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    Default How do you rate or grade fragrances?

    Out of 5 stars? From 1 to 10? Or you don't like ratings to begin with?

    My system, for the fun of it.

    Criteria (the first 2 are most important)
    * Overall smell (of course) - very important
    * Consistency (has to be well-done on all levels: top, mid, base)
    * Originality (does it innovate in any way?)
    * Performance (projection, longevity, sillage)
    * Price (how does it fare relative to other frags in that price range)

    Scoring is, of course, arbitrary.

    1 - Horrible
    2 - Terrible
    3 - Bad
    4 - Mediocre
    5 - Alright
    6 - Good
    7 - Very Good
    8 - Great
    9 - Superb
    10 - Masterful

    I use the whole scale. Not just "<8 = bad".
    6-10 is recommended. 1-5 is not recommended.
    10's are not perfect. 9's are very hard to get and rare.
    8 is a high achievement (and probably equal to most people's 9.5's).

    All for fun of course.

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    Default Re: How do you rate or grade fragrances?

    I guess everyone has his own system and criteria for rating. In my case, I don't really rate fragrances. I basically just know what I like and that seems to work fine for me.
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    Default Re: How do you rate or grade fragrances?

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I guess everyone has his own system and criteria for rating. In my case, I don't really rate fragrances. I basically just know what I like and that seems to work fine for me.
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    so you have a binary rating system?

    0/1 - no
    1/1 - yes

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    I definitely have different levels of how much I like a fragrance, but I've never bothered to assign numbers to anything. The ones I like more get more use.

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    Default Re: How do you rate or grade fragrances?

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I guess everyone has his own system and criteria for rating. In my case, I don't really rate fragrances. I basically just know what I like and that seems to work fine for me.
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    This

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    Pretty much a binary system here too when it comes to rating-grading fragrances. Possible with an additional category titled "maybe, but not now"- not yet good enough for a purchase, a present and/or a full scale recommendation, yet not off-putting and for certain reasons pleasant enough to spark some interest, to consider some re-testing and even a somewhat likely future purchase after carefully considering.
    Currently wearing: Lancetti Uomo by Lancetti

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    Default Re: How do you rate or grade fragrances?

    Quote Originally Posted by SereneGreen View Post
    so you have a binary rating system?

    0/1 - no
    1/1 - yes
    In a nutshell.
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    Default Re: How do you rate or grade fragrances?

    Usually, I rated from 1 to 5. I factor in Smell, Projection and Longevity. Done!
    Currently wearing: Memoir Man by Amouage

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    Default Re: How do you rate or grade fragrances?

    Hate it-Sample was ok but that's enough-would by a decant-would buy a FB

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    Scrubber, nice enough, on the list or buy now!

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    Default Re: How do you rate or grade fragrances?

    This is mine based near entirely on what the fragrance smells like (longevity and projection are noted but don't have an impact on the overall rating). Less than 5 percent of reviewed fragrances are 5 star or 1 star compositions (and half stars are notated in reviews but rounded up due to BN site limitations) for reference.

    ***** Masterpiece. Must have in my collection, whatever it takes.
    **** Excellent. I definitely want this in my collection.
    *** Fair to Good. I'm indifferent to acquiring the scent, but may enjoy smelling it from time to time and will keep it if I own it.
    ** Poor. I dislike this scent, would not acquire it willingly, and would swap or give it away readily if blind bought.
    * Disgusting. This scent is one of the worst I have smelled and I will never own it even if it means throwing it out.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
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    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

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    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    Default Re: How do you rate or grade fragrances?

    The 'smell' conquers all

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    Default Re: How do you rate or grade fragrances?

    Top shelf
    middle shelf
    lower shelf

    and then there's shredder...

    all base un a 1-10 rating scale that is average on overall performance with added extra credit on overachieving performance in the three level cycle. Opening , heart , and dry down ..and obviously longevity, projection, sillage...garnish compliments can add but won't subtract as I wear my scents for myself overall....
    "Thank GOD for the nose, for without it we would not be enjoying these beautiful created Scents" also Remember "Balance is everything and the key to appreciating "

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    Worthy, not sure if worthy (yet), not worthy.

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    Default Re: How do you rate or grade fragrances?

    I have to agree with your criteria,

    but for the most of the time I go for the first one:
    "Overall smell (of course) - very important"

    That is why my collection has no Bond No 9 at all ( exception for new harlem, it is coming on the way)

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    Default Re: How do you rate or grade fragrances?

    Quote Originally Posted by SereneGreen View Post
    so you have a binary rating system?

    0/1 - no
    1/1 - yes
    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    In a nutshell.
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    I have a special system that lets me appreciate them all!

    1/0 - fragrance



    Honestly, my ratings change so much over time, and include so many fleeting and unpredictable aspects, that I just give up and hope the love comes eventually. I've fallen for too many fragrances that I disliked - even some I despised!
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    Default Re: How do you rate or grade fragrances?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony T View Post
    Hate it-Sample was ok but that's enough-would by a decant-would buy a FB
    This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    This is mine based near entirely on what the fragrance smells like (longevity and projection are noted but don't have an impact on the overall rating). Less than 5 percent of reviewed fragrances are 5 star or 1 star compositions (and half stars are notated in reviews but rounded up due to BN site limitations) for reference.

    ***** Masterpiece. Must have in my collection, whatever it takes.
    **** Excellent. I definitely want this in my collection.
    *** Fair to Good. I'm indifferent to acquiring the scent, but may enjoy smelling it from time to time and will keep it if I own it.
    ** Poor. I dislike this scent, would not acquire it willingly, and would swap or give it away readily if blind bought.
    * Disgusting. This scent is one of the worst I have smelled and I will never own it even if it means throwing it out.

    Mine would go something like this.
    The only problem is that my frags constantly move from one category to another depending on how I'm feeling or how my nose is on the day or God knows what else, rendering the whole system somewhere between haphazard and pointless .

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    Default Re: How do you rate or grade fragrances?

    Pretty much just:
    smell
    performance
    price

    In my head I usually use the 5 star grading system

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    Default Re: How do you rate or grade fragrances?

    I don't really. I choose based on what I like. Longevity is an issue. So even if I like it lots, but it only lasts 1 hour, it's a no go for me.

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    I judge the opening spray hit first. The dry down after a couple hours. and the longevity dry down hours later. For me its not about compliments. They are great, but if I like a scent Im going to wear it, compliments or not.

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    Default Re: How do you rate or grade fragrances?

    Quote Originally Posted by danieq View Post
    I don't really. I choose based on what I like. Longevity is an issue. So even if I like it lots, but it only lasts 1 hour, it's a no go for me.
    Totally agree! Yet still I can't resist owning a bottle of CK Be and KC Reaction, both of which lasting time is 1-2hrs at best.

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    Default Re: How do you rate or grade fragrances?

    I rate fragrances based on if I would buy it or not. Then once I buy it there's the question of how often I'd wear it.

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    I rate them based on how they smell on my own skin, my own subjective experience and opinion. So i ignore possible received compliments, if they are made of "quality ingredients" or any such things.

    The scale is from 1 to 5 stars (like at Basenotes) and only very rare fragrances get 1 or 5 star from me.
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    Chanel Antaeus (vtg) (Jaques Polge, 1981)
    Terre d' Hermes EDT (2006-2009) (Jean-Claude Ellena, 2006)
    Green Irish Tweed (Probably Oliver Creed / Pierre Bourdon, 1985)
    Eau de Rochas Pour Homme (Gilles Romey, 1993)
    Bleu de Chanel EDP (Jaques Polge, 2014)
    Dolce & Gabbana Pour Homme (vtg) (Max Gavary, 1994)
    Chanel Allure Homme (vtg) (Jaques Polge, 1999)
    Currently wearing: Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

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    1 to 5 is the same thing as 1 to 10.
    But I prefer out of 10.
    3.5 may seem like it's a very good perfume but it's really 7 out of 10 , which is a solid C.

    My wardrobe consists of 7s and up.

    10s have evolved into 'backup bottle worthy'.
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    I don't grade scents.

    I like them or I don't. I think they are worth buying or not buying.
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    Default Re: How do you rate or grade fragrances?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony T View Post
    Hate it-Sample was ok but that's enough-would by a decant-would buy a FB
    My rating approach is similar
    -Buy a bottle
    -Buy a decant (for the expensive ones; or for frags with limited wearability)
    -Not sure; Try Again
    -One Try, Pass
    -Multiple Tries, Pass
    Currently wearing: Royal Mayfair by Creed

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    1-5
    I prefer the smaller scale as it brings me more clarity / less choice.
    Numbering is in relation to owned, samples, tried.
    I consider opening to dry down.
    I do not consider longevity or projection.
    Beauty is in the nose of the beholder.

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    For me it's a possible buy, not buy, or a buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danieq View Post
    I don't really. I choose based on what I like. Longevity is an issue. So even if I like it lots, but it only lasts 1 hour, it's a no go for me.
    Except for Demeters, I am adding that criteria in the future.

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