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    Default What are your most feared scrubbers?

    I have only been on here for two weeks, so apologies if this idea has been done before - though there may be scope for an update as people encounter new demons...

    Yes, the question is: "What truly awful fragrances have you tried on yourself?", by which I mean not just ones that you have disliked, but which have made you nauseous, induced headaches, and generally kicked you in the gut in a way you didn't care for. You may have toughed them out for the full 8 hours, or you may have washed them off in a Lady Macbeth-like frenzy after the first 15 mins. Either way, they could be designated as "scrubbers". And please feel free to explain your revulsion if it can be expressed in words. And please may nobody be offended if people cite perfumes as scrubbers, which they personally happen to love, for our perfume tastes are subjective and "one man's meat - or HGS - is another man's Poison" (possibly quite literally!) I have never tried Poison, but have a hunch it might make it on to my list.

    My out and out scrubber list is:

    Caron Narcisse Noir (this is pure evil, but words fail me beyond that)
    Miss Dior & 24 Faubourg (fecal unspeakables)
    DelRae Amoureuse (mugged by indoles and candied spices - migraine swiftly follows)
    S100%Love (Hate more like...Chocolate and Hoover dust)
    Aftelier Pink Lotus (similar to S100%Love)
    Mona di Orio Nuit Noire (mugged by rotting fruit and civet in an exotic location - this one had me clawing my neck and gasping for breath in a Parisian cafe, before rushing to the bathroom and sticking my head under the tap).
    Amarige (molten industrial plastics in the drydown)
    Schiaparelli Schocking (schocking schedloads of civet)
    Caron Yatagan (medieval torture)
    Dioressence (embalming fluid)
    Anais Anais (choking soapy fumes)
    Ormonde Jayne Tolu (acrid sap)
    Unicorn Spell (pod of peas peeping coyly through the slats of a freshly creosoted fence)
    Miller Harris L'Air de Rien (eau de sweaty armpit)
    Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir (cheap Xmas pot pourri)
    Diptyque Tam Dao (trapped in a tea chest)
    L'Artisan Timbuktu (trapped in a tea chest on fire)
    Clarins Eau Dynamisante (sauna from hell)
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    I am surprised with your selection, many of these fragrances are my favorites.

    One scrubber that comes to my mind - EL Aromatics Elixir. Unbearable and nauseating ad infinitum.

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    Lol! Christmas pot pourri doesn't sound too unappealing. Then again, I'm attracted to anything Christmassy.

    Vraie Blonde - turned to ginger on my skin. Like the kind of ginger they use in travel sickness tablets (which now CAUSE me to feel nauseous while travelling!)

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    The one fragrance that truly repulsed me was Paul Sebastian PS. It smelled like "caca".
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    Chic by Caroline Herrera...honestly, smelled of chemical and urine...

    Wrappings by Clinique is a bad one for me too.

    VM I Hate Civet ~ alot of my most favorite frags are on your scrubbing list...
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    Alicka61 - sorry to have inadvertently given so many of your faves a drubbing! As I say, I have absolutely no wish to cause offence to anyone with my blunt assessments, and I am sure somebody will come along in a bit and take a pop at ones I love!

    I actually like Aromatics Elixir, for example, and it is interesting to see how it can come across to others - it is strong, for sure. On Haunani's "Smells like vegetables" thread someone described EL Private Collection as "cold vegetable soup", which made me laugh. That's another one I really like, after the opening blast of galbanum? Now, Luca Turin is the one who has dissed a huge number of scents I love, but he does so with such pzazz that I can forgive him!

    Ubuandibeme - apologies to you too! As it happens, I am not mad about Wrappings either or YSL Yvresse - though they both calm down eventually from their weirdly fizzy intros.
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    I like many of the scrubbers. Some, like 24, Faubourg and Aromatics Elixir are personal favorites.
    I also don't have any problems with Amoreuse, Nuit Noire, Yatagan, Dioressence, and Timbuktu.
    You don't like animalics, that's for sure. And you probably dislike certain types of green, woody notes.
    So, you ask, what do I scrub?
    1. There is a gere that is overly sweet, fruity, heavy, and loud and smells like the perfumer threw "everything but the kitchen sink" in the formula. Yosh Omnicient 0.96 was that way for me. There are many others. I would have to refer to my list, which is not beside me at present.
    2. Soapy aldehydes. I am not in the least averse to aldehydes, but the harsh, oily ones bother me. Small perfumers are most apt to overdo the soapy notes; they rarely survive the committee approval process of mainstream houses.
    3. Smoke. It's fine in the air, but not on me. No Lonestar Memories or others like it.
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    Arabie
    But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

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    Angel
    LouLou by Cacherel
    Eden by Cacherel
    Poison (original, tendre & pure, but I like hypnotic)
    Narciso Rodriguez for Her
    Joop pour Homme (I think this is the worst one)
    Tom Ford Voile de Fleur
    Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia
    Bronze Goddess
    There are many more, but these are the first few that come to mind

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    Angel
    Amarige (used to wear it, stopped, and tried a new bottle last year and was repulsed by it)
    Michael Kors
    Iris by Santa Maria Novella (ordered a sample and it was suffocating on me)

    These are the ones that come to mind right now but there are others.
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    Tubéreuse Criminelle, Sunflowers, and one that I erased the name from memory, but the vomit inducing stench still lingers. All I remember is that it was something reasonably well selling.

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    No fragrance has ever made me nauseous, luckily, but...

    Yes, Chaoskitty! Serge Lutens Tubereuse Criminelle. That camphorous-menthol-y-numbing thingy shone through way too bright and way too long. Scrubber.

    Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile and Creed Love in White. Probably an allergic reaction or an oversensitivity to something in the formulas but these made me feel as if my brain was swelling deep into its watery protective membrane and my head would soon explode, plus made my throat feel like it was swelling shut. Scrubbers.

    Prada, the original one. Hideously musky. I've never put it on myself but every time I get a whiff of it I seriously cannot get away fast enough. I want to scrub if off the wearer but can't get close enough for fear it might rub off on me. Scrubber. Off someone else.

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    Regina Harris - Amber Vanilla.

    Two of my favorite notes. Gone horribly horribly unspeakably wrong. Actually - I don't think there was either Amber (of any ilk) or Vanilla in this one. I couldn't get this off my skin fast enough.
    It was so bad - I couldn't even bring myself to swap it.

    Those are the types of scrubbers that scare me. Ones that sound like I should love - I put it on with abandon - and realize I made a HUGE mistake.

    Thankfully, that doesn't happen too often.
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    I think I got a BAD sample, honestly, and had such high hopes for this sleeper, but I recently had to scrub off Bill Blass' NUDE. I got the sample from Scentedmonk*y and it may very well have been bad. The haze around me was more like skunk and urine than anything I had tried. I still think it's worth a shot with a fresh batch.

    My tastes have changed, but I've had to scrub some things sooner than I'd like due to actual headaches. They are typically very sweet, high-amber content scents. Opium (I know!!!), was one of them. So was Angel. My mind's eye about fragrance defies my propensity for headaches when I encounter different scents. Poison, too is a headache scent for me. I want to revisit it again, because a few ladies have mentioned it on SOTD recently, and also because Lou Lou was a scrubber years ago and now I love it. Eden too, and Jungle L'Elephant. Beware of changing tastes...you never know if today's scrubber becomes tomorrow's love.

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    Wrappings - BIG TIME!

    Aromatics Elixir, L´Artisan Fou d´Absinthe and Dzonghka, CdG Sticky Cake, Giorgio.

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    Angel
    EL Youth Dew
    Bill Blass Nude
    Flowerbomb (turns to purest pepper on me, just pepperpepperPEPPER)
    There's also a Yosh scent on the list but I can't remember which one it is - I've never liked any of her frags, but this one specific one was awful.
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    Oh no, my dear darling Amoureuse is on VM's list. That's O.K., not everything works on everyone.

    Scrubbers for me:

    Angel - so vilely, sickeningly sweet on me that I felt like I was going to get a cavity right there, as well as lose my lunch

    Montale Blue Amber - I can imagine it being a lovely fragrance on others, but my skin amplified the amber to the point where it was literally unbearable.
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    I have a high tolerance, even for things I am not crazy about, but these are definitely scrubbers for me:

    Angel - I've tried to find what others like, but to no avail
    Aromatics Elixir - I wore it at one tme, but why bother with something that makes me unconfortable
    L'air de Rien - Yuck
    Opium - Great in others, not on me
    Coriandre - I thought I had liked it at one time, maybe it went bad
    Eau de Dior - Maybe a bad coincidence, but I think somrthing in it made me cry
    Youth Dew - Just too much
    Flower Bomb - Double yuck
    Narciso Rodriguez - I don't know what it is about that one!
    Une Basir de Dragon - Could not wash it fast enough
    Must de Cartier - Newer version, I liked the old one in the cigarrette lighter-like container

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    Quote Originally Posted by LedByMyNose View Post
    Angel
    EL Youth Dew
    Bill Blass Nude
    Flowerbomb (turns to purest pepper on me, just pepperpepperPEPPER)
    There's also a Yosh scent on the list but I can't remember which one it is - I've never liked any of her frags, but this one specific one was awful.
    Maybe my sample of Nude hadn't gone bad. Geez. Maybe it really does smell like skunky urine.

    Oh yeah, last week I had to scrub off Knowing. Tested it after reading others wearing it on SOTD and Turin's recommendation. But it had to go, for me, and at my husband's request. He nearly stuck his head out the window in the car when we left Macy's. I got the "honey, oh hell, what IS THAT?" I can appreciate it as a well made scent, but NO, not on me.
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    Amoureuse by Parfums DelRae
    Blu by Bruno Acampora

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    No need to apologize VM I Hate Civet ~ just let me know when you need a good home for all your scrubbers! I'll gladly adopt them!

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    Trussardi Light Him
    Jasper Conran Mister
    Joop! Homme
    Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin

    ...all catastrophic! I would much rather hurl myself through a plate-glass window than wear any one of them.

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    Aromatics Elixir (interesting how many of us share that dislike!)
    SL Ambre Sultan (that medicine touch...!)
    Anything with tuberose

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    Lushsoup, I got a sample of Bill Blass Nude from another Basenoter so am pretty damn sure it wasn't off (it certainly didn't *look* off - no weird colour or consistency) but it was repellant. I rarely actually 'scrub' frags off because I want to give them a chance to develop, but after a few hours I busted out the dishsoap. (oh dear I feel a bit bad saying I didn't like it! - I'm sending out some samples to other BNers this week - if anyone wants to try Nude, let me know, I'll send it on)

    Chengfun - offense! GREAT offense! I *love* Bruno Acampora Blu! (I'm kidding about the offense ) - and am more than willing to adopt, a la Ubuandibeme, your Blu.

    Lastly, is there a more violently loved/hated frag than Angel?
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    Default Re: What are your most feared scrubbers?

    Elizabeth Arden Red Door. I too used to wear Amarige and decided to seek something similar. The notes in these two are almost identical, but everything that works for Amarige turns vile in Red Door. I walked around the store for about 20 minutes trying to give it a chance before nausea and cramps sent me to the ladies' room to scrub.

    lushsoup Knowing is a good winter fragrance on me. I'd give it another chance in cooler weather and apply more sparingly. Then again, I love those chypres!

    Speaking of chypres-- Paloma Picasso also gives me terrible stomach cramps for the first 20 minutes or so, but I love it so much I just endure the agony.

    I also recently realized that I just can't wear Angel either. I'd sampled it several times over the years, unable to make up my mind. This past week I gave it another shot and it was just horrible-- the patchouli, with all those gourmand notes of vanilla, chocolate, fruit, AND caramel! Is all that really necessary, people?! It was like a head shop farted a Dairy Queen. Glad others can wear it though; more for you gals!

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    Anything with tuberose
    I used to say this, and it made me sad because I really wanted to like Fracas. I grew tuberoses this year and I love the scent of the flower. Then I figured out the trick for Fracas-- I apply just a little to the back of my knees! It's still not a fragrance I feel comfortable wearing in public, but in this way at least I can wear it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by an_oud_girl View Post
    It was like a head shop farted a Dairy Queen.
    That is the funniest thing I've seen all day.

    A perfect description of Angel, at least on me.
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    Borneo 1834 – smells like chocolate vomit on me.

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    Sikkim (turpentine)

    Chanel No. 18 (smells like the spit your mom used to clean your face when you were a kid)

    Alliage (mildew)

    Anything that is tuberose-dominant

    Most of what is on the shelves in the cosmetics dept. at my local Macy's (I live in a small town and they do not stock much of interest)

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    Oh wow, there are some interesting patterns developing here - Aromatics Elixir is taking quite a pounding, and tuberose looks like a pretty dodgy note for a number of us (myself included).

    I also see some serious swap potential emerging..

    BlackCat - I am most dreadfully sorry for dissing your Amoureuse, for I was well aware of your attachment to it and even considered leaving it out of my hit list for this reason. But authorial integrity prevailed!

    Oh Dimitri - I so agree about Jasper Conran Mister, which I mistakenly bought, thinking it was Mistress, LOL!!. Confusing similarity of packaging. To describe Mister as "fly spray" is being generous.
    Last edited by VM I hate civet; 21st September 2008 at 02:09 AM.

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    I've never become nauseated, etc from a fragrance, but at the top of my "I hate this more than anything" list is Creed Love In Black. That is so disgusting to me.

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