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    Default Gentlemen make unsafe blind buys only!

    I think I'll make this tongue-in-cheek, but in truth I mean the sense of it.

    What's with all this "safe blind buy" crazy stuff? A gentleman never accepts a "safe" blind buy, a gentleman is always seeking and making UNSAFE blind buys. That's because a gentleman doesn't go for milquetoast things.

    Safe means all the corners are rounded off. Safe means the scent is general enough that you, we, everyone, or anyone will probably, most likely, or even confidently like. Blllllaaaaaah. No thanks. Who wants something judged safe enough that you'll be put into the demographic of those who'll like it.

    That's not a gentleman's way, and it's not even a fun loving bar crawler's way. No thanks to all this "safe" fuss.

    Unsafe. A gentleman goes gonzo on scent seeking, and a gentleman goes gonzo with tackle out.
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    I just blind bought Quorum. Does that qualify as gonzo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillC View Post
    I just blind bought Quorum. Does that qualify as gonzo?
    Hell yeah, that gets you your gentleman wings for sure.
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    Default Re: Unsafe blind buys only!

    Quorum is excellent, but that's coming from somebody called "inscents".

    It really depends on how you define gentleman. I like my milk toast, thank you very much, but 90+% of my wardrobe are blind buys and many of them aren't considered "safe". The only one that I'm having trouble liking is Grey Flannel.

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    Kudos to you my good sir, you speak of nothing but the truth.

    You just pushed me to blind buy Loukhoum Parfum du Soir and Duro blind

    there's no excitement blind buying something safe afterall

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekove View Post
    Kudos to you my good sir, you speak of nothing but the truth.

    You just pushed me to blind buy Loukhoum Parfum du Soir and Duro blind

    there's no excitement blind buying something safe afterall
    Sir! I raise a glass of murky unconquered and unknown powerful sprits to you! Tackle out, my friend.
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    I am SO above gentleman. I just ordered Kouros blind. You may call me " M'Lord "!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fraddicted View Post
    I am SO above gentleman. I just ordered Kouros blind. You may call me " M'Lord "!
    Not only! I should start paying you the feudal dues.
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    Eau d'Hermès

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    marc jacobs bang

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    Since I first registered with BNs, I bought many scents blind. The supposed "safe" scents rarely got used. The "riskier" buys were either a "no-go" or a 4 ( or 5) star scent with me. Some exceptions, for sure. But generally, safe scents are never safe scents ( with me). If I don't want to wear a scent and/or don't enjoy it, where was the safety in purchasing it ?
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    I make "educated" blind buys by asking around and looking at notes.

    Much like gambling. Like comparing slots and roulette (of which you have no control) to blackjack and craps, where you can calculate odds.

    What dandy does not enjoy a little gambling? The higher stakes are the costlier scents like Derby or the Arsene Lupins. Lower stakes are some Carons like Yatagan.

    Makes me want to buy Fougere Royale blind...if only I had the money!
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    Comme des Garçons Skai was my first "unsafe" blind buy-- and I'd classify an unsafe blind buy as anything over $50 ( no Marshalls/TJ MAXX schwag) and something with polarizing reviews.

    Others were Ambre Sultan and many of the Creeds. Honestly now that I think about it, I've probably bought just as much stuff blind as the stuff I tested first. I get a rush from buying blind. I'm kind of old-fashioned as gentlemen go, not wanting to go strolling around like an amoral cad, unscupulously impregnating dames left and right. Buying blind is one area of my life where I roll up my sleeves and engage in risky behavior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustB View Post
    I think I'll make this tongue-in-cheek, but in truth I mean the sense of it.

    What's with all this "safe blind buy" crazy stuff? A gentleman never accepts a "safe" blind buy, a gentleman is always seeking and making UNSAFE blind buys. That's because a gentleman doesn't go for milquetoast things.

    Safe means all the corners are rounded off. Safe means the scent is general enough that you, we, everyone, or anyone will probably, most likely, or even confidently like. Blllllaaaaaah. No thanks. Who wants something judged safe enough that you'll be put into the demographic of those who'll like it.

    That's not a gentleman's way, and it's not even a fun loving bar crawler's way. No thanks to all this "safe" fuss.

    Unsafe. A gentleman goes gonzo on scent seeking, and a gentleman goes gonzo with tackle out.
    I think you are referring to a "gentleman" with a risky or gambling quality to him. a safe blind buy is more for the less adventurous and light on the wallet "gentlemen", such as myself.

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    I always thought a gentleman is someone who only does things the safe way, ie they don't do anything to offend anyone.

    personally I hate mediocrity, but then again I also hate being wrong so I don't blind buy.
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    HARD TO FIND - Lavender Palm, Arabian Wood, and AMBER ABSOLUTE, etc...


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    Most of my acquisitions were blind buys. I believe that if you know how the most important notes smell, and if you do a lot of research, you can significantly increase the probability of success.

    I believe 1 of every 12 fragrances that I "blind-bought" were failures. But that is not bad at all. I just wait a few weeks, in order to be sure that I really don't like the perfume, and then I sell it or give it to friends.

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    I have never done such a preposterous thing in my life.

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    Loving Duro....

    What is my next blind buy going to be, hmm...I'm feeling feminite du bois blind buying is awesome.

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    Anything that a basenoter finds enjoyable might potentially be considered a "safe blind buy".
    Maybe someday there will be some kind of matchmaker service that give basenoters a survey of common fragrances. You can then say whether you find them good, neutral, or bad. Then, based on more experienced basenoter voting, you can be given so kind of mentor to help you buy stuff that if really good and not so well known.

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    Forced to check the reviews for my first and only purchase, which was a blind buy, I've discovered I'm not so much of a gentleman. Seems Penhaligon's Opus 1870 and Bulgari pour Homme Extreme are just too popular to earn me any blind-buying street-cred. What to do, what to do? Perhaps I should pick up an S. T. Dupont Passenger pour Homme, with only one lukewarm review here. Or Bijan for Men - reviews seem strongly polarised, with detractors suggesting I risk vomiting.

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    Default Re: Gentlemen make unsafe blind buys only!

    I try to not do blind buys, but have on occasion if it might be my only opportunity to purchase the scent (i.e. Eau d'Hermes, Dukes of Pall Mall Cotswold & Belgravia). I also will consider blind buying if one of my heroes likes the product.

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    Agree with Master-Classter on the definition. What you're suggesting is more so maverick behaviour.

    Gentlemen will make safe purchases to be polite. A maverick will knowingly make poor decisions that may be harmful to those around, themselves included.

    Aim to be educated in your purchase, but ensure it is unique.

    What we should all aim for in fragrance selection, is to be like The Society of Uncompromising Men; you wear what you like, regardless of how distinct/unpopular it may be, and stick to it.

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    I buy most things blind. Green Irish tweed, Terre d'hermes, John Varvatos, Acqua di Parma, Himalaya. All bought blind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AromiErotici View Post
    I have never done such a preposterous thing in my life.
    Aromi, I think you are missing on a great experience. I hope you are not as conservative in other aspect of your life, because if it is so, what a boring life my friend!!!! Liven up!!!! Take risks, enjoy your life

    I have more than 200 perfumes and almost all of them have been blind buys, and more than half of them are not even in Basenotes nor Fragrantica, so that is REALLY BLIND because I have absolutely no reference.

    The excitement of waiting for your package to arrive. Once it arrives, opening it up and getting the first whiff of you new perfume. Wearing it for the first time and checking how long it lasts, the sillage, how it develops. The rush is awesome.
    Just last week I bought Ice Black by Sakamichi and Moulin Rouge by Cosmo, never heard of them before, not even the manufacturers, and how glad I am I did, great perfumes and let me ask you: where would I gotten a sample?, or try them before?. I would have missed two great fragrances.

    Where is the excitement of buying something that you already know???? BOOOOOOOOOOOORING
    And to be honest, I've had a ball and I've had very few disappointments.
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    Today i want to get blind Versace L'Homme and Boucheron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillC View Post
    I just blind bought Quorum. Does that qualify as gonzo?
    I did, too. Although it's been a couple of months since.
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    Azzaro: Pour Homme

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    L'Artisan: Fou d'Absinthe; Cristiano Fissore: Cashmere for Men; Parfums d'Nicolai: New York; Divine: L'homme Sage; Montale: Black Aoud; Tauer: L'air du desert Marocain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfacing View Post
    Since I first registered with BNs, I bought many scents blind. The supposed "safe" scents rarely got used. The "riskier" buys were either a "no-go" or a 4 ( or 5) star scent with me.
    Exactly.

    For example:

    Bois d'Orage
    Kouros
    Givenchy Gentleman
    Cuiron
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    Default Re: Gentlemen make unsafe blind buys only!

    I blind bought Joop, among others. Depends on which day you ask me as to whether I regret it or not.

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    True dat I just blind bought Pure Malt, Rochas Man and Dior Homme hope I don't regret it.

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    Recent Ray Charles-esque buys: Salvador Dali Pour Homme, Iquitos, Ungaro III, Jacomo de Jacomo. And I deny blind buying Playboy New York, even if I'm on store cameras doing so (not so swaggerworthy at $15).

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    Who wants to bankroll complete fragrance foolishness? Not me! From what I've read here and being fond of the vetiver genre, I have reason to believe I might like Malle's Vetiver Extraordinaire. I'll be near a Barney's tomorrow and will drop in, squirt some VE on and mill around a bit before making a yay or nay determination. I've made enough mistakes already. 1/27/11 follow up: So glad I tried the Malle VE first! Unpleasantly shrill opening and short legs. No go. Also tried the Mark Birley Charles Street. If you'd like to smell like a pipe tobacco humidor, this scent is for you! I pass.

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    Default Re: Gentlemen make unsafe blind buys only!

    Cooooooooooo coooooooooo cooooooooo coooooooooooo,

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    ...recently blind bought Zinh Corduroy and Cadillac....bad move. They're both up for sale.

    Thanks for the "opening" DustB !
    FOR SALE CHEAP !!.....two blind buys that didn't work for me : 4.2oz CORDUROY by Zirh EDT and 3.4 oz CADILLAC EDT; both like new !

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    Great thread mate!

    I agree, with no tongue-in-cheek at all. What makes blind buying so special is the anticipation. Whenever you buy blind, there has to be a chance it's the best stuff ever. Sometimes I even buy blind over a fragrance I like very very much, just for this slight possibility.

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    Default Re: Gentlemen make unsafe blind buys only!

    Now that I look at my wardrobe I would say most of my buy were blind or based upon a quick smell at the store. However, if I am putting more than $50 into it I want a sample or decant first.
    Five that I am enjoying right now

    1) Sel de Vetiver by The Different Company
    2) Spiritueuse Double Vanille by Guerlain
    3) Bois des Iles by Chanel
    4) Devin by Aramis
    5) Coromandel by Chanel

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    Default Re: Gentlemen make unsafe blind buys only!

    Well I don't know if I'd call unsafe blind buying gentlemanly, but it can be a lot of fun (and a lot of headache too).

    The last successful blind buy I did was Scent Two: Laurel (which by coincidence was my SOTD today). However, I must admit, most my blind buys are Guerlain's.
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    I don't do blind buys doooooh-dah, do-daaaah.
    i'm safe a-doooooh-dah-day
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    I just bought 100ml of Ungaro II blind. What can I say? All the rumors of civet filled me with morbid curiosity, like driving by a car crash. Perhaps it will be a rude awakening.

    Not sure that this counts as a fully "tackle out" manoeuvre, though. It wouldn't be hard to unload a discontinued fragrance that has a small but fervent following.
    Sans parfum, la peau est muette.

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    lol I blindbought Parfum d'Habit. Turns out its a really safe frag for my nose.
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    I buy a a lot on eBay, and since I am always looking for a different fragrance, something unique, I take chances regularly. I am a blind-buying fool, and only 2 out of every 10 fragrances I buy work out. I resell them, but the thrill of the chase is the fun off it, the rush of it, the almost orgasmic experience of it! I will blind buy on the costly ones, but I really try to find the ones that slipped under the noses of others or flew under the radar, such as one that I just got called Tabac Man. I later spotted Tabac Original in Perfumanaia, but not Tabac Man (even though I see it's on their website). It was a surprise, and is a very good and spicy scent.

    Here are my 3 levels of blind-buying:
    1. "Balls out, lights out" blind-buying: spending big cheese (money) on untested and possibly unknown fragrances (I may be late on the Jo Malone boat, but this is one of the ships I am referring to).
    2. "Patch over one eye" blind-buying: this means that you haven't heard of the frag and you are willing to take a shot, but the risk is moderate if not minimal. In other words, you hope the frag doesn't smell as chaep as what you have paid for it!
    3. "Peek-a-boo" blind buying: this is where you have some familiarity with the designer or the line- like Dior and Allure, but you've never seen or smelled Allure Edition Blanche until you run across it on the net. Hmmm...odds are in your favor (if you like Allure or other Dior fragrances), but you are still taking a risk. Its like asking out a pretty girl who should turn out to be a winner, but you are still not sure whether she is annoying or has disgusting habits! Maybe she's bad in bed!!

    I love the thrill of the chase- to say that I own a great fragrance that most have never experienced or even heard of is the pure rush. Finding a great blind buy fragrance is what brings me to climax...anyone got a cigarette???!!!!

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    Default Re: Gentlemen make unsafe blind buys only!

    Hi. Here are 3 of my real blind-buy winners:

    1."Balls out, lights out" blind buy: Jo Malone Amber & Patchouli Intense

    2. "Patch over one eye" blind buy: Gingham Summit for Men by Bath & Body Works

    3. "Peek-a-boo" blind buy: ck shock by Calvin Klein (which could also qualify as a patch over the eye blind buy)

    I will update each successful blind buy. Thanks basenoters!!!

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    Default Re: Gentlemen make unsafe blind buys only!

    I have to mention this: my next BIG blind buy will either be Montale Dew Musk or Jo Malone's Fresh Mint Leaf...both well over $100.00 but I still consider them to be "Peek-a-boo" blind buys!

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