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Intimately Beckham Men by Beckham

It tries to be like Gucci Envy but pretends that it's the first cologne of its kind. Smell Envy first, then decide.


Chrome Legend by Azzaro

Happy and delightful. Available everywhere. Why not try it?


Daisy by Marc Jacobs

Lovely. Not mature enough or "lady like", but lovely. Somehow reminds me of cactus pears. I'm very likely to buy this for my wife soon..

Update: I bought a bottle for my wife and was horrified at the dry down - pure pepper to my nose. Wish I never bought it.


Halston by Halston

The photo of the dude on the ad says it best: this is a very "manly" cologne. To me all it says is "old". Too familiar.


212 Men by Carolina Herrera

Underrated cologne.. almost forgotten now, which is too bad. I used to have a bottle but it mysteriously disappeared - I think it was stolen! Quite refreshing at first, then mellows out into a rather serious grassy masculinity. Try it next time you're at Perfumania because Macy's and Nordstrom don't seem to carry it any more.


4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser by 4711

My mom's favorite. She used to always have one functioning bottle and another stand-by reserve one. All about refreshing. You can use it in leu of hand sanitizer or tonic. Bound to wake up an unconscious person to the smell of lemon and strong ethanol. I will never buy it, though, because it is grossly overpriced. It was never thought of as a "scent", so it should never be as expensive as cologne. When I was growing up (in the 80s) the largest bottle would be around 4-5 bucks, not more. Today it's making a comeback as if it's a hot thing and the smallest bottle is $18.. I don't like feeling hosed.. I'd rather get John Varvatos Artisan which gives a similar effect, lasts much longer, and is a much better investment if I'm paying anyways..


Acqua di Giò pour Homme by Giorgio Armani

I don't know how they pulled this one off without citrus notes. My only problem with it is that it has become so common that it does not feel special any more. I bet it would drive me crazy if I were a perfumer to try to come up with something so good, yet retain its uniqueness. Nevertheless, it's a great frag. Worth owning.


Brut by Fabergé

Only 31 reviews! This has been around forever and is quite famous. For my wrists now I'd rather slit them than wear it because it's way out of fashion, but I remember when it first came out and I remember how much I loved it. Very masculine, grassy, scratchy, would sound like sandpaper if it could speak.


Envy for Men by Gucci

Definitely a classic, though not an "instant" one. I bought it in 99 but it took a while to get noticed and only recently has it taken such a prominent spot. Quite sophisticated and always feels new. Radiates seriousness and strength with a mysterious depth. I always think of myself as embarking on a dangerous mission when I have it on. Every woman I ask about it says she likes it. Make sure to dress well when you wear it.


Fahrenheit by Christian Dior

No matter what we think of it today, this was a major hit in the 80s and early 90s and remains one of the best selling male fragrances of all time. Don't get me wrong - I would never wear it these days unless I only spray a tiny whiff because it is considered a bit overbearing in today's world, but I sure do remember how much I loved this cologne growing up. It is quite rough and somber, lacking almost completely in softness and smoothness - no vanilla here, no tobacco, no fresia.. nothing cozy. Nevertheless, there has been nothing like it. It truly stands alone as a classic.


Obsession for Men by Calvin Klein

I can see where the name comes from. It's so strong that the maker had to come up with a strongly emotional name for it. Too overbearing for me. I just want to smell good. I don't want to make any statements.


Vetiver by Guerlain

Too confrontational and unforgiving. I'd like to think of myself as a nice person. This doesn't say "nice".


Marc Jacobs for Men by Marc Jacobs

One of my wife's favorites on me. Quite unusual and boldly designed, walking right on the edge of femininity but not quite there. The fig is there all along and although I never imagined that fig could smell so good to my nose, I found it very endearing. Its softness gives a welcoming feeling to others and women seem to like it.. a lot!


John Varvatos by John Varvatos

A deep, yet awake scent (and my wife likes it, which made my decision to buy it a lot easier). The fruity/grassy giddiness is well controlled by the depth of vanilla and leather. Gives a simlar feeling to Gucci Envy for Men even though it's not quite similar to it. You have to try it to know what I mean.


Versace Man by Versace

Very nice but way too familiar. There are so many other frags like it out there. Chrome by Azzaro will give you a similar effect with a cleaner finish.


The One for Men by Dolce & Gabbana

The coriander is too strong for me. Most herbs are not my friends in cologne. I guess you'll have to try it for yourself..


Dunhill Fresh by Dunhill

I'm stuck with this one. My cousin bought it for me and I only used about a tenth of it (hint hint.. exchange possible!). It's good if you like rough green notes, but it's not as "fresh" as its name implies. It's edgy and quite youthful, definitely masculine yet not "manly". Something about it is immature..


Polo Black by Ralph Lauren

Not surprising that this one got almost as much negative reviews as it did positive. I got it as a gift from a friend. It's a bit confusing because there's nothing really "black" about it.. no darkness here. A fruity mango opening with a chaulky sensation that reminds me of the candy called Piz. The dry out is a little greener, a little more masculine but still a bit too soft for me. I'm willing to exchange it. I'm only giving it a thumbs up because women seem to like it and I don't mind it that much.


Nina (new) by Nina Ricci

Fruit and smiles in a bottle. Absolutely love it.


Infusion d'Iris by Prada

Went to Macy's particularly to check this one out. Wasn't too impressed, mainly because of how powdery it was.


Look by Vera Wang

Fruity at first, yet not bubbly or teenage-like because the flowery components keep things in check. Definitely worth smelling at your next trip to the mall.


H.M. by Hanae Mori

Started off a little powdery. Dried out quite unisex if not even feminine. Not sure what it reminds me of but if I smell this on a guy it would not give me a good impression of him.


Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

I went to Nordstrom today specifically to try this one on since I saw that it won the best men's fragrance award. Since the start, I could smell nothing but the geranium and a hint of orange. I was hoping for a burst of citrus like John Varvatos' Artisan or D&G's Masculine. I don't know if my nose is hypersensitive to geranium but I've had it on my wrist for over 3 hours so far and I still smell almost nothing but geranium. My mom loves geranium. I should introduce her to this one.


Ferrari Passion by Ferrari

Got this one from my wife when we were engaged. Best thing about it: the name fits it perfectly. It's truly a passionate scent. I don't know what makes it smell that way but it smells like true, strong feelings..

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