I own an older bottle of Polo simply for collection purposes, but I can see no viable reason to spend money on the Mugler atrocity.
1. Le 3me Homme - Caron
2. Yatagan - Caron
3. Van Cleef & Arples Pour Homme
4. Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme
5. Kouros - YSL
6. L'Anarchiste - Caron
7. Xeryus - Givenchy
8. Bijan for Men
9. Amber pour Homme - Prada
10. London for Men - Burberry
Fluid Iceberg ?? did you really throw the bottle ? where ?
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Beyond Paradise. puts me really off.
I hated this stuff for many years, but after a long time thought maybe my nose has changed enough to give it another try. (found a REALLY cheap Tester for sale, so I got tempted on it!) you know what happened?
I got really suffocated again just spraying one puff!
I don't take it even if it was for FREE!
I get NOTHING but gasoline. Imagine smelling a lighter while at a gas station, and you get Fahrenheit.
I love these threads. It always reminds me as to how subjective everything can be.
Guerlain Vetiver. To me it smells like soap from a hospital rest-room dispenser spilled in an ash tray.
Amouage Interlude Man. Tried it again the other day. Just a complete mess of mismatched notes. Like a kid walking up to a piano and smashing the keys with both hands and trying to say that the notes were all blended together perfectly...
Dior leather oud
I don't know If exactly the worst but Penhaligon's Bluebell is very close...
The completely unwearable Secretions Manifiques has got to top my list.
Dishonorable mentions to the loathsome L'eau d'Issey pour Homme, the utterly weird stink bomb Black Afgano and A Taste of Hell... I mean Heaven.
Current Top Favorites:
1) Portrait of a Lady (EdP Frédéric Malle)
2) Giorgio for Men vintage (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
4) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio) - tie
4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie
6) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz)
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I hate almost every fragrance by "Il Profvmo", esp. Santal Rouge and Bamboo which smell like a cheap department shower gel; also Cardinal by Heeley, Amethiste by Lalique, and...last but not least....More et Musc in all its skanky-cheap variations!
P.S. I didn't mention every Hugo/D&G/Gucci/Le Male/One Million because I'd rather wear gasoline while holding a matchbox than one of those disgusting juices...
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anyway...strangely enough, no gag-reflex problems with ELD'O Secretions Magnifiques with me.
Polo Blue. Bleach smells better than this.
Black XS, it's like pure candy. I can already taste the slime forming in my mouth by just sniffing it.
One of the few "scrubbers" I have encountered is Cartier Declaration. After spraying it on I get about 3 seconds of a decent scent then it transforms into a horrible body odor stench. To be sure it just wasn't my nose I had my wife test it and she was in complete agreement.
Tom Ford Splits Oud Wood / Tobacco Vanille / Tobacco Oud / Neroli Portofino / Noir de Noir / Tuscan Leather / Plum Japonais HERE
bijan men followed closely by zegna extreme. They should only be worn when engaging the enemy at war.
It used to be Musc Kublai Khan. I think Luca Turin's book says it smells like a camel rider's armpit after a week in the desert. Yeah, that's about right.
But we now have a new winner: Jicky/Mouchour de Monsieur (or however it is spelled). Disgusting. Horrifying.
Current Top Ten:
1. Creed Millesime Imperial
2. Serge Lutens Chergui
3. Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
4. Creed Virgin Island Water
5. Chanel Eau de Cologne
6. Thierry Mugler Pure Havane
7. Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme
8. Bulgari Blu
9. Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
10. YSL Kouros
Canoe. I recognize it probably smells fine on other folks, but it's positively rancid mold on my skin. I'd rather smell like cat urine, frankly.
Two reformulations come to mind: Givenchy Gentleman in the most recent incarnation and, believe it or not, the even worse current incarnation of Paco Rabanne pour Homme. Both are just embarrasingly bad. Shame on them for selling this s**t to people who remember how great they once were!
Gucci Guilty PH.
Easy, Bond No. 9 Wall Street. DISGUSTING stuff...
Cartier roadster. Can't stand it
Is the juice worth the squeeze?
Le Labo Oud 27
CURRENT TOP 5
1. Dior Homme Intense
2. Creed Aventus
3. Tom Ford Extreme
4. Gucci Pour Homme II
5. Terre d'Hermes
I just got a free sample of this with an order today:
Pierre Cardin Bleu Marine
The reviews that mention pickle juice are correct. There is a vile spiced pickle vomit smell that blends with the other notes to create a truly putrid odor.
Joop Homme and 1 Million. I just had to try them didn't I?
The reformulation of Amouage - Homage Attar. By comparison its a trainwreck.
Armani Code Sport, Just nasty and cheap. I don't know how it sold any bottles with that top note.
Bond no.9 - Chinatown. Sickly sweet evaporated milk vomit. If the stink wasn't bad enough its also so strong and dense that it envelops you. The first scent I've encountered that I'd classify as 'frightening'.
Niche? All of Eau D'Italie, with the exception of Bois de Ombrie - found it bold, though. JHAG is not my prefered one either.
A local cheapy I smelt and threw it to the waste bin without hesitation. Nauseating...
I must add these 2 dandies, ferragamo platinum pour homme and the united colors of benetton!!!! Toxicoramanific MAN.
For those about to stink, I salute you!
Not sure which one exactly but one of the Costume National decants I received smelt like pi55. Apologies for being crude but it really was bad!
Byredo Seven Veils is well up there.
Tom Ford Lavender Palm. So heavy it crushes the sinuses.
Fahrenheit. BLEH! Gasoline. Pure Gasoline.
Azzaro Pure Vetiver - Smells like a compost heap full of rotten grass with Windex poured over it.
Perfumum fumidus - wet ashtray
“Perfume is like cocktails without the hangover, like chocolate without the calories, like an affair without tears, like a vacation from which you never have to come back.”
I'm happy to admit that I enjoy the vast majority of mainstream designer, and even drug-store scents. In my experience, while there are a few which are legitimately bad, that I would be hard put to wear outside even on a bet, even these tend to have some reasonable aspect, especially nowadays. Older fragrances in my experience reach greater depths of stink, but by the same token they also reach greater heights of excellence. Niche fragrances are, I feel, in the same realm although I rarely buy them not only for that reason but because in this country sampling is a pain, and because I can buy vintage at that price, or something from a high-end designer line, and it is a rare niche fragrance which captures me so well as to seem a better choice. Plus I often find the bottles dull. Shallow perhaps, but the bottle is very important to me.
That said. I've always found the opening of Kouros to be almost frighteningly akin to the stench that lurks in certain public toilets. I get an overpoweringly bitter piss-and-sweat note offset by a subtle and gelid streak of chemical stink both vaguely citric (as of urinal cakes) and offensively astringent, like stale bleach. Thankfully this doesn't last, and I do think there is a lot of good in there too. Still, even the bottle is redolent of toilet-porcelain and though I respect it in spite of this for how good it can smell on others once it develops I will always turn to other scents first. Regardless of how fleetingly I will not allow a scent on my skin that makes me smell like an unclean public bathroom.
Joop! Homme, when over sprayed or worn in hot weather is sickeningly heady, and the syrupy opening especially is fantastically noxious under such conditions. It's true that when it's applied gently and used in the cool I really enjoy it, but there are very few scents which have the capacity to be such an epic olfactory disaster as this syrupy little powerhouse.
Another disappointing, and awful smelling fragrance - with a particularly evocative sort of vileness - that springs to mind is Musc Nomade by Annick Goutal. This might seem strange because I like a lot of Musky scents and when I hear someone talking about 'skank' in a fragrance I consider it a good thing, and this is reviewed by many as a very tame Musk. It seemed like just the thing for me, and Annick Goutal and I have generally had a very stable relationship. I even went to a fancy department store in the CBD to try it out. What a crushing disappointment it was though! I once knew a fellow who did all-together too many drugs. I don't know what it was, but at one point he must have been releasing something foul from his system because he reeked like nothing else I've ever come across. I actually had to wash my couch cushions after he had sat on them, it was that bad. Musc Nomade brought me to this memory instantly; it was as if this man had sweated into a bottle on that very day. Utterly unpleasant with no redeeming features, the scent just stayed that way through its entire lifespan. I've yet to find the courage for another sample.
Brut, in both it's classic and modern interpretations, is not so much bad to me as it is obnoxious. Whenever I smell it I get a very strong urge to hit whoever is wearing it.
Good Life (Davidoff); subjective, I know, but I've seen it selling nowdays for fairly good money, and it astounds me anyone could think it worth hunting down. Top: Fig, Middle: Fig, Base: Fig. Does it smell bad? Not especially, in fact if you like fig it probably smells good and I'm partial to fig, but it feels so linear and simple-minded I think it qualifies as one of the worst. I've smelled drugstore eaux with more character and evolution.
Garden Sensual (Guerlain); not bad, but at this price-point, from this house, it failed to deliver what I feel is a reasonable expectation viz a viz quality by a very problematic margin, and probably rates as my worst overall buy of the last few years. Thankfully I was able to give it away to someone who loves it.
Coriolan (Guerlain); not bad, but definitely the most disappointing scent I've ever worn. I can tell you when I heard about this scent, by Jean Paul Guerlain himself, a masculine chypre with so many incredibly, exotic ingredients, and oak moss and patchouli in the base, inspired by a Roman general I was certain I had found something which was sure to become my signature. And it was unutterably divine. I was actually prepared to set it beside my beloved Worth Pour Homme as a Chypre alternative for those moments when something more elegant and polite than vintage Givenchy Gentleman was called for. Even the bottle was amazing; it is in fact one of my all-time favourites. Then something terrible happened late in the drydown. Coriolan departed my skin, and left behind a fecal note redolent of unaccompanied civet oil that was insistent, persistent and truly sickening. The first time it happened I spent three nauseous hours wondering why I felt so sick. My mind literally refused to process or accept that it could possible be my beloved new Coriolan. In the end however it hit me like a ton of bricks, and I had to scrub it. I wasn't so easily deterred as this, but despite doing my level best to love this for all its incredible potential it is simply not tolerable on my skin, and I stubbornly used up almost a third my 100ml bottle before finally accepting it. L'Ame du Heroes lacks this quality, but the bottle is a disappointment (nothing against the bee bottle, but I have plenty of those and Coriolan's was something unique) plus I find it a little on the fey side (where I believe Coriolan was just about unisex) and almost impossible to find. Truly crushing.
Not what you would call a 'cologne,' but I have to say something about Gucci Rush 2 which a friend of mine bought for close to $200. The bottle is disgustingly cheap and truly a slap in the face at the price, and the juice inside deserves no better setting.
Dior Homme. Smells like a rich grandma.
I'm surprised no Montale Fragrance was mentioned by name. I LOVE some of their frags, Dark Aoud, Black Aoud, Red Aoud, BUT... Bois de Aoud smells EXACTLY like those little white urinal cakes they drop in a urinal to keep down the smell. I washed it off. I also had to wash off Bn9 Riverside Drive, Bn9 Wall St, Bn9 NY Oud, Bn9 Bleeker St, Bn9...
For Sale: Gengis Kahn, Mona d' Orio, Penhaligons.
Don't know if it's really the worst I've smelled but Orange Star by Andy Tauer gives me a bad reaction (sorry Andy). Apparently my nose can't handle strong orange/orange flower/orange blossom centered fragrances and Orange Star is the worst in that regard. It gives me a headache and literally hurts my nose and throat. Other ones that give me that reaction are Amouage Reflection Man and, I hate to say it, APOM pour Homme by Maison Francis Kurkdjian...
Narciso Rodriguez for Him
my gosh..... oh my skin these stink
“Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?”
This is proof that we need to be careful when judging scents as being bad. Obviously, Terre D'Hermes isn't garbage by any means, but my nose can't handle the Iso E Super at all. It smells downright atrocious to me. I find it as offensive as the worst B.O. (not that it smells like B.O. I'm just saying I find it equally offensive to my nose).
Maybe it doesn't work on my skin....
1- EAU SAUVAGE EXTREME
2- SERGE LUTENS MKK
#TOP 5#: Antico Caruso, Penhaligons Racquets,Domenico Caraceni,Castle Forbes 1445,T&H Grafton