Originally Posted by döfä91
Could it be, that in America, say US, people are not so fond of so called "perfumey", typical "very French" scents that sometimes are animalic, have civet note?
I think the days of this stereotype, that the French like skanky stuff, is over. Look at the mens scent lists in Plurans post. The French market is probably the European market least likely to be swayed by fads, trends and international marketing campaigns, the French typically buy French. The only thing in either of the lists that is any way animalic is Azzaro PH, which has been a perennial best seller in France. The only other "classic" in that list is Eau Sauvage, and I can imagine there are a couple of generations of men in France who have only one bottle of fragrance, are not going to change, and its Eau Sauvage.
Half of the list are modern weak fresh scents that would not look out of place on a US bestseller list.
What is more interesting is what is not
in that list. Habit Rouge, which was still on the best seller list 5 years ago, is gone. In fact, no men's Guerlain at all. No Kouros (but it hasn't been in the top ten in France for a long time). No Declaration. Even Terre d'Hermes has seemingly fallen out of favour.
The French market still went as mad for 1 Million as everywhere else did when it came out, although it seems the trend was short lived there, unlike in the rest of Europe where it continues to sell well and invade your personal space on an all too frequent basis. Also, you cannot base what is popular on what you smell coming off passers by on the street. Most scents are so subtle that you won't pick them up as someone walks by, which kind of skews this method of gauging popularity to sillage monsters.
This concept that all men in France go around stinking of Yatagan is frankly flawed. There may be an older generation that are sticking to the fragrances of their youth (when their American contemporaries were using Drugstore frags from Shulton and Faberge), but everyone else is buying into the fresh aquatics or woody ambers as much as anywhere else.