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    Question Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Which are the notes that warn you away from buying/trying a frag?
    I have a few that I know I almost never go for. Some include;
    Immortelle
    mimosa
    fig
    lavender
    cashmerian (whatever that is)
    sometimes musk
    growing tired of Aoud and incense everywhere in place of oak moss

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Juniper can be a killer for me, but I've learned that oftentimes a listed note can be spun in so many ways or played with such subtlety that my opinion of the scent can be the opposite of what I expected. A good example is Onda EdP in that the idea of passion fruit in fragrance is totally unappealing to me, but it works so well in this one. With that said, rose is generally my kryptonite, as well as anything connected to desserts.

    EDIT: Yep, I have to add aquatics and chemical "clean" scents. I forgot to mention them here because it's a whole genre that I've managed to block entirely. Anything along the flankery lines of Issey Miyake, Allure, and stuff like that is just an instant no go in my book. Nauseating to the point that teal-colored bottles now scare me.
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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    While maybe not "deal breakers" these are certainly some notes/aspects I generally dislike...

    Cumin
    Fecal
    Aldehydes
    Peach
    Immortelle
    Celery Seed
    Fenugreek
    Cashmeran
    Norlimbanol
    Lavender, vanilla and cocoa when their powdery facets are featured (essentially powdery notes in general)
    Last edited by drseid; 12th January 2014 at 07:52 PM. Reason: Added fecal, aldehydes and peach
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    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
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    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

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    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: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    I hear you- passion fruit is another for me. 'Onda' didn't work for me. I think it is more masculine. I forgot a few others; freesia, tonka and Tiare.

    It's amazing how many things have freesia and/or tonka in them. On the other hand, my avoiding these scents definitely saves me a bundle.
    Last edited by kumquat; 12th January 2014 at 06:38 PM.

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Fecal.
    Calone.
    Cumin.
    Oud (with one or two exceptions).
    Castoreum.
    Civet.
    Cypriol Oil.
    Last edited by JON RODGERS; 12th January 2014 at 06:54 PM.

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    I struggle with immortelle and honey.

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Absolute no-no:
    Ethyl maltol (the sickly sweet candy floss note).

    General no-nos (with exceptions):
    Cumin,
    Immortelle
    Hugely indolic florals
    Musks with a strong berry facet
    Rice
    Tropical fruits and apple

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    I can handle just about any note to be honest, but anthing that smells strongly of powder is a definite pass for me. A deeply buried powder note is tolerable if the rest of the scent works for me.
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    4. Le Labo Patchouli 24
    5. Amouage Opus VII
    6. Byredo Bullion
    7. Masque Milano Russian Tea


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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Tuberose
    Tomato Leaf
    Immortelle
    Oregano
    Tar
    Peach
    Carrot
    Strawberry
    Currently wearing: Bel Ami by Hermès

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    I can handle just about any note to be honest, but anthing that smells strongly of powder is a definite pass for me. A deeply buried powder note is tolerable if the rest of the scent works for me.
    I have found that orris causes that note oftentimes. Especially in older-style perfumes it can be the cause of the repugnantly called "old-lady" vibe. Steering clear of orris is a big help.

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    White musk
    Oud (on me -- love it on my OH)
    Gardenia
    Honeysuckle
    Chocolate/cocoa (with a couple of exceptions)
    Anything powdery, especially rice
    Aldehydes
    Salt/marine/"acquatic"

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    No notes will stop me from buying a scent in a line I collect but my least favorite notes are gardenia & tuberose.

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    I think that it all depends on how they're used and in what quantity, but sweet candy-floss certainly doesn't appeal!

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Marine is a no no for me. Not even in masterpieces like Lys mediterranee.

    I see immortelle doesn't seem to have much love. I love it. We need a fig-heliotropin-immortelle for kumquat!
    And has kumquat tried Dior Eau Noire?

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Not sure about the individual notes, but I do not like aquatic type perfume, or perfume that is labeled as clean. I guess that would mean I'm not fond of musk. Like some of the other posters, I don't like the cotton candy note, and gourmand perfumes are sickening to my nose. While I do like the smell of lavender, I do not like to wear it. A little tobacco goes a long way with me as does the leather note.

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Cacio,Hmmm, don't think so. Maybe I could find it at Von Maur?

    I was sad that I couldn't like Lutens-El Attarine.
    Last edited by kumquat; 12th January 2014 at 09:09 PM.

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Pear, pear, pear..
    Also immortelle, white musk, heliotrope, tomato, oregano, curry, men's aquatic scents, apple and yes, there is too much oud.
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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Anything fruity, except for citrus. When reading reviews, as soon as the word "fruity" is mentioned, l lose interest.

    l can stand just about everything else, as long it's handled right.
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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Too sweaty, meaty or "dirty" animalic notes, too sweet and "perfumy" florals, though enjoying gourmands, too unilaterally sugary-sweet notes, too smoky, overpowering and choking incense, cumin, too pungently green notes, certain apple notes, as well too peppery ones.

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    FECAL NOTES
    Civet
    Cumin

    And tolerable only in very small doses:
    Castoreum
    Tuberose

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Reading this thread makes me a little mischievous and cannot help but think about perfumes people should try...

    Here are some:
    kumquat: Eau Noire
    deadidol: Angel La Rose (kriptonite is actually a surprisingly good description. I like it)
    drseid, ghandajala : El Attarine
    Jon Rodgers, dougczar: Eau d'Hermes (vintage)
    Easyfish: vintage Schiaparelli Shocking
    Akahina: Jicky (but it depends what he means by power)
    ExtremeK: Nicolai musc intense
    Jack Hunter, hednic: JAR Bolt of lightning
    curly: jeux de peau
    kalli: Chanel Jersey
    teardrop: Rosine fruit defendu (sorry, you have to go to the osmotheque for this)
    kenrussell: Joy (parfum vintage)

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    What an unexpected, happy thread. ;-} It's so nice to know I'm not alone in the notes that curl my toes--and when smelled in the wild make me want to run the other way.

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Yes, for sure there are exceptions to every rule. These discussions can be great for new discoveries. I've heard of Eau Noire but never tried it. I must do that soon!

    Without starting another thread of notes that We don't normally like but in this exception we do- (maybe we should?)
    I will mention one lavender I really do like- DelRae- Eau Illuminee.

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    This is going to sound snobby, but there are certain notes put into scents to make them smell familiar and comfortable to people who specifically AREN'T fragrance aficionados, and they're pretty much always a red flag for me:

    For the guys, that "aquatic" "woody amber" chemical buzz that smells like ammonia or a hot over-chlorinated swimming pool. It's in almost all mens designer scents and just burns my nostrils.

    For the girls, there's more of a list:
    That fake strawberry that smells like cheap 90's shampoo
    That combination of pink pepper, patchouli, and vanilla that people call a "fruitchouli" base.
    And, in solidarity with gadhajala, ethyl maltol (cotton candy vanilla)

    Also, unrelated to the mass market dumbing-down smells above, I also have issues with cumin and civet.
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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    I am starting to suspect incense and cedar as negative notes for me. I like those notes in other usages though.

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Geranium is one I cannot wear. Maybe if its in the far background, but if its a top note and strong, no deal
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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    For me, it's a combination of gourmands and briney or fishy smells. The combination gags me. Aqua Fahrenheit has it (choco-fish) and womanity (candied fish eggs). UGH.
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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Heavy handed cumin and synth musk, the latter gives me a weapons grade headache. Also, heavy incense(frankincense), lemon, heavy vanilla, heavy iris and certain roses.

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    Reading this thread makes me a little mischievous and cannot help but think about perfumes people should try...
    Ha! I'll tread with caution, Cacio!

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    Default Re: Deal-breaker notes, What are your least favorite perfume notes?

    Datura
    Tuberose
    Heliotrope
    Immortelle
    Tomato Leaf
    heavy Vanilla
    Fruit Salad
    some Musks
    Celery
    Oud
    Cumin
    Juniper Berries
    some Cedar Wood
    some Aldehydes like in Chanel #5 - yes, I cannot stand it!
    Last edited by Puma; 13th January 2014 at 09:21 AM.

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