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Synchronized Fridays 2023


Basenotes Plus
Jan 3, 2019
I, like some of you, also have a ginormous list of "meh-diocre" fragrances to wear today (and I have been wearing this list for a week already, some unknowingly). Most of these are very far from "meh" to me. Tbh even some of the short descriptions baffle me as I don't even smell them that way.

Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca – Guerlain: weird mint (wore it for Monday night fresh out of the shower; yeah, it's weirdly minty-green, but in a good way)
Divin Enfant – Etat Libre d’Orange : sweet woody (sample)
L’Eau d’Ambre – L’Artisan Parfumeur : classic amber (I have a mini of L’Eau d’Ambre Extreme and if they're as similar as other normal and Extreme versions of L'Artisans I tried, they're pretty much the same. I ADORE the scent and kick myself I didn't snag a discounted bigger bottle when I could)
Euphoria – Calvin Klein : redcurrant candyfloss (I'd say woody pomegranate; wore it on Wednesday)
Five O’Clock au Gingembre – Serge Lutens : salty gingerbread (NOT SALTY, NOT MEDIOCRE, YES GINGERBREAD)
L – Lolita Lempicka : heavy gourmand (decant; wore on Monday; delicious slightly balmy cinnamon vanilla with a tiny hint of citrus)
Obsession – Calvin Klein : big oriental (I dislike it and won't wear it, I can send it to you if you want)
Obsession for Men – Calvin Klein : cheap oriental (I dislike it and won't wear it, I can send it to you if you want)
O de Lancome – Lancome: fresh citrus (sample, but I don't remember in which of my backpacks it is)
Putain des Places – Etat Libre d’Orange : floral leather (sample; to me it's primarily a powdery scent, not a leather)
Santal Blanc – Serge Lutens : fruity sandalwood (it arrived just before Synch; wore it on Wednesday. NOT FRUITY AT ALL, it's a salty-aromatic sandalwood-cedar scent to me, WHAT DO YOU EVEN FIND FRUITY HERE?! WHAT SPICE OR HERB DO YOU CONSIDER A FRUIT? I wouldn't mind some fruitiness tbh)
Vetiver Oriental – Serge Lutens : vetiver disaster (Your mom's a disaster; wore Wednesday night over the remains of Santal Blanc)
The Afternoon of a Faun – Etat Libre d’Orange: pepper rose (sample; it's mostly an aromatic mossy balmy woody green to me, I smell no rose)
Bigarade Jasmin (Fragonard): bitter grapefruit (wore it on Sunday, love it)
Cologne (Etat Libre d’Orange): neroli jasmine (sample; there's so many colognes in his list)
Eau de Néroli Doré (Hermès): saffron cologne (sample; I don't smell saffron here but I'll try)
Eau Parfumée au Thé Bleu (Bulgari): shiso lavender
Elle l’Aime (Lolita Lempicka): coconut sandalwood
Gucci Bloom (Gucci): sweet floral (I agree and I think it's well made!)
Jersey (Chanel): lavender vanilla (a small decant; I'm saving it and I'll cry when it's finished; more herbal lavender to me, could be more vanilla though!)
Lui (Guerlain): clove benzoin
La Petite Robe Noire Black Perfecto (Guerlain): woody rose
(wore it on Tuesday; more almond rose to me)
Santo Incienso (The Different Company): citrus incense (sample, love it, absolutely agree on "citrus incense")
La Vie Est Belle (Lancôme): peach iris (sample; more candy iris to me)
Yes I Do (Etat Libre d’Orange): green muguet (sample)


Bonus: some meh-diocre fragrances that I don't have but would like to as I really, really find them very nice:
Cadjmere – Parfumerie Generale : coconut woody (I smell no coconut in it)
Cheap and Chic – Moschino: fresh floral (I had a bottle and finished it; I would say it's more a creamy orange than a floral to me)
Datura Noire – Serge Lutens : tropical heliotropin (I finished a sample and while I was contemplating if I should get a bottle or not, they disappeared from discounters, eh)
Eau de Pamplemousse Rose – Hermes : vegetal cologne (it's not vegetal... it's an amazing grapefruit and vetiver scent... finished a sample of Concentre (more focus on vetiver) but tested and loved both)
Grapefruit Cologne – Jo Malone : woody cologne (lovely grapefruit)
Un Jardin en Mediterranee – Hermes: tomato steam (it's adorable, but it's an airy citrusy fig first and foremost to me)
Lady Vengeance – Juliette Has a Gun : soapy rose (woody, not soapy)
Passage d’Enfer – L’Artisan Parfumeur : pine incense (I wish I smelled pine in this lily-incense scent... I would want it even more then)
Tam Dao – Diptyque : wood furniture (I'm not even arguing here, but I'd love smelling of wood furniture, okay)
Terre d'Hermes – Hermes : fresh bergamot (mostly grapefruit and cedar to me; I actually wanted to buy it but after more testing I found it makes me sneezy. I love flankers, too, especially the Tres Fraiche and the new Givree, maybe I should spend some time with them, too)
Aqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria (Guerlain): light citrus (I like it a lot, I would call it astringent citrus; I just usually get something cheaper than Guerlain to fill this role for me, but this is very good)

I think I should definitely buy (or rebuy) something from this list eventually, too.

I decided to just put on Santal Blanc by Serge Lutens again as it's new in my wardrobe so it needs my attention.
It's not fruity, okay? Unless salt is a fruit to you, then maybe.

I find Turin's & Sanchez's ratings very amusing as I clearly smell things very differently than they do. I sometimes agree with their ratings wholeheartedly, but sometimes my opinion is just so wildly different I wonder if we're smelling the same fragrance. I guess that's the beauty of perfume reviewing - everyone's perception and taste is just not the same.
Maybe I should just buy and read the damn books.


Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Sep 3, 2022
Synching today in Calvin Klein Obsession (big oriental)
"A triumph of timing over substance"

One of my signatures when I was in college in the late 80s / early 90s.

After a nauseating first wearing, my current tester bottle has settled into a spikier, harsher, less orange-blossomed version of its old self.
She's always been spiky, but her personality has gotten meaner with age. Thankfully, she also leaves the gathering early.
Definitely not the nuclear permeating all the things for weeks powerhouse she once was.
Age and reformulation have not been kind to this one - even if it is still recognizable.

This bottle of Obsession is either going into the discard pile (likely) or will live among the scents I wear when I am feeling particularly anti-social.
I can't go home again.


Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Jul 17, 2022
After jumping the gun, or pre-syncing, yesterday I've gone with Jo Malone - Mimosa & Cardamom - according to Luca this is not his milky cup of tea, but nice. I got a sample of this early on in my olfactory journey and immediately liked it and even bought a 30ml bottle. Now that I've sampled more fragrances I understand why this might be a meh fragrance. It's not powerful, it does not stand out and yes, it's a creamy, slightly spicy fragrance but I still like it. It's an easy wear.


Well-known member
Oct 14, 2015
Meh! I got plenty to choose from today. I picked a fragrance I haven't synced with yet and that is at least a 4 in my book. I chose:


Dior - Bois D'Argent


Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Aug 20, 2018
I decided to go with Autoportrait (Olfactive Studio) for this synch !

3 stars from Turin... 3 stars on average from fellow Basenoters... described as a "lemon ginger", like 2 other fragrances from the same house (Still life in Rio & Flash Back)... looks like a winner to me ! 😁

It's been a while since I last wore this one... but I'm still enjoying it very much ! It might not be the most groundbreaking fragrance and it's pretty linear, but it's pleasant, easy to wear and not that common all in all.



Well-known member
Aug 13, 2016
Syncing with Dans Tes Bras by Malle today. This smells like human skin and earth in the best way, with violets on top. It reminds me a little bit of Musc by Acampora with its forest-floor patchouli musk. Not meh-diocre at all in my book; actually, I find it rather special and intriguing.


I smell something…
Basenotes Plus
Jun 19, 2005
I too am proudly swimming in mediocrity 😹 Spoiled for choice!

I went with Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque. LT dismisses the nuances of this beautiful honeyed tobacco scent as simply ‘floral leather’. For all its smoky opulence, Fumerie Turque has an affecting delicacy as well.


To each their own. Meh! ❤️


Basenotes Plus
Jan 6, 2012
Maybe I should just buy and read the damn books.

You should! Agreement with their evaluations isn't the point -- the books are just hugely entertaining.

Luca perhaps didn't think it was that original, and he's very big on originality.

VERY big. Train-hopping is one of the biggest sins in his estimation, which probably explains....

I was floored that this was on the list...

[Creed Bois du Portugal]

Even many Creed-scoffers think BdP is a minor masterpiece of its type (as do I). But being an exemplar of your type is usually not enough to cut it with LT.


Basenotes Plus
Jan 6, 2012
Corsica Furiosa.....

Meh, my a**e. As we say in the old country, where we describe weather as 'fierce mild'.....

Aha! Bingo! I was going to wear Boucheron pour Homme, but you have changed my mind. The weather itself is "meh" here today -- not too warm, not too cold -- and therefore suitable enough for a fierce green scent. And besides, Corsica Furiosa is as far as you can get from three stars in my book: a solid five, borderline masterpiece, and the scent that taught me I love lentisk (mastic).



Well-known member
Apr 8, 2021
In the end I couldn't find my decant of Rahele in my morning daze... 🙄 so I grabbed the bottle that was handiest. That happened to be Tubereuse 1 la capricieuse from Histoires de Parfums. Turin/Sanchez haven't reviewed it, but wearing today made me realise it's a bit MEH in my book.

Why it's meh: because it's perfectly nice and not in any way objectionable, yet I love other iris perfumes more (and yes despite its name this is primarily iris): Chanel La Pausa is fresh, slightly green and transparent and an all-round favourite; 1889 Moulin Rouge is more dimensional and interesting; L'Eau parfumée au thé bleu is airier; Chanel's Misia is so beautiful. Though I find Tubereuse 1 "okay", I'd swap it for 1889 or Misia in a heartbeat.

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