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    What are the brands or fragrances which cover up the lack of quality of the fragrance with smart smooth marketing campaigns?, because I only want to buy quality and in the past I have been fooled at times buying the likes of Prada.
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    The only real way to avoid being fooled is sniffing before buying. Other than that, Boss and Calvin Klein seem to care a lot more about product image than about juice quality.

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    Boss and Calvin Klein make genuine quality fragrances their is an evident difference with some of the other commercial brands and these two brands I actually like the Boss for men and Calvin Klein obsession night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gammergq View Post
    Boss and Calvin Klein make genuine quality fragrances their is an evident difference with some of the other commercial brands
    what is that difference? Tell us what you mean by "quality", that term can be defined in many ways. I assume that Prada's fragrances didn't meet your expectations, so do let us know what your criteria are.

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    Well, the CK IN2U marketing campaign was very cheesy. The juice itself is to my nose the usual sour fruit salad fresh stuff that seems to be the successor to aquatic fragrances.
    I didn't really mean to imply that anything by both companies must be bad. They are just disappointing very very often, the last case in point being Boss Selection.

    We're not just talking about bad scents here, it's about BIG BIG marketing (you know, big posters in the windows, big cardboard stands full of XYZs latest product) going along with products that are mediocre at best. So it may be that I'm not reading the right magazines, but I haven't yet come across marketing for Prada Amber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gammergq View Post
    Boss and Calvin Klein make genuine quality fragrances their is an evident difference with some of the other commercial brands and these two brands I actually like the Boss for men and Calvin Klein obsession night.
    That's a perfect example of why you will not get a satisying answer to your question, except by trying stuff yourself. As Marcello said, you have to define "quality" - it is definitely not the same as simply liking or not liking. Most people with a knowledge of fragrances would agree that Boss, as a line, lacks quality in terms of ingredients, composition, innovation. That does not mean you can't like it, of course. The question is: what are you looking for in a fragrance?

    Some houses that are commonly available, but offer very high quality, i.e. well-crafted,diverse, or innovative fragrances are:
    Chanel
    Dior
    Guerlain
    Hermes

    Again, that doesn't mean you'll like them. Trust your nose and read a lot of reviews here on basenotes is my suggestion.
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    Okay quality for me is scent which stands the test of time one in 4 months down the line has the same appeal as it did when you first came across it thats quality a fragrance which is timeless and unique not something which is a flash in the pan.

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    I second The Good Life's thoughts and suggestions. As well as the brands The Good Life mentioned, maybe you'd be interested in some of the more niche 'classic' brands like Creed, Caron, Annick Goutal, Acqua de Parma, Serge Lutens, Frederic Malle Editions des Parfums...

    My very best suggestion to start you off exploring would be to go to Les Scenteurs (http://www.lessenteurs.com) and browse through their stock, order yourself half a dozen that appeal to you and try them out without the expense of buying a whole bottle. They only sell good stuff - no tricksy brands that pay a fortune for publicity; in fact, you probably won't have heard of many of them.

    And as well as giving you piles of reviews and descriptions of fragrances, the directory here at Basenotes lists the year a fragrance was introduced, so if you want to ensure you choose fragrances that have stood the test of time, you can.

    I hope you find something that you love and can't live without.
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    Try the fragrances out for a day and see the effect it has.
    Last edited by The London Lothario; 22nd September 2007 at 08:15 AM.

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    Avoid "Anus Anus"....or is it "Anais Anais"? Anyways avoid them both.

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    You may be as I am--not able to find a meaningful relationship with most mainstream scents; favoring instead many of the products from niche houses (like those mentioned by Wordbird) and European classics, which have already stood the test of time. Start by testing the scents among these two groups based on reviews and your note preferences. Pay little attention to hype and advertising--they relate to nothing meaningful. (Said the gal who's spent her entire career in advertising.)
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    of the more mainstream labels...i tend to look up to:
    YSL, Chanel, Hermes, Dior, Guerlain

    Event hey have their duds tho... Dior Higher Energy anyone?
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    Lol!

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