As a result of popular opinion here, I bought YSL Body Kouros and M7 Fresh.
Both have been very dissapointing.
Note to self: buying a fragrance blind is the epitome of stupidity. Don't do it again.
We have nearly all done it though haven't we?
Just curious...In what way exactly you did find Body Kouros disapointing? I mean, what were your expectations?
WAY too many to list! My MOST regrettable though was probably Clive Christian 1872. Blinds can be fun if you don't spent too much. But over $200 for a frag I wound up swapping for something of much less value was just plain stupid.
many more I just can't remember at the moment, the latest blind buy was Gier, and i am having my doubts as I just don't see whats so special about it, unlike the Creeds which smell amazing, Geir just smells like the average airy sweet fragrance.
In order of most regrettable:
1. Néroli Sauvage - Creed
2. Silver Light - Escada
3. One Man Show - Jacques Bogart (AWFUL!)
4. Animale Parfums - Animale for Men
Opium pour homme.
I don't hate it, but I must say that it is the least liked in my wardrobe. I find it more cloying than Givenchy Pi. However it does have its good days (during winter, obviously.)
Lacoste Essential... no comment. >
Allure Sport, was not SO bad, but I expected something lighter, since it's "sport", but I found it even heavier than the original Allure(which I love).
M7. After all the praise this scent gets I was very disappointed.
I have never bought completly blind, however I have bought after first try. *Its almost as stupid because fragrances can be tricky at first. *There have been some fragrances which I detested on the first run only to later become the love of my life. *In the same regards I have bought a fragrance after the first try which I loved only to hate it within a week.
I now try to do a test run of at least a week.
Anyhow, I loved Bvlugari the first time but became disapointed in the first week....$90 for nothing!
I've had pretty good luck - I guess the blind buy gods have been gentle with me. That said, I do have a few that just aren't my style, or I can't find proper occasions to wear.
Iquitos: too much rose, I thought I would like it, and it is good, but not really my style and don't know when I would wear it
Navegar: the reviews rave about it and say it's chameleonic; on me, it's always the same - cedar chest with spice packet
Navagateur: again, due to reviews, which rave over this one; for me it's a bit too "perfumey," sort of like Eau des Iles, which is just not my style
Xeryus: saw it at TJ Maxx and figured I'd take a shot; like a weaker waterier, less interesting version of Antaeus or Eucris; smells thin and cheap to me
Still, overall, my blind buys have been worth it: Rocabar, Vetyver Oriental, Bois d'Argent, L'Anarchiste, and L'Eau du Caporal have all been solid for me.
I am suprised that you didn't like those two. I find them very nice. I'm wearing M7 Fresh right now in fact... I guess it is not for all of us...
There are just a few decants but no bottles. Noting major at all. I'm pretty satisfied. I like to really try a fragrance before I try it now a days so there really is nothing I fully regret. I bought Xeryus Rouge blind and I don't wear it much anymore because of some really plasticy fake quality in it. I guess that would be it...
EnvYuS My Wardrobe
My only real blind buy (which I haven't tried at all) is YSL Rive Gauche. But it seems that it is hard to find a tester of this to try in stores anyways, so I took a risk. My bottle arrived this past Wed., but I'm still at school so I'll have to wait on trying it. The anticipation is growing.....
Vetiver de Puig
In rotation: Greenbriar (new), Silver Mountain Water, Dunhill for Men (1934), Acqua di Parma Colonia, Habit Rouge EDC, Ho Hang, B*Men, Agua Brava
1. Bel Ami (Hermes)
2. Contradiction (CK)
L'eau Par Kenzo, horrible s#!t I must say IMO. After reading all of those good reviews for it, I really was expecting something special. > It actually smells good in the bottle, than on my skin.
Clinique Happy, Lacoste Original, and Opium Poour Homme.
While Happy would be nice in summer days, it just doesn't last.
As refreshing as Lacoste Original is, the smell becomes nauseating.
As for Opium, there are days that I'd reach for it, but there are days that I wish I had never made the purchase.
beware the duds
some members here would gladly sell you a skunk.
I bought "Perry Ellis" blindly because I rarely see it. Fortunately, it was on sale. I have not tried it again since I bought it a month ago. It's a bit to spicey for the spring/summer months.
"A great perfume is a work of art, it can lift our days, haunt our nights and create the milestones of our memories. Fragrance is liquid emotion. And that never goes out of fashion. " MICHAEL EDWARDS
Even L'Instant? :'(everything guerlain
Peace ~ Markymark
or vetiver? :'(
wardrobe @ http://www.basenotes.net/wardrobe/2418
I just found it to be very simple, linear (boring?) scent and it just doesn't last on me. I was completely underwhelmed by it. M7 Fresh likewise. Oh well, you win some you lose some.Originally Posted by Pigeon Murderer
In terms of expectations, the scent that you buy blind could meet 100% of those expectations so that prima facie you have bought successfully. However, if the frag does not last then IMO it does not qualify as a successful purchase. Dzing! is a case in point. You simply cannot legislate for how a fragrance will react to your skin chemistry, unless you have tested it beforehand and you cannot extract an accurate consensus from this site in respect of something as personal as a frag, without reference to a dummy run.
Oh, that' easy. Go to my wardrobe, click on *" owned " and you'll *find 57 frags. * :-[
With the exception of the 4-5 star frags: *Cristobal, *Art of Shaving Sandalwood, Cacharel, *212h20, Quasar, John Varvatos, Joseph Abdoud, Miracle Homme, Versace L'Homme, Francesco Smalto and OR Black *that leaves 47 disappointments.
Is Eau Savage the worst because it's a great scent (on others) but smells like I spilled basil tea on me? * Or are Quorum and Bandit worse because they truly suck and yet, *to add insult to injury, * enjoy a fanatical following here?
Or Givenchy Gentleman, *Mont Blanc Individuel or Duc the Vervins because I really liked them at first but *then grew very, very weary?
I don't know. *But I am sure that the cumulative effect of the 2-3 star mediocrities and the one star stinkeroos *have been both an aesthetic and financial drag.
Too wounded to say :'(
I have bought a few fragrances blind, although usually after doing my homework on Basenotes.
The only two I have not grown to love are Cristobal and Allure. I thhink the problem is the sandalwood in the drydown.
I thoroughly enjoy buying blind! I havn't bought very many yet, but have not been dissappointed by any of those I have bought. Even if it is not love at first sniff, the fact that I have built up high expectaitions on the scent - and paid a lot of money - makes me try much harder to see the qualities of the scent, much harder than when I am smelling something in a shop.
Of course, decants could be a better, more economical way, but then I won't get the bottle... Gah!
Bandit EdP. Not at all the leather I thought it would be. I'm thinking of either swapping for the EdT or just simply buy it, but since I don't really appreciate the EdP I can't really see how different the EdT would be. Different, but still in the same vein?
CdG Shiso. I don't really mind this buy that much, but I don't think I will ever use it. The reason I still don't regret the purchase that much considering I'm not planning on using it is simple. CdG is my favorite perfume house and I could really see myself collecting their entire line.
Not that I dislike them as much as I prefer to wear others
I'm hoping that once some times passes, and I go back to these I'll have a new appreciation for them.
None for me yet, but my fragrance fund is woefully low right now :'( I guess I can include near blind buys, eh?
I bought Burberry Brit and loved it, though only tested it only once. I still love the scent but I've found it makes me feel sick if my body tempature rises at all. Probably worse near buy would have been True Star for men. Yes, I admit it, I almost bought because it's just an easy, unobtrusive scent.
*ducks the tar and feather mob*
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I've probably made 20 to 30 blind buys and I don't regret one of them. I was out to try things out, and online purchases come very cheap as a rule.
There were several that I turned out to dislike, but I easily used them in trades thanks to the swap board here and I had the sincere satisfaction that at least I now knew for myself how good/bad I thought certain scents were.
I discovered that I didn't like LV's Piper Nigrum by a blind purchase, but the greatest stinker came when I bought Jacomo's Paradox PH blind. Luca Turin has raved about Jacomo's Paradox, both the men's and women's versions, and I had to figure out what he meant.
Mr. Turin and I don't share tastes regarding Paradox.
That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me.
I bought it based on the positive reviews, but .. It didnt' settle well on my skin, there was some spicy note in it that was very annoying, once I went to sleep, it still poked me right in the nose, and I woke up twice, and finally went, washed it off. I then returned it the next day.