Womanity! It reminds me of chewing on tin foil - creepy!
Jeez! And to think I was going to buy each of you a bottle of Secretions Magnifique for Christmas
OPIUM by far.
Naw, it's not that bad, it's just that compared with how great it used to be back in '77 YSL managed to maim this once upon a time masterpiece with all its reformulations into mediocrity.
Cry me a River,
Elliot James: [of his philandering] You know what my problem is? The way they smell. The perfume of their skin. It's, it's so intoxicating. I told my wife I'd never even *look* at other women if only I could cut off my nose.
Michael Burgess: What'd she say?
Elliott James: She said I was aiming too high.
--Michael Caine and Alan Alda in Sweet Liberty (1986)
Womanity! It reminds me of chewing on tin foil - creepy!
MJ, are you a hoot or what? hahahahaha
I'm probably in the minority, but I tend to be the most offended by certain laundry detergent-smelling fragrances with huge sillage. I have no name, don't know which the worst culprits are, but the Clean fragrances are probably likely suspects. Intellectually I sort of get why people like them, although I would never wear one myself, but I really don't want to be assaulted by someones huge, obnoxiously synthetic just-out-of-the-shower smell across the bus.
I smelled bourgeons de cassis (black current buds) at a perfume workshop (for amateurs like me), and it smelled just like cat pee--so I always atttribute the note to that. Obviously, it is not supposed to make and entire blend smell that way (just as some down right fecal notes don't necessarily smell that way once blended)--so maybe I'm just very sensitive to it or my skin brings it out (though perfumes tend to be very sweet on me...so go know!] I"m not sure it is even in Pamplelune. You arr in VA, too, right? Maybe we can blame the climate!
haha Jeg blev helt forskrækket! Hej:-)
Thank God (or whatever) for the internet when you live in frag-ignorant country like you and me:-)
Reformulation without information is fraud. Call the police.
Blackcurrant (cassis) leaves produce a cat pee smell. We grow blackcurrants and the leaves when rubbed smell just like the spray my cat leaves around his little outdoor house to mark his territory.
But this note can be used very effectively, as in L'Ombre Dans L'Eau. It's also in Limón, a citrusy fragrance by The Thymes, now discontinued, and is the reason why I can't wear that scent in hot weather like other citruses. Limón is definitely a cooler-weather citrus scent for me.
Oh I have another to add. It was so awful I actually wiped it from my memory.
Cabotine by Gres, this was so vile on me I couldn't even use the soap I got in the set.
Funny, many of you have mentioned fragrances that I actually own and love :-)
The only perfume that made me vomit. I had bought a decant as soon as it was released but i had no luck with it.
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For sale. Carnal Flower and Vero Profumo Onda.
COVET by SJP...
There's quite a rude scent called Jungle Gardenia. There was a substitue teacher when I was a child who punished the universe by wearing this stinch! I was 6 years old, I was so disturbed, I complained to my parents. They eventually met her, agreed that her perfume was offensive, and told me the name. It was burned into my memory! There's nothing gardenia about it!
FM Dans te Bras, a surprising miss from Malle. It smells like wet concrete and old mushrooms to me. I think it's a unisex scent but can't imagine either sex wanting to wear it. Some must, though.
Oh, and Georgio...the all-time champ.
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Musings and random thoughts about the genie in the bottle
Great thread! I've mentioned it before and I'll do so again: without a doubt, unequivocally, 100%: Prada's Infusion d'Iris, the vilest juice of them all. There are many scents that I don't like at all, but I truly DESPISE this one. If hell has a smell...
And my apologies to those who do like it. I know it's very popular and often gets rave reviews from perfumistas. So it's not you, it's me.
I have a new one : Interlude by F Denney.
Maybe mine has turned...
Eternity for Women
CK One Summer.
It made me feel physically ill.
I notice two themes in the scents people dislike: those that are so distinctive they're either love or hate (i.e. Aromatics, which I love and indeed consider one of the most beautiful perfumes ever created) and those that smell bad because they were made with cheap ingredients (anything Hilton or SJP). I doubt anyone would spend much time defending the scents in the second category (i.e. they're cheap shots, pardon the pun). Of the scents in the first category, I own and enjoy many of the ones mentioned. I didn't always start out by appreciating them - some I came to enjoy after deconstructing them into components I loved in other scents. For example, Magie Noire smelled like vomit when I first smelled it (before I had smelled many oriental scents), but with a more educated nose I really enjoyed it.
Eternity by Calvin Klein, the one for women. Puts me in mind of the song No More Heroes by The Stranglers - "He got an ice pick that made his ears burn" - only this makes my sinuses burn, screech and try to climb out of my eyes. Not a good reaction, I'm sure you'll agree.
"What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.
I got stuck in the backseat behind my mother-in-law one time in the car and almost got sick from the combination of her smelling like smoke and some scent of hers, I don't know if it was her perfume or maybe hairspray. I noticed lately a bottle of Imari in her bathroom, do you think that could be the source of the nausea-inducing smell?
I'm reluctant to describe anything I've sniffed as the worst I've ever smelled - it's all very subjective - but four fragrances I've tried very, very hard to like without success (and so have given up for the time being) are No 19, Angel, Shalimar and Rive Gauche. Possibly I'm just revealing how little I know about fragrance here, but there you go. As I say, totally subjective ...
Too many to name: there's a lot of bad stuff, out there.
On me, the worst are:
ELdO's Putain des Palaces (although I love cumin when it's well done, e.g., Bois de Violette, Arabie, etc., I couldn't take the combination of sweat and cheap-smelling rice powder -- GAG)
Reminiscence Elixir Patchouli
Montale's entire Aoud line, but especially Black Aoud
Tresor by Lancome. BARF! Interesting comments about Pamlelune and so true. It's heaven on some people and just rancid on others- very selective about to whom it will reveal it's magic.