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    Default At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    ...because even though the fragrance is so dirty and naughty, you want to smell it again.

    What fragrance causes this reaction for you?
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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    I used to experience something like that reaction a few years ago when I smelled Jicky/MKK/Oud27 and those type of frags. Not any more.

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    Leather Oud
    MKK

    I wouldn't say I "recoiled in horror" but I was a little put off. Now I quite enjoy both of them even though i'm still trying to find the courage to wear them in public.

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Wouldn't call it dirty or naughty, but I did not like Tobacco Vanille whatsoever when I first sampled it. Now I enjoy it very much.
    Current top 10 (No order):


    1. Pure Havane
    2. Menthe Fraiche
    3. Tobacco Vanille
    4. L'Air Du Desert Marocain
    5. Green Irish Tweed
    6. Fahrenheit
    7. Musc Ravageur
    8. Tonka Imperial
    9. Gucci Pour Homme II
    10. Dior Homme Intense

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    +1 MKK. On paper it is scary, but on skin it sits right. And +1 Oud 27. Dirty dirty dirty, but compelling.

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Montale Cuir d'Arabie...The fecal note disappears in minutes, but can be a shock to some...

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    Red Aoud

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    +1 on Oud 27 and Jicky. Dubrana's Oud Caravan series (1,2 and 3). MKK never striked as particularly challenging to me, which doesn't mean I don't love it.


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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Looks like I need to sample Oud 27.
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    1. Amouage Epic man
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    5. Amouage Opus VII
    6. Bond No.9 New York Oud
    7. Norma Kamali Incense


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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Mouchoir de Monsieur, the civet bomb.
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Coriolan, I am having the problem with the middle notes, but I think I should give it more of a chance.

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Was quite put off by Polo (original, green) in my first two samplings. But I was drawn back and grew to like it alot. Now I just have to get my wife to feel the same way.

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    Leather Oud, hands down. Bond No. 9 New York Oud was the other one... but in the end, I just smell cat piss.
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    Terre d’Hermès EDT.

    Hated this at first when I sniffed it in a store after hearing all the hype. A few months later I decided to give it another chance and fell in love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    Looks like I need to sample Oud 27.
    +3 on Oud 27 - Now it's one of my favs.
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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Ungaro II -- first reaction was "weird." then six months later it was "nice! like Jicky with the civet turned way up!"

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    Issey Miyake, both the summer 09 and the original. I love the summer one now (enough to where I wasted one of my empty atomizers to decant it)

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    I was like this with Tokyo Milk Bulletproof
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    Ambre Sultan. Hated it when I sprayed it on my wrist then hours later I fell in love and had to bide my time till I could get back tot he store and buy it.
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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Sniffing Seven Veils was like watching The Ring for me, it's not at all "naughty" - but I sniffed it, recoiled, sniffed again...



    +1 Oud Caravan

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Joop! Homme. For many years, I was repulsed by this scent, but some of its notes always made me revisit this and, eventually, even grow to enjoy it or at least be intrigued about it.

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    I had a similar reaction the first time I tried Cartier Declaration.

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    I think I'm going through the same thing with Rive Gauche at the moment.

    It's quite possibly because it doesn't smell like I thought it was going to, and my immediate thought was Not For Me. But I just cant stop thinking about it, and know I'm going to have to go back for seconds.

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    MKK a little but more so SM and UNTITLED #8 Vintage Bal EDC is also right up there.

    Ooh and some of the funkier ouds when I first started and didn't know what to expect.

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    I hated Dior Fahrenheit and Homme on first sniff. Now I love both.

    Funnily enough, I enjoyed Angel Men the first time I sniffed it.

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    +1 on Joop!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Joop! Homme. For many years, I was repulsed by this scent, but some of its notes always made me revisit this and, eventually, even grow to enjoy it or at least be intrigued about it.

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Yatagan.
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    M/Mink

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    Never return to Joop Homme. Never. It would be like a dog going back to lick up its own sick.

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    ...I have only a sample: now and then I open and smell it again, but I can't get used to it...!

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    Leather Oud. I can't quit smelling it, but I don't really like the way it smells...

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    my dried up vial of voleur de roses. smells like wet, rotting roses.

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    +1 Montale Aoud Cuir d'Arabie
    also... Absolue Pour le soir, first reaction was "How dare you!"

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Quote Originally Posted by Possum-Pie View Post
    Montale Cuir d'Arabie...The fecal note disappears in minutes, but can be a shock to some...
    Big +1. That fecal note is incredible.

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Um...I have recoiled in horror over a few frags, but unfortunately I haven't had any of those frags grow on me. I need to revisit some.

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    I don't recoil from these, rather I find their openings nicely challenging that usher in very appealing drydowns:

    MFK Absolue pour le Soir
    Puredistance M
    SL Ambre Sultan
    Le Labo Oud 27
    FM Musc Ravageur

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    M/Mink +1

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Kouros is mighty popular and I'm trying hard to get into it but I just can't . It is my least used frag by far and it's not ready for the public yet.
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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Ok, I just remembered that when I first smelled Bond no 9 NY Oud that I recoiled, but then I smelled it again and again each time I visited the Bond counter and it grew on me...still not a big fan of Oud, but it isn't as repulsive to me now.

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Habit Rouge for me. I couldn't get over the camphor in the top notes. But I began to warm up to it after a few wearings. It takes a special frame of mind for me to make it a SOTD, but I genuinely enjoy it when I do.

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    +1 Leather OUD
    +1 OUD 27

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Quote Originally Posted by MonkeyBars View Post
    Ungaro II -- first reaction was "weird." then six months later it was "nice! like Jicky with the civet turned way up!"
    I must agree. A bit difficult to stick your nose into this immediately after spraying for all the civet, but it turns into a thing of incredible beauty as time passes.

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    Default Re: At first sniff you recoil in horror... then come back...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Joop! Homme. For many years, I was repulsed by this scent, but some of its notes always made me revisit this and, eventually, even grow to enjoy it or at least be intrigued about it.
    +1

    Yet another one for Joop! Homme. I honestly can't figure out what I disliked about it so much before. I find it quite pleasant now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelerOpera View Post
    (...) Hated it when I sprayed it on my wrist then hours later I fell in love and had to bide my time till I could get back tot he store and buy it.
    I know that feeling and your sentence describes perfectly my initial impression of many of the scents that are now my favorites. When you first start getting into fragrances, you're familiar only with the ubiquitous array of mass market scents (clean, fresh, unoffensive, generic, etc.) and other types of scents often strike you as incredibly dirty, bitter, outdated or ugly. I initially felt that way about things like Encre Noire, Eau de Gentiane Blanche, Etro Patchouly, Eau d'Hermès, etc. and today I really enjoy those and find them totally safe to wear. Among the things I own and wear all the time are a number of so-called "challenging" things like Leather Oud, MKK, Route du Vétiver, M/Mink, Mouchoir de Monsieur, and Villoresi Vetiver. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed scents like that 5 or 7 seven years ago, and I realize that it's really only my experience and sensitivity to smell and the quality of ingredients and blending that's changed since I started out, nothing else. Today, my rule of thumb is almost that if something smells strange, unusual or bad in a conventional sense - give it another chance. So much on the fragrance market is simply too easy, just pretty and without that "wow effect" that makes you stop and actually feel something - whether that feeling be horror, wonder, amazement, or whatever.

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