Originally Posted by Eluard
Men mostly wear eau de toilette strength frags, and women mostly wear eau de parfum or parfum strength frags.
I'm interested to know where you came up with this because I think it's absolute rubbish.
The whole 'is it cologne or perfume' thing is just due to people being misinformed. Before I came to Basenotes, I used to also think that "cologne is for men and perfume is for women," though that is hardly the case. AZsmells is right, they are ALL perfumes - only in different concentrations.
I don't get pissed if people ask about my "perfume." Quite frankly, I don't care. If they make any comment at all, I'm glad. I like to know what people think about the fragrance I'm wearing - whether their comments are positive OR negative. I just like knowing. What does kinda bug me, however, is when people say "What perfume are you wearing? - oops, I meant, cologne." I know they only correct themselves so to not offend me but it's bothersome because it just perpetuates the whole 'perfume is for females' thing. If I am, indeed, wearing a perfume, I tell them. The last time someone made a similar comment, I was wearing Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan. I straight up told them that it's not a cologne, it's a perfume, I briefly explained the misunderstanding of the term and the concentration differences of cologne and perfume, and then told them what I was wearing. I hope they learned something.
Usually if people ask me how they should inquire about someone's fragrance, I tell them not to use the terms 'cologne' or 'perfume' (as some people that are obviously misinformed might get offended) but instead to ask about their 'fragrance.'