Didn't buy it but received Black Aoud as a sample and it was hideous.
I have to say I had a surprise with Yatagan having read so many fave reviews about it. I just thought... why?
Not sure any frag has actually made me feel sick though as such. Versace Blond was trying hard though. I may not like them but I keep them and occasionally like them later, or better still, discover someone else who loves them.
I think buying blind for samples is ok for anything, however unpleasant it turns out to be. Vile is still interesting in its own way.
Didn't buy it but received Black Aoud as a sample and it was hideous.
I think many of the Bond No9 fragrances are terrible ideas for blind buys. Very expensive and it seems they differ hugely depending on skin chemistry.
I tried Wall Street on a paper test in Nordstrom and liked it quite a lot, so the sales assistant gave me two samples of it. However, when I wore it the next day it smelt of seaweed after an hour and an hour after that it was non-existant. Other people seem to love that smell and get hours out of it.
I was talking about Bond fragrances to another sales assistant in another store and she said they don't last long at all on her skin either, but the customer next to me said they last forever on her skin.
This is why we sample!
I just bought Michael Kors blind. I love it.
There are scents that I don't like, or would never wear like burberry weekend, I would never wear. Givenchy pi sickenly sweet. But neither will give me a physical reaction,
Though, what have given a really bad, physical aversion are Azzaro ph, and Versace dreamer. I cringe when I smell these two, can't stand the opening especially. Dry down is more tolerable but not beast mode like they suppose to be for some.
So while I think most people will safely dislike burberry weekend, I still think its a safer buy than Azzaro ph in the sense that it is not likely to make anyone sick like Azzaro ph is.
Ouch, a couple of my all time favourites in the OP's list!
No scents make me feel physically sick; I even finally got my head around Secretions Magnifique!
Smelling good on a budget!
Only Rive Gauche left me gagging. Not that it's badly made, just that it has a certain chemical I happen to be very sensitive to. Hope the OP understands this point someday. Grey Flannel for instance is a classic and wears very well on me. I don't enjoy Z14 nor Angel but that's simply a matter of taste /preference. Blind buying is fun as long as you restrict it to sample sizes.
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Guys, I forgot to add that LE MALE is also sickening sweet and weird to my nose. I love the bottle and I love the ads. I really wanted to love this perfume. But it makes me sick too.
Add CB I hate Perfume Beast to that. I got a sample collection in the mail today (as I wanted to finally test the ones I always overlooked) and Beast is... not pretty.
+1 for don't blind buy rive gauche. Also don't blind buy bulgari black, unless you are into rubber.
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Frankly, while I like some of these scents, I can fully understand the advice/recommendation. Most or all of them are quite strong on the notes which polarize a lot, thus destined to be either strongly liked or disliked, the kind of scents which would always get noticed (in a positive or negative way) and hardly get any neutral feedback.
The olfactory system is complex and so are the fragrances. It takes years to learn to smell. You will like different things at different times. What you don't like now you may like later, and vice versa. Things can change all the time. You should try samples over a period of weeks or months or even years.
The only time a fragrance has made me feel sick is when I was sick.
Azuree, not only does it make me feel ill but also my small dog will leave the room instantly. Has to be washed off immediately. Surely this stuff is not perfume!!!
I'm sure there are no patterns when it comes to fragrances that makes one literally sick, it is highly individual. I find Egoiste and Heritage for instance great fragrances.
What has ever made me sick:
Dior Addict (one a hot day in a crowded bus and on an airplane trip. If I test it now I have no problems with it, though).
DSH (?) Sweet Milk
Secretions Magnifique (the combination of milk and metal - both familiar on a deep, unconcious level and sickening).
Micallef Yellow (or Red?) Sea (sickening sea weed smell (I have no problems with it in the nature)).
That montale cuir is one of the best there is!! No styrax no iris powder:-) , i love it, if you wish to swap it with me:-)
There are few scents that ever made me sick, and those were:
secretions manifique....but i think they did it on purpose! That metalic note is very characteristic to many synthetic chemicals.....and this one makes majority of people sick, but really sick!!
And etro royal pavillon- uh that one is mean it starts getting intolerable only after 30 mins
Aromatic elixir was stinky to me , when i first tried it but.......in general patchouly and amber can make me feel a bit sickly
You have some pretty amazing stuff in your list, OP.
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Got some samples recently, and the only one that was really horrendous was Montale Dark Aoud.
Also got Yatagan, which I don't find terrible at all, but that celery note, well... just can't see that as being appropriate anywhere.
Liked Grey Flannel a bit when I first got it (cheap), but after a few wears it dawned on me that really it was a heavy, somewhat unpleasant, and not entirely masculine frag.
Rive gauche was nice enough, but no longevity on me, so I swapped it.
Michael Kors for Men is one that sounds like my kind of frag. Gotta see if I can get a sample of this one.
The only frag that sort of makes me feel sick now is Bogart One Man Show. I used to like it, but in early January I got hit with norovirus, and happened to be wearing OMS that day. When I was on my knees hurling, I kept getting whiffs of the OMS. Now I associate it with being sick as hell. Can't take the scent anymore.
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Seriously though, I think all those fragrances are well made and I guess they just did not work out for you. It happens, but I still consider them all to be safe blind buys.
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Following that though, I couldn't bear to smell CK One anywhere for a good 5 years. It made me queasy every time I sniffed it. There was one particular work colleague who I literally couldn't stand next to because he wore it. It's only in the last few years that it's become tolerable to me again.
I don't understand blind buys in this age of relatively cheap and easy to find samples on the internet.
Which would you choose?
I sample the things that I have no chance of affording to buy, but I understand that this is just to experience the scent a couple of times because I know that I have zero chance of getting together more money than a whole month's mortgage to buy a bottle of it.
If you were working on my budget then you'd understand that a part used bottle picked up for a song is worth a try (once it's been researched) if you know that a full bottle at retail prices is completely out of your reach.
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I find VC&A Midnight In Paris EDP makes me ill, but only when I am ill already.
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