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    Default Re: Expensive Juice That Smells Like Something Cheap

    Unfortunately I have forgotten the Creed fragrance sample I was trying when this happened:

    "What do you think of this?" I asked as I proffered my wrist to my teenage daughter to sniff.
    "You smell like a public bathroom."
    Crestfallen look.
    "A CLEAN public bathroom!"
    Eye roll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docluv45 View Post
    Unfortunately I have forgotten the Creed fragrance sample I was trying when this happened:

    "What do you think of this?" I asked as I proffered my wrist to my teenage daughter to sniff.
    "You smell like a public bathroom."
    Crestfallen look.
    "A CLEAN public bathroom!"
    Eye roll.
    At least it's a ladies' room!

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    Quote Originally Posted by juanderer View Post
    At least it's a ladies' room!
    i used to clean ladies bathrooms for a living....the unspeakable horror....for some reason they throw balled up toilet tissue all over the floor....and dont get me started on the "white box"...i think i have PTSD....
    14 sprays of DRAKKAR NOIR should do it

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    No idea, most expensive scents actually smell according to their price (no snobbery, just a personal impression). Though there is actually a scent that - while not niche - might be expensive, yet smells (to my nose) way more underdeveloped than one might expect for the price, is in my opinion: Eau de Campagne by Sisley (or, it may be simply that this kind of grassy notes simply fail to impress me).
    Currently wearing: Citrus & Wood by Yardley

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    Tested a few from M. Micallef and every one of them was not worthy the price tag.

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    Default Re: Expensive Juice That Smells Like Something Cheap

    I know I will hear about this...but virtually every time I wear GIT I hear "Oh...I LOVE COOL WATER!!!! True GIT fans can tell the difference...but It is no accident about novices thinking my $300 fragrance is a $19 WalMart bargin fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docluv45 View Post
    Unfortunately I have forgotten the Creed fragrance sample I was trying when this happened:

    "What do you think of this?" I asked as I proffered my wrist to my teenage daughter to sniff.
    "You smell like a public bathroom."
    Crestfallen look.
    "A CLEAN public bathroom!"
    Eye roll.
    Montale Bois de Aoud / Original Aoud smells EXACTLY like those toilet/urinal cakes that deodorize a bathroom toilet.
    For Sale: VINTAGE Montales

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    I agree. For $200 + dollars you can buy something from a house like Amouage which makes most Bonds smell like something you'd buy on the clearance rack in Walmart.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tappio View Post
    My exact thought when I saw the thread title. I generally like Bond, but they have some wonky stuff. I recently tried New York musk, and it smelled cheap and lousy.
    Heartily agree with both of these.

    I do tend to think that even some of the more prestigious houses all have at least one or two stinkers in their line that could smell cheap or common to others though. I can't think of a single house that I've smelled that didn't at least have one fragrance that didn't jive with me well, and gave off a sort of cheapy vibe. I would agree over all that Bond has the market on this one, followed by Creed (though both houses have a few fantastic scents in their line up) though that could also be part factor to just how many fragrances both houses are pumping out.

    I suppose I'll have to tip my hat towards some (not all) of the Serge Lutens recent releases to be fair as well, as he might be coming up on this territory soon enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldheadjim View Post
    Today I was wearing Memoir Man and lady told me that it smelled like Axe. I dont get that vibe from it but it makes me wonder how many times have you had your heart set on the a niche frag. Saved your coin. Spent several sessions at the boutique. Finally pulled the trigger. Sprayed liberally for your first public unveiling. Only to be told he that smells like Axe or something worse...
    That person who told you that Memoir Man smells like Axe is......how to put this politely.....doesn't know fragrance. Period.

    She is just a product of her social surroundings. Confusing quality perfume with Axe. Doesn't mean anything really, except how unfortunate that the general public does not appreciate good fragrance ( doesn't have to be a $200 fragrance that is good, it can be a $30 YSL ). Comments from strangers are vastly overrated.

    Quote Originally Posted by Possum-Pie View Post
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    Montale Bois de Aoud / Original Aoud smells EXACTLY like those toilet/urinal cakes that deodorize a bathroom toilet.
    Not sure why you would think that, but my sample vial smelled nothing like urinal or toilet cakes. It smelled like a nice, yet simple Aoud fragrance from the Montale line. Nice, kind of a moist like quality. Like damp wood almost. Lacks a rose and I am not sure if there is much or any patchouli in it ( like Black Aoud).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scentologist View Post
    The bois 1920 line
    I'm not a huge fan or anything, but Bois 1920 Extreme smells anything but cheap. No budget fragrance could get anywhere near it.

    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Molecule 01.

    $140 for some Iso E super and perfumers alcohol? Can't I make this myself for $10?
    Yes, you can.

    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    It'd be like believing or taking into consideration a non wine connoisseur saying a good red wine tasted like dr. Pepper.
    No, it'd be like saying it tasted like cheap red table wine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cosgrove View Post
    Tom Ford's Italian Cypress is a dead ringer for Halston Z-14.
    Correct. Though it does smell a little deeper, rounder, and richer. Not 17x deeper though (which is the price ratio).

    Quote Originally Posted by Kron View Post
    I tried alot of the Loewe lineup last year and was shocked by the lack of quality, Most of the aquatics smell like something you'd clean a pool with.
    Yeah their only good men's release is Esencia. What a release though. Could never be mistaken for budget crap.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    No idea, most expensive scents actually smell according to their price (no snobbery, just a personal impression). Though there is actually a scent that - while not niche - might be expensive, yet smells (to my nose) way more underdeveloped than one might expect for the price, is in my opinion: Eau de Campagne by Sisley (or, it may be simply that this kind of grassy notes simply fail to impress me).
    I've never smelled a cheapie that had that much tomato leaf absolute in it. (Not that I'm a huge fan.)

    Meanwhile, who gives a crap whether other people think your juice smells fancy? If you're wearing frags to impress others, you might want to reexamine your whole approach to the hobby (and to life too). (Not necessarily directed at the OP.)

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    Sported Memoir Man to work and was given several compliments. Conversation with one lady in particular was interesting because she turned out to be a frag huffer too. We exchanged emails. Thank you MM. The heck with Axe lady.

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    Default Re: Expensive Juice That Smells Like Something Cheap

    Too many to mention, and cheap (inexpensive) doesn't mean they aren't some of the best ever made.

    There are many great niches but most of them are based upon an older designer and are usually not as good. Most of the good designer fragrances were made before 1990 or so.

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