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    Default What determines feminine or masciline scents

    Hello,
    Iím new to this site, actually been lurking the last few days to gain some experience to the science of frags. I enjoy my Penhaligons rose shaving soap and also the Edwin Jagger sandlewood shaving soap. My question has to do with what determines whether a scent is feminine or masculine? Iíve ordered some samples of the c&s no. 88, Dark rose, as well as the Montale Black Aloud and Montale Original Alooud. Iíve read a lot about the Amouge Homage and would like to sample that also. As you can see I favor the rose and the sandlewood a very close second. Different sites say the Amouge Homage is feminine and others say for both. Your feelings on that? Iíd say Iím more a masculine type of guy. Been around the block and just an ordinary type of guy.
    Iím a man of 55 years young and would love a compliment from a younger gal on my frag . Iíd hope that my age doesn't restrict me to the Old Spice category, and that the younger women would appreciate a sophisticated scent on a older gent.
    Also, I notice this forum has specific rules regarding the request of decants which hinders me on how to ask/acquire a split of a 100 ml bottle should I find a scent to my liking. As you all know the 100 ml bottle of Amouge Homage is a little cost prohibitive so a split would be more to my liking.
    I appreciate this site very much and enjoy all the reviews and comments regarding the different fragrances. I just hope my wallet can stand up to the beating and my wife appreciates the different scents! Regards

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    Default Re: What determines feminine or masciline scents

    Welcome, Rick!

    There are no rules, really, for masculine or feminine scents. On this board, we have people who gender-bend all the time. I am a woman who will wear just about any scent that I fancy, even the more "manly" scents.

    IMHO, overall, the more "floral" a scent, the more feminine it is perceived. The spicier, the more masculine. That is only for me, keep in mind. I picked up a sample of Allure Homme for my husband and he asked if it was one of my new perfumes.

    I say wear what you like and forget the label or the bottle! P.S. I am not a "younger" gal, but a gal all the same. LOL!
    Last edited by Primrose; 8th August 2009 at 12:43 AM.
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    Default Re: What determines feminine or masciline scents

    Marketing.

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    Default Re: What determines feminine or masciline scents

    Quote Originally Posted by sofresh View Post
    Marketing.
    What he said.

    If you enjoy sandalwood, you definitely want to give Guerlain Samsara EDP a sample.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sofresh View Post
    Marketing.
    Agreed.

    Art of Shaving does a very, very nice sandalwood. And of course there's Tam Dao and MPG Santal Noble. I'd also like to recommend TDC Rose Poivree and Le Labo Rose 31.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sofresh View Post
    Marketing.
    Or Labeling!

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    Thanks Primrose on the gender bender thought, and Sofresh about marketing, and I'll surely look into Guerlain Samsara EDP. This seems like a nice forum, willing to help out an old guy who thinks Penhalligons Endymion was the next best thing to slice bread.
    I've ordered some 1.5 ml spray samples from the Perfume House which I mentioned above, which I'll assume are about 4-5 sprays at best. I'd like to try Amouge Homage from them also. Since this seems to be the place where all frag folks congregate, how would I go about inquiring about splitting a bottle of Amouge Homage ( or any fragrance) without breaking any rules, If my sample proves to be to my liking? This is a whole new world to me so I certainly want to tread lightly on decant requests, without any offense.

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    You could head to the Market Place section, Items for sale, run a search for Homage. Usually if there is a split going on, it is quite blatantly shown on the title. Just PM the OP of the particular thread if you want in. In recent, there have been a number of splits for some Le Labo, but no Amouage if I recall. You could try searching, all the best! have fun on the boards

    Edit: You need to have a certain number of posts or have been a member for a lengthier time, or become a supporter, before you can start a thread/host a split in the for sale forum. Since that is the case, you could actually try to PM some Amouage users or potential ones who may be willing to host a split.
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    Default Re: What determines feminine or masciline scents

    How do you make a feminine fragrance masculine? Add "Pour Homme" to the label.

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    Thank you Matthewfoo, I'll keep an eye out

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    Quote Originally Posted by rick54 View Post
    As you all know the 100 ml bottle of Amouge Homage is a little cost prohibitive so a split would be more to my liking.
    Oh my! The price for 12 mls of Homage (the only size available) on Amouage's website list 265 EUROS - I would love a 100 mls of Homage attar and I'll give up everything I have for it !! I did splurge on the 12 mls though and it is such a beautiful rose and sandalwood fragrance with a few other notes thrown in. An attar is like a perfume oil very concentrated and usually is a concoction of roses steep in sandalwood oil and is very often compared to 'parfum extrait' in the more mainstream perfumes - an attar is also a very Indian/Middle eastern tradition and can also be more affordable as they are used regularly. If you are particularly interested in attars, look out for shops that specialise in Indian products. Floral notes such as jasmine and rose are widely used by men in India and the middle east so I don't see why there should be boundaries when it comes to scents. If you really want scents marketed for men with rose notes, Dark Rose is marketed as a mens fragrance - others I have and really like are Les Parfums De Rosines 'Rose D'Homme' and 'Twill Rose' - one of my favourites is 'Rose de Nuit' from Serge Lutens - Serge Lutens fragrances are non gender specific and can be difficult to purchase. Outstanding sandalwood fragrances to me include 'Santal De Mysore' from Serge Lutens, Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier's 'Santal Noble' and the magnificent 'Or Des Indes' - then again Sandalwood Cologne from Crabtree and Evelyn is equally enchanting and does not have to break the bank balance. Sandalwood is one of my favourite notes and would be happy to offer further suggestions if you like, just PM me.

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