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    Smile The appeal of the male synthetic sandalwood / amber base scents

    I'm curious about something.

    I've been dancing for months with my current dance partner, wearing the most lovely scents of course , and only yesterday she gave me a compliment.

    The scent I was wearing, was a sample of L'Occitane Labdanum de Sévilla EdP from the Voyage en Méditerranee series. I wasn't at all impressed with the scent, because it reminded me of so many mainstream scents that are in all top 10 best selling lists:

    Chanel Allure Homme
    Gucci by Gucci PH
    Guerlain Homme

    Do you know what I mean? All these scents have a slightly unnatural, probably synthetic woody-amber base that smells nice in itself, but you smell it *everywhere*. Obviously, people - male and female - dig it.

    Can anyone relate to what part I'm trying to point out in these scents?
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    Default Re: The appeal of the male synthetic sandalwood / amber base scents

    I think I know what note you're talking about! It's something I smell in Fierce, Adidas Moves, and 212 more than other frags. I think I sort of smell it in YSL La Nuit and Bond #9 Bleecker street. A modern synthetic note
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    Default Re: The appeal of the male synthetic sandalwood / amber base scents

    Oh yes, I know exactly the accord you're speaking of. Drives me crazy, it's so 'boring' smelling and yet people will walk across the room and give me a compliment when I spray it on (which is exactly what happened at Banana Republic once, a couple months ago)

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    Default Re: The appeal of the male synthetic sandalwood / amber base scents

    I call that the 'sharp woody amber', though I don't know the exact name of the aromachemical. I've smelled it in designer and niche perfumes alike. It's probably a good, cheap fixative. It ruins fragrances for me - it's just so cheap smelling. Most perfume consumers don't smell dozens of perfumes a month and therefore they won't notice this accord in dozens of perfumes.

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    Yes, what nineXseven said. Its annoying and an instant "no" for me when testing.
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    Same here. Most popular woody scents unfortunately use it. Look at all the top sellers of today. Just as bad as those aquatics in my book.
    Prada Amber PH is another example of boring scent to me--different shades of which were repeated in the Infusion series.
    To each his own. If someone enjoys these, I'm happy for them.

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    Default Re: The appeal of the male synthetic sandalwood / amber base scents

    Quote Originally Posted by hirch_duckfinder View Post
    Its annoying and an instant "no" for me when testing.
    Doesn't seem to bother me as much as others I guess.

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    Default Re: The appeal of the male synthetic sandalwood / amber base scents

    Quote Originally Posted by hirch_duckfinder View Post
    ...Its annoying and an instant "no" for me when testing.
    Same experience here. I find it 'trendy' & not necessarily in a good way. A drawback for spending so much time nose-deep in fragrances I suppose.

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