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    Default Trashy Fragrances Done Well - Appreciation Thread

    Does anyone else feel that this is a sub-category of fragrance that deserves to be acknowledged and appreciated, or even celebrated? By '"trashy fragrances done well" I mean fragrances that smell 'cheap' in an impressionistic type of way, but are actually solidly or skillfully composed and therefore stand apart from much of the mainstream crap that smells simultaneously cheap but also terrible. Some good ones that I have come across:

    Hanae Mori Butterfly - I discovered this gem when I got a free sample with a Fragrancenet purchase. I had low expectations and was delightfully surprised with this wonderfully trashy fragrance. Katie Puckrik called it "stripper perfume" - she's right, and it's great. It can also be found at discounters for very cheap so worth owning even if you never wear it - some day it will be discontinued or reformulated. Also worth checking out if you like vanilla.

    l'Artisan Parfumeur Vanilia - long discontinued but wonderfully trashy due to its high dose of ethylmaltol, a.k.a. candyfloss.

    Lancome Tresor - The original guide refers to this one as a trashy pink mohair sweater-type fragrance

    The Different Company Nuit Magnetique - The new guide says it smells simultaneously cheap and expensive and I agree; great fragrance but a lot more pricey.

    Jean-Paul Gaultier Madame - I smelled this at Sephora when it came out in 2009 and I was just starting to become seriously interested in perfume. I remember it had a wonderfully trashy orange/tangerine accord. I just found a cheap decant on eBay so looking forward to revisiting it.

    Heeley Bubblegum Chic - Really smells like bubblegum, quite loud and brash. Good stuff, but expensive.

    Do you have any favorites in this category? I imagine Tocade could also be a strong contender but I have never smelled this one. If there are any masculine contenders, please do share those as well.
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    Among the masculines, possibly the bubblegum like yet also boozy cherry tobacco sweet note in the very inexpensive CK One Shock.
    Hardly any other notes being more mundane, commonplace, easy to render and likely to be complimented, yet the result is not as cheap smelling nor low performance or boring as likely expected and perhaps true fragrance art also requires to convey such notes aptly, skillfully and likable on a budget.
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    Great idea for a thread.

    I own one that I think falls in this category: Sex Appeal for Men by Jovan.
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    One Man Show by Jacques Bogart (1980) A castoreum bomb of toxic male overcompensation, but it works well as a balsam fir and cyclamen green scent too.

    Estée Lauder Youth Dew (1953) The original "naughty housewife" fragrance full of patchouli, civet, indoles, and care tossed to the wind. Come hither in a bottle.
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    Default Re: Trashy Fragrances Done Well - Appreciation Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    ...true fragrance art also requires to convey such notes aptly, skillfully and likable on a budget.
    Agreed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I own one that I think falls in this category: Sex Appeal for Men by Coty.
    Sounds like a dead ringer!

    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    One Man Show by Jacques Bogart (1980) A castoreum bomb of toxic male overcompensation, but it works well as a balsam fir and cyclamen green scent too.

    Estée Lauder Youth Dew (1953) The original "naughty housewife" fragrance full of patchouli, civet, indoles, and care tossed to the wind. Come hither in a bottle.
    If there's some versatility that's definitely a bonus. I lot of trashy fragrances I love don't have this aspect unfortunately. Haven't smelled Youth Dew in a while but I also have trouble with civet. Great fragrance though - hopefully it hasn't been messed with too much over the years.
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    Great thread, Wingie!

    My list would include Bogart Silver Scent. It smells like a downtown perfume shop full of cheapies and dupes, or the air freshener in the shop next door but I like it--and I like it because of that. And I bought it because of that. Evelyne Boulanger did the Pure version, which smells very similar but with a freshened up top of citric grapefruit.
    Also, Salvador Dali Laguna (Mark Buxton) in the same way.
    A couple by Montale, Red Aoud and Fruits of the Musk (especially) are in the same category for me.
    Honorable mention, Thallium by Yves de Sistelle.
    These are all guilty pleasures for me.

    I may be missing the point but I feel sad to see Lancome Tresor on a 'trashy' list. It simply doesn't smell cheap to me in any way. Of course, this is subjective. Even though I realize that it may have been overexposed/overworn or became too popular for its own good. However, Sophia Grojsman's technical innovations in creating novel accords are well recognized, including in this one, which made the job of many other perfumers easier.

    Also, ck one Shock for men is great but I think it was not packaged and marketed right and it's really a disaster to have wasted something like that.
    A special shout out for Sex Appeal. Jovan had so many treasures in the 70s when inexpensive things were made in such high quality. I can't get over those memories.
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    Personally don't consider any fragrances I choose to own trashy. Inexpensive - sure and I have many of those.
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    Ungaro III Oud - Halfway between a Tom Ford "man of mystery" leather perfume and an Andy Tauer "motor oil" leather perfume, this thing is a wild, niche-y creation put together on a drugstore perfume budget.

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    JPG Fleur du Male - harsh, synthetic, loud, obnoxious powdery bomb with beast mode projection that cries out for attention ten feet away. I used to wear it when clubbing but those days are long gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renaissance_Man View Post
    I may be missing the point but I feel sad to see Lancome Tresor on a 'trashy' list. It simply doesn't smell cheap to me in any way. Of course, this is subjective.
    Same. I'm trying to understand the concept of trashy in the context of the op. An over the top, perhaps synthetic, sweetness? A guilty pleasure? Possessing a reputation the wearer has trouble getting past, despite liking the fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Personally don't consider any fragrances I choose to own trashy. Inexpensive - sure and I have many of those.
    Same! If I smell something and "trashy" is an adjective that comes to my mind, that means it's a no go. Maybe that means I've just not had the experience op is describing; in my mind, trashy is never a good thing but it's also a pejorative so there is that.

    There are some fragrances that I stopped wearing because they'd ceased to be enjoyable for me, but that was because of how they projected on me; I'd call them over the top. Too much. One of them was Tocade, as it happens. (The other was Tabu.... Read up on its history, if you're not already familiar, and draw your own conclusions as far as that one is concerned, ha.)
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    Since the house of Tom Ford was mentioned, quite a few TF scents do have a reputation here among BN contributors as designer/designer exclusive/niche tier renditions of fragrances themes and styles that showy, extroverted, loud, over the top and statement making that they border on (albeit exclusively and interestingly rendered) trashiness.

    Have noticed this allegation to be somewhat true, irrespective of the gender, both within the vintage and current, the designer and designer exclusively/niche lines, particularly Black Orchid plus a few Black Orchid flankers, the extreme/intense versions of some of the masculines, some of their Ouds and a with few more TFs along these lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Great idea for a thread.

    I own one that I think falls in this category: Sex Appeal for Men by Jovan.
    My early college sweetheart said this one is the sexiest perfume ever, she bought me one I tried to wear it and wasn't impressed, can't remember the scent though.
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    How is it trashy if it's well composed? I don't get it, but my initial thought reading the title was:

    Secretions Magnifiques, it's a very deep perfume with different cold and warm facets all dancing and none overshadowing another, but the notes aren't the most appealing, smells like a dog orgy...
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    Also M/Mink, Zoologist Bat and BeauFort Tonnerre. Fall into this masterfully done nightmare category. (no I won't call them trash)
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    Ahh yes, well done trashy scents are fun! I agree on nominating Tresor in this category, and as far as I remember, Paris also fits the description: Pink, loud, sweet, and bright. There's something about some of these big, blowsy rose scents that does it for me.

    Perhaps I'm going to be chased out of town for saying this, but some days Samsara EdP also strikes me as a tad trashy. It's certainly no wallflower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renaissance_Man View Post
    I may be missing the point but I feel sad to see Lancome Tresor on a 'trashy' list. It simply doesn't smell cheap to me in any way.
    This thread was intended to be fun so please don't take my impressions too personally! Tresor is a great scent, and I absolutely agree Grojsman is an incredibly skilled perfumer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnyfunny View Post
    Same. I'm trying to understand the concept of trashy in the context of the op. An over the top, perhaps synthetic, sweetness? A guilty pleasure? Possessing a reputation the wearer has trouble getting past, despite liking the fragrance?

    There are some fragrances that I stopped wearing because they'd ceased to be enjoyable for me, but that was because of how they projected on me; I'd call them over the top. Too much. One of them was Tocade, as it happens. (The other was Tabu.... Read up on its history, if you're not already familiar, and draw your own conclusions as far as that one is concerned, ha.)
    Not everyone may identify with the theme of trashy fragrances done well and that's fine! It is subjective and paradoxical, and I acknowledge the term 'trashy' is a strong, somewhat stigmatized term, so it may be difficult to see as complimentary, or having positive connotations in the context of fragrance. I have never tried Tabu so looked it up in the original guide and it was called a "cheap oriental" - given your experience with this one and Tocade, I think you may have identified some great trashy fragrances done well!

    Quote Originally Posted by yellowtone View Post
    Ahh yes, well done trashy scents are fun! I agree on nominating Tresor in this category, and as far as I remember, Paris also fits the description: Pink, loud, sweet, and bright. There's something about some of these big, blowsy rose scents that does it for me.

    Perhaps I'm going to be chased out of town for saying this, but some days Samsara EdP also strikes me as a tad trashy. It's certainly no wallflower.
    Ah, thank you for having the courage to bring up Guerlain here! I had also been thinking about Insolence, another one I have never tried. LT said of the eau de parfum: "Guerlain has finally decided that this thing should not even try to be classy and has embraced it as the most deliciously vulgar perfume on the market today". Sounds great - and I have yet to smell a good, trashy violet!
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    Etat Libre d'Orange's BENDELIRIOUS. The EauMG blog called it a "sleazy iris." Cherry Coke / cough syrup / cheap champagne opening. Mwah!
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    Glad to see that several Bogart fragrances are also featured-in a good way.

    For instance, since One Man Show is mentioned, its flanker Gold Edition goes even a step further, being slightly raunchy, sweaty, animalic but also with sweet fruits at once and still oddly pleasant even with (or maybe precisely because of) its nuclear projection and longevity.

    Like not giving a damn about style, breaking nearly any socially acceptable, behavioral and dress code but without becoming bad at it, rather making a statement and fully, successfully assuming its provocative role. Gaudy, loud, powerhouse, bold, extroverted and uncompromisingly proud, bordering on vain and showy about it.
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    Paul Smith London comes to mind. Ultra synthetic, but somehow quite unique and interesting.

    In my view, Costume National as a fragrance house represents this aesthetics very well.

    Oh! And certainly Kemi Blending Magic Aurum. It's just way way too much. Candied ultra sweet strawberries, chocolate and vanilla. But for some reason I enjoy smelling this when home alone. There is something great about this and I don't quite understand it. Because it is admittedly a bit ridiculous in its gaudy overindulgence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingie View Post
    Ah, thank you for having the courage to bring up Guerlain here! I had also been thinking about Insolence, another one I have never tried. LT said of the eau de parfum: "Guerlain has finally decided that this thing should not even try to be classy and has embraced it as the most deliciously vulgar perfume on the market today". Sounds great - and I have yet to smell a good, trashy violet!
    I forgot about that one, it absolutely fits the brief! And I think it was very much intended to be tongue in cheek; it's a riff on a Guerlain classic (L'Heure Bleue) + high pitched violets and a massive dose of hairspray on top. It smells like what I imagine walking into an 80s dressing room must have felt like, it kind of hits you in the eyes first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CapriDog View Post
    JPG Fleur du Male - harsh, synthetic, loud, obnoxious powdery bomb with beast mode projection that cries out for attention ten feet away. I used to wear it when clubbing but those days are long gone.
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    Angel, Black Orchid, A Men, Lolita Lempicka for either gender, L, Le Male, Body Kouros. Perhaps a different kind of trashy than you had in mind but whilst I find all of these well done, good fun and enjoyable, I also find them somewhat trashy in a teenage dirtbag kinda way.

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    I would say Peckniff's Charismatic will fall in this category, a great and pleasant cheap fougere that I wear as dumb reach often.

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    I think this is ELdO'S brief in a nutshell -- they have cornered the market

    I agree with OP's Vanilia being 'trashy' but a lovely wear. Maybe Ysatis by Givenchy also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CapriDog View Post
    JPG Fleur du Male - harsh, synthetic, loud with beast mode projection that cries out for attention ten feet away.
    This is my experience with virtually every designer scent that isn't an aquatic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_Ludlow View Post
    And certainly Kemi Blending Magic Aurum. It's just way way too much. Candied ultra sweet strawberries, chocolate and vanilla. But for some reason I enjoy smelling this when home alone. There is something great about this and I don't quite understand it. Because it is admittedly a bit ridiculous in its gaudy overindulgence.
    This is my experience exactly with Hanae Mori Butterfly. It's a big slug of vanilla candyfloss and sweet strawberries. Sweet, young, and gaudy to the extreme but I love smelling it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaern View Post
    I agree with OP's Vanilia being 'trashy' but a lovely wear.
    I agree, wish they'd bring this one back. It has also aged remarkably well and smells incredibly modern for a fragrance composed in 1978. If I didn't know better and l'Artisan were to release it today as a new fragrance, I never would have known it wasn't a new composition.
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