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    Default Fragrances that took a little while to warm up to

    What are some fragrances that took you a little while to warm up to? Either from hate to like or from indifferent/unsure to like/love?

    Tom Ford Tuscan Leather: The raspberry was too sweet to my nose at first. It drew all of my attention to it, and I just didn't enjoy it. I kept my sample around, and I just could not stop smelling it periodically for some reason. One day, it clicked. The smoothness of the leather paired with the raspberry I now find to be wonderful! The smokiness of the fragrances dissipates quite quickly too, which is a plus.

    By Kilian Straight to Heaven: At first the creamy, boozy vibe was off-putting, but again, I just kept coming back to my sample. One day I realized that this is really nice! I want in a split of this stuff!

    Le Labo Neroli 36: I didn't dislike this at first, but wrote it off as a feminine white floral. I sprayed it again the other day, and really enjoy how delicate it is.

    Creed Spice and Wood: When I first sniffed it, holy hell, CEDAR BOMB in my face. But I applied some to my skin, and as it settled that wonderful apple became more prevalent, and I fell in love. One of my absolute all-time favorites now.

    Creed Asian Green Tea: Upon first sniff, it was really sweet and not what I was expecting. The citrus in this is ULTRA bright and tart. I was thrown off by the opening. After a few applications though and waiting for the nice, gentle tea to peek its head up, I "got" it. Now I really enjoy the sweetness and that bright citrus. Makes me feel good when I smell it. The sweetness does calm down in the dry down though, which is good because it would be a bit much if it didn't.

    Creed Cedre Blanc: First stiff, smelled galbanum, "dammit!". I immediately wrote it off. My nose took quite some time to become accustomed to this note, but it eventually came around. Now I really love Cedre Blanc. The nice, crisp green opening on top of the woods and the sweet cardamom is really good. The galbanum recedes after a bit, and you're left with a soft, semi-sweet, somewhat creamy woody scent. The cedar and sandalwood combo in this is just damn good, really really good, and the vetiver is added just for a little bit of that vetiver "texture".

    Also, I'm coming around to either Tom Ford Noir or Noir de Noir. This sample is not labeled, and I can't remember which it is!
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    A*Men - tried it when I was first getting into fragrances, and really didn't like it. Had never smelled anything like it.

    Dior Leather Oud - tried it as I was just getting into niche fragrances. Was waaay too dirty for me at that time, but now I own and love it.

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    Default Re: Fragrances that took a little while to warm up to

    When I first got Guerlain's Vetiver I was a bit disappointed because after reading so many reviews I developed a preconceived notion of what I thought it was going to smell like. My first few wearings of it I though "is that all there is?" ...then when I allowed it to be what it was and opened myself up to the complexity of notes, the artistry with which it was blended and the sense of tranquility it imparted in my mind, I was in awe. Now I can't imagine life without it. I bought a 100ml bottle and have only used about 2 ml at this point but I already have my eye on a 200 ml back up bottle.
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    A Taste Of Heaven-By Kilian
    Invasion Barbare-MDCI
    Eau Noire-Christian Dior
    Black Line-Mancera

    I am in love with all of them now but it definitely wasn't love at first sniff with these.

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    Default Re: Fragrances that took a little while to warm up to

    I don't have one, either I like it or not the first I try .

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    White aoud Montale when I first sampled it I got a very medicinal vibe that scared me away for a while and eventually my sample came back out of the drawer for another try and the second time I really enjoyed it. Don't write anything off until you've tried it two or three different wearings. That is unless it's one that makes you gag at first wearing... Then I guess you can write it off

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    Default Re: Fragrances that took a little while to warm up to

    Quote Originally Posted by ladida View Post
    I don't have one, either I like it or not the first I try .
    You're missing out on some great frags by dismissing them on first impressions. Your nose evolves the more frags you smell & some frags just need a little time to warm up. Some of my all time favorites started out i couldn't stand them (dior homme, dior homme intense, a*men, etc..) Trust me go back to one's you didn't like and give them another try.. you may just be surprised.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tensor9 View Post
    What are some fragrances that took you a little while to warm up to?
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    Default Re: Fragrances that took a little while to warm up to

    Quote Originally Posted by Mitchapalooza View Post
    You're missing out on some great frags by dismissing them on first impressions. Your nose evolves the more frags you smell & some frags just need a little time to warm up. Some of my all time favorites started out i couldn't stand them (dior homme, dior homme intense, a*men, rose31, etc..) Trust me go back to one's you didn't like and give them another try.. you may just be surprised.
    I meant to say I don't need to sample more, it won't grow on me regardless. A*Men, Dior Homme, and Dior Homme Intense are all my favorite on my first try.

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    Many of my personal favourite started as "ok" or disliked one weirdly! I'll take about 2 because they went from dislikes to being within my top 2-3 or 5 all time favourite ones.

    - M7: I was "warned" by online reviews that the opening was not for everyone to say the least. And I really disliked it. But when I got used to the dry-down oh my!!! MA-JOR love! Maybe my all time favourite! Thank "God" I give it time! And now this is my "odour", "scent". The smell by which I'm "recognized" by my closed ones.

    - Terre d'Hermes: One of my frag ladies didn't even want to let me grab the bottle! She was telling me it was too "old" for me and that I was still 15-20 years too young lol. First time I did find it too mature/old for me and too woody and "cleaner product" like... Thankfully I gave it more than one chance, tried it seriously on my skin twice and realized that once on my skin it's really not offensive, not as woody, it calms down and it's just amazing!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mitchapalooza View Post
    You're missing out on some great frags by dismissing them on first impressions. Your nose evolves the more frags you smell & some frags just need a little time to warm up. Some of my all time favorites started out i couldn't stand them (dior homme, dior homme intense, a*men, etc..) Trust me go back to one's you didn't like and give them another try.. you may just be surprised.
    You beat me to the punch! Ladida is most probably passing on fragrances that could have become major loved ones!
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    Default Re: Fragrances that took a little while to warm up to

    Quote Originally Posted by Detox View Post
    You beat me to the punch! Ladida is most probably passing on fragrances that could have become major loved ones!
    Major loved ones for somebody but not for me.

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    Default Re: Fragrances that took a little while to warm up to

    Perhaps YSL Jazz.

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    Puredistance M. I could only stand it for about 2 or 3 hours the first time i wore it before washing it off. I have worn it a handful of times since then and sort of like it, but still don't love it.

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    Default Re: Fragrances that took a little while to warm up to

    Quote Originally Posted by Detox View Post
    - Terre d'Hermes: One of my frag ladies didn't even want to let me grab the bottle! She was telling me it was too "old" for me and that I was still 15-20 years too young lol. First time I did find it too mature/old for me and too woody and "cleaner product" like... Thankfully I gave it more than one chance, tried it seriously on my skin twice and realized that once on my skin it's really not offensive, not as woody, it calms down and it's just amazing!
    This is one I did a complete 360 on. At first, I couldn't stand it. BUT...hearing how "everybody in the online fragrance community" loves it...I decided to try it, and try it some more. After several wearings, I decided "OK...I'll buy a bottle". Big mistake. Not only did I not grow to love it...the more I wore it, the more I grew to dislike it. It's quality juice, I just didn't care for the scent. And the scent is what it's all about. It doesn't matter what reputation the house has, or who the perfumer is, or the quality of the ingredients used...if the scent doesn't agree with the wearer, then he needs to wear something else. So I sold my bottle.

    P.S. - I had more negative comments from women with this one than with any fragrance I have ever worn in my life. And that includes several "middle age" sales associates at Sephora....so be sure to tell your "lady friend" that it has nothing to do with age.

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    All the Guerlains and Chanels took me ages to appreciate. Because they were so much more complex (as a general rule) and layered than the shite like Eternity.

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    Joop! Homme
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    Lagerfeld Photo - among many, many others
    Currently wearing: Habit Rouge by Guerlain

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    for me its Neroli Portofino.. hated it at first but the more i try the more i like

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    Tuscan Leather for me, it was not an immediate hit, but now I love it.

    I am also leaning the same way with Neroli Portofino, hated it the first couple of times, but I am warming up to it at the moment. I think this may be due to a slight change in the weather.
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    Rive Gauche Pour Homme and by extension Azzaro Pour Homme. I have love/hate relationships with both.

    75% of the time they are perfection, some of the greatest fragrance, the remaining 25% of the time they can be grating. I keep bottles of both as I like them most of the time, but they can be difficult for me to appreciate.

    Dior Homme Intense took me some time to warm up to. It's one of my favorites now, but it wasn't instant gratification by any means.
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    creed millesime imperial hated the melon note and smelled like rotting fruits to me found it very synthetic. Now i love it weird how different scents grow on me with time

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    I'm sure within the first few minutes -- a bit like music.

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    Declaration Essence I judged prematurely as I could not help comparing it to the original. I will have to alter my review as it is good on it's own merits and does last longer than I initially thought.
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    Roja Parfums Diaghilev. I couldn't appreciate it, now I realise what a masterpiece it is and love it.
    Currently wearing: Dia Man by Amouage

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    B*Men. After a few wearings I appreciated it a little better.

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    Montale Cuir d'Arabie - I was shocked initially & it took me about 6-7 wears before I got comfortable...Weather was the key - I wear this only when it's cold & with very little sunshine - the heat from the sun even on a cold Canadian winter day sparks off a huge silage & projection that just envelops u & other around...
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    1. Tuscan Leather - Couldn't understand why this would be liked. Came around to it, and it's now one of my favorite scents by far.

    2. Original Santal - Hated the open. Still not a big fan of it, but the dry down I now find wonderful.

    3. Heeley - Menthe Fraiche - I've been testing this on my arm for a while, and it's really starting to grow on me. Had it on last night and thought to myself, this might just be my next bottle purchase. Initially I wasn't a fan of the mint gum vibe in the open, and the dry down came off feminine to me. I now love both

    4. MFK Amyris - I didn't like any of the line from my initial sampling. Repeatedly tried both APOM and Amyris, with Amyris becoming something I've grown to enjoy. I don't know if I consider it FBW yet, but I've grown from not liking to liking. Whereas APOM is a scrubber for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aromaphile View Post
    All the Guerlains and Chanels took me ages to appreciate. Because they were so much more complex (as a general rule) and layered than the shite like Eternity.
    Happened to me with most of the Guerlains especially...

    Quote Originally Posted by superfluousPastry View Post
    When I first got Guerlain's Vetiver I was a bit disappointed because after reading so many reviews I developed a preconceived notion of what I thought it was going to smell like. My first few wearings of it I though "is that all there is?" ...then when I allowed it to be what it was and opened myself up to the complexity of notes, the artistry with which it was blended and the sense of tranquility it imparted in my mind, I was in awe. Now I can't imagine life without it. I bought a 100ml bottle and have only used about 2 ml at this point but I already have my eye on a 200 ml back up bottle.
    With Guerlain Vetiver I hated it at first (thought that it smelled like an old folks retirement home full of dying old men!) - I know, terrible impression. But now I love it and would never be without it. Habit Rouge reminded me of powdered wigs and old, stale makeup for old ladies. Shalimar and Jicky smelled of urine etc. But I now love each and every single one! Masterpieces in every way!

    Also, I want to mention that sometimes hearing someones opinion on something you love can change it. For example, Dior Homme, which I loved and is my signiature. People kept saying "lipstick". So when I smelled it again, I got lipstick. It took me a while to remove this association from my head. Also Aqua di Parma's "Mandorlo di Sicilia", I thought it smelled of cappuccino's and amaretti biscuits. Then somebody mentioned that it smelled like "bubblegum". After that all I could smell was bubblegum! In fact I gave it away! Then a year later I smelled it again and fell in love all over again and bought it. So it's not easy sometimes.

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    Default Re: Fragrances that took a little while to warm up to

    Don't remember ever doing a complete 180°, but I am coming around a little on these:

    YSL Rive Gauche - Blind bought the tin can a few years ago. Smelled like Barbasol. Was not impressed. Had it up for sale for about 6 months. Took it down. Wore it twice since then. Still not a love, but I think it just might be growing on me.

    Amouage Interlude Man - Still not a fan because I still (and probably always will) think the oregano is way too much - and completely unnecessary. But the wife loves it on me, and I don't hate it as much as I originally did. Another almost for Amouage. It's been their pattern lately - take a great composition, then amp up a single odd note to make it "edgy", and in the process, ruin it.
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    Default Re: Fragrances that took a little while to warm up to

    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post

    Amouage Interlude Man - Still not a fan because I still (and probably always will) think the oregano is way too much - and completely unnecessary. But the wife loves it on me, and I don't hate it as much as I originally did. Another almost for Amouage. It's been their pattern lately - take a great composition, then amp up a single odd note to make it "edgy", and in the process, ruin it.
    I've noticed many niche houses do just this. They have to add that one thing to make it "interesting" and end up making it worse.
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    The skanks, MKK and Leather Oud. Got in on a split of both and regretted it. Now, having worn them many times and picking up on the nuances, they rank as some of my favorites. Also true of Spice and Wood. It wasn't so much the wood or anything that was overwhelming, just seemed so boring at first. Over time I have learned to appreciate some of it's subtleties as strengths, and just wore it yesterday and loved it.

    I'm working on another right now, House of Matriarchs Blackbird. My first wearing I didn't like it very much, trying again today. So far, not impressed which is a good thing for my wallet!
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