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    Hey guys,
    I did a search for this and didn't see any specific threads. If I'm missing something, please link me to it.

    Anyways, I want to know what everyone thinks are most overrated designer (not niche!) houses that market to men. Also, they should be houses that (most) people think are actually good, unlike Hugo Boss or Versace.

    An example would be (for me) Thierry Mugler, since all they do is just change up the A*Men DNA and put out a new bottle. Very little originality in that house anymore.

    What do you guys think? And why?

    Love to hear your opinions! Thanks!
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    Thierry Mugler does come out with a lot of flankers but pretty much all their offerings are really good.

    Personally I think Guerlain is overrated. I have a hard time finding a lot of their offerings appealing and they're pretty expensive.
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    sean john is one of them

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    Overrated designer house? Hmm... my vote goes to Ralph Lauren. I love Polo Purple Label... and that's perhaps it.

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    Yves Saint Laurent

    Everybody seems to love their pour Homme frags,
    the only one I really, really like is Opium PH EdP.
    All other smells either too goddamn butch, out-
    dated or too much like old men! Sorry!
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    Hugo Boss

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    C r e e d

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    Armani
    Everything he does is overrated.

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    Gendarme is complete and utter crap.
    I cannot think of a respectable men's scent from Kenzo.
    And with the exception of Black (12 years old), I hate all the men's BVLGARI scents.
    The Gaul Tier men's line disgusts me.

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    Bulgari

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    Depends if you mean over-rated on Basenotes or in the general public. In the general public - Davidoff, Dunhill, Hugo Boss & Armani are quite overrated.
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    Givenchy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Grand Duc View Post
    Yves Saint Laurent

    Everybody seems to love their pour Homme frags,
    the only one I really, really like is Opium PH EdP.
    All other smells either too goddamn butch, out-
    dated or too much like old men! Sorry!

    Their pour Femme line is a whole other story, though!
    Blasphemy

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    Seems like both designer and niche are being mentinoed. I don't know where Tom Ford Private Blends (or his other offerings) would fit. In my humble opinion these are overrated. I tested several titles and nothing worked for me...I'll keep working on them though.
    Armani is all gimmicks and overrated EXCEPT for the original Eau Pour Homme.
    Same with Versace. I don't know about their feminine scents.
    I'm sure there are others but these came to mind first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Grand Duc View Post
    Yves Saint Laurent

    Everybody seems to love their pour Homme frags,
    the only one I really, really like is Opium PH EdP.
    All other smells either too goddamn butch, out-
    dated or too much like old men! Sorry!

    Their pour Femme line is a whole other story, though!
    +1

    Opium is the only one of their men's line I like too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Renaissance_Man View Post
    Seems like both designer and niche are being mentinoed. I don't know where Tom Ford Private Blends (or his other offerings) would fit. In my humble opinion these are overrated. I tested several titles and nothing worked for me...I'll keep working on them though.
    Armani is all gimmicks and overrated EXCEPT for the original Eau Pour Homme.
    Same with Versace. I don't know about their feminine scents.
    I'm sure there are others but these came to mind first.
    I think the Private Blends would go in the niche market. I've only got Italian Cypress, but I think it's really just gorgeous. I'm hoping to try the White Musk line next.

    For me, I think the most overrated brand is Calvin Klein. I used to love them, but after trying out more complex and interesting scents, I find myself unable to really enjoy anything from this house anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kxe003 View Post
    blasphemy
    Quote Originally Posted by hds1963 View Post
    +1
    loooool!

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    +1 RL and YSL (I don't even care for Opium)
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    thierry mugler

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Grand Duc View Post
    Yves Saint Laurent
    out-dated or too much like old men! Sorry!
    I love both YSL and Givenchy. But then, I am mature in years.

    I do agree that Armani is overrated. I do like the concept of Code, but there are other fragrances that carry out this concept better.
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    +1 Armani too, I forgot Azzaro and Versace as well.
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    Davidoff. I adore Zino, love Cool Water, Adventure Fraiche is not bad, but all the rest...not to mention all those good for nothing flankers.

    Thierry Mugler - yeah you've got A*men, you've got Mugler cologne and mayhaps Ice Man I've never tried, besides those, whatever.

    Kenzo - sure, you make 'em unique more or less, I guess...

    Hugo Boss - mainstream, mainstream, mainstream. Sure Boss bottled is really ok, Dark Blue I love, Boss in motion black struck a chord, dunno why, Hugo by Hugo is generaly ok and well accepted.

    JPG - Le Male and ton's of flankers. Don't get me wrong, I really like Le Male

    Carolina Herrera - ok, she really doesn't make bad frags, in fact I find them most appealing, but there are quite a few wich remind of JPG Le Male in their drydowns what creates a query over the top of my head.

    Burberry - besides London and Brit...blah

    Gucci - besides Envy for men and Gucci PH I...blah

    Armani - yeah you make them expensive...and that's it.

    Calvin Klein - Obsession for men=great classic, Euphoria for men intense - really good, but all the rest, the flankers I mean...gosh...
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    Default Re: Most overrated designer fragrance houses?

    Calvin Klein
    Giorgio Armani
    Ralph Lauren

    Arguable maybe but when was their last original big hit...? Batting average kinda sux too...

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    Burberry and Bulgari. I've yet to find something from them that I really like. Will keep on testing though.

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    • Prada
    • Hugo Boss
    • Mugler
    • Davidoff
    • Burberry

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    Hugo Boss
    Karl Lagerfeld
    Calvin Klein
    Giorgio Armani
    Carolina Herrera
    J P Gaultier (excluding Le Male)
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    Vera Wang
    Jasper Conran
    Diesel

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    Burberry and Polo spring to mind first. Armani and Lacoste aren't far behind.
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    Default Re: Most overrated designer fragrance houses?

    CHANEL is one to add ,too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sophi View Post
    CHANEL is one to add ,too.
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    Default Re: Most overrated designer fragrance houses?

    Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss, Alfred Dunhill, Bulgari (except for Black), the latest by Givenchy, Burberry, Lacoste, Carolina Herrera, plus the fact that the good ones are made by designers are only the classic ones, plus many more I cannot recall.

    So far, I am starting to think that most designer's perfumes are crap and that I should focus on houses specialized in fragrance design and making or for traditional ones falling under the radar if in search of complex and original scents.
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    ^ +1; with the exceptions of Dior, Chanel, YSL, and Hermes (and Hermes is teetering...), almost any designer house is "overrated" anymore. Most houses have a least a few good scents in their stables, but you usually have to look back a number of years to find them at this point. Only a select few houses have maintained consistency into the 2000s.
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    Ralph Lauren.

    Except for Polo Green (wich i respect but personally dont like) dont have nothing more to offer

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    Armani, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Burrbery are the most overrated houses for me.

    I`d say creed too, if it was a designer fragrance house. But it isn`t, and i also think that they are more overpriced than overrated (but you always have to be careful to not piss off Creed`s religion when talking about the brand...)

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    Tom Ford - without a doubt...

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    ..............
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mario-K View Post
    Tom Ford - without a doubt...
    Hey! Watch Your Mouth! lol

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    3+ YSL. I just like Opium PH
    1+ Bulgari, I just like Black
    2+ RL, Just i like Safari For Men
    3+ Hugo Boss
    1+ Calvin Klein
    And Givenchy

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    Quote Originally Posted by sophi View Post
    CHANEL is one to add ,too.
    NNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Gucci and Givenchy

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    Did someone seriously say Chanel? If I could choice one house to wear to would have to be Mademoiselle Coco's house.

    Armani is the only one I can think of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sophi View Post
    CHANEL is one to add ,too.
    Blasphemy!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sophi View Post
    CHANEL is one to add ,too.
    Blasphemy!!!

    Edit*

    Now that I think about it. How are any of these houses OVER-rated? I don't see people giving non-stop praise to Armani and Ralph Lauren (etc) like they do Creed or Amouage here in the forum....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grottola View Post
    NNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As for overrated, Thierry Mugler and all of his dessert fragrances.
    Totally agree!

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    Nina Ricci.....boring, boring, boring. Some of the mens fragrances smelled like stale cheese. The only half decent frag from this house was Ricci Club, ( 4 out of 10).
    Not to mention Creed......cheap, (expensive) rip offs of other houses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Descartes View Post
    After reading all the above statements It seems the whole perfume industry is overrated ......The truth is they sell thousand of bottles a year and they have a multimillion market of consumers who enjoy what they do.
    The truth is that we have all been brainwashed. Big Brother has finally taken over. We are now dictated to, and most suckers believe the crap fed to them.......Nike baseball caps, Addidas t shirts and trainers sold to them for €160 - made in Viet Nam for €1,60......WAKE UP brother. Exactly the same goes for fragrances.....mostly in the shit hands of Procter and Gamble.....
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    Creed has some nice scents, but it's pretty overrated IMO. I would buy a few of them at half price, but only a few did I find worth the price tag.

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    For me the most overrated fragrance house is Creed. I have not found one that I like well enough on which to spend the money. Number 2 most overrated is Dior and Number 3 is Chanel.

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    Default Re: Most overrated designer fragrance houses?

    sophi; I agree with you on Chanel.

    Quote Originally Posted by sophi View Post
    CHANEL is one to add ,too.

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    Creed is very overrated even though it is not designer. I just had to say it. However, Giorgio armani, Bvlgari, and Calvin Klein are very overrated.

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    Okay, this knob may get spanked for this but...-Dior, YSL, Tom Ford (especially Azure Lime, stinkobabyIMO), Calvin Klein(awful), Burberry and Ed Hardy. Sorry about being so cranky. Etro rocks!


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    CREED of course

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    Calvin Klein

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    It's kinda funny to hear "overrated houses", because I never hear any BNers naming houses. It seems we always suggest and discuss certain fragrances. I always just look at individual scents, and if I look at it that way, I can't say I enjoy Giorgio Armani (at all) and also Chanel. I hear SO much about Allure Homme, and all its flankers, yet I just don't like any of them at all. I don't like Hugo Boss either, but I don't think they're overrated. Probably because I've never heard anyone ever say that they were a great house to begin with.
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    even though i do enjoy some of its offerings, Creed. I really really do like Aventus, but even was I was prepared to buy it, as much as i did like it, i didnt seem like a 300 dollar fragrance. I went with Musc Ravageur and couldnt be happier.

    Creed is very good, but overpriced. I would take YSL over Creed anyday.

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    #1 Creed

    #2 Bond No. 9

    Both overrated, overpriced, & underwhelming

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    Do note it says "designer fragrance houses".
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    By Kilian, Creed , Tom F.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanwllCorfe View Post
    It's kinda funny to hear "overrated houses", because I never hear any BNers naming houses. It seems we always suggest and discuss certain fragrances. I always just look at individual scents, and if I look at it that way, I can't say I enjoy Giorgio Armani (at all) and also Chanel. I hear SO much about Allure Homme, and all its flankers, yet I just don't like any of them at all. I don't like Hugo Boss either, but I don't think they're overrated. Probably because I've never heard anyone ever say that they were a great house to begin with.
    Indeed, Hugo Boss is not a great house, but there are few scents from them that I really fancy. I can't say they're masterpieces, in fact they're not even near that, but I can't say they're worth for s**t. Noone ever mentioned Hugo Boss being overrated on this site indeed.

    I have to agree about CK, except Obsession for men and a few more I guess, this house is the most pathetic of designer houses lately.

    Davidoff - except for Zino and Cool Water they got nothing interesting to offer, wait, Silver Shadow Private is really not bad!

    Chanel - indeed they have fine offerings, but to me they're no better than Givenchy or YSL to say the truth, and I do kind of think that Dior beats the hell out of Chanel, no matter the fact that I hate Fahrenheit.

    Armani - very expensive and that's just about it with this house, nothing more and quite much less (I mean their frags)
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Grifter View Post
    By Kilian, Creed , Tom F.
    since when does Creed design anything? lol

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