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Author Topic: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...  (Read 4284 times)

SuePhilly

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Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« on: November 19, 2012, 12:05:29 AM »
on me. 

I am really selective about fragrances.  They can't be "Look at me!"  They can't smell artificial or like candy or too too or...

And scents that smell amazing on others, smell like cat piss [sorry, cat lovers, I'm sure YOUR cat's piss smells great] on me.

I had gotten a sample of Hermes Terre d'Homme with my billionth Sephora order and thought it was perfume, so I tried it and thought nothing of it.  Then, when I was working out with my trainer, he says, "You smell great! What are you wearing?  I want to buy some for my girlfriend." And my boyfriend says, "You do smell good."

It turns out it's a man's fragrance, but I'm really really really digging it.  A lot of women seem to like it on them as well.   

I ordered me a bottle.
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makinalist

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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2012, 12:32:29 AM »
Hey, if it smells that great on you, who cares if it started out as a man's scent?  This is a brilliant solution for those of us who don't enjoy candy-sweet, fruity, or big floral fragrances.  I could even see a couple sharing something like this.

Recently I have seen several reviews by women who love Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb for themselves.  Once you put it on, it becomes your own anyway.
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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2012, 02:30:44 PM »
I also received a sample of the Hermes scent and Spicebomb in my recent Sephora orders. I read the reviews regarding Spicebomb being liked by women for themselves. I thought that one sample would be for DH to try and one would be for me. Now I think they will both be mine. All mine. ;)
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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2012, 07:57:01 PM »
 :giggle:
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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2012, 07:08:26 AM »
Nothing wrong with that. I go for either clean uni sex fragrances or more woodsy stuff. I can do florals but it has to be light. I HATE super sweet perfume or cologne.  I am the same way with soap I use in the shower.
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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2012, 10:24:03 PM »
i wear a few scents marketed to men - Gucci Pour Homme, Cartier Declaration, Frederic Malle Geranium Pour Monsieur just to name a few.  if you like it and it smells good on you then go for it.  men's vs women's is just a marketing tool anyway.

now i'm gonna go spritz myself with my Spicebomb sample!
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SusieQ

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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2012, 10:41:45 AM »
I hear you, Thanna!  I remember sporting a man's cologne in my late teens/early 20s. I had a big crush on this guy and he smelled so good. So, I was at Macy's, I think, and someone had just sprayed it. I followed it and purchased a small bottle. I tried it on and by gollly, I had more compliments when I wore that...I just can't remember what it was to save my life.  I guess, I could try to remember but probably won't.  :lol:

After all, it's all about chemistry.  :cackle:
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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2012, 04:51:58 PM »
I received a sample of a men's cologne that is vanilla and tobacco and I love it. But, and it's a big but, the scent is so powerful that I have to keep the little vial in a bubble-wrap baggie that's taped shut. I can't remember ever being so overwhelmed by one scent, not even in an elevator with someone drenched in their fragrance of choice.

I like the brands that are coming out with unisex fragrances. Thanna, I never thought about the idea that's it's all marketing but you're absolutely right. If I recall correctly, a long time ago didn't men use rosewater? Never having smelled it I don't know if it's scented like roses but the name implies it.
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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2012, 06:44:28 PM »
Men's fragrances are often the best choice for anyone who does not care for super-sweet scents.  These days, so many of the new ones are all fruity, flowery, cotton candy messes.  Well, to me anyway. :rollseyes:
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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2012, 10:32:35 PM »
These days, so many of the new ones are all fruity, flowery, cotton candy messes.  Well, to me anyway. :rollseyes:
I do love the flowery ones but I know what you mean, Listy.  They all smell the same. I was at Ulta and they re did the store so they had a round design for the perfumes and cologne.  I spritz here, there and there and after a while, they all sees to smell the same. I wanted to buy some smell good water but it got too much after a while. I let without buying any perfurme.
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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2012, 11:50:26 AM »
You might have had scent-sory overload, SusieQ. I know that I can only test one or, at most, two scents before they all start to blend together and I can't tell one from another. That's a serious drawback to living so far from shopping.

Over the past couple of years I have spent enough to buy a very expensive bottle of perfume on samples and have yet to find "the one." If I were near a shop with a good selection of fragrances I could stop in now and again to test just one at a time and better be able to determine what I like. At this point I can't even narrow it down to fruity/flowery as opposed to more typically masculine fragrances or anything in between. Add in my body chemistry and even my favorites from years gone by are no longer appealing to me. So far I think this has been the worst part about getting older because I've always loved perfume and EDP. /rant over (sorry)
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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2012, 02:20:25 PM »
I think you're right, Styyna. I think it was overload. And, I also agree that maybe you're right about getting older and the scents that I used to love are no longer appealing because of the marching of time.  I think I just need to a bit of research and see where it takes me.  I mean I can start with one scent find out the notes and find out why I like or don't like it. 
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makinalist

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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2012, 03:39:27 PM »
Okay, you two...I love a challenge!  If you will describe your ideal scent as to notes, strength, format, etc., I will attempt to find it!

As for the change in our familiar scents, I think there are two reasons for this: Hormonal changes and the reformulation of older fragrances.
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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2012, 04:38:53 PM »
Okay, you two...I love a challenge!  If you will describe your ideal scent as to notes, strength, format, etc., I will attempt to find it!

As for the change in our familiar scents, I think there are two reasons for this: Hormonal changes and the reformulation of older fragrances.
:eek: Oh...well...that's going to take some time to think about but I may take you up on that, Listy. But, you know that if start taking Tarte Cherry, you may be sleeping more and not have time.  :grin:
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makinalist

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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2012, 07:21:18 PM »
Just let me know when you're ready...I can always dream about perfume!
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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2013, 09:25:32 PM »
Hi, all!  I've been lurking for a couple of weeks but this is my first post.  :)

I've been actively (read: obsessively) exploring my love of scents recently, trying to expand my olfactory horizons.  The other forum I frequent is Basenotes.net, which is a wonderful place for developing one's sensibilities in this area.  Many of the aficionados there feel that masculine/feminine in fragrance is mostly a matter of marketing, and that everyone should wear what is appealing to them, regardless of gender.  And I find I quite agree.

I've never been into super sweet nor heavily floral fragrances, so always tended more toward "unisex" in my choices, but had not until recently tried a men's cologne.  Out of curiosity I sprayed on some of the Creed Aventus that my husband has been wearing lately and....WOW.  I loooooooove it!!  I've been wearing it everyday for the last couple of weeks.  And I get tons of compliments on it, too, which must mean I'm not entirely off my rocker.  ;)
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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2013, 09:45:56 PM »
Hello, FooDog, and welcome to TTB!  :welcome: 

I have to admit that I have never tried a man's scent to see if I would like it - there are so many scents I still want to try as it is - but I certainly would not have a problem with it.  There is one spicy note or notes that I associate with aftershave, though - wonder what that is?  Whatever is in Old Spice, I guess.  Better look that up so I don't smell like my grandpa.  (Don't worry - I'm relatively sure he didn't own anything by Creed. :))
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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #17 on: May 08, 2013, 12:49:58 PM »
Hi and welcome FooDog! I am not over-enamoured of florals, and I do like men's scents... but mainly on men! I have never tried one that I would like to hear. having said that, I will try some. I've got the feeling that I might be able to wear something by  Dior (from the reviews that I have read). I occasionally read Basenotes, but my favourite fragrance site is Bois de Jasmin. She ( I think her name is Victoria) writes beautifully about fragrance and she is so knowledgeable, I am in awe of her reviews!

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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2013, 03:57:35 PM »
Thank you both for the welcome!!

Bois de Jasmin rings a bell....I think her site has come up in Google searches when I was looking for fragrance reviews.  I will definitely look her up again.  Great reminder - thanks!

Hmmm...it's been a long time since I smelled Old Spice, so I'm not sure what that note would be.  Would be easy enough to find out and then avoid, I guess.    :wink:   As much as we love our grandpas, probably don't want to smell like them. 

I was just sniffing in Sephora and thinking that YSL L'Homme seemed pretty me-friendly.  Didn't try it on my skin, but got a sample to take home and try.

Another favorite of mine this past year has been Chanel Sycomore.  It's kind of become my signature.  I'm on my second bottle, which is saying a lot for me.  Definitely not classically "feminine".  Very fresh, but with some depth.  Vetiver and woods.  Also a big compliment getter. 

I'm loving having this vast new empire of mens colognes to explore, although it does make an already ridiculously wide playing field even wider. 
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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2013, 10:56:04 AM »
I have one I want to try -- Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male.  I have read that it closely resembles the scent of MoroccanOil hair products.  Of course, the original MoroccanOil brand now has a dry body oil with the fragrance, but I  would still prefer a cologne. 

The notes are warm fresh mint, lavender, orange blossom and woods.  I do love woods in a scent!

Meanwhile, Old Spice has a lot of notes to pick from - wonder what the spices are:

Top Notes
    Orange, Lemon, Spices, Clary Sage, Aldehydes

Middle Notes
    Cinnamon, Carnation, Geranium, Jasmine, Heliotrope, Pimento Berry

Base Notes
    Vanilla, Musk, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Benzoin, Tonka, Ambergris.

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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2013, 08:13:48 PM »
FooDog (love it) Welcome!! :flowers2:

I remember wearing a man's cologne for about a year- maybe- in my twenties and I had loads of compliments.  FD, do you get compliments more from males than females when you wear the this cologne?  I haven't tried wearing men's scent in a long time or even thought about it but why not?  It's all chemistry.
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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #21 on: May 13, 2013, 10:33:50 AM »
Makinalist -- Le Male sounds great!!!  I got a sample for my husband a while back, but neither of us have tested it yet.  I may need to pull it out of the pile today and check it out...

SusieQ -- Thank you!  I get compliments from both men and women, but I guess mostly from men.  What about you?  It's an interesting question, which I hadn't really thought about.

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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #22 on: May 19, 2013, 02:30:37 PM »
Luna Rossa by Prada is absolutely wonderful! Everytime I go into a certain store, I spritz myself with it, under the guise that I want my husband to smell it.
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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #23 on: May 19, 2013, 03:23:54 PM »
Luna Rossa by Prada is absolutely wonderful! Everytime I go into a certain store, I spritz myself with it, under the guise that I want my husband to smell it.
:welcomepicture: emelle! 

I'll have to check that out the next time that I am out and about.
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Re: Hmmm. I love a man's cologne...
« Reply #24 on: February 07, 2014, 05:24:36 PM »
on me. 

I am really selective about fragrances.  They can't be "Look at me!"  They can't smell artificial or like candy or too too or...

And scents that smell amazing on others, smell like cat piss [sorry, cat lovers, I'm sure YOUR cat's piss smells great] on me.

I had gotten a sample of Hermes Terre d'Homme with my billionth Sephora order and thought it was perfume, so I tried it and thought nothing of it.  Then, when I was working out with my trainer, he says, "You smell great! What are you wearing?  I want to buy some for my girlfriend." And my boyfriend says, "You do smell good."

It turns out it's a man's fragrance, but I'm really really really digging it.  A lot of women seem to like it on them as well.   

I ordered me a bottle.

HAHA - at least your smell is current and Hermes :) I have been oddly drawn to (and on me too) to Acqua di Gio from Armani.  It's a cologne that was REALLY popular in the early 2000's or so and I haven't been able to shake it.  Works for me though, because I can always get it cheap at the holiday at Dillards or similar.  What's nice is it is somewhat citrusy and sweet, so it's not a man's smell, just nice.

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