Scent/Fragrance of the Day thread

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  1. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    CM was good, but I didn't find it light years ahead of other dry/pungent leathers like Knize Ten, Cuir d'ottoman (Parfum d'empire), or Tabac Blond... especially given the $$$ and the difficulty of getting a bottle (I have no idea if it has since been put into their regular line, as I don't keep up with Lutens.)

    If you liked the CM, then I think the L'a P TdB will be a big hit with you.


    I have to say that I was largely indifferent to Lutens until I got a partial of Chergui. Now, Boxeuses...I'm again indifferent to, and don't even get me started on Vetiver Oriental (OMG PU!!)

    It was a question, you don't happen to have one do you?

    I last wore Brut when I attended an all-boys college prep school. A Latino all-boys college prep school. I did see a bottle recently at the local grocery store, and I took a whiff. Not really as good (?) as I remember. Then again, we did eat a lot of bean-and-cheese burritos back in the day.
     
  2. rach2jlc

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    I have to say that I was largely indifferent to Lutens until I got a partial of Chergui. Now, Boxeuses...I'm again indifferent to, and don't even get me started on Vetiver Oriental (OMG PU!!) I last wore Brut when I attended an all-boys college prep school. A Latino all-boys college prep school. I did see a bottle recently at the local grocery store, and I took a whiff. Not really as good (?) as I remember. Then again, we did eat a lot of bean-and-cheese burritos back in the day.
    Chergui didn't do it for me, either. Had the same heavy/syrupy/cloying feel as most of the others I had. For something that I found in the same universe, but less cloying/heavy and more wearable, was Parfums de Nicolai Sacrebleu. If you think Vetiver Oriental is bad, seriously, try to find a sample of Santal Blanc. Edit to below: Oh, okay! No worries. The SF "Noses" don't joke around! [​IMG]
     
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    I was joking but uhm, I bought a vintage 80's miniature bottle of ebay recently just to have a sniff and does it smell nice..
     
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    Nevertheless, I'm one of the few people who admit to not really liking Lutens very much as a house. I've had a number of bottles, and they all just feel TOO MUCH to me. Never really the right balance for my nose, though because they kept getting such attention, I kept giving them chances thinking something must be wrong with me. Miel de bois was the only one I found "neat," but it too was too much... and they ranged all the way down to putrid (Santal Blanc.) Chergui, Fumerie Turque, Cedre, Arabie, and several others were just "meh" to me.


    Wow, how the idols are falling lately on SOTD! A couple of days ago it was Tom Ford, and now the much-vaunted Serge Lutens. To be honest, I didn't even know that mortals were permitted to speak a critical word about SL; I thought they might be struck down by a thunderbolt or something. (I hope rach will be okay.)

    Seriously though, I think MKK is wonderful. I haven't tried much of the rest of the line, though, so I'll withhold my judgment.
     
  5. rach2jlc

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    Wow, how the idols are falling lately on SOTD! A couple of days ago it was Tom Ford, and now the much-vaunted Serge Lutens. To be honest, I didn't even know that mortals were permitted to speak a critical word about SL; I thought they might be struck down by a thunderbolt or something. (I hope rach will be okay.) Seriously though, I think MKK is wonderful. I haven't tried much of the rest of the line, though, so I'll withhold my judgment.
    Haha, you're right! I was nearly stoned to death on BN for daring to speak against teh Lutens a few years back! For about a year, everybody-and-his-cousin was willing to trade his own grandmother for a bottle of Chergui, and to say anything other than that it was the nectar of teh Godz, was to paint yourself a traitor! BUT, really, the only houses overall with a consistent vision that I find continually interesting are Caron, Guerlain, L'a P, Parfum d'empire, Montale, The Different Company, Comme des Garcons, and Malle (of course.) Most of the other big names (Creed, Lutens, TF, Goutal, MPG, and so many others) just have never made me !scream!, and at their prices, they should. Of course I'm leaving out several in each category... but just to say that fragrance-groupthink can be as deadly for the wallet as is fashion groupthink. I had more than my share of blind-buys based on recs from others, and found largely that it was a big waste.
     
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    (...)

    Edit: re-reading my post, it sounds snobby/pretentious. I don't mean it that way, but am just genuinely curious what the interest/appeal is in Brut, or what makes it worth the time of searching it out specifically. My usual "can be had for less than $20 gem" recommendation is Monsieur Balmain. A wonderful sharp lemon/citrus with woods that is great in hot weather.


    I was joking but uhm, I bought a vintage 80's miniature bottle of ebay recently just to have a sniff and does it smell nice..

    Well, it was a fairly iconic scent at a time when Paco, et al were also popular. Today it smells shabby and moth-eaten, but that's generally the case for nearly everything that dates to the '70's at that price point. I read somewhere that even the current production of Polo green doesn't hold a candle to a bottle from the 80's.

    Apparently Brut smelled a lot better before the ban on nitro musks, but you could say the same about nearly anything of that time.
     
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    Well, it was a fairly iconic scent at a time when Paco, et al were also popular. Today it smells shabby and moth-eaten, but that's generally the case for nearly everything that dates to the '70's at that price point. I read somewhere that even the current production of Polo green doesn't hold a candle to a bottle from the 80's.

    Apparently Brut smelled a lot better before the ban on nitro musks, but you could say the same about nearly anything of that time.


    It was actually, I remember wanting it as a kid after seeing Stallone's Over The Top.
     
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    just wait until we start bashing Malle!


    For me, this whole fragrance thing has just been a little hobby on the side of life that i've quite enjoyed but have no intention of becoming a serious collector. Whenever I see people with stacks and stacks of bottles, especially basically the full lineup from some company i'm always a bit baffled. Besides just the money, is it a collector thing? do they genuinely love and wear each of those? I just don't get it. if you were to look at my collection it's not organized by house, it's organized by fragrance family / notes, and i've basically just worked my way through the various houses and cherry picked the 1-3 that really stand out and "do" a certain note/idea best. I've worked to build my collection as more around certain favorite notes or having a few variations for certain occasions... anyway, just saying. Even if i had the money, or the inclination to build a large collection, I still don't see the point of just buying every bottle from a company. maybe instead of my favorite 2-3 I'd get 4-5, but it's still a very small part of their lineups.
     
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    It was actually, I remember wanting it as a kid after seeing Stallone's Over The Top.

    I remember seeing ads for Brut in the old Playboys my dad hid in the garage. Back then it was...well...respectable. Now...not so much, but scents continue to fade in and out of fashion.

    just wait until we start bashing Malle!


    For me, this whole fragrance thing has just been a little hobby on the side of life that i've quite enjoyed but have no intention of becoming a serious collector. Whenever I see people with stacks and stacks of bottles, especially basically the full lineup from some company i'm always a bit baffled. Besides just the money, is it a collector thing? do they genuinely love and wear each of those? I just don't get it. if you were to look at my collection it's not organized by house, it's organized by fragrance family / notes, and i've basically just worked my way through the various houses and cherry picked the 1-3 that really stand out and "do" a certain note/idea best. I've worked to build my collection as more around certain favorite notes or having a few variations for certain occasions... anyway, just saying. Even if i had the money, or the inclination to build a large collection, I still don't see the point of just buying every bottle from a company. maybe instead of my favorite 2-3 I'd get 4-5, but it's still a very small part of their lineups.


    I h8 Vetiver Extraordinaire. There, I said it. feh!

    I wish I'd been as disciplined as you. I just picked stuff up pell-mell based on word of mouth, or random happenstance, or worse - bargains on the interwebz. Not regretting it, but I do have a fair amount of stuff I don't know when I'll get around to wearing.
     
  11. rach2jlc

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    just wait until we start bashing Malle! For me, this whole fragrance thing has just been a little hobby on the side of life that i've quite enjoyed but have no intention of becoming a serious collector. Whenever I see people with stacks and stacks of bottles, especially basically the full lineup from some company i'm always a bit baffled. Besides just the money, is it a collector thing? do they genuinely love and wear each of those? I just don't get it. if you were to look at my collection it's not organized by house, it's organized by fragrance family / notes, and i've basically just worked my way through the various houses and cherry picked the 1-3 that really stand out and "do" a certain note/idea best. I've worked to build my collection as more around certain favorite notes or having a few variations for certain occasions... anyway, just saying. Even if i had the money, or the inclination to build a large collection, I still don't see the point of just buying every bottle from a company. maybe instead of my favorite 2-3 I'd get 4-5, but it's still a very small part of their lineups.
    +1. As for "collecting," it depends on the house. For those that have a cohesive vision/house notes, or an overall aesthetic/style, I think it's more an "exploration" than a "collection." For example, seeing how Jicky is different from Shalimar, or Tabac Blond from l'infini, or something like that (seeing how the "mousse de saxe" or "guerlinade" pronounces itself in different ways.) Others, like TF, seem to me to sort of want to be the be-all, one-stop shop. You want Oud? we got it! You want rose, hey, we got that too! And all for $195 for 50 mls. Malle is very interesting, and hard to "knock," in the overall vision of the company. IIRC, the parfumeur gets free reign over what he/she produces. As such, several of my all-time, money-no-object faves have been from Malle. They really are quite superlative, though there are some WTF? stinkers in there, too. (Lipstick Rose, anyone?) Every house has stinkers, for sure. BUT, you're right and after a while it all just gets to be too much. I hit this point and then tried to scale WAY back and get back to "enjoying" it. It's like shoes, suits, or anything else... after 20-25, it all starts to get out of hand.
     
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    I remember seeing ads for Brut in the old Playboys my dad hid in the garage. Back then it was...well...respectable. Now...not so much, but scents continue to fade in and out of fashion.
    Those 80's Playboys were so good, I miss pubic hair on women, I don't care what you people say.
     
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    Haha, you're right! I was nearly stoned to death on BN for daring to speak against teh Lutens a few years back! For about a year, everybody-and-his-cousin was willing to trade his own grandmother for a bottle of Chergui, and to say anything other than that it was the nectar of teh Godz, was to paint yourself a traitor! BUT, really, the only houses overall with a consistent vision that I find continually interesting are Caron, Guerlain, L'a P, Parfum d'empire, Montale, The Different Company, Comme des Garcons, and Malle (of course.) Most of the other big names (Creed, Lutens, TF, Goutal, MPG, and so many others) just have never made me !scream!, and at their prices, they should. Of course I'm leaving out several in each category... but just to say that fragrance-groupthink can be as deadly for the wallet as is fashion groupthink. I had more than my share of blind-buys based on recs from others, and found largely that it was a big waste.
    Just out of curiosity Rach what do you like out of Parfum d'Empire, Montale, TDC, and Comme des Garcons?
     
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    I like the Lutens florals. Rose du Nuit is really fantastic. The heavy orientals are so big and sticky sweet it's a bit much to wear them. Then again, I like Borneo, and MKK, and Ambre Sultan is nice in small doses, so it's hard to generalize.
     
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    Those 80's Playboys were so good, I miss pubic hair on women, I don't care what you people say.

    no kidding. years and years ago I found an old book store that was selling back issues of playboy, so I'd go by, chat up the old lady who owned the place, and buy them here and there. When she went out of business, I swooped down and wound up with box-loads. Eventually I paired up with a girlfriend and jettisoned the bulk of them.

    inconsequential story #2 - In college I had a subscription (89-93). Eventually I bought something off the playboy catalog and let my subscription lapse. Playboy was kind enough to give me a one-year complimentary subscription for my devoted patronage of years past. I think this was '96 or so and I had already moved out of my parents' house. Anyway, I don't know what happened, but they're still sending them. To my parents' house.
     

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