Originally Posted by Renato
[quote author=Vicomte de K link=1143144087/0#1 date=1143149254]Interesting article. I wonder what might happen if department stores did not separate their fragrances by gender ... there would be no mens & womens counter, and they kept it in a separate area from the cosmetics (I think guys would traditionally avoid that area).
Jumble it up a bit, eh?
They started doing just that in many of the main department stores down here about two years ago.
It is an absolute pain in the ar##!
I've lost count of the number of times I've accidently sprayed a woman's one on my wrist smelled it and thought "Yuk/Damn/Not again" and furiously tried to wipe it off against my trousers.
This happens when the bottles are fairly similar.
I used to like dropping into the men's section of those particular stores.
Now I go there much less frequently, instead preferring other stores where I can easily see what's available and not have such accidents.
Hmm. Good point, I never thought of that. I wonder if their sales have dropped off since they started jumbling it up. I haven't seen it happen in the US, but maybe they're testing it overseas. I could see it happening more easily at some of the high-end department stores here like Saks, Nordstroms & Nieman Marcus, where there are at least some of niche frags sold. My feeling is that the niche market doesn't tend to target men vs. women as much as the designer market.
I wonder if I would have the same sort of reaction because, in general, I don't go for womens frags. I think it might be the aldehydes/flowers. (Although I do have some vintage Miss Dior which I think has a bit 'o' aldehyde in it. The newer stuff is more green.)