What is "Similar"

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    9/30/13 at 6:07pm

    mossyoakpenn said:



    After some recent controversy about Back to Black smelling similar to Chergui, I thought I would ask a question about similarity.

     

    Soooooo...what does similar mean to you?  If you had to define similar as it applies to fragrances, how would you put it?

     

    To me, similar means having a few of the same main notes that are sounding-off the loudest and having a similar feel going on (ie. full, warm, sweet, etc.).

    9/30/13 at 6:23pm

    Buysblind said:



    Similar feeling or impression, most often the result of similar notes.

    9/30/13 at 6:23pm

    Buysblind said:



    Similar feeling or impression, most often the result of similar notes.

    9/30/13 at 7:35pm

    hednic said:



    Similar to me means similar smell , where it becomes hard to tell them apart from one another.

    9/30/13 at 8:09pm

    Darjeeling said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hednic View Post

    Similar to me means similar smell , where it becomes hard to tell them apart from one another.

    For me as well, but I tend to take the comment "similar" with a grain of salt, because most people seem to find a specific note or accord that strikes them as similar and then declare that the scents smell the same. It is probably something that one can't help doing, despite attempts to be objective.

    9/30/13 at 8:58pm

    smoothie72 said:



    I was comparing two vanilla based frags on both arms tonight. Very similar notes 2 completely different frags.
    However both wafting up at me over the last few hours I'm thinking layering:happy:hmmm

    10/1/13 at 6:08am

    Tony T said:



    Close in smell..

    it does not have to be exact but close

    10/1/13 at 6:19am

    Bigsly said:



    I've written some blog posts on this subject.  One thing is similar construction, while another possibility is that the two scents share predominant notes or accords.  A major problem can be seen with GIT and Cool Water comparisons.  They both have a couple of strong notes/chemicals in common but there are several strong notes that are different.  So, some people focus on the shared notes/chemicals while others detect the different notes strongly.  Overall, my advice is to read many reviews as well as to give more weight to reviewers who seem to perceive scents in a similar way to you.

    10/1/13 at 6:35am

    rbaker said:



    Similar in style, like chypre, citrus, gourmand, leather, incense etc. and in certain notes.

    10/1/13 at 6:41am

    Kaern said:



    Smell

     

    Back to Black and Chergui? :thumbdown:

    10/1/13 at 8:44am

    DuNezDeBuzier said:



    In context...Sharing perceived character or characteristics with something else to the extent that smelling one will conjure up a reminder of the other.

     

    Personally, Chergui would not be high up on my list of those similar to B2B but it is certainly understandable to me that others might find its tobacco/honey/other characteristics reminiscent of B2B.  Plus, it's not lost on me that there seems to be strong differences in early v. current Chergui.

     

    I enjoy hearing what others view as similar.  I wish everyone would do so in their reviews/discussions.  It's helpful in assessing whose snout and descriptive penchants are similar to mine.  

    10/1/13 at 10:06am

    perfaddict said:



    Similar smell. 

    10/1/13 at 10:56am

    Marais said:



    As others said, similar = resembles in terms of smell, unless otherwise stated. It is useful to qualify this in terms of degree (a bit/very much) etc. It does not mean 'smells the same as' which is how it sometimes seems to be interpreted. Nor does it mean that if I find it similar and you don't, that either of us is wrong.

    10/1/13 at 6:42pm

    mossyoakpenn said:



    I agree with stating "smells similar" to which degree (very close, exact, a little bit) and I think a lot of people mean EXACTLY similar when comparing frags.  I think Bigsly and Darjeeling are very right that people pick out a certain accord that is familiar and pronounced to them and declare a fragrance similar.  I know I do that!  But for me, I have yet to find two fragrances that are hard to tell apart from each other, especially when smelled up close.  I get the impression that when someone asks for something similar, they don't mean exact, they mean close or kinda-like a certain fragrance.  For example, I like Back to Black.  Do you think I would like Chergui?  Probably, because to me, they are close enough to warrant a "similarity" vote.

    10/1/13 at 8:08pm

    Darjeeling said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mossyoakpenn View Post

    people pick out a certain accord that is familiar and pronounced to them and declare a fragrance similar.  I know I do that!  But for me, I have yet to find two fragrances that are hard to tell apart from each other, especially when smelled up close. 

    As much as I try not to, I do the same.