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    Someone asks you what kind of PERFUME you have on? Or where you get all your PERFUME? I know I do. I just wanna grab them and say it's not PERFUME!!!

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    Would you feel better if they said AFTERSHAVE instead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor
    Would you feel better if they said AFTERSHAVE instead?
    Yeah I probably would to be honest.

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    I don't mind what they say. I refer to my collection as perfume quite often. I'm not too bothered by the terminology of the whole thing. I'm just hoping they end up saying it smells good. To me perfume = cologne. Either way they are taking notice and are intrigued. I'm more interested in that aspect of someone asking about my bodily scent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EnvYuS
    I don't mind what they say. I refer to my collection as perfume quite often. I'm not too bothered by the terminology of the whole thing. I'm just hoping they end up saying it smells good. To me perfume = cologne. Either way they are taking notice and are intrigued. I'm more interested in that aspect of someone asking about my bodily scent.
    True, it is always nice to get someone interested. But oh man, it just irks me to the max!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrax
    Someone asks you what kind of PERFUME you have on? Or where you get all your PERFUME? I know I do. I just wanna grab them and say it's not PERFUME!!!
    Actually technically it is perfume. Perfume doesn't have to mean something feminine or what women wear. We tend to call it cologne when men wear but what about something that is unisex, would you call it a perfume or cologne or just fragrance?

    Heres a definition of "perfume"

    Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils and aroma compounds, fixatives, and solvents used to give the human body, objects, and living spaces a pleasant smell. The amount and type of solvent mix with the fragrance oil dictates whether a perfume is considered a perfume extract, Eau de parfum, Eau de toilette, or Eau de Cologne.


    So yes I do wear perfume!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrax
    Someone asks you what kind of PERFUME you have on? Or where you get all your PERFUME? I know I do. I just wanna grab them and say it's not PERFUME!!!
    I look them square in the eye and say "Chanel No. 5"

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    Lol not really..

    99% of the population doesn't know absolutely anything to do with the details and information on fragrance beyond the names of a few brands and how it smells.

    It's like getting mad at someone for not knowing some sort of technical term with regards to a subject you can't expect them to be experts on.

    I never hear people say what perfume are you wearing though, it's always been men's stuff = cologne, women's stuff = perfume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azsmells
    Actually technically it is perfume. Perfume doesn't have to mean something feminine or what women wear. We tend to call it cologne when men wear but what about something that is unisex, would you call it a perfume or cologne or just fragrance?

    Heres a definition of "perfume"

    Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils and aroma compounds, fixatives, and solvents used to give the human body, objects, and living spaces a pleasant smell. The amount and type of solvent mix with the fragrance oil dictates whether a perfume is considered a perfume extract, Eau de parfum, Eau de toilette, or Eau de Cologne.

    So yes I wear perfume
    Hmmm.........I'll have to put some thought into that. Its just been programmed into my head so long that women wear perfume, and men wear cologne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrax
    Someone asks you what kind of PERFUME you have on? Or where you get all your PERFUME? I know I do. I just wanna grab them and say it's not PERFUME!!!
    I find it slightly annoying. I'd rather they say cologne or fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr._Longrove
    I find it slightly annoying. I'd rather they say cologne or fragrance.
    "fragrance" just always feels kind of pretentious to me, like referring to Van Gogh's paintings as his "oeuvre" or Shakespeare's plays as his "canon." I much prefer "stink-juice." That's just me though.

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    James Fenimore Cooper - who hated European arrogance, but loved its culture and disdained what he viewed as US provincialism - would say that the American use of the term cologne is a typical American misappropriation and confusion of European concepts . Neither is it from Cologne, nor is it Eau de Cologne, it is, properly, men's perfume or Eau de Toilette. Of course, he even got all worked up about Americans saying CUcumber instead of the proper, i.e. British, cuCUMber and considered this a threat to republicanism. I tell you, intellectual history is a fascinating field to be working in

    Personally I can't help but associate the atrocious 4711 with the word cologne - childhood trauma. Well, now that I've tried alot of really decent Eau de Colognes I'm getting over that, but to me cologne is indeed Eau de Cologne.

    In any event, I'd be happy if people even noticed I was wearing perfume.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel_Cairo
    "fragrance" just always feels kind of pretentious to me, like referring to Van Gogh's paintings as his "oeuvre" or Shakespeare's plays as his "canon." I much prefer "stink-juice." That's just me though.
    Stink juice....I like that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life
    Personally I can't help but associate the atrocious 4711 with the word cologne - childhood trauma.
    Yeah, when people ask me what "cologne" or "aftershave" I'm wearing, I have to restrain myself from spitting back: "F*#% off, I am not wearing brut!" (Or Old Spice, or Blue Stratos etc. etc.).

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    I agree with acehimself -- most of the American public still call all men's scents "aftershave" -- they can't really be expected to know perfume from eau de parfume from eau de toilette from eau de cologne. Oh, and at least they meant well.

    That said, I just answer them with the name of the fragrance and keep right on plugging. A tutorial always sounds patronizing, and most don't want to be bothered with the info anyway.

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    Man alive I know exactly what you guys mean, Thrax! I just plain hate it when people ask me about my "cologne"! I hate it when they use that term, as if I'm scared to call my stuff perfume, jeez. I'm not--heck, it's just words and trying to talk about stuff in our world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrax
    Someone asks you what kind of PERFUME you have on? Or where you get all your PERFUME? I know I do. I just wanna grab them and say it's not PERFUME!!!

    Actually, I have the opposite problem: People ask me what cologne I am wearing, and I need to be able to tell them that it's a perfume without sounding pretentious.

    American society has made it hard for men to talk about perfumes, eaux de toilette, and colognes without sounding nerdy, gay, trans, or just crazy. Maybe I tell a friend that I just received my new eau de toilette and a new perfume: they are undoubtedly thinking that I bought a 'guy' perfume and a 'girl' perfume.

    Add to that the (personal) belief that all scents are, at their core, unisex anyways.... I've had some frustrating conversations where my brain starts to smoke from the cognitive dissonance-
    "Yes, it's a perfume. No, it's not a woman's perfume just because it's called a perfume. And also, there really isn't any such thing as a 'woman's' perfume, because scents are genderless. And Yes, this is a male fragrance"


    it's enough to make me keep my mouth shut about the subject.


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    I love this thread...it's like the old soda vs. pop debate...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CologneJunkie
    I love this thread...it's like the old soda vs. pop debate...
    For the record it's pop.

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    Heh. I have honestly never had it called that. However, in my line of work, with all the burly, friggin' hairy chested manly men I have had it refered to as "Foo Foo Powder".

    Ok, I'm sorry that I don't smell like aged arm pit, or a bucket full of anus.

    Friggin' macho morons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrax
    For the record it's pop.
    Agreed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SternFan
    Ok, I'm sorry that I don't smell like aged arm pit, or a bucket full of anus.Friggin' macho morons.
    A bucket full of anus.... hmmm..... .....now that would be an interesting scent to bottle..

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    For the record it's pop.



    Quote Originally Posted by CologneJunkie
    Agreed!

    :::::mumbling under her breath::::::: it's soda
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    For the record it's pop.






    :::::mumbling under her breath::::::: it's soda

    I have to agree with GraySwan.....it's soda. Or at least I SAY it's soda.
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    Well is it cologne or perfume?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life
    James Fenimore Cooper - who hated European arrogance, but loved its culture and disdained what he viewed as US provincialism - would say that the American use of the term cologne is a typical American misappropriation and confusion of European concepts . Neither is it from Cologne, nor is it Eau de Cologne, it is, properly, men's perfume or Eau de Toilette. Of course, he even got all worked up about Americans saying CUcumber instead of the proper, i.e. British, cuCUMber and considered this a threat to republicanism. I tell you, intellectual history is a fascinating field to be working in

    Personally I can't help but associate the atrocious 4711 with the word cologne - childhood trauma. Well, now that I've tried alot of really decent Eau de Colognes I'm getting over that, but to me cologne is indeed Eau de Cologne.

    In any event, I'd be happy if people even noticed I was wearing perfume.
    Well, I agree with the_good_life. In Brazil, both men and women use the term "Perfume" (It doesn't matter if It's an Eau de Cologne, Toillette or Parfum).
    But actually Cologne always reminds people here of some cheap fragrance or aftershave. (brut, adidas etc.)
    Personally I used to think the term cologne was related to an Eau de Cologne.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrax
    Well is it cologne or perfume?
    When I'm talking about a frag marketed toward men I say cologne, when I'm talking about a frag marketed toward women, I say perfume. It's mainly for my audience's benefit because that's how the majority of my friends know them as.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrax
    Well is it cologne or perfume?
    Perfume, of course! Personally...I don't care what they call it...as long as they tell me I smell yummy.

    I'd rather hear "Oh my, your cologne is delicious" as opposed to... "Damn, woman! Your perfume is a total stinkah!"


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    Quote Originally Posted by GraySwan

    I'd rather hear "Oh my, your cologne is delicious" as opposed to... "Damn, woman! Your perfume is a total stinkah!"

    YEP!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GraySwan
    Perfume, of course! Personally...I don't care what they call it...as long as they tell me I smell yummy.

    I'd rather hear "Oh my, your cologne is delicious" as opposed to... "Damn, woman! Your perfume is a total stinkah!"

    VERY good point!
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