I was at Bloomingdales yesterday and spent a lot of time at the Tom Ford counter testing all the Private Blend fragrances. Tobacco Vanille is arguably the most popular and raved about Private Blend, but for the life of me, I just don't 'get it'. It's not so much the fragrance not suiting my skin chemistry than that I simply dislike it. There are fragrances which don't work on my skin but which I can appreciate, but Tobacco Vanille just smells bad to me, full stop.
Are there any cult favourites which YOU personally dislike? Here's my list:
Frédéric Malle L'eau D'Hiver
Not only don't I 'get' Tobacco Vanille, I don't 'get' Neroli Portofino either.
ointments and perfume delight the heart....
Most Lutens, actually.
Nasomatto Pardon is also one I can't handle.
Tobacco Vanille and Tuscan Leather are both "no thanks" for me.
I never say never. Sometimes it takes years, but a scent can "click" for me after a long time. Fahrenheit is a great example. And I'm starting to get Habit Rouge now.
Too many to mention, but a few that immediately come to mind...
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) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie
9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
The old Guerlains...except Habit Rouge and Coriolan.
keepin' it musky
TdH & Encre Noire
GIT (don't so much dislike.. just thought it was nothing at all special. Over-hyped).
A lot of them. Most of the time I can at least see why they're popular or well-liked. Rarely do I 'feel it' for myself, though.
Lalique Encre Noire
Serge Lutens Chergui
Hermes Terre d'Hermes
Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur
Caron Un Pour Homme
...and most "older" fragrances. They smell way too dated for me.
Current top 10 (No order):
1. Pure Havane
2. Menthe Fraiche
3. Tobacco Vanille
4. L'Air Du Desert Marocain
5. Green Irish Tweed
7. Musc Ravageur
8. Tonka Imperial
9. Gucci Pour Homme II
10. Dior Homme Intense
DHI and TDH
Terre de hermes hamster cage ugh cant stand this one
Bond no. 9 new Harlem wtf
Chanel sycamore quality but not my type of Vetiver
Pure havane mugler not sure what the big deal here is
But I could easily llist hyped ones that I love that others hate MR Fredric Malle etc.
Test test test Is gonna be my New Years resolution
Happy holidays y'all
A*Men. I do not get the love for that at all.
Don't judge a fragrance from one testing.
One full spray of Tobacco Vanille can be over-powering.
Chergui, TdH, Jicky, Encre Noire
Egoiste, Jicky, TDH, Shalimar just to name a few.
My current top ten:
1. Oud Wood
2. Spice and Wood
4. Pure Malt
5. Tonka Imperial
6. Dior Homme
7. Epic Man
8. L'air Du Desert Marocain
9. Noir de Noir
10. Terre D'Hermes
L'instant by Guerlain. Very over hyped cocoa
For Sale or Swap: Terre D'Hermes
A*Men is wretched. I also think Kouros is vile.
The Dreamer from Versace: what does this scent have that is so alluring and enticing towards the opposite sex ?
GIT. There's something screechy in this. I'm not very good on note identification, but I think it might be the violet leaf.
Habit Rouge - Old, dated. Only suitable for the elderly.
Too many to count, 3 or 4 of which already mentioned in here so I shall not name them as they could well be somebody's favorites. On me they are simply wretched.
Me too with Fahrenheit. It smells vile on me but I can appreciate that it smells good on others.
My current top 10 (subject to change) in no particular order:
Rive Gauche Pour Homme, Serge Lutens Cuir Mauresque, Armani Prive' Nuances,
Armani Prive' Bois d'Encens, Ermenegildo Zegna Indonesian Oud, Essenza de Zegna, Amouage Beloved Man, Fahrenheit Le Parfum, Dior La Collection Couturier Vetiver, and Rasikh Syed Junaid Alam.
Probably more, but I can't think of them haha.