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  1. #31

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    Rochas Lui here, too - just lemon and (cheap smelling) wood.

    Czech & Speake No. 88. I so much wanted to love it, but all I got was a very artificial smelling room spray. Or a heavily scented candle you got as a gift and force yourself to light so that it will finally be gone.

    Caron Yatagan, nasty to my nose. I wanted to make this legend mine but no chance.

    Christian LaCroix Tumulte, even nastier. This has got to be the worst smell I've yet to encounter among fragrances. Love the bottle, though.

    Azzaro Visit. Has a similar effect on me as Tumulte (they strike me as having a similar bitter, off-putting note) but not quite as offensive.
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    Gucci II? I have to say I respectfully disagree. I wore this yesterday and my reaction was more like "man, I smell good!" All day long I kept catching whiffs of it and liked it more and more. I wore 5 sprays, and I believe it would really take about 8 to project any.

    But in terms of my personal enjoyment, it's a big winner. My wife really dug it as well when she buried her face in my neck. She liked it better than the AOS Sandalwood I got in the mail yesterday. I also like it better than the Richard James Savile Row I'm wearing today. Aw heck, I like it better than a lot of my other scents.

    To each his own...

    Disappointments? Creed MI (too weak on me), Allure (chemistry issues), Cool Water (same).

  3. #33

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    These didn't work for me and I hoped they would

    C&S No. 88
    Noir Epices
    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Musc Ravageur
    Fumerie Turque

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    The entire Les Nez line.
    C&S #88.
    Himalaya.
    Rive Gauche.
    Burberry Weekend, Summer, London.

    No thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock_With_Scents View Post
    These didn't work for me and I hoped they would

    C&S No. 88
    Noir Epices
    Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Musc Ravageur
    Fumerie Turque
    How sad!
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    Quote Originally Posted by knightowl View Post
    Wow...Chergui keeps coming up. Now i'm not so much in a hurry to try it...
    I think Chergui suffers from unfulfillable expectations. It's so universally praised that it's almost doomed to disappoint. Same with Bois du Portugal for me.
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    7. Amouage Gold Man---I should have known, I believe the review which begins with 'honeyed cat pee' pretty much nailed it.
    Yep, that would be me. Something I never want to smell again.
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  6. #36

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    Guerlain Vetiver - everyone raved...I just plain don't like it
    No. 88 - overbearing, old fashioned...just didn't do it for me
    Rose D'Homme - powdery...where did the "homme" influence go?
    Antaeus - was looking for the perfect leather...not as good as the female counterparts
    Montale - everything...the whole line

  7. #37

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebear View Post
    Czech & Speake No. 88. I so much wanted to love it, but all I got was a very artificial smelling room spray. Or a heavily scented candle you got as a gift and force yourself to light so that it will finally be gone.
    How could I have overlooked that over-hyped English 'classic'. Meh...
    Last edited by Trebor; 2nd October 2007 at 07:49 PM.

  8. #38

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    1.Creed Indiana (Turned out to be a woman's scent)
    2.Higher by Dior
    3.A-Men by Mugler
    4.Farhenhiet by Dior (Hopefully that's how you spell it)
    5.Phat Pharm

    That's my list.
    Zerby

  9. #39

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    Quote Originally Posted by foetidus View Post
    Only five?




    Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta

    Wow this really surprises me...never smelled it but i've read so much praise about it.
    Are you not entertained??? Is this not why you are here??

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    Dzing!
    Anything by Kenneth Cole (except maybe RSVP)
    Sung Paradise for Men
    Allure Homme Sport
    JOOP! What About Adam?
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  11. #41

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    Quote Originally Posted by knightowl View Post
    Wow this really surprises me...never smelled it but i've read so much praise about it.
    I agree with the Asoluta...I almost always love JCE's scents, but this one missed the mark for me.

  12. #42

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    Burberry Weekend: Bought it based on reviews and was completely dissapointed.
    Tova for Men: Bingo night at the country club.
    Jazz: Nice opening but something brutal happens along the way.
    Joop Homme: Not what I expected at all.

    Disagree that "Chanel Allure Homme Sport brings nothing new to the table."
    Correct me if I'm wrong but this, like Aqua di Gio, was new to the table when it came out- starting other bland and generic concoctions centerred around it. I still think its amongst the top in the sporty category.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laroche View Post
    Tova for Men: Bingo night at the country club.
    Jazz: Nice opening but something brutal happens along the way.
    Joop Homme: Not what I expected at all.
    On Tova, I dunno, as I have never smelled it -- but your comment about it sure is a riot!

    On Jazz: Me too. I like it on others, but it makes me nauseated somewhere, somehow. Some note in it makes me physically unsettled. Live Jazz is hardly better -- it's like the same note is there, only covered with a thin veneer of mint.

    On Joop!: I've never heard it put that diplomatically. Usually, Basenoters either talk about burned cotton candy and benzene puke, or something along those lines when describing this pink concoction.

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  14. #44

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    Guerlain L'Instant Pour Homme EDP - oh this is just hiddious like linseed oil rubbed all over the skin. *bleck*

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    No, no, NO! BLASPHEMY!!! I call for a fatwa!

    Seriously, this is some good, good stuff. I love L'Instant edp. Glad you don't like it, though, Scentimus -- leaves more of this rare stuff for me.

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    Yatagan bathroom tile cleaner
    C&S 88 bug spray
    Lanvin pour homme air wick
    Hammam Bouquet Hercule Poirot's twice-used bath oil
    CdeGarcons 2 WW I trench warfare gas
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    Terre D'Hermes for me. Bought it blind and it turns extremely bitter when I wear it. I think it's my chemistry. Sad thing is that I really wanted to like it. All I get is very bitter citrus. I think I was expecting a Roma or a Minotaure type of scent. I love those two.
    Last edited by Jixjax; 5th October 2007 at 02:14 AM.

  18. #48

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    M7-the only one I've ever bought that I couldn't stand
    Lolita Lempicka-don't care for licorice
    A*Men-not so much a disappointment as I just can't figure out the proper venue to wear it-bizarre

  19. #49

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    I dont wanna list frags that I simply dont like... these are scents I GENUINELY couldnt wait to smell when I'd heard theyd been released.

    CAVALLI MAN: I had expected so much more than this soapy dud.
    ANTIDOTE by V&R : I had hoped for the sky, and was given a dusty floor *coff*
    LIGHT BLUE D&G : Say no more. Its KFC hand-wipes for all of 10 mins, then its "hasta la vista" baby!

  20. #50

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    1. Dzing
    2. Boss scents in general
    3. Kenneth Cole scents in general
    4. The Ferregamo scents
    5. The last 2 JP Gaultier scents (Fleur de Male and JPG 2).
    Gary

  21. #51

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jixjax View Post
    Terre D'Hermes for me. Bought it blind and it turns extremely bitter when I wear it. I think it's my chemistry. Sad thing is that I really wanted to like it. All I get is very bitter citrus. I think I was expecting a Roma or a Minotaure type of scent. I love those two.
    No no... that's the BEAUTY OF IT
    Anyway, my biggest disappointment is not because it's BAD but because it wasn't as "weird" as everyone says, in my opinion... and it is... CdG 2...

    It smells rather pink floral to me. I am very open minded as well and this does not seem in the least unisex... I was a mouse click away from buying it blind but decided, thankfully, to get a sample first.
    Last edited by nthny; 6th October 2007 at 06:15 AM.

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    The Arpels variation of bandit edt rank beyond belief even the G/F didn't want it , i tried and tried again but this will never taint my body again.

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    VCA Pour Homme--so wanted this to be the one. It has a great following, great comments in the directory but just doesn't do it for me. Tsar is similarly disappointing.... maybe it is just not the right house for me.
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  24. #54

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    I forgot one on my list (or, more properly, this should be #6 on my list): Scent Intense by Costume National.
    I was expecting dark and brooding, not sweet jasmine that lingers forever. I thought I was getting Goth, but instead I got girly.
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    Salvatore Ferragamo Subtil and Incanto
    Ralph Lauren Black, Polo Blue
    Givenchy Blue Label

    But I am much more disappointed by the companies discontinuing Nemo, Coriolan, Helmut Lang, DG By, BMan, Yohji and a bunch of others. Secondly I am disappointed when I discover that they reformulated the wonderful originals like Obsession or Ungaro III.

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    Lagerfeld Classic
    Burberry Brit
    Paco Rabanne pour Homme
    Arabie
    I Coloniali Aromatic Fragrance of Guajaco Wood
    M7
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    Actually I think is my truest and biggest disappointment is when I purchased a 90% full bottle of Relax from a seller on E-Bay. The seller had many sales and had very positive feedback. It came quickly but the quality according to comparisons to minis I have was sub par. It had not completely turned bad but bad enough so I could not wear it. There was no return policy. The seller might not have even have known it wasn't very fresh. Out of the bottle Relax smells strange anyway......I didn't care about the money, I only lost($60.00), I just wanted to have a nice supply of Relax. I tossed it after about three tests. I'm willing to spend more for a good bottle but I'm afraid of screwing myself again on E-Bay. If I was to buy a NIB bottle, and it wasn't of a fine quality, with a seller that has a guarantee, is it returnable even after is has been open and tested? Minis for now. Damn. I do contact Davidoff Zino from time to time in E-mail asking them to bring it back to the states. I know my efforts are fruitless but I find a little comfort in my One man cruisade.
    Last edited by Jixjax; 10th October 2007 at 11:31 PM.

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    1) Egoiste. Medicine and booze mixed together for the top notes on a pencil-shaving base. Not for me.
    2) Dzing! I got a sample, thinking that it would be the magic scent that many Basenoters talk about... but I got something boring to my nose.
    3) Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Pour Homme. New from Procter & Gamble: a fragrance where the notes on the pyramid don't even match the juice! Where's the grapefruit, incense, and oakmoss that I was promised? Instead, I got another Acqua di Gio clone!
    4) Very Irresistible Givenchy For Men. Given my love of gourmands, I thought I'd love this. Not so. Wet dog, anyone?
    5) Gucci Pour Homme II. Yummy top notes, but a crap generic base. Another disappointment from P&G.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MFfan310 View Post
    1) Egoiste. Medicine and booze mixed together for the top notes on a pencil-shaving base.
    As I could buy a 5 ml bottle at a local shop I gave it another chance -about the 10th- and tried it at Douglas. Just my words.

  30. #60

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    Jean-Paul Guerlain's later scents - Mahora, Champs Elysees, many of the Aqua Allegorias.
    M7 - a very poor take on the oud note
    Dior Homme and Aprege Pour Homme - the same disgustingly sweet drydown on both
    Prada Pour Homme - not for this homme! Reminds me of my grandmother's handlotion
    A Men - this chocolate/praline/vanilla mixture started the whole nauseatingly sweet trend

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