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    Default Fragrances that made you react physically

    I read on a thread here just now someone describing how their jaw literally dropped the first time they smelled L'Air du Desert Marocain.

    This reminded me of how I involuntarily laughed out loud the first time I sprayed on Dzing! as though I'd been told an irresistible joke.

    What fragrances have made you laugh/cry/gasp/gag etc?

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    Pell Wall's 'Gin & Lime' made me really smile the first time that I wore it

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    Aramis always triggers my gag reflex.
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    Interlude Man literally made my jaw drop, and my eyes open really wide. I remember staring at the bottle, absolutely amazed. Very few scents have ever made me react so strongly. The woman at the fragrance counter who'd handed me a cotton ball sprayed with Interlude giggled at my reaction. When she sprayed the cotton ball, I remember she said something like "We just got this recently and I think it's beautiful." I smelled it and thought "Are you kidding me? Beautiful? This isn't beautiful. This is badass!!!" I'm pretty sure the only thing I actually managed to say was "Wow."
    "Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam

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    A*Men Pure Havane made me go "Oh, wow" the first time I sampled it. As a result, I purchased a bottle when it was re-released back in 2012.

    Frapin 1270 made me smile when I dabbed from the samples I got from Luckyscent; I transferred to an atomizer so I can enjoy it even more when I do a full spray.

    When my then-girlfriend-now-wife and I sampled Silver Mountain Water, we made eye-contact, smiled at each other, then she made an approving nod. I purchased a bottle after saving up.


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    Noir de Noir, Espresso Royale, Norne, New Haarlem, Batucuda, and Chergui floored me when I had it.

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    Poivre 23 - Heavenly smell
    Tea for Two - Damn, you're fine
    Live Jazz - a bad synthetic note grates my esophagus

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    Cartier roadster makes me gag every time, and I'm not sure why.

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    Sometimes I get ill when smelling Midnight in Paris, but I have to be already ill.

    Smelling SL Sarrasins makes me smile and inhale.
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    Leather Oud did it for me. Face frowned instantly.
    Currently wearing: Memoir Man by Amouage

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    Oud Wood...let me quote my initial reaction , when it first came out " what is this, and where have you been all my life" and did a cartwheel after that...
    "Thank GOD for the nose, for without it we would not be enjoying these beautiful created Scents" also Remember "Balance is everything and the key to appreciating "

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    Quote Originally Posted by noideawhatimsaying View Post
    Espresso Royale
    Not many reviews on this one. Is the rum note in it very strong , or is the scent mostly dominated by coffee beans ?
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    I was amazed (not sure if I gasped exactly) when I first tried Caron-Tabac Blond. ​It was my first New York perfume purchase.
    Currently wearing: Azurée by Estée Lauder

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    I didn't stop gagging when I tried Black Afgano until I scrubbed it off. I was very close to throwing up. Now, on the other end of the spectrum...if I remember correctly, the 1st time I tried M7 I couldn't wipe the $h!t-eating grin off of my face. I'd say that was the experience that made me realize what perfumery could be.
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    Tried House of Matriarch Blackbird yesterday, it made my eyebrows raise as if I found something new and extremely interesting. I'm going to make way in my collection for this financially and physically lol.
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    Gag: P.S. by Paul Sebastian

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    A Men - I threw up when I first smelled it and had to shower. Even then I awoke at 3am in the morning and I could still smell it and had to take another shower to rid myself of the god awful stench.

    Gaiac - Got the gag reflex.

    Amouage Homage - Stunned at the beauty of this one. Totally intoxicating.

    Green Irish Tweed - First niche I smelled after years of designer scents. Got that WoW factor.

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    Wow, lots of puking!
    Currently wearing: Azurée by Estée Lauder

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    Hello,

    my first jawdropping experience in the good way i had with "Tauer/Incense Rose".
    For me its one of a kind.The rose is dewy, mouthwatering and lasts for ages.
    Once i applied it prior a bicycle-tour in hot summer everytime i got sweaty the rose came to life again and stayed the whole trip.
    In the drydown one can smell the strong frankincense and i think the frankincense is a very good fixating agent also for the middlennotes.

    my newest findings:
    Heeley Coccobello:
    no overpowered cocos, very nice watery and smooth and if i could smell right i determine a slight pinch of galbanum.

    NVC Ashoka:
    very smooth and floury to me with some spices, but i get mainly the impression of carrot-seeds,which i like.
    There is also something very slight soapy to me but so well balanced i have to like.
    In the woody direction also detectable but still not overpowering.

    NVC Bombay-Bling:
    this i truly love, at the start you smell mango, you smell lychee, you smell pineapple, also apricot and this fruitnotes lasts very long.
    Also there is something lactonic, milky in it that reminds me of velvety apricots.

    With these 3 testsamples(couldn't afford the whole bottles at the moment which will be all about 600$) i had an experience of the 4th dimension, cause time and space changed.
    As i usually do i place new teststrips in my sleeping-room and mainly leave the room until i go to sleep.

    As all 3 of them smell really good to me i know i would be pleased to go to bed and smell them again.
    Opened the door made 2 steps in and i freezed immediately.
    I really couldn't go because my brain was working at 120percent...what the heck is that...?
    You know the movie "das Parfum" in which Grenouille mixes a better Amor-Psyche and gave it to Monsieur Baldini.
    For me the pure beauty was going on and please don't laugh at me i didn't know if i should cry in awe or laugh in happiness.

    I had everything, the fruit-galore from the Bombay,the slight watery cocos from the coccobello and to counter the very natural fruits and slightly sweet lactonics in came the carrot-seed impression.

    Till this one experience i never touched the samples again cause i know with every spray this magic will get less and less.
    I know the power of them in my head and store them for special occasions.

    Greetings:

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    Tobacco Vanille... made me think "wow, if something can smell this good, I need to know what else is out there." Not a physical reaction, but me subsequently grabbing my wallet to splurge on more samples was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    I was amazed (not sure if I gasped exactly) when I first tried Caron-Tabac Blond. ​It was my first New York perfume purchase.
    Oh, me too! I bought it when the boutique was still at Madison Ave (that boutique was so beautiful), it is my only instant purchase, ever. Ok, no, my only instant purchase that didn't end up in someone else's hands.

    Also... Dzongkha- I think I laughed in disbelief, "This smells exactly like joss sticks".

    Bois de Copaiba- Gasp. "I know this! I know this! Wait, this is so familiar!... L'Heure Bleue!" (that would be pre-reformulation LHB when it was both weird and wonderful).

    Prada Candy- Recoiled in horror (I was expecting something elegant due to the positive reviews, but got basically perfumed caramel).

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    Apart from some minor headaches due to some unidentified fragrances when I was six- did no wear fragrances back then, but "passive exposure", as with smoking, was enough to unbalance me- (could not even determine nor remember whether the fragrance was niche or designer, male or female etc.), luckily no allergies or adverse reactions ever since.
    Currently wearing: Lancetti Uomo by Lancetti

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    A*Men pure havane: recoiled in disgust. I made (what i can only imagine) was the ugliest face ever known to man. Fortunately, nobody saw it. Including myself.

    TF Tuscan Leather: Stood there staring at the decant for at least 30 seconds contemplating how something can smell so good. It had such a positive effect on my mental state that i literally might have hallucinated.

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    I was in Printemps department store, Paris last summer, shopping for a friend and new to perfume so was trying everything. I smelled Kurkdjian's Oud Silk Mood and burst into great rolling tears. I was profoundly moved and it will be my primary functioning memory of summer in Paris for the rest of my life. I bought a bottle. Still can't believe it-but so glad I did.

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    Dior Leather Oud - Initially, I was thinking...wow how could anyone say this stinks. The the blast of fecal matter and smell of stale cigarettes hit my nose. WALKED PRETTY FAST TO THE SINK. I believe this is the only fragrance I've scrubbed.
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    The first time I smelled Dior Fahrenheit back in '92-'93 when I was a kid- It was one of those scented adverts in a car magazine... That page stayed with me for a few years...even though I couldn't smell much from it after a while!

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    I'm not sure if this story even counts for this thread, but here goes.

    There are certain classics I feel like I need to smell. One day, I spotted Grey Flannel at Ross for just a few bucks, so I figured, why not. I had a good idea of what I thought it would smell like. I got home, whipped it out of the bag it came in, sprayed it on my arm and... OH, WHOA OH EW OHGODOHWHOA. And off to the sink I went to scrub that stuff off.

    Once I opened that stupid Geoffrey Beene bag, common sense should have told me the bottle was the wrong color. But, no. I'd mistakenly bought Ew de Grey Flannel. And, no, that wasn't a typo. Ew ew ew.
    "Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam

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    Positive:

    1st time I wore by Kilian Incense Oud was right before I went to bed. It kept me up most of the night - I found it so enchanting that I was not able to sleep.





    Negative:

    Xerjoff Zafar - I was not sure what my exact reaction was, but it needed to get off me - immediately.

    Dior Leather Oud - I still chuckle when I sniff my sample (I'm not really interested in putting it on me anymore - I fell for that trick twice). Just don't understand why people want to smell like a petting zoo.
    Current Summer Favorites:

    1. Creed - Original Cologne
    2. Xerjoff - Nio
    3. Creed - Aventus
    4. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
    5. Dior - Homme Sport 2008
    6. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    7. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    8. Dior - Homme Sport 2012
    9. Creed - Virgin Island Water
    10. Kenneth Cole - Black

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    Two memorable physical experiences:

    Sahara Noir: instant nausea; literal gag

    Original Santal: instant bliss; eyes roll back in head bliss

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    All of the below made me instantly close my eyes and just sigh.Constant nose to wrist action throughout the day:
    Kobe
    Pure Distance M
    Interlude Man
    Ambre 114
    Black Afgano
    Pure Malt
    Tribute Attar
    Carnal Flower
    Bois du Portugal
    A*men
    Pure Distance Black
    Red Aoud

    The following forced me to wash it off as soon as I put it on my skin:
    Dreamer disgusting opening and mid. great drydown though
    Hinoki nauseating
    Fahrenheit 32 nauseatingly sweet
    Taste of Fragrance gave me hearburn believe it or not
    Bleu de Chanel smelled like cat pee on my skin
    Chypre Palatin Too much for me, but I am revisiting it because I believe it was because I wasnt expecting what I got
    Burberry Touch Nauseating
    Favorites at the moment:
    Xerjoff Uden
    Xerjoff Nio
    Creed Virgin Island Water
    Creed Aventus
    Frapin L'humaniste
    AdP Colonia Leather
    Dior Homme cologne 2013

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