too, but value-for-dollar??? not sure how you're doing the math on that, but I'd say its a hard NO
    Maybe I'm being too generous. It definitely causes some controversy. A very rich and powerful scent IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Prince View Post
    Maybe I'm being too generous. It definitely causes some controversy. A very rich and powerful scent IMO.
    I mean, the thread is mostly about fragrances which cost $10-40 per ~100mL, and Tuscan Leather retails for $230 for 50 ML and isn't discounted anywhere to my knowledge.
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    Default Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack103 View Post
    I mean, the thread is mostly about fragrances which cost $10-40 per ~100mL, and Tuscan Leather retails for $230 for 50 ML and isn't discounted anywhere to my knowledge.
    Value is not synonymous with affordability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    Yours is clearly a vintage bottle. Is the current (https://www.avon.com/product/black-s...toilette-60156) any good?


    You're getting me very excited for when this arrives in my mailbox later this week.
    Hope you got the EDP on the Boucheron. The EDT is ok, but the EDP is phenomenal. Although I don't get the rose he alludes to, to me it's more about the earthy notes, and some of the best and most robust citrus around, whether new or old. The lemon verbena in this is second to none. It's a classy old school fragrance, and even reminds me a little bit of GIT. Congrats on your purchase!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    Hope you got the EDP on the Boucheron. The EDT is ok, but the EDP is phenomenal. Although I don't get the rose he alludes to, to me it's more about the earthy notes, and some of the best and most robust citrus around, whether new or old. The lemon verbena in this is second to none. It's a classy old school fragrance, and even reminds me a little bit of GIT. Congrats on your purchase!
    Oh, I got the EDP!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Prince View Post
    Value is not synonymous with affordability.
    It is in the thread where the OP is asking for scents which "punch above their weight," or even ones which you would pay much more than they currently sell for. I mean, would you realistically pay more than retail for Tuscan Leather?

    Contrast that with Yatagan, Azzaro, or Encre Noir, I'd bet that most people who love these scents wouldn't mind (beyond a few minutes) if their prices were doubled, such is the value they present.
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    Default Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Prince View Post
    Tom Ford Tuscan Leather. Expensive? Yes. Good value? For me, it's also a yes.
    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Joe View Post
    IDK about that man. Its one of my favorite frags too, but value-for-dollar??? not sure how you're doing the math on that, but I'd say its a hard NO
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Prince View Post
    Maybe I'm being too generous. It definitely causes some controversy. A very rich and powerful scent IMO.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jack103 View Post
    I mean, the thread is mostly about fragrances which cost $10-40 per ~100mL, and Tuscan Leather retails for $230 for 50 ML and isn't discounted anywhere to my knowledge.
    It might be a little too "on brand" for me to play devil's advocate, but if Mr. Prince here is of sufficient fiduciary means to consider $230 a mere trifle, and roughly $5 per ml is seen as a good value per dollar compared to what he normally pays for fragrance (e.g a $1000 Roja Dove or exotic Middle East attar), then Tuscan Leather may actually be a "good cheapie" for him in spirit of this thread. I don't honestly see it "punching above its weight" however, just my personal opinion. Social class does skew the perspective somewhat where price versus value are concerned. To some people, a million dollars is a life's output, and to others, it's simply a shopping tab on Rodeo Drive!

    With that having been said, it is also possible to love a fragrance so much, that even somebody who usually can't afford something like Tuscan Leather will find it of immense value, if the emotional response the scent elicits is that impacting. The nose is a funny thing. Carry on gents!
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    Uh....I forgot TF Grey Vetiver for me. I think it's a great value for what you get! 1st

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    It might be a little too "on brand" for me to play devil's advocate, but if Mr. Prince here is of sufficient fiduciary means to consider $230 a mere trifle, and roughly $5 per ml is seen as a good value per dollar compared to what he normally pays for fragrance (e.g a $1000 Roja Dove or exotic Middle East attar), then Tuscan Leather may actually be a "good cheapie" for him in spirit of this thread. I don't honestly see it "punching above its weight" however, just my personal opinion. Social class does skew the perspective somewhat where price versus value are concerned. To some people, a million dollars is a life's output, and to others, it's simply a shopping tab on Rodeo Drive!

    With that having been said, it is also possible to love a fragrance so much, that even somebody who usually can't afford something like Tuscan Leather will find it of immense value, if the emotional response the scent elicits is that impacting. The nose is a funny thing. Carry on gents!
    Hah believe me, I definitely took that into consideration. No matter how I sliced it, it always reminded me of my coworkers at a job I had in the finance sector. They were making bank (literally) and still thought Creed was too expensive for what it was. Still just my opinions and Mr. Prince is free to his own as well
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    Default Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Maybe @Mr. Prince is a descendant of @Sheik Yerbouti



    Just another day in the life...

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    Default Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Quote Originally Posted by speckmann0706 View Post
    Guerlain Heritage
    Guerlain Habit Rouge
    Ralph Lauren Polo
    Chanel Egoiste
    Chanel Antaeus
    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Chanel Allure Homme
    Christian Dior Dior Homme
    Aramis Aramis
    Azzaro Pour Homme
    Boucheron Pour Homme
    These are definitely solid choices, you get what you paid for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack103 View Post
    Hah believe me, I definitely took that into consideration. No matter how I sliced it, it always reminded me of my coworkers at a job I had in the finance sector. They were making bank (literally) and still thought Creed was too expensive for what it was. Still just my opinions and Mr. Prince is free to his own as well
    I feel that completely. Folks here in Seattle make bank too and still swamp elevators with Curve or Joop. They buy their cars from Mercedes but their cologne from Marshall's. Priorities.

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    Maybe @Mr. Prince is a descendant of @Sheik Yerbouti



    Just another day in the life...

    *jumps in diamond studded Bugatti rolling on silk tires*

    *peels out of thread*

    *gets home*

    *has servants wash sandals with Tuscan Leather*

    *sits online and waits for a split of Eaux des Unobtanium to open up*
    I'm sorry but...

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    Although you can still buy my favorite Avon pretty cheap...
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    Default Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    I feel that completely. Folks here in Seattle make bank too and still swamp elevators with Curve or Joop. They buy their cars from Mercedes but their cologne from Marshall's. Priorities.



    I'm sorry but...

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    Although you can still buy my favorite Avon pretty cheap...
    Anyone who spends a $150 on that sweater deserves to be flown to Dubai and used as a porta pottie by the natives. Enjoy your trip!

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    Default Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Quote Originally Posted by Palmolive View Post
    Anyone who spends a $150 on that sweater deserves to be flown to Dubai and used as a porta pottie by the natives. Enjoy your trip!
    Is that even something you can still buy? These photos were from the 80's.
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    at the prices i've bought them it's out of Dior Homme Cologne & Aqua Wood. the quality of the blends being so good they transcend any limitation with the ingredients.

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    Default Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    Great thread! I really need to sample Caron and Guerlain.

    A few that I heartily agree with:

    Lalique, particularly Pour Homme Lion. Not as sophisticated as Bois du Portugal, but a great spicy woody fragrance. I was also pleasantly surprised as how easy Encre Noir is to wear, though I think I prefer the Extreme flanker. And finally, one that I don’t see mentioned much: Lalique Pour Homme Equus. An ethereal but powerful juniper and wood fragrance that’s perfect for current weather.

    Hana’s Mori H.M. Spearmint isn’t listed as a note here on Basenotes, but it’s what makes it for me. An underrated office fragrance.

    I would also agree that Boucheron’s offerings are solid and many (though not all) of the Aramis gentlemen’s Collection punch above their weight.

    A few that I don’t think have been mentioned:

    Banana Republic’s Icon Collection, particularly Oud Mosaic (skanky clean...it gives me Kouros vibes), Leather Reserve (gets compared to Oud Ispahan, though I can’t comment on that), and Neroli Woods.

    Paul Sebastian Fine Cologne. It’s not going to win any awards, but it’s good and hardly ever mentioned. My grandfather wore it, so maybe I’m biased.

    I’m not sure I’d pay a lot more than current grey market prices for any of the above. For instance, if Lalique PH Lion was going for the same price as, say, Dior Homme, would I still buy it? Ehhhh. I’d probably try and find something with the same vibe for less. It’s the price that gives it the value, and I guess I’ve never smelled a fragrance I had to have for today’s MSRPs. Happy to have threads like this to help build a frugal but solid collection!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NettyYeti View Post
    For instance, if Lalique PH Lion was going for the same price as, say, Dior Homme, would I still buy it? Ehhhh.
    I would! I'm a big fan of that one.
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    Cheapies:
    Black Soul by Ted Lapidus
    Vermeil pour Homme by Jean Louis Vermeil
    Cologne Grand Luxe by Fragonard
    Patchouli by Fragonard

    Mid-priced:
    Héritage by Guerlain
    Habit Rouge by Guerlain
    l'Instant pour Homme by Guerlain

    Expensives:
    Bracken Man by Amouage
    Ciel Man by Amouage
    Dia Man by Amouage
    French Affair by Ex Nihilo
    Derby by Guerlain
    Arsène Lupin Dandy by Guerlain
    1725/1740 by Histoires de Parfums
    Ambre Précieux (Ultime) by Maître Parfumeur
    Bornéo 1834 by Serge Lutens
    L'Air du Désert Marocain by Tauer Perfumes
    l'Homme Sage by Divine
    Patchouli by Santa Maria Novella
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    Default Re: Pound for pound (or dollar, euro, whatever) what scents offer the most value?

    This is now a list thread.
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