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    Back when I came to Basenotes it was Santa Maria Novella.....SMN everything.....Bvlgari Black also seemed to get way more attention than it gets now.....Sure.....some still talk about it.....but not like they used to talk.....Gary

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    I don't think the "hype" was overkill for Bulgari Black, it is still one of my all-time favorites. (especially layered with Bandit)...it is still unique and notable enough, but perhaps the rush of "wow, this is an unusual scent!" is over. I do think though that Serge Lutens' scents may have been overhyped, as they're a little "too niche" at least for my tastes, although intriguing, and some of them very good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life View Post
    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.
    Forgive me but leisure suits and clip on ties were milestones as well, whether one personally liked them or not.
    One thing that I've often wondered about Dr. Luca Turin is whether or not he's a bit of a nutcase when he goes overboard praising anything that is innovative.

    I think it's a legitimate question to ask whether a frag that is innovative should get praised because it smells great
    ( I know, what a silly standard for judging fragrances )
    Or because it has a gimmick that's caught on.

    My own hypothesis is that if it is great, it will stand the test of time.

    But, I'm a bit of a nutcase too, so . . .

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    About 8-9 years ago we had a penchant for Casran's Chopard and LV Piper Nigrum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Desmond Hume View Post
    Acqua di Gio and Armani Code Basenotes Sweethearts? That's like seeing McDonald's being 'highly recommended' in GaultMillau...
    LMAO

    Whipping boys is more like it.

    Although I have to say two things...

    (1) If you're a fellow Yank, I highly recommend McDonalds in other countries. McDonald's in Tokyo has some awesome pastries, and the ones in Rome have these excellent ham panini things that you must experience - simply for perspective.

    (2) If you're a BNer who loves to rag on AdG and Code, I highly recommend throwing your critical faculties at these puppies, the next time you're bored at the counter in Macy's. Yeah, yeah, yeah - you smelled them before. But give them a closer sniff to see what makes them tick, and why they're making boo-koo bucks. It's not all due to the shallow tastes of your fellow man, or advertising that has hypnotized the buying public. Compare AdG to any of the imitators, side-by-side. Compare Code with a variety of other mainstream scents. I think you'll discover several aspects of each which speak of good perfumery, pure and simple. Agreed - they've spawned legions of generic imitations. But they still have some good stuff under the hood.
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    The two that spring to mind for me are:

    Straight to Heaven & L'Homme Sage.

    No redeeming features in my mind - sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    LMAO

    Whipping boys is more like it.

    Although I have to say two things...

    (1) If you're a fellow Yank, I highly recommend McDonalds in other countries. McDonald's in Tokyo has some awesome pastries, and the ones in Rome have these excellent ham panini things that you must experience - simply for perspective.

    (2) If you're a BNer who loves to rag on AdG and Code, I highly recommend throwing your critical faculties at these puppies, the next time you're bored at the counter in Macy's. Yeah, yeah, yeah - you smelled them before. But give them a closer sniff to see what makes them tick, and why they're making boo-koo bucks. It's not all due to the shallow tastes of your fellow man, or advertising that has hypnotized the buying public. Compare AdG to any of the imitators, side-by-side. Compare Code with a variety of other mainstream scents. I think you'll discover several aspects of each which speak of good perfumery, pure and simple. Agreed - they've spawned legions of generic imitations. But they still have some good stuff under the hood.
    (1) I happen to prefer Burger King (in any country)
    (2) AdG and Code are two of my favorite fragrances I just thought it was weird to see them here mentioned as Basenotes Sweethearts, while they get bashed all the time simply because they are so popular.
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    Right now it's fair to say that New Haarlem is the current BN sweet(literally)heart. Those auctioning the frag on eBay can expect a pretty hefty boost
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    Green Irish Tweed comes to mind. But I think it hasn't gone out of fashion here yet.

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    Surprised that I'm the first to mention... Pure Malt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumblefish View Post
    Right now it's fair to say that New Haarlem is the current BN sweet(literally)heart. Those auctioning the frag on eBay can expect a pretty hefty boost
    Is it? I dont see that much discussion on it around...

    Right now, Reflection man.
    Yeah, its great, I love it myself but boy, is there a lot of raving
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    I think there's a difference between Sweethearts and Overhyped...

    Sweethearts are ones like Rive Gauche, Guerlain Vetiver, etc... ie good basic starter frags that we all know and love and are easy to plug in as a recommendation for anyone because they're generally liked.

    Overhyped are ones that get huge airtime for a short period (and may be good, but they're just over-recommended) like Pure Malt, Black Oud, L'Homme Sage, etc... Ambre Narguile, Secretions Magnifique (?), etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zgb View Post
    don't forget the GIT religion also...
    While i'll say that GIT is VERY hyped, i think that particular fragrance deserves the hype. It is, after all - a fantastic scent, but, that is just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timaru View Post
    Right now, Reflection man.
    Yeah, its great, I love it myself but boy, is there a lot of raving
    I never thought I'd see the day. Hoo boy! And to think that I may have had some small part in it. *beams*

    As I said to Larwiz though - all others have to get in line behind me. It was my signature scent first!
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    At the moment it seems to be that Malt thing.....to the max.
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    At one point several years go, Geir, Envy and GIT was the rage.

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