Originally Posted by MarcusInKensington
Apart from obvious differences between different peoples sense of smell, I think a big reason for the difference in taste with fragrances is down to the reason why you're actually wearing them.
I think if you're wearing a fragrance to try and impress women or fish for compliments, then its more than likely you'll be someone who wants to wear something that's in your face, leaves a vapour trail wherever you walk, so strong it gives you a headache and makes your nose bleed, and has been recognised as being a fragrance that women like (think Joop, JPG, Mugler, Issey Miyake etc...)
Alternatively, you could fall in to the category of man who wears a fragrance for themselves, who doesn't really care what other people think and chooses a fragrance solely because they like it and couldn't care less if other people can't smell it or don't recognise it.
I was reading this thread out of curiosity, and this stood out to me. What smells good or not is often related to personal opinions and olfactory memories (good and bad, "synthetic" or natural, etc.) I am of the opinion of "I wear whatever I like to wear." HOWEVER, that could very well mean A*Men, among other often hated popular fragrances (I love Dreamer, one that's often berated by fragrance snobs). There's no shame in wearing popular perfumes, as there's no shame in wearing the uncommon as well. I like both loud and quiet fragrances, I just go for a nice smell. Some people make it look as if the perfume is loud, it must be vulgar or wrong, not "refined", "classy", whatever that may mean to them. I don't wear perfumes for others, although it's nice to be complimented, but I certainly don't want to stink (admittedly, a subjective term too) to make an olfactory statement of my "class" and "knowledge" of strange perfumes (wearing strange perfumes is fine by itself, btw). Neither I want to pay hundreds of dollars (or pennies, for that matter) for watery, nondescript fragrances, just for "prestige" or false exclusivity. Additionally, wearing "insert popular fragrance" doesn't make you a lower caste in the perfume loving community. Who cares, wear what you like. Perfume is not a class statement, nor a test for who has the "best nose" and "appreciation for true art." I indeed love perfume as an art, but as in everything in life, one can take it to the extreme and become a ridiculous snob and judge of what's "really good," just to inflate our egos. I don't care for what others wear, only for what I wear, and I don't mind if it's popular or unpopular, as long as I like it. Again, liking the popular doesn't make you a perfume idiot, you'll just won't be as exclusive, but it's up to you if that matters to you or not. Since I have both kind of perfumes, I really don't mind. I LIKE "exclusivity," but mostly, I like to smell good, mostly to myself, and secondly, to others.
Finally, there's no worse smelling fragrance. :P I would say that a perfume that doesn't smell at ALL (even to you), would be "the worst," because it defeats its purpose of being considered a "scent." But there are actually people looking for this kind of "scent" anyway... and I shouldn't care about it (although I think that it's probably cheaper to pour water on yourself- my opinion, anyway.)
No offense meant, and I didn't take offense to any of the comments in this thread either.
Just thought that the above quoted comment was making people who wear loud or popular perfumes mutually exclusive with people who wear things for themselves. Totally disagree, wear what you like, whether it's Cool Water or Poivre Piquant, A*men or Piper Nigrum, Rochas Man or New Haarlem, Pink Sugar or Sweet Oriental Dream. It is our choice, not any other person's (of course, common sense dictates that we should apply perfume in appropriate fashion-as well as care for the concerns of people we love or are close to-but still, perfume should mostly be a matter of what you believe in, like, and enjoy wearing and sniffing.) All of us are justified in liking or disliking A*Men (to name one); just don't make it any class or connoisseurship statement.