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    Default Perfumes that just smell awful on you!

    I've tried a couple of perfumes today and they both smelt absolutely rancid on me!

    Rumba Balenciaga - I bought this second hand from ebay cheap just to try it out and seriously wish I hadn't. I don't know if the perfume had gone off or something but It was so offensive on me I had to wash it off after a few minutes! It smelt like a bonfire would after it had gone out- smoke and ash! It was so pungent It knocked me sick. Is this what this perfume is meant to smell like? Or do you think its gone off? Anyone is welcome to this perfume if they want it as there is no way I'm keeping this one.

    I also tried Christian Dior Dolce Vita when I was out shopping earlier. It was horrible on me - I thought it smelt like a cross between faeces and body odour. My dh said he thought he could smell curry powder in it too! It really did not work with my skin chemistry at all. I couldn't wait to get home so I could wash it off! lol I really wanted to like this one too - I thought the description of it sounded lovely!

    I thought it would be interesting to find out which perfumes you've tried that smell awful on you?

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    The worst on me.....

    Calvin Klein Obsession=Garlic

    Ava Luxe Shisa=Urine

    Other than these two I have had decent luck with most fragrances.
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    Serge Lutens Chergui just turns into a leathery mess on my skin, but it's so amazing on a test strip...

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    Lutens A la Nuit is one I won't wear again!
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    Fracas Piguet. Just plain bad on me.

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    Donna Karan - black-golden swan - old ashtray

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    Default Re: Perfumes that just smell awful on you!

    Also I was hoping that Black Cashmere and Youth Dew Amber Nude would work for me, but I don't know where the people that said those were unisex scents got that idea... At least on me, they smell unquestionably feminine...

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    Anything floral, sadly, just turns to a sharp banshee wail on my skin. The only florals I can handle are Samsara, Jasmine de Nuit, and a few osmanthus scents. I can't even wear the lovely Rosines. Another that turns up the volume on my skin is Angel, even a tiny dab goes nuclear on me. So I have a mini I can sniff now and then.

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    Anything with oakmoss in it turns into a total scrubber on me. Cabochard is truly disgusting on my skin, as are Guerlain's Parure and Rochas Femme. Even Mitsouko is not nice, though I have learned not to scrub it off and bear with it. It's still not nice on me though and I'd never consider buying a bottle.

    The oakmoss also rules out some mens' frags that I thought I"d like but end up with me smelling like a 1950s barbershop.

    And thanks to a different but equally infuriating reaction, Angel turns into Thomas Magnum's 1970s hairy chest covered in cheap aftershave on me. So does Musk Ravageur. Very sad.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Gucci edp gave me a little rash. Boo!
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    Wordbird, I feel bad for you on the oakmoss issue! How frustrating! I think oakmoss is a complete chemistry thing. Oakmosses smell disgusting to me in the bottle, but on my skin they're lovely.

    Florals, on the other hand, smell beautiful in the bottle and on other people, but smell like funeral homes on my skin. I LOVE Joy in the bottle and on other people, and I keep trying to wear it but it never works. L'Air du Temps is another one. It's so classic and refined on my friends, but on me? It's a tacky carnation bouquet from the grocery store---and when I say "tacky" I mean it! Like "carnation bouquets they dye green for St. Patrick's Day"-tacky!
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    It's a bummer when you want to try vintage scents to see what they're like - but on the other hand it does hold me back from blind-buying vintage frags and wasting a lot of money. I know I have to sample things first and make up a list of those I would like to own.
    Mind you, it doesn't work with modern frags since they have so little oakmoss in them and I have quite a few 'meh' bottles in my collection thanks to impulsive blind buys.
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    In the bottle Youth Dew Amber Nude was very nice...on my skin it was the smell of extremely foul breath

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    I'm struggling with the 'on you' part of this thread. Perfumes either smell great, or they smell awful and I won't wear them. I haven't experienced them changing and smelling awful on me. They smell different on me to how they smell on my daughter, but they're generally just different shades of 'great' or 'awful'...so I always put it down to the perfume, rather than my own skin. So to say something smells bad 'on me' doesn't make sense. I either like the perfume, or I don't.

    So I might as well just post a list of fragrances I love and fragrances I would never wear. Or point people to my wardrobe.

    It's annoying though, because I want to play.
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    -Samsara turned into a sweet,cloying,cheap smell on me...Gave my mini to my mother in law.
    - Midnight poison simply was AWFUL! Like a weird mixure of Dali Laguna and Angel...and I happen to like Angel...A real scrubber on me!
    -Dior Addict smelled like a vanilla chewing gum from my childhood on me...Love it on others,though.

    Ok...I guess non of the above is even close to as bad as Chanel no 19 edp was on me yesterday! I've dabbed it on before,and it smelled gorgeous of dry iris...But not anymore...yesterday even my b.f commented on the scent.Said it smelled like sour socks or milk gone bad!! OUCH... Really thought it would work on me....But guess not...
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    Serge Lutens' Ambre Sultan. It reminds me of some kind of medicine, or ointment... not nice at all!

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    I cannot really complain too much,
    but there have been a few that just
    did not work.

    Caron Narcisse Noir = just wrong, all wrong (on me)
    Yves Rocher Néonatura Cocoon = pine car-freshener
    Autumn treasures: Magnetism, Midnight Orchid, Tea for Two,
    Aimez-Moi, Chinatown, Dzongkha, Five O'Clock Au Gingembre,
    Cittá di Kyoto, Jasmin de Nuit, Jasmin Full, Kelly Calèche, Venezia,
    Douce Amère, Eau de Charlotte, Falling In Love, Chergui, Prada,
    Rose Alexandrie, Hypnôse, Omnia, Flowerbomb, Poivre Piquant,
    Cuir Beluga, 7:15am in Bali, Lolita Lempicka, Fumerie Turque,
    Datura Noir, Songes, Gaultier², L'Ombre Fauve, Kors, My Couture,
    Ligea "La Sirena", Red Aoud, Rose Absolu, Cèdre, Milk, No. 23

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clemmie View Post
    I'm struggling with the 'on you' part of this thread. Perfumes either smell great, or they smell awful and I won't wear them. I haven't experienced them changing and smelling awful on me. They smell different on me to how they smell on my daughter, but they're generally just different shades of 'great' or 'awful'...so I always put it down to the perfume, rather than my own skin. So to say something smells bad 'on me' doesn't make sense. I either like the perfume, or I don't.

    So I might as well just post a list of fragrances I love and fragrances I would never wear. Or point people to my wardrobe.

    It's annoying though, because I want to play.
    I just mean which ones smell offensive on you really. Not ones you've tried and thought it was nothing interesting so have not purchased. I mean the ones you tried which repulsed you. I have tried on some perfumes my mum and sister wears (which I really wanted to like), and although they smell great on them - they smell completely different on me and not in a good way. I put it down to the perfume not mixing with my skin chemistry well.

    The Dolce Vita I tried on yesterday smelt lovely in the bottle - but it was complete mess on my skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limboleo View Post
    I just mean which ones smell offensive on you really. Not ones you've tried and thought it was nothing interesting so have not purchased. I mean the ones you tried which repulsed you. I have tried on some perfumes my mum and sister wears (which I really wanted to like), and although they smell great on them - they smell completely different on me and not in a good way. I put it down to the perfume not mixing with my skin chemistry well.

    The Dolce Vita I tried on yesterday smelt lovely in the bottle - but it was complete mess on my skin.
    Oh, I understand what you mean...but perfumes don't 'turn' on me. They either smell great right out of the bottle, and on my skin, or they don't. For now, t's easy for me to select perfumes based on the smell out of the bottle - although I do still try them out on my skin for the dry-down, and to check for longevity and sillage (my two important tick factors!). I suppose the dry-down could be where we would say a perfume might 'turn', but generally I don't get that...what I get is that they just fade away, and then I get annoyed and either put on some more or change to something with more staying power.
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    I'm the same - nothing turns, it's either right or it's so very wrong.

    Well I'd always had problems with the aldehydes in Chanel scents, but I thought Cuir de Russie might work as I love leathers. Unfortunately it smells like ass on me.

    Aromatics Elixir smells amazing on a lot of people, but turns to soap on me. Same with Youth Dew.

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    So very disappointed by Champs Elysees. I had tried it several times but only ever on the cards and really liked it. I finally bought it today for a BARGAIN price, and sprayed it on for my evening. I'm quite sure it's genuine, but after a short time on my skin it just seems to smell really.... sour and just not nice. It also has NO lasting power (even when I sprayed some in my hair)! I'm going to try it again tomorrow. I'm hoping that it'll be different if sprayed onto clean, fresh from the shower skin. Perhaps my sweat from the day had a bad effect on it. Here's hoping.

    If not, this might be one for ebay.

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    Try body lotion first. That will help with longevity.

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    Bandit is just awful on me. Smells like burning tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clemmie View Post
    Oh, I understand what you mean...but perfumes don't 'turn' on me. They either smell great right out of the bottle, and on my skin, or they don't. For now, t's easy for me to select perfumes based on the smell out of the bottle - although I do still try them out on my skin for the dry-down, and to check for longevity and sillage (my two important tick factors!). I suppose the dry-down could be where we would say a perfume might 'turn', but generally I don't get that...what I get is that they just fade away, and then I get annoyed and either put on some more or change to something with more staying power.
    You lucky thing! I wish they wouldn't turn on me. I get so dissapointed especially when its a scent I really want to love!

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    Sadly - Michael Storer's Stephanie and Genvieve. I can tell they are beautifully made, but there is a note he uses in his base that goes so utterly wrong on me I have to race to the shower. Yvette seems to be missing that note, because it's my favorite from his line.

    His men's scents (Monk and Il Giardano) are livable, if still a little weird on me. Haven't tried Djin yet.

    Makes me mad because they seem to work so well on everyone else.
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    Well, here are a few that have been dreadfully wrong on me:

    Angel - smells divine on a friend so I really wanted to like it but it was cloyingly nauseating on me.
    Fracas - Ugghhhhh.....
    Amarige - funny I used to wear it 5-7 years ago, recently bought it again and could not stand the scent on me, smelled like old lady and I could not wait to wash it off.

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    Default Re: Perfumes that just smell awful on you!

    You know, I used to think Angel stunk on me, but I got a sample and still try it every once in a while, and I think it was the patchouli/chocolate combo that took me aback at first. I'm starting to dig it; in fact on me the "acrid" note that I thought I didn't like (but now do) fades and leaves me smelling like
    Obsession. I'm not wearing Obsession nowadays because of past bad associations.
    Anyhow, the only scent I've tried that really stunk on me was Pheromone. That REALLY must be off with my skin chemistry, because apparently others like it quite a bit.

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    Unfortunately I'm learning that as much as I may want it to, I can't get Fleurs de Bulgarie to work on me. It ends up smelling like wilted roses and stale whiskey - the hubby agreed wholeheartedly.
    I haven't given up on the fight even though I may be losing the battle.

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    Amez Moi - Caron - Musty old clothing
    Nu - YSL - Pepper overdose
    First - Van Cleef - rotting flowers in mouldy water

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    Just remembered a wierd one: Dzongkha smells exactly like whisky on me. Not unpleasant, in fact, very realistic. Even included the oak barrels. Absolutely nothing like it's supposed to smell though. (And I know it was a good bottle because it was a very reputable shop I tried it in.)
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    I tried Vol de Nuit not long ago and got burning plastic...dunno how that happened. I can wear Mitsouko and Jicky no problem.

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