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    Default Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    I'm always amazed at the range of opinion expressed on Basenotes. The most beloved and praised fragrances also seem to get the most scathing insults. Which of your favorites has been dissed the worst? "Eau de Men's Room" Kouros? "Bug Spray" Guerlain Vetiver? "Old Man's Back Seat" Bois de Portugal? "Grandma's Dressing Table " Habit Rouge? Then there is that all-purpose, ubiquitous, and enigmatic "French Whore" smell, so widely applied, though actually rather rarely hurled on Basenotes.

    Personally, i don't have strong reactions to the scents I don't care for. They usually just strike me as nonentities of one sort or another. Aventus and Acqua di Gio fall into this class. To me, they don't smell bad they just smell more or less like nothing. It is still a bit shocking, though, to realize people actually detest fragrances that I really love.
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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    Dunhill Fresh - I don't get it. I live in the Midwest US and it gets compliments by men and women on a daily basis in the Spring - when I wear it on almost a daily basis. Someone here said it smells like 'new shoes'...which I really can't argue with. It's different, but I like it - and apparently so do my co-workers, clients and especially the wife. To each his/her own I guess...

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    L'Eau D'Issey, which someone deemed "toxic waste."

    And I've actually been guilty of slurring a scent I later came to really love. My first experience with Quorum was a disaster, with me declaring that it smelled like a dead body covered in moth balls and cleaning solution; it was easily the worst scent I had ever tried. However I retested it a few months later and really loved it.

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    Is "new shoes" an insult though?

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    Possibly Dali Pour Homme, but I have a vintage one and it may have been reformulated badly for all I know.

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    FCUK him ... I enjoy it... However...

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    My favorite house, pound for pound is Etat Libre d'Orange. Out of their entire line (around 30) of which I have samples, probably 20 are on my wishlist. However, I never get the sense that others share my enthusiasm, which is fine, because frags are an individual thing.
    My Top 5!!!
    1. 1740: Marquis de Sade, Histoires de Parfums
    2. Sweet Redemption, by Kilian
    3. Tirrenico, Profumi del Forte
    4. Je Suis un Homme, Etat Libre d'Orange
    5. Derby, Guerlain

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    Acqua Di Gio
    "I am a robot and I like cheese"

    Top 5:
    1. Axe Kilo
    2. Lectric Shave
    3. Vicks Vapor Rub
    4. Febreze Pour Homme
    5. Preferred Stock

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    Normally I'm not that guy, but there is a pretty good one going already...

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/272...you-smell-like
    Currently wearing: Green Irish Tweed by Creed

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    Joop! Homme

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    A female coworker commented that she smelled Comet just as I was walking past one day. I was wearing Santal 33, which I love.

    Not sure if it was me she was smelling or not, but the timing says "yes."

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    Not many, in fact, I was surprised that here on Basenotes most of my scents are being understood in a non-judgmental manner.

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    Curve Soul.

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    Seems like Xeryus Rouge has some haters around here... and I couldn't care less.
    The Dreamer from Versace: what does this scent have that is so alluring and enticing towards the opposite sex ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mesaboogie View Post
    Acqua Di Gio
    +1...
    Currently wearing: Royal Mayfair by Creed

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    Easily Gucci Guilty pour Homme. No, it's not terribly original, it's not Envy, Nobile or pour Homme I or II, but it's very wearable and garners plenty of compliments. Sometimes we have to get over ourselves and just enjoy something simple.
    I don't have a signature fragrance. My signature changes a little bit every day, why shouldn't my fragrance?
    Currently wearing: H.M. by Hanae Mori

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    I guess Drakkar Noir, some people around here euhm don't like it quite as much. Let's keep it at that.

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    I do remember some guy almost got into a fight with himself over Tiffany for Men. He'd bought it blind and berated everyone here for saying good things about it then turned the rage and angst on himself - I think pouring it down the toilet might have been mentioned - before running out of steam. Not sure if he's still with his - clearly this event shattered his faith in SOMETHING.

    I am stocking up on Tiffany for Men, BTW - every time I like something they (the IFRA mafia) screw it up - just sayin'.

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    Quote Originally Posted by mr. reasonable View Post
    I do remember some guy almost got into a fight with himself over Tiffany for Men. He'd bought it blind and berated everyone here for saying good things about it then turned the rage and angst on himself - I think pouring it down the toilet might have been mentioned - before running out of steam. Not sure if he's still with his - clearly this event shattered his faith in SOMETHING.

    I am stocking up on Tiffany for Men, BTW - every time I like something they (the IFRA mafia) screw it up - just sayin'.
    That guy must have/had some serious issues then.

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    Acqua di Gio, a long time ago. Got told that I smelt like burnt grass. Never bought it again, though it is a very common scent, perhaps too common.
    Currently wearing: Green Irish Tweed by Creed

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    None of mine get regularly slammed, but Giorgio for Men probably takes the most heat out of those in my wardrobe. Many on here love it with a passion like I do, but those that don't, tend to *really* dislike it... Not a lot of middle ground on this one, I guess.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6)
    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    Mambo
    Want to trade - Chanel Platinum Egoiste for Dior Eau Sauvage...
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/394...82#post3308582

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    A*men
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    Was always surprised by the many poor reviews for Floris Elite...

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    Bond No. 9 Brooklyn
    For swap/sale: Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire, Vint. MPG Santal Noble, vint. Tiffany for Men, Floris Mahon Leather, Creed Spice & Wood, Roja Dove Amber Aoud Crystal, 1 Million Intense & Absolutely Gold, Montale Cuir D'Arabie, Bentley Intense, Prada Amber PH metal travel spray, Loewe PH, vint. YSL Rive Gauche pour Homme, M7 gel, Roma (women's), Obsession, others...
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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    Probably not an extreme case, but one of my favourites is Polo Modern Reserve, which has had some pretty scathing insults levelled at it on here!
    Currently wearing: Aubépine-Acacia by Creed

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    Kouros

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    Bleu de Chanel and any Creeds I suppose.

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    Womanity is the only one I can think of, strangely.
    My Top Ten:

    1: Guerlain - Habit Rouge
    2: Guerlain - Jicky
    3: Guerlain - Mouchoir de Monsieur
    4: Guerlain - Shalimar
    5: Knize - Knize Ten
    6: Caron - Yatagan
    7: Caron - Pour Un Homme
    8: Jean Desprez - Bal a Versailles
    9: Yves Saint Laurent - M7
    10: Salvador Dali - Dali Pour Homme

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    Default Re: Which of your favorite fragrances have gotten the worst insults on Basenotes?

    1. Kouros - love it
    2. Chanel Platinum - love it
    3. Cool Water - love it
    4. Acqu Di Gio - like it, don't love it, but still a solid designer frag I wear from time to time
    5. Chanel Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme - very nice sweet take on a sport fragrance
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