That's just awesome
SL Rahat Loukoum
There are more, but my mind has gone blank!
Angel. And some hugely indolic fake-y fake jasmine by Floris -- it took liquid Tide to get that one off my skin. Annick Goutal Sables, although I'll have to give that one another chance once the weather cools off some more. And I'm having a problem with Bond No. 9's Chinatown, which I got in a swap recently, but is sweet, sweet, sweet on my skin -- going to give that another chance, too.
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Musings and random thoughts about the genie in the bottle
"I don't know the key to success,
but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
I think Chinatown is worth persisting with - very gingerly mind! I hated it on card, wasn't too struck with it the first couple of times on skin, but one day it just worked for some reason, and it was impressive as gourmands go. Maybe the dosage has to be spot on. So I would apply it sparingly and wait a fair while before sniffing! Possibly several hours...
And the blasted stuff sticks to my skin like glue.
"A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future." Coco Chanel
I'm streamlining my collection http://community.basenotes.net/showt...29#post1219729
Thanks so much, Wordbird, for the heads up on Cabochard. It is one I have been toying with trying, for like Guerlain Vetiver, it came into the world in the same year as me. It got a slating in The Guide, and whilst that alone would not have stifled my curiosity, your exclamatory capitals have killed it stone dead .
Personal notes from "perfume reviews.txt"
-Neil Morris - Afire - smells like tandori spices. Supposed to be berries and caramel but if its caramel, it's in the same way as "Safran brulant" which was gourmand, but disgusting due to smelling more like cooking spices than dessert.
-Artisan Parfumeur - Piment Brûlant - Bell pepper, it makes me sick after a few minutes.
-CB I Hate Perfume - In the Summer Kitchen - smells like a summer kitchen garbage can with old banana peels in it, and spices. Don't like it at all.
CB I Hate Perfume - CB 93 - Disgusting! Smells like herbs and spices, some that stink. Says geranium, but I dunno what that is.
-Creed - Millesime Imperial (horrible, just horrible)
I'd like to add that at first, Coup de Fouet and Anarchiste, both from Caron, seemed like scrubbers... but I forced myself to wear them and ended up loving them. I find them kinky.
I have never had such an extreme aversion to a fragrance when I tried Jicky , it literally made me feel physically sick , now I dont know if that makes me a philistine in the world of fragrance , I so wanted to like it too
I love this thread! Misery loves company....
I got a horrid headache today shortly after spraying on Aqua Allegoria Rosa Magnifica, newly purchased unsniffed (silly me.) Tried scrubbing but it wouldn't come off entirely. Could something else have been giving me the headache and maybe that's why the scent hit me the wrong way?
I must be a glutton for punishment, but I'm giving it one more chance tomorrow.
If that produces the same result, the bottle will need to find a new home.
I do feel your pain here...
I had a new scrubber experience today, though it was only a tester squirt on the back of the hand - of DKNY Woman. I was going to characterise it as "malevolent grapefruit" but I am going to regrade it as "grapefruit serial killer" for the fact that it killed my divine sample of Chanel Beige (further round the hand) stone dead. A grapefruit version of Beige is not what the world needs, and a nail brush and strongly scented soap have failed to shift it.
Further up the arm is Clinique Happy and it too is struggling to raise a smile at this point.
There are somethings I'm not a fan of (iris, leather, birch tar) but don't quite get me to the point of scrubbing. The only thing that really does is it jasmine. I love jasmine in the garden in full bloom - it's just divine. But in perfume on my skin all I get is terribly fecal indole. My worst ever perfume experiences were with Luten's Sarassins, Patou's Joy and L'Artisan's The Pour un Ete. All lovely for 10 minutes and then sheer scrubbing hell. Uggg.
P.S. I love Aromatics Elixir and tuberose anything. No problems with those!
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Aquolina Blue Sugar. Deep-fried licorice. Could not scrub it off fast enough..
When I read the title right away I thought of both
Miss Dior & 24 Faubourg and quickly thereafter
of Caron Narcisse Noir. This is way too funny actually.
I thought for sure I will be scorned for not being able to appreciate
those two fine fragrances, but honestly, they could not smell
worse with my ungrateful chemistry! I know, I know my loss.
But as I read your list, I cannot help but realize that in fact
that's really what it comes down to, CHEMISTRY!
So I have to fully agree with you on the following:
And yet, there are so many out there who LOVE these scents,
and so many I loved them on. Just not on me!!! No way, no how!
And then, there are those scents that many of you dislike
like L Ete en Douce, Chinatown, Boudoir and
Rose Alexandrie but do I ever adore those scents!!!
And they work wonderfully with my chemistry.
I guess you can't wear them all
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
Bending backwards is like falling in love, come bend with me
The mind is like a drunken monkey, it constantly jumps here and there.
"Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think."
That's interesting, AP! You may turn out to be the closest match to a "scrubber twin" for me! I am very keen to try Rose Alexandrie as it happens, but Boudoir is a nightmare on me and you know I have fallen out of love with L'Ete en Douce.
Do you also like the AP range? I am not so keen on the original - bit 50's retro talcum powder - but Maitresse is quite nice, also the Eau Emotionelle or whatever the lighter one is called. Strip is a bit mad as I recall - must be the geranium.
Wow, so many frags I enjoy are other's scrubbers !
Schiaparelli Schocking, Anais Anais, 24 Faubourg, Angel, Lou Lou, Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia, Joop pour Homme ( on my boy, yum ! ), Opium, Flower Bomb, JPG Classique...*sigh*
Recent scrubbers for me, The new Chloe, and Agent Provocateur.
The only ones that I had to shower off were:
Creed Orange Spice (same as Kouros to me)
The funny thing is I have tried Kouros and TdH more than once but each time I have to shower it back off. I want to like them.
Jazz smelled like dog poop on me. Unfortunately I sampled it at the Shanghai airport and had to "enjoy" it for the 14 hour trip back home. It smelled fine on paper.
I keep checking back with this thread because the replies are so fascinating. Have any of your scrubbers morphed into scents you decide you can tolerate, or even like, after all? Or is it "once a scrubber, always a scrubber?" I ask because I initially had the same reaction to Tolu mentioned by at least a few of you, yet the other day after bravely (insanely?) trying it again, I did not detest it any more. I am not sure I like it yet, but I did not have the urge to scrub it off.
If you like Chinatown but it is a bit too much, try Fracas
But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
If I hadn't experienced it myself I don't know if I would have believed it. I'm not sure what actually changes, if it is one's exposure to different smells, or what exactly happens or can happen. It would be interesting to understand the multiple dimensions of this phenomena.
Velvet Gardenia ( CHEEEEEEEEEESE! And death. )
Secretions Magnifique ( Saliva and metal )
Yatagan ( BBQ'd meat and pine... oh joy )
Duro ( sweet candy frosting amber )
There are more, but those are the worst to date.
Though, to be fair to "scrubbers", two have since become well-liked fragrances - Rasa Extreme and Aoud Cuir D'Arabie
I'm glad this thread has been resurrected. I have new entries:
Bond No. 9 Madison Soiree: A fabulous new fusion appetizer of heavily veined blue cheese on a decaying gardenia petal. Three Michelin stars. Customers flock. Restaurant closes within a year, the victim of the customers' common sense.
Nuit de Cellophane: Oh, the sheer joy of hairspray lacquered over jellied osmanthus! It's stiff and crinkly. On this basis alone, a triumph. But who would want the bouquet contained within? If there were some sort of aerosol preservative that would keep flowers looking fresh indefinitely, this would be it. Great environmental damage would occur.
Any Angel flanker: Why are these so bad? Is the original bad and I just don't realize it? Why is there a pronounced note of wet hay in all of them?
Parfum de Therese: The ultimate in jolie laide. Trust me, this one is legendary. I'm not even that sure that I dislike it. "Womanly" and overripe melon, sweating in the heat--a feast for flies. More disturbing than ugly. Gives "mature" a bad name.
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This week, 'Chanel Cuir de Russie: Skin Scent' at http://thescentimentalist.blogspot.com/
Comme des Garcons PARFUMS Series 3 Incense: Avignon: OLD MOLDY DAMP CHURCH CURTAIN!
OMG I nearly ran from myself trying to get away from it. Tried to cover it, didn't work. Tried to scrub it, didn't work. Showered and changed clothes...could still faintly smell it! Doused the area with a stronger beast and prayed not to smell it ever again. Run, people! As far away from a bottle of this as you can! Interestingly enough I love most of your scrubbers. Love youth dew, bronze goddess, and I adore tuberose (carnal flower, anyone?) Hello, that's to die for! So maybe my nose leads me a tad askew compared to others...hilarious thread my friends, you guys crack me up!
These posts are hilarious! There is something about the combination of wit, indignation, yet respect for everyone who might love the offensive brews: one perfumista's scrubber is another one's paradise. Or something like that!
I am trying to remember....usually i can tough it out through a fragrance in the interest of "science", and I often hand in there b/c I change my mind. But there are a few i just can't wear:
Angel , Covet, Lovely Tocade
...come to mind as fragrances I simply couldn't have on my skin, even in the interest of testing and comparing.
Sweet + fruity+ vanilla is usually the recipe for a shower one me (Tocade, Angel); there is something about the musks in Lovely and COvet that nauseate me (esp. the musk chocolate combo in Covet)
Leesee, yes there are several in the From Scrub to Love category for me: FIrst time: blech. Tried again--bought the full bottle!
Eau des merveilles
Bal à versailles
Jean Louis Scherrer