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    Default Biggest disappointment of 2009 so far? ☹☹☹

    Mine is Vanille Galante from Herms.

    An airy lily/orchid note on a big, green, banana. WTH? I thought the Hermessences series was about the "matires", Vanille Galante is Ellena catching some wind again. This fragrance could be another "Jardin"... This is not only bland and predictable but Herms is not even logical anymore.


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    Default Re: Biggest disappointment of 2009 so far? ☹☹☹

    Quote Originally Posted by Le critique de parfum View Post
    Mine is Vanille Galante from Herms.

    An airy lily/orchid note on a big, green, banana. WTH? I thought the Hermessences series was about the "matires", Vanille Galante is Ellena catching some wind again. This fragrance could be another "Jardin"... This is not only bland and predictable but Herms is not even logical anymore.
    Interesting I feel about 180 degrees different from everything you felt about Vanille Galante. That's what makes this fun.

    My biggest disappointment so far was John Varvatos Artisan.
    I like both the original and Vintage and think they are a cut-above department store designer scents.
    On me Artisan came off like citrus scented dishwashing detergent. I'll probably give it another shot in the heat of summer because I think it might be better in the heat but it isn't going to be high on my list.
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    None yet...waiting on the new YSL L'Homme variant and the new Malle Germanium PH. Hopefully neither disappoints....

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    Default Re: Biggest disappointment of 2009 so far? ☹☹☹

    Yes, I was also disappointed with Vanille Galante. Another big disappointment was Italian Cypress by Tom Ford.

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    I've long given up on the Hermessence series - the amount they're charging for, literally, transparent EDTs is ridiculous. Artistic or not, I prefer fragrances with more density.

    Biggest disappointment... well, it's too early to say...
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    While I actually do really like Brooklyn by Bond No. 9, I was really hoping for more. I was looking for more of a powerhouse rather than what it turned out to be.

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    Default Re: Biggest disappointment of 2009 so far? ☹☹☹

    John Varvatos Artisan
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    Nuits de Callophane, while it's a very good example of it's category I prefer Lutens to do something that hasn't been done 20 times before in the last few years. Sure he can do it better but I like Lutens for it's richness and not for being a light, watery floral thing I don't want fresh and light from Lutens
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    Default Re: Biggest disappointment of 2009 so far? ☹☹☹

    Nuits de Callophane

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    Another vote for John Varvatos Artisan.

    Judging from the name and fancy bottle, I was expecting a classy citrus, but instead I got lemon scented cleaner. Awful.

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    I happen to really like Vanille Galante. It suffers from being terribly misnamed, thus creating the wrong expectation of what the fragrance would entail. Had it been given a floral name I think people wouldn't be as disappointed. Of course there are those (like mikeperez23) who took the time to actually test it many times, and I can understand and respect their opinion and disappointment. Some people seem to have given it a much more cursory examination and have rejected it on first impressions only.

    The remainder of the Hermessence fragrances (with the exception of Paprika Brasil, which I don't really enjoy) continue to impress me with their subtlety and quality. I think there's a line of thought that holds if a fragrance is expensive, it must be overwhelmingly strong and bold or you're getting ripped off. I personally think there's nothing wrong with expensive fragrances being subtle and artistically interesting instead of simplistic sillage bombs. Also, let's never forget that we're talking about Hermes... their products are very, very expensive. The Hermessence line isn't intended to be like their normal line you can get from any crappy website. Instead the line complements their uber-high end in-store products. Judging the fragrances using cost as a factor misses this point entirely as to do so puts them in the same plane as 'normal' products.

    So far my major disappointment has been in learning that more restrictions on the use of materials used in perfumery are coming and will likely cause the demise of some classics and thus inhibit the creation of future fragrances with these materials..... and also perhaps the pretentiousness of some of the new BN members, but that's about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbBD View Post
    and also perhaps the pretentiousness of some of the new BN members, but that's about it.
    Oh, dear.

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    Everything I've tried so far in 2009 has been a disappointment ... everything.

    On the bright side ... I've saved a ton of money

    Still looking forward to Attitude Extreme and Code Summer though.

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    I don't expect much from current perfume releases, feeling more confirmed than disappointred when they smell of uninspired synth-sauce. Burberry The Beat for Men is a pointless citrus-wood that's been done 1000 times and better. Prada's Fleur d'Oranger smells like some cheap girly perfume. My hopes rest on Geranium pour homme.
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    I was really glad I ordered a sample of Delrae Eau Emotionelle before trying a bottle, blind. It was so awful, they could use this as a chemical weapon. Where is the IFRA when we need them?

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    A tie between Bois Moracain and Oud 27. The more I think about it, the more disappointed I am. Both M7 and Gucci Pour Homme are more sophisticated than Oud 27--M7 with a much stronger Oud note, and GPH if one really likes cedar and incense. If Oud 27 would have been in the same price range as those, I probably wouldn't be as disappointed. Bois Moracain was just too linear for me--didn't change much at all and stayed woody with a hint of incense. It's a shame that $200 doesn't get much innovation with these two fragrances. I'll continue to try Oud 27, and perhaps one day I will like it in the way it took years for me to appreciate M7, but it just not the cat's flap for me at the moment as I was hoping for it to be much more (even the dry down seems to disappear all too quickly on me).

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    Vanille Galante was probably my biggest disappointment. I have tested it and worn it at least five times, but I still find it an utter disappointment. Like bbBD said, people rejected it after trying it once. I, on the other hand, gave it many, many chances. Unfortunately, its watery banana-like compostition failed to win me over. And I still mantain, it smells like a watered-down Rose Poivree. I don't know how, but to my nose, it does.

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    I have not tried several of the new releases, but of the one's I have tried, Vanille Galante was not totally what I expected. I bought a travel size bottle and wore it several times. It was not love for me. It was more of an intellectual exercise. You don't have to think a lot to love a frangrance, either you do or you don't. It is pleasant, and airy, but not at all what I expected. Then I compared it to DK Gold, which I had bought at a discounter for $35.00, and well, I figured that I admire JC Ellena, but I don't have to love everything he does. I love many perfumes he has created, but this one was not love for me.

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    Nothing has really disappointed me nor surprised me thus far, nothing I've really been looking forward to yet. That being said, Geranium PM has my hopes and expectations sky high, so with that release will be the first real litmus test of 2009.

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    I should add that I don't get my hopes up for modern designer releases - I try them all as they cycle through Macys and Dillards - so I'm therefore not disappointed when I don't like them. I'll admit I'm curious about the Prada Infusion Fleur d'Oranger because I like the parfum version (as well as most other Prada releases).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbBD View Post
    and also perhaps the pretentiousness of some of the new BN members, but that's about it.
    just hope its not me! loool

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    although I haven't tried every new release, nothing of what I have tried is worth owning.
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    I don't feel disappointment when a new release is underwhelming, I do experience joy though when I find a fragrance that inspires me... in 2009 that hasn't happened yet... hmmm

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    YSL la Nuit de l'Homme. It's weak, light, so-so, alittle sweet, alittle powder. This scent makes the night so boring.
    Hermes Vanille Galante. On my skin, it smells like some kind of medicine, with a very short longervity.

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    Default Re: Biggest disappointment of 2009 so far? ☹☹☹

    Everything!!
    Whether designer, niche, hard-to-find, samples sent from companies etc... Being underwhelmed has become routine, disappointment is my new all encompassing feeling towards perfumery
    I guess it could change, there are still 3/4 of a year left to be, if not impressed, at least not mortified at what companies are passing off as fragrance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ziffy321 View Post
    Everything I've tried so far in 2009 has been a disappointment ... everything.

    On the bright side ... I've saved a ton of money

    Still looking forward to Attitude Extreme and Code Summer though.


    Summed up nicely how i feel

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    -The new Guerlain AA's
    -Varvatos Artisan
    -Kenzo trio
    -most of the Six Scents series
    -the SJP trio
    -Mitsouko Lotus
    -Vanille Galante

    Sooo...pretty much everything I've tried. Sill waiting on the Lutens.
    Currently wearing: Oud Stars : Gao by Xerjoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by sofresh View Post
    -The new Guerlain AA's
    -Varvatos Artisan
    -Kenzo trio
    -most of the Six Scents series
    -the SJP trio
    -Mitsouko Lotus
    -Vanille Galante

    Sooo...pretty much everything I've tried. Sill waiting on the Lutens.
    Oh, yeah, the Lutens also, someone probably already said this, but,

    The osmanthus frag was a huge waste of time & resources. It's so sweet & linear. What's the point of that? I think they spent all their energy coming up with that kooky story line.

    The Sarah Jessica stuff, I didn't try but 3 sweet florals? zzzzzzz

    They should just repair the original Covet formula so the dry-down isn't such a let-down.
    I love the green opening, but the wet hay ending is a real buzz-kill.

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    News of the coming reformulations.

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