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"I really like you...but I don't think this is going to work out."

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There were a few threads talking about what was the first fragrance you've ever fallen in love with and what have you. Or threads about holy grails that I've read in the past. Spray brought up something interesting about how he's never had a fragrance "wow" him and 99.9% of the stuff he's smelled was just "nice." I totally felt this way for a long time. What I'm about to say will probably get me hanged around here or something. LOL.

Nothing has wowed me. At least nothing I've smelled at any fragrance counter at your local department store or Sephora. I figured, "maybe that would change if I smelled some niche." I'm about 4 Creeds in along with a few others that people have raved about. The Creeds were okay at best. Silver Mountain Water and Green Irish Tweed being the ones I liked the most. Silver Mountain Water was just a concept I've smelled before. Green Irish Tweed was just plain boring. Don't get me wrong, they're well crafted, it's just that perhaps I expected them to blow my mind. Bois du Portugal? I smell like I'm 40 and it's not the "fashion forward" modern fragrance I was looking for. Woody, somewhat powdery, masculine, musky. No thanks.

Then there's Parfums de Nicolai, surely the modern niche classic from 1989 in the form of New York would be the ticket! Nope. Once the crisp citrus faded, it ended up smelling like one of my mom's weird ass, powdery smelling lotions. I absolutely hated it. My mom annoys me, so that's why it has such a negative vibe from me. Rose 31, not bad. Not great, but not bad. It's good. Not, "I'll gladly pay $125 for a bottle!" good. Neither was Musc Ravageur. Don't get me wrong, it's sexy as hell, but it wasn't mind blowing. Something about it, I've smelled before. It's almost as if they took Lanvin's Arpegé and smoothed out the rough edges. It's pleasant to wear, but again, not worth the money to me.

So, how do designer scents fare? Well, the bar was set pretty low, but at least I expected fairly ordinary scents at a lower price tag. Don't get me wrong, there's some great stuff out there on a budget that's relatively unique. Dior Homme, the iris is nice with the amber, smells sorta feminine, but nothing else smells like it. Kenzo Power, floral, fresh, and warm, not bad. Bulgari Black, it feels as if I shouldn't think this is awesome, but it's pretty damn good. Terre d'Hermes, bitter orange, oohh, that mineral note is pretty neat. Burberry London, wow, Christmas in a bottle. Platinum Egoiste, so that's what a lot of fragrances copied (...and failed). Prada Infusion d'Homme, soothing, soft, soapy, and clean. Encre Noire, dark, inky, soft, and gentle. Tom Ford Grey Vetiver, fresh, bright, but at the same time, the soft, muted basenote is pretty nice. Gucci II, sweet, black tea.... on ice.

What about things I've owned before or currently own? Bulgari Aqua, dark, mineral, sea shore scent. Thierry Mugler Cologne, bright, bitter, uplifting citrus with a basic clean, soapy dry down. A*Men Pure Malt, fruity, subtle whiskey with slightly burnt caramel. Allure Blanche, bright, BRIGHT lemon note (I usually hate this on top notes, except for this) with a creamy, woody vanilla. L'eau Par Kenzo, refreshingly bright, and sweet, can't see how I can honestly hate this or any "normal" person would hate this. YSL L'Homme, smooth, inoffensive citrus, elegantly blended that would bore the hell out of the majority of avid BNers rather than have them turn their noses on it. There's plenty more, I'm just talking about the ones I favored the most. Nothing has wowed me, everything just smells "nice" or "good". That's about it. Is that all fragrance is to me now? Just something to put on just to smell nice? You mean, I feel the same about fragrances as 98% of the population in this world? "This smells nice, sure, I'll wear it." Then my mainstays are just my way of being stubborn with my habits (like my first repeat purchase, Bulgari Aqua)?

In the end, I'm trying hard not to be doomed to wearing something like YSL L'Homme that feels more like the "nice girl I can take home to meet Mom" rather than "the lovable weirdo with a wild imagination that makes my life more interesting". So, I have a hard time falling in love, is what I'm saying. *sigh* Back to the drawing board. I'll just keep smelling until I find something worth wearing and buying, I guess. That's all I've got going for me in this, "hobby".


  1. 's Avatar
    I'm not going to hurl insults at you. No indeed-for I have somewhat the same problem. I can go through a year of frenzied ordering of samples-only to come up with one perfume that I love and it's always a very expensive one. In between-I'll get perfumes from my family that are o.k. -but nothing that delights my soul. In the final analysis; I think that it all boils down to our individuality and the conviction that there's still a perfume out there that's made or about to be made that will be right for us.
  2. Hollandaze's Avatar
    Yea, there's only been two fragrances in my life that I've come running back to because I regretted ever giving what's left of my bottle away and they're the two in my wardrobe right now. "Pure Malt" is currently my mainstay for the colder months and parties because it's versatile and different enough without being over bearing (it being limited edition helps too! LOL). WIth Pure Malt though, I won't miss it if I'll never find another bottle again. I can always find a suitable and possibly better, replacement for it's intended purpose. However, I save a lot of money by not purchasing a lot of bottles and I can just hoard as many samples as I want to find a small list of things I'll continue wearing until those samples run out. Maybe a bottle will emerge out of that pile. LOL.
  3. 's Avatar
    Over the weekend- my husband bought me Guerlain's Rose Barbare and Serge Lutens' Fleurs D'oranger---birthday gifts. I like them alot but they don't transport me to heaven. Only lyric Woman can do that.
    Have you ever tried Ralph Lauren --Puple label and Amouage Gold for Men and Jubilation for Men? They are very beautiful. I have all 3 and I wear them very happily. No one would guess that they are for men and Oh yes--forgot one--MPG --Ambre Precieux
  4. Hollandaze's Avatar
    Actually, I'm going to try out Purple Label's distant cousin, Bond No. 9 Bleeker St. I haven't really touched the Amouge line up, very pricey, but I might eventually. I was thinking about testing Jubilation, Silver, and Dia.
  5. akshay03's Avatar
    I like to think of it this way: the day a fragrance completely wows me is the day my hobby is over. That would be it. There would be no need to search for that "perfect scent" anymore because I would have found it.

    You know how they say the journey is more fulfilling than the destination? That's how I feel about my hobby here. So I guess what I'm trying to say is - be thankful you haven't found that perfect, amazing scent yet. It gives you a reason to keep doing what you love (trying out new stuff!) longer.
  6. Surfacing's Avatar
    Nice read Rawk.

    I do get wowed every so often. But many times, it is after the second or third....testing. I understand I need to "get to know" the particular scent more. First sampling, things may move past me, and I may not take notice. Other times, the notes/accords will scare me away.

    But I do get wowed a couple of times a year. SMN Acqua di Cuba, Villoresi's Yerbamate, Burberry London, YSL M7, SL Ambre Sultan .....

    Getting wowed, however, doesn't make me feel compelled to wear the fragrance alot. Most of the time, the scent in particular is something I wouldn't want to wear often. Perhaps it is too bold or for certain "moods". Yes, my mood ( along with climate and occasion) dictate most of the time what I wear.

    Most times though, the scent I sample is something I wouldn't want to wear. My main problem is finding fragrances I can wear casually. That seems easy on the surface, but for me, it is the hardest.
  7. acceptfacts's Avatar
    Try Bleecker Street by Bond # 9......and make sure to try it on your skin and give it a full day's wearing.....then, tell me what you think.


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