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Eric Saudi


Posted on 2013.08.29 at 00:00
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We passed the cologne counter shopping for school clothes at Dillard's and the boy asked, "Are you going to buy me a gift-set of cologne?" Puzzled, I replied, "No, but we can discuss alternatives when we return home." I discovered later his hip, urban friend in Wichita had a Ralph Lauren gift set they utilized when he was last there.

And by alternatives, I do mean, alternatives; knock-offs. The next morning I had all my colognes laid out on the table - I don't have many, three or four bottles and this set of oil I got at the Al Rashid (what we affectionately called the TCN) Mall in Saudi - A little store named Mahmood Ahmed Perfumery and Gifts.

Acknowledging there are "new" (probably considered "edgy") colognes on the market - and we could see about getting those if he preferred - I was going to run him through the classics; scents which have stood the test of time (minus Explorer which apparently they stopped making around the time I bought mine).

After he identified his favorite as Aspen, I revealed receiving more compliments from random women while wearing that than any other scent (Polo Black is a close second). "And now a warning," I concluded. "No one, ever, will make fun of you for wearing too little. You will be shocked and ashamed at how many people will mock you for wearing too much."


pcofwildthings at 2013-08-29 17:20 (UTC) (Link)
Very wise advice, dad. Especially the last two sentences. Less is more. I would add that no matter what the peer pressure, do NOT wear that nauseating Axe garbage. Two of my favorite scents on men (and I am dating myself, back to my dating days, because hubs has never, ever worn anything scented), were original Brut, Irish Spring soap, and Drakkar Noir. I actually enjoy smelling the samples in the men's mags we get. Aspen and Polo = 2 thumbs up.
ehowton at 2013-08-30 17:24 (UTC) (Link)

Agreed :)

pcofwildthings at 2013-08-30 17:40 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Agreed :)

LOL. Gee, what else have you got in that treasure box? I think the son should probably leave the Drakar alone until he's a bit older. ;)
ehowton at 2013-08-30 20:02 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Agreed :)

I wasn't giving him my trove of goodies - just letting him contrast and compare! The little velvet case also contains Grey Flanel (sic), Fahren heit (sic), Aramis, and believe it or not, another Aspen.

I think I paid $20 for it in 1994.
michelle1963 at 2013-08-30 11:42 (UTC) (Link)
Oh yes, whether it is cologne or perfume, it should just whisper its presence - not reek off of one in waves like an only slightly better smelling Pepe LaPew. :)
ehowton at 2013-08-30 20:03 (UTC) (Link)
I rarely use any myself these days unless I'm shaving.
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