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    Wow. I think my favorites have all been thrown out here!

    Tom Ford - I love Black Orchid! It smells sooooo good on my wife.
    Ralph Lauren - Original Polo is all time top ten frag. Purple Label gets me compliments all the time.
    Aramis - Havana is my favorite frag by far. Tuscanny and JHL are great too!
    Guerlain - Original Vetiver, need I say more?

    If someone would please nominate Creed, then my list of favorites would be complete, only in the wrong thread.

    I will nominate only one house as being the worst: Porsche
    Last edited by CyberGuy; 4th April 2010 at 02:20 AM.

  2. #32

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    Lancôme, Dolce & Gabanna, Aramis, Givenchy, Estée Lauder

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    From what I've sampled, I think the worst niche house is Montale. IMO, the only reason they get admiration here is because they are ridiculously strong and BN has a disproportionate (compared to the masses) number of people who value power and sillage more than anything else in their frags.

    The ones that aren't downright horrid or disgusting are typically knock-offs of something that can be found for 1/3 the price and with 3 times the balance and complexity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    From what I've sampled, I think the worst niche house is Montale.
    Hell yes. First thing that came to mind. Making up the rest of my hated quintet:

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  5. #35

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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    From what I've sampled, I think the worst niche house is Montale. IMO, the only reason they get admiration here is because they are ridiculously strong and BN has a disproportionate (compared to the masses) number of people who value power and sillage more than anything else in their frags.

    The ones that aren't downright horrid or disgusting are typically knock-offs of something that can be found for 1/3 the price and with 3 times the balance and complexity.

    wow...SoS.. it seems Black Oudh hasnt cast a spell on you as yet... and not just black oudh... many other releases from Montale like Blue Amber, Red Vetyver, Sandalsliver et al.

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    Just for 'fun & controversy', here's my "I'm-not-that-impressed" list of 'houses' with the most no. of 'duds':

    Calvin Klein
    Kenneth Cole
    Dunhill
    Bond No.9
    Hugo Boss

    Let's not even go to the car brands, shall we...? What next? Toyota Eau Premiere??

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    Quote Originally Posted by veuve amiot View Post
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    I forgot about this brand. I can't stand CSP either !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfacing View Post
    I forgot about this brand. I can't stand CSP either !
    I soooo wanna try their Vanille Extreme, Coco Extreme, and their Vanille Banane scents.
    Last edited by Le Grand Duc; 4th April 2010 at 05:57 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimitri View Post
    Oh this is gonna get ugly! So many wonderful houses thrown on the trash heap!
    you too noticed?

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    Default Re: The bottom 5 worst fragrance houses in your opinion

    Here it is, in no particular order:
    Calvin Klein (without Eternity and probably Obsession, which I didn't try)
    Armani (excluding Code, which is tolerable)
    Lacoste
    Lamborghini
    Axe
    Other fragrance houses that suck:
    4711
    Most celebrity fragrances (David Beckham, Antonio Banderas etc etc)

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    Default Re: The bottom 5 worst fragrance houses in your opinion

    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    From what I've sampled, I think the worst niche house is Montale. IMO, the only reason they get admiration here is because they are ridiculously strong and BN has a disproportionate (compared to the masses) number of people who value power and sillage more than anything else in their frags.

    The ones that aren't downright horrid or disgusting are typically knock-offs of something that can be found for 1/3 the price and with 3 times the balance and complexity.
    I kinda have to agree.

    I enjoy many of Montale's scents, such as Black Aoud, Red Aoud, Oud Cuir d'Arabie, and even the sweet and sticky Sweet Oriental Dream. However, I feel that some of Montale's releases are terribly blended and some are merely tweaked / volume increased variations on previous successes from both other houses and their own.

    I am happy that Montale releases a lot of stuff -- the more options we consumers have the better. Still, it is sad that some are very poorly blended. If you need supporting evidence, go order samples of Embruns d'Essaouira, Wood-Spices, Aoud Ambre, Mukhallat, Sunset Flowers, Vanille Extasy (HM), Vetiver des Sables, Soleil de Capri (Light Blue anyone?), Dew Musk, Fruits of the Musk, and Wild Aoud.
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    Creed
    Cartier
    Dolce & Gabbana
    Prada
    Victoria's Secret
    If fragrance has a gender, so does all art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justaguy View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trufflehunter View Post
    ...it's happened...

    Someone had to :O
    If fragrance has a gender, so does all art.

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    Last edited by justaguy; 5th April 2010 at 02:26 AM. Reason: Repeat Post
    If fragrance has a gender, so does all art.

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    CK
    Armani
    Hugo Boss
    Givenchy (very irresistable is just damm irritable and play makes me wanna hit stop)
    Van cleefs & aparaels

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    Just about any celebrity-branded fragrances. I haven't sniffed them all, but experience to date says stay away. Seems especially true if the celebrity is famous primarily for being famous, as in they're famous for running around half-naked in music videos, rather than any actual display of artistic talent. I'm too nice to name names, but you probably have one or two of these on your "most-hated" list, too.

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    Creed
    Jean Patou
    Guerlain
    Montale
    Bond no. 9

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    BEX London are pretty poor :')
    Oh and Byredo are quite the disappointment - Seven Veils is definitely the most repulsive fragrance I have ever tried.
    Everything else has been mentioned...

  20. #50

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    Prada
    Lacoste
    Hugo Boss
    Calvin Klein
    Perris Monte Carlo (dreadful overpriced tat)

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    Mugler
    CK
    Lacoste
    Blood Concept
    Dolce & Gabbana

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    Usually stop trying after I didn't like one scent but have tried at least 2 from these houses and didn't care for any of them

    Calvin Klein
    Avon
    Ferrari

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    Definitely Ferrari and Lacoste would be there. And definitely not Bogart.
    Currently wearing: Vetyver by L'Occitane

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    I can't resist tossing my calls....

    Niche:

    Mark Buxton (the line)
    Boadicea The Victorious
    Illuminum
    Penhaligons (recent reformulations destroyed this house)
    Nez a Nez

    Designer:

    Hugo Boss
    Lacoste
    Versace
    Dolce & Gabbana
    Prada
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    ELdO. Their few remarkable fragrances are not good as actual fragrances! Maybe great for smell-o-vision? The rest are surprisingly safe or bad. I haven't sampled them all. Only about half. Excuse the preemptive judgment. Love-hate the silly image to the point of confusion!

    Prada ... safe. Why don't they try to match up to their amazing fashions? Will it take a Miu Miu line to do it?

    Dior for the most recent reforms and current media image...an insult to a classic and could still be so relevant house! Apologies to Duke, as I worship vintage Dior, but then again I really like Cacharel and Aramis unabashedly, for what they are: cheap and cheerful, probably cheap and depressing to those who dislike them.

    Fendi for their near-criminal tossing of all their amazing old lineup in favor of (shit hitting the) Fan di Fendi.

    Penhaligon's ... pretty bottles, but I've always hated their uptight image, especially the childish primness of their women's scents. Yes Creed has an even more irritating image, but at least they've had a couple of perfect scents.
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    Can only think of 2 for the lack of creativity in their creation as well as over the top price tag

    Creed
    By Kilian

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    Creed (except original vetiver)
    Dolce & gabbana
    Ferrari

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    D&G
    Prada
    CK
    Boss
    Adidas
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    Bulgari (except maybe Aqua or Black)
    Lacoste (except maybe L.12.12 Green)
    Gucci (except maybe PH2 on the right skin)
    Thierry Mugler (just not a fan of Angel, sorry, much less the 10 billion flankers)
    Calvin Klein (Obsession isn't bad though)

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    Nautica
    Calvin Klein
    Hugo Boss
    Cartier
    Carolina Herrera
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

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    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
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