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    Joop: Nasty burning rubber note. Ick.

    Fahrenheit: Sometimes livable, other times nausea inducing gasoline note rears its head. Ugh.

    Antidote: The drydown on this seems to be different everytime I wear it. Sometimes the slightly bitter note turns even more acrid, and is reminiscent of cat urine. But.. it's not a bad smell.. it's the smell of urine if urine smelled good. Very strange. While I love the smell, I don't know how it smells to others and so that's why I've included it here. I hope it doesn't smell like cat pee to them. Oh well, I love it, so I'll still be wearing it!

    Fleur Du Male: The earthy, dirty orange blossom note just dominates this and it's all I can smell until I've washed it off. After a scrubbing, the scent is quite nice, but prior to that it's all dirt dirt dirt.

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    Interesting, I bought Cristobal Balenciaga and Eau de Dolce Vita off ebay and they were rancid on me, too. So was Oxygene by Lanvin. Maybe we got oldies but moldies.

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    I can't wear anything by Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klien with the exception of Euphoria, most Carons except Aimez Moi, and most of the SL's smelled horrible on me.

    I get so mad when something smells wonderful on someone and smells terrible on me. I be mad for real too lol. My friend got Romance by RL for Xmas one year. It smells sooooo good on her. I ran to the store the next day to try it on and it was just awful. Most RL frags turn on me. I was hoping that this one would be different. Now, I was surprised when Euphoria smelled good on me, because most of the CK stuff turns on me in the worst way.
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    Smells so nice on the card and even on a few people
    I know, but Chanel #5 is pure disgrace on me.

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    Anything with too much tuberose! If I was working as a NASCAR grease monkey - this is what I imagine it must smell like in the pits.
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  6. #36

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    I can't wear Dune--on me it smells like hot tar. Also had problems with Eternity--it smells lovely on some, but on me it is cloyingly sweet.

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    Rock n' Roll Couture - smells like minty black licorice on me. Ugh.
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    Can you believe the first time I tried Chanel No. 22 it smelled like bug spray on me? Even dh thought so.

    No matter how times I try Angel or Mitsouko, they reek on me. Too bad, because I would love for them to work for me. Oh well. At least I can wear Jicky!
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  9. #39

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    Caron Fleurs de Rocaille - fresh cat urine
    Caron Narcisse Noir - cheap grape candy
    Chanel No. 5 - insect repellent
    Caron Bellodgia - a 1960s dentist's office

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merbert View Post
    Caron Narcisse Noir - cheap grape candy
    I only wish that Narcisse Noir would smell that good on me!
    Nahh on me it's positively rancid; come to think of it with all
    these great reviews maybe it was a bad bottle.
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    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,
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    Goutal's Muguet on my skin makes me imagine a mannequin in a dark, Victorian-style room, very stuffy. I love muguet generally, but not that one!

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    Aromatics Elixir is horrid and headache inducing on me
    Angel is is horrid and headache inducing on me, bordering on nausea.
    MOST estee lauder perfumes are HOORRRID on me....and I don't get the allure of them at all.
    A lot of chanel doesn't work for me...and if it does work , it only works alright on me and is not special enough (coco, and #19 for example) although I really want to try bois de iles
    Very Sexy does not work on me and is almost nauseating. (victorias secret)
    Most YSL works well on me on the other hand. Haven't tried them all though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indiscreet View Post
    I tried Vol de Nuit not long ago and got burning plastic...dunno how that happened. I can wear Mitsouko and Jicky no problem.
    There is a component in the scent of certain flowers like Autumn Clematis (Clematis ternifolia aka paniculata) that have an overpowering similarity to burning plastic to the sensitive nose. Others find the fragrance divine. A similar thing occurs with blossoms like the more fragrant Pittosporum varieties. Some people adore their scents, using words like "rich", "heady" and "like jasmine and gardenia" where I smell significant traces of rotting meat.

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    Musc Ravageur smells of "rotting meat" on me. However, when I sampled, a bit got on my sweater, and that area smelled lovely. So, it seems to be a chemistry thing. On clothing: quite nice, on me: grotesque.

    Cassie, in the Malle line, is horrid on me, as is Le Parfum de Therese.

    I could see all of those I've mentioned smelling glorious with the right chemistry, so I'm jealous of anyone who can wear them well, because they're sensual and beautiful scents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seattlelight View Post
    Musc Ravageur smells of "rotting meat" on me. However, when I sampled, a bit got on my sweater, and that area smelled lovely. So, it seems to be a chemistry thing. On clothing: quite nice, on me: grotesque.

    Cassie, in the Malle line, is horrid on me, as is Le Parfum de Therese.

    I could see all of those I've mentioned smelling glorious with the right chemistry, so I'm jealous of anyone who can wear them well, because they're sensual and beautiful scents.
    The rotting meat scent is nature's way of attracting beneficial insects, often necessary for pollenization. It's quite interesting that this component appears in perfumes.

    Do you know why certain perfumes like Fleurs de Rocaille immediately smell like fresh cat urine on my skin? Ooooh, so nasty!

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    Hanae Mori for Men (esp. in the edp form) smells of chocolate covered cherries and vanilla syrup on me -- NOT a good combination for someone who normally eschews gourmands and does not generally fancy cloyingly sweet frags in the first place.

    Made it my SOTD yesterday; sold it off last night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tvlampboy View Post
    Hanae Mori for Men (esp. in the edp form) smells of chocolate covered cherries and vanilla syrup on me -- NOT a good combination for someone who normally eschews gourmands and does not generally fancy cloyingly sweet frags in the first place.

    Made it my SOTD yesterday; sold it off last night.
    Sounds yummy! Apparently Estee Lauder Amber Nude smells horrible on me. I sprayed some the other day and my very British friend, Lynn, insisited I go to the powder room and scrub it off if I wanted a ride home.

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    haha I think amber nude smells just plain horrible irregardless...wouldn't take it personally, LOL.
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    Fleur Des Comores by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier is just awful on me. The only frag which I can say definitely smelled of urine. I think there is a certain kind of jasmine which smells awful on me and its probably very refined, rare and expensive too! Songes by Annick Goutal took on the aroma of burning rubber against my skin. Calvin Klein Obsession doesn't smell particularly bad but there is something in it which instantly makes me feel physically sick and I can't wear it at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elf View Post
    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.
    Florals also smell differently on me. I don't know what "banshee wail" smells like, but I definitely get sour notes from almost all of the florals I've ever tried on my skin, such that if it weren't unseemly to do so in public, I'd be wailing like a banshee.

    I've seen just as many people on Basenotes forums who notice the same thing, and it's nice to know I'm not imagining it. Or maybe we're all part of a folie à deux (or folie à mille).

    I've actually tried spraying the same perfume, from the same bottle, on myself and other colleagues, and we all had different sillages and scents. Could it be diet differences? (I don't think so, my colleagues and I all eat fast food, *ALL* the time.) Could it be skin types? Possibly. Could it be soaps? I haven't inquired what soaps they use, as that's not a usual topic of conversation with one's coworkers, and that might be causing the difference.

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    Chanel Chance and Allure turn sour on me.

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    Very Irresistible becomes too sharp on me, it makes my nose hurt. According to my husband the sample of Diablo Rose I tried the other day smells like cat pee on me.

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    Alien. It was very bad. Think Sigourney Weaver's alien friends. And this smells wonderful on others, sigh.
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    Un Jardin sur le Nil by Hermes. The only way I can describe the smell is solid car air freshener. Citrus scented.
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    There's a nutty note that appears in some perfumes (AL Loukhoum and Montale Red Aoud come to mind) that apparently smells glorious on others but smells to me like rotting plastic with an artificial "nut" flavor sprayed on. Even worse - this note seems to avoid the most extreme scrubbing.

    This has made me leery of perfumes that claim an "almond" note . Some smell like almond oil. Others have this weird note.
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    Shiseido Feminité du Bois smells like rotten fruit on me :0( Everyone else seems to love that fragrance.

    Estée Lauder Private Collection reminds me of a certain insect killing spray from my exotic childhood in northern Sweden, probably something with DDT, forbidden nowadays. *yuk*

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    Miller Harris L'Air de Rien! Acckk. I tried a sample this morning on my wrist and w/in 5 minutes, Iwas scrubbing it off at the kitchen sink. I can still smeel faint traces of it 4 hr. later. Ugh - cloying, irritating, etc... I've got to find what these notes are so I can avoid them.

    It is a shame - it has some great reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdi View Post
    The worst on me.....

    Calvin Klein Obsession=Garlic

    Ava Luxe Shisa=Urine

    Other than these two I have had decent luck with most fragrances.
    Obsession really turned sour and manly on me all at the same time. I haven't worn it since.

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    Lancome Sikkim and Attraction
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    Nothing so far, but i'll let you know when I do find something *Gloats*

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