Originally Posted by BlueOcean
How important to you is a scent's masculinity?
Hey, I'm a guy!!! Â*8-)
The effemination of men in general leaves men confused as to who they really are. This is a cultural phenomenon and has become visible through the current trend of the "metro" man. Women are still attracted to ultra masculine guys. Period. Just like men are most attracted to ultra female traits. Period.
If your scent says "Hey, a girl of 12 could wear this sweet scent" then your masculinity drops on the scale. That's all right! As long as you dont overdo it and add too many feminine traits to it. Women - in general - are not attracted to feminine men.
A good masculine cologne - for me - makes a statement. The statement of a confident, sexy and MASCULINE guy.
I tend to agree with Blue Ocean on this one. I probably favour men's scents pretty much exclusively. I love Dior Homme, but it's as girly as I'd go. I wear a few oriental leaning ones like L'Instant and Egoiste, but beyond that, it's pretty much testosterone all the way, whether it be Rive Gauche, Antaeus, Derby, Gucci PH or citrussy fresh classics like Eau Sauvage, Guerlain and Malle Vetivers, Chanel PMC, etc... Whilst that latter category could comfortably be worn by women, I think they remain ostensibly "masculine".
Yes many men's frags have florals in them, but the overall feel of most of them is definitively masculine.
And in regards to what the opposite sex want or look for, sure you may say "if a woman doesn't like my cologne, she can sod off, etc etc" but let's not forget life (and cologne) is not just about getting laid. I'm a happily married man, so I don't really care what cologne will ATTRACT women for me, but I certainly don't want a boss, work colleague, patient, family or friend of mine thinking I smell like a girl!!! For most people who work in conservative professions, this would be very hard to pull off.
And yes, I agree, most women want a real man - not a metrosexual, not a SNAG, not a fake or effusively sensitive type, certainly not a chauvinist or a bully, but a genuine decent human being who takes pride in their appearance, dresses well, smells clean, has a brain, some morals, some money and some integrity.