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    Brut 33. Feet, pits, and motor oil.

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    Once I got 3 spray of Amen from home and went inside a meeting room 1/2 hour later. I nearly chock myself and all people in the meeting room who is having meeting. Have to leave the meeting room before something embarrassing happen.

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    Two, actually.

    Case study number one from 2005 is actually L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme. I loved it at first, but someone in the same dorm from Africa started wearing it in 20-spray increments. Needless to say, my bottle ended up on the Basenotes sale and swap board overnight. I haven't owned the version that Basenoters affectionately nickname LIDGE, but I remember sniffing it at Epcot last year (one of the few places it's sold in the US) and getting flashbacks to the overdoser of version 1.0.

    Case study number two from this year is plain ol' Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male. I used to love it and thought that Basenoters gave it too much hate. But that was until a friend of mine started wearing it in heavy doses. Recently, he switched from bathing in Gucci Guilty to ten spritzes of Le Male at a meeting that I go to with him and others. The room where these meetings are held is in a huge church - and I can smell him from halfway across the giant room. As a result, I don't wear Le Male very much anymore, but there's good news: my bottle doesn't have much juice left.
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    Kouros. 2 sprays and i had to go take a shower to resume normal breathing functions.

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    Default Re: Think of the most over-powering cologne to ever overwhelm you negatively...

    Original Aramis - stimulates my gag reflex.
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    Default Re: Think of the most over-powering cologne to ever overwhelm you negatively...

    +1 on Kouros and Aramis. I can sort of appreciate Kouros now, but would never wear it out in public in a million years. Aramis - hednic nailed it - it's nasty juice that should have been discontinued in the late 60's or early 70's. It doesn't belong anywhere in 2013.

    I have to say that my initial experience with Amouage Interlude Man was almost a disaster, it is *incredibly* strong and I sprayed it on late at night to try it, and then it took me two hours to scrub it off, multiple times, cover up with other fragrances, and still had a headache when I was in bed trying to fall asleep at 3am. There was something intriguing in it, though, so I then tried it again, sprayed much further away from my nose. It was still *strong*, but nice. Just last week I ended up buying a 100ml bottle and wore a single spray yesterday - lasted all day and late into the night, projecting strongly. It's a beast, but I enjoy it. So this one will really depend on whether you like the scent - if you don't, it may be a very negative reaction. If you do - you just have to be very careful with the trigger - too much of a good thing is NOT gonna be good with this one.

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    Default Re: Think of the most over-powering cologne to ever overwhelm you negatively...

    Iceberg Twice...wore 3 sprays on a warmish day(low 70's)and it was SO overpowering. Making me feel sickly and really uncomfortable. But strangely I did get a compliment from a dude in his mid 60's who works in my building!lol Also this is the only fragrance that has ever had a negative reaction with my skin, which resulted in a pretty gnarly rash. :/

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    Joop Homme... no explanation required.

    Ted Lapidus pour Homme. Though this is a favorite of hardcore enthusiasts, I just can't love it, despite multiple attempts to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JourneymanDave View Post
    Joop Homme... no explanation required.

    Ted Lapidus pour Homme. Though this is a favorite of hardcore enthusiasts, I just can't love it, despite multiple attempts to.
    TL pour homme, is the worst scent ever from me.

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    Polo Modern Reserve, the prior version (I have a pre-formulation bottle) was already potent enough, but there's a note that makes it hard to breath for me. And Estee Lauder Beyond Paradise... instant choke + headache each and every time.

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    Very recently, Memo Italian Leather. 2 sprays on my wrist and its overwhelming sweetness pursued me for 2 days even in my sleep. Only after a 10km run + shower has it finally disappeared. Ouch.

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    Angel Men

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    Default Re: Think of the most over-powering cologne to ever overwhelm you negatively...

    Joop! Homme, Eternity for Men and Eau Sauvage Parfum all have to be at or near the top of my list.
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    Tuscan Leather
    my current top five (always in transition)

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    Joop Homme & TL Pour Lui
    Sickly sweet cloying sh@#

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    I wanted to try the new scent - Paco Rabanne One Million - so I sprayed my forearm a couple of times at the store before going to my friends' place.
    Within 10 minutes I was washing my arm.
    Bubblegum doesn't suit me.

    Had some problems in the 80's with Bijan for Men and Obsession for Men.
    Way oversprayed them causing sneezing fits from the ladys.

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    JPG - Fleur du Male

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Original Aramis - stimulates my gag reflex.
    I LOVE Aramis, wearing the edt and deodorant today in fact

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    Ted Lapidus pour Homme. Though this is a favorite of hardcore enthusiasts, I just can't love it, despite multiple attempts to.
    I love this fragrance

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    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    Joop! Homme, Eternity for Men and Eau Sauvage Parfum all have to be at or near the top of my list.
    +1 on Eternity , beats me why anyone would want to smell like this, just smells like cheap washing powder to me, awful stuff

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    Invictus, cheap detergent scent!

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    Original Polo Double black plus vintage Paco Rabanne
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    HdP Ambrarem
    HdP Petroleum

    Nasty unwearable "scents". I have to believe these were meant to be more experimental than serious fragrances.

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    Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme

    I like the smell but it just slaughters me

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    +1 Obsession. And A*Men. I quite like the latter but others seem to apply far too much of this.

    Angel for women. Nautica Voyage. Aseel. Bijan.

    Others that I like but need to be applied with care - Giorgio Beverly Hills, Lapidus pour Homme, Trumper Sandalwood.

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    Kouros

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    Tobacco Vanille.

    Loved it on the first wearing (3 sprays). It was only a half ml sample, so i thought I'd finish off the sample, rather than having 1/1.5 sprays left over.

    4.5 sprays and then getting in a hot car? I felt incredibly sick. I've not been able to go near the stuff since.

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    Default Re: Think of the most over-powering cologne to ever overwhelm you negatively...

    Quote Originally Posted by HAllen View Post
    4.5 sprays and then getting in a hot car?
    Classic mistake - overspraying. With new fragrances you haven't tried before, *ALWAYS* start with just one spray to see how it performs. Most fragrances are plenty strong with one or two sprays, anything beyond that will drive most people bonkers. Tobacco Vanille is great if you use just one spray, not a drop more.

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    Serge Lutens Muscs Koublai Khan. Unwashed anus and then some.
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    Default Re: Think of the most over-powering cologne to ever overwhelm you negatively...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sylver View Post
    JPG - Fleur du Male
    YES! Totally forgot about this one....bought a few testers and all it took was ONE spray and I thought, OH HELLLLLLLLL NO!lol

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    Tobacco Vanille.

    Loved it on the first wearing (3 sprays). It was only a half ml sample, so i thought I'd finish off the sample, rather than having 1/1.5 sprays left over.

    4.5 sprays and then getting in a hot car? I felt incredibly sick. I've not been able to go near the stuff since.
    Your not alone, I got a 4ml sample and put just a couple dabs on my wrist and neck and it make me feel kind of queazy.....probably didn't help that later that night I woke up from a dead sleep with a full on bout of food poisoning!lol Absolutely wrecked this scent for me

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    Same thing happened to me imac.. I had my arms crossed the whole meeting to try to block the smell from coming off my pulse points. Angel will definitely choke out a small room of people.

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    Angel.

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    Joop Homme and Thallium. One spray of either and the chunks begin their journey....

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    Once I wore Habit Rouge (I think it was the EdT) when I was on jury duty. The courtroom was small, hot and stuffy, and I felt like I was going to suffocate everyone, or at least myself. Nobody said anything, but maybe they were just being polite.

    I got a sample of Montale Black Aoud and, having no experience with this house, applied it as I would any EdT/EdP. I felt like I was suffocating all day. I have not worn any Montale since.
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    Opium Pour Homme, and the strange thing is, that I absolutely love spicy orientals. This one did not agree with me at all.
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    Curve, it is the one cologne that makes me want to sneeze the minute I smell it. I walk away from people wearing it.

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    Ultraviolet Man.
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    Default Re: Think of the most over-powering cologne to ever overwhelm you negatively...

    Unfortunately, Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce. I actually like the way it smells, but it is SO strong, and on top of that those that do wear it tend to oversprray.

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    Sung Homme. Overwhelms me.
    Lately, Azzaro ph seems like 1 spray is too many. The base is nice, but it takes a long time to get there.

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    Montale Black Aoud.

    As the title of this thread reads ... overpowering and negatively overwhelming.

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    Halston Z-14. First one I had a serious negative reaction to. Truly disgusting.

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    Versace The Dreamer: The bottle is depicted in some encyclopedias next to the word "Overwhelming".
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    Leather Oud

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    Joop Homme.

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    eau de gloire parfum d'empire
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    Giorgio Red
    Antaeus
    Derby

    All HORRIBLY overwhelming, and I don'y like any of the notes. In each case, I was thrown into bouts of utter embarrassment until I was able to get to a wash basin and scrub like a surgeon.

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    Urgh. I just made the mistake to spray some Obsession for men on me at TK Maxx, just to see if I still dislike it as much. Washed my hand twice since and I still can smell it. At first it didn't seem so bad, almost pleasant, but soon it started to make me feel ill.

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    Black Afgano makes me nauseated

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    Marc Jacobs for Men - makes my tongue sore and my throat constrict so won't use it any more. I have become sensitised to it though - thought it was OK at one time.

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    Ralph Lauren Polo Green
    Ralph Lauren Safari

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    Terre d'Hermes. Overwhelming, yes.

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    I was recently assaulted by a guy wearing Davidoff "The Game" in a library.
    The guy was 15 feet away, but The Game still smacked me around the head.

    Previously I was assulted by a wearer of Bogart "Siver Scent".
    That guy was literally 30 feet away in a wedding reception and he was still overpowering my own fragrance!

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    Bois du Portugal.

    And A*men, largely because my kids spilled a sample in the car.

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    Default Re: Think of the most over-powering cologne to ever overwhelm you negatively...

    Quote Originally Posted by OdilonRedon View Post
    Bois du Portugal.

    And A*men, largely because my kids spilled a sample in the car.
    A few years ago I spilled a 5ml sample of Bois du Portugal in my car. Now, don't get me wrong, I love the stuff! But...geeze...I drove with 4 windows open for weeks and witnessed dogs, children and the blind run away in terror as I sillaged by.
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    H.O.T. Always

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbe View Post
    A few years ago I spilled a 5ml sample of Bois du Portugal in my car. Now, don't get me wrong, I love the stuff! But...geeze...I drove with 4 windows open for weeks and witnessed dogs, children and the blind run away in terror as I sillaged by.
    My eyes are watering...

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    Eau Sauvage EDP (the green liquid with the black label bottle).
    Two spritzes from a Sephora bottle had me gassed out, like swimming through a haze of syrup.
    I was impressed with its power, but yeah, I don't want to smell like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy1 View Post
    Eau Sauvage EDP (the green liquid with the black label bottle).
    Two spritzes from a Sephora bottle had me gassed out, like swimming through a haze of syrup.
    I was impressed with its power, but yeah, I don't want to smell like that.
    FYI - the name of this fragrance is actually "Eau Sauvage Parfum" - it is an eau de parfum.

    It's a totally different fragrance from the original Eau Sauvage.
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    Histoires de Parfums Ambrarem makes me feel physically ill. A distant second is cumin notes so amouage fate/epic repulse me
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    Hard to say what's the worst but basically all those fruity or aquatic ones like aqua di gio, then the overly sweet ones like a*men, Gaultier 2, fleur du male, then of the powerhouses i can't stand Caron Yatagan.
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    Creed BdP and the most recent....Houbigant Fougere Royale. I smelled it on a dude in an elevator and thought it reeked. Didn't have a clue as to what it was until I tested it. Maybe my nose is immature...but its the worst thing I have ever encountered in an elevator. That's saying something.
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    New Haarlem for me. I sprayed my hand to test it out. I did not like the burnt syrup smell. Even after washing my hands 5 times I could still smell traces of it!

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