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    Default Diesel Fuel For Life?

    Cheap, synthetic, and juvenile?


    Or unique, modern, and well-done?


    I feel like this is one of those frags that I may be overlooking for the simple fact basenotes doesn't talk about it much.

    Any fans?


    Detractors?


    How is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    Cheap, synthetic, and juvenile?

    IMO Yes.

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    It's a very casual fragrance. If fun is juvenile then yes it's juvenile. I'll take it over 1 Million any day of the week.

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    All I can say is it gets lots of complements if that is your intention.

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    I have it on my "maybe" list. On some days I find it fun. Some...well not so much. It is a different gourmand than the usual players tho

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    Hmmmm I mean it's synthetic, bit it's a very pleasant youthful, sweet fragrance. It ain't no Serge Lutens is what I am trying to say, but it's just right in what it should be. Raspberryish. I own the Denim edition, and it's definitely lighter than the regular edition. Regular edition packs quite a punch. Will get you noticed so it's good.

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    It's ok. The young cats love it.

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    Default Re: Diesel Fuel For Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by comfortablynumbbg View Post
    Hmmmm I mean it's synthetic, bit it's a very pleasant youthful, sweet fragrance. It ain't no Serge Lutens is what I am trying to say, but it's just right in what it should be. Raspberryish. I own the Denim edition, and it's definitely lighter than the regular edition. Regular edition packs quite a punch. Will get you noticed so it's good.

    Do you prefer the denim edition to the regular?

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    It's a very casual fragrance. If fun is juvenile then yes it's juvenile. I'll take it over 1 Million any day of the week.
    I would consider Guerlain Homme fun but not juvenile.

    I'd consider Black XS fun, but juvenile (I still like it).

    Even Aventus--fun, but not Juvenile.

    Blue sugar--juvenile. Not fun.

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    Default Re: Diesel Fuel For Life?

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    Do you prefer the denim edition to the regular?

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    I would consider Guerlain Homme fun but not juvenile.

    I'd consider Black XS fun, but juvenile (I still like it).

    Even Aventus--fun, but not Juvenile.

    Blue sugar--juvenile. Not fun.
    Out of those it's more in the range of Black XS. It is on the sweet side with the heliotrope and raspberry. Throw in some freshness and that's pretty much FFL in a nutshell. I like the original version over the Denim, although they're very similar. Think raspberry sweet tarts.

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    I find it juvenile and overly sweet - straight sweet as a matter of fact.

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    I agree with Silent on the Black XS comparison. They smell nothing alike though, but they are playful yet very wearable. My problem with FFL is it projects so damn much, and when you project a note like raspberry so much, it draws too much attention to yourself. Almost like when you walk into an Abercrombie store, and the whole place reeks of Fierce fragrance.

    This fragrance projects more as it settles.. I highly recommend you do not spray it near your neck or face.

    I really do enjoy FFL though, it's different than most stuff out there. If you have ever tried Lacoste Elegance, that is the closest thing I can compare it to.
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    Default Re: Diesel Fuel For Life?

    I recently bought DFfL after ignoring it for years. Cheap? Yes. Synthetic? Since it doesnt have ingredients freshly squeezed from their natural fruits, plants, etc, yes. Juvenile? I would say "youthful", if that means fresh and fun-filled. I like it and wear it without reservations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    Do you prefer the denim edition to the regular?

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    I own the Denim, and a friend of mine has the regular edition which I have worn a few times. To me they smell very similar, except the original has more of a sweet anise vibe. I actually prefer how the Denim smells, like a bit lighter, very nice raspberryish (more citrusy too) without the anise. Very nice smell, very contemporary and likeable. However, know that the Denim version might as well be called Fuel For Life Summer Lite. Its longevity is not as good as the original on my skin, it's average, while the original would easily get like 10 hours on my skin. On clothes no problem, this thing smells great, lasts forever (but then again most scents are that way on clothes), but on my dry skin the original packs more punch. Haven't tested how the Denim performs in the summer but it should last a bit longer then, and frankly I think it's perfect for that season, has just the right amount of fresh yet sweet vibe (the original is quite heavy). Purely on smell however, I gotta go with the denim (the denim material looks better too). You should sample these I also think they are underrated (as is Only the Brave).

    p.s. if you end up liking how it smells, I'll be putting most of my wardrobe for sale pretty soon, including my 2.5 oz Denim (used about 10 times) for like $35 total.

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    Had it and used it up within the last year. I enjoyed it well enough, it's definitely a 'pleasant' scent, but it's not something I see myself buying again anytime soon (mainly thanks to this forum and the discovery or soooo many other great fragrances).

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    Default Re: Diesel Fuel For Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    Cheap, synthetic, and juvenile?

    This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by comfortablynumbbg View Post
    I own the Denim, and a friend of mine has the regular edition which I have worn a few times. To me they smell very similar, except the original has more of a sweet anise vibe. I actually prefer how the Denim smells, like a bit lighter, very nice raspberryish (more citrusy too) without the anise. Very nice smell, very contemporary and likeable. However, know that the Denim version might as well be called Fuel For Life Summer Lite. Its longevity is not as good as the original on my skin, it's average, while the original would easily get like 10 hours on my skin. On clothes no problem, this thing smells great, lasts forever (but then again most scents are that way on clothes), but on my dry skin the original packs more punch. Haven't tested how the Denim performs in the summer but it should last a bit longer then, and frankly I think it's perfect for that season, has just the right amount of fresh yet sweet vibe (the original is quite heavy). Purely on smell however, I gotta go with the denim (the denim material looks better too). You should sample these I also think they are underrated (as is Only the Brave).

    p.s. if you end up liking how it smells, I'll be putting most of my wardrobe for sale pretty soon, including my 2.5 oz Denim (used about 10 times) for like $35 total.

    Thanks, comfortablynumbbg, Sounds pretty good. I like mine on the lighter side anyway, so I'd probably go with the denim given the choice. I actually just happened to see it earlier today in a jewelry store. I'm definitely going to order a sample of this (I'm cutting back on the blind buying this month seeing how my wife will kill me if she finds another package at the door).

    I'll let you know what I think!

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    Default Re: Diesel Fuel For Life?

    "Cheap, synthetic, and juvenile?"

    Interesting how times change. When it first came out it was generally quite well received here, and never described in those terms.

    I can't see what's juvenile about it.
    Synthetic - I'm not a misanthrope, mankind is part of nature and makes good scents.
    Cheap smelling - relative to what? I thought it was pretty classy.
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    Default Re: Diesel Fuel For Life?

    Cheap synthetic and cloying sums it up for me. Same for Black XS.

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    Default Re: Diesel Fuel For Life?

    I quite like it. Nothing amazing, but pleasant!
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    just like 1 million, its fine if worn sparingly and in the right situation. I like the raspberry note a lot.

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    Default Re: Diesel Fuel For Life?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    Cheap, synthetic, and juvenile?


    Or unique, modern, and well-done?


    I feel like this is one of those frags that I may be overlooking for the simple fact basenotes doesn't talk about it much.
    How funny. I've had that same thought recently. Fuel For Life has been in my list of maybes for ages. I like it.
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    Default Re: Diesel Fuel For Life?

    Pleasing at first, and people seemed to like it on me too, but then a tad synthetic and juvenile perhaps. Didn't last long in my collection.

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    Default Re: Diesel Fuel For Life?

    Buysblind, check out Walgreens and CVS, I don't think your wife would mind a 21 dollar purchase there. I picked up the 50 ml FFL at my local CVS some time ago.. at least 1 year and a half ago. It was marked half off I believe. If not FFL, you should check it out for blind buys, you can get some great deals.

    Nothing wrong with shopping in drugstores, I have gotten a 4.2 oz Cool Water for 12 bucks at Walgreens; Polo Sport 4.2 oz for around 22 I think (hard to find Polo Sport for this low), Romance Silver 1.7 oz for 20, Polo (original) 4 oz for 25 -- to name a few of the better deals.

    Keep your eyes peeled!
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    I used to own FFL. It may be cheaper than the massively overpriced and overhyped Aventus for example (seriously, can we not manage a single thread without bringing that fragrance up?) but I don't see how it's any more synthetic or juvenile than a lot of great fragrances out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    Cheap, synthetic, and (somewhat) juvenile?


    Or unique, modern, and well-done?


    I feel like this is one of those frags that I may be overlooking for the simple fact basenotes doesn't talk about it much.

    Any fans?


    Detractors?


    How is it?
    My opinion in bold. It is synthetic, but not a bad scent.

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    Default Re: Diesel Fuel For Life?

    cheap for sure, powdery drydown too feminine for me!
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    It's an odd one. I've tried it multiple times and I still don't know how I feel about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanT View Post
    It's an odd one. I've tried it multiple times and I still don't know how I feel about it.
    I don't care for it until the dry down. The problem is that it's so in your face for the first couple of hours that you can't avoid it. Someone else mentioned a powdery element in the dry down which I perceive as more of a soapy element.
    Last edited by silentrich; 5th February 2013 at 03:03 AM.

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    I found this cheap and vile
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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