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    Default Clive Christian perfumes

    I tried two of these absurdly expensive perfumes yesterday. Clive Christian 1872 and X for men.

    They smell nice though the whole thing looks a bit like a marketing trick.

    What are your opinions on the Clive Christian scents?

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    Great quality fragrances but extortionately priced. A lot of people are unhappy that Clive abandoned the traditional & prestigious Crown perfumery fragrances at the expense of marketing his over-hyped fragrances, he also has the exclusive rights for the use of the crown stopper (argh!)...
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    I sampled both 1872 and X for men. While they were pleasant enough, I personally didn't think they were worth the steep price tag. What puzzled me especially was the fact that 1872 didn't last any longer than 3 hours on me. For an expensive fragrance, I would expect to get a lot of mileage out of it. Amouage is another fragrance house that fits this category IMO. Nice scents, but I wouldn't pay the high price.

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    Default Does anyone like Clive Christian???

    Im just wondering if anybody had love for any fragrances this house has to offer?

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    Nope...not for those prices. They're okay, but nothing to jump up and down about imo.
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    I enjoy them quite a bit.
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    They are "nice", but certainly not worth the price IMO. To me they are designer-level fragrances being sold at ultra-niche prices.
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    I've sampled them in store and they weren't bad - strong fougere-ish masculines if I recall correctly. Quite frankly the price is so aburdly overinflated I don't give them much thought. Keep in mind I will spend those prices on a bottle, but I better be getting something damn special for my money. It seems obvious that the prices are set deliberately high to aim for the market of people who want to say they bought the most expensive bottle at Saks....

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    Expensive ho-hum but perfectly fine smelling colognes for those super-rich people who feel the need to pay more for something.

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    Though I think I'll never buy any of them comfortably, from generous samples I've found Nr 1. for Men an extremely nice scent, especially the drydown.
    As to the price: in my eyes it has nothing to do with the scent itself on the shelf. Several times I wrote my point: I buy so few bottles that when I buy now and then the price is not really a factor.
    Yea, and 1872 for women, again especially the very drydown, is working very well on my skin.

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    Absolutley. I am wearing Clive No. 1 today. This is a beautiful elegant house. To say these scents smell like average scents on the market is not true. 1872 is an amazing citrus scent that lasts forever, X is an amazing cardamom and Iris scent that is spiked with pepper and is exotic and No. 1 is an amazingly flowery, smooth, citrus ambery scent. Nothing smells like it on the market and it does smell expensive.

    Price should not be used as a reason to not like the house. Yes he did take over Crown perfumery and close it down and a lot of people are angry about that but that does not take away from the fact that this is an amazing house.

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    Default Re: Does anyone like Clive Christian???

    I enjoy Clive Christian. "X" for Men is terrific, though the sillage could be better. It's my favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cairomerta View Post
    Price should not be used as a reason to not like the house. Yes he did take over Crown perfumery and close it down and a lot of people are angry about that but that does not take away from the fact that this is an amazing house.
    I agree and disagree about the price issue. Yes, cost has nothing to do with whether or not the fragrances are any good. I like to read reviews that don't reference cost. However when it comes to purchasing and ownership cost is very relevant. I have bottles that cost more then CC bottles, but there is something about them that commands that cost i.e. age, rarity, historical significance, etc. What about Clive Christian scents are so different that they command those prices? I'm not talking about the diamond capped bottle that costs $2100, but the 'regular' bottles. One can walk into any Saks or Neimans and buy a bottle, so they aren't rare. They don't use uber-exotic materials to my knowledge..... so why are bottles so expensive?

    If you like them all the power to you, but I absolutely think price-gouging is a reason not to like the house.

    Contrast CC with MDCI, who readily tells consumers that you are paying for handmade crystal bottles with the high cost and offers refill bottles for much less (though still not cheap).
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    Default Re: Does anyone like Clive Christian???

    Quote Originally Posted by shermanirving View Post
    I agree and disagree about the price issue. Yes, cost has nothing to do with whether or not the fragrances are any good. I like to read reviews that don't reference cost. However when it comes to purchasing and ownership cost is very relevant. I have bottles that cost more then CC bottles, but there is something about them that commands that cost i.e. age, rarity, historical significance, etc. What about Clive Christian scents are so different that they command those prices? I'm not talking about the diamond capped bottle that costs $2100, but the 'regular' bottles. One can walk into any Saks or Neimans and buy a bottle, so they aren't rare. They don't use uber-exotic materials to my knowledge..... so why are bottles so expensive?

    If you like them all the power to you, but I absolutely think price-gouging is a reason not to like the house.

    Contrast CC with MDCI, who readily tells consumers that you are paying for handmade crystal bottles with the high cost and offers refill bottles for much less (though still not cheap).
    Exactly.

    I don't like houses that charge $300+ for a $50 smell.
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    Default Re: Does anyone like Clive Christian???

    Ha, never had the chance to try something from them. Even a sample costs 20 €. Someday I'll buy Clive Christian and shut it down.

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    Default Re: Does anyone like Clive Christian???

    I got some samples from Les Senteurs or somewhere, they were free. It was a little cotton pad in foil that is good to wipe on one time.I wasn't impressed. They smelled ok but not for the insane prices. I think the hype is what it's all about. I would rather have a creed or a Bond, They are about the same quality, if not better, IMO. Now that I think of it, the One I recall best, maybe #1, was a light verbena scent. It reminded me of Heeley Verbena that I already have. Light, somewhat floral/fresh. Nice but not $2000 worth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    They smelled ok but not for the insane prices. I think the hype is what it's all about.
    I sniffed some from CC line on paper, don't remember which ones. Since I knew there's no way i'd be paying these prices, I did not make an effort to test further.

    I agree with kumquat -- there are so many wonderful scents, even at niche prices, than I'd rather pass on this example of "perfume snobbery."
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    Yes, but not all of them.
    X for Men: cardamom, cardamom, cardamom!!! I cannot emphasize enough the love that I have for this scent. I even save it for special occasions. In reality it's a chypre, full of resinous, dry oakmoss from top to bottom. I find Ormonde Man similiar but inferior to it.
    X for Women: Gucci Rush. However, I did not know this before splurging on a 100ml bottle! But it lasts a whole lot more than Rush and is slightly more creamier. Gorgeous.
    1872 for Men: a weird citrus. Starts off like a citrus chypre, zesty and resinous. Then transforms into X for Women!!!!!! Literally! Stunning.
    1872 for Women: I share Turin's hatred on this one. It's pleasant and all. But it's just that: pleasant and nothing more. A boring citrus floral that could easily be mistaken as a masculine.
    No. 1 for Men: My cousin worships this stuff! But it's similiar to X for Men but less resinous, less cardamom, and less interesting. Not bad but definetly not worth it's price tag.
    No. 1 for Women: A boring carnation floral similiar to the current Bellodgia. Yawwwn.

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    Default Re: Does anyone like Clive Christian???

    I like them.
    I especially like going into a shop that carries them and having them spray some on my arm.
    I walk out thinking
    "Hey, that's three bucks worth I have on my arm, and I'm going to enjoy sniffing it the rest of the day"

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    No. I haven't liked anything they produce.
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    Exactly.

    I don't like houses that charge $300+ for a $50 smell.
    Eactly. I posted too soon. This about sums it up!
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    I love and have Clive Christian No. 1 regardless of the price. I only wish that it was available in 100ml.

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    I can't afford a sample.

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    Better yet it cost too much to look at from the internet.

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    Default Re: Does anyone like Clive Christian???

    Yes! I like the three Clive Christian for Men fragrances very much.
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    I bought 3 of his masculine scents at the Perfume House in Portland, Or. They are 10 ml and come in beautiful, heavy bottles with brass caps.

    I really like all 3, especially #1, but my only disappointment was their longetivity and projection. For being "parfums" they seem (to me) kind of weak.

    About the prices, if you visit CC's website he talks at length abut the rarity of the materials and how much work goes into harvesting them...I'm not knowledgable enough regarding the notes to make a judgement, but these colognes do indeed smell classy and elegant.

    Is the "most expensive perfume in the world" justified? For me, not enough to buy full bottles, but for a bit over $200 I do like having the sampler package.

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    After reading this post I checked my bank account and realized I had blown my mortgage payment... but it was a good post and worth reading again after I sell some plasma
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    I like X for Men. I can try it any time at the two counters carrying the range and I took advantage of that last winter on a few different evenings. Will come back to it when it cools down and if I still feel the same way and have a bit of a windfall or something I may spring for it for Xmas. I find the X for Women quite an interesting 'dressed up' scent for a woman but the others don't really grab me. Both seem to last a long time from just one spray. (I wore the Men but took Women away on paper).

    PS I asked the SA how CC actually sells and she said 3 or 4 pieces a week (times two outlets = half a dozen or so units pw) so it clearly has it's fans even if we don't see them here on basenotes.
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    I tested all of them about a year ago. I remember liking #1 and X but they did not move me enough to purchase any of them. Then again my tastes have changed so it would be interesting to re-test but now thinking about it its probably best to stay away from this house. All I need is to fall for another uber-lux scent.

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    Default Re: Does anyone like Clive Christian???

    All the stuff about expensive ingredients, don't a lot of companies say the same? The prices aren't anywhere near CC's. Creeds, Profumum, Mazzolari, Montale, SMN, Parfum. Gen., there are dozens of quality frags that are priced in the inner stratus-sphere, not in 2nd mortgage territory. I think it's insanity to give them your $ for a fancy bottle and a snob appeal campaign.
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