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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.

D&G is very strongly tobacco. I think something with a bit lighter scent of that would work better, perhaps something like Creed BdP
post #77 of 141
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D&G is very strongly tobacco. I think something with a bit lighter scent of that would work better, perhaps something like Creed BdP

ditto, D&G PH can get very overpowering. It's also extremely common. I've been in too many clubs that positively reek of sweating dudes who didn't understand to go light on the trigger when they all applied their fraternity-issued D&G PH.

it is, on its own, a nice tobacco & pepper scent. Thanks to the AmJack crowd, it now reminds me of curdled butter.
post #78 of 141
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Well since we have discovered that Creed is presently out of my price range, is there a nice tobacco cologne that starts out with fresh notes under $100 and probably available at most stores?
post #79 of 141
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Well since we have discovered that Creed is presently out of my price range, is there a nice tobacco cologne that starts out with fresh notes under $100 and probably available at most stores?
Bois du Portugal is $75. You can probably buy 1 oz bottles of most Creeds for $75, as well. One of the reasons that the others are so expensive is because they are really big bottles. http://www.amazon.com/Bois-Portugal-.../dp/B0002V31VM
post #80 of 141
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Well since we have discovered that Creed is presently out of my price range, is there a nice tobacco cologne that starts out with fresh notes under $100 and probably available at most stores?

Baldessarini and Vera Wang both fit this bill. Versace's the Dreamer is about the purest mainstream tobacco out there, and it has a kind of spearmint-gum "harmony-note" going on (this note is actually iris), which adds a light crispness to the heavyness of tobacco. Dreamer is, however, not for everyone, becuase it is quite sweet. Lotsa people consider it to be "synthetic" or "chemically" smelling, but I find people mention that with many strongly tobacco scents. I think its just a property of tobacco extaract as a note.
post #81 of 141
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By the way, how much value should I put into the reviews at Basenotes for any given colonge. Some of the cologne's recommened by Joel and Drizzt3117 have some horrid reviews on Basenotes.

I know that cologne's have different responses to different people and that's fine, but I was just curious if the reviews at Basenotes are pretty reliable in that most people know what they are talking about for the most part or is it like Amazon, where you take the reviews at face value and laugh at the person who states that the Beatles were the worst band in history.
post #82 of 141
I think a lot of the extremely negative reviews are from people who can't wear something because it doesn't work well on their skin. At least, that's the idea I get having read a bunch where I know there's just no other way that someone could think that about one.

In any case, I think you would be best off picking 5 or 6 of these that sound interesting and getting small samples and/or decants of all of them to try. There's no substitute for spraying it on yourself and living with it for a day.
post #83 of 141
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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.
...Hope this helps.

Great posts, Drzzzt3117 and others...

I normally wear Canali and wanted something less candy-ish. Went shopping yesterday and narrowed the choice to Purple Label (Neiman said they were the only ones who carried it???) and Terre D'Hermes. Went with the Hermes.

I smell grapefruit over the normal orange that others smell, and it's dried to a softer generic citrus on me. I think it would work well for the OP's situation.
post #84 of 141
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By the way, how much value should I put into the reviews at Basenotes for any given colonge. Some of the cologne's recommened by Joel and Drizzt3117 have some horrid reviews on Basenotes. I know that cologne's have different responses to different people and that's fine, but I was just curious if the reviews at Basenotes are pretty reliable in that most people know what they are talking about for the most part or is it like Amazon, where you take the reviews at face value and laugh at the person who states that the Beatles were the worst band in history.
I use Basenotes to buy/sell and that's pretty much it. Like this forum, it used to be a lot better before a shitload of noobs show up that don't know anything about fragrances. That said there are a few people whose opinion I respect when it comes to new colognes to try, etc. Ultimately if you want to know if a cologne will work for you, you need to try it. Buy a sample or decant from Basenotes or ebay ($3-20 depending on the size etc) and try a bunch of fragrances, then use the ones that work for you. As far as negative reviews go, if you bought a new fragrance (probably w/o trying it) for $200 and then thought it sucked, you'd probably post a negative review too.
post #85 of 141
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By the way, how much value should I put into the reviews at Basenotes for any given colonge. Some of the cologne's recommened by Joel and Drizzt3117 have some horrid reviews on Basenotes.

The best thing to do, IMO, is to look up a cologne you know you like. Find one of the reviews you agree with and then read other reviews by that reviewer, as his nose may likely be similar to yours. There are some truly rubbish reviews on there, but I find that those are usually from fly-by-night types who have never reviewed or even tried anything than the one frag they are reviewing (i.e.: "OMG Acqua di Gio is the greatest colone ever, the only one you need to get the chicks!!!")

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I normally wear Canali and wanted something less candy-ish. Went shopping yesterday and narrowed the choice to Purple Label (Neiman said they were the only ones who carried it???) and Terre D'Hermes. Went with the Hermes.

I smell grapefruit over the normal orange that others smell, and it's dried to a softer generic citrus on me. I think it would work well for the OP's situation.

that purple label exclusivity claim is a boldfaced lie. I can't tell you how many different stores have told me they have an exclusive on the exact same scent. Scented Monkey has a 2.5 oz. bottle for $50 and I frequently see it at Outlet Malls. B&M shopping for frags is the most frustrating thing in the world, because the staff is so infuriatingly uneducated (for kicks, try going to the men's fragrances section of any store and ask the paid professional behind the counter to recommend "something with bergamot topnotes and benzoin in the heartnotes")

Terre D'Hermes may indeed be very good for the OP. Its gota nice mineral crispness, someone once described it as a cold stone covered in morning dew. The perfumer, Jean-Claude Ellena, is known for his "transparent" creations, so it's great for summer, though I feel it lacks the body I want for a year-rounder.
post #86 of 141
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On my lunch break - I was able to try a couple. I did not like Armani Mania, but really loved Hugo Boss Baldessarini and Dolce and Gabbana Per Homme. I think someone mentioned that everyone wears the Dolce and Gabanna one, but is the Baldessarini less common?
post #87 of 141
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Joel/drizzt3117:

You will probably get a kick out of what they deem the best colognes for men.

http://ca.askmen.com/fashion/trends/33_fashion_men.html
post #88 of 141
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On my lunch break - I was able to try a couple. I did not like Armani Mania, but really loved Hugo Boss Baldessarini and Dolce and Gabbana Per Homme. I think someone mentioned that everyone wears the Dolce and Gabanna one, but is the Baldessarini less common?

much less so. I also think it's plain better. Its more versatile, because it's lighter, but still retains the sought-after sexiness that tobacco brings to a frag's basenote. be forewarned, though, that it's an Eau de Cologne (the frag concentration with the least actual perfume in it) so it's pretty weak in longevity.
post #89 of 141
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Joel,

Someone mentions that on Basenotes and says to get Aramis Life as it is the same smell, but lasts longer. Would you recommend that one? Should I trust Andrewthecologneguy?

This is an outstanding scent, however, it has one great fault:
IT DOESN'T LAST!!!
It is frustrating because the 'juice' (thanks, Eluard) is so delicious, unlike anything out there...UNTIL I discovered ARAMIS LIFE.
IF YOU LOVE THIS SCENT, GET ARAMIS LIFE. LIFE DRIES DOWN TO A STRONGER BLADESSARINI. TRUST ME, I HAVE THEM BOTH.
With that being said, getting thru the top notes of Aramis Life is like having to eat the skin on a kiwi in order to get to the kiwi itself.

Also, don't pay the BS $100 for the chrome flacon Prestige bottle...check TJ Maxx like STUFFMAN said, or go online. $30 max.

by Andrewthecologneguy
post #90 of 141
sorry Hey Man, but I don't know enough about Andrew the cologne guy or Aramis Life to comment really. I will say, though, that I'm wary of anyone who reviews in CAPS and notes primarily that something doesn't last, is too expensive or smells exactly like something else. Nothing really smells exactly like anything else, though it may seem so at first. Reviews like this (which dont actually venture a description of the smell at all) make me think the guy didnt actually wear it long enough or enough times to form a real impression, and just wanted to post a hastey review.
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