Well, being the living Buddha--or at least an aspiring Boddhisatva--I do not care at all what ANYONE thinks of me; it's just too shallow.
That's why I haven't bathed in weeks, I'm unemployed, and on the first of each month I try to explain to my landlord that " time " is an illusion.
I only admire fragrances as works of art, just like I admired my '72 battleship grey Jag with red leather interior-- though I spent a fortune on it, and it spent more time in the shop than getting me from point A to B.
Do you think I considered for one moment the effect driving a Jag would have on the babes? Huh? Do ya?
Well, that Jag broke me financially, but it was aesthetically da bomb. Ars gratia artis !
As to beautiful women, would I really want one so superficial that she would be attracted to me for the scent I wear? My ability to hold down a job? The clothes I wear? My personal hygiene?
Nonsense! Whenever I see a pretty girl I simply walk up to her--even at 1 a.m. on a lonely bus stop--and say: " I want to love and be loved. What do you want? "
My old Zen Master would have been proud. Honesty is next to celibacy, I mean,-- Oh never mind.
If she responds favorably, and we end up doing the wild thing at my place, then I have to make sure that, although I'm heterosexual, they don't perceive me as too " macho "
Easily the best way to accompish this sit her in front of the computer and go directly to BaseNotes!
The " Fragrance Industry Discussion Forum. " is particularly rewarding. I believe there's a thread going on right now about Tom Ford's naked derriere that's several pages long. Par for the course in that particular forum.
Meanwhile, back to planet Earth:
I'll skip re-posting here my " BABE MAGNETS AND THEIR MISSION STATEMENTS. " The wise can find it on page 14 in The Female Discussion Forum under the very first thread:
" What scents chicks dig/ females love/ blah blah blah "
In fact, you can find a lot there, except the answer to that question . . .
Waddaya know! It varies with each woman (Or so the sly vixens would have us believe !)
BTW, Renato's niche point is well taken. How many of us can answer a woman's query as to which fragrance we'd find more alluring on her:
Index Tuberosa, Eau de Camille, Verte Violette, A la Nuit or (even the more popular) Narciso Rodriguez?
And they're not even all that 'niche.' Others beloved by the women here at BN are far more obscure.
I think they'd be lucky if they could find 100 men who've smelled most--I won't say all--of the well known designer frags. Yep, even the ones currently sold at Sepphora's.
Then there was the day when I bought $300 samples of men's niche--and got compliments galore on John Varvatos.