I wish there were some sort of nifty statistical tool that would mine these forums and display the fragrances that are most often cited as both best AND worst. The list would be long.
This tool would also parse out references to "Iso E Super" and show that it is probably both the most common AND most hated ingredient in all of perfumery.
I second that. Secretions Magnifiques. Bloody semen. Disgusting.
For me, it's womanity. I've even smelled the new, lighter, low-mercury-tuna version, and I still can't take it.
I respect the scent for trying. I really do. So many cowardly, redundant, all-marketing scents out there. Mugler is brave, and a fashion genius, and nothing will ever take that away. Angel, A*Men, the Pure series, and more - he could do nothing ever again and I would respect him. I even find womanity sexy in a very unique way - for about 15 seconds. But my nose simply cannot tolerate the dead fish amines in womanity. I convulse in cringes within minutes of wearing it. HUGE scrubber.
Really? There's a FISH note in that? Eeee-yikes! Grotesque!
my grandma used to always get my super cheap colognes for christmas. i just remember them being absolutely awful
Nautica Blue is pretty awful...just some indistinct chemical residue smells mixed with anti bacterial gel. A*Men is on the other extreme of the scale: nauseating.
Was just about to purchase Animale Animale, is it that bad? I heard it is quite similar to Pure Malt, although I find that hard to believe.
Apparently Grey Flannel is so bad, it reminds people of death...
Sorry, but this just isn't nice. Fizzy explosion of spices attacking my nose? No thanks.
The epitome of synthetic
Just too dated. It is literally the smell of yesteryear.
Wow, how about that. Three years ago, I'd said that the "worst fragrances ever" were Silver Mountain Water and Givenchy Pi. And now I own Silver Mountain Water and think it's great! LOL.
Still not much a fan of Givenchy Pi, but I certainly wouldn't consider it to be the worst.
These days my pick for "worst" would have to be H.M. by Hanae Mori. I've tried and tried to appreciate it, but it just rubs me the wrong way.
Angel Men by Mugler is a insult to the nose and I have boycotted the house for the affront of creating something so vile.
Now, talking about vile, I don't know if it's the worst fragrance I EVER tried but Amouage Gold Man comes pretty close. I hated it when I sprayed it on yesterday and today it's still going strong unfortunately, even after a shower and trying to scrub it off. And yep, it still smells like piss to me... :angry:
+1 SL Serge Noire
Dunhill Desire - Smells like cat pee
A*Men - Smells like butt paste
Dirty E - Make me wanna gag
Le male - sprayed myself once and I was rushing to the bathroom to wash my wrist
Kouros - I just dont understand this
Narciso Rodriguez for Him - ridiculous
To me, has to be Fahrenheit. Seriously, smells like Citgo #2 lithoplex grease with some motor oil thrown in.
Second worst of the ones I've tried... Curve. Smelled just like a woman's perfume on me. So much that I felt really self-conscious while wearing it at the gym, and couldn't wait to get it off.
Both of these were samples, thankfully :coolold:
Azzaro Silver Black/Onyx: Gross
Body Kouros: Disturbingly gross. I picture a homeless male prostitute smelling like this
Burberry Touch: Starts off promising, then the musk ruins everything
Really suffocating to me...
Worst ever must and has to go to Jacques Bogart Silver Scent. Awful.
Rather than start a new thread I figured I would just add to this one. While their are fragrances I dislike.. there are rare ones that deserve recognition for being so damn horrible.
Without further adieu..
Debonair by Smell Bent.
This does not make me wanna try anything else from this fragrance house. It smells like burnt hair.. and is insanely strong.. 1 spray stuck up my living room for a week. This stuff is bad!!
I'd say, if you want to pull a prank or practical joke on somebody, use this, or a stink bomb, either or will do the trick!
I dislike HM by Hanae Mori equally as much as Amen by TM.
Disel fuel for life. Headache in a bottle
Paul Smith Extreme. I bought this on offer but can't stand it. Tried to give it away but no one wanted it. It's just a very synthetic, stinky unpleasant scent. And that's the positives.
It's a draw between Davidoff Cool Water and Yves Rocher Antartic. Why? They both have a very sharp metallic note that is painful.
has to be THIRD MAN by caron
stink all the way through
GREY FLANNEL and DIESEL FUEL FOR LIFE honorable mention
Probably It does not exist the worst ever as well as it is impossible to speak about the best ever, I'm not able to isolate a so horrible one to be labelled the worst ever since I tend to find out a story behind each olfactory work, anyway few fragrances are properly headache inducing for me and two of those are Lola and Daisy by Marc Jacobs.
Worst - In order:
1) Xerjoff - Zafar
2) Montale - Aoud Cuir d'Arabie
3) Mona d'Orio - Les Nombres r'Or Cuir
4) YSL - Opium PH
5) HDP - Petroleum
All unwearable ghastly horrible concoctions - would expect to smell these smells in a gag gift shop.
The worst fragrance ever was a light green cologne from zara that came out in 08..i called it "Frog Slime" for it's color and for the way it smelled.
Other stinkworthy contenders: pleasures for women ,white linen
And the hideous "sunflower".
Ok, I have to get this out of the way. "Smelt" is a fish and "smelled" is the past tense of smell.
The worst fragrance I have ever smelled was Ferrari Essence Oud. It smells like a poop diaper that someone tried to clean instead of throw away. After they tried to clean it, they threw baby powder on it and sprayed it with Azzaro PH. That brings me to Azzaro PH... It's truly terrible IMO.
342 posts and nobody mentioned Jicky?! Unless I missed a post, I'll be more than happy to be the first. Fecalicious would have been a better name. Never understood all the praise on BN.
RL Romance, on the other hand, smelled quite gorgeous on my skin. I still need to comfort my girlfriend the bottle is finished. EDIT: just checked, and noticed I had Romance Silver. Never mind my remark.
This is such a funny thread...! :coolold:
Jicky-- there you go - an old man's crusty trousers (with a touch of lavender)
Agree with Opium PH -- VILE JUICE duking it out with JOOP PH
The new Karl Lagerfeld is the latest contender in my book also
Mambo is horrid!
Hard to choose between Habit Rouge edt and Eau Sauvage. I think.. Eau Sauvage was worse.
From what I gather it sounds to me like the Top 5 "Worst Fragrances" (but more accurately 'most controversial') ever goes something like this :
1.Etat Libre d`Orange - Secretions Magnifique
2.Yves Saint Laurent - Kouros
3.Serge Lutens - Musc Koubla Khan
4.Thierry Mugler - Angel Men
So if you want to smell like bloody cum, the urinal cake in a public bathroom after someone took a dump 5 minutes earlier, Genghis Khan's coat?, or a freshly tarred road inside a bakery. Try the above respectively.
For me it is sadly Creed's Original Vetiver. Something with this fragrance reacts badly with my skin and smells absolutely awful when applied.
Probably Le Labo's Oud 27. It's so disgusting and dirty. It makes Secretions Magnifique smell like the gentlest aquatic ever made.
I wasn't particularly fond of Cartier Roadster.
I do believe this years LeMale flanker, "UltraMale" is even worse, and also possibly the most inappropriately named scent ever.
These are the only two frags I have tested that prompted me to avoid people in public out of embarrassment.
There are many fragrances I dislike from a personal taste point of view, I could probably wear them but it wouldn't be enjoyable but honestly I only one I have found truly gag-inducing is Sécrétions Magnifiques. I could never wear it, it is just horrible. I only sprayed a small amount on my wrist and it just would not wash off, it's very potent, I cannot imagine wearing a full spray or three of this.
Oh and Caron's Third Man definitely grows on you. I bought it, didn't really love it but you really need to give it time. I love how it comes to back to life thanks to a bit of body heat and perspiration many hours after you initially spray it.
Lonestar Memories by Andy Tauer
Only fragrance I've got physically sick from, almost made me throw up.
Mambo is vile.