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    Only when doing research before obtaining a decant or so it might affect a bit. To each it's own and smell it your own self for God knows how many busted noses are out there, so sample them out as this venture is very subjective more times then others but nevertheless there do exist overall dead fish scents out there that are not subjective.....Cheerios
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    Declaration by Cartier. Got on well with it at first, then read all the 'Indian Kitchen' comparisons and gave my bottle away.

    Now I am thankfully back with on a new bottle since I tried it during the summer heat whilst on honeymoon.

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    Actually, it seems to work the other way with me.
    If I like something, any negative reviews don't affect that but sometimes I've been encouraged to persist with a fragrance that was initially dismissed by reading what others have written.
    It doesn't always work that way 'though, some just remain at the bottom of the pile!

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    I am much more influenced by positive reviews than negative. I view reviews and generally pay attention to what the fragrance evokes visually in to the reviewer rather than just positive or negative votes. I still think Black Afgano is a fantastic fragrance but a lot of the veteran basenote members find it repulsive. Also I find as I sniff more and more fragrances, some of the other fragrances that I discovered early in my journey are just not as appealing as they once were.

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    I use reviews as a tool to make an informed decision of what to sample or blind buy but it isn't something I take as gospel. As far as the way something smells, it's very different to different people. I mostly consider what people say about the sillage and projection of a scent. If every review I read says "lasts 10 minutes and gone", I will be less likely to purchase it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trilby Lark View Post
    I've had the opposite experience. I didn't like a scent, read positive reviews, revisited the scent, and decided I liked it. Sometimes reviewers point out notes or qualities I missed. Being influenced by others isn't necessarily a bad thing.
    This is what I more often experience. I am ho hum on a new sample, read reviews, revisit and pick out new notes and aspects of enjoyment - now its on my full bottle list . I don't view this as me being easily swayed, more just learning to appreciate.
    Current favorites_____Black Tourmaline_____Gucci Pour Homme II_____Memoir Man_____Tuscan Leather______Montale Aoud and Pine_____Sel Marin_____Invasion Barbare_____Tonka Imperial____Dior Homme Intense_____L'Humaniste____Santal 33_____Bois d'Argent_____Nio_____MFK Oud_____Lumiere Noire_____Bois d'Encens_____Cuir Ottoman
    Currently wearing: Bergamote 22 by Le Labo

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdwctdwc View Post
    First thing i do if i'm interested in a fragrance is :

    - Find out what are the dominant notes in its composition based on votes ( an awesome feature on another site which i really like).

    - Check out the longevity/projection votes ( on another site)

    Negative reviews don't really play any role before i buy because tastes are subjective.
    Basenotes in my "home" fragrance site, but I too like the features of the that other site a lot. I think collecting an aggregate of votes regarding note presence and longevity is pretty genius.
    Current favorites_____Black Tourmaline_____Gucci Pour Homme II_____Memoir Man_____Tuscan Leather______Montale Aoud and Pine_____Sel Marin_____Invasion Barbare_____Tonka Imperial____Dior Homme Intense_____L'Humaniste____Santal 33_____Bois d'Argent_____Nio_____MFK Oud_____Lumiere Noire_____Bois d'Encens_____Cuir Ottoman
    Currently wearing: Bergamote 22 by Le Labo

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    Never. If I like the way a fragrance smells on me, I could care less about the reviews. I only use reviews as an informative tool for what I might sample. I really don't blind buy anymore, I've had too many bad experiences from fragrances that receive positive reviews but I simply don't like on myself.

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    Of course it has some effect.

    If I absolutely love a scent but everyone absolutely hates it, I'm going to second guess making that purchase. An example of that is A&F Fierce. Its a good scent but some factors made it a bad purchase (too popular, its for teeny kids, etc).

    I'm not perfect, so yes, public opinion does factor into my decision making.

    Lastly, even though I take public opinion into account, I still take reviews with a grain of salt. Some frag lovers are extremely biased and quick to bash a house/frag based on price. Some are unaware how projection/sillage works (perhaps you cant smell it but others do?). Some like winter scents and hate spring/summer scents. Some spray their frags on skin and it smells awful, however, some spray the same frag on clothes and it smells great. Some love a fragrance because of the bottle, lmao. Theres WAY . . . WAYYYYY too many variables.
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    Negative as well as positive reviews might play some role before I smell the fragrance, after I smell it myself then positive or negative review don't effect what I think about that scent. Close friends and family members' opinion is another story though

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonx View Post
    Negative as well as positive reviews might play some role before I smell the fragrance, after I smell it myself then positive or negative review don't effect what I think about that scent.
    I can relate to this.

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    I use the reviews and people's opinions to help me select what to sample. After that I make my own decision. Since I believe that if God himself came down and gave us a fragrance called "Dew of Heaven" there would be some people that would call it a toilet bowl cleaner smell. I don't give much weight to negative reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kswer View Post
    Since I believe that if God himself came down and gave us a fragrance called "Dew of Heaven" there would be some people that would call it a toilet bowl cleaner smell.
    Exactly! This is an awesome hypothetical and did literally make me lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuNezDeBuzier View Post

    I said it once and I'll say it again: to me, reviews are more a reflection of the reviewer's tastes than an accurate reflection of what's actually inside that bottle of cologne and whether it'll appeal to you.

    I have a lot more to say on this topic but the above is of utmost importance.


    What happens when a reviewer gives a perfume a negative rating because he/she doesn't like rose or hyacinth or leather.
    So perfumes with prominent rose or leather get negative reviews, generally. But you'd never know why because it may not occur to the reviewer to mention his or her disaffinity to the note.


    Price or affordability is another critical issue.
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    I have to agree with Mr. Hedonist. I feel reviews...be it perfume, movies, books or music are simply a reflection of an individuals tastes. They do not mirror my own. So no, I am more an experience for myself type of guy. What seems to catch my attention is when someone mentions that a scent has been reformulated. I have distinctive memories of what original scents caused me to feel.
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    When I was in my teens and twenties, I would care what other people thought, but now I'm past that. I like to see what other people have to say about fragrances, but it would never stop me from buying or wearing what I liked because of it....even Luca Turin-- the demigod of fragrance reviewers!
    Currently wearing: Bergamote 22 by Le Labo

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    It only reminds me that everybody's nose is different. Rock on Quorum!.

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    I never doubt my own tastes. Ever. If someone does not like a scent, its his own opinion.

    Quote Originally Posted by BRM85282 View Post
    When I was in my teens and twenties, I would care what other people thought, but now I'm past that. I like to see what other people have to say about fragrances, but it would never stop me from buying or wearing what I liked because of it....even Luca Turin-- the demigod of fragrance reviewers!
    Perfectly my sentiment. I enjoy many scents that are trashed in The Guide. Likewise, I dislike many that are praised. I enjoy The Guide immensely and have the new edition book, but I follow my own perceptions.
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    No. A positive review might encourage me to sample a perfume, but that's the extent of it. We all have different scent preferences after all.

    There's even a study on the variability of scent perception:

    http://www.monell.org/news/news_rele...tory_receptors

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