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What suggestions for a non-invasive or pleasent cologne.

Asked by Garebo (3190points) May 2nd, 2009

I like natural fragrances with a hint of machismo. Anything out there that won’t make me break out, or smell like the next guy. I don’t usually wear cologne, but when I do I want it to be pleasant and most aren’t, probably because it requires mucho bucks. Cost $25–75 possible.

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FrankHebusSmith's avatar

I got one from Aero like 3 years ago, and I still use it today (i’m 23). I often get compliments on it, and its not very overpowering (assuming you only use like one spray).

augustlan's avatar

Use pine or cedar scented soap instead. Mmmm.

figbash's avatar

Because scents are so dependent on your chemistry, age, etc. I would definitely go into your local department store, like Nordstrom or try Sephora. Tell them you want to try something woody (which is often sandalwood or cedar based), green (grass, tea) or clean (soapy.) Spray it on – walk around for the rest of the day and then see how you like it before you buy it.

There are only a few colognes I really like on men – but one of the ones I smelled most recently describes what you’re looking for. It’s called Wood by Dsquared and it smells great. I’d give that one a shot. You can find the smaller size for $40.00.

cwilbur's avatar

I second @figbash—colognes depend heavily on your body chemistry. What smells subtle and alluring on one man smells like a cheap whorehouse on another man.

What I did was go to the local department store, check out the smells in the testers, and then try a little bit of one on each wrist. I then did the rest of my shopping and smelled my wrist to see what it was like.

I’m not making specific recommendations here because it depends on your body chemistry.

buckyboy28's avatar

I like Givenchy Pi. It’s a pretty subtle, but very pleasant smell. It was pretty expensive when I got it first (around $80), but it is down to about $35 a bottle now.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Geo F Trumpers West Indian Lime is nice and quite subtle. Also they sell refills in large plastic bottles that are pretty cheap.

If you find cologne gives you spots spray a little on your clothes instead. You’ll get the same effect but without the risk of irritating the skin.

fundevogel's avatar

Years ago they had a scent called “cut grass” it made you smell like you’d mowed the lawn without breaking a sweat. Pretty manly. Though it would pretty weird to use it on a daily basis.

Honestly so long as you’re clean a fresh cologne isn’t really a concern.

Judi's avatar

Cade by L’Occitane.

Amoebic's avatar

Pretty much anything so long as you don’t use more than one spray or a few very light dabs.

Also, a lot of colognes make “travel sizes,” which I highly recommend for the occasional wearer. The smaller bottles are less costly, so you can get a better quality fragrance for the money you want to spend. Also, people who don’t wear it too often aren’t going to use up a 3–4oz bottle before the alcohols in it evaporate (which concentrates the scent and makes it very strong and…different), so you’ll get the most out of your money, and the fragrance will still remain fresh.

some of us have very sensitive allergies to perfumes and colognes, and would appreciate that very much : )

girlofscience's avatar

…a non-invasive cologne? Did you really have to specify that?

I’m not sure there are any colognes that are injected…

lisaj89's avatar

Issey Miyake Pour Homme. My ex boyfriend used this and it smells soooo good! This scent is one that you don’t get tired of smelling, it’s not over bearing either. It’s about 50 bucks at Sephora for a small bottle but it is worth it. You def. won’t smell like the next guy, that’s for sure!

casheroo's avatar

My husband wears this it’s not bad. Not overpowering at all.

Garebo's avatar

@girlofscience: Invasive defined as too high dispersal rate in moles per milliliters per second per second, or anything that is too strong, or has a halflife of Radium 235.

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