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    Question Now that the hype may have died down... Spicebomb?

    A little over a year ago, Spicebomb had an advertisement in a magazine that sparked my interest in fragrances. The bottle was just too damn cool.

    Intrigued by the ad, I looked up Spicebomb on the internet. This how I found you guys and this secret little club of fragrance fanatics.

    Ironically, I've never tried it.

    Funny, huh? How Spicebomb started my passion for fragrance, but I've never tested it.

    So, after reading through the passionate replies in this thread: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/296...w-of-SpiceBomb I would like to know what are you thoughts a year later?

    Thanks for in advance for your replies and comments.

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    One of the best designer fragrances out there, recently finished my 50ml and bought a new 100ml. I can't imagine not having this fragrance in my collection, it is such a damn fine scent! That vanilla, apple, tea and lemon combo is sublime.

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    Cheap "Bomb". A nothing fragrance.

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    Extremely poor.

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    I really like it, but still haven't bought it.

    I love the opening, really sweet. Something along the lines of bubblegum + cotton candy. Maybe some cinnamon there too.

    But after that, it's just flat. Very muted, no bomb at all.

    I don't think I'll buy this full retail. But if I can get this for half the price, or as a present, I will be very happy.

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    Meh. Not offensive but just ok for performance. Kinda weak in all aspects. Pass.
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    It lasts forever, drydown is better than the top notes.

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    Nothing special

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    Didn't like it at first, then decided I did and bought a small bottle. Wore it a few times and enjoyed it well enough. Then I sampled Armani Code which smelled very, very much like diapers (and certain toilet papers) to me. Seems there's a synthetic vanilla which is used on diapers and toilet paper. Yay. Next time I wore Spicebomb, my nose cued in to this same, or a very similar, synthetic vanilla, and that was it for me. Done. Yuck.

    I do smell Spicebomb around town now and then, and it's usually over-applied. Outstays its welcome pretty easily.

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    Love the scent, love the bottle. The longevity is pretty average, but otherwise no complaints. Like kende said, I think it's one of the better designer fragrances out there. Thinking about buying a bottle sometime this summer and using it once the weather cools down a bit.

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    Love it and it's on my wishlist. Total compliment getter for me. Tasty with a calm confidence. 3 parts sophistication 1 part sexy.

    If anyone has one for sale or trade hit me up.

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    Default Re: Now that the hype may have died down... Spicebomb?

    One big MEH for me. There's nothing SPICE or BOMB in it. It smells like cinnamon bubble gum mixed with cotton candy. I think it's a great scent - for an 8 year old girl or boy - but not for any grown man. YUCK.

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    I like it, my wife really likes it. It's a keeper in my somewhat small collection. Probably ranks around 23rd out of 25 bottles I own.

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    I think the hype died down for a reason. Spicebomb is ok, but for me, it's a pass.
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    Still a good one.

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    Default Re: Now that the hype may have died down... Spicebomb?

    Just like marc jacobs bang. Opens with a nice spicy accord but does not project. Very weak on my skin

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    A smooth easy wear in the cooler months. Much better than Antidote.

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    Default Re: Now that the hype may have died down... Spicebomb?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheBlackAdonis View Post
    A little over a year ago, Spicebomb had an advertisement in a magazine that sparked my interest in fragrances. The bottle was just too damn cool.

    Intrigued by the ad, I looked up Spicebomb on the internet. This how I found you guys and this secret little club of fragrance fanatics.

    Ironically, I've never tried it.

    Funny, huh? How Spicebomb started my passion for fragrance, but I've never tested it.

    So, after reading through the passionate replies in this thread: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/296...w-of-SpiceBomb I would like to know what are you thoughts a year later?

    Thanks for in advance for your replies and comments.
    I found it underwhelming and 'spicebomb' is a complete misnomer. It isn't terrible, nice in a generic, sweet vanilla way but hardly a bomb and definitely no where near my definition of spicy. Not bad, just nothing special.

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    I think it's nice. It's smooth, and it is a cut above typical designer fare.

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    Default Re: Now that the hype may have died down... Spicebomb?

    Quote Originally Posted by chopwet View Post
    I found it underwhelming and 'spicebomb' is a complete misnomer. It isn't terrible, nice in a generic, sweet vanilla way but hardly a bomb and definitely no where near my definition of spicy. Not bad, just nothing special.
    This. I like it, but I remember being decidedly underwhelmed/disappointed after the hype.

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    Never liked it.

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    Love it and its one of my top winter scents. It reminds me a lot of my other new cold weather fragrance this past winter (Ted Lapidus Black Soul). I highly recommend both if you enjoy sweet, spicy scents.

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    Definitely one that relied on advertising, hype, and gimmicks. Obnoxiously loud and cloyingly synthetic, but slightly less offensive and screechy than some of its peers. I'm shocked that there haven't been 10 or 15 flankers yet like there were with its counterpart! Spicebomb Sport Homme Extreme Noir Summer etc.

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    Default Re: Now that the hype may have died down... Spicebomb?

    My thoughts are the same now as they were when it first launched and bought it. It's a very nice scent and glad I own it.

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    Guys, I have to say I love reading all your replies.

    I love how passionate and strong everyone's opinions are when it comes to fragrances, in general. It's really neat to see everyone's opinion and where they stand.

    I blind bought it (lucky on my recent "Blue Sugar" blind buy that had polarizing opinions, too), and I'm looking forward to testing it!

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SevenDays View Post
    I really like it, but still haven't bought it.

    I love the opening, really sweet. Something along the lines of bubblegum + cotton candy. Maybe some cinnamon there too.

    But after that, it's just flat. Very muted, no bomb at all.
    I don't think I'll buy this full retail. But if I can get this for half the price, or as a present, I will be very happy.
    That's it in a nutshell. It's muted. I love spicy fragrances and I love vanilla and cinnamon. Therefore I like Spicebomb way more than Flowerbomb or its weak flankers. But it's hard to explain about Spicebomb. It fizzles, then it's gone. I don't think the silage is good. If I were you, TheBlackAdonis I'd get the sample first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SevenDays View Post
    I really like it, but still haven't bought it.

    I love the opening, really sweet. Something along the lines of bubblegum + cotton candy. Maybe some cinnamon there too.

    But after that, it's just flat. Very muted, no bomb at all.
    I don't think I'll buy this full retail. But if I can get this for half the price, or as a present, I will be very happy.
    That's it in a nutshell. It's muted. I love spicy fragrances and I love vanilla and cinnamon. Therefore I like Spicebomb way more than Flowerbomb or its weak flankers. But it's hard to explain about Spicebomb. It fizzles, then it's gone. I don't think the silage is good. If I were you, TheBlackAdonis I'd get the sample first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SevenDays View Post
    I really like it, but still haven't bought it.

    I love the opening, really sweet. Something along the lines of bubblegum + cotton candy. Maybe some cinnamon there too.

    But after that, it's just flat. Very muted, no bomb at all.
    I don't think I'll buy this full retail. But if I can get this for half the price, or as a present, I will be very happy.
    That's it in a nutshell. It's muted. I love spicy fragrances and I love vanilla and cinnamon. Therefore I like Spicebomb way more than Flowerbomb or its weak flankers. But it's hard to explain about Spicebomb. It fizzles, then it's gone. I don't think the silage is good. If I were you, TheBlackAdonis I'd get the sample first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBlackAdonis View Post
    Guys, I have to say I love reading all your replies.

    I love how passionate and strong everyone's opinions are when it comes to fragrances, in general. It's really neat to see everyone's opinion and where they stand.

    I blind bought it (lucky on my recent "Blue Sugar" blind buy that had polarizing opinions, too), and I'm looking forward to testing it!

    Thanks again!
    Hope you enjoy it!

    I think it is very much above average. Not a love of mine, but I do like it quite a bit.

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    I thought I remember reading some people compare it to Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille. Has anyone found them similar? I'm curious because I ran through the last of a vial of TFTV somewhat recently.

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    Forgettable scent. Not bad but gets lost in an ocean of other boring designer scents. Not worth buying IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redbeard View Post
    I thought I remember reading some people compare it to Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille. Has anyone found them similar? I'm curious because I ran through the last of a vial of TFTV somewhat recently.
    People usually align Eau de Baux with Tobacco Vanille -- which I don't get at all as TV is a hyper sweet vanilla, and EdB is a hyper dry cypress. Spicebomb is big and loud like TV, but it's more cinnamon-based.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redbeard View Post
    I thought I remember reading some people compare it to Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille. Has anyone found them similar? I'm curious because I ran through the last of a vial of TFTV somewhat recently.
    When i tested Spicebomb it instantly reminded me of Gucci Pour Homme 2.

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    A bit too much cinnamon for me. I couldn't get past my association of it with Big Red Gum or Red Hots candy.

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    Not quite as spicy as I'd like, but a good scent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redbeard View Post
    I thought I remember reading some people compare it to Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille. Has anyone found them similar? I'm curious because I ran through the last of a vial of TFTV somewhat recently.
    I find it much closer to 1 Million (but with tea notes). Don't really see it very similar to TV at all IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redbeard View Post
    I thought I remember reading some people compare it to Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille. Has anyone found them similar?
    I did not get that similarity, no. The tobacco note in TV is much more pronounced, and the scent overall is much more of a milky sweetness (think mocha ice cream) than the zesty sweetness (apple pie, mostly) of Spicebomb. The citrus of Spicebomb is perhaps what creates the most noticeable difference, particularly when combined with the cinnamon and elemi, both of which are absent in TV.

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    Default Re: Now that the hype may have died down... Spicebomb?

    still stinks on!

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    I must admit that I do like it, and I wear it once in a while. Still a bit better than many of the latest designer releases.
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    Good but not great. Can't see it as a day-to-day scent.

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    Strong stuff. The hype died down and can still smell it on me.
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    Spicebomb is closer to 1 Million than to Gucci PH II or Tea for Two. It is nice, but I don't really appreciate wearing it.
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    Spicebomb is great. I get spotty longevity with it, but last time I wore it, I got over 12 hours with it. It's very sweet and not very spicy. I think it's worth having.
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    I prefer Eau des Baux.

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    Not a fan.
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    I like it but the fragrance lacks longevity.

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    Now is the perfect time to wear Spicebomb.

    Every time I smell it, it reminds me of "Christmas."

    Those spicy, jelly gumdrops is exactly what this fragrance smells like.

    No me gusta.

    Such a shame - the bottle is an instant classic.

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    Never tried it as the silly bottle didn't appeal to me and the hype at the time was off putting.

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    Man people here don't really like it do they?

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    Default Re: Now that the hype may have died down... Spicebomb?

    Quote Originally Posted by tonghpafu View Post
    Man people here don't really like it do they?
    There's not much to like. In a sea of hundreds of thousands of other fragrances to choose from, why choose this? It's all hype, marketing and packaging. Fragrance itself has no character and doesn't smell good at all (cotton candy and bubblegum, anyone?) There is nothing "spice" or "bomb" about it, it's a Powerpuff Girl cotton-candy fragrance for kids, that's all it's good for.

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    Never liked it: the drydown is quite 1 Million-esque. 1 Million in disguise, basically.

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    I like the first 1 hour but do not like the dry-down.

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    No offense to those who like it but Spicebomb was a real scrubber for me with a nasty vanilla bite that's extremely unpleasant (to say the least).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nersh View Post
    Nothing special
    Absolutely agree here. I don't understand all the fuss with this one. Very mediocre. Very synthetic.....and where the hell are all the spices the name is implying ???
    A huge disappointment.
    If you want loaded spices that don't smell synthetic try the discontinued vintage Monsieur Rochas, (not the modern one!) , also Loewe pour Homme and Punjab. In fact very many of the classic spice fragrances are far superior to spicebomb !
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    It's a misnomer for sure, I would not have called it Spicebomb.

    However if you abstract from the name, I still think it is a very good fragrance. It is sweet, but not loud like 1 million. Although the scent is not at all similar, it shares a certain sheerness and sheen with Dior homme--and in my view is far classier than 1 million or even Eau des beaux which dries down into a very woody and almost rugged scent. I would wear Spicebomb to work--1 million, never.

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    Found it oddly coying, and very unsatisfying to wear. Twice from a sample, and enough for me.

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    I like it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichNTacoma View Post
    Found it oddly coying, and very unsatisfying to wear. Twice from a sample, and enough for me.
    Same here. A cloying, confused mess. I had high hopes for it, too--so much so that I blind bought it. I sold it after about a week.

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    First time I tried it, I wasn't a fan. It has grown on me since then, but I don't think it would ever be in my top 20. One reason I like it is because it reminds me of the 80s and I feel it will last on my skin during brutal, winter weather, but we'll see.

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    I like it especially the dry down.

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    Default Re: Now that the hype may have died down... Spicebomb?

    I only just recently tried it. Like it a lot. Not a priority, but it's good enough to be in my Winter Ro. Someday. In the meantime, I have a sample and I suspect I will rock it this weekend. I think that the bottle is dumb, but I like the juice.

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    A while back I was given a sample. I didn't like the name and wasn't expecting much. Since I was blown away by the scen, I didn't care what it was called. It's not only bottle worthy, but backup bottle worthy IMO. The bottle has an interesting grenade and pin look to it. I cannot imagine not having it in my collection. It was a Fragrance Foundation winner for the scent and ad campaign the year it was introduced as well.

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