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    Quote Originally Posted by ChantillyLace View Post
    Chanel Chance and Allure turn sour on me.
    They turn sour on me, too. These have a lot of chemicals in them the older Chanel fragrances don't contain, which I wear and love. I'm deathly allergic to Coco Mademoiselle, as well.

    I've been wondering about the new No 5 Eau Premiere, it sounds just like something I'd love, but I have been hesitant to order it unsniffed, because of how the other newer Chanels affect me. I'll probably just pass.

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    FM Une fleur de Cassie - smells like pee and BO on me (cumin-ish).

    Chanel No. 5 - old men's hair stuff, Vitalis?

    Estee Lauder Pleasures - some sort of hairspray my mom used to use

    DH describes many of the perfumes that don't work on me as smelling like bug spray.

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    Fracas
    Bandit
    Mitsouko

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    Blu by Bruno Acampora - smells like spicy and sweet incense on me
    Miller Harris Tubereuse - reminds me a little of cough mixture, but not as bad as Blu

    I'm a big tuberose fan but I just can't bring myself to buy either of them.

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    Many people seem to love 10 Corso Como, but on me it smells like I'm hiding a dead animal under my clothes....

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    All amber fragrances smell bad on me- the amber takes on a pungent smell of stale sweat. The only one I can single out is Obsession, because it's the only amber I was hard-headed enough to insist on giving a full wearing, even though I knew better, given the big dose of amber. It just smelled so good on an in-law, I had to try it.
    Also, it seems I can't do jasmine dominated perfumes. It registers as urine-like. Not good.

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    Une fleur de Cassie
    Acqua Allegoria Pampelune
    Amber Nude

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaSa View Post
    Many people seem to love 10 Corso Como, but on me it smells like I'm hiding a dead animal under my clothes....
    Totally agree on that one. And Costes is not much better.

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    Caron's Pour Un Homme is a nightmare on me! Overdoses of musk and lavender!..Ekk!
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    Default Re: Perfumes that just smell awful on you!

    Ah, an old thread revived! To my earlier post I can add that anything with saffron starts off pleasant but becomes nauseous on my skin. And I love saffron in my food, so it's not a dislike for the spice generally.

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    Default Re: Perfumes that just smell awful on you!

    There are two aromachemicals, I'm really not sure what they are, but one is often found in leathers and florals and turns to soap on me, and the other is often found it tobaccos and turns to chlorine on me.

    It really has nothing to do with perception, as I can spray the same fragrance on another and it will develop entirely differently both to their nose and mine. For example, Fleurs de Citronnier turns to soap instantly on me, but stays nice and floral on my mother.

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    So many, unfortunately. Like dora, Un fleur de cassie is awful on me. Anything with an angular hay note, equally awful. Shalimar is super gross too, as a urinous odor comes screaming through.
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    Sounds like your Rumba has gone off, TBH...

    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbird View Post
    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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    Angel amplifies on me until I suffocate. So does Aromatics Elixir, Fracas and a few others. Even in tiny amounts.

    Serge Noir smells nice on a strip, but on my skin an industrial chemical note jumps out and drowns all others. It's really, really noticeable. Renders this completely unwearable.

    The new Annick Goutal one, whatever the heck it was called goes into shrill industrial chemicals straight away too.

    The Malle tuberose one one does something interesting; it amplifies the tuberose absolute note until the 'underbelly' of it is the most prominent characteristic. I end up smelling of mushrooms under rotting wood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaSa View Post
    Many people seem to love 10 Corso Como, but on me it smells like I'm hiding a dead animal under my clothes....
    *LOL* It doesn't work well for me either.
    The other is Miller Harris L'air de Rien .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbird View Post
    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.)
    No, no it smells exactly like whisky on me too!

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    Generic, cliche, celebrity fruity florals don't smell that great on me...oh wait...they just don't smell great

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    Mitsouko, sadly. It smells heavenly on others but
    like a urinal cake on me!
    Last edited by Sheglows!; 23rd January 2010 at 11:25 PM.

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    Angel, there is something there that does not agree with me. I don't think it is the patchouli or chocolate, because I love those notes.
    Dior Addict was vile on me.
    Apres l'Onde went sour on me. Sigh, I really wanted to like it.
    L'air de rien was very unconfortable

    Men fragrances that do not agree with me:
    Paco Rabanne Black XS
    Malle's French Lover
    both of these have a note that is similar and that does not let me smell anything else, it just overtakes the whole fragrance
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    Hypnose by Lancome - Awfully plasticy and sweet on my skin.
    Bandit by Robert Piguet - Oh, how this broke my heart. It smelt like dirt on me.
    Innocent Rock by Thierry Mugler - Nauseating fruit on me.
    Circus Fantasy by Britney Spears - Awful strong musky drydown on my skin. Smelt like moth balls.
    Amor Amor Sunrise by Cacharel - Just didn't smell right.
    Notorious by Ralph Lauren - Cat pee and spices.
    J'adore Eau de Toilette by Dior - Sour citrus.
    Champs Elysees by Guerlain - Pure alcohol.
    Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi by Acqua di Parma - Strange concotion. Not at all fruity and beachy.
    DKNY Red Delicious by Donna Karan - Nauseatingly strong, synthetic fruits.
    Eden by Cacharel - The drydown smelt really metallic on my skin.
    Agent Provocateur by Agent Provocateur - Nothing can describe how awful this smelt.
    Allure by Chanel - Really sour. Like sour cream.
    Beautiful Sheer by Estee Lauder - Acidic.
    Escape by Calvin Klein - Nail polish remover.
    Hidden Fantasy by Britney Spears - Orange scented vomit.
    Beyond Paradise by Estee Lauder - Funeral home.

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    I'm with you, Chantilly Lace -- Chance smells truly noxious on me, which surprises me, given that it's a pretty 'uncontroversial' scent.

    The widely lauded BNTBB Breath of God smells, sadly, like Breath of Dog -- an appellation ascribed to my unerringly honest chum, VM I Hate Civet.
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    AA Pamplelune was onions and b.o. Absolutely disgusting.

    I amplified the amber in Montale Blue Amber until I almost literally could not breathe.

    The cotton candy note (ethyl maltol?) in Angel and other gourmands gets disgustingly sweet on me. Perhaps others would not find it as bad, but it makes me feel nauseated.

    Sadly, some green frags (e.g., No. 19) turn to sour pot on me. I think it's the galbanum.
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    A few that I had high hopes for, but bombed:

    Bois de Violette – This sounded like a dream fragrance for me, as I love violets and woods, but a harsh cedar-y note (Iso E Super?) drowns everything else out for me.

    Chinatown – Simply gag-worthy overdone sugar cookie smell on me.

    Drole de Rose and Lipstick Rose
    – These two rose/violet combos are overly sweet on me.

    Missoni – A way-too-sweet "mess-oni" on me.

    Spiriteuse Double Vanille – This one is held in such high esteem by many, but it's too boozy-heavy-foody-cloying on me.

    I think what these fragrances have in common is an "extreme" quality of one sort or another, and perhaps "extreme" doesn't work on my skin or with my temperament.

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    Too many to mention - and Soir has already made a start! : - ) I'll just mention a few that I feel may well be down to skin behaviour rather than just personal taste.

    SL Daim Blond (sweaty loafers)
    Amouage Lyric (curry)
    Balmain Ivoire (urinous saddles)
    Amarige (molten PET bottles)
    Eau d'Italie Sienne d'Hiver (mushroomy flagstones - sorry, Bertrand!)
    DSH Mahjoun (monstrous ginger cake)
    Miss Dior (fecal unspeakables)
    Dioressence (embalming fluid)
    Dior Addict (vanilla linoleum)
    Last edited by VM I hate civet; 24th January 2010 at 09:43 PM.
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    Mitsouko smelt of Stinkbug on me

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    Fahreneit, Polo (Green), and Joop Pour Homme
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galamb_Borong View Post
    There are two aromachemicals, I'm really not sure what they are, but one is often found in leathers and florals and turns to soap on me, and the other is often found it tobaccos and turns to chlorine on me.

    It really has nothing to do with perception, as I can spray the same fragrance on another and it will develop entirely differently both to their nose and mine. For example, Fleurs de Citronnier turns to soap instantly on me, but stays nice and floral on my mother.
    Fleurs de Citronnier is difficult for many I think...it's soap, musk & flowers on me but I love the soap thankfully....an HG even.

    Quote Originally Posted by soirdelune View Post
    I'm with you, Chantilly Lace -- Chance smells truly noxious on me, which surprises me, given that it's a pretty 'uncontroversial' scent.

    The widely lauded BNTBB Breath of God smells, sadly, like Breath of Dog -- an appellation ascribed to my unerringly honest chum, VM I Hate Civet.
    Soirdelune & VM- LOL!! Breath of Dog, too funny!!

    Quote Originally Posted by VM I hate civet View Post
    Too many to mention - and Soir has already made a start! : - ) I'll just mention a few that I feel may well be down to skin behaviour rather than just personal taste.

    SL Daim Blond (sweaty loafers)
    Amouage Lyric (curry)
    Balmain Ivoire (urinous saddles)
    Amarige (molten PET bottles)
    Eau d'Italie Sienne d'Hiver (mushroomy flagstones - sorry, Bertrand!)
    DSH Mahjoun (monstrous ginger cake)
    Miss Dior (fecal unspeakables)
    Dioressence (embalming fluid)
    Dior Addict (vanilla linoleum)
    Oh these are hilarious! Totally agree on the Amarige description. I adore Ivoire AND love your description, oh my!

    If I could talk to perfume I would ask Angel & Chinatown to "Please stop screaming!"

    Bandit smelled like Canadian Tire to me (Kodiak boots, tires and gasoline)

    Any of the Montale Aouds smell like formaldehyde and *something* that makes me gag.
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    Ah, I see Marilyn Miglin's Pheromone listed here. That fragrance has always puzzled me. Sometimes I like its translation on my skin. Other times it can smell medicinal or a brush fire or a dirty clothes hamper. I've given up on trying to accomodate this fragrance and have given it away.

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    Anything with civet is a disaster on my skin.

    For example, I received a bottle of Czech and Speake's Citrus Paradisi as a gift some time ago. Smells great in the bottle, awesome on my husband... and on me, it smells like I've been rolling around in our cats' litter box. I so want to wear that scent, and I can't!

    So for those who asked in earlier threads what the cat pee smell was from, it could be from a civet note.

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    Oh VM I Hate Civet, my two favourites Ivoire and Daim Blond
    smell so bad on your skin. I only hope other people don't get
    "urinous saddles" or "sweaty loafers" when I wear them!!
    I can't wear most of the Lauders, except Youth Dew Amber Nude (which
    they discontinued, of course!) I find Angel makes me smell like an
    alcoholic drink and Chanel No. 5 turns to saccharin-like baby powder.

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    The majority of things I've tried with a peach note in them are vile on my skin. Mitsuoko smells wonderful on me for all of twenty minutes then the peach turns rotten, immediate scrubbing follows. I can't wear Samsara, Casmir or the EDP version of Cristalle. But I'm still in two minds about J.del Pozo's 'in Black' and I really like the 'Tentations' skin lotion I have.

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