Deciding factor?

    Deciding factor?

    post #1 of 18
    Thread Starter 
    I am curious as to what is your deciding factor when buying a cologne. Is it to please others, or because it is something you personally like? I am fortunate to have both when I wear my Chanel Allure Sport, but as I am branching off into other Chanel scents, I wonder about it.
    Would you wear something you personally don't like because others love it on you? Would you abandon a cologne you personally love, but others find horrible?
    Just a thought.
    post #2 of 18

    Majority of the time it's for me.

    post #3 of 18
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by InfernoOrangeSSView Post

    Is it to please others, or because it is something you personally like?
    Would you wear something you personally don't like because others love it on you? Would you abandon a cologne you personally love, but others find horrible?
    Just a thought.

    My answers to the three questions:

    The latter
    No
    No
    post #4 of 18
    I wear/buy them for myself, but If somebody has a negative reaction to one of my fragrances, I will try not to wear it around them.
    post #5 of 18

    Smell, price and projection.

    post #6 of 18
    I buy for me first and foremost but I do like it when others enjoy the scent too. If enough people gave me the crinkled nose then I might just wear that one at home alone.
    post #7 of 18
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by InfernoOrangeSSView Post

    I am curious as to what is your deciding factor when buying a cologne. Is it to please others, or because it is something you personally like? I am fortunate to have both when I wear my Chanel Allure Sport, but as I am branching off into other Chanel scents, I wonder about it.
    Would you wear something you personally don't like because others love it on you? Would you abandon a cologne you personally love, but others find horrible?
    Just a thought.

    For me, my priority for buying a full bottle of any fragrance would be to make sure it is something that I would use because fragrances are expensive.

    If it's a situational fragrance that I probably will only wear a few times a year, there's absolutely no reason for me to own a full bottle.

    In the end, I wear only what I like and if I didn't like the fragrance a lot, I wouldn't buy it, but other people's perceptions do matter a good degree (though they are hardly the main factor).

    post #8 of 18
    I have been buying for me, since my interest in cologne has picked back up. I like finding the notes and enjoying the experience. I wouldn't give up a cologne for anyone but a wife (which I don't have) or if my son had some kind of allergy that made him uncomfortable.
    post #9 of 18
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JiveHippoView Post

    I wear/buy them for myself, but If somebody has a negative reaction to one of my fragrances, I will try not to wear it around them.

    Same here.

    post #10 of 18

    Generally its for me. If people like it thats a added bonus.. Although for buying sounds terrible but the only cologne I can think of I would buy just for the compliments is.... the cliche aventus. Im tempted on getting a big bottle of that quite a bit just beacuse it gets so many compliments even though its just OK for me.

    post #11 of 18

    The deciding factor for me 1st and foremost is *does it smell good to me and on me". I 1st try it on paper. If I like it, I will do a skin test. I like to try it out at least 3 times before I purchase a new bottle. Some frags have a tendency to smell good at 1st, but can be very ugly in the later hours. I prefer a perfume that develops wonderfully with my body chemistry and stays that way till I wash it off. So, basically I buy perfume just for me. I wear my perfume just for me. I love to smell myself lol. I also love when I smell perfume/cologne on someone else who has chosen wisely. The lady I work with at my PT job is allergic to perfume. The way I get around it is to cut down the amount of sprays or just wear the lotion for my perfume of choice. I have to be scented in some way lol. If I'm out and I don't know you and you don't like my perfume, oh well. One of us can move. I would not wear a perfume that I didn't love on myself. I love getting compliments, but that's not why I wear perfume.

    post #12 of 18

    Usually, if I simply like the fragrance and I continue liking it after different testings, getting additional info on this, also, if the price and/or the price quality ratio are an additional (but not mandatory) positive argument, the fragrance eventually lands on my wish list and either simultaneously or sometime later, on my shopping list.

    post #13 of 18

    Certain notes mean more to me than a brand.

    I couldn't care less who likes what i am wearing since it's me who has to smell it for the whole day.

    post #14 of 18
    I wear for me when i am at home, but when i leave the house i wear what i enjoy and what people will at least tolerate.
    post #15 of 18
    Only wear what you like. Don't sell out.
    post #16 of 18
    I wear what I like and only buy what I like, but unfortunately I do have certain frags I can't wear in certain places or at certain times because they are not necessarily appropriate in that context.

    But I would never wear something I don't like personally.
    post #17 of 18
    I'm a collector, and not solely interested in building a wardrobe, so I buy for a variety of reasons.

    I always buy based on my own preferences and criteria, not anyone elses.

    Various reasons I might buy a fragrance: I like it, it's a classic example of its type, it's commercially successful and influential in the market, it's discontinued, it's rare, it's kitschy, the bottle looks cool, it's obscure, it's from a house that I'm particularly interested in, it's built around a note that I'm particularly interested in, it's cheap or a bargain, or it's something others want and I can re-sell it later.

    Not exactly a practical way of buying, but I usually impose my own kind of loose discipline.

    I would wear something I didn't like, but only to reassess it, not because someone else wanted me to wear it.

    I usually wouldn't stop wearing a fragrance because someone didn't like it. But neither would I intentionally choose to wear something that I knew offended someone. I normally don't wear skanky fragrances to the office, for example. I'm not a total believer in the "wear what you want when you want" philosophy. I believe that a certain responsibility accompanies wearing a fragrance, and that fragrances should be worn based on their appropriateness for the event or venue.
    post #18 of 18

    7/30/13 at 9:28am

    InfernoOrangeSS said:



    I am curious as to what is your deciding factor when buying a cologne. Is it to please others, or because it is something you personally like? I am fortunate to have both when I wear my Chanel Allure Sport, but as I am branching off into other Chanel scents, I wonder about it.
    Would you wear something you personally don't like because others love it on you? Would you abandon a cologne you personally love, but others find horrible?
    Just a thought.

    7/30/13 at 9:33am

    Tony T said:



    Majority of the time it's for me.

    7/30/13 at 1:17pm

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by InfernoOrangeSSView Post

    Is it to please others, or because it is something you personally like?
    Would you wear something you personally don't like because others love it on you? Would you abandon a cologne you personally love, but others find horrible?
    Just a thought.

    My answers to the three questions:

    The latter
    No
    No

    7/30/13 at 1:21pm

    JiveHippo said:



    I wear/buy them for myself, but If somebody has a negative reaction to one of my fragrances, I will try not to wear it around them.

    7/30/13 at 1:47pm

    sjg3839 said:



    Smell, price and projection.

    7/31/13 at 4:44pm

    chili_willi said:



    I buy for me first and foremost but I do like it when others enjoy the scent too. If enough people gave me the crinkled nose then I might just wear that one at home alone.

    7/31/13 at 7:01pm

    noirdrakkar said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by InfernoOrangeSSView Post

    I am curious as to what is your deciding factor when buying a cologne. Is it to please others, or because it is something you personally like? I am fortunate to have both when I wear my Chanel Allure Sport, but as I am branching off into other Chanel scents, I wonder about it.
    Would you wear something you personally don't like because others love it on you? Would you abandon a cologne you personally love, but others find horrible?
    Just a thought.

    For me, my priority for buying a full bottle of any fragrance would be to make sure it is something that I would use because fragrances are expensive.

    If it's a situational fragrance that I probably will only wear a few times a year, there's absolutely no reason for me to own a full bottle.

    In the end, I wear only what I like and if I didn't like the fragrance a lot, I wouldn't buy it, but other people's perceptions do matter a good degree (though they are hardly the main factor).

    7/31/13 at 7:29pm

    YellowFlash said:



    I have been buying for me, since my interest in cologne has picked back up. I like finding the notes and enjoying the experience. I wouldn't give up a cologne for anyone but a wife (which I don't have) or if my son had some kind of allergy that made him uncomfortable.

    7/31/13 at 8:26pm

    tonghpafu said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JiveHippoView Post

    I wear/buy them for myself, but If somebody has a negative reaction to one of my fragrances, I will try not to wear it around them.

    Same here.

    7/31/13 at 10:29pm

    seekritdude said:



    Generally its for me. If people like it thats a added bonus.. Although for buying sounds terrible but the only cologne I can think of I would buy just for the compliments is.... the cliche aventus. Im tempted on getting a big bottle of that quite a bit just beacuse it gets so many compliments even though its just OK for me.

    8/1/13 at 1:02am

    Divatologist said:



    The deciding factor for me 1st and foremost is *does it smell good to me and on me". I 1st try it on paper. If I like it, I will do a skin test. I like to try it out at least 3 times before I purchase a new bottle. Some frags have a tendency to smell good at 1st, but can be very ugly in the later hours. I prefer a perfume that develops wonderfully with my body chemistry and stays that way till I wash it off. So, basically I buy perfume just for me. I wear my perfume just for me. I love to smell myself lol. I also love when I smell perfume/cologne on someone else who has chosen wisely. The lady I work with at my PT job is allergic to perfume. The way I get around it is to cut down the amount of sprays or just wear the lotion for my perfume of choice. I have to be scented in some way lol. If I'm out and I don't know you and you don't like my perfume, oh well. One of us can move. I would not wear a perfume that I didn't love on myself. I love getting compliments, but that's not why I wear perfume.

    8/2/13 at 5:21am

    Ken_Russell said:



    Usually, if I simply like the fragrance and I continue liking it after different testings, getting additional info on this, also, if the price and/or the price quality ratio are an additional (but not mandatory) positive argument, the fragrance eventually lands on my wish list and either simultaneously or sometime later, on my shopping list.

    8/2/13 at 6:52am

    Van Buren Boy said:



    Certain notes mean more to me than a brand.

    I couldn't care less who likes what i am wearing since it's me who has to smell it for the whole day.

    8/2/13 at 12:31pm

    williampaul1969 said:



    I wear for me when i am at home, but when i leave the house i wear what i enjoy and what people will at least tolerate.

    8/2/13 at 4:41pm

    treeman5823 said:



    Only wear what you like. Don't sell out.

    8/2/13 at 8:29pm

    Buysblind said:



    I wear what I like and only buy what I like, but unfortunately I do have certain frags I can't wear in certain places or at certain times because they are not necessarily appropriate in that context.

    But I would never wear something I don't like personally.

    8/2/13 at 9:16pm

    noggs said:



    I'm a collector, and not solely interested in building a wardrobe, so I buy for a variety of reasons.

    I always buy based on my own preferences and criteria, not anyone elses.

    Various reasons I might buy a fragrance: I like it, it's a classic example of its type, it's commercially successful and influential in the market, it's discontinued, it's rare, it's kitschy, the bottle looks cool, it's obscure, it's from a house that I'm particularly interested in, it's built around a note that I'm particularly interested in, it's cheap or a bargain, or it's something others want and I can re-sell it later.

    Not exactly a practical way of buying, but I usually impose my own kind of loose discipline.

    I would wear something I didn't like, but only to reassess it, not because someone else wanted me to wear it.

    I usually wouldn't stop wearing a fragrance because someone didn't like it. But neither would I intentionally choose to wear something that I knew offended someone. I normally don't wear skanky fragrances to the office, for example. I'm not a total believer in the "wear what you want when you want" philosophy. I believe that a certain responsibility accompanies wearing a fragrance, and that fragrances should be worn based on their appropriateness for the event or venue.

    8/11/13 at 11:47am

    hedonist222 said:







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