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    Default Re: Would you give a house a THIRD chance if

    Well, I have two answers to this question. My first is that I find that if I sample several scents whose descriptions sound good to me from a house and just don't like any of them, I move on. HOWEVER, I love Lorenzo Villoresi and the two of his fragrances you have tried are not among my favorites. I think Uomo is nice, but not something that excites me and Musk is likewise nice, but a bit too feminine for my taste. My absolute favorites are Vetiver, Yerbamate, Piper Nigrum, and Spezie. So, I'd strongly encourage you to try at least a few more before you throw in the towel on LV. I've tried many, many Serge Lutens fragrances and have only found three I like, so I really do think you owe it to yourself to try several scents before writing off any of the really highly regarded houses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brielle87 View Post
    I think everyone just wants desperately to fall in love with the scents that everyone else loves and raves about. I do not think it is always possible to find something in every house for every person.
    There are some houses of which I own every scent, there are quite a few (which people rave about on here) that I can not even find a single scent out of 15 that interests me.
    Try as many scents as you want, but realize that there are just some houses that will not rouse your fragrant lust.
    Very well put.
    Personally it intrigues me when i realize how others enjoy a certain scent that may not interest me initially, there are some that I still dont get, but Im never going to be certain if my taste were to change later, so yeah i guess just wear what is currently good for you and then try those highly hyped (but not personally satisfying), another time, if they do genuinely still cause curiosity and added fun to adventure.


    Quote Originally Posted by mtgprox05 View Post
    Matt, I know you're not gonna believe this but I only sample maybe 5 scents a week. I just put in an order from samples at either TPC or Luckyscent and do it so that I generally have one or two scents to try. You see, I rarely if ever try out a whole line, especially if the line has more than say 5 scents. Just some houses (again Miller Harris), after 2 or perhaps 3 scents I started to sense a similarity to all of them that I dislike. There are many MANY members on here that make my sampling look like nothing at all.
    Only? *faints* lol 5 scents a week is quite alot right? thats a new scent each day and only signature scents on weekends. I do believe that others are fantastic with niche, but you do appear to be the few that are pro-active with discoveries and experiences. Anyways, ive benefited from your inputs, so no complains

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    Default Re: Would you give a house a THIRD chance if

    Well. I think being put off twice is a reason to stay away for a while. I prefer fragrance promiscuity. Maybe I would try 'harder' when 'niche' is concerned. But if I think, e.g., of Hugo Boss... I can't say I'm eager to find out what a better scent of that company might be (although at least one of them is said to be relatively good).

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    Default Re: Would you give a house a THIRD chance if

    Quote Originally Posted by matthewfoo View Post
    Very well put.
    Personally it intrigues me when i realize how others enjoy a certain scent that may not interest me initially, there are some that I still dont get, but Im never going to be certain if my taste were to change later, so yeah i guess just wear what is currently good for you and then try those highly hyped (but not personally satisfying), another time, if they do genuinely still cause curiosity and added fun to adventure.




    Only? *faints* lol 5 scents a week is quite alot right? thats a new scent each day and only signature scents on weekends. I do believe that others are fantastic with niche, but you do appear to be the few that are pro-active with discoveries and experiences. Anyways, ive benefited from your inputs, so no complains
    No no no. I don't wear only that scent on a day. When I sample they are merely wrist tests. I wear my signature or regular drobe scents everyday, and at night I test my samples.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoRoads View Post
    I took a quick look at your previous posts and didn't see what I was looking for, perhaps you can help us help you.

    What is your current signature scent?
    What kinds of fragrances do you prefer?
    What notes or combination of notes do you like?
    Have you become familiar with the different fragrance families (e.g. Michael Edwards) and tried to figure out which ones you like and dislike?
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    1.Not using any scent currently, looking to buy Sequoia soon

    2.Prefer natural smell, comforting scent, refined, masculine,moderate silage and good longevity, suitable for everyday wear

    3.Love woody,citrus, a little gourmand is okay, a little floral is okay too if done in a Voleur de Rose manner

    4.Likes: Sequoia,Kyoto,Timbutku,GIT,Burberry London, NO.88, Citrus Paradisi

    Slightly interested: Coze, C&S Cuba, L'eau de Navigateur, Hinoki, Mechant Loup

    Dislikes: Silver Mountain Water(used to like it, now become synthetic), Baie de Genevrie(good opening, disappointing drydown), CDG 2MAN(opening big turn-off, drydown too similiar to Timbutku), Terre D'Hermes(synthetic), Himalaya( very average for a Creed), Geo. F Trumpers Colognes( terrible longevity)

    On my to-try list (please comment) CDG the rest of Incense and Red series. AdP Colonia Intensa, New York, Endymion, Knize Ten
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    Default Re: Would you give a house a THIRD chance if

    I tend to echo most of what has been said before but with one difference. Most of the Houses have scents created by many different noses and are not so monolithic in style that it is easy to know the whole House through trying just a couple of scents. For lines where there is clealy one nose working I think it might be possible to realize you don't care for that particular perfumer's style. I'm thinking of lines like Serge Lutens or Parfumerie Generale as respectively Christopher Sheldrake and Pierre Guillaume have very definitely placed their personal stamps on those lines. I think in those cases after trying a couple you could realize this style of perfume is not for me and fairly confidently move on.
    All of that comes with the concern that even in a field of olfactory weeds one rose might be growing and so you should always be open to trying something through sampling if it sounds like something you mightlike even if the house has disappointed you in the past.
    Good luck on your hunt I'm sure there is a House out there that will knock your socks off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sofresh View Post
    If I try a few scents from a company that dislike them, I'll probably move on to another company. Sure, there may be something in their line that I end up liking, but unless I can smell them for free (ie - locally without ordering samples), I wouldn't be bothered. There are just *too* many companies out there....and my attention span is short.

    Having said that...doesn't mean I won't make my way back to that house at some point.
    I agree with every word you said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville Metro Man View Post
    Most of the Houses have scents created by many different noses and are not so monolithic in style that it is easy to know the whole House through trying just a couple of scents.
    Good point, as you probably have noticed there's a pattern in my listed favorites, Timbutku, Kyoto, Sequoia, all of them created by Bertrand Duchaufour. I think it's interesting since I never pay attention to who's behind a fragrance until I took a liking to it, the fact my top three favorites were all created by the same guy never ceases to amaze me.
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    Depends a lot, but even if I'd be slightly biased at first, there are always surprises waiting to be discovered.
    Currently wearing: Citrus & Wood by Yardley

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    Yes I would give them a third chance and a fourth if needed. But try other houses too. A couple of truisms come to mind here. "You have to open a lot of clams to find a pearl!" "you've got to kiss a lot of frogs to find the prince" . . . and so on and on.

    Read the reviews on basenotes and other sites about the fragrances from houses before selecting samples or making purchases. You may start to see a pattern of particular perfumers or reviewers who have noses that you can agree with. There are reviewers though whose reviews I would never miss but whose taste in fragrance is always very different from mine.

    Keep trying and eventually you will find what works.

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