Gendarme EDC vs Gendarme G

    Gendarme EDC vs Gendarme G

    post #1 of 15
    Thread Starter 

    Which do you prefer?

    post #2 of 15
    Not a fan of either per se, but of the two I'd go with the first.
    post #3 of 15

    I have the regular eau de cologne; I love the scent and can't understand how anyone could not like this smell, because it smells simply of clean soap.  did not think there was supposed to be a difference in smell just because of the concentration though.... but maybe I'm wrong

    post #4 of 15
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    Originally Posted by Unvisible View Post

    I have the regular eau de cologne; I love the scent and can't understand how anyone could not like this smell, because it smells simply of clean soap.  did not think there was supposed to be a difference in smell just because of the concentration though.... but maybe I'm wrong

    Not sure of Gendarme has gone through a slight reformulation but I had a vintage bottle that just ran out . I ordered a new one and received it today and it smelled a little weaker. The Gendarme G smelled a more like the original version if indeed it has been reformulated. 

     

    Not sure if my bottle from 1997 got stronger due to age but that is what I recall. Not to mention, my bottle from 1997 ran out 1 month ago and the scent memory is rather fresh.

    post #5 of 15

    also i prefer Grabazzi. Have you ever smelt or sampled this one?

    post #6 of 15

    Only smelled Gendarme recently and was hugely disappointed.   What a sad little fragrance!

    post #7 of 15

    Do you dislike clean scents in general? What did you dislike of this fragrance?

     

    Grabazzi is a better choice. Have you tried Grabazzi?

    post #8 of 15
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    Originally Posted by SmellGoodPimp View Post

    Do you dislike clean scents in general? What did you dislike of this fragrance?

     

    Grabazzi is a better choice. Have you tried Grabazzi?

    I'm not really sure what you mean by "clean".   I don't like fragrances that are filled with Polycyclic and Macrocyclic Musks; and I don't like fragrances that have a Tutti Fruiti accord sticking out.   I thought Gendarme thin, weak and dull.   There was the fruity top note that I dislike, and the great blob of musk which went on and on.   I thought it uninteresting, and boring.   I repeat, what a sad little fragrance.

     

    I have not smelled Grabazzi, but it is bound to be a better choice.   Although that really is damning with faint praise. 

    post #9 of 15

    gendarme (to me) isn't supposed to do what a "cologne" is supposed to do.  gendarme is more of a fragrance "alternative,"  it's not supposed to be in your face with pronounced notes; it's just supposed to smell like..... freshness. and to me it does. like pure freshness, nice and clean out of the shower smell. like a wet bar of soap, or freshly laundered clothes.  I smell no musk at all, or tutti frutti, so I guess I'm lucky.  but to each their own... everything smells different to someone else. 

    post #10 of 15

    A lot of wet bars of soap, and a lot of Fabric Conditioners (freshly laundered clothes) smell of Musks.   If all I can smell is musk, which in my opinion is not at all clean and fresh, then I am not interested.   Of course to each his own; I was asked why I didn't like Gendarme, and I answered the question.

    post #11 of 15
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    Originally Posted by David Ruskin View Post

    A lot of wet bars of soap, and a lot of Fabric Conditioners (freshly laundered clothes) smell of Musks.   If all I can smell is musk, which in my opinion is not at all clean and fresh, then I am not interested.   Of course to each his own; I was asked why I didn't like Gendarme, and I answered the question.

    Interesting.  I don't know much about what kind of notes are in soap and never gave it any thought of musk being in soap.  Could you give me some examples of common brand name soaps with musk?  I use irish spring, and I don't smell any musk in there, but perhaps there is.  Also, David, what fragrances would you describe as smelling clean?  some people aren't into those which I understand.

    and back on topic-  does anyone think there is a difference in smell between the edc and edp?  (not just strength, but difference in composition)

     

    post #12 of 15

    Someone asked me that question before on this thread, "What do I mean by 'clean' smelling fragrances" and I can't answer.   I'm not really sure what is meant by "clean smelling fragrance".  

     

    Also I can't really answer your question about Musk in soap; I'm not an expert on American soap.    

    post #13 of 15
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    Originally Posted by David Ruskin View Post

    Only smelled Gendarme recently and was hugely disappointed.   What a sad little fragrance!

    I remember reading a few years ago that it was the popular choice for members of congress in Washington - safe, inoffensive, 'out of the shower clean' kinda thing. Seriously. Wish I could find the article - it was quite well written in a socio demographic kind of way. It was enough to put me off immediately smile.gif
    post #14 of 15
    The EDP is more "concentrated" than the EDC and lasts much longer on the skin. They added more oils and reduced the Tonka bean the EDP.
    post #15 of 15

    Grabazzi is kind of like Lava soap mixed with Dr Pepper.

     

    I've never noticed a longevity difference between the cologne and the EDP - they both suck equally in that regard.  I LOVE the scent, though.  Easily in my top 5. 

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    6/5/13 at 1:01am

    claytonmarionneaux said:



    Which do you prefer?

    6/5/13 at 3:35am

    hednic said:



    Not a fan of either per se, but of the two I'd go with the first.

    7/8/13 at 5:42pm

    Unvisible said:



    I have the regular eau de cologne; I love the scent and can't understand how anyone could not like this smell, because it smells simply of clean soap.  did not think there was supposed to be a difference in smell just because of the concentration though.... but maybe I'm wrong

    7/8/13 at 11:56pm

    SmellGoodPimp said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Unvisible View Post

    I have the regular eau de cologne; I love the scent and can't understand how anyone could not like this smell, because it smells simply of clean soap.  did not think there was supposed to be a difference in smell just because of the concentration though.... but maybe I'm wrong

    Not sure of Gendarme has gone through a slight reformulation but I had a vintage bottle that just ran out . I ordered a new one and received it today and it smelled a little weaker. The Gendarme G smelled a more like the original version if indeed it has been reformulated. 

     

    Not sure if my bottle from 1997 got stronger due to age but that is what I recall. Not to mention, my bottle from 1997 ran out 1 month ago and the scent memory is rather fresh.

    7/8/13 at 11:57pm

    SmellGoodPimp said:



    also i prefer Grabazzi. Have you ever smelt or sampled this one?

    7/9/13 at 11:20am

    David Ruskin said:



    Only smelled Gendarme recently and was hugely disappointed.   What a sad little fragrance!

    7/9/13 at 11:43am

    SmellGoodPimp said:



    Do you dislike clean scents in general? What did you dislike of this fragrance?

     

    Grabazzi is a better choice. Have you tried Grabazzi?

    7/11/13 at 1:30am

    David Ruskin said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SmellGoodPimp View Post

    Do you dislike clean scents in general? What did you dislike of this fragrance?

     

    Grabazzi is a better choice. Have you tried Grabazzi?

    I'm not really sure what you mean by "clean".   I don't like fragrances that are filled with Polycyclic and Macrocyclic Musks; and I don't like fragrances that have a Tutti Fruiti accord sticking out.   I thought Gendarme thin, weak and dull.   There was the fruity top note that I dislike, and the great blob of musk which went on and on.   I thought it uninteresting, and boring.   I repeat, what a sad little fragrance.

     

    I have not smelled Grabazzi, but it is bound to be a better choice.   Although that really is damning with faint praise. 

    7/12/13 at 4:53pm

    Unvisible said:



    gendarme (to me) isn't supposed to do what a "cologne" is supposed to do.  gendarme is more of a fragrance "alternative,"  it's not supposed to be in your face with pronounced notes; it's just supposed to smell like..... freshness. and to me it does. like pure freshness, nice and clean out of the shower smell. like a wet bar of soap, or freshly laundered clothes.  I smell no musk at all, or tutti frutti, so I guess I'm lucky.  but to each their own... everything smells different to someone else. 

    7/13/13 at 2:26am

    David Ruskin said:



    A lot of wet bars of soap, and a lot of Fabric Conditioners (freshly laundered clothes) smell of Musks.   If all I can smell is musk, which in my opinion is not at all clean and fresh, then I am not interested.   Of course to each his own; I was asked why I didn't like Gendarme, and I answered the question.

    7/13/13 at 5:27pm

    Unvisible said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by David Ruskin View Post

    A lot of wet bars of soap, and a lot of Fabric Conditioners (freshly laundered clothes) smell of Musks.   If all I can smell is musk, which in my opinion is not at all clean and fresh, then I am not interested.   Of course to each his own; I was asked why I didn't like Gendarme, and I answered the question.

    Interesting.  I don't know much about what kind of notes are in soap and never gave it any thought of musk being in soap.  Could you give me some examples of common brand name soaps with musk?  I use irish spring, and I don't smell any musk in there, but perhaps there is.  Also, David, what fragrances would you describe as smelling clean?  some people aren't into those which I understand.

    and back on topic-  does anyone think there is a difference in smell between the edc and edp?  (not just strength, but difference in composition)

     

    7/14/13 at 1:04am

    David Ruskin said:



    Someone asked me that question before on this thread, "What do I mean by 'clean' smelling fragrances" and I can't answer.   I'm not really sure what is meant by "clean smelling fragrance".  

     

    Also I can't really answer your question about Musk in soap; I'm not an expert on American soap.    

    7/14/13 at 8:41am

    mr. reasonable said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by David Ruskin View Post

    Only smelled Gendarme recently and was hugely disappointed.   What a sad little fragrance!

    I remember reading a few years ago that it was the popular choice for members of congress in Washington - safe, inoffensive, 'out of the shower clean' kinda thing. Seriously. Wish I could find the article - it was quite well written in a socio demographic kind of way. It was enough to put me off immediately smile.gif

    8/5/13 at 3:12pm

    checker said:



    The EDP is more "concentrated" than the EDC and lasts much longer on the skin. They added more oils and reduced the Tonka bean the EDP.

    9/28/13 at 3:14pm

    Adonis said:



    Grabazzi is kind of like Lava soap mixed with Dr Pepper.

     

    I've never noticed a longevity difference between the cologne and the EDP - they both suck equally in that regard.  I LOVE the scent, though.  Easily in my top 5.