Versace Dreamer is always mentioned in these. I didn't notice the awful opening that much. I don't know if having a mini without a sprayer makes a difference.
TOP PICKS Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Creed Silver Mountain Water Creed Millesime Imperial
Gucci Pour Homme II YSL La Nuit de L'homme Versace The Dreamer Burberry London YSL L'homme L'occitane Eau Des Baux
The one that pops into my head is Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentrée. When I would spray this on a card I could never understand why it sold, then I forced myself to wear it and I loved the drydown!
To a lesser extent I would also say Tabac Original edt.
Would you put up with a Frag where you hate the Top and/or Mid, becuase you love the drydown?
Nope. I have to live with it the whole time. Maayyybe if there was ten or fifteen minutes of bad initial opening followed by goodness, I'd do it, but any kind of extended thing I don't like will rule out the entire thing.
Like Comme des Garcons Kyoto, for instance. On me, it's awful. Like the cheapest sort of trendy boy-cologne mixed with citronella. I gave it an afternoon of torture, thinking it HAD to get better, and it never did, before I scrubbed it off in despair. Then I sprayed it on a card, and the next day, the card had the most beautiful scent of Japanese incense ever. Yes, lovely -- but I do not care, if I have to go on a day-long camping trip with a bunch of frat boys to get there.
I agree with Musc Rav & The Dreamer, although, sometimes I enjoy The Dreamer's opening.
To that, I'd like to add some classics.
Paco Rabanne pH - opening is too sharp.
Grey Flannel - self explanatory, but the middle to base is actually nice and quite intriguing.
Giorgio BH Red - This stuff would be so good if not for the armpit smelling cumin note in the opening.
Narciso Rodriguez for Him
My Ultimate Top 5:
Paul Smith Man (2009)
Burberry London (2006)
Prada Amber pour Homme (2006)
Arpege pour Homme (2005)
Gainsboro GMan - if not awful, at least nondescript as an opening and also slightly smoky as opening, only improving with drydown
Also, quite a few scents being either leathery, with a strong leathery-animalic component, for instance (but not limited to) Knize Ten, Creed REL, Givenchy Gentleman, Versace l'Homme or Boss No. 1: not all the openings are awful, yet too unidimensional on the heavy, slightly overpowering pungently leathery side, yet their drydowns are some of the classiest, most suave yet also manly to be sensed, once these scents are given at least a minimum of 20-30 minutes to settle.
YSL Kouros has the urinal scent cake smell that supposedly eventually goes away then you are supposed to get a gorgeous honey drydown. Unfortunately when I wear it, for about 8 hours, I just smell like I'm wearing clothes I've urinated in several times. Yeah, that pee smell stays on my skin and no amount of scrubbing will wash it off.
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Originally Posted by david
Jicky. Once you get past the pickled farts note you're safe. The "poopsy" clove note eventually wafts into the sunset and the drydown is quite heavenly.
I agree with you David. As much as I like Jicky, there is that civet undertone that you have to get past to enjoy it. Either it's in my head or I can slightly smell the "stank" for the duration of the wear, but as the hours pass the fecal smell dies down until I can only barely detect it.