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    Question AWFUL CITRUS NOTES - anyone?

    Like many others, I love citrus notes. Thus far I've yet to encounter a citrus rendition that is so incompetent it borders on 'offensive'. Have you come across any fragrance with really screwed up citrus notes, perhaps due to some unfortunate partnering? If you have, what was it that made it less enjoyable for you?

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    Not incompetent but I just don't like the cilantro being paired with the citrus opening of Live Jazz. I don't want to smell like salsa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Not incompetent but I just don't like the cilantro being paired with the citrus opening of Live Jazz. I don't want to smell like salsa.
    How many times have you tried Live Jazz? I ask because after the first time I wore it I hardly noticed the cilantro.

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    Nearly all grapefruit fragrances smell awful to me, which is really odd given how much I like the smell of grapefruit in real life. It's always so caustic and bitter in fragrance form.

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    I feel so unbelievably disloyal towards my fave house,
    but I cannot stand Dior Homme Sport ... that citrus
    opening is like pure citric acid. Disgustingly vile..!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galamb_Borong View Post
    Nearly all grapefruit fragrances smell awful to me, which is really odd given how much I like the smell of grapefruit in real life. It's always so caustic and bitter in fragrance form.
    Same here.
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    I disliked Live jazz too, I'm one of the 3% who is able to taste/smell the bitter chemical in cilantro which is soapy metal shavings to me.
    But the scent as a whole I wouldn't say awful, just bad. Other "bad" citruses imo are : TDC Bergamotte, Caraceni Ivy League, Coty Avatar.

    truly awful citrus would be Bogart Silver Scent, Claiborne for men

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    I have to agree with the Dior Homme Sport. There is a certain synthetic soapy feel to the citrus...

    I don't enjoy the artificial citrus concoction in Clinique's Happy for Men either...smells gratingly 'chemical'.

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    Chalk up another hater of "pamplemousse" frags here.

    I love citrus scents too, but the one that sticks out in my mind as a citrus screwup is the much-loved Ungaro II. It's the overuse of civet, mixed with the citrus. I think it smells like a dirty litter box sitting next to a box of oranges.
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    Clinique Happy - YUK, this gave me a headache after about 10 minutes.

    As for grapefruit scents smelling awful I agree that quite a few do. I have recently purchased Energizer by Boadicea the Victorious and I am more than happy with this. Fantastic grapefruit (not some cheap synthetic nasty smell) and it lasts a very long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Grand Duc View Post
    I feel so unbelievably disloyal towards my fave house,
    but I cannot stand Dior Homme Sport ... that citrus
    opening is like pure citric acid. Disgustingly vile..!
    Same here and the addition of ginger in the top notes doesn't help. It's one of the most abrasive citrus frags I have ever smelled.
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    For me it's gotta be Czech & Speake Citrus Paradisi. It's still relatively new to me so I'm still getting acquainted with it, but there's something about it which smells as if somebody put on a citrus underarm deodorant, ran a marathon, and didn't shower for 3 days. Strange, though, because I'm still somewhat drawn to it. Like it's beautifully/artistically ugly - in a pretty way. I'm not educated or sophisticated enough to be able to identify what components of the fragrance result in that impression, but it's the fragrance which came to mind when I saw the subject of the thread.

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    Jaguar (light blue glass bottle) smells like a mix of citrus and nail polish remover. I just read up on Burberry Weeknd's top notes which are grapefruit, lemon and tangerine which I think labels it citrus. On that note.. Weekend smells like bug spray to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shamu1 View Post
    Chalk up another hater of "pamplemousse" frags here.

    I love citrus scents too, but the one that sticks out in my mind as a citrus screwup is the much-loved Ungaro II. It's the overuse of civet, mixed with the citrus. I think it smells like a dirty litter box sitting next to a box of oranges.
    How happy a man I am that I could not convince you to trade off your Ungaro II. With six cats, I smell enough eau de litter box, but thankfully not mixed with a funky citrus note. You are a gentleman and a true pal, Shamu, for sparing me this horror!

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    beyond paradise

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    The umbu top note in Carioca. Not the best choice of a citrus IMO.

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    I agree with petruccicj - Artisan is just the most horrible, synthetic, hairspray-esque orange blossom note I've ever smelled.

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    The grapefruit in Bvlgari Extreme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matthewfoo View Post
    The grapefruit in Bvlgari Extreme.

    that too

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    Drakkar Noir. It might not be just the citrus part. The rest is pretty horrible, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Grand Duc View Post
    I feel so unbelievably disloyal towards my fave house,
    but I cannot stand Dior Homme Sport ... that citrus
    opening is like pure citric acid. Disgustingly vile..!
    I'll have to agree. Dior Homme Sport is just nasty. Puke inducing stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    I disliked Live jazz too, I'm one of the 3% who is able to taste/smell the bitter chemical in cilantro which is soapy metal shavings to me.
    But the scent as a whole I wouldn't say awful, just bad. Other "bad" citruses imo are : TDC Bergamotte, Caraceni Ivy League, Coty Avatar.

    truly awful citrus would be Bogart Silver Scent, Claiborne for men
    I definitely agree with the TDC, and I don't remember much about Ivy League, other than it smelled incredibly cheap. So I'll cosign both of those. As far as my addition to this thread?

    Diptyque Oyedo. I know there are some ardent fans of this stuff, but I seriously let out a hearty chuckle when I first put my nose to my wrist. So many things came to mind.... Pez, Tums, Tang, and these sour orange gummy rings that my friends and I will occasionally get at the local 7-11. I KNOW it was meant to smell artificial (at least I'm hoping that's what was meant), but how can anyone seriously like to smell like they've been doused in artificial orange powder?
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    Grapefruit does not smell good on my skin. Oh well...
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    I can't bear the notes in C&S Citrus Paradisi either.

    It honestly smells like a puddle that a cat left on the floor, to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrich View Post
    I can't bear the notes in C&S Citrus Paradisi either.

    It honestly smells like a puddle that a cat left on the floor, to me.
    I suspect that is due to the civet note.

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    Thanks Scentsitivity, you may be right. I wasn't sure whether it could have been grapefruit.

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