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post #46 of 56
Hey all,

I am ridiculously new to the world of fragrances. I am very sensitive to them. I went to sephora today and in a few minutes my nose had started running. I have never really worn a fragrance as a result.

Anyway, I am looking for two fragrances for now; daily wear and date/occasional. I am thinking of getting Lacoste by Lacoste for the former and Vera Wang Men for the latter. Note that this is after only one trip to Sephora and trying them out.

So what is the opinion on these? I like Lacoste because it is mild. I like the kind of perfume that does not announce my presence but when you come close, it makes you want to come closer for a sniff

Any recommendations instead of those that I could try out?
post #47 of 56
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Originally Posted by Plasdom
Hey all, I am ridiculously new to the world of fragrances. I am very sensitive to them. I went to sephora today and in a few minutes my nose had started running. I have never really worn a fragrance as a result. Anyway, I am looking for two fragrances for now; daily wear and date/occasional. I am thinking of getting Lacoste by Lacoste for the former and Vera Wang Men for the latter. Note that this is after only one trip to Sephora and trying them out. So what is the opinion on these? I like Lacoste because it is mild. I like the kind of perfume that does not announce my presence but when you come close, it makes you want to come closer for a sniff Any recommendations instead of those that I could try out?
Which Lacoste was it? They have an annoying habit of not putting the name of the particular fragrance on the bottle. What did the bottle look like? Some are better than others, but generally I find Lacostes to be uninsipiring, then again Im a self-procliamed fragaholic snob with over 100 bottles in my rotation. As for Vera Wang, its very nice. That rich sexiness in the base comes from tobacco. Something similar you may like is Baldessarini by Hugo Boss. It also has citrus on top with tobacco on bottom, and can usually be found for pretty cheap at Marshalls etc. Some say Baldessarini smells like crisp dollar bills, for what its worth. Other sexy tobacco-based fragrances are the frat-boy favorite Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme (excellently luxourious, but a bit overplayed) and Versace's The Dreamer which is kinda love-it-or-hate-it because its strong (might not be a good choice if you are sensative), but smells like pure tobacco leaves blowing in the breeze, with a light sparkle that reminds me of spearmint gum (which is actually iris). Whatever you choose, good luck!
post #48 of 56
oh and another thing, getting a stuffy or sore nose at sephora doesn't necessarily mean that you are especially sensitive to frags. Its very easy to get overwhelmed there. In order to avoid "olfactory fatigue" (a busted sniffer) I never test out more than 4 fragrances in an excursion (one spray on each forearm, one spray on the back of each hand). Those cardboard tester strips are useless. All you smell are the topnotes, which will be gone within 5 mins on skin. You gotta see how it "wears" over a couple of hours.
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Originally Posted by Plasdom
I went to sephora today and in a few minutes my nose had started running.
Next time you are at Sephora, you can ask them to make you a "decant" of things you are interested in. They squirt it into a little 2 ml vial with a sprayer on top. Thats enough for 3 or 4 wearings, which will give you a good sense if its something you want to buy or not.
post #49 of 56
They actually did that with the lacoste perfume so me and.....after wearing it only once decided that it kinda sucks. back to searching I guess...
post #50 of 56
Spring / Summer

everyday: Dior Eau Fraiche
dress up: Signoricci

Fall / Winter

everyday: Memoire D'Homme
Zanzibar

dress up: Yves Saint Laurent, NU EDP
Dior Jules

Signoricci is my favorite of all fragrances. I wear it on and off, all year.
Am curious to try L'Homme, from YSL . . . at Bloomingdale's, this fall.
post #51 of 56
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Originally Posted by Ivan Kipling
Am curious to try L'Homme, from YSL . . . at Bloomingdale's, this fall.

It is very indistinct. Generically "fresh" and generally soul-less. Its a shame, because YSL has long been the most daring and challenging of designer fragranace houses. I suppose that the fact that Kouros has been their top-seller for 25 years, regardless of what else they put on the market (Rive Gauche, M7 and Live Jazz all deserve a place in any man's arsenal), has made them eager to cash in with the kind of product that flies off the shelves by following a profitable and insufferably safe formula: "shower fresh." Blah.
post #52 of 56
I see, Joel Cairo. The notes did not sound exciting or cutting edge, that is for sure. Oh, well . . . Maybe I'll give Derek Jeter's DRIVEN, a try.
post #53 of 56
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Originally Posted by Ivan Kipling
I see, Joel Cairo. The notes did not sound exciting or cutting edge, that is for sure. Oh, well . . . Maybe I'll give Derek Jeter's DRIVEN, a try.

Being a red sox fan, I have to caution against this as well.
post #54 of 56


Ahhhhhh . . . I'll be watching the rest of the season, with interest.
post #55 of 56
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Originally Posted by Ivan Kipling
Ahhhhhh . . . I'll be watching the rest of the season, with interest.
I have a feeling I'll be watching it with dismay. BTW, I love your fragrance wardrobe. Nu is another YSL knockout.
post #56 of 56
Thank you, Joel Cairo! I'm one of the OLD members, here . . . so by now, I've eliminated all the excess from my fragrance choices. NU is my one, offbeat scent. As you know, it was created for women; they didn't take to it. It's fresh, spicy with precious woods at the base. I absolutely LOVE, this fragrance. Keeps people guessing . . .

The baseball season still has time, to go . . . I'm from Chicagoland, so last year was great fun for us!
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