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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaern View Post
    depends how old you are and how far back you can remember, I suppose

    Do you think there are no 'modern' fragrances?
    With 'dated' I did not mean the opposite of 'modern'. It is more that most people relate 'dated' with the scent granddad ('old man') used instead explaining if a scent is good or not, which makes it (at least to me) useless info.
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    - Thierry Mugler: A*men
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slayerized View Post
    With 'dated' I did not mean the opposite of 'modern'. It is more that most people relate 'dated' with the scent granddad ('old man') used instead explaining if a scent is good or not, which makes it (at least to me) useless info.
    Interesting! When I use the term "dated" I mean it as a way of showing that the fragrance smells old; I don't really mean it as another way of saying "old man/woman smell".

    Ex. Opium, Cinnabar, Coco, etc. all smell dated, yet are wonderful, beautiful fragrances; I don't mean they smell like old men or women, just that they smell like their era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccdan View Post
    People claim to understand many things... even ones that don't even exist...
    Yeah I'll be honest, when this is the level of discourse, I don't see the point in responding to the rest. Sorry mate but all my points still stand. There's been a weird misunderstanding of what this thread is as far as I can tell. You have a point about 'musk' when it's not qualified given the range of what musk can be and smells like but I think every other criticism you've made is miles off being relevant or even a geniune grievance/problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    A few thoughts:

    This thread might have been titled "reviews that offend me”

    If you don't know what Irish Spring or Dryer Sheets smell like, put down the volleyball you are talking to, and swim to another island.


    I have only smelled one scent with a strong oregano note - and it really is there - at least the old stuff. Not sure about the reformulated




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    LOL the intent was a bit more lighthearted than “reviews that offend me” but even as the original poster I have little control over the direction people take the thread in. Some of us have some pent up pet peeves and some of us are determined to be offended and get defensive when people dislike something about our reviewing/writing style.

    Sorry, the US is a bit far to swim to, and I’m not sure it’s worth it for dryer sheets and soap You’ll just have to excuse me for being a savage who isn’t acquainted with these emblems of the pinnacle of civilization
    Someone has kindly offered to send me some, and I may take them up on that. It’s fine for people to use those references because much of the audience may understand them, but it’s still going to elicit a?!? From me. I don’t doubt the similarities because there’s a lot of overlap between fine fragrance and fragrances used in other products. On the other hand, I will continue to try avoiding comparisons to uniquely Australian or Japanese products, but sometimes it’s unavoidable- they just smell so alike that there is no better comparison.

    Oregano, while not common, is definitely there in a couple of scents. I think it’s listed in the notes too. Both Ambre Sultan and Interlude Man have the cooking herb prominently in the opening.
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    I don‘t really get why people might find this thread only negative. I feel it is very constructive. It is a substantial topic, provides many things to think of, is sometimes funny, sometimes controversial, and therefore extremely fruitful IMO. Thanks Darjeeling for posting an indepth thread that goes way beyond chitchat!
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    "Gangster"

    I know a couple YouTube fragrance reviewers, who I enjoy watching, describe a lot of 80s fragrances as smelling like something "an old school gangster would wear," and follow up by saying, "like Al Pacino in Scarface or the Godfather. John Gotti, mafioso types would wear this."

    The thing is, I've heard just about every masculine fragrance from that era has been described that way:

    Drakkar Noir
    Tsar
    Trussardi Uomo
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    Santos
    Jacomo
    Azzaro
    Tuscany
    Lapidus
    Kouros

    etc.

    I love to hear reviewers say what it reminds them of, or the imagery that a scent conjures up. However, if just about every major 80s scent smells like a "gangster," the description or imagery isn't very helpful.

    And I'll be that nerd guy for a minute...

    The Godfather takes place in the 1940s/1950s. If Michael Corleone is wearing fragrance it's something no later than the 50s and it's probably not going to smell like an 80s powerhouse.

    Vito Corleone, if he bothered with fragrance, probably wore some ancient shit.

    The characters from Goodfellas? Henry Hill's story takes place from 1955-1980 so more likely they're wearing stuff from around the 60s give or take a decade.

    Again, nothing against the reviewers. It's just that I myself have never been around actual, high level people in organized crime, so I have no idea what they would smell like.

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    ^^

    LOL ! That term annoys me as well. I think the reviewers are just commenting on how the fragrances smell so masculine, heavy, and "hairy-chested", but it's just surprisingly overused and doesn't really seem unique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh V. View Post
    The characters from Goodfellas? Henry Hill's story takes place from 1955-1980 so more likely they're wearing stuff from around the 60s give or take a decade.
    Goodfellas was the name Carlos from Brooklyn Fragrance Lover and Steve from Redolessence used to call themselves and a little group of arrogant guys who used to tell their opinions on Facebook like if they were the only truth and if you dared to disagree, oh man, it was a funny drama to watch. They used to be like divas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    This seems a long way to go to say, "I don't like other people's descriptions, but mine are just fine."
    Or put another way this is "Solipsism: The Thread"

    People are so very selfish and close-minded these days, yet think they can still functionally socialize on platforms that by their very construction require the entertaining of other's viewpoints, then also proceed to wonder why everyone can't just think or speak like they do in order to prevent those arguments. Real Tower of Babel stuff here folks.

    I have zero problems with the way anyone chooses to describe their perfume via reviews, comments, or otherwise. If I really don't like the way a review is worded, I skip over it to the next. There are so many disparate reviews out there, you have to create a composite of multiple viewpoint just to get a good handle on what people really think about a scent anyway.

    Discussing value in a fragrance review is also a non-issue, because whether the reader is a millionaire or a pauper, I still (from my perspective) do not want them to waste money on a fragrance that I feel is not worth the price, but that's my opinion to give, and up to anyone else to heed or ignore. Like with terminology, it's not really something that should incite anger unless you're the kind of person who can't suffer perspectives not your own, in which case why are you reading?

    Should a fragrance become a discount darling, badly reformulated dreck, moved upmarket with no change to the perfume itself, or a pricey highly-prized unicorn after discontinuation, assuming you catch these developments when they happen, it's good to go back and reevaluate your own opinion on something, especially if your tastes evolve over time, but Basenotes only gives 10 revisions to BN+ members, so there's also a moratorium on that if this is the only place you post.

    If I have a question about terminology or writing style, I'll ask or likely Google the answer myself. Looking for accreditation from the reviewer (i.e. "how do you know Iso E Super is really in there?") is sorta pompous and presumptuous in its own right. These are personal opinions shared publicly for absolutely free! You can't expect your money back on a free lunch people, sheesh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    Annoying:

    Anytime someone says a fragrance is super masculine, hairy chest masculine but again, it smells floral.

    That's me describing Grey Flannel. Not all those extras but its a floral fragrance that I said is "very masculine smelling."

    Quote Originally Posted by Scents And Sense View Post
    "Smells like an old man/woman" never fails to annoy me.
    I myself used those terms to describe certain fragrances but stopped when people pointed out, in other threads, how ageist and offensive it was. That's kind of messed up to to describe a fragrance negatively by saying this smells like people over the age of 40!


    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    haha! Conversely, I get annoyed when that is used and some of us here pretend not to know what that means!
    At the same time too, it's like c'mon, you know damn well what it means.

    But in addition to not wanting to be offensive, I'm finding out that, for me, those descriptions are all perception bias. With classic women's fragrances, I used to wrinkle my nose because they smelled like something my 50/60 year old aunts would wear. Then recently, I see old ads from the 80s of these same fragrances with someone young and hot like Gia Carangi being the face of it, and it changes my whole opinion of that scent or style.

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    Ah, I see it as a harmless, fun and humorous thread.
    I write my reviews for fun, and I guess most others also do. Mine are far from perfect, but perfection is not what I seek here - I seek fun and understanding.
    None of the descriptions/comparisons do annoy me personally - some confuse me solely because of my own ignorance and I see it as a fun thing to share. It's fun to see that some people hate the very things that I find cool or fine. Besides, I got some very helpful explanations together with some insight on what other people do not get. Win win for me.
    Some people seem to take a stance of the higher moral ground and bash those who bash certain descriptions. They are most probably right, but somehow it rubs me the wrong way, like I get an itch to defend myself and other participators of the thread, but it's okay. I guess righteousness is my pet peeve and I need to work on it, too.



    As for "synthetic", I mostly use that when something is synthetic in a bad, screechy way, like when you smell something and it feels cheap and not very well made or smells more like a functional product than a perfume. But sometimes I use it when something is obviously synthetic, but in a good way. It smells like nothing else in nature, but you cannot stop sniffing it. I usually just add "...in a good way" or "...in a bad way". I need a better vocabulary, that's for sure. Some scents are very difficult to describe, sometimes it's easier to just write some purple prose on what you feel or what it evokes when you smell it than actually describing what you are smelling.

    When something smells like candy to me, I'll say it smells like candy though. In that case there's no better description in my head.

    I personally do not find descriptors like "young", "old", "juvenile" or "dated" annoying or insulting, I actually find them very helpful. They're vague and context-depending, yes, but they usually convey the idea of how it smells even better than the notes sometimes do. I guess these reviews are from the more ordinary people for other more ordinary people than connoiseurs. I think both kinds of reviews are needed.

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    Oh I know one that is annoying. Civet and the comparison to anything feline. Yeah they may be known as civet cats, but civets are not cats nor related to cats. Never fails to get a headshake anytime someone explains civet as smelling like cat pee, fur, marking, any scent related to your house cat. No, it doesn't. No, it's not a cat. That's one of those marker phrases that tells you someone is BSing and just repeating what they've heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldWineMemories View Post
    Oh I know one that is annoying. Civet and the comparison to anything feline. Yeah they may be known as civet cats, but civets are not cats nor related to cats. Never fails to get a headshake anytime someone explains civet as smelling like cat pee, fur, marking, any scent related to your house cat. No, it doesn't. No, it's not a cat. That's one of those marker phrases that tells you someone is BSing and just repeating what they've heard.
    Thank you, I had forgotten about this one, but it always bugged the pedant in me (and I’m nothing of not petty/pedantic)
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    Quote Originally Posted by notspendingamillion View Post
    The rest of the world doesnt use dryer sheets? Crazy. They are great at preventing static charge.
    I've not experienced static charge since...I can't even remember. I've hardly ever used dryers though. Couple of times when I had to use a laundrette many moons ago.

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    Ah, I see it as a harmless, fun and humorous thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rüssel View Post
    I've not experienced static charge since...I can't even remember. I've hardly ever used dryers though. Couple of times when I had to use a laundrette many moons ago.
    I also have experienced it like twice. I do have a bottle of antistatic, sits unused. But I wear mostly jeans though.
    I know of maybe one person who has a dryer. People usually just hang their clothes to dry here.

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    Also, this thread has inspired me to use the description "dated" for AdG and aquatics of that vintage
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
    Also, this thread has inspired me to use the description "dated" for AdG and aquatics of that vintage
    Yeah, these are dad scents to me. (And would be granddad scents to my kids as my dad exclusively wears aquatics.)
    10 more years and gourmands will smell like "old ladies".
    I wonder what future fashion will bring!

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    +1 for urinal cakes. Don't want to associate a fragrance with something that you piss on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    A few thoughts:

    This thread might have been titled "reviews that offend me"

    Yes, some fragrances actually smell a bit fecal. And yes, some people actually seem to seek those out. I still can't believe people want to smell that way, but if you do a search you will find threads where people want to find scents that smell fecal.

    Old woman / old man may offend you, but it paints a picture that really hits the nail on the head to some people. I'm sure it smells good on you. Often the same people getting offended by old man / old woman call everything sweet and fresh "juvenile sugar water", etc. So, it goes both ways - don't be offended - clearly you weren't the target demographic for the comment either way.

    So many people here saying "you shouldn't relate fragrance XYZ to ___ because that's so subjective"... Of course it is. Isn't EVERY comment about every fragrance (other than Spice & Wood is the best scent in the world - that is a proven fact).

    I used to dislike when people used the term "synthetic". But since Dior Sauvage came out, I am finding so many fragrances where the term really works - in fact it seems to be the only term that could be used to describe some of these scents.

    Salt, when dry may not smell like much, but when t gets wet it sure does.

    Metallic is a good descriptor - and as others have mentioned - it can transfer onto your hands very easily. Coincidentally, Metallica also has a smell. At least the concert I was at in '17 sure did.

    If you don't know what Irish Spring or Dryer Sheets smell like, put down the volleyball you are talking to, and swim to another island.

    When people say their skin "eats" fragrance - if your skin is so dry that it soaks up fragrance that quickly, then you really shouldn't be putting fragrances - or really anything - on your skin. If you skin soaks up that much fragrance then you should probably be giving off that scent for weeks afterwards, right?

    I have only heard of one scent referred to as a "urinal cake" - and it does.

    I have only smelled one scent with a strong oregano note - and it really is there - at least the old stuff. Not sure about the reformulated one.

    Lemon as a cleaner association. I think it gets carried too far, but I guess I understand. It often comes from people who enjoy the heavy stuff - anything lemony brings to mind that simple association. No big deal.

    I am not a fan of reviews that say the fragrance isn't worth the price. Price varies over time, but the review stays the same - years later it may be in a discount bin. Perhaps in some markets it is much more expensive or less expensive. Maybe the person reading the review makes 100x or 1/100th what you make. So a review should mostly stick to the scent itself IMO.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dougczar View Post
    When people say their skin "eats" fragrance - if your skin is so dry that it soaks up fragrance that quickly, then you really shouldn't be putting fragrances - or really anything - on your skin. If you skin soaks up that much fragrance then you should probably be giving off that scent for weeks afterwards, right?
    I'm guilty of this. Good point - I guess what I mean to say is that my skin doesn't hold on to fragrance very well.

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    “Clean.” People can mean all sorts of things when they say this. I’ve heard florals like freesia and gardenia referred to as “clean,” but also anything with laundry musk, anything that smells like synthetic water smells, anything that smells green/vegetal, or anything reminiscent of 70’s bar soap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kotori View Post
    “Clean.” People can mean all sorts of things when they say this. I’ve heard florals like freesia and gardenia referred to as “clean,” but also anything with laundry musk, anything that smells like synthetic water smells, anything that smells green/vegetal, or anything reminiscent of 70’s bar soap.
    Yeah I get what you mean with that. Something in the vein is aldehydes -- yes some soap may have aldehydes in it and thus smell of aldehydes, but aldehydes don't smell like soap. Saying it smells like soap is kinda a useless indicator, unless it really does smell like a specific soap e.g. almond fragrance that smells like an almond soap.

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    Long descriptions are boring!

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    None of it annoys me. All people are trying to do is to use a word to describe something that can be described 50 different ways.


    Two people talking about a fragrance...

    Jim - ..but it smells flowery.

    Mary - Flowery? Flowery how? You’re not being specific enough. Like a Rose?

    Jim - Like Carnation.

    Mary - How does that smell?

    Jim - Like cinnamon. No actually like cloves. Well actually a little of both.

    Mary - Well what do cloves smell like?

    Jim - Ermm. Spicy but sweet.

    Mary - Like liquorice?

    Jim - No. Do you remember Dentyne chewing gum?

    Mary - Oh yes! Why didn’t you just say so?

    Jim - Because I’m a f—king human being and I can’t read every other tw-ts mind to know what they associate with what!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheik Yerbouti View Post
    None of it annoys me. All people are trying to do is to use a word to describe something that can be described 50 different ways.
    Precisely. Or imprecisely. I appreciate people trying, especially if their reviews are entertaining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    There was a brand called Spritual Sky that was very popular, & sold in head shops! My eldest brother owned an Afghan coat that positively reeked of it
    Wow, that took me back in time teardrop!! I remember seeing this on a stall in Leeds Market back in the early 1990s and when I asked the lady running the stall what it was she said, "It's hippy juice love. There's a lad comes in once a week in a black leather jacket, buys a bottle and pours it over himself"...! The hippy equivalent of 'overspraying'...wooooo!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheik Yerbouti View Post
    None of it annoys me. All people are trying to do is to use a word to describe something that can be described 50 different ways.


    Two people talking about a fragrance...

    Jim - ..but it smells flowery.

    Mary - Flowery? Flowery how? You’re not being specific enough. Like a Rose?

    Jim - Like Carnation.

    Mary - How does that smell?

    Jim - Like cinnamon. No actually like cloves. Well actually a little of both.

    Mary - Well what do cloves smell like?

    Jim - Ermm. Spicy but sweet.

    Mary - Like liquorice?

    Jim - No. Do you remember Dentyne chewing gum?

    Mary - Oh yes! Why didn’t you just say so?

    Jim - Because I’m a f—king human being and I can’t read every other tw-ts mind to know what they associate with what!!
    I'm not sure I agree with this. What you're saying is akin to attempting to explain color to a blind person; if we follow that analogy though, why is a blind person worried about something that they are incapable of grasping? Same thing with perfume, if you're effectively blind why are you trying to review anything? Instead you should be preoccupied with finding a cure for your blindness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldWineMemories View Post
    I'm not sure I agree with this. What you're saying is akin to attempting to explain color to a blind person; if we follow that analogy though, why is a blind person worried about something that they are incapable of grasping? Same thing with perfume, if you're effectively blind why are you trying to review anything? Instead you should be preoccupied with finding a cure for your blindness.
    No. Neither Mary nor Jim in the example is noseblind. They are simply at odds over the best language to describe a scent. Carnation is an excellent example, as it’s a flower typically described as smelling akin to something other than a flower, which may be quite different depending on its context within a fragrance and who’s doing the smelling/describing.

    The limitation is of language, or facility with language, not of sensory perception.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheik Yerbouti View Post
    None of it annoys me. All people are trying to do is to use a word to describe something that can be described 50 different ways.


    Two people talking about a fragrance...

    Jim - ..but it smells flowery.

    Mary - Flowery? Flowery how? You’re not being specific enough. Like a Rose?

    Jim - Like Carnation.

    Mary - How does that smell?

    Jim - Like cinnamon. No actually like cloves. Well actually a little of both.

    Mary - Well what do cloves smell like?

    Jim - Ermm. Spicy but sweet.

    Mary - Like liquorice?

    Jim - No. Do you remember Dentyne chewing gum?

    Mary - Oh yes! Why didn’t you just say so?

    Jim - Because I’m a f—king human being and I can’t read every other tw-ts mind to know what they associate with what!!
    This was not only amusing and fun to read, but also very helpful, as it explained me why I smell cinnamon in all these fragrances when it's almost never listed. Now I know.
    It's interesting as I don't remember carnation flowers smelling like cinnamon though their scent is hard to describe except dusty/almost spicy but not quite. When I think about it, I can imagine how it can take the impression of cinnamon or clove in a perfume.

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    Wow, that took me back in time teardrop!! I remember seeing this on a stall in Leeds Market back in the early 1990s and when I asked the lady running the stall what it was she said, "It's hippy juice love. There's a lad comes in once a week in a black leather jacket, buys a bottle and pours it over himself"...! The hippy equivalent of 'overspraying'...wooooo!!
    "What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.




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