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    I want to share with you a quite intriguing poll made by a brazilian magazine in 1986.

    Back then, I had acess to the magazine, and it was my first contact with the perfume world. Now, I got the article again and wrote down the essential.

    Here's the story: eleven brazilian female celebrities (very hot babes among them, if you ask me), blind-tested twenty masculine fragrances (smelling them on paper cards), and rated them.

    Here's the result:

    Five stars (marvellous): no one
    Four stars (excellent):
    1 - Eau Sauvage Extrême
    2 - Vetiver Guerlain
    3 - Styletto (O Boticário)
    Three stars (very good):
    4 - Pino Silvestre (!!!)
    5 - Mauá Vert (discontinued brazilian stuff)
    6 - Drakkar Noir
    Two stars: (good)
    7 - Men's Club 52 - Helena Rubinstein
    8 - Paco Rabanne
    9 - Monsieur Payot (unknown to me)
    10 - Senior (discontinued brazilian stuff)
    11 - Águas de Verão (discontinued brazilian stuff)
    One star (fair):
    12 - Ele (discontinued brazilian stuff)
    13 - Monsieur Rochas
    14 - Monsieur Gucci (??? - probably the original Gucci for men)
    15 - Equipage
    16 - Executive (Atkinsons)
    17 - Old Spice
    18 - Antaeus (!!!!!)
    No star (bad):
    19 - Acqua di Selva
    20 - Bacchus (Coty)

    It was the second poll from the mag. The first one (don't know the date) had Paco Rabanne in 1st place, and Eau Savage on 8th.

    To avoid olfatory fatigue, they took breaks of 15 minutes after each test. The whole test took several hours.

    The only two fragrances they could correctly recognize in this blind test were Vetiver and Eau Sauvage.

    They were not allowed to wear their own fragrances or smoke during the test.

    The results seem credible to me, even if I don't agree with some ratings, so I suppose they didn't cheated, even if the good placing of some obscure national items sound suspicious (in fact, some of them are/were good).

    Despite the obvious limitations of this kind of test, it seems like a great historical document about the brazilian masculine fragrance market of then, and the (surprising, IMO) tastes of this generation of brazilian women.
    Last edited by smeller; 7th October 2008 at 01:25 AM. Reason: adding a word

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    Very nice, but you must tell us the name of the magazine. Was it Playboy, Contigo, Claudia, Manchete, or Capricho?

    (I'm Brazilian)
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    Last edited by LuciusVorenus; 7th October 2008 at 01:34 AM.

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    Default Re: Intriguing perfume poll from brazilian magazine (1986)

    Playboy. But as you see, I was reading the articles also.

    Um abraço.
    Last edited by smeller; 7th October 2008 at 01:38 AM.

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    Playboy magazine gives men excuses to buy it. "I bought it to learn more about colognes, honey". The girlfriends can't complain.

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    Interesting.. do brazilians wear more spicy/oriental fragrances?

    BTW Playboy nowadays features more political and social articles than naked chics ...
    Last edited by zztopp; 7th October 2008 at 02:26 AM.
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    I actually found Pino Silvestre quite nice the time I tried it (and I didn't know what it was at the time) - it only didn't last too long...
    "Faites des bêtises, mais faites les avec enthousiasme !" Colette

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    Old Spice got only 1 star even in 1986... boo!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Schachman View Post
    I actually found Pino Silvestre quite nice the time I tried it (and I didn't know what it was at the time) - it only didn't last too long...
    What puzzled me about Pino Silvestre's good scoring was the low scoring of Equipage (a classier pine to me) and Acqua di Selva (which I thought to be a Pino Silvestre alike).

    And they disliked Antaeus, which seems to indicate these women are (were) not fond of leather/dark/dense frags.

    The most intriguing thing is they didn't even included Azzaro pour homme in the poll, as it's the most popular men's fragrance ever in Brazil.

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    Default Re: Intriguing perfume poll from brazilian magazine (1986)

    obrigado po lo articulo
    eu estiven muito tempo en Joa Pessoa
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    Quote Originally Posted by Basteri View Post
    obrigado po lo articulo
    eu estiven muito tempo en Joa Pessoa
    João Pessoa... great town, with really friendly people.

    Um abraço, amigo!

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    :-) YEP I was there for business many times, incredible weather....
    The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

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