Think about the last time you bought a man cologne. Was it Valentine's Day? Of course it was — that's practically the official holiday of the men's fragrance industry. And, since V-Day is just about here, there's no time like the present for another round of our Perfume Pop Quiz.
A little refresher for those of you who missed out on the festivities for our inaugural feature: We wanted to see how people reacted to fragrances when you stripped away the outside influences — fancy bottles, designer names, and celeb tie-ins — and left them with nothing more than the scent itself. How would they connect with a scent when the only thing they had to go on was their nose? We had a few of our editors give it a try, and let's just say there was some serious shock when we revealed the ones they liked most (Ed Hardy, anyone?).
For this round, we had our panel of sniffers give a melange of mystery men's colognes a whiff. Nobody knew the name or brand of the scents they were testing, nor did they see the bottle it came in. They tested a celebrity fragrance, designer scents, and a few off-the-wall indies.
Read on for their highly informative, excessively entertaining, completely subjective, and totally un-scientific analysis.
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