Originally Posted by Snew
You seem to know what you're talking about. I don't think the level of customization you suppose is necessary, though - I smell like nothing, so I don't need a smell to go with my smell. I just need help picking a mainstream brand that will make it seem like I know something about cologne (or Eau du Toilettes, which I thought were the same thing until just now). As far as what I think I should smell like...I have no idea, nor could I have any idea. I gave a pretty detailed description of what I'm going for; do you have any specific advice for me that allows me to forego unnecessary effort learning about scents myself?
I don't really know all that much. I just know what I like.
I suspect what you don't realize is that you do
smell like something...even if it's only soap. You may not be able to smell yourself...we get used to smells and don't notice them anymore...but you smell like something to others.
But while fragrances differ in very fundamental ways from clothes, they are similar in one respect--they express something of yourself...or should.
I am a boot and shoemaker, I like the smell of leather. Some leather is tanned with tree bark, and I turn wood as a hobby...I like the smell of wood. I like single malt scotch and peat reek (smoke) and I smoked a pipe (Balkan Sobrannie) for many years...I like the smell of tobacco and whisky and wood smoke. These are aspects of my life and have been for over 40 years. In a very real sense they represent my passions and my attitudes and my day-to-day interests.
I don't think you can choose a fragrance based on an event. For one thing, many of the better fragrances will last 6-8 hours and some will still be there after 24 hours and a shower.
I think you kind of choose a fragrance based on how you feel that day. So if I'm feeling a little anti-social I have an EdT that smells like I've been up all night drinking Lagavulin and playing poker with Humphrey Bogart--Fumidus
by Profumum. Or one that smells like sweat and celery (and people either love it or hate it)--Yatagan
by Caron. And another that was reputedly favoured by both Humphrey Bogart and Winston Churchill--vintage Tabarome
by Creed. One that is all wood smoke and fireplace--Eau du Fier
by Annick Goutal. And of course, vintage English Leather...the one I liked the most when I was in college. I've even mixed that with some birch oil to get what I think Russia calf would smell like...seeing as how it was curried with birch oil.
The interesting thing is that you can purchase samples, splits and decants (some of which are not available in the US) on the internet for very little money. That lets you explore your own tastes and work up a selection for seasons or moods or day/night or even situations.
Better yet when Christmas comes around you can give your wife or girlfriend a decant of some famous parfum that would ordinarily cost $600.00 an ounce for less than $50.00 or so. Maybe even give her several.Edited by DWFII - 10/10/11 at 7:45pm