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    I also cannot stand Chanel N5
    La Vie est Belle (which is EVERYWHERE) - makes me want to vomit violently every time I smell it

    Montale - i find all of it monstrous

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    Anything by Roja Dove.
    I find everything in his life extremely generic, overpriced and totally pretentious.

    Also Creed, Montale, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avo1811 View Post
    no, but maybe instead try to understand why you dont love it rather than why everyone else loves it, that way you might know what you like/dislike for future reference and can avoid whatever it is that you arent a fan of.
    This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiberije View Post
    Terre D Hermes
    Everything by Tauer (especially that chemical mess Marrocan desert)
    Timbuktu and Dzongkha by L’Artisan (another Super ISO E bombs )
    Grey Vetiver
    Everything by Comme D’Garsons

    Pretty much everything that has Super ISO E that people like to mistake for Cedar. Worst chemical ever used in fragrances.


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    I understand one may not like a few frags from a given house (TdH, Dzongkha, Timbuktu, TF Grey Vetiver), because of some notes , like Iso-E. (even if in these case, the noticeable common note they all share one with the other is vetiver, more than iso-E, but that's not the point - personally I can't spot any "cedar/iso-E" in any of these, except maybe in TdH)

    That said, stating that one dislikes "everything from CdG and Tauer" seems to me more a hate towards the hype these houses receive, more than a real hate for some fragrances. Indeed, with the huge offering of both these houses, it's hardly believeable that one cannot find at least a couple of frags to - at least - like... I'm pretty sure that in blind test in the middle of many other frags, anyone would.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpacePirate View Post
    Anything by Roja Dove.
    I find everything in his life extremely generic, overpriced and totally pretentious.

    Also Creed, Montale, etc.
    Same comment as my previous one: not understanding a frag is a thing, not understanding a whole house seems more a hate towards the hype some houses receive, or the brand image they give. Hard to believe that one can't not find at least one thing to like in houses that have 20-30 (Roja, Creed) and ~130 (Montale) frags currently on the market.

    That said, on the overpriced and pretentious aspects of some houses, I couldn't agree more with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy the frenchy View Post
    Hard to believe that one can't find at least one thing to like in houses that have 20-30 (Roja, Creed) and ~130 (Montale) frags currently on the market.
    I went to a Creed event at Neiman Marcus and tried to find one scent I liked. I failed. Now, I didn’t try every single fragrance, but at some point, a house style may just be a barrier to a given person’s enjoyment.

    Still, I don’t think it would be fair for me to say I don’t understand why people like Creed. I mean, on a certain level, I clearly don’t, but I figure what people like about it is precisely the thing I don’t like, whatever that is (I haven’t isolated it). I rag on GIT for fun, but given that it’s probably my least favorite Creed of all I’ve tried, I suspect that actually explains why other people like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    I went to a Creed event at Neiman Marcus and tried to find one scent I liked. I failed. Now, I didn’t try every single fragrance, but at some point, a house style may just be a barrier to a given person’s enjoyment.

    Still, I don’t think it would be fair for me to say I don’t understand why people like Creed. I mean, on a certain level, I clearly don’t, but I figure what people like about it is precisely the thing I don’t like, whatever that is (I haven’t isolated it). I rag on GIT for fun, but given that it’s probably my least favorite Creed of all I’ve tried, I suspect that actually explains why other people like it.
    Creed is far from being my favourite house, but still, I cannot deny that they know how to make quality blend. But as you said, stating that "does not understand why others like Creed" makes that person's general opinion on fragrances questionable.

    Should we have been talking about Byredo (from a man point of view), I may have been able to agree, but Creed, really, I find such statement a little laughable. Same from Montale... Really, not a single one over ~130 frags? C'mon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy the frenchy View Post
    I understand one may not like a few frags from a given house (TdH, Dzongkha, Timbuktu, TF Grey Vetiver), because of some notes , like Iso-E. (even if in these case, the noticeable common note they all share one with the other is vetiver, more than iso-E, but that's not the point - personally I can't spot any "cedar/iso-E" in any of these, except maybe in TdH)

    That said, stating that one dislikes "everything from CdG and Tauer" seems to me more a hate towards the hype these houses receive, more than a real hate for some fragrances. Indeed, with the huge offering of both these houses, it's hardly believeable that one cannot find at least a couple of frags to - at least - like... I'm pretty sure that in blind test in the middle of many other frags, anyone would.
    I tried 5-6 Fragrances from CdG and Tauer and they are chemical smellling and off putting.
    Letís put it this way if colognes donít smell natural I donít use them and donít like them.
    Fact that you canít spot iso e in fragrances mentioned above just means it doesnít bother you. It bothers me to the point of allergy and I canít smell it without checking the notes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy the frenchy View Post
    Creed is far from being my favourite house, but still, I cannot deny that they know how to make quality blend.
    Exactly.

    Should we have been talking about Byredo (from a man point of view), I may have been able to agree…
    Without passing judgment on the abilities of the folks at Byredo, I will say my experience there has been similar to Creed: I’ve tried to find one I like, and thus far come up empty. My tastes are not theirs. No harm, no foul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    I went to a Creed event at Neiman Marcus and tried to find one scent I liked. I failed. Now, I didnít try every single fragrance, but at some point, a house style may just be a barrier to a given personís enjoyment.

    Still, I donít think it would be fair for me to say I donít understand why people like Creed. I mean, on a certain level, I clearly donít, but I figure what people like about it is precisely the thing I donít like, whatever that is (I havenít isolated it). I rag on GIT for fun, but given that itís probably my least favorite Creed of all Iíve tried, I suspect that actually explains why other people like it.
    I'm no Creed fanboy, but thanks to some gracious folks, I've been able to try some vintage Creed stuff and the difference between the Creed of yesteryear and the Creed of today is pretty significant. The Creed reputation for quality didn't begin with Aventus; if anything that was the beginning of the end.

    Even so, I still wouldn't turn my nose up at a current bottle of Bois du Portugal. One of the best-ever classic masculines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy the frenchy View Post
    This.

    Hey Avo, great SOTD btw!
    Thanks!

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    Baccarat Rouge 540, anyone who likes it is the equivalent of a deaf person having a favourite record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    I'm no Creed fanboy, but thanks to some gracious folks, I've been able to try some vintage Creed stuff and the difference between the Creed of yesteryear and the Creed of today is pretty significant. The Creed reputation for quality didn't begin with Aventus; if anything that was the beginning of the end.

    Even so, I still wouldn't turn my nose up at a current bottle of Bois du Portugal. One of the best-ever classic masculines.
    I didn't even know about the whole Cult of Aventus until I started hanging out here. It's not one of the scents I tried, but I have to say I have no desire to smell like a pineapple.

    Of course, I'm open to finding a Creed I do like, new or old—I might adore Bois du Portugal. (And then there's vintage Tabarome…) But given Creed's price point, I'd be just as happy not to. I have a fair selection of classics already, at least for a beginner, and I've barely started in on niche stuff. Sanity requires that I draw the line somewhere, even if that somewhere is capricious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfinz8 View Post
    Baccarat Rouge 540, anyone who likes it is the equivalent of a deaf person having a favourite record.
    Honestly, this just makes me want to blind-buy a bottle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    I didn't even know about the whole Cult of Aventus until I started hanging out here. It's not one of the scents I tried, but I have to say I have no desire to smell like a pineapple.

    Of course, I'm open to finding a Creed I do like, new or oldóI might adore Bois du Portugal. (And then there's vintage TabaromeÖ) But given Creed's price point, I'd be just as happy not to. I have a fair selection of classics already, at least for a beginner, and I've barely started in on niche stuff. Sanity requires that I draw the line somewhere, even if that somewhere is capricious.
    Given what you've said elsewhere, Bois du Portugal might be your cup of tea.

    FWIW, I don't own any bottles of Creed and wouldn't spend my own money on the brand. I have no enthusiasm for the house as it currently stands. But I appreciate that the Creed of two decades ago is not the Creed of today.

    I scratch my Bois du Portugal itch with Lalique Pour Homme EDP (also known as Lalique Lion), which walks along a similar path to Bois du Portugal, but forges its own identity and is a lovely fragrance in its own right.

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    So many, where does one even begin...
    But then you say, "there is no accounting for taste."

    Reminds me of something M. Ellena said:
    "When you know nothing about perfumery, you fall in love with everything. It's the same with women."
    (https://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/a...mes-interview/) (tongue in cheek, folks)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    Given what you've said elsewhere, Bois du Portugal might be your cup of tea.
    God dammit…

    FWIW, I don't own any bottles of Creed and wouldn't spend my own money on the brand. I have no enthusiasm for the house as it currently stands. But I appreciate that the Creed of two decades ago is not the Creed of today.
    Well, I have a 75 ml bottle of GIT Millťsime 2002 that I received as a very generous gift. Alas, I didn't care for it when I got it, and when I tried it again recently to see if I'd "matured into it," I determined that I had not. So, this baby is destined for the BN Marketplace.

    I scratch my Bois du Portugal itch with Lalique Pour Homme EDP (also known as Lalique Lion), which walks along a similar path to Bois du Portugal, but forges its own identity and is a lovely fragrance in its own right.
    See, now, I went ahead and picked Equus to try out. Shows what I know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiberije View Post
    I tried 5-6 Fragrances from CdG and Tauer and they are chemical smellling and off putting.
    Let’s put it this way if colognes don’t smell natural I don’t use them and don’t like them.
    Fact that you can’t spot iso e in fragrances mentioned above just means it doesn’t bother you. It bothers me to the point of allergy and I can’t smell it without checking the notes.


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    Aramis, Spicebomb, Azzaro, all Michael Kors, Coach, and that ghastly Armani Code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    See, now, I went ahead and picked Equus to try out. Shows what I know!
    The good news is that they're cheap enough that it's easy enough to own both Lalique PH EDP *and* Equus!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    See, now, I went ahead and picked Equus to try out. Shows what I know!
    The good news is that they're cheap enough that it's easy enough to own both Lalique PH EDP *and* Equus!
    Don't I know it! With FragranceNet's coupon prices, the stuff was darned near free. I went with Equus, Encre Noire, Bentley Intense, and a sample of Hommage ŗ l'Homme. I figure at some point I can make another pass. But I haven't tried any of those yet because I'm still in a vintage survey phase, so I'm cooling my jets for the moment. Anyway, this is all OT.

    Bottom line on the topic is, I think not understanding why someone loves a fragrance would be like not understanding why someone's preferences in anything might be different from mine. I'm just not that close to the center of the universe.
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    None. Every pot has (or should have) a lid.
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    all of the pdm line, it's not that they're so awful smelling I can't bear to smell them but to hear the talk on fb this lines got some of the all time best. To me at best they are so absolutely middling and forgettable.
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    Have to agree with LADDM. I tried. I tried so hard to enjoy this masterpiece of a scent that would take me on an olfactory journey through the Moroccan desert. But I couldn't. Didn't work for me at all. I love some of Tauer's other fragrances (particularly Incense Rose, Une Rose Chypree, some Tauerville stuff like Vanilla Flash and Patch Flash) but I couldn't get with LADDM. Need to try Au Couer du Desert to see if that suits me better.

    The house of Zoologist in general. Haven't tried a single fragrance from them that I've enjoyed.

    Black Phantom. I love gourmands, but Black Phantom was one of the biggest disappointments in that regard that I've smelt, and ridiculously overpriced to boot. The whole By Killian house is overrated and overpriced in my book. Just give me my Single Malt and Light My Fire and throw the rest out.

    Many from the house of Chanel. Egoiste? Meh. Pour Monsieur? Meh. Antaeus? Pretty good actually. Overall, though, I'd pick Dior over Chanel any day.

    Finally...the house of Creed. Sure, they have some good fragrances. Royal Oud, Viking, Tabarome Milliseme, Erolfa, all enjoyable. And of course, despite it all, Aventus is good as well. But their pricing and their business model is utterly ludicrous. The fragrances are good, for the most part, but nothing warrants $400+, especially since their performance is overall piss poor. The only Creed bottle I would ever even consider buying would be Royal Oud or Viking (which is highly underrated imo, as is Royal Mayfair), and only at a steep discount.

    So many from Montale and Mancera. Cedrat Boise gives me a massive headache and some of the Aouds should be classified as chemical weapons. That said, I do enjoy many from both houses - Honey Aoud, Intense Cafe, Hindu Kush, Black Gold, Sand Aoud, and a few more. At their worst, though, they are truly awful.

    Ambre Sultan and Vetiver Oriental...I am an admirer of Serge Lutens but these were unwearable for me.

    Tuscan Leather and to a lesser extent Tobacco Vanille. I like Tobacco Vanille alright, though it wouldn't be my first choice for a tobacco fragrance. I hate the Tuscan Leather DNA though and deeply dislike it and its imitators.

    Rive Gauche and M7. Both nice fragrances, but both unworthy of cultlike devotion.
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    I don't get the love of Aventus. Maybe it's because it doesn't do a thing for me, on my husband, nor does it smell terrific on My skin either.
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    Aventus. It's not that I think it's bad (I do, but me not liking something doesn't make it bad) that makes me scratch my head, but the observation that this weird fragrance is loved by so many who have undeveloped noses.




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