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    Exclamation Men, which fragrances marketed to women do you wear

    I am writing an article for a magazine about 'feminine' scents worn by men. Not unisex~ fragrance specifically has to be targeting WOMEN. Maybe even with a woman on the ad
    ok not Paris Hilton but possibly something like Rive Gauche, Cristalle Vert or any luxury or niche fragrance. (No Malle, no Serge, Les exclusifs , Hermessences please)

    Here's the profile of the guy I am looking to answer this thread, but all comments are welcome

    Lives in USA, Urban Area NYC, Atlanta, Chicago or DC

    lots of testosterone
    CONTROLS the remote
    Definitely from Mars
    Athletic or ex athlete
    savvy and sophisticated, educated

    Brief comments are welcome....
    TIA
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    Default Re: Men, which fragrances marketed to women do you wear

    What about Houston?

    I wear Bond no.9's Nuits de Noho, this scent is marketed only for women, but it smells so good that I just had to have it!

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    Default Re: Men, which fragrances marketed to women do you wear

    Prada Infusion d'Iris and Tom Ford Black Orchid are easily worn by men - and will surely be some of the most common responses to this thread.

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    Chanel No.5

    Coco

    Cartier Delice

    The One

    Gucci EDP

    Gucci Rush

    Fendi Pollazo

    Shalimar

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    Default Re: Men, which fragrances marketed to women do you wear

    I'm not sure if I'm what you're seeking ( being Canadian, you know... ) But excluding niche, which is what I mostly wear, I wear Dior's Poison and Guerlain's Mitsouko with some regularity ( have a bottle of the former coming in the mail ).

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    I live in Atlanta, am a sports fanatic (GO BRAVES AND UGA DAWGS!), educated and consider myself somewhat of a renaissance man. I have no problem wearing Guerlain Mitsouko, Bond No.9 Silver Factory, Caron Tabac Blond and Chanel Cuir de Russie. Here is a previous thread discussing this topic -
    http://community.basenotes.net/showt...light=feminine

    Quick story - I was in Ulta this past weekend. It's amazing to me how people who work in the fragrance industry aren't open-minded enough to entertain the thought of a man wearing a fragrance that is marketed towards women. I was walking around looking for Aramis New West Skinscent for Women (I've read this has a wonderful melon note). I flagged down one of the SA's and told her what I was looking for. She quickly frowned and said "That's for women! Why would you want to smell like a woman?". I quickly went into my "I wear what smells good to me, no matter what gender it's marketed to" speech. After stepping down from my soapbox she quickly directed me to sample Calvin Klein Man.
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    I think I qualify (I control the remote, I'm a big sports fan,I'm savvy and educated, but I'm not an athlete or ex-athlete).

    The scents marketed to women that I wear include:

    Jicky

    Vol de Nuit

    L'Heure Bleue

    Cabochard

    Bandit

    Apres l'Ondée

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    Default Re: Men, which fragrances marketed to women do you wear

    Quote Originally Posted by acjigga View Post
    Quick story - I was in Ulta this past weekend. It's amazing to me how even people who work in the fragrance industry aren't open-minded enough to entertain the thought of a man wearing a fragrance that is marketed towards women. I was walking around in Ulta looking to try Aramis New West Skinscent for Women. I flagged down one of the SA's and told her what I was looking for. She quickly frowned and said "That's for women! Why would you want to smell like a woman?". I quickly went into my "I wear what smells good, no matter what gender it's marketed to" speech. After stepping down from my soapbox she quickly directed me to sample Calvin Klein Man. Ugh...
    I've given up trying to convince SA's. Now I just buy for a phantom female relative who happens to share my exact taste in fragrance...

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    Malabah by Penhaligon's - I'm a professional working in London in my mid-40s and love it. A glorious oriental, which smells divine on women, but different and wonderful on male skin.

    I also wear Kingdom by Alexander McQueen, a rose/cumin based scent which works well on male sking.

    Oh and Victorian Posy by Penhaligon's. A floral chypre which works better on male skin than female I think.

    *Edit: and Black Orchid of course. I don't think of this as being a female fragrance at all so forgot to mention it. Partly too because Tom Ford SAs now describe it as unisex.
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    Smile Re: Men, which fragrances marketed to women do you wear

    LOL GB! Thanks for the tip - next time I visit the Guerlain counter I'll be shopping for my "spirited, sassy and stylish aunt"!
    Last edited by acjigga; 4th May 2009 at 10:56 PM.
    "Smell with your nose, not your ears".

    AC'S FAVORITES - Neil Morris for Takashimaya, Creed Royal Mayfair, Le Labo Rose 31, Xerjoff Nio, Profumum Roma Acqua Viva, Bruno Fazzolari Lampblack, Olympic Orchids Woodcut, Olympic Orchids Blackbird, Acqua di Parma Intensa Oud, Miller Harris La Fumee Arabie, Profumum Del Forte Ambra Mediterranea & Slumberhouse Jeke

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    Default Re: Men, which fragrances marketed to women do you wear

    I wear:

    Tabac Blond

    Cabochard

    Bandit (EdP and extract)

    Jolie Madame

    Magie Noire

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    Default Re: Men, which fragrances marketed to women do you wear

    I don't fit your profile at all, but here's mine:

    Mitsouko
    Ambre Gris by Balmain

    and I don't care what anyone thinks!

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    Default Re: Men, which fragrances marketed to women do you wear

    I don't fit the criteria either but I did enjoy wearing Light Blue for women while I had a few samples of it (kudos to acceptfacts for the suggestion). It's one of those frags that actually becomes less feminine when on male skin.
    Sales thread here

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    Default Re: Men, which fragrances marketed to women do you wear

    I wear number of marketed to women's scents;

    Cabochard de Gres
    Bal a Versailles
    Infusion D'Iris
    Bandit
    Baghari
    The Guerlain group of:
    Mitsouko
    Jicky
    L'Heure Bleue
    Goutal Songes
    Hermes Elixir des Mervailles
    Tom Ford Black Orchid
    More that I can't think of off the top of my head.
    I live in Boston
    Have my own man room to watch sports in.
    Played football in HS, center
    Play volleyball now.
    Have run triathlons up to tinmans.
    Savvy and spophiticated, I think so.
    Educated, yes.
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    one time i wore paris..

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    I partially fit your profile...

    Plenty of testosterone (and the body hair to prove it)
    Definitely from Mars
    Ex athlete
    savvy and sophisticated, educated

    I own and wear often:

    Black Orchid (Tom Ford)
    Bronze Goddess (Estée Lauder)
    Citizen Queen (Juliette Has a Gun)
    LP No9 for Her (Penhaligon's)
    Le Feu d'Issey (Issey Miyake)
    Infusion d'Iris (Prada)
    Ambre Gris (Balmain)
    Jungle L'Éléphant (Kenzo)
    Loukhoum (Keiko Mercheri)
    Last edited by Sorcery of Scent; 5th May 2009 at 08:36 PM.

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    Acqua di Parma ~ Iris Nobile

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    Default Re: Men, which fragrances marketed to women do you wear

    Masc guy with ample testosterone and in touch with my feminine side.
    Bandit
    Baghari
    Visa
    Mahora/Mayotte
    Voile d'Ete
    Poison
    Eau De Star
    Ormolu
    Victorian Posy ( boy, I wish that had a different name.)
    Malabah
    Fracas (mixed with Rive Gauche PH)
    Support your local Leonberger rescue.
    Currently wearing: Zizonia by Penhaligon's

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    Default Re: Men, which fragrances marketed to women do you wear

    Black Orchid

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    Default Re: Men, which fragrances marketed to women do you wear

    D*mn, I'd love to smell you guys!

    I really dislike the genderization of fragrances.

    Good luck with your article.

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    Default Re: Men, which fragrances marketed to women do you wear

    Penhaligon's Malabah alone or layered with Hammam Bouquet

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    Default Re: Men, which fragrances marketed to women do you wear

    I’m considered hetero by most of my friends and family, I can be effeminate at times, even dainty. I think I got that from doing full contact karate

    I wear the following scents proudly and without embarrassment:

    Prada Infusion d'Iris
    Tom Ford Black Orchid
    Guerlain Shalimar, L'Heure Bleue , Jicky, & Mitsouko
    Robert Piguet's Bandit
    Bronze Goddess (Estée Lauder)
    Citizen Queen (Juliette Has a Gun)

    Is it a wonderful thing that we can wear what we want no matter what!!!
    "There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which can not fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to investigation." HERBERT SPENCER

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    You guys are great Bronze goddess, that will make some mouths drop as well as chanel #5,Love acjigga's ulta story...and hermes elixir and visa.... whoa. Love it
    "If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again."
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    Default Re: Men, which fragrances marketed to women do you wear

    Tom Ford Black Orchid
    Dolce and Gabanna Light Blue
    Donna Karan Chaos
    Donna Karan Black Cashmere
    Estee Lauder Azurée Soleil Eau Fraiche Skinscent
    Estee Lauder Youth Dew Amber Nude
    Kenzo Jungle L'Éléphant
    Alexander McQueen Kingdom
    Marc Jacobs Autumn Splash Ivy
    Yves Saint-Laurent Opium
    Guerlain Shalimar
    Guerlain Jicky
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    oh my bal a versailles and a triathlete , that is the greatest
    "If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again."
    — Daphne du Maurier

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    Default Re: Men, which fragrances marketed to women do you wear

    After having tried MKK, I think Bal a Versailles actually has more...oooph

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    I wear my wife's D & G Light Blue - It's hands down a gazillion times better than the men's version.
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    Default Re: Men, which fragrances marketed to women do you wear

    I wear Tom Ford, Black Orchid. I would never wear this to work or to watch a ball game with my buddies but it is, nonetheless, a seriously sensual fragrance that really works on a date night. The dark chocolate tinge mixed with truffles is very deep and almost intoxicating. And, surprisingly, it does not smell feminine at all if you are all dressed up, looking nice, and confident.

    In addition, I will wear Shalimar EDT with no problems at all. It is such a dated fragrance - not in a bad way - just from long ago before they had unisex so it works on a man. I feel like it is a slightly dirtier and grittier version of Guerlain's, Habit Rouge. Maybe a little bit more passionate instead of conservative - seems to cross that line, but in a great way.

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    Chanel Sycomore

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