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    Default New here - long time cologne user - looking modernize my collection - suggestions?

    It seems I may be stuck in the past with some of my cologne selection - I don't mean this in a negative way however I share a lot of sentimental memories with some of my scents used for select occasions

    I'm looking to further expand what I currently have on hand - I seem to be running out of my personal day to day favorites and I enjoy the chase for a new champion!

    My current own list:

    Terre D'Hermes - its amazing but strong, a single spray is overwhelming, I have to softly squeeze out a small gust

    Tom Ford Oud Wood - too much for me, received as a gift but its very over powering, only used 2 times.

    Gucci Guilty - one of my new purchases, I enjoy it but it seems to fade into an unpleasant smell on me after and hour or so

    Paco Robanne One Million - completely played out, seems like every guy around the mall/night club is wearing it

    Paco Robanne Black XS - another favorite, i've had an original bottle circa 2005 - still smells the same as day one, only used on occasion

    Armani Code - another personal favorite, this was my seduction cologne on a night out on the town - very responsive to females

    Dior Homme - Silver stem version, down to my last few puffs. I've purchased the newer release, not quite the same for me sadly

    Dior Fahrenheit - a rare occasion for me, very powerful in strength

    Prada Luna Rossa Carbon - another new purchase, it was a blind purchase - still may grow on me but not quite yet

    Givenchy Play Intense - my original bottle was a go to, i've purchase another since and it didn't quite have the same appeal to me

    Montblanc Legend Spirit - another new purchase, not sure what happened, smelled great on my wrist, purchased - but wearing since? not so much..

    Jean Paul Gaultier Ultra Le Male - Reminds me of cotton candy, worn on a rare occasion, very overwhelming

    Hugo Boss No.6 - my absolute favorite right now, well rounded for all occasions, very much my day to day.

    I'm sure im missing a few - but thats a fairly accurate list of my collection.

    My absolute favorite cologne of all time was Avatar by Coty - long since discontinued i've never been able to find anything quite like it. I've read of Abercrombie and Fitch Fierce being similar but have yet to pull the trigger. A lot of people of similar thought seem to think it was attributed to the Pineapple.

    A close friend has purchased a sampler set of the Creed line, sadly I can't remember any of the names but it was too much for me, all of them seemed to be some sort of Musk/Euro scent - not really my cup of tea.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated - i'm always on the look out to add to my collection!

    My current curiosities are Blue De Chanel & Dior Sauvage

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: New here - long time cologne user - looking modernize my collection - suggestions?

    Most of the perfumes you cite would be considered quite modern...

    Interesting you find TdH too strong, most people would describe it as quiet. What part of TdH do you like most? The fresh citrus or the woody background?
    If you like the woody background, you can check slightly avantgarde things like some CDG, eg Hinoki, CDG2, Wonderwood.

    Bleu and Sauvage are probably the most successful perfumes of the past few years, so if you want something unique, they probably won't do.

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    Default Re: New here - long time cologne user - looking modernize my collection - suggestions?

    If you like the Armani Code, try out the Code Profumo and the Code Absolut.
    Also give Aqua Di Gio Profumo a try, or Aqua Di Gio Absolu Instinct.
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    Default Re: New here - long time cologne user - looking modernize my collection - suggestions?

    Perhaps check out the offerings of the Etat Libre D'Orange fragrance house, and welcome to you!
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    Default Re: New here - long time cologne user - looking modernize my collection - suggestions?

    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver EDP
    Chanel Bleu De Chanel EDT/EDP/Parfum
    Christian Dior Sauvage EDT/EDP/Parfum
    Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Profumo
    Chanel Platinum Egoiste
    Christian Dior Dior Homme Eau
    Guerlain Homme L’Eau Boisee
    Guerlain Homme EDP
    Cartier Declaration Parfum
    Dolce & Gabbana The One EDT/EDP
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    Default Re: New here - long time cologne user - looking modernize my collection - suggestions?

    Appreciate the responses!!

    I took a dash out to Sephora yesterday after work at the office. Spent some time in there. Looked at some suggestions -

    Code Profumo - One of my top choices, didn't pull the trigger - had it on my wrist and walked around, not sure I liked how it faded - I just like regular Code better.

    Code Absolu - My second choice, on the right wrist - faded into sort of a menthol smell after - again, just liked Code better.

    Acqua Di Gio Profumo - felt a bit too mature for my personality. I remember it smelling musky and more classy than I actually am, didn't seem to fit me so to speak.

    La Nuit De L’Homme - Reading about this one it receives a lot of praise - I didn't try it on me, only on one of the slips - don't quite feel like i gave it a fair shot.

    Dior Sauvage - Again, just on a slip - at this point i'm pretty sure my sense of scent stopped working and everything sort of smelled the same.

    Coffee beans never really seem to help me too much, they also really never smell like coffee beans either - wondering if there is really a better way to give this a shot other than just spraying two then saving other scents for other days.

    I'm also going to be honest - I know how frowned upon Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce can be because it is so played out - but hear me out, I live in Canada and A&F stores are rare - I don't think its ever received that sort of popularity here. Are there any sort of fragrances that are similar? Its not very expensive but would be a blind buy none the less.

    What im really looking for is a fresh/seduction cologne - but im not your dress shirt type of guy, I'm covered in tattoos and wear a lot from Jack & Jones retail very plain. Armani Code was my go to for this at night but I want something I can wear during the day as well - I know everyone probably wants the well rounded cologne but Im always open to any suggestions if this write up helps.

    Again, appreciate the responses - its refreshing to know there are others like me out there that appreciate cologne as much as i do!

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    Default Re: New here - long time cologne user - looking modernize my collection - suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by NoCoolNamesLeft View Post
    Appreciate the responses!!

    I took a dash out to Sephora yesterday after work at the office. Spent some time in there. Looked at some suggestions -

    Code Profumo - One of my top choices, didn't pull the trigger - had it on my wrist and walked around, not sure I liked how it faded - I just like regular Code better.

    Code Absolu - My second choice, on the right wrist - faded into sort of a menthol smell after - again, just liked Code better.

    Acqua Di Gio Profumo - felt a bit too mature for my personality. I remember it smelling musky and more classy than I actually am, didn't seem to fit me so to speak.

    La Nuit De L’Homme - Reading about this one it receives a lot of praise - I didn't try it on me, only on one of the slips - don't quite feel like i gave it a fair shot.

    Dior Sauvage - Again, just on a slip - at this point i'm pretty sure my sense of scent stopped working and everything sort of smelled the same.

    Coffee beans never really seem to help me too much, they also really never smell like coffee beans either - wondering if there is really a better way to give this a shot other than just spraying two then saving other scents for other days.

    I'm also going to be honest - I know how frowned upon Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce can be because it is so played out - but hear me out, I live in Canada and A&F stores are rare - I don't think its ever received that sort of popularity here. Are there any sort of fragrances that are similar? Its not very expensive but would be a blind buy none the less.

    What im really looking for is a fresh/seduction cologne - but im not your dress shirt type of guy, I'm covered in tattoos and wear a lot from Jack & Jones retail very plain. Armani Code was my go to for this at night but I want something I can wear during the day as well - I know everyone probably wants the well rounded cologne but Im always open to any suggestions if this write up helps.

    Again, appreciate the responses - its refreshing to know there are others like me out there that appreciate cologne as much as i do!
    A&F frags use to be pretty good, IMO. Not a popular opinion, though. I use to wear Fierce a lot back in the day. You may like it. I like Woods a lot but didn't care as much for it in my younger days.
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    Default Re: New here - long time cologne user - looking modernize my collection - suggestions?

    I agree with you about Dior Homme. Still a very nice fragrance, but not as good as the silver collar version IMO.
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    Default Re: New here - long time cologne user - looking modernize my collection - suggestions?

    Would re-test at least some of the flankers of the established fragrances lines mentioned in the thread starting post, especially but not limited to the TDH, Gucci Guilty, Fahrenheit and/or other Dior, Luna Rossa lines.

    As well as adding the YSL l'Homme among the stylish fresh options and more of the Chanel Allure Homme line, again for (re) exploring more of a classic French fragrance house with sizable and quite numerous output among smart-casual versatile scents.
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    Default Re: New here - long time cologne user - looking modernize my collection - suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by speckmann0706 View Post
    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver EDP
    Chanel Bleu De Chanel EDT/EDP/Parfum
    Christian Dior Sauvage EDT/EDP/Parfum
    Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio Profumo
    Chanel Platinum Egoiste
    Christian Dior Dior Homme Eau
    Guerlain Homme L’Eau Boisee
    Guerlain Homme EDP
    Cartier Declaration Parfum
    Dolce & Gabbana The One EDT/EDP
    These would be a good starting point.
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    Default Re: New here - long time cologne user - looking modernize my collection - suggestions?

    I'm starting to think purchases small samples from ebay or some website might be the best way to increase my collection without blind buying.

    I just can't get behind going to Sephora and spraying on my wrist and walking around - simply because there is way too many I want to try and have curiosities about - I could be in there for hours - it also seems like the people who work there don't want to have a conversation (or can't because of knowledge lacking) about what it is im looking at or what makes the frag special. Bugs me a bit because I like when someone knows their product..maybe that makes me a snob..but im not an asshole about it at least and I try to have fun with the conversation.

    I think samples spritzers are the way to go - I'd like the idea of trying over a few days, testing reactions and compliments and seeing where it goes from there.

    In the past few days i've already added - D&G The One EDP and Artisan Pure as blind buys - just purely by reading through this forum and watching youtube videos! Fingers crossed.

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    Default Re: New here - long time cologne user - looking modernize my collection - suggestions?

    You may already be aware but you can ask for samples of fragrances at Sephora, so that's an option too.

    For fresh/seduction, I think Artisan Pure is a pretty good start. I'll also throw in trying the following, in addition to Bleu de Chanel and Sauvage, as you mentioned:

    Allure Homme Edition Blanche
    Montblanc Legend
    Givenchy Gentleman Cologne (white label, 2019 release)
    Bottega Veneta Illusione for Him
    Versace pour Homme
    Guerlain L'Homme Idéal Cologne
    Molecule 01

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    Default Re: New here - long time cologne user - looking modernize my collection - suggestions?

    Since you like Fierce, the original Mont Blanc Legend is certainly in the same vein. And despite that Fierce vibe being more played out around where I am, I have to admit, I think Legend smells really good.

    Bleu de Chanel is easy to recommend, because it’s very well put-together, smells great, and suits pretty much any occasion. Can’t go wrong having it in your collection, really.

    Its darker-haired, rougher cousin, Sauvage, is a trickier beast. Despite being hugely popular, Sauvage is more brutal (huge projection) and rough (scratchy, sweaty peppery qualities throughout), though that gives it a rakish appeal. I’ve come around to liking it despite still finding it challenging sometimes. It’s most DEFINITELY modern. Note that the fresh fruity opening only lasts a short time; if you test this, let it move into its long-lasting dry down and see how it goes. And easy on the trigger with this one.

    You mentioned already having Luna Rossa Carbon, which I think is great stuff. A lot of folks say it’s very similar to Sauvage, but I think that’s overstated. They share some structure but to me they’re distinct scents. You could easily like one but not the other, or both for different reasons. Carbon is much more about a big, dark bergamot-lavender-patchouli accord. Smells both classic (fougere) and modern all at once.

    Since you’re checking out sweeter stuff too, might as well sniff Luna Rossa Black, which is a big, darkly sweet coumarin (tonka bean) composition along the lines of A*Men Pure Tonka, Bond No. 9 New Haarlem, and Rochas Man (though without the coffee note of these three).

    My left-field suggestion is Cartier L’Envol, a really handsome violet-honey-woods-musk composition. Like LR Carbon (though they smell nothing alike), it’s decidedly modern while glancing back at classics at the same time (mostly due to the violet leaf). Still a bit underrated but really nice and easy to wear.

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    Default Re: New here - long time cologne user - looking modernize my collection - suggestions?

    If you want something weaker than TdH but vaguely similar I'd suggest Flashback by Olfactive Studio. I can't comment too much on similarities, but it's a great fresh bitter (grapefruit/rhubarb/apple and vetiver/amber) and slightly salty scent that goes rather quickly from the fresh and bracing to the warm amber/vetiver drydown. One of my favorites is Flashback, it's got great projection early hours and then just lingers a bit, one of the most tolerable scents I've found you can spray this in your face and not be annoyed hard to over-apply it




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