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    Default Has anyone ever insulted your fragrance?

    If so, what's the harshest insult? My mom once told me I smelt like an old man when wearing Creed's Silver Mountain Water

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    Mostly just my mom and the girlfriend, they don't like some of the fragrances I wear. Definitely my two biggest critics.

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    Not really. I sent a lady into a sneeze fit once when I sprayed way too much Montale. If my gf doesn't like a certain fragrance she'll simply say "I don't like that one". No insults.

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    Not really to the point that I let it bother me. Has it happened? Sure, here on Basenotes and elsewhere. I have always chosen to ignore mean-spirited, hateful, nasty and sarcastic comments by people regarding my choice or use of fragrance.

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    All the time here on Basenotes.

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    I overdosed on Rume before going on a winter walk last year.
    Afterwards I went into Whole Foods and a friend who works there told me I smelled like cigars.
    “When you step back from stressing the parts,
    when the mind becomes still, the rose comes to you,
    unfolds in you in all her glory.
    The perfume invades you completely.
    The rose is you. You are one.”

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    Yes I still i remember one of my patients really upset that I was wearing a cologne, and that cologne none other than black aoud . I had sprayed once on the shirt 2 days back and that damn scent was still projecting . I still like black aoud though, what can i say

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picassoutine View Post
    I overdosed on Rume before going on a winter walk last year.
    Afterwards I went into Whole Foods and a friend who works there told me I smelled like cigars.
    I guess it's all a matter of perspective because to me, that's a win.

    Girlfriend will tell me if she doesn't like something but I can't say I've ever been insulted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caferacer View Post
    I guess it's all a matter of perspective because to me, that's a win. .
    Exactly what I was going to say.

    I'm not sure that would really be intended as in insult, but you could probably tell based on the facial expression as they said it.

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    I did 3sprays of Azzaro pour homme, and 3 hours later, went to a college registrar's office. It was crowded and humid in there.

    someone from the back of the queue shouted

    , "who took a shit and didnt wipe their ass? Bruno?"

    another said

    "smells like a duty free fragrance counter here."

    "Bruno" is like what they call a super masculine, over the top, macho man, here.
    LOWBROW TO THE CORE

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    A curmudgeon at my office once said I smelled like a wood nymph. I was wearing Safari. He was probably right now that I think about it. I've always aspired to smell like a wood nymph. I promptly checked that one off the bucket list. Wait until that son of a gun is introduced
    to Mr. Kouros.

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    Had a few weird ones. I was wearing Timbuktu once and a girl said she could smell bacon which was not so much insulting but puzzling! A few days later I was wearing Eau des Baux and another girl where I was working said the smell reminded her of her junior school classroom and so managed to up the ante in baffling remarks! Don't think anyone has ever outright said "I don't like what your wearing" Im happy to say

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    I had an uncomfortable experience at a barbershop while wearing a Bijan fragrance oil. The barber made it a point to shout " Who the F smells like that ". Let's just say I never went back to that shop after that day.

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    Im just gonna say Montale Black oud..... people did not like that one

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    They don't dare!: D
    "Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom." "It is honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel." Proverbs.

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    Never had any insulting comments; I was the subject of some mild taunting when I seriously misjudged the power of Rose Jam though!
    Current Top Ten:
    1) Mamluk
    2) Chypre Palatin
    3) Interlude Man
    4) Kouros (Vintage)
    5) Tobacco Vanille
    6) 34 Boulevard Saint Germain
    7) APOM Pour Homme
    8) Psychedelique [interchangeable with] Coromandel
    9) More than Words
    10) Millesime 1849

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    I wore TdH EDT to a friend's house party recently. Before heading out the door my gf got a whiff of it. At that moment, her facial reaction was worse than any insult. Needless to say I could tell she wasn't feeling it at all. I sarcastically said, "Oh, so you like this one." She put her face against my chest and smelled again, "Definitely not... Wear it when I'm not around, that way I know girls won't be hitting on you."

    lol True story

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    Not really insulted, but occasional remarks of dislike/disapproval.

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    Who knows where this is from (no cheating/googling!):

    Man 1: I got enough cologne on?

    Man 2: You smell like Paco Rabanne crawled up your ass and died.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehighend View Post
    I wore TdH EDT to a friend's house party recently. Before heading out the door my gf got a whiff of it. At that moment, her facial reaction was worse than any insult. Needless to say I could tell she wasn't feeling it at all. I sarcastically said, "Oh, so you like this one." She put her face against my chest and smelled again, "Definitely not... Wear it when I'm not around, that way I know girls won't be hitting on you."

    lol True story
    Thats a good one
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    "You smell like Indian guy unshowered for 3 days straight."

    Avignon. I still like it anyway.

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    "You smell like a turd covered in burnt hair."

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    Default Re: Has anyone ever insulted your fragrance?

    "Somebody smells like they vomited." Damn! I've been self conscious about Pure Malt ever since.
    My Starting Lineup: MI, Pure Malt, GIT, LIDGE, Clive Christian C, LaNuit, Royal Oud, Aventus, Gucci II, Tuscan Leather, Reflection Man, Midnight In Paris, Geir Ness, Pure Havane, DHI, Costume National 21, Bentley Intense, Bois du Portugal. Signature Scent: Verdon Eau de Toilett

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    Quote Originally Posted by cadenz View Post
    "Somebody smells like they vomited." Damn! I've been self conscious about Pure Malt ever since.
    Hmmm...Pure Malt = vomit? My wife says it smells like a desert...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpentaZ View Post
    "You smell like Indian guy unshowered for 3 days straight."

    Avignon. I still like it anyway.
    And kind of racist too.
    Current Top Ten:
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    10) Millesime 1849

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    A cashier in the village shop commented about the 'strange smell' once when I was wearing Homage.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpentaZ View Post
    "You smell like Indian guy unshowered for 3 days straight."

    Avignon. I still like it anyway.

    It wasn't Prince Phillip was it ?

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    No. At least not in my face...lol

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    My son says Pure Leather smells like old people. Not sure what that is but he did not intend it to be nice.

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    Not really, but had an ex g/f who hated anything patchouli based, and told me NOT to wear anything patchouli, I of course LOVE patchouli based stuff, anyway, she's an ex. I cant even remember what I had on one time but I remember hearing - "Someone smells like McDonald's fries" I said "It's not me is it?" and sure enough it was me...........I had not been near a Mc Ds for ages

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    Not an insult per se but I once had 3 engineers (the floor I work on is infested with engineers) walk in in the morning and suddenly stop in thier tracks and sniff the air.
    As I was passing by I asked what was going on.
    One said, it smells like theres something burning.
    Another one started sniffing light switches, he said it smelled like an electrical fire.
    I chuckled and walked away.

    I had just walked into office and I had Norma Kamali Incense on. I don't blame them haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aphexacid View Post
    Who knows where this is from (no cheating/googling!):

    Man 1: I got enough cologne on?

    Man 2: You smell like Paco Rabanne crawled up your ass and died.

    I still dont think he was a snitch. That drunk cop mixed him up with Big Puss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aphexacid View Post
    Who knows where this is from (no cheating/googling!):

    Man 1: I got enough cologne on?

    Man 2: You smell like Paco Rabanne crawled up your ass and died.

    here comes the boom?

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    You smell like a dirty diaper filled with indian food lol kidding.
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehighend View Post
    I wore TdH EDT to a friend's house party recently. Before heading out the door my gf got a whiff of it. At that moment, her facial reaction was worse than any insult. Needless to say I could tell she wasn't feeling it at all. I sarcastically said, "Oh, so you like this one." She put her face against my chest and smelled again, "Definitely not... Wear it when I'm not around, that way I know girls won't be hitting on you."

    lol True story
    One time I was wearing TdH EDT and a girl said 'what is that? Is that AXE?????' She didn't mean it in a good way LOL. However, I have also gotten many positive reactions on TdH, and it would still be one of my favorites (if not #1) no matter what. What is it about this one that seems to be so polarizing to women? All my guy friends think it's awesome and I've had random dudes ask me what it was bc they wanted to buy it... weird.

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    Today my sister said my Coromandel smelled like medicine...and a cigar.
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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    I was wearing Boise Vanille and a teenage girl said I smelled like an idiot. It was one of the dumbest things I heard in my life I couldn't help but laugh with her

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preston H View Post
    I was wearing Boise Vanille and a teenage girl said I smelled like an idiot. It was one of the dumbest things I heard in my life I couldn't help but laugh with her
    How do idiots smell, I wonder? Evidently she had certain criteria. LOL!

    Sadly, I think she was not qualified to judge a Montale. People accustomed to soda pop cannot appreciate a nice fruit juice or wine.
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preston H View Post
    I was wearing Boise Vanille and a teenage girl said I smelled like an idiot. It was one of the dumbest things I heard in my life I couldn't help but laugh with her
    More info please I can't imagine a situation where a random teenage girl would tell someone they smelled like an idiot.

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    one of my dates commented on MKK - Have you washed really? What's that awful SMELL??!!

    LOL!

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    My formerly boss once asked my if I had borroved my grandpa's scent when I was wearing Cerutti 1881.
    Several years ago a friend of my told me "you really smell like an old dirty man" -Maby not so strange, I was 13 yrs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjones602 View Post
    More info please I can't imagine a situation where a random teenage girl would tell someone they smelled like an idiot.
    She's a kid from the neighborhood. I was in the supermarket and I stopped to speak to her mom and of course kids are dying to speak when adults are present so she blurted out the first nonsensical thing to come into her head. We all laughed for about 5 minutes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    How do idiots smell, I wonder? Evidently she had certain criteria. LOL!

    Sadly, I think she was not qualified to judge a Montale. People accustomed to soda pop cannot appreciate a nice fruit juice or wine.
    People are hot n cold on that one. I love it though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preston H View Post
    She's a kid from the neighborhood. I was in the supermarket and I stopped to speak to her mom and of course kids are dying to speak when adults are present so she blurted out the first nonsensical thing to come into her head. We all laughed for about 5 minutes
    LOL!!! That makes more sense... I was imagining some random teenage girl walking up to a stranger and saying they smelled like an idiot haha.

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    When I was 13 I applied FCUK for him on and when I went I I into school and sat down someone said 'who smells like nit cream?' And he was referring to me. I also recall two instances where I over applied fragrances, Ck Contradiction and Clinique Happy, and two girls in my school made comments as to it being headache inducingly strong. I cut down from 15 sprays soon after.

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    nope!

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    I've never been insulted, but I received a few comments that really stood out for me.

    The first time I tried Dior Homme. I met up with friends for happy hour, and I'll never forget the conversation. My friends kept ribbing me, asking how my date went, as if they already knew. When I said I hadn't been on a date, one of my friends said "I can smell her on you!" Instead of saying "I'm sampling something called Dior Homme" I lied and said "My date was fun." For the record, I hadn't been on a date, but they did think she (lol) smelled great.

    The first time I wore Aventus after receiving my bottle, I was really excited about it. The woman I was sort-of seeing at the time (she was actually a really cool ex of mine) came over to hang out, and her question felt like a punch to the gut. She asked if I'd run out of the stuff I usually wore. I'm a smart guy, and I know that if I told her I was wearing was something new I'd bought, she'd know that meant I liked it, and so, she'd probably tell me what she thought I wanted to hear in order to be nice. So, instead, I told her I got a sample of something new and I asked what she thought of it. She said "It's ok, I guess, but it's not as nice as what you usually wear." What did I usually wear around her? CURVE. ...lol. The funny thing is, for whatever reason, Curve has always been a compliment catcher for me.

    I had a friend drop by unexpectedly when I was sampling Yatagan and she said "Well that's.... bold." But she kind of liked it. Then again, she''s kind of badass, so I wasn't surprised.

    The only negative comment I've ever gotten that I can remember is from Diesel, Fuel For Life. A friend said "I don't think that's you" and I could tell she didn't care for it... but she didn't hate it either. Generally speaking, when it comes to fragrances, I play it safe. By that, I don't mean safe fragrances. I mean, I really get to know a fragrance before wearing it around friends, colleagues, and especially dates!
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    A woman I didn't know once did at a club

    I said that I had the option of changing fragrances but that she would still look like a horse in the morning

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    Various ones over the years. "Who took a chocolate shit?" Whilst wearing A-Men. I've gotten a couple "You smell like an old lady" comments while wearing Patchouli 24. Various others telling me to tone it down.
    Your nostrils, which will dilate immesurably in unspeakable contentment, in motionless ecstasy, will ask nothing better for space, for they will be full of fragrance, as if perfumes and incense; for they will be glutted with complete happiness, like angels who dwell in the peace and magnificence of pleasent heaven.
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    Amouage Gold and Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille have garnered me a pretty hefty amount of negative feedback.

    While wearing Gold I was constantly being told I was an old lady, smelled like an old lady and that I should sell it to finance my new life as an old lady. My girlfriend also commented on smelling exactly like her grandmother. For some reason, Gold is no longer in my collection.

    Wearing Tobacco Vanille, I really love the first half our or hour, until it turns into vanilla island. And that's also where the problems start for others, and they were interested in telling me. Several comments on smelling like a cheap candle really took the edge off, and I also feel the vanilla drydown to be too intense for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaern View Post
    A woman I didn't know once did at a club

    I said that I had the option of changing fragrances but that she would still look like a horse in the morning
    You are my hero!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaern View Post
    A woman I didn't know once did at a club

    I said that I had the option of changing fragrances but that she would still look like a horse in the morning
    Ouch

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    I don't think I've ever been insulted. That is, until today.

    I was sitting in my cubicle working away when a co-worker came over to ask me something. She stopped right outside of my cubicle, sniffed and asked, "Do you smell that perfume?"

    I answered that it was probably me. Her response was, "Oh, that smells awful." I immediately thought of this thread when she said that.

    I was wearing Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense.

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    Oops. Duplicate post.
    Last edited by L'Homme Blanc Individuel; 17th January 2014 at 12:06 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reckedhim View Post
    I don't think I've ever been insulted. That is, until today ... I was wearing Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense.
    I almost mentioned that one in the "I Don't Get It" thread. People talk about that one being a compliment getter, but... I don't get it. Then again, I feel the same way about things like Declaration. Ah well... different tastes. There's nothing wrong with that!


    Quote Originally Posted by Preston H View Post
    Ouch
    Yeah, that's basically the classic Winston Churchill line. A woman called him a drunk, to which he replied "And you, Bessie, are ugly. But I shall be sober in the morning, and you will still be ugly."
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    This evening, I was testing out Hanae Mori HM, and i asked my wife what she thought.

    Her response (after looking suspiciously at my arm where I sprayed it):

    "I feel like that's what the cologne from Anchorman probably smelled like."

    Looks like it's a good thing I only have a small decant.

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    There are some hilarious replies in here. "You smell like an idiot," might be my favorite one.


    Anyway, I was wearing Invasion Barbare today, a young woman enters the room where I'm working and says, "It smells strange in this room…." "That's coffee" her friend replies (I had just used the coffeemaker). "No, not that …there's something else…it's weird…it's like cheese and balsamic vinegar and sweat."


    While wearing LIDGE at a social gathering someone said, "Yo! Did someone step in dog shit? It smells like dog shit in here."

    And once when I was wearing Terre d'Hermes I walked past someone and heard him say, "It smells like a horse's ass in here."


    I still am not 100% sure those comments were in reference to what I was wearing, but I certainly thought twice the next time I reached for LIDGE and TdH.

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    Default Re: Has anyone ever insulted your fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    I almost mentioned that one in the "I Don't Get It" thread. People talk about that one being a compliment getter, but... I don't get it. Then again, I feel the same way about things like Declaration. Ah well... different tastes. There's nothing wrong with that!
    I wasn't sure I liked it at first but after wearing it a few times, I really like it.

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    Default Re: Has anyone ever insulted your fragrance?

    I hardly ever except from one kid at school, but he's a real $@#% who thinks he's all that so I really don't count his opinion at all. Other than that, people have told me I smell too strong but nothing much other than that.

  60. #60

    Default Re: Has anyone ever insulted your fragrance?

    Have you ever kicked someone's teeth in?

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