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    Default Rive Gauche: My Thoughts

    It arrived today and I wore it out for the first time ever. I applied two sprays and detected almost nothing. So, in short, I had to apply 4 more sprays (6 total) just to catch a whiff here and there. For thos who say they wear this clubbing, I don't see how anyone could smell it on you. How many sprays is appropriate for this fragrance? I love the drydown but perhaps 4 sprays is enough? Chime away.......

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    i think its based upon how old ya are... ;D...i've worn it quite a few times having received an excellent decant from setamp and like it lots...4-5 worked for me...

    sobranie 45 years

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikkitosennomusha
    It arrived today and I wore it out for the first time ever. I applied two sprays and detected almost nothing. So, in short, I had to apply 4 more sprays (6 total) just to catch a whiff here and there. For thos who say they wear this clubbing, I don't see how anyone could smell it on you. How many sprays is appropriate for this fragrance? I love the drydown but perhaps 4 sprays is enough? Chime away.......
    I still think that Santos would have been a better choice for you...
    Let your nose be your pilot

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    Quote Originally Posted by magnnum
    [quote author=ikkitosennomusha link=1145656109/0#0 date=1145656109]It arrived today and I wore it out for the first time ever. I applied two sprays and detected almost nothing. So, in short, I had to apply 4 more sprays (6 total) just to catch a whiff here and there. For thos who say they wear this clubbing, I don't see how anyone could smell it on you. How many sprays is appropriate for this fragrance? I love the drydown but perhaps 4 sprays is enough? Chime away.......
    I still think that Santos would have been a better choice for you...[/quote]

    I think santos is better quality for sure and will have to check it out again when I visit sephora next week. I love the drydown in RG but the potency has me questionable. I think Jazz is more potent.

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    I thought the same thing myself about the lack of strength of Rive Gauche at first, so when I bought my first bottle of RG I applied 6 sprays (one on my adam's apple, 2 on either side of my neck, one on the back of my neck, and one spray behind each ear). I met my friend Samantha for breakfast that morning and she didn't mention anything about my cologne, but later on that day I heard from her friend Erin that she said I smelled like cologne. Since I was sitting across the table from Sam and never came very close to her yet she could still smell my cologne, I took that to mean that 6 sprays was far too strong. I don't want to project my fragrance to the point where someone can smell me sitting 4 feet away. Now I wear 2 sprays, 1 on either side of my throat, and I'd say it's enough where people can smell it when they come in for a hug or they're dancing close or we're standing a couple feet apart talking, and it's not overpowering.

    My advice to you is to stick with the 2 sprays and have faith that it is indeed working its magic.

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    Well, I wore Rive Gauche out for the first time last night. I got several comments on it. All of them thought i was wearing a spray-on deodorant.

    And I wasn't even wearing much of it. 3 sprays I think.

    Personally, I think it's OK and pretty complex...but I can see why others get the deo connection. To someone who isn't good at picking apart frags, it probably isn't very attractive. Anyway, the moral of the story is I don't want people to think i'm wearing Right Guard deodorant as a scent. I will probably be wearing at home most of the time.
    "It's not what you look like when you're doing what you're doing; it's what you're doing when you're doing what you look like you're doing."

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    I wear 1 spray usually, 2 sprays max and this always gets noticed.

    RG is a funny scent. You think it disappears, but everyone around you can smell it loud and clear.

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    at first I could understand the connection of RG with Brut but now I am thinking it smells more like the original Barbesol shaving cream. Anyone else get this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz
    Well, I wore Rive Gauche out for the first time last night. I got several comments on it. All of them thought i was wearing a spray-on deodorant.

    And I wasn't even wearing much of it. 3 sprays I think.

    I personally I think it's OK and pretty complex...but I can see why others get the deo connection. To someone who isn't good at picking apart frags, it probably isn't very attractive. Anyway, the moral of the story is I don't want people to think i'm wearing Right Guard deodorant as a scent. I will probably be wearing at home most of the time.
    When you get the deodorant connection and said it was like Right Guard, that doesn't smell like those Axe/Lynx/Tag body sprays do they? :-/

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    I usually apply 4 sprays, yup, just when you think that people can't smell it, believe me, they can.
    Top faves: Aramis Devin,Balenciage PH,Zino Davidoff,Trussardi Uomo,BlackXS,Sybaris,Furyo,HoHangClub,Santos Sport,KriziaSpazio,CarverVetiverDry,GIT,AmberSulta n,TeaForTwo,Dzing.
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    Your reaction was pretty much the same as mine, if you read my comments from a year and a half ago.

    I bought a 100ml bottle (tube?) when it was going for US$30 down here, and I apply about 8 squirts under my clothes and two on my chest. My ladyfriend was surprised, she thought I wasn't wearing anything for a change. She had to sniff me pretty close to finally detect it.
    Renato

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    The first time I wore RG, I was told that I smelled like Old Spice. Go figure...

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    I found it to be very strong - no more than 2 sprays for me.

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    Controversly, I wore one spray to bed last night and it seemed to be too much as it was constantly up my nose. Perhaps the heat trapped in the covers was bringing it out?

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    RG smells like a potent version of Gillette Foamy shave cream. I love it.
    On me it settles down after an hour or so. I've noticed when my body temperature heats up, RG wakes up from it's slumber and smells like it did upon first application.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dante
    I found it to be very strong - no more than 2 sprays for me.
    ditto. 2 sprays lasts 12+ hours on me. Very strong.

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    Rive Gauche is as cool as the other side of a pillow. I also found it light the first few times I tried it, but that wasn't the case after a couple of weeks. It has a good deal of vetiver and patchouli in it which are noticeable pretty quickly. It continues to gain strength for quite awhile. It's ultra-masculine and has good longevity. Chris Walken could have worn this in The King of New York. *

    My companion works under hot lights all day as a model. Her sense of smell is always peaked. She likes strong, masculine scents. She liked Rive Gauche the first time she smelled it. She found it "compelling."

    Most of the women I know like it. I don't know about younger girls. I don't spend as much time around them, but I have noticed that they often stick close by and giggle a lot when I'm wearng Rive Gauche. *;D It's great being young.

    It's a clean smelling scent, but also so profoundly cool that it's downright dirty. It's quite popular in the porn industry as was Kouros.
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    Is it really true?? It lasts about 12 hours.... In my opinion it is gone after 3 or 4 hours??
    Do you really believe others can smell you while yourself cannot perceive it?

    Do you think RG has a good sillage? What are your opinions??

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisW
    [quote author=LiveJazz link=1145656109/0#5 date=1145662860]Well, I wore Rive Gauche out for the first time last night. I got several comments on it. All of them thought i was wearing a spray-on deodorant.

    And I wasn't even wearing much of it. 3 sprays I think.

    I personally I think it's OK and pretty complex...but I can see why others get the deo connection. To someone who isn't good at picking apart frags, it probably isn't very attractive. Anyway, the moral of the story is I don't want people to think i'm wearing Right Guard deodorant as a scent. I will probably be wearing at home most of the time.
    When you get the deodorant connection and said it was like Right Guard, that doesn't smell like those Axe/Lynx/Tag body sprays do they? :-/[/quote]


    No, they don't smell the same...I was actually just using it as an example of the average deodorant aura. People who commented didn't say I smelled like a specific product, but the general connection to deo definitely was a theme. Most people were ambivilant...the deodorant thing was just an observation. My GF hated it, but she's more of a sucker for sweet scents I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pluran
    It's a clean smelling scent, but also so profoundly cool that it's downright dirty. It's quite popular in the porn industry, as was Kouros.

    WAIT!!!! I can't believe this slipped past me... Rive Gauche is popular in the porn industry?!? Please tell me how you know this! If I ever needed any more proof that this stuff is sex in a bottle...

    Seriously, Is Rive Gauche really big in the porn industry? Who wears it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indie_Guy
    Seriously, Is Rive Gauche really big in the porn industry? Who wears it?

    Pluran does...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indie_Guy
    Seriously, Is Rive Gauche really big in the porn industry? Who wears it?
    yeah it's true. i do wear it.
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    Great fragrance, but please go easy.
    On me, one spray is enough.
    Two is often too much, despite what you own nose may tell you.

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    Hi there,
    Can somebody tell me the difference between intense and regular version? Which one should I buy for clubbing? Good sillage and longevity required- guess? How does it compare to M7 in clubbing context?
    S

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    Normal version for daily use, Intense for evening and clubbing I guess... :


    BTW I got one 75ml yesterday, wondering why didn't get it before. :-*

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    Aveda Hair Products... Gillette Shaving Foam... Brut & Old Spice: these referents all place Rive Gauche in its niche as a classical kind of grooming smell, referred to once by Indie as RG's "retro chassis" and often shorthanded as "barbershop". I think this is the brilliance of it. It's unpretentious and unaffected (it reminds me of the vogue for "bedhead" hairstyles and "just-the-right-amount" of stubble), which sets it apart from the rest of the YSLs, which are by and large audacious, idiosyncratic extranvanganzas (paradoxically, YSL's website calls RG "unconventional" Pah!). This is just no-nonsense manly, not in a bland or generic way, just kind of classic. *much of the reason many men are embarassed by cologne (or being asked about cologne, see again Indie's possible Heritage sighting) is because were not supposed to seem "put-together" or "primped" or "preening" or any of those other things that women do for hours in front of full-length mirrors. Rive Gauche is the aesthete's answer to all that, encompassing that which is most sexy about that whole effortless, unmarked "conventional masculinity" and giving it an impeccable, glossy finish without seeming dandified or metrosexual. A masterpiece, the Levi's 501 of men's fragrance.

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    I have to chime in and say that for me, 1-2 sprays is enough. Anymore than that and it gets so strong that it about gags the people around me. With 2 sprays though, the compliments start arriving. Perhaps this one is affected heavily by the individual wearing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel_Cairo
    Aveda Hair Products... Gillette Shaving Foam... Brut & Old Spice: these referents all place Rive Gauche in its niche as a classical kind of grooming smell, referred to once by Indie as RG's "retro chassis" and often shorthanded as "barbershop". I think this is the brilliance of it. It's unpretentious and unaffected (it reminds me of the vogue for "bedhead" hairstyles and "just-the-right-amount" of stubble), which sets it apart from the rest of the YSLs, which are by and large audacious, idiosyncratic extranvanganzas (paradoxically, YSL's website calls RG "unconventional" Pah!). This is just no-nonsense manly, not in a bland or generic way, just kind of classic. much of the reason many men are embarassed by cologne (or being asked about cologne, see again Indie's possible Heritage sighting) is because were not supposed to seem "put-together" or "primped" or "preening" or any of those other things that women do for hours in front of full-length mirrors. Rive Gauche is the aesthete's answer to all that, encompassing that which is most sexy about that whole effortless, unmarked "conventional masculinity" and giving it an impeccable, glossy finish. A masterpiece, the Levi's 501 of men's fragrance.


    Hey Joel did you actually write this or you read it somewhere? Your post is just WONDERFUL! I fully agree with you!


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    ^ haha thanks Musician, just my little silioquy to Rive Gauche. I think a great frag brings out the poet in all of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indie_Guy
    [quote author=pluran link=1145656109/15#16 date=1145754282]
    It's a clean smelling scent, but also so profoundly cool that it's downright dirty. It's quite popular in the porn industry, as was Kouros.

    WAIT!!!! *I can't believe this slipped past me... Rive Gauche is popular in the porn industry?!? *Please tell me how you know this! *If I ever needed any more proof that this stuff is sex in a bottle...

    Seriously, Is Rive Gauche really big in the porn industry? *Who wears it?[/quote]


    I read about it but can't remember where. I wish I could. It was a magazine. Something like The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, etc. I don't remember the details. Just that those fragrances were popular.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel_Cairo
    ^ haha thanks Musician, just my little silioquy to Rive Gauche. I think a great frag brings out the poet in all of us.

    yep yep, you could be a journalist, (I dunno if you already are)... Maybe write something for GQ? *8-)


    ps: BTW thank you to Joel and other excellent reviewers/advisers here on Basenotes. Without their helps, probably now I would still be deciding if I would buy Calvin Klein or Hugo Boss.

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