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    What's that smell? - all things fragrant (colognes, parfums, aftershaves, etc.)

    Wildly anticipated (by at least a a handful of y'all), here's our thread to discuss fragrances. Personally *applied* scents - called colognes by most guys, although categorized quite specifically by those who care about such details - are what we're gonna chat about here.

    I've been dubbed in these threads as "Cologne Guy" (actually by Vicious' better-half, if I have that right) - a title likely both legitimate and comedic - applicable nonetheless. I do have a pretty decent interest in fragrances, as well as a *moderately-size* collection. Some here may think it's a bit much, but trust me, there are many gents in a few other online communities who have hundreds of bottles. Hun. Dreds.

    I also often add my daily-worn "scent" to my WIWT pics - I figure I "wore" it, so there it is. I may plop in a few short conversations, which we've recently had in the WIWT thread, right here in this thread - hopefully that's cool with the mods. It just seems like a couple good discussions will go amiss if I don't do just that. It's on me for the delay of actually starting this thread that I feel the need to "catch-up," as it were.

    Regardless, feel free to ask about certain fragrances or tell us what you have, what you are interested in checking out, what you like, what you don't like, what you wear, what you *used to* wear - nostalgia plays a pretty big role with many fragrances (IMO), as a scent-memory is a pretty cool thang, if you've ever experienced one.

    In summary, let 'er rip!

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    I think this is highly unoriginal, but I've always been a fan of Cool Water. My fiancee likes it on me too (which I guess is what really matters). That being said, I wear it (or any other cologne) pretty rarely.

    On the topic of scent memory, I dated a girl back in high school that, coincidentally, wore women's Cool Water. We've been broken up for 8 or 9 years now, but I can still immediately pick up on the scent if I encounter another woman wearing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deke View Post
    I think this is highly unoriginal, but I've always been a fan of Cool Water. My fiancee likes it on me too (which I guess is what really matters). That being said, I wear it (or any other cologne) pretty rarely.

    On the topic of scent memory, I dated a girl back in high school that, coincidentally, wore women's Cool Water. We've been broken up for 8 or 9 years now, but I can still immediately pick up on the scent if I encounter another woman wearing it.
    Cool Water is a classic. It sometimes get a bad rap for being overplayed in the '90s - and then Snoop Dogg (or Lion, or whatever) had to go and reference in his lyrics - that'll time-stamp a scent like nothing else will - but honestly it's still a nice *fresh* scent. What's kinda funny is that many people say Cool Water copied Creed's Green Irish Tweed (GIT) - they *do* smell quite similar in some portions of the scent life. Those same people applaud GIT, yet some of them bash CW. Odd.

    CW has, as many other "designer" scents typically do, gone through at least one formulation (probably more). This means they changed some of the ingredients, usually switching to more cost-effective ones, which often changes the smell. It's always *close* - as I doubt their QC would let to major of a change slip by - but true frag-heads, and even the more casual cologne-user will often notice that their favorite fragrance from back in tha day smells a little different these days.

    I currently only own a "flanker" of Cool Water - one of their Summer spin-offs called Cool Water Summer Fizz. It has a stronger lemon-lime (think Sprite) opening, and then goes into a more typical CW mid and dry-down, just slightly lighter. It also only lasts about 1/3 to 1/2 of the normal longevity of the original CW. Here's a shot of that flanker (they've released MANY different spin-offs):



    Full truth be told, my wife *LOVES* Cool Water on me, too. It's highly likely that this is product of a scent memory of when we first met. A few of the popular fragrances of that time (early-mid '90s) are ones that she still loves - and says, "*that* smells like my husband" when she sniffs them. Again, scent memory is a STRONG thang.

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    Okay, after reading a few things on various fragrance threads/forums about affordable scents I recently picked up two oldies: Nautica Voyage and Grey Flannel (cannot remember the maker). Now, I don't usually wear cologne because a) I live in Houston and everybody here has or develops allergies in short time, and b) I spend most of my time in a healthcare setting... but I figured I should actually have colognes for when I need them.

    Voyage is a standard 'water-y' scent, which I needed because I realized I didn't like Polo Sport anymore (i've got this old travel kit with four of the original polo scents) since it smells sorta sea-weedy on dry down. The scent actually lasts for quite a while on me, though it doesn't seem to project very well. There's nothing unique about it, I purchased it because it can be had in a large quantity for a low price from Amazon/Marshall's/Ross, etc (~$16?) But it works well if you need something for the gym/running errands on a hot summer day. I don't have a favorite scent in this realm though I've tried and liked Acqua di Gio and heard great things about some of Creed's fragrances.

    (Speaking of which, how would one classify Aventus?)

    Grey Flannel is... oof. I got a large bottle for like $10 but it's just violet. More than one spray and you're choking on it. Smells a lot like... baby powder or something. Glad it was so cheap, because it's not something I can see myself wearing very often (I'm only 24).

    Other fragrances I currently own are Polo Black (I've had this one for a while and I guess it's my 'dressy' scent because that's when I tend to bust it out) and ... actually that's it right now. I used to have terre d'Hermes but I unfortunately ran out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosRockets View Post
    Grey Flannel is... oof. I got a large bottle for like $10 but it's just violet. More than one spray and you're choking on it. Smells a lot like... baby powder or something. Glad it was so cheap, because it's not something I can see myself wearing very often (I'm only 24).
    That is/was made by Geoffrey Beene and was a panty dropper for me with one woman back in the day when I was in my late 20s. "Oh you smell so good." Worth it.

    Quote Originally Posted by LosRockets View Post
    (Speaking of which, how would one classify Aventus?)
    I don't know how to classify that in terms of smell, but in terms of action it's supposedly the ultimate panty dropper.

    Sorry to use the term "panty dropper" so much but I'm just in the mood to sound kind of douchey and that term is VERY douchey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosRockets View Post
    Okay, after reading a few things on various fragrance threads/forums about affordable scents I recently picked up two oldies: Nautica Voyage and Grey Flannel ...

    ... Polo Sport ... I don't have a favorite scent in this realm though I've tried and liked Acqua di Gio and heard great things about some of Creed's fragrances.

    (Speaking of which, how would one classify Aventus?)

    Grey Flannel is... oof. I got a large bottle for like $10 but it's just violet. More than one spray and you're choking on it. Smells a lot like... baby powder or something. Glad it was so cheap, because it's not something I can see myself wearing very often (I'm only 24).

    Other fragrances I currently own are Polo Black ...(I've had this one for a while and I guess it's my 'dressy' scent because that's when I tend to bust it out) and ... actually that's it right now. I used to have terre d'Hermes but I unfortunately ran out.
    Hey man, sorry for the delay - slowly getting caught up here.

    Nautica Voyage is a really nice cheapie (meaning a good one for a low price - not that it's cheap and it sucks). I don't own it, but I've tried it a few times. It had a little too much of a clean-sheets/laundry thing (I think) for me to want to wear it very often, so I passed. But many, many folks have it in their collections, alongside some real heavy-hitters. So not a bad one at all for that fresh, clean side of the spectrum.

    Polo Sport ... ahhh... talk about a scent memory; it's one of my strongest. I didn't wear it for very long; only had one smaller bottle (1.7 oz, maybe?) back in '93-'94-ish. I actually bought it right before going on a vacation to Europe. It was actually pretty risky trying a new scent (exclusively) on a two week trip, but I was young(ish) - what did I know? I can't say I really liked it, because I never got another bottle of it once that one was gone, but I did mix it into my rotation once I returned home. It's just that I wore only Polo Sport on that vacation, and it was pretty unique smelling, for the times, IMO, so it really tied itself closely to the memories of that trip. Anytime I smelled it after that time period, I was IMMEDIATELY transported (well, in mind and spirit, at least) back to Spain and Greece. Pretty cool. Oh, and yes, I think it does have a strong sea-weed note or something like that. Good call there!

    Also, if you like AdG, then you might want to try another cheapie, which is VERY close to it: Perry Ellis 360 Red. It has a little more spiciness (cinnamon?) added in, but other than that it's pretty darn close, for a very cheap price. Check your Marshalls/TJMaxx/Burlington/etc - they often have it for $10-20, depending on the size (1.0 oz - 3.4 oz). I had some of that for a little while, but I really never got to into AdG, simply because seemingly everybody was wearing it (still true to this day). It's a very popular scent for a reason, though. It is pretty darn nice. The true AdG will cost ya, though. I'd highly suggest at least trying the PE 360 Red, to see if it's something you like, for that low of a price, it's tough to knock.

    Creeds are basically some of my favorite fragrances out there; niche or designer. I also like a few Bonds, but to me there are more *wearable/friendly* Creed options. My current fave is Aventus, followed by GIT (Green Irish Tweed) and then MI (Millesime Imperial). I have Original Santal too (which has a nice cinnamon/vanilla (almost gourmand) vibe - with some fresh juniper berries up front to sorta wake ya up when you first apply it - but I tend wear the fresher/fruiter ones quite a bit more. Aventus is fruity (apple/pineapple) with a slight smokiness/ashiness and some light (new) leather smell to it as well. It's mostly all about the apple/pineapple though, to me. This, as I've stated before, depends heavily on which particular batch/lot you have, though. Only a select few are really the ones that fragheads covet. I just switched to my 2nd (of 2) 50 ml decants from a split on the amazing X02 batch. It's the BEST! Certainly that's a personal opinion. But it's true. LOL

    Grey Fla... ah-... ah-... ah-choooo! Yeah man, that is one STRONG MFer! EEEEE....!!! There's a running joke on the intertron, mostly in the YouTube Fragrance community, where a certain popular (and pretty funny/goofy/cool) reviewer had a Grey Flannel sniff test or something. I can't recall exactly without looking it up, but I think he sent around a mystery scent sample to a bunch of folks - and it was Grey Flannel. LOL - They all video'd their initial sniff/reactions and uploaded the vids. I may have that hosed up a bit, but regardless, it was a pretty hilarious ordeal.

    There's a different Grey Flannel offering - that is a light-blue/turquoise-colored one, which is supposedly pretty decent as a fresher scent - not at all like the original GF - which is really one of those '70s powerhouse scents... and IMO, not a very good one. YMMV, though... as I think someone in here just said it was a major panty-dopper for them. LOL - Hey man, whatever works! No harm - no foul. To each, his own.

    Polo Black is pretty darn solid. I think you got it right with "dressy." I do not own it, but many a fella does - and it smells nice, IMO. Safe. Nothing that'll really turn too many people off, I'd say.

    TdH is another crowd favorite in the frag community, but I never really took to it. I think the citrus is nice, for sure, but that Earthy (dirt?) vibe mixed in there, kinda didn't sit well with me. It must just be me, 'cuz like I said a number of folks really like it. Again, it's a very personal thing. If you like something, rock it!

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    Wearing Tom Ford Extreme today.

    I really liked Aventus and GIT too. The only two bottles I own are TdH and Rocabar and I still really like both. Just trying new stuff.

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    When I was in high school, some of my classmates and myself would carry around a bottle of cologne in our backpacks and reapply periodically frequently in some misguided hopes of attracting the attention of girls. I remember I used up a 100ml bottle in only a few months. Our fragrances of choice back then were CK Eternity, Acqua di Gio, Polo Blue and Axe body spray when we were broke. I was also given a bottle of Gucci Nobile for Christmas one year, which I still have to this day.

    A few years later, I realized how ridiculous I must have been, and I swore off cologne for a while. It wasn’t until two years ago that my girlfriend gave me a bottle of Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme that reignited my interest in fragrances.

    Since then, I have compiled a small collection of scents. The aforementioned YSL, Burberry London, Dolce&Gabbana The One, Blugari Aqua, Lacoste (another gift from the gf), and Tom Ford Noir. I also have some samples of Creed Aventus, Cartier Declaration Essence, John Varvatos Artisan and some other ones I got in my Birchbox that I forgot the names of.

    I’ve learned from the error of my youth (god, that makes me sound ancient) and use cologne very sparingly now. I pump one or two sprays in the air, and walk through it. My bottle of YSL still has about 45ml out of 60 left.

    I won’t touch anything from CK, Armani, Polo or Axe though.

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    This is an excellent thread topic. Unfortunately, I have absolutely no understanding of colognes and scents in general. They have smells, the smells are different, but I'm terrible at understanding exactly how they're different or even sorting through what scents I prefer, or which ones are good on me. That said, I have a small bottle of Pi by Givenchi that I got when I was still a kid (it has a sort of vanilla scent to it), and a bottle of Polo, which I guess is my go to... But I use it sparingly and fairly rarely.

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