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I initially figured that it would be okay- sort of plain or overly masculine smelling like many “sports colognes”, but when I received and opened it I realized I was wrong. The cologne is light and refreshing, it’s the type scent that a girl would probably create for a guy if she was hand-picking ingredients to make a cologne from scratch.
The key would be to not wear too much of this (or any cologne in general), 3-4 sprays should be plenty. This fragrance gets 4.5/5- this is hands down my favorite new frangrance.
More Info on the scent, bottle, and inspiration behind Lacoste Challenge:
Challenge is the invigorating new fragrance for men from Lacoste; a positively energizing scent which captures the youthful dynamism of today’s assertive male urbanites. Epitomizing the tenacious attitude and effortless panache of the brand’s founding father, tennis legend René Lacoste, this energetic new scent is aptly named, having been designed to inspire the wearer to confidently embrace whatever challenges or surprises life throws at him – its motto: ‘Never resist the call of the game.’
Just as the legend was renowned for his stamina at the base line; so the base notes are powerful, steady and consistent. Precious rosewood brings a modern edge to the scent, teak has an almost antique quality that reinforces the distinguished heritage of the brand, and the blackness of ebony corresponds to the slick modern design of the flacon. Together they create a sustained strength, giving the fragrance its solid foundation.
Emulating the shape of a tennis racket handle, the solid glass bottle is encased in a lustrous black ‘soft touch’ grip emblazoned with the iconic Lacoste crocodile logo, while the juice is a bright, eye-catching yellow. The color scheme is also a direct reference to the world of tennis in general, with its classic bright yellow balls and black racket grips.
To Purchase Lacoste Challenge and any of
my other favorite men’s colognes, HERE.
"C'est mon nouveau parfum prefere"
From my understanding Yves Saint Laurent has some of the best colognes. My friend went on to tell me stories about the cologne- women grabbing him at the club asking him what he's wearing and so on. You can buy the cologne from most department stores, but he generally gets his colognes as gifts from France (since his family lives there). He also told me that even though colognes smell the same worldwide, he thinks the French versions (European versions perhaps) seem to last longer- which I found quite interesting. . . but they're all the same so they last about the same. Most YSL colognes should last from 6-10 hours on average.
I've done some research on this cologne and YSL Body Kouros has gotten some of the top reviews since it's arrival in 2000. I also found that there are several Kouros colognes, two other top ones are the original Kouros and Kouros Sports. The best thing about the YSL colognes is that they all have extremely reasonable prices especially Body Kouros. . . I wonder if Clive Christian No.1, the most expensive men's fragrance, smells as good, hmmmm. . .
*Remember that most women don't like very very strong harsh scents; masculine fresh scents are the best. Strong scents can be appropriate for certain events though, like if you're going to a red carpet event at night or maybe even when you're just hanging with your guy friends. Stronger scents are also great for older gentleman, you young chaps should certainly stick to lighter scents.
Cindy from The Urban Gentleman
The best way to choose a cologne is to go into a mall and try on different scents. This is the best way because colognes smell differently on different people- and it’s important to know if the cologne mixes well with your body scent. If you don’t have time to go into the store and pick out one or if you’re buying cologne as a gift, I’m going to make it easier for you. . .
List of the Best Men’s Colognes:
– Unforgivable by. Sean John
*This is surprisingly my top pick. For some reason it’s a cologne that I automatically wanted to not like. But every other time that I compliment a man on his cologne he says it’s “Unforgivable”. . . that risqué ad that Diddy has seems to hold truth.
Men with a “taste for expensive things” seem to fancy this cologne.
– Issey Miyake
*This another one that I seem to compliment, but this only smells good on certain men. It’s very important to only lightly use this cologne b/c it can easily become overwhelming.
Some men swear by this cologne, they say it really attracts women.
2. Aqva Bvlgari
3. Cool Waters by Davidoff
4. Hugo by Hugo Boss
5. PI by Givenchy
6. Calvin Klein: Euphoria & Eternity Summer
BEST place to smell/test cologne: Nordstrom – they have the best collection of high-end colognes and they have the most helpful attendants.
BEST place to buy cologne: Macys – they always have sales, and they almost always give away extra gifts with their cologne purchases
BEST online store to buy cologne: eBay – they have almost every fragrance for the lowest price on the internet.
*Tip: In between smelling colognes make sure you smell coffee beans. Why? Because coffee refreshes your sense of smell. Most high-end stores, like Nordstrom, will have small glasses full of coffee beans next to the colognes.