Originally Posted by Desmond Hume
Have you ever bought a fragrance just because of the great opening notes?
I once bought Minotaure by Paloma Picasso because of the great orange/aldehydes opening.
Since it's a fragrance that's rather hard to find, I decided to immediately buy it without wearing it for a full day.
When I got home, I already disliked the basenotes.
Now I have my lesson learned: give every fragrance a full wearing, then you won't be surprised (and still have your money left
There's something about this fragrance that just smells like paint chips and glue to me, very chemically induced dry down.
as for the question though, there are quite a few with awesome top notes and "take it or leave it" base notes; and a select handful with the same but horrible base notes. One that comes to mind first, one that I recently finished a decant of, and although I wasn't thrilled with the top or middle, but they sure as hell had me more interested than the base was Oud Wood
. What started off as a stripped down B*Men without all the sweetness, turned into a dry animalic and overly spicy wood, which I didn't care for at all.
Some that aren't as bad though are Adidas Moves
and Halston Unbound
. I looooove the opening of Moves, it's so underrated. It's 10 times better than Curve, it's like the biggest blast of citrus ever, fresh, sweet and sour and hits you right in the face and lights you up; but quickly fades into an off smelling soapy/floral that almost smells vile to me, I guess this one is more of a "fragrance ruined by the middle notes"; the base is then better but quite subtle. Unbound is similar, Fresh, very aquatic openings, into a more floral and cheap base that just doesn't go well with me. I've never been a huge floral fan to begin with, but the main reason is because most fragrances seem to only capture the boring floral notes, I guess because they're more versatile and safe.