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    Default Men wearing Women's Fragrances?

    I heard Hermès femenine scent, Eau des Merveilles it's so "strange" or particular fragance that could men use (what kind of men? i don't know?), or at least, take the unisex role.

    In this great site someone clasificated Nina Ricci's L'Air du Temps as a "angelical" smell. Neither femenine or masculine fragance; without sex, like the angels. [smiley=smiley.gif]

    So, what kind of rich, provocative, sophisticated women parfum could suit in the skin of an open-minded men?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kakihara
    So, what kind of rich, provocative, sophisticated women parfum could suit in the skin of an open-minded men?
    First off, welcome to basenotes. There are many womens' fragrances that can be worn by men. There are many unisex fragrances that can be worn by men and women. Restricting to 'womans' fragrances I would say (others will provide a lot more suggestions)

    Prada
    Angelique Encens.
    Chanel Cuir De Russie
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    Hi K,

    What? Men wearing WOMENS fragrances! OUTRAGEOUS! I would NEVER wear a WOMANS fragances...well...errrr...except BANDIT (which I own)...but just BANDIT...and...well errr perhaps...KINGDOM (which I own)...yea...BANDIT and KINGDOM...but...that's it...BANDIT and KINGDOM and...well...perhaps if...if I owned TABAC BLOND or JICKY...I would wear that as well...but just BANDIT, KINGDOM and TABAC BLOND and/or JICKY. Oooh...well...perhaps...errr...Welcome to the MADNESS!

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    Welcome to the board. Where are you from, may I ask? Kakihara sounds Japanese... moshikashitara nihonjin desuka? dattara ureshii na~

    As for men wearing "feminine" fragrances, sure, why not! If you feel comfortable wearing a fragrance, go for it!

    Some of the "feminine" or "unisex" scents I like are:

    Hermes Hiris
    Hermes Un Jardin en Mediterranee
    YSL Nu (EdP & EdT)
    Chanel #19
    Chanel Cuir de Russie
    Chanel Bois de Iles
    Guerlain Jicky
    Guerlain Mitsouko
    Bulgari Black

    ...and a whole bunch of Niche fragrances, most of which their companies don't even bother to label "masculine" or "feminine" because they leave it up to their customers to decide...

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    The big question is who determines what is a men's or women's fragrance? Would I defer my own taste to some corporate suit who may not know jacksh*t about fragrance, but says--we need a men's fragrance blah blah blah or a women's fragrance that is like some competitor company fragrance blah blah blah? Do I actually believe that they would know better than I what smells good on me? I'd have to be a pretty pathetic sheep to fall for that kind of commercial control, and I don't live that way. Only I decide what I like to wear on me; the labels are for people who are too timid or who have not yet bothered to educate themselves. Sorry for the rant; welcome to BN!
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    Ones I have are:
    Bandit EDP
    Miss Dior
    Diorella

    There is something in most scents denominated as women's frags that I don't care for; I can't pin it down - might be an aldehydic-floral accord or something. And there are the women's frags which are hardcore floral that I just don't go for (although I do go nuts over carnation and sometimes rose).
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    Ahem *none* cough...
    [smiley=wink.gif]

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    I own Black Cashmere by Donna Karan and Kingdom by Alexander McQueen. Black Cashmere is a spicy, smokey, subtly sweet brew while Kingdom is a boisterous concoction starring civet, cumin, rose, myrrh, citrus, vanilla, musk and sandalwood. Both can be easily worn by men. Just seeing how many male BaseNoters own these two is proof of that. Both have been discontinued by their respective houses. IMO, probably because most women found them to be too masculine smelling for their skin. Or at least, that assertion is based on how many SA's have told me of the two fragrance's sales numbers. They're both still out there...just takes a little looking!

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    Sorry, my nick was an ocurrence...I'm from Spain... [smiley=laugh.gif]

    Totally agree with docluv45... if my own taste leads me to a femenine fragance that I feel interesting, attractive and sufficiently "masculine" (in my own way), why I had to say "no"?

    Even in the graetest and creative art of the perfumes exists that kind of parameters? Yes, I know femenine fragances I'll never imagine wearing, but there's also a lot of them that can be very great!!

    So, follow with the suggestions...
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    MANY of my favorite scents are women's or unisex scents already mentioned here. I just want to add my vote for


    Bandit (Edp and Edt)
    Bulgari Black (marketed as unisex)
    Kingdom
    Jicky
    Comme des Garcons edp
    Black Cashmere
    Hermes Jardin Med (marketed as unisex)

    And I *also* like some super masculine things like Yatagan, M7, Carven Vetiver and Bel Ami.

    Eau d'Hermes is supposed to be unisex, I think, but I find it too femmy for me (kinda ironic, considering some of my favorites listed here). Or maybe I just don't like it.

    Guys, if you try these, you'll probably be like "why did they ever think a guy wouldn't want to wear this?"

    If you own it, and you're a guy, then it's a guy's scent. OK?

    Have fun adventuring.

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    Dude, do youreself a great favor--discover the world of Bond No. 9.. Infinite possibilities, where gender is no issue at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killer Vavoom
    Dude, do youreself a great favor--discover the world of Bond No. 9.. Infinite possibilities, where gender is no issue at all.
    You *do* work for them, don't you!!

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    You *do* work for them, don't you!! *[/quote]

    I sincerely wish I did.

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    I'm wearing Cacharel Amor Amor as we speak! I love scents that have that "rhubarby" note in them.

    YUMSTERS!

    Other faves

    Kingdom
    Black Cashmere
    Red - Giorgio BH
    Vol Du Nuit
    Samsara

    Loads more that I can't remember.

    Go for it I say!

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    All I know is that I've been wishing they created a Men's version of Coco Mademoiselle--the scent drives me nuts (in good way!). I suppose they might call it Coco Pour Monsieur??? Men in France as I have read would buy Chanel No. 5 for themselves to wear--this scent in itself has elements that make it masculine as well, very much like the clothing made in this fashion house. In Ancient India, I read that men rubbed jasmine petals on themselves. People are correct here in this forum when they say there is no "gender" of a scent. Just what society dictates and what "sex" the fragrance is offered to.
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    Whilst visiting my mum today, i dabbed my wrists and the nape of my neck with 5th avenue by Elizabeth Arden, smells nice but i'm not sure its for me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by magnnum
    Whilst visiting my mum today, i dabbed my wrists and the nape of my neck with 5th avenue by Elizabeth Arden, smells nice but i'm not sure its for me...
    Me thinks that one is a tad on the girly side..... [smiley=undecided.gif]

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoL
    [quote author=magnnum link=1123107937/15#15 date=1123362719]Whilst visiting my mum today, i dabbed my wrists and the nape of my neck with 5th avenue by Elizabeth Arden, smells nice but i'm not sure its for me...
    Me thinks that one is a tad on the girly side..... [smiley=undecided.gif][/quote]

    You're not wrong dude, I need to wash it off!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by magnnum
    [quote author=CoL link=1123107937/15#16 date=1123362931][quote author=magnnum link=1123107937/15#15 date=1123362719]Whilst visiting my mum today, i dabbed my wrists and the nape of my neck with 5th avenue by Elizabeth Arden, smells nice but i'm not sure its for me...
    Me thinks that one is a tad on the girly side..... [smiley=undecided.gif][/quote]

    You're not wrong dude, I need to wash it off!!![/quote]
    Go grab some Brut or other manly one that'll do the trick!

    LOL

    It does make me laugh though, peoples attitudes that is. Its particularly evident in Scotland (rather backward me thinks, I can say that being a Scot [smiley=rolleyes.gif])I remember on many occassions walking up to a fragrance counter and going to spritz a new LADIES scent. SA's start running and screaming "THATS A LADIES SCENT!!!!!!!!!!!!" almost in slow motion, as if when it touches my skin, breasts will magically sprout from my chest. Jez [smiley=rolleyes.gif]

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoL
    [quote author=magnnum link=1123107937/15#17 date=1123363497][quote author=CoL link=1123107937/15#16 date=1123362931][quote author=magnnum link=1123107937/15#15 date=1123362719]Whilst visiting my mum today, i dabbed my wrists and the nape of my neck with 5th avenue by Elizabeth Arden, smells nice but i'm not sure its for me...
    Me thinks that one is a tad on the girly side..... [smiley=undecided.gif][/quote]

    You're not wrong dude, I need to wash it off!!![/quote]
    Go grab some Brut or other manly one that'll do the trick!

    LOL

    It does make me laugh though, peoples attitudes that is. Its particularly evident in Scotland (rather backward me thinks, I can say that being a Scot [smiley=rolleyes.gif])I remember on many occassions walking up to a fragrance counter and going to spritz a new LADIES scent. SA's start running and screaming "THATS A LADIES SCENT!!!!!!!!!!!!" almost in slow motion, as if when it touches my skin, breasts will magically sprout from my chest. Jez [smiley=rolleyes.gif][/quote]


    lol!
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    Default Re: Men wearing Women's Fragrances?

    Sheesh, here in the good ol' U S of A ANY TIME I browse the men's fragrance counters I hear one of the following phrases:

    "Is this for your boyfriend/dad/brother?"
    "Oh honey, that's a men's cologne, come over here & I'll show you some lovely women's fragrances"
    "You do know that's a men's cologne, right?"
    "I don't think that's right for you"

    etc...
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    Default Re: Men wearing Women's Fragrances?

    Quote Originally Posted by CologneJunkie
    Sheesh, here in the good ol' U S of A ANY TIME I browse the men's fragrance counters I hear one of the following phrases:

    "Is this for your boyfriend/dad/brother?"
    "Oh honey, that's a men's cologne, come over here & I'll show you some lovely women's fragrances"
    "You do know that's a men's cologne, right?"
    "I don't think that's right for you"

    etc...
    Thats hilarious!!!!! * I have gotten some funny lines and faces too. *Sometimes the sa's would walk away from me really fast after i told them i was looking at womens scents for me. *Others would contort their faces in ways you would think only an octupus could. * *Some sa's say "what does she usually wear"?????? * *or is this for your wife? *NO.....its for me. * LOL!!!!!! * *Now, though, so people can stay within their comfort level i respond by saying something like "She" usually wears Angel or Chanel 5. *Or its for my girlfriend. *Lately though, people have been saying to me "are you looking for mens or womens" then i'll say "whatever smells good". *then the sa will say *"is it for yourself or a girlfriend" *If we go through that exchange i'll say its for me. *It seems people can accept it better that way.
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    I have worn unisex fragrances such as

    Bvlgari The Blanc
    Bvlgari Black
    Burberry Baby Touch

    I have worn Angel and I would wear Bvlgari Omnia since I dont think its more feminine than the unisex ones, and its very nice. It has that Bvlgari smell, with chocolate.

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    most of my perfumes are feminine, i think men's ones have no originality, except for the Dolce Gabbana pour homme, Gucci pour homme, M7 and Dior's Bois d'argent and Eau Noire...So i love NU- Yves Saint Laurent, Kingdom - Mc Queen, Prada, Madness - Chopard, Castelbajac EDP, Tabac Blond - Caron, Féminité du bois- Shiseido, Light Blue Dolce Gabbana,Costume National Scent Intense, L'Eau par Kenzo. And all the Serge Lutens unisex fragrance...because I agree with what he says: we are what we smell

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    This is one of those subjects that seems to come up alot.
    Eau des Merveilles, Brit Red, Bvlgari Blv and Blv Notte Feminine, Omnia by Bvlgari, All of the Bvlgari's except for Femme, Nu by YSL, Siselys Eau des Soir EdP, Black Cashmere, Jicky.....the list goes on and on and on.
    Many of the Creeds are unisex.....and many Bond No.9 scents.
    I noticed that someone mentioned Prada, and I agree. L'Occitane has many that can go either way. Bath and Body works aromatherapy line has scents that guys and gals can where. Many L'Artisan's, MpG's. OK...I'll stop,this could go on for a while.
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    I would wear Bvlgari Blv for women. It smells as if you have just had a shower. Something powdery that is clean.

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    Silver Rain
    Opium for Women

    I have worn both and received many compliments from women.

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    There was a thread up the other day about men wearing Angel.

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    I can recommend you explore feminine chypres and cuir scents of 50-70 years of XX century.
    Try this:
    Cabochard de Gres - very good leather, castoreum and some bitter flowers
    Jolie Madame Pierre Balmain - leather, violet, artemisia
    Diorella - barbarella
    Miss Dior - nice chypre
    Diorissimo

    Doblis by Hermes - nice and soft leather
    Parfum d`Therese - formerly the unique perfume of Edmond Roudnitska wife, now the frag from Editions de Parfums de Frederik Malle
    Padparadshah de Satellite - like Gucci Rush for men, but with cade oil and incense
    etc., etc., etc...
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    Quote Originally Posted by iMaverick
    All I know is that I've been wishing they created a Men's version of Coco Mademoiselle--the scent drives me nuts (in good way!). *I suppose they might call it Coco Pour Monsieur??? *Men in France as I have read would buy Chanel No. 5 for themselves to wear--this scent in itself has elements that make it masculine as well, very much like the clothing made in this fashion house. *In Ancient India, I read that men rubbed jasmine petals on themselves. People are correct here in this forum when they say there is no "gender" of a scent. *Just what society dictates and what "sex" the fragrance is offered to.
    I agree, my mother wears this and its just amazing! if they could tweak it to make a mans version I dont think id ever buy anything else after that ever.

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