Aramis by Aramis. I think it's bergamot that I really don't like. Although having said that today I've been enjoying my first wearing of Esencia Loewe and that too has bergamot. I suppose the good thing about it that the top notes disappear rapidly. But Aramis by Aramis I find just vile. Pungent, nauseous and unspeakably harsh. I suppose it does deserve another proper wearing before I damn it, but I don't think that will ever happen.
Masculine by Dolce & Gabbana. Smells like an awful lemon-toilet-cleaner-mixture all the way to the drydown. I think it's discontinued anyway.
I blind-bought it reminiscing high school days (I used to have a sample of it back then) and thought I had liked it. However, it turned out that I was terribly wrong. When I wore it again for the first time I was disgusted by it the whole day long. And that smell wouldn't go away...
So, in case anybody wants it, I'd give it away for free right away! ;-)
Aramis by Aramis. I think it's bergamot that I really don't like.
Nope, it is not bergamot. Bergamot is present in most fragrances, probably the most used "note" in the whole world and even tame fragrances like 4711, Chrome and Acqua di Gio have bergamot on them, and the last thing you can say of 4711 is that is pungent and harsh, but be careful, some of the more potent bombs also contain it.
Bergamot has a soft, citric smell that is very subdued and mellow.
To me Aramis is also awful smelling, but the worst to me is indoubitably A*men, unless you consider Skin Bracer a cologne LOL
Kouros is just too much for me. I tried diluting more than 50% but that didn't help. The weird thing is that I was wearing vintage Tabu the other day and couldn't believe how animalic it was, yet I enjoyed it thoroughly.
I wonder what the dominant note(s) are in Aramis then, the Sage maybe? From looking at the pyramid I don't actually know what any of these - Clary Sage, Myrtle Oil, Clove Bud Oil - smell like. I just need to be careful not to blind buy anything that shares too many of the same notes as Aramis.
Also agree with all the A*men dishonourable mentions - ghastly.
Loads and loads, but apart from the names mentioned here, Hammam Bouquet by Penhaligons and Eau de Campagne by Sisley come quite close, the first smelling very alcoholic to my nose, the latter way too pungently green- yep, serious fragrance lovers will certainly disagree, but sorry, I simply cannot stand these scents
And of course, there is always Hugo (1995) and so many more...
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To me the dominant note is "turpentine" LOL, but seriously, I think in the synergistic sum of some ot its constituents, my suspicion would be myrtle oil with clove and some other spices like cinnamon and cumin. At any rate, it is hideous.
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Narciso Rodriguez for Him Musc EDP -- First time I tried this, it reminded me the smell of peanut oil, which is not that bad, but it made my stomach turn over. A month later, I had the courage to give it another go -- but, it did the same thing and made me throw up this time.
wow...Chanel Allure Homme Sport is one of my favorite fragrance... the only people I know that don't like it are old people...
I'm clearly prematurely ancient here at the grandfatherly age of 22 ;-)
I know it's extremely popular, I just don't get it. This is, however, coming from someone who wears Joy parfum more than pretty much anything else. I'd call it "unorthodox", but maybe I am just an old woman in disguise? The mystery remains...
FAVORITES - Neil Morris for Takashimaya, Xerjoff Nio, Profumum Roma Acqua Viva, Creed Green Irish Tweed, Bruno Fazzolari Lampblack, Lalique Encre Noire, YSL Opium Pour Homme EDP, Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa Leather, Acqua di Parma Colonia Intensa Oud, Art of Shaving Sandalwood & Slumberhouse Jeke
A couple of years ago I did. Cartier Declaration. I swore it was my all time worst sampling. BO, a spice market, CK One and Azzaro Chrome. Those 4 things mixed into a bottle. Eck !
2 years later, I love this fragrance.
Seeking: Bottles/decants : of Alain Delon Iquitos, Feeling Man, Gucci pour Homme, Essence of John Galliano, Opium pour Homme, Oxford & Cambridge, Azzaro pour Homme (vintage), Concentré D'Orange Verte...etc.
Seeking decant/sample of Jil Sander Feeling Man, Comme des Garcons 2 Man, Giorgio VIP, ....etc. I have samples to swap.
Allure Homme. It's so sweet its like having corn candies stuffed up your nose and mouth. I will never understand why it's supposed to be a perfume in the first place. As mouthwash or toothpaste, yes, but as perfume, no.
Excessive amounts of Drakkar Noir make me suffer. Same thing with Acqua di Gio (which causes me intense headaches--go easy on the helional and marine notes next time Mr. Nose)
Musc Koublai Kahn, like Kouros, is best applied to the nether regions before strenuous exercise like Olympic weight lifting or blacksmithing. You do smell like a conquering horde of sweaty unbathed horsemen hell bent on destruction. Still, I don't mind it--certainly a novelty!
The only bottle I ever tossed (that I assume had not turned) was the newer formulation of carven vetiver. I simply could not make it past the top of mandarine, sage, petitgrain, lemon (others?) as listed on this sites review database. This one gets such accolades w/r/t the vintage too. Must've gone through a sea change, I can only assume.