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The Best Men's Fragrances Under P5,000

A great bottle need not be expensive.
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These days, it seems the standard price for scents starts at P7,000. But, a great bottle need not be expensive. To further prove our point, we've put together a list of the best fragrances under P5,000. Here are 12 fragrances that will last you long without costing an arm and leg.

1| Acca Kappa White Moss Eau De Cologne 100ml

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Acca Kappa
rustans-thebeautysource.com
P3,300.00
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White Moss is Acca Kappa's signature fragrance. Launched in 1997, its notes include juniper berries, lemon, bergamot, lavender, and white musk. It's essentially the foundation of the brand's other scents, which means its damn good. 

2| Calvin Klein CK One Shock for Him 200ml

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Calvin Klein
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P4,598.00
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There are over 32 editions under the CK One line, but if we had to choose one it would have to be One Shock. The aromatic, spicy, and deep oriental fragrance opens with pure citrus and then settles into tobacco and wood.

3| Davidoff Cool Water Man Eau de Toilette 125ml

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Davidoff
watsons.com.ph
P4,998.00
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Davidoff's Cool Water is one of the world's most popular fragrances for a reason. It's fresh and sharp yet completely simple and masculine. 

4| Berdoues 1902 Clover & Vetiver EDT

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Berdoues 1902
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P1,850.00
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If you want something a little less mainstream, then Parfums Berdoues' Clover & Vetiver is a good option. The woody fragrance has notes of apple, jasmine, clover, and vetiver.

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5| Guess 1981 Indigo Man EDT

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Guess
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P1,950.00
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Another woody fragrance, Guess 1981 Indigo for Men has notes of fig, blue lavender, coconut water, and amber. It's a sweeter take (with the use of coconut) on the woody genre, but still masculine nonetheless.

6| Issey Miyake L'Eau d'Issey Pour Homme EDT 75ml

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Issey Miyake
watsons.com.ph
P4,050.00
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L'Eau d'Issey is easily one of the best and most popular citruses in the fragrance world. What really makes it unique are its rare materials such as yuzu combined with bergamot, lemon, and tarragon.

7| L'Occitane Eau des Baux EDT 100ml

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L'Occitane
ph.loccitane.com
P3,250.00
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Launched in 2006, Eau des Baux is fully inspired by the city of the same name in the south of France. It opens with vanilla and dries down to something warm and spicy.

8| Lacoste Pour Homme EDT

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Lacoste
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P4,750.00
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Lacoste has a bunch of perfumes under P5,000. Pour Homme, however, is a standout in the brand's portfolio. It pretty much works for any occasion and will get you all the compliments.

9| Nautica Voyage EDT

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Nautica
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P3,150.00
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Not one for strong woody fragrances? Nautica's Voyage balances that with herbs and fruits such as leaves and apples to deliver a fresh and tender scent.

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10| Paco Rabanne Black XS 100ml

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Paco Rabanne
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P4,500.00
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Though described as fruity and sweet, Paco Rabanne Black XS is completely masculine. It features notes of lemon, calamansi, tagetes, sage, praline, and more.

11| Versace Pour Homme 100ml

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Versace
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P5,000.00
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Versace's Pour Homme is one of the few men's fragrances that doesn't use wood. It's described as aromatic, fresh, and clean, which is ideal for summer days. It has top notes of lemon, neroli, bergamot, and rose de mai.

12| Zara C4SHMER4N 80ml

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Zara
zara.com/ph
P1,145.00
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If you want a well-done woody scent under P1,200, Zara's C4SHMER4N is the only one you need. First-timers who smell the fragrance are usually surprised by how sophisticated it smells. And at P1,145 for 80ml, you get more bang for your buck.

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