Any special bug spray? Does it have decent sillage and longevity? ;-)
I try to stick with the positive reinforcement comments here. That said, the negative comments/assocaitions can be a real source of humor during the day.
Any special bug spray? Does it have decent sillage and longevity? ;-)
It depends. I wear a lot of fragrances that others might describe as "this" or "that" (cat pee or old sofa, for example) but if I don't detect the offending note, or if I simply perceive it differently, it won't bother me at all. However, if what I'm smelling seems to actually change because of the suggestion it can be quite detrimental.
I started a thread like this almost a year ago called "The Kiss of Death" because I had been happily wearing Mauboussin for a while when my fiancé made a comment that it smelled like Vicks Vapo-Rub. The comment alone wouldn't have mattered to me, but this time it tweaked something in my brain and suddenly all I could smell was Vapo-Rub. It took a while and some cajoling, but I eventually came around to enjoying it again. I can still detect the note in question, but it's moved to the background again, where it belongs.
On the other hand, negative personal associations are much more likely to ruin a fragrance for me. I enjoyed Trésor when it first came out, but it was completely ruined for me due to my overbearing SIL wearing too much all the time and claiming it as her signature scent over and over again (as if anyone could forget!) It's dead to me now, kaput.
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I usually never blind buy a fragrance but since I joined Bassnotes I've blind bought a few bottles. All were fantastic buys because of all your great reviews & not so great reviews. Thanks.
Burberry London smells like a Hamster cage? WTF!..This could be bad next time I wear it.
I almost missed out on Declaration Essence because of comments that the 'armpit' note from Declaration is even stronger in that version. But then I gave it a go and didn't find it to be the case.
Sadly, my wife thinks Bigarade Concentree smells just like a Sunday pub league football (soccer) changing room, complete with quartered Oranges... It's not put me off, but I can forget about that one as a present.
Force of One's post in another thread just reminded me of my first impression of M7--Cherry cough syrup.
Made me think of M7 Fresh as pouring this:
Didn't ruin it a bit !!!!!! mmmmmmmm.
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i didn't notice the bugspray smell in the reformulated Ungaro III until someone here mentioned it. I think more often than not I blind buy fragrances that are highly spoken of here on BN only to find that all my anticipation and effort finding the frag was for nothing. Many highly reverred fragrances don't do anything for me. So all the hype then the let down when I finally smell the fragrance kind of ruins the experience for me more than wierd things that people say about the frags.
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As the OTS (original topic starter), I should clarify that by "comment", I meant specifically a comparison to a common/cheap association such as "cat pee" or "garbage". I am not one who is bothered by negative reviews in general. However, sometimes a cheap association/imagery, which has merit, gets stuck in my head.
Yes. When I see any of the frequent contributors to basenotes rave about any fragrance that puts it on my radar and always makes me give it the benefit of the doubt. I have made many an impulsive purchase due to the positive comments made by others on B'notes, but it is fun to figure it out. There are a few here who I have learned that their praise may be like the boy who cried "wolf!" and I should tread carefully. But, this is always the case anyway.
"Know thyself - Trust not an other nose. ".
I don't think I've ever had a fragrance ruined by another person's comment, but I've had countless comments increase my enjoyment of certain scents.
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So far my enjoyment of the fragrances l like has not been adversely affected by the comments of others. ln fact, l have noticed that if someone says something smells like cat pee or bug spray then it'll turn out to be a scent l really love! l do think that different noses can perceive the same notes quite differently, so l just feel sorry for the poor noses who get those notes instead of the glorious jasmine or tuberose that l'm getting!
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In a world where people smell bad, it is the personal responsibility of every Basenoter to improve the world one SotD at a time...
Personally I couldn't care less if anyone were to diss my favorite fragrance. Since I have absolute trust in my tastes, the put down might actually bring the person's taste preference into question. How about that, huh?
I said above that negative comments will not affect my opinion on a fragrance.
Positively sure, its nice when others point out notes or more importantly when the notes emerge from a fragrance's cycle on the skin. That affects me positively.
Ive never had to blind buy because I am from a cosmopolitan city and everything is available here ( I even found some Comme de Garcon 8 88 leftovers in a large department store yesterday). I did though blind buy TM Pure Malt last week because it is not available any more (it was a limited edition) and only because avalable again for a limited time online. But because of all the positive reviews and ingredients, I blind bought it. Hope I like it because I almost detest the regular A*Men.
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Someone on the boards mentioned that Creed Royal Delight smells like BandAids and now that's all I smell I'm it. Also, someone stated that LdDM smells like CocaCola and now that's all I pick up in it.
I don't own it, nor did the comment "ruin" it for me. But ever since I read that CDG 3 smells like Off Bug Spray, it's unmistakable to me. Though it almost enhances it by adding more to how bizarre it is.
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Basenoters' comments have enhanced many fragrance experiences for me. To begin with, I wouldn't have found one-tenth of my favorite fragrances without reading and considering such commentary. And countless times good commentary has lead to a greater understanding of what I was smelling.
In terms of ruining experiences - well no, not really. As with all things in life, when the reviews are really, really bad, that always increases my curiosity. I always figure that if something is that "wrong," there must be something at least different and interesting about it. Now and then I see bad reviews of some of my favorite fragrances, but there are always good reviews too, so of course I side with the good reviews.
Then again, I'm not terribly inclined to rush out to try anything referred to as "honeyed cat pee." Or any other kind of pee, for that matter.
PS: I wore Windsor about a week ago, first time in many months, and yes, it really does smell like Ben Gay.
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Comments here have affected my purchasing decisions. I will not purchase some fragrances now because some reviewers pick up on the negatives in a fragrance. Burberry London and Terre d'Hermes are two frags I will not be purchasing but considered it.
Never has. Never will.
Chanel's Platinum Egoiste gets compared Gillette to shave goo. I can totally smell that comparison and rather wish I cant, but thankfully I have been able to repress it though when I wear it.
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Only one negative: MFK's Absolute pour le Soir ''barnyard''. I'd have never picked that out in a million years.
Apart from that it's been significantly positive. Enthusiasm is a contagious thing, yes?