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I want to smell pretty!

noobertnoobert Registered User regular
edited October 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
I am looking for some recommendations for aftershave/cologne to wear to work. Every time i go into a department store my sense of smell dies pretty much instantly, OR every fragrance i like, others don't. Currently i just wear various LYNX products (lol :( )

Considering i am: 20, work in retail (mid - high end computer systems for home and business users), wear semi formal clothes and recently have been meeting with more respectable clients, what do you recommend?

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    DrFrylockDrFrylock Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    My girlfriend gets me all my fragrances, and she's picked two that I quite like. The first is a Dolce and Gabbana, which is sort of light and floral while remaining masculine. Good for going out during the day. The other is, I believe, Polo Black, whch is a little bit heavier and I like it more in the evening. Remember with either one: less is more!

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    Atlus ParkerAtlus Parker Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I wear Lucky brand cologne/aftershave. My sisters bought me a set for Christmas one year and I always recieve lots of compliments on it from women so with Lucky I will stay.

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    reddogreddog The Mountain Brooklyn, NYRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I wear OS from Old Spice. I always get compliments and when I tell them what it is, they're always surprised. I found it at Target; pretty inexpensive.

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    Dark MoonDark Moon Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I wear Polo Blue during the day while out and about. It's an ocean-themed smell, and you can tell - it's fairly salty and nautical, but also very fragrant. When applied correctly (read: conservatively) I think it's a great casual scent.

    That being said I haven't actually ever tried any other scents, so take my advice with some salt. Have you tried reading some online reviews? Alternately, go to a store with a female friend you trust and have her help you choose.

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    Blake TBlake T Do you have enemies then? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I use Boss by hugo boss. It has the three main male scent notes of a cologne.

    Really we can't tell you what to wear, all smells react differently to each persons skin.

    Apply one to each of your forearms and let it sit there for 10 minutes, if it still smells nice then it's good, if not well it's bad (duh).

    Also please don't smell too much, cologne should only be able to be detectable when people are close to you not when you are in a three feet radius of you.

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    NewtonNewton Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I use an aftershave from Nivea for men. I think it is just called aftershave balm, comes in a white bottle with a blue cap. It has a very nice, but not overpowering smell and it feels good after shaving. My wife really likes it, too.

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    noobertnoobert Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Dark Moon wrote: »
    Alternately, go to a store with a female friend you trust and have her help you choose.

    This is what i plan to do after collecting a list of recommendations from you guys/girls ;)

    So less is more, gotcha.

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    DhalphirDhalphir don't you open that trapdoor you're a fool if you dareRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I use Hugo Boss myself.

    Here's a protip.

    Don't spray it on skin.

    Use LESS, and spray it on your hair or on your clothes.

    It will soak in and last longer. Its the same principle as behind sweat. If sweat is allowed to dry in hair, it will smell. If its only on skin, it doesn't absorb as much and doesn't smell as strong.

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    rchourchou Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Cologne/perfume reacts differently for different people. Something that smells great on your best friend may smell like donkey ass on you. The only way to make sure the cologne in question works for you is by testing it out.

    As far as the nose dying in a department store issue goes-- I have the same problem when I go into a perfume aisle for an extended amount of time. However, I recently found out that most department stores carry around little canisters of coffee, which acts as a great smell neutralizer. If you can't distinguish perfume A from perfume B anymore, just ask the salesperson for their coffee beans and take a deep whiff; it'll bring back your sense of smell in a jiffy.

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    ShimShamShimSham Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    My girlfriend works at a fragrance store so I get to smell a lot of stuff and I hang out there some so I get to see what's really popular.

    If you start to lose your sense of smell ask for their coffee beans. Almost any fragrance store or department should have a cup of coffee beans you can smell and that'll pretty much flush out all the other scents.

    My top recommendations

    - Issey Miyake - Very very popular and for good reason.
    - Almost any of the Kenneth Cole's. I prefer KC-Reaction and original KC.
    - Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue for men.
    - Armani-code or Armani- Attitude
    - Nautica Voyage
    - Acqua di gio
    - LaCoste Hotplay
    - Ralph Lauren Romance
    - Calvin Klein Truth
    - Usher has a new scent, ask about it. It's really good, smells like RL Romance
    - Polo Black
    - Very Sexy for Him or VSfH-2 (at victorias secret)




    If you're looking for fragrances for a lady then that gets a little trickier since there's generally more variety but there are some really good ones

    - Light blue for Women is very popular
    - Vera Wang Princess
    - Juicy Couture
    - Marc Jacobs
    - Max Mara
    - All the Ralph Laurens, especially Lauren Style.
    - Original Essence
    - Daisy
    - Michael Kors Island and Original
    - Some of the Escadas if they like really sweet smelling perfume, otherwise I wouldn't really recommend them.

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    lordswinglordswing Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I don't know if other people feel the same way as I do, but I get sick of smelling the same everyday. If possible, see if you can pick up a few scents that you particularly like. One thing to note, is smelling like everyone else. I think part of smelling good is to be different, I recently purchased Ferrari Black since Amazon was selling it for cheap, and immediately got complimented on it. This was the first time in a year or 2 of wearing nothing but Very Sexy ^2 and Romance.

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    TrowizillaTrowizilla Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I don't have any specific suggestions, but here's a tip: when you go to buy a new scent, first pick out something that smells good from the bottle. From there, put it on your pulse points (wrists and neck) and then WALK OUT OF THE STORE. Go shopping or for a walk, just get out of there and be active for an hour or two. This will let you know how the scent interacts with your own personal chemistry and how it will age on you. A lot of colognes smell great out of the bottle, but after awhile, they smell really gross on some people.

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    Angel177Angel177 Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    hey i wear personally DNKY be delicious, but then thats me, the best thing to do is go to any big box store and ask there perfume ladys for samples (the little bottles) or get a female friend to do it.
    I've been asking for them for my girl and since we've been doing our christmas shopping i've hit like 7 store and now don't have to buy any perfume since i have like 30 samples for her.(she is very indesicive)...

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    meekermeeker Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I use Aqua di Gio by Armani. Smells good, not too musky.

    Tip:
    Spray, Delay, Walk Away.

    Spray into the air ahead of you, wait a second or two, then walk into the mist for full coverage and a less concentrated smell.

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    NateVaderNateVader Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Newton wrote: »
    I use an aftershave from Nivea for men. I think it is just called aftershave balm, comes in a white bottle with a blue cap. It has a very nice, but not overpowering smell and it feels good after shaving. My wife really likes it, too.

    I also wear this and my friends of the female persuasion absolutely loved it. They'd get into my car after I had been driving and just burst out with "Oh my god you smell amazing! I'm going to force my boyfriend to wear whatever you have on." It's cheap but seems to have a lot of appeal.

    *results may vary*

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    oncelingonceling Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    There are some great recommendations in this thread for sure, but there's a lot of truth in the comment that you might smell like crap with something that smells great on anyone (or everyone!) else.

    Here is what I do (as a girl).... If you don't have someone to take with you to the store, take a few of the common suggestions from this thread, say 4 or 5, spray on the back of each of your hands, on each wrist, and your inner elbow or neck or whatever.

    Unless they smell like total crap, spray each of the 5 on a card as well. Put the card for your back of hands in the appropriate back pockets, the ones on your wrists in your front pockets and the fifth in your wallet or something.

    Leave the store, wander around the mall for 30 minutes. Stop and smell the areas again and see if there is one that you still like. If so, take out the appropriate card and see what it smells like when it's not on your skin (your clothes will smell a bit like this) and go back to buy it unless the scent has completely disappeared or is really weak.

    Alternatively, I highly recommend the small sample packs that can be pretty cost effective and let you try out a few things at a time.

    For example:

    http://www.amazon.com/Miniature-Cologne-Sampler-For-Him/dp/B00023EMUE

    They can be more cost effective than you think. I got a Calvin Klein cologne one for a friend for just $25 last christmas, it had 6 different bottles in it and was in a fancy box.

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2007
    I like Polo Black.

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    GihgehlsGihgehls Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Those of you who recommend Polo Black should try Polo Double Black. It is delicious.

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    iTunesIsEviliTunesIsEvil Cornfield? Cornfield.Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    meeker wrote: »
    I use Aqua di Gio by Armani. Smells good, not too musky.

    Tip:
    Spray, Delay, Walk Away.

    Spray into the air ahead of you, wait a second or two, then walk into the mist for full coverage and a less concentrated smell.
    With Aqua di Gio the spray, then walk into the mist thing is almost required. I really like the way it smells, but damn if the tiniest bit goes the longest damn way. Seriously, 1 spray directly onto a piece of clothing is too much for me with that.

    Also, I am going to have to look into this Polo Black that is apparently so popular.

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    GihgehlsGihgehls Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Polo Black really is awesome. But Double Black is roughly twice as awesome, if you round your decimals properly.

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2007
    Gihgehls wrote: »
    Polo Black really is awesome. But Double Black is roughly twice as awesome, if you round your decimals properly.

    That's actually what I use, but Black is a better introduction to the scent. :)

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    KlykaKlyka DO you have any SPARE BATTERIES?Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I don't use anything cause people who actually think that you can smell a cologne or something in a club full with smoking people, artificial fog and what have you, are stupid.

    I just use normal deodorant.

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2007
    Klyka wrote: »
    I don't use anything cause people who actually think that you can smell a cologne or something in a club full with smoking people, artificial fog and what have you, are stupid.

    Because wearing cologne clearly suggests that the first thing I plan on doing is going to a dance club.

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    ShogunShogun Hair long; money long; me and broke wizards we don't get along Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Doc wrote: »
    Klyka wrote: »
    I don't use anything cause people who actually think that you can smell a cologne or something in a club full with smoking people, artificial fog and what have you, are stupid.

    Because wearing cologne clearly suggests that the first thing I plan on doing is going to a dance club.

    Not to mention every place in my state is now smoke free as of October.

    edit: For the record, I use Pherlure. Forget that silly pheromone shit, but it smells amazing.

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    PorkChopSandwichesPorkChopSandwiches Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I use Kenneth Cole Reaction, and I keep a bottle of Dolce & Gabana in my gym bag for use after my gym shower. I used to wear Good Life by Davidoff, but they stopped making it. Lame.

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    ViolentChemistryViolentChemistry __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    Shogun wrote: »
    Doc wrote: »
    Klyka wrote: »
    I don't use anything cause people who actually think that you can smell a cologne or something in a club full with smoking people, artificial fog and what have you, are stupid.

    Because wearing cologne clearly suggests that the first thing I plan on doing is going to a dance club.

    Not to mention every place in my state is now smoke free as of October.

    edit: For the record, I use Pherlure. Forget that silly pheromone shit, but it smells amazing.

    Also even smoking half a pack a day girls still smell my Old Spice Classic (because I figure if I smell like Bruce Campbell, chicks will dig me, m i rite?). Colognes and bodysprays have very powerful scents, they'll cover up a lot of other smells rather nicely.

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    variantvariant Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Ralph Lauren - Blue polo - really strong, dont use too much
    Curve - a little weak but smells nice
    Abercrombie - Fierce - the best cologne imo.

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    KilroyKilroy timaeusTestified Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Old Spice Classic

    Three generations of men in my family use this (me being the third). Some people might think it odd to smell like your grandfather, but if it isn't broke, why fix it?

    Ahoy.

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    AphostileAphostile San Francisco, CARegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Acqua Di Gio, everything else I've tried never really works that well for me. Always gotten compliments, even though it IS one of THE most heavily used colognes by men (Polo Black is also pretty high up there).

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    GihgehlsGihgehls Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I also love me some Ralph Lauren Purple Label. I definintely go for the spicer, mildly sweet scents rather than the crisp, refreshing scents. I have a small bottle of Acqua Di Gio for those rare occasions when I want to mix it up. I really love having a friend who works at Macy's :)

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    DividerDivider Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Abercrombie's Fierce cologne smells great, just recently bought some.

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    VeeveeVeevee WisconsinRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    My wife loves the smell of Cool Water on me. So much so that I keep a small bottle on me at all times in case of emergency.

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    SerphimeraSerphimera Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    No matter which cologne you choose, remember not to go overboard. Few things are quite as repellant as a man wearing way too much aftershave. You should only wear enough so that someone would have to get within 2 feet of you to smell it.

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    GlorfindelGlorfindel Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Issey Miyake's L'eau d'Issey Eau D' Ete Summer is fantastic. I love this one.

    Gucci Envy is a good staple scent, as is Calvin Klein Eternity and Armani Code.

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    DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2007
    Serphimera wrote: »
    No matter which cologne you choose, remember not to go overboard. Few things are quite as repellant as a man wearing way too much aftershave. You should only wear enough so that someone would have to get within 2 feet of you to smell it.

    This can't be overstated. When wearing a scent, I try to only use enough that someone who physically touches me can smell it.

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    hank94jphank94jp Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    lordswing wrote: »
    I don't know if other people feel the same way as I do, but I get sick of smelling the same everyday. If possible, see if you can pick up a few scents that you particularly like. One thing to note, is smelling like everyone else. I think part of smelling good is to be different, I recently purchased Ferrari Black since Amazon was selling it for cheap, and immediately got complimented on it. This was the first time in a year or 2 of wearing nothing but Very Sexy ^2 and Romance.

    True that. I've been a fan of Ferrari Red and Ferrari Black ever since purchasing them in Italy last year (when in Rome, right?). I've been complimented on numerous occasions. It has a nice, masculine sort of scent that, when applied lightly, is very pleasing. When I wear it, I will occasionally catch a hint of it and remember "damn, I smell good." Good times.

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