Originally Posted by WildThingy
There are differences by sex - not 'gender'.
- Men and women smell different due to differing hormonal status.
- In order to build up a complete and satisfying picture a fragrance has to take the body odor into account.
A brief, yet painful compilation of given facts should reveal the need for concoctions which are sex oriented. The 'perfume has no sex'-litany is wrong. At least if perfume is considered a fashion article with the purpose to be worn and smelled by others with pleasure.
Could you provide a link on this compilation of facts?
We went over this and over this some time ago on Basenotes, and the thread was eventually locked. I maintain that the perceived "gender" of the fragrance and the appropriateness to one sex or the other is just that--a perception or a personal preference--and by no means universal.
Each person does indeed smell different in a particular fragrance, but one cannot make sweeping assumptions about the bodies of men and women. For instance, the scent of a diabetic man's skin might have the scent of ketones from his condition, but all the same, he can wear any fragrance he chooses, and no one can tell him otherwise.
The "genderfication" of fragrance is really a concept started toward the end of the 19th century and modern times, so much so that "unisex" fragrances are a marketing ploy. (Think about the new Khloe and Lamar Unbreakable Bond, for instance, or even CK One.) In the 18th and 19th centuries, all men and women wore the same fragrances, usually single notes such as musk, or soliflores, such as eau de jasmine. Eau de Colognes were worn by everyone, as "toilette water."
Sales histories sometimes reveal the error of this "gender tagging." In the 1920s, the D'Orsay scent Le Dandy was marketed to men but later marketed to women because they were buying it and wearing it. By the 1940s, it was a women's scent. Caron's Tabac Blond was marketed to women but now it is considered a "shared scent" in the advertising literature.
The leather note, which is rarely used in most modern scents marketed to women, was very popular in the early part of the 20th century (Chanel Cuir de Russie, Tabac Blond, Shalimar) and well into the 1950s (Miss Balmain, Jolie Madame, Cabochard). Now it is seem as mostly a note found in men's scents.
One still sees the suede/leather note in modern scents marketed to women: Avon Fergie Outspoken, Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Modele 2, and ELdO's Putain des Palaces.
I heartily agree with JCPetrucci
in his statement: "Here is what is "sensible" - Wear what you want to wear, and don't worry/care about what someone else wants to wear - because it ain't none of your f'ing business. "http://www.basenotes.net/threads/249...-sensibilities