Originally Posted by KaiserSose
A lot of good information here, but a little overwhelming to try and digest it all.
I'm new to the fragrance game and want to purchase 2-3 to get me started. I have a horrible sense of smell, but that doesn't mean I don't want to smell good for the ladies. Can anyone make a recommendation to get me rolling? Would like to spend around $200 all-in, which I know is somewhat limiting but I don't mind purchasing smaller bottles. If it helps, I have a corporate job, casually smoke (would be great to mask that) and live in New York.
Honestly, I think the best recommendation is to get a bunch of samples. Fragrance preference is highly personal, depending on all sorts of hard-to-articulate factors like skin chemistry and what your father's study smelled like when you were a kid. If you look on Surrender to Chance & the Perfumed Court, you can find sampler packs of fragrances that will allow you to experiment within a certain range (i.e. "Masculine Fragrances") and get a sense of what you like, which will help you to search more specifically & find what you really
Having said that, here's a list of inexpensive starter fragrances off the top of my head, none of which seems too outlandish to me, and all of which are generally highly regarded. You should be able to get a bottle of each for less than $50. Many are available at substantial discount online.
Parfums de Nicolai New York
Christian Dior Eau Sauvage
Caron The Third Man
Chanel Pour Monsieur
Guerlain Habit Rouge