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    Hi everyone,

    I'm a total newbie to fragrances and recently decided to begin my journey.
    I'm currently planning to purchase 200 euros of fragrances per season.
    Being really torn with a really broad list of fragrances, I've been trying to educate myself off youtube, fragrantica and here, but I figured it never hurt to ask for help.

    For my winter purchases, I've been considering the following. Which ones would you consider worthy?

    F by ferragamo black 19eur - 50ml
    john varvatos vintage 40eur - 75ml
    L'homme idéal edp 69eur - 100ml - test*
    Armani code absolu 75eur - 110ml - test
    le male essence 62eur - 100ml - tested it, and I find it quite nice
    egoiste 75eur - 100ml - test
    cool water intense 27eur - 50ml
    The scent private accord 54eur - 100ml - test
    sauvage parfum 63eur - 60ml - test
    versace eros 50eur - 100ml - test
    a*men pure malt 48eur - 100ml
    luna rossa black 59 eur - 100ml
    stronger with you 58eur - 100ml - test
    y edp 55eur - 60 ml - test
    pi givenchy 55eur - 100ml
    terre d'hermes parfum 73eur-75 ml - tested it, I quite like it but it could be a bit too 'old' for me
    sauvage parfum 63 eur-60ml

    *all fragrances I marked with test, I should be able to test / sample

    knowing I already own that could fit in the winter fragrances category:

    spicebomb extreme
    prada l'homme
    mont blanc Individuel

    Thanks in advance for reading through this (far too long and convoluted) post and for giving your thoughts!

    Greetings from France

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    Welcome!

    Of the ones you've listed I'd recommend

    Chanel Egoiste
    Thierry Mugler Pure Malt
    Givenchy Pi
    Terre d'Hermes
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    Welcome to you Sebx! Enjoy your time here at Basenotes! I can recommend the ones below:

    L'homme idéal edp 69eur - 100ml - test*
    Armani code absolu 75eur - 110ml - test
    le male essence 62eur - 100ml - tested it, and I find it quite nice
    egoiste 75eur - 100ml - test
    cool water intense 27eur - 50ml
    sauvage parfum 63eur - 60ml - test
    a*men pure malt 48eur - 100ml
    stronger with you 58eur - 100ml - test
    y edp 55eur - 60 ml - test
    pi givenchy 55eur - 100ml
    terre d'hermes parfum 73eur-75 ml - tested it, I quite like it but it could be a bit too 'old' for me
    sauvage parfum 63 eur-60ml
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    Default Re: Winter purchases for men?

    Pure Malt and TdH Parfum (make sure it's the parfum)
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    DO NOT BLIND BUY

    Buy only fragrances you've tested and loved. Most of the ones you've listed I'd personally classify as cheap chemical mess that no one should ever buy.

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    Thanks a lot for the replies!

    It seems Terre comes back a lot, and I do love its drydown, even though I feel it's worn by a lot of people out there. Guess I gotta get it !
    Gotta think about Egoiste and especially Pure Malt, as I do not think I'll be able to smell it and therefore, will have to buy it blind.

    I'd love to be able to test them all, but as it is, there are no real easy way to buy samples in France that I've heard of, since (if anyone has info, I'd be grateful). And I feel that going into Sephoras or Marionnauds to smell then buy it on discounters is kinda douchy

    As for chemicals smelling fragrances, I don't think my nose is educated quite enough yet, and since my budget range is more towards cheapies/designers (as a student), I'm sticking to non-niche for the moment. I also have to admit my taste might sound weird to some, as I like Y edt a lot, as well as Versace Jeans couture men edt (my first ever fragrance).

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    Default Re: Winter purchases for men?

    I just realized I put sauvage parfum two times on my list. I actually meant Bleu de chanel parfum for the second one I believe (but is this one even suitable for winter?)

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    While considering BDC indeed quite suitable for winter (as well as all year anyway) would add to a list of possible choices, especially among the ones based on your tastes:

    F by ferragamo black
    john varvatos vintage
    L'homme idéal edp
    le male essence
    egoiste
    a*men pure malt
    luna rossa black
    pi givenchy
    terre d'hermes parfum

    without considering TDH Parfum too old smelling to be worn and enjoyed at any age, this one in fact having the potential to suit most if not all age groups of wearers during the entire year, in nearly all weather conditions and most outfits

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    Default Re: Winter purchases for men?

    Thanks for your input!
    It is true that I should perhaps, as a beginner, buy more all year round fragrances.
    Would Egoiste qualify as one of those?
    I will perhaps go for a Terre d'Hermès Parfum + Egoïste + Bleu de Chanel Parfum, as I should be able/have been able to sample them. And perhaps throw in Le Mâle Essence de Parfum and slightle break the bank (because I absolutely love that bottle and that does matter a lot to me).

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    Egoiste is a good one. Welcome aboard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebx View Post
    Thanks for your input!
    It is true that I should perhaps, as a beginner, buy more all year round fragrances.
    Would Egoiste qualify as one of those?
    I will perhaps go for a Terre d'Hermès Parfum + Egoïste + Bleu de Chanel Parfum, as I should be able/have been able to sample them. And perhaps throw in Le Mâle Essence de Parfum and slightle break the bank (because I absolutely love that bottle and that does matter a lot to me).
    I'm not sure how old you are but if you are worried about smelling too mature, Egoiste is not a good option, it is definitely more suited to the winter though. I personally wouldn't worry about it too much and just go for what you like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zizzy View Post
    DO NOT BLIND BUY

    Buy only fragrances you've tested and loved.
    Agree
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    Default Re: Winter purchases for men?

    Update: I've tested a few fragrances at a local shop.

    the (very) sweet/bubble-gummy ones:
    - Armani Stronger with you - I actually liked it a lot, even though it was borderline feminine to me (unisex for sure)
    - Valentino Uomo Born in Roma - I like it too, even though I don't remember Invictus fondly (and apparently, they're very close), and that it isn't so highly rated. I'll have to try the others of the Uomo line.

    Montblanc Explorer - being the first Aventus clone/family fragrance I've smelled, I have to say the closest thing to it that I've smelled is Terre d'hermes, at least to my uneducated nose. I like it a lot too, very masculine/mature to me

    Dior Sauvage Parfum - very nice although it's not too different from the EdP I've sampled (and that I find amazing, fight me )
    YSL Y Eau de pafum - It's good, but strangely, I prefer the EdT, on paper at least

    YSL L'homme - It's fine, It seems very faint, but perhaps is it because I've smelled so many stronger fragrances before.

    Guerlain L'Homme Idéal - unfortunately this one didn't cut it for me. I smell a mix of cherry and somehow anise that puts me off a bit.

    Pi - a bit too sweet for me but I'll have to try it on skin (I like the bottle a lot, so I'll give it a chance haha)


    @oudaddict thanks, actually I like Terre d'Hermes a lot, and would wear it even though I find it slightly above my age. Would Egoiste be even more mature-smelling (fahrenheit like perhaps)? Gotta find and test it!

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    Default Re: Winter purchases for men?

    Egoiste is good all year imo I’ve worn it in the summer with no problems, different aspects of the fragrance come out in the heat.
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    Thanks! wasn't able to try it today, but seeing as it gets a lot of praise, I'll definitely give it a go.

    I've retried Pi and the drydown smells kinda similar to le male on my skin, which is a bit too sweet imo.
    I've also compared Uomo Born in Roma to invictus legend, and I much prefer the former. I get something fresher, aquatic that I didn't find in the invictus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    Welcome!

    Of the ones you've listed I'd recommend

    Chanel Egoiste
    Thierry Mugler Pure Malt
    Givenchy Pi
    Terre d'Hermes
    My thoughts exactly... In this order as well

    I’m not a huge fan of TDH, so I’d swap that out with Bel Ami Vetiver instead.
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    Welcome, I'm also new to the craft... I get the do not buy blind bit as a common sense approach, however it's not always feasable to try before you buy, so don't be put off, it's a buzz if you buy blind and you love the juice..if not sell it..simple.

    I buy lots blind however only after researching sufficiently..

    Mont Blanc Individuel and Ferregamo F Black are two cracking finds I bought due to many members on here owning a bottle of each...anyone I have given a blast to states same..male or female !. These were blind buys.

    As you will see from lots of posts, everyone is different, one mans meat is anothers poison.. make your own mind up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuartb View Post
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    M.B Individuel, Lalique Voyager, M.B Starwalker... all keepers for me..
    Congrats on these!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Congrats on these!
    Cheers Hednic

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    Hey!

    @Checkmate thanks, although I'll be hard pressed to find a sample for this one but I'll add it to my to-test list. Since Pure Malt is inexpensive, I'll perhaps blind buy it. I only have A*men at my local stores. For pi, I guess I'll have to wait a bit longer and see later down the road if I can palate it better.

    @Stuartb thanks! yeah, I guess it depends in which country you're located, but there are some fragrances you just have no way to sample/test. In those cases, I rely on the consensus and on yt reviewers (don't kill me pls).
    I would have thought Luna Rossa to be a very safe buy, according to reviews. I already own Individuel, it's not my favorite but I think that it'll progressively grow on me. The one blind buy that I really loved from the get go is Lacoste l'Homme intense, which is also quite inexpensive.

    Goodness gracious... I think that my budget is gonna go through the window at this rate haha
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    Depends what vibe suits you (and the individual fragrance of course). I'm super partial to Terre d'Hermes Parfum and Guerlain Vetiver, because I love earthy, dry tones with a hint of citrus. Age is a relative thing - I'm in my mid thirties and usually pass for being in my late 20s and I find both TdH and Vetiver don't present as too staid or stuffy for my personality.

    I'm generally not fond of bubblegummy scents, but I've grown to appreciate Eros for what it is. At 50 Euros for the 100 mL, however, I'd give it a hard pass because it just isn't particularly versatile, so if it's going to be potentially 1/4 of my selection for winter, the value just isn't there. If you can find it for closer to 30, maybe then.

    I haven't tried A'Men Pure Malt or Luna Rossa Black Yet, but you're right that the reviews on them present them as very safe bets.

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    Hey Reventon, thanks for your reply. I'll have to try Guerlain Vetiver (I smelled it once in store and didn't like it although I suspect olfactive fatigue there). I'm kind of having the same problem as you (looking slightly younger than my actual age).

    In any case I'll only buy one bubblegum fragrance at most, so it'll probably be between Born in Roma and Eros, that I have yet to smell. But since fragrantica lists Eros as a spring fragrance, I might as well wait till then.

    I think I should be able to find Luna Rossa in stores to try it, although I'm already getting Sauvage EdP and I've heard they're very similar.

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    From your original list, Egoiste and Pure Malt are definitely two great scents.
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    Thanks for your input!




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