Thread: Secretions Magnifique
We whipped out SM at our meetup yesterday, and I have to say: every time I smell it, I acclimate to it a bit more. I almost like it now.
I find Bas de Soie difficult to wear for this very reason. There's something about it that comes of smelling like a big hunk of cold meat, but not just any meat- its what I imagine human meat to smell like. Its blander, strangely warmer and not as metallic as say a steak or pack of ground beef.
With SM I get freshly gutted fish. No fishy smell, more like metallic, salty, cold innards.
I definitely get the connection between the two.
Any time I smell this I want to run away! I have no doubt that it changes after time - I've read so many reviews saying as much - but that opening! To me, it smells like lemon juice spilt on tin foil. I once got a little tin foil in my mouth (I'd sliced a freshly-baked cake and got a little foil caught on the cake by accident) and when I bit down on the foil it felt as thought someone had fired an electric current through my teeth. Extremely unpleasant and exactly the same physical reaction I had when I smelled SM. Eugh, eugh, eugh!
I don't know, guys...I do agree that marketing is at work in all of us, however, I WANTED SM to be edgy and "dirty" when I smelled it. I wanted it to be really avant-garde. But literally, it made me almost wretch......twice! It smells like a wound that has finished bleeding and is trying to heal, IMO.
That said, I believe the disparity is that SOME PEOPLE JUST DON'T PICK UP ON THOSE ROTTEN ACCORDS BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN DNA. For example. I had two fragrance dummies over to my house the other night. I was letting them test my frags so I could buy them perfumes for their wedding. I warned them ahead of time about SM, and told them that I just wanted to let one of them smell it just for a gag. Therefore, he knew going in that it was going to be horrible. He sniffed it a few times and said, "What's the big deal?"
Yes, the hype can be compelling, but seriously, to the right person, SM (on its own) makes me want to toss my cookies. (And ELdO is my favorite house).
My Top 5!!!
1. 1740: Marquis de Sade, Histoires de Parfums
2. 1899: Ernest Hemingway, Histoires de Parfums
3. Tirrenico, Profumi del Forte
4. 1969, Histoires de Parfums
5. Derby, Guerlain
"Coincidence is God's way of winking." --Me
"It's alright to flirt with the idea of giving up, so long as you don't." --Me
Tasting? Like tasting an oyster that will send you to ER within the next hour.
Indeed, I'm with lionheart about the genetics. I joked some time ago that people with very strong reactions to SM likely had coast dwelling ancestors who were selected to avoid eating past-its-prime seafood.
They teach you in marketing that setting the price is part of the marketing strategy, e.g., never but a bargain price on a luxury brand no matter how little it costs to make. This is why Apple products have the highest markups in the industry.
Nobody can taste a price, but I can certainly tell the difference between a poor bottle of wine and a fine bottle of wine. It should also be noted that $500 bottles, when purchased retail, are almost never intended to be drunk immediately. Most of them will taste like tannic cat piss without at least a decade in the cellar.
I do agree that price does not correlate to quality in any predictable way. Except one: at higher price points, you are more likely (but certainly not guaranteed) to get better quality. Being educated about what you enjoy, whether it be wine or fragrance, is what will allow you to circumvent marketing and identify both the amazing bargains and the high-priced bottles that are actually worth their high price.
I wanted to like this as I appreciate well done quirky fragrances. I sprayed and 60 seconds later the tester was in the trash and I was scrubbing my arm. This is a terrible fragrance imo. Too much for me.
Wild at Heart and Weird on Top
I own "Vulva Original"...that doesn't count though?
Just got a sample of this from Alityke!
I've had it on for a few hours now and it's starting to get tedious and outstay its welcome. By no means is it the anti-Christ which it's made out to be, but it's far from pleasant and wearable! It does indeed resemble the smell of the image on the bottle, underpinned with a green floral note and it has a rather vivid and interesting metallic note, which I'm assuming is what gives it its blood vibe. Overall it's pretty nasty and I think I'm going to scrub it off now
Last edited by Duke Hunt; 7th July 2012 at 02:13 PM.
Smelled like melon to me. Salty, sandy melon.
I firmly believe that much of the repulsion people experience when first smelling SM is down to hype and expectation. If you were to sample it completely blind, not having heard of its reputation or seeing the big spunky phallus on the packaging, I'm sure you wouldn't be nearly so disgusted.
I've just revisited SM a month or so after first sniff and granted, it's a very challenging fragrance with some very unusual milky, marine, light metallic floral accords, but it's not the instant gag reflex activator that I'd originally convinced myself it was.
I still wouldn't wear it though.