So here's what happened: Some here will know it. You're in the home office (I'm transitionally moved back to my parents in the country), because you bother no one with new (daring) fragrance experiments and can try in "protected atmosphere" new samples in abundance extensively. As one of these really daring fragrances, should turn out for me Megamare, but more about that in a moment...
I came across Megamare because I was pretty excited about Tom Ford's Oud Minérale and its spray/algae impact. Aquatic without the typical artificial freshness, but a freshness that at the same time brings a lot of (seaweed/sea) depth with it, yes that can be something.
Megamare also strikes first in a similar notch. I smell fresh sea air, a bit of seaweed and a fair amount of synthetic ozonic freshness. Also, the, I'll call it "salt accord", really intrigued me. When I put my nose under my t-shirt, there's actually a salty smell that's similar to smelling a jar full of salt. However, the synthetic sea freshness in Megamare is almost chemically pungent to aggressive and Oud Minérale just has more depth to it, is more rounded, natural and much better calibrated in its sillage for me. Nevertheless, Megamare didn't seem "unappetizing" to me at first. The synthetic freshness, the potency, the absolute linearity (I can hardly detect a thirst curve) and above all its sillage behaviour (transparent and yet very present)...all this reminded me in its "construction" rather of fragrances of the type Dior Sauvage. Accordingly positive reactions of my fellow men I expected. But it should come differently...
It was a hot summer day and I planned to go shopping. On days like this, I steer clear of sweet scents. That's where Megamare came in. It's merely fresh, so who would mind it. Aware of its strength, I felt on the safe side as I only applied two small spritzes - from a small 3ml pocket diffuser mind you. One on the back of my neck, one on my chest. As soon as my parents entered the house, the first comments came. "What have you put on again today, that smells awful?!" Me: "Hm, that's Megamare, something really "fine"...really that bad? Or rather, what does it smell like to you?" "Hard to describe...you can smell it everywhere anyway, kinda chemical and pretty gross!" Me: "Wow gross, find the actually not so bad, although the admittedly has quite power. Wanted to go shopping with it actually now, but with your reactions, I should probably think again, haha..."
I got in the car and Megamare kept "pumping". Oh my god, this "monster" is probably just getting started...well, have all the masks on in the supermarket anyway and parents tell you a lot when the day is long, I thought to myself. Arrived in the supermarket, I saw the rich beer department, which took my focus off Megamare completely. While I was happily assembling my beer case, I crossed the path of a couple twice. I had just passed when I heard the woman say "Baah, there it is again..." and she sniffed with her nose in all directions to find the cause "...something smells totally disgusting!". I knew immediately that this undoubtedly meant me and Megamare. Also I had to notice that the mask duty in the supermarket had stopped and about 80% of the people were without. Well, actually I didn't sign up for Parfumo so that people in my area would loudly proclaim that I stink. A little unsettled and embarrassed, I now tried to use aisles in the supermarket where no people were to be found, which turned out to be not so easy. It may be imagination, but felt some people turned around when I had to pass them. To make matters worse, I had to ask an employee about the chickpeas (I shouted it to him at a "safe distance" of 5m)...but when I showed him, he also fluffed his nostrils conspicuously (although his face showed more curiosity than disgust). Of course I did the shopping as fast as I could and left the supermarket. But even in the parked hot car awaited me still a small cloud of residual sillage of Megamare.
In the evening I wanted to meet with friends. Why wash up? That's what friends are for, they have to be able to put up with you and I was also curious about their feedback. As soon as I arrived, I told my supermarket story and apologized in advance if I smelled unusual today. A friend said, "Yeah, I noticed that right away too...you smell like a Hamburg harbor whore." He had apparently smelled out the "harbor" pretty well, because I hadn't said anything else about this "maritime" scent. Other comments went along the lines of, "Yes extremely fresh, as if you had bathed in Axe deodorant." The application of the two small spritzes was now mind you close to 5 hours ago. Even my girlfriend (who I only let smell the small atomizer) immediately screwed up her face in disgust. But even she could not name it clearly, what she dislikes so strongly, except that it smells somehow chemical.
Conclusion: I personally find the fragrance actually not bad, even if it is a little too pungent present. Nevertheless, I have never - and I have yet tried one or the other exotic fragrances - received so much negative feedback. I don't know what it is and the other reviews here show it, Megamare seems to polarize the noses extremely. For me personally - forgive me, as I am now a damaged child - he is simply unacceptable.