How do you like to smell?

So I've recently got into perfumes and was just wondering what are your go to fragrances not counting Axe/Lynx.

I'll start off by saying for Winter my go to perfumes are

  • Azzaro Wanted by Night and

  • Viktor Rodolf Spicebomb Intense

For long night outs its Scandal by Jean Paul Gaultier.

The next perfumes I'm looking to add are Armani Code, very safe for an office setting with its Vanilla notes since every one likes Vanilla and Bvlgari Terra Essence pour Homme since its a very different.

What do you guys wear and if you have a collection please share.

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Nov 24, 2021 - 8:46am

Saw your comment on the other thread.

In college, Dolce Gabbana Light Blue, Polo Red (not my fav), some random Lacoste one, and some Tom Ford one my aunt got.

Hoping people can comment some colognes that will make me smell like a timberwolf in the forest. Also, what do y'all think about one standard cologne people will associate you with compared to switching it up? Do you change cologne depending on what you're wearing (ex, lumberjack flannel and boots vs suit no tie)

Nov 24, 2021 - 10:36am

May be try fragrances with woody notes? 

I think you will need to change perfumes based on what you're wearing. If you're heading into a client meeting you really don't want to be wearing something that is extremely sweet and strong. On the other hand if you're going out to a party with people in their 20s you'd really not want to smell very mature unless thats exactly what you are going for. 

Else there are perfumes that you can use everywhere but will smell more generic.

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Nov 24, 2021 - 9:47am

General rule of thumb I've been told is "I should never be able to smell you from more than 5 feet away or for more than 5 minutes after you've left the area." I'd like to source it as GSE, but I'm not 100% on that.


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Nov 24, 2021 - 7:33pm

As a girl perfume is a major part of what I think of male colleagues - even more so for female ones.

So no vanilla or patchuli please (yes, that's your Axe).

The way you wear your perfume is that you put one drop on your wrist, touch the wrists together, then carry the perfume to your neck by touching it with the wrists. No perfume should go below your neck. If I can smell you from one meter away you got it wrong.

If you spend much time sitting with people avoid signature perfumes. Woody or citrusy notes are fine (Dolce Light Blue, etc)

If you are a VP / MD, go and wear your Bulgari Aqua, Fahrenheit or Aqua di Parma Leather. We will love when you pass by. 

I usually wear Bottega Venetas, less known and quite safe yet very elegant and unique. I also like the neroli-based Hermes lines (jardins, eau de merveilles).

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Nov 25, 2021 - 3:24am

What I've found is that applying on your wrist first and then to your neck is a myth. The reason you apply to your wrist is because its a pulse point and as you said to your wrist as well because of that. However, it is recommended not to apply on the wrist because there is a good chance that the smell will not last very long especially if you sit at a desk all day because your wrist will be in contact with different surfaces.

What I've seen recommended is that depending on the perfume concentrate you can go half a spray or even up to 5-6 sprays. If it is a very strong perfume and you dont want it wafting into you nose through out the day but still want projection the back of your neck is a pretty good place with of course a couple of sprays behind your ear.

I absolutely love the Hermes line of perfumes thought some of them are not exactly people pleasers.

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Nov 27, 2021 - 2:45am

This ultimately comes down to how much you want to spend. If you're new to fragrances you'll tend to first gravitate towards the cheaper retail colognes, which are the basically the brands that are sold in the everyday retail stores (macy's, dillards, etc.) At the cheaper level, Chanel is the best value imo. The Bleu de Chanel line and Allure Homme Sport Eau Extreme is one of my favorites. 

After this it becomes much more expensive (at least $300 a bottle depending on the size). The most popular "niche" houses are Creed, Tom Ford, and Parfums de Marly, and maybe Bond No. 9. If you like fresh citrusy fragrances, go Creed (Aventus, Green Irish Tweed, Silver Mountain Water). If you like darker/spicy/leathery type of scents check out Tom Ford. If you like rich and sweet try Parfums de Marly (Layton, Pegasus, Herod, Percival, Galloway). You can order sample sets from Creed and Parfums de Marly for like 30 bucks. The deal with these niche fragrances is that they get super weird and unwearable if you want to wear them everyday so you just have to sample them and see how much you like them. 

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