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What do posh perfumes smell like ?

Discussion in 'Wintervaltide - Xmas and Year Review 2011' started by gentlegreen, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen ¡Nadie espera a la babosa española!

    Given I have to watch at least one of these daft fantasy adverts every 15 minutes, I was wondering if people could help me out and save me trying to dress respectably enough to convince the salesgirls on the cosmetics counter ...

    Kalvin Klein
    Dolce and Gabana

    etc ..

    so is it flowers, spices, tortured tree exudates, civet cat anal excretions ?
     
  2. madzone

    madzone Physically unfavourable

    Old ladies bicycle saddles and cricket balls.
     
  3. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen ¡Nadie espera a la babosa española!

    Well that's a start. I can see why men might like to smell of leather and cork. :)
     
  4. madzone

    madzone Physically unfavourable

    Why do you want to know? You hate perfume.
     
  5. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen ¡Nadie espera a la babosa española!

    I'm just curious. A lot of them do indeed smell very unpleasant to me - but then I don't like cognac or whisky while others do ...
     
  6. Greebo

    Greebo Laquelle lettre de "non" n'as tu pas compris?

    It varies and cba to give you a crash course in aromatics & perfumery.
     
  7. madzone

    madzone Physically unfavourable

    The one I'm wearing atm has a definite hint of dog shampoo but once that's worn off it's not so bad.
     
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  8. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen ¡Nadie espera a la babosa española!

    Presumably there must be a website somewhere ?

    They seem to be selling a contrived emotion / lifestyle rather than a smell ... in that sense a bit like car adverts ..

    I've always found it amazing that people can buy fragrances for others ..
     
  9. Greebo

    Greebo Laquelle lettre de "non" n'as tu pas compris?

    The images are supposed to help - more soft focus/romantic ads are for light floral, young playful images are for fruity fragrances, elegance usually is linked with aldehydes (Chanel No 5), wood & water for light herby/fresh smells etc.
     
  10. madzone

    madzone Physically unfavourable

    How can anyone describe what a perfume smells like though?

    And people should only buy fragrance for others if they know it's the one they wear.
     
  11. spanglechick

    spanglechick Lying in the gutter, looking like a star.

    i wear jo malone red roses. it is posh. it smells like red roses. HTH.
     
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  12. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    Mostly based on whale vomit. HTH.
     
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  13. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    I think that Flower by Kenzo smells like parma violets.
     
  14. Greebo

    Greebo Laquelle lettre de "non" n'as tu pas compris?

    It's sort of codified (eg lemon is "bright, fresh, and zingy" while vetivert is "dark, heavy, smokey and woody"), but even so, IMHO it's like describing colour to somebody who's never seen it by mapping it onto texture or sound. Throw in how differently the same blend smells on two different people and it becomes very difficult to guess which one will work well on somebody else.
     
  15. Boycey

    Boycey juvenile rave slut

    posh people
     
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  16. madzone

    madzone Physically unfavourable

    Chanel Crsitalle ( which is the one I favour when I haven't lost it somewhere in the house :mad:) smells a bit like lemons and sugar.
     
  17. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen ¡Nadie espera a la babosa española!

  18. Geri

    Geri wasn't born to follow

    I prefer citrus based perfumes myself - CK One, L'eau de Issey etc.
     
  19. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    Citrus smells like what rind tastes like on me.
     
  20. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

  21. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen ¡Nadie espera a la babosa española!

    I quite like a temporary whiff of citrus after my morning ablutions - grapefruit shower gel early in the week, mandarin later on when I need it more. I use mango in my Sunday/ Monday bath ...
     
  22. madzone

    madzone Physically unfavourable

    DECEITFUL WHOOOOOOOOOOORES.
     
  23. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen ¡Nadie espera a la babosa española!

    The men usually smell worse than the women - horrible minty smells like another family's poorly maintained bathroom ...
     
  24. Miss Caphat

    Miss Caphat I want it that way

    the smell of most women's perfumes really does not appeal to me, though I go crazy over men's colognes. been trying to figure out for a long time if there's a perfume for me out there that is spice-y and earthy yet won't make me smell like a man and not like a hippy either(i.e. patchouli or "midnight amber queen" or something)
     
  25. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen ¡Nadie espera a la babosa española!

    All that lark has always passed right over my head - except when it looks uncomfortable / dangerous.
     
  26. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    Whereas the smell of damp and rat piss is well maintained, is it?

    Don't start this again. You must be bored.
     
  27. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen ¡Nadie espera a la babosa española!

    My bathroom is supremely well-ventilated...

    I'm home for 3 weeks now. ;)
     
  28. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    Friend of mine wears a Gucci Pour Homme and its nice and spicey and sandlewoody. I've worn it too. It's warm and deep. Can't remember which one though so you'll have to test a load :)
     
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  29. Greebo

    Greebo Laquelle lettre de "non" n'as tu pas compris?

    Kouros? Hermes terre?
     
  30. mitochondria

    mitochondria full-on emptiness

    check Hermes, Terre or Eau des Merveilles
     

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