Good responses all around.
Originally Posted by MrFragranceReview
I... Burberry London and Gucci Pour Homme II and I'd classify those as formal.
Formal to me is something that isn't too loud, and is typically more dry and woodsy and traditional whereas casual is more laid back and fun. You're obviously not going to wear A*men to a business meeting and you woulnd't really want to wear Bois Du Portugal to college.
I think it just comes down to what fragrances people tend to lean towards.
I do agree that it certainly has to do with what fragrances people lean towards. Good point. I once got caught walking behind a man in his late 40s, wearing a black suit, and who was leaving a trail of A*Men
. I thought it was odd. Mostly because it was at daytime in a formal "business" setting. Maybe better to wear A*Men
on casual Friday
And with your examples of Burberry London
and Gucci pour Homme II
, that would definetly be an example where differing opinions on whether a particular fragrance is formal or not. I find them both casual, but can see why you would feel that they are formal.
Originally Posted by Hamid
Yes i do! But what do you mean of formal?
when i see casual word, i'm thinking about aquatics or floral fragrances.
sometimes it's subjective. For example Paco Rabbane XS: Spicy, Floral,... I like to keep it in casual category. but it's warm and spicy enough for being formal.
I don't always think of casual fragrances equalling aquatics. I think you can include some citrus's or woody amber fragrance's as well. And floral fragrances, to me at least, generally fall into a more formal feel. But, of course, it depends on the particular fragrace. XS is casual, for you and
me. Many other florals, like Czech & Speake No 88
or Washington Tremlett Black Tie
, fall into the more formal feel. Maybe its a rose thing ? Caron 3rd Man
I feel is a bit floral ( but no rose), and also feels formal.
Originally Posted by Sugandaraja
It doesn't have anything to do with age, either. Caron Pour Un Homme, for example, is formal to my nose; Jicky, though much older, is not.
Originally Posted by Kevin Guyer
But, ultimately, I love to mix it up. Van Cleef & Arpels poolside is very cool. Neroli Portofino at a black tie event is nice and sexes it up a bit.
I guess my answer to your question is no, all fragrances are different.
Very good examples guys.
In the past, sometimes my own personal bias has left me to believe that when a fragrance was created before another particular fragrance, it is more formal. The more I had sampled and read have helped combat this.
And I do love mixing it up. A Van Cleef & Arpels
scent in a casual fragrance ? Why the heck not. I really like rose scents at the moment, and because I am more of a casual settings guy, I have little choice but to force them into a casual setting. Unless I don't mind going long periods of time not wearing them.