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    Quote Originally Posted by ClockworkAlice View Post
    I wouldn't call anything overrated.
    I just merely don't like some things that are well liked or like some things that a more or less well liked. There are some that are hard to appreciate for me (yet?).
    On the other hand, that's what I think "overrated" means - "most people like it better than me, and I know better than them".
    The thing is, I don't know better.

    I think my opinions are stronger in music, or at least they were when I was younger. You know, Nirvana is sooo overrated and Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains are sooo underrated kind of stuff, doesn't matter that I listen to all of them.
    I like to think I grew out of this at least a bit, but maybe not completely so in areas where I *think* I know better.
    *tries to keep her mouth shut, but yells BEATLES AND PIZZA AND CHEESE ARE OVERRATED and then runs to hide in shame*
    Don´t be so serious!
    Tell those that you think that are hard to appreciate for you!
    That´s it.
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    PS: Beatles? Of course they are overrated. Everybody knows that the Stones are the real thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    Sycomore EDT took some time to come around, once I acquired a taste for other vetivers like Dior Vetiver and Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire, the Chanel's take on vetiver fell into place. Initially I took offense when people around me at work or in casual settings complained that it smelled like weed and pot or just dirty, it caught me by surprise.
    Very few vetivers get so dank that I’d compare them to bud... Terre d’Hermes Eau Intense Vetiver is the exception. The lack of a flint note and the really vegetal take on vetiver means the opening very clearly mimics the smell of a bag of weed that someone has thrown thrown an orange rind in to keep it from drying out. I’d honestly be shocked if the perfumer or their assistants weren’t ripped and giggling to themselves when they made this.

    On topic, this is also overrated. I feel no need to have this when the Parfum and EDT both do a better job and have no shortage of vetiver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceB View Post
    Don´t be so serious!
    Tell those that you think that are hard to appreciate for you!
    That´s it.
    Best,
    BruceB
    PS: Beatles? Of course they are overrated. Everybody knows that the Stones are the real thing
    Fans of Beatles and Stones may break my bones, but I'm more The Doors and Led Zeppelin kind of girl.


    Okay, but only because you asked.

    I find Chanel No. 5 hard to appreciate. And Coco. And No. 19. I wasn't swayed by Chanel masculines either. Actually, I think Chanel just doesn't fit me, or my skin isn't suitable for Chanel. It's just too elegant for me.
    I like Gabrielle and Coco Mademoiselle though, but not enough to want to buy them.

    I find Alien and Aura hard to appreciate, but it's known that all Muglers are very divisive.

    I haven't lost my panties after smelling Aventus. It wasn't bad, but I didn't drop anything.

    I FOUND Shalimar hard to appreciate, I had a horrifying experience trying it the first time (and I expected to love it as all the notes seemed just perfect for me). Now I love it.

    Obsession was very hard to appreciate and was even more horrifying (and I expected to love it), I think retrying it now should be in order.

    Fracas and Carnal Flower are hard to appreciate for me, but I can totally see why others like them.

    I hated Angel at first, now I like it and appreciate it.

    I hated Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea years ago, now I like it very much.

    I found Tobacco Vanille interesting, but absolutely cloying. Same with Black Orchid and Velvet Orchid. I think this sentence applies to almost everything by Tom Ford to me. I loved Noir and Grey Vetiver though.

    I had to scrub off Bottega Veneta because it was too intense to me and gave me a headache.

    Most of Serge Lutens I tried turned very strange on my skin and were easier to appreciate on paper. I think I should retry them after a while.

    I found everything I smelled from Amouage and Dusita hard to appreciate. They were a bit too much for me.

    Everything I smelled from L'Artisan Parfumeur seemed strangely muddy to me and somehow too similar to each other.

    Many people were excited about YSL Libre, I wasn't.

    I didn't like Le Male, but I liked A*Men.

    I'm in the same camp as those who found it hard to appreciate Baccarat Rouge. It wasn't bad or unlikeable to me, I understand why people like it, just thought Pink Sugar is a better bang for the buck. Probably I'm just not seeing something.

    La Petite Robe Noire line is hard to appreciate for me, but it seems to be either loved or hated, so it's probably normal to have either reaction.

    It's hard for me to understand why oud is popular. I understand why some people might like it, but for me it's hard to appreciate.

    I don't think any of things I mentioned are overrated. Maybe except Aventus, it seems to have a very strange cult following here that's hard to even grasp.

    Let's just say my taste is both very questionable and prone to change in unexpected ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClockworkAlice View Post
    I haven't lost my panties after smelling Aventus.
    you could have just stepped out of them though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaern View Post
    you could have just stepped out of them though
    Honestly, didn't even come close to that.

    If we're rating men's fragrances on this factor, L'Erbolario Uomo, L'Erbolario Ginepro Nero, Terre d'Hermes, Eau Sauvage, Fahrenheit, CK One Shock, Bvlgari Man in Black or Burberry London could sway me better. Probably even Acqua Di Gio, too. I didn't find it bad, I just didn't find Aventus otherwordly sexy and that's all. Some people like feet, some people like tentacles, some people like latex or pineapples - to each their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClockworkAlice View Post
    Some people like feet, some people like tentacles, some people like latex or pineapples - to each their own.
    Or all of the above at the same time.

    ...

    I'll show myself out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceB View Post
    Because your sweet vibe, your accurate and precise words and, last but not least, the Susan Sarandon picture
    Best wishes,
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    How kind you are! I appreciate your threads and the thinking they require. Again, I thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nastka View Post
    Or all of the above at the same time.

    ...

    I'll show myself out.

    But it's okay to like many things!

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    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    Sycomore EDT took some time to come around, once I acquired a taste for other vetivers like Dior Vetiver and Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire, the Chanel's take on vetiver fell into place. Initially I took offense when people around me at work or in casual settings complained that it smelled like weed and pot or just dirty, it caught me by surprise.

    Do you have a preference between the After Shave and the EDT spray of Patou Pour Homme?
    I haven’t smelled Sycomore on others but when I smell Encre Noire on others at work, I feel similar associations like your colleagues.

    I have fond memories of the Patou Pour Homme A/S from about 10 years back, it has a sandalwood prominence like Derby. I remember it selling for less than $150 at that time. I have tried the EdT twice and have ended up selling my bottles on both the occasions. Civet and spices create a strong vibe in the EdT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterman View Post
    I find GIT a little bit unspecial. I can't find the fun of this scent. Too sharp.
    I’ll second this.

    Also Bleu de Chanel. The edt in particular.

    Sauvage I wouldn’t wear, but I understand the appeal. Likewise many other fragrances in this vein.

    But I don’t get the Bleu.
    Currently wearing: Pour Un Homme by Caron

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClockworkAlice View Post
    Fans of Beatles and Stones may break my bones, but I'm more The Doors and Led Zeppelin kind of girl.


    Okay, but only because you asked.

    I find Chanel No. 5 hard to appreciate. And Coco. And No. 19. I wasn't swayed by Chanel masculines either. Actually, I think Chanel just doesn't fit me, or my skin isn't suitable for Chanel. It's just too elegant for me.
    I like Gabrielle and Coco Mademoiselle though, but not enough to want to buy them.

    I find Alien and Aura hard to appreciate, but it's known that all Muglers are very divisive.

    I haven't lost my panties after smelling Aventus. It wasn't bad, but I didn't drop anything.

    I FOUND Shalimar hard to appreciate, I had a horrifying experience trying it the first time (and I expected to love it as all the notes seemed just perfect for me). Now I love it.

    Obsession was very hard to appreciate and was even more horrifying (and I expected to love it), I think retrying it now should be in order.

    Fracas and Carnal Flower are hard to appreciate for me, but I can totally see why others like them.

    I hated Angel at first, now I like it and appreciate it.

    I hated Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea years ago, now I like it very much.

    I found Tobacco Vanille interesting, but absolutely cloying. Same with Black Orchid and Velvet Orchid. I think this sentence applies to almost everything by Tom Ford to me. I loved Noir and Grey Vetiver though.

    I had to scrub off Bottega Veneta because it was too intense to me and gave me a headache.

    Most of Serge Lutens I tried turned very strange on my skin and were easier to appreciate on paper. I think I should retry them after a while.

    I found everything I smelled from Amouage and Dusita hard to appreciate. They were a bit too much for me.

    Everything I smelled from L'Artisan Parfumeur seemed strangely muddy to me and somehow too similar to each other.

    Many people were excited about YSL Libre, I wasn't.

    I didn't like Le Male, but I liked A*Men.

    I'm in the same camp as those who found it hard to appreciate Baccarat Rouge. It wasn't bad or unlikeable to me, I understand why people like it, just thought Pink Sugar is a better bang for the buck. Probably I'm just not seeing something.

    La Petite Robe Noire line is hard to appreciate for me, but it seems to be either loved or hated, so it's probably normal to have either reaction.

    It's hard for me to understand why oud is popular. I understand why some people might like it, but for me it's hard to appreciate.

    I don't think any of things I mentioned are overrated. Maybe except Aventus, it seems to have a very strange cult following here that's hard to even grasp.

    Let's just say my taste is both very questionable and prone to change in unexpected ways.
    Im glad I asked!
    What a response! To light a fire.
    Luckily, the song doesnt remain the same.
    Best wishes,
    BruceB

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceB View Post
    Im glad I asked!
    What a response! To light a fire.
    Luckily, the song doesnt remain the same.
    Best wishes,
    BruceB
    I did get some satisfaction both writing it out and reading your lyrical answer!

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    For me, popular scents that I don't think deserve the hype:

    - Anything by Le Labo (I strongly dislike MOST of its scents!)
    - Anything by CREED
    - Sauvage
    - Nasomatto (I just LIKE most of them - not worth $17k per ML, though. Paying for the artisan bottles, maybe?)
    - Most designer fragrances, really

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    Ha. Great list - I agree w/ most, esp. Chanel No. 5. It actually makes me a little gaggy.

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    Based on a number of things I've tried that are from Creed, I kinda feel like a lot of that line is overrated. (Yes..I know that will most likely get me some hate from at least some Basenoters.) Things I've tried by Creed that I dislike include Spring Flower, Love in White, Aventus and that one that supposedly smells like meth. (I can't even remember what it's called now.) Bad, bad, bad, BAD..lol

    Oh, also Shalimar

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickZee View Post
    Encre Noire

    Lalique have made some great fragrances, but somehow this acrid post apocalyptic dry concoction is lauded more than others.
    +1 on this
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    portrait of a lady, smelt like rotten eggs
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    For me its PDM and Amouge. I have a few that I have bought samples prior to FB purchases. I just don't reach for them anymore. Don't know if my taste have changed or I'm being to critical...seem too synthetic these days... not worth the coin anymore. Maybe got caught up in the presentation or something

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    All Creeds

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    This could be a very long list.
    90% of Creeds, Amouage, Clive Christian, Roja and the majority of perfumes from the so called high end "niche" perfumery.

    Modern ones:


    Bleu de Chanel
    Invictus
    Sauvage
    The Chanel Inclusive Line
    Tom Ford perfumes

    And for those who are getting ready to say "i wasn't expecting something else from MM, he only likes vintage stuff" here you are:

    Pascal Morabito Or Black
    Egoiste
    Yatagan
    Shalimar
    M7
    Chanel Nr 5
    Bel Ami
    Dior Homme
    Encre Noir
    Gengis Khan
    Eau Sauvage
    Balafre
    Ettore Bugatti
    Cristobal pour Homme
    Escada Homme
    Francesco Smalto
    Gucci pour Homme (not the GPH I but the vintage one)
    Leonard pour Homme
    Oleg Cassini for Men
    Tiffany for Men
    Pavarotti
    Oscar de La Renta pour Lui
    Richard James
    Sud Est
    Xeryus
    Yohji Homme


    This is what comes in mind at the moment.
    Aventus sint on that list. I haven't forgotten it, i have started to like it (not sooo much to buy a bottle but at least i don't dislike it. The truth is that it is overrated but it is a nice perfume).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monsieur Montana View Post
    Pascal Morabito Or Black
    Egoiste
    Yatagan
    Shalimar
    M7
    Chanel Nr 5
    Bel Ami
    Dior Homme
    Encre Noir
    Gengis Khan
    Eau Sauvage
    Balafre
    Ettore Bugatti
    Cristobal pour Homme
    Escada Homme
    Francesco Smalto
    Gucci pour Homme (not the GPH I but the vintage one)
    Leonard pour Homme
    Oleg Cassini for Men
    Tiffany for Men
    Pavarotti
    Oscar de La Renta pour Lui
    Richard James
    Sud Est
    Xeryus
    Yohji Homme
    Interesting list. There are a bunch in there I sort of agree with: I haven't bought bottles of them. With Bugatti, with the right sample, I think it resonates. Same with No. 5.

    Bel Ami is probably the biggest surprise. I've had mixed feelings about it over the years, sometimes love, sometime indifference, but in the last year I discovered something in the base that has won me over in a big way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monsieur Montana View Post
    This could be a very long list.
    90% of Creeds, Amouage, Clive Christian, Roja and the majority of perfumes from the so called high end "niche" perfumery.

    Modern ones:


    Bleu de Chanel
    Invictus
    Sauvage
    The Chanel Inclusive Line
    Tom Ford perfumes

    And for those who are getting ready to say "i wasn't expecting something else from MM, he only likes vintage stuff" here you are:

    Pascal Morabito Or Black
    Egoiste
    Yatagan
    Shalimar
    M7
    Chanel Nr 5
    Bel Ami
    Dior Homme
    Encre Noir
    Gengis Khan
    Eau Sauvage
    Balafre
    Ettore Bugatti
    Cristobal pour Homme
    Escada Homme
    Francesco Smalto
    Gucci pour Homme (not the GPH I but the vintage one)
    Leonard pour Homme
    Oleg Cassini for Men
    Tiffany for Men
    Pavarotti
    Oscar de La Renta pour Lui
    Richard James
    Sud Est
    Xeryus
    Yohji Homme


    This is what comes in mind at the moment.
    Aventus sint on that list. I haven't forgotten it, i have started to like it (not sooo much to buy a bottle but at least i don't dislike it. The truth is that it is overrated but it is a nice perfume).
    Oh la la!!!!!!

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    I probably haven't been around here long enough to have a fair opinion on this (I don't know what half the fragrances mentioned in this thread smell like. . .)

    . . .but man, I don't get the cultish fetishization of Aventus. Don't get me wrong, I own it, I wear it sometimes, and I really like it. But after spending some time reading through the Aventus forum on here, as well as 'the Aventus Lounge' on Facebook, I just don't find it supremely amazing enough to consider it 'the king,' and can't wrap my head around the obsession with finding "grail batches." There are just too many other good frags to enjoy. . .in my opinion, of course.

    Will I get hate mail for this?

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    Creed Aventus; Chanel masculines, Lancome's, Montale's.

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    Creeds (I am a creed atheist in my collection, except for Bois du Portugal)

    Rive Gauche

    Egoiste

    the old M7 (the opening is too crazy)
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    Creed Aventus.
    Creed Royal Oud.

    However I love most of other Creeds not named above.
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    I don't understand the hype behind Dolce & Gabbana The One.
    I've tried it a few times, and did not find any stage of the fragrance to be particularly enjoyable.
    To me, it seemed really okay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PartySnake View Post
    I don't understand the hype behind Dolce & Gabbana The One.
    I've tried it a few times, and did not find any stage of the fragrance to be particularly enjoyable.
    To me, it seemed really okay.
    Of the times that I did wear it, I had several individuals thought it smelled great which I can see this at all. Same could be said with Aventus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PartySnake View Post
    I've tried it a few times, and did not find any stage of the fragrance to be particularly enjoyable.
    Likewise.
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    Pretty much all vintage versions of current cult fragrances, with a few excepcions (like Shalimar, White Diamonds, Dune, the wonderful Must or Égoïste).




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