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    Which scents smell like wealth? Not literally like currency, but like a wealthy person. Are there any fragrances that make a person smell opulent, wealthy, and dripping with excess? One that comes to mind for me is Millesime Imperial. But, what about richer, heavier scents as well?

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    Whatever else you might say about the lineup, I think Tom Ford figured out how to make stuff that 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."
    I completely agree.

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    opulent, wealthy, and dripping with excess
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    Royal Oud. Just smells very refined and classy to me.

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    Which scents smell like wealth? Not literally like currency, but like a wealthy person.
    For me, Sandalwood Absolute Oil by Clive Christian.
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    Bonheur by Bortnikoff was the thing that brought that most to my mind.
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    Tom Fords for the ‘nouveau’ rich, probably. ‘Old money’ is seldom as ostentatious.

    But here’s one very well known favorite: Genghis Khan

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    Bonheur by Bortnikoff was the thing that brought that most to my mind.
    Very good option. Refined, classy and smells like nothing else out there. Unfortunately it’s also sold out long ago; you’ll have to pry the bottle from the owners’ cold dead fingers...
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    Once more with feeling

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    Tom Fords for the ‘nouveau’ rich, probably. ‘Old money’ is seldom as ostentatious.

    But here’s one very well known favorite: Genghis Khan



    Very good option. Refined, classy and smells like nothing else out there. Unfortunately it’s also sold out long ago; you’ll have to pry the bottle from the owners’ cold dead fingers...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shemelimelle View Post
    Hahahahahahahahahahahaha.........I would rock that sweater......with feeling!
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    strange but when i read the thread title the first two words that came into my head were: roja dove.
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    So subjective. The richest person I have ever come into sniffing distance of wears Guerlain and Caron--L'Heure Bleue and Muguet de Bonheur--so I'm going with that. I smell rich (to myself) when I wear Bois du Portugal or Bel Ami. Bond No 9 is sort of a new money/doesn't know any better smell (to me!). Coco--especially en extrait--smells rich to me, too.
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    I will summon a certain robotic chef by citing ...

    Bois du Portugal

    One of my faves, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviatt View Post
    I smell rich (to myself) when I wear Bois du Portugal
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    The smell of the rich daddy I didn't get to have. The one who would have bought me a pony.

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    Bois de Portugal and Amouage Jubilation XXV

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    What age rich person, and what scent does this rich person like? The idea that rich people smell a certain way is pretty ludicrous. As for whether a scent can just be evocative of a rich person then that is not ever going to be based on anything at all really either. I can accept the likelihood a rich person would choose regular designer scents is less likely, so regular designer crowd pleasers are probably not going to be as likely, but not all will throw money around either. Some might not have any imagination and simply just buy things like Aventus as it involves little thought or taste beyond that it costs a bit more and people have heard of it, so it's a logical boring conclusion.

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    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.
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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.
    Definitely agree with this one.
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    One that comes to mind is Xerjoff Irisss. The buttery rich and smoothness of the iris definitely screams expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by abu abdullaah View Post
    strange but when i read the thread title the first two words that came into my head were: roja dove.
    Yup. Like money emptying into Roja’s bank account, to be precise. Lol.
    But yeah, I got you. Some of his fragrances smell indeed like top dollar stuff.
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    Polo 'Green' semi serious answer !
    Lalique Homme smells pretty refined but not screaming 'I got that chedda I got that chedda'
    But then again, lots of different things probably smell how we individually interpret 'wealth' - classic Guerlain Vetiver with its tidy tobacco says conspicuous wealth to me, Bel Ami , Pour Lui... it's very open.
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    The OP asked for suggestions as to what would give off the air of "excess," so we're talking about ostentatious wealth.

    A lot of the stuff mentioned so far seems a bit too discreet to quite fit the idea. When I mentioned Tom Ford above--which Diamondflame rightly noted as a kind of "nouveau riche" brand--I was thinking particularly of punchy, you-can't-miss-the-aroma stuff like Tuscan Leather and Tobacco Vanille. Stuff with a kind of punchy, almost aggressive, presence and also has a kind of decadence about it.

    But if I think more broadly what suggests "ostentatious wealth" to me, I think about all the goods traditionally associated with wealth over the centuries: luxury goods like fine liquor and leather, spices, decadent desserts... So essentially, what would be the "apex" of this category to me is a very high-grade, densely spiced gourmand fragrance. So, yeah, Tobacco Vanille fits the bill, but something like Lubin Idole EDP or one of the heavier Amouage releases could also work.
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    Creed Royal Mayfair smells like you have the title of "Duke" or "Lord."
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    Quote Originally Posted by abu abdullaah View Post
    strange but when i read the thread title the first two words that came into my head were: roja dove.
    Exactly.

    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.

    Everything else, from creativity, originality, even popularity and ultimately sales, is of secondary importance, and often times, these aren't considerations at all. You're selling exclusivity to the already wealthy, or the prestige of owning to the aspirational who want to pretend they're wealthy. If you're rich, smell like you are so others recognize your place and status by the scent you wear. And if you're not rich, then you are literally going to be made to pay through the nose to pretend that you are.

    As a business model you'd be hard-pressed to find a better one to make easy money, if you're successful that is. In a way, you're not even selling perfume at that point, which is perhaps the genius of someone like Roja Dove, a deep understanding of the psychology of his customers, their wants and desires.
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    That is a good question. Of course our associations with scents has more to do with our own experiences than the actual molecules. Fine sandalwood smells expensive; would that be so if we had no knowledge of its rarity? It would smell natural and pure, but more "expensive" than the same quality cedar wood? It is interesting to ponder.

    Expensive is just one of the countless categories we use, because we are obsessed with defining and categorizing; putting things in boxes. I think any hopes of smelling "expensive" are driven from a insecurity, or a harmful mindset. I believe that finding a scent that smells wonderful on your skin is much more desirable.

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    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.

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