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  1. jennywasko's Avatar
    I too love 80s scents. When I was in high school in the 80s my favorite was Poison. The real Poison perfume. When I started getting back into perfumes lately I tried the current version and it is so different that it should not even be marketed as Poison.

    Since then, I have found that I have to go to ebay to find vintage and even with that, it does not always work out. The prices are unreal. I also loved Stella Rose Absolute Intense and now the reformulation of Stella lasts for 5 minutes on my skin AND doesn't even smell the same as it once did at all. I have since been on a mission to find something that smells just like SRA with longevity. Another 80s fragrance that I wore was Eternity. The Eternity for women of today is also nothing like the original.

    I am no expert by any means but I have read that the reformulations were demanded because so many people were allergic to the ingredients and those people protested for reformulations successfully. That is just awful. If one finds they are allergic, just don't wear it. lol
  2. conkhi's Avatar
    scented monkey has them at like $3 apiece..lol...
  3. dreese's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by misterjohn
    Isn't longevity a kind of deal-breaker for these? While they may be cheap on the per ounce basis, a $7 bottle becomes, in effect, a $28 bottle if you have to use 4x as much to produce a decent effect. It's also very inconvenient to have to carry around atomizers and the like. My point is that the relevant criteria is price per use and not price per bottle in judging whether a fragrance is cheap or not. While $28 doesn't exactly break the bank, is it really worth that?

    In the opening statement of your blog, you talked about how overrated many of the high end fragrances were, and I was with you, but it seems to me that with Yacht Man fragrances, you're proving the point of the frag snobs out there--these are, by any objective measure, worse. I suggest moving up market a little, to fragrances in the $20-25/bottle category. In my view, this is the sweet spot for value (quality per dollar spent).
    Valid points. I suppose I was just pleased that they smell good for the low initial cost. My most recent purchases have been from the $20-$25 range and, while the actual fragrance may not necessarily be any better, there is a real increase in longevity. No argument here.
  4. misterjohn's Avatar
    Isn't longevity a kind of deal-breaker for these? While they may be cheap on the per ounce basis, a $7 bottle becomes, in effect, a $28 bottle if you have to use 4x as much to produce a decent effect. It's also very inconvenient to have to carry around atomizers and the like. My point is that the relevant criteria is price per use and not price per bottle in judging whether a fragrance is cheap or not. While $28 doesn't exactly break the bank, is it really worth that?

    In the opening statement of your blog, you talked about how overrated many of the high end fragrances were, and I was with you, but it seems to me that with Yacht Man fragrances, you're proving the point of the frag snobs out there--these are, by any objective measure, worse. I suggest moving up market a little, to fragrances in the $20-25/bottle category. In my view, this is the sweet spot for value (quality per dollar spent).
  5. misterjohn's Avatar
    I agree with your views on Basenotes reviewers placing Creed and other niche fragrances on a pedestal.I suspect that at least part of this is subconscious--if you drop two bills on a fragrance, you need to convince yourself, and others, that this was not a waste of money. This necessarily involves a (favorable) comparison to cheaper fragrances since one cannot justify the spend if the cheaper is, in fact, better. So cheaper must be worse and, preferably, much worse.

    Basenotes reviewers also have an unspoken rule that price should not figure into a review based on the fact that people have different budgets for fragrance. While true, removing price from the equation also skirts round the nasty problem that the niche is only a little better than the cheapie, but costs 20 times as much. Mentioning price forces one to ask whether the incremental gain in quality is worth the whopping increase in price. Not mentioning it means that only the gain in quality gets noted.

    When I first got interested in fragrance, I bought higher-end stuff, figuring it was the best. After complaints from my spouse, however, I was forced to go cheaper to get my fragrance fix. I discovered that, in many cases, the emperor has no clothes, so to speak. Cheapies were more fun, offered more note variety, and required little, if any, sacrifice in the experience. I don't doubt that the ingredients of the cheapies are less expensive, but it's very unclear to me the degree to which the expense of materials correlates with the quality of the experience.

    One sees something similar with wines. Really expensive wines really are vastly better than two-buck chuck, but not vastly, if at all, better than the $30-50 range, if you know what to look for. Besides, it requires no thought or taste to buy something really expensive and good. The true skill lies in finding something inexpensive that tastes expensive!
  6. Omega1185's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Prof. Sanchez;bt15581]Hi, so many discontinued fragrances caught my eye. I am an E-commerce merchant that works with the largest warehouse in New York that continues to produce many of these fragrances. If I can be of any help, let me know which fragrances you are desiring and I can check the warehouse to see if they still stock it. My website although I don't have all of the fragrances there is http://profsanchezholistichealing.com [/QUOTE

    Hi. I'm curious if you have Fahrenheit in the older three color box? I have been looking around for it but so far no luck.
  7. Omega1185's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dreese
    I am thrilled at the idea that I could find some things this way, but I'm also realistic that some of these will be lost to time since they were discontinued in the early 1980s. I plan on making a list and sending it to you at some point in the near future. Thank you.
    Hi. I'm curious if you can see if they have Fahrenheit in the older three color box? I have been looking around for it but so far no luck.
  8. Janetelizabeth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Prof. Sanchez
    Hi, so many discontinued fragrances caught my eye. I am an E-commerce merchant that works with the largest warehouse in New York that continues to produce many of these fragrances. If I can be of any help, let me know which fragrances you are desiring and I can check the warehouse to see if they still stock it. My website although I don't have all of the fragrances there is http://profsanchezholistichealing.com
    This was one of the best perfumes I ever had. Impossible to find.
  9. Aiona's Avatar
    Yep, that's how I came to Basenotes too. Looking to find a scent to rebound with. Found plenty!
  10. Prof. Sanchez's Avatar
    Unfortunately, you are correct in being realistic. There are many discontinued fragrances that will only be a lasting memory. But the good news is that some of your favorites might still be around especially if they are imported from Europe. I know for a fact that the warehouse has a place for hard to find fragrances and discontinued as well. I look forward to reviewing you list to see if I can be of any assistance. Take care.
  11. dreese's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Prof. Sanchez
    Hi, so many discontinued fragrances caught my eye. I am an E-commerce merchant that works with the largest warehouse in New York that continues to produce many of these fragrances. If I can be of any help, let me know which fragrances you are desiring and I can check the warehouse to see if they still stock it. My website although I don't have all of the fragrances there is http://profsanchezholistichealing.com
    I am thrilled at the idea that I could find some things this way, but I'm also realistic that some of these will be lost to time since they were discontinued in the early 1980s. I plan on making a list and sending it to you at some point in the near future. Thank you.
  12. Prof. Sanchez's Avatar
    Hi, so many discontinued fragrances caught my eye. I am an E-commerce merchant that works with the largest warehouse in New York that continues to produce many of these fragrances. If I can be of any help, let me know which fragrances you are desiring and I can check the warehouse to see if they still stock it. My website although I don't have all of the fragrances there is http://profsanchezholistichealing.com
  13. Ligenda's Avatar
    Such an amazing post! You are reading my thoughts. That's why we decided to launch Scentbird. We believe that we can learn people to collect their memories with the help of perfume like Andy Warhol and you did.
  14. dreese's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tjarksd
    See you're starting to do a few reviews. Great idea. I'm in the same boat. Three kids, divorced, and have a limited budget. I buy a lot off of eBay to save money, but am always looking for those hidden gems that only cost a few bucks. Lucky You smells really good on me (like Irish Spring soap), but many other don't have the same experience. Bogart pour Homme is another little gem I like...smells like cheery pipe tobacco...very sweet and linear, it projects, and I like the smell. There's quite a few inexpensive fragrances out there that are not often discussed that are pretty good. For Spring I'm a Halston 1-12 guy...I prefer it over Z-14. It's less musky to me and more "fresh".
    I love Halston 1-12! Even though it has been discontinued, I still find it on Amazon for around $10 and it lives well in the bottle without becoming concentrated. I have never tried Bogart pour Homme, but have been a big fan of One Man Show that is also a Bogart scent (I think). I agree Lucky You is really enjoyable. As Summer approaches, I have loaded up on fresh and aquatic scents to try during the season. I have to say that my most pleasant surprise since I got into sampling more fragrances has been how utterly pleasing the Samba scents have been. My favorite summer fragrance for the last year has been Samba Ice. Now that I have almost finished trying all of the Yacht Man fragrances, I plan to purchase all of the Sambas now.
  15. tjarksd's Avatar
    See you're starting to do a few reviews. Great idea. I'm in the same boat. Three kids, divorced, and have a limited budget. I buy a lot off of eBay to save money, but am always looking for those hidden gems that only cost a few bucks. Lucky You smells really good on me (like Irish Spring soap), but many other don't have the same experience. Bogart pour Homme is another little gem I like...smells like cheery pipe tobacco...very sweet and linear, it projects, and I like the smell. There's quite a few inexpensive fragrances out there that are not often discussed that are pretty good. For Spring I'm a Halston 1-12 guy...I prefer it over Z-14. It's less musky to me and more "fresh".
  16. Katana's Avatar
    I have smelled them all except the Breeze and Dense. I like Blue the best and have not just one but also a back up bottle of it and when the original bottle is gone, and it's over 2/3 gone, I'll locate another - it's perfect for flights I use it in the summer sometimes for class too (I teach martial arts) It doesn't last long this is true, but, sometimes that's ok and you can always reapply even if you need to put it in a little atomizer. I may pick up the Chocolate as well and the Dense if i see it. I have NO problem wearing inexpensive things if they smell nice and sometimes a couple of hours of just "nice" is all you want or need.
  17. Redneck Perfumisto's Avatar
    I've considered checking these out - you have pushed me over the edge!!!
  18. parfyme's Avatar
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  19. SpanishFly's Avatar
    I have YM Red and I have to douse myself in it
    to get any longevity. Smells great though and it is very cheap.
  20. dreese's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by voodoodanny
    Fantastic! A man after my own heart! I'll be interested to hear your views on Aspen by Coty amongst others.

    I'm all for championing quality smells at sensible prices and my wardrobe will probably provide you with plenty of evidence of that. I don't give the likes of Creed half the credit most do either.

    Hats off to you, sir.
    If you enjoy the cedar-based fragraces, Aspen is just wonderful. Some other scents that make a nice combination of cedar with floral touches are Avon's Black Suede Leather and Michael Jordan.
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