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    Has anyone noticed that with certain colognes, in the final hours as the remnants of the basenotes are starting to fade away, that they start to smell ugly and "broken"?

    I know it's a bit abstract, but I can't think of a better way to describe it. It's like the basenote is still there, but it's breaking apart. It smells kind of like synthetic chemicals. It's rather unpleasant.

    The ones that I notice that do this are Cool Water Deep, Xeryus Rouge, and Opium. I think Pi also does this, but I'm not sure. I'll find out in a few hours as I'm wearing it now. Actually Joop which is awful on me, smells like that almost from the getgo.

    Zino doesn't do this, neither does M7, nor Concentré/Eau d'Orange Verte, Cool Water Summer Fizz or Drakaar. I forget if regular Cool Water does, but I don't think so.

    If anyone is familliar with this phenomenon, what is the cause of it?
    Currently wearing: Black Aoud by Montale

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    I get the reverse. I think when you first put something on it can seem a bit chaotic. But after a few minutes of drying down, it smells good from then on.

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    I agree with GJC, but for me this phenomenon is much more common with later releases. Nice, eyecatching opening and then - blaah.


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    I definately get this with some scents... but I have a hard time telling sometimes whether it's the scent's fault or it happens due to my actions, say if I sweat intensely or something. I can't think of all the scents that do this, but I think that Yang does sometimes, as well as Santal by Floris. There are others too. None of them get "bad", they just leave a really subtle "off" smell after they've more or less died out.

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    Some of them certainly do it on me once the basenotes have faded away. Herrera for Men, Dunhill Edition and Van Cleff and Arpels pour Homme for instances.

    I have always blamed for this the use of bad quality synthetic fixatives.
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    Rochas man comes apart in a very ugly way on my skin after about two hours...


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    Neroli Sauvage (which I have a love-hate relationship with) is so unpredicable on me, that I'm scared to wear it to work. It can turn into something distastrously eggy and sulphurous, but only does that sometimes.
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    So just to follow up, Pi does *not* breakdown into a gross mess. Today I wore Opium which despite starting a thread about how gross it was, I've started to like. However, after about an hour, all the spicy and sweet pleasant notes are gone, and a single gross rank smell is left.
    Currently wearing: Black Aoud by Montale

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