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    Are there any scents in your collection that you regret buying after a while?

    For me, such fragrances are Arpege Pour Homme and Dunhil Desire.

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    Depends what you by 'after a while' . For me, i recently 'blind bought' Acca Kappa Cedro. After the initial application i though ..'hmm not bad at all'.....half an hour later....'don't think i like this'......after an hour all i could think of was 'pencils'......consequently, i started to feel nauseus so i went straight to the bathroom,used my habit rouge soap and had a good scrub. So yes, i have myself regretted many times purchasing fragrances i think i may like.

    Acca Kappa-Cedro ( the opposite is their white moss..what a fantastic fragrance!)
    Dunhill Edition
    Floris-Elite ( This is a box set i bought...includes EDT,shower gel and shampoo)
    Thinking about giving this away.
    Penhaligons-Douro
    ....and numerous others i can't remember at the moment.

    This xmas i've practically spent a small fortune on scents....namely acqua di parma colonia, EDT,talc,soap etc ( awesome classic scent!)

    My very recent purchase is Habit rouge cologne....

    Hope you find that detailed enough

    ED

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exquisite_Darkness
    Depends what you by 'after a while' . For me, i recently 'blind bought' Acca Kappa Cedro. After the initial application i though ..'hmm not bad at all'.....half an hour later....'don't think i like this'......after an hour all i could think of was 'pencils'......consequently, i started to feel nauseus so i went straight to the bathroom,used my habit rouge soap and had a good scrub. So yes, i have myself regretted many times purchasing fragrances i think i may like.

    Acca Kappa-Cedro ( the opposite is their white moss..what a fantastic fragrance!)
    Dunhill Edition
    Floris-Elite ( This is a box set i bought...includes EDT,shower gel and shampoo)
    Thinking about giving this away.
    Penhaligons-Douro
    ....and numerous others i can't remember at the moment.

    This xmas i've practically spent a small fortune on scents....namely acqua di parma colonia, EDT,talc,soap etc ( awesome classic scent!)

    My very recent purchase is Habit rouge cologne....

    Hope you find that detailed enough

    ED
    By 'after a while' I mean when the impression has already settled, can I say it like that, right?

    By the way, I'm thinking about buying Habit Rouge just now! We don't have neither cologne nor EDP versions here though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeablow
    By 'after a while' I mean when the impression has already settled, can I say it like that, right?
    You can say it anyway you like mate Sometimes it takes time to dislike a fragrance,it does with me occasionally.

    By the way, I'm thinking about buying Habit Rouge just now! We don't have neither cologne nor EDP versions here though.
    You'll have the EDT though,yes?
    Great classic scent. I'm not normally a fan of vanilla,but i like it in this composition

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exquisite_Darkness
    You can say it anyway you like mate Sometimes it takes time to dislike a fragrance,it does with me occasionally.
    Well, for me it only happens that I start admiring the scent after several attempts, not visa-versa I think...



    Quote Originally Posted by Exquisite_Darkness
    You'll have the EDT though,yes?
    Great classic scent. I'm not normally a fan of vanilla,but i like it in this composition

    Yes, we have EDT here.
    I think it's a classy scent, but I guess I need to give it a try a few times in case it might be to difficult to wear.

    PS: why are you hiding your wardrobe btw?
    PSS: I wonder why noone yet noticed I've got sweet avatar?..
    Last edited by deeablow; 18th January 2007 at 12:15 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeablow
    PS: why are you hiding your wardrobe btw?
    Because i don't have a wardrobe, and i can't be bothered to do one.

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    I did like Chaleur D'animale for awhile til I had wore it outside, what weak sillage and strength. The same goes for L'eau Par Kenzo.
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    My 'headache' fragrances:

    Drakkar Noir
    Eternity Summer
    D&G Masculine

    I'm just a few posts from 500. I'll be putting those up for sale once I cross that line.

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    Yes. They include Eau Sauvage, YSL Homme, Eau Orange Vert, L'Eau Par Kenzo, Versace Metal Jeans and Yohji.

    This happens when I haven't paid a heavily discounted price and after a while - about two hours - I realise I can either no longer smell them, or can just barely pick up a hint of them.
    Renato

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renato
    Yes. They include Eau Sauvage, YSL Homme, Eau Orange Vert, L'Eau Par Kenzo, Versace Metal Jeans and Yohji.

    This happens when I haven't paid a heavily discounted price and after a while - about two hours - I realise I can either no longer smell them, or can just barely pick up a hint of them.
    Renato
    I guess the 'I can either no longer smell them' point mostly applies to Eau D'Orange Verte?

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    I regret having bought:

    1. Joop! (difficult to wear)
    2. X-Centric (nice but there is one strange note I don't like)
    3. Reaction (love the top note while the base note turns sour or too sweet I'm not sure)
    4. CK BE (I compare it to Mugler Cologne and the green juice won)
    5. Lanvin Oxegene (I don't know what made me buy it. I've never worn it)

    These are all for now.
    Current Top 5

    1. Creed Aventus
    2. A*Men Pure Malt
    3. L'instant Extreme
    4. Nasomatto Duro
    5. CDG - Kyoto

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    Geir
    Azzaro Visit
    Rive Gauche
    Givenchy PI
    D&G PH
    Issey Miyake


    I believe all of these to be a waste of money, however I would purchase every single one of them again. My problem is I have the large bottle of each of these frags and with most of them (and my skin chemisty) 1 spray will last 12+ hours and sometimes even THAT is overkill. Point in case, woke up 5:30 in morning, did maybe 1/4th spray of Azzaro Visit on ma chest knowing its potency. 6:30pm comes and I arrive home from work, walk in the door, give the wife a kiss and she says "Gosh honey, need to go a little lighter on the cologne". Needless to say I was in shock.

    If I could do it again I'd buy decants of all of these because with a large rotation no way I'll ever use an entire bottle of any of these. Ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawkins
    Geir
    Azzaro Visit
    Rive Gauche
    Givenchy PI
    D&G PH
    Issey Miyake


    I believe all of these to be a waste of money, however I would purchase every single one of them again. My problem is I have the large bottle of each of these frags and with most of them (and my skin chemisty) 1 spray will last 12+ hours and sometimes even THAT is overkill. Point in case, woke up 5:30 in morning, did maybe 1/4th spray of Azzaro Visit on ma chest knowing its potency. 6:30pm comes and I arrive home from work, walk in the door, give the wife a kiss and she says "Gosh honey, need to go a little lighter on the cologne". Needless to say I was in shock.

    If I could do it again I'd buy decants of all of these because with a large rotation no way I'll ever use an entire bottle of any of these. Ever.

    Hahahahhaha
    Your skin must be somehow special...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KiatBkk
    I regret having bought:


    5. Lanvin Oxegene (I don't know what made me buy it. I've never worn it)
    Try wearing it - you may be surprised. I was. It was so much better in the wearing than in the testing (I only got it because it was so cheap).
    Renato

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeablow
    I guess the 'I can either no longer smell them' point mostly applies to Eau D'Orange Verte?
    Eau D'Orange Verte is indeed the worst of them - good for maybe half an hour tops.

    To my way of thinking, if a designer scent doesn't last much longer than sprays from cans of underarm deodorant like Brut or Old Spice - well - what's the point of them?
    Renato

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    Dolce & Gabbana PH...bought it blind. It's obviously very popular, but it just doesn't do it for me.

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    Salvatore Ferragamo Pour Homme:grapefruit plus grapefruit plus grapefruit and nothing else.I cannot detect spices,or fig or anything else.Rather formal too,so not very versatile...
    It's never too late to mend.

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    Tabac Man (M&W) : i didn't even hate it that much, i felt pity for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renato
    To my way of thinking, if a designer scent doesn't last much longer than sprays from cans of underarm deodorant like Brut or Old Spice - well - what's the point of them?
    Renato
    Yeap, it does make sense.

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    Nope, no regrets! EXCEPT that I've bought so damn many wonderful scents that it takes months just to rotate through the collection!

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    the small prada man...i wish i had gotten the biggest size with the funky spray
    wishlist:
    Chanel - Cuire de Ruissie and Eau de Cologne
    Penhaligons - Quercus, Castille, and Raquets
    Dior -Eau Noire, Dior Homme Cologne, Dior Homme Intense, and Dior Sweet Sun
    Frédéric Malle - Angelique sous la pluie and Eau d'Hiver
    L'Artisan - l'eau de l'artisan and bois farine
    Hermès - Elixir des Merveilles, Jardin sur Nil, and Hermessence Confret.


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    All the bottles I bought on eBay that did not arrive. That was definitely a waste of money!
    decant sales:
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    Gentleman by Yardley-- too strong, too weird, almost embarrasing.

    The Yardley got me to "swear off" blind purchases. Loved the Yardley brilliantine, but hated the cologne.
    Currently wearing: Benedictus by Excelsis

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    John Varvatos hate it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe_Frances
    Gentleman by Yardley-- too strong, too weird, almost embarrasing.

    The Yardley got me to "swear off" blind purchases. Loved the Yardley brilliantine, but hated the cologne.
    Now that I think of it, I had Gentlemen too, and gave it away.
    Yardley English Blazer I kept - a good Drakkar Noir substitute.
    Renato

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    Quote Originally Posted by squirrelmilk
    the small prada man...i wish i had gotten the biggest size with the funky spray
    Had me going for a second there...loving that scent. I have to say Tommy Bahama. It really is not a bad scent...really it isn't! But it just isn't my type and so it sits there. Sometimes, I would wake up and think it is gone and it has found a better home. Nope! Still there...

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    Easily a third of my wardrobe I wouldn't purchase again, knowing what I
    know now about my tastes in scents. Still, I might have enjoyed decants
    of most of them, but unfortunately I now have fairly full bottles of 25
    scents I almost never wear. Decants are the way to go. Sample a
    scent through multiple, proper, full-day wearings and then decide which
    ones you really like. My wardrobe would be easily half its size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeablow
    ....For me, such fragrances are Arpege Pour Homme and Dunhil Desire.


    Dunhill Desire. Amen. Loved Dunhill but Desire was a little too sweet on the drydown. Received lots of positive comments though. Another fragrance that bored me after a few months of wearing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeablow
    I guess the 'I can either no longer smell them' point mostly applies to Eau D'Orange Verte?
    The biggest regrets were Gaultier2 and the original Yohji. But Baldessarini and Opium PH ended up practically unused, too.

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    I'm glad to see that Dolce & Gabbana PH is quite mentioned here. Seems to be a sweet/fresh and "modern" thing, but not my taste.

    Others would be:

    Opium PH (smells like strong feminine perfume)
    Eau Sauvage (no longevity, can barely detect it)
    Obsession (not unpleasant, but seems generic)
    Jazz (smelled great on a friend, but not the same effect on me)
    212 (just light fruity stuff)

    I always tend to believe it's due to my body chemistry. On me, no matter how complex the concoction is, there's always some dominant note that takes a time to detect.

    One should try a scent at least two/three times before buying, but unfortunately that's not always possible.

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