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  • You only wear women's (developed for women) fragrances

    2 1.12%
  • You only wear men's scents

    22 12.36%
  • You wear both women's (developed for women) and men's scents

    115 64.61%
  • you wear men's and shared scents

    69 38.76%
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    I am curious to know how many of you wear women's fragrances on a regular basis?
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    At this point in time, I think I'm wearing more women's designated scents than unisex or men's. I enjoy florals and for me, the women get all the best choices. I can't think of a men's floral chypre that compares to 24, Faubourg, Eau Delicate.
    I went to the Met Opera tonight to see Prokofiev's The Gambler, I sprayed Lady Caron under my shirt before I left home. Gergiev's conducting was sublime, but I have to admit, I smelled a bit like a basket of rotting peaches by the end of the night.
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    I like wearing unisex frags that are borderline femme (these are usually niche), but I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing a women's designer scent (too common and recognizable). Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue and Creed Spring Flower were the only women's scents I wore a few times, but ultimately I was more comfortable wearing similar but unisex niche scents such as Montale Soleil de Capri.
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    Well, I have several fragrances that say they are made for a women, but I really don't see how they can be more for a woman than for a man. And yet several "made for men" smell more feminine than some "made for women". I don't read labels... I trust my (and other's) nose(s)!
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    Quote Originally Posted by somethinpositiv View Post
    I like wearing unisex frags that are borderline femme (these are usually niche), but I wouldn't feel comfortable wearing a women's designer scent (too common and recognizable). Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue and Creed Spring Flower were the only women's scents I wore a few times, but ultimately I was more comfortable wearing similar but unisex niche scents such as Montale Soleil de Capri.


    have you ever tried Bond #9 Nuits De Noho?.....thats a female fragrance and i think it goes in line with Musc Ravageur type of smell + Sur De Nil.....creamy musky fruit.

    I also wear Un Jardin en Meditarenne which is considered a female fragrance....

    designer female fragrances dont seem to project on me...and i dont have the knowledge to know which niche female fragrances i should try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schachman View Post
    Well, I have several fragrances that say they are made for a women, but I really don't see how they can be more for a woman than for a man. And yet several "made for men" smell more feminine than some "made for women". I don't read labels... I trust my (and other's) nose(s)!

    Schach.....trust me on this one....

    try Bond #9 Nuits De Noho.....i generally am not a fan of Bond line but I find that fragrance absolutely outstanding.....very unique, defined and bold.
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    in my five years of fragrance fanaticism, i've only bought full bottles of men's fragrances (or at least what i consider fragrances made with men in mind) so far. but i try tons of samples of everything--men's, women's, and unisex. if i find one i love and think works for me, i'll buy it.

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    I used to occasionally use D & G Light Blue (ladies') and Cheap and Chic I Love Love/Moschino. But, it is rare that I do so lately. I sometimes still use Habanita de Molinard.

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    Most of my collection are men's and shared scents but I do own 1 or 2 bottles of women's fragrance that are my staples... so option 3 from the poll above.

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    christian Dior Dune for the ladies is just incredible...i think it's also the most underrated one in here...i just love it.

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    I stopped counting, but more than 10% of my fragrances carry the 'femme' label. I think I wear less than 10%. But as Schachman says - some of these shouldn't even count because they are rather masculine by standards of the new century. I am thinking of what they now call the 'fur perfumes' reminding of the era when ladies' mink, ozelot and other coats, jackets and stoles were the background in commercials of Femme (Rochas) or Miss Dior, and several others - deep, rich, smoky, and sweet in a well controlled manner.

    I love florals that imitate nature. If a perfume smells strongly of natural rose, iris or jasmine I may wear it exactly for that reason. But I haven't worn Une Rose to a wedding where people, strangers almost, hug and kiss you left and right. Why? I don't want people to worry that I am wearing lace and silky slips under my suit! Isn't it funny how men have a carnation attached to their jacket in women wear hats that are more exotic than Camilla Parkers - at weddings exclusively? How did the carnation become a black tie accessory? It wasn't Hollywood, they only spread it across the globe!
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    I've always envied women with their license to be flower gardens on the move - as though they owned roses, jasmines, lilacs, gardenias ...

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    Crystal

    Many years ago I was looking for something very different......I wandered over to the women's counter and sniffed the Chanel offerings and fell in love with this one. Wore it for years and got many many compliments and women were very surprised to learn that it was a "women's" fragrance. After that experience, I was not any longer bound by the male female tags on perfumes.

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    Option 3

    I don't get hung up on the how the frangrance is perceived/marketed - male, female, unisex. I wear what I like.
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    I don't wear any designated female fragrances - although that seems to be about to change.

    One of my favourites is Guerlain's Coriolan. That is being relaunched as L'Ame D'Un Hero (the soul/spirit of a hero). I notice that Basenotes has already put this in female fragrances pending its launch.

    Thing is, yes, it's a soft fragrance but I don't think it's necessarily female. Regardless, it works on my skin and I get complimented on it, so I'll continue to wear it regardless!

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    My criteria are the same as for fragrances designed for men; anything but the sick, sweet, synthetic crap that is so common these days, which often make me wish my sense of smell could be turned on and off at wish...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HDS1963 View Post
    One of my favourites is Guerlain's Coriolan. That is being relaunched as L'Ame D'Un Hero (the soul/spirit of a hero). I notice that Basenotes has already put this in female fragrances pending its launch.

    Coriolan is the Guerlain fragrance I picked up to replace their Vetiver which I liked very much but was informed by my friends it gave them headaches. :-( When I was wearing Coriolan, I had a small cocktail party at which one of my guest DOWSED himself with it. Then I had to sit in a car with him to go to another party in one of the burbs......20 minutes in that car with the heat on and half a bottle of spilled Coriolan I was ready to hurl. After that I could never wear it again......but for about one year it was one of my favorites......not very many people knew of it and the bottle is interesting as well.

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    I said that I wear both mens' and womens' scents, but I don't wear womens' scents regularly, only every now and then.

    Probably my favorite category in all of perfumery is womens' chypres, and those are mainly what I wear when I go femme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by josechan1 View Post
    Coriolan is the Guerlain fragrance I picked up to replace their Vetiver which I liked very much but was informed by my friends it gave them headaches. :-( When I was wearing Coriolan, I had a small cocktail party at which one of my guest DOWSED himself with it. Then I had to sit in a car with him to go to another party in one of the burbs......20 minutes in that car with the heat on and half a bottle of spilled Coriolan I was ready to hurl. After that I could never wear it again......but for about one year it was one of my favorites......not very many people knew of it and the bottle is interesting as well.
    I think like all great frags it should be worn in moderation! It's a shame you had that experience though because it ruined a really good fragrance for you.

    I love it, it's wonderfully subtle and does not have a megawatt sillage - more one of those that women who get close to you go "wow, you smell fantastic, what are you wearing?"

    Overkill on any fragrance is a bit like being violently sick after eating something - you can never fancy eating it again!
    Last edited by HDS1963; 1st April 2008 at 06:39 PM. Reason: Realised I'd missed a "not" in the last sentence - Coriolan does not have megawatt sillage

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    I chose option 4 because the female frags I wear are, so far, limited: Bandit, Ormolu, and Lavandula. I'd say that those are commonly considered more unisex despite their female marketed label. So, maybe I should have picked 3, but to be honest, I wasn't comfortable making that commitment to female frags.

    By the way- Lavandula worn with Opus 1870 is awesome. Opus beefs up Lavandula's softer side with it's peppery dry down and Lavandula brings a brightness and vitality to Opus' otherwise apprehensive opening.
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    I wear only men's fragrances. Somehow it would make me uneasy wearing something I myself think is created for women. Of course the boundaries are not firm. Say, though I couldn't imagine to wear the original Dior PH, but the Cologne version might be a purchase soon.

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    I wear Cabaret, Shalimar, Kingdom and Black Cashmere all the time.
    I wear Cinnabar when I'm out of JHL.

    I wear Je Reviens (esp. in its bath oil form) around the house only as a "comfort frag."

    I wish I could pull of my very favorite (Ysatis), but I simply cannot -- not without smelling like a Parisian drag queen on a three day bender, anyway.
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    Hey Y'all-
    I sometime wear Shalimar, even out of tha' house... It was one of the first frags that I fell in love with. Some how I never thought of it as being really feminine, 'tho I know is it.

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    I disagree -- I find Shalimar to be very unisex (save in its pure perfume form).

    Rich, complex vanilla-y goodness.

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    Well, maybe sort of unisex but "very"? I wore it once thinking I was getting away with something but I couldn't even fool myself after an hour. It was just too soft on me.
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    I wear unisex perfumes, such as Le Jardin en Mediterraneee and Le Jardin Sur Le Nil. I have a bottle of Shalimar, but I wear it in hiding, only at home. I am ashamed of wearing it in public.

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    I wear Kingdom, Eau des Merveilles, Fleurs de Bulgarie, and Jardin Sur Le Nil in public... and proudly! Ruggle, now do I get my certificate?

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    I think that most of you may overlook the fact that one's OWN body odor adds to the fragrance they wear...

    So a feminine fragrance, will never smell as feminine on a man as it does on a woman anyway.

    In fact, it's impossible to objectively judge your own scent (as a whole), when you wear a fragrance. That's why I don't worry too much about these gender things.

    Ow, it's not that I wear a LOT of womens perfumes, but that's mainly because 'in general' I find men's fragrances smell far more interesting. Most feminine frags are either floral or sweet, with male frags there is much more choice.
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    I wear plenty and wish I hadn't given so many away to girlfriends and cousins already. Really wish I had that Vent Vert back, for example. I'm also glad I decided not to give a cousin that fantastic bottle of Parure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HDS1963 View Post
    I don't wear any designated female fragrances - although that seems to be about to change.

    One of my favourites is Guerlain's Coriolan. That is being relaunched as L'Ame D'Un Hero (the soul/spirit of a hero). I notice that Basenotes has already put this in female fragrances pending its launch.

    Thing is, yes, it's a soft fragrance but I don't think it's necessarily female. Regardless, it works on my skin and I get complimented on it, so I'll continue to wear it regardless!
    There better be no misunderstanding: Coriolan / l'Ame dun Heros has been created for men and was given a man's name (old and new). Only its arrow darts in the wrong direction, a small error that can easily be corrected.

    Men, what actually happens when you wear a perfume that isn't shy, but unmistakably feminine ? I am thinking of any of those flamboyant aldehydic fragrances, or those classical rose-jasmine-lily-o-t-v blends?
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    Neroli EDP.... L'Occitane
    Bois des Iles....Chanel
    Black Cashmere....Donna Karen
    Cinnabar....Estee Lauder
    And numerous others, yeah no problem what so ever. # 3
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    Tell me... how could any guy be embarrassed to wear that infamous "woman's perfume" Jicky?

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    The last two options in this poll apply to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintrman View Post
    I wear Kingdom, Eau des Merveilles, Fleurs de Bulgarie, and Jardin Sur Le Nil in public... and proudly! Ruggle, now do I get my certificate?
    Ruggles votes yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by narcus View Post
    There better be no misunderstanding: Coriolan / l'Ame dun Heros has been created for men and was given a man's name (old and new). Only its arrow darts in the wrong direction, a small error that can easily be corrected.

    Men, what actually happens when you wear a perfume that isn't shy, and unmistakably feminine ? I am thinking of any of those flamboyant aldehydic fragrances, or those classical rose-jasmine-lily-o-t-v blends?

    There are some fragrances I definitely don't think I'd dare to wear - like Bulgari pour Femme or Bulgari Rose Essentielle, those are soooooo feminine I'd feel ridiculous. However Prada's Infusion D'Iris I could possibly get away with. Interestingly Prada are rumoured to be producing a male version of Infusion D'Iris which if it alludes to the female version, I would buy without hesitation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tvlampboy View Post
    I disagree -- I find Shalimar to be very unisex (save in its pure perfume form).

    Rich, complex vanilla-y goodness.
    Same here, also Annayake Miyako and Ormonde Jayne Ta'if as well. I can pull it off
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    In addition to many men's and unisex fragrances, I wear a few ostensibly women's scents, including Carnal Flower, Tubereuse Criminelle, Mitsouko and L'Eau de Ryokuei. It says something about gender assignments for fragrance that the two tuberose scents marketed, I think, as unisex, take more nerve for me to wear than the female-targeted Mitsouko and L'Eau de Ryokuei.

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    I haven't worn any ostensibly female scents publicly yet, but I'm wearing many unisex without a second thought, including the Hermès Jardin scents. I will not wear my wife's "sexy" or "feminine" scents, because I'd much rather they were on her. However, I find some "feminine" and "fem-unisex" scents very appealing in a non-feminine way - almost like a flowery sport cologne - and I would love to wear them. If a fragrance reminded me of my mother, my wife, or past girlfriends, I would find it tough to wear.

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    Evolution occurs when the discussion becomes "people wearing fragrances".

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    There are enough men's fragrances that I don't see how I could get through them in a lifetime. I have nothing against wearing a scent made for women, but I am just ready to open that floodgate at this point in time.

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    Cabaret, Habanita, Bandit and Cabochard are great for men.

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    I used to wear Maxim's de Paris in the 80's.
    Great scent, I liked it much better than Maxim's Pour Homme.

    Other than that I cannot come up with a womens fragrance I would like to wear, too sweet in most cases.

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    I'm currently wearing Chanel No.5 and is very intrigued about pulling the trigger on CoCo.

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    No offense to any men who wear women perfumes, but I'd feel a bit like a drag queen if I wore a womans scent. It's kind of like me wearing womens clothes. They look good and might be comfortable but I wouldn't wear them.

    I have more than enough choice of mens fragrances to keep me going. I'll leave the ladies scents to the ladies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schachman View Post
    I really don't see how they can be more for a woman than for a man. And yet several "made for men" smell more feminine than some "made for women". I don't read labels... I trust my (and other's) nose(s)!

    Tout à fait d’accord.

    I have nothing against men wearing a scent made for women. My dad wore Houbigant’s Quelques fleurs! Personally, I find that the largest part of women’s fragrances is either very floral or sweet which are obstinately feminine to me that I don’t dear to wear. However, I’m not embarrassed to wear fragrances marketed for women like Chanel’s Sycomore, Cuir de Russie, Cristalle Eau Verte and Hermès' Calèche.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pluran View Post
    Evolution occurs when the discussion becomes "people wearing fragrances".
    How true. Unfortunately, I do not think that will ever happen.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by pluran View Post
    Evolution occurs when the discussion becomes "people wearing fragrances".
    In a large scale yes, this is true. But on a more personal level evolution has already occured as i have already worn Sarassins a couple of times, going out with good friends

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vibert View Post
    In addition to many men's and unisex fragrances, I wear a few ostensibly women's scents, including Carnal Flower, Tubereuse Criminelle, Mitsouko and L'Eau de Ryokuei. It says something about gender assignments for fragrance that the two tuberose scents marketed, I think, as unisex, take more nerve for me to wear than the female-targeted Mitsouko and L'Eau de Ryokuei.
    I have never been able to see Carnal Flower as a unisex fragrance. But of course this is not the reason why I do not wear it

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    Once you've tried a lot of feminines you realize everything is unisex and wearable by anyone. Not to say there aren't socially inappropriate times to wear a feminine, but many would really be surprised at how few feminines are actually 'feminine'. As long as one is confident with themselves they won't be uncomfortable wearing a fragrance of any type.
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    I use hiris and more recently samsara edp

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    No offense to any men who wear women perfumes, but I'd feel a bit like a drag queen if I wore a womans scent. It's kind of like me wearing womens clothes. They look good and might be comfortable but I wouldn't wear them.

    I have more than enough choice of mens fragrances to keep me going. I'll leave the ladies scents to the ladies.
    "women's scent" is just a women's scent because it's labeled that way.

    If you say, well, but it smells like a women, that's just because mostly everybody has grown up with those associations.

    If a child born today grew up with label-less perfume bottles he/she wouldn't care if one was meant to be for men or women, but simply picked the one he/she liked.

    As of this day I haven't worn a "women's scent", but I just bought Shalimar and L'heure Bleue, I'm just going to try them out with a clear mind with no pre-conceptions and see how I feel about them.

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    Robbert brings up a great point - when are we ever taught that 'this smell is for women' aand 'this smell is for men'? Never - it's just associations we're told. I was thinling of this thread when I put on Insolence this morning...if they called it a masculine guys would wear it. It's no more feminine than 'masculines' like Individuel, Desire, Infusion d'Homme or other fruit-heavy scents.

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    Our perceptions of scent might be culturally biased, and fragrances aren't innately masculine or feminine. Still, we are also part of our own cultures and have to relate to their existing norms...

    The feminines I currently wear are Prada and Chanel No. 19. Those and similar are probably as "gender-bending" I'll ever be when it comes to fragrances...

    I don't really like sweet florals anyway.


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    It seems that there won't be any need to wear women's perfumes in case you are a man: since Dior Homme and Kenzo Power, I can not trace any difference bewteen men and women scents.

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    Really depends of the perfume itself..
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    Quote Originally Posted by robbert View Post
    "women's scent" is just a women's scent because it's labeled that way.

    If you say, well, but it smells like a women, that's just because mostly everybody has grown up with those associations.

    If a child born today grew up with label-less perfume bottles he/she wouldn't care if one was meant to be for men or women, but simply picked the one he/she liked.

    As of this day I haven't worn a "women's scent", but I just bought Shalimar and L'heure Bleue, I'm just going to try them out with a clear mind with no pre-conceptions and see how I feel about them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shermanirving View Post
    Robbert brings up a great point - when are we ever taught that 'this smell is for women' aand 'this smell is for men'? Never - it's just associations we're told. I was thinling of this thread when I put on Insolence this morning...if they called it a masculine guys would wear it. It's no more feminine than 'masculines' like Individuel, Desire, Infusion d'Homme or other fruit-heavy scents.
    Quote Originally Posted by tott View Post
    Our perceptions of scent might be culturally biased, and fragrances aren't innately masculine or feminine. Still, we are also part of our own cultures and have to relate to their existing norms...

    The feminines I currently wear are Prada and Chanel No. 19. Those and similar are probably as "gender-bending" I'll ever be when it comes to fragrances...

    I don't really like sweet florals anyway.

    basically, conditioning

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    Exactly

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    I've worn the womens version of Light Blue, and I just discovered Ralph Wild by Ralph Lauren. Lasts incredibly long on me and not too feminine. Nice and fruity, maybe like a darker version of AdG

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