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Do you wear perfume?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Fabienne, Dec 22, 2004.

  1. Andrew V.

    Andrew V. Senior member

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    I agree.
     
  2. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Fragrances can last quite awhile depending on the quality. Mass market stuff at EDC/EDT strength may only last 3-5 years, millesimes by Creed can last many decades. If you visit Creed's boutique in Paris, they have some vintage Creeds from the 19th century that are still quite nice. Fragrances, like wines, last longer if stored in the dark and in cool temperatures. All of my stuff is more or less 1-2 years old or newer as I keep rotating fragrances in and out of my collection and sell quite a few as well (on ebay and in other places)
     
  3. JLibourel

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    I am a firm believer in the daily application of cologne...except for those rare occasions when I go hunting and don't want to spook the game. Among the many movements of crusading cranks and obnoxious activists, there are few if any that I despise more absolutely than the "anti-fragrance" movement. If some people are allergic, tough stuff. No few people are allergic to the sun, pollens and whatnot. Should we try to snuff the sun or eradicate flowering plants for their benefit?
     
  4. housemaidsknee

    housemaidsknee Senior member

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    i use perfume/cologne/fragrances regularly.  i am one for moderation - a dab on the wrists or the neck is enough.  the idea is not to knock out everybody who passes by.

    also, i dont like cologne on clothes - it's meant to be applied to the skin. on clothes, it will get stale quickly and the stale smell will remain forever.
     
  5. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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    Given that you mentionned having several hundreds of fragrances, and that there are only 350 days in a year, I was just a little worried for your collection. I spent a few days in Grasse, and yes, I have smelled perfumes that were several decades old with still quite a kick.

    However, some years ago, I found a forgotten bottle of Magie Noire in a drawer. I would estimate it was 15-20 years old. It was no longer wearable.

    So what do you think of this trend in Paris that has people designing their own perfume?

    Strikes me as Disneyland-y. But then again, when you smell some of the "creations" on the market, it makes you ponder.
     
  6. uppercase

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    for some, designing one's own perfume is a natural extension of a trend of moving to bespoke/customization in everything personal to ourselves...suits, shirts, hats, shoes: the desire to have our personal items special-made and personally designed by ourselves; to abandon mass commercialism and develop a personal, unique style through custom made....

    but learning to make an individual fragrance , or at least direct the nose to do so, would be daunting and require a whole new field of study, even though it would be a very interesting endeavour.

    so the best that i could do would be to seek out the unusual, though commercial, perfumes.

    I haven't been able to find the serge lutens line yet , for example.....
     
  7. drizzt3117

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    If I was going to do so, I'd definitely go to Villoresi in Florence, I believe it costs about E600 for him to custom make a fragrance for you, pretty cool IMO (and only about E500 more than buying one of his off the shelf fragrances)
     
  8. Fabienne

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    What does that mean: "custom-make a fragrance for you"? Does that mean you have input? Does it mean he reads your personality, then creates? I don't think I would trust anyone to custom create a perfume for me, unless that person knew me. Et encore. Now, if the process involved some kind of learning process in the art of marrying scents, maybe. But only for the sake of the illusion.
     
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  10. Fabienne

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    Thank you for the article. That is the most logical and practical manner of handling the whole thing, indeed. I'd still be too scared.
     

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