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    Default Scents hated at first but now loved

    Creed SWM - My first experience with this scent is that it stings to my nose. I gave another shot on this scent and now I was struck by its unique scent/ I didn't know what happened but I loved it since then.

    Chanel Sycomore - At first, I was choked with the smokey vetiver appeal. After another shot, I was moved by its classy sophisticated vibe.

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    Had a tough time with Nimitz by Yves de Sistelle the first time, but have loved it since.

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    I did not like Caravelle Epicee by Frapin so I chucked the sample at the bottom of my sample box. A year or so later I found it while searching for something else and tried it and really liked it. I guess taste changes and evolves over time.

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    Hate is a strong word, but fragrances I've been indifferent about and unmoved only to do a 180 are:

    Dior Homme
    Sycomore
    Terre D'Hermes
    Cuba
    Pure Havane

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    Default Re: Scents hated at first but now loved

    ...some years ago I found Yatagan hardly wearable, but now it is a highly respected member of my wardrobe...!

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    I would have to agree with Yatagan. Also, M7 took me months to appreciate.

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    L'eau D 'Issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake.Initially I thought it smelled like a lemony dish washer.After repeated wearing did I appreciate this complex scent.It is not only fresh and lemony but also musky & woody in the dry down.

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    Default Re: Scents hated at first but now loved

    Fragrances I did 180's on:

    Amouage Hommage
    Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur
    Aramis Tuscany per Uomo Forte
    Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain
    Le Labo Santal 33
    Creed Royal Scottish Lavender
    Guerlain Jicky
    We're all in the same game; just different levels. Dealing with the same hell; just different devils.

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    Default Re: Scents hated at first but now loved

    "Indifferent" is indeed a better word imo.

    For me it was Guerlain Vetiver. I was indifferent to it for months after I bought it in 2010 then stored it away for almost a year, took it out again and finally appreciate it (and vetiver by its own) to the max and it didn't stop!
    My Top 10 : (In no particular order)

    - Dolce & Gabbana: Pour Homme (vintage)
    - Paco Rabanne: Pour Homme (vintage)
    - Loewe: Esencia/Pour Homme
    - Guerlain: Homme L'Eau Boisee
    - Chanel: Egoïste
    - MPG: Santal Noble
    - Guerlain: Vetiver
    - Amouage: Jubilation XXV
    - Dior: Homme Intense
    - YSL: Kouros (Fraicheur)

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    Yea, I never changed over from complete hate, usually that is enough to never touch the stuff again. But Musc Ravageur and LDDM grew on me from eh to love.

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    Didn't hate it, but I absolutely thought I would never wear Kiehl's Original Musk again after my first full wearing. It smelled too mature for me. It was "gifted" to me by my girlfriend (now wife) so I had to give it a chance -- so glad I did.

    To me, Kiehl's Original Musk is a "grower"; it took me a few more wearings to understand this beautiful scent.

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    The only one I dismissed at first then liked later was Visit. The other way around happens more often.

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    Not just individual scents, but also scent categories altogether: at first, I thought that gourmand scents were unbearable, but I ended up developing a fondness for this category

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    Default Re: Scents hated at first but now loved

    Quote Originally Posted by Rüssel View Post
    The other way around happens more often.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Not just individual scents, but also scent categories altogether..

    +1..
    We're all in the same game; just different levels. Dealing with the same hell; just different devils.

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    Bijan men for men...I didn't really hate this but I found it a little hard to wear. It's your 80's powerhouse scent so it was at first attacking my nose but as soon as I realized it smelt very much alike obsession I started to respect this on more ans now has a spot in my rotation as a daring scent.

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    None, because I always reserve judgment on the weird or unexpected ones. It takes me several wears to decide how I feel about the scent and usually come to like it by then. I've had good look buying--- mostly the ones that make no particular impression on me stay on the shelf in the store. I maybe have done a 30-40 degree turn now and then but never a 180.

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    Grey Flannel and Kouros.
    Just because it happened to you doesn't make it interesting.

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    pure havane
    DHI
    allure homme edition blanche

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    Default Re: Scents hated at first but now loved

    These are my biggest positive 180's so far:

    Hermessence Vetiver Tonka
    MFK APOM pour Homme
    Chanel Cuir de Russie

    And as a group, I'm learning to like/love vetiver more.

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    Default Re: Scents hated at first but now loved

    For me, two from Serge Lutens fit this description: Serge Noire and Chene. At first I found SN overly sharp and unpleasant, but now I love it. Chene smelled like some weird kind of candy to me at first.

    ... I've still never found the love for two I should theoretically like but don't care for at all - Mazzolari Lui and Grey Flannel. Oh, Van Cleef & Arpels PH goes into this latter category as well.

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    The Dreamer by Versace. I can't say I hated it the first time I tried it but I really didn't like it. Now, I love it and I get many compliments from people around me when I wear it.

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    Out of the few that I've sampled so far, I've gone from indifference to love with:

    Dior Homme
    Rive Gauche pour Homme
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    Definitely Musc Rav

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    Bond No. 9 Saks for Him, Creed Spice and Wood, Creed Original Cologne.

    All three just hit me wrong at first. Now? Can't see myself without them.
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    Default Re: Scents hated at first but now loved

    Another vote for PH

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    Default Re: Scents hated at first but now loved

    I agree with Duke Hunt; "[h]ate is a strong word, but fragrances I've been indifferent about and unmoved [by] only to do a 180 are":
    Central Park by Bond No. 9, Prada Amber pour Homme by Prada and Infusion d'Homme by Prada.

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    Encre Noire

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    Dior Homme

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    I'm still waiting for my 180 on Musc Ravageur. It might never happen.

    I hated Santal 33 so much when I first smelled it that I threw the touche out of my cab (at Houston & Broadway, so it barely made it five blocks). Now I love it. It all came down to smelling it on skin rather than paper.

    I've also done a 140 on Bond No. 9 Harrods Oud Swarovski Crystal Limited Edition Celebrity Sparklepony. Having spent $330 on a blind buy is good motiviation to learn to love something.

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    I kept trying with Habit Rouge EdC but only semi-enjoyed it once, so I swapped it off. Recently, I acquired an EdT version of it (gold cap) and really enjoy it (top notes aren't as strong and longevity seems better, with more notes and better balance too).

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    Rose 31 and Kouros
    I got both of these as samples and tested them on paper. When I smelled Rose 31 I was like whoa this is way to rosey for me, why would I want to smell like this? Kouros on paper, "gross this is bathroom chemicals, why would I want to smell like this". Then one night at home I decided to put Rose 31 on my skin. Whoa, the dominant rose I smelled on paper fell to the background on my skin, now I see the love! Kouros same damn thing, on the skin the chemical smell didnt last long and the other notes flourished! Love me both now!

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    Cool Water (wasn't patient enough with the drydown)
    Moustache

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    something to think about...
    if it takes us "x" number of wears and "y" number of hours to start to like a scent, is that really something that you want to wear when trying to make a good impression on someone considering theyll probably only get to smell it for a few seconds or minutes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scratch & sniff View Post
    something to think about...
    if it takes us "x" number of wears and "y" number of hours to start to like a scent, is that really something that you want to wear when trying to make a good impression on someone considering theyll probably only get to smell it for a few seconds or minutes?
    That is their problem! LOL.

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    It took 35 posts until somebody mentions A*men?? This is the only one I've gone from loathing to loving.

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    Default Re: Scents hated at first but now loved

    Live Jazz- I found the opening too harsh, and didn't use it for a while. It still has a bit of a sting, but settles quite nicely.

    Caron Pour Un Homme- Couldn't get past the "Play-Doh" note at first. Now it's one of my favorites.

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    Default Re: Scents hated at first but now loved

    Quote Originally Posted by scratch & sniff View Post
    something to think about...
    if it takes us "x" number of wears and "y" number of hours to start to like a scent, is that really something that you want to wear when trying to make a good impression on someone considering theyll probably only get to smell it for a few seconds or minutes?
    I heartily agree !!!

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    Original Vetiver (I thought it too shrill at first sampling!). I wouldn't say I hated it though. I just quickly resold the first bottle I bought.

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    I did a complete turn around on Le Labo Patchouli 24. I love this scent now. The first time I applied it to my skin I was in the shower after an hour.

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    For me, Guerlain Mouchoir de Monsieur. I thought the initial civet was very rough and offensive.
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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    Default Re: Scents hated at first but now loved

    Calvin Klein - Euphoria Intense
    First came off to me as an grandmother perfume. Then I loved it.

    Christian Doir - Fahrenheit 32
    Thought it smelled like a female perfume. Then I loved it.

    Calvin Klein - Man
    At first it only lasted on me for a couple of hours. Now it lasts longer, I guess because it is hotter. Did not like the smell at first. Now I appreciate its freshness.

    Bulgari pour Homme Soir
    Smelled very middle eastern to me at first, which I do not like. Then I started to like it and appreciate it more.
    I want to smell good.

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    Dior Homme

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    Default Re: Scents hated at first but now loved

    I didn't like Kouros or Fahrenheit when the came out. It took year and several re-visits, but they are now both very much appreciated additions to my wardrobe.
    Current Favorites:
    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. V.I.P. Special Reserve - Giorgio Beverly Hills
    9. The Dreamer - Versace
    10. Nobile - Gucci

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