Random – and what was the worst

(Hey, folks — since the Posse was down much of the day Tuesday, we’re leaving this post up Wednesday, and March will be posting on Thursday.)

I was going to talk about Comme des Garcons Monacle II – Laurel.  But I don’t have a lot to say about it.   Nice, woody, laurelish.  Definitely very laurel’ish, wish it were a candle.

How about Juliette Has a Gun Calamity J? Well, okay.  Little powdery on me.  If something has a Calamity Jane tie-in, why would you make it powdery? Why not some leather, gunsmoke and sass?

Trying to work up some enthusiasm for anything on my desk.

What have we here?  Oh, dear, the Limited Edition DKNY Delicious Candy Apples.  Raspberry? Raspberry apples with the Tampax Fresh Accord TFA is just what I was hoping to smell after I spritzed it on my hand.  How much worse can the Sweet Caramel version be?  That one could have actually been fun if it didn’t have the TFA curling up in the background.  Both of these are actually really fine for young girls. They have this cute little stick coming out of the top like a candy apple, but I think they are marketing this to girls above the age of 18, right?  Just say no and pass it along to your favorite young niece.  It’s absolutely appropriate and perfect for them, how little girls should smell.

None of these are the worst thing I smelled this year. That honor goes to Marc Jacobs Lola, which not only was foul, but let me down because it was so unnecessary. Daisy wasn’t a breakthrough of any kind, but it was a great little scent that wore well and easily and fit the name.  Lola could have been great, and they snagged a great name that should have been on one serious floozy of a perfume and instead put it on a big mess.

As we wind up the year, and before we start talking about the bests of the year (are we doing that, ya’ll?), what was your worsst for 2009?

87 Comments
Klytaemnestra December 28, 2009

I have to agree that Lola was one of the worst. According to all the reviews I read from the undiscerning, people seems to love it but I find it to be horribly boring. It lacks complexity and the bottle is a tacky disaster. Before I ever tried the fragrance -- it was 'forced' upon me at Sephora by an uneducated fragrance consultant -- I found the bottle to really cheapen whatever integrity the perfume might have had.

Elizabeth December 24, 2009

This thread is the most entertaining one I've read in a long time! I haven't tried man of the ones mentioned, but the one that I've tried that I ran screaming to scrub off was Field Notes. It smelled like cheap aftershave on me, but I couldn't wait to see how it developed. And since I adore Andy and his work overall, it pains me to say the Une Rose Chyprée was hauntingly horrible on me. I was so excited about it that I nearly bought it blind. The best of the year? That's a lot tougher. Maybe 1. Girls in Stilettos and 2. Soivohle Tobacco and Tulle followed by 3. Soivohle Love Speaks Primeval. Clearly, I am on a skank-hunt lately, eagerly awaiting a sample of Al Oudh after what I've heard about it. :-)

lisa67 December 23, 2009

Several 2009 releases are still on my LS and TPC wishlists (VC&As, Boadicea line, Havana Vanille, L'A Oudh, Amaranthine, Fille en Aiguilles), but of those 2009 releases I have tried and actively disliked, I'd nominate: 1. Les Nez Manoumalia - I know this one is quite popular with so many, but on me, it was like a stinky 80's home perm with a Glade Tropical Air Freshener chaser. Absolutely vile in every way on my skin. 2. SL Serge Noire - A little cumin I like, but this is BBO (beyond BO) levels of cumin. 3. Ineke's Field Notes From Paris - This was one I really looked forward to, but it just went all wrong on me. Very harsh and sharp...not the leathery coffee I was longing for. Not awful on the level of Manoumalia, but just deeply disappointing. 4. Le Labo Oud 27 - Band aids. Just band aids. Not terribly offensive, but if I wanted to smell like band aids, I'd save $266 and just buy a box of the things. (I *truly* hated Patchouli 24, but I think that one came out in 2008??) There were several others that earned a "meh" from me (Nuits de Cellophane, CDG Daphne Guinness, Vecchi Rossetti, L’eau de l’Hermine, Une Rose Chypree, the Six Scents and Red Flower lines), but the ones above stood out. Enjoying reading everyone's lists (and they're helping me "clean up" my wishlists!). Look forward as well to reading everyone's favorites.

AnnieA December 22, 2009

Going for worst disappointment rather than worst, as it was not horrible in and of itself. Cristalle Eau Frache smelled NOTHING like Cristalle, but was identical to some other perfume so boring I couldn't remember what it was. It was as if Chanel suddenly went into the imposter-perfume business...

Olfacta December 22, 2009

Reading these comments made me say to myself, "Self, remember to wait at least five minutes before lemming after the newest thang! I tried some of that Boadicea (Wode, I think) at the Scent Bar. I had to ask the SA for some alcohol to scrub it off. Good Gawd almighty! And oh yeah. Finally got around to trying Dans Te Bras. (I know, that's so Last Year but so am I.) It was hilarious, going back and reading the reviews when this stuff first came out. People really, really, really, really wanted to like it. A study in cognitive dissonance, it was. But...was this a joke? It wasn't? Really? Likes include Field Notes From Paris (became only a casual relationship after the FB arrived), Amaranthine, By Kilian Midnight Aoud (sorta) some vintages (My Sin, L'Aimant, Joy perfume) and I know there are others. Rosine's Rose d'Homme. And I know there are others.

mariekel December 22, 2009

Serge Noire was dreadful and made me wonder what the hell M. Sheldrake was smoking when he formulated it. It reminded me of an old sweater left in a musty attic for years. Also on my hit list are Nasomatto's Black Afgano (thoroughly mystified by this overpriced mediocre line), which smells like an afghan hound that has just rolled in a big pile of rotting leaves, Humiecki and Graef's Multiple Rouge, which instead of being fun and wacky was just whack. One of the few scents ever to make me feel queasy. And last but not least, Olivier Durbano's Jade, which smells like an industrial cleaning fluid that is trying to "go green". Too bad, since I quite like his other perfumes.

Heidi December 22, 2009

Lola was almost too nondescript for me to dislike. It was just nothing at all. I thought Badgley Mischka Couture was particularly hideous. Did Kors' Very Hollywood come out this year? That one was so bad it was almost cartoonishly hilarious.

dleep December 22, 2009

I was not impressed with Estee Lauder Jasmine & White Moss or the Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise. Also boring were Lola, Hollywood and the D&G series with the naked models. After a while all of the department store perfumes started smelling the same to me. I did fall in love with some niche lines this year. There are some really funny posts in this thread!

Linda December 22, 2009

Gack! How funny! I hated Lola, too. But this year's massive failures have been all my own fault... the blends I make in my little lab turn out delicious, if they are composed of things that I don't care about, but I am trying to compose my mother's HG vanilla scent and ... aieeee! I hate blending vanilla scents. I didn't know until I was well into this that it easily stuns my nose into anosmia, but it does. And I either make things that are boooooooring, or turn to cat-pee once applied to the skin, when I am crafting straight-up vanilla scents. (Mom has a cat-pee-skin-chemistry thing that is remarkably immediate and brutal.) And don't get me started on roses. I want to love them, but I don't. I really don't. And my own blends featuring rose have been the worst of all. Le sigh.

March December 22, 2009

Heh heh, these were so fun to read! Without going back and browsing through my posts for Mr. Yuck, I'd say ... off the top of my head ... well, I sorta hate nominating Daphne, because it was at least INTERESTING. And obviously some people lurve it. That Idole d'Armani still terrifies me. I hated Mousson but that might have been last year? Havane Vanille hates me, but I think it's me that's the problem. Never even tried the Boadicea stuff, and after reading these comments, I probably won't. :d

saran December 22, 2009

boadicea the victorius exotic. Worst perfume ever. I have never felt that bad from a perfume, massive headache and gagreflexes, couldnt eat anything for the entire day. It was all over the place, sweeeet, herbal, masculin, feminin... completely weird and nauchious. Maybe its my nose.

Rockrose December 22, 2009

Maybe I'm old fashioned and just like the pretty ones like une Fleur de Cassie, but i just couldn't bear the new Cartier's, especially la Treizieme, the one that smells like an old ash tray.

Shelley December 22, 2009

Erm...I feel like a mixed-up wench...Daphne was just silly to me, not something I'd likely ever want to wear, but not nose wrinkling or Gah or scrubber...I enjoyed my one test run of Oriental Lounge (yesterday's blech)...add on to that, I'm one who had more happy from Wazamba than Filles en High Heels...okay, thinking; what did I not like from this year? Come to think of it, I'm kinda mad at the Filles. What I enjoyed about it was the heart, which was Serge redux, and I'd much rather get that from, say, Chergui. But this is not "what scent irritated you," but what did I not like... Gonna have to go rummage through the samps. I think this is kinda tough because for the second half of this year, I segued into "you have permission to not smell everything" mode. So if I suspected I wouldn't like it, and had no inkling that I'd learn anything from sniffing, I didn't bother. Benefits of approaching a certain age: believing there's too much good in the world to waste a lot of time on the bad. :)

jen December 22, 2009

Tampax Fresh Accord! Ah, that made me laugh. Most of my newer scents were not too terrible. Lola at least has a pretty bottle. I did manage to smell the worst scent ever made. (not new, but it was new to me this year)Secretions Magnifiques by Etat Libre d’Orange was so strange that I wanted to throw up. The sad thing was that I had to try it 3 times to come to that conclusion: This makes me sick. Stay far away!

Jemimagold December 22, 2009

Another vote for horrid CdG Daphne. In case TF Purple Patchouli was a 2009 fragrance, I nominate that sickly sweet mess as well. Last of all, the 5-minute lasting power of the Honore des Pres perfumes merit them honorable mention.

monkeytoe December 22, 2009

The reformulation of Sisley Eau de Campagne was the worst thing I smell this year. I was having a crappy day to begin with, but I actually got a little verklmpt. I went straight to the airport, then sniffed and bought a couple of bottles of Cristalle edt and Pour Monsieur before they are changed beyond my appreciation.

Fernando December 22, 2009

I guess the one that comes to mind, partly because I was expecting something good, was Patchouli Homme from Parfums de Nicolai. It has a green pimento thing in it that absolutely eats up everything else... and of course, it stays on and on. It contaminated my samples box and got on my watchband. Horrors. My wife hated Wazamba because of the pepper. "No one should smell like roast," she said. Those are, of course, pretty good quality in a technical sense. Most of the department store stuff just struck me as boring, not sufficiently present to be actively bad, along the lines of Pauli's famous "this isn't right; this isn't even wrong."

Francesca December 22, 2009

I've smelled a few GAH things this year, but they were older. The newish scent (Oh, thanks, Luca with your 5 stars) that was a horror for me was Le Labo Oud 27. It was my own fault. I was hoping it would be something that would make The Party seem like....ummm...4711. All it did was give me an instant migraine and make me feel violently ill. As a science experiment, I sent the sample to Carter, and it somehow disappeared in transit. I'm sure it's in some counterterrorist lab in Langley even now as I type.

london December 22, 2009

I liked Daphne, Prends Garde a Toi, Oriental Lounge, Havana Vanille and even a couple of the Boadiceas (though strictly I think the original range counts as 2008) so clearly I have no taste at all! I'd vote for Peche Cardinal, Keiko Mecheri Iris Pourpre, Chaman's Party, Paris-New York and Boise Torride all of which I couldn't wait to scrub off my skin. Omnia Green Jade, Pucci Vivara Acqua 330 (the blue one) and L'Eau par Kenzo Eau Indigo were big disappointments given that I think Bvlgari, Pucci and Kenzo generally do a really good job with their lines. Tom Ford Musk Collection, La Prairie Gold, Micallef Mon Parfum, Heeley Ophelia and Byredo Blanche were the big "how come this is so expensive and smells so cheap?" ones for me this year.

Louise December 22, 2009

Not to be repetitive, reiterative, and redundant-but Daphne was a horror on me 8-x

hongkongmom December 22, 2009

serges filles in high heels thingy was ewie after the brain stopped being intellectual, and just said..LIKE or NOT LIKE!Definately not like. all the dg anthology fumes were just so ...weak the new prada also disappeared from my skin before i could get ANYTHING from it so just to end off on a positive note... Thank G-d for jubilation 25:d

Andrea December 22, 2009

L'Artisan's Cote d'Amour was such a disappointment on me: cold raw sweetish mortar, nothing else. The Kenzo Indigos were so underwhelming, Parisienne and Rose the one, too, most of the mainstream stuff, in fact. And as a whole line: 'Les Parfums Suspendus' and 'Ineke'. No fragrances, just concepts. And the biggest flops were my Ensoleille Moi by GasBijoux, which I ordered, payed and never got (neither the money) and my Amouage Homage (which had gone bad and smelled of camel dung. Which was interesting, at least). Maybe you just get so jaded and start thinking 'been there, done that' most of the time?

Fiordiligi December 22, 2009

I'm quite timid about "new releases" and stay away from department store fragrances so have not necessarily been exposed to the really bad screamers, but I inadvertently sniffed a few with the hideous melon note which made me retch....see, I'm easily upset. And I disliked Serge Noir intensely, too. I have no doubt that I too would loathe Lola. Talk about over-hype.

carmencanada (Grain de Musc) December 22, 2009

Oh, and March: we're doing a best of winter perfumes in late January (usual suspects): I'm in charge of managing it this time. But I'm game for a best of 2009.

carmencanada (Grain de Musc) December 22, 2009

Seems a couple of "worsts" in the above comments are among the ones I really thought were good: Havana Vanille is the only really interesting vanilla in my opinion, and I enjoy Al Oudh's whiffs of the animal. These are well made scents, even though they may not appeal to everyone (and because they're strongly opinionated, they won't). But some scents smell terrible because they're badly composed, so that liking them or not isn't a matter of personal affinity or repulsion for such or such a note. I would nominate the entire Boadicea the Victorious line: over-hyped, over-priced and such a spectacular mess that I kept smelling them in fascination, thinking: "someone's actually thought these were good enough to offer to the world". No structure, no balance, and they feel they were mixed in someone's basement, though they probably weren't. They probably really reflect Michael Boadi's taste. He should have stuck to being a hair stylist.

Winifreida December 22, 2009

Dang, I don't live close enough to the city to be able to smell new releases etc, but the thing that I'd call close to a scrubber that I smelled this year (love 'fume too much to actually scrub, usually try to drown it with something else) was one of Luca's five ***** stars - Montales Oud Cuir de Arabie OMG, in fact if we have a note of 2009 that didn't go too well for moi, it would have to be oud - yes, I know heresy, just shows that despite thirty years of Mitsouko I still havn't earned my perfumista stripes!!! Will keep trying tho'!!

QuinnCreative December 22, 2009

There was a lot of meh this year: Estee Lauder Jasmine and White Moss, Jo Malone Vanilla and Anise, Serge's Cellophane--all just meh. But you asked for awful. Lola. Apothia Velvet Rope. L'Artisans Oud thing. CDG's Daphne. Idole D'Armani. And then there were the disappointments. . .L'Artisans Havana Vanille and anything with way too much cedar or curry in it.

Musette December 22, 2009

If we're talking New Release, then it would have to be Havana Vanille - that thing stunk up the jernt and gave me a terrible sinus headache. Did I mention it stunk? If we're talking New to Me, the list is too long....tooo long. xoxox >-)

chasa December 22, 2009

Ego Facto Prends Garde a Toi...beware, indeed (at least on me). Started out OK and then a quick descent into noxiousness.