Originally Posted by musky_monkey
Ok, we all know that categorising fragrances has much to do with marketing, but there are some fragrances marketed as "unisex" which probably fit better into a male or female category.
Here are some which are obvious to me.
What would you add to the list - or what would you change?
06130 Cedre - masculine
CDG Avignon - masculine
CDG Kyoto - masculine
Creed Millesime Imperial - masculine
Diptyque Tam Dao - masculine
Diptyque Philosykos - feminine (I'm going to get flamed for this one)
Diptyque Eau Lente - feminine
L'Artisan Navegar - masculine
L'Artisan Mechant Loup - masculine
L'Artisan L'Eau de L'Artisan - feminine
L'Artisan Timbuktu - masculine
Malle Musc Ravageur - masculine
Malle Bigarade concentree - masculine
Malle L'Eau d'Hiver - feminine
MPG Racine - masculine (MPG market this for men, but basenotes strangely rate it as unisex)
Very Interesting Â*MM ~ I agree on a few but found myself saying....hey wait no way....on quite a few. its not just that i wear men's perfume. Â*I adore wearing BdP and i consider it a masculine scent. i don't put it in the unisex category just because I wear it and being a woman now say its feminine or unisex. Â*I think that fact that
many agree & disagree with your personal categories, for me, shows how most of these scents really are unisex. Â*If we're split as to which camp they go in....then they probably really are in both and then each of us with our own bent toward what makes something masculine or feminine decides for ourselves. i think there are some fragrnaces which a large pecent of both women and men would agree to which gender the scent belongs to. Â*I think if you get people being pulled in both directions is probably a good indictor that its unisex
here's my own feelings for the scents you listed. Please note....I am not correcting you.....we are both right, i just have different associations with these scents as far as gender or non-gender specific to me.
06130 Cedre - masculine Â*Agree
CDG Avignon - masculine truly Unisex in my opinion
CDG Kyoto - masculine Â* Â* truly Unisex in my opinion
Creed Millesime Imperial - masculine ~ agree
Diptyque Tam Dao - masculine ~ Unisex but leaning toward the masculine side though
Diptyque Philosykos - feminine (I'm going to get flamed for this one) Unisex leaning towards feminine
Diptyque Eau Lente - feminine ` truly unisex
L'Artisan Navegar - masculine ` Agree even though poivre is much stronger pepper scent and made for women....and i'd say unisex for poivre....hmmm
L'Artisan Mechant Loup - masculine ~ agree
L'Artisan L'Eau de L'Artisan - feminine ~ Unisex
L'Artisan Timbuktu - masculine ~ unisex
Malle Musc Ravageur - masculine ` I'd say feminine and wearable by men
Malle Bigarade concentree - masculine ` unisex
Malle L'Eau d'Hiver - feminine Agree
MPG Racine - masculine (MPG market this for men, but basenotes strangely rate it as unisex) Agree
Originally Posted by docluv45
Interesting opinions. It is refreshing to see someone analyzing and deciding such things for himself rather than simply following orthodoxy. I'd be much more interested, however, in which qualities of the 'fumes that led you to classify them in this way. What, to you, makes something "masculine" or "feminine" (or "unisex"
I've been thinking a fair bit about that myself lately. I certainly think it is a mistake to anosmicallly follow the manufacturer's classification, as one's own nose tends to be a better judge (hopefully). I certainly have an inclination to separate fragrances as tending to be more feminine or more masculine, but it tends to be more along a spectrum than with a clear sharply defined border. I'm also willing to venture a fair distance toward the feminine side in my wearing practices, while there are some that I just won't wear because they are "too fem". In my book that tends to mean heavily floral or aldehydic floral fragrances: rose, tuberose, lily, lily-of-the-valley among the notes that applied too heavily render a 'fume unwearable for me.
Great question BTW ~ in reading your question to MM & I tried to answer this for myself.....and what i found was for me determining what makes a scent masculine or feminine is not easy...... I see woods as unisex but when they are harsh smelling to me.....I throw it in the men's category
I could say florals are feminine but that's too general ~ certainly scents that have a high percentage of florals seem feminine to me....but rose to me is the exception...... and I know it simply has to do with my exposure to oud based scents which seem to include strong rose in its formulas......If I had answered this question a couple of years ago I'd have said Rose is typically feminine. Other florals like LotV & soliflores in general i see as feminine. Carnation due to its peppery quality i see as unisex......It really is such a personal thing.....i don't even know how to put it into words but there are men's scents that just smell like MEN'S cologne. Not sure if its a specific note but there's a quality that just reminds me of a TYPICAL men's cologne formula.....a genearal ding that goes off in my head that says dept store men's cologne. Anything that smells harsh to my nose or extremely strong & non-floral or anything that has a severe burnt note i see as masculine and is often personally where i draw the line as far as wearability for me.
I'd love to hear how MM & others classifly scents for themselves as masculine or feminine or unisex