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    Exclamation I took the Secretions Magnifique plunge

    Well friends, I simply had to order a sample...all the fuss about this scent ('smells like death..not life,' 'pure bilge,' etc..), so I went to TPC and got an ml. And here are my impressions: Out of the vial, nothing offensive, in fact, a light floral. On a paper strip, still nothing nasty, but a little metallic. But on skin..egads, the stuff blooms (or rots?). It's a little nauseating, and I must admit, working in healthcare, very little nauseates me and I've seen and smelled a lot (use your imagination here). There's the metallic accord which I suppose is supposed to be blood, but it's not. I've smelled plenty of iron-y blood and this ain't it. This is a strip of something skanky-metallic. A new and unfamiliar scent. Then there's semen definitely. Lots of it. And it seems a bit perverse because it lies on a bed of white flowers (in the background). And I suppose I also get sweat, though it's not the clean sweat of someone who's just worked out and showers regularly. It's something more 'ominous' than that. Frankly, it's not as revolting as I expected, but it IS truly unwearable. I simply can't imagine anyone smelling good or even interesting wearing this. I must admit that is is weird and compelling as an olfactory 'experience.'
    Would anyone else like to chime in?
    PM me if you'd like a few drops to try. I can easily split my ml into two or three super mini samples. I really don't want to try any more than the drop I've already placed on my skin and am about to shower off!!

    Update: 3 of you are now biting the SM bullet, so I'll be sharing a few drops with those 'lucky' (HA!) few. Sorry to disappoint, but there's always TPC!
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    Default Re: I took the Secretions Magnifique plunge

    Why I love Basenotes: You never know what you're going to read. Members express themselves in fascinating ways. AND you also learn about fragrances (almost forgot to mention that).

    Having just read your take on this crazy juice and then clicking on the link to see your mind-blowing art car, well, Liz, you've started my day with a real spark. Boundaries? What boundaries?

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    Default Re: I took the Secretions Magnifique plunge

    Actually, after reading your description, I wonder if anyone actually *tasted* (not smelled) Secretions Magnifique.

    Or is this a bit perverse?
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    Default Re: I took the Secretions Magnifique plunge

    Kudos for you for trying it and giving us this very informed commentary. One day I'll bite the bullet and try my sample -- it will have to be a day I can have as a write-off. But what a learning experience.
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    I have a two month old test strip of it stuck in between the pages of a book and the smell is still going strong!
    They should re-name it Godzilla!

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    Usually when I see a lot of hyperbole about a fragrance (i.e. MKK), I've come to realize that one person makes an outrageous comment and then others pick up on it because that comment frames their experience. From there the 'worst ever...' perpetuates itself. Since many ELDO fragrances are given poor reviews (and lazy reviews that have little to do with the actual fragrance, IMO), I was prepared to discover that all the negative hype about SM was overblown.

    I was wrong.

    I also spent the $3 for a TPC sample (are they selling any to people who like the fragrance??). I put the tiniest dab on my hand, spread it around a little and nearly threw up. The stuff stuck to my hand and it took repeated washings with very hot water to get off. Lizzie is braver than I am, because I couldn't give it the time or stomach to try to analyze the notes. I actually think it would best be used as a prank on someone you don't like by spilling it in their car or something.

    I do give it to ELDO - they've got balls for releasing an unwearable fragrance for the point of an artistic statement.

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    I wanted to give it a try in london but your review made me rethink trying it on the skin while still having a full busy day ahead and meeting people. I do not want people to think I smell of fresh flowers and semen (especially not on a work trip).
    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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    Default Re: I took the Secretions Magnifique plunge

    Quote Originally Posted by Lian View Post
    I wanted to give it a try in london but your review made me rethink trying it on the skin while still having a full busy day ahead and meeting people. I do not want people to think I smell of fresh flowers and semen (especially not on a work trip).
    I don't think I want to smell like fresh flowers and semen under any circumstances.
    I also give props to anyone who has put this on their skin.
    I couldn't bring myself to do it after smelling it on a strip.
    The only silver lining to sniffing this is I have my baseline for most vile scent.
    The unfortunate side effect of this kind of talk is that I agree with bbBD that I think it bleeds over to other ELDO scents and they are discounted unfairly perhaps.
    I tried SM as my first ELDO and as i have tried others in the line I realize how good they can be.
    Unfortunately there is so much talk about SM that it is many people's first ELDO and you couldn't ask for a more different experience compared to the rest of the line.
    I know I sprayed Rossy de Palma on with a little trepidation as the first non-SM ELDO I tried.
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    Default Re: I took the Secretions Magnifique plunge

    Eeeeewwwwww, definitely no desire to sample this one...my hat's off to you lizzie, for the courage to bring that smell to your nose! (and for sharing your perceptions with us!)

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    I'll be the first to admit that ELDO's marketing is crass, and this is unfortunate because too often it seems to really impact the way people think about the fragrances (or make them not want to try them). I think the marketing is kinda goofy.... so what if my new Tom of Finland box has X rated homoerotic art on it? So what if the little gourmand Noel Au Balcon has a women undressing out of a corset (preferable to the TOF images, btw)? Still great fragrances... The funny thing is the nearly every fragrance marketing is trying to sell sex in some way (well, at least mainstream marketing)... but when ELDO just lays sex out there without being subtle, people reject it as crass. Americans are a weird bunch, I'll admit it....

    Who hasn't seen the Secretions 'logo'?

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    What continually fascinates me about Sécrétions Magnifiques is how it manages to smell at once profoundly unpleasant and banal. If a fragrance is labeled with an ejaculating cartoon penis and smells revolting, couldn't it at least be exciting, too? Go figure...

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    Default Re: I took the Secretions Magnifique plunge

    Haven´t seen any logos but I smelled Putain des Palaces and Rien and I liked them both.

    I think I´ll spray SM on a shop assistant instead of my own skin So I can smell it and walk away. I am curious about it though and I was fearful of what the rest of the house would smell but most of the reviews on basenotes say that the rest of it isn´t that shocking so I was prepared and pleasantly surprised.
    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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    Default Re: I took the Secretions Magnifique plunge

    You're a brave woman Lizzy_J,
    I myself am also wondering if I should
    take the plunge on this one, because in 10 days
    I'll be in NYC with access to Henri Bendels

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    Default Re: I took the Secretions Magnifique plunge

    In the spirit of adventure, I tried some on today before my bath. It's Pepto-bismol drooled into metallic sink... this really is just as grating as I remember it, though I'm getting more notes now. There's something rubbery about this fragrance too. It's making me quite nauseous, too; just like last time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vibert View Post
    What continually fascinates me about Sécrétions Magnifiques is how it manages to smell at once profoundly unpleasant and banal.
    Secretions Magnifique is a Barbie doll that sweats.

    It is true though, that SM is disappointing in how it isn't really boldly interesting the way some hyper-animalic fragrances can be. Even pure civet tincture - probably the foulest thing I've encountered in perfumery - is more interesting to smell. This is just foul.

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    Alright, that does it. I'll have to try this. I have a morning off tomorrow and am prepared to stink the town up. If you never hear from me again, you'll know I went down fighting.

    Quote Originally Posted by bbBD View Post
    I do give it to ELDO - they've got balls for releasing an unwearable fragrance for the point of an artistic statement.
    Weren't they one-upped by Victor & Rolf, then? Their first perfume was packaged in a bottle without an opening - it could literally not be smelt. That seems like a cheaper artistic statement: cuts out the development costs of something vile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lian
    Haven´t seen any logos but I smelled Putain des Palaces and Rien and I liked them both
    Though I'm not a fan of PdP, I love Rien - and it's some strong stuff. Neither of them have anything on SM! There's a bitter note in SM that also appears in a much, much, much more mild way in the fragrance Vierges et Toreros. It took me weeks after smelling SM to like Vierges again.

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    Default Re: I took the Secretions Magnifique plunge

    Update: I got my mother to try this. I rather like her description: "It's absolutely disgusting. It's like a watermelon where someone replaced the water with urine - it's urine-melon!"

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    Thank you Ms Quarry. Glad you like the car.

    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    Why I love Basenotes: You never know what you're going to read. Members express themselves in fascinating ways. AND you also learn about fragrances (almost forgot to mention that).

    Having just read your take on this crazy juice and then clicking on the link to see your mind-blowing art car, well, Liz, you've started my day with a real spark. Boundaries? What boundaries?

    P.S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stereotomy View Post
    Actually, after reading your description, I wonder if anyone actually *tasted* (not smelled) Secretions Magnifique.

    Or is this a bit perverse?
    ROTFL. Perverse it is. And very funny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lightgreen22 View Post
    You're a brave woman Lizzy_J,
    I myself am also wondering if I should
    take the plunge on this one, because in 10 days
    I'll be in NYC with access to Henri Bendels
    I highly recommend you try it..but maybe start with just a drop because it IS hard to get off (maybe bring an alcohol wipe!?). It's fun to try something so notorious!

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    I found SM to be revolting and I also had to wash immediately or risk vomiting. The only other perfume-related thing that has ever put me on the verge of vomiting was the Colone essence I smelled at the Le Labo boutique. I wonder if SM has Calone in it?

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    I would like to sample this one!
    Also, I would be a perfect fragrance to show in a presentation I am giving next week. If no one has accepted lizzie_j's offer, I do.
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    Well, as promised: I just got back from trying SM. (...yah, even the acronym is banal)
    I must be the only person alive to not be revolted by this. I wisely sprayed on paper first, from which I got airy white flowers. Walked around the store for maybe 30 minutes, cooing at other scents while going back to the SM blotter every so often. It did start smelling decidedly odd, but blood? Semen? Death? ..Not really. Sweaty vanilla with a dash of flower, maybe. It retained that airy quality, so it could very well contain calone, I think.
    Underwhelmed as I was, I asked for a sample. Maybe my nose was already too fatigued to take in the full horror of the concoction. That, or I'm officially the owner of the world's most insensitive nose.
    I'll try on skin sometime soon and report back.
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    I wore it to work once. I find it to be mostly an aquatic floral, with a wet-dog undertone. Interesting stuff...I just wish it wasn't SO strong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggles View Post
    I have a two month old test strip of it stuck in between the pages of a book and the smell is still going strong!
    They should re-name it Godzilla!
    I also carriied around a test strip for weeks and found it amazingly tenacious.

    I mostly get a metallic,bloody note--like old blood. And something fecal, which Etienne de Swardt would more precisely call anal.


    I had a long chat with the utterly charming Etienne de Swardt, and Jean-Claude Magret at Etat Libre yesterday. Etienne de Swardt truly belives that SM is sexy if worn for a while. I tried that, some time ago, and found it just....icky.

    I do like Charogne, though, despite what the name promises..

    I like Rien, quite a bit,too, for me. And Tom of Finland and Eloge du Traitre (but for men, not for me).

    He also had me smell a few things in development--very pretty, actually!

    I was also sworn to secrecy about something new.......
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    Disgusting as it is, every fragrance nut should smell SM at least once.

    Personally, I think it doesn't smell like blood, semen, etc., but it certainly suggests those things.

    What I get, literally, is a proteinous smell, like raw egg whites, which I find gag-inducing.

    And yes, SM is astonishingly powerful and tenacious. Still strong after scrubbing with hot water and harsh detergent.

    I applaud ELDO for doing this thing, though I hate the thing itself.

    Puke-tastic!
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    Oh no, now I need to try this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andylama View Post
    Disgusting as it is, every fragrance nut should smell SM at least once.

    Personally, I think it doesn't smell like blood, semen, etc., but it certainly suggests those things.

    What I get, literally, is a proteinous smell, like raw egg whites, which I find gag-inducing.

    And yes, SM is astonishingly powerful and tenacious. Still strong after scrubbing with hot water and harsh detergent.

    I applaud ELDO for doing this thing, though I hate the thing itself.

    Puke-tastic!

    I agree with every single word of this post. It really does have a "protenious" smells and, raw egg whites is a very accurate assocoation.

    I also think that every frag-head should try this scent just because it is so much different and on the edge, it is actually masterfully made technically speaking, groundbraking without possibilies of any followers.


    A must try, really, but I still wonder if anyone out there actually wears this on any occasion.
    And since the perfumes are meant to be worn after all (aren`t they?) I really cannot see any point of buying a full bottle of this.


    Its funny how a fragrance that is basically based on fresh-florals and an aquatic theme is able to smell that off-putting...

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    Wore it all day from my sample. Didn't notice anyone wrinkling noses or anything like that. Friends said it didn't smell especially nice but when I told them what it was supposed to smell of semen, they just laughed and said it didn't smell at all like it, but when I asked them if it smelled metallic and blood-like at all I got "well, a little bit metallic."
    No semen. No blood. Nothing out of the ordinary to them or me. Just a fragrance that we wouldn't buy.

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    Don't you just love the way we all smell different things from the exact same fragrance? To some of us SM is a nondescript aquatic floral, and to others it's "puke-tastic!"
    And I agree. It's a 'must smell' for any perfumista/colognisseur!

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