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    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    Overrated = “Things I can’t understand why other people like”

    I don’t like Yatagan, but I can see why someone else would. So, not overrated.

    I dislike Encre Noire less than I dislike Yatagan, but I can’t understand what it is about Encre Noire that people like. So, overrated.

    But then, calling things overrated is overrated.
    Overrated: "Things I understand why other people like but there seems to be a general consensus about those parfums that I don´t share. And in a totally playful, gratuitous and respectful way, I say what I think about that".
    And Im not talking about people taste. Im talking about parfums.
    What it is overrated, is calling overrated what other people do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    I make a terrible guru. I can't even fold my legs in yoga-style without getting a cramp.
    But at least you´ll get a cramp smelling good
    Best,
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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.

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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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