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Sniff Test: Sexual Michel Germain Sugar Daddy

dave lackie and nathalie atkinson
dave lackie and nathalie atkinson

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sexual sugar daddy by michel germain
sexual sugar daddy by michel germain

Sexual Sugar Daddy by Michel Germain (EDT spray) 40ml

Sugar Daddy by Sexual is a masculine fragrance with notes of grapefruit, cinnamon, fir balsam, caramelized praline, lavender, patchouli, sweet tobacco, leather and sandalwood.

She Says:

Since I didn’t buy this at counter and the carton is all about silver glitter, it’s unclear from packaging if Sexual Sugar Daddy is for men or for women. Do you wear this to be one or to get one? (I have so many questions.) One whiff answers all: It’s definitely playboy fare, albeit inoffensive with its subtle dose of cinnamon tobacco. More suede than leather, there’s something familiar but indistinct about it. Like if you combined all the cologne worn by the men at any given bar on a Thursday night. With this name, Michel Germain is looking for some of that irreverent Tom Ford F**king Fabulous buzz. I’m not so sure it is. 2 out of 4

He Says:

This fragrance should come with a warning sticker that reads: Does not come with a silk/polyester shirt unbuttoned to the navel, gold chains with Playboy medallions, pinky rings, nor a 10 year-old smartphone with a ringtone that plays  “Living On A Prayer”. It doesn’t come with any pickup lines on the box that read, “You must be exhausted because you’ve been running through my mind all night.” Nor does it come with roadside assistance to boost the owners 2003 Yaris nor tape to fix a broken brake light. Fabricated, a little desperate and embarrassingly showy, Michel Germain claims it is “filled with aphrodisiacs that do the flirting for you. Hugs and kisses are inevitable.”  Unfortunately, these aren’t the kinds of hugs and kisses you want. Notes of crystalized grapefruit zest, cinnamon bark, caramelized pralines and sweet tobacco sound good on paper but aren’t of high enough quality nor blended skillfully enough to make any kind of impact. I imagine Sexual Sugar Daddy is what an online dating service on a Saturday night at 2 am would smell like. 1 out of 4

sexual sugar daddy by michel germain
sexual sugar daddy by michel germain
  • Please note this review reflects the personal opinions of Nathalie Atkinson and Dave Lackie.


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    Cynthia M Sacks
    November 8, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Hysterical! I think this scent would firmly place me back in the dance clubs I frequented in the 70’s and 80’s. The dancing was fun – the desperate people around (do I include myself?) were not so fun. @cindy_sacks

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    daniela d sborlini
    October 6, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    lol wont be giving this one out for Christmas, love these sniff tests @daniela27

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    Leslie Mortimer
    October 1, 2020 at 8:25 am


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    Angela Citrigno
    September 30, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Thanks for the chuckle 🤣🤣🤣. Dave, your description was a perfect visual. After reading the list of ingredients I scrunch up my face and shook my head. Maybe this is the fragrance you give to your not so best friend?

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    Leslie Mortimer
    September 5, 2020 at 9:50 am

    As funny as the fragrance is bad!! Bravo.

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    Rhonda Stefani
    September 1, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Hahaha, got the full visual in my brain & it was hilarious! Well done!

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    July 15, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Lol! Brilliant

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    Sherri Gelbart
    July 15, 2020 at 8:29 am

    I laughed so hard at this Sniff test, especially the “he said”!

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      August 15, 2020 at 2:37 pm


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    Emma Isai
    June 25, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    So funny! Nicely done =)

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    Christine B.
    June 23, 2020 at 2:14 am

    Best reviews I’ve read on a “not so good” fragrance – love it ! I must steer clear of anyone wearing this scent. Thanks for the smile you two !

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    Gail Siemko
    June 20, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    What a hoot! I was reading the he/she reviews here on @scentlodge perfumes by the two noses of @natalieatkinson @davelackie. I was so thrilled will Joy and laughing so hard, that the men in my life thought I had tried the new #TheScentLodgeDRINK 🥰 No it’s the truthful descriptions with assigned numbers! Haha I’ll be back.

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    Somia D
    June 18, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Omg- these are 2 of my favourite reviews ever!! That name is horrible- Although I do have a pile if rejected friend requests of men who may be interested in purchasing this. Thank you for sacrificing your noses so I don’t have to.

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    June 18, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Great review, I’ll make sure to stay away from the one!

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    Michelle Conn
    June 18, 2020 at 8:43 am


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    Anna Roszak Robinson
    June 18, 2020 at 12:52 am

    Lol. Love it!

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    Mariola daher
    June 17, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Omg love this 😍😍💕😳

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      Jibralta Merrill
      August 15, 2020 at 2:42 pm

      I love the sniff tests! Usually Dave is a bit more diplomatic but not this week! ROTFL WHY would anyone put carmelized pralines, tobacco & cinnamon together in a scent!? 💀UGH! 🤦‍♀️

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    Sandra Fusato
    June 17, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Love this so much !!! 😍😍😍

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      Sarah Smart-Antonio
      June 17, 2020 at 9:13 pm

      LIVING ON A PRAYER RINGTONE, I’m dead !!! Hahaha

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    June 17, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    OMG! I can’t stop laughing! These are the best perfume reviews EVAH! @velvetwhip

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    Amanda R
    June 17, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Very descriptive , and hilarious ! My g/f s and I used to call these kind of frags ” Dude at the bar in a bottle”.
    Believe me, I know, and have smelled the type. Holla ! HollahollahollahollahollaHOLLA.

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      Grieta Allison
      June 17, 2020 at 9:54 pm

      I can’t hahaha this is the best!! I’m dying! :))))

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    Angela Citrigno
    June 17, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    You both crack me up. Dave, I could envision exactly what you said. I would be rolling my eyes if this person walked by me. Saturday Night Fever kinda guy. Looking forward to more reviews. I love this @959angela

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    September Dee
    June 17, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Lol!!! I’m going to enjoy these he said, she said reviews.

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    June 17, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Hilarious! ❣️❣️❣️👍

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    Leona Coleman
    June 17, 2020 at 10:36 am

    Thank you for that insight

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      Alayne Langford
      June 18, 2020 at 11:10 pm

      You two are naughty! You had me at “Mr. Soft Twist Cone truck crashing into a Kool Aid stand”, 😲 and then finished with the online dating service… lolol. 😂 I want aMORE!! ❤️❤️❤️

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    eva harvey
    June 17, 2020 at 10:15 am

    🌟🌹💕OMG ! 🌷🌹Thank you for the review 🌹💕💕

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