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    Hello everyone, Zhang Fan here. I thought this might be a fun topic. Do you have any fragrance opinions which most other members would disagree with? What are they?

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    Not necessarily controversial, but I quite like low brow synthetic aromachemicals. I enjoy ambroxan and ISO E Super, I really like dihydromyrcenol and have no problem with calone or ozonics. I like me some aquatics, even if it makes me the fragsnob equivalent of the unwashed PBR swilling hoi polloi.

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    Not sure if it would be thought of as controversial but I don't believe that fragrances have seasons while others do. I will wear a given fragrance at any time of year.
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    I love Hammam Bouquet TOO much. It is not normal.

    I hate classics such as Egoiste, Heritage, Rive Gauche.
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    well, yes --- they are just too cheap

    c'mon -- put the prices up a bit -- I want more 'luxury'

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    Lots of poison in fragrance that could possible give you cancer or worse. Like all addicts, people choose to ignore this, only able to think about their next fix.

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    Among others:

    - not liking certain niche scents (if Eau de Campagne by Sisley can be considered niche) very much and also a few designer classics like Kouros and ADG,

    - instead happening to enjoy a few rather obscure or even slightly antiquated smelling vintages like G-Man by Gainsboro, several Marbert and Lancetti, to name only a few
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    I only apply fragrance on clothes, never on skin. That is somewhat unusual for people here as I think there are strong health reasons not to ever put fragrance on skin.
    FYI: I spray all fragrances on clothing, never on skin.

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    - Platinum Egoiste (current formulation) is much more better than Egoiste (any formulation).
    - Vintage fetishes...
    - Etc.
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    A controversial opinion would be that many of the fragrance opinions on here are only based on the opinion of another's opinion.
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    My two most controversial opinions are that I think Tobacco Vanille smells gross, and I just do not like Green Irish Tweed. I find the vanilla and tobacco notes clash, are two separate waves that do not blend but instead fight each other and crash together. For GIT, I keep trying it thinking there must be a reason people like it, but it smells like algae rotting on the beach to me. I probably just dislike aquatics.
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    I wear Aventus often and unapologetically regardless of what is going on in the FragComm/bros/haters. Is that in itself controversial? It shouldn’t be but, it can and has previously sparked heated discussion.

    I love Bois du Portugal although I think Frank Sinatra didn’t even know what it was.

    I like Green Irish Tweed very much and wear it to this day but still think Cool Water was conceptualised, put together and started being sold before anyone called Creed knew anything about GIT regardless of what anyone tells me or what the Osmotheque says about it.
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    I think that Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce (2002) is actually really elegant and respectable--suitable for all ages, not just teenagers
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    Quote Originally Posted by morning light View Post
    I think that Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce (2002) is actually really elegant and respectable--suitable for all ages, not just teenagers
    Never smelled it, but given it constantly draws comparisons to Legend and Percival that isn’t a great shock to me. I feel quite similarly about Legend, anyone can pull it off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reventon View Post
    Not necessarily controversial, but I quite like low brow synthetic aromachemicals. I enjoy ambroxan and ISO E Super, I really like dihydromyrcenol and have no problem with calone or ozonics. I like me some aquatics, even if it makes me the fragsnob equivalent of the unwashed PBR swilling hoi polloi.

    Avantgarde tasting menus have their place, but sometimes I just want a f**kin cheeseburger
    I agree with you on the caveat that today's aromachems are used judiciously and creatively. There is 5000% more artistry going on in a bottle of Bleu de Chanel or even Azzaro Wanted than in the seventh son of a seventh son flanker to Invictus (even if the original is good). I've tasted really good mass appeal chemical stews (Missoni Parfum pour Homme), and tasted really terrible ones (Spicebomb Night Vision).

    People seem to forget oakmoss and musk was "abused" much the same way when R&D was low for a fragrance, because many of my vintage Avons become pretty much -just- oakmoss after they dry down. Key difference obviously being that naked oakmoss smells objectively better than naked (Ethoxymethoxy)cyclododecane a.k.a. Amberwood F

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheik Yerbouti View Post
    I wear Aventus often and unapologetically regardless of what is going on in the FragComm/bros/haters. Is that in itself controversial? It shouldn’t be but, it can and has previously sparked heated discussion.

    I love Bois du Portugal although I think Frank Sinatra didn’t even know what it was.

    I like Green Irish Tweed very much and wear it to this day but still think Cool Water was conceptualised, put together and started being sold before anyone called Creed knew anything about GIT regardless of what anyone tells me or what the Osmotheque says about it.
    I hear tons of things about what Frankie supposedly wore. Some say Yardley English Lavender, others say Fragonard Zizanie. I think more celebs need their wardrobes cataloged for historical posterity! (Just kidding)

    Like what you like, love what you love man! I shamelessly wear all my fragrance loves right on my sleeve! Let'em come get a sock on the nose by something other than sillage if they mean to make quarrel over it (which itself seems a silly thing to proclaim but here we are). The 3 Creeds you named happen to be my 3 favorites too!

    Quote Originally Posted by morning light View Post
    I think that Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce (2002) is actually really elegant and respectable--suitable for all ages, not just teenagers
    It just suffered from overexposure, literally coming from every A&F storefront doorway back in the day.

    I guess if I had a controversial opinion about fragrances it is that people put too much weight in luxury aspect of them; the price and provenance of either the perfumer or ingredients, the exclusivity, the heaviness or material composition of the bottles or cap, and the raw performance. It's very much like shoe instagrammers, "I have the loudest, rarest, most expensive and exotic perfume ever! It cost me $2000, contains real angel's tears, and was composed by the last living descendant of the pharaoh Ramses II a month before his death on a trip to produce the Golden Fleece, which lines the Pandora's Box that houses the bottle".

    Meanwhile I'm like "dude, IDGAF... does it smell good????"
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    No, not controversial, just ordinary preference stuff like not caring for citrus or heavy gourmands.

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    Perhaps vintage Chanel Antaeus
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    Eternity Eau de Parfum is way better than the EDT
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    I agree with you on the caveat that today's aromachems are used judiciously and creatively. There is 5000% more artistry going on in a bottle of Bleu de Chanel or even Azzaro Wanted than in the seventh son of a seventh son flanker to Invictus (even if the original is good). I've tasted really good mass appeal chemical stews (Missoni Parfum pour Homme), and tasted really terrible ones.
    Of course. I like garlic.

    I do not want a garlic milkshake (lookin at you, Mont Blanc Legend Night!)
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    Very few perfumes actually smell bad.

    On the other hand, hyperbole is pretty entertaining and it’s much more amusing to rip into scents that one feels the slightest bit critical of.
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    I may be the oddball here. I feel too many fragrances are crammed with bergamot and / or jasmine. To me, these notes can completely take over, obscure the other notes, in some perfumes. I can only take so much, of either of these notes. Tuberose too, can obliterate other notes in a scent from beginning to end. And, I LIKE tuberose, in moderation. Bergamot and jasmine, I can take or leave. Just my opinion.
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    This opinion might not be unpopular per se, but I think it's unpopular here. I think overspraying is just as bad as insufficient hygiene. I like strong and loud perfumes around too, but there is such thing as too much of a good thing in my opinion, and even the best scent can get irritating and headache-and-tears-inducing for everyone around if overapplied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceB View Post
    - Platinum Egoiste (current formulation) is much more better than Egoiste (any formulation).
    - Vintage fetishes...
    - Etc.
    I really dislike Egoiste. Probably won't go down well here @ Basenotes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Man Of The World View Post
    I really dislike Egoiste. Probably won't go down well here @ Basenotes.
    We are both Egoiste haters! I've finally found a brother!
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    Quote Originally Posted by andrei bolkonsky View Post
    we are both egoiste haters! I've finally found a brother!
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    That the drydown of Feuille Verte smells like fresh baby diapers.
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    There are definitely classics that I dislike - a lot of the old school barbershop type of fragrances don't do it for me at all. Bois du Portugal and Rive Gauche come to mind.

    I think post 2014-2015 Aventus batch variation talk is largely crazy. I know there's a pretty big difference between pre and post reformulation, but the more modern Aventus all pretty much smells the same IMO (I've owned or smelled 14L01, 16L01, 15X21, 17X01, 17Y01, 18B01, 18B11, 18D02, 19P11 and for the most part they smell like the same Aventus).

    Many offerings from MFK are unwearable in most scenarios and it makes the house a non starter for me from a full bottle situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man Of The World View Post
    I really dislike Egoiste. Probably won't go down well here @ Basenotes.
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    - Chanel No5 is horrible
    - Mancera/Montale need to stop making fragrances because they all smell significantly synthetic
    - Roja Dove seems to just copy pre-existing fragrances, albeit with much higher quality (and I love the house)
    - Ensar is a petty narcissistic assclown

    - Aventus overall isn't that good. It has a very unique and inviting opening then becomes "just nice" as it dries down. Seems to be for individuals who are just hell bent on getting a compliment. It's the "Rolex" of fragrances. Expensive, discussed way too much, and not even the best at what it does.
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    Fahrenheit. Mere words cannot express my loathing




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