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    Default Great Fragrances Ruined By One Note

    Has there ever been an otherwise-amazing fragrance that was ruined by just one note for you?

    For me, it was Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin. The heavy anise ruined what was otherwise a splendid fragrance.

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    Didn't completely ruin it for me but I could have done without the cloying peach note in Make Peace Not War by HdP (not a great but nice fragrance). It should have been toned down considerably or done away with. It would have been much better IMO.

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    Oregano in Amouage - Interlude Man.
    Cumin in Amouage - Fate for Him

    Both would be excellent fragrances for sure, but they amped on the one single note that just ruined them.

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    Secretions Magnifique would be perfect if it wasn't for that pesky semen note...

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    The leather in Golden Boy..
    The saffron drydown would have been 20 times better IMO

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    A piercing woody note in Bois d'orage/French lover. Glorious top, then just too piercing.

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    Tobacco Vanille. The vanilla.

    I'm serious.

    The front of this one is glorious and if the budget / marketing committee had allowed the perfumer to make a more coherent link from the tobacco into a vanilla of the same calibre as Guerlain used in Ode a la Vanille Madagascar (for instance) it would be a masterpiece IMO. As it is, you float along for a bit on a lovely introduction then fall off the cliff into a vat of "synthetic vanilla candle accord" designed for 'longjevidee' and not much else.

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    Wallstreet, with that sea kale note. Please.

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    Tom Ford Oud Wood - The latex note in this drove me nuts that I had to get rid of my bottle.

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    L'Occitane Vetyver -- if this is what vetiver smells like, I am no fan. However, I like and own L'Occitan and Eav des Bavx and find them both to be back up bottle worthy.

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    Yuzu note in Issey Miyake L'eau D'Issey Pour Homme. Smells like lemon pledge. Dry Down is magnif.
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    The B.O note in Cartier Decleration.

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    I wouldn't go as far as to say it ruins the fragrance, but at some point during the mid phase of Knize Ten, after the glorious opening
    a bland cardboard note appears (I'm assuming it's the carnation). Still a favourite , I just wish that note wasn't present.

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    That spit smell I get in LDDM.....Couldnt get around it and it made my wife pretty sick....Plus tough to find a place to wear this one....
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    Usually, no such fragrance in my case. For the simple reason that if a note puts me off, I tend to sense as soon as the top and middle notes and I simply stop being interested in the remaining of the fragrance notes, no matter how good they are.

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    Well, the tar note in A*Men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarshVader View Post
    Well, the tar note in A*Men.
    Literally just came on here to say this.
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    Tobacco Vanille..... the vanille!

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    The civet in Leather Oud.

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    Molecule 03.

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    Default Re: Great Fragrances Ruined By One Note

    The metallic note in Chanel's Platinum Egoiste is piercing and sharp to my nose. We're it not for that it would be a very nice scent to me.

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    The ambroxan in Luna Rossa.
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    Default Re: Great Fragrances Ruined By One Note

    The white musk in several MFKs (I'm thinking of Lumiere Noir Pour Homme and Oud) and in Le Labo Iris 39. I think I'm hypersensitive to one or two white musks, and these drive me crazy (in a bad way).

    The "corn tortilla" accord (or whatever note does it) in Amouage Reflection Man.

    Also, dihydromyrcenol in significant quantity, or calone in almost any quantity, ruin anything for me.

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    Papaya in Eau D'Orange Vert. Excellent topic.

    Edit: Tonka in Dunhill Fresh, tonka in everything lol
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    Default Re: Great Fragrances Ruined By One Note

    Quote Originally Posted by BottleJunky View Post
    The metallic note in Chanel's Platinum Egoiste is piercing and sharp to my nose. We're it not for that it would be a very nice scent to me.
    I felt exactly the same way the first time I tried PE. I got a couple samples from Sephora, though, and after repeated wearings, I find the metallic note only to be part of the mids and not the overall drydown. This is slowly becoming one of my favorite scents and definitely my favorite from Chanel. For me it's also an affirmation of how important it is to sample a fragrance at least three different times on the skin.

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