Halston z-14 let me down big time.
Its Putrid. After reading the reviews I bought it blind. cant stand the stuff.
I was slightly disappointed by Habir Rouge. ITs gorgeous but not as good as i was anticipating
keepin' it musky
1. Creed Himalaya.
2. Dior Homme.
3. Body Kouros.
4. Guerlain Vetiver.
5. Ungaro III.
1 Mitsouko, it might be as brilliant as people say it is but because of associations it didn't do it for me
2 Antimatiere, can't smell it
3 Douce Amere, cant smell it
4 Creed, years of reading basenotes and never being able to sample creed or buy it lead me to have huge expectations of many of the male creed offerings. I found the most loved to be rather weak, I expected real men scent tm and I found many to be fairly unisex I guess. There are a few brilliant gems in this house that definitly met my expectations but they were ones I never read about before. Makes you think right
But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
1. Other than Bois Du Portugal and Virgin Island Water, there's not a single Creed out there that I would spend that kind of money on. They're universally weak in longevity and sillage and many of the later offerings for men smell so similar and unisex that there's no point in getting more than one of them. Many of the smell-alikes last longer, smell just as good and cost a fraction of the Creed.
2. Bvlgari pour Homme / " " Extreme: One or the other, they're both the same weak citrus and boiled vegetable odor with no redeemable merits.
3. Amouage's men's line: Oh! I LOOOOOVE smelling like a lady! Montale does oud that smells like a man and I actually want to wear it for half the cost.
4. Tommy Bahama: All of them. Terrible, cheap, cloying nastiness.
5. Any female fragrance that reeks of powder and/or flowers. Wow, I haven't smelled that a million times since perfumery was invented.
Last edited by PorkFat; 24th May 2009 at 08:56 PM.
1. Dolce and Gabanna Light Blue pour Homme
2. Dolce and Gabanna Light Blue pour Homme
3. Dolce and Gabanna Light Blue pour Homme
4. Dolce and Gabanna Light Blue pour Homme
5. Dolce and Gabanna Light Blue pour Homme
The longevity issues associated with:
Mouchior de Monsieur
Sou le Vent
Vol de Nuit
The only thing worse than this drama is the George W. Bush presidency.
Last edited by Kevin Guyer; 25th May 2009 at 02:54 AM.
Was there some sort of hype machine that got everyone's hopes up, only to bash them on the ground as another aquatic was revealed? What more could you ask of a fragrance called LIGHT BLUE.
I thank the perfume gods that it has no similarity to the female version that smells of crushed up lemon pez and rubbing alcohol. Why anyone would want to smell like that is beyond me, especially a man.
The only thing I can think of is that this was one of the first fragrances I bought as I got into this wonderful scene. I actually bought shortly before discovering this site. So my nose wasn't inundated with "me too" aquatics left and right for years before hand. I wonder if it was one of the first few if it would be so disliked.
Last edited by PorkFat; 24th May 2009 at 10:14 PM.
Okay, here goes:
1.) Dior Homme - It smells good on my wife and she likes it - on her. On me, meh.
2.) Armani Prive Bois de Encens - blecch - this went back. I like incense type frags, but this one was too much.
3.) A*Men - if you like it, good for you. I personally cannot stand it. A scrubber.
4.) Versace Blue Jeans - this one went back, too.
5.) Yatagan - bottled dog urine. Sorry.
Since I've made a complete 180 on Egoiste, here's my new and improved list:
1) Emporio Armani Diamonds for Men: The great note pyramid gave me great expectations, but the hideous scent left me high and dry.
2) Guerlain Homme: They had a chance to do a modern classic for the young crowd, but in the end, I got Eau de Nothing.
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) Creed Virgin Island Water: Banana Boat sunscreen smells exactly the same (if not better) for 1/20th of the price.
5) Very Irresistible Givenchy For Men. Given my love of gourmands, I thought I'd love this. Not so. Wet dog, anyone?
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Also, the pyramid doesn't match up with the notes of the scent. If it did, it would have smelled a lot better than it does.
I'm really going to have to try the femme version at a store. The two decants I got smell nothing alike and neither have any wood what so ever. But I don't have high hopes.
Haters keep on hatin'
Last edited by PorkFat; 25th May 2009 at 01:34 AM.
BTW - I didn't say I hated it. The thread was about disappointments - and Light Blue pour Homme is a MAJOR disappointment to me. IMO, it is too bland and boring to hate - there isn't much of a smell to it.
Last edited by petruccijc; 25th May 2009 at 02:06 AM.
1. Dolce and Gabbana Pour Homme - This made people gag, so I threw it in the trash
2. Azzaro Pure Lavande - This made ME gag, go I threw it in the trash
3. Gucci Pour Homme II - At first I thought this was an acceptable Tea For Two Substitute, but it wasn't, so I threw it in the trash
4. A*Men - I liked this the first time I tried it, and then hated it every other time; I gave it away rather than throwing it in the trash. It's someone else's problem now
5. B*Men - Like Dolce and Gabbana PH, but so much worse, so I heaved that M*****F***** in the trash
6. Azzaro Pour Homme - May have been cool years ago (doubtful) but now it's an embarassment; pawned it off to an unsuspecting lackey
7. Quorum - See above
8. Grey Flannel - Haven't had a chance to heave this monstrosity in the trash yet - will slam dunk this foul failure of a stench soon
9. Banana Republic Black Walnut - the only thing I ever gave away that I miss; gave this away even though it's a perfectly acceptable Chergui substitute at a quarter the price. Disregard this one
10. Anything by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Great marketing, great T-shirts, great attitude; scents that will make you gag until your eyeballs turn red
Gucci by Gucci PH
Jean Patou Voyage
... all purchased blind on the strength of the brand before discovering Basenotes.
1. Millesime Imperial - smelled to me just like Floris Special No. 127, and very close to DR Harris's Arlington.
2. Terre d'Hermes - moldy oranges in a granite coffin.
3. Dzing! - It smells like the elephant pen at the zoo.
4. Encre Noir - I like vetiver fragrances, but this one just doesn't do anything for me.
5. Burberry Brit - did not live up to the hype.
1. D&G Light Blue pour homme - The most boring aquatic scent up to date comes along with a super gly, just like fake bottle.
2. Gucci by Gucci pour homme - The beautiful bottle can't rescue the light, "nothing" scent inside.
3. Guerlain Homme - If this Homme came from Ck, or Hugo, it's totally ok. But unfortunately...
4. YSL l'Homme ( also the Nuit version ) - Along with Guerlain, YSL lost their spirit with "these things" called Homme.
5. Montale Chocolat Greedy - The worst chocolat scent that I've ever tried.
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For me, disappointments are usually because my expectations were too high. These may or may not be the biggest - I've forgotten a lot of them.
Himalaya (I expected the millesimes to be my thing - they weren't)
Bulgari Aqua Marine PH (love the original, hoped for better or different, but got slightly less enjoyable)
DKNY Men (new one - just a bit weak on me, and good stuff fades too quickly)
Habit Rouge (I expected mythical - will come back and try again with realistic expectations)
I Am King (call me fool, but I expected the Didster to at least match Unforgivable)
Lacoste pour Homme (Silver bottle)
Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree: Smells nothing like original, too stuffy. Would rather go for Heritage.
M7 Fresh: Nice try, but too synthetic and not worth the hype
Cool Water: Milestone in perfumery, perhaps, but to me it's a toilet cleaner
Chypre Rouge: I'm a big fan of Lutens/Sheldrake creations, but I can't tolerate this one.
Green Irish Tweed: So what's the big fuss?
Last edited by heythatslife; 26th May 2009 at 05:20 PM.
2. Dilmun: the smell of toillets in an old people nursing home
3. Vetiver Extraordinair; a few days before trying this I bought a cheap vetiver oil to butn on a lamp. My god it had the exact same smell.
4. Vetiver Dance: although there is nothing unattractive to it, for some strange reason it makes me sick
5. Carnal Flower: why is this considered more avant-garde or masculine or anything for that matter than any other tuberose?
At the moment there is only one disappointment, but a very big one.
A fragrance I liked very much, even adored and of which I wrote a very favourable review.
Amor Pour Homme by Cacharel
Now I detest the smell, so cheap and bitter smelling, like a vile body odour.
What was I thinking and smelling?
If only I could edit my review.
It's a ridiculous review in which I make a comparison with Cacharel pour Homme, the 80's classic, claiming Amor is timeless whereas CpH is dated...ahum...recently I revisited Cacharel Pour Homme, bought a bottle and I am amazed how timeless and sophisticated and discrete this one is, unique for its time, you may say the Bulgari Pour Homme of the 80's
Last edited by nout; 26th May 2009 at 06:40 PM.