Side Effect 2016

Side Effect by Initio
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Side Effect is a popular perfume by Initio for women and men and was released in 2016. The scent is sweet-spicy. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is still available to purchase. Pronunciation
Scent goes well with Magnetic Blend 7
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Fragrance Notes

CinnamonCinnamon
TobaccoTobacco
SaffronSaffron
SandalwoodSandalwood
RumRum
VanillaVanilla
HedioneHedione

Ratings

Scent

8.4437 Ratings

Longevity

8.7406 Ratings

Sillage

8.3403 Ratings

Bottle

8.6390 Ratings

Value for money

7.0160 Ratings
Submitted by Michael, last update on 21.10.2021.
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Ischgelroi
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Ischgelroi
Ischgelroi
Less helpful Review    8  
Unfortunately a fragrance without corners and edges
Side Effect has been one of the bottlings with me that has somehow fallen into oblivion. The reason for this was also my disappointment with Oud for Greatness (unfortunately without oud) and Musk Therapy, which completely collapsed after the beautiful top note. Me and Initio didn't get off to a good start until now. My hope now was that Side Effect might change that. Unfortunately, here came the next disappointment.

Side Effect is a typical sweet boozy fragrance with a swing to a gourmand. The whole thing is actually nothing bad, but unfortunately Side Effect is just a sweet cloud with slight spice nuance. The tobacco is unfortunately almost slain by the sweet notes, and the rum can't hold its own either. To me, Side Effect just smells like cinnamon, vanilla, saffron and sandalwood with a marginal amount of the other notes from the fragrance pyramid. I'll keep it short: it's just disappointing. Unfortunately, Side Effect also bears a very strong resemblance to The One Intense, which also bothers me a lot. The fragrance DNA on Side Effect is really not unique at all, especially after the top note, it's just merely sweet and sticky. Side Effect unfortunately just has no edges as I mentioned in the headline. There would have been a lot more in here because the notes would have offered the potential for something better. Side Effect is for me a drugstore fragrance with a slight niche character.

The durability is but really very good. Side Effect was even after 12 hours still gently perceptible on my skin. The silage is also good and is just over an arm's length noticeable for 6-7 hours. After that, Side Effect quickly becomes skin.

Side Effect is not a bad fragrance, but for me just nothing special, and for this my claim to a brand which clearly sees itself as a niche is too high, more precisely I expect here simply more. At around 200 € there must simply be more offered.
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Aikj55

4 Reviews
Aikj55
Aikj55
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Mind Blowing
My Personal experience with this fragrance was a Love at first sniff; I watched a review on YouTube of it either on Redolessence/BFL or BowTieFragranceGuy channels and had to try it.
Ordered a 7.5ml sample from the initioparfums website & it arrived rapidly; 1 spray was all it took to order the full 90ml bottle & Its been a pleasure since.
I'll always have this in my collection, i'm a sucker for notes & whats what but I don't care, its a win or okay or yuck when it comes to fragrances. This one is an absolute winner.
Connie
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Connie
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Saffron and cigar... Not mine...
I have waited so long to finally be able to test this fragrance, after what felt like thousands of YouTuber and other fragrance freaks, Side Effect have called the Non Plus Ultra when it comes to attractive and irresistible fragrances. Finally it was today so far, my tester came today with the mail....

The fragrance would have been earlier, when I was full of oriental, coarse, woody and 100% unisex fragrances, maybe what for me but I've somehow moved on or let's put it this way, my taste has changed a lot.... I now like very feminine floral or gourmand scents and Side Effect is definitely not that. Not 100%..

I loved Armani Prive Oud Royal so much for a long time, especially when we were in the Emirates and a short time after. Now I like the no longer. For me, both fragrances fit great when you're traveling in the Middle East but only there... Side Effect has in my opinion a very big similarity with Oud Royal. Who knows the Oud Royal, knows where the journey goes with Side Effect... Spicy, smoky and seeeeee much saffron....

Now for the scent:
Side effect starts very woody with a huge overdose of saffron, as it stands in the book. I also smell what resinous which I unfortunately do not like at all, where that comes from must know the good Lord. Side Effect could also very well be an oud scent, which is not the case according to the scent pyramid. In the dry down the tobacco note, for me cigar smell, becomes very present and the rum rocks only vaguely a bit in the background with. I see in front of me an older rich man sitting in a cigar lounge with a glass of rum.... I have unfortunately even after 2 hours of wearing a headache from the scent get.

Unfortunately, the saffron which plays the absolute main role here, a saffron of the scratchy kind what a continuous light burning in my nose causes and the fragrance overall for me personally much too masculine can act.

The fact is that Side Effect is not at all mine
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MsPerfume
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MsPerfume
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The Boozy Initio
First: incredibly interesting fragrance with high recognition value! The spicy notes with the alcohol note (rum) are beautifully interwoven. Find the fragrance very feminine, sexy, noble and also wintry cuddly / gourmandig, determined a good Ausgeh fragrance.
Personally, it was then unfortunately a little tick too alcoholic. Would the rum note lower dosed, then he would have landed on my WL
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Jasminroedig
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Jasminroedig
Very helpful Review    15  
In a bar in Porto

Dimmed lights, dusty spotlights
Tobacco scent floats over the dance floor of the Latin nightclub
Raggaeton booms from the speakers, sending everyone in attendance into passionate partner dances.

A Latino man dressed in a black leather jacket and white shirt sits on one of the wooden bar stools in the back. His stubborn hair, which he fixed with a little gel 3 hours ago, fell in his face. His body isn't facing either the dance floor or the bar, as he wanted to keep both in view. He could dance, very well in fact, but he mostly preferred to take his glass of rum with relish. He is not at all shy, rather his standards are too high for the crowd dancing around. The Latino has a black sense of humor and knows that his demanding provocative manner does not meet with universal approval.
While waiting for his second glass, he kept intense eye contact with women flowing towards him. It seemed as if there was an attraction emanating from him to the women. He enjoyed the attention and loves the thereby caused feeling to be unattainable. A waft of spices that the bartender laced his gins with kept wafting around him. Throughout the evening, he doesn't approach any of the Latinas, because he knows what he wants.

Like Side Effect
The fiery sweet, almost chilli scent manages to embody my innermost desire. I see the scent on my dream man, as described above. That's why I have no problem at all with this fragrance being one of my favorites for men. The saffron note, the rum and the tobacco, this is pure perfection that screams for men's skin
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MrLawman

38 Reviews
MrLawman
MrLawman
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Sweet effect
This is a sweet fragrance.

It opens up extremely sweet to my nose and remains sweet in the drydown. Its a sugary sweetness but not similar to BR540.

The tobacco and cinnamon come in to calm that sweetness down a bit. It reminded me of a woman's perfume for about an hour, but after it dried a little, it came back to the masculine side.

Although certainly not an offputting fragrance, it doesnt seem quite worthy of the price nor the praise it receives.
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Ptsau

65 Reviews
Ptsau
Ptsau
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Gorgeous Sweet Boozy Tobacco!
I tried the sample of Psychedelic Love first then I loved it at the first sniff but then I tried Side Effect second (I was already sold for the Oud for Greatness), then I love it even more and I knew I had to go for the full bottle of Side Effect before Psychedelic Love. I love the Tobacco mixed with the gourmand and boozy scents. It has a similar profile to Herod but way better performance. They are still so different so I would still keep Herod in my collection. It also contains high percentage of the Hedione that I think it makes me feel so sensual and addicted. The performance is enormous like the Oud for Greatness. Last 12+ hours and project big. I still love the Psychedelic Love so I finally got both full bottles of Side Effect and Psychedelic Love. Side Effect is still better and I think it is the best from Initio along with OFG. I do think Initio is a brand that has great creations and worth the money.
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ParföngMax
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ParföngMax
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?♀️✨Feenland ✨?♀️
Some time ago I got several test samples from the brand Initio
After I tried some of them and some of the fragrances of this brand literally made me vomit, I came across a mix that puts a lot of fragrances in the shade I spray Initio Magnetic Blend 7 and then Side effect . A cloud came towards me of something sweet,smoky,mystical,attractive I could barely describe that scent.
I am fully enthusiastic about this fragrance show it to my friends all find this fragrance great
And then one of my friends says :
This scent smells like you're in a fairytale forest
And there would be fairies hovering around you I burst out laughing but he was right somehow This fragrance is a compliment monster !!!
I went to the club with that scent
I don't think I've been accosted by any other scent like that
No matter if women or men were all over the place, this perfume will enchant everything around you and even yourself I recommend this fragrance to everyone who wants to have compliments but also to everyone who is looking for something unique ,
The fragrance is solo just as great but combined that has the attraction where I was offered this fragrance experience

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Gury
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Gury
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Dolce & Gabbana - The One INTENSE
I think the headline stands for itself and shows what I am getting at. I think everyone has smelled The One, loves it and is disappointed by the 2 hours shelf life. Rarely has there been such a sexy, appealing and pleasant scent. I don't think I know anybody who doesn't like The One. Especially when it comes to the lovely femininity
But this miserable durability has unfortunately turned me away from him. At some point I came across Initio. A few rehearsals later, Side Effect was also on the line. I had heard before that he was very sexy. I liked the scent pyramid. So I put it on the back of my hand. I wanted to wait a few seconds, but the scent went straight up my nose - WHO SPRAYED THE ONE HERE?
Put your hand closer to your nose and there he was. Tobacco, rum, vanilla, a little cinnamon and something else that puts him above The One, but that DNA... so similar! At first I thought, ok, there is one, but it smells great. But for the price I was rather reluctant at first. But let it take effect first. After one hour it didn't radiate a bit less and the smell was so great in the air and rose in my nose as soon as I moved my hand. Hammer!

Off to work and again and again he got up my nose. I don't believe this. There's no comparison to The One in terms of performance. Meanwhile 5 hours had passed and he was still so potent. Sweet, warm, slightly "boozy" and the tobacco. HAMMER! "What's that smell you're wearing today?" I was asked. "Oh, a sample of a niche scent." ... She didn't tell my colleague, but it escaped her. "Hmmm, delicious."
I think that describes it very well. It produces the same reactions as The One, but has this incredible durability and projection. Even after 10 hours it was still very perceptible Of course he moved right in with me! Meanwhile I have the second bottle at the start.

So if you want The One INTENSE, if you like compliments, if you are looking for a date scent, cuddly scent or a "tasty" scent for autumn, this is the right place for you. For me, The One is nobly made and above all, all weaknesses have been eliminated and it looks even softer and warmer.
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Voula
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Voula
Voula
Top Review    33  
Signature of the risk-taking self
Sensual and bombastic beats of vanilla.
Electrifying charge of the joy of being.
Wild and daring dance.
The resolution in the whirlpool of simple existence.
Acceptance of the courageous and curious self.
Pleasure in the intuitive self.
Pleasure in the risk-taking self.
Devotion at the moment.
Side Effect is the loud and loud fireworks The discharge of the expectant joy of life.
The colourful explosion in the deep black night sky.
A sprayer - like the fuse for blowing up self-imposed controls.

The stage that is shunned during the day.
The feeling with Side Effect.
The fragrance for the night.

Signature of the risk-taking self.
- The scent -
Characteristic and incomparable composition. Hard to grasp and describe.
Vanilla is clearly perceptible, embedded in tobacco and cinnamon. The development is more earthy-woody and sweetish with sandalwood and amber. The result is a sensual, heavy, deep and warm scent. Spicy and sweet and vanilla. Less natural but rather slightly artificial. Just like a stronger make-up for the night, which is clearly visible even in the dark - which is not only slightly prettier, but can also be illusory.
- Shelf life & Sillage -
The fragrance lasts for at least 10 hours during the day or through the night without re-spraying. It radiates boundlessly into the surroundings and, if applied generously, has the potential to take up the entire room. Side Effect a striking fragrance that wants to be the centre of attention. In the centre of attention on stage.
- The flacon -
The deep purple bottle gives a visual impression of the sensuality of the fragrance's character. The gold-coloured emblem is the icing on the cake. The jewellery that is still to be put on to perfect the outfit. Thematically fitting and an eye-catcher!
- Conclusion -
Side Effect is a fragrance that I love to wear to events that I look forward to and where I want to feel winning and special. An eye-catching and powerful fragrance to break out of the daily routine. Also magically attractive for me, where I usually prefer lovely scents.
My first fragrance love and until today one of my favourite fragrances!
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RisingChaosRisingChaos 4 months ago
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Get all the notes upfront, very linear. Heavy tobacco and rum, more woods on deep drydown. Well-blended but not my jam.
Blako11Blako11 5 months ago
Un tabaco muy caballeroso y gentil. Lo recomiendo.
MontanaBMontanaB 5 months ago
Mutated version of Spice Bomb and Jazz Club. Add some ambroxan, hedione and there we go enjoy it for unreasonable price. Zero innovation
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BoBoChampBoBoChamp 7 months ago
8.5
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9
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A warm and sweet, yet gently dusty/leathery, oriental earthy-spicy Winter fragrance, with a boozy spicy-sweet opening. More masculine.
BertolucciKBertolucciK 8 months ago
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Boozy spicy opening with rum and cinnamon. After that, I get Hedione with tobacco and a gourmand vanilla. The scent is warm and appealing.
MariaSMariaS 10 months ago
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Seductive, sexy, fresh woody spicy vanilla, almost medicinal smell. I guess thats why its called side effect. I love it. Its worth it!
TRehfTRehf 1 year ago
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One of the strongest 1st impressions. Gourmand, boozy, cozy yet elegant and very high quality. Unisex, Long staying power. 10/10
Dan81Dan81 1 year ago
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Fantastic boozy Cinnamon scent. Notes are similar to PDM Herod, but the booziness of Side Effect elevates it to a narcotic bomb/obsession.

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