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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Tom Ford Fucking Fabulous
    The only fragrance I ever wanted to punch.

    Kind of reminds me of Bond No. 9 - not a particular fragrance, but in that it's a slightly above-average fragrance that is very well made.

    I'd give it a B+ and a possible buy but for its infantile and degenerate marketing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couronne de Violette View Post
    Does anyone know what Empire smells like?
    Above average for a "safe" celebrity scent, competitive with much more expensive autumn/winter fragrances. Nothing "pretentious" about it, especially in context in a forum where pretension oozes from the woodwork, floorboards and ceiling.

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    A Lab On Fire My Own Private Teahupo'o.

    A long name for a great scent. I would have preferred it only as Teahupo'o.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ascotnot View Post
    Above average for a "safe" celebrity scent, competitive with much more expensive autumn/winter fragrances. Nothing "pretentious" about it, especially in context in a forum where pretension oozes from the woodwork, floorboards and ceiling.
    I don't know about you, but my list was all in good fun. *shrugs*
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    Io No Ho Mani Che Mi Accarezzino Il Volto by Unum.
    Though calling it Io No Ho might be kind of fun.
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    Dior Sauvage.
    It pretends to be a Dior and to be a tasteful perfume.
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    Dior Sauvage
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    Anything and Everything from Tom Ford and Kilian...think kilian might be the biggest offender though Tommy is catching up quick lately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Primatesinplaid View Post
    Anything and Everything from Tom Ford and Kilian...think kilian might be the biggest offender though Tommy is catching up quick lately.
    I wouldn't say everything from these houses, but they are certainly offenders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ascotnot View Post
    Above average for a "safe" celebrity scent, competitive with much more expensive autumn/winter fragrances. Nothing "pretentious" about it, especially in context in a forum where pretension oozes from the woodwork, floorboards and ceiling.
    LOL. Winter is almost finished here, but there are still some snowflakes about.

    FWIW, this thread is about the name alone, and isn’t a comment on the quality of the fragrance or the celebrity attached.

    My personal take is that the majority of fragrance names are pretty pretentious, but that goes wit the territory because their raison d’etre is the pretense of luxury or to project some image. There’s a lot of smoke and mirrors in fragrance marketing, and the naming is just one of many pretentious elements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
    LOL. Winter is almost finished here, but there are still some snowflakes about.

    FWIW, this thread is about the name alone, and isn’t a comment on the quality of the fragrance or the celebrity attached.

    My personal take is that the majority of fragrance names are pretty pretentious, but that goes wit the territory because their raison d’etre is the pretense of luxury or to project some image. There’s a lot of smoke and mirrors in fragrance marketing, and the naming is just one of many pretentious elements.
    Exactly. In that context, the concept was expanding toward the logical extreme of encompassing anything not named "Fragrance for Men." I was was trying to bracket the range so the concept made a little more sense.

    I apologize for my insensitive Seasonism. I forgot that you do it a little differently in the southern latitudes.

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    A Lab on Fire:
    And The World is Yours (really?). Amazing orange-blossom perfume but the name... eh.
    What We Do In Paris Is Secret, rather more along the lines of what we had hoped to do and never got there, since we were busy glutting on chocolate raspberry tarts (that is what it smells of).

    The names are pretentious, almost embarrassing considering it is a serious perfume house.
    Once in a while is fine, so many times... a tad crass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Tom Ford Fucking Fabulous
    But isn't that intentional though? I don't know if it counts if they are going that route on purpose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    But isn't that intentional though? I don't know if it counts if they are going that route on purpose.
    Shhhh we hate Tom Ford here since people tend to enjoy his fragrances and it's sold at Nordstroms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CutSmut View Post
    Shhhh we hate Tom Ford here since people tend to enjoy his fragrances and it's sold at Nordstroms.
    Oh. Well yes, that is horrendous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    But isn't that intentional though? I don't know if it counts if they are going that route on purpose.
    Of course. Every perfume name is in fact intentional. I don’t think perfume houses randomly pick them out of a box...
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    I must be odd in that I enjoy most of these crazy fragrance names. I look at them as tongue in cheek names that are meant to do the marketing, by getting people to discuss the silliness of them.

    My one exception is Tom Ford F-Fabulous. It’s not clever at all, so it just crosses into being vulgar IMO. Quentin Tarantino knows how to use profanity in a clever way that I find amusing. Tom Ford does not.

    Having said that, I’d like to give it a sniff some day, if only to see if it’s actually fabulous. Also, I really like a lot of other fragrances from Tom Ford, so it’s nothing against the house, I just don’t find that name to be humorous at all.

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    The name "Upper Class" from Royal Crown is about the most pretentious name I've ever seen, from one of the most pretentious brands I've heard of. Seems like it was made to cater to Instagram influencers and sit on a shelf as a tacky status symbol.
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    another one that is bad, maybe not so much pretentious, but just all around bad....is "I Will Not Disturb You Pour Homme". Actually quite like the fragrance, but just absolutely no clue who decided that would be a good choice for a name...

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    I'm going literal on this one:

    Snob - Le Galion

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Of course. Every perfume name is in fact intentional. I don’t think perfume houses randomly pick them out of a box...
    Ehhhh I'm pretty sure they have a "word wheel" over at Montale. Spin it, throw a dart, add word either before or after Aoud or Musk. A bunch smack of randomly generated names to me:

    Aoud Sense
    Aoud Shiny
    Moon Aoud
    Aoud Ever
    Highness Musk

    Or just combine them for Aoud Musk. I particularly get a kick out of Pretty Fruity and Mix Wood. Can't forget So Iris Intense. They almost sound like translations gone awry.
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    I love Imaginary Authors, and own quite a few of their fragrances. But their names can tend to be pretentious. I think the worst offender is: Every Storm a Serenade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IsoESuperman View Post
    I'm going literal on this one:

    Snob - Le Galion
    I actually love that name and think it's charmingly self-effacing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    I actually love that name and think it's charmingly self-effacing.
    Me too! Snob, and Whip, are such great names. I considered a blind buy based on names alone. Deep down inside, I can be very superficial.
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    You, or Someone Like You (ELDO) strikes me as as too contrived.
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    Imaginary Authors is being intentionally pretentious to take the piss out of the thoroughly subpar contemporary, so-called literary fiction trash that pretends to be actual literature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trilby Lark View Post
    Deep down inside, I can be very superficial.
    You're lucky. I don't even have a deep down inside, just a thin shell of shallow artifice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Krycek View Post
    Imaginary Authors is being intentionally pretentious to take the piss out of the thoroughly subpar contemporary, so-called literary fiction trash that pretends to be actual literature.
    That's the way I've always interpreted them too. A whole house ethos kind of built on sarcasm, but I thought it was aimed at the literary world and the perfume industry. Fortunately, some of their scents are quite good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    I actually love that name and think it's charmingly self-effacing.

    Oh, it's a fantastic name! I just couldn't think of anything literally more pretentious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flathorn View Post
    Io No Ho Mani Che Mi Accarezzino Il Volto by Unum.
    Though calling it Io No Ho might be kind of fun.
    But the phrase is lovely, and the photographs are wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Of course. Every perfume name is in fact intentional. I don’t think perfume houses randomly pick them out of a box...
    Dude. That's not what I meant. First day on the internet? haha
    Not the name, obviously. I mean the decision to land on the a pretentious name for the sole sake of having a pretentious name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flathorn View Post
    Io No Ho Mani Che Mi Accarezzino Il Volto by Unum.
    Though calling it Io No Ho might be kind of fun.
    Long, sure. Pretentious? Nah. Even if it was, it earned it with the quality of the juice!




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