Originally Posted by KeLLsTar
In my experience.... Most straight men seem to love vanillas (cheap, expensive - doesn't matter), most gay men like the florals, especially the expensive ones.
Very interesting observation! For me, personally, feminine gourmands and vanilla-based orientals tend to be "grrrrrr!" scents - when I smell them, I tend to turn my head, looking for a well-dressed, sexy woman. When I smell the modern fruity florals, I tend to look for a younger woman, more innocently dressed, but everything from casual to business. When I smell things leaning toward white flowers, I expect more mature ladies, dressed nicely. When I smell other things - iris, aquatic citrus, more unisex, and especially if it smells expensive - I often expect a business woman.
Generally speaking, perfume does turn my head, but I find that it's the spicy gourmands and orientals that tend to make me almost involuntarily turn my head while walking in the mall or store, with the thought "OMG! I am checking out a woman, everybody is seeing me do it, and I can't help myself!" Fortunately, as a known fragrance nut, I have a handy excuse for those who know me, but it really is involuntary sometimes.
Occasionally, the fragrance and the person don't correlate at all with my expectations, leading to some interesting looks on my face!