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My Four Favorite Men's Colognes

Posted 11/04/10 at 03:41PM by Audrey Fine

My husband doesn't wear cologne. Not because he's too incredibly manly, but because he doesn't have a sense of smell. While that's weird (and kinda sad) for him, it's also a bummer for yours truly because scents are important to me. A whiff of a stranger's familiar perfume can take me back to a scarily specific place and time -- as can certain suntan oils, cooking spices and even random cleaning products.

And, never is that sensation of traveling back to another period in my life more concrete than when I stop by the men's cologne area in a department store to take nostalgic sniffs of the fragrances old boyfriends (real and imagined) used to wear.

These are the ones I've always loved -- they still get me every time ...

No. 1: Azzaro, $36.50, for 1.7 oz.: My first crush (an impossibly handsome French ski instructor) wore this spicy, masculine scent. Its blend of wood, musk, basil and sandalwood is so lovely that for years I used it myself.

No. 2: Aramis, $39.50 for 3.7 oz.: Estee Lauder's classic scent was launched in 1965 and to this day the bergamot, clover, gardenia and jasmine notes bring me right back to the first boy I loved. (Even though he broke my heart. Twice.)

No. 3: Drakkar Noir, $39.50 for 1.7 oz.: Any girl who went clubbing in the 1990s is all too familiar with this ubiquitous French scent. Its sharp, spicy fragrance made a distinct statement, "I'm here. Let's get the party started." As did sweet Eddy from Atlantic Beach, NY.

No. 4: Bvlgari Pour Homme, $42 for 1 oz.: This fragrance has been around since '96 and is perfect for any guy looking to be discreet with his scent. It's understated and elegant and instantly conjures that certain someone I used to (secretly) lust after at work. Sigh ...

What scents take you back?

Speaking of scents, what's your take on products that make you smell like a baked good? Thumbs up or down? See my opinion about sweet-smelling beauty products and voice yours here.

Are you not into perfume either, but do have a sense of smell? Check out these perfume alternatives.
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1-6 of 14 Comments

  • Posted by GigiSD on 05/20/13 at 06:45pm

    I love Tuscany above all! Bvlgari is very nice, as is Gucci.

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  • Posted by EricaC123 on 04/13/13 at 02:06pm

    I like PS

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  • Posted by julia_d_phillipsprater on 12/20/11 at 12:53pm

    Mmmm....Joop, Tuscany, CK1!

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  • Posted by patty_mrogik on 12/20/11 at 12:19pm

    Wings for Men! It has gotten hard to find, but it still makes me weak in the knees! (Male pheromones?) If a guy walks by me in the mall wearing it, I immediately stop in my tracks and go, "mmmmmmm!!!" LOL!

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 07/20/11 at 01:14am

    A guy I used to date in college had the red Lacoste cologne, and I wanted to steal it and wear it myself haha. My boyfriend wears Burberry Touch and Diesel Fuel for Life, and he smells great :)

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  • Posted by jayboo5 on 06/27/11 at 01:51pm

    My top four 'take me back' men's colognes are: 1. Aspen 2. Calvin Klein Escape 3. Stetson 4. Joop Ahh...the memories! Scent is such a powerful trigger. Thanks for the memories this afternoon!

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