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    Default Robes08's Top 100 Designer Fragrances List

    Robes08 (Marc) is a popular Youtube reviewer who put out a list of his top 100 favorite fragrances.


    I didn't post this list because his opinion was better than anyone else's though I think the sheer amount of fragrances he sampled makes him qualified to make such a list. He presented this list as his personal opinion. Not fact. Also, I posted this up because it's accessible, comprehensive and probably good for starters looking for recommendations to Sample

    100. CK One Shock
    99. Lacoste Red
    98. Paul Smith Man
    97. Paul Smith Story
    96. CK Summer 08
    95. Ice Men (Mugler)
    94. Tommy Hilfiger's Tommy
    93. Dolce and Gabanna's Light Blue
    92. Hermes Voyage
    91. Kouros
    90. CK Be
    89. 212 Men
    88. Tomny Bahama St. Barts
    87, Antaeus
    86. Xeryus Rogue
    85. CK One
    84. DSquared Potion
    83. Taste of Fragrance ("Pure Chili")
    82. Abercrombie Fierce
    81. Bleu de Chanel
    80. Homme Eau Guerlain
    79. Black XS
    78. Kenzo Tokyo
    77. Polo Blue
    76. Cool Water

    Personal opinion:
    A lot of big-name fragrances that had to be included in any list for their importance, but he probably didn't enjoy wearing them as much as his other ones. Would probably put CK One, Polo Blue, Bleu de Chanel and Cool Water in the top 75. Haven't tried Black XS.

    75 John Varvatos Vintage,
    74 Gaultier Squared,
    73 Fahrenheit Aqua,
    72 Fahrenheit 32,
    71 Spicebomb,
    70 Bulgari The Vert
    69 Kenzo Power
    68 Caron L'Anarchiste
    67 Tom Ford Extreme
    66 Fahrenheit Absolute
    65 Marc Jacobs Man
    64 Prada Amber Intense
    63 Hermes Jardin Sur Le Nil
    62 Hanae Mori HM
    61 Burberry Touch
    60 Platinum Egoiste
    59 Gucci Envy
    58 Givenchy Play Intense
    57 Versace Pour Homme
    56 Joop
    55 Fuel for Life
    54 Body Kouros
    53 Rive Gauche
    52 Bulgari Aqua
    51 Rochas Man


    Personal opinion:

    Not a fan of Fahrenheit flankers, Rochas Man, Varvatos and a few of the others. But I largely support the other choices. Maybe Burberry Touch and Platinum Egoiste could've been a bit higher though.

    50. D&G By Man,
    49. Guerlain L'Instant Extreme,
    48. Fleur de Male,
    47. Guerlain Homme,
    46. L'eau de Issey,
    45. Acqua Di Gio,
    44. Givenchy Pi,
    43. D&G The One,
    42. Lolita Lempicka Au Masculin,
    41. Armani Code,
    40. Pure Havane,
    39 Grey Vetiver,
    38 Guerlain Vetiver,
    37 Lancome Hypnose,
    36 Escada Magnetism,
    35 Mugler Cologne,
    34 Hermes Bel Ami,
    33 Chanel Egoiste,
    32 DSquared Rocky Mountain Wood,
    31 Allure Homme Sport
    30 Viktor and Rolf Antidote
    29 Dior Homme Sport
    28 Burberry Brit
    27 Prada Infusion
    26 The Dreamer

    Personal opinion:
    Dreamer is high, but it is love and hate. I'd switch Burberry's Brit and Touch. Antidote, Guerlain L'Instant, and Fleur De Male wouldn't be on my list at all. Havane, D&G fragrances and Grey Vetiver would be lower. Agree with most the others though.

    25. M7
    24. Chanel Allure Homme,
    23 D&G Pour Homme,
    22 Narcisso Rodriguez,
    21 Terre D' Hermes,
    20 Prada Amber,
    19 Burberry London,
    18 Bulgari Black,
    17 Issey Miyake Summer 2009,
    16 Chanel Allure Blanche,
    15 Gucci Pour Homme,
    14 YSL L'homme,
    13 Gucci Pour Homme II,
    12 YSL La Nuit,
    11 Cartier Roadster
    10 1 Million
    9 Pure Coffee
    8 Dior Homme
    7 Fahrenheit
    6 Hugo Boss Bottled
    5 Encre Noir
    4 Dior Homme Intense
    3 Pure Malt
    2. Angel Men
    1. Le Male

    Personal opinion:
    He loves his gourmands. What else is there to say? Most of his top 10 would be in my top 50 rather than my top 10. Dior's reformulations were painfully bad and Pure Malt would be the only Mugler in a high position. Prada Amber would be in the top 75 on my list. But otherwise his #25-11 is great.
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    Default Re: Robes08's Top 100 Designer Fragrances List

    I've watched quite a few videos from Marc. I respect his opinions of fragrances and he gives good descriptions on them as well. He has a lot of good ones on his list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SereneGreen View Post
    (edit: currently formatting the list)
    Thanks for that! The listed format makes this fun to browse. I don't agree with some of his choices - but that's the fun of the list. We've all got different tastes. I think it'd be pretty fun to read other people's lists. 100 is one heck of a challenge, but even 20 would be fun.

    I'm glad he limited it to just designers. A niche list would be fun too, of course.
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    Thanks for posting the list. Correct me if I'm wrong but as far as I can see there are no new releases in his top 25. The most recent is from 2009, the rest are older. Just something to ponder..
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    Default Re: Robes08's Top 100 Designer Fragrances List

    Entertaining to read to get one person's perspective at best.
    Remember that while it is perfectly acceptable to criticize the content of a post - criticizing the poster is not.
    Mean spirited, nasty, snide, sarcastic, hateful, and rude individuals on Basenotes don't warrant or deserve other individuals' acknowledgement or respect.

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    #1 on his list wouldn't even crack my top 100. And Chanel Egoiste isn't on the list? Hmmmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    #1 on his list wouldn't even crack my top 100. And Chanel Egoiste isn't on the list? Hmmmmm.
    Egoiste is there...it's in the #50-26 section that hasn't been list-ified yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caferacer View Post
    Egoiste is there...it's in the #50-26 section that hasn't been list-ified yet.
    Ah, you're right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Ah, you're right!
    Still though, I think it deserves a higher spot on the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    #1 on his list wouldn't even crack my top 100. And Chanel Egoiste isn't on the list? Hmmmmm.
    +1 , there is no way in hell Le Male and Angel Men would be in top 50 ever..
    While he has some decent reviews, he over sensationalizes and hypes a lot of them IMO.
    My personal favorite reviewers are Katy Pukrik, Betawiblood, and SmellyThoughts is really good, though he only
    reviews obscure niche fragrances.

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    Default Re: Robes08's Top 100 Designer Fragrances List

    Coming soon: Basenote's top 1000 designer fragrances. I think it's a fun project but personally I've never been a fan of the top 50/100 x of all time thing. Give me a smaller number so I can appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinramani09 View Post
    While he has some decent reviews, he over sensationalizes and hypes a lot of them IMO.
    My personal favorite reviewers are Katy Pukrik, Betawiblood, and SmellyThoughts is really good, though he only
    reviews obscure niche fragrances.
    Agree! While I do enjoy to hear what he has to say, I prefer to watch the reviewers you mentioned more. It's an interesting list, but I disagree with his top few choices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by furrypine View Post
    Thanks for posting the list. Correct me if I'm wrong but as far as I can see there are no new releases in his top 25. The most recent is from 2009, the rest are older. Just something to ponder..
    But then he's only mention two pre-80's frags as well. It's a bit of a nineties and noughties fest.

    But fair play to Marc for actually being able to put the list together. I'd struggle just to choose a top 100 without changing my mind ad infinitum, let alone put them into an order!


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    Default Re: Robes08's Top 100 Designer Fragrances List

    It's interesting, and there are some great ones in there, but...

    When the top 4 are Le Male, A*Men, Pure Malt and DHI (none of which are home runs for me),
    and Burberry Brit is ranked significantly higher than such awesomeness as Kouros, Antaeus, Guerlain Vetiver, and Rive Gauche,
    and Azzaro PH and Paco Rabanne PH don't even make the list...

    It's probably safe to say the author's tastes are just slightly different than mine.
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    Thanks for sharing. My list would be quite different, but very interesting!

    Perhaps I should check out this Robes08 fellow on this "YouTube" thing.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by BRM85282 View Post
    Agree! While I do enjoy to hear what he has to say, I prefer to watch the reviewers you mentioned more. It's an interesting list, but I disagree with his top few choices.

    Yes they are, I forgot to mention Fragrance Bros also do a nice job in their reviews, but they are not as eloquent as the ones I mentioned.
    Dan also does a nice job in his reviews, till he brings out his annoying wife and everything goes down hill from there .

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinramani09 View Post
    Yes they are, I forgot to mention Fragrance Bros also do a nice job in their reviews, but they are not as eloquent as the ones I mentioned.
    Dan also does a nice job in his reviews, till he brings out his annoying wife and everything goes down hill from there .
    Truth! Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    Perhaps I should check out this Robes08 fellow on this "YouTube" thing.
    Yeah I like to hear his opinions, he seems to put a lot of time into his reviews.

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    Default Re: Robes08's Top 100 Designer Fragrances List

    I've been watching Marc's video's for awhile now. I like the amount of time he spends wearing fragrances before reviewing and judging whether they fit his taste or not. He shows you the bottle of what he tests from and usually it has a pretty nice chunk of fragrance used. It's quite impressive when you think about the size of this guys collection. Nothing about his reviews are vague and he really gets into the fragrance and breaks it down.
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    Robes08 is a cool guy.... though I would never wear any of his top 4.
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    I don't know all of the fragrances in the top 10, but the ones I do know, are all really big compositions. I guess that says a lot about his tastes. You start seeing more subtlety after that. Le Male is my fave of what I call the pimp-daddy scents, but still wouldn't break my top 10.

    He has Aventus in the same position I would have it *runs for cover from inevitable angry mob carrying torches & pitchforks*

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    I dig Marc's reviews but I like Betawiblood the best. Just my opinion but he has a better nose than Marc.
    It's cool seeing a Canadian reviewing from Indonesia. The Fragrance Bros. can really get on my nerves
    and they never do presentation although they seem like cool guys. The only reason I watch Katie is that
    she's rather easy on the eyes. Dan can get a bit annoying too. I love killing time watching YouTube reviews!

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    Default Re: Robes08's Top 100 Designer Fragrances List

    Quote Originally Posted by Uvalde View Post
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    He has Aventus in the same position I would have it *runs for cover from inevitable angry mob carrying torches & pitchforks*
    Umm... Aventus ain't a designer frag, dude.
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    damn, missed the designer part!. so much for tweaking my creed loving bruthas

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    I've been watching Marc's video's for awhile now. I like the amount of time he spends wearing fragrances before reviewing and judging whether they fit his taste or not. He shows you the bottle of what he tests from and usually it has a pretty nice chunk of fragrance used. It's quite impressive when you think about the size of this guys collection. Nothing about his reviews are vague and he really gets into the fragrance and breaks it down.
    Same here. I really enjoy Marc's haul videos and top 10/top 20 fragrance videos (especially for niche fragrances). Been watching him for the past few years now. I like that he shows the bottle and gives us his thorough input on the fragrance. He's gone for around 5-6 months at a time because he has to travel overseas for work, and he has family obligations. He also mentioned that he may not be doing videos anymore, even after he returns, and may instead have his own blog. I think that's a good idea, but I also wish he'd continue doing the haul and top fragrances videos.

    Marc's videos are the ones I watch the most consistently. MyMickers isn't bad either. His Mono di Orio initial impressions video was my favorite (especially the first two minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X1p4ZKJyH4

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    Default Re: Robes08's Top 100 Designer Fragrances List

    Pretty decent list - I own 48 of them.

    Le Male is his favourite, but while popular, I think it would be way down the list for many others.

    Not sure what CK Be is doing on the list, much less being ahead of Kouros. I think CK Free Blue and CK IN2U are much better than CK Be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottW View Post
    It's interesting, and there are some great ones in there, but...

    When the top 4 are Le Male, A*Men, Pure Malt and DHI (none of which are home runs for me),
    and Burberry Brit is ranked significantly higher than such awesomeness as Kouros, Antaeus, Guerlain Vetiver, and Rive Gauche,
    and Azzaro PH and Paco Rabanne PH don't even make the list...

    It's probably safe to say the author's tastes are just slightly different than mine.
    Azzaro PH didn't make the list because it sucks. It doesn't smell like an old man... It smells like a dead man.
    My top 5 changes like the Tennessee weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKisGR8 View Post
    Azzaro PH didn't make the list because it sucks. It doesn't smell like an old man... It smells like a dead man.
    It was good once upon a time but right now it is a dead man literally lol.

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    I think these all deserve to be here, by popularity and quality. I don't like about half, but I still realize their value to the fragrance world.

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    Weren't you banned?
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