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100 Fragrances Every Frag-Head Guy Should Try, part 2: Male vs Female, The Icons

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Well, here I am again with part two of my list of scents every frag-obsessed guy should try. For those who haven't read part one, I don't claim to be any kind of an expert, and I'm presenting these as a potential source for conversation...


For today’s entry, there are only two frags compared to yesterday's five, but they have longer explanations:

Male vs. Female – The Icons

6. Old Spice



Dating back to 1937, Old Spice is unquestionably an American icon. Just about every man here has either worn it or had a father or a grandfather who wore it. We all know the bottle, but have you given it a real wearing since starting to collect frags? Probably not, as it seems to be one of those drugstore cheapies that we give up once we discover Guerlain and niche and all that. It’s a shame, because Old Spice is actually really interesting.

So what does it smell like? It’s powdery and old-fashioned, and blasts that powdery smell over a surprisingly feminine white flower accord. There’s a burst of camphorous lemon on top as well. Being a splash cologne, there’s not much of a base beyond the powdery soapy smell, but it makes up for that with a truly unusual mix of spices that create a brilliantly weird meaty background smell that’s kind of like beef jerky under all those powdery flowers, and the only remotely masculine thing going on in Old Spice.

The most surprising thing is that the most iconic masculine cologne out there is actually very feminine, yet generations of war heroes and father figures have proudly worn it, so please keep that in mind if you every find yourself wondering if something smells too feminine on you. If your bad-ass grandfather could come home from World War II smelling like powdery flowers, you should at least have the balls to wear something with roses in it without worrying if people will think you smell gay.

7. No. 5 by Chanel



And with that, I hereby throw down the gauntlet and challenge you to grow a pair and wear Chanel No. 5 for a day. It’s easy – just sneak a little sample the next time you visit your mother, or just spray some on yourself the next time you walk through a Macy’s. Just do it.

The first thing you’ll notice will immediately prove my point – it smells an awful lot like Old Spice (Technically speaking, Old Spice was created as a cheap copy of Chanel No. 5).

No. 5 is built on the same mix of powdery flowers as Old Spice, though No. 5 does it one better by adding a really awesome sparkling lemon champagne accord to the topnotes (that sparkle comes from the aldehydes people talk about in reference to No. 5). It also has a proper base, a legendary super-creamy mix of sandalwood and musks.

While you’re wearing it, bear in mind that No. 5 is the textbook aldehydic floral, and worth getting to know as such. That mix of sparkly topnotes mixing with powdery flowers over some sort of creamy soapy base is an entire genre, with a huge number of perfumes (especially classics, and a surprising number of men’s scents) following this formula.

If you want to investigate further, (or if you’re at a mall perfume counter looking at the bottles and wondering) the version to sample if you can is definitely the pure perfume, which really plays up the rich, creamy basenotes.

Once you’ve tried my Old Spice versus No. 5 challenge, hopefully any of you out there who are still worried about wearing a women’s perfume will be won over. If nothing else, if anyone asks what you’re wearing while you’re in Chanel No. 5, you could just say Old Spice and be really close…


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Would any men who have successfully worn No. 5 without their penis falling off like to reassure people that it’s ok?
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  1. Redneck Perfumisto's Avatar
    Totally agreed that these have to be on the list!

    While I've not worn no. 5, I have happily worn no. 5 Eau Premiere. To the best of my knowledge, the dangly bits are still in place.
  2. Diamondflame's Avatar
    I've worn No.5, discreetly I might add, but that's more of a style preference. Nobody has ever stopped me in the streets to ask if I was wearing No.5. To guys who are concerned about getting caught smelling of it, here's a tip: tell your beer buddies you'd just had a hot rendezvouz with a fine Chanel-wearing beauty and hadn't had time for a shower since.
  3. lisa16's Avatar
    Good gracious, I would much prefer a man who wore number 5 to a man who wore the old spice. There is something intriguing and a little bit kinky about it that is just delightful.
  4. JacquesD's Avatar
    "If your bad-ass grandfather could come home from World War II smelling like powdery flowers, you should at least have the balls to wear something with roses in it without worrying if people will think you smell gay."
    But surely there's nothing wrong with smelling gay? I mean, those of us who actually are gay wouldn't want to smell any other way ...
  5. rogalal's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JacquesD
    But surely there's nothing wrong with smelling gay? I mean, those of us who actually are gay wouldn't want to smell any other way ...
    I'm sure you smell adorable...
  6. jujy54's Avatar
    Hah! I knew without looking that °5 would be the reference female frag.
    My dad was a Mennen Skin Bracer kind of guy, and then English Leather, so I'll have to scare up some Old Spice (cheap enough) and then visit Saks for the °5, not a favorite on me, but you've made me want to follow along on you"scent-venture."

    Lastly, that last sentence in the Old Spice section was masterfully funny:
    If your bad-ass grandfather could come home from World War II smelling like powdery flowers, you should at least have the balls to wear something with roses in it without worrying if people will think you smell gay.
    Kudos.
  7. mikeperez23's Avatar
    LMAO - great posts. I never really thought of comparing these two classics, but your explanation/review made perfect sense.

    There is a very fancy seafood restaurant in Miami (white tablecloth, waiters in jackets, heavy cutlery) that actually has a bottle of Old Spice in the mens room - so of course, you know what I just **had to do** when I went in there.

    As for No. 5, I still have not given it a proper wearing since I got over my fear of aldehydes years ago. I must remedy this soon. My goal is to sample the EdT, EdP and parfum all side-by-side or at the very least, one after another.
  8. Roper-Hall's Avatar
    I have smelled them both, far more than I would ever have wished.
  9. rickbr's Avatar
    For me, the parfum version of Chanel No 5 is less floral and less delicate.
    And you also have the Eau Premiere Version which is easy to wear and refreshing at summer

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