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    Default Overpowering top notes with great drydown ?

    I think a thread like this can be very useful for blind buys or sampling at the stores. Many bad frag reviews seem to be based on strong top notes, so I'd like to hear from those who think that certain frags have top notes that are too strong for many people, particularly newbies. My list would include Habit Rouge and Carven Homme, though obviously some do like the top notes of those two (but they are indeed strong). Which ones would you put on this list? I won't include Jacomo de Jacomo because that strong clove lasts 45 minutes or more.

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    Knize Ten: the strongest opening i've ever smelled.
    SMN Nostalgia: also very pungent, overwhelming...then it settles down into beauty.

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    No such list would be complete without The Dreamer. I seem to be one of the few who enjoys its topnotes, which to me come across as "bitter dark chocolate". Does anyone else get this?
    Narciso Rodriguez is another. I'm still trying to get my head around this one!

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    Heritage. Hate the BdPish Top notes, and then awesomest drydown
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    Fahrenheit - Christian Door
    I have to persevere with the opening so that I can enjoy the dry-down

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    Default Re: Overpowering top notes with great drydown ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trufflehunter View Post
    No such list would be complete without The Dreamer. I seem to be one of the few who enjoys its topnotes, which to me come across as "bitter dark chocolate". Does anyone else get this?
    Narciso Rodriguez is another. I'm still trying to get my head around this one!
    I agree with the mention of 'Dreamer'...It has got these 'nauseous' top note but someone who can go past them is rewarded with an amazing drydown.

    Parfum d'habit is another fragrance that has top notes that test you to your limits but don't give an inkling of what is going to follow....absolute heavenly dry down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gupts View Post
    I agree with the mention of 'Dreamer'...It has got these 'nauseous' top note but someone who can go past them is rewarded with an amazing drydown.

    Parfum d'habit is another fragrance that has top notes that test you to your limits but don't give an inkling of what is going to follow....absolute heavenly dry down.
    ...thanks for the puzzle that is NR, gupts! I like it, but I've put it away for a while. The hot weather makes it unwearable and gave me a 'false negative' reading the second time I tried it!

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    ROYAL DELIGHT !!!!! Hands down.

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    Trussardi Umo
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    Diptyque's Eau Lente. The opening is a screeching, cinnamon potpourri accord that, after 15 minutes, slides into the most divine opopanax dry-down. It is always appropriate.
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    Davidoff Zino

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    Joop Nightflight
    Opening is sharp & overpowering but once it settles down its beautiful
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    Quote Originally Posted by crunkjuice View Post
    ROYAL DELIGHT !!!!! Hands down.
    mmm... I have a sample. I love it, but I certainly don't find the top notes overpowering. I'm like a cat rolling in catnip when I smell that stuff!

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    Cacharel pour le male

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    Quote Originally Posted by irish View Post
    Heritage. Hate the BdPish Top notes, and then awesomest drydown
    I've got to agree. The vanilla you get at the end is HEAVENLY. So incredibly good.

    The top notes - especially the bergamot - sting the nostrils. You definitely have to wait it out.

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    While I totally love the top notes of L'Anarchiste, I can see where some would find them overpowering. The drydown is amazing though.
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    Shalimar - I almost cant stand the first couple of hours , its just too much but then its worth it for the comforting and enveloping vanilla drydown

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    Havana EDT, Aramis
    Narciso Rodriguez for Him
    Coco EDP, Chanel

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    Eau d'Hermes
    M7
    Musc Ravageur (I find the cinnamon/clove opening unpleasant, but there's a great drydown)

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    M7
    Kouros
    Original Santal

    Although I've gotten used to all their top notes and I enjoy them now

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    I second Havana...

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    Guerlain Heritage EDT (whoa... the opening is pretty harsh and abrasive)
    Lorenzo Viloresi Sandaloo (what the heck were they thinking? thank God the opening top notes don't last long...)

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    Default Re: Overpowering top notes with great drydown ?

    Quote Originally Posted by bbBD View Post
    Musc Ravageur (I find the cinnamon/clove opening unpleasant, but there's a great drydown)
    I agree 100%. I really really don't like the first 5 minutes or so, but after that, it's smooth sailing.

    Edit: And though I don't mind it at all. The opening hour or so of L'Air du Desert Marocain may be a tad much for some but afterwards is amazing.
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    Rive Gauche opens like a mushroom cloud for me, yet settles into something very comforting
    Sales thread here

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    French Lover. For me it opens with strong pimento/geranium , then about 10 hours later settles into something very special.

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    I'm on the bandwagon with M7.
    "There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which can not fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to investigation." HERBERT SPENCER

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    Default Re: Overpowering top notes with great drydown ?

    I would have to agree with M7. The topnotes are very harsh and in your face (especially the first time). Until you get accustomed to them and accept them, it is hard to love the fragrance. I love it though.

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    Le Labo's Patchouli 24... a fire breathing dragon which turns into a napping golden retriever puppy by the end, metaphorically speaking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nthny View Post
    Le Labo's Patchouli 24... a fire breathing dragon which turns into a napping golden retriever puppy by the end, metaphorically speaking.
    Good point - it's liquid smoke at first but dries into a gorgeous, rich fragrance.

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    M7 is interesting. I find if I spray once or twice and then blow on the area sprayed, it's not bad at all in the top notes. Instead, I think a lot of people who are unfamiliar with oud need to give themselves some time to get accustomed to it.

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