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    Default Which Cologne(s) Has your Favorite NAME(S)?

    This is probably kind of a silly thread, but I thought it might be fun anyway.

    It seems to me that ALMOST as important as how a cologne actually SMELLS, naming it, from an advertising viewpoint, may be almost as important...as is, which model/athlete/NASCAR driver/actor/celebrity is going to be associated with it? To use a car analogy, for every Mustang and Corvette, there was also a Pinto and Vega...cars that have been elevated to iconic status and cars that will forever be remembered as crap.

    Often, niche fragrances eschew this type of advertising altogether, concentrating instead on suggesting what's IN the fragrance (Meil de Bois, Route de Vetevier, Santal Nobel, etc) rather than trying to give it a certain "panache."

    For reasons that are often hard to explain, these fragrances, whether they're dramatic, kitschy, or perfectly capture the essense of that frag, strike me as memorable:

    One Man Show

    Sexual

    Hero

    Kingdom

    Lonestar Memories

    Opium (banned in many countries)

    Handsome

    Rush

    Egoiste

    Open

    There are many more, and women's fragrances, in particular, seem full of provocative titles (usually sexual, as in "good girls gone bad" or "bad girls STAYING bad"), but I was wondering...what fragrance titles captured your attention, either good or bad?
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    "Don't Get Me Wrong Baby, I Don't Swallow" is pretty hilarious

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    Great idea. As a linguist, this is a topic I often think about. Some names I consider great, because they're evocative or simply clever:

    Secrétions Magnifiques (great name, never smelt it! don't think I want to!)
    L'Air du Désert Marocain (probably my favourite name)
    Terre d'Hermès (this is a perfect name for this scent, I like the apposition of Terre to Eau)
    Opium
    Himalaya
    Ambre Précieux
    Antidote (love the scent, love the name)
    Rive Gauche
    Erolfa
    Un Jardin sur le Nil
    Mitsouko
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    Heure Intime
    Feu Rouge
    L'Egöiste
    L'Air du Desert Morricaine
    Maja ("elegant and killer lady" in iberian Spanich)
    Jules ("lover" in French)
    Carnaval du Venise (very old discontinued EdT)
    Johore (a very old EdC from an originally British taylor of the times of the Raj still in operation, being actually sold here in Buenos Aires)
    Eau de 4 Voleurs ("Four thiefs water")
    Sur le Vent,
    Apres l'Ondee,
    L'Heure Bleu
    Bel Ami
    Equipage
    Un Jardin...

    I mostly prefer phrases invoking moods, situations or experiences.

    EDIT: Well, there is a name i love: Myrurgia. But it is not a perfume, rather a perfume house.
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    It is kind of risky to name a fragrance Angeliques sous la Pluie or L'Air du Desert Marocain, because such images are not easy to evoke with the tools of perfumery. Both of these are very succesful at doing this. It's kind of similar as in paintings and sculptures; name gives you a hint, how to approach it. Name is in my opinion one part of a piece of art, and for I consider perfumery to be a form of art, good name can give value to it as a whole. Clumsy, cliché or just non-fitting name then again is a negative aspect.

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    The name of Dirty English is what first made me curious about it. I like the name and the scent.

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    Many ELdO fragrances have snappy names, plus the name of the house itself it cool ('Free State of Orange')

    Don't Get Me Wrong Baby, I Don't Swallow (this always get mentioned on these threads, but it's really a pretty normal fragrance)
    Putain de Palaces ("Hotel Whore")
    Nobril Immense ("large navel")

    I also love the name of the house 'Memoire Liquide Bespoke Perfumery'

    Other names, pretty, interesting, or otherwise catchy (of course the French language makes things sound better than what they translate to):

    Apres L'ondee ('after the rain')
    Coromandel - Don't know if it means anything, but it's an interesting word to say
    Bois de Iles - sounds cool coming off the tongue.
    Mouchoir de Monsieur ('Gentleman's Handkerchief')
    Chemical Bonding
    Passage d'Enfer ('Road to Hell' - if only the fragrance was interesting)

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    My favorite name is Guerlain's Skine.

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    Antaeus

    ++will update after some research++
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    Sublime Balkiss
    Hey, I'll go for a not-so-sublime one!
    Last edited by Kevin Guyer; 23rd January 2009 at 03:38 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ++++ View Post
    Antaeus

    ++will update after some research++
    second!

    some others :
    the often mentioned l'air dd M
    Vetiver dance
    Mkk
    Bois du Portugal

    SHALIMAR

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    In my wardrobe: Dark Earth by Neil Morris.

    Not in my wardrobe: Thundra by Profumum

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    Guerlain's "Vol de Nuit"; Caron's "Nuit de Noel" , "Coup de Fouet" and "En Avion" are some I would add.

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    I like simple and elegant/heavenly names in English

    -A*Men / Angel Men

    -Paradise

    -Eternity

    and not so much the ordinary sounding including:

    -Cool Water

    -Blue/Black/Green/Metal Jeans (!!!)

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    Coromandel is an island, which is a part of New Zealand.

    I always wondered about the similarity of the names between Coromandel and Borneo 1834 and the fact that they smell similar. (composed by the same nose)

    Quote Originally Posted by bbBD View Post
    Many ELdO fragrances have snappy names, plus the name of the house itself it cool ('Free State of Orange')

    Don't Get Me Wrong Baby, I Don't Swallow (this always get mentioned on these threads, but it's really a pretty normal fragrance)
    Putain de Palaces ("Hotel Whore")
    Nobril Immense ("large navel")

    I also love the name of the house 'Memoire Liquide Bespoke Perfumery'

    Other names, pretty, interesting, or otherwise catchy (of course the French language makes things sound better than what they translate to):

    Apres L'ondee ('after the rain')
    Coromandel - Don't know if it means anything, but it's an interesting word to say
    Bois de Iles - sounds cool coming off the tongue.
    Mouchoir de Monsieur ('Gentleman's Handkerchief')
    Chemical Bonding
    Passage d'Enfer ('Road to Hell' - if only the fragrance was interesting)
    "Whereof one cannot speak, one must remain silent thereof." --Wittgenstein

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    I am still waiting on a fragrance by the name "Fleurs du Mal". Hopefully one day one of the houses will use the name for something I would like.
    "Whereof one cannot speak, one must remain silent thereof." --Wittgenstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbBD View Post
    Coromandel - Don't know if it means anything, but it's an interesting word to say
    Quote Originally Posted by phantagarow View Post
    Coromandel is an island, which is a part of New Zealand.

    I always wondered about the similarity of the names between Coromandel and Borneo 1834 and the fact that they smell similar. (composed by the same nose)
    Coromandel wasn't named after an island. It was named after "Coromandel folding screens" that Coco Chanel had collected. They are pretty popular here in Thailand with the affluent Thai-Chinese and each depicts panoramic scenes of village life, mountains, historical events, myths, and such. (See: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/...omandel-screen) Here's one:



    Some of my favorite names I could think of right now are:
    Bois d'Armenie (a play on "Papier d'Armenie")
    Mechant Loup (Bad Bad Wolf)
    Putain de Palaces (Hotel Whore/Slut)
    L'Ombre Fauve (Bestial Shadow)
    Un Crime Exotique (An Exotic Crime)
    MoslBuddJewChristHinDao [Unifaith] (pretentious... but I have to admit I love the concept)
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    I like the CB I Hate Perfume names they are so scent evocative:

    At The Beach 1966
    M. Hulot's Holiday
    In The Library
    Burning Leaves
    Black March

    Pretty much all of them are pretty neat to me.
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    Best cologne name ever: Eau Sauvage

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    1. Ce Soir Ou Jamais
    2. Méchant Loup
    3. L'Eau d'Hiver
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    I don't know what the fragrance was named after, however there is still the uncanny similarity between these two fragrances whose names are regions which are in the same part of the world.

    Correction: Coromandel is a peninsula, not an island.



    Quote Originally Posted by moltening View Post
    Coromandel wasn't named after an island. It was named after "Coromandel folding screens" that Coco Chanel had collected. They are pretty popular here in Thailand with the affluent Thai-Chinese and each depicts panoramic scenes of village life, mountains, historical events, myths, and such. (See: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/...omandel-screen) Here's one:



    Some of my favorite names I could think of right now are:
    Bois d'Armenie (a play on "Papier d'Armenie")
    Mechant Loup (Bad Bad Wolf)
    Putain de Palaces (Hotel Whore/Slut)
    L'Ombre Fauve (Bestial Shadow)
    Un Crime Exotique (An Exotic Crime)
    MoslBuddJewChristHinDao [Unifaith] (pretentious... but I have to admit I love the concept)
    "Whereof one cannot speak, one must remain silent thereof." --Wittgenstein

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    Equipage. I just love the way it rolls off the tongue. It also sits well with the way it smells.

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    L'Anarchiste by Caron.

    I'm pretty sure I ordered a sample of it simply because of the name (well that and multiple positive BN reviews)
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    My favorite name that just rolls off the tongue is Santal Noble

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    Philosykos by Diptyque
    Burning B'shop by D.S. and Durga
    Eau des 4 Voleurs by L'Occitane
    Passage d'Enfer by L'Artisan Parfumeur

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    Quote Originally Posted by phantagarow View Post
    I am still waiting on a fragrance by the name "Fleurs du Mal". Hopefully one day one of the houses will use the name for something I would like.
    Like the poems by Baudelaire? Fleur du Male was named after them. A name that is quite suitable IMO.

    For me it has to be Angeliques sous la Pluie. Its little sister/brother Un Jardin sur le Nil is not bad either.
    One of the BN sages (Scentimental, MrGuerlain?) gave an awesome justification for the name Habit Rouge.
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    My favorite perfume name is
    Quand vient la pluie

    I also like Passage d'Enfer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inselaffe View Post
    Equipage. I just love the way it rolls off the tongue. It also sits well with the way it smells.
    Lol...I like saying that one as well. It has a pleasant "q" note.

    Another favorite to pronounce is Egoiste. Out of me, it comes out "eg..o..ISTE!!

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    As for celebrity names just because of the fact it has a celebrity name is reason for me to avoid it...

    Now on the other hand, I do believe some people will buy a fragrance just for it's packaging/bottle...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TimNRA757 View Post
    ...some people will buy a fragrance just for it's packaging/bottle...
    Guilty as charged! (Ambre Gris is on its way, completely blind, but OMG the bottle is gorgeous!)
    Also guilty of at least contemplating buying a frag because I love the name.

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    Dans tes bras...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torvo View Post
    Dans tes bras...
    Oh that is another good one.

    To the English speaking dudes: You should start using more daring names.We want an image, not just random nouns and an adjective.

    Visit? Visit what? Visit who?
    Euphoria? Envy? Happy? About what?!
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    I love

    EN PASSANT

    L'OISEAU DE NUIT

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    There was a thread like this a while back, and I replied and posted my response to my blog, here. Check it out, if you like...
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    ENCRE NOIR and EAU SAUVAGE, very good names!!

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    Muscs Khoublai Khan - i love the power and spirit the name evokes. I actually chant it to wind my wife up, and get her usual response that i could be a Khoublai Khan"ish" caveman at times She adores the skank though.
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    Nostalgia - Santa Maria Novella

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    I like names that are no nonsense get real images like:

    Dirt, Demeter Fragrance Library
    Earthworm, Demeter Fragrance Library
    Thunderstorm, Demeter Fragrance Library
    Tar, Comme des Garcons
    Garage, Comme des Garcons

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    Suivez-Moi by Fragonard

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