British Sterling after shave and cologne has served me well after Hai Karate was removed from the market for being the lady magnet it certainly was. I've heard the recipe for a near equal is available here and there, but my lady seems to like the British Sterling just fine.
Oh, if you do find any new old stock of Hai Karate, BE CAREFUL HOW YOU USE IT. ;)
There was a time that I would probably have paid that considering inflation etc... Having no desire to re-live a single youth today, I must say, "Probably not. My lady will probably argue and might even place a bid on ebay Then after dancing awhile in the moonlight we'll both probably come to our senses and without dumping the Hai Karate down the sink, go back to my everyday normal use of British Sterling.
Cologne is very subjective. I could recommend a given product, but your best bet is to head to a department store and sample a few. My local Macys has about 50 products to choose from. I almost never wear actual cologne anymore. On the rare occasion I feel the need to 'smell extra good', I use hand lotions or body wash. Many name-brand cologne include such products in their line. Seems like a better value since its a dual-use product.
Of course, the best recommendation is to NOT over-apply cologne. Theres a guy I work with that can be smelled from 30 ft away. His cologne has made him famous.......but not in a good way.
Just go with something proven like Old Spice or anything from Pinnaud (Club Man, Rum Spice, Lime, etc)... available at drug stores (and drugstore.com), and smell like a man. Done.
You can do without.
There are many reports that suggest that cologne isn't pleasant to a womans sense of smell. That, in fact, the BEST cologne is your natural scent.
Natural musk, at least from my own observations, attracts women more than the sweeter smells of cologne.
I had *suspected* it to be true and would have a hard time justifying wearing cologne when all my friends used it, but I came across a study that proved true to what I've experienced in real life.
A lot of men wear cologne because they want to appeal to the sweater smells we like, but that doesn't neccesarily mean women are attracted to it. It has the opposite effect and what you think smell good, isn't a good smell at all. It's like putting a mask over manhood.
That doesn't suggest walking around smelling like a 'bum'. A good scrubbing, decent soap and a stick of deodarant is all that's required. Plus, it's a LOT cheaper in the long run.
Have you seen the price of good cologne? Damn. It's expensive. It's a heavy price to pay for the *illusion* of smelling more attractive.
Having said that, if you want to smell like the sweeter smells of cologne for *yourself*, have at it. But if you're wearing it with the intention to attract the opposite sex (which is MOST cases), avoid it. Save your money.
I have a big bottle of $60 Burberry cologne that smells AWESOME...and I'd be happy to give it to you for free. Just pay shipping and handling.
Dittos to all the Pinaud suggestions. I love Aqua Velva too as it was what my father wore.
For cologne: I like Calvin Klein's Obsession - been around since the early 80s.
I should have read your response before posting my own!
But yes, I second the Calvin Klein Obsession recommendation.
I don't know if it counts as old school (although it was introduced in the 1980s), but I wear Calvin Klein Obsession. It's always worked for me.
Bay Rum is quite nice, a classic that never really gets old.
Burberry Brit had a nice one last summer that is still available online as a discontinued
Some like the smell of English Leather, I can't stand the stuff.
If there's an Irish import store near you, try Patrick.
Cologne is made to smell good to men, good for attracting other guys...bromance. Go neutral, Joe Benjamin hit it dead nuts right on the head. I grew up with Hia Karate and splashed gallons of it back in the day but also back in day society was not so close, we did not have air-conditioning in cars and homes, offices, factories, office windows were made to open, everything leaked. There was smog everywhere. Ain't so today and in fact perfumes and colognes can be quite offensive to others even though you may like it. Also be advised that it's becoming such a problem to the extent that companies are now establishing policies on perfume / cologne use.
My vote is to go completely clean and neutral, and that means not using scented soaps either to shower with as it follows you like a bad cigarette. I worked with a guy in an aerospace factory who's cologne hung around long after he was out of the area. Not good to mark your territory, but then again it may be manly to do so :-) especially if your a whitetail buck. There is a product out there called a French crystal that neutralizes bacteria that causes body odor.