Scent/Fragrance of the Day thread

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Dmax, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Prof. Fabulous Dubiously Honored

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    I believe this is the first and only fragrance that I actually stopped mid-day to scrub off in the shower. Something about it was just nauseating to me.
    I actually wrote a review of that one for a scent blog a few years back... I'll post it here. I considered the EA He (W) something like a THX-1138 of parfumerie...
     


  2. El Argentino

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    Not to purposefully incite more Creed-based hate, but working my way through my samples of stuff and the Santal is actually something I could see purchasing.

    And what really is the draw of true stinkers? Even something toned down like the Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, wouldn't get a good reception in my social circles (although it is growing on me).
     


  3. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Prof. Fabulous Dubiously Honored

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    Not to purposefully incite more Creed-based hate, but working my way through my samples of stuff and the Santal is actually something I could see purchasing. And what really is the draw of true stinkers? Even something toned down like the Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, wouldn't get a good reception in my social circles (although it is growing on me).
    It's really not Creed hate (okay, maybe it is!), but just going Creed feels like a person isn't trying hard enough (haha.) It's, for me, the world's most expensive compromise, like when somebody buys only Armani suits because (1) they are easy to find, (2) celebrities/advertising markets them well, and (3) they're expensive, which means they MUST be the best, right? They make some stinkers, though, and also some really off-kilter stuff in their more obscure collections. Orange Spice is hardly "GIT-pleasant." Ambre Canelle is a very sultry, almost dirty scent, Apepine Acacia (perhaps my favorite Creed) is an odd, metalic-y citrus, and bois du santal, another stand-out, is a rather pungent sandalwood without much sweetness. The draw of true stinkers, for me, is that they're more real, and they're more honest. Initially fragrance wasn't made to have you smell "good." I find the stinkers get back to the primal roots of parfumerie, and trigger evocations much more human in tone than trying to "mask" it in the odor of fresh laundry.
     


  4. MyTailorIsRich

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    The only real stinker I have tried is Creed Orange Spice. It absolutely demanded my attention and wasn't some generically pleasant scent like many of the Creed's I have tried, and was ultimately a rewarding experience. I would like to try some of the other "challenging" Creed's mentioned above. Not boring!

    Editions de Parfums VÃ[​IMG]tiver Extraordinaire by Frederic Malle today. I was really looking forward to trying this and am not disappointed. An almost pungent dry moss and sage herbiness (I guess that is what vÃ[​IMG]tiver actually smells like) with an earthy note. This must be the fragrance Bilbo Baggins wears. It is the fourth vÃ[​IMG]tiver I have tried and it is by far the best. Four stars.
     


  5. L'Incandescent

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    I think I just set a world record for "Most Dramatic Difference in Fragrances Worn on Consecutive Days."

    Yesterday was Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere. Very delicate and soft. A fragrance for the kind of guy who would coo and giggle with delight if someone called him cupcake.

    Today it's Ungaro III. (I think it's the third formulation.) This is a big, boozy, manly power scent straight out of 1985. (Even though it's not out of 1985.) A fragrance for the kind of guy who barks orders in his oak-paneled conference room and makes high-stakes trades using his oversize cellular telephone. And who "checks his Rolodex" to "work his contacts." If anyone called me cupcake today, I'd have to send my private security detail to mete out swift justice.

    (I've seen this described as dark and gothy, buy I'm not getting that at all. Maybe that's an earlier formulation?)
     


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  7. sho'nuff

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    going to have to prepare myself for some killer dope fiend secretions magnifique this weekend hopefully. we'll see how it goes.

    still havent really gotten over the wormy scent few days ago. ugh. maybe itll be different this weekend.

    trust me, you spray this before dinner, you will NOT want to eat dinner.
     


  8. L'Incandescent

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    going to have to prepare myself for some killer dope fiend secretions magnifique this weekend hopefully. we'll see how it goes.

    still havent really gotten over the wormy scent few days ago. ugh. maybe itll be different this weekend.

    trust me, you spray this before dinner, you will NOT want to eat dinner.


    Yes you will! Sho is speaking a falsehood. In fact, I recommend that you wear SM to a fine restaurant. The other patrons will be so happy that you did, and they will thank you.
     


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    Yes you will! Sho is speaking a falsehood. In fact, I recommend that you wear SM to a fine restaurant. The other patrons will be so happy that you did, and they will thank you.
    You should e-mail Etat Libre d'Orange and let them know you're the one person on Earth who likes it. [​IMG] You must be clowning. Please say you're clowning.
     


  10. L'Incandescent

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    You should e-mail Etat Libre d'Orange and let them know you're the one person on Earth who likes it. [​IMG] You must be clowning. Please say you're clowning.

    Yeah, I am kidding about wearing SM to a restaurant! I really do love the fragrance, but I'm self-aware enough to know that others feel very, very differently.

    I have gifted SM to some people, and they've actually liked it. Unless they were lying to me, of course. I've seen lots of really terrible reaction, but I'm just not smelling what they're smelling. I can see why people might not like it, but I really don't pick up anything that's close to revolting.
     


  11. davesmith

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    i picked this up in duty free and it smells awesome!!
     


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    You should e-mail Etat Libre d'Orange and let them know you're the one person on Earth who likes it. [​IMG] You must be clowning. Please say you're clowning.

    Strangely enough, Luca Turin likes it as well. Why he likes it, I cannot say. fwiw, I've never tried it so I can't comment.

    ...

    Today: another day of something different...SL Chergui. It is fantastic and I hope to never be without this.
     


  13. MyTailorIsRich

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    Havana by Aramis, but an older 70's vintage purchased off of Crystal Flacon. Kind of similar to Equipage in that it is a floral patchouli, but also has spicy notes (cumin, pepper, corriander - could swear I smell a bit of cinnamon as well), and added richness with the addition of vanilla in the base. Definitely a State Dinner kind of frag.
     


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    LeLabo Vetiver for me today.

    Now that the weather is warming up in my part of the country, I'm beginning to think about adding a bay rum to my summer fragrance rotation. Any recommendations?
     


  15. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    ^^ Burt's Bees Bay Rum is really good and inexpensive. Ogallala Bay Rum is rich, a little buttery, heavier than you might like but great. Trumper's is dry, and kinda spendy.

    I'm waiting to see if Colleen (TGQ) ever gets around to releasing Bay Rum & Sweet Orange: it's great as a shaving soap. Oh, and Saint Charles Shave does Bay Rum with a Twist that's really light but good for the hottest summer days. Kinda fleeting but cheap as hell.
     


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