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    Default The Absolute WORST Fragrance of All Time

    Which do you Basenoters believe to be the worst all time fragrance, whether it be male or female or unisex. The worst one ever up to this point in 2021. Whether you bought it, sampled it, tried it, etc... Whether its niche or designer, discontinued or not, vintage or current, etc. Which do you believe it to be the WORST OF ALL TIME, regardless of the price or theme, etc. PLEASE do not worry about offending others or not- this is just subjective and keep this in mind out of respect.

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    Currently wearing: Imitation Man by Amouage

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    Hai karate
    Between Covid and retirement I don't get out much. But when I do, I smell real good.

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    If I marched into a department store and picked up 10 current men's designer juices at random, at least one of them would be guaranteed to repulse me.
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    Bleu de Chanel Parfum by Chanel.
    If not the worst is certainly the most disappointing.
    I gave it to my brother that he was happy with this gift.

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    For me - Aramis
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    Default Re: The Absolute WORST Fragrance of All Time

    Quote Originally Posted by motorcade View Post
    If I marched into a department store and picked up 10 current men's designer juices at random, at least one of them would be guaranteed to repulse me.
    Still, what's the worst you've ever smelled?
    Currently wearing: Imitation Man by Amouage

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    Pick any masculine from Lacoste

    Or the truly atrocious Karl Lagerfeld Pour Homme (2014)

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    CHANEL EGOISTE

    From the day it sullied Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentree' by sitting next to it at the display at Macy's back in the early 90's. Yellow vinyl rain suit blended with disposable diaper, drying down to smelly feet funk. Makes chemical smelling Dior Sauvage smell like a masterpiece.

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    Just way too many, but I would pick Incanto Blue for Men by Salvatore Ferragamo.

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    Easily Oud Satin Mood by MFK for me.

    Both the EDP and the Extrait are gag-inducing monsters.

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    English Leather

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    I could name hundreds I've tried and was disgusted by, but one that really sticks out to me was Boucheron Pour Homme. Truly vile, feminine, sharp and cringe worthy. I literally way so repulsed I had to immediately take off my shirt, run it through the laundry and shower it off of me. One word describes it... Grandma!

    I would also nominate Dior Eau Savage as a very runner up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Factory View Post
    I would also nominate Dior Eau Savage as a very runner up.
    Ok, tastes differ. But how someone can find an inoffensive and fresh fragrance like Eau Sauvage amongst the worst is beyond me.

    Luckily 8.3 on Parfumo says different for at least 734 people


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    Azzaro Chrome and every other fragrance in the entire world with an ever-so-slightly similar vibe like that...
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    I don’t know about whether they are the worst of all-time, but these four are the worst I have sniffed surely:

    Secretions Manifiques by ELdO
    Mercury by nu_be
    Success by Trump
    Noise by Ephemera (based on an equally horrific sounding piece of “music”)

    They all share a similar horrific metallic accord that is gag worthy, with the first two by the same perfumer.
    Current Top Ten:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Jasmin Antique (Rogue Perfumery)
    3) Giorgio for Men vintage (Giorgio Beverly Hills) - tie
    3) Giorgio V.I.P. Special Reserve (Giorgio Beverly Hills) - tie

    5) Dia pour Homme vintage edt (Amouage)

    6) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    7) Nombre Noir (Shiseido)
    8) Lucifer (Renaissance Fragrances) - tie
    8) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    8) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie


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    The latest reformulated version of Halston Z-14.

    It was literally painful for me.
    "It's not what you look like when you're doing what you're doing; it's what you're doing when you're doing what you look like you're doing."
    Currently wearing: H24 by Hermès

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    It's a tie between Wall Street and Platinum Egoiste for me. The metallic notes I get from them make me heave.

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    Dior Homme 2020
    Currently wearing: Prada L'Homme by Prada

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fugufish View Post
    Ok, tastes differ. But how someone can find an inoffensive and fresh fragrance like Eau Sauvage amongst the worst is beyond me.

    Luckily 8.3 on Parfumo says different for at least 734 people


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    It's been a long time since I've sampled this, but what I remember was an extremely sharp, harsh, chemical undertone that was also very feminine to me, grandma like. I recall an extreme repulsion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brothernature View Post
    Easily Oud Satin Mood by MFK for me.

    Both the EDP and the Extrait are gag-inducing monsters.
    I dont think i would call it the worst of all time but im with you on gag inducing, i couldnt wear it.
    Currently wearing: MEM by Bogue Profumo

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanginglimbs View Post
    English Leather
    For me, another one that makes me ill
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    Default Re: The Absolute WORST Fragrance of All Time

    Ever..not sure,but from my collection its Terroni by Orto Parisi.Hate the way it smells.
    Currently wearing: Reflection Man by Amouage

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    Out of what limited ones I’ve smelled, Bortnikoff Moss Cologne. Made me gag

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    Default Re: The Absolute WORST Fragrance of All Time

    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    I don’t know about whether they are the worst of all-time, but these four are the worst I have sniffed surely:

    Secretions Manifiques by ELdO
    Mercury by nu_be
    Success by Trump
    Noise by Ephemera (based on an equally horrific sounding piece of “music”)

    They all share a similar horrific metallic accord that is gag worthy, with the first two by the same perfumer.
    Of these four you listed, which would you consider the absolute worst?
    Currently wearing: Imitation Man by Amouage

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    Default Re: The Absolute WORST Fragrance of All Time

    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    Secretions Manifiques by ELdO
    This is the only fragrance I've ever tried that was truly disgusting to me. It smelled like a wet dog that had rolled around in spoiled shellfish.

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    Default Re: The Absolute WORST Fragrance of All Time

    Too many

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    Default Re: The Absolute WORST Fragrance of All Time

    At least these 5.....

    1) Ralph Lauren Polo Red
    2) Mugler Pure Havane
    3) Ralph Lauren Polo Sport
    4) Versace Eros
    5) Spicebomb

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    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    Hai karate
    Ah...I loved Hai Karate when I was 10 years old! HAI YAH!!!

    It still makes me feel nostalgic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marand75 View Post
    Azzaro Chrome and every other fragrance in the entire world with an ever-so-slightly similar vibe like that...
    I do hate Azzaro Chrome as well...it makes my fillings hurt.

    I've also smelled many that I have despised but off the top of my head, the first one that comes to mind that made me feel like I'd rolled around in an old rotting onion patch was...

    Serge Noir...cant stand it.

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    This is a tough one. Got a free bottle of Caesar's Man and that stuff, you would choke yourself out when you wore it. Now I find that it's one of those cult frags where people search for the vintage and pay up.....

    But have to nominate for the worst Montale Aromatic Lime. After reading all the threads about it finally found a frag that really smells like... cat piss!!!! Whatever it is that is supposed to smell like lime smells more like it's gone rotten, really bad.....




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