Do we take this 2 serious?

    Do we take this 2 serious?

    post #1 of 19
    Thread Starter 

    After replying to the guy that asked what scent to wear to pick up a girl..

    that he took his friend to apply to..

    then sees an attractive girl

    that gives no positive feedback to him..

    but is hoping for the best??

    Frag's are not this powerful..

    You have to be yourself..

    and the frag is a bonus..

    post #2 of 19

    Very very true.

    Others I have read over the years are:

    What to wear to the dentist?

    Hospital procedure?

    Job Interview?(the answer to that one is usually none)

    What fragrance will have men/women fall at your feet?

    I sometimes feel like a freak as I get up and just look at what I have and then just go with whatever grabs me that moment. The only time I plan ahead is the Synch of the Day on Fridays.

    post #3 of 19
    I should think the perfect scent to wear to the dentist would be one with a dominant clove/eugenol note. And maybe the best fragrance for the hospital is straight up iodine. Or Lysol.
    post #4 of 19

    I thought it was a dentist asking what he should wear.

    And then there was a thread about a steward who wanted to know what to wear.

    Both were advised to wear nothinggrin.gif!

    Ah well... that's the force of the internet.

    I guess they wouldn't ask a SA what to wear stating they are a dentist/steward.

    "What should I wear"

    "ADG"

    "Hey, I am a dentist"

    "Oh no, you should 've said that immediately, go away, you are forbidden of wearing any fragrances you pervert!!!"

    post #5 of 19
    There has always been mystique surrounding perfume, its power and allure. An industry that for a long time, was shrouded in secrecy with magical promises, transfixing imagery and class distinction. Perfume is even used for religious ceremonies.

    I dont think its a case of people taking it too seriously, its more about people wanting to believe in the magic. To some degree, dont we all? When we need a pick-me-up, is it not some kind of magic that a spray can deliver that much needed boost of confidence or comfort? When we feel battered by the world, isn't there magic in the warmth and protection of a spray of your favourite comfort scent? When we dab a few deliberate drops before a date, do we not feel magically sexy and alluring? When we consider the weather and environment, is it not slightly magical to be able to blend in harmony with your surroundings via scent?

    I guess magic is a subjective term. Using perfume is the same as sending up prayers, casting a protective circle, connecting with our totem or simply positive thinking. It may be state of mind, but our perfuming rituals have deep roots and on some level, its a very primal thing that we have managed to keep going for centuries. I say go with it, but as with anything, remember to touch the ground once in a while.
    post #6 of 19
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by L'eaulitaView Post

    There has always been mystique surrounding perfume, its power and allure. An industry that for a long time, was shrouded in secrecy with magical promises, transfixing imagery and class distinction. Perfume is even used for religious ceremonies.

    I dont think its a case of people taking it too seriously, its more about people wanting to believe in the magic. To some degree, dont we all? When we need a pick-me-up, is it not some kind of magic that a spray can deliver that much needed boost of confidence or comfort? When we feel battered by the world, isn't there magic in the warmth and protection of a spray of your favourite comfort scent? When we dab a few deliberate drops before a date, do we not feel magically sexy and alluring? When we consider the weather and environment, is it not slightly magical to be able to blend in harmony with your surroundings via scent?

    I guess magic is a subjective term. Using perfume is the same as sending up prayers, casting a protective circle, connecting with our totem or simply positive thinking. It may be state of mind, but our perfuming rituals have deep roots and on some level, its a very primal thing that we have managed to keep going for centuries. I say go with it, but as with anything, remember to touch the ground once in a while.

    Nice! happy.gif

    Fragrance should be fun! I like the idea of magic as not being restricted to things we don't understand, but rather to things that are just sort of wondrous, whether we understand them fully or only a little. Which means that things like science - or fragrance - can be magical, too.

    Macy's ads love to connect the idea of fragrance and magic - a very common advertising theme of theirs, during their big fragrance seasons.
    post #7 of 19

    “Perfume is about beauty and intellect...........A perfume is a message in a bottle—not a smell—and the message is written by the perfumer and read by the person who smells it.”

    It’s a complex art with a long history. You don’t have to become a part of the Basenotescentricity and narcissism of small details here on Basenotes (by people who usually don't know much), but the more you know about it the more meaningful and fun it becomes, especially over a long period of time. You can take it as fanatically or trivially as you want. There’s a lot to know. Buy books, read online. Always fun to find out new stuff. And yeah, the perfumes should be fun. A lot of fun. Hell, they’re basically drugs.

    And the only reason you should wear a fragrance is because you like it. “A perfume should always be right for the man, not for the job.” That’s for damn sure.

    post #8 of 19
    Mystique, magic, a message, wondrous, fun . . . all of that and more.

    I can understand that a vast swathe of the population might see fragrance as a luxury, an exravagance or even a 'vice'. And I can also see - how can you not? - that for quite a few people it's functional - to attract the opposite sex etc. Fine - whatever.

    And of course there's the posturing that comes from any 'hobby site' or place where fans of a particular art form or pastime congregate . . . my one lasts longer than yours so it must be BETTER.

    What continues to bring me back to this place is the knowledge that there are still a handful of people who appreciate beauty - in any form - and are open minded enough to share their impressions and enjoy listening to others share theirs - along with insights about the composition, the inspiration and so on. It's a given, of course, that beauty is in the nose of the beholder, but that needn't exclude serious discussion about 'the process' or more technical aspects, prevailing industry trends etc. etc.

    And by 'serious' I certainly don't discount a sense of humour or just plain taking the p***. It's perfume after all, not rocket surgery.

    This may or may not be some of answer to the original question - I dunno - it reminds my of the story of a government delegation from a Southeast Asian country who were at an Asean meeting and when the various members adjourned for some drinks and a karaoke 'competition' this particular group were struck dumb and just sang 'for he's a jolly good fellow'. The sheer utter horror and embarassment of it all, massive loss of face, of course - made the newspapers at home, and a certain government spokesperson dropped the gem that 'it's time we got serious about this fun thing'. It'll never happen of course - the culture of the place doesn't nurture creativity or spontaneous joyful expression - it's all about following the party line and being one of the boys on the right team.

    I feel the same mixture of sadness and a sort of quiet revulsion when I see the posturing and needy validation that seems to infect what could be such a laid back environment thru the same need to be 'right', to take a stand on what brand is 'best' or why X is 'better than' Y and then justify it to death - or at least until there's enough of a gang of consenters on board to 'win'. Some of the brand bashing and this vs. that stuff that goes on here is akin to olfactory soccer hooliganism, when an individual so needs to 'identify' with a bottle of perfume, or a 'position' about a fragrance or a brand, to feel his self-esteem is intact and that he is on the right side.

    That, to me, is deadly serious - also incredibly boring and as a friend once commented, a bit 'no lifey'.

    Personally, I just like the romance of it all - fragrance is like music, every now and then I chance upon something that has the power to lift me out of myself and remind me that there is beauty in the world. How would you describe 'joy' - is it a serious thing? I suppose the lack of it is . . . so yeah, when there is no joy, just confrontation and fear and the need for validation and groupthink and judgement of what one cannot understand then that is pretty serious, I guess. For whoever is subscribing to it, anyway - poor sods smile.gif
    post #9 of 19
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by L'eaulitaView Post

    Using perfume is the same as sending up prayers, casting a protective circle, connecting with our totem or simply positive thinking. It may be state of mind, but our perfuming rituals have deep roots and on some level, its a very primal thing that we have managed to keep going for centuries. I say go with it, but as with anything, remember to touch the ground once in a while.
    Very well stated and so true.
    post #10 of 19
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by L'eaulitaView Post

    There has always been mystique surrounding perfume, its power and allure. An industry that for a long time, was shrouded in secrecy with magical promises, transfixing imagery and class distinction. Perfume is even used for religious ceremonies.

    I dont think its a case of people taking it too seriously, its more about people wanting to believe in the magic. To some degree, dont we all? When we need a pick-me-up, is it not some kind of magic that a spray can deliver that much needed boost of confidence or comfort? When we feel battered by the world, isn't there magic in the warmth and protection of a spray of your favourite comfort scent? When we dab a few deliberate drops before a date, do we not feel magically sexy and alluring? When we consider the weather and environment, is it not slightly magical to be able to blend in harmony with your surroundings via scent?

    I guess magic is a subjective term. Using perfume is the same as sending up prayers, casting a protective circle, connecting with our totem or simply positive thinking. It may be state of mind, but our perfuming rituals have deep roots and on some level, its a very primal thing that we have managed to keep going for centuries. I say go with it, but as with anything, remember to touch the ground once in a while.

    Well put...enjoyed this post
    post #11 of 19

    Well, I need to know what frag to wear while clipping my toenails??? I want something fresh and light, something that won't interfere with my concentration while cutting my nails..cause I don't wanna slip and cut too much off my nails, that could be bad and painful..can anyone help?

    kidding, of course!!!!!

    post #12 of 19
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mr. reasonableView Post

    Mystique, magic, a message, wondrous, fun . . . all of that and more.

    I can understand that a vast swathe of the population might see fragrance as a luxury, an exravagance or even a 'vice'. And I can also see - how can you not? - that for quite a few people it's functional - to attract the opposite sex etc. Fine - whatever.

    And of course there's the posturing that comes from any 'hobby site' or place where fans of a particular art form or pastime congregate . . . my one lasts longer than yours so it must be BETTER.

    What continues to bring me back to this place is the knowledge that there are still a handful of people who appreciate beauty - in any form - and are open minded enough to share their impressions and enjoy listening to others share theirs - along with insights about the composition, the inspiration and so on. It's a given, of course, that beauty is in the nose of the beholder, but that needn't exclude serious discussion about 'the process' or more technical aspects, prevailing industry trends etc. etc.

    And by 'serious' I certainly don't discount a sense of humour or just plain taking the p***. It's perfume after all, not rocket surgery.

    This may or may not be some of answer to the original question - I dunno - it reminds my of the story of a government delegation from a Southeast Asian country who were at an Asean meeting and when the various members adjourned for some drinks and a karaoke 'competition' this particular group were struck dumb and just sang 'for he's a jolly good fellow'. The sheer utter horror and embarassment of it all, massive loss of face, of course - made the newspapers at home, and a certain government spokesperson dropped the gem that 'it's time we got serious about this fun thing'. It'll never happen of course - the culture of the place doesn't nurture creativity or spontaneous joyful expression - it's all about following the party line and being one of the boys on the right team.

    I feel the same mixture of sadness and a sort of quiet revulsion when I see the posturing and needy validation that seems to infect what could be such a laid back environment thru the same need to be 'right', to take a stand on what brand is 'best' or why X is 'better than' Y and then justify it to death - or at least until there's enough of a gang of consenters on board to 'win'. Some of the brand bashing and this vs. that stuff that goes on here is akin to olfactory soccer hooliganism, when an individual so needs to 'identify' with a bottle of perfume, or a 'position' about a fragrance or a brand, to feel his self-esteem is intact and that he is on the right side.

    That, to me, is deadly serious - also incredibly boring and as a friend once commented, a bit 'no lifey'.

    Personally, I just like the romance of it all - fragrance is like music, every now and then I chance upon something that has the power to lift me out of myself and remind me that there is beauty in the world. How would you describe 'joy' - is it a serious thing? I suppose the lack of it is . . . so yeah, when there is no joy, just confrontation and fear and the need for validation and groupthink and judgement of what one cannot understand then that is pretty serious, I guess. For whoever is subscribing to it, anyway - poor sods smile.gif

    happy.gif

    My bottle of Quiksilver wakes up this morning, steps out of his shack to admire the surf, and gets on his cell phone. "Dude! You know those soccer kids who trashed the beach last night? It's all gone, man. It's like they were never here. You gotta get DOWN here, man." Eau de Guerlain puts down the phone by the bed. Santos de Cartier is sitting next to her, reading a newspaper and smoking a cigar. "If it's our lazy groundskeeper, tell him that good conditions are no excuse." Eau de Guerlain kicks Santos in the shin. "Get up, honey. We're going to the beach."
    post #13 of 19

    Really, I don't think it's unusual for thoughtful people to wonder what perfume they might wear for different occasions, and how it's wearing might influence those situations.

    No one thinks it odd that one would wear certain sorts of clothing in an effort to lend something to a situation, and since perfume is something we also wear, it does not seem strange for people to think it's choice might effect things in certain ways as well.

    post #14 of 19
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mr. reasonableView Post

    Personally, I just like the romance of it all - fragrance is like music [...]
    I like that very much, also pluran's phrase of fragrance being "a lot of fun" and "drugs". thumbsup.gif Given that our time on earth is limited one should get as much joy and beauty out of "it" as possible.
    post #15 of 19




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