Originally Posted by CuyahogaJoe
This would probably make a good blog topic.
Wearing fragrances is an art of balance. The trick is knowing how much is too much. If you just flat out don't care about what other people think, then bathe yourself in what you like. I tend to take more of a gentlemanly approach. My goal in wearing fragrances is to compliment my attire and/or persona. If someone is offended by what I'm wearing I don't blow them off with a "what do they know" attitude. What they know is that they don't like what you're wearing.
Like fragrances, unusual clothes or black fingernail polish or a rainbow Mohawk is a matter of taste. Unlike unusual clothes, black fingernail polish or rainbow Mohawks, you can taste fragrances. Inhalation is a form of ingestion...you are literally force feeding people something which they may not like. Being considerate toward others is a very large part of being a gentleman and for God's sake, please have enough respect for your mother than to wear it around her again.
Thank you for saying this - etiquette is extremely underrated these days but still very important. CuyahogaJoe, there are so few gentlemen around these days (of course I'm sure that most of them read Basenotes... but I'm making generalizations every which way.) I would give the same advice to a woman wearing too much perfume no matter what type of scent she wears: oriental, floral, etc.... I have had favorable impressions of a scent destroyed by people who over-apply. I wear fragrance as a reward for people who want to get close enough to hug me... or as a reminder of someone I like (if I'm wearing a scent that reminds me of them)... or as an olfactory exercise (for myself), in any of those situations I am not required to wear very much.
I'd like to say that if I don't like what a person is wearing, they simply have to wear less of it. I would not ask them to stop wearing it altogether, but I'd hope that they have more than one scent to chose from so that I sometimes get to smell them wearing something else.
I hope I'm not unwelcome on this side of the boards because I'm female. I am very interested in men's fragrances because they are new to me.
Ideally I would like to have a collection of male and female fragrances - the new unisex fragrances are a great idea (and yes, I am aware that most fragrances are unisex and that often the only thing that puts them in categories is marketing: for example, Dior Homme smells like lipstick, but I'd love to smell it on a man; especially Mick Jagger.)
I suspect that one of the reasons we are becoming sensitive to scents is because there is a proliferation of synthetic scents in the environment these days... and with the recent ban on so many natural ingredients, I wonder how this will affect us?