Smelled on the Street

Kotori

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Aug 17, 2006
I'd like to use this thread as a continuing bit of encouragement that everyday folks we pass on the street still like fragrance. It's also a place where we can brag about our good noses when we identify something a stranger was wearing.

I'll start: this week I smelled Gucci Rush on a woman waiting for the elevator in a lobby at corporate headquarters.
 

Ken_Russell

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Jan 21, 2006
Sensing few to no easily recognizable fragrances like ADG being frequently worn by others, on the street.
But ADG seems to be, if not omnipresent, quite likelier to be encountered randomly, at almost any given hours of the day, on the streets of the town where I live.
 

purecaramel

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Nov 9, 2013
Oud Palao on a couple of women in my small town. I introduced a small sample, to one of these girls, a couple of months back. It seems to have spread.
 

Darjeeling

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Oct 29, 2012
I could've sworn I smelled someone wearing Sel Marin on the train the other day. For the life of me I could not work out who it was. Smelled good, and works much better in the cold weather than the calone bomb aquatics I smell here all year round.
 

adam090273

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Jul 27, 2013
I could've sworn I smelled someone wearing Sel Marin on the train the other day. For the life of me I could not work out who it was. Smelled good, and works much better in the cold weather than the calone bomb aquatics I smell here all year round.

Sel Marin is outstanding, must make a nice change.

I was in a shopping centre in Sydney yesterday, smelled Dior Sauvage a couple of times. Assumed people were testing it from store.
 

caribbeanisland

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Aug 8, 2013
I smelled last month some one wearing a perfume I designed. Many miles away from my home town, totally different people. I think he or she bought it some where. It was the most wonderful feeling.
 

Jowan

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May 19, 2015
I love Gucci Rush! Good catch. I wish I smelled that more often. I think the guy next to me earlier at the city center was wearing Polo Double Black.
 

Kotori

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Aug 17, 2006
Interesting! I mostly smell the typical Macy's counter fragrances at work. Mostly Armani Code and AdG.

I work with a lot of men and women from India. I do think it's a man from India whom I keep passing in the hallway that is the source of the vetiver.

I smelled last month some one wearing a perfume I designed. Many miles away from my home town, totally different people. I think he or she bought it some where. It was the most wonderful feeling.

Amazing.

I love Gucci Rush! Good catch. I wish I smelled that more often. I think the guy next to me earlier at the city center was wearing Polo Double Black.

It's an old favorite. I keep finishing and buying bottles of it. It's probably my most-bought scent over the years.

Tonight I met a friend for drinks and she was wearing Hanae Mori.
 

tigrushka

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Apr 19, 2003
I rarely spot scents in my hometown, but when I visited Madrid last September, I smelled Angel on three occasions during a week.

At work I can smell a couple of after shaves (one sort of vetivery, another sweetish-spicy) but have no idea what they are, and am not going to ask.
 

Kotori

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Aug 17, 2006
One that I've smelled on a woman was Un Bois Vanille. I could smell notes of vanilla and coconut coming off her. I have come across women wearing this scent on several occasions. Women must really love this fragrance.

The coconut must be what annoys me about Un Bois Vanille. Hm...

This morning I smelled Cashmere Mist on the elevator.
 

LiveJazz

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Mar 16, 2006
Every once in awhile my CEO wears something that just rings like a bell, and I love it. It's a sharp, green, soapy floral, somewhere in the realm of Chanel 19, Cristalle (probably the closest direct comparison), Prada Infusion d'Iris, with a modern Hermes-like spareness. Next time she wears it, I'll have to ask.
 
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Nairn

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And I smelled something that-- literally-- stopped me in my tracks.... first I wasn't sure but then, I approached the lady and said,
'Madame, forgive me for such brash intrusion, but are you wearing Sotto Voce by Laura Biagiotti?
Because if you are--- then behold me, utterly delighted".
The lady, in turn, almost squeaked,"Yes, oh my God, yes! How did you know? Oh, no one knows much about these perfumes anymore!"

And we chatted about her love of perfumes. She almost hugged me before I left the shop.
Also I'm forewarned for future now!
My usual reticence and touch-me-not personality may not survive many more such interactions. LOL.

PS: btw, I was pleased as punch to have recognized it well.
But Sophia Grojsman's perfumes have a distinct mark on them, you can't miss it.
 

Smokin Dave

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Jan 1, 2016
I have been smelling quite a lot of heavily laced lemon fragrances on young men (20s-30s) in my hometown these days--everywhere from university to Starbucks to dinner last night

I am sure it is something trendy right now but remain puzzled as to what exactly.

On a separate note, I smelled Guerlain Vetiver in the office hall, got up to see who it was, but alas they'd vanished.
 
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Oviatt

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Jan 30, 2007
And I smelled something that-- literally-- stopped me in my tracks.... first I wasn't sure but then, I approached the lady and said,
'Madame, forgive me for such brash intrusion, but are you wearing Sotto Voce by Laura Biagiotti?
Because if you are--- then behold me, utterly delighted".
The lady, in turn, almost squeaked,"Yes, oh my God, yes! How did you know? Oh, no one knows much about these perfumes anymore!"

And we chatted about her love of perfumes. She almost hugged me before I left the shop.
Also I'm forewarned for future now!
My usual reticence and touch-me-not personality may not survive many more such interactions. LOL.

PS: btw, I was pleased as punch to have recognized it well.
But Sophia Grojsman's perfumes have a distinct mark on them, you can't miss it.

It cuts both ways.....
 

epapsiou

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Sep 28, 2015
I have been smelling quite a lot of heavily laced lemon fragrances on young men (20s-30s) in my hometown these days--everywhere from university to Starbucks to dinner last night

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Sauvage - like black plague it infects all and can't be easily washed off. Showering is useless against it.
 

Colin Maillard

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Jan 24, 2013
Geez, I envy all those sure shots above. I get some whiffs of scents on the street sometimes, but they can be anything, it's just musky stuff, woody stuff, sport stuff. It's all too quick and too vague to get a precise idea.
 

Anastasia Beaverhausen

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Sep 13, 2016
Geez, I envy all those sure shots above. I get some whiffs of scents on the street sometimes, but they can be anything, it's just musky stuff, woody stuff, sport stuff. It's all too quick and too vague to get a precise idea.

Same, a vague sense of something is all I usually get unless it's something ridiculously distinct and usually over-sprayed, like Angel.
 

Darjeeling

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Oct 29, 2012
Geez, I envy all those sure shots above. I get some whiffs of scents on the street sometimes, but they can be anything, it's just musky stuff, woody stuff, sport stuff. It's all too quick and too vague to get a precise idea.

That's what happens most of the time, which is why it's so shocking to recognize, or think one I recognize something. What I mainly smell are calone bomb aquatics and women with a clean patchouli scent of some kind, or something fruity floral that I don't recognize at all.
 

TheNosePlays

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Jan 10, 2017
I wish I had a better nose for picking colognes out of a crowd. I guess that comes with time and experience.

I'm sure we can all agree that the easiest ones to distinguish or 'pick out' are generally the huge crowd pleasers. For one, we smell them more often than niche ones and thus are more familiar with their unique smell. These also generally contain more synthetic ingredients so they can maintain their signature scent despite being exposed to air, open spaces and the combined smells of other people, products etc...

Yes, I'm thinking about 1 Million, Le Male, Armani Code, The One, Bleu de Chanel, Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce, Sauvage, and Acqua Di Gio just to name just a few.

:D
 

Colin Maillard

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Jan 24, 2013
I wish I had a better nose for picking colognes out of a crowd. I guess that comes with time and experience.

I'm sure we can all agree that the easiest ones to distinguish or 'pick out' are generally the huge crowd pleasers. For one, we smell them more often than niche ones and thus are more familiar with their unique smell. These also generally contain more synthetic ingredients so they can maintain their signature scent despite being exposed to air, open spaces and the combined smells of other people, products etc...

Yes, I'm thinking about 1 Million, Le Male, Armani Code, The One, Bleu de Chanel, Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce, Sauvage, and Acqua Di Gio just to name just a few.

:D

It's ironic how most mainstream crowdpleasers are often considered impersonal and generic, and yet they're the ones which pop up more frequently in this type of threads. If they're so easily recognizable, that means they aren't that generic after all :D
 

williamroe

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Sep 9, 2016
Smelled Terre D'Hermes as someone walked by the hall at the office yesterday. Can't really put my finger on many fragrances I catch wafts of, but good ole TdH is a true exception.

Also smelled Polo (classic) on my boss the other day. Nice to smell that in public...
 

TheNosePlays

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Jan 10, 2017
It's ironic how most mainstream crowdpleasers are often considered impersonal and generic, and yet they're the ones which pop up more frequently in this type of threads. If they're so easily recognizable, that means they aren't that generic after all :D

Mind = Blown

Great point, I guess their uniqueness is why they're so good and thus popular. "Generic" is a word I should probably wipe from my fragrance vocabulary.
 

shadesofbleu

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Jun 3, 2005
I smelled Gaultier Classique on one of the doctor's medical assistant. She came in the cath lab to have him sign some papers and she was in a huge cloud of Classique. She was pretty surprised I recognized it.
 

thebeck

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Mar 25, 2007
I smelled Puredistance White on a gal working out at the gym. I asked her if that was what she was wearing and her jaw dropped to the ground, along with mine. A lucky guess for sure.
 

williamroe

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Sep 9, 2016
I could have sworn I smelled Kouros on the guy next to me at the urinal in the bathroom yesterday. then again, i could have been smelling something else...
 

cameron

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Oct 17, 2011
A few years ago I smelled something similar to royal mayfair. I couldn't place it. I dont know if it was RM. It may have been a woman's scent that was similar, and would love to know what scent could be similar to RM!

My blind spot is women's scents, as I know so much about men's frags but zero to little on women's.
 

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