Terre D'Hermes... hated at first, but ended up on my top five.
Be it a scent that you thought you would really dislike due to the notes or house but ended up loving, or a cheap fragrance thrown in as a sample with your purchase that you now really dig, etc.
For me, they are almost always cheaper fragrances that I would not initially suspect to be all that great before trying them. It sounds really arrogant, and it pretty much is, but it's true. Some examples recently are Mont Blanc Individuel and Tokyo Milk's Bulletproof (thanks to deadidol for that one). The former is a great take on the Original Santal/Joop area, but a little bit better than both to my nose, while the latter is a very underrated cheapy that is filled with interesting notes like ebony wood that make it stand out and one of the better smelling fragrances I've happened upon randomly.
How about you all? I'm sure this has been discussed before (feel free to link additional threads, but I've read most of the "favorite cheapy" ones), but I'm interested to see what each of you has uncovered recently, if anything.
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Terre D'Hermes... hated at first, but ended up on my top five.
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Actually, never expected certain Boss fragrances to be this good, especially since this house is often (and sometimes rightfully) dismissed as too commercial and plain. Nevertheless, from classics like No. 1, Elements, Elements Aqua to more contemporary creations like a few Hugo flankers by far more pleasant and smooth than the initial Hugo and the Baldessarini line- certain testing/sampling experiences were good and beyond.
Original Vetiver for me. Thought it would be a harsh fragrance. Turned out to be a mellow green (fresh cut grass) gem.
I took a risk in buying a unknown fragrance called Balenciaga pour Homme that I never heard of before. I became intrigued from people in the powerhouse group talking about how great it was.
The quality blew me away and I knew I had a gem on my hands after just one wearing. I then proceeded with all haste to purchase two more bottles. They are now shining gems of my collection.
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Costume National Cyber Garden - saw it, did not think I would like it, sprayed a little on the test strip and fell in love. VERY interesting take on "green".....
improving olfactory environments one molecule at a time....
Un Bois Sepa by Serge Lutens and Geranium Pour Monsier by Frederic Malle were excellent recommendations given to my by a sales associate at Barneys. I went in without planning on buying anything, and walked out with both!
Mauboussin M Generation for me. I bought it blind for $35 (100ml) and I was expecting something decent. However, it far exceeded my expectations. I won't ever be without it.
Seeing as many of my buys have been blind... The most recent fragrance that I'm very happy with is Bentley for Men Intense...before that was Mancera Sand Aoud, Lanvin Avant Garde, La Yuqawam, Jaipur Homme, Dolcilisr....the list goes on!
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I like Bulletproof. I wear it regularly. It's interesting, but not as assertively so as my Slumberhouse collection.
I think my best unexpected discovery was the Maroma fragrances - natural things, found in my health food store beside their incense. They're very nice, reasonably cheap and quite lasting for natural fragrance - they've become my weekend staples. I've got the men's Olibanum Citrus, the Patchouli, and the Rose.
One of maybe 3 blind buys to date (I do it rarely) Dior Homme Intense turned out to be my most worn fragrance. Maybe I should blind buy more often.
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
Most pleasant unexpected cheapie discovery - Solara For Men
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The house of Al-rehab makes some great stuff too and they are dirt cheap. Choco Musk is my most complimented fragrance, and that's $3.50. Silver is also really good, and a dead wringer for SMW to my nose at $6.
All those I love.
Of course I have high hopes for everything, but I never EXPECT anything.
Not exactly recent but one of the last unexpected pleasant discovery was Habit Rouge Sport. I've always been tempted to relegate it amongst my guilty pleasures but the fact is I actually *really* like it.
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Tried a sample of Chergui and didn't get it.
Tried it again, loved it, can't imagine being without it
It can be a little high-pitched, but discovering that I like Dior Homme edt as much or more than I did in 2006. Such a pleasant, comfortable and extremely well made fragrance. Jacques or Jean-Paul Guerlain would approve. Maybe even Edmond Roudnitska even though he didn't like the type. Not the same for Dior Homme Intense which I've always disliked intensely. If I want something like that I go to Olivier Polge's Cuir Beluga (2005).
Speaking of Habit Rouge: haven't loved Habit Rouge Sport, but I like the Flechier 2,000 reformulation a lot more than I usually have over the last ten years. Besides wearing it I've gone through several bottles as room sprays. Looking forward to smelling the new stuff by Wasser.
And after a few years of not wearing it (it happens even with the best of them), rediscovering how phenomenal Balenciaga pour Homme is is always a good thing.
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The first few to come to mind are Lomani Ignition, Diesel Plus-Plus and Ed Hardy Born Wild.
Most recently, probably:
Gengis Khan (generally not a fan of overly aromatic fragrances, so wasn't expecting much. After a few wearings, I am really enjoying this)
1. Creed - Spice & Wood
2. Creed - Aventus
3. Ormonde Jayne - Black Gold
4. by Kilian - Incense Oud
5. Puredistance - Black
6. House of Matriarch - Blackbird
7. Armani Privé - Oud Royal
8. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions
9. Creed - Royal English Leather
10. Brückner - Aoud 1
I hate Kouros, but a couple of months ago I smelled Kouros Fraicheur and it blew me away! What an amazing scent! Fresh, masculine, long lasting, remarkable, fantastic! One of my best purchases ever!
Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme. I got it in a swap for a fragrance that I was all too happy to get anything for and I really like it. It has a nice freshness in the opening with the cypress and the tobacco heart and amber/resin drydown make it a very smooth and well blended fragrance IMO. Gets plenty of hate but I think it's a real sleeper.
Anything that Calvin Klein released lately, really. They have released crap for about 20 years and hence it is justified that their fragrances be underrated. But what they've released in the last 4 years have all been consistently good. I came to this realization after spraying CK One Summer 2014 on myself this past weekend - this thing smells good! So does CK One Shock, CK One Shock Street, and Dark Obsession.
Gym scent of week: A*Men Pure Havane
My gym hates me
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Nina Ricci Memoir d'Homme
J'S Exte Man
I read it was a good cheapie and smelled something like DHI without the lipstick note and some even compared it to Tobacco Vanille if I am not mistaken. I didn't expect much of it but gave it a go. I bought a 25ml bottle for only €7 and I must say it is an excellent fragrance that smells very good and lasts all day! It smells to me like a seductive (more masculine than DHI) patchouli-vanille combo and its quality to price value is excellent! I understand why people compare it to DHI, though DHI is of course superior but also way more expensive.
It is a perfect fragrance for people who don't want to spend too much money on DHI and want something 'similar' and more masculine.
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My Top '10' : (In no particular order)
- Dolce & Gabbana: Pour Homme (vintage)
- Annick Goutal: Ambre Fetiche
- Loewe: Esencia/Pour Homme/Solo
- Davidoff: Leather Blend Edp
- Amouage: Epic
- MPG: Santal Noble
- Acqua di Parma: Colonia Intensa Oud
- Histoires de Parfums: 1740 Marquis de Sade
- Pal Zileri: Cuoio
- YSL: Kouros (Fraicheur)
Bogart Pour Homme by Jacques Bogart
$16 USD average for a 3.4 oz tester w/shipping included on eBay. The top notes aren't bad, but the real treat comes in the dry down. A very refreshing cherry tobacco smell heavy on tonka beans and vanilla.
If "sweet" isn't your thing it could probably be a little nauseating. I'm a fan of gourmand fragrances so this one was right up my alley.
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Fragrances owned, but not in the basenotes database:
Insurrection II Dark
Taxi by Confinluxe
Bravo - Diamond Collection (Copy of Only the Brave by Diesel)
Bravo Tattoo - Diamond Collection (Copy of Only The Brave Tattoo by Diesel)
Version of - Jordache/Jean Philippe (Dollar Tree product. Multiple fragrances; most are not great copy attempts.)
Generic high-end, classic -styled, local haberdasher's EdCs, somehow reminiscent of Penhaligon's Castile.
James Smart's Leslie.
Fueguia's Un Poema de los Dones.
Zara's Intense Vetiver
I am using the first one on a daily basis and since it is an EdC, it won't suffocate you as many ultra-strong niche powerbombs would. Def to be worn in formal occasions, it is quite fleeting but on clothes it will linger for a respectable amount of time. To my surprise, it brings complements. Besides, it is quite inexpensive if bought in the right stores (James Smart's Lahore is expensive, The London Tie's version is quite affordable).
Leslie is plain lavander EdC. Love it.
Fueguia's Un Poema de los Dones is the best of the line, IMHO. It is an oriental, quite strong though. A small spray will go a long way.
Zaras Intense Vetiver is a toned down Guerlain Vetiver, with a contemporary twist. It won't last as much.
Sorry, not in the category many BNers praise. But these the first two are to be worn with a tailored suit and tailored shirt with a monogram and silver cufflinks. Did it and I have been asked what I was wearing. Response: "I never thought local classics could be so good.".
The other two in informal occasionsd during Winter.
Besides, lately I have been despising massive and niche high-end brands, although Zara falls in the category.
A couple of fragrances that I truly didn't expect much from, but I like each time I sample them. I'll be getting full bottles of them....eventually.
A Lab on Fire Almost Transparent Blue (Anyone know an online place that sells A Lab on Fire products at a discount?)
Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine (Just missed out on a 20% discount on this at Beautyhabit.com!...)
Basenotes sales: Many collectible/discontinued CREEDs (Citrus Bigarrade, Selection Verte), Mancera Lemon Line, Vintage Paco Rabanne Pour Homme, Heeley Oranges & Lemons, L'Artisan Batucada, L'Essence de Cerruti, L'Occitane The Vert, numerous popular SAMPLES! http://www.basenotes.net/threads/340...ucada-*SAMPLES
Offsite sales: Tom Ford Noir de Noir, Rare CREEDs (Vintage Tabarome, Angelique Encens, Selection Verte, Citrus Bigarrade), Mancera Lemon Line, Vintage Paco Rabanne Pour Homme, By Kilian Prelude to Love, Heeley Oranges & Lemons, L'Artisan Batucada, L'Essence de Cerruti, L'Occitane The Vert, numerous popular SAMPLES! http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewtopic.php?t=260 and http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewtopic.php?t=626
All 3 were cheapies (surprise surprise) Brut Dominant, Everlast and Jeanne Arthes Supercharged
I got many but here are 3 unexpected LOVES -
The Different Company's "South Bay"
" Only wimps swim with the current "
Formerly known as Inselaffe
YSL (vintage) Rive Gauche, the one in the tin can.
Light years from the current.... stuff.... to be found in the current glass-bottle version (I'm really hesitating to say 'version' as it really smells like a different fragrance altogether).
Love this stuff. Have since acquired three bottles of the stuff. I love it any time of year - cool or warm weather - and it is especially good after a shower or before bed. The wife really likes the scent - one where the scent really is captivating and yet not an 'out of your league' priced scent.
I believed the hype and I wasn't wrong. Damn you YSL for messing about with this one so much!
If by true essence of the word discovery, then vintage Creed Royal Delight.
Discovered it at a little perfume shop the middle a massive bazaar.
Another was Scherrer - beautiful hyacinth & oak moss.
From a notes perspective, I've grown fond of labdanum.
Lanvin Avant Garde
Both are cheapies (around $25 ea), but surprisingly good. Abercrombiehot (what a lame name) is basically the same as their now discontinued Cologne 41. Always liked that stuff for some reason and it is not abused like Fierce, which is definitely another plus.
Probably Azzaro Pour Homme. Had smelled it in the past but never owned/wore it. Picked it up at a discount store (Marshall's I believe) and really started enjoying it once I got past the disappointing longevity of the recent release.
I thought that the whole CdG Nr. 3 Incense series would be too hard to wear.. until i tried Zagorsk. It was love at the first sniff.
"Le parfum est la musique du corps"
Considering the mixed reviews & that I usually find their fragrances too conceptual and/or fleeting in longevity, pleasantly surprised is a good description. This one stood out of the pack "in wow factor" among dark leathers recently sampled such as Bandit & Cuir Mauresque, for example. The tar note reminiscent of A*Men & the CdG signature woody incense accord were identifiable (like), and it presented a composed development in defined stages (love).
I look forward to sampling the performance of this one further, as a possibility for next winter's rotation.
Tauer - LDDM. I knew I would like it from the notes and reviews. What I didn't know is that I would absolutely LOVE it. At first sniff.
passion bois by frapin was my most pleasant unexpected discovery because i hated almost everything else from there. it has the cleanest oakmoss note out there
14 sprays of DRAKKAR NOIR should do it
I usually don't really like fresh fragrances, but i ended up loving Versace Pour Homme, i'm really suprised at how much I like it, it has this salty, floral drydown which i find wonderfully done
Costume National 21.
Not a fan of Dior, but their latest release, Dior Homme Eau for Men, was a pleasant surprise to me when I sampled it. The iris and citrus work well together. Overall, it smelled good. It actually reminded me of Play Intense. Finally, a Dior I actually liked without trying hard.