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    Default Re: Question for the guys -- do you like/dislike white flower perfumes?

    I'm a woman and some indoles (especially jasmine) do have that "poo note" to me, but I wear Grasse jasmine easily. Sambac jasmine is also wearable. I can only stand some gardenia scents, as well, but I found one that works beautifully. Try different white florals around your DH, maybe you are just wearing the wrong ones for his olfactory pleasure.

    Recommend: Chanel Gardenia (more Grasse jasmine than gardenia) and DSH Giardini Segreti at dshperfumes.com. Floris Lily of the Valley is on my wish list and Santa Maria Novella Orange Blossom is also very nice.
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    Default Re: Question for the guys -- do you like/dislike white flower perfumes?

    I love white florals. Wish my fiancee would wear more of them. I think lily, orchid and jasmine are my favourites, but tuberose is good too, and orange flower is also nice. I think the last scent I gave a personal 5 stars to was SL Un Lys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irish View Post
    I tried to like FLeurs d'Oranger by Serge Lutens, but there is something in it that ruins the fragrance for me... I am not sure what it is.
    It is the Raid-like drydown! EEEEWWWW!!!
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    Well, thanks all. I guess the conclusion I have to draw is that WF are totally hit or miss with straight guys, and possibly more popular with gay ones. And that it's probably easier to wear them if you're under thirty so that the dreaded "old lady" vibe can play off the contrast.

    Still, I really like my Amoureuse....

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachroses View Post
    I'm a woman and some indoles (especially jasmine) do have that "poo note" to me, but I wear Grasse jasmine easily. Sambac jasmine is also wearable. I can only stand some gardenia scents, as well, but I found one that works beautifully. Try different white florals around your DH, maybe you are just wearing the wrong ones for his olfactory pleasure.

    Recommend: Chanel Gardenia (more Grasse jasmine than gardenia) and DSH Giardini Segreti at dshperfumes.com. Floris Lily of the Valley is on my wish list and Santa Maria Novella Orange Blossom is also very nice.
    Okay, Beach Roses I'm going to look for these -- haven't tried any of them.

    Recounting, it seems that there's actually more weight toward like, even love, than dislike, but people tend to be pretty specific about which WF's are acceptable. I think I should just be conservative with dosage, as suggested. But I think there's also something to Mr. Guerlain's comment that (straight) men often shy away from very flowery perfumes, generally. My husband definitely prefers amber/gourmand/orientals to flowers served straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggles View Post
    White floral fragrances often smell like the equivalent of a police siren if overdone. There's a woman in my building who baths in Carnal Flower, the scent scares all living things away. White florals are very tricky. I think they're repulsive to most. I enjoy them in moderation.
    And there's one at our building who wears CF often. I have a great respect for the fragrance itself but one should proceed cautiously with it - you will be noticed!
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    Maybe I only know very boring, generic straight guys damn...
    But to judge from the quite well-assorted male perfume counter in Copenhagen local department stores, there isn't too much profit to make in suggesting white florals to "the guys".

    Quote Originally Posted by irish View Post
    Hey! that is heterophobia

    I like Fleur du Male...

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    Default Re: Question for the guys -- do you like/dislike white flower perfumes?

    I wear only two: Malle's Carnal Flower (well balanced by eucalyptus and coconut), and Creeds Jasmal (a somewhat indolic but green jasmine). I like the more overt white flower fragrances on my wife, although the aforementioned frags work on her as well (and she prefers them in warm weather).
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    Default Re: Question for the guys -- do you like/dislike white flower perfumes?

    I enjoy wearing a few, such as Samsara (Guerlain), TL pour Lui (Ted Lapidus), and Always & Forever (Jessica McClintock).

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    Do I like big loud aldehydic synthetic white flowerbombs ?
    No. they suck.
    Do I like the tasteful use of white flowers in female, and even male (GIT) perfume ?
    Yes, this is acceptable, and in moderation, adds an air of refinement and class to many otherwise Fruity(female) / Aromatic(male) fragrances. Moderation.
    Currently wearing: Royal Mayfair by Creed

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    Fleur de male, and Kenzo Power is ok..

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    Default Re: Question for the guys -- do you like/dislike white flower perfumes?

    A general reply is impossible. My reactions meander between love and hate. A floral touch deep in the heart of a masculine can be heavenly, and they may also be white. Although I would hate to wear Carnal Flower myself - if other men enjoy that I won't spoil it by commenting. If I only had one perfume, it would certainly not be Fleur du Male. But wearing an open shirt, Bermudas and Sandals - try that one!
    Last edited by narcus; 21st December 2008 at 04:26 AM.
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    Today I tried Amoureuse by Parfums DelRae. I copy from me review:
    This is the true "masculine" tuberose. Sort of what I expected when reading about Carnal Flower which disapointed me on the wearability domain. The opening is like putting tuberose and a LOT of grass in a blender. Actually an aetherial blender, a whirlpool, a hurricane. On mys skin it is not heady at all. It is bitter green with the accent on the fume quality of the tuberose, not the headiness. In this sense it is to tuberose what Sarassins is to jasmin. The bitter grassy character persists through the heart of the fragrance and then in the base honey and musk emerge. Only there I could find hints of sweetness or anything that could point towards a feminine character.
    In short, this is a unique tuberose and a must try for Carnal Flower lovers. Big thumbs up.
    NB: White florals usually wear very dry and subdued on my skin. Not Carnal Flower though.
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    Nope, I adore my precious lillies and many,many others! One frag I'm obsessed with is "Passage D'Enfer" an intoxicating scent, has my attention at "go" it actually manages to scream "hello!" without ever saying "goodbye" it's white musk lasts ages on me! which I feel lucky to adorn.

    Anyway, just letting ya' know on what a majority of us males here think about the precious white florals!

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    I love smelling the actual jasmine and tuberose. My parents have jasmine in their garden and my mother sometimes place some on the table or in the wardrobe. I have no problem wearing jasmine or tuberose scents, but my wife would mind.

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    Default Re: Question for the guys -- do you like/dislike white flower perfumes?

    I enjoy white florals, too.

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    The only floral scents I've tried are Rose en Noir by Miller Harris and Kenzo Power.. both of which I enjoy.

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    Default Re: Question for the guys -- do you like/dislike white flower perfumes?

    It depends on the style of the white flower fragrance. As many others, I enjoy Carnal Flower. Also, Tubereuse Criminelle, Jardenia, and Tubereuse 40. In particular white flower perfumes (white flower chypres) that are sweet with aldehydes and/or citrus are way too feminine for my liking.

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    Love, when the note itself is subtle (Amouage Gold men, Coco Chanel)

    Hate, when it is prominent (Creed Fantasia de Fleurs, which I love and respect, and Fleur du Male, which I detest and hate)

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    I like Jasmines, from Alien to A La Nuit. I hate all the other white flowers, like tuberose.
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    hard to give a specific answer. In general I'm not a huge fan of white florals, but am ok with Rose or Jasmine. The pure white powdery ones are a no for me, more then just "because it smells girly", I actually don't like the smell at all. so it could actually just be a guy thing across the board.
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    I love the smell of fresh night blooming jasmine but have not found it in bottled form that I would enjoy wearing, or smelling for that matter.

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    It depends... I do love some female, unisex and even male floral frags and I cannot stop wondering how floral notes often do not annihilate or overpower a male frag, but actually often make it smell "darker", richer, more mysterious and undeniably manly

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    Default Re: Question for the guys -- do you like/dislike white flower perfumes?

    A year since this thread began, and I still love white flowers.

    White Florals I love:

    Tubereuse Criminelle
    Carnal Flower
    PC Tuberose Gardenia
    Fracas
    Tubereuse Couture

    ( Any guesses about my favorite flower? )

    White Florals I respect:

    White Potion
    CdG Daphne
    Sarrasins
    A La Nuit
    Amaranthine
    Olene
    Jasmin Et Cigarette
    Manoumalia

    White florals I find scary and/or disappointing:

    Velvet Gardenia
    Champaca Absolute
    Osmanthus ( Ormonde Jayne's - though, she was really nice in sending out free samples! )
    Kai
    Gardenia Passion
    Boucheron Femme
    PC Jasmine White Moss

    White Florals I can't wait to try:

    HdP's Tuberose Series ( !!! )
    Amoureuse ( a sample is on the way )
    Drama Nuui
    A Travers Le Miroir ( I can never seem to find this... )

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    Default Re: Question for the guys -- do you like/dislike white flower perfumes?

    It's a funny category 'white floral'. Do people ever talk about 'yellow floral' or 'pink floral'? And if they did... what then?

    I assume that most folks realize that there's no relationship between the color of the flower and it's smell. But probably I assume too much. OK, I just wanted to get that off my chest. I like floral fragrances, and I'm pretty 'color-blind' about it.

    Just the same (and as we all know) 'male florals' are few and farm between, and most 'female florals' are nearly impossible for men to wear in public without stares or snickers. But I've picked up a lot of different florals along the way, and I'll probably get more, even if I won't be wearing them to work. I'm not afraid of flowers.

    It's a big list.... rose, jasmine, gardenia, lily, tuberose, trailing arbutus, daffodil... wouldn't it be something if the next big fashion to hit perfumery was the 'male floral'? Can you imagine the opportunity for innovation and profit (!)

    By the way, I think rose could be used a lot more in male fragrance, and not rock the boat too much.

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    Default Re: Question for the guys -- do you like/dislike white flower perfumes?

    Quote Originally Posted by lsp_NY View Post
    I love the smell of fresh night blooming jasmine but have not found it in bottled form that I would enjoy wearing, or smelling for that matter.
    Very common scent in LA. You can smell it everywhere in the springtime.

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    Default Re: Question for the guys -- do you like/dislike white flower perfumes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Late-Hit View Post
    Just the same (and as we all know) 'male florals' are few and farm between, and most 'female florals' are nearly impossible for men to wear in public without stares or snickers.
    Not in my experience. I've worn a very luxurious floral - Tubereuse Criminelle - to a presentation I was giving, and not only didn't it receive either stares or snickers, no-one seemed to even notice.

    Regardless of the fragrance, I've found unless you plan on having enormous sillage, most people neither care nor rarely even notice what you wear.
    Last edited by Sugandaraja; 31st January 2010 at 02:44 AM.

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    While discussing gardenia scents please try Neil Morris Flowers for Men: Gardenia. He takes the headiness out of the gardenia scent by using a strong tart lime note for openers. The gardenia is definitely present but it is also blended with a grass and hay note in the middle followed by patchouli, musk and oud of all things. The oud gives dries the fragrance up a bit. This scent is gardenia all the way but the lime, grass, hay and oud really do make it an unusual men's fragrance. The musk also plays up the indoles from the gardenia. I like it but can not talk myself into buying a bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsp_NY View Post
    I love the smell of fresh night blooming jasmine but have not found it in bottled form that I would enjoy wearing, or smelling for that matter.
    Then you haven't tried Sarassins. This is the smell of jasmins in the night air, not the smell of the flower. Get a decant ASAP!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Late-Hit View Post
    It's a funny category 'white floral'. Do people ever talk about 'yellow floral' or 'pink floral'? And if they did... what then?

    I assume that most folks realize that there's no relationship between the color of the flower and it's smell. But probably I assume too much. OK, I just wanted to get that off my chest. I like floral fragrances, and I'm pretty 'color-blind' about it.

    Late-Hit
    I don't quite agree. Have you done a side by side of fresh flowers? White freezias for example have a definitive pepper note. White roses smell a lot fresher than red or pink ones. But appart from that I believe the term "white flowers" refers to jasmin, gardenias and relative species witha heavy indolic note. It doesn't actually refer to the color.

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