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    Default What are your most regrettable fragrance purchases thus far ???

    I'm about 3 months into this hobby and I already have a couple.. So I know many others out there may have some or many..

    Paco Rabane- 1 Million, I wore the knock off oil that i picked up in Istanbul last summer and finally picked up a bottle over Christmas. little did i know that not only is this the staple clubbing scent here in France, it's literally everyone's signature scent from the ages of 10-30.. I reached for it once, and don't plan to ever again.

    Knize- Ten, blind buy.... nuff said, NO the notes look so wonderful and I've read rave reviews and a few honest negative ones.. To my nose, yes a strong gazol smell i'm not fond of and it smells exactly like something that was fabricated in the 1920's. Unwearable for me.

    Considering I'm not rich, I will definitely be more conscious in the future before I purchase large decants/bottles.

    been sampling quite a bit and 90% of the stuff I will give no consideration to.

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    Eternity, Ungaro III, Fahrenheit (2012)

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    XS, I knew straight away it was a mistake. Also Safari, Architect, Blue Ted, Chrome, Sex Pistols, Bois Bleu. All sold shortly after they had arrived.

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    Diesel Zero Plus Masculine.

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    My five worst mistakes to date are:

    Memoire d'Homme by Nina Ricci
    Briar Rose by Ineke
    Geir by Geir Ness
    Worth pour Homme Haute Concentration (current version) by Worth
    212 Men by Carolina Herrera
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)

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    Bond no. 9 Cooper Square
    Creed Silver Mountain Water
    Armani Code Ultimate

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    Gucci guilty, was in a rush and thought it was Gucci homme 2. Thought I'd give it a go anyway and it's the worst mistake so far. Horribly synthetic, I anyone is even thinking of trying this don't, just don't.

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    I always buy blind and have rarely sample before I buy:

    Worst buys since 2007

    1. Paul Smith Men
    2. Rive Gauche Pour Homme (Tin Can)
    3. Intimately Beckham
    4. Beckham Instinct
    5. Davidoff Adventure Amazonia

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    Bois D'argent. Terrible blind buy based on a YouTube review

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    Bois D'argent. Terrible blind buy based on a YouTube review
    For Sale or Swap: Terre D'Hermes

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    Not many regrettable buys here, maybe just On El and only because of good notes, yet with almost no longevity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granola View Post
    Bois D'argent. Terrible blind buy based on a YouTube review
    A youtube reviewer got me interested in it but I have yet to sample it. Can you share why you found it 'terrible'?

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    ADG
    Vera Wang
    Gucci by Gucci Sport

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    Default Re: What are your most regrettable fragrance purchases thus far ???

    Quote Originally Posted by NYCBoomBoom View Post
    A youtube reviewer got me interested in it but I have yet to sample it. Can you share why you found it 'terrible'?
    Please share, I bought a 15ml decant based off what i seen on the tube.. I think it will be quite amazing..

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    L'Anarchiste but part of me wants to buy it again to see if my tastes have changed

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    Default Re: What are your most regrettable fragrance purchases thus far ???

    Nothing that I have purchased for my collection I have regretted.

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    I do a lot of blind buying, but don't regret most. But here are a few:

    Bond No. 9 HSLE
    Dior Fahrenheit
    Tom Ford Black Orchid


    and these splits:
    Interlude Man
    TF Oud Wood

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monsieur View Post
    Please share, I bought a 15ml decant based off what i seen on the tube.. I think it will be quite amazing..
    If you can bottle hay and myrh then you have Bois D'argent. Overrated and not interesting IMO
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    My worst blind-buys: Caron Le 3 Homme - the current formulation is apalling compared to the original
    Cerruti 1881 Black while a pleasant scent it's quite generic and doesn't project at all on me
    TL Pour Lui.... not much to say other than I can't stand the stuff :/

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    Not entirely bad scents, but not too fond of.

    Midnight in Paris
    Black XS
    llum Dean Fresco
    YSL La Nuit De L'Homme
    Armani Code

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    Fahrenheit. So incredible smelling, but so disappointingly short lived and weak.

    Fresco. No matter how inexpensive, if it's not up to par, it's not worth buying. Lesson learned.

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    Guerlain Héritage edp
    Azzaro Pure Lavande -- hateful, but, really, I think it cost me $5
    Mauboussin Histoire d'Eau -- there are a lot of reviews out there saying it's a long-lost classic. They're lying.
    Thierry Mugler B*Men
    Carthusia Aria di Capri edt

    Also, there is a special place in hell reserved for whoever made Burt's Bees Bay Rum, but that was given to me as a gift.
    I don't know much about medicine, but I know what I like. -- S.J. Perelman

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    DG light blue - impulsive. Thought it would be a decent summer fragrance. Really dislike it.
    Armani code - not bad at all. Just I have so many other fragrances that I reach for besides this.
    YSL L'homme - again not bad. Just boring.
    ADG - everyone and there mother has it. Wished I would have waited for essenza.

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    DG light blue - impulsive. Thought it would be a decent summer fragrance. Really dislike it.
    Armani code - not bad at all. Just I have so many other fragrances that I reach for besides this.
    YSL L'homme - again not bad. Just boring.
    ADG - everyone and there mother has it. Wished I would have waited for essenza.

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    YSL Pour Homme. It stinks. Literally
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    Musc ravageur. Absolutely hate it.

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    Atelier - Vanille Insensee. This stuff is cloyingly nasty. Creed Sublime Vanille is a delicious vanilla citrus fragrance, but Vanille Insensee is a diet version with full blown aspartame in your face. Nasty Stuff. And I have a full bottle <sighs>

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    For me:

    Blood Concept-absolutely rotten(all of the "types)
    Eternity-Calvin Klein
    Farenheit
    Grey Flannel
    Bijan for men(original juice)
    My mom's great. I appreciate her sense of humor, patience and fondness for daytime drinking. :0)

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    my mistakes to date..


    Blood Concept
    Silver Mountain Water
    Divin Enfant


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    Bond no 9 - New Harlem

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    Versace l homme reformulated
    Pure shot
    Bond no. 9 great jones

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    Quote Originally Posted by pharmgator01 View Post
    Atelier - Vanille Insensee. This stuff is cloyingly nasty. Creed Sublime Vanille is a delicious vanilla citrus fragrance, but Vanille Insensee is a diet version with full blown aspartame in your face. Nasty Stuff. And I have a full bottle <sighs>
    Boy, I hope it WAS a blind buy. Because if you smelled it before buying, I DON'T KNOW YOU EVER MORE!!!

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    Prada Pour Homme Intense. I know I should educate myself, but nooooo....

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    Creed Silver Mountain Water - smells like dirty mop that's been sitting in a corner for couple months, still soggy and growing weird fungus on it.

    Aramis - gives me that dirty, unwashed old grandpa type impression. Smells very old fashioned, can't get past the initial 5 minutes of it to see if it develops into something more interesting. Tried a few times, 5 minutes was the longest before I scrubbed it off.

    YSL Kouros - I'd spray it once a week and all I would get was that nasty urinal cake from the dirtiest, nastiest public restroom you can imagine (remember the movie "Trainspotting"?). I wouldn't give up as it was so highly recommended, and even with the bad reviews I thought I'd eventually 'get it'. EVENTUALLY finally happened, two months later. I sprayed it and experienced an epiphany - I finally get the overly rich dark flowery 80's powerhouse scent, alas - it took me 2 months to get to this point - I could not possibly wear this out in public always afraid many (most?) people around me would smell the urinal cake rather than the overly rich and flowery bouquet. Perhaps it meant something in the 80's, but now in 2013 - it should be filed as a footnote or a reference in perfumery books, not as a scent one should wear anymore. By today's standards - it's, well, yucky.

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    GFT by Geo. Trumper

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monsieur View Post
    I'm about 3 months into this hobby and I already have a couple.. So I know many others out there may have some or many..



    Knize- Ten, blind buy.... nuff said, NO the notes look so wonderful and I've read rave reviews and a few honest negative ones.. To my nose, yes a strong gazol smell i'm not fond of and it smells exactly like something that was fabricated in the 1920's. Unwearable for me.
    Sorry you don't like Knize 10. I'll give your bottle a good home!

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    Most immortele based perfumes. I cannot stand it in long doses.

    for swap/sale:





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    Tom Ford Italian Cypress 50 ml split. A rare blind buy since many BNers claim it to be better than the original RL Polo. They were dead wrong.

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    most of Creeds, with the exception of GIT and Jardin d'Amalfi

    and many blind buy FB of designers frags when first got into this hobby, many collecting dust after 1 spray
    AUSSIES, join our exclusive niche split club.

    https://groups.google.com/forum/?fro...s-niche-splits

    Currently splitting:

    Amouage - Tribute, Homage and OPUS VII
    Andy Tauer - Noontide Petals, Miriam and Loretta
    HdP - Veni, Vidi, Vici and Rosam, Ambrarem, Petroleum
    The Different Company - Oud Shamash, Oud for Love and Aurore Nomade
    Guerlain - Sous Le Vent, Angélique Noire, Bois d'Armenie, Cruel Gardenia, Rose Barbare

    and many more niches up for split...

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    Versace The Dreamer and Roadster Sport.

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    I regret blind buying Givenchy Xeryus Rouge. Got it a few years ago. Bottle is gathering dust and I barely ever wear it. Not really a fan of the scent either.

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    Bijan for men
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    My Top 10

    1. Amouage Homage Attar
    2. Serge Lutens - Muscs Koublai Khan
    3. YSL M7
    4. Serge Lutens - Ambre Sultan
    5. Chanel Egoiste
    6. 24 Gold by Scentstory
    7. Amouage Epic Man
    8. Amouage Jubilation XXV
    9. Bond No. 9 New York Oud
    10. Serge Lutens - Chergui



    "A beautiful fragrance to the nose is like good jazz music to the ears, great food to the mouth, and Megan Fox and Jessica Alba to the eyes..."

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    Default Re: What are your most regrettable fragrance purchases thus far ???

    Lauder for Men (current formulation) They did not have a tester, but I blind bought it anyway since I was collecting Bernard Chant. (The original formulation is brilliant BTW).

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    I somewhat regret buying Leather Oud. I don't think I have ever worn it after buying it last summer. Most of the ones I regret are blind buys I ended up just giving away and not even recouping any money from. They include:

    Tommy Bahama Original
    Remy Latour Cigar
    Perry Ellis 360
    Zirh Ikon
    Kanon
    Kanon Norwegian Wood
    Nautica Blue
    Guess by Marciano for men

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    I'm surprised some of the mentioned fragrances. This just shows you, that everyone has a different taste and perspective.

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    Leather Oud. Still can't erase the pain.

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    I don't have a purchase that I completely regret. However, I did swap Pure Havane, Burberry London, and a 10 ml decant of La Nuit de L'homme for Pure Malt right before it was re-released. That sucked.

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    Polo Blue, Polo Sport, CK Escape, Versace Man (wanted the purple colour bottle because I love Man Eau Fraiche). I don't plan to wear them anymore. Could've use the money I spent on them for other ones I do plan on buying.

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    None of these are particularly bad fragrances but they stand out as being lesser alternatives of other things I own.

    Ed Hardy Love and Luck-- people say it smells like MI; not so much to me - sold it.
    Animale Animale - wore it twice, sold it. Pure Malt made it irrelevant.
    Boss Bottled - sold it. Stale/synthetic. Surpassed by YSL L'homme.
    Armani Code - no point as I own Midnight in Paris which surpasses it.

    EDIT:
    BTW, three mentions for Creed Silver Mountain Water so far which is surprising to me.
    Current favorites_____Black Tourmaline_____Gucci Pour Homme II_____Armani Prive Oud Royale_____Memoir Man_____Tuscan Leather______Montale Aoud Musk______Montale Aoud and Pine_____Sel Marin_____Invasion Barbare_____Tonka Imperial____Dior Homme Intense_____L'Humaniste____Santal 33_____Bois d'Argent_____Nio_____MFK Oud_____Lumiere Noire

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    Most immortele based perfumes. I cannot stand it in long doses.
    I'm with you in this. The new Frapin Speakeasy surely a nice scent, but after a while it's about nothing but immortelle - it simply turns my stomach.

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    Lolita Lempicka au Masculin. Cloying, chemical, oversweetened, artificial. Yuck.
    Eau de Reglisse by Caron - the tester smelt great but the bottle was dull, linear and same-y.
    Bois d'Argent by Armani Prive - nice scent, but no projection or longevity - far too expensive.
    Duro and Absinthe by nasomatto - short lived, unmemorable.

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    I recently bought (blind) two fragrances from Smell Bent. I live in England so I had to pay postage too. I don't know if the fragrances I received were off or were supposed to smell that way; in either case I found them quite vile and will never wear either again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by autumngleeman View Post
    Musc ravageur. Absolutely hate it.
    Send it to me, I love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pharmgator01 View Post
    Atelier - Vanille Insensee. This stuff is cloyingly nasty. Creed Sublime Vanille is a delicious vanilla citrus fragrance, but Vanille Insensee is a diet version with full blown aspartame in your face. Nasty Stuff. And I have a full bottle <sighs>
    Send it to me, I love this one too!

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    Too many to mention, but 99% of the ones I regret have come from TJ Maxx/Ross/Marshall's. Impulse buys that I quickly swapped or sold off. Incredibly, I have purchased probably 100 bottles in those places and not a single one is part of my 30 bottle wardrobe. They're all gone or going. Why do I buy scents there? Impulse retail therapy. Wastes a ton of cash. Just plain stupid.

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    For me it would be Egoiste.Its as if someone drained the awesome juice i have read about on here countless times and refilled it with off bugspray.The second i sprayed it on i knew it had to go.

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    For me it would be Egoiste.Its as if someone drained the awesome juice i have read about on here countless times and refilled it with off bugspray.The second i sprayed it on i knew it had to go.

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    Default Re: What are your most regrettable fragrance purchases thus far ???

    Regrets...I have a few...but then again, too few to mention....
    My biggest regret was 1 Million. I sampled it in a mall, walked around with it on, and enjoyed it. I bought it, I used it twice and grew tired of it. Now it sits.
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    Juicy Couture Dirty English
    Zirh Ikon

    Blind bought them both cause they were under $20 but I'm not a fan of them at all. After that I realized I didn't want to have many bottles of fragrances I wouldn't wear and have been sampling endlessly. No more blind buys for me.

    I agree with the criticism of Bois d'Argent. Reminds me of hay as well. I tried it again yesterday but it's not growing on me. My mom liked it though

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    Well lets see..

    YSL Pour Homme Haute Concentree
    Yatagan
    Bandit Light pour homme
    Or Black
    Versace Black Jeans
    "Le parfum est la musique du corps"
    (Marcel Rochas)

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    Now pleased don't start bashing..but for me it was ..DHI
    The next I remember, was AdG, which I gifted to my brother :-)
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    Currently on my Rotation:
    1. Cartier D'un Soir
    2. Loewe Essencia
    3. Bergamotto Marino
    4. Herb Alpert Listen
    5. Artisan
    6. Bang
    7. GIT
    8. Pal Zileri No 18
    9. TdH
    0. Kenzo Homme

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    I went through a blind buy phase, even for expensive niche frags. My regrets:

    PdE Aziyade - the cumin is too much for me and it becomes sticky and cloying
    Eau d'Italie Paestum Rose - the dryness grates on me after a while
    And some cheapies from TJMaxx - Bulgari Blue Notte comes to mind, the vodka note makes me nauseated (but I love that in Ambre Russe, so go figure)

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    I don't get the dislike of B*Men. If anyone has an unloved bottle of this, I'll give it a very good home.

    My biggest regret is Miracle L'Aquatonic. Its supposed to be a bit like Mugler Cologne but with a Violet note.

    It doesn't.

    It smells like Lilacs and little else. It smells like something your Granny would wear.

    I can't even bring myself to give it away to someone, it wouldn't be fair on them
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