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    Exclamation Isn't Geir overrated?

    I got a bottle of Geir recently after having read lots of praises about this.
    Honestly speaking its been a huge disappointment.

    I knew it smells very similar to Chanel Allure pour homme and the reason why i bought this was coz of its edp strength. I wanted a long lasting summer frag and i expected to smell this one even at the end of the day.

    Shockingly Geir disappears within 2 hours of application. I have tried wearing it a few times thinking that my assessment could possibly be wrong but each time it has become clearer that this may be sold as 'edp' but is longevity equals that of a 'edc'.

    I know longevity would vary depending on one's skin but this one is just too fleeting. I dont remember reading in any 'Geir' thread any complaints about its longevity.

    All i read were raving reviews and that it was a huge compliment fetcher. Someone will only compliment you if he/she can smell your fragrance and thats only possible if it has fairly decent sillage.
    Not for me though.

    Anyone else also has had similar experience with Geir?

    I really wanted to like this one and may get another bottle from a different source just in case this bottle has turned or something.
    The top notes are quite fresh and lemony. The sprayer produces great mist.

    It surely doesn't look like a fake to me. The only thing that does catch my attention is the poor embossing of GEIR on the bottle.

    Can members here corroborate if the printing on the bottle does look like ink from a fountain pen that would kind of spread outside when it comes in contact with a tissue paper. I mean its just not as CLEAR as its on a CHANEL bottle. I don't think GEIR is duplicated. Is it?

    Any information on this would be appreciated.
    I will try to attach a picture of it here soon.

    gupts

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    gupts,

    I find Geir way way way overrated.

    I, too, got a bottle blind after all the acclaims here and was bitterly disappointed. After the fresh top notes faded, all I got was the sickening sweet florals for some 5 hours.

    To tell you the truth, I could not wear it in summer. Back home (Dunedin, NZ) our summer gets to 20-22 degrees for around 2 hours a day in late February. For the rest of it, 16-19 degrees is pretty much all we get for maximum daily temperature. Just how people wear Geir in warmer summer is simply beyond me.

    Unfortunately I can't help you on the bottle issues you are having. I finished mine long time ago.

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    Default Re: Isn't Geir overrated?

    I have authentic Geir and do not share your opinion. The longevity on me is stellar. 3 sprays in the morning and I am still enjoying its velvety vanillia base in the evening. I can detect it on a shirt a week later.

    The embossing on my bottle is clear as any Chanel bottle. I don't know whether there is an active forgery market for Geir, but all indications I've received from the fragrance lead me to believe that yours may not be the real thing.

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    Default Re: Isn't Geir overrated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Circa1905 View Post
    I have authentic Geir and do not share your opinion. The longevity on me is stellar. 3 sprays in the morning and I am still enjoying its velvety vanillia base in the evening. I can detect it on a shirt a week later.

    The embossing on my bottle is clear as any Chanel bottle. I don't know whether there is an active forgery market for Geir, but all indications I've received from the fragrance lead me to believe that yours may not be the real thing.
    do you spray pulse points or your clothing?

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    I really like the stuff. Two shots to the chest, two shots to the neck, put on my shirt, and all day long I'm feeling the Power of Norway! Now, I can't ask much more than that from any fragrance.

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    Very

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    If it was not for the novelty of Norway, I think nobody would pay much attention to it.

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    I personally find the combination of fresh and sweet vanilla notes annoying but there are a lot of people out there who like it. But in the end does the term "Over rated" or "Under Rated" really matter? What is important is if you like it and how popular a fragrance is should really not matter.
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    Default Re: Isn't Geir overrated?

    There is something I want to say when I wear Geir, and it is "Oh, this one is a beaut! Only 145,000 miles on it, and she still purrs like a tiger!" (Slaps the hood, and one of the wheels falls off) "Oh, and she's a steal at this price!" (Flashy smile).

    For those of you who don't understand, I get a used car salesman vibe from it.
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    I don't like Geir, either. Tried it once at Nordstrom... and hated it.

    On me, Geir has the same big floral note (jasmine?) as Thierry Mugler's Alien (for women), but with a ton of extra sugar and syrup thrown in... which IMO, makes Geir even more feminine than Alien. I don't get the "crisp mountain air" or the "energy" that the marketing stuff talks about... I get Eau de IHOP. (For you non-US Basenoters, IHOP is a big family restaurant chain famous for its pancakes and breakfasts.)

    But, people must like smelling like a Rooty Tooty Fresh n' Fruity, or Geir wouldn't be on the market.
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    Default Re: Isn't Geir overrated?

    Not as overrated as half of Creed's creations.

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    I won't say it's overrated, since everyone's entitled to their opinion, but I do find it to be exceedingly conventional, annoyingly synthetic-floral, and conforming to the same weird notion of "freshness" and "naturalness" as Gendarme, i.e. imitating bad imitations of "nature" such as fabric softener, rather than nature itself.

    And as far as I recall, the "power of Norway" lies in its oil reserves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life View Post
    I won't say it's overrated, since everyone's entitled to their opinion, but I do find it to be exceedingly conventional, annoyingly synthetic-floral, and conforming to the same weird notion of "freshness" and "naturalness" as Gendarme, i.e. imitating bad imitations of "nature" such as fabric softener, rather than nature itself.

    And as far as I recall, the "power of Norway" lies in its oil reserves.
    Very well said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life View Post
    imitating bad imitations of "nature" such as fabric softener, rather than nature itself.
    It almost sounds like you're describing Commes des Garçons' creations. To paraphrase Luca Turin, there is nothing worse than too much good taste.

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    Default Re: Isn't Geir overrated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thrax View Post
    Not as overrated as half of Creed's creations.
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    Default Re: Isn't Geir overrated?

    Quote Originally Posted by matreal View Post
    do you spray pulse points or your clothing?
    A spray to each side of my neck and one on my sternum.

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    heeheehee, he said sternum /\ jkjk

    Anyway, i do agree that although I liked Geir, it doesn't deserve the godly praise that it receives. However, I do have to disagree with you in the longevity issue. It lasts and lasts on me personally with just 2-3 sprays. I like it, just not THAT much.

    I agree with Thrax, Creeds are overrated a lot of the time too.

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    I think ratings are based on personal interpretation. I have to disagree personally with longevity. Geir lasts a long time on me...like all day kinda long. I also think its just sweet enough (or little) for summer wear.

    Do I think its the best ever? Nah. But I don't think its overrated.

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    Whether you think Geir is overrated or not, it's still a pretty good non-citrus frag for warmer weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggles View Post
    It almost sounds like you're describing Commes des Garçons' creations. To paraphrase Luca Turin, there is nothing worse than too much good taste.
    No way, I greatly admire CdG - it's all in the attitude, you see and their approach when imitating imitations is deliberate and clever. And for the record, "Bad Taste" is one of my fave movies, as much as anything by Godard .
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    Default Re: Isn't Geir overrated?

    I've always liked Geir for the fact that I consider it an oriental version of Gendarme, which I also enjoy. Longevity has never been a problem for me. I've never fallen for the "Power of Norway" hype so my admiration of the scent has nothing to do with its marketing.

    I've also noticed that Geir tends to go "off" very easily, so I wouldn't be surprised if many people who complain about it own bottles that aren't fresh. Good bottles smell fresh and light, while bad bottles smell heavy, sugary, and syrupy with a bitter vetiver drydown IMO.
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    geir hasn't made as impression to me. I prefer chanels (Allure , Allure sport) instead of it
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    Default Re: Isn't Geir overrated?

    Its not a bad fragrance, but it was massively (over)hyped when it was first discussed on Basenotes. My review was probably the first which gave it a "neutral" rating, and after that the fragrance has been slammed many a times. At times it smells like a glorified Gendarme. Oh, and 90% of the Creed line blows the doors off the "power of norway".
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    I really thought I liked Geir !?! What was I thinking? Now I find out that the "Power of Norway" is really BIG OIL. And that enjoyable Geir smell is actually Eau de IHOP - a term I usually associate with A*Men.

    I bought this because the first 18 people who reviewed gave it a . In fact, 27 out of 39 people gave it a . How could we have been so wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TricsMan View Post
    I really thought I liked Geir !?! What was I thinking? Now I find out that the "Power of Norway" is really BIG OIL. And that enjoyable Geir smell is actually Eau de IHOP - a term I usually associate with A*Men.

    I bought this because the first 18 people who reviewed gave it a . In fact, 27 out of 39 people gave it a . How could we have been so wrong?
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    I like Geir too, but will admit my experience in these matters is limited. I do know that getting samples of what you think you might like before committing to a full bottle is not only prudent, but inexpensive as long as you are patient.

    I thought, for example, that I would really like the mandarin/gunsmoke/flint of TdH but when I got the sample all I got was hours of burning plastic (think "Ken set Barbie on fire" ). Geir wasn't even on my radar until recently and the sample I got smelled fantastic as I got the fresh/winter/green vibe rather than the sugar/floral/molasses.

    I'm sure my tastes will change over time as I hone in on what scents are best for me. I just don't want to forget that everyone's skin and nose are different and what works for you may not work for me (and vice versa).

    If I've learned anything from BN, it's "Try it out yourself".

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life View Post
    No way, I greatly admire CdG - it's all in the attitude, you see and their approach when imitating imitations is deliberate and clever. And for the record, "Bad Taste" is one of my fave movies, as much as anything by Godard .
    Sorry, I meant my statement to be read as ironic. I agree with you, the CdG's are 'inspired de-construction'. Geir is the poster child for too much good taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _R$_ View Post
    Like?
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    Royal English Leather
    Erolfa
    Millesime Imperial
    Green Irish Tweed
    Himalaya
    Silver Mountain Water

    There are more, but do I need to say more? I mean all of these are good, but are they worth thier cost, or half of the attention that they recieve?

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    I like it quite a bit, so I guess its not overrated!

    Lasts all day and got me a compliment at the mall earlier today.

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    For me, fragrances are like movies - I try to go into the experience with as little information as possible. Too much information tends to cloud my judgment. Geir does not match the hype (unless Norwegian mountain air smells very, very different from the air that I'm used to), but I feel that in this case some amount of hype is warranted - it is an extremely long-lasting (on me at least) sweet floral and garners compliments by the dozen. If you do in fact have a geniune bottle, give it a try in the cold weather (which is almost exclusively when I wear it) and see if your opinion changes. The sweetness of the fragrance does not lend itself well to very warm temperatures IMO.

    The fact that your bottle gives a good spray is actually a little bit discouraging since the genuine article's sprayer is notoriously bad. If you'd like a sample to compare, I'd be more than willing to send one. Then again, maybe it just reacts differently with your skin than others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrax View Post
    Royal English Leather
    Erolfa
    Millesime Imperial
    Green Irish Tweed
    Himalaya
    Silver Mountain Water

    There are more, but do I need to say more? I mean all of these are good, but are they worth thier cost, or half of the attention that they recieve?
    If numerous people did not think so, they would not be one the market or talked about - which is why the concept "overrated," as previously discussed, is rather problematic in the first place. I don't even like Erolfa personally, but it's the best around in its category of maritime acquatic frags from what I can tell. Same goes for MI. REL, which I do adore, is the best sweet leather. Period. I also see GIT miles above comparable compositions. If you hate the house note you're obviously going to have problems with many Creeds, but IMHO they have consistently produced benchmark scents.
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