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    Quote Originally Posted by jkonick View Post
    Lol, Mr. Prince is not part of the cameron wolfpack, or whatever.

    Is this a silly question? Yes. But, that's why we're here: to discuss the silly, ridiculous aspects of fragrance that "normies" wouldn't understand or want to talk about.

    In any case, to steer this back toward the scents themselves: Declaration is another one that smells very classy and wealthy to me, despite its relatively reasonable price. It's a bit weird and off-putting with the cumin, but not in an overly showy or aggressive way; it's definitely "old money." Also, I've seen claims that the scent itself is similar to freshly printed money. Maybe a bit of a stretch, but smell it next to a new dollar bill (or $100, such as the case may be) and there's some similarity.
    This is an example of your associations having more to do with your perception than anything. The opening of Declaration is fantastic, and then after that the main note I get is cedar wood. In fact it smells just like pencils. As an artist there is nothing about a new pencil being sharpened that signals class or wealth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarce View Post
    There are literally dozens of largely high-end perfume brands where the first order of business is always:

    MUST SMELL EXPENSIVE
    That is their prime directive.
    Preach, brother.

    And straight out of the bottle, that smell is such a red flag for me that I can't even judge the rest of the scent objectively.

    Which reminds me, I meant to submit:

    Black Gold by Ormonde Jayne. Right up there with all the Roja shite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CutSmut View Post
    This is an example of your associations having more to do with your perception than anything. The opening of Declaration is fantastic, and then after that the main note I get is cedar wood. In fact it smells just like pencils. As an artist there is nothing about a new pencil being sharpened that signals class or wealth.
    Good point; "wealth" will smell like different things to different people, depending on what they associate with it personally. It would be interesting to think about which bottles signify wealth, rather than the scent contained within. In that case, there are undeniable signs of money like expensive materials. But even then, it can still come off as just gaudy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedRaider430 View Post
    Creed Vintage Tabarome: Some may not care for it, but it definitely smells like something someone with money would have.

    It certainly takes a lot of money to get some of it nowadays.
    Agreed. Definitely an "old money" connotation with this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkonick View Post
    Lol, Mr. Prince is not part of the cameron wolfpack, or whatever.

    Is this a silly question? Yes. But, that's why we're here: to discuss the silly, ridiculous aspects of fragrance that "normies" wouldn't understand or want to talk about.

    In any case, to steer this back toward the scents themselves: Declaration is another one that smells very classy and wealthy to me, despite its relatively reasonable price. It's a bit weird and off-putting with the cumin, but not in an overly showy or aggressive way; it's definitely "old money." Also, I've seen claims that the scent itself is similar to freshly printed money. Maybe a bit of a stretch, but smell it next to a new dollar bill (or $100, such as the case may be) and there's some similarity.
    I've seen Declaration on shelves a few times and, for some reason, haven't gotten around to trying it yet. Will have to give it a whiff next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Prince View Post
    I've seen Declaration on shelves a few times and, for some reason, haven't gotten around to trying it yet. Will have to give it a whiff next time.
    It's great. It was made by Jean-Claude Ellena, the nose behind Terre d'Hermes and Voyage d'Hermes, and it's in the same general category of light, spicy/citrus vetivers. But Declaration is only about $30 on discounters.

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    Any fragrance I can’t afford smells expensive
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    You done broadcasting your questionable fashion choices for the world to see? Go get an Instafacetweet or whatever the other cool kids are doing if you need validation that badly or repost that image again and prove what I just said.

    Excuse me but I was joking along with you, not ridiculing you. I felt posting it again would make a running gag of sorts since you seemed to find the original posting funny. If you have a personal problem with me, add me to your blocklist instead of picking fights. I actually have a Twitter that's listed here if you're curious, but I have the feeling that you're not the sort who could handle my other predilections if you so easily drop the gauntlet over a misunderstood joke.

    It appears the only person craving validation is you if you're trying to find offense where there is none, going straight for a personal attack in view of public, rather than pulling me aside in private notes for clarification if you were unsure of my intentions. Regardless, I'm flagging this post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jkonick View Post
    It's great. It was made by Jean-Claude Ellena, the nose behind Terre d'Hermes and Voyage d'Hermes, and it's in the same general category of light, spicy/citrus vetivers. But Declaration is only about $30 on discounters.
    Interesting how the one "expensive smelling" fragrance that comes to your mind can be had for $30!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    Excuse me but I was joking along with you, not ridiculing you. I felt posting it again would make a running gag of sorts since you seemed to find the original posting funny. If you have a personal problem with me, add me to your blocklist instead of picking fights. I actually have a Twitter that's listed here if you're curious, but I have the feeling that you're not the sort who could handle my other predilections if you so easily drop the gauntlet over a misunderstood joke.

    It appears the only person craving validation is you if you're trying to find offense where there is none, going straight for a personal attack in view of public, rather than pulling me aside in private notes for clarification if you were unsure of my intentions. Regardless, I'm flagging this post.

    I would ignore list you but Lorenzo is out of Benzos and your posts have an inherent, shall we say, soporific quality... Quite surprised by your reaction though as I thought you were made of sterner stuff (as anyone who'd willingly sport such knitwear must be!) but I guess not. I'll play nice.

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    Me, stumbling into this thread:

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    1000 by Patou smells like wealth to me.

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    the good old king Antaeus!

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    Also adding, in no particular order:

    - almost any Floris and Penhaligon's fragrance (although their price range is well below the pricier niche houses),

    - Serge Lutens as well, again almost in its quite consistent entirety,

    - several male/unisex Guerlain's with just the right amount of elegance and luxuriousness, with Derby as fine example, Chanel pour Monsieur as yet another choice of classy scent with no particular ostentation (but perhaps hinting even more so at old money),

    - same with Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme,

    - furthermore Acqua di Parma, GFT and even more traditional houses defined mainly by a steady output of iconic EDC formulations throughout history

    May have omitted certain individual aspects and specific scents by Creed, but also the (price-wise) absolute top-dollar price range of scents and did subjectively mention most or some of the ones personally perceived as being suitable for the wealthy.

    Even if somewhat less impressive on both their going rate and their levels of opulent excess (while Guerlain and Lutens being the notable exceptions on generally smelling both costly and rich, nearly indulgent and bordering on extravagance at the same time, almost irrespective of their actual price tag).

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    Tuscan leather- especially if you are dressed up
    By Kilian single malt
    By Kilian back to black especially in winters
    Xerjoff Nio- for summer
    Aventus- Less is more with this frag
    Green irish tweed

    Lot of Tom ford smells expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    Whatever else you might say about the lineup, I think Tom Ford figured out how to make stuff that smells "expensive."
    Yep, Amber Absolute is the pinnacle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    Me, stumbling into this thread:

    Pretty much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Also adding, in no particular order:

    - almost any Floris and Penhaligon's fragrance (although their price range is well below the pricier niche houses),

    - Serge Lutens as well, again almost in its quite consistent entirety,

    - several male/unisex Guerlain's with just the right amount of elegance and luxuriousness, with Derby as fine example, Chanel pour Monsieur as yet another choice of classy scent with no particular ostentation (but perhaps hinting even more so at old money),

    - same with Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme,

    - furthermore Acqua di Parma, GFT and even more traditional houses defined mainly by a steady output of iconic EDC formulations throughout history

    May have omitted certain individual aspects and specific scents by Creed, but also the (price-wise) absolute top-dollar price range of scents and did subjectively mention most or some of the ones personally perceived as being suitable for the wealthy.

    Even if somewhat less impressive on both their going rate and their levels of opulent excess (while Guerlain and Lutens being the notable exceptions on generally smelling both costly and rich, nearly indulgent and bordering on extravagance at the same time, almost irrespective of their actual price tag).
    Thank you for sharing.

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    Out of the scents I've put my nose on, I think (like many others) that Tuscan Leather smells like you have money. I'd also agree with those who said Bois du Portugal, but that might just be because I'm wearing it right now and I smell SO "money"

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    More broadly on the point, I think globalisation has created new kinds of ostentatious wealth.

    If were ignore the 'old money' for a moment - the British/European aristocracy and titled classes, the New England and Southern States' families with a history of wealth, who would veer towards the restrained, the classic, and the refined, you've got a whole host of options.

    Of the 'new money' I've experienced personally, I'd summarise them as this:

    Visiting Arab royalty is a huge market in London and no doubt the likes of Roja Dove cater to them - opulent, exclusive, expensive, orientals. MFK perhaps has flirted in a similar way - Tom Ford, and maybe Armani's Prive line, preceded them somewhat, but I'm not sure they're exclusive enough anymore, although discounting Armani perhaps, they'd all fit the bill. No doubt there are plenty more, and perhaps not commonly stocked/known in the West, that would contribute as well.

    Then you have the superwealthy Chinese who are obsessed with designers but have a dreadful sense of style. Not all, of course, but there are some who will dress ridicuously formal and inappropriately to go to the supermarket, and then those who look like Paris Hilton circa 2006, expensive Ugg boots, those weird 'velvetine' tracksuits that have since been replaced by yoga pants and more realistic gym-casual clothing for women. Honestly, in terms of fragrance, anything that clashes, really. Anything that's loud, obnoxious, but Western - I'd say Tom Ford has great appeal here, again, as do other expensive designer fragrances. That said, I can't say I've actually smelt fragrance on too many wealthy Chinese - this is purely speculation and bordering on racial stereotyping here, and not what I want to do, but I also get the impression fragrance isn't really worn in the far East? Or is that maybe just Japan?

    Then you have Russian oligarchs. I'd expect something cold, hard, strong. GIT maybe? God knows.

    Finally, I suppose you have the tech-savvy millionaires who created internet start ups of one form or another. They'd probably wear something sporty and fresh, maybe a bit juvenile. Or, when they try to mature a bit, anything already mentioned or subseuently as well (Ivy League frat braaaahhhss).

    If you want to include less stereotypical nouveau-rich people, then it could literally be anything, with a whole range of tastes and styles because...well...what 'type' of person you are is no longer a limiting factor in becoming very wealthy (despite the media narratives to the contrary).

    I agree with a few already mentioned: Lalique Hommage smells like old world money to me. It smells like the 'best' of C18th colonialism - delicate florals with the undercurrent of an 'exotic' twist. Creed smells expensive in that 'throwing my money down the drain' kind of way some 'old money' British people I know do to maintain a sense of superiority (refuse to buy things in sales etc) - I'm not really a fan of most Creeds and the underwhelming nature of many of their scents would probably chime with many wealthy people because of that and the price. Aventus is surely the Ivy League trust fund frat bro scent of the decade as well.

    Of those I own, I think Acqua di Parma's brown bottle range smells expensive. Sandalo in particular wears like a powerful, somewhat archaic, patriarchal fragrance that's been softened with the sweeter notes in the drydown. Naturally, anything oriental, big, and rich-in-notes lends itself to a sense of wealth - I could go with LADDM, Armani Oud/Myrrhe/Ambre etc.

    I have a few Trumper colognes and they smell like old money wealth for sure. I no longer own it, but I always got the impression TdH had more than an element of class to it that denoted wealth. Nice, refined, classical but without screaming about it.

    L'Occitane's perfumes maybe? They smell very natural and in a way have some element of Creed's 'vibe', but maybe a bit more daring. Caron Sport for sure - this is maybe the closest thing I have to what I imagine someone wealthy would wear. Smells old, smells strong, smells clean, smells fresh, smells versatile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slpfrsly View Post
    More broadly on the point, I think globalisation has created new kinds of ostentatious wealth.

    If were ignore the 'old money' for a moment - the British/European aristocracy and titled classes, the New England and Southern States' families with a history of wealth, who would veer towards the restrained, the classic, and the refined, you've got a whole host of options.

    Of the 'new money' I've experienced personally, I'd summarise them as this:

    Visiting Arab royalty is a huge market in London and no doubt the likes of Roja Dove cater to them - opulent, exclusive, expensive, orientals. MFK perhaps has flirted in a similar way - Tom Ford, and maybe Armani's Prive line, preceded them somewhat, but I'm not sure they're exclusive enough anymore, although discounting Armani perhaps, they'd all fit the bill. No doubt there are plenty more, and perhaps not commonly stocked/known in the West, that would contribute as well.

    Then you have the superwealthy Chinese who are obsessed with designers but have a dreadful sense of style. Not all, of course, but there are some who will dress ridicuously formal and inappropriately to go to the supermarket, and then those who look like Paris Hilton circa 2006, expensive Ugg boots, those weird 'velvetine' tracksuits that have since been replaced by yoga pants and more realistic gym-casual clothing for women. Honestly, in terms of fragrance, anything that clashes, really. Anything that's loud, obnoxious, but Western - I'd say Tom Ford has great appeal here, again, as do other expensive designer fragrances. That said, I can't say I've actually smelt fragrance on too many wealthy Chinese - this is purely speculation and bordering on racial stereotyping here, and not what I want to do, but I also get the impression fragrance isn't really worn in the far East? Or is that maybe just Japan?

    Then you have Russian oligarchs. I'd expect something cold, hard, strong. GIT maybe? God knows.

    Finally, I suppose you have the tech-savvy millionaires who created internet start ups of one form or another. They'd probably wear something sporty and fresh, maybe a bit juvenile. Or, when they try to mature a bit, anything already mentioned or subseuently as well (Ivy League frat braaaahhhss).

    If you want to include less stereotypical nouveau-rich people, then it could literally be anything, with a whole range of tastes and styles because...well...what 'type' of person you are is no longer a limiting factor in becoming very wealthy (despite the media narratives to the contrary).

    I agree with a few already mentioned: Lalique Hommage smells like old world money to me. It smells like the 'best' of C18th colonialism - delicate florals with the undercurrent of an 'exotic' twist. Creed smells expensive in that 'throwing my money down the drain' kind of way some 'old money' British people I know do to maintain a sense of superiority (refuse to buy things in sales etc) - I'm not really a fan of most Creeds and the underwhelming nature of many of their scents would probably chime with many wealthy people because of that and the price. Aventus is surely the Ivy League trust fund frat bro scent of the decade as well.

    Of those I own, I think Acqua di Parma's brown bottle range smells expensive. Sandalo in particular wears like a powerful, somewhat archaic, patriarchal fragrance that's been softened with the sweeter notes in the drydown. Naturally, anything oriental, big, and rich-in-notes lends itself to a sense of wealth - I could go with LADDM, Armani Oud/Myrrhe/Ambre etc.

    I have a few Trumper colognes and they smell like old money wealth for sure. I no longer own it, but I always got the impression TdH had more than an element of class to it that denoted wealth. Nice, refined, classical but without screaming about it.

    L'Occitane's perfumes maybe? They smell very natural and in a way have some element of Creed's 'vibe', but maybe a bit more daring. Caron Sport for sure - this is maybe the closest thing I have to what I imagine someone wealthy would wear. Smells old, smells strong, smells clean, smells fresh, smells versatile.
    Very in-depth post. I appreciate your thoughts!

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    Any frag that requires you to take out a second mortgage and sell your kidney to purchase better damn smell like money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Palmolive View Post

    I would ignore list you but Lorenzo is out of Benzos and your posts have an inherent, shall we say, soporific quality... Quite surprised by your reaction though as I thought you were made of sterner stuff (as anyone who'd willingly sport such knitwear must be!) but I guess not. I'll play nice.
    I'm done with entertaining arrogant and caustic replies on this site, because there are so many better opportunities for interaction and sharing here than that, so if that's how you want to carry yourself here, you can kindly go on my blocklist instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    I'm done with entertaining arrogant and caustic replies on this site, because there are so many better opportunities for interaction and sharing here than that, so if that's how you want to carry yourself here, you can kindly go on my blocklist instead.

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    I remember once being told (and someone already repeated this in another thread somewhere here on Basenotes too) that all of the most "self-important people" in NYC wear Le Labo, and apparently especially Le Labo "Santal 33." (Which I hate.) XD So..lots of people associate that line, and especially that particular cologne, with wealth and success.
    I have also heard Tom Ford name dropped as well as the brand that lots of people choose to smell like you sweat money out of your pores! XD

    I have read (no idea if this is true or not) that the Queen's favorite perfume is Guerlain's "L'Heure Bleu." And..I think I also read that at least one other member of the royal family liked something from Penhaligon's. So..if you want to smell like royalty..you could also think about those!




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