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    Default Are You A Fragrance Snob?

    This is open to both male and female users.

    Would you consider yourself a fragrance snob? what I mean by this is do you generally avoid the cheaper fragrances and those fragrances which are constantly advertised with men in speedo's and 6 packs and women in 2 piece bikini's? generally those fragrances aimed at the younger market. Granted a lot of those fragrances aren't cheap, but I find I don't want to smell the same as everyone else.

    You can never really wear a unique fragrance because there will always be someone who wears it as well (unless you make it yourself of course)

    But it's like when a new Diesel fragrance comes out and I'm in my local perfume shop, I will avoid it and anything like it.

    Is that wrong for me to do? does that make me a snob? perhaps they actually smell really nice but I never give them a chance because of how they are marketed.

    Does anyone do this or something similar? would you consider yourself a snob when it comes to fragrances?

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    Interesting question.

    I would say that Imma semi-snob. I usually avoid the cheaper mainstream houses
    like Klein; Armani and Boss. That said, I do own frags from each of those houses
    which I love to death - except Boss.
    I wouldn't dream of wearing something from, say, Diesel.
    This is where the snob thing comes in; imagine wearing something cheap, and
    somebody ask you what you are wearing. That would be horrid. Embarresing!
    But hey, that's just me!

    I'm a designer fragrance fan by heart - I only own a small handfull of niche frags,
    so, I'm not a snob in that way.

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    I try to approach fragrances with an open-mind and divide them into fragrances I like and fragrances I dont like (no matter how much they cost). As a matter of fact I got more involved with vintage perfumes and niche but this doesn't make of me a SNOB. To me, anyone who pretends to know things much better than other people is a snob. Anyone who "pretends" to give you the "right suggestion". No matter wich fragrances he/she likes or not.

    But if, by any chance, Snob means picky, then I'm definitely SNOB!
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    Oh dear, I think I might be...
    I normally do not smell (let alone buy...) anything called "sport", or if I do, it's dismissmed, no brainer.
    If the bottle is elegant and interesting, I tend to find the juice interesting too. Opposite, if the bottle is horrid, I dismiss the juice. It's the case of 1 Million, which in fact might be a nice frag in a dreadful bottle, or Marc Jacobs Men, which is a mediocre frag in a lovely bottle: I'd take MJ any day!
    I dismissed ADG for the longest time because of its popularity, while I acknowledge that it is a wonderful frag. I wouldn't dream of wearing it, though I have been very recently tempted to get a bottle and get over it.
    I impulsively think that niche does it better I reckon that niche perfumes are more daring, but I secretely know that it's not always true!
    I do not buy compulsively, and I don't buy decants Samples, yes, and if they win me over, I get the bottle.
    I know that Cool Water and GIT smell pretty much the same, but GIT is better. And I don't like GIT because it's too hyped
    I get annoyed when someone says that Caron Pour Homme smells like Play Doh, and it actually does, but Caron is Caron, and you don't mess with Caron
    I've been sampling Habit Rouge thousands of time and try to convince myself that I actually like it, but I guess I'm not snob enough to do so. Just yet Yet, I get kind of embarassed everytime I acknowledge that I just do not like Habit Rouge

    There you go. "The confession of a secret perfume snob"!

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    I wouldn't call myself a frag snob, but I feel like I have a fairly refined nose and cheap frags end up smelling just that to me, cheap. I like frags that smell good regardless of price, that being said I have very few cheapies in my collection, and most of the ones I do have were gifts.

    I'll admit I don't like smelling like everyone else though.
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    hehe...I am the worst fragrance snob .
    That doesn't mean what I wear has to be expensive ( though I love parfum extrait , Amouage Attars , and Clive Christian ) but it means I want to know all there is to know about what I am wearing - how it is made , who was the nose , what notes are in it , how available is it , what different concentrations are available , who designed the bottle...and I love to collect rare vintage , especially those that contain aroma materials now restricted by the IFRA .

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    I am sure the high price of certain fragrances has some psychological effect on all of us, and so does the aura of being very rare or vintage (which also tends to translate into higher price). But I'd be the happiest person if I could find cheap stuff that speaks to me in the same way Windsor, Homage or pure oud oil do. Unfortunately, even with extensive tries and re-tries (I want to find secret bargains, dammit!), I just can't make myself really love the stuff commonly found in malls. Even many niche fragrances, despite being expensive hold no particular appeal to me over even some of the better non-niche frags, so a high price tag does not necessarily correlate with better quality and some sort of a more universal appeal.

    I still have hope that there are incredible (and more affordable) fragrances out there, for now I have to stick to a handful of the better Creeds, a few Guerlains, some Middle Eastern attars and pure oud oils.

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    I like to think that I'm unique - just like everybody else

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    Sure, I am snobbish. The way the mass marked and designer fragrances are constantly reformulated, watered down and cheapened makes me wary to try them. I have found mass marked and designer that I like, but they are usually older/vintage editions from Bill Blass, Balmain, YSL, Nina Ricci, but I stay away from the current ones, unless they get raving reviews from respected blogs. Most of the current designer scents are timid, faceless and interchangeable: one tiny molecule separates this week launches from the dreck launched last week.

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    I personally like Diesel including "Fuel for life" and their dicontinued "Masculine plus plus". They weren't earth shattering but they were quite good.

    I typically wear what appeals to me but I've noticed that changes over time. I initially fell in love with Boss XY but now it's just another fragrance for me. I find their stuff to be simple but I would wear something that smelled great.

    Bear in mind that a lot of the good classic stuff comes from regular designers like YSL, Dior, and chanel. One of my sporty classics is "Lacoste Essential" .. Very sporty and nice.

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    Nope I'm not a snob. I want every fragrance, even if I dislike it, and the ones I dislike are few and far between.

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    My lack of knowledge about what is popular and what not and the unwillingness to fork out the cash for niche products pretty much prevent snobbery. I have to admit though that seeing frags like Cerruti in local supermarkets disturbs me just a little (Cool Water is excused, I knew it's sold everywhere). I will avoid stuff like Calvin Klein. I would avoid anything that says Beckham, Usher or similar names on it. That A*men is so popular does bother me, perhaps more than its smell. I also would not go near Le Male, ADG, Issey, 1 Million and others.

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    I'm afraid I'm certainly a fragrance snob, as you define it China-Rising: it was not wanting to smell like everyone else that first led me into the perfumery business.

    Speaking of which, you don't necessarily have to make a fragrance yourself in order to avoid that fate: there are a few of us about that will make a fragrance for / with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by China-Rising View Post
    This is open to both male and female users.

    Would you consider yourself a fragrance snob? what I mean by this is do you generally avoid the cheaper fragrances and those fragrances which are constantly advertised with men in speedo's and 6 packs and women in 2 piece bikini's? generally those fragrances aimed at the younger market. Granted a lot of those fragrances aren't cheap, but I find I don't want to smell the same as everyone else.

    You can never really wear a unique fragrance because there will always be someone who wears it as well (unless you make it yourself of course)

    But it's like when a new Diesel fragrance comes out and I'm in my local perfume shop, I will avoid it and anything like it.

    Is that wrong for me to do? does that make me a snob? perhaps they actually smell really nice but I never give them a chance because of how they are marketed.

    Does anyone do this or something similar? would you consider yourself a snob when it comes to fragrances?
    Of course it's not wrong for you to do. It is whatever you fancy, but it does make you a frag snob. I am down to try or wear anything that potentially smells good to me. What it boils down to is what fragrance means to you. To me, it's just to satisfy my olfactory indulgences and has little to to with identity. The reason I like both obscure and popular fragrances is because popular ones tend to have more synthetics and therefore tend to last longer albeit they make me smell like everyone else...
    Time to musk up.

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    Yeah

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    If searching for quality is being a snob, so i`m one. Altough i think a fragrance snob will only wear things just because they are exclusive and pricey, and you end noticing that you also have poor things on the ultra expensive section too

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    Yeh.

    But then, no.

    When it comes to avoiding stuff that is devoid of an idea and relies on squeaky synthetics to shuffle up and apologise for the fact that they were called in at the last moment to stand in because there wasn't enough left in the budget to pay for a proper base then I don't discrimate and price is absolutely no object to me - if it's cheap with tacky neon and plastic marketing and smells like s*** or if it's super expensivo and the whole image has been cultivated, no nurtured, to send out, sorry quietly suggest, that uber-niche stealth wealth so cool it hurts vibe and it smells like s*** then, no problem either way because MEGO.
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    Nope. I simply wear what I like, from a pricey Xerjoff to good el cheapo Grey Flannel. I don't look down on others for wearing cheap drugstore fragrances they like. Sometimes I might give them some samples to let them know what else is out there, or what they might be missing. But most of the time they just don't care as much as we fragrancephiles do.

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    I do appreciate fine fragrances, but I will also wear some less costly scents with no problem.
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    Nope, I'm not a snob. Boss Bottled or Oud 27, they both do different jobs. Can't compare carrots to cabbages. (Well you can but it's pointless).

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    Here goes my answers...

    Quote Originally Posted by China-Rising View Post
    * Do you generally avoid the cheaper fragrances and those fragrances which are constantly advertised with men in speedo's and 6 packs and women in 2 piece bikini's?
    - I do avoid mass advertised ones.

    Quote Originally Posted by China-Rising View Post
    * You can never really wear a unique fragrance because there will always be someone who wears it as well (unless you make it yourself of course)
    - Yes, I do. Still, I have and wear A*Men and Le Mâle, with caution, that is.

    Quote Originally Posted by China-Rising View Post
    * But it's like when a new Diesel fragrance comes out and I'm in my local perfume shop, I will avoid it and anything like it.
    - As far as my experience goes, most of these juices smell vile. There might be exceptions, though, I am not aware of (Moschino Forever was a nice surprise, IMHO).

    Quote Originally Posted by China-Rising View Post
    * Is that wrong for me to do? Does that make me a snob? Perhaps they actually smell really nice but I never give them a chance because of how they are marketed.
    - No, it means you have defined criteria when it comes to your tastes.

    Quote Originally Posted by China-Rising View Post
    * Does anyone do this or something similar? Would you consider yourself a snob when it comes to fragrances?
    - Well, I guess I am a fragrance snob; I have drugstore scents in my wardrobe like Brut, Old Spice, Canoe, Jovan Musk and British Sterling and others, and I wear them on certain occasions. But as far as I can tell from my experience in this hobby, nothing beats classics like the ones by Guerlain or the scents blended by Houses like Annick Goutal.

    Let's keep on sniffing...

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    Typically I will avoid the mass market department store stuff, but I do like Grey flannel, Azzaro pour Homme, Old Spice, English Leather and a couple of other "cheapies". I also, own several Niche scents including Amouage, Le Labo, Creed and Montale. I buy what I like because I like it and for no other reason. If it is good for me I will get it regardless of whether it is cheap or cost alot. However, I do think I smell better than 99% of the male population, so I guess I am a snob from that point of view.
    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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    I'm not sure price is a true indicator of quality OR exclusivity.......certainly not here in the UK. When I wear Brut, Old Spice. Black Suede or Blue Stratos I most definitely do not smell like every other guy out there. They are far too busy wearing the latest generic Aquatic or Sports fragrance.

    At the end of the day, trust your nose and wear what you like (even if it is Aqua Di Gio!)
    Last edited by Rossi46; 28th July 2011 at 07:21 PM.

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    i think i am somewhat of a snob because, well although i do like some mainstream fragrances, most of them tend to just not catch my attention =\ it just becomes sort of expected that the new fragrances won't be up to par. But still i am open to at least sniffing them, trying them... not so much

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    I have become 10% more of a snob since joining BN earlier this year.

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    99.9% of the members here are....including myself. Snobbery ( or in this case discriminating) isn't a bad thing. What's the point of continuing to learn in this hobby if not to be able to sift through the rubble for the gems.

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    I just like to define my preferences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waftbycarol View Post
    hehe...I am the worst fragrance snob .
    That doesn't mean what I wear has to be expensive ( though I love parfum extrait , Amouage Attars , and Clive Christian ) but it means I want to know all there is to know about what I am wearing - how it is made , who was the nose , what notes are in it , how available is it , what different concentrations are available , who designed the bottle...and I love to collect rare vintage , especially those that contain aroma materials now restricted by the IFRA .
    This - definitely.

    My issue with mass-market fragrances is that often they are reduced to the lowest common denominator to appeal to the most number of people, thereby becoming anodyne, bland and boring. Rarely do these type of fragrances hold my attention over the long haul although they may smell pleasant initially.

    Its similar to a more challenging piece of music or book - once understood and appreciated, its more finely nuanced, richer in ideas and with inbuilt longevity.

    The brief for niche and some designer fragrances (mostly Hermes, Chanel and Guerlain) allow for a greater expression of artistic intent rather that just about making the most money.

    I absolutely want to know who made my perfume, their back catalogue, their influences. Perfumers are, after all, artists. And perfumes are the only works of art I can afford to buy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    To me, anyone who pretends to know things much better than other people is a snob...

    But if, by any chance, Snob means picky, then I'm definitely SNOB!
    Completely agree with this.I think of a snob as someone who needs to impress others,who really wants to be congratulated on their tastes.These people may or may not actually know what they are talking about re:fragrance.

    I like to keep myself firmly in the "always learning" camp.There's nothing snobby about having sophisticated your tastes-it means you have taken the time to learn.I have found quality in many price ranges-yes,they are harder to find as the price drops but it's the hunting and sampling that teaches us so much.I don't think most BNers are snobs(not even the ones who've plead guilty as charged!)-I think it's perfectly o.k.,smart even,to be picky.
    The nose wants what it wants!

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    Never ever: I wear plenty of frags without even wondering how popular, expensive, snobbish etc. they are

    I am, in my opinion, too random, curious, insatiable, sensation-addicted, moody, inconstant, unbalanced to be a fragrance snob

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