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    Quote Originally Posted by Halo View Post
    Come on Pollux, tell me....and be sure that, indeed, i will lmao.
    "Super locin masculina Ginel" (Super masculine lotion Ginell) A$ 29 (USD 7.5) for 100 ml (3.3 floZ). Yes, call it super masculine, specially after the aldehydic top notes resembling those of Chanel N 5, LMAO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    LMAO

    And it can only be reattached with Kouros!
    And if Aramis is used for Miracle-Gro on it, it'll grow three heads!
    That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colormechris View Post
    Love Bal a Versaille...I feel like an 18th century dandy when I wear it. Hmmmm, Shalimar. I don't know about that one. It seems so ultra femme to me. Really turned on recently to Metal by Paco Rabanne.
    BTW, the dandy is a distinctly 19th century phenomenon. In the 17th and 18th centuries, you had beaux, fops, macaronis and incroyables--different species of the same genus! (Boy, that sounds Darwinian...)

    Bal a Versailles is a nice animalic scent.

    Luca Turin called Habit Rouge and Mouchoir de Monsieur "dandified" scents. Both very smooth and elegant. Mouchoir is very similar to Jicky (marketed to women) and just as unisex. Habit Rouge is a wonderful citrus/leather. The EDP with agarwood is just heavenly!

    Derby is a Sous Le Vent made for men. (Sous Le Vent is also unisex.)
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    Hi Chris,
    Love your reviews, always make me smile. I will have to try Metal.

    For men, I recommend Vivienne Westwood Libertine or Anglomania. Very, very vivacious.
    or..
    Alexander McQueen Summer Kingdom. A fruity flanker of the original Kingdom.

    For the ladies, I would love to smell YSL M7. I think it would be so mysterious...
    Last edited by Seanvik; 16th July 2010 at 05:19 PM. Reason: Edited for clarity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seanvik View Post
    Hi Chris,
    Love your reviews, always make me smile. I will have to try Metal.

    For men, I recommend Vivienne Westwood Libertine or Anglomania. Very, very vivacious.
    or..
    Alexander McQueen Summer Kingdom. A fruity flanker of the original Kingdom.

    For the ladies, I would love to smell YSL M7. I think it would be so mysterious...
    Seanvik, I agree that Libertine and Anglomania are unisex. Libertine reminds me of Fougere Bengale, and Anglomania has a wonderful rose/tea/leather that men can appreciate. The original Kingdom is a true unisex.
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    Default Re: What female fragrances do you think a man can wear? (and vice versa).

    Masculines that can be worn by women?

    Paco Rabanne's 1 Million is currently a hit among my female students.
    Dior Homme
    Zizanie
    Jaipur
    A*Men
    Le Male
    Jacomo de Jacomo Rouge
    Joop!
    etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    ... In the 17th and 18th centuries, you had beaux, fops, macaronis and incroyables...
    Off topic: Primrose, can you suggest readings on this? BTW, I did not know Ernst Jnger was considered a model of dandysm...

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    For me, Cartier's Kiss Of The Dragon, Bvlgari Blv and Omnia, West Side by Bond No.9 and Love In White by Creed!!!
    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollux View Post
    Masculines that can be worn by women?

    Paco Rabanne's 1 Million is currently a hit among my female students.
    Dior Homme
    Zizanie
    Jaipur
    A*Men
    Le Male
    Jacomo de Jacomo Rouge
    Joop!
    etc.



    Off topic: Primrose, can you suggest readings on this? BTW, I did not know Ernst Jnger was considered a model of dandysm...
    Pollux, it's hard to say who was a "dandy" and who was not. It's not simply dressing up and tying a cravat in a certain way--it's an attitude toward life in general, and a uniquely European and masculine phenomenon. Coco Chanel was considered a female "Beau Brummell." I would start with a good factual history of menswear and fashion. Most style trendsetters were mavericks in their own way and often eccentrics. Don't believe everything you read out of popular biographies, though, as there are many presumptions on figures of history purporting to be factual. A good, short book is James Laver's "Dandies," now out of print. Laver was a fashion historian.

    BTW, in the advertising for Givenchy Play, pop singer Justin Timberlake was called a modern dandy.
    Last edited by Primrose; 16th July 2010 at 05:45 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mimi Gardenia View Post
    I think a man can pull off anything he wants - never mind what the label says !
    +1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perfaddict View Post
    ...I just smelt the rare Must de Cartier Eau Fine at my favourite hole-in-the-wall. Its going to be mine on Monday! ...
    Couldn't wait. Got it today
    ointments and perfume delight the heart....

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    Default Re: What female fragrances do you think a man can wear? (and vice versa).

    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    Pollux, it's hard to say who was a "dandy" and who was not. It's not simply dressing up and tying a cravat in a certain way--it's an attitude toward life in general, and a uniquely European and masculine phenomenon. Coco Chanel was considered a female "Beau Brummell." I would start with a good factual history of menswear and fashion. Most style trendsetters were mavericks in their own way and often eccentrics. Don't believe everything you read out of popular biographies, though, as there are many presumptions on figures of history purporting to be factual. A good, short book is James Laver's "Dandies," now out of print. Laver was a fashion historian.

    BTW, in the advertising for Givenchy Play, pop singer Justin Timberlake was called a modern dandy.
    Thanks Prim! I am realizing what you are mentioning, judging from the blogs I found researching over the Internet. Curious way to know oneself for the better....
    Last edited by Pollux; 16th July 2010 at 07:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollux View Post
    Thanks Prim! I am realizing what you ar ementioning, judging from the blogs I found researching over the Internet. Curious way to know oneself for the better....
    Pollux, as an academic, you know one must sort the wheat from the chaff. If one cannot be certain of the false versus the factual, the honest writer should state so. So many popular histories out there are not authoritative. That said, the Internet is only one of many sources that cannot be trusted. Even books can lie.

    Subsequently, I like to take to heart some of the dandies' joie-de-vivre in their enjoyment of the sensual...foods, clothing, wine, the arts...and perfume.
    "No elegance is possible without it...perfume is a part of you." Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel
    Currently wearing: Rose Ambre by Fragonard

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    Default Re: What female fragrances do you think a man can wear? (and vice versa).

    Quote Originally Posted by perfaddict View Post
    Couldn't wait. Got it today
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    Default Re: What female fragrances do you think a man can wear? (and vice versa).

    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    Pollux, as an academic, you know one must sort the wheat from the chaff. If one cannot be certain of the false versus the factual, the honest writer should state so. So many popular histories out there are not authoritative. That said, the Internet is only one of many sources that cannot be trusted. Even books can lie.

    Subsequently, I like to take to heart some of the dandies' joie-de-vivre in their enjoyment of the sensual...foods, clothing, wine, the arts...and perfume.
    You are right, Internet is not that trustworthy, but I always resort to it when conducting informal desk research. The point being, I came across the fact that many of these blogs on dandyism quote passages by Ernst Jnger, of which I am reading "On Pain". So I had the odd feeling that things were being mixed until you told me that it has to do with an attitude towards life rather than with the way one gets dressed.

    Thanks for the reading suggestion!

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    Had a dear female friend who passed away in 1987 and she was into Magie Noir, which was an odd choice for a teen-age girl. That and Lauren always remind me of her. Will have to get some of both.
    When I wear Bal A Versaille, I feel like a manly milquetoast (if that's conceivable!).

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    I agree that men and women can wear anything they want - it`s fun to try things that you think you wouldn`t like, you never know what will end being fantastic on your skin.

    My list of frags that seems easier to me to be worn by a man

    Dior Escale a Portofino
    Dior Midnight Poison
    Dior Hypnotic Poison (if you like almondy vanillas, of course)
    Dior Addict Fraiche
    Cartier Le Baiser Du Dragon
    Cartier Must Pour Femme (Especially if you like obsession man)
    Donna Karan Chaos
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere (One of My favorites)
    Donna Karan Signature
    Armani Mania Femme Black Cap (seems like a creamy black cashmere parent)
    Hermes Caleche Edt
    Hermes Hiris
    Hermes Kelly Caleche (Dior Homme + Leather + Vegetal Notes)
    Hermes Eau des Merveilles
    Hermes Elixir des Merveilles
    Guerlain Mitsouko
    Guerlain L`Heure Bleue
    Guerlain Philtre d`Amour
    Caron Nuit de Noel (Gorgeous mossy spice frag)
    Caron Tabac Blond
    Caron Parfum Sacre
    Lancome Cuir de Lancome
    Lancome Magie Noire
    Bvlgari Omnia
    Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline
    Bvlgari Blv Extreme
    Bvlgari Blv II
    Prada Edp
    Prada Infusion d'Iris
    Prada L'Eau Ambree
    Ralph Lauren Pure Turquoise
    Ralph Lauren Notorious
    Lalique Perles de Lalique
    Rochas Femme
    Jean Patou 1000
    Alexander McQueen Kingdom

    And many others

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    Fans of Egoiste Pour Homme may like Venezia From Laura Biagiotti. If you can find a bottle, do try it! To my nose it looks like the spicy plummy section of Egoiste but amplified.
    Kenzo Jungle Elephant and Hanae Mori Magical Moon are also great fragrances to be explored by males. The first time i tried magical moon it surprised me because i expected something creamy and girly and got a gourmand dark woody frag

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    Flower by Kenzo Oriental is also a great option if you like incense frags.
    Kenzo Amour also surprised me, since I went on a light smoky benjoim smell at my skin.
    Nu edp is another one that comes to my mind. I have three bottles of this one, i wear it when I want a metallic incense with spice notes.
    I have been also enjoying Fendi Theorema Donna. It looks very unissex to me, with a delicious creamy tangerine aroma with a light ambery base. It`s the kind of smell that creates an aura surrounding you during all day.
    Stella McCartney is a great option if you want a sour rose frag with a musky light base. A great option for office wear

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    My thought is this: Ignore the gender the scent is marketed to, and focus instead on whether it speaks to you, intrigues your nose, and seems like a fit with your personality/style. When you get over that "hump" in your mind, it's liberating - another world of fragrance possibilities opens up to you, because you're no longer focused on the marketing, just the scent itself. Which makes sense, no?

    The frags mentioned in this thread are great if you're looking for some "safe" starting points, though. Totally agree on Opium and Shalimar, they're practically virile when compared to contemporary ideals of feminine fragrance. (Coincidentally, they're both orientals, a fragrance category that almost always smells unisex to me anyway). Opium's exotic spices, incense and resins don't concern themselves with trivial matters like gender, and though Shalimar is sweeter, it still has that smoky, leathery undertone that can smell intoxicating on male skin - or any skin, for that matter. Sweeter orientals like Hypnotic Poison or more floral ones like Coco are a little dicier if you're of a certain disposition, but I am not, and I've worn both with great results, smelling fabulous and not at all like I'd raided my girlfriend's perfume cabinet. I stay away from bright floral or candy-sweet perfumes generally because they don't appeal to me, not because I don't think I (or any other man) can pull them off. If a man can happily wear Le Mle, Dior Homme, or A*Men, they have no excuse for being too timid to check out the other side of the aisle. Trust your nose. The nose is all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickbr View Post
    I agree that men and women can wear anything they want - it`s fun to try things that you think you wouldn`t like, you never know what will end being fantastic on your skin.

    My list of frags that seems easier to me to be worn by a man

    Dior Escale a Portofino
    Dior Midnight Poison
    Dior Hypnotic Poison (if you like almondy vanillas, of course)
    Dior Addict Fraiche
    Cartier Le Baiser Du Dragon
    Cartier Must Pour Femme (Especially if you like obsession man)
    Donna Karan Chaos
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere (One of My favorites)
    Donna Karan Signature
    Armani Mania Femme Black Cap (seems like a creamy black cashmere parent)
    Hermes Caleche Edt
    Hermes Hiris
    Hermes Kelly Caleche (Dior Homme + Leather + Vegetal Notes)
    Hermes Eau des Merveilles
    Hermes Elixir des Merveilles
    Guerlain Mitsouko
    Guerlain L`Heure Bleue
    Guerlain Philtre d`Amour
    Caron Nuit de Noel (Gorgeous mossy spice frag)
    Caron Tabac Blond
    Caron Parfum Sacre
    Lancome Cuir de Lancome
    Lancome Magie Noire
    Bvlgari Omnia
    Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline
    Bvlgari Blv Extreme
    Bvlgari Blv II
    Prada Edp
    Prada Infusion d'Iris
    Prada L'Eau Ambree
    Ralph Lauren Pure Turquoise
    Ralph Lauren Notorious
    Lalique Perles de Lalique
    Rochas Femme
    Jean Patou 1000
    Alexander McQueen Kingdom

    And many others
    Great list, Rick. I would also add Chanel's Cuir de Russie.
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    Default Re: What female fragrances do you think a man can wear? (and vice versa).

    Any unisex fragrance.

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    Default Re: What female fragrances do you think a man can wear? (and vice versa).

    There are some people who let marketing dictate their purchases - not their sense of smell. Some won't even sample a fragrance if it is not labeled as men's, or if they are daring - unisex. I guess they are scared of something. But that is their prerogative, and they are free to do whatever they choose to do.

    However, I personally don't consider those people to be true fragrance enthusiasts/connoisseurs. You can't be if you don't have an open mind to trying everything.
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    Some from my current (or past) wardrobe that I'd love to share with my man:

    Opium sdp and especially the parfum
    Coco parfum
    Cabochard
    Aromatics Elixir
    Coriandre
    Youth Dew bath oil
    Fleur de Narcisse
    Evelyn Rose - I have this and don't wear it. Actually, all straight roses smell masculine to my nose.
    1000
    Halston perfume
    Jour de Fete (Once when I wore this, someone thought they smelled vanilla cigar)
    No 19
    Vol de Nuit edt (I'm gonna make my guy try this one on! )
    Paloma Picasso


    ...and others that would work:

    Azuree
    SMN Vaniglia (Actually, I don't know that this is marketed as femme)
    SMN Garafano (carnation is another flower that registers as masculine to my nose)
    Tabu
    Diorella
    Cristall edp
    any of the Bvlgari tea series
    Euphoria
    Angel

    Male perfumes for the gals:

    Pleasures for men
    Bvlgari pour homme
    M7
    Guess
    Fierce (I could've sworn a woman wearing this was wearing No 19)
    Arpege homme
    Acqua di Gio (quite femme to my nose)
    Joop!
    Pi
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    hey wait, i'm going to be in trouble if i'm gonna need time to test women fragances at my usual shops!!!

    It's going to get crazy if the offer gets bigger. It's hard enough to choose one sex frag!

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    Good lord just take a look at my wardrobe , I expect more than half could be considered female fragrances ? Carnal Flower , Beyond Love and Fracas just to begin with . Its like Katie P says - " fragrance is genderless " , which is a shame that most UK sales assistants cant seem to grab this maverick idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    Great list, Rick. I would also add Chanel's Cuir de Russie.
    I always forget something when doing lists Primrose. Chanel's Cuir de Russie is gorgeous in fact. I still need to buy me at least a 15ml decant of it. Coco Chanel is another feminine from Chanel that I like to use and suits me well

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    The only female fragrances I'm not that excited about are those that are too floral and sweet. The other female fragrances that have not been mentioned yet are: Stella EDP and the Beat EDT.

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    Default Re: What female fragrances do you think a man can wear? (and vice versa).

    Women can wear any masculine. They often smell better on women.

    Pour Monsieur
    Invasion Barbare
    Jubilation XXV
    Lauder for Men
    Balenciaga pour Homme
    Yatagan
    Yohji Homme
    New York (de Nicolai)
    Habit Rouge
    Eau Sauvage
    Heritage
    Derby
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Givenchy Vetyver
    Aramis
    Bois du Portugal
    Or Black
    Parfum d'Habit
    Tuscany per Uomo
    L'Insant pour Homme
    Gucci pour Homme
    Bel Ami
    Ormonde Man
    Jules
    Green Irish Tweed
    Coriolan
    Antaeus
    Third Man
    M7
    Cool Water
    Pour Un Homme
    A*Men
    Rochas Man
    Body Kouros

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    Quote Originally Posted by pluran View Post
    Women can wear any masculine. They often smell better on women.

    Pour Monsieur
    Invasion Barbare
    Jubilation XXV
    Lauder for Men
    Balenciaga pour Homme
    Yatagan
    Yohji Homme
    New York (de Nicolai)
    Habit Rouge
    Eau Sauvage
    Heritage
    Derby
    Guerlain Vetiver
    Givenchy Vetyver
    Aramis
    Bois du Portugal
    Or Black
    Parfum d'Habit
    Tuscany per Uomo
    L'Insant pour Homme
    Gucci pour Homme
    Bel Ami
    Ormonde Man
    Jules
    Green Irish Tweed
    Coriolan
    Antaeus
    Third Man
    M7
    Cool Water
    Pour Un Homme
    A*Men
    Rochas Man
    Body Kouros

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    Pluran, great list. I would also add Equipage and Terre d'Hermes parfum.

    One scent from the feminines that men can wear is Hermes Amazone. No surprise there for the inspiration, which is the equestrienne of the 19th century, gender-bending in her top hat and veil, sporting a tailcoat and a cravat.
    Last edited by Primrose; 18th July 2010 at 05:47 PM.
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    Some says that fragrances like Shalimar and Attrape Coeur is also good on men and some men writes reviews on women fragrances like they are using the frags and vice-versa but I'm not really convinced that one can wear feminine marked frags. Who of you wear women fragrances? What fragrances fit to men in spite of not being marked as unisex?

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