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chuck81
04-03-2012, 07:51 AM
Under $20. I usually wear aquatics but looking to branch out

maxman
04-03-2012, 08:22 AM
Tough question.
Tell us where you want to go with this.
Do you like spicy? Incense? Fresh and green? Floral?

You can get great deals all over the place.
TJ Maxx will have some great fragrances for a discount price.

brucea
04-03-2012, 08:47 AM
Depends on your "nose". Just started using Ogallala which is under 20. I like it very much as does my wife. They do have a sample size. I particularly like the peppercorn and lime.

john parker
04-03-2012, 11:46 AM
Tabac edc is a nice, inexpensive fragrance. 4711 comes to mind.

elsmooth
04-03-2012, 11:50 AM
I'm extremely inexperienced, so take my answer with a block of salt. I like Carlos Santana, and it's about $15 for 3.4 oz. Wife likes it on me, too. It gets really solid marks on other message boards (especially since it's a celeb scent, and there's a bias to begin with). A really great blind buy, and I find myself turning this one into my daily wear.

Chefbaze
04-03-2012, 12:06 PM
If you like Leather type fragrances, you'd be hard pressed to find a better one than Clubman Special Reserve...no joke, for $8 people on fragrance only websites, have compared it to $80+ high end stuff, saying if it were rebottled, you'd think it was high end juice...having said that, the stuff is strong........and I definitely agree with the Ogallala advice.I love the stuff

MarkStar
04-03-2012, 01:14 PM
Quorum by Antonio Puig (http://www.basenotes.net/ID26121340.html) can be had for well under $20 and is a wonderful example of the rich aromatic fougeres of the 80's. But don't let it's age fool you, like Azzaro and Kouros, it's still selling for a reason!

Niles
04-03-2012, 01:17 PM
Grey Flannel is another inexpensive option.

Austin
04-03-2012, 01:22 PM
Check out the BST forum. I just saw some frags in your price range.

Quintar
04-03-2012, 01:40 PM
I have a spreadsheet of my stuff so I sorted by price...All these bottles below I picked up for less than $30 each...most for $15-20 I'd say most are decent scents or better though some may be odd...like liac vegetal or clubman...

Quorum Antonio Piug
Azzaro pour homme Azzaro
Cool Water Davidoff
Brut Faberge
Grey Flannel Geoffrey Beene
Giorgio for Men Giorgio Beverly Hills
Drakkar Noir Guy Laroche
Halston I-12 Halston
Halston Z-14 Halston
Dirty English Juciy Couture
Kanon Norwegian Wood Kannon
Encre Noire Lalique
Tabac Original Maurer & Wirtz / Arturo Jordi-Pey
4711 Muelhens
PS Fine Cologne Paul Sebastian
Lilac Vegetal Pinaud
Clubman Pinaud
Old Spice Shulton
Acqua di Selva Victor/Visconti di Modrone
Aqua Velva Williams

Jawaburger
04-03-2012, 02:25 PM
Grey Flannel is another inexpensive option.

+1

jakespoppy
04-03-2012, 06:01 PM
Here's a thread from a year ago that has a lot of suggestions for frags for under $20:

Good fragrance for under $20? (http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/205182-Good-fragrance-for-under-20?highlight=)

Let us know what you decide to try.

chuck81
04-03-2012, 06:12 PM
Tough question.
Tell us where you want to go with this.
Do you like spicy? Incense? Fresh and green? Floral?

You can get great deals all over the place.
TJ Maxx will have some great fragrances for a discount price.

I'm thinking fresh/green scents. I've tried spicy/incense and it's not really my thing.

global_dev
04-03-2012, 06:43 PM
get a decant of creed Original Vetiver... i don't get the soapiness oft described (and that I smell in some of the Pen's) , but a nice fresh green hit.

michiganlover
04-03-2012, 08:15 PM
I would suggest either Avon, or the Bath and Body Works Signature Men's line.

In fact Avon is running a Buy One get One Free sale right now, so you can get their large 3.4 oz bottles for basically $10 each.

Bath and Body Works is $30 per bottle, but they are running a BOGO at the moment too. There are six scents in the line: Ocean, Oak, Noir, Citron, Twilight Woods, and Classic. My favorites are Oak, and Twilight Woods.

http://shop.avon.com/shop/product_list.aspx?level1_id=300&level2_id=309&pdept_id=375&cat_type=C

http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=4191893&cp=4090259.4090258.4090292.4431697&cm_sp=IM-_-Men%27s-_-Colognes

http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11667255&cm_vc=200

erickson
04-03-2012, 08:40 PM
http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/283844-Recommend-cheap-(but-high-quality)-colognes

chado006
04-03-2012, 09:51 PM
I just picked up Nautica Voyage for $20 at TJ Maxx. It's a really nice and cheaper alternative to Aqua Di Gio.

Lamb Root
04-04-2012, 12:55 AM
Atkinson's English Lavender Ł15 90ml. Atkinson's Gold Medal is also supposed to be good but I haven't tried it yet. Prices are from Connaught Shaving Supplies.

rearviewmirror
04-04-2012, 05:45 AM
you want ASPEN.
ASPEN!

chuck81
04-04-2012, 06:40 AM
you want ASPEN.
ASPEN!

I don't know...you sound like you're on the fence about that one.

michiganlover
04-04-2012, 06:48 AM
I don't know...you sound like you're on the fence about that one.

Aspen is very good, and if you haven't tried it, you definitely should. It's basically a "greener" version of Cool Water, and said to be reminiscent of Green Irish Tweed as well.

I have both Cool Water, and Aspen, and greatly enjoy both.

I got the Aspen at Christmas; it was a gift set of two 1.7 oz bottles for I believe $15, so a total steal!!

michiganlover
04-04-2012, 06:52 AM
FragranceX has a 4oz bottle of Aspen for a mere $16.03:

http://www.fragrancex.com/products/_lid_A-am-pid_693M-am-cid_Cologne__products.html

maxman
04-04-2012, 07:04 AM
Coolwater is a good option.
I'll wear it today in honour of this thread.

chuck81
04-04-2012, 01:20 PM
Aspen it is. Cant wait for it to arrive!

chuck81
04-04-2012, 01:25 PM
4 oz for 13.50 on Amazon

u8myburger
04-04-2012, 01:39 PM
cuba gold is another option you can try (heard its similar to le male but not as loud)

smithmal
04-11-2012, 08:09 AM
4 oz for 13.50 on Amazon

Thanks for the heads up. Free shipping with Prime. I've been trying a sample of Trumper's Sandlewood from Gary's Sample shop and really liked it. I noticed it goes for $60+. Does anyone know if there is an nexpensive alternative that is similar in smell?

soloz2
04-11-2012, 08:36 AM
C. O. Bigelow has some nice scents for $20. I like blue and black. Green is also very good and they have a black pepper I'd like to sample. I haven't purchased any of them yet, but ill probably pick up black come fall. While at Bath & Body Works check out their signature series cologne. I have Citron and love it. Oak is very good and I plan to pick it up at some point.

While a bit more than $20 for a 3.4oz Voyage by Nautical is a very nice fresh scent that I just ordered yesterday after reading about it in another thread. I stopped at the mall yesterday to smell it and both my wife and I liked it so I ordered from amazon. $21.xx with prime.

I too have a sample of Trumpers Sandalwood and absolutely love it. I don't think it'll be the best warm weather scent, but rather make an excellent fall/winter scent. If there is a less expensive alternative I'm open to suggestions.

pipskicks
04-12-2012, 01:34 PM
It's crazy how many things have already been put into spreadsheets by people, listed on forums etc. Great part too is that no one has been yelling at newbies for repeating questions (although I've been having trouble searching).

If you don't want to order online (since I can't imagine just picking one of those without smelling it and a lot I have not seen in stores) I would look at Ross, someone mentioned TJ Maxx, just a brand-name from one of those should be cheap and be of at least a decent quality. They seem to be growing, a lot of older colognes (I think I've seen Ralph Lauren Blue even??) have been showing up in those stores at fairly cheap prices too.

BST is a good idea, as is Ebay, I've found either mostly full (just because it's not sold anymore) and I've found Tester bottles at a good discount.

Littlemax
04-12-2012, 06:02 PM
A good low cost cologne is Aqua Velva Musk. Available in all chain drug stores and in the range of about 3 to 5 dollars for a 3 1/2 oz bottle. Very long lasting. In my humble opinion it is much better than many high priced cologne's. To me I get an orange/lemon/amber/talc scent with musk. For the price and availability of it, it is worth a try.

rickboone1
04-12-2012, 06:25 PM
Depends on what you're looking for. If you just want to spend $20, then you'll have plenty of options. If you want a fragrance that lasts, hows power, longevity and shazaam.... look at Serge Lutens. Nowhere near $20 a bottle. That is, unless you consider it to be several tiny bottles inside of one. But, one spray will last comparitively to 15 of the $20 fragrances.

Now I sit back and watch the worms crawl about.

colaim
04-13-2012, 07:20 PM
I managed to nab a bottle of Nautica Oceans for $17. I always liked this fragrance. Just reminds me of the beach. One whiff, and I'm on vacation.

chuck81
04-14-2012, 09:59 AM
Aspen is great! It does smell a lot like Cool Water at first, but dries down to a nice green kind of scent. It's strong and I find it lasts a long time.

On another note, anybody know of a fragrance that smells similar to Polo Green (the original) without the huge price tag?

michiganlover
04-14-2012, 10:19 AM
On another note, anybody know of a fragrance that smells similar to Polo Green (the original) without the huge price tag?

I don't how similiar it is (since I have only briefly smelled the original Polo), but Walmart sells a "Classic Match" version of Polo that I quite enjoy. It's quite heavy on the Pine scent, and has quite a long lifespan. It will run you $8-$10 for a 3.4oz bottle.

It's not watered down like so many of these knock off colognes tend to be: this stuff is super strong, and overapplication will quickly put you into the "that guy" category.

chuck81
04-14-2012, 04:14 PM
Despite your denigration of the great and esteemed Williams Mug Soap, I appreciate your Input....
Just kidding about the Williams. Everyone hates it except me and, like, three other guys.
I've used a Polo knock off in the past that wasnt half bad, except it took 5 sprays to get any longevity at all. Even then, not really. Good for the gym bag or the car.

Also, I just figured out what Aspen is: its a combination of my favorite Gilette goo aftershave and Speed Stick Original/my all time favorite, but regrettably discontinued deodorant, Speed Stick Alpine Fresh.
Unfortunately, Aspen seem too damn strong to wear in warm weather.

T-Dog
04-15-2012, 09:02 PM
I'm going with my favorites: bacon and gin!

Quintar
04-15-2012, 09:30 PM
If you like Leather type fragrances, you'd be hard pressed to find a better one than Clubman Special Reserve...no joke, for $8 people on fragrance only websites, have compared it to $80+ high end stuff, saying if it were rebottled, you'd think it was high end juice...having said that, the stuff is strong........

I have a bottle of this...I've tried using it maybe 10 times...I hear the above comment over and over and I keep sniffing special reserve and I can't help but think its a big joke! It smells like a tin can full of used motor oil that people have been putting out cigarette butts in. it is completly nasty stuff. I have many leather fragrances that I wear and love: Knize 10, dior leather oud, tuscan leather, LT piver cuir, creed cuir de russie, givenchy gentleman, etc. and clubman special reserve smells absolutely nothing like any of them...so either I have a really bad bottle or this is a huge YMMV thing.

the_edski
04-15-2012, 09:34 PM
this whole site is YMMV, that being said, this is also a place where we can compare and contrast our opinions....garbage to one man may be treasure to another and all that jazz and what not...


I have a bottle of this...I've tried using it maybe 10 times...I hear the above comment over and over and I keep sniffing special reserve and I can't help but think its a big joke! It smells like a tin can full of used motor oil that people have been putting out cigarette butts in. it is completly nasty stuff. I have many leather fragrances that I wear and love: Knize 10, dior leather oud, tuscan leather, LT piver cuir, creed cuir de russie, givenchy gentleman, etc. and clubman special reserve smells absolutely nothing like any of them...so either I have a really bad bottle or this is a huge YMMV thing.

OkieStubble
04-15-2012, 09:35 PM
Tabac edc is a nice, inexpensive fragrance. 4711 comes to mind.


4711 would of been my guess also.

Vickers
04-15-2012, 09:52 PM
I have a bottle of this...I've tried using it maybe 10 times...I hear the above comment over and over and I keep sniffing special reserve and I can't help but think its a big joke! It smells like a tin can full of used motor oil that people have been putting out cigarette butts in. it is completly nasty stuff. I have many leather fragrances that I wear and love: Knize 10, dior leather oud, tuscan leather, LT piver cuir, creed cuir de russie, givenchy gentleman, etc. and clubman special reserve smells absolutely nothing like any of them...so either I have a really bad bottle or this is a huge YMMV thing.

You definitely have a bad bottle.

Roger Smith
04-15-2012, 10:03 PM
You can buy designer fragrance body sprays for under $20 at Macy's.

OkieStubble
07-25-2012, 01:44 AM
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