l'anarchiste, god is this stuff ever awful
Lot of raving about this one on this board so I could not resist buying blind. Huge dissapointment since I found it to be a dated typical 90's "yuppie" fragrance - too much sandalwood. The 90s is to "close" - can not even wear this one as an ironic retro statement.
l'anarchiste, god is this stuff ever awful
Givenchy Pour Homme
Both are synthetic-smelling beyond belief.
Two of my favorites!Originally Posted by verve
I have bought several blind, but Escada Sentiment and M7 stand out the most. I bought Sentiment in a gift set, and I like the aftershave and shower gel, but the edt is too sweet in all seasons. It smells too fruity and soapy for me, and I like fruity and soapy!
I guess M7 is just a bit too much for me. I don't like the YSL house notes that remind me of others I didn't like (Jazz, Kouros, & Sport), and the wood is just too raw and heavy. It would be great if the wood could be tempered by something, but it just runs loose on my skin and drives my allergies wild. Combine that with great expectation, and I have myself a big regret.
Instant headache. As a matter of fact, I'll trade the 100mL EdT, 100mL aftershave balm and 2.5 oz deodorant set for 50mL of something interesting (make me an offer).
No great remorse on these. They were worn, determined not to personal preference and swapped or given away:
YSL M7 - couldnt take a liking to the medicine note.
CDG Sequoia - had reviews of smelling like a forest woodsy smell, no such luck on wearing it. Ive lived for years in various forests.
Guerlain Vetiver - Had a soapy note that was... hard to explain but I didnt take to it. *
Probably Boss Soul by Hugo Boss & Boss Motion by Hugo Boss :-[
MikeD on Chaz by Revlon: "I knew a lady who took one sniff and said "bug spray." I never told the guy what she said, but the termites disappeared, oddly enough."
best blind buy: CDG sequoia
worst blind buy: without doubt Tea for Two.
I'm still contemplating my YSL Rive Gauche blind buy. It is a good smell and I like it, but it is definetly different from the other scents I own. All the other fragrances seem to have something refreshing or citrusy about it; Rive Gauche seems very, very spicy. I'm debating on whether I should have bought XS instead. I'll probably get it soon, maybe after a few weeks/months.
Lagerfeld Classic (initially I thought It was ok, now I think its notes clash strangely and It's too cloying)
Quorum... Oh my god, nowadays I think It's a spicy bomb, I smell a dirty rotten flower mixed with the spices and pine.
I can't recall many, except for the following:
Xeryus Rouge - the original Xeryus was the first fragrance I ever purchased and very much loved at the time. I thought getting the new version of this would make sense - big mistake! Smelt very early '90s and synthetic. I ended up selling it for a small loss.
Romeo Gigli Man - I expected great things from this fragrance, only to discover that it's basically a watered down version of L'eau D'Issey (with the peppery notes dominating the citrus ones instead). Longevity was disappointing as well. I'm now using it as a work fragrance (I only use my favourite frags for social occasions/going out). Still, I got it at a reasonable price so I can't really complain about this one.
Herrera for Men
all bought on sale on the same day. learned my lesson!
Yeah, I bought it blind too (100ml tester for $20) and was very underwhelmed. Not that it's unwearable but given the reviews here on bnotes, I expected much more. Very dry and uninspiring.Originally Posted by dragonbreath
But my worst blind buy was Mont Blanc Presence Cool. I love the original Presence but this juice reeks of rotten apples. Avoid at all costs. My bothers & father said no when I offered it to them.
"I exist for myself, and for those to whom my unquenchable thirst for freedom gives everything, but also for everyone, since insofar as I am able to love - I love everyone. Of noble hearts, I am the noblest - and the most generous of those that yearn to give love in return. - I am a human being, I love death and I love life."
Egon Schiele - Self-Potrait
My classics: Dior Homme EdT, YSL Rive Gauche PH, Helmut Lang Cuiron, L'Occitane Neroli (vintage), Davidoff Zino, L'Occitane Eau des Baux
Worst blind buys are:
Gucci's Envy for Men
Kor's Michael for Men
Picasso's Minataure (not really blind...the scent strip smelled great....the bottle not so much)
"Ca sent les pieds!"
Actually not a blind BUY but a blind SWAP....
Hands down, Habit Rouge, or as I affectionately refer to it, Nausea Bottled. BLECH! I know a lot of people love this...but I find it to be the most sickly sweet, cloying concoction ever. *Rancid baby oil! Yuck!
And now, after that glowing review...I have a full bottle up for swap! hehe
Truly though, my days of blind buying are over....one look at my swap list should give you a clear idea of how expensive that can be.
~ Azzaro Chrome
~ Iceberg Fluid Man :P
~ Bulgari Pour Homme
~ Chanel Platinum Égoïste
Incanto PH is one. I loved the sample but the bottle turned out to be different. Those inscense/pepper notes were weak and the overall scent didn't last too long.
Diptyque Virgilio.. too herbaceous for me. :-/
Tie between Salvador Dali pH & Caron puH
"Whereof one cannot speak, one must remain silent thereof." --Wittgenstein
Costume National - Scent Intense
Santa Maria Novella - Nostalgia
Dolce and Gabbana Pour Homme
Herrera for Men
Demeter Dirt.....gone in fifteen seconds
Energy flows where attention goes.
"There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite."
I read the title wrong, and thought it said "Blind guys you have most regretted..." and I had to blink at the screen a couple of times.
I smelt Gucci Envy when I tested it and it smelt woody.My question is how long does gucci last and is it overpowering.I enjoy overpowering fragrances as it shows that you are in control.Can you help me with that?I would really appreciate your help.
I guess I kind of regret buying RL Romance. It wasn't a blind buy per se, but I bought it with only testing it briefly from a scent strip. Don't get me wrong, I think the scent is decent and I don't mind it, but paying full retail price, I probably could have got something better with my money. I probably could have gotten a scent that I love or think highly of instead of a mediocre, decent scent.
hey moreyete, welcome to basenotes! It'll probably be best to make this question into a new thread. I got some responses to your question, but I'll wait for the new thread.Originally Posted by moreyete
Marc Jacobs-Still undecided. But it seems to synthetic
Vetiver Guerlain,Gucci Nobile,Abercrombie and Fitch Woods are my bad buys thus far...On the upside,I sold every one for more than I paid.
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My worst blind buy was the new version of Joop. I think its called Spring Fever or something. It has a palm tree on the box. It was a watered down, pathetic version of the original Joop. I threw it away the same day i got it.....i won it off ebay.
Body Kouros smells horribleOriginally Posted by Red Rose
M7 Fresh on the other hand is a scent that grows on you, give it some time, really I felt the same the first time I tested it. But it keeps me coming back, really a nice, well balanced and interesting scent.
Santos De Caritier - smelled very synthetic to me.
Drakkar Noir for the same reason.