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    Talking Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    I know, corny title aside, I'm curious about this, so I thought maybe we could do a bit of an experiment. Pick your top 10, regardless of whether you own this, want to own it, can't afford it, or used to own it, just your flat out top 10. Then, see if upon first smelling, you loved that fragrance. Pretty simple. But to clarify, and make this more telling, "like" doesn't count, I mean, did you love the fragrance initially as much as you do today. My list is as follows:

    (In no particular order)
    Guerlain Vetiver Pour Elle............... YES
    Bond no. 9 Bleecker Street.............. NO
    Dior Homme Cologne...................... YES
    Armani Prive Oranger Alhambra....... NO
    Serge Lutens Chergui....................... NO
    Biehl Parfumkunstwerke MB02............ YES
    Parfum d'Empire Eau de Gloire............ YES
    Amouage Dia for Men......................... YES
    Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Garrigue.... YES
    Frapin L'Humaniste............................... NO

    Only 40% grew on me, which I find surprising, considering I've found that those that have grown on me, my love is stronger for, than those I liked from the beginning. So how about you guys?
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    1) Amouage Lyric Man ----------- NO
    2) Amouage Reflection Man ------ YES (but then no, and then finally an even bigger YES)
    3) Les Nez Let Me Play the Lion---NO
    4) MPG Bois de Turquie ----------YES
    5) Narciso Rodriguez For Him -----YES
    6) L'Anarchiste -------------------YES
    7) Prada Amber------------------NO
    8) Fleur du Male-----------------NO (I hated this on my first sampling)
    9) M7----------------------------NO (hated this one, too, at first)
    10) Erolfa------------------------YES
    11) V&R Antidote ---------------NO (really liked but got a weird cat pee note my first few samplings)

    My love for them now is not directly related to how I felt about them initially. My top 3 consists of Reflection and Lyric Man and Bois de Turquie, and while I did love BdT and Reflection immediately, my love for them has grown over time, as has my love for Lyric.
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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    Bois du Portugal- no
    Virigin island water- yes
    Royal english- yes
    Vintage Tabarome- yes
    A men pure malt- yes
    Le male- yes
    Millesime imperial-no
    Angel men- no
    tabarome millesime-yes
    Burberry London- yes

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    No way. I don't believe it. I was at work today thinking of a topic to start that I don't think had ever been done before. Got home and went at it, without looking at the boards. AND David you started the same thread! This is like winning the lottery, I swear.
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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    Amouage - Ubar ( No, but yes on the second wearing )
    Comme des Garcons: Luxe - Champaca ( Yes! )
    Commes des Garcons Stephen Jones ( Yes! )
    Frederic Malle - Carnal Flower ( Yes!
    Frederic Malle - En Passant ( Yes! )
    Gucci - L'Arte di Gucci ( No - loathed it. )
    Neil Morris - Gandhara ( Yes! )
    Parfumerie Generale - Tubereuse Couture ( Yes! )
    Patou - Pour Homme ( Yes, liked - took a few wearings to love. )
    Serge Lutens - Tubereuse Criminelle ( Yes! )

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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    Serge Lutens Chergui - YES
    Serge Lutens Gris Clair - YES
    Chanel Allure Homme - YES
    Body Kouros - YES
    New Harleem - YES
    A*Men Pure Malt - YES
    Guerlain L'Instant Pour Homme - 1st wear no.. second YES!
    Le Labo Rose 31 - YES
    Black Aoud - NO
    Green Irish Tweed - NO
    "Nothing breaks up a team faster than.. Herpes"


    -- Top --
    (1) Guerlain Tonka Imperiale (2) Creed Millesime Imperial
    (3) Creed Silver Mountain Water (4) Creed Aventus
    (5) Creed Green Irish Tweed (6) Thierry Mugler A*Men Pure Malt
    (7) Amouage Reflection Man

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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    Zino -- YES
    Tea For Two -- YES
    Dzing! -- YES
    Dzongkha -- NO
    Black Aoud -- NO
    Back to Black -- YES
    Gris Clair -- YES
    Eau d'Hermès -- NO
    Idole de Lubin -- YES
    Encre Noire -- YES
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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    Égoïste - YES
    Opium pour Homme EdP - YES
    Dior Homme - YES
    Dior Homme Intense - YES
    Fahrenheit - YES
    Platinum Égoïste - NO
    Jaïpur Homme - YES
    Allure Édition Blanche - YES
    Lagerfeld Classic - YES
    Habit Rouge - YES

    ... only one no, so I'm a BIG believer in love at first sniff!
    Last edited by Le Grand Duc; 9th May 2010 at 01:49 AM.

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    Fougères used to give me trouble. The admiration for the others was instantaneous.


    New York -- YES
    Shalimar -- YES
    Habit Rouge -- YES
    Chergui -- YES
    Bvlgari Black -- YES

    Azzaro pour Homme -- no
    Le Troisième Homme -- no

    AdP Colonia -- YES

    Encre Noire -- YES

    Jubilation XXV -- YES

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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    Not in the case with the Guerlains, except for Heritage: an imporved version of Zino and Dali. All the rest took my time to decide if I liked them.

    On the contrary, I did fell in love with Rochas Lui adn Globe, as well with a local blend inspired by Zino. The point being, there are brandy and pipe notes in the top notes that makes it what I guess SL's are like, syrupy and sweet. It is the strongest scent in my wardrobe that I would only wear in winter, clad in a herringbone jacket, a suede vest, a viyella shirt, a regiemental tie, matched trousers, brogues, a cap and a duffel coat or a cape, while in the countryside and going for a hunt.

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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    Chanel no. 5 Eau Première - YES
    Terre d'Hermès - YES
    TDC Sel de Vétiver - YES
    Guerlain Homme - NO
    Neil Morris Red Sky - YES
    Creed Santal Imperial - ALMOST (2nd Sniff)
    Tom Ford Grey Vetiver - YES (fell in love from the magazine flap - like a frag porno fold-out!)
    Tom Ford Extreme - YES (but I was in denial at first)
    Comme des Garçones 2 Man - YES
    Tiffany For Men - YES

    Others that are CLOSE to my top 10 were NO:

    Guerlain Derby
    Tokyo by Kenzo
    Thierry Mugler A*Men Pure Coffee
    Givenchy Pi Neo

    Although some more are YES:

    YSL La Nuit de L'Homme
    YSL Kouros
    Gucci by Gucci PH
    TDC Charmes et Feuilles
    TDC Oriental Lounge
    Givenchy Gentleman

    Overall, I seem to be more "fall in love at first sniff" than many folks. But glad to see that I'm not the only one!
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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    Green Irish Tweed - YES
    Domenico Caraceni - YES
    Versace L'Homme- YES
    Rive Gauche Pour Homme - YES

    Habit Rouge Beau Cavalier - NO
    Vintage Tabarome- NO
    Royal English Leather- NO
    L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme - NO
    Rose 31- NO
    Kouros- NO NO NO NO

    I find since I started in here, there are very few I "trust" at first sniff. I cannot and will not judge something usually on it's opening notes anymore.
    Last edited by StylinLA; 9th May 2010 at 04:19 AM.

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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    Yes, I do!

    Of the scents I love most there are only three with which I took a U-turn, and they are Angel, Mitsouko and Muscs Koublaï Khan. All others were cases of love at first sniff.
    "Wovon man nicht lesen kann, darüber muss man schreiben."

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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    (fell in love from the magazine flap - like a frag porno fold-out!)
    LOOOL, hilarious!

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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    Going from my rotation instead of figuring out an overall top ten:

    Knize Ten - YES
    Knize Two - YES
    Yatagan - NO
    Quorum - oh, hell no
    Xeryus - No
    Bandit - Yes
    Prada, Infusion d'Iris - No
    Guerlain Habit Rouge - No
    MPG Centaure - Yes
    l'Occitane Vetyver - Yes

    The only real u-turns were Quorum and Yatagan - Quorum because it takes practice to get it right, and Yatagan because it really wasn't what I was expecting. The other "noes" weren't very impressive at first spray, but turned out to be very wearable in practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtgprox05 View Post
    No way. I don't believe it. I was at work today thinking of a topic to start that I don't think had ever been done before. Got home and went at it, without looking at the boards. AND David you started the same thread! This is like winning the lottery, I swear.
    I will take that as a compliment

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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    Yes to all of these

    SL MKK
    FM Musc Ravageur
    Amouage Gold
    MPG Parfum d'Habit
    Montale Black Aoud
    Chanel Sycomore
    ELDO fat Electrician
    MPG Route du Vetiver
    PdN New York
    Tauer L'air du desert morocain
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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    When I first started out with this "hobby," I would have answered yes, but now I'd say that I can tell if I'm going to like a frag after the first full wearing, but I haven't thought that a frag was incredible for a long time. Sometimes I'm very impressed and surprised (as I was recently by Azzaro's Acteur) but that's as excited as I get now. Part of it is that I know I will get bored if I wear it more than once every few weeks and the other major thing is that I have a large rotation which I enjoy and would not abandon for any one frag.
    Last edited by Bigsly; 9th May 2010 at 06:45 AM.

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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    Yes I do (believe, hallelujah). If it wasn't possible to be transported once in a while by a scent, a piece of music, a painting, photo or piece of design then life would hardly be worth living. I hope there are many 'OMG' moments still to come for me . . . but having said that, it's equally true that it has taken me time to acquire the taste and come to love other things in life (new Steely Dan albums were always a bit like that for me . . . )

    Instant:

    L'Heure Bleue
    Apres l'Ondee
    Homage
    Yatagan
    Green Irish Tweed
    Villoresi Uomo
    Acqua di Parma Colonia
    Hermes Vetiver Tonka
    Terre d'Hermes

    Acquired:

    PdN New York
    Patou Pour Homme
    Maxims Pour Homme
    Jicky
    Caron Pour Homme
    Santal Noble
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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    I limit myself to 10 bottles at a time, so rather than post my 10 out and out favs, I'll use these.

    Terre D'hermes - NO
    Eau Sauvage - YES
    M7 Fresh - NO
    Joop Thrill - NO
    Body Kouros - YES
    Mugler Cologne - NO
    A*Men Sunesscense - NO
    Burberry London - NO
    Dior Homme - NO. In fact, didn't like it at all.
    D&G The One - YES. First fragrance I ever loved. Now I've tried many more it seems a bit more average, still worth having though.

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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    L'Ombre Fauve - No
    Felanilla - No
    MKK - No
    Chergui - No
    Ambre Sultan - No
    Ambre Russe - No
    Cuir Ottoman - No
    Cedre (Lutens) - Yes
    Red Aoud - Yes
    Yohji Homme - Yes

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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    Dior Homme - No
    YSL L'Homme - Yes
    Azzaro Chrome - Yes
    Azzaro Pour Homme Elixir - Yes
    Terre d'Hermes - No
    Versace Pour Homme - No
    Dior Fahrenheit - No
    Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne - No
    S. T. Dupont Pour Homme Intense - Yes
    YSL M7 - No

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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    I believe fragrances are like songs. Some you love the instant you hear it, some need more familiarity. That said:


    Jubilation XXV - Yes
    Lolita Lempicka au Masculine - Yes
    Habit Rouge - No
    Terre d'Hermes - Yes
    Green Irish Tweed - No
    Guerlain Vetiver - No
    Royal English Leather - Yes
    Bois du Portugal - Yes
    A*Men - No way!
    L'eau D'Issey - No
    Last edited by MikeNY; 9th May 2010 at 01:03 PM.

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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    Oooh fun!!

    Italian Cypress - Yes
    L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme Extreme - Yes
    Jaipur pour Homme EdP - Yes
    Encre Noire - Yes
    Un Bois Vanille - Yes
    Musc Ravageur - No
    Zino - No
    Ungaro II - Yes
    Bvlgari pour Homme Soir - No
    Kouros Tattoo edition - Yes
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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    Great topic mtgprox05!

    Shalimar by Guerlain - a big NO when I first smelled it, now it is one of my HG scents
    Philtre d' Amour by Guerlain - Yes!
    Habit Rouge by Guerlain - Yes!
    Serge Noire by Serge Lutens - Yes!
    Avignon (Series 3: Incense) by Comme des Garcons - Yes!
    Vetiver by Guerlain - Yes!
    Vol de Nuit by Guerlain - No!
    Cumming by Alan Cumming - No!
    Sous le Vent by Guerlain - Yes!
    Hermessence Ambre Narguile by Hermes - Yes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNY911 View Post
    I believe fragrances are like songs. Some you love the instant you hear it, some need more familiarity.
    Perfect analogy- at least it's true for me.

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    Default Re: Do you believe in love at first sniff?

    Chergui: No
    Bel Ami: No
    Habit Rouge: No
    Egoïste: No
    Dzongkha: No
    Encre Noire: Yes
    Equipage: Yes
    Concentré d'Orange Verte: Yes
    Dior Homme: Yes
    Ambre Russe: Yes

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