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    Over the two years I have been here there have been a couple of frags that were overly hyped and got admittedly undeserved attention.
    I dont mean those that are constant favourites but rather those that get their two months rave and then disappear again.

    What fragrances like that can you think of and when were they popular?

    Two that immediately come to mind are Rive Gauche PH, overly popular about a year ago, I think, and L'air du Desert Marrocain (last fall?).

    Sure they are great frags so the paid respect was well deserved but the hype, quite frankly, was over the top.

    Anyone else?
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    The ones I can think of right now may also (although not exclusively) include: Dior Homme, Encre Noire, YSL M7 (although these are rather constant favorites, or, equally likely, frags which get the "on-and-off-and on again..." kind of hype)
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    Default Re: Basenotes Sweethearts

    Encre Noir, Cuiron, M7 and Knize 10 come to my mind. These were specially endorsed by "heavy posters" in the recent past. Some other niche scents are part of this "game", so to speak, but I cannot recall anyone in particular.

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    Aaaw, right, how could I miss out those?
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    Everything Ken russell listed, but do add Terre D' Hermes, Musc Ravaguer, Amouage Jubilation, and Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille.

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    Default Re: Basenotes Sweethearts

    Amouage always gets a nice reception here, and I think that Epic has done very well within that. Not undeserved, either, IMO.

    Creed Vintage Tabarôme is treated like a demi-god here, too - and I'll admit being one of the fanboys of that, too.

    Right now, though, I think Bleu de Chanel is stirring things up like the next hurricane, and REALLY doesn't deserve it. It's kind of a sweetheart in the sense of Paris Hilton being a media "sweetheart". Famous for being famous. If anybody else would have made it, it would have dropped off the charts with Givenchy Pi Neo, the Marc Ecko frag, and the Ed Hardy scents. The Chanel name, like Hilton, got it media attention. Now I may like the scent, and I love discussing it, but when is the last time a fresh scent pushed up against nine pages around here? NO WAY. I predict it will be back in comfortable semi-obscurity with lesser royalty and the Allure flankers by next summer.
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    Default Re: Basenotes Sweethearts

    As for fleeting sweethearts, when I first started here, everyone constantly gushed about Montale Aouds and I don't hear much about them any more. I'm also suprised at how long that Bang thread has stayed at the top of page one.

    I think that's a whole different thing than the ongoing buzz that actual quality scents like Encre Noire or LADDM get.

    EDIT: Oh, I forgot Windsor! Manufactured scarcity + the Creed name = a veritable orgy of BN hype. It's already dying down though, now that we all have Aventus to sniff...
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    Default Re: Basenotes Sweethearts

    I don't think that Rive Gauche PH was ever really hyped up. It's just a solid scent that is very versatile so it always comes up when posters ask for recommendations...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larwiz View Post
    Everything Ken russell listed, but do add Terre D' Hermes, Musc Ravaguer, Amouage Jubilation, and Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille.
    Overly hyped?

    Is this overly hyping them?: Some of the greatest fragrances ever made!!!

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    Default Re: Basenotes Sweethearts

    Quote Originally Posted by rogalal View Post
    EDIT: Oh, I forgot Windsor! Manufactured scarcity + the Creed name = a veritable orgy of BN hype. It's already dying down though, now that we all have Aventus to sniff...
    Creed plays that market like a piano. And I'm singing along for sure! They simply know how to generate hype.

    Quote Originally Posted by KMF View Post
    I don't think that Rive Gauche PH was ever really hyped up. It's just a solid scent that is very versatile so it always comes up when posters ask for recommendations...
    I do agree that it has real long-term quality (well, Windsor does, too, but there really was hype on that one.) I agree that RGPH wasn't so much super-hyped, but I do remember about a year and a half or so ago, RGPH went through this period where it got a lot of threads, and it got "discovered" and pretty much swept through all the noobs at that time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boosh View Post
    Overly hyped?

    Is this overly hyping them?: Some of the greatest fragrances ever made!!!
    None of the fragrances I listed are great or even close.

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    Default Re: Basenotes Sweethearts

    Body Kouros, Terre d'Hermes, Chanel Allure Homme/Sport come to mind

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    Default Re: Basenotes Sweethearts

    Gosh, there was the era of Lonestar Memories c.Jan 09 Idole made an appearance then, too.
    Then it was Cuir Ottoman.
    Then the Curion love.
    Scentemental played a one-man fanfare for vintage Givenchy Gentleman that lasted years...
    Then Chergui, whew, that one was intense!!
    And MKK was hot on its heels!



    Not that any of these were unworthy.... but sure, there are Zeitgeist scents...

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    Default Re: Basenotes Sweethearts

    ^ Yeah, it's interesting how vintage Givenchy Gentleman cycles through here periodically. A bunch of people buy it, then it dies down until enough new people arrive to start asking around about it and the people who have it start talking it up. It gets a few threads, including bottle pics, and then the new people stock up. Everybody's happy and it slumbers until the next time.

    But hard to believe that Lonestar Memories was a sweetheart! That stuff is....... interestingly unwearable.
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    DC1913 was the board's sweetheart for awhile. Now it's barely mentioned.
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    Default Re: Basenotes Sweethearts

    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    DC1913 was the board's sweetheart for awhile. Now it's barely mentioned.
    C&S No. 88 as well...

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    Lol, yeah. I never expect the generic-styled Bleu by Chanel to generate 9 pages (and counting...)

    I suspect Marc Jacobs BANG might be the next...

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    Default Re: Basenotes Sweethearts

    Quote Originally Posted by KMF View Post
    C&S No. 88 as well...
    Many being sold in the Sales thread. Did you notice?

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    Aramis - Havana (all the time, until the relaunche)
    Less obvious: D&G By
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    Divine L'Homme Sage
    fell off as it should have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larwiz View Post
    None of the fragrances I listed are great or even close.
    Because they were hyped?

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    I don't think there's a predicatble relation between hype and the actual "worth" or significance of a scent. Mediocre stuff gets hypred as well as potential classics in the context of forum psychology. Rive Gauche, Terre d'Hermes, LDDM, dior homme, Knize Ten are brilliant fragrances, the latter three unquestionable milestones in perfumery, whether one personally likes them or not.
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    Default Re: Basenotes Sweethearts

    don't forget the GIT religion also...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    Divine L'Homme Sage
    fell off as it should have.
    I agree, this scent is too rich.. it becomes a bit sickening. There's not enough counterpoint against the sweetness and heaviness. A similar cardamom/green/lychee scent that is much better is the very underrated Azzaro Now Men.
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    Aqua di Gio
    Rive Gauche
    Armani Code
    Creed <fill in the blank>

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    Default Re: Basenotes Sweethearts

    Was Black Aoud overhyped? I seem to remember seeing so much of it in multiple posts/threads from a year or 2 ago, but that reign seems to have blown well away. Now it only appears in "Best Longevity" threads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ubergeek View Post
    Aqua di Gio
    Rive Gauche
    Armani Code
    Creed <fill in the blank>
    Acqua di Gio and Armani Code Basenotes Sweethearts? That's like seeing McDonald's being 'highly recommended' in GaultMillau...
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    I have to agree on Bleu de Chanel. Boy, is it average! I have given it 3 full wearings and I am not at all impressed. Birthday scent or not, I wish I had selected a different scent. Which one? I dunno.
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    Default Re: Basenotes Sweethearts

    Quote Originally Posted by matthewfoo View Post
    Was Black Aoud overhyped? I seem to remember seeing so much of it in multiple posts/threads from a year or 2 ago, but that reign seems to have blown well away. Now it only appears in "Best Longevity" threads.
    We must have started reading/participating at around the same time Matt. The Montale Aoud craze was unlike anything I've seen since when I first joined. Almost every other thread seemed to be about them.
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