From this list your absolute 'Must-Haves' (if present)!

Bavard

Wearing Perfume Right Now
Moderator
Basenotes Plus
Jul 20, 2015
There are a bunch on the list I haven't tried, but here are some I like.

Fragrances I have bought for my collection:

Boss #1
Tsar

Fragrances I have considered buying:

Giorgio for Men
Tuscany
Havana


Fragrances I like pretty well but wouldn't wear enough to justify buying:

Jaïpur Homme
CK One
Salvador Dali pour Homme
Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme
Azzaro pour Homme
Caron Third Man
 

feydakin9

Basenotes Member
Mar 24, 2011
Heaven by Chopard, Samourai by Alain Delon, DK Unleaded, Chanel pour Monsieur, Chanel Antaeus, Creed Bois du Portugal, Amouage Man ( vintage ).
 

MonsieurChanel

Basenotes Dependent
Oct 3, 2015
At first glance. If I had to limit myself to ten.

Caron Pour un Homme
Hanae Mori HM
Brut
Old Spice
Tabac
Mont Blanc Individuel
Davidoff Cool Water
Paco Rabanne XS
Jovan Musk
Jovan White Musk
 
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ILikePeeps

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
May 15, 2012
From the list, of ones that I own and that I wouldn't want to be without:

Azzaro Pour Homme
Caron Pour Un Homme
Gucci Pour Homme II
Jaïpur Homme (EdP)
Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme
Versace L'Homme


BTW, you have Encre Noire listed twice (OP).

Update after about 2.5 years! Haha

Azzaro Chrome - don't own it anymore, unfortunately and the gf has a bad association with it, so.. :(. But great stuff from memory.
Caron pour un Homme - at the time of my last post, I had only tried more modern stuff I think. The vintage stuff I have now blows it away - it's sooo much better than the modern. The musky animalic aspect is AMAZING. Plus little or no Play-Doh smell.
Versace L'Homme
Grey Flannel
Gucci pour Homme II
Jaïpur Homme
Lalique Encre Noire

Honorable mentions, so far:
British Sterling - this surprised me in a positive way. Waiting on Imperial Musk flanker at the moment.
Old Spice - the Early American Old Spice version is darn good stuff, and also the Musk Cologne version which I have on right now!
maybe Raghba instead of 24 Gold, if only due to naming/relation, haha.
 

painted_klown

Basenotes Junkie
Jan 5, 2019
I haven't tried many from this list, but here's my picks. These are all bottles I either own, or have smelled and enjoyed.

24 Gold
Azzaro Chrome
Brut
Burberry London
Ck One
CK One Shock
Coty Aspen
Cuba Gold
Cuba Royal
Curve
Davidoff Cool Water
Dunhill Desire Blue
Dunhill Desire Red
Ed Hardy Villian
Gucci pour Homme II
Guess Seductive
Issey Miyake Bleu
Jovan Musk For Men
Jovan Sex Appeal
Jovan White Musk
Kenneth Cole Black
Lalique Encre Noire
Michael Jordan Legend
Mont Blanc Individuel
Mont Blanc Starwalker
Nautica Voyage
Old Spice
One Shock CK
Paco Rabanne XS
Red for Men by Giorgio BH
Set Sail St Barts
Stetson
Sung Homme
Tabac Original
Tommy Hilfiger Tommy
Versace Dreamer
Vince Camuto Man
 

Snortch

Super Member
Aug 4, 2019
Somewhere in this forum there is a thread titled: 'Top 5 Inexplicably Cheap yet Good Fragrances for Men' by Andrewthecologneguy. This thread ends with a list of all scents mentioned in this thread. Show from this list your 'absolute Must-Haves' (if present!)

The List:

1-12 by Halston
24 Gold
24 Scentstory Platinum
360 White-Black-Red
900 by Aramis
4711
A*Men Pure Energy
Acqua Classica Borsari
Adidas Fresh Impact
Adidas Pure Game
Adolfo Dominguez Vetiver Hombre
Agate Homme
Agua Brava
Al Rehab Silver
Alt Innsbruck cologne
Ambre Noir Yves Rocher
Angel Schlesser Homme
Animale Animale
Antonio Banderas Blue Seduction
Anucci man
Aramis
Avon Hervé Léger
Azzaro Chrome
Azzaro pour Homme
Azzaro Visit
Baldessarini Concentree
Baldessarini Strictly Private
Battistoni Marte
Beckham Homme/Signature
Bergamatto Marino
Beyond Paradise for Men
Bigelow Bay Rum
Bijan for Men
Blue Jeans by Versace
Bogart
Bogart PH
Bogart Witness
Borsalino Classic
Boss #1
Boucheron pour Homme
British Sterling
Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Red/White
Brut
Brut Dominant
Bulgari Black
Burberry London
Burberry Rhythm
Burberry Weekend
Cabaret Homme
Caesars Man
Caractère by Daniel Hechter
Carbone de Balmain
Caron pour un Homme
Caron Third Man
Catalyst
Cella Colonia Classica
Cereus # 11
Cerruti 1881
Cerruti Image
Cerutti Image Harmony
Chevignon for men
Chopard Noble Cedar
Chopard Noble Vetiver
Christopher Columbus 1492
Ck One
CK One Shock
Colors for Men by Benetton
Comme des Garçons Vettiveru
Coty Aspen
Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood
Crabtree & Evelyn West Indian Lime
Cuba Gold/Red
Cuba Paris Red
Cuba Royal
Cuir Sensuel
Curve
David Beckham Instinct
Davidoff Cool Water
Deauville
DeBaron
Devin
Diesel Plus Plus
Dirty English
Drakkar Noir
Ducati for Men
Dunhill Desire Blue
Dunhill Desire Red
Eau de L'Occitan
Eau des Missions
Ed Hardy (various)
Encre Noire
Enrico Coveri Pour Homme
Escada Magnetism for Man
Essenza del Tempo by Trussardi
Everlast
Fendi Life Essence
Ferrari Red
Ferrari Uomo
Fraglux Bellagio
Franck Olivier Black Touch
Franck Olivier Sunrise
Full Choke
Gainsboro
Gainsborough G-Man
Gendarme
Gianfranco Ferre for Man
Gillette Cool Wave
Giorgio for Men
Graphite Montana
Grey Flannel
Gucci pour Homme II
Guess Seductive
Halston Amber Man
Hanae Mori HiM
Hanae Mori HM
Hattrick
Havana
Hommage a L'Homme Lalique
Homme Exceptionnel Mont Blanc
Horizon Laroche
Iceberg Homme
In Red Pour Homme by Estelle Ewen
Issey Miyake Bleu
Jacomo de Jacomo
Jacomo Rouge
Jacques Fath pour L'Homme
Jaguar Original
Jaïpur Homme
JHL
Jil Sander Pure Man (The Essentials)
Jil Sander Scent'79 (The Essentials)
John Varvatos (original)
Joop Nightflight
Jovan Musk For Men
Jovan Sex Appeal
Jovan White Musk
J's exte man
Karl Lagerfeld Classic
Kenneth Cole Black
La perla by La perla
Lalique Encre Noire
Lanvin Avant Garde
Lanvin l'Homme
Lanvin l'Homme Sport
Laura Biagiotti Roma
L'Elbolaro Meharees
L'Erbolario Corteccia
L'Erbolario Meharees
L'Essence de Cerruti pour homme
Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin
Lomani Body and Soul
Lomani Network 1
Lomani pour Homme
Malizia Uomo Vetiver
Mandarina Duck Black
Marakech Tales
Mauboussin M Generation
Mauboussin pour Homme
Maxim's Pour Homme
Michael Jordan Flight
Michael Jordan Legend
Midnight in Paris
Mont Blanc Individuel
Mont Blanc Starwalker
Montana Parfum d'Homme (redbox)
Mr. Blass by Bill Blass
Mugler Cologne
Mustang
Nautica Oceans
Nautica Voyage
Nemo Cacharel
New West for Him by Aramis
Nicole Miller for Men
Noir by Adlan B.
Obsession CK
Old Spice
One Man Show Bogart
One Shock CK
Oscar Pour Lui
Paco by Paco Rabanne
Paco Rabanne XS
Pal Zileri Cuoio
Paul Smith Story
Perfumer's Workshop (various)
Periplo by L'Erbolario
Perry Ellis 360° Red
Perry Ellis Portfolio Green
Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur
Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve
Pino Silvestre
Playboy New York
Playboy Vegas
Preferred Stock by Coty
PS by Paul Sebastian
Quorum
R by Revillon
Red for Men by Giorgio BH
Rêve d'Or by L.T.Piver
Rive Gauche pour Homme
Roccobarocco Extraordinaire
Rochas Man
Roger & Gallet Jean Marie Farina Extra Vielle
Romeo Gigli Classic Pour Homme
Salvador Dali pour Homme
Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme
Set Sail St Barts
Silver Scent
Solara Homme
Solo Loewe Intense
Stetson
Sung Homme
Tabac Original
Tabu
Ted Lapidus
Ted Lapidus Altamir
Ted Lapidus Black Extreme
Thallium
Thallium Black
Tim McGraw Southern Blend
Tommy Bahama For Men
Tommy Hilfiger Tommy
Tous Man Sport
Tsar
Tuscany by Aramis
Ulric de Varens Action
Ungaro Apparition Intense
Ungaro III
Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme
Van Gils classic
Varon Dandy
Vermeil pour Homme
Versace Dreamer
Versace L'Homme
Versace Pour Homme
Vertical Limit
Vince Camuto Man
Vizzari for Men
Yang Jaques Fath
Yardley Citrus & Wood
Yatagan
Z-14 by Halston
Zara (various)
Zino
Zirh IKON
Zizanie

How nice of you! Bookmarked and going to print tomorrow
 

PStoller

I’m not old, I’m vintage.
Basenotes Plus
Aug 1, 2019
I don't know about "must-haves," but I have the following, which I can break down into three groups:

Liked:
Aramis
Azzaro pour Homme
Bogart
Borsalino Classic
Boucheron pour Homme
Brut
Caron Third Man
Catalyst
Cerruti 1881
Giorgio for Men
Grey Flannel
Havana
Jacomo de Jacomo
Karl Lagerfeld Classic
Oscar Pour Lui
Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur
Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve
Red for Men by Giorgio BH
Romeo Gigli Classic Pour Homme
Salvador Dali pour Homme
Ungaro III
Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme
Vermeil pour Homme
Versace L'Homme

Didn't like:
Caron pour un Homme
Lalique Encre Noire
Old Spice
Quorum
Sung Homme
Ted Lapidus
Tsar
Yatagan
Zino

Haven't worn yet:
1-12 by Halston
900 by Aramis
Boss #1
Gianfranco Ferre for Man
Graphite Montana
Maxim's Pour Homme
Tabu
Z-14 by Halston

Most of my likes/dislikes are based on a single wearing, so my judgment isn't final. With that caveat, batting .750 on blind buys isn't too bad. I must note, though, that a number of these are no longer "inexplicably cheap," at least not for the vintage versions on which their reputations are founded.
 
Jul 7, 2012
Somebody bumped up an oldie.

There are only two scents on the list I'd buy if I was starting over from scratch:
1. Curve
2. Hanae Mori HM EDT, not the EDP (in this case, the heavier concentration wrecks the best parts of the scent)

I'd recommend these, but they're not must owns.
Al Rehab Silver
Hanae Mori HiM EDP, not the EDT (in this case, the heavier concentration improves the way the scent wears)
Gucci pour Homme II
Gendarme, for an ultra-safe soapy pick.
 

Hugh V.

Basenotes Dependent
Dec 9, 2016
The List:

1-12 by Halston

Aramis

Azzaro pour Homme

Brut
Brut Dominant


Curve

Davidoff Cool Water

Drakkar Noir

Gillette Cool Wave

Grey Flannel

Guess Seductive

Paco by Paco Rabanne

Preferred Stock by Coty

Z-14 by Halston

1-12. I wasn't alive in the 70s but this gives me a funky disco vibe despite it being non-swanky. It's a bit like Grey Flannel but more floral. It's nice though. Outside of the biggies like Polo, Azzaro, Paco, I think it's a good representation of the decade. I can see myself wearing it back then.

Aramis because it's like thee mustache/chest air scent. It's too distinctive to be confused for anything else. One of the most raw masculine fragrances I've smelled, with a strange dash of elegance. For me, it's the beginning of all modern fragrances.

Azzaro Pour Homme. It's a classic soapy/aftershave foam/sometimes dirty smelling cologne. A man's cologne. Even the reformulation has it's moments.

Brut. This is like the nostalgic smell of the average male. I think everyone's smelled this somewhere. It's way to spicy in that quasi-oriental dry down but I like to just have it. The deodorants are great too. Just gotta have it.

Curve. The compliment getter. A great date night scent. I like it, women like it. It's a no-brainer.

Cool Water. This was a game changer in my opinion. I don't like wearing it, but I recommend everyone try it. It's nice to have in the colleciton as well.

Drakkar Noir. THEE 80s fragrance. I can't think of a more iconic fragrance from that decade. This one...the AdG of it's time.

Cool Wave. I can't believe this wonderful scent is so cheap. It's a bit rough in that chypre dry down but it's still very good, probably one of the best aftershave scents out there if you want a hybrid 80s/90s scent.

Grey Flannel. Clean masculinity. Has a solid reputation. Cheap, so why not have it?

Paco Rabanne Pour Homme right? Thee fragrance of the 70s/early 80s. In my opinion. It filled that time between ultra powdery/heavy musks and the advent of Drakkar Noir. Classic.

Preferred Stock. Pee yew. This is a stinker in that dry down. But the opening has it's quirky appeal. Drug store budget version of Drakkar Noir. I've always seen a bottle and for some reason the name and bottle just seem like it should be in a guy's collection. Wasn't this gifted quite a bit back in the day?

Z-14. One of my favorite cinnamon fragrances and I don't even like cinnamon. Obsession is more popular by a mile, but I think this one is less perfumey, more rugged in the dry down, and a great winter scent.
 

woodnotes55

Basenotes Dependent
Oct 27, 2016
Mostly only the vintage are must-have imho:

1-12 by Halston vintage great, current ok
Burberry London
Encre Noire (repeated below, get it twice!!!)
Grey Flannel vintage great, current good
Jaguar Original vintage great, current ok
Lalique Encre Noire in list twice
Oscar Pour Lui vintage only
Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme
Z-14 by Halston vintage great, current ok
 

Beck

Basenotes Dependent
May 13, 2014
Somewhere in this forum there is a thread titled: 'Top 5 Inexplicably Cheap yet Good Fragrances for Men' by Andrewthecologneguy. This thread ends with a list of all scents mentioned in this thread. Show from this list your 'absolute Must-Haves' (if present!)

The List:

1-12 by Halston
24 Gold
24 Scentstory Platinum
360 White-Black-Red
900 by Aramis
4711
A*Men Pure Energy
Acqua Classica Borsari
Adidas Fresh Impact
Adidas Pure Game
Adolfo Dominguez Vetiver Hombre
Agate Homme
Agua Brava
Al Rehab Silver
Alt Innsbruck cologne
Ambre Noir Yves Rocher
Angel Schlesser Homme
Animale Animale
Antonio Banderas Blue Seduction
Anucci man
Aramis
Avon Hervé Léger
Azzaro Chrome
Azzaro pour Homme
Azzaro Visit
Baldessarini Concentree
Baldessarini Strictly Private
Battistoni Marte
Beckham Homme/Signature
Bergamatto Marino
Beyond Paradise for Men
Bigelow Bay Rum
Bijan for Men
Blue Jeans by Versace
Bogart
Bogart PH
Bogart Witness
Borsalino Classic
Boss #1
Boucheron pour Homme
British Sterling
Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Red/White
Brut
Brut Dominant
Bulgari Black
Burberry London
Burberry Rhythm
Burberry Weekend
Cabaret Homme
Caesars Man
Caractère by Daniel Hechter
Carbone de Balmain
Caron pour un Homme
Caron Third Man
Catalyst
Cella Colonia Classica
Cereus # 11
Cerruti 1881
Cerruti Image
Cerutti Image Harmony
Chevignon for men
Chopard Noble Cedar
Chopard Noble Vetiver
Christopher Columbus 1492
Ck One
CK One Shock
Colors for Men by Benetton
Comme des Garçons Vettiveru
Coty Aspen
Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood
Crabtree & Evelyn West Indian Lime
Cuba Gold/Red
Cuba Paris Red
Cuba Royal
Cuir Sensuel
Curve
David Beckham Instinct
Davidoff Cool Water
Deauville
DeBaron
Devin
Diesel Plus Plus
Dirty English
Drakkar Noir
Ducati for Men
Dunhill Desire Blue
Dunhill Desire Red
Eau de L'Occitan
Eau des Missions
Ed Hardy (various)
Encre Noire
Enrico Coveri Pour Homme
Escada Magnetism for Man
Essenza del Tempo by Trussardi
Everlast
Fendi Life Essence
Ferrari Red
Ferrari Uomo
Fraglux Bellagio
Franck Olivier Black Touch
Franck Olivier Sunrise
Full Choke
Gainsboro
Gainsborough G-Man
Gendarme
Gianfranco Ferre for Man
Gillette Cool Wave
Giorgio for Men
Graphite Montana
Grey Flannel
Gucci pour Homme II
Guess Seductive
Halston Amber Man
Hanae Mori HiM
Hanae Mori HM
Hattrick
Havana
Hommage a L'Homme Lalique
Homme Exceptionnel Mont Blanc
Horizon Laroche
Iceberg Homme
In Red Pour Homme by Estelle Ewen
Issey Miyake Bleu
Jacomo de Jacomo
Jacomo Rouge
Jacques Fath pour L'Homme
Jaguar Original
Jaïpur Homme
JHL
Jil Sander Pure Man (The Essentials)
Jil Sander Scent'79 (The Essentials)
John Varvatos (original)
Joop Nightflight
Jovan Musk For Men
Jovan Sex Appeal
Jovan White Musk
J's exte man
Karl Lagerfeld Classic
Kenneth Cole Black
La perla by La perla
Lalique Encre Noire
Lanvin Avant Garde
Lanvin l'Homme
Lanvin l'Homme Sport
Laura Biagiotti Roma
L'Elbolaro Meharees
L'Erbolario Corteccia
L'Erbolario Meharees
L'Essence de Cerruti pour homme
Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin
Lomani Body and Soul
Lomani Network 1
Lomani pour Homme
Malizia Uomo Vetiver
Mandarina Duck Black
Marakech Tales
Mauboussin M Generation
Mauboussin pour Homme
Maxim's Pour Homme
Michael Jordan Flight
Michael Jordan Legend
Midnight in Paris
Mont Blanc Individuel
Mont Blanc Starwalker
Montana Parfum d'Homme (redbox)
Mr. Blass by Bill Blass
Mugler Cologne
Mustang
Nautica Oceans
Nautica Voyage
Nemo Cacharel
New West for Him by Aramis
Nicole Miller for Men
Noir by Adlan B.
Obsession CK
Old Spice
One Man Show Bogart
One Shock CK
Oscar Pour Lui
Paco by Paco Rabanne
Paco Rabanne XS
Pal Zileri Cuoio
Paul Smith Story
Perfumer's Workshop (various)
Periplo by L'Erbolario
Perry Ellis 360° Red
Perry Ellis Portfolio Green
Pierre Cardin Pour Monsieur
Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve
Pino Silvestre
Playboy New York
Playboy Vegas
Preferred Stock by Coty
PS by Paul Sebastian
Quorum
R by Revillon
Red for Men by Giorgio BH
Rêve d'Or by L.T.Piver
Rive Gauche pour Homme
Roccobarocco Extraordinaire
Rochas Man
Roger & Gallet Jean Marie Farina Extra Vielle
Romeo Gigli Classic Pour Homme
Salvador Dali pour Homme
Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme
Set Sail St Barts
Silver Scent
Solara Homme
Solo Loewe Intense
Stetson
Sung Homme
Tabac Original
Tabu
Ted Lapidus
Ted Lapidus Altamir
Ted Lapidus Black Extreme
Thallium
Thallium Black
Tim McGraw Southern Blend
Tommy Bahama For Men
Tommy Hilfiger Tommy
Tous Man Sport
Tsar
Tuscany by Aramis
Ulric de Varens Action
Ungaro Apparition Intense
Ungaro III
Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme
Van Gils classic
Varon Dandy
Vermeil pour Homme
Versace Dreamer
Versace L'Homme
Versace Pour Homme
Vertical Limit
Vince Camuto Man
Vizzari for Men
Yang Jaques Fath
Yardley Citrus & Wood
Yatagan
Z-14 by Halston
Zara (various)
Zino
Zirh IKON
Zizanie
Excellent! Love the fact it’s so organized too. Big lists can be a mess, what spoils the information in them.
 

StylinLA

Basenotes Dependent
Aug 9, 2009
Lot of great scents there.

These are my must have. I think every Basenoter should at least try the bolded scents.


Aramis
Caron pour un Homme
Caron Third Man

Gendarme
Giorgio for Men
Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin
Old Spice
Paco by Paco Rabanne
Rive Gauche pour Homme

Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme
Versace L'Homme
 

Alonewithcologne

Basenotes Dependent
Oct 12, 2017
4711 (for collection purposes, it's so classic, and I love how it smells)
Perry Ellis 360° Red
Jacques Fath Pour l'Homme
Bentley For Men Intense (not on list)
 

Toxicon

Basenotes Dependent
May 29, 2021
We're resurrecting a necro thread, but I'll play along.

Top 5 (current formulations):
Yatagan
Azzaro Pour Homme
Encre Noire
Mugler Cologne
Burberry London

Bonus:
Jacomo de Jacomo
Aramis (vintage)
Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve (too cheap to pass up)

Not listed but should be:
Bentley for Men Absolute
Quorum Silver
Cacharel pour l'Homme
Gres Cabochard EDT
Encre Noire a l'Extreme
Roger & Gallet Open
 

JBHoren

I'm a social vegan. I avoid meet.
Basenotes Plus
Apr 25, 2007
Somewhere in this forum there is a thread titled: 'Top 5 Inexplicably Cheap yet Good Fragrances for Men' by Andrewthecologneguy. This thread ends with a list of all scents mentioned in this thread. Show from this list your 'absolute Must-Haves' (if present!)

[own] [own+must have] [don't own+must have]

Animale Animale [own+must have]
Aramis [own+must have]
CK One Shock [own+must have]
Crabtree & Evelyn Sandalwood [don't own+must have]
Eau de L'Occitan [own+must have]
Giorgio for Men [own+must have]
Grey Flannel [own+must have]
Havana [own+must have]
Jovan Musk For Men [don't own+must have]
Lalique Encre Noire [own+must have]
Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin [own+must have]
New West for Him by Aramis [own] (owned the original; current reformulation ain't even close)
Obsession CK [own+must have]
Old Spice [own+must have]
Pino Silvestre [own+must have]
Salvatore Ferragamo pour Homme [own+must have]
Tabac Original [own] (there are better "barbershop" fragrances)
Yatagan [own+must have]
 

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