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    Default Re: Cheap, generic or unlikely compliment getters

    Bath & Body Works has two men's scents that are both inspired and get compliments.

    Noir is like a cross between Bulgari Black and Givenchy Play Intense. Very well-done modern oriental.

    Bourbon is a CdG-ish woody boozy peppery thing that is extremely pleasing.
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    One Man Show surprised me once when I was at the shops got a good compliment
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    My compliment getters were Bath and Bodyworks Woodland, Lagerfeld Classic and Giorgio Beverly Hills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitty2Shoes View Post
    I know this is the men's thread but I've always gotten compliments wearing Tocade by Rochas, Lovely by SJP, and a number of Yardley scents. My husband got compliments wearing Woods of Windsor and Burberry London which I found at Marshalls for $40.
    Tocade is actually a very interesting smell!
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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    Yes. It has the current trendy scratchy fake woods drydown. I'm not a fan, but lots of people either are or they don't mind.



    No. Think about the opening of scents like Curve, Fierce, or even the first minute or two of Sauvage. That fruity/citrus smell. That's Legend too, but after that, Legend goes off in a woodsy direction. Cheap fake woods though.

    Keep in mind I tend to be very picky when it comes to what I want from a drydown. I don't have much tolerance for harsh & scratchy smells being leftover on skin after the scent is done projecting. Some people (most people?!?) don't mind that sort of thing. I do. If you don't mind, then a scent like Legend is an easy choice to go with. It has a mass appeal vibe.
    I like Legend but there is something in the drydown that I'm not crazy about. It's an overall pleasant scent but maybe that cheap fake woods is what I'm smelling.




    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    If your aim is to please people who have shite taste, then your choices are virtually infinite.
    It's not really about pleasing others that have shit taste, and I don't think most people have shit taste.
    It's just that more distinctive fragrances are more appropriate for when you on a date or when you're looking to make a statement. When you just want to smell pleasant/clean in an everyday social setting, something more mainstream and inoffensive is probably more appropriate. And what I've found is that even mainstream stuff like Sauvage and 1 Million is too conspicuous.

    Ex. I love Paco Rabanne Pour Homme. It's a nostalgic macho fragrance. I wear it from time to time. However, if I had to work next to someone who wore that, it would be distracting. A female worker wearing some freshie body spray, great. If she's wearing some heavy oriental from the 80s it's going to be overbearing for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle08 View Post
    I don't think it really matters to be honest. I've received compliments on $300+ fragrances, and the next day the same people will comment on the $15 David Beckham Intense Instinct. Wear whatever you like, and whatever you enjoy the most. No matter what that is, some will love it, some won't. Everyone is different, so no point in trying to go out of your way to find what's going to please everyone. Just wear what you like.
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    Drifter by True Religion (cheap online, at least it used to be)
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    Quote Originally Posted by tspencer View Post
    Nautica Voyage garners the most public compliments out of all of my "under $25" fragrances. It's actually my most complimented fragrance overall.
    Can agree with this. Can't go wrong with this or a couple others from Nautica if you're on a budget and want to smell good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    Bath & Body Works has two men's scents that are both inspired and get compliments.

    Noir is like a cross between Bulgari Black and Givenchy Play Intense. Very well-done modern oriental.

    Bourbon is a CdG-ish woody boozy peppery thing that is extremely pleasing.
    Have you tried Graphite? I believe it's their latest Men's cologne. It's pretty good as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickZee View Post
    One Man Show surprised me once when I was at the shops got a good compliment

    One Man Show is indeed an underrated scent, with a complexity and performance almost unlikely within such affordable, inexpensive price range

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    Have you tried Graphite? I believe it's their latest Men's cologne. It's pretty good as well.
    Thanks for the tip! Will check it out.

    I did try their Freshwater, which is pleasant but not all that distinctive.
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    Okay, I just tried out Drakkar Essence once again.
    This reminds me of the style of men's deodorants likeOld Spice Pure Sport. Clean, fresh, sporty, but understated. It's not yelling at you, cloying, or screechy. When I've tried other popular sport fragrances from Macy's one spray and it feels like I'm "cologne guy."

    This is truly a "fresh out the shower" type of fragrance. It smells like men's shower gel or some sporty deodorant, which I like.
    This changes everything for me. I just assumed that $80+ fragrances from the Macy's counter (Versace, Dior, Chanel, etc) were just automatically better, even if I didn't care for them too much. And yet this unpopular designer fragrance that's only sold in drug stores these days is better smelling to my nose than most of that higher end stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    Thanks for the tip! Will check it out.

    I did try their Freshwater, which is pleasant but not all that distinctive.
    Graphite is by Montana! Parfumer is N. Lorson.
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    Maybe these will work for you in this case:

    Polo Blue
    Kenneth Cole Reaction
    YSL L’Homme
    Versace Pour Homme
    Legend
    Armani Code
    Bvlgari Man
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