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    Default Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    Here I will list all fragrances that made me feel sick. Really sick (physically sick). I invite you guys to do the same. :

    Michael Kors
    Egoiste
    The topnotes in Heritage
    Rive Gauche
    Z-14
    Grey Flannel
    Canoe
    Angel Men

    I had to wash them off of my skin and gave them for free immediately.
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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    I like Rive Gauche and Egoiste, but I agree that they aren't the safest blind buys out there.

    Actually, there's no fragrance that's a guarenteed safe blind buy.

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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    I personally like and own the three below from the OP's list. Furthermore, personally have no qualms about buying anything blind that I want in my collection.


    Egoiste
    Heritage
    Rive Gauche

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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    I blind-buy fragrances often. It's a hit and miss game, but when I want a certain one, I get it. I'll buy scents based on reviews, bottle design, brand, perfumer, fragrance name, company name, etc. Sometimes a flight of fancy will bring surprisingly pleasant results, or an irritating headache.
    I also personally like a few of the scents listed, especially Egoiste.
    A blind buy involving anything to do with Lacoste always proves to be a stupid mistake for me... you learn as you go.

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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    Quote Originally Posted by DanielPlainview View Post
    Here I will list all fragrances that made me feel sick. Really sick (physically sick). I invite you guys to do the same. :

    Michael Kors
    Egoiste
    The topnotes in Heritage
    Rive Gauche
    Z-14
    Grey Flannel
    Canoe


    I had to wash them off of my skin and gave them for free immediately.
    That's quite a broad range of good stuff that makes you sick. What doesn't make you sick?

    For me, there have been very few that I could not take the smell of. These include Montale's Aoud Cuir d'Arabie and ELDO Secretions Magnifiques.

    That was a while back though. Many other things I didn't like at first I now really enjoy. I think my perception of those 2 ^^ may be different now.
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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    There are far worse smells out there than a perfume I don't like - never smelled a perfume that made me physically sick.
    Currently wearing: Shalimar by Guerlain

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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    I know I will catch some heat for this but I blind bought Chypre Palatin and it made me extremely nauseous so I ended up swapping it.
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    Xerjoff Uden
    Creed Virgin Island Water
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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    Rive Gauche is pretty cheap, so blind should be okay. If you dont like it, will be easy to sell, I think.

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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    Musc ravageur, I was determined to buy blindly for the good feedback from here, but I ordered a decantation and I hate the first few minutes of this fragrance is unbearable for me.

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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    I like or love almost every fragrance on your list... As to fragrances physically making me sick I can only think of one that did that and it was Secretions Manifiques.
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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    Blind buying is fun for a lot of people here, myself included. This is especially true once you learn the major notes. Also keep in mind that some scents are too strong even with one spray! With those you can make up a dab sample for yourself.

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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    Blind-buying is risky, yes. But if you don't sell off the ones you dislike, you may find that your taste changes someday to include those very ones.

    Around the start of my husband's exploration into fragrance, he blind-bought Grey Flannel (it was only around $18) but was very disappointed with it; he put it aside and went on to explore many other fragrances. His collection grew and his taste broadened.

    Last year he ventured to re-test Grey Flannel and found that he actually liked it. Now it's included in his rotation.



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    Agreed, no blind buy is safe, but they can be fun!

    Sometimes it only takes s little note to spoil a frag you'd otherwise love...

    No sample, no certainty...
    Well, it's cheaper than therapy... edit: No it's not...

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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    There are a few scents that give me a migraine, but they don't include any on your list. Poison and Aromatics Elixir are the worst offenders I've found, and that's whether they're on me or someone else, but I would never expect nobody else to buy them (as long as there's an escape route if they're wearing them around me).
    Currently wearing: Piper Leather by Illuminum

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    What's the point of this thread?
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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    I was expecting people to list the perfumes that made them sick. Trying to look for patterns in the fragrantic universe.

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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    What's the point of this thread?
    To list any fragrances that made DanielPlainview feel sick.
    We're all in the same game; just different levels. Dealing with the same hell; just different devils.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielPlainview View Post
    I was expecting people to list the perfumes that made them sick. Trying to look for patterns in the fragrantic universe.
    The pattern will be as vast as humanity itself, I'm afraid.
    You know the Latin saying "de gustibus non est disputandum"? What I may find revolting (i.e. Angel) could be the favourite fragrance of someone else...

    And IMO nothing should be bought blind, except for the fun of it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by iodine View Post
    The pattern will be as vast as humanity itself, I'm afraid.
    You know the Latin saying "de gustibus non est disputandum"? What I may find revolting (i.e. Angel) could be the favourite fragrance of someone else...

    And IMO nothing should be bought blind, except for the fun of it...


    I know the proverb. But OH MY GOD, you made me remember that I tried Angel Men once at an Airport Terminal and I felt sick, really sick from it. It is a disgusting chocolate. They put something in the chocolate that made it nauseous.

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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    Whereas I love Angel and have had more compliments whilst wearing it than any other fragrance (the ladies' version).

    Each to their own etc.
    Currently wearing: Piper Leather by Illuminum

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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    oh man, I wish you'd given me the Egoiste!

    The only perfume that has ever given me a headache was once back in the late 70"s when I was on a two hour car ride with someone who had over applied either Halston or Obsession (can't recall which).
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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    Adding YSL La Nuit to the list.

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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    I recommend seeking medical attention if Rive Gauche makes anyone feel sick what an awesome scent! Dior Leather Oud on the other.... Guess we can't help that some trigger the gag reflex.

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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    I haven't gotten sick from frags before. Sorry they didn't work out for you but that doens't mean it wont work for anyone else

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubegon View Post
    For me, there have been very few that I could not take the smell of. These include Montale's Aoud Cuir d'Arabie
    Cuir d'Arabie was my 1st blind buy, had to wash off the stink after 4 hrs, I am trying to try it again mentally b4 spraying on me again...no other leather or any other frag in my wardrobe gave such an issue.

    I have never fell sick ever due 2 a parfum / cologne though...
    Currently wearing: Jules by Christian Dior

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    I agree with most on this list. Grey Flannel is some of the most repulsive stuff on the planet.

    I do love Egoiste though, always have.


    *edit* add Pasha by Cartier to this list...

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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    Wow I Love Michael Kors and really like Egoiste and Grey Flannel. Canoe was the fist Frag I've ever owned as a kid don't remember how it smells but do remember taking a bath in it Never tried the rest of the list.
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    Grey flannel is repulsive, gives me a splitting headache and forces me to leave whichever area was tainted by it. Angel men I found to be be extremely distasteful but not nauseating. I like michael kors alot though.

    My addition to this list would have to be

    Hanae Mori HM and Nicole Miller for men, both made me sick, headache from NM and nausea from HM

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    Headaches
    Geurlain-Vetiver Extreme
    Cartier-Description, do not understand the strange fascination with this fragrance.

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    Default Re: Beware of these fragrances: Do never buy them blind

    I just received a simple of Yatagan by Caron. It made me sick to my stomach. Wow I have never had such a reaction to a Frag. Never have I ever smelled such a disgusting frag. Thank God I went the sample route with Yatagan. Going to put it in the trash unless someone wants it.
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