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post #61 of 142
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Joel,

But you said M7 wasn't a big seller anyway, so no company is probably going to come up with a similar version to it. When I have read the Basenotes reviews, many people offer cheaper versions to the pricey ones or say the smell is very similar - like Cool Water as you suggested smells like GIT according to the reviewers on Basenotes.
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Joel, But you said M7 wasn't a big seller anyway, so no company is probably going to come up with a similar version to it. When I have read the Basenotes reviews, many people offer cheaper versions to the pricey ones or say the smell is very similar - like Cool Water as you suggested smells like GIT according to the reviewers on Basenotes.
GIT is similar to Cool Water in that both have citrus notes. IMO that's where the comparison ends. GIT is a very classy, masculine scent, while Cool Water, although marketed for men, is fairly unisex and I know many women who use the male version of CW rather than their own CW EDP. If that's what you want, then by all means, knock yourself out. The Creed fragrances contain ingredients (such as Ambergris in the case of GIT) that aren't going to be found in less expensive fragrances. Yes, you're going to pay $100+ for MI, most likely, although i believe with a 20% off coupon you'll get MI from fragrancenet for right around $100 shipped for a 4 oz bottle, but there's a reason such fragrances are more expensive, because the ingredients they contain are expensive. Creed doesn't spend as much money on marketing as a fragrance like, say, Armani, so while you're paying a premium for their brand equity and them having been around for 200+ years, but IMO that's better than paying for full page ads in GQ. YMMV Creed MI: http://www.fragrancenet.com/f/net/mf...ter=C&gs_gen=M JC is referring to M7 Fresh, which wasn't offered in the US. As I mentioned before, this is my everyday fragrances and is a bit expensive. I have about five 3.4 oz bottles of it which should last close to a lifetime, and I paid about $50-60 per bottle (by searching carefully on ebay and other places) Another fragrance I neglected to mention that may also be quite nice is Creed Acier Aluminum, which I love for evening purposes. The previously mentioned Creed Bois de Portugal is nice as well, but I don't like some of the notes, which is what also steers me away from Creed Tabourme.
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Another unique scent is Comme des Garcons's Avignon which smells like an old Catholic service.

Love incense scents. I have the Norma Kamali "Incense" and always get a compliment.
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I can go you one better than that price on Boss Selection: http://www.scentiments.com/Product/S....aspx?id=97626


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post #65 of 142
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drizzt3117,

Well if you don't mind - maybe you can give me another list of 4 sophisticated colognes that you really like or that you think I should try that almost serve the same purpose for you as the expensive ones - but that are under $100.

Important Business Meetings
Days
Nights
Dates With Women

What say you?
post #66 of 142
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drizzt3117, Well if you don't mind - maybe you can give me another list of 4 sophisticated colognes that you really like or that you think I should try that almost serve the same purpose for you as the expensive ones - but that are under $100. Important Business Meetings Days Nights Dates With Women What say you?
Sure: A set that would work fine would be: Business: Chanel Platinum Egoiste Day: YSL M7 Fresh Night: Armani Mania Date: Creed Acier Aluminum You could flip flop the last two, if you wanted something a bit more safer for "dates" All four of these are available for less than $100 from various sources.
post #67 of 142
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drizzt3117,

Thanks a million. Could you just recommend a 2 or 3 more business types just in case. The reviews for the Chanel at Basenotes have a love or hate reaction and if I hate it - I want something else to check out.
post #68 of 142
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drizzt3117,

Thanks a million. Could you just recommend a 2 or 3 more business types just in case. The reviews for the Chanel at Basenotes have a love or hate reaction and if I hate it - I want something else to check out.

Any light, citrus scent will be fine. I don't use anything other than Creed Millesime Imperial or Silver Mountain Water so perhaps someone else would be best suited to answer that question. I don't think it would be hard to find either for <$100 with some searching.
post #69 of 142
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drizzt3117,

Thanks a million. Could you just recommend a 2 or 3 more business types just in case. The reviews for the Chanel at Basenotes have a love or hate reaction and if I hate it - I want something else to check out.

Boss Baldessarini is a good, cheap, reliable business scent. it starts out ith a mintly fresh orange note and then settles into a soft tobacco.
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Boss Baldessarini is a good, cheap, reliable business scent. it starts out ith a mintly fresh orange note and then settles into a soft tobacco.
That one is one of my favorite too, not too easy to find these days, though On a side note, I just picked up a 1.7 of Central Park from allshewants for $59, I seriously love that seller. I would say 50+% of my purchases are from them.
post #71 of 142
The cologne you are looking for is "Piper Nigrum" by Lorenzo Villoresi.
post #72 of 142
Don't know about anyone else, but in my opinion Chanel's Platinum Egoiste fits what you've described.
post #73 of 142
Let's help a fellow Canadian here.

Both Drizzt3117 & Joel got me started in Basenote. Information there is very valuable. As a Canadian, you may not be able to get some of the suggested frags here. May I make one more suggestion, I like Hermes Terre'd Hermes. To my untrained nose, it starts out with a citrus/neroli scent, dries down to a sweet vanilla scent. It is not over powering and I enjoy wearing it. Like many who have said here, you will have to sample many scents in order to find out which ones work best for you.

If you live in Toronto, here are a few places you can go to sample a few. Some of these are niche.

Holt Renfrew - mostly mainstream, but with lots of different brands (Prada, Hermes, Kiton etc.) They carry Aqua di Parma. This is a classic.

Sephora - Boss, Bvlgari, Dior Homme etc. No one will border you there. Just sample the ones you like at your own pace. Have to warn you, if you sample more than 6 scents, you will lose your sense of smell. I believe there is a short term effect called nose fatigue......

Pir Cosmetics - Yorkville - they carry L'Artisan, Carthusia and MPG. Staff is friendly but the frags are pricey.

Noor - Yorkville - they carry L'Artisan, Penhaligons. I was told they are the only retailer in Canada that carries Penhaligons. Blenheim Bouquet, Rackets Formula seems to be a good choice. Nahla is a good person to deal with. She took her time in explaining the different frags to me.

There is a shop in the Manulife centre that carries a bunch of Creeds, Lorenzo Villoresi and Carthusia. The owner is pleasant to deal with.

Finally, Nazrin in the Perfume Shoppe in Vancouver. She carries a bunch of niche names and she is an excellent person to deal with. Type in Perfume Shoppe on Google and you will see her website. You will also see the prices there. She does A LOT of international business and she will ship to Toronto. Her prices are good IMHO.

I don't think you can get Bond in Canada. You will need to go through 1) eBay 2)sign up as a member on Basenote or 3) contact Bond No. 9 in New York in order to sample those. I like Gramercy Park, Chez Bond and Wall Street.

One thing though, choosing the right scents definitely takes time. Enjoy the ride.

Hope this helps.
post #74 of 142
BTW, I have a few extra fragrances sitting around, in case anyone is interested.

Chanel Allure Homme Sport 1.7
YSL Rive Gauche 4.2
L'Artisan Voleur de Rose 1.7

PM me if you're interested.
post #75 of 142
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Learning about notes - I like the IDEA of a tobacco/woodsy scent after an initial fresh or citrus scent. My dad smoked cigars and I always liked the smell of them, however don't know how that would smell on a cologne.

I suspect having a tobacco like smell might be offensive to some who would smell it on me. What is the general opinion on tobacco note colognes? Is it classy or risky?

According to Basenotes - Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme has such a scent and won awards for best fragrance at The Academia del Profumo if this means anything at all.
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