It´s a shame what happens to perfumary. Sometimes i find a fragrance i like but i don´t like to wear or even buy it because of the overlap of notes or the idea. I will let here the exemple of bvlgari pour homme extreme, which i see some originality on it due to its tea note, but i refuse to buy it because of all confusion are out there, with all those marine frags blowing the air. Seems like i´m wearing a AdG or other copy of it. Or other sport cologne. What do you think? How do you manage with that?
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I find a perfect example of this to be L'Homme Gingembre. It's a gorgeous scent, but it fades far too quickly. If they made an EDT of this, I think it'd be a winner!
I simply don't let any overlap bother me at all, thus no problem for me.
there are many generic scents, but you must find one that is nuanced enough to stand
above the others and you with it ... easier said than done ...
If by notes overlap you mean that notes XYZ are stated on both fragrances, well thats not valid because they may very well smell distinctively different. But if you mean perfume X is say vetiver based and perfume Y is also vetiver based but slightly different. Well then its ok because I adore vetiver and have 10 or so vetiver based perfumes. Each vetiver but each different.
For me, it's often the case that I have to search through a bunch of similar frags before I find one I really want to wear. The most recent example is Guess Man (1991). I've been looking for an "old school" oriental frag for a long time, but this one gets the job done for me (JHL, Punjab, etc. all had something I didn't like).
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Sure if you just stick to recent releases of the celeb/designer brands then yes it's hard to find a lot of differentiation. I don't find it to be an issue though because I explore a variety of fragrances from super cheap to nichy niche, anti frag to super stinker, from super light to mega powerhouse etc etc etc
There is a huge variety out there, you just need to make a point of looking for it.
Well done fragrance:
Has its own character and personality so when you wear this fragrance people know that it is THIS fragrance X (not fragrance y or maybe z), it is wearable (many unique fragrances are unwearable as personal fragrance to me), has decent longevity (that is 6+ hours for me)
Smells like everything else, very synthetic smelling, bad longevity
Current TOP 5 from my collection:
1. Gucci Pour Homme II
2. Chanel Coromandel
3. L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme
4. Encre Noire
5. Dior Homme Intense