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    Default Are drunk reviews the future of the fragrance community?

    Hey Guys:

    I notice that several youtube reviewers have supposedly gotten drunk and then filmed a review of a fragrance, usually something that is on the negative end of the spectrum. They are usually quite entertaining and even informative, since the inebriation seems to bring out a very honest perspectiv. Now, my wife is not very supportive of alcohol and won't even let me have it in the house. I'm afraid that the future of my fragrance channel is in jeopardy and don't know what to do. I strive to be honest even as I stay sober, so hopefully, things will work out for the best. But what about the basenotes community? Do you want more youtube reviewers to tie one on and really tell you what we think?

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    I'd rather have the sober "spiel" any day.
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    I don't watch YouTube reviews, but I usually make sure I'm really wasted before I post anything on Basenotes.

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    In vino veritas. Can't see why not.

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    Default Re: Are drunk reviews the future of the fragrance community?

    Well I think it's because once you've been into fragrances for a while it can become a little stagnant. Drunk reviews is like a new gimmick to keep people intrested.

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    Doesn't really matter to me.

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    You're supposed to wear the fragrance, not drink it.
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    Stupid is as stupid does.

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    "Sensationalism is the Order of the day in today's society and these folks have been injected and infected with it." You can quote ME on that one...<br>
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    I observed this also and detest this format, nevertheless these couple of reviewers are not bad at all: just plain foolish in their decision and not to my appeal ofcourse....next thing you know, it will in the buff reviews.....I personally don't need a review to be injected with these sort of gimmicks just give the facts with the works the include...the meat and potatoes that's all Sir......
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    Are we talking about this guy or are there others?

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    People really watch other people sniffing their arms and stumble around trying to remember the notes they looked up on Fragrantica? I can see reading reviews, but in the 15 minutes of watching "What's up YouTube!" and "This one is like... um... kinda lemony... and *sniff* *sniff* a little... uh... woody.... [looks down at notes]... *sniff* *sniff*... " (Compelling stuff for sure) - I could have read 5 thought out reviews.

    Having only seen about 2-3 reviews ever on YouTube, I now think that maybe I wouldn't be able to tell if they were drunk or not... Maybe they were...


    Listen, if you are any good, I wouldn't worry about your "competition"(?) being drunk. You should be glad they are - I'm sure it only makes yours look that much better. Unless they aren't -- in which case, you should hang it up if you can't do better than some drunk idiots. Or get a really hot chick to sit next to you next time. Or a drunk hot chick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magnus611 View Post
    ..next thing you know, it will in the buff reviews....
    Already been done.
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    Perhaps a good trend would be to film yourself banging a hot chick while discusssing the merits of Aventus.

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    I prefer sober reviews.

    However, I enjoy drunk blind buying.

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    Fragrance Wires (Jay) seems to be making a staple of the drunk review. Also, Frank (Franchizzy, Frank n Scents) just did one on Prada Extreme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rüssel View Post
    Are we talking about this guy or are there others?
    At least that guy has an excuse. It's the sober ones who drone on ad nauseum, constantly repeat themselves, say nothing of significance, and act as if they've never sniffed the fragrance being reviewed, who are really annoying. Do any of these guys A) smell the fragrance beforehand, B) think about the fragrance beforehand, C) ever plan what they're going to say once they're on camera, or D) give any thought to what they sound like or look like on camera? It doesn't seem so. I can't stand watching that crap.
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    Drunk, suicidal and testing 007 James Bond. Might watch that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaern View Post
    Drunk, suicidal and testing 007 James Bond. Might watch that
    Snork! Me, too. I can't imagine these dimwits have anything useful to offer.
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    Anybody else see the scent reviews on Youtube by that red haired middle aged hipster dude from NYC. No alcohol consumed but possibly something else other than the perfume bringing some delight to his nose. No real thoughtful analysis or feedback provided as such. Just giggles, some silence, then a long sniff on the wrist and wait for it .......a "wow" .....another giggle, a pause and then a gushing statement about the fragrance. Poivre 23 was his best review so far. Still, all humor aside, I tend to avoid the reviewers on Youtube. Too little preparation and it can become tedious to watch somebody grope for the correct word or description over and over. Then there is the added confusion about what it smells like now compared to the last time he wore it. Most of these online reviews on Youtube should be completed in less than 5mins. Anymore, and that review better come with more "pow" than "wow".

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    Hmm... if it's somehow coherent yet brief, I could get behind a truthful review or two. But I just can't watch the folks that talk ad nauseum about stuff that really doesn't matter to me - read: Marketing spiel, hyberbole, fanboyism and grunts and sniffs while holding the bottle to the camera as if I can smell it too. Bad showmanship.
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    dumb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    People really watch other people sniffing their arms and stumble around trying to remember the notes they looked up on Fragrantica? I can see reading reviews, but in the 15 minutes of watching "What's up YouTube!" and "This one is like... um... kinda lemony... and *sniff* *sniff* a little... uh... woody.... [looks down at notes]... *sniff* *sniff*... " (Compelling stuff for sure) - I could have read 5 thought out reviews.
    I agree. I much prefer reading a well thought out review than watch a review on Youtube. I also don't have the patience to watch a review video that's way too long. I think 5-7 minutes is more than enough to give a review. It seems like they're getting longer and longer these days, some even around 20 minutes or more for a review of just one fragrance.

    The fragrance videos I do like are the haul, first impression, and the top fragrances of the season videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noggs View Post
    It's the sober ones who drone on ad nauseum, constantly repeat themselves, say nothing of significance, and act as if they've never sniffed the fragrance being reviewed, who are really annoying. Do any of these guys A) smell the fragrance beforehand, B) think about the fragrance beforehand, C) ever plan what they're going to say once they're on camera, or D) give any thought to what they sound like or look like on camera? It doesn't seem so. I can't stand watching that crap.
    This seems to be the general model for 90% of the youtube reviews: total incoherence; struggles with diction; and incessant rambling. Many of them seem to have an incredible ability to talk around a fragrance for ten minutes and still manage to say nothing at all.

    This drunk one that Rüssel posted strikes me as no different from most of the other "popular" reviewers.

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    Default Re: Are drunk reviews the future of the fragrance community?

    If there is a particular frag I'm interested in, after I've read the reviews, I might check the youtube reviews too, but in general I don't check them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradW View Post
    Hey Guys:

    I notice that several youtube reviewers have supposedly gotten drunk and then filmed a review of a fragrance, usually something that is on the negative end of the spectrum. They are usually quite entertaining and even informative, since the inebriation seems to bring out a very honest perspectiv. Now, my wife is not very supportive of alcohol and won't even let me have it in the house. I'm afraid that the future of my fragrance channel is in jeopardy and don't know what to do. I strive to be honest even as I stay sober, so hopefully, things will work out for the best. But what about the basenotes community? Do you want more youtube reviewers to tie one on and really tell you what we think?
    Have I got this right, you are worried that your Youtube fragrance reviewing career is going to go downhill because your wife won't let you drink?
    I don't know where to start with this one .
    Let's just say it's not worth losing any sleep over it.

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    I don't keep up with "fragcom" really anymore, there's too many reviewers, reviewing the same stuff.. it's redundant. A couple reviewers on youtube I have become friends with and stick to watching their vids and supporting them. Personally, I prefer BN much better
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    Despite the large number of unfocused, asinine fragrance reviews on YouTube there are still a select few that I follow and find informative and/or entertaining.

    As far as fragrance wires goes and his drunk reviews I think he's doing it more than anything for his own entertainment. Power to him.
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    Just watched my first "drunk" review a couple nights ago and agree with you that it was quite entertaining! However.....I see it as a gimmick and something that people would tire of quickly.(just like the drunk people at the club/bar when your sober, the novelty quickly wears off )

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinijo View Post
    Have I got this right, you are worried that your Youtube fragrance reviewing career is going to go downhill because your wife won't let you drink?
    I don't know where to start with this one .
    Let's just say it's not worth losing any sleep over it.
    Well, it seems to me that Youtube reviewers somehow feel pressured to somehow outdo each other. At first, it seemed that having the ability to review a fragrance and upload a webcam video would get you a nice audience. Now, channels are popping up, and I'd have to say that in many cases, it's the ones that can entertain or put on a fancy show that win the crowds. I still upload all my videos via webcam and try to keep them around 5 minutes a piece. Now, I notice that my views are stagnating or perhaps dropping. I try to do many exclusive reviews and give the scent a full wearing, so my videos have some value, especially to those that want to watch a review and not just have a good laugh.

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