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    Unhappy Fragrances that evokes a sense of melancholy

    I found a two year old similar thread, but since basenotes has expanded a lot in the last couple of years I thought a new thread could be worthy.

    Most of us wear fragrances to evoke a mood and I am no exception to that.
    However I am obsessively keen on matching a fragrance that I am wearing at a certain time with how I am feeling at that moment. While some people may wear a playful citrus cologne if they're in a dull mood to brighten up, I usually try to embrace my feelings and go along with a fragrance that matches with they way I am feeling.
    For an example I mostly wear Voleur de roses on grey/rainy afternoons in spring/autumn. If not I might wear Carnal Flower for such days.
    On a cold winter night with a melancholic mood I might go for Knize Ten which conjures up images of military officers with their leather boots patrolling Berlins cold streets in the winter during the 1930s. I could go on and on with the list, but I would like to hear your suggestions. What fragrance of choice would you wear when you're feeling a bit down, and try describing why you feel that way.
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    huh.....? You got too much time on your hands my friend.
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    huh.....? You got too much time on your hands my friend.
    I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your touching story with the basenotes community, it is people like you who make this community to what it is...keep up the good work
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    For me it's Terre d'Hermes - something about the dirty oranges... while I wear it from time to time, but it does make me think of sad moments, and so it stays in my closet more often than not.
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    Creed Royal Scottish Lavender.

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    Ungaro III for me.
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    I think this is an excellent thread. I will have to give this some thought. There are fragrances that do evoke melancholy which I shall keep private and others that comfort. I am currently thinking about more uplifting fragrances that exude a sense of vibrancy.

    On a side note, what a typical comment from mttafire. I thought you were banned dude? Trying to get banned again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    Most of us wear fragrances to evoke a mood and I am no exception to that.
    Where did you come up with this statistic? Personally, I never choose a scent to evoke a mood. However, various fumes do put me into a mood ocassionally. J.H.L tends to bring out a melancholy mood in me, I guess....whatever.

    I do put on a particular fragrance that helps me feel invigorated before working out.

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    For me, it's Mechant Loup

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    Good thread - you made me think and that is a rare occurrence lately!

    The fragrances that evoke a brooding or melancholy feeling for me are Kolnisch Juchten, Parfum d'Habit and Czech & Speake No. 88.
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, ...... I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost

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    Gucci pour homme. It makes me feel like the colours outside are disappearing and that hope in the future for anything is lost. No joke. This one changes my personality.

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    Anything with incense.

    The last fragrance that smelled 'sad' to me was Domenico Caraceni - but anything with incense will do.

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    I too get a bit of the melancholy vibe in DC1913. B*Men, too, although I suppose that is more due to association with real life events than anything.

    Burberry London has a hint of melancholy too, to this nose.
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    i would like to take the example of a song by "The Police- every breath you take"...you never really know whether it's sad, happy, joyful, depressive, motivational etal...im afraid i havent come across any scent which would evoke thta kind of feeling. i knw it out there.i kinda sense it, but i do not have it yet...

    the closest i got is - CK be

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    Quote Originally Posted by tajoh111 View Post
    Gucci pour homme. It makes me feel like the colours outside are disappearing and that hope in the future for anything is lost. No joke. This one changes my personality.
    that's funny, i just responded similarly in the CdG2MAN vs Gucci Pour Homme poll... it really does evoke melancholy for me... loneliness even...

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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned L'Hueure Bleue (however you spell it...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadScientist View Post
    Where did you come up with this statistic? Personally, I never choose a scent to evoke a mood. However, various fumes do put me into a mood ocassionally. J.H.L tends to bring out a melancholy mood in me, I guess....whatever.

    I do put on a particular fragrance that helps me feel invigorated before working out.
    I actually meant that most of us wear perfume to feel in a certain way or to make those around us feel it, well at least I thought that was the case with the users in the basenotes community, but I could be wrong .
    I can easily see how JHL is a melancholic scent,

    Some others:

    Antaeus
    Ungaro III
    Kenzo pour Homme (makes me think of a lonely beach under a cloudy sky)

    Someone mentioned Anqelique Encens and that was really spot on, it somehow reminds me of sad fairy tales.

    Great replies!
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    According to french 19th century poet Victor Hugo

    "Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad"

    It's without a doubt Chanel No. 19 that evokes this special feeling for me: A kind of sadness and wise resignation that is aware of the valuelessness of all human striving but still feels comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    On a cold winter night with a melancholic mood I might go for Knize Ten which conjures up images of SS officers with their leather boots patrolling Berlins cold streets in the winter during the 1930s.
    What form of melancholy is this? Seems sick to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesGrieux View Post
    What form of melancholy is this? Seems sick to me.
    Well that's why Knize Ten is a sad fragrance to me, doesn't paint up the happiest of pictures you know , I can easily see how it would be sick if the thread titles was 'scents that evoke happy memories'
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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    Well that's why Knize Ten is a sad fragrance to me, doesn't paint up the happiest of pictures you know , I can easily see how it would be sick if the thread titles was 'scents that evoke happy memories'
    Very well then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesGrieux View Post
    Very well then.
    Since you're german and MIGHT have been offended I edited the original post

    Quote Originally Posted by transmaniacon View Post
    According to french 19th century poet Victor Hugo

    "Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad"

    It's without a doubt Chanel No. 19 that evokes this special feeling for me: A kind of sadness and wise resignation that is aware of the valuelessness of all human striving but still feels comfortable.
    That's excellent!
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    Parfums de Nicolaï New York is sad and lovely. It's sexy in a melancholy way.
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    I second Voleur de Roses. It felt melancholy to me the instant I smelled it, like potpourri in a shabby, elegant house or hotel. Visions of Barton Fink? I bought it on the spot.

    Not sure what the controversy is regarding this question. I've certainly seen many more ridiculous threads than this (Lucius, where are you?). Fragrances are supposed to evoke feelings, happy and otherwise, and melancholy is a perfectly reasonable feeling for a perfumer to explore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    Since you're german and MIGHT have been offended I edited the original post
    No offense for me, though your editing of the initial post alone would not clarify anything. My thoughts were: Arnold Schönberg, composer, is known to have worn Knize Ten. He had to emigrate in the 30's because of the circumstances your melancholy was related to. Wasn't clear for me wether your melancholy implies a looking-back longing for those days or a feeling of sadness because of the events associated. You clarified this in a post afterwards.

    Uomo (Lorenzo Villoresi) sometimes is mentioned as a melancholy inducing scent.

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    I absolutely agree with heythatslife: Mechant Loup is a synonym for the melancholy, to me. Unfortunately I can't explain why, but KenzoAir creates in my head a picture of a rainy beach in the autumn. On the other side, Versace L'Homme always brings me a picture of sunny Saturday forenoon, but I guess it is just a matter of the subconsciousness.
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    A spritz of C & S 88 makes me wistful.

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    Bvlgari Aqua. First time I sprayed it reminds me of walking on the beach in the winter, with the sky full of clouds, lightning on the horizon. The 'exact memory' - I'm 6 years old walking along a beach in Albany (south-west Australia, gets very cold during winter!) and wearing my bright yellow rain jacket, and my parents are up ahead of me.

    Reason why this makes me feel melancholy? Things were so much simpler then, no worries in the world...
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    L'Heure Bleue.Unbelivable melacholy. Lost hope and oportunities from a lost time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hirch_duckfinder View Post
    L'Heure Bleue.Unbelivable melacholy. Lost hope and oportunities from a lost time.
    Seconded, and I would like to add Vol de Nuit, designed to be melancholic.
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    Black March. Smells like an open grave on a cold, cloudy day. Nothing much sadder than that.

    Usually anything with both strong rose and strong frankincense will be a bit melancholy to me.

    Oddly, even though I think it was intended to be melancholy, L'Heure Bleue has never seemed that way to me. Pensive maybe, tiredly contemplating one's life at the end of a busy day. But it's a nice clear night, with a cool breeze that keeps the mind turning.

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    I agree with the Chanel No 19 post, it has a sombre introspectiveness that is sad. Beautiful and sad at the same time.

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    This is a fantastic thread!

    For me it's:
    Angeliques Sous la Pluie
    En Passant
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    Quote Originally Posted by tajoh111 View Post
    Gucci pour homme. It makes me feel like the colours outside are disappearing and that hope in the future for anything is lost. No joke. This one changes my personality.
    Same here.
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    Diptyque Philosyskos
    Lalique Blue Faun

    These two always make me sad...

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    Eau de Rochas PH is one of those scents for me. I wear it when I don't care about peple's attention. Another one would be Guerlain Vetiver, but that one is an answer to all kinds of moods and situations, both good and bad. For me it's the scent I wear when I don't want to think much about what to wear and still get very pleasant experience.

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    Avignon for me. It evokes a feeling of sadness,when I wear it,but a "good" sadness:the reverence and ritual of the mass. I guess that's the idea,it really works.

    On a more "personal" note,I can be made to feel instantly melancholic by the slightest sniff of Cerruti Pour Homme. Not the composition of the fragrance itself,more by the memories and feelings it evokes. A shame as it's my favourite

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    Bandit:
    Faded carnations and ashtrays full of cigarette butts in a cold, drafty bedroom of an aging 1940's screen siren.

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    That drafty, cold bedroom gutted by fire.

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    Cuba Black, if you want a cheapie.

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    La Nuit on a woman. Leather, sweat, lust, memories..

    And my SotE tonight, Route du Vetiver, on me. Only had tried it from a sample until my bottle came in today.

    About 45 minutes into drydown it has now evolved into the strong scent of a hay field, fresh cut and unbailed, still green and glistening in the afternoon sun following a hot summer day's rainstorm. It is a blend of the essences of cut grasses and the occasional wild flowers and weeds that managed to compete successfully with the grasses for sunlight only to fall together in the wake of the fieldhand's scythe. Hauntingly beautiful and strangely melancholic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kbe View Post
    La Nuit on a woman. Leather, sweat, lust, memories..

    And my SotE tonight, Route du Vetiver, on me. Only had tried it from a sample until my bottle came in today.

    About 45 minutes into drydown it has now evolved into the strong scent of a hay field, fresh cut and unbailed, still green and glistening in the afternoon sun following a hot summer day's rainstorm. It is a blend of the essences of cut grasses and the occasional wild flowers and weeds that managed to compete successfully with the grasses for sunlight only to fall together in the wake of the fieldhand's scythe. Hauntingly beautiful and strangely melancholic.
    Yes... that's a great description... and I love Route du Vetiver... not for everyone... not for everyday... but it reaches thoughts and feelings that other fragrances only try... it's amazing how your description reached my inner eye about this scent!
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    Don't let the negative replies get to you... there ARE artists, poets, musicians amongst us!
    To get to the crux of your thread:
    Melancholy : Try :

    L'Heure Bleue : Guerlain
    Eau Noire : Dior Homme
    Monsieur de Givenchy
    Palisander - CDG Series Red
    Equipage - Hermes
    L'Air du Temps - Nina Ricci
    Dzongkha - L'Artisan Parfumeur
    Declaration - Cartier
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    Burberry London and Gucci PH can both have this effect on me. They remind me of a cool, overcast November Sunday in New England. I really like both of them.

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    Silences by Jacomo always makes me feel a bit pensive and wistful, which goes all the way into melancholy if the weather is right. Silences to me is one of the scents enhanced by a bit of cool moisture in the atmosphere - fog, mist, etc.

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    Guerlain Mitsouko...
    - A spritz of Caron may be quite continental, but (a flacon of) Guerlain is a perfumisto's best friend...

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    1000 by Patou is a sombre scent for me, in the literal sense of the word. Sombra = shadow.

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    Ungaro III and Salvador Dali pour homme bring out the brooding romantic in me...that's as melancholy as I get...
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    Avignon is the only scent to invoke melancholy in my mind. Musty books, old incense and a stone church that is empty and has been left almost to ruin.

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    Encre Noire is a pensive, somewhat melancholy scent on me, especially considering the friendliness and bubbly charm that comes oozing out of just about everything else I own. Encre Noire to me is like a sad, solemn melody without adornment.

    It reminds me of Erik Satie's Trois Danse de Travers:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=ax9ix_n8f44

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    Quote Originally Posted by tajoh111 View Post
    Gucci pour homme. It makes me feel like the colours outside are disappearing and that hope in the future for anything is lost. No joke. This one changes my personality.
    Is this a good thing or a bad thing? You make it sound like Eau de Dementor.

    And do you mean the Gucci Pour Homme that came out in 2003?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tajoh111 View Post
    Gucci pour homme. It makes me feel like the colours outside are disappearing and that hope in the future for anything is lost. No joke. This one changes my personality.
    Are you sure there's not a Dementor nearby?

    Later: Rats, T.Rex! You beat me to the punchline!

    Later still: I stand by my original suggestion of Voleur de Roses as an exquisitely melancholy scent, although aubrgene's Eau Noire is a good choice. Under certain circumstances, Black Orchid might fit the bill, too.
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    Christian Dior's Eau Noire.
    "A great perfume is a work of art, it can lift our days, haunt our nights and create the milestones of our memories. Fragrance is liquid emotion. And that never goes out of fashion. " MICHAEL EDWARDS

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    I looked in my closet and now I'm depressed that I have nothing to wear when I'm depressed. Which means that right now I have nothing to wear. Seriously, everything I have is on the brighter side and I'm a melancholy personality. I have just ordered Gucci PH blindly and from what I am reading this may just do the trick. I'm so happy that soon I may well smell sad. Good thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by transmaniacon View Post
    According to french 19th century poet Victor Hugo

    "Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad"

    It's without a doubt Chanel No. 19 that evokes this special feeling for me: A kind of sadness and wise resignation that is aware of the valuelessness of all human striving but still feels comfortable.
    Here here!

    For me that's the most evocative of all scents I have come across so far. Subdued and introspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weylin View Post
    Avignon is the only scent to invoke melancholy in my mind. Musty books, old incense and a stone church that is empty and has been left almost to ruin.
    Agreed.. I get some element of that with the others in the incense line (I'm still testing the rest), but Avignon stands in a league of its own.
    I'm a colognosaurus. Rawr!

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    Default Re: Fragrances that evokes a sense of melancholy

    I'm wearing C & S 88 today, and as usual with this fragrance it makes me delightfully melancholic.
    Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter. (Keats)


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    Nicole Miller For Men

    " A man thinks he is her lover, but he is really her witness. "---Arturo Perez-Reverte

    : http://www.nortonsimon.org/collectio...itle=Odalisque


    Antaeus ---masculine, passionate, tragic

    :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8LL1...eature=related


    Rocabar: pensive, rainy days

    http://linnilabelled.files.wordpress...james-dean.jpg


    Opium, L'Heure Blue, Cuir de Russie (Chanel)

    Women wearing this have often, with or without a yellow dress, had a similar effect on me:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dShmvFeZsAg

    Omnia Vincit Amor,

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    Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder.

    My Antaeus can beat up your Armani.

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