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    So my wife and I went out of town to do some shopping. The mall we were at had a sephora and a Macy's so I figured I would sniff some fragrances while she did her thing. While at sephora I had a few samples made up and left. Next I went to Macy's and tried out Dior homme eau. This was one I was interested in and after smelling it I decided it wasn't for me. I smelled a few other things and saw the tester for A*men and grabbed it. Now mind you I've smelled this before and kinda liked it, so I sprayed the card, lifted it up to my nose and smelled it. I have never been so repulsed from a smell in my life. The tar note that I've read about that I never picked up on in the past just overwhelmed me. I litterally gagged.
    After that I couldn't bring myself to smell anything else and left. I took the card with me for my wife to smell to see what she thought of it and of course she loved it. So we're walking around the mall and I'm still getting wifts of it from the card in my pocket, making me nauseous. So I stop and throw the card out. When I sprayed the card I must of hit my hand with it because I'm still smelling it. I went to bathroom to wash my hands and scrubbed them 3 times, I couldnt get the smell off my hand.
    I finally got home and I still can't get the smell off my hand. I had on channel allure homme sport eau extreme and the tonka in it is mixing with the tonka in the A*men and all the other foul concoctions in it. I don't even know if I'm ever going to be able to wear ahsee again. At least not for awhile. My head hurts, I stink, and I'm done sampling new fragrances for awhile.

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    Default Re: Worst sampling experience ever.

    I had the same reaction to Dior Homme Eau, there's something at it's heart that is nauseating for me as well.

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    Default Re: Worst sampling experience ever.

    A*Men gives me a similar reaction, especially the top. On skin, given time, it does develop into something nicer.

    Even worse for me was Amouage Lyric Man, perhaps a reformulation or bad batch because plenty of people on this site recommend it.

    Update: Another shocker for me was Bond No. 9 Scent of Peace for Him.

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    I don't know what happened with the A*men I smelled today. Maybe in the past I only sniffed a reformulated one, this one was noticeably stronger.

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    Default Re: Worst sampling experience ever.

    Quote Originally Posted by NickZee View Post
    I had the same reaction to Dior Homme Eau, there's something at it's heart that is nauseating for me as well.
    Ditto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MxChino View Post
    I don't even know if I'm ever going to be able to wear ahsee again. At least not for awhile. My head hurts, I stink, and I'm done sampling new fragrances for awhile.
    You'll be fine in a day or so. Just need a break.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    You'll be fine in a day or so. Just need a break.
    I would think this is the case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MxChino View Post
    ... So we're walking around the mall and I'm still getting wifts of it from the card in my pocket, making me nauseous. So I stop and throw the card out. When I sprayed the card I must of hit my hand with it because I'm still smelling it. I went to bathroom to wash my hands and scrubbed them 3 times, I couldnt get the smell off my hand.
    I finally got home and I still can't get the smell off my hand...
    Did you have to amputate?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyG View Post
    Did you have to amputate?
    That option had crossed my mind :

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    That must be vintage! Go back and buy them out. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    That must be vintage! Go back and buy them out. LOL.
    Thought the same! LOL.
    I have a love/hate relationship to A*Men.

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    A*Men is the worst fragrance I've tried. When I smelt it the first time I recoiled in horror. I'd done a wrist test and it stayed there for the best part of the day. My friend who was with me also thought it was disgusting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MxChino View Post
    I don't know what happened with the A*men I smelled today. Maybe in the past I only sniffed a reformulated one, this one was noticeably stronger.
    It's funny you should have that experience as it's the same reaction I had with A*men Pure Havanne. Tried it, loved the tobacco and cherry. Spent all day walking around mesmerised by those notes. Admittedly, I wasn't overly fond of the sweet Angel base notes but I still liked it enough to consider a purchase.

    Went back in to try it again, this time with my wife, and instantly recoiled. No tobacco, just a sugary sweet cherry mess. Spent the rest of the day desperately trying to get it off...to little avail.

    The inconsistency is very, very odd.

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    Can relate to the reaction towards AMen, but so far some of the worst personal testing experiences but perhaps even more so with fragrances that smelled sublimely yet were gone after 10 minutes or less on skin (Taylor`s of Old Bond Street being among the houses which, as a whole, score very well in terms of scent quality but very low on performance in nearly any fragrance of theirs)

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    Default Re: Worst sampling experience ever.

    This sounds like the typical A*Men reaction actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkpunk View Post
    This sounds like the typical A*Men reaction actually.
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    As previously mentioned, just give it a break for a while.
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    Dior eau has some nostril piercing chemical that I dont like. AF Fierce has the same effect.

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    I loved pure malt instantly but amen took me a while. I like the drydown a lot and after having it for years i even like the opening. This is a cold weather fragrance and it's a must to smell it when it's really cold

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    What's with all of a sudden dior homme eau dislikes?? Lol... But I can agree on the amen part ..... The opening is piercingly strong... I seen a YouTube video when someone recommend mixing amen with pure malt.... And I tested it while I was at carsons..... In the summer time...... And it was in that one small area on my arm..... there was a loud beastly scent cloud around me..... .. My God... I regret it
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    Default Re: Worst sampling experience ever.

    I had a similar experience when I tried Encre Noir for the first time.

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    *paging Jack Hunter*

    I remember him telling a story about having a physical reaction to A*Men, where it almost caused him to vomit upon smelling it. So I guess you're not the only one!
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    An accurate review of A men indeed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartholomew View Post
    I had a similar experience when I tried Encre Noir for the first time.
    I always thought Im the only one who got kinda same experience with Encre Noir.
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    My worst sampling experience ever was with Ungaro II - a scent which isn't my style, but I respect it very much. I had a 2ml sample and couldn't get anything out of it, so I started fidgeting with the top trying to fix it and OH MY GOD I BROKE IT AND FLUNG IT AT MYSELF. ...2ml, all at once... I reeked for the night, even after a shower. And the next day, I had to wash my sheets because my whole bed smelled like Ungaro II. That sucker is an animal. It isn't Interlude Man strong, but it's a beast. It's a civet monster.
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    Sometimes Midnight In Paris, Truefitt and Hill 1805, Chanel Egoiste Platinum and Boucheron Homme give me headaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    My worst sampling experience ever was with Ungaro II - a scent which isn't my style, but I respect it very much. I had a 2ml sample and couldn't get anything out of it, so I started fidgeting with the top trying to fix it and OH MY GOD I BROKE IT AND FLUNG IT AT MYSELF. ...2ml, all at once... I reeked for the night, even after a shower. And the next day, I had to wash my sheets because my whole bed smelled like Ungaro II. That sucker is an animal. It isn't Interlude Man strong, but it's a beast. It's a civet monster.
    I've sampled it from different bottles and vials and none registered with any strength. I wish it had that kind of strength for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    I've sampled it from different bottles and vials and none registered with any strength. I wish it had that kind of strength for me!
    Really? Ungaro III is like that for me: soft but nice. Ungaro II is a BEAST.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmellyFinger View Post
    Have you recovered?
    Sunday evening, the night of the unfortunate event, anything I smelled smelled like A*men, coffee, cigar smoke, everything smelled like it to me. Monday was better and even wore a scent Monday evening. Today I'm back to normal but still not planning to wear anything with tonka in it for awhile.




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