Originally Posted by michaeld39
Originally Posted by narcus
But should I really be the only one perceiving Fleur du Male as absolutely masculine?
You certainly should not, narcus! I also regard a couple of the rose-dominant scents mentioned above (Iquitos and Hammam Bouquet) as very maculine.
If I had to pick one it would be Dior Homme (which I like very much) - lipstick, even on a man, is never masculine.
Lets say you guys are a rare 1%. What makes a fragrance feminine? Some people seem to think that vanilla note makes a fragrance smell feminine, which is not always the case, for me.
What makes an EDT smell masculine? It seems that if you take a feminine scent and crank up its 'strength', you will make it masculine. Which again, it is not always the case. Soem examples are Iquitos and Fleur de Male. Iquitos is in that weird spot of being too strong for a woman and too 'old lady' for a lot of men. I guess that's the aldheydes fault. As for Hammam Bouquet... It is powdery in a sense that only feminine fragrances are, or maybe it is just too Victorian. As you can see, my comment of HM and iquitos as being feminine has nothing to do with rose, it is just that I tried them because I was looking for a rose dominant fragrance. I ended up getting CdG: Rose
As for Dior Homme… I wore last night and I think that if you replace the lipstick top note with a single lather note, the perfumer would have created a classic masterpiece. And that made me realize it is actually the lipstick top note what makes it so modern and unique, at least to my nose.
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No, but seriusly I think that fixation of masc. vs. fem. fragrances is stupid (Pubecent at least). I like Dior Homme and Fleur du Male, but cannot stand Iquitos or Hammam Bouquet