My nose needs a name.

    My nose needs a name.

    post #1 of 12
    Thread Starter 

    To me, an orange smells like an orange and a banana smells like a banana. They're sweet, juicy, summery, and just smell nice.  When it comes to fragrance, they're either "stinky" or "not too stinky". The stinky ones give me a headache.

     

    I'm trying to find a couple of colognes that my nose will tolerate.

     

    When I get stuck next to an old dame on the bus from Palm Beach to Boca Raton I want to *blarf* and have to pop a couple of Aspirin for my headache if she's bathed in her perfume.  When I enter the mall through a department store I have to high tail it through the Perfume Dept. so I don't get sick.

     

    On my wife I prefer a fruity, flowery smelling something like the annual Escada perfumes.  My last bottle of cologne was Burberry Touch, which I thought was nice.  I like to use Thayers cucumber or rose witch hazel after a shave.

     

    I just bought a few small 1ml decants of which the Azzaro Chrome, A*Man Pure Malt, Versace Eau Fraiche, Chanel Blue de Chanel, and YSL La Nuit were my favorites (I've only sniffed the vials not actually worn them yet).

     

    Currently in my stash I have some Hugo Boss - Hugo and some Dolche & Gabanna stuff that are too strong for me.  They are about to go down the sink.  I turned my nose up at an Amouage XXV decant.

     

    How would you pros label my sniffer and what do you think are the primary ingredients, scents, that I should be concentrating on?

     

    Thank you all for your help.

    post #2 of 12
    Burberry touch makes me nauseous and proves that what works for me may not work for you. Unfortunately there is no way to tell what reaction you'll have to any of our recommendations. So, your nose will have to sniff out its name.
    post #3 of 12

    As scentologist said, it's hard to predict what one will like or tolerate. A*Men, for instance, is considered extremely strong (though good).

     

    A brand that's usually light is Hermes, so you can start from there then move up as your nose gets used.

     

    cacio

    post #4 of 12
    Monsieur Balmain is pretty tame and non-nauseating IMO.
    post #5 of 12
    Thread Starter 

    I've been sniffing everything I can get my nose near over the last week or so.

     

    Just pulled the trigger on Burberry London and YSL La Nuit.

     

    Unfortunately for my wallet I've smelled and liked the following:

    Polo Blue

    Chanel Bleu de Chanel

    Bond no.9 Bleeker

    Bond no.9 Chez Bond

    Gucci Guilty

    Creed Original Santal

    Creed Original Vetiver

    Creed Imperiale

    Hermes Pamplemousse Rose

     

    So... is there a theme here?  Are there notes/aromas/ingredients in these that are common?  Now that I know my "likes" it would be nice to be able to categorize them so I will know in the future what to look for.  Perhaps if I can put a name to the smells I would feel comfortable making a blind purchase in the future based solely on a description or reviews.

     

    Thanks in advance for the help.

    post #6 of 12
    You can also check out the L'Artisan line. Most of the scents are quite wearable.
    post #7 of 12

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Thirston View Post

    I've been sniffing everything I can get my nose near over the last week or so.

     

    Just pulled the trigger on Burberry London and YSL La Nuit.

     

    Unfortunately for my wallet I've smelled and liked the following:

    Polo Blue

    Chanel Bleu de Chanel

    Bond no.9 Bleeker

    Bond no.9 Chez Bond

    Gucci Guilty

    Creed Original Santal

    Creed Original Vetiver

    Creed Imperiale

    Hermes Pamplemousse Rose

     

    So... is there a theme here?  Are there notes/aromas/ingredients in these that are common?  Now that I know my "likes" it would be nice to be able to categorize them so I will know in the future what to look for.  Perhaps if I can put a name to the smells I would feel comfortable making a blind purchase in the future based solely on a description or reviews.

     

    Thanks in advance for the help.

     

    Just to pick three from that list:

     

    1) Burberry London -- warm baked apples in November;

    2) Bleecker Street -- a sharp laser beam of blinding purple and green;

    3) Pamplemousse Rose -- you just walked into a room where someone's peeling fresh grapefruit.

     

    Those are very different fragrances!  The only thing I can see in common is that they're relatively light, at least compared to Amouage.  So in the future, you could say, "I like lighter scents, scents that don't knock down walls, usually with a little fruit in them."

     

    Cacio had a great rec with Hermes -- their whole reputation is on great smelling scents that have an amazing ability to feel light.

     

    Still, like Scentologist said earlier, everybody smells everything differently.  You might think L'Eau d'Issey by Issey Miyake would be a great scent for you -- it's supposed to feel light, and citrusy, and watery, and modern -- which it does.  Except lots of people for some reason get clubbed upside the head with a synthetic-ness -- which it does have! -- but that is really unpleasant to some, and in a strong way.

     

    So, do your best, ask the sales reps to keep it light, and see what you find. 

    post #8 of 12

    My nose is the opposite and not real sensitive to many things You may want to try some of the Tokyo Milk stuff since I tried smelling/testing some of them a little while back and frankly smelled next to NOTHING in any of them, seriously, and yet some people think they smell lovely so those may be light enough that you will appreciate them - I totally forget which ones I smelled because they were all completely forgettable (to me)

    post #9 of 12

    4711, I've never heard of anyone not liking it at least a little bit. Its been around for 200+ years. And its cheap.

     

    Other than that, you like what you like. simple as that.

    post #10 of 12
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by aphexacid View Post

    4711, I've never heard of anyone not liking it at least a little bit. Its been around for 200+ years. And its cheap.

     

    Other than that, you like what you like. simple as that.

    I like 4711 a LOT it's my most frequent flyer scent (I almost always wear it on flights for that very reason, it is never offensive and it is light and pleasant)


    Edited by Katana - 7/31/13 at 9:39am
    post #11 of 12

    My nose is called Jesus, yours can be called Joseph.

    post #12 of 12
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by dwyw View Post

    My nose is called Jesus, yours can be called Joseph.

    Nice...lol.
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    7/18/13 at 4:07pm

    Thirston said:



    To me, an orange smells like an orange and a banana smells like a banana. They're sweet, juicy, summery, and just smell nice.  When it comes to fragrance, they're either "stinky" or "not too stinky". The stinky ones give me a headache.

     

    I'm trying to find a couple of colognes that my nose will tolerate.

     

    When I get stuck next to an old dame on the bus from Palm Beach to Boca Raton I want to *blarf* and have to pop a couple of Aspirin for my headache if she's bathed in her perfume.  When I enter the mall through a department store I have to high tail it through the Perfume Dept. so I don't get sick.

     

    On my wife I prefer a fruity, flowery smelling something like the annual Escada perfumes.  My last bottle of cologne was Burberry Touch, which I thought was nice.  I like to use Thayers cucumber or rose witch hazel after a shave.

     

    I just bought a few small 1ml decants of which the Azzaro Chrome, A*Man Pure Malt, Versace Eau Fraiche, Chanel Blue de Chanel, and YSL La Nuit were my favorites (I've only sniffed the vials not actually worn them yet).

     

    Currently in my stash I have some Hugo Boss - Hugo and some Dolche & Gabanna stuff that are too strong for me.  They are about to go down the sink.  I turned my nose up at an Amouage XXV decant.

     

    How would you pros label my sniffer and what do you think are the primary ingredients, scents, that I should be concentrating on?

     

    Thank you all for your help.

    7/18/13 at 4:29pm

    Scentologist said:



    Burberry touch makes me nauseous and proves that what works for me may not work for you. Unfortunately there is no way to tell what reaction you'll have to any of our recommendations. So, your nose will have to sniff out its name.

    7/18/13 at 4:47pm

    cacio said:



    As scentologist said, it's hard to predict what one will like or tolerate. A*Men, for instance, is considered extremely strong (though good).

     

    A brand that's usually light is Hermes, so you can start from there then move up as your nose gets used.

     

    cacio

    7/26/13 at 7:01pm

    hednic said:



    Monsieur Balmain is pretty tame and non-nauseating IMO.

    7/30/13 at 7:05pm

    Thirston said:



    I've been sniffing everything I can get my nose near over the last week or so.

     

    Just pulled the trigger on Burberry London and YSL La Nuit.

     

    Unfortunately for my wallet I've smelled and liked the following:

    Polo Blue

    Chanel Bleu de Chanel

    Bond no.9 Bleeker

    Bond no.9 Chez Bond

    Gucci Guilty

    Creed Original Santal

    Creed Original Vetiver

    Creed Imperiale

    Hermes Pamplemousse Rose

     

    So... is there a theme here?  Are there notes/aromas/ingredients in these that are common?  Now that I know my "likes" it would be nice to be able to categorize them so I will know in the future what to look for.  Perhaps if I can put a name to the smells I would feel comfortable making a blind purchase in the future based solely on a description or reviews.

     

    Thanks in advance for the help.

    7/30/13 at 7:18pm

    CapriDog said:



    You can also check out the L'Artisan line. Most of the scents are quite wearable.

    7/31/13 at 6:39am

    DaveStPaul said:



    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Thirston View Post

    I've been sniffing everything I can get my nose near over the last week or so.

     

    Just pulled the trigger on Burberry London and YSL La Nuit.

     

    Unfortunately for my wallet I've smelled and liked the following:

    Polo Blue

    Chanel Bleu de Chanel

    Bond no.9 Bleeker

    Bond no.9 Chez Bond

    Gucci Guilty

    Creed Original Santal

    Creed Original Vetiver

    Creed Imperiale

    Hermes Pamplemousse Rose

     

    So... is there a theme here?  Are there notes/aromas/ingredients in these that are common?  Now that I know my "likes" it would be nice to be able to categorize them so I will know in the future what to look for.  Perhaps if I can put a name to the smells I would feel comfortable making a blind purchase in the future based solely on a description or reviews.

     

    Thanks in advance for the help.

     

    Just to pick three from that list:

     

    1) Burberry London -- warm baked apples in November;

    2) Bleecker Street -- a sharp laser beam of blinding purple and green;

    3) Pamplemousse Rose -- you just walked into a room where someone's peeling fresh grapefruit.

     

    Those are very different fragrances!  The only thing I can see in common is that they're relatively light, at least compared to Amouage.  So in the future, you could say, "I like lighter scents, scents that don't knock down walls, usually with a little fruit in them."

     

    Cacio had a great rec with Hermes -- their whole reputation is on great smelling scents that have an amazing ability to feel light.

     

    Still, like Scentologist said earlier, everybody smells everything differently.  You might think L'Eau d'Issey by Issey Miyake would be a great scent for you -- it's supposed to feel light, and citrusy, and watery, and modern -- which it does.  Except lots of people for some reason get clubbed upside the head with a synthetic-ness -- which it does have! -- but that is really unpleasant to some, and in a strong way.

     

    So, do your best, ask the sales reps to keep it light, and see what you find. 

    7/31/13 at 6:51am

    Katana said:



    My nose is the opposite and not real sensitive to many things You may want to try some of the Tokyo Milk stuff since I tried smelling/testing some of them a little while back and frankly smelled next to NOTHING in any of them, seriously, and yet some people think they smell lovely so those may be light enough that you will appreciate them - I totally forget which ones I smelled because they were all completely forgettable (to me)

    7/31/13 at 7:53am

    aphexacid said:



    4711, I've never heard of anyone not liking it at least a little bit. Its been around for 200+ years. And its cheap.

     

    Other than that, you like what you like. simple as that.

    7/31/13 at 7:57am

    Katana said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by aphexacid View Post

    4711, I've never heard of anyone not liking it at least a little bit. Its been around for 200+ years. And its cheap.

     

    Other than that, you like what you like. simple as that.

    I like 4711 a LOT it's my most frequent flyer scent (I almost always wear it on flights for that very reason, it is never offensive and it is light and pleasant)


    Edited by Katana - 7/31/13 at 9:39am

    7/31/13 at 4:55pm

    dwyw said:



    My nose is called Jesus, yours can be called Joseph.

    7/31/13 at 5:38pm

    chili_willi said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by dwyw View Post

    My nose is called Jesus, yours can be called Joseph.

    Nice...lol.