huh.....? You got too much time on your hands my friend.
I found a two year old similar thread, but since basenotes has expanded a lot in the last couple of years I thought a new thread could be worthy.
Most of us wear fragrances to evoke a mood and I am no exception to that.
However I am obsessively keen on matching a fragrance that I am wearing at a certain time with how I am feeling at that moment. While some people may wear a playful citrus cologne if they're in a dull mood to brighten up, I usually try to embrace my feelings and go along with a fragrance that matches with they way I am feeling.
For an example I mostly wear Voleur de roses on grey/rainy afternoons in spring/autumn. If not I might wear Carnal Flower for such days.
On a cold winter night with a melancholic mood I might go for Knize Ten which conjures up images of military officers with their leather boots patrolling Berlins cold streets in the winter during the 1930s. I could go on and on with the list, but I would like to hear your suggestions. What fragrance of choice would you wear when you're feeling a bit down, and try describing why you feel that way.
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huh.....? You got too much time on your hands my friend.
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For me it's Terre d'Hermes - something about the dirty oranges... while I wear it from time to time, but it does make me think of sad moments, and so it stays in my closet more often than not.
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Creed Royal Scottish Lavender.
Ungaro III for me.
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I think this is an excellent thread. I will have to give this some thought. There are fragrances that do evoke melancholy which I shall keep private and others that comfort. I am currently thinking about more uplifting fragrances that exude a sense of vibrancy.
On a side note, what a typical comment from mttafire. I thought you were banned dude? Trying to get banned again?
I do put on a particular fragrance that helps me feel invigorated before working out.
For me, it's Mechant Loup
Good thread - you made me think and that is a rare occurrence lately!
The fragrances that evoke a brooding or melancholy feeling for me are Kolnisch Juchten, Parfum d'Habit and Czech & Speake No. 88.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both and be one traveler, long I stood and looked down one as far as I could to where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, ...... I shall be telling this with a sigh somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost
Gucci pour homme. It makes me feel like the colours outside are disappearing and that hope in the future for anything is lost. No joke. This one changes my personality.
Anything with incense.
The last fragrance that smelled 'sad' to me was Domenico Caraceni - but anything with incense will do.
Washington Tremlett Black Tie
L'air du Désert Marocain
I too get a bit of the melancholy vibe in DC1913. B*Men, too, although I suppose that is more due to association with real life events than anything.
Burberry London has a hint of melancholy too, to this nose.
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i would like to take the example of a song by "The Police- every breath you take"...you never really know whether it's sad, happy, joyful, depressive, motivational etal...im afraid i havent come across any scent which would evoke thta kind of feeling. i knw it out there.i kinda sense it, but i do not have it yet...
the closest i got is - CK be
I'm surprised no one has mentioned L'Hueure Bleue (however you spell it...)
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Creed, Bond No.9, Montale, Frederic Malle, Le Labo, Amouage
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I can easily see how JHL is a melancholic scent,
Kenzo pour Homme (makes me think of a lonely beach under a cloudy sky)
Someone mentioned Anqelique Encens and that was really spot on, it somehow reminds me of sad fairy tales.
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According to french 19th century poet Victor Hugo
"Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad"
It's without a doubt Chanel No. 19 that evokes this special feeling for me: A kind of sadness and wise resignation that is aware of the valuelessness of all human striving but still feels comfortable.
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Parfums de Nicolaï New York is sad and lovely. It's sexy in a melancholy way.
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I second Voleur de Roses. It felt melancholy to me the instant I smelled it, like potpourri in a shabby, elegant house or hotel. Visions of Barton Fink? I bought it on the spot.
Not sure what the controversy is regarding this question. I've certainly seen many more ridiculous threads than this (Lucius, where are you?). Fragrances are supposed to evoke feelings, happy and otherwise, and melancholy is a perfectly reasonable feeling for a perfumer to explore.
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No offense for me, though your editing of the initial post alone would not clarify anything. My thoughts were: Arnold Schönberg, composer, is known to have worn Knize Ten. He had to emigrate in the 30's because of the circumstances your melancholy was related to. Wasn't clear for me wether your melancholy implies a looking-back longing for those days or a feeling of sadness because of the events associated. You clarified this in a post afterwards.
Uomo (Lorenzo Villoresi) sometimes is mentioned as a melancholy inducing scent.
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I absolutely agree with heythatslife: Mechant Loup is a synonym for the melancholy, to me. Unfortunately I can't explain why, but KenzoAir creates in my head a picture of a rainy beach in the autumn. On the other side, Versace L'Homme always brings me a picture of sunny Saturday forenoon, but I guess it is just a matter of the subconsciousness.
And speaking about melancholy quotes... "If there be a hell upon earth it is to be found in a melancholy man's heart". Robert Burton.
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