Do you wear perfume?

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  1. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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    I wasn't sure which category to place this in, but since for me, it completes an outfit, here I am in Men's Clothing. Warning: please spare me the BO jokes. it gets old. Very fast. My serious question is the following: Do you wear perfume? If not, why? If so, can you talk about how it is viewed where you live?
     


  2. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    I used to. However, I come to realize that perfume leaves smell on suits. Which mean I am forced to dry clean my suits, which I do not want to. So I do not put any perfume when I wear suits.
     


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    johnw86 Senior member

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    I'll bet none of the men on the list says "yes, I wear perfume."

    Many men wear cologne. A semantic difference, but one that is important (I'm guessing) to most of us.

    And, yes, I wear cologne. Like you, I feel it completes.

    I'm not sure how many men around me use cologne--only occasionally do I get a whiff, and when that happens it's usually because he's wearing too much.
     


  4. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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    Technically, it's a question of concentration, but linguistically, you are correct, I should have used the word Cologne, at least for Americans.

    Since the person wearing cologne does not smell it after the first minute and a half, it is meant for others.  Just like clothes, to some extent.  I don't believe it should be overwhelming.  It should be revealed when one gets closer to a person.
     


  5. Roy

    Roy Senior member

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    I wear Acqua di Parma colonia.
     


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    bch Senior member

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    I find that there is enough scent in soap you shower with, shampoo, shaving soap, and aftershave that one does not need a spritz of cologne. I do occasionally, anyway, but don't make a habit of it, and when I do, it's never some hyper-marketed, expensive stuff. Usually Bath & Body Works, L'Occitane, or something similar (about $10 or $15 for a large bottle).
     


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    Roy Senior member

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    That's why I use odorless shower/shaving soap/shampoo and deoderant.
     


  8. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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    I'd stick with l'Occitane over Bath and Body Works, if I were you. Their scents are artificial (synthetic) and stick forever to your skin, whereas l'Occitane's products are all natural and linger nicely.
     


  9. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    No. Personally, I think it's inappropriate to wear cologne or "after-shave" to work. For evenings, I know some older men wear it (e.g., my grandfather used to). But I don't know anyone who wears any regularly.
     


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    Ofcourse. It is a must to complete dressing. It is a pleasure. Spray it lightly on my clothing as well. Looking at my bureau, right now have there, and wear depending on mood, time of day, occasion and clothing: Trumper - sandalwood Penhaligon - Hammam YSL - M7 Fresh Cartier - Pasha Fraicheur Menthe Zegna - Essenza Rocha - ? Roger & Gallet - Extra Vielle Roberto Cavalli - Man Guerlain - Heritage Ralph Lauren - Purple Label Etro - Shaal Nur Kiton - Napoli Hermes - Eau d'Orange Verte Joop - Rococo Dior - Higher Energy These are generally commercial fragrances, but I am always on the lookout for the more rare, more interesting fragrances whereever I can. Ofcourse, if I lived in US, I could not get away with this habit. Fabienne, ofcourse the use or non-use of cologne is as telling as different nationalities clothing styles as you will see from the posts.... [​IMG]
     


  11. montecristo#4

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    Just a tiny bit (to quote Queer Eye, which in this rare occasion Ioffers good advice -- "spray, and walk away").

    I only go with it sometimes. When I do, it goes on before my tie and jacket so I avoid getting it on those items.

    Montecristo
     


  12. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    I have a pretty large collection of fragrances (several hundred) but some of my favorite are:

    Creed Silver Mountain Water
    Creed Original Vetiver
    Lorenzo Villoresi Vetiver
    Lorenzo Villoresi Piper Nigrum
    Annick Goutal Duel
    Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoulta
    YSL M7 Fresh
    MPG Santal Noble
    MPG Route de Vetiver
    L'Artisan Mure et Musc Extreme
    L'Artisan Voleur de Roses
    L'Artisan Merchant Loup
    L'Artisan Timbuktu

    Shameless plug: I still have a large list of rare fragrances at 50% or more off in the For Sale section.
     


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    By aftershave, I didn't mean some alcohol-based product, e.g. Aqua-Velva, with a strong scent. I use Jack Black cooling gel. It's awesome and definitely to be used everday.
     


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    My preference is for no smells--good or bad. For context, I work in the financial services industry, where nobody comes to work with cologne on. I can't imagine being in a meeting with several conflicting scents in the room. Does anybody really wear cologne?
     


  15. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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    Amazing collection. You are aware that perfumes/colognes have an expiration date, right? They do turn, after a while, a few years, I'd say.

    I'm a little confused: I thought L'Artisan's fragrances were for women. Now that I think of it, some could actually work for men, especially those you quoted. I nearly bought Mure et musc for myself.
     


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