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Was Thinking Of Getting Some Kind Of Cologne

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kenio, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. Makoto Chan

    Makoto Chan Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2010
    Discussions of cologne on the internet make no sense to someone (like the OP) who says he has no experience with it (or me, who has a scent he likes and doesn't know very many others). The advice to the OP should be: go shopping with your wife or girlfriend or trusted female friend, try everything out that you can, and pick the one you both like. Don't give too much credit to online recommendations.
  2. Dolle Dolf

    Dolle Dolf Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2007
    NJ, USA
    Givenchy Gentleman.

    Came back to it about it after having used it for many years as my after shave lotion. Wore a beard since 1991 so left it.

    Got back to it recently. Use the cologne now. The scent was "updated" in the late 1990s I believe.

    The new one is great. The vintage one is SPECTACULAR. An old school powerhouse of a scent. Very 1970s but in a good way. There is nothing like it. Nothing on the whole world smells like it. It is totally unique. You have to try it.

    Fine to use every day. One spritz on the throat. One spritz on the wrists and rub it out. One sprtiz on your shirt. Voila monsieur.

    FWIW, YMMV and all that (but it won't) ;-)

    Another Givenchy favourite of the old days was Xeryus. Have not gone back to that yet.
  3. Mr Preppy Guy

    Mr Preppy Guy Member

    Apr 22, 2012
    Hamilton, ON, CANADA
    If you want something you could start, maybe try those cheap ones first. You can try CK Be, Davidoff Cool Waters, Burberry Brit, and etc. It's summer, they are perfect for this season!
  4. AxlJack

    AxlJack Well-Known Member

    Apr 10, 2010


    Just to add to this, once you guys hve decided on a couple of choices you can check their longevity on basenotes and screen through that
  5. handsolo

    handsolo Active Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    Anyone who thinks that the mere mention of Creed should end this thread is sadly naive. Why such an assertion? Because it smells the best? Which one? The GIT? Because it's expensive? Because it's only sold at finer department stores? Because P Diddy wears it? This kind of thinking has a parallel in the world of fine watches: "You really must by a Rolex. They're the best." As an aficionado of both scents and timepieces I chuckle at assertions that widely known luxury brands are the makers of the best products in their categories. I dismiss these claims as either uninformed or as merely a sad instance of consumer product name dropping, eg. "I only wear scents by Creed sourced from the Creed boutique because you just can't trust the resellers."

    To the OP: the Paco Robanne in the green bottle is an ass-kicker. It's big and bold. Many people --particularly men who wore it in the 70s-80s-- really like it. It has a woody and musky smell. Very masculine. It lasts a long time on the skin. To me it smells a bit dated, however. I put it in the same category as Aramis, but it's frankly not as good. I'd wear it to a dudes only poker night or similar event. I encourage you to go to the perfume store at the mall and give it a smell. Smell it and then smell some of the more modern scents out there. Modern perfumery has begun to incorporate a number of new elements in male scents. Maybe you'd rather smell more modern. It's up to you.

    I own maybe ten or a dozen different bottles of smell-good. I tend to think of some of them as being suitable only for certain times of the year or certain types of occasions. PR's 1 Million, btw, I think of as a nightclub scent. I like it, but I don't wear it. That's probably at least in part due to its overwhelming popularity an ubiquity.

    Go to Basenotes.com. More importantly, go sniff around the perfume counter. Get some samples before you buy a big bottle of something you might not like.
  6. chet31

    chet31 Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Madison WI
    Another factor is that scents wear differently on different people. It's one thing how something smells out of the bottle, and another how it smells on your body 4 hours from now. Terre D'Hermes is great out of the bottle, but on me, it gets a bit "sour orange" after a few hours. However, you absolutely should try it. The point is, try a bunch of smell-goods (thank you, handsolo), see how they wear, then decide.
  7. badvegan

    badvegan New Member

    May 7, 2012
    1 million has monster longevity and projection. Or as has been said about it on basenotes "one man's pleasure is a whole nightclubs pain." 1mil is the only cologne I know that lasts a whole week. I sprayed it on one weekend before I went to work at a bar, and after the next weekend took my tie to the cleaners, the lady at the cash register wanted to know what cologne I was wearing.

    1mil is not a cologne that could be worn everyday unless you are a grifter or a playboy. It opens with a gourmand punch to the face and dries down to a kick in the groin it is so strong. That is not to say it is not a great frag, only that it should be reserved for winter time clubbing or outdoor hot tubbing (nothing so silly as a little hot tub water should effect it at all.)

    I personally do not like many designer colognes and see no reason to buy most mainstream frags. If you are looking for a good designer frag for everyday wear you should check out L'homme by YSL it is readily available, affordable, and can be worn anywhere daily no matter the season. For summer I am a huge fan of Allure Homme Edition Blanche. For something daring in the summer Tauer: L'Air du Desert Marocain. If you are looking to spend the big bucks Serge Lutens: Cergui is the hottest niche fragrance right now in my opinion.

    I know a bunch of people recommend Creed, however I personally think they have gone downhill. Green Irish Tweed smells of the 90's thanks to Coolwater and most of Creeds frags have a very short life. The one exception to this is Original Santal, which like most of Creeds frags disapears quickly, but it is pretty awesome.

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