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    Default Hall Of Shame: Most Embarrasing Fragrance Moments

    This is just a silly thread for sharing horrible, shameful moments in fragrance history. Most of my stories take place on a subway.

    #1: I was taking the A train to work, and it stalled. That train is always crowded, but it was running slow that morning, so it was literally crammed with people, standing next to each other, jammed too close to each other to move. I was wearing a leather coat and Omnia. The heat and the bodies and the perfume started to react, as they do, and after about 15 minutes the elderly lady next to me said, to no one in particular, "I can't believe I got to be standing next to these people with their STINKY STANK!!!!"

    So, yeah, I swapped away the Omnia.

    #2: I wore Jicky on the first really hot day of the spring, and took a ride up to Inwood to go to the Cloisters. The car was, for some reason, not air conditioned. I started to get drifts of something really unpleasant - the smell of a human body that hasn't showered for a few months and has, really, no concept of toilet paper. I turned to my companion and said "it smells like a dirty hobo in here." And, at this point, I brushed my hair away from my face and figured out where the smell was coming from. And so I learned that Jicky should not be worn in un-air-conditioned subway cars. Or, really, un-air-conditioned anywhere.


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    Oh, how funny djuna!
    I was considering buying some Jicky earlier today...but that top-note of ass just keeps me from ordering.

    My shameful tale:
    When I was in high school (loooong time ago ) I was a HUGE fan of Tea Rose by Perfumers Workshop. I guess I was oblivious to my own sillage because the stupid boys who had lockers on the sides of me started to call me "Funeral Parlor". Ugh...boys are SO dumb .

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    Last summer my boss hired a minivan and crammed 8 of us employees and our partners into it for a 5 hour ride to a town called Horsens, to see the Madonna show.

    It had been a long hot day and I had been moving furniture up to the 4th floor (no elevator) so i asked my wife to bring with her from home a deo stick and some frag sample so i can freshen up on the way to the gig.
    We sat in the back of the minibus and i applied the (rollon) deo, and spritzed two squirts of Angel Schlesser Pour Homme. Moments later, my colleagues were coughing violently and opening the car windows. NO ONE SPOKE A WORD! They just reacted in this very dramatic way for about 90 seconds, and then continued as if nothing happened! I was mortified!
    Bloody weird Danes!
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    This thread is hilarious!! I can feel your pain guys. Fortunately, I haven't really bumped into any embarrassing fragrance moments so far, but I have had times when I wondered whether my sillage was bothering people. Mostly when, like mentioned in this thread, you're standing in a very crowded place with nowhere to go.
    "Perfume is the dream that carries me."

    There is always the sky to look at

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    I was wearing Private Collection - Estee Lauder in a taxi one day, many years before. I was clean and fresh and not heavily perfumed! The taxi driver was groaning all the time during the drive that something was smelling badly...I cannot believe the perfume was that bad, on the contrary! I think he was doing it on purpose, just to embarrass me. There can be such people...

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    You know, I've always been a bit sad that my 'fumes stay so close to my skin, but after reading this thread perhaps it's a blessing! (Especially today after I accidentally tipped an entire Madam X sample over one arm!)

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    A few weeks ago i applied Nirmala on one wrist and Angel on the other.
    In the staffroom that morning I kept getting whiffs of a very sweet alcoholic
    smell and commented on it twice (along the lines of "surely we aren't having
    sherry trifle for school dinner!") It was only when people kept ignoring me that I realised
    my two scents had morphed into NIRMANGEL and it was too much!

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    Several years ago I purchased a bottle of Obsession and I did not really try it out very well before purchasing. I had it on one day at work and I happened to be taking care of a man who was somewhat confused....while several of my co workers and I were trying to turn him and get him situated in his bed his shouted out *who the hell smells like garlic* to my horror I discovered it was me! Obsession turns to pure garlic on my skin...and have you ever tried to wash Obsession off? I immediately gave that bottle to my sister in law and dammit it smelled fabulous on her!

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    A few months ago, I wore Bois Farine to work, and gave myself that extra spritz...
    As I hugged a dear friend, she pulled away violently and growled, "Peanuts !
    I HATE peanuts ! I'm ALLERGIC to PEANUTS !"

    I had to explain,shamefacedly, that there were no peanuts...
    Needless to say, I don't wear it to work anymore...

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    Thanks for the "Silly Thread" Djuna (did you take your nom d' Boards from the authoress?) What a fun idea!

    Long time ago I embarked on a mini-business venture peddling custom made women's clothes from samples sent by the manufacturer. The samples were then models' size 10 (which goes to show you how long ago it was) and so was I, so naturally I wore the samples. The samples were shipped by us sellers to each other on a rotation determined by our Manager.

    After they left me, the Manager wrote us all a stern letter complaining about the "cheap perfume" impregnating some of the samples.

    It was Charlie!!!!

    I changed frags and went into another business.
    "The world is ruled by letting things take their course. It cannot be ruled by interfering." Lao Tze

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    A couple of months ago, I spritzed on some of Rance's Josephine when I was in a shop. Its top notes are lovely. Unfortunately, its middle and bottom turned into something that was, frankly, foul on me...and I had to get the tube in rush hour and then a very crowded train to get back home.

    People on the underground were pulling faces while I, mortified, pretended it was someone else. On the train, once we'd stopped at enough stations for some seats to free up, the man next to me positively sprinted to the end of the carriage and sat there instead. My husband picked me up at the station, went to give me a kiss, backed off and said 'What the *hell* is that? You've not bought it, have you?'

    About ten years ago, I was wearing Gap Grass (which I still have a secret, trashy love affair with) in my university's computer lab. (This was a place full of late adolescents who smell like bacon - fragrance was a necessity.) The department cleaner walked past me, said 'Pewwwwwww!' and then announced to the room that I smelled like his toilet cleaner.

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    Oooh I love Grass too. Toilet cleaner? Noooo! How dare he!
    (Keep on with the funny stories, you're brightening up my dull work day!)

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    Just yesterday on the train to London: I was sitting there in what I considefed to be a delightful Shocking cloud. Loving the gorgeous honey-ness of it. Then a lady sat down next to me. She spent the entire journey with a tissue practically crammed up her nose, and about every 30 seconds she stuck a nasal spray up one or other nostril and had a squirt. I was convinced it was me, but maybe she just had hay fever or something...
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    but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
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    The year was 2005 and I had that wonderful bottle of Hermes Faubourg, 24 perfume. While new it opened without a problem, but then I kinda forgot about it (for approximately the whole year) and the stopper was stuck. In my numerous attempts to open it, I was desperate as nothing seemed to work. I decided to use my own teeth: the result was that I bit off the neck and ended up with my mouth full of precious liquid. To this day I would not wear this fragrance, even if it comes in a spray bottle!
    *** In the first line I made a typo "The tear was ..." How very appropriate!

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    i don't have any to share, but these are so so so funny. keep em' coming!
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    Some time ago I met my mother in law at a fancy event in Philadelphia -- she had taken the train down from New York. She was flustered and a bit bedraggled...and as we were walking into the hotel she said, "You don't have any perfume with you, do you?" So of course I reached into my evening bag and pulled out a spray vial. She promptly spritzed it right over her armpits and said, "I hope this gets rid of my body odor smell!"

    Umm, the fragrance was Kingdom. She didn't exactly get rid of her problem!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kariekirk View Post
    She promptly spritzed it right over her armpits and said, "I hope this gets rid of my body odor smell!"

    Umm, the fragrance was Kingdom. She didn't exactly get rid of her problem!
    Too funny!! I can't even imagine the smell!

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    Last year, wearing Prada bodylotion and EdP at a meeting of gardening-people, me representing one special type of flower. We where going to work together with people representing other interests... The meeting went very well. But when I came home from the meeting, my DH told me I smelled horrible! - I had put on too much of Prada... - I almost died when I realised how the others at the meeting must have smelled me...

    I do love Prada, but I am careful with it from this very moment....
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    Last Friday...

    I woke up with some heavy congestion and decided it would be best to try to chase it away with some aromatherapy. I put on some Rosemary Mint body lotion to help open up the air waves. I also applied cocoa butter to my belly (pregnant), and one small spritz of Kenzo Amour to each wrist. I popped a cough drop, and as I walked into work, my colleague asked, "Are you wearing Ben Gay?" in a disgusted tone. I said, "Uh... no... cough drop" wishing it really was the cough drop!
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    Will cave in on him by and by.

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    This one happens more often than I like to think about. I've been decanting the night before and then in the morning, head off to the post office before I get my shower in. (yes, my family is used to me smelling all weird).

    Now, when I'm decanting, I often retry things or spritz them on to see how they layer with something else, or sometimes I just have the overwhelming urge to spritz one because I haven't worn it in a while. So I smell like Heinz 57 perfume or the inside of my sample box, essentially.

    While I like that smell, when I head off to the post office when it first opens, usually I can just do a drop-off in the drop bins, but sometimes I have to go inside and stand in line. It's always in those moments that I remember that I reek of sample box. I mean, it's not one thing, sometimes it's 15. When the people ahead of me in line and the people behind me give me plenty of space, I'm so mortified, but I am NOT getting out of line.

    What funniest is that this isn't just a one-time thing. I always seem to forget. It's like early morning before shower runs to the grocery store, etc., just fall into my senility area when it comes to how perfume reeky I am
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    Dropped an entire bottle of Azzaro on the floor (it fell from my locker, in junior high school) and the entire half of my school smelled like Azzaro for about a week. And everyone kept telling all of my classmates that it was me...

    To this day, I cannot smell Azzaro without a slight feeling of shame coming over me. Talk about fragrance trauma.
    Currently wearing: Epice Marine by Hermès

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    Ack! I once did that with one of those huge bottles of soy sauce. The kitchen stank for months...

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    I did that once with a bottle of Hungarian plum eau de vie (szilva palinka, or slivovitz,as it is more commonly known). My landlord was not pleased. It stinks up the joint just opening the bottle.
    On the perfume note, I used to wear tea rose oil in college, until someone said it smelled like the preying mantis she used to keep in a jar when she was a kid. Since then I've shied away from pure rose scents.

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    Man, this thread is hilarious!

    One day I woke up craving a big powerful floral. It was unusually hot that day and I had to take a bus which is one of the worst way to commute, especially when temperatures are high.
    A woman getting of the bus gave me this LOOK and said: "I really wish someone would ban those horrible florals that people wear!"

    I wore Giorgio.
    “I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”-Anais Nin

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    Default Re: Hall Of Shame: Most Embarrasing Fragrance Moments

    Quote Originally Posted by vezerne View Post
    On the perfume note, I used to wear tea rose oil in college, until someone said it smelled like the preying mantis she used to keep in a jar when she was a kid. Since then I've shied away from pure rose scents.
    Rose oil smells like preying mantis'? Perhaps praying mantis' smell like rose?

    Now that's an idea for a new line by Comme de Garcons. They could call it 'Series 8: Insects'

    Preying Mantis
    Black Widow Spider
    Locust
    Field Moth
    Ladybug

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    Many years before, I spilt half a bottle of my mothers perfume on my hands ( I don't remember which, but it was really heavy!). I washed them, of course, many times, but... I had to go to my english lesson, just after this, and I was aware that the whole classroom could smell it...
    I was terrified, because our teacher was famous for her anger outbursts. But since I was a quiet, shy girl, she could not imagine I was the guilty! She asked though twice a ( more naughty ) girl sitting behind me, if she was going to date Mr. Dracula later. The girl could not understand, but no one mentioned the perfume...

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    Oh boy...I remembered how in junior high school I not only wore PRIMO (the imposter for God-Awful Giorgio) very generously I might add but I had the matching PRIMO hairspray. This was back when the BIGGER THE HAIR the better! I went through a can of hairspray every other day .
    Sweet Lord... I must've been one reeking 8th grader How shameful!!

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    When I was doing the second round of my degree exams, I wore Blv Notte (I took J'adore for the first round - nice, smooth, sensually fruity fragrance on me, stayed close to the skin and helped me relax on the seat of torture. But I was in need of something louder for the second round or what.). In the morning, I went there with my best friend and we entered an elevator. The door closed and a few seconds after that she clasped her nose and said:
    "Do you smell that stench? It smells like chlorine. Must be reeking from the toilets in the ground floor, eeeew."
    I didn't smell anything, so I nodded absently, yes, horrible, of course.
    We made the exams, I went home, happy as a flea, and spritzed a good new load of Blv Notte - and then it hit me
    (I didn't put it away.)

    A friend once told me about her friend's colleague, who was selling those cheap fake scents. "If you like Miss Dior Chérie, you will like our fragrance n. 14" etc. To prove that those "fragrances" are just like the originals, only in plain bottles, she was also wearing them. The other colleagues were telling her it didn't smell like the originals, in fact, it did smell pretty bad, but she thought they just envy her. One cold April morning she took a fake Kenzo Jungle Elephant, but the day changed into a very hot one and in the afternoon, she ended up in a stuffy bus full of people. It looked like there's no more room, but after some time, she was standing alone in the middle of an empty circle, the people trying to get as far from her as they could. That finally made her get rid of the fake stuff and stop promoting it

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    Djuna,
    Great idea! In any thread, the more anecdotes the better! My Delightful Shocking Cloud story, less funny than the others...

    Inspired by folks here, I started wearing scents to bed. My wife, though not sharing my eclectic tastes, is tolerant of and sometimes enjoys my scents. One evening I had a new sample of Zino, which I quite liked. I applied it, and we went to bed, turning the light off.

    Suddenly my wife started crying. In a state of panic, wondering if she was having a heart attack or something, I turned the light on and frantically asked what was the matter. Finally she managed to speak, and said that it gave her a flashback to her ex. Boy, did I feel like a jerk.

    From then on, I've eliminated the scents to bed routine! Oh, and I've crossed Zino off my list forever!

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    great thread i cannot think of one for me but when i do i will post

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