Let's talk cologne!

I like dressing nice as much as the next guy and I'm now deep into exploring more & more men's fragrances. I haven't been in an office in 2 years now, and I probably wouldn't wear most scents to the office anyways. But I love putting some on when I go out and love exploring new ones. So, what are you guys wearing? Give me your top 5 (no more than that!) and please be specific since fragrances have so many variances in their names.

Here's mine:

  1. Chanel Platinum Egoiste - incredible scent, fresh, elegant. Definitely says you're an executive. If I could only wear one for the rest of my life, this would be it
  2. Hugo Boss Man - I have been wearing this forever, literally 20+ years. If you like being complimented when you go out, wear this one. 
  3. Louis Vuitton Meteore - a recent addition to my collection. I was actually disappointed on my last visit to my local LV, I just didn't like any of their offerings. But this one was the exception. Smells light and fresh but still very subdued. Only people that get up close to you will even notice it but when they do, they will love it. I wore it on Sunday and my female went crazy over it. 
  4. Gucci Black Guilty - Love this one, you can't help but smile when you wear it. My gripe with this one is that its not very strong. You will go through a lot very quickly if you're someone that likes strong projection from your fragrance. 
  5. Burberry Mr. Burberry Indigo - amazing scent, really fresh and young. I usually don't shop Burberry, so it was a nice find on a random trip there. Once you've worn it, you will want to order it again.

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Stradivarius93, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Just came across this thread. Can't go wrong with the Gucci Guilty Black. Love that stuff.

Also like Calvin Klein intense euphoria for men

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've been wanting to try more of the CK stuff. I just need to make it to my local Macys to try some since I don't think Saks carries them any more. 

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Stradivarius93, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yeah the CK is actually my preferred right now. I need to check out some others to broaden my horizons a bit

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Arroz con Pollo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have some Tom Ford that smells nice and used to rock Dolce Gabbana Light Blue in college, but my question for you guys is does the cologne not interact with your deodorant?

I wear Old Spice whatever the fuck is on sale and most of them have a pretty strong scent. I feel like using cologne on top of this would be too many smells. Before I see a girl I usually just shower and use coconut conditioner and put on my Old Spice - have always gotten told I smell nice. I'd love to get some more "manly" smells but the deodorant works great and I just use Dove unscented bar soap. Have used Dove Men's in the past (aka college) but the smells seem sort of childish imo.

My question is, for those of you that use expensive cologne, what deodorant do you use? How do you limit scent interaction?

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm not sure I've ever had an issue with my deodorant affecting cologne like that. But if  it's a concern for you then you can try to find a fragrance that has a matching deodorant. A little harder to find but it can be done. 
 

Also I will use old spice every once in a while when I'm not meeting a lot of people or it's a slow day. It indeed does get compliments, there's a reason why it's been around so long!

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Kevin25, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I was also thinking the same. I already smell like my deodorant + shower gel. adding perfume on top feels excessive.

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I think that most shower gels will have as much staying power as you think they do. You'll smell great coming out of the bathroom, but an hour later? It never hurts to spray something on before leaving the house :)

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ChadKKKlansman, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Versace Eros is my go to


The fuck is Gucci Black Guilty, is this the 2010s?

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You must be a lot of fun at parties. 

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Versace definitely has some good ones. I love the Pour Homme but it has virtually zero staying power. If that one lasted longer that would easily be in my top 3 favorites. 

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I finally gave in and bought this one a couple months back. It's good but I think a little overrated. Also, it should last a lot longer than it does, given the price. 

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IStonkYouStink, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've worn Nautica Blue ($20) along with Old Spice Swagger deodorant for the past 7 years, and damn near every girl I've slept with has commented that I smell great. Even girl friends regularly comment on my good smell.

I bought fancier scents (e.g. Versace, Gucci) a few times and wore them some months, but they always resulted in reduced compliments.

🤷‍♂️ Save money, smell better. Waddaya gonna do about it

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hey theres absolutely nothing wrong with that! I know I listed some high dollar items because that's what I've come across recently but the Hugo Boss Man is something that I pick up at Wal Mart for like $40 and it always gets me compliments. So if you find something that works for you and is easily affordable, then more power to you!

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Kevin25, what's your opinion? Comment below:

hey man, I was gonna buy this one on Amazon but people in reviews say that Amazon sells fakes. do you buy it at a Nautica store or somewhere else?

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PaulTwodoorJones, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I will say this, I wore N83 in college (like $16 bucks) and it ALWAYS got compliments. The only thing is that it didn't last long so I had to carry it around in my car/bag but I can't even hate on that

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dinneratdorsia, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Terre d'Hermes, Creed Aventus/Green Irish Tweed, Acqua di Parma Colonia/Arancia di Capri, Cartier L'Envol, Tom Ford (private blend series)

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TechBanking, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Terre d'hermes for the win!

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I was in Hermes recently and was looking forward to trying this one for the first time . . . and I was disappointed. It was just a little too "terre" for my tastes. Definitely requires the right attitude and outfit (and maybe even age) to wear it successfully. I ended up buying some of their unisex mandarin offerings instead. 

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You're late! There were WAY too many postings in this thread before anyone mentioned the obvious ;) I have a clone/tribute of this but have definitely have it on my list to pick some of the real stuff up soon!

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jackwestjr, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I recently started using Scentbird and find it's a pretty good way to try a range of cologne's that you probably wouldn't otherwise. Unexpectedly became a fan of Chris Collins' Harlem Nights which is something I never would have purchased myself. With this said, as mentioned above - Tom Ford's stuff is fantastic (but rather expensive).

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thanks for the tip on that. Its a unique business model for sure and they do have a couple of items that I have been interested in the past. I might sign up. 

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SS_Lieutenant_Heinrich, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Isn't L'Homme the one that comes in the bottle shaped like a naked man? Seemed kinda gay to me

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

No. You're thinking of JPG Le Male. I know this answer but I don't own this one. So does that make me "not gay but curious"??? LOL

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Le Homme is crack for wealthy girls

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm usually not interested in YSL, but since you mentioned wealthy girls . . . :)

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Subprimed, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Been rocking YSL L'homme for a couple of years now, evey girl that gets close enough complements me on it.

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Just checked it online and there seem to be many YSL L'homme. Is there a particular one that you would recommend?

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DankSledsandSpreads, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hollister SoCal cologne was my "beachy vibes" spray during my college years and still kinda use it when I don't need a strong scent but wanna smell nice for lunch or hanging by the lakes 

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

That's a good one but definitely a young man's scent. I feel like that's one that everyone will (should?) outgrow at some point, no? 

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Sterb, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Summer - Le Labo Bergamote 22

Winter - Tom Ford Oud Wood

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Le Labo is a house that I'm only now getting into. Funny thing is that they have a boutique in my town (I know there's not many) and I've passed it multiple times on my nights out, but I never even realized they were a fragrance house! Their store is always so minimalist and androgenous that I never knew what they were until very very recently. I need to make it a point to stop in there. 

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sentry2313, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My top five in no particular order:

1. Bleu de Chanel Parfum (best one of the line imo)

2. Green Irish Tweed by Creed - Debuted in the 80's but still kills it today

3. Pure Malt by Thierry Mugler - They got sold to L'Oréal and have recently discontinued the Angel Men line. Pure Malt is my winter go to; it smells incredibly unique

4. Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme by Chanel

5. Layton by Parfums De Marly - Opening is this horrible menthol vanilla but the dry down smells ridiculously good. 

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Solid list. But answer me this: everything I've read says that Green Irish Tweed and Cool Water are very, very similar or at least close enough (which if fine BTW, Cool Water is a favorite) where you can't justify the Creed expense over the Davidoff. Have you tried both?

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sentry2313, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Personally, I don't think they smell the same. I have a full bottle of GIT. Green Irish Tweed has a very fresh, green, rich, masculine, natural type of smell. It has a lot of depth and doesn't smell cheap or synthetic at all. Cool water has a similar base but it has a cheap deodorant type of smell (like most of what is sold at a Macy's or similar retailer). The people who say that GIT is identical to CW are downplaying that they can't afford luxury or they bought a bottle or decant from some discounter that kept the juice in poor conditions, thus destroying the original fragrance or they got a ten year old batch. 

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Kevin25, what's your opinion? Comment below:

guys, how do you try them? when I go to Sephora, I try a bunch and after the 5th one the smells start mixing together and I feel confused and I can't decide what to buy.

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Many years ago, all the stores used to have a little bowl of coffee beans that you could smell to bring your nose back to a "neutral" in between tests. I don't know of any stores that do that any more. Bring your own handkerchief or something with a neutral scent (like your fabric softener or whatever) and smell that in between. And of course take breaks in between, walk around the store and then come back to try some more. 

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GamingandLodging, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm Persian so obviously I would say Dior Sauvage, just kidding but I do have some great recommendations.

  1. Dior Homme - This is actually a replacement for Dior Sauvage (don't like sauvage smells like axe body spray to me). It is very versatile and smells woody. It's fresh and masculine and a great everyday fragrance. Gotten a lot of compliments on this one.
  1. YSL La Nuit de l'homme - This is my favourite one, really nice cardamon based fragrance perfect for dates or for occasions with close contact with chicks. This is my most complimented fragrance and every girl and guy that has smelt this loved it.
  1. Armani Code Absolu - This is another sweet fragrance, really strong tonka notes. It's actually pretty classy sweet smell that's pretty mature. Lot of compliments on this one as well.
  1. Bleu De Chanel - I don't think any explanation necessary this is a go to for a lot of people and I think a must-have for a lot of collections.
  1. Valentine Uomo Intense - This is a pretty unique scent that a lot of people don't have that is a pretty classy scent. I definitely recommend this one for nights out and it helps you stand out in a good way.
  1. CH Men Prive - This is also another night out fragrance that is an amazing scent. Also got a lot of compliments from this one (especially during college).
  1. Prada L'homme - Go to office or professional fragrance, smells super clean and fresh.

Those are some basic designer brand fragrances that a lot of people own but if you want more unique or "niche" fragrances I'm going to recommend some brands to look into. I won't tell you specific ones since they are unique smelling and different so you gotta smell a bunch of different fragrances in the house to find your scent.

  1. Creed
  1. Bond number 9
  1. Xerjoff (favorite house)
  1. MFK
  1. Roja Parfums
  1. Initio Parfums
  1. Parfums De Marley
  1. Amouage
  1. The Great House of Oud
  1. Clive Christian

If you want more recommendations let me know.

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Solid list! I also wear Bleu and you have a few that are on my list to try (the YSL and Prada). I like your notes on them too!

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This one is definitely on my list to try. I'll buy it next time I do a fragrance haul from Macys. 

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Sio, what's your opinion? Comment below:

As a niche perfume hipster, I am a little bit embarrassed for the commentary in this thread. Most people here clear 6-digits and you guys wear cologne that's cheaper than a DoorDash for two. And I say this with no ill intent.

So I'm around $5k deep into this hobby now, you can with confidence say that I'm as passionate on the topic as some guys here are about watches and cars. I don't think you need to be deep into perfume to realize that Creed 'Aventus' basically dominates Wall St, seen comments on this in so many threads actually. Aventus is the most popular niche perfume in the industry. And before I go more in depth, the word 'niche' refers to perfume houses that almost exclusively work on perfumes (they'll usually also do hair sprays, hand creams, candles etc - they just don't do clothes) vs. 'designer' which mainly refers to fashion houses who also dabble in perfume.

My entire post will be around niche since I enjoy the idea of wearing something that is both high in quality and unique. And no, not Creed 'Aventus' isn't among these. I'm genuinely a hater cause Aventus breaks the rules of niche by being far too popular. Aventus has additional problems - it has significant variance batch-to-batch, meaning when the scent first came out, it had better longevity vs. now it's more watered down. They also made a change from selling 125ml bottles to 100ml while keeping the price the same. As a whole, the house of Creed is no longer good value and I mean that wholeheartedly. I will still, however, include them in my recommendations to not seem biased. Before I start: avoid blind-buying, always test/sample your fragrances. Only blind-buy if you are experienced.

So what is good value? The first thing to understand is what are the other well-recognized niche houses. I list these based on my personal understanding of demand, price, and quality. 

1. Parfums de Marly - popular, mostly safe scents that are easy to wear, leaning mostly summer-fall with a few winter fragrances 

2. Xerjoff - diverse offering wall-to-wall, elite blend quality, 10/10 design for bottles/packaging (bottles come in nice leather cases and the perfumes are covered by a silky sheet)

3. Roja Parfums - Roja to many is the market leader for masculine fresh scents, price in terms of top 3 is on average the highest, very high quality bottles. Has one of the main competitors to Creed 'Aventus', that being Roja 'Elysium'.

4. Amouage - offering just as diverse as Xerjoff, blend quality has recently fallen off with some scents not performing as good (see Amouage 'Jubilation XXV')

5. Kilian - the king of winter fragrances. This house almost entirely builds fragrances you want to wear in tight circles and for dates as the gourmand profile (gourmand means edible smelling fragrance) can be musky/alluring

6. Initio - Initio is a sister-house of Parfums de Marly, they mainly design musky/alluring scents like Kilian does, but they do it from a more standard profile that isn't always gourmand. 

7. Nishane - another diverse house that has one of the main competitors to Aventus, that being Nishane 'Hacivat'. Nishane also has what many consider to be the best vanilla scent in Nishane 'Ani'.

8. Royal Crown - this is basically luxury-tier Italian perfumery. On average the bottle price is the highest out of anything on this list.

9. Mancera - 1st of 2 budget niche houses. Have perfumes that are very similar to those of Montale, high quality clones that take popular scents and slightly twist them.

10. Montale - 2nd of 2 budget niche houses. Have perfumes that are very similar to those of Mancera, high quality clones that take popular scents and slightly twist them.

Very specific recommendations on a scenario basis:

1. All-year: In the niche realm, there are two types of all-year scents, i.e. scents you can wear all through-out the year in every climate.

  • The first is the classic manly bergamot-shower gel type profile, the profile that is ruled by Sauvage in the designer realm. In designer, the fragrances here are Nishane 'Hacivat', Roja 'Elysium' and Creed 'Aventus'. It is hard to stand out with this profile, but if I wanted this profile, I would look for an older batch of Aventus. 
  • The second is a sweet-fresh hybrid that has more pull in terms of its abilities in a cold fall/winter. The #1 scent for this profile without a doubt is Parfums de Marly 'Layton' which in designer terms does have some similarities to Jean-Paul Gaultier's 'Ultra Male'. After Layton, I would also recommend M. Micallef's 'DesirToxic' and less popular L'Arc Parfums 'Argentium'.

2. Summer: In the summer you don't want to wear heavy fragrances that are too sweet since they can be suffocating. The profile here wants to remain fresh, maybe moderately sweet. Given my recommendations above, the next scents that come to mind are Roja 'Oceania', Roja 'Burlington 1819', Atelier 'Orange Sanguine' (subpar performance, this can be a great wind-down scent or to throw on after the gym, it's not that expensive), and Creed 'Viking'.

3. Fall/spring: This is where you can get away with mix-and-match styles. A good example is Initio's 'Rehab' which is the niche version of Viktor&Rolf's 'Spicebomb' - a creamy-woody scent that is pushed through pepper. Another great idea is Xerjoff's 'Naxos' which is a fresher take on a tobacco-based fragrance. My favorite fall/spring scent is Amouage's 'Enclave' which is a sweet peppermint fragrance. 

Very specific recommendations on a per-house basis that I haven't listed above:

1. Parfums de Marly - After Layton the next most popular scents are Herod, Percival, and Pegasus. To me, Herod is the most attractive here as a tobacco-vanilla based winter fragrance, the profile which actually received a lot of attention thanks to Tom Ford's 'Tobacco Vanille'. You could realistically buy Layton, Herod, and Percival/Pegasus which would cover almost all weathers/scenarios.

2. Xerjoff - the key fragrance here to me is Alexandria II. It is a unique standout the same way that Dior's 'Fahrenheit' is. It is also very expensive - I paid 500 for a 100ml, but for business means, I enjoy having something that is both pleasant to smell and a bit more expensive.

3. Roja - while this scent does not work on my skin, Roja's 'Creation-E' or 'Enigma' as it is known in Europe can be a very appealing scent for some. Smells of coca cola and honey, to me that coca cola part of the profile does not last long.

4. Amouage - a bit surprising I haven't mentioned this yet, but Amouage's 'Reflection Man' is a slightly different take on the popular manly profiles. Think you can draw some comparisons to Prada 'L'Homme' for example or even 'Luna Rossa'.

5. Kilian - not sure where to start as the options are huge here, but the main two you want to focus on are 'Intoxicated' and 'Black Phantom'. Spray your clothes if you want to completely fill a room.

6. Initio - my 'begging for attention' scent has been 'Oud for Greatness', a dirty-animalic oud scent that remains inviting thanks to the saffron note making the scent more sweet.

7. Nishane - after 'Hacivat' and 'Ani' my recommendation would be 'Suede et Safran'. This is a different take on Tom Ford's 'Tuscan Leather' without the raspberry note. Smells very much like a sweet leather.

8. Royal Crown - this is a very hard sell from me to make cause each bottle is more than 400 I believe, but hey, the bottle cap is a legitimate crown. I think I'd suggest Royal Crown 'Sultan' here which is a smoky version of Initio's 'Absolute Aphrodisiac'. Scent is a combination of vanilla/amber and wood vs. 'Absolute Aphrodisiac' being vanilla/amber and leather. 

9. Mancera - so Mancera as a house has a lot of cheap fragrances that can be recommended here since they all hover 120-150$ for 120ml. Top recommendation for sweet: 'Aoud Vanille'. Top recommendation for fresh/all-year: 'Cedrat Boise' which is a fruity version of Aventus.

10. Montale - again, a lot of possible recommendations here. The most popular one is 'Intense Cafe' and its recent flanker 'Ristretto Intense Cafe'. Think rose and coffee, but the coffee note isn't that strong? At least not to me. After that I'd say 'Honey Aoud' - it's honey and wood in a dark masculine way, best niche comparisons to this are Parfums de Marly 'Oajan', and Kilian 'Gold Knight'. We can also include 'Arabians Tonka' which is a budget version of Initio's 'Oud for Greatness'.

But yeah, think that about covers it. One thing I didn't touch on are the private blends / private lines of designers. These have niche-type quality for niche-type prices, but they might be a bit more popular than you'd like. Most popular example without a doubt is Tom Ford's private line which includes scents like 'Tuscan Leather', 'Noir de Noir', 'Tobacco Vanille' etc. These are, in essence, what a lot of the popular niche fragrances are based of and I pay homage to this throughout my post.

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Wow, what a post! You've clearly been around the block, respect! 

But I've got to say, that your post started a bit rocky. How can you call out people that like cheap colognes and then in the very next sentence complain that Aventus is no longer a good value??? I don't think people buying any of the Creed selection is interested in "value". 

Let's be honest with each, 98.7263% of the motivation for us to wear a fragrance is to catch the attention of women. Of course you'll catch the occasional compliment from another guy, but we're all looking to attract women. For that need, price simply does not matter. Women will like all kinds of scents (they say that women & men smell things differently) and some of them are going to be cheap things and that's completely OK. Some people will want more projection from their fragrance than others and some expensive ones do that and others don't. That's OK too, wear what fits the need you have. 

I liken your post to people that buy watches not for the brand name but for the mechanical intricacy and wonder. Both are expensive but people like them for different reasons. Hey, you do you. It's a fun hobby and I hope to try some of the higher lines you mentioned, I've definitely been curious about some of the ones in your list and make the income to easily afford them. But I think it's completely OK to wear something else that is super affordable, catches female attention and, of course, still smells good. People will buy what they can afford and are comfortable with and I think that just adds to the fun that people can have with fragrance. 

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Sio, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This is fair analysis, I can at times be a bit gate-keepery and snobbish on my passion that is perfume. It is a part of the reason why I had to get it out there at the top of the post since I view Aventus in the same realm as I view the usual designer cornerstones for masculine fresh/shower gel/office scents, whether it is Aventus, Sauvage, Prada l'Homme, Bleu de Chanel etc. All of these suffer from popularity and as a result push me away from them - uniqueness is a selling point for me, it's why you see houses like Royal Crown and L'arc mentioned in my post.

My criticism regarding the cheapness of some of the heavily-mentioned perfumes is that they have high-quality niche alternatives that aren't as synthetic. The TLDR of my 'cheap criticism' is: If you like the profile of a scent then buy a better (niche) version of it since the designer version probably isn't the best version.

Regarding your 'looking to attract women' comment - that's where I differ from a lot of people. I got to the point in the hobby where I started wearing perfume for myself cause I enjoyed (and still do) the way it makes me feel. Gambling on compliments became low ROI behavior. If you look around on forums, even on the Fragrance sub-reddit, you'll see a lot of I guess complaints? from people that they're not getting the attention/compliments they thought they would. I used to think I'd wear the Johnny Depp fragrance (this refers to Johnny Depp being in a Dior 'Sauvage' commercial) and women would ooze all over me, and I was doing double digit sprays. It didn't pan out.

My conclusion isn't to discourage people from buying scents - almost any scent is better than no scent. As people in finance, we have the ability to own something of higher quality which is why I think we should stray away from the designer versions of scents that have existing niche alternatives. As for Aventus/Creed, my personal experience and knowledge is what makes me believe Aventus and the house of Creed as a whole aren't great. People who aren't as deep into the hobby might not understand it - you won't find older batches in the stores, so your only basis of comparison are dupes like CDNIM, L'Aventure, even Musc Imperial. Aventus will always be a safe pick, but to me, Aventus is a little bit like shadow inflation for food or the sugar tax in the UK - the stuff is still there, but not how it used to be. If you never had "the good one", how can you know if you missed out?

Thanks for calling me out on it though.

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Ruhm, what's your opinion? Comment below:

It does become a fun hobby indeed. Have tried a number you mentioned but rarely felt the price point was justified. Main exception is 'Meander' by Amouage, really struck a note.

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utte25, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Byredo Black Saffron

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ResearchMonkey28, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I don't often have situations where it is polite to wear scents, but when I do I almost exclusively wear Amber Flash from Tauerville. There have been a handful of others throughout the years, but this is by far my favorite on me.If I were to compare it to what you described (not in smell but in style) it would be like the Metecore, more subtle from a distance but amazing up close.

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Meh. I use cologne every time I go out, even if it's just the dog park. Every occasion is a polite occasion to smell good ☺️

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TheBuellerBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

For some of the pricier scents which are worth it imo, look at Francis Kurkdjian or Le Labo. Super confident scents which have amazing holding power throughout your day/night and don't smell tacky.

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A particular issue that I have with the best smelling perfumes is that they don't last long. Which perfumes have gotten you all the most compliments from women and last long too?

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GamingandLodging, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Xerjoff and Parfums de Marley and MFK look into those 3 houses. However be prepared to pay 300 minimum starting up to 700 I believe. Both quality scents that have a nuclear sillage and also are loved by men and especially women. My most complimented fragrance is ysl La nuit de l'homme but it doesn't last long, 4-6 hours if your lucky on the batch and if it works well with your body chemistry. However, it smells godly, one time a girl (although drunk) grabbed me by the shirt and moaned "you smell fucking amazing" she tried to lick me before her friends took her away. The best compliment I have received to date lmao.

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Appreciate your answer! I would hope to spend lesser than $100 - I know that's a low budget for many of the top perfumes.

I've heard a lot about Ysl La nuit de l'homme, but when I check the website there seem to be few with the same name. Is there a particular one that you'd recommend? (For instance, there is Bleu Electrique, etc.)

1y 
liamsweeney, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Atelier Cologne - Trefle Pur

Trefle Pur smells incredible. Light and clean.

Terre d'Hermes

Pretty well known scent. Acquired taste. Has the notes of burnt orange and sandalwood. Smell like a man without smelling like a man if you catch my drift.

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I tried this on my last visit to Hermes. I know it's popular with rave reviews but I just couldn't get into it - just too "terre" (read: earthy) for my tastes. It's a sophisticated aroma to be sure, but there's many others out there that can do that. For example, my top choice in the OP was Chanel Platinum Egoiste - I call that one "tell me you're an executive without telling me you're an executive" :)

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1y 
liamsweeney, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yeah it really can go both ways. Low-key think I like it bc my dad always wore it. Familiar scents and stuff.

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1y 
lululemen, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille makes the girls (and boys) go crazy

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1y 
harveyspankster, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Jo Malone (work/outings) and Coolwater (for everyday/beach settings)

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Thorin, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Le Labo The Noir 29

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino (summer) / Oud Wood (winter)

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Grand Soir (it's pricey, but perfect for occasions, dates, nights out - people will literally stop you to ask you what fragrance you are wearing)

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Ruhm, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've worn The Noir a while back but eventually a number of guys I knew (office, social) started wearing it so felt I wanted something else. Still one of the better scents I've worn.

1y 
TheNameIsBondMonkeyBond, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My go-to is Prada, Luna Rosa. Been wearing it since I was 17 and I get compliments all the time. The best part of wearing a cologne for so long is that every time someone you know smells it, it reminds them of you. Having a signature scent is the way to go.

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1y 
patrickb8man, what's your opinion? Comment below:

EEE Dior Sauvage EDP 2018 First Issue

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1y 
aguyinfinance89, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I usually wear a fragrance to work (light spray) and when I started working from home, I found it helpful to wear it at home too - it was part of my routine and plus, I love smelling the fragrance. Anyways, here's my few favourites:

  1. Isle of Man - Frapin
  1. Mister Sam - Penhaligons
  1. The Orchid Man - Frapin
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jeezy543, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Le Labo Santal 33. Woody, leathery smell is second to none. Also, bring back the empty bottle once you're done and get a refill for 15% off.

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I really got to get off my butt and get down to my local Le Labo. A couple of people have recommended them and there's a boutique literally like 10 minutes from me, just need to get my act together and try some of their stuff. 

FYI Louis Vuitton is doing the same thing on their refills, which is really convenient. 

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Tom Ford Ombré Leather is one of my favourites

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

YSL L'Homme or if I'm feeling a summer scent Tommy Bahama St Barts. I got the Tommy Bahama at the Nordstrom rack. Really good find

11mo 
studentmonkey01, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Bleu de Chanel is one of my favorites and you can basically get everywhere for a nice everyday scent ! 

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I think you have to be more specific with this one since the scent can vary depending on which variation you are referring to. Are you talking EDP? Or which one?

11mo 
studentmonkey01, what's your opinion? Comment below:

id have to check but it think its the intense parfum not too sure 

10mo 
kindheartedconsultant, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have no scents to add but wanted to tell y'all I'm grateful for this thread--just ordered a few samples on Scent Split and I'm looking forward to it :)

Remember, always be kind-hearted.
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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thats awesome man, glad it helped. Let us know what you think after you try a few. 

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You're right, LV is nowhere near as popular as they could be. But what I have of them is amazing. Meteore might be one of the best smelling colognes out there and I have yet to meet anyone that doesn't like it. 

9mo 
ChadrickBasedman01, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Prada L'homme is a very classy scent that I absolutely adore

I also thoroughly enjoy Creed green irish tweed although it may be quite pricy

Tom Ford Grey Vetiver is great too; crisp and clean

The office is a touchy place to wear cologne, so i go really light on the sprays for each fragrance

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I picked this one up my last time at Hermes. It has a great scent for sure. However, the duration and projection of is just plain horrible. It's almost like an aftershave where you're lucky to get get 1-2 hours out of it and that's it, absolutely no more. I will say though, if you subscribe to the Tom Ford thought of wearing cologne to bed, this one is an excellent choice for that. 

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2wo2imes, what's your opinion? Comment below:

True. Might as well get a 1L bottle of 4711, smells the same and bottle is cool af. D'orange is slightly more refined, cleaner and smells like less alcohol. I recdomend it for office because it is not super strong where they can smell it from far but if they are close it will be pleasant

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Bleu De Chanel
Lasts several hours and I love the smell

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

That sounds like a name someone would pick while playing Dungeons & Dragons. 

8mo 
BigKahunaBanker🏄🍹🍔, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Sadly out of stock. And the brand just screams retail in your face, so gaudy. Let´s be a bit more subdued, no? 

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8mo 
ClubInternational, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I would try some YSL, I have three that all have different purposes.

L'Homme: more reserved and good everyday scent

La Nuit De L'Homme: good for a going out/ nighttime fragrance

L'Homme Intense: not as common I don't think, but has a very distinct smell that always got me compliments. It took a little bit to convince myself to buy it because it's more bold, but I keep coming back to it.

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The problem with YSL is that none of the YSL stores carry it!!! The way they explained it to me is that fragrance is a separate company so the stores don't carry them. Three YSL stores told me the same thing. You have to go to Macys or something like that to try them. Silly. 

8mo 
ClubInternational, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Ahh I actually tried getting more from YSL and I was told to go to a Sephora. I didn't know they are separate, but it's interesting.

6mo 
high leverage, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you're already a hardo go try some "extreme" fragrance. Long lasting and an intense smell. It's definitely not for everyone but Tom Ford - Fucking Fabulous is the best example. Nobody will match this intensity and extraordinary cent.

(Disclaimer: two sprays maximum)

6mo 
kinghamasaki, what's your opinion? Comment below:

My perfume rotation during the warmer months in Paris:

  1. Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Gentle Fluidity Silver
  2. Chanel - Bleu de Chanel EdP
  3. Prada - Prada l'Homme EdT
  4. D&G - Light Blue Forever
  5. Louis Vuitton - Imagination
6mo 
manu64788, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What would you recommend for someone who is just starting out and buying their first cologne? Obviously at the end of the day I have to find the one I like best, but in general, what are some good starter options?

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Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

We can help but you're going to have to give us more information about you. Are you young/old? Looking for daytime/nighttime? Part of the world you live in? All of that - among other things - can determine what is a better cologne for you to start on. 

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