Originally Posted by Possum-Pie
I've really pondered the whole question of "how it appears" Part of me HATES the idea of blowing off something nice b/c it comes from WalMart or some discount store...but I agree that there is a place and time for formal vs. informal. After wearing 1 Million all morning today, I realize I couldn't wear it to a semi-formal or formal event, or somewhere that I may be around a crowd of Teens all wearing it...
I appreciate this post. Being able to reflect on things and change one's stance is a sign of integrity. It would be nice to think that we are absolutely independent in a sense that we don't care at all how we a perceived. Usually it's just not the case, and there is nothing wrong with that. Realizing such thing - as mentioned earlier - can only help us change our ways, if we think it's necessary. Also, not wanting to wear for example 1 Million might not be about how other people perceive us, but how we like to think about ourselves. Clothes, fragrances etc. are often part of our identity, which fine as long as they are not the most important part.
Again, my main point is that "I just want to smell good" is often not true statement and can speak of lack of understanding of one's own motives. Few examples of this in my case:
1. I've noticed that I like to like for example SMN fragrances. I don't like to like Le Male. So, for me it's not only about the product, but I about the bottle, history of the company etc. This might make no sense, but I've noticed this about myself.
2. I don't want to wear very popular fragrances like Old Spice, Tabac, AdG, Le Male etc.
3. My choice of fragrance has to do with my choice of clothes and my mood, I want them to match.
4. My choice of fragrance has to do with the nature of the event. Some are playful, some serious etc.
5. I wouldn't like to wear a fragrance that is easily recognized as feminine, such as Chanel No. 5.
I believe many who would agree with some of the above might still keep on saying that they just want to smell good. These views are not compatible. That basenotes cliche is an oversimplification. For some reason people think that saying that is a sign of integrity. It might be so in some cases; but it it's not true, it's the opposite.
I don't point this post to anyone in particular, just a general thought of an issue I find interesting. Of course it's possible that some people really have that simple relationship with fragrances.