How i can determine which notes or scents make me love a frag. / All of my notes on frags.

underground

Basenotes Member
Mar 9, 2022
Hello fellow Basenoters :)
What perfumes (niche or designer) can you recommend me based on my personal notes below?
Fragrances should be fully unisex or masculine like CK BE.
I dont look for feminine leaning or feminine frags because i rarely use them. Unisex is fine tho depending on the profile of the scent. That's why I don't need more of the feminine ones

My favorite cold ambient fragrances:
1. Prada Luna Rossa Carbon (it can be used anytime except extreme heat)
2. YSL La Nuit de L'Homme Bleu Electrique (it can be used anytime except extreme heat)
3. Carolina Herrera Bad Boy EDT version
4. Boss The Scent Private Accord
5. Givenchy Xeryus Rouge

My favorite warm ambient fragrances:
1. Invictus Silver Cup Collectors Edition (slightly but noticably more masculine flanker with a mossy greener formulation)
2. Black XS L'exces (for summer nights)

Perfumes I'm confused about:
1. Dolce Gabbana K EDT (I don't quite understand it, good or bad) good I guess I can't remember
2. Givenchy Gentleman (it seems a bit cloying at indoor enviroments unlike stated online)
3. Initio Side Effect (I didn't test it on my skin but it's nice)
4. Polo Black ( I forgot how exactly it was but it seemed ultra generic (???) )
5. Aventus Woody Batch (very nice scent, but i guess fruity smoky batches would be better)

Frags i like but i dont really wanna smell like it.
1. Allure Homme Sport (notes are just a bit undercontrasted but, it's very nice, (it felt a little feminine, the creamy part)
2. BR 540 (very sweet, if it is less sweet, it would be perfect)


refreshing feel good frags:
1. CK Be (fresh relaxing totally unisex heavenly scent. horrible performance
2. Egoiste Platinum (i love this one, just a tiny little bit soapy for my taste.
3. Lost Cherry (it's nice but I don't spray it on me when going outside, it's a very nice scent)
4. Ck one: nice one but not my taste


Things I hate (or things I wouldn't put on myself):
Frank Boclet Cocaine (I didn't hate it, but it's just the 70's rich aunty scent)
Sauvage EDT (has an extremely sharp acetonic chemical bitterness, irritating)
Jil Sander Sun Men (a very creamy feminine perfume)
Burrberry brit (overly generic, not pleasant to a rose note, like soup)
Irish Leather (extremely sharp green accord and out of the place sweetness. underlying leather note is delicious
issey l'eau d'issey pour homme (light masculine cologne, a cheap spray cologne will be 10 times better for its price, formulation of it is thin for a fragrance (even a freshie) )
Bad Boy le parfum (bitter dry green note, zero sugar, clashing notes, smells generic after only half an hour)
Tiziene Trenzi Andromeda (chemical sweet creamy floral bomb, cloys me)
212 vip men (clashing note composition, generic nasty spice notes that cloy me)
versace eros (a strange composition, the bottom notes are incompatible with the tops)
ZarkoPerume Pink Molecule 090.09 (I don't spray it on me, it's too creamy and it cloys me after a while)
Tomford Black Orchid (too creamy for a non gourmand (i did like chocolate gourmands before but majority off them give of a cloying vibe) and bit too homogenuos, not a complex perfume as mentioned)
joop homme (a very generic yet iconic, overly sweet, downright unisex even feminine scent)
Moschino uomo (Incompatible top notes such as 212 vip's or eros, it opens fresh then turns into a really clashing scent. just like you tried to overlay some fresh minty apple frag with an amber frag, a weird composition in my opinion, but it doesn't bother me if someone uses it, it smells ok)
Paco rabanne 1 million: an insult to the perfumerists and the industry, a fragrance consisting only of a vaguely over-dirty sweet note. plain ethyl maltol solution would be more useful
Davidoff cool water: feels like cheap perfume
Armani Stronger With you edt original flanker: an overpowering ULTRA cloying bomb fragrance. it turns into something "meh" in the fabric. on the skin its very cloying (on my skin)
Gucci guilty pour homme: (has an extremely pungent citrus-like chemical bitterness that's irritating)
Bleu De Chanel: It has a Chemical bitterness like in sauvage
Acqua di gio: smells really cheap
Byredo Bal d'afrique: it has a faint dead scent with vague notes that I can't understand (note: I only tried its first 1-3 minutes)
Amouge Lyric Man: rich old man perfume
Tom for for men: an old/modern blend it is interesting and pleasant, but we didn't hooked on each other that much (or did we?? we have a very strange relationship with this frag)
212 Men edt: has a floral, overly designer-ish style, has a slightly bitter, heavy, weird feel.
Chanel NO.5: This is the women's perfume infrastructure that I hate the most (I haven't tried after the opening because I won't use it)
Avon black suede leather: cheap tobacco cologne (I think the formulation is good, I should note that it's not just me)
YSL y EDP: (I definitely don't hate or even love it, but it's a soulless and a ultra-metrosexual scent, not a buy worthy perfume)
Byredo Super Cedar: it smells like bal D'afrique, almost odorless. bal'dafriquede seemed to lack something i cant put my finger on. (note: I don't think I'm anosmic to these two (at least completely).
yves rocher cuir vetiver: an unnecessarily warm fragrance. like heated vetiver. not worth the price clashing notes

note: I didn't note the frags that are very similar to each other and can be mistaken as each other on people's skin (ultra soulless scents as i call them)

Kindest Regards.
 

Renato

Basenotes Institution
Oct 21, 2002
Gonna try them asap. Sommelier de Parfum recommended the same ones. Also tried ombre leather today. fantastic stuff imo
Interesting to see what you think of them. Though I warn you that at the time it came out, I was one of the very few here who was very fond of CK IN2U Men.

Boss Orange isn't your average citrus chypre, rather a citrusy amber fougere - which is the same style as Xeryus Rouge.

Also, if you want a toned down Xeryus Rouge which you might perceive as being better for weather other than just for cold weather, then test out Dunhill Desire Red.
Cheers,
Renato
 

underground

Basenotes Member
Mar 9, 2022
Interesting to see what you think of them. Though I warn you that at the time it came out, I was one of the very few here who was very fond of CK IN2U Men.

Boss Orange isn't your average citrus chypre, rather a citrusy amber fougere - which is the same style as Xeryus Rouge.

Also, if you want a toned down Xeryus Rouge which you might perceive as being better for weather other than just for cold weather, then test out Dunhill Desire Red.
Cheers,
Renato
is it better for me to lean on more niche stuff? (scent and formulation wise, not a specific frags marketing tactic) because ive tried lots of designers, except some outliers they usually have the same scent (literally the same molecules) that is really close to each other. for example ombre leather was different, i instantly loved ombre leather idk why. ir side effect initio it was not a wow but it was good. except some designers and old school stuff (i dont wear old school stuff i just like them 😀) lots of parfums seem indistinguishable from each other after 20mins or so. i really dont know how and why designer frag manufacturers mish-mush the notes together on the mid/drydown phase
 

Renato

Basenotes Institution
Oct 21, 2002
is it better for me to lean on more niche stuff? (scent and formulation wise, not a specific frags marketing tactic) because ive tried lots of designers, except some outliers they usually have the same scent (literally the same molecules) that is really close to each other. for example ombre leather was different, i instantly loved ombre leather idk why. ir side effect initio it was not a wow but it was good. except some designers and old school stuff (i dont wear old school stuff i just like them 😀) lots of parfums seem indistinguishable from each other after 20mins or so. i really dont know how and why designer frag manufacturers mish-mush the notes together on the mid/drydown phase
It depends -
a......... want to indulge yourself and smell interesting and unusual stuff - go niche, or
b........ want ladies to say you smell really nice.....well.....don't expect much of that from most niche stuff.
Cheers,
Renato
 

underground

Basenotes Member
Mar 9, 2022
It depends -
a......... want to indulge yourself and smell interesting and unusual stuff - go niche, or
b........ want ladies to say you smell really nice.....well.....don't expect much of that from most niche stuff.
Cheers,
Renato
idk why but people never really commented on my scents. but designer ≠ compliments imo. because people dont even really get that flashing bulb in their heads if its a designer frag. everywhere is overly saturated with designer smelling frags. so people dont even really care enough about designers
 

underground

Basenotes Member
Mar 9, 2022
idk why but people never really commented on my scents. but designer ≠ compliments imo. because people dont even really get that flashing bulb in their heads if its a designer frag. everywhere is overly saturated with designer smelling frags. so people dont even really care enough about designers
and i think people dont really compliment on mishy mushy non prominent stuff. for example aventus is prominent, you can identify it. if someone cant identify it then no compliments imo. for example soapy clean creamy stuff gets me compliments bcuz i smell great. but ombre leather would get me amd itself a compliment if people smelled it because it has a prominent "character"
 

Renato

Basenotes Institution
Oct 21, 2002
and i think people dont really compliment on mishy mushy non prominent stuff. for example aventus is prominent, you can identify it. if someone cant identify it then no compliments imo. for example soapy clean creamy stuff gets me compliments bcuz i smell great. but ombre leather would get me amd itself a compliment if people smelled it because it has a prominent "character"
Well, if one wears non prominent stuff, and wears only a few sprays of it, instead of six or seven sprays - it won't be noticed, and there won't be much by way of positive comments.

Not sure about your notion of if they can't identify it then no compliments. With me it's always been the case of "What are you wearing? Smells really good." There are many hundreds of scents around at any time (or thousands?) - no one's going to be able to identify any but the tiniest fraction - if any.

Anyhow - plenty of time for you to experiment. Buy scents - niche or designer - spray them on loudly, wear them confidently and see what happens. Those that don't get much reaction make excellent work scents. Or scents to wear after you get married.
Cheers,
Renato
 
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