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My Collection: A Novice’s Cologne Wardrobe

Updated: May 16, 2021

For years, the only colognes I could afford were the $5 ‘versions-of’ kind sold in 99¢ stores in Queens. I stopped buying for a long while; then, In late 2020 I picked up a few travel size Nautica flanks and a Halston Z-14 aftershave, all Duane Reade holiday bargains.

This April when I saw a big 8 oz. Grey Flannel splash for sale at $21 (eBay/ForeverLux), I couldn’t resist. At those prices I could also get my long-favorite Joop! Homme (6.7 oz. EDT, $25) and try Eternity Flame (3.4 oz. EDT, $24). Two nostalgic picks and a lucky blind buy got me up and running.


I indulged in generous dousings for a luxurious, affordable, much-needed therapy, got hooked, and started a collection:


Aramis: Adventurer

Armani: Acqua di Gio

Bentley: Bentley for Men

Boucheron: Pour Homme; Jaïpur

Burberry: Burberry for Men**; Touch

Calvin Klein: Escape; Eternity Flame

Claiborne: Curve

Clinique: Happy

Davidoff: Cool Water; Horizon

Dior: Sauvage*

Geoffrey Beene: Grey Flannel; Eau de Grey Flannel

Guerlain: Habit Rouge; Héritage; Eau de Cologne Imperiale

Halston: Z-14

Joop!: Homme; Jump!

Montblanc: Explorer

Nicole Miller: For Men

Lanvin: L’Homme

Perry Ellis: 360 Black


* fake

** suspect

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