Originally Posted by denec
Am i not allowed to give comments on why I do not like it? I do not see the big deal?
I don't take anything personally, and of course you can give your comments - just as I gave mine. I simply don't think the label "feminine" is a helpful description/opinion because it's vague and means different things to different people. Saying something is feminine doesn't tell us anything substantive about the fragrance. For every description of what 'feminine' may mean, I could find a masculine marketed fragrance that meets that description. Floral? Sweet? Fruity? There are masculines that fit these descriptions. My point is that ultimately what is 'feminine' and 'masculine' is subjective, thus the labels are meaningless.
What notes and accords of Dior Homme are 'feminine'? The leather? Cocoa? Iris? More importantly, what feminine fragrances smell like Dior Homme? Is the opinion that it's feminine based on actual comparison to feminine fragrances? The fact that someone along the line made the 'lipstick' criticism has become the basis for the 'smells like makeup' comments, and from what I can tell from my wife's makeup bag, it's not even the slightest bit close. I don't smell cocoa, iris, vetiver, or leather in her makeup. Just like many people think Helmut Lang has a 'butter' note, close analysis reveals that the confluence of many notes create a buttery feel - there's no
'butter' note. Similarly, the confluence of some Dior Homme topnotes may superficially create a vibe like certain lipsticks, but this is fleeting and does represent the entirety of Dior Homme as a fragrance - certainly not the drydown.
Describing what someone doesn't like about a fragrance is much more helpful than an amorphous label like 'feminine'. I also happen to think that 'feminine' is not a helpful or necessarily valid criticism because there's nothing wrong
with something that smells 'feminine', and even if Dior Homme smelled feminine (it does not), that doesn't explain why it is or isn't a fragrance to recommend, sample, or own. If someone likes Dior Homme, they shouldn't be made to feel like there's something wrong with it because someone else interprets masculine smells in one particular way. It just happens to be my opinion that gender labels are essentially meaningless and if someone truly appreciates the artistry of perfumery, a fragrance's placement in the women's or men's counter shouldn't matter. It's unfortunate that people are stuck with antiquated notions that they must only wear fragrances marketed to them, and I'll do my best to articulate an alternate viewpoint.